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Prepared for Ministry and Obedience
I’m observing many in ministry who are not equipped mentality, neither spiritually, for the opposition and persecutions that comes with their obedience to The Lord.
The burden of ministry becomes overwhelming and almost impossible to bear when we forget that we are only a vessel that is used by God and that we are not God! Our perspective of ministry must change in order to keep from becoming a whining complaining frustrated vessel.
To often we fail to keep our prayer and fasting life in a dimension that helps us to keep our flesh under control. We become so busy in ministry until we stop doing the spiritual things that are necessary to keep our strength peace and joy.
I’m hearing too many in ministry saying they can’t deal with the burdens and pressures or lack of participation from others, concerning their vision.
We must understand that what we are given to do may not be interesting to anyone else, but God didn’t give us the assignment because of how many people may celebrate us, but because He trust us to carry out the assignment because He called us to do it.
Regardless of whether anyone feels the burden of my assignment sows into it, or connects to help me achieve it, God is expecting me to be obedient to my call and fulfilled the assignment He has given me to do.
The opposition, persecution, trials and tests, are not supposed to cause me to deviate from the plans of God, or to give up and throw in the towel, but I’m suppose to be determined focused and spiritually equipped, so that even in a moment of weakness, it doesn’t make me hopeless, or so depressed and discouraged, that I give up not just on the assignment but also on God.
Too many are giving up on God, walking away, because they can’t deal with the pressure of their assignment or the people that oppose them. As I deal with those in leadership, I am finding out that their lack of spiritually preparation, or their lack of commitment and dedication, is a large part of them not being able to cope with those pressures that come with ministry.
I’m praying that those to whom God has given assignments, will recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy spiritual appetite and attitude and realized that they have to continually stay on guard against those fleshy attacks that come to press pull and push them out of their God given assignment and destiny!
The Spiritual Paranoid
Sometimes the only hater that people have, is the one in the mirror who keeps telling them that they have haters.
Truly, people can think too highly of themselves and imagine that people dislike them, or are jealous of them, when in fact, nobody is really thinking about them.
To be spiritual paranoid can be tormenting. Face the facts – you are not doing that much that everybody is out to get you or jealous of you.
We tend to have an overly importance about ourselves and then we expect others to feel the same way about us and when they don’t we excuse them of hating on us or having issues of jealousy toward us.
Being humble is a great quality, if we can learn to walk in it
~ 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.|