What’s your “fear” today? What’s your “worry” right now? What’s the “burden” in your heart at the moment? What are you going through right now Sir or Ma?
I like you to know that you’re coming out of it stronger, taller, sharper, brighter and better in the Precious Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Some years ago, I heard Dad Hagin make a statement in a video, “CHALLENGES OF LIFE COME TO ALL OF US”, and I thought, “Mehn, that’s the father of the Word of Faith Movement talking”.
That statement did something to my heart – I was encouraged. Friend, there’s no unique challenge in ministry; ministers of the Gospel go through stuffs too, but more real is our victory in Christ Jesus.
Never let the devil lie to you that you’re the only one going through what you’re going through right now. No Sir! No Ma! You’re not!!!
Many other ministers face the same thing and a great number came out of it with a shout of triumph and testimony. Yours will not be an exception; you’re coming out! Glory to God!!!
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that challenges of life are not peculiar to one but common to all.
1 PETER 5:9
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that THE SAME AFFLICTIONS ARE ACCOMPLISHED IN YOUR BRETHREN THAT ARE IN THE WORLD.
There are many others going through what you’re going through now but the good news is that whatever challenge you’re going through now, it is:
(1) Light in the sight of God – it’s not heavy or overwhelming.
(2) For a moment – it’s not forever. Its days are numbered – you’re coming out stronger.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:17
For our LIGHT AFFLICTION affliction, which is but FOR A MOMENT, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Do you feel like quitting the ministry? Don’t ever do it because your brighter days are here.
Do you feel discouraged and demotivated? Come on; stir yourself up in the Holy Ghost because you’ve got great things to offer your generation.
Do you feel that you’re labouring in vain? You’ve got to refrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work shall be rewarded – Jer. 31:16.
At a time, Dad Hagin felt discouraged. He laboured so much in ministry but there were no returns.
The family couldn’t feed well. Bills were rising by the day. He couldn’t buy good clothes for his wife and children and school fees for the children were piling up.
He went to God in prayer, relying on this scripture:
If ye be WILLING and OBEDIENT, ye shall eat the good of the land:
He told the Lord, “God, I have obeyed you and carried out all the instructions that You gave me but I’m sure not eating the good of the land”.
Immediately the Lord told him, “You have been OBEDIENT but you have not been WILLING”.
Boom!!! Dad said HE BECAME WILLING INSTANTLY, and that was it – there was a turnaround!
Find out what you might be missing friend. Perhaps the challenge has lingered till now because of an omission somewhere. The Lord grants you a discernment of it now in Jesus’ Name.
Also, Pastor E. A. Adeboye once shared how God encouraged him in ministry.
He was labouring and labouring and it appeared as if the people he was labouring over were not communicating back.
The best they ever told him was, “Thank you Sir. May God bless you with long life so that you can continue to minister to us”.
You know that kind of a thing. So while he was feeling discouraged, one day, a little girl walked up to him and offered him a gift (I can’t remember the exact thing now) and told him, “Daddy, God spoke to me that I should give this to you”.
Wow!!! A little girl? God spoke to you? How? Many thoughts ran through Baba’s mind and he realized that God had not forgotten him. God had always had him in mind.
He was greatly encouraged. At times when stuffs like that happen, God wants us to learn the lesson that HE’S FAITHFUL STILL and He changeth not – Mal.3:6.
His promises are sure and steadfast forever. Looking beyond the manifestation of the promise into the constancy of the nature of the “Promiser” i.e. God is the stronghold of unshakable faith.
When testimonies occur, always remember that they lend credence to His faithfulness.
And if you’re sincere, there are many of them in your life and ministry. Therefore forget not all His benefits – Ps.103:2.
Just yesterday, I was in my office. We’re doing some internal work in church and it appeared as if the work would be stopped.
I had already issued cheque to our Resident Pastor to cash what we had in the ministry account and then we trust God for the work to be completed.
A specific amount of money was needed to complete the work but it wasn’t available. We were just believing, thinking and strategizing.
Then all of a sudden, THAT EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY landed in the ministry account. Coincidence? No No No!!!
That’s God in action! It’s an unwise person that sees God’s deliberate working as a mere coincidence. GOD IS TOO FAITHFUL TO FAIL!
So I called another Pastor to meet me in the office to collect the cheque so as to cash the money to complete the work.
Why have I shared all of that? To encourage us as ministers that GOD IS TOO FAITHFUL TO FAIL.
No matter what you’re going through now in ministry, you’re coming out as bright as gold.
At a time, Bishop David Oyedepo said they gathered all the money they had to pay church rent but it wasn’t enough. God stepped in supernaturally.
Now they’re no more on that level. Times have changed. Seasons have changed. Grace has elevated them to the height of glory where they have now become the cynosure of all eyes.
So, friend, this is not your end. I can’t go into testimonies of great men and women in Scriptures for want of space but we’re comforted by what’s written about them.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and COMFORT OF THE SCRIPTURES might have hope.
Friend, God Almighty has put a word in my mouth for you today. This is not the end; a brand new beginning is starting forthwith.
No matter what the nature of the challenge is in ministry, it’s a new dawn for you. Believing God for funds? There’s a supernatural release right now. Angels are bringing in the harvest!
Going in cycles? This day marks the end of it. Grappling with emotional pressure and torments? Fresh oil is released right now.
Dealing with marital challenges? There’s a way for you right now. Trusting God for expansion? Abundance of grace is released right now.
The Lord says “Many of My servants are carrying sicknesses in their bodies”. Now thus saith the Holy One of Israel, “This is not your end. Your health is springing forth speedily, for I am the saving Strength of Mine anointed, says the Lord. You’re coming out with a brand new health”.
This is the word of the Lord to you dear minister. Therefore don’t throw in the towel. Don’t quit ministry work. All shall be well, okay?
Your brighter days are here!!!
Source: Bimbo Animashaun Teaching Ministries |Published with permission.