HOW GREAT PREACHERS THINK

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HOW GREAT PREACHERS THINK
A very great preacher of our time, Bishop David Oyedepo once told us during a big meeting the secret of his success as a preacher. He said, “You cannot know the secret of my success in ministry except you discover my heartbeat for God.”

When it comes to discovering what makes great preachers in their generation, their THINKING is one of the top secrets. You can read my article on RETHINKING SUCCESS IN MINISTRY for background understanding to this one you are reading.

The Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (See Proverbs 23:7)

I like to share with you how Great Preachers Think.

1. THEY THINK GOD

Yes. Many preachers think ABOUT God. But great preachers think God. They are sold out in their love for God. They love the Lord with every breath in them – heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). In fact, their thinking is just God all the time. Nothing occupies their hearts except God. They Love God so they think God. If you are going to be mightily used by God, you must learn to think God. The more your heart is full of God, the more your life will be full of Him.

2. THEY THINK LIKE GOD

Romans 12:2NLT says, “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Great preachers think like God. They don’t think like the world. They seek to know how God thinks through His word and they think the same way. Also, if God will make you a mighty vessel and instrument in His work, you must learn to think like God. Learning to think like God is to base your thinking on His word. When you give yourself to God’s word, you are giving Him chance to transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. And except God changes the way you think He cannot change you to who He want you to be.

3. THEY THINK HEAVEN

The Scripture says our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20). This is the reason great preachers think heaven. They don’t think only about this life here on earth (Philippians 3:19). They are always conscious of heaven, knowing full well that we all are sojourners here on earth. They will never allow the pleasures of this world to steal their minds away from heaven. They labour day and night because a time comes when they will face their creator. They always depend on God to supply their needs from heaven because that’s where they belong. You must never allow the distractions of this world to make you set your mind on mere passing earthly things. You are not a citizen of the world. We are citizens of heaven. Therefore, we must make heaven the focus of our thinking.

Remember the 3 ways great preachers think…
1. THEY THINK GOD
2. THEY THINK LIKE GOD
3. THEY THINK HEAVEN

THINK ON THESE THINGS…

The Bible is a Perfect Map and Chart to the Christian on Pilgrimage Through
the World. ~George F. Pentecost

“You cannot starve a man who is feeding on God’s promises.” ~ E.C. Olsen

“God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” ~Hudson
Taylor