A Minister’s Evils

Blessed Spirit of God,

Four evils attend my ministry –
The devil treads me down by discouragement and shame
    arising from coldness in private meditation.
Carelessness possesses me from natural dullness and dimness of spirit;
    because in the past I have met with success
        and have been highly regarded,
    so that it does not matter if I have now failed.
Infirmities and weakness are mine
    from want of spiritual light, life and power,
    so that souls have not been helped,
    and I have not felt thee to be near.
Lack of success has followed even when I have done my best.

But thou hast shown me that the glory of everything
   that is sanctified to do good
       is not seen in itself,
       but in the source of its sanctification.
Thus my end in preaching is to know Christ,
    and impart his truth;
My principle in preaching is Christ himself, whom I trust,
For in him is fullness of spirit and strength;
My comfort in preaching is to do all for him.

Help me in my work to grow more humble,
    to pick something out of all providences to that end,
    to joy in thee and loathe myself,
    to keep my life, being, soul, and body only for thee,
    to carry my heart to thee in love and delight,
    to see all my grace in thee, coming from thee,
    to walk with thee in endearment.
Then, whether I succeed or fail,
    nought matters but thee alone.

The Valley of Vision, pp. 336-37      

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5 thoughts on “A Minister’s Evils

  1. Pastor,
    Over the course of the last few months, I have been a member of Shiloh. Rev. Letson and Rev. Rogers, has really been a blessing to and for me. I do thank God for him, using them, in a mighty way. My father in the Minisery, has went to be with the Lord, as of 2006. I had the honor to serve as one of his Deacons from 1994 to 1999, before I got my calling to preach,the good news.

    When I look at you and your staff, and see the light of God in you all,and how the doctrain of the word is being taught in the raw.

    Knowing that I have much more to learn, I know that God has place me and my family, here so that we can go to another level, under your leadership.

    Our prayer is, that God continue to bless you and your family.

    God bless,
    Bro. Benny Brown

    PS. I was looking for your e-mail address, didn’t find it.

  2. Pastor Charles,

    Thank you so much for posting this excerpt, as well as a Ministers Prayer. These posting have helped tremendously, especially being new to ministry..

    You are such a blessing.
    Minister Tamara Jones
    Mt. Calvary Baptist Church JC

  3. I certainly appreciate you sharing this timeless treasure with us in the blogosphere. By the way, I finally got a chance to view your 10am sermon and service online this morning. It was truly a blessing. Keep Preaching!!!