This past month we were privileged and extremely honored to have Pastor Paul De Jong with us from LIFE New Zealand. Pastor Paul is an apostle the the nation of New Zealand and a highly influential leader of the world. Every session was jam packed with information, revelation, and impartation. To the point that you couldn’t take notes fast enough.
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Throughout the day things were said that resonated with everyone there. Here are six statements that have greatly impacted our staff, and we hope they’ll do the same for you!
1. You’re not the savior of your soul, but you are the renovator of your soul.
As much as we pour out and give our lives to others, we should never lose sight of making improvements to our own. The soul is the innermost part of us, a part that no one sees. And because it’s not seen, it’s easily neglected. We need to keep making room what God wants to do in our lives.
2. Don’t teach on giving, teach on money.
Amongst other key principles, it’s important that we don’t just teach people how to give, but also give them a financial pathway that helps them understand money. When money touches the human hand, it will either become mammon or it will become seed. As pastors and leaders, we need to equip our people to understand the effects and possibilities of money.
3. Bigness of God only comes from smallness of self.
This seems so simple and basic, yet easily forgotten in ministry. John the Baptist said it best in John 3:30, “He must increase, I must decrease.” No matter how big and blessed our lives get, we can never lose sight of what it means to be a servant.
4. Revival comes when receive AND release.
Pastor Paul gave a great illustration about free divers and how they pack their lungs with air before descending into the water. In many ways, Christians can only inhale what God gives them and never exhale God into the lives of people around them.
5. You can develop your gift but you can’t grow your grace.
The bible talks about each having a gift from God, but it mentions elsewhere that we have each been given a measure of grace. No matter how tempting it may be, we are called to stay in our lanes, and work with what God has given us. Although we can glean and learn from others, if we don’t have grace for that area we can’t be discouraged.
6. Fruitfulness comes not just from what you add but also from what you take away.
We can all agree sometimes we just try to do to much. If we’re always focusing on so many different programs and ideas, it’s hard to stay centered and make something effective. I’d rather be excellent in one area than mediocre if ten areas.
Here at Passionate Pastors, we believe God has the best in store for your lives and your ministries. If you’re committed to growing, stay tuned for more blogs and insightful teachings. Be sure to stay connected with us on our website and on twitter (@wegrowPastors). You can also connect with Pastor Paul De Jong on Twitter and Instagram. (@PaulDeJongNZ).