While looking for something the other day, I came across an email titled “New Levels in God” that was forwarded to me from my bff Shirley from the original sender Langley, my sister in Christ, she felt would be good information to know in my then role serving as her armor-bearer, among other roles. I never took the time to read it… until now.
I gasped as I read because it explained and cleared up the confusion I’ve faced the last six years of my life while confirming the season I am now in my life. Which is exactly where God needed me to be but at the time I couldn’t understand it. As I read, I was so full, with chills running down my spine as I constantly cried out, “Oh my God! My God! This explains everything. Thank you Jesus!” It spoke to me so deeply. I couldn’t help but share this beautifully written article Will You Transition to the Next Level by Varn Brown found at Armorbearers International website.
Please pardon the long post, but someone needs to hear this today, as did I. I am now clear on the new level God has taken me from serving to ministering and now understand the season I’m in. My God! Glory to God. Thank you Langley B. and Shirley Lytle! I hope you enjoy!
Be blessed! -JD
Will You Transition to the Next Level by Varn Brown
New Levels in God
Do you know what season you are in? Are you ready for the next level? Or are you leaving skid marks as Father God calls you to move on? In my life transition has usually meant change and change has meant an opportunity to use my faith. Webster calls it “the passing from one condition or place to another.” Sometimes I forget life is so seasonal unless it’s a difficult season and I’m ready for it to end. Then I remind myself often this too shall pass. After all the Word of God says, “They shall go from strength to strength…” Psa. 84:7
Rev. Rod Parsley acknowledges Dr. Lester Sumrall as his mentor, many times repeating the advice to him as a young minister to others, “Know your seasons as the chosen of God. There are seasons of receiving, serving and ministering.” I’ve learned if we recognize our seasons with God, we are better able to cooperate with His plan and purpose for our lives.
I enjoyed my serving season as an armorbearer. I remember saying if God has called me to do this the rest of my life I would be pleased. Even while saying this, I could hear a quiet voice remind me that I have never quite been able to get comfortable for too long. Change always would come that required my faith. Maybe you are like that too. Mature Christians know that one day God will call them to the next level which brings me to my earlier question. Are ready for your next level in God?
There are probably hundreds of Armorbearers at this place of transition. Consider this what if King David had not been willing to become King? Or Joshua had not been willing to go to the next level as leader of God’s people into the Promised Land? What if Pastor Timothy had enjoyed being mentored by the Apostle Paul so much that he couldn’t see himself going to the next level of what God had called him to do? Before my serving season ended, I had never heard or read anything about the season of transition in the Ministry of Helps.
1 Samuel 16-13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brethren; and the spirit of the lord came upon David from that day forward. David was anointed, for one day he would be King and soon after that he became Saul’s Armorbearer.
My point is in the five fold ministry there is the ministry of helps; you may be operating as an armorbearer in the ministry of helps but in your anointed gift of helps may be residing the ministry of a prophet. Who but God controls the timing when it shall come forth?
I would always say jokingly to my Pastor “Lord forbid I should ever have to leave you.” In the Old Testament David went from armorbearer to King and Joshua went from assistant to receiving Moses mantle. Armorbearer comes from the Hebrew word Nasa and assistant comes out of the same root word so Joshua operated as an Armorbearer.
How can we know when the Holy Spirit wants to take us to the next level? We can know by the same Holy Spirit that delivered God’s call to us.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of god.
Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted the Holy Ghost said, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
So we see the Holy Spirit is in charge. He shows us how He wants us to move and it’s not by our personal feelings. I use to always wonder why God was going to kill Moses. Yes Moses.
Exodus 4:24 and it came to past by the way in the inn that the lord met him, and sought to kill him.
Moses did a lot of complaining with reasons why he could not get the job done but the Lord convinced him. It shouldn’t take that much for us to yield to God’s will; we should be willing to be led by his leading!
The ministry of helps is at the latter part of the list of the five fold ministry in 1 Cor. 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
I believe that leaves a large area for growth and promotion. I know that I’m not the only one that God has called to go through a transitional season in life. So, if you are there or recently there I encourage you in your obedience and willingness. It’s not always an easy choice to go to the next place in God but He is always faithful. Remember, the faithful seeds that you have sown in your leader’s life will come back to you many-fold if you decide to “go to the next level.”
Resource:Article by Varn BrownMost leaders need a strong team of support. Your leadership should have one too! Varn is Co-Founder of Armorbearers International who offers help with designing strong teams of support for God’s leaders. Visit resource site at http://www.armorbearers.net for other insightful articles and resources.