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If you are called to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher or to any other ministry in the body of Christ, the Lord will not revoke the assignment given to you. Confess that the angels are attending you. From Faith To Faith: All they will tell you is, "I'm hungry! For the rest of my ministry, I will never preach another sermon except by faith. Copeland's and other televangelists' use of private jets and other lavish houses and vehicles has been criticized. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking in vanity vs.
God will heal that baby if you have the courage to stand up to the devil. That kind of confidence only comes from a personal knowledge of God through time spent in prayer and fellowship with Him. Once a woman brought a little whisper of a baby to me in a meeting in a parking lot. Its tiny feet were so badly twisted that the toes on each foot touched the backs of its legs.
The mother was looking to me to do something about it. In a situation like that you need to be in close contact with the Father. When she handed me her little baby, I started to pray. It was so tiny that both feet fit in the palm of my hand. I said, "Father, in the name of Jesus Dedication—It's Your Decision than to have a gold fence built around the entire state of Texas with my name on every brick.
It is the greatest thing on earth. The hours of prayer and communion with God are worth the results they bring. The demonstration of God's power in your ministry is proof of your personal fellowship with Him. You cannot have one without the other. Singleness of Purpose O ur single purpose as ministers of God is to meet the needs of the people.
James 1: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways verse 8. The Amplified Bible says, [For being as he is] a man of two minds—hesitating What happens when you hesitate?
Your adversary takes the first step. You find yourself on the defensive with Satan ahead of you beating you at every turn. If you are not single- minded about your purpose for being in the ministry, you will not have any definite direction. You will always be wondering what you are supposed to do. Don't Hesitate to Step Out on Your Faith Do you remember when you felt the first symptom of a cold or the flu strike you and you waited around for two or three days before you picked up your Bible and prayed about it?
Then, later on you wondered why you waited until you were sick before you acted. Your hesitation gave the sickness an opportunity to get a hold on you. Singleness of Purpose person. It is If a man is of two minds, then the decisions he makes are split. When you get into an area of indecision, you are at a standstill.
You won't go either way. A double-minded man is one who tries to live by faith and protects his fear at the same time.
He talks both ways. His faith proclaims, "I believe God is going to heal you someday. If you are hesitating in stepping out on your faith in ministry, your adversary will always be one step ahead of you.
You will never see the power of God work through you to heal anyone. The eighth chapter of Luke records an event in the life of Christ which illustrates the danger of instability and hesitancy. Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: And they launched forth.
But as they sailed he fell asleep: And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! Jesus stated when they first entered the ship, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake verse There was enough power in those words to have gotten the disciples all the way across the lake.
Yet, they became afraid and ran to waken Jesus crying, Master, master, we perish verse Here is a perfect illustration of double-mindedness. They were speaking death to the Author of life. They were speaking fear in the very presence of faith personified, the Son of the living God. They were consumed with the problem while the Solution Himself slept in their vessel. We perish didn't sound unstable to them, but to Jesus, it was a direct contradiction of what He had stated.
When Jesus said to them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake, He knew without a shadow of a doubt where they were going. The disciples should have known too. They should have stood in the bow of that ship and shouted out, "The Son of the living God, the Christ, has told us to go over to the other side.
Now, peace, be still! Why are ye so fearful? Mark 4: The disciples were filled with wonder and astonishment. What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him verse 41?
Jesus had just spent an entire day expounding on the power of God to these men and instructing them in what the Word would do. Then, when He demonstrated it before their eyes, they were dumbfounded. Instead of standing on the Word as He did, they were double-minded. Singleness of Purpose A single-minded man is a man that makes quality decisions and settles them forever. If you are going to put the Lord, His work and Word first in your life, there will be times when you will have to bypass what you see in order to meet the people's needs.
Don't hesitate. Do whatever it takes. Preach the Word. When your congregation says, "We've got financial problems," don't hesitate. Deliver the gospel. When you have a building program to complete, preach the Word.
When your church says, "It can't be done," get with it. Don't spend your time trying to figure out how to get things done or how to get people to give.
If no one is giving, then you are not preaching the Word. People will support you if you feed them spiritually. You may say, "But I have no place to preach!
Minister to everyone you meet, everywhere you go! I have known many very good, well-intentioned men who have sought God's anointing by praying earnestly, "Oh, God, I've got to have Your power manifested in my ministry!
Every minister wants God's power and the gifts of the Spirit to manifest through them. Some would give anything in this world if someone they laid hands on would fall out under the power of God! Your job is to meet the needs of the people. The Word of God has the answer to every need. When you deliver the Word, signs will follow. When you roll all the care of it over on God and simply say, "Well, Lord, You want them saved more than I do.
You want them healed worse than I do. You want their needs met more than I, so I'm just going to preach the Word. I'll preach it in season and out of season. I'll preach it at night. The only thing I'll ever be accused of doing too much is preaching the Word! Whether they respond or not, I'll preach the Word! I will not be swayed by anything or anybody; I will preach the Word! When you make that kind of a decision, I promise you by the authority of the written Holy Word of God that signs will follow your ministry, the necessary funds will come in, and you will have more places to preach than you can handle.
If you have one dollar, use it to share the gospel. If you have a thousand dollars, use it to minister the Word. If you have a hundred thousand dollars, use it to fulfill your calling. When you get through, preach some more. God's Word is all you need. The Scriptures will save you, heal you, fill you with the Holy Spirit.
They will turn you into the righteousness of God and meet your needs according to His riches in glory. The Word of God will sustain you in every way.
Singleness of Purpose cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God Rom. All things are possible to him who believes.
If there is ever a choice between the Word and anything else, choose the Bible way.
If you are a musician and God uses you in music, put the gospel to music. Whatever talent God has given you, use it to preach the Good News! God sticks by the Book. You stay with the Word, and God will stay with you. The Bible says that He is upholding all things by the word of his power Heb. If you want to be upheld, then get on His promises!
Follow the Leadership of the Holy Spirit I n ministering, never follow the path your mind wants to take. Don't lean to your own understanding. Learn to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit within you. He is there inside you to lead you. I remember when I first started in the ministry. I had been preaching for about two years in various churches, usually ones in which no one else would preach.
Then one day the Lord spoke to me to get out of those churches and to start holding some meetings of my own. I prayed about it, and the Lord led me to Wichita Falls, Texas.
I rented an old abandoned drugstore building and some folding chairs. On one particular Wednesday night, I remember that the anointing was really strong.
I preached on the Reality of the Righteousness of God. It was going great, and I was having the time of my life. But just as I built my sermon up to its climatic moment and God was just coming forth with the finish, a woman in the audience suddenly burst forth in tongues.
I felt like someone had stood up and doused me with a fire hose. I said, "Lady, hold that. Again, "Lady, hold that until I finish. I shouted, "In the name of Jesus, shut up! By this time the service was in shambles. I finally just stood back and let her go on and on and on. Follow the Leadership of the Holy Spirit and a half. Then she shifted over into English. This continued on for what seemed like an eternity.
After a while, everyone was squirming around in their seats. They looked like they were about ready to wring her neck. Finally, when she hushed, I looked right at her and I said sternly, "Well, we've already lost what we were studying anyway, so I am going to teach you something.
You wouldn't have had the nerve to interrupt me in English while I was preaching, so why would you do it in a language you don't understand? She didn't hear a word you said. Whatever you say can and will be held against you.
What is there to say anyway? I found out later that someone had planned the whole thing. They had already run half a dozen preachers out of town with the same trick. She was being used by some very selfish people. It was set up that when the man next to her punched her with his elbow, it was "her turn" to prophesy.
During times like these, your decision to meet the needs of the people must rise to the surface. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth and that His sheep would know His voice. I was determined that no demonic spirit would run me out of town. It was so heavy in there, so quiet. Everybody was just waiting to see what I would do. I just closed my eyes and inside my own consciousness I said, "Lord, you will have to show me what to do. I am not going to make a move until you tell me what I am to do.
It was so simple that my carnal mind would never have thought of it. I would not have even acted on it if I had thought of it! The Lord said, "Call her up and lay hands on her, and I will open her ears. I am going to lay my hands on her, and God will open her ears. I finished my sermon on righteousness, and we had a marvelous time under the anointing of God. The meeting grew, and that old drugstore soon filled up.
We had a wonderful time, and many received from God. If you are going to minister to peoples' needs, you will have to be led of the Holy Spirit because more often than not you will find yourself in situations that only His wisdom can handle. Some years later, I was preaching in Ft. Worth, Texas. There were about 2, people in attendance one evening. Among them, unknown to me, was a witch who had brought a human chalice with her.
A human chalice is a person used by witches to receive and accumulate demonic spirits. You may encounter some of these people some day. They attend gospel meetings for the very purpose of gathering demonic spirits that are cast out of others. I realize that to many people the idea of witches and witchcraft may seem ridiculous. Unfortunately, however, these things do exist. We as ministers of Jesus Christ will have to contend with them, just as our Lord dealt with them.
This witch sat across the aisle from the chalice and was using her to create a disturbance in that meeting. Every child in the place was crying. Follow the Leadership of the Holy Spirit restless and moving about. Unless a situation like that is controlled quickly, a whole service will be ruined. When these types of instances arise, you must also be prepared beforehand.
Unless you have spent time in prayer, you will not be able to effectively deal with those situations. You can forget about being led of the Holy Spirit if you spend your preparation time tending to personal affairs, playing golf with influential people, making business appointments, and selling your tapes and records. Hire someone else who is anointed to handle those things. Spend your time in prayer and in the Word before a meeting. Otherwise, you will simply not be spiritually prepared to minister the Word and to overcome the obstacles which Satan will surely throw in your path.
Don't ever substitute hard work for prayer. When this disturbance arose that evening, I asked the Lord, "What should I do? So I said, "You spirit of disturbance, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I take complete and total authority over you now, and I cast you out of this place!
The whole audience became quiet and still. One of our ushers had spotted the chalice and had come and stood behind her without her being aware of his presence. He heard her whispering to the evil spirit, "Come on back! Come on back! They fled so fast that they ran into my son in the lobby and knocked him down. Right at that moment my mind went totally and completely blank. I could not remember what I had been preaching.
What do you do in a case like that? Thank God, I don't have to speak out of my mind. I just started preaching in tongues at the direction of the Holy Spirit. All the time the scripture kept running through me that says, Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret 1 Cor. I had not spoken very long in tongues before I changed over into English.
I preached in English for about 40 minutes and had no idea what I was saying. At the end of that time, it was just as though I had come right back to the place I had left off. Suddenly, I remembered the very last word I had spoken 40 minutes before. I took the next word, finished the sentence, kept right on preaching and completed that sermon.
We had one of the most anointed services that evening that we had ever had. Later on by listening to the cassette tape of that service, I discovered what I had said during the 40 minute interval when I had spoken solely by the anointing of the Spirit.
In order for you, as a minister, to be able to be led of God, you will have to be attuned to the Holy Spirit. You cannot lean to your own understanding. You must be totally grounded in and dependent upon the Word of God. You must let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom Col. Sometimes, it is so dark at night there that you can't see the outline of your hand in front of your face.
I was up in the mountains. About people were gathered in one small room, so jam packed that they could hardly move. Everyone except me was black, and the room itself was in total darkness except for a kerosene lantern. It was hung over my head so that I could read my Bible. All I could see was my Bible and the feet of the man right in front of me—not his face, just his feet. The first ten to fifteen minutes was the most difficult preaching I have ever done in my life.
I began to realize how much I depended upon the facial expressions of the audience. As I was preaching, I noticed that people's reactions determined how my sermon was being received. I could adjust my message or delivery accordingly. I never realized that I had been doing that. I stopped quietly for a moment and in my own spirit I said, "In the name of Jesus, I make this firm quality decision. For the rest of my ministry, I will never preach another sermon except by faith.
I will not be swayed by the expressions of people. Later on I learned that even if I had been able to see their expressions, I might have misinterpreted their reaction to the gospel message.
The Jamaicans have been so influenced by British tradition and custom that they show very little expression at all. If something did happen to one of them during a service, it was their custom to go to the pastor after the meeting and inform him privately of what had occurred. He could then pass the information on to the visiting minister, if he so chose. She never let on that anything had taken place.
It took her some time to work up the nerve to come and tell me about it. She was almost rigid. She found me outside and said simply, "Brother Copeland, I was blind but now I can see. Thank you. A miracle had taken place, and yet she seemed totally unemotional about it.
So I learned another valuable lesson from this experience. Don't be influenced by emotional reactions or physical expressions of the people while you are ministering the Word. Be totally led and motivated by the Holy Spirit. I was preaching in a place provided for us by the Dairyman's Association.
Suddenly one evening, every light in the place went out. The P. It was totally dark. Your first reaction in the natural is to stop and say something like, "What happened to the lights? Never let disturbances stop you unless it is a situation in which you have to deal with people. Then just pause long enough to find out what the Spirit of God says to do about it, but don't be caught at a loss of what to say or do.
In every disturbance, the confession of your heart and mouth ought to be, "I am led by the Spirit of God. I am a son of God, and I am more than a conqueror in this situation. Follow the Leadership of the Holy Spirit They didn't know what to do.
Three people came up, and I laid hands on them. I could barely see their outlines, but they all received the Holy Spirit. When the lights came back, I acted as though nothing had happened. Everybody else may want to acknowledge the situation. If you don't do it, they will follow your lead. You are in charge of that service, so you be the master of it. Keep control at all times. You should know everything that is happening in that meeting. That is the reason why you should spend the hours that it takes to be quiet and open your spirit to God and listen to Him.
Then you will be spiritually prepared for whatever arises. You will be able to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. God's principal method of guiding His people, individually and collectively, is through the ministry of His Holy Spirit—not by prophecies, dreams, visions or other "supernatural" phenomena.
He may choose to speak or lead through one or more of these channels and on occasion does so. But that is not His best. Jesus said, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you John This is God's way of leadership in our lives. To enjoy excellence in your calling, you must depend on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
He said, They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: To sanctify means "to separate unto. So to have excellence of ministry, we must strip away everything of the world from our lives until there is nothing left but the Word of God.
One of the first things that must be rooted out is our sin. We must cease confessing our sin consciousness and stop preaching that we are "just old sinners saved by grace. For he God hath made him Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him 2 Cor.
Stop seeing yourself or other Christians as "reformed" sinners—all are now the very righteousness of God. Look at yourself and other believers that way. Emphasize your right-standing with God. When you minister to your congregation, teach them who they are in Christ and what a glorious inheritance they have right now because of what He has done for us.
Second, strip away your negative confessions. Don't confess that you are sinful, needy, weak or sick. You are what the Word says you are. You are redeemed from the curse of the law. Make Galatians 3: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. What is the blessing of Abraham? Health, prosperity, success, wisdom, righteousness. See Deut. Confess these things! Jesus said, For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned Matt.
Learn to control your speech. Watch out for verbal expressions and cliches like "I was scared to death. You of all people ought to know that you can have what you say. Besides, it is simply not true. You were not scared or tickled to the point of dying; you were not at all on the verge of death. When you have grown to the point in your spiritual life where you have confidence in the integrity of your own word, you won't have any difficulty believing that God's Word is good.
Then, you will eliminate those "idle words. If you want God to bless what you preach, you will have to put away exaggeration and telling stories that are just not so. I am speaking from experience. We have all heard this type of "evangelistic talk" at one time or another. That is the same kind of "trade puffery" used by Madison Avenue in every radio and television commercial we hear. Never be guilty of sounding like used car salesmen and carnival barkers. When we say that we had "better'n eight hundred" in a meeting, many times that means there were only in attendance.
When a handful are saved, we say that we had a "landslide of souls brought into the kingdom. It won't work while you sit and watch television day and night. Break the habit. I, at one time, loved to read the newspaper. Through the years, it almost became an addiction. I had to read it every day. There is nothing wrong with watching television or reading the paper, but it is not necessary that we do so.
It may be detrimental to our spiritual lives. Jesus said the cares of the world will choke the Word Mark 4: Paul wrote to young Timothy, Strip Away the Things of the World nourished every day. A steady diet of the mass media is harmful to our spiritual health and growth just as a "junk food" diet is to our physical bodies. We cannot "feed" off of TV and be "good ministers of Jesus Christ. In , I made a decision to fast my newspaper for two weeks and to spend that time in the Word.
I have not gone back to the paper yet. Occasionally, I pick up one and look through it, but the attraction is gone. The reason I lost interest is simple: I was getting more out of the Word of God than I was out of the newspaper. It caused the separation I needed.
I am not preaching against reading newspapers. Ours is not a gospel of "don'ts. I used to derive my satisfaction from things like month-long fishing trips, riding motorcycles, hunting or flying. They are all enjoyable. But now, instead of getting contentment from these things, I am satisfied before I do them. When your Word level gets low and your confession level gets low, then you have a tendency to start seeking something in the natural to satisfy that craving. It takes the Word of God to separate you from the things of this world.
Unnecessary things take up your time and dilute the power of God operating in and through you. You have to do "double duty" as a man of God. You must practice what you preach. Your faith and confidence must rest on the infallible Word of God and not on your own shrewd dealings. Let me give you an illustration from my own experience.
During a series of meetings we held in Ruston, Louisiana, we were plagued by problems from the beginning. When I arrived, I learned that the building we rented in advance was a "rat trap. The crowds were sparse.
I was homesick. And the devil was attacking my mind telling me that no one cared about me or my ministry anyway. I immediately started wondering how I was going to get the people to give. I began to act out of fear and panic instead of by faith in the Word of God. I lost sight of the fact that God could send someone to that meeting for the specific purpose of meeting my needs.
By allowing myself to become consumed with the problem, doubt and confusion took over. If I hadn't straightened up, I would have closed the door to what God wanted to do and would have given Satan the opportunity to intercept that person whom God was sending with the funds.
Doubt could have cost me my victory. In desperation I rationalized, "God, now I've been faithful to Your cause. My credit is good. I know what I'll do. I can just get out of town quietly and leave the bills unpaid for just a little while. Strip Away the Things of the World what I receive from the next meeting. That kind of reasoning leads to disaster. Once you start, your downfall is assured—it's just a matter of time. God is everywhere. He works from both ends of a problem at the same time.
Our knowledge and understanding of the situation doesn't even scratch the surface. In cases like this, the Father is trying to get us out of the way, so He can intervene. His reputation is on the line, not ours.
If we will exercise faith and trust, the solution will come. I was panicky. I learned that my commitment to "excellence" kept me from leaning on my own understanding.
Lay Aside the Cares of this World At that same meeting, I also came to understand that I had to let the Word separate me from the cares of this world. With that unmet budget staring me in the face, I got my Bible and turned to every scripture in the Word of God that guaranteed me, by the blood of Jesus, that my expenses were met.
Verses like, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things you need shall be added unto you Matt. Ask, and it shall be given you Matt. Give, and it shall be given unto you Luke 6: Then I went to 1 Peter 5: I rolled the care of the expenses over on Him. I promised God that with the Holy Spirit as my Helper I would not touch that problem in my thought life again. I prepared myself to preach. I told Satan, "If you bother me anymore about this thing, I'll not even take up an offering tonight.
I will get it by faith, and when I do, I'll just have added testimony to give in my next meeting. I went into the courtyard of that motel and walked around the swimming pool. Every time I thought about the problem, I would say out loud, "No, I have rolled the care of that over on the Lord. I will not think about it. The budget is met.
I had to keep talking out loud to keep my mind from worrying! I couldn't worry as long as I had to think about what I was saying. After a while, a man drove up in the driveway and began to honk his horn. I saw him but didn't respond because I don't visit with people when I am in prayer or meditation. I tried to ignore him, but he kept honking the horn. He said to me, "Brother Copeland, I'm sorry to disturb you, but I had to get your attention.
I'm committed to another obligation and will be late for the meeting tonight. I was afraid I would miss the offering. I prayed over the gift and shook the man's hand. The offering in the service that night was for the exact amount I needed for the budget expenses. I paid all of my bills and left town knowing full well that the Word works.
There is only one way you will get to the place where people will chase you down to put money into your offering. And that is for you to put the Word of God first place and make it final authority. Strip away everything else but the Word! If I had not rid myself of that care and cast it over on God, that need would probably have never been met. Look to the Word Day and Night L ooking to the Word will produce several effects on your ministry that you cannot get any other way.
You will obtain God's favor. You will increase your faith as well as your understanding of how to use your faith.
Luke Proverbs 4: Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: The ornament of grace Solomon referred to is being clothed with the favor of God. It is the result of seeking God's wisdom by exalting His Word in divine favor. The wisdom of God places a crown of glory God's grace or favor upon a person's head. That grace, or favor, is available to every person on earth without exception, for God is no respecter of persons Acts Favor cannot be earned; it is the gift of God.
You do not merit it; you receive it. Although it is free, God's grace is not automatic. It must be appropriated by the believer through faith. The basis for receiving God's favor is through faith. Therefore, you obtain God's favor through His Word. God created the heavens and the earth through a combination of His faith, wisdom and understanding Prov.
In Mark Another version puts it this way, Have the God-kind of faith. The faith that is in us is exactly the same faith that is in God. He gave each of us the same measure of faith Rom. If God could create the entire universe with His faith, then why are we so limited in our ability to bring things to pass using that same force?
Why is God so much more successful than we? Because, He has the wisdom and understanding to use it to its fullest capacity. Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge. First Corinthians 1: He is our wisdom. We have the mind of Christ 1 Cor.
Whenever you think of God's wisdom or knowledge, you are thinking of the Word of God. God said, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: His knowledge is shared with us through the Word as evidenced by 2 Corinthians Jesus Christ is the Word John 1: If Jesus Himself is the Word and if He is made unto us wisdom, then we can conclude that true wisdom is the Word of God.
God and His Word agree at all times. With these thoughts in mind, let's rephrase Proverbs 4: Forsake the Word of God not, and it shall keep thee. The Word is the principal thing; therefore get the Word: Exalt the Word , and it shall promote thee: It shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: Look to the Word day and night.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Exalt the Word. Let it do the work. If there is ever a problem, apply God's wisdom to it. Speak and act only on the Word. If you exalt the Word, people will be delivered. Look to the Word Day and Night The Word Promotes If you will refrain from exalting yourself but instead lift up the Word of God, then it will promote you and bring you to a place of honor.
Peter tells us, Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you 1 Pet. Humble yourself by placing yourself in God's hands and casting the whole of your care upon Him.
Hold your tongue. Don't pull strings to gain position or vie for power—you might get it. If you wrangle it on your own, then you will have to produce on your own without any help from the Spirit of God. If He didn't place you in a position of honor, He will not sustain you there.
You will be responsible for your own failures. You should exalt the Word to such a degree that in every instance God receives all of the credit for whatever is accomplished in your ministry. Let me give you an example.
Suppose someone in your congregation should stand up and testify, "I just want to praise the Lord for that car wreck that put me in the hospital because one night I cried out to Him.
If it hadn't been for that car wreck, I would have never gotten right with God. In love and kindness teach your people not to give credit to disasters for restoring them to God. God's Word will make you right with God— not sickness or disease. It was not the wreck that spoke to that person and sustained him and revealed God to him. The wreck did not restore him to his health. The promises were there before the wreck and during his hospital stay and after his release.
Don't give glory to an automobile wreck, to a sickness or disease, or to any other catastrophe or tragedy. Give the credit to the Word of God for being strong and upholding even in the midst of Satan's attacks. In doing so, you are magnifying God. During your church services if there is ever any doubt about which direction the service is headed, you lead it toward the Word. If you are short on time, cut out everything except the Word. Put the Word first. If you do this, all these other things will take care of themselves.
Jesus said, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these other things shall be added unto you Matt. In order to put the Word first, you will have to feed on it night and day. You must program your mind with it and get rid of all that other rubbish which has been fed into your consciousness. Satan will see to it that it will not be an easy task. To overcome him, you need an intensive, total immersion in the Word, night and day—not just a casual reading of the Scriptures for a few minutes.
A music major in college practices for hours every day. Olympic skaters spend six to eight hours a day training for their routines. We, as ministers, ought to discipline ourselves in the Word 24 hours a day— especially in the beginning years. This may well mean that you will have to carry a tape recorder around with you everywhere you go. Permeate your mind by listening to tapes of the New Testament and good, solid Bible-based sermons.
Do whatever it takes to become totally saturated with the Word. Look to the Word Day and Night in one hand and your tape recorder in the other, or a tape recorder in one hand and a fork in the other. You may have a tape recorder in the car, in the lunch basket, and on the nightstand. You might even use a tape recorder for an alarm clock! This is meditating on the Word day and night.
You may say, "I can't do that all the time. If you are not willing, you would be wise just to find some undemanding bureaucratic position in some denominational hierarchy and sit behind a desk and push a pencil. I am not demeaning that type of work or those who fill those positions.
I am stressing the fact that if you have made a definitive decision to amount to something in the ministry of Jesus Christ and you are determined to take the Great Commission seriously, then you must be diligent. You must be prepared to do battle. I would speak to you no differently if I were your commanding officer about to send you into combat against the best-trained elite troops of a savage enemy. If you ever find yourself untrained, untaught and suddenly thrust into battle against Satan's storm troops, you will understand the gravity of the situation.
You are God's front-line assault force. Don't let yourself be deceived about what you are about to confront. You have an enemy who is doing his dead level best to destroy you. You will be fired upon. If you should be wounded, don't expect to be graciously nursed back to health by sympathetic supporters behind the lines. In carnal warfare, the wounded are awarded Purple Hearts and are treated as heroes.
If you fall as a minister, not only will your "loyal" church members not give you a medal, they will probably dishonorably discharge you from service and send you back to selling shoes. While I was in the service, I asked my sergeant in basic training, "Why are you being so hard on us? Why do we have to train this hard? I can understand the necessity for tough training, but you are the meanest thing on two feet. When I come walking down the road someplace in the midst of an invasion and find some man lying in the ditch with his guts blown out, it's not going to be my fault!
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