Houston Forward Times

23 July 2014 Written by  Pastor E A Deckard


"We must admit that simply knowing the contents of the Bible is not a sure route to spiritual growth. There is an aweful assumption in evangelical churches that if we can just get the Word of God into people’s heads, then the Spirit of God will apply it to their hearts. That assumption is awful, not because the Spirit never does what the assumption supposes, but because it excused pastors and leaders from the responsibility to tangle with people’s lives. Many remain safely hidden behind pulpits, hopelessly out of touch with the struggles of their congregations, proclaiming the Scriptures with a pompous accuracy that touches no one. Pulpits should provide bridges, not barriers, to life-changing relationships."

― Larry Crabb, Inside Out

Forward Thinkers this week I will continue to ask and answer questions to empower and enlighten you because it’s your time to grow into your full potential.

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

Forward Thinkers "The Why Series" is here to give you truths that will set you free. Today, I will continue with, "Why I need a Pastor", why I need to know and hear the Word, and Why I need to always pray.

Forward Thinkers remember slaves and prisoners are not free but today the truth will break the chains off slave mind-sets and open the prison cells of the mind. Forward Thinkers I challenge you to celebrate your freedom in advance.

Forward Thinkers we have been entertained and emotionally stirred up long enough; it’s time we focused on the truth found in God’s Word which is designed to set us free from lack, poverty, and anything beneath our promised position of prosperity.

Why Do I need a Pastor?

Jeremiah 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.

Forward Thinkers God says, "I will give you Pastors" therefore, God would not give you anything that you don’t need. My grandmother taught me everything I receive from God which is a gift from heaven, therefore; my Pastor is a gift from heaven.

Forward Thinkers as a matter of fact, everything God gives you is a gift intended to mold you into your full potential.

Forward Thinkers, Pastors are the office and authority of the 21st century, however; Pastor has been under great attack, because the enemy realizes the potential of the relationship between the Pastor and the Believer. The enemy knows under the right spiritual leadership, a "Believer" will operate above and beyond the standards of the world. The Pastor has the ability to declare a desired future over the Believer and the Believer has the ability to receive those declarations and enter into a "I can do all things through Christ" mind set.

As a Forward Thinker, I challenge you to find a Pastor and allow that relationship to leap forward into your full potential.

Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Forward Thinkers the Pastor should equip and prepare you for the battles of life you will face daily. The Pastor has been assigned by God to train you for spiritual warfare not the assignment to entertain you. The bible says man is here for only a few days but those days will be full of trouble, therefore; God has assigned you a Pastor to coach you through those difficulty days.

Forward Thinkers the Pastor also has the responsibility to equip you to grow into your full potential by feeding you God’s Word in and out of season.

Forward Thinkers the Pastor should build up the people. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy your dreams and desires. The Pastor has the responsibility to present the "Word of God" in a way it will bring life to the hearer. The Pastor should build up your faith to the point where when the enemy shows up, you will be equipped to defeat him on every turn.

Forward Thinkers the Pastor should mature the people. The Pastor has the awesome assignment to navigate you through life. The Pastor should deliver the message of God in a fashion that will it mature you in your decision making. The "litmus test" if you are under the right spiritual leadership has that relationship to matured you.

Forward Thinkers faith comes through hearing the preacher preach the word. That’s why you call them your Man or Woman of Faith. They serve as a bridge connecting you to your faith.

Forward Thinkers I believe your faith is a vehicle that carries you into your full potential, but I also believe your Pastor is the gas that keeps the vehicle going at all time.

Why I need to hear and know the Word

Romans 10:17 17 consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Forward Thinkers you need a sent Pastor. A Pastor sent to preach the Word of God without compromising the truth for personal gain or fanfare. Jesus told Peter to feed my sheep and Jesus repeated this assignment over and over again to Peter to stress the importance of the Pastor’s relationship with the Word and the people. The Pastor is sent to feed the people the Word. Without the Word of God, the faith of the people will not increase and without faith the people cannot operate at a level of life that pleases God; the Word says faith pleases God.

Forward Thinkers you need a sent Pastor that loves you enough to preach the Word of God without hesitation or fear.

Forward Thinkers you need to know God’s Word to cancel the words of your enemies. We must remember the enemy will not stop attacking us, therefore; we must continue to hear the Word to release enough faith to always cancel the enemy’s plan of attack.

Forward Thinkers God’s Word has the power to turn your life around. The power of life and death is in your mouth. God’s Word coming out of your mouth brings life into your current situation.

Forward Thinkers don’t allow the devil to silence you seeking God’s Word. Remember more Word produces more power.

Forward Thinkers you need God’s Word because you cannot trust "IT" in the midst of untrustworthy times.

We can depend on the Word when everything and everybody else has failed us.

Why I need to Pray?

If God knows all and is always in control why do I need to pray?

Forward Thinkers we need to pray because the bible which is God’s Word says we ought to always pray.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Forward Thinkers Jesus prayed and we need to be more like Jesus so we must also pray. There is power in prayer. Prayer is the greatest weapon we have to defeat the enemy.

Forward Thinkers we need to pray so we won’t operate with negative emotions. We need to pray so we won’t do that thing our carnal mind and body is telling us to do. We must pray so we won’t say that word our flesh desires to say in response to our enemy.

Forward Thinkers we must pray so we won’t be defeated by the tricks of the enemy.

Forward Thinkers in conclusion remember prayer is not designed to change God’s mind but to regulate our minds.

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, 16711 Ella Blvd. Houston, Texas, 77090. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the church website at www.ghic.net

MAA WereReady