This one I know going to stir up much anger…. but oh well here goes.
But I’m finding a spirit of laziness is definitely moving among these five fold gifts.
Some of these proclaiming to be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors or Teachers need a serious course in ministry.
Your attributes of who you say you are don’t match your lifestyle or your ministry gift.
I see a lot of ‘wanting something for nothing’ out of a mass majority of these claiming they are chosen for these gifts. There is no way that you are.
1. An Apostle: and you don’t have a plan or strategy to bring growth, increase and wisdom to survive to your life, as well as those connected to you.
How come are you walking in a governmental position, but can’t get yourself out of poverty sickness etc.?
One thing that should be happening in your ministry is “miracles, signs and wonders.”
You should be able to shift the economic climate of where you have been given jurisdiction by YAHWEH, and give strategies to better the living conditions of those connected to you.
But if you are always in want, lack and ‘going through things’, how are you going to help others?
I have seen so many who are sitting around, waiting on the people to provide for them!
Let me help you out, for you all start with that “I can’t work…” excuse. I know some people are handicapped and disabled, but they own businesses and run companies because Apostles should be examples of Kingdom development trendsetters, atmosphere shifters and Glory carriers as they release the presence power authority of YAH into a territory.
But today I see complaining, greedy, not-able-to-produce persons, trying to lead and guide people.
“I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing,” 2 Corinthians 12:11.
2. A Prophet: and all you do is prophesy.
For the life of me I don’t understand why these prophets of this age only want to sit back give a Word and get paid for it!
The prophets are to be part of establishing the foundation of the Kingdom with the Apostles.
Where are the Prophets with a genuine cry for souls, who are revealing the heart of ABBA and bringing to light the works of darkness?
Something has happen to the Prophets, where they are angry and bitter because they feel like they should be compensated for the Words they release to the people.
Prophets hear me good! When somebody gives you a gift, it’s because they honor and respect you for who you are in God, not because they are being forced to pay for a Word!
Where are the Prophets who teach the word and who also serve other prophets as they train them?
Where are the Seer Prophets who are given dreams and visions to warn, judge and correct?
Where are the Intercession Prophets who pray, intercede, cry and weep before The LORD for the souls of the people?
Instead, in this hour, the Prophets look for gain, demand reverence and command the people to bless and take care of them.
My heart weeps at this generation of Prophets that know nothing about obedience, humility or submission.
Do you know that people will sow to you when they see your genuine heart of love and compassion for them?
Please see Jeremiah 23:9-40.
3. An Evangelist: and all you do is sit at home waiting on somebody to call you for a revival.
Don’t you know that evangelists were given assignments by YAH, and they went and preached the Word outside the four walls of the Church?
They didn’t wait on anybody to call them, but they remained in prayer, received their instructions from YAH, and then went.
But these Evangelists in this generation are waiting for somebody to pay for them to go preach.
They won’t go unless they have somebody else paying the expenses for their preaching.
Do you know that you are required to go where YAH sends you, even if you don’t get a hotel, travel expense, or honorarium?
Do you know ABBA will send you without accommodations and provide for you once you get there?
Do you understand that not every assignment is for monetary compensation, but that you are being sent to bring souls to the Kingdom?
My heart hurts for those who are lost because those called to evangelize won’t go if they are not given special, luxury, high-class perks.
Do you not know that those who truly receive from you will honor you and bless you and you don’t have to run tricks to get blessed?
“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry,” 2 Timothy 4:5.
4. A Pastor: is called to lead and shepherd, but not to cause the sheep to bleed and die.
Pastors should have compassion for those whom they are called to protect. How is it the Pastors are slaughtering the sheep, sleeping with their sons and daughters, and only concerned about when they get paid and how much they giving?
The Shepherds have lost their passion and zeal for souls, preaching only for a salary or a offering each Sunday.
They have stop governing the House of God in Kingdom Principles and made it a commercial business for profit.
They not seeking ABBA in prayer any more, neither are they looking for God to truly be in control.
They come only long enough to preach to make money. This new generation of Pastors are only trying to make money, not disciples of men.
They only look for ways to generate funds, but not ways to bring people to wholeness; instead of healing, they are making people sick.
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says The LORD. Therefore thus says The LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says The LORD. “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says The LORD,” Jeremiah 23:1-4.
5. A Teacher: should have the ability to teach and expound on The Word.
They should have the knowledge of The Word with the ability to rightly divide The Word with full clarity and wisdom.
Those who say they are teachers in this hour, have limited insight of what they are teaching and teach from a place of only what they perceive.
So many are not even filled with YAH’s Spirit, to receive revelation knowledge of what they are teaching on.
Most can’t even flow in the Spirit, but teach lessons they think will make them seem truly versed in The Word of God.
They used big words or teach from a mystical concept to make themselves seem as if they are producing some deep mystery from The Word.
My heart is heavy for the people who are hearing teachings that do nothing but confuse them and bring them into greater error.
“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you,” Titus 2:7-8.
“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body,” James 3:1-2.
If we are going to walk in these gifts, let us truly find out what they are how to operate in them and use them for the glory of YAH and not to puff ourselves up with pride and arrogance that produces fleshly and carnal manifestations.
The truth is, most persons in this day want these titles for monetary gain and recognition.
They have no clues about the real warfare and work that they entail or the character attributes and behavior that goes with them.
They just see a way to obtain money and break every spiritual and moral law to get it by operating in a form of godliness.
~ 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.