As I was reading my personal Facebook page today I came across this “On This Day” memory from two years ago. I wrote it at a time the I had become discouraged at the growth of my "Faith The Evidence", Internet Ministry. Visits to the website appeared to have plateaued. I had such high hopes for a ministry that would attract thousands, and that wasn’t happening. In addition to that I had, what people call, “Writer’s Block” I couldn’t think of anything to write about for my blogs. The Holy Spirit wasn’t giving me anything and I was frustrated and becoming discouraged. (there’s a blog post on discouragement coming).
Now two years later here I am again. The number visits to the Faith The Evidence website and blog has slowed and the monthly average has seems to have plateaued. I’m finding it difficult to come up with new blog posts. Well “low and behold” guess what shows up on my Facebook page today.
I’m lead to make it blog post today. After reading it again two years later it's had the same effect it had then. Rather than stay discouraged, I’m now encouraged. My prayer is that if you are discouraged it will have the same effect on you and you will become encouraged.
The Facebook Post
Here’s that Facebook post from two years ago.
This is what I wrote about this Morning and Evening devotion this morning.
If you are in a small church, or your personal ministry is not growing as fast as you thought it would when God put it in your spirit, you, like me, may be getting get discouraged. Just this morning I was asking God if this Faith The Evidence ministry was really what He wanted me to do or was it just my idea? It didn't seem to be growing as fast as I wanted it to (emphasis on "I"). It started out quickly and now seems to have reached a plateau. Then I read my morning devotion from Charles Spurgeon and I want t share it with you. What it essentially says is that your work for the gospel and in the body of Christ is important. It really doesn't matter what you are doing as long as it's done in love according to the Word (Bible). You may be in front leading the charge, or you may be in the rear grabbing those who are in danger of being overwhelmed. After reading it I have a renewed energy and I thank and praise God for always knowing what we need and when we need it. Continue the work that God has given you.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
To God be the glory!
The Charles Spurgeon Morning Devotion
Numbers 2:31 They shall go hindmost with their standards.
The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the same manna, drank of the same spiritual rock, and journeyed to the same inheritance. Come, my heart, cheer up, though last and least; it is thy privilege to be in the army, and to fare as they fare who lead the van. Some one must be hindmost in honour and esteem, some one must do menial work for Jesus, and why should not I? In a poor village, among an ignorant peasantry; or in a back street, among degraded sinners, I will work on, and "go hindmost with my standard." The Danites occupied a very useful place. Stragglers have to be picked up upon the march, and lost property has to be gathered from the field. Fiery spirits may dash forward over untrodden paths to learn fresh truth, and win more souls to Jesus; but some of a more conservative spirit may be well engaged in reminding the church of her ancient faith, and restoring her fainting sons. Every position has its duties, and the slowly moving children of God will find their peculiar state one in which they may be eminently a blessing to the whole host. The rear guard is a place of danger. There are foes behind us as well as before us. Attacks may come from any quarter. We read that Amalek fell upon Israel, and slew some of the hindmost of them. The experienced Christian will find much work for his weapons in aiding those poor doubting, desponding, wavering, souls, who are hindmost in faith, knowledge, and joy. These must not be left unaided, and therefore be it the business of well-taught saints to bear their standards among the hindmost. My soul, do thou tenderly watch to help the hindmost this day.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.