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BUILDING AUTHENTICITY IN MINISTRY
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day
Greater works that this shall you do. (John 14;12).
A shifting hour… Its time to know our Day… Healing, deliverance and salvation, the church of the living God is employed in these matters. The focus of the hour of this day, has to be emphasised. Distraction abounds and so does sin that comes along with it. The preacher is to have no doubt about his mission and assignment, his role, Jesus said. “heal the sick cast out devils. cleanse the lepers and raise the dead.” Oh how we go for lesser things then wonder why the signs and wonders are absent.If we can focus on what is of God we can rid ourselves of both gimmicks and critics. I want the authentic! and I sure you do too! In todays church you would think that our jobs description is up to us, no, the ministry job description is not mine to concoct, engineer, remake or adjust. The job role is clear “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; he that believeth and is baptised shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned and these signs shall follow them that believe in my name (note the condition) they shall cast out devils; Who are the one that shall cast out devils) Those that believe in the name….they shall speak in new tongues, they shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. ( Mark 16)” Luke confirms it, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. “(Matt 10;8) THE GREATER WORKS…
MADE FOR MORE
Working the Works of Jesus
The works that I do bear witness of me (John 5;36),
No man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him (John 3:2).
As men of God we must strive to enter the narrow gate. The signs and wonders the Lord wants us to work this hour are not the lesser signs of falling down as we are ministered too, or praying for me at the altar, we have to go beyond these things and move into the realm where God does the work, the manifestation of “his” power. The supernatural must replace the normal, we have become tied to the traditional rather we should be loosed for the supernatural. Jesus said, “Heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead” These are the works of the Lord, for these things to take place we have to let go of our ability and submit to his work ,the work of his hands, yes we must work the works, I agree but the works we are called to work are the works of God which are demonstrative of his power and manifestations of his glory, this generation is waiting to see these things. May the Lord use you today, in a new move, a demonstration of the works of his hand ….Nothing less will convince this dark, truth hating generation.
The MINISTRY of JESUS
A Ministry of Restoration: Miracles, their variety, Healing by a word or a touch, restoring hearing to the deaf, sight to the blind speech to the dumb.
A Ministry of Deliverance: In his name and by his power. he spoke to the demons “Go” and they went out of the man and into the swine. To the paralytic “they sins be forgiven thee” (Matt9;5) To Lazarus he said “come forth.” No man can do these things unless God is with him. Deception is thus impossible. authenticity is thus evident.
A Ministry of Revelation: “in him were hid all the treasures: the spirit abounded in him, in revelation and demonstration. Revelation comes from God, “He knew all things” He knew the Father and declared him, revealed him. Revelation precedes demonstration. Revelation determines revolution. Where there is no revelation of Jesus there is no demonstration of his power. We need revolution! Men with revelation see revolution. (Acts 2;23,24 Revelation; Acts 2:38,39 Revolution).
BUILDING AUTHENTICITY IN MINISTRY
Commissioned of God: “My servant whom I have chosen” (Is 42;1 ). “A living stone chosen of God and precious” (1 Peter 2;4-6 ) Finding God’s will for our life is more a matter of knowing doing God’s will in our life. The answer to this then is, do the works of Jesus, this is God’s will for us.
Qualified by the God: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach” (Luke 4:18). “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God.” (John 3;34).
Approved by God. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. A man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him (Acts 2;22).
PROPHETIC OR PATHETIC
For all things I have heard of the Father I have made known unto you (John 15:15).
This is important, the things of God are important. today we have prophets telling us how much money is in my bank account, and what your mothers name is, and what your telephone number is. Jesus did not come to tell you your telephone number. I already know my telephone number! These same men do not tell us of God’s attributes, rather they focus on their attributes. They never tell us Jesus is God, they reduce him to a prophet, that way they can be like him. Prophet1, major 1 ? Prophets are needed by the church and are valued by the church yet the abuse and misuse has no part in the assembly. Haughtiness, arrogance, self importance, human intelligence, artificial or human has no value among us. We need the mind of God, teach us Christ, lift up his name. We have a reputation to keep and a God to make known. Let’s keep it real!