Ministry was not created for you to dwell in a comfort zone, and the anointing was not given to you to impart into those who are already whole!
We often hear those in ministry proclaiming that they won’t dwell among those who are unsaved, or connect with those that are not walking perfectly.
But The Spirit of The LORD spoke something to me. He said, “You have to be able to go into an environment of sin and not become a product of it, or be consumed by it.
That’s why, before you go forth in ministry, you need to be equipped spiritually to handle the warfare of the war zones that you are mandated to minister in.”
He said, “Most people don’t want to deal with certain elements of people, because they know there are doors open in their life, or they are yet still struggling with sinful issues themselves.”
He said, “I anointed you to save the lost; to encounter those things that are not righteous or holy.
I will send you into Churches, or to those who are sinful and full of issues, that you may bring My Word of salvation, healing and deliverance.”
He said to me, “It’s a religious mindset that says I would not send an anointed vessel among those who are sinful and walking in error.”
He said, “Look at Jesus and the apostles’ ministry. I sent them to those who were teaching wrong doctrines.
I sent them into temples were they were worshipping false gods.
I sent them among those who were practicing witchcraft in the temples.
I sent them to cities and towns that were consumed with wickedness.”
He said, “My Anointing and Glory is not on you to entertain the righteous, but I placed it on you to go to the regions that are consumed with evil!
Go into the Churches were sin is heavy! Go to those that are lost in sin. You are to be a light in dark places.
If you can’t stand among the unrighteous and sinful, and remain holy and righteous, then you are NOT ready to preach in the world or My Church.
If you can’t sit in a pulpit among those that are practicing evil and sin, so that you can bring The Spirit of Truth to them and show them their transgressions, then you are not equipped yet to preach the gospel.
If you can’t handle being challenged, or rejected, or persecuted, or lied on, then you have not conquered your flesh, and are not equipped enough yet to go into the religious establishments.
If you can’t handle being threatened, sometimes run out of a church, or even attacked verbally and physically because of your stand for The Word and My Ways, then you need to recount up the cost of being My Servant.”
He said, “I anointed you to be a witness for Me to attack the religious mindset and stubborn denominational ways.
You will be controversial, because you will be Kingdom, and not religious.
You will be hated, because you will not adhere to those man-made doctrines of errors.
You will be attacked, because you won’t allow man to control you, or to put you in their box, because you won’t be involved in their cliques and won’t adopt their prideful ways.
You will be an outcast, because you don’t think like they think, but you will have the mind of Christ, walking in love, forgiving, reaching out to those who are looked down upon, bringing hope, preaching for souls and not money.
You will be looked down on, because you refused to let them put you in their theological mindsets of how you should dress, preach or act, to be among their denominational and religious class of leaders.
Jesus was not accepted among His own people because He didn’t fit their patterns or conform to their ways.
The apostles were attacked and fought and hated, because they preached the Kingdom of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ and lived the lifestyle of His example.
Today, go back into your prayer closet and get a Kingdom understanding of why God anointed you, why He chose you, and why He is sending you.
You may be surprise that during your walk you missed some assignments, because you looked at some things through the eyes of religion.
I know I did……!
~ 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 is on a mission, traveling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.