The month of October, among other things, has been designated Clergy Appreciation Month. So with the untold number of ministry gifts who serve God, the purposes of God and the people of God, I want to give attention to this great calling.

Deuteronomy 33:1 says, “And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.” The saints often talk about getting a blessing or they are looking for a blessing, but often fail to realize there is a blessing in the man of God.

The Israelites spent hundreds of years in Egypt, with many of those years in slavery. But God eventually raised up a deliverer in Moses, and sent him to Pharaoh. God’s message to Pharaoh was, “Let my people go.” Initially, Pharaoh refused, but after a series of plagues, he did let them go.

Hosea 12:13 says, “And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.” They were brought out and preserved by a prophet. There is a blessing in the man of God. Even with 40 years of wandering, their clothes didn’t wear out, nor did their shoes.

Psalm 105:37 says, “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.”

II Chronicles 20:20c says, “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” God has connected your prosperity, your quality of life to the ministry gift He has assigned to you. But because people fail to recognize this, they miss out on untold blessings.

In Mark 6:1-6, Jesus could do no mighty work in Nazareth, his hometown, because of their belief. Jesus was only able to lay hands on a few sick folks and heal them because they didn’t recognize there was a blessing in the man of God. They dishonored the gift. I Timothy 5:17 declared, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

In II Kings 4, there is a Shunammite woman who recognized there was a blessing in the man of God. In verse 9, she said to her husband, “Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.” The next thing they did was sow. How we see determines how we serve, how we sow and how we receive. Because this woman had excellent perception, she set herself and her household up for a series of miracles. She recognized there was a blessing in the man of God.

Contact Milton Coats via email at pastorcoats@magnoliafgbc.org.