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Serving God is An Honor. It’s A Privilege. Be Thankful To God For the Privilege of Being In A Ministry

Blessed By GodForgive me for the long post but the other day in my time of reflection, I woke with some things that were unsettling in my spirit and thought I’d share.

I believe that God works through his people to accomplish impossible tasks that may seem impossible to us. God knows what it takes to do what he’s prepared for us. He often shapes us with experiences and training that prepares us for his purpose.

All Christians are called to ministry. However, being in a ministry doesn’t mean we are entitled to serve ourselves and in the process, claim a title. It means we serve God by serving others. We are speaking and serving directly on His behalf to others. We trade selfishness for selflessness. We bring glory to God. We bring honor to Him and not ourselves.

We have no idea what God has in store for us. In our service, we must be obedient. We must be careful not to become complacent or comfortable in our daily routine when placing priorities on things we did before we made the decision to serve God. We must put into action what we learn from his Word. Faith without works is dead. God wants our obedience. We remove “self” out of the equation. We change our mindset. We change the way we used to do things in order that we may bring glory to him.

Too many times we make it a point to get to work on time, never miss a day, and push ourselves beyond limits to get the job done. But choose not to be as dedicated and obedient to God as we are to our friends, family, employers, or loved ones. Failing to realize had it not been for God, we wouldn’t have a job. Or anything else for that matter.

If what we know about God to be true, there are no excuses why we choose to do what we do because we have been conditioned to do it. Yes, we learn. But we must also grow. We change our priorities to accomplish tasks He has prepared for us and positioned us to do. And if in the beginning, we know what God’s Word tells us is true, we will begin the process by doing, not what we want, but what he desires we do. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor 5:17)

When we learn and are assured of what God desires from us, in our service, we must walk the walk and talk the talk the right way to do that which pleases him. Walk with, and not away from God. When you talk with God and walk with God, you can become useful to Him. Welcome him into your thoughts and share your feelings, your concerns, and your dreams. Walk with him and put what you learn from his Word into action.

Blessed by God is not by your works, not an entitlement, nor can it be earned. It is a gift from God. You’re blessed to be a blessing to others. When God blesses you, don’t curse your blessings because you did not honor him when you chose to complain. Be a blessing to others. Glorify Him.

We cannot serve two masters. Make a choice. Either you will serve God or serve yourself.

Be blessed! – JD

Colossians 3:23,24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”(ESV)

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I Understand the Season I’m In – Do You Know What Season You Are In?

1 Corinthians 12_27While 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 Brown
Most 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.

 

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If The Devil is Picking On You, Rejoice! God is Setting You Up for a Greater Reward!

wpid-textgram_1394581638.pngWhen God has his hands on you and trouble beseech you in attempt to destroy your ministry, something in your spirit will not let you give in to it. The Word still will go forth because God will see to it.

The devil was alive and well during my trip home. He came at me from every angle and wouldn’t leave me alone. I went to God in deep meditation. I didn’t murmur a word. I sat and read God’s Word. I shared what He sent as a message for others to hear. The devil came at me full force. God took it from there.

For a moment, I became so frustrated and at that time made a hasty decision to stop ministering and witnessing to others on social media because I felt it was taking too much from my inner strength to deal with the conflict that continually surrounded me. All I wanted was peace. When in a fact, I did have peace. But my mind tried to convince me otherwise. The devil is the father of lies!

I told my friends and family, “I will be taking a sabbatical…in the next few days but wanted to express my sincere thanks to friends and family who have supported me in this journey. My hope is that God will continue to use me no matter where I may find myself that he may be glorified. I will keep each and every one of you in prayer and please continue to pray for me.”

A few days passed and something just would not let me go through with it. Knowing God had the final say in it. The Word still will go forth because God will see to it. This is what the devil wanted, to silence me. And thought he would win. I’m being set up for a greater blessing. Sorry devil… God wins! While I will not stop spreading the gospel or bring forth messages of inspiration and encouragement I know God has given me the ability to do. I will minimize my presence for the moment to spend some alone time with God, as he continues to reconcile and restore me. Until then, what I know is this:

God is loving, kind, merciful. He does not falter. He is perfect. Every good and perfect thing comes from Him. He is, “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex 3:14). People may disappoint you. They may never have your best interest at heart. God loves you. He will always have your best interest at heart. God is a good God. He’s faithful. His character does not change. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). He never changes.

When you feel lost in a sea of brokenness, God will heal your wounds and restore you. God will bind up your wounds. He will heal your heart. Speak life into your situation that it may help you. People or the situation may never change but you can change in it. With God, he will change you in it. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act (Ps 37:4-5).

When you are going through and it seems like no one is there for you. God is. He will never forsake you. He’s always with you. There is someone somewhere fighting a battle harder than you or me. They are in a fight for their life, trying to make it. Pray for them. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Dt 31:8). Know that God is with you always.

If the devil is picking on you, rejoice! God is setting you up for a greater reward!

Be blessed! -JD

Luke 6:22-2322 You are blessed when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note–your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.” (HCSB)

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01/25/2014 · 12:20 pm