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Good Morning To All,
If you for some reason, feel that you've been struggling with your Ministry. Don't be dismayed.
Here are a some thoughts that may relieve the pressure and put the whole "ministry" thing in perspective:
1. It is God in His mercy who gives us the "ministry." It is nothing we can drum up:
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the "ministry" the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." (Acts 20:24)
"Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart." (or "give up") (2 Corinthians 4:1)
So… be sure the "ministry" in which you are engaged is the same as the one God intends for you. It is all too easy to contrive a ministry born out of guilt, pride, obligation, or even opportunity.
2. The people to whom you are to minister are a gift from God: Even the men Jesus worked with were given to Him by His Heavenly Father:
"I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word." (John 17:6)
3. The chances are that if you are operating within your gifts ministry-wise, you will be doing something:
"Well Lord, I wonder what you are planning today. Do you mind if I tag along and watch? Perhaps you'll even let me participate in a small part of it… "
Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.
"And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." John 1:16.
The Christian life is not like an insurance policy that only pays off when we die and go to heaven. Every believer has now received the grace of God and the fullness of God. We are now complete in Him (Col. 2:9-10).
Colossians 2:9 (KJV)
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
When we receive Jesus as our Lord, we are instantly changed in our spirits (2 Cor. 5:17).
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Many Christians aren't aware of the change that takes place in their spirit. They continue to live within their physical and emotional realms and are oblivious to the new, born-again part of them that has received the fullness of God.
You can't see or feel your spirit. You just have to believe what the Word of God tells you because God's Word is spirit and life (Jn. 6:63).
John 6:63 (KJV)
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Your spiritual salvation is complete. Nothing can be added to it. In your spirit, you are right now as you will be throughout all eternity (1 Jn. 4:17). PRAISE THE LORD!
1 John 4:17 (KJV)
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
To the degree that we will renew our minds to these truths and believe them, we will experience this fullness in this life, for as a man "thinketh in his heart, so [is] he" (Pro. 23:7).
Pray the prayer of Eph. 1:15-23 and let the Holy Spirit reveal "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).
Ephesians 1:15-23 (KJV)
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Chew on this for a while, and we'll see ya tomorrow. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Michael Stanley, 55