Who Told You That!

As ministry leaders we all have various voices speaking into our lives and into our ministry. We often hear what the congregation likes and does not like, we hear what other leaders are saying or doing, our spouse will be a voice into our lives and ministry, circumstances speak to us and the pressures of serving God can often create conflict or confusion.  We must do what we are teaching; hear from God and obey God.
 
Genesis Chapter 3 tells us the account of Adam and Eve eating of the forbidden fruit. After Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, God comes to the garden - but Adam and Eve are hiding. When God asks Adam where are you?, Adam responds with “I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Verse 10) To be naked is to be fully exposed. The first mention of fear in the Bible came about man being exposed.
 
This fear still permeates many God-fearing men today. As ministry leaders, we cannot succumb to fear. We cannot allow fear to drive us away from God. We cannot allow fear to keep us from doing what God wants us to do. We cannot allow fear to push us out of God’s presence.
 
Adam believed what his senses were telling him, that he was naked. He then experienced fear, which lead him away from God. As ministry leaders, we would instruct people to run to God - not away from Him. We must do the same thing when we begin to believe something other than what God says to us, especially when it creates fear.
 
God responds to Adam’s statement in verse 11 by saying, “Who told thee that thou wast naked?...” I believe God is still asking us this question today. Adam was afraid of being exposed. So many men and women in ministry put on a façade in fear of being exposed. We often grin and bear it, not out of faith, but out of fear of exposure.  
 
The tree that Adam and Eve ate from was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). This is important because Jeremiah Chapter 10 verse 23 says, “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Proverbs Chapter 3 tells us to 'lean not to our own understanding but acknowledge God in all our ways and He will direct our paths.' First Corinthians Chapter 3 verse 19 tells us that 'wisdom of this world is foolishness with God'. The point is, we were not intended to know the way: it is not in us. We were created to live by revelation from God. We were created to gain our knowledge, wisdom, instruction and direction from God.
 
God still desires that we strictly and solely follow Him and His plans for our lives and our ministries.  This is a simple but powerful concept. We teach and preach this concept every time we minister. No matter what the subject may be.  The point is to do what God says to do. We must not only remember to preach this concept; but to apply it to our personal lives, as well as our ministry.
 
We must evaluate why we are doing what we are doing. We must ask ourselves, “Who told you that?” If there is any area of our life or ministry that is not producing as it should, then we must evaluate who told us to do this; who told us how to do this; who told us when to do this; and who told us where to do this. Once we conclude the answers to those questions and determine what God was speaking and what came from other voices - then we will be able to identify the areas of disconnect.
 
Once we recognize where the disconnect is occurring, then we must seek God to tell us what to do, how to do it, when to do it and where to do it. At that point, we must obey God above anyone or anything else.
 
As long as we stay with God’s plan of living not by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out His mouth, we will see God’s results. Fear should have no place in ministry. We must remember God is using us and the results are not up to our abilities or our resources.  When our abilities are yielded to Him, He can use them beyond our wildest imagination.  If our resources are scarce, His are abundant!  God is empowering us and not setting us up to fail. It is when we get back to simply doing only what God tells us to do that we walk in the fullness of all that He has called us to do! Let’s practice what we preach. 

This article is written by Pastor Evan Black

Pastor Evan Black is the Senior Pastor of Faith4Life Church in Round Rock, Texas. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University as well as Faith School of Ministry. Pastor Evan and his wife, Minister Priscilla Black, have two sons, Isaiah and Josiah Black.