Interesting how people make up their own rules in the Body of Christ and do whatever they feel or want to do. What is this mindset of the people who don’t want accountability and are running wild?
No training, no teaching, no wisdom, no anointing. How is it that you want to be a leader but yet won’t submit to leadership?
Do the people not know it’s safety in accountability?
Why do people want to be so much on the frontlines, but can’t take rebuke, can’t take correction, can’t handle the warfare that goes with being a frontline soldier?
They can’t function if someone talks about them, lie about them, scandalize their name. They fall apart at the little things, but yet want to have these big positions big titles and important jobs.
Ministry is more than gathering people, but hard SPIRITUAL WORK!!
Fasting and praying begin the process in humility, knowing how to deal with personalities, being crush, broken, humiliated, knowing how to deal with inner conflicts, civil war among the members having administrative abilities, knowing the laws of the land concerning financial issues, knowing the proper structure of setting up the governmental offices of ministry, walking in love even with enemies, how to counsel, cast out demons, ordain and oversee the flock you are called to…..
If people really understood what a person goes through in leadership, they would not be so quick to want to be a leader, or to walk in offices they are not qualified for spiritually, or naturally.
They didn’t see the nights of prayer the nights of crying because you were betrayed by those that you have loved and raised up, the times you personally went without, so that you could keep the house of God going, or to help someone with their bills as you believe God for yours, because the people wouldn’t give.
They didn’t see the times you had to be everything in the church, because the people didn’t have a mind to work. They don’t understand why now, you are distance to the people, because when you tried to befriend them, they disrespected, or thought they could control you, or they begin to think they were better than you.
They see the success perhaps now, but they don’t know the beginning story of the suffering trials test and warfare.
I tell people all the time if you not ready for warfare, humiliation or extreme trials, then wait before you move. Unless you are built up spiritually, you will not be able to survive naturally.
So many have lost the faith their relationship with God, their material possessions, and some their family, because they were ill equipped spiritually to deal with the things they had to encounter naturally in their walk of leadership. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, and unless you have a real love relationship with The Lord, power in the Holy Ghost, the will to press forward, a real mandate for what you say you are called to do, a genuine love for souls, and a spiritual mindset your flesh, will not survive the encounter with the enemies that shall arise against you!!
Before you do anything, count up the cost! Examine yourself and make sure you are prepared spiritually to do the work that you say you have been called to do. It’s more than gifts, a piece of paper saying you are ordained, and thinking that you have the backing of people to accomplish what is necessary to see the work of the Kingdom of God go forward.
Much love to you all who are truly called to do it. I salute, honor and appreciate those who had to start from scratch with nothing but a Word from God and a vision and also those that stepped in to finish someone else vision.
NOTE: There were some of us who had to work hard to do it from the ground up, while others inherited what someone else labored for, and just built on their foundation. Both had to endure situations which could had destroy them, but they went forth and endure hardness as a good soldier, because what they did, they did for Christ, and for the love of souls!!!
Remember only what you do for Christ shall last and if you are doing it for any other reason, it won’t be counted as righteousness!! Live and work so you can hear well done My good & faithful servant!!
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and she is on a mission travelling the world proclaiming the Gospel for soul to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has a mandate on her life to help brings others to their divine purpose.