Meet Pastor Shane Williams. Shane and his family have great hearts for the Kingdom of God.
In 2002, under the guidance of Heaven, The Place Of Refuge Church was birthed in Crossville, Tennessee. Pastor Shane, his wife Julie, and their daughter Isabella remain committed to helping change the lives of those in the Cumberland County, Tennessee area. Over these last fifteen years, they have repeatedly shown that faith works and Jesus never fails. I know you’ll enjoy Pastor Shane’s encouraging words.
Many times the heart of a pastor can become burdened with the cares of everyday life and the needs of church members. The enemy’s desire is that we all quit, but the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Pastor, God has raised you up to make a difference, and you can do it because the Greater One resides within you. During the last fifteen years, I have wondered how I will do this or that. Then, I am reminded that I’m not doing anything. It is the Greater One working through me and God can do anything but fail.
Pastor, you have the greatest job of mankind, you are God’s ordained messenger. His creative power and anointing flow through you. But sometimes you get tired and that’s when you hear the Savior say, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Only God can soothe your weary and tired Spirit. He wants to renew your strength so you can soar like an eagle. This is your time to soar. Take off, pastor! What God has in store to work through you will bless many.
The ministry has more leave than answer the call due to the overwhelming pressures that come with active ministry. So let’s be determined to be a part of each other’s solution. Even when Moses was weary he had those around him to lift him up and strengthen him. If we are to usher in the harvest, we must comfort, not tear down each other, but lift one another up.
Pastor, I sense as I write this that now is not the time to surrender, but a time for you to march forward. Speak life to your congregation. If you sense that this hasn’t worked, do it again. Paul said after having done all to stand, stand therefore. The Word of God is the only assurance we need that God will move. Stand on the Word! When opposition comes, stand on the Word of God. When they say it can’t be done, stand on the Word of God.
The season you are entering will be like no other. The enemy is in opposition to you and your ministry because of the impact your faithfulness will have on those around you. I have discovered the great men and women of God in the Bible never gave up. It’s a fire shut up in your bones. Let the fire out! Let it spread in this season and you will stand back in awe of the power of God and what He is doing in this season.
If you quit, God will raise someone else up. But remember, He raised you up for this time and for this season. You wear the mantle of the anointing and His Word flows through you. As you stand and wait for God to move, be encouraged with this all powerful answer to the question at hand. “Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). No, nothing is too hard for the One who by His own great power made Heaven and Earth.
If you’d like more information on Pastor Shane Williams or The Place of Refuge Church in Crossville, Tennessee, please visit their website. Or drop in and visit with them on your next Sunday off. You’ll be glad you did.