Saturday, January 26, 2008

COUNTING THE COST
OF YOUR PLACE
IN
THE MINSTRY

Key Verse: Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?

Are you considering enter the ministry, are you already in ministry? One must consider the cost. If you are already in ministry and struggling, quite possibly, you did not count the cost of entering into such a great rewarding profession. One may not have considered the cost on one’s life, one’s finances, nor one’s personal life. Don’t start beating yourself up, instead, 1) stop, 2) take a deep breath, 3) release that breath and smile! For each day is a new day in the LORD!! He is The way maker, The life-changer. NO one knew this more than King David!! WOW!! His story is one of victory!! One of the testimony of God working in his life!! One must “lean” on Jesus, rely on the Holy Spirit, for not by might nor by power but by My Spirit!! Don’t rely on your own power, your own natural ability, but by the Holy Spirit(Zechariah 4:6) Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. If one is considering the entering into the ministry one MUST seek the widom of God through His Word, His Holy Spirit and from those who have been assigned “mentorship” or “eldership over them. This is God assigned NOT worldly-man assigned. The time is now for the younger to submit to the “elder” council for Godly direction and wisdom. I encourage those entering into ministry to pray in Godly counsel from Godly men and women, and for that one person to be a spiritual father or spiritual mother to them.
This is for all: 2nd Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Why? The following verse gives the answer=2nd Timothy 2:16 But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. Profane and vain babbling? Worldly wisdom, anything contrary to the Word of God!!
Rely only on the LORD, His Word and true Godly wisdom of those “proven” to be stable and grounded mature living in Christ. As we look at the five-fold ministry, I look 1st to pastors and teachers as along with apostles/prophets/evangelists, with the need for “anointed” teachers” buildup/encourage/instruct each disciple in Christ so they many NOT be “led-astray” by every false teaching that is taking place this very day. OOOH, LORD, in the name of Jesus!!!! Raise up teachers, who teach the Word in its FULLNESS, empowering them to overcome!! In the name of Jesus, AMEN AMEN and AMEN!!! Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
I encourage all, as the Holy Spirit “draws” you into ministry, I encourage all in ministry struggling, Stand on the WORD-Claim it, speak it over your life, be not discouraged, keep the ‘joy of the LORD” as “the joy you have; the world did not give to you; nor can the world remove it from you; YOUR joy, MY joy comes from JESUS!!! Therefore no matter the situation, I am at peace, standing firm. And going forth doing MY part in the GREAT and MIGHTY Kingdom of God!!! Fear NOT!! For thy God encompasses YOU, for thy God has a hedge about thee!! Thy God can will send a “host” of angels to protect YOU!!!
Put Him(Jesus) 1st!!! Matthew 6:33-34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof. TUNNEL-VISION, After counting the cost, new in ministry or if you’re in ministry. Nothing else but Kingdom business. All needs supplied by Jesus!! NO employer can or will offer this!! And consider this often: Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME..

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