Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it
Psalm 127:1 (KJV)
You Got This!
When I went to Bible College the teachers would keep telling us students, on a weekly basis I might add, that ministry is spelt W-O-R-K.
And its true. If you want to do anything for God it will take a lot of blood, sweat and tears. You will be persecuted by the devil and by people who will tell you that is not God for you to be a pastor or minister. Others will think you are crazy to stay up all night at the hospital praying for the sick. Others will not understand why you need a bigger building and they will let you know right up front, that they are not going to give you a single dime in the offerings. Others will just be in the way and drain your time instead of growing up for themselves and helping in the work of God.
I have been a world champion bicyclist, a top runway fashion model, and successful businessman; but I have never seen a more lazy bunch than church folks. Oh, don’t get me wrong, you will have a handful by your side and thank God for them! You better keep praying for them, they are a blessing to Jesus and the kingdom. What I am trying to say to you is never give up! If God gives you a plan I don’t care how many people will tell you it won’t work. If God told you to do it it will work. He is faithful!! He is always faithful! You got this! Because with God all things are possible! And after all! When you get to heaven and see all the souls you won, and the eternal rewards just waiting for you, it will all be worth it! Glory to God!!
For the Kingdom!
Pastor David’s Must Have Ministry Book
This is the book and message you will need more than any other. Oh, sure there are a ton of subjects like Being Led by the Holy Spirit, Walking in the Love of God, Excellence in Ministry, Boldness, Prayer, Faith, Joy… and so many others. But this is my main stay, besides my bible.
Because after all is said and done; it is His call and purpose He has placed on your life. You will need to cast all your cares on Him time and time again. You are going to obey, believe and trust God through some impossible situations. He specializes in impossible situations. He loves you, He is faithful and He will carry you through to victory every time. It’s you and God all the way! Give Him the whole load!
For the Kingdom
The Real Secret of Effective Ministry - Lynne Hammond
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:36 – 38 KJV
Resurrection power released through prayer is the real secret of effective Christian service. That’s why God used a corporate prayer meeting to launch the ministry of the apostle Paul.
The Bible gives no indication that the prophets and teachers from the Antioch church who attended that prayer meeting had any idea what direction it was going to take. They thought they were just getting together for a time of fasting and worship. But Acts 13:2 – 5 tells us that:
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews …. (KJV)
Many times, we read those verses and miss what really happened there. We don’t realize that the prayers of the Antioch leaders actually prepared a ministry path for Paul and Barnabas. Their prayers sent resurrection power out ahead to smooth the way so that they would be well supplied—both spiritually and naturally—on their missionary journey.
As a result, Paul and Barnabas stepped out to do the work of God and things immediately started falling into place for them.
When they got to Seleucia, they found a boat ready and waiting to take them where they needed to go. They didn’t have to sit around for months literally waiting for their ship to come in. Because the power of prayer had gone before them to make preparation, they could just set sail and go.
My, how we need that kind of power to be released in prayer these days!
Multitudes of ministers stand ready and waiting to go into the harvest fields of the world, but God won’t send them out until a path is cleared for them. He won’t thrust them into situations where no spiritual preparation has been made.
That’s why Jesus instructed us to pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers. He understands that the sending follows the praying.
Even Paul, who had one of the greatest apostolic callings of all time couldn’t just go out on his own and do the work of God. To be truly effective in ministry, a highway of resurrection power had to be raised up for him to walk on. The same is true for ministers today. For them to be successful in what God has called them to do, they need a path cut for them by rivers of living water flowing from the spirits of praying believers. They need people like us to pave the way through prayer!
Scripture Reading: Acts 13:1 – 12
Obey God and See Your Ministry Prosper - Keith Butler
"Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant" (Ps. 35:27 KJV).
Everybody loves a great success story. But, success in God doesn't happen overnight.
I have been blessed because I obeyed God all the years that I have been in ministry. Reading Deuteronomy 28 is actually reading what has happened to me. But it was not easy.
In fact, as soon as my wife and I left Bible School and went into ministry, we were wronged. My first engagement was a two-week meeting where I began on the subjects of the authority of the believer, understanding our rights in Christ, and having joy in the midst of trials.
Amazingly, those who invited me closed it down after three days because they didn't like the subject matter.
Because I was booked for two weeks, there were no other engagements and no way to support my young family! Yet God found a way to provide as I continued to obey Him.
I have obeyed God from then until now. Today, I am a successful pastor of several churches in Detroit, Atlanta, and Phoenix.
Young preachers can preach this message because it's in the Word of God. But I can preach this message because it's in the Word of God and I have lived it.
I am blessed in the city and blessed in the suburb. I am blessed in the fruit of my body. All of my kids are born again, filled with the Holy Ghost, and ministers of the gospel. I'm blessed in every way all the time! It doesn't matter where I go, I am blessed coming in and going out all the time!
When you obey God, blessed shall you be in your store. Blessed shall you be when you come in and when you go out. Your enemies that rise up against you will be smitten before your face.
The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouses (you need more than one account!) All that you set your hand to will be blessed. The Lord will bless you in the land, which He's given you.
In other words, whatever the Lord has spoken to you to do, that is the land He's given you. And you shall be blessed in it.
Scripture References: Deut. 28:1-14; John 2:5
There Is No Limit To What You Can Do - Happy Caldwell
There are no limits to what you can accomplish through God working in your life. The Apostle Paul knew the power of God was working in him when he said:
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
The Apostle Paul was persuaded that Christ was his strength and he could do all things. This statement applies to you. You can rephrase it and say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Jesus lives in you, and He strengthens you. In your own strength you can do nothing, but in the strength of God, you can do all things. "All things" means there is no limit to what you can do. God has given you everything you need to be successful in accomplishing His purposes in your life.
Even though you may be weak, through Jesus Christ there is no limit to what you can do. God wants you to understand He will strengthen you. You have no excuse not to be victorious. Jesus has made it all possible for you.
You are a super-victor in Jesus, His victory is your victory. His life is your life. His peace and His joy are your joy. God has freely given you everything in Christ you need to be victorious. Therefore, there are no limits in fulfilling God's purpose and plan for your life.
Push Your Limits
Push your limits out, as far they will go. Pushing your limits does not mean you are going to do something crazy. God does things decently and in order. Pushing the limits means you do things according to the will of God.
Pushing the limit means recognizing God has a divine plan and destiny for your life. Pushing the limits means Jesus has won the victory. All that remains for you to do is to understand the will of God for your life and then walk in the victory that is yours through Jesus Christ.
What can you say to all these things? If God is for you who can be against you? You can be the person God wants you to be. You can be a victorious overcomer. You can go beyond the limits of the world and enter into the abundance of the Kingdom of God.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!
Nothing Can Keep God's Love From You
The Apostle Paul was convinced the love of God was stronger than any opposing circumstances in his life. He said,
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Being persuaded means you are strongly convinced. You have settled the issue in your mind and your belief is unshakable. Paul was persuaded there were not circumstances, not even death itself, which could separate him from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
You should also be persuaded you are more than a conqueror over death and all adverse circumstances. Jesus conquered everything, and you have nothing to fear. Angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth—nothing can separate you from the love of God.
Jesus overcame death and hell. Jesus overcame everything in the world. He has overcome the devil, the god of this world. He has overcome it all and there is nothing to fear.
Be persuaded that through Jesus you are an overcomer. You have been made more than a conqueror through Jesus who loved you and died for you.
Remember, God is for you, in you, and with you. With that kind of support, how can you fail? The truth is, you can't! Like Jesus, you are a overcomer—someone who can do all things in Christ Jesus!
Transformed into Mighty Men - Happy Caldwell
King David's Men - From Distress to Triumph
Triumph is a theme that runs throughout the Bible. One of the most famous examples is the story of David and Goliath. David killed the Philistine giant Goliath with a stone from his slingshot. David's slingshot should not have brought down a heavily armoured giant, but God guided the stone right between the giant's eyes and he fell.
David then ran toward the giant, took the giant's sword and cut off his head. David then triumphantly held up the head for everybody to see. With the help of God, David had triumphed over Goliath (1 Sam. 17:1-58).
God enabled David to triumph over his enemy. David's triumphant display of the giant's head was a symbol of our triumph over the devil. Jesus has defeated the giant devil. We are no longer to be afraid of the devil. He has been defeated. Jesus chopped off his head.
We need to learn what triumph really means and apply it to our daily lives. Our triumph in Christ means the devil cannot limit us anymore.
Distressed, Discontented and in Debt
We can learn more about triumph by looking into the life of David and his men. When David defeated Goliath, his victory gave him great favor with the Israelites. He received the King's daughter for his wife and he was given a good job working for the king.
But David's struggles were not over. The King became jealous of David's success and he decided to kill David. King Saul's threats caused David to leave and run for his life. David ended up in a cave in the wilderness.
The following passage of Scripture tells what happened next:
David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when h is brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
(1 Sam. 22:1-2)
Try to imagine this picture. David is hiding in a cave. King Saul and his army are chasing him and trying to kill him. David cries out to God to help him, and whom does God send to him?
People who are worse off than he is - people in debt, people in distress and people that are discontented. All the people who were in counseling and therapy went to where David was, but that was not he worst of it. He became a captain over them.
God gave David men who were distressed, discontented and in debt. These men may have looked like failures, but God had great plans for them. David did not stay in trouble and neither did these men.
David was a man after God's own heart. David loved God. David also had great faith. All you have to do is read the many Psalms David wrote to see how much he trusted and loved God. God had a plan for David and these 400 men.
God took the faithfulness of David and eventually made him King instead of King Saul. When you look to God for your help, no matter how bad your situation becomes, God has a better plan for your life.
Transformed into Mighty Men
Look at what the Bible has to say about David's men after David became the King of Israel.
These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lifted up his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one time.
And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defiled the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone way: He arose, and smote the Philistines until is hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
(2 Sam. 23:8-12)
What a great transformation! In a few years time, David's men went from being discontented, depressed, distressed and indebted to being honored as might men.
They overcame the limits of their circumstances and became triumphant and honored men in the service of King David. This passage of the Bible depicts David's men not as weak men with limiting problems but as mighty men.
God helped David establish the nation of Israel as a powerful kingdom. David established the kingdom and left his son, Solomon, a vast fortune. David ushered in an era that could be called "Israel's Golden Age." David, with God's help, was able to triumph over his enemies and establish a great kingdom which gave glory to God.
Removing Some Limits Takes Time
David's success did not come all at once. David struggled for years before he triumphed over all his enemies. He killed Goliath while he was a teenager, but it was not until he was thirty years old that he became King over all of Israel (2 Sam. 5:4).
It may take years before you triumph over some limits in your life. Patience and continued diligence is important in the process of removing limits and overcoming obstacles. It is good to remember that many changes do not occur overnight. Many changes occur over a period of time.
David loved God tremendously. It was David's love for God that sustained him during his struggles. David is a good example for us to follow. It you continue to be faithful and love God, you will eventually see the limits in your lives removed.
Loving God and continuing to serve God faithfully will eventually cause to you triumph over your limits.
Faith in God Releases You from Limits - Happy Caldwell
By faith you have been set free from the limits and bondage of the devil. By faith you have been born again. By faith you have been made more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ.
By faith you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Faith in God and His promises is the answer for unbelief. Faith in God releases you from the grip of unbelief and takes you into new territory. Faith in God allows you to receive from God all He has planned for you.
Unfortunately, many people never receive all God has planned for them. Not unlike the former Egyptian slaves, many of us fail to receive the blessings that God wants us to have. We fail to appropriate these blessings by faith, and we fail to partake of the best God has for us because of unbelief.
The Israelites who died in the wilderness limited God. It was not God's intention for them to die in the wilderness. He wanted them to believe and trust in Him. He wanted them to enter the Promised Land. They rebelled against God and they died in the wilderness.
We need to consider these things and avoid being left in our own wilderness. Their example is given to us so we can have faith in God and not limit God with unbelief. Walking in faith is the remedy for unbelief. Walking in faith releases you from limits and helps you enter into the Promised Land of unlimited potential.
He Gave Gifts Unto Men
A Biblical Perspective of Apostles, Prophets, and Pastors
by Kenneth E. Hagin, 1992
In He Gave Gifts Unto Men, Kenneth Hagin gives some much needed Biblical teaching on this subject, dispelling many of the false claims put forth by these groups. There are legitimate roles for apostles, prophets, and pastors. This book provides the scriptural basis for recognizing these ministry gifts as well as their proper function and describes the ways in which these gifts can work together for the building up of the Church in love.
Section One: Apostles
Ranks or Classes of Apostles — There are four classes of apostles with different degrees of anointing within each. The first three classes are: Jesus Christ, Apostles of the Lamb, and Other Foundational Apostles. There are no foundational apostles today, but we are to build on their foundation.
Fourth Class of Apostle: Non-Foundational Apostles — Those in the apostolic office today are commissioned by the Holy Spirit to bring a specific message or ministry along a certain scriptural line to the Body of Christ.
Characteristics of the Apostolic Call — Called and separated by God, confirmed by man; first a preacher or teacher of the Word; signs, wonders and mighty deeds. A true apostle plants and establishes, a false apostle tears up works with division, strife, and false teaching.
Qualifications for the Apostolic Ministry — God equips ministry officials spiritually, but the minister is responsible for being faithful and exhibiting the character necessary to qualify for an office of trust and responsibility.
Section Two: Prophets
The Office of the Prophet Contrasted in Old and New Testaments — Prophets under the Old Covenant were the only ones who could speak for God as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Under the New Covenant, believers have the Holy Spirit within and are to be guided by their own spirit rather than by a prophet. The New Covenant role of non-foundational prophets is to edify or build up the body of Christ.
What Is a New Testament Prophet? — First a preacher or teacher of the Word. Prophecy is divinely inspired speaking in a known tongue based on a sudden revelation of the moment with little or no forethought. A prophet also sees into the realm of the spirit through the gift of discerning of spirits.
Prophets Are Not to Guide and Direct New Testament Believers — Believers must prove all things to see if they are of God. Seeking guidance from prophets rather than directly from God through their own spirit can lead the believer to ruin. Prophets who seek to control or direct the lives of others open themselves up to occult powers and familiar spirits.
Performing in the Flesh vs. Ministering in the Spirit — When a minister gets performance-oriented, he will be very susceptible to manufacturing spiritual gifts and listening to counterfeit spirits. As long as a minister stays close to God, stays in the Word, and seeks to exalt God rather than himself, he will keep from getting off and listening to voices other than the Holy Spirit, even though he may still make mistakes from time to time.
Foretelling Versus Forthtelling — The word of wisdom (manifested as the Spirit wills) enables a prophet to foretell future events, but the main emphasis of the ministry of a New Testament prophet is forthtelling (preaching or teaching the Word by inspired utterance).
God Does Not Put Novices In Positions of Authority — As a person is faithful to study, grow and mature spiritually, and to serve the Lord, God will develop that person and the ministry to which He has called him or her.
Section Three: Pastors
Church Government — The pastor of a local body is responsible for exercising the ministry gift of “governments,” which is not a human, natural government but rather is a divine spiritual oversight that nurtures the body in an attitude of love. Prophets and apostles are sent to the Church as a whole, but they are not to exercise authority over the pastor in the overseeing of a local body. According to Acts 20:28 and an understanding of the Greek terms used, “bishop,” “overseer,” “shepherd,” “pastor,” and “elder” all refer to the pastoral office.
The Pastor and the Local Church — A pastor should not be a dictator, lording over the congregation and mistreating them. A good shepherd sees his flock through the eyes of faith as they could be with the right nurturing and spiritual diet. Much of the business of local church operation in the Bible was delegated to deacons.
Different Church Structures — God blesses us in spite of our church structures, not because of them.
Ministerial Accountability — A pastor is accountable to his congregation in matters of ministerial ethics and integrity. A ministerial fellowship can also be a blessing to pastors as they offer support and relationships in which they can maintain some accountability. If ministers need discipline or correction, they should be lovingly restored, not judged, criticized, and destroyed.
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