Are you a True Minister of God? Read on to find out everything this entails…
This morning, while reading in 2 Corinthians, I stumbled across some very interesting verses that are important for us to dwell on that our lives may be lived as God desires. For those of you who have decided to become a True Follower of Christ, you are called a minister of Christ (2 Cor. 3:6). Although you may never be called to be a full-time minister or pastor as I was eleven years ago, you are a minister right now!!! In His letter to the Corinthians, Paul gives each one of us an idea of how we should be living, and what we should expect as we follow Him!!!
2 Corinthians 6:3-4a “We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God.”
This is something we must always be wary of. Our lives as representations of Who God is must not give Him a bad light in anything that we do or do not do. We must be always living as His children. No pressure! I am thankful that the grace of God covers my failures, but I must be open and say that I am not perfect…and neither are you. So I am in good company 🙂 Our openness and transparency about our faults allows others to grab ahold of the truth of grace working in us.
4b “We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food.
Most of us have experienced at least some of these, but we have much more to expect if we are truly following in the footsteps of Christ!!!
6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.
How are you proving yourself this week? Ask Holy Spirit to help you be the proof of Christ in the midst of every negative situation.
7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.
The Truth of God radiating from us, the power of God working through us, and His righteousness working in us are the weapons and defense against the enemy and his forces!!!
8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. 9 We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.”
It does not matter where we are, what we are doing, what people’s response to us, or accusations against us are. Our situation does not dictate how we are to act or conduct ourselves. As we rely fully upon The Lord, He will give us the ability to triumph in any circumstance and shine forth His glory in every trial.
Remember, that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are being a minister of Christ!!! Are you proclaiming the Truth of who He is and what He is doing for you no matter what is going on around you? Are you being a light of hope in a dark world? Are you giving and accurate representation of who He is? Or are you causing others to view Christ falsely or making Him seem powerless and puny?
You are a minister of Christ and I bless you with the ability to radiate His truth, walk in His righteousness, and bring glory to God through the working of His power and sharing of His love!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
We have been in New York City for about a week now and several things are becoming apparent. First, it is much harder to blog than before, maybe because I am the one responsible to God for making sure we are being diligent in the ministry He has for us. Second, I am responsible for my wife now when before it was just me. However, I will continue to update you as often as I can about the happenings here.
First, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of praying for us and partnering with us in this way. NYC is a good training ground for us before we head out into other countries, and it is amazing to see the level of demonic activity that is surrounding us. Whether it is because we are on the scene or it is always like this, I do not know, but it is very evident that at least two of these instances were intended to cause us to fear. We are not fearing, just pressing forward.
Also, things are not looking as I originally thought here, but we are still doing ministry. Not the crazy awesomeness that I thought, but it is happening. Please continue to pray that God would open the doors and that we would come to know more about our specific purpose here beyond ministering life and encouragement to my friend Zach.
I wanted to share with you two things that God spoke to me about NYC. As the plane was landing last week, I began to pray for NYC and ask the Lord to reveal what was going on here. He spoke to me that He was birthing Fire in NYC. THis became very evident this week in many ways. Bethel, JHOP, Hillsong, NAMB and many more amazing ministries have set their sights on bringing the gospel here. Each of these are already setup and ministering in various ways.
The second thing was one morning, I woke up singing, “My God’s not Dead, He is surely alive. He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion!” Many people may look at cities like NY and think that it is a godless depraved city. However, God is not dead here!!! He is roaring like a lion and waking up His people. He is calling His children to rise up and take back this Gateway city. When His people control the gateway cities to the nations, they are the ones letting in the glory of the Lord and keeping out the attack of the enemy.
I want to encourage you in your life that there may be situations, people, places where you feel that are godless and so far removed from God and are without Him. He is not dead in that person, situation, or circumstance!!! He is inside and roaring like a lion His truth and love. Perhaps you are the one He wants to use to bring His truth and love to a situation! Ask Holy Spirit if there is some way that He can use you to roar our His truth to the people, situations, and circumstances around you. I bless you with this “My God is Not dead! He is surely alive in You! He is living on the inside of You! He is roaring like a Lion in and through You!!! Let it out and roar the way You were designed to roar as a son or daughter of the Lion of Judah!!!