A Special Message…
“Being Covenant-Minded Toward Our Pastors In Prayer”
For us to truly understand the importance, the impact, and the need for prayer support over our Pastors/Church, we must first understand the philosophy of being covenant-minded. Being covenant-minded is much more than
fulfilling a duty or responsibility to another. It is more than pleasing words of support and admiration spoken to someone. The foundation of “covenant-mindedness” stems from the heart and is rooted in genuine unconditional love.
When I think of genuine unconditional love or when I think of being covenant-minded, there is one overwhelming example that stands above all else…Our Heavenly Father. Our God is the greatest example of the sacrifice and submission required to walk in covenant-minded behavior. Look at Adam and Eve…they were in covenant with God and broke that covenant through choice of their own accord. They chose the love of things and rejected the God who created them, loved them, gave them dominion and rule, and offered divinely perfect fellowship to them.
If anyone had a right to reject the covenant and punish the breaker of that covenant, it was God. But instead, because of His genuine unconditional love, He chose to sacrifice his “right to be right” and yielded His judgment in order to display mercy. What caused Him to behave in this manner? The answer is so simple…it was the action of a covenant-minded God! It was that act of covenant-mindedness that set the course for our redemption.
What I am intending to bring out about this, is that as we look at God and all that we see in scripture from Genesis to Revelation, is that He was a covenant God. When our rebellion declared judgment, covenant
declared mercy. When our lust for the world required destruction, covenant intervened with grace. When man chose death through sin, covenant chose eternal life through sacrifice.
Covenant is not about convenience, nor about applause or notoriety, and most definitely not about seeking your own agenda. But rather, covenant is about an exchange or reciprocation from one to another. In covenant, we offered God our sin and He exchanged it with the righteousness of Christ. We offered God our failure and weakness while He exchanged it with His strength.
Likewise, because we are in covenant with our Pastors there should be an exchange. We, as the body of Church on the Rock, should offer our prayers, service, faithfulness, lifestyle, etc. in exchange for the impartations, the ministry of the Word, the labor of Love, and all the many other things which our Pastors do for us. How many of you can say that your life is different today because of our Pastors? I know for me, my entire world is different today because of my Pastors! My marriage is stronger than it’s ever been. I have more peace, more soundness, more wholeness and more joy than ever before. I have a miracle baby, Karli Blaire, and I can go on and on, as I am sure many of you can.
My point, Brothers, is that our Pastors lay their lives down in submission to God and His word and all our lives are a testimony to their obedience…we are their fruit. The focus here is not to hero-worship Pastors, but to honor the gift God gave us in our Pastors. Dr. Hattabaugh and Pastor Angie are gifts to us from God. When God wants to bless your life, He sends a person, in our case, He sent our Pastors! Think about this, God said, “Bryan (put your name here), you are going to need guidance, ministry, wisdom, agreement, impartations, fruitfulness, increase, etc. so I am going to give you a gift…A Pastor (Ref: Jeremiah 23).
When you realize the magnitude of the gift, your acceptance, your devotion, your appreciation and your love for that gift increases. It is more than just a love for what they DO for you; it turns into a love for WHO THEY ARE to you. When you start to see Pastors for who they are and not for what they can do, your life will take on a different view…a covenant-minded view.
When we are covenant-minded, our viewpoints are different, our actions are different, and our commitments are different. As previously discussed, covenant-mindedness begins with genuine unconditional love, so let’s look at
what the bible says about that love. In 1Corinthians 13:4-8 the bible reveals the characteristics of genuine unconditional love.
4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude
(unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it
pays no attention to a suffered wrong].6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything
[without weakening].8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. (1Cor. 13:4-8 (Amp))
I love what vs.7 says, “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes…it endures everything without weakening”. Covenant-mindedness endures everything without weakening. Think about that… covenant-minded people never run from adversity, never yield to unholy behavior or thoughts, never turns from a need,
and always brings it full potential strength to the body.
My full potential strength is never achieved simply because I show up at church. It is achieved when I bring my full supply to the church, with my finances, in serving, with my lifestyle, and by PRAYER. One who engages in prayer for their Pastors/Church is one who is covenant-minded toward them. In June of this year, during our 10th year anniversary, Dr. Jacobs and Pastor Diana declared a word over our church regarding prayer support for our Pastors in order for us to go to the next level. God was revealing to us the need for covenant-minded people to take their place in prayer so that the vision God gave through our Pastors could be accomplished. If we say we love our Pastors, then we must pray for our Pastors. If we say we love our Church then we must pray for our church.
This is our time to rise to the challenge and pray for our Pastors so that God’s plan for our Church will be fulfilled.
Bro. Bryan Rose