Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2018.02.11



February 11 – February 17




Scripture Passage: “Whither shall we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, “The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.  Then said I unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.  The Lord your God which goes before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes.”  Deuteronomy 1: 28-30


Dear Friends,


     A dear friend reminded me the other day that the most powerful weapon Satan has in his arsenal is discouragement.  His brother is disappointment.  The greatest spiritual warriors I have ever known have fought their hardest battles against these “little” demons.  You would think sexual immorality, alcohol and drug addiction, and worldliness would be the greatest threat.  They are to a weak Christian, but what can the evil one use against strong Christians? Discouragement and disappointment.  In an effort to remain pure and the demand to stay focused, we let our guard down and allow the enemy to sneak in on us through the ranks of those closest to us.  Often times we do not become discouraged because we have done something wrong, rather because we have done something right.  We may have the right spirit and motivation, but when those around us are critical, it begins to change the way we look and feel toward ministry.  God created us emotional beings, so we hurt, bleed, and cry like everyone else.  You can take a pill for depression, but there is no medication for being disappointed.


     The children of Israel are a perfect example of the roller-coaster ride of emotions.  One day they are in bondage, the next experiencing the miracles and plagues of Egypt.  The Passover takes place one night and the next morning they are fleeing carrying Egyptian spoil with them.  Within days they are trapped against the Red Sea with the Egyptian army pursuing.  God parts the Sea and they walk across on dry land.  Before their eyes, God drowns the entire Egyptian army and they begin their walk into the desert.  God provides water, food and direction and all the people have to do is follow a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  They have experienced every kind of sign necessary to prove God’s faithfulness and now they are standing on the outskirts of the Promised Land.  The only thing left to do is go in.  Satan opens up his tool box and throws out discouragement and disappointment for the people to navigate through.  A nation that could not be stopped, is stopped dead in their tracks by an enemy they cannot even see.  It is not only effective, it is deadly.  Beware of the warning signs.


     The first sign is that the people began to grumble and complain about leadership.  Good gracious, we are talking about Moses the friend of God.  He gave up everything to suffer with the people of God and they did not even appreciate him.  Even the strongest of leader’s desire affirmation that what they are doing is making a difference and someone notices.  The second is that the people see obstacles rather than opportunities.  Instead of seeing a dirt pile to climb on, it transforms into an insurmountable Everest.  I can spend hours meticulously studying and searching for a solution on one of my tractor projects, while giving up in frustration on something that would only take minutes to correct if I weren’t so discouraged in my personal life.  Sometimes I just cannot get past the aggravation.   Finally when the giants you face are bigger than the God you serve, you are doomed for failure.  You become disappointed in God, (Come on now, tell the truth!)  frustrated with family, (all I have to do is ask them)and completely “put out” with the church. (Ouch)  As Patty likes to say, “That ain’t nothing but the ole devil at work.”  The only remedy that I know of is to get your eyes back on God. He has been faithful and taken care of you this far, and he will not let you down now.  When you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do and that is to obey God.  If you do, the Promised Land awaits.  If you don’t, you might get there forty years later. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny


Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny