Bible Passage: Hosea 12:13; 2 Chronicles 20:20
“And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.” – Hosea 12:13
“Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” – 2 Chronicles 20:20a
These two passages reveal that there is a connection between your destiny and your pastor. Israel had no future without Moses and there would have been no Timothy without a Paul. Whatever you place value on, you draw virtue from. The woman with the issue of blood placed value on Jesus and she received the virtue of healing. God wants the best for you and that’s why He makes sure He places over you a pastor or prophet.
Seven roles pastors have to play over your destiny
1. Your pastor is sent by God to clarify your life’s purpose through his preaching, teaching and ministration.
2. God uses pastors to release for you the prescription for life and destiny
3. Your pastor triggers a release of your potential in life. There is no one that’s born empty however in most cases, the potentials don’t find expression until under pressure through the word of God.
4. Your pastor connects you to your possession.
5. God uses your pastor to facilitate your progress by virtue of prophetic declaration.
6. Your pastor is vital for preservation in life and destiny.
7. Your pastor is the key to your profit in life. When you are under a pastor that God has called you can’t suffer loss.
Biblical Examples of Pastors/Prophets
ABRAHAM – (Genesis 12:1-3; 13:1-5). Abraham was a prophet who gave cover to Lot his nephew. Lot enjoyed five things because of his association with Abraham (Pastoral/prophetic cover).
1. Lot was brought out of obscurity and irrelevance in life.
2. Through Abraham he got his dignity and identity.
3. The blessings God placed upon Abraham as a cover also flowed to Lot. Likewise, the blessings in the life of your pastor flows into yours.
4. As long as Lot remained with Abraham, he enjoyed cover and direction. When he Left Abraham, the first decision he made was a wrong one. Prophetic cover assists with direction and cover in life (Genesis 13:10-11).
5. He enjoyed prophetic protection and preservation (Genesis 14: 1, 12).
MOSES – (Exodus 3:7-9). What makes your pastor similar to Moses?
1. God sent Moses to terminate the captivity of Israel.
2. He was a divine agent of vengeance and judgment.
3. God used Moses to provide leadership and guidance to the people.
4. God used him as an agent of divine solution and supply. You can’t follow your pastor accurately and end up empty handed.
5. God used Moses to tackle the people’s battle. When Joshua and the Israelites went to battle, as long as Moses’ hand was lifted during the battle, they were winning.
6. God used Moses to set the pathway of destiny for his people.
All of the above roles of Moses are similar to what your pastor has been called to do in your life.
Therefore, do not short change yourself by ignoring the prophet/pastor sent by God into your life.
1. Identify your God-given pastor (Jeremiah 3:15);
2. Value your pastor (2 Kings 4:9-10);
3. Believe your pastor (2 Chronicles 20:20);
4. Reach out to your pastor;
5. Be faithful and committed to your pastor (Exodus 33:11).
God wants you to maximize what is in the life of your pastor, so don’t short change yourself by ignoring this truth