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1/17/11

What Is Ministry


Last week I was truly blessed with a teaching from Pat Kaveny that shook the dust off my understanding of ministry.  
Since every child of God is called to ministry I had to share!
Matthew 28: 18- 20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Just remember who you are is not what you do but what you become.  

What Is Ministry?

It is taking care of the needs of God through a relationship with Him.  God is looking for someone He has a good relationship with to carry out His will.  If ministry is done without that relationship it is just religion and is made into a career.  *Never let your ministry turn into a career!

Want to know if you have a good relationship with God?  Ask yourself:
Do I love God?  If so obedience is the proof.  If you love me you will keep my commands. John 14: 15

Well now that we have that clear- lets look at some of the things God is looking for in you:

God Is Looking For

1)  Brokenness- Knowing that you can't do it alone and you must give it all over to God.
Thus says the Most High, who dwells on high forever, Holy in the holies is His name, the Most High resting in the holies, and giving patience to the faint-hearted, and giving life to the broken-hearted...Isaiah 57:15

2) Faithfulness- Wait on God and do things His way.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children. Hosea 4: 6  * The knowledge of obedience to God!
God will say NEXT if you are not faithful to carry out His will.
Saul- wanted a kingdom through God for himself.  *Career Minded- what can I get out of this?
David- Just wanted to honor God.
13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” 1 Samuel 13: 13-14

3) Honor- Glory.
When God finds you seeking His will- He will honor you.  When you seek honor from people instead He can no longer trust you.  *Career Minded
Ask God:  What do you want?  Your response is your worship to Him.  Out of that worship comes honor.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4: 23

4) True Biblical Authority- God Given.
1st You must be under the authority of the Holy Spirit.  Listen to Him and obey because what the Holy Spirit gives you the unction to do is what you do.  No less and no more!  
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  Romans 8:14  
God gives us different authorities through our walk with Him.  He uses all people in authority for His purpose whether they realize it or not.  
1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13: 1

I pray that this has pulled things to the surface in your life that need to be put in order- 
as it did in mine.  God Bless,  <><  Shelly