Pastor Troy Allison
Dear Church Family,
I recently preached a message on a Sunday night, and I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to encourage many more of you with one simple yet profound point from that message. That point was this: We do not have to labor in ministry to achieve victory. Instead, we should be serving in ministry from a place of victory—already won! Since Christ has already won the victory for us, all of our ministry at Liberty Baptist Church should flow from a place of triumph and joy!
Maybe you’d like to say to me, “But Pastor Troy, I don’t feel very victorious right now. This feels like an uphill battle.” To that I would say, “Yes, ministry is hard work. It requires faithfulness, diligence, and consistency. But… the battle has already been won, so let’s serve with joy!”
Remember the account in 2 Kings, about Elisha and his servant facing an army that was circling the city, complete with horses and chariots? Elisha’s servant was feeling a little disillusioned, to say the least! Then, in 2 Kings 6:16, Elisha said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant so he could truly see. And what exactly did he see? The latter half of verse 18 tells us, “…the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Well, I can just about guaran-tee you that when Elisha’s servant was able to clearly see the Lord’s army, his fear turned into triumphant confidence.
Folks, let’s cease striving and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10). That doesn’t mean we cease working hard for the Lord. Instead, it means we stop serving out of a motivation to recover from the difficult years behind us. Those are in the past, and now we’re pressing ahead! From this point forward, we are serving from a place of victory that’s already been won. And if you’ll open your eyes, you will see that we’re surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who are cheering us on (Heb. 12:1)!