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Ministering to One Another
How do I know it works? Because I’ve seen it work. I’ve been in services of several thousand people, and the leadership in charge, loosed the entire place, to minister to each other. We were told, that whatever the Holy Ghost lays on your heart to say to your brother or sister, that’s what you do. And that is exactly what we did.
Can you imagine, what happens when God’s people are loosed. When they are given the freedom, to minister as the Spirit leads them to minister. One might ask, how do you start, how do you begin to do this. The first thing that must happen, is that you love that person. You either join hands together or hug each other and you begin to pray together. Why require that you go to them in love. Because love, is a fruit of the Spirit. And the fruit of the Spirit, is the Spirit. Without that approach, it simply will not work.
Some might ask, well, how will I know what to say. Lean back on God’s word that you have read and studied. Jesus told his disciples, don’t worry about what you are going to say in that time or hour. He said, open your mouth, and the Holy Ghost would give you the words. It happens exactly the same way today. My God. We were loosed to turn to the person next to us, or across the aisle, or anywhere in the building the Spirit led us, and begin ministering to one another, in the Spirit. Pouring out to each other.
What some people don’t know, is that is what we did in the early days of the church in this country. There was freedom; there was liberty. The body of Christ has to have freedom, to move among itself and minister what the Spirit leads each one to do. That’s why some places are so stiff, or formal, or even boring, because the people do not have the liberty to speak life to one another. And yes, that is life. I heard a minister on here say it today.
Loose God’s people. Let them minister to one another. There’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Doing this, brings the power of God down upon people; I’m telling you, it does.
That’s why the church was so very successful here in the beginning. The people, were full of the power of the Holy Ghost, and together, they moved entire cities. But it begins with one another; doesn’t that make sense. Let the Holy Ghost move among the people; let the gifts of the Spirit, flow freely throughout the entire place; even in small gatherings or one on one.
It’s us moving, in the Holy Ghost.
The Beauty of the Gift
It seems many are searching for a “word.” What do they mean, a word? Why, a word from the Lord? And might we say, there are many who are talking negative about them; like they are doing something they should not be doing. Many speak out to say, they do not need to hear a word from someone else; they can hear from God alone.
If we were operating in the Spirit, in the way it was intended, people would not have to be searching to hear what they nee>d. The body of Christ, was intended to minister to itself; if the body is not whole, how can it possibly minister to the world. You simply cannot give out, something you do not have already for yourself !! It was God’s intention, that the body be healthy and well, and the people in it, were to assist one another with healings.
In simplicity, what people are searching for, is a word of wisdom, or a word of knowledge. It’s not that they need to hear a sermon full of words, or a long drawn out dissertation, they just need “a word.” This idea, that we do not need anyone else, we can hear from God ourselves, can be a sense of being self-sufficient. If that was always the case, then why did God put the utterance gifts in the church to begin with? You can’t say, that it was for the world; at least not every time. God fully intended, for us to minister to one another, just as the apostles taught. Denying that, denies His holy order.
When anyone suppresses the gifts of the Spirit, they suppress the ability of the body, to minister to one another; to the church. We have to take care of what’s at home first, before we go out to try to minister to those who do not know Him. It makes senses. We often deny the strength of the Spirit. It only takes a “word” from the Spirit, spoken from some yielded vessel, to bring strength and confirmation. Whether it be to an assembly, or to an individual person, these gifts are pure divine delight, to those that hear them. It’s simply beautiful, when it really works as it was intended to work.
If we are walking in the Spirit, as we are supposed to be doing, the times when we hear a word that may not be from the Lord, does not distract us. We do not shut down the moving of the Spirit, just because some either are operating in the flesh, or maybe overzealous or even untrained. We all need some type of reassurance, at one time or another; that’s how human we are. One way to get it, is from another saint, who’s in the Spirit.
When the Spirit is operating in us as it was designed to do, we uplift each other; we uplift the body of Christ. If we discern in the Spirit, we know what is of God. Speak the word the Spirit gives you; people actually need to hear it.
~ Robert Blackburn