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As a church, we desire this year to reach out to our community more than ever
before. To reach out to old and new members, which is God’s number one care
and concern for His church. In the mind of Jesus, the harvest has no problem
which is why his concern was for the laborers, hence he said, “The harvest is
plentiful, but the workers are few.” (Matt 9:37) Jesus noted that the harvest is
ripe and ready, but the laborers are few and undersized in every degree and capacity. Not just in
size, but also in terms of strength. God’s desire is therefore to build the laborers and make them
strong enough to bring in the harvest.

This is very vital because until the laborers are strong, the harvest remains in jeopardy and at risk
of going into rot. One vital way God makes his laborers strong is through the power of the Holy
Spirit. The Holy Spirit was promised to all believers by Christ, “But very truly I tell you, it is for
your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the advocate will not come to you; but if I go,
I will send him to you.” (John 16:7). In our walk with God, we need the Holy Spirit to bring in
the harvest and avoid spiritual dryness. Spiritual dryness translates to weak laborers. When you
worship God, a refreshing comes from his presence that strengthens your life. Every one of us
needs a constant, daily filling of the Holy Spirit to avoid spiritual dryness. To do this, we must
constantly dwell in the presence of God in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
This must be a constant daily practice because every time we are involved in spiritual work,
something is dissipated that ought to be refilled. It is by being refilled that we are strengthened to
do the job. The Holy Spirit which was promised by Christ was given without measures. The glory
of God is visible on his children when they are filled with the Spirit. To be constantly filled with
God’s Spirit, we need to pray and have time to read the word of God, always. The Bible recorded
in Acts 4:31 that “when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled; and
they were all filled with Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” In Proverbs
24:10, The bible says “if thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” there is a way
to increase small strength; it is through prayers and the in-filling of the Holy Spirit.
Hear me loud and clear, my people of the United Methodist Church of Clear Lake, what we need
this year 2023 is to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit to do God’s work in this part of his
vineyard. As a community, we need to be drunk with the Holy Spirit and fellowship with God
consistently. Let us endeavor to study His word in our Wednesday Discipleship Pathway, during
our first Saturday of every month’s Prayer Breakfast, and be present for our Sunday morning
services. In 2 Corinthians 13:13, the bible says “… and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be
with you all. Amen”. This is not just a mere recitation but also our guide through life. I encourage
you all this year: to spend quality time in prayer and studying the word of God, fellowshipping
together and watch your life transform from one degree of glory to another as God, all by Himself,

Pastor Sylvester will be taking Fridays as his day off starting in November.