29 June 2011

Chosen laborers it's time to Build, Fight, and then Rest!!!!!!

Matthew 9:37 NKJV Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
God is looking for laborers, those who are willing to pay the cost or price that is necessary for the call.
Matthew 20:16 NKJV So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."
What separates the chosen from the many that are called?  Those who are willing take up the cross and follow at any cost.  Sacrificial living and giving (a fully surrendered life, unselfish—not focused on what about me—what I can get but what I can give to build God’s kingdom).  And those who are willing to go through the full process of purification, be patient, and let God have His way and change your heart and mind fully!
Yes, a chosen’s life is different from those in the world and God sanctifies and sets you apart for His purpose. Those that allow Him to do it fully, He invests His power, authority and anointing in you because you are different from those in the church as well. Your walk is different, your sacrificial life is different, your commitment is different, and your hunger for God is different.

Nehemiah 2:17 NKJV

Then I said to them, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”
God is looking to find laborers to re- build the walls, because (like Jerusalem) the church has been in waste and its gates have been burned.  God has shaken the church and is getting rid of all her idolatry, perversion, and religion. He is looking for His chosen to rebuild the walls with a solid foundation.  But we must stay on the wall, like Nehemiah, although we may get tired, discouraged, restless, or unsettled.  We must build with one hand and have a spear in the other hand so that the enemy want destroy us.
Nehemiah 4:16- 19
16 So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. 19 Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, "The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."

These are the pioneers, pillars, foundational remnant willing to pay the cost and battle (in prayer) to rebuild and possess a land so others can reap the spoils.  And we like, Joshua, will have a time of rest after the war and building is over. (Joshua 11:23) After the work is done, the rest will come and others will reap the same rewards.  Matthew 20:1-17 tells us that the harvest that comes in at the last hour will get the same rewards.  What a blessing!  Our labor is not in vain and we are to set foundations and show an authentic, pure body for others to get its benefits.  SO STAY STRONG, STAY ON THE WALL, CONTINUE TO FIGHT, REST SHALL COME.  YOU SHALL POSSESS, THERE WILL BE A TIME OF REST, BUT NOW GOD WANTS YOU TO PRESS!!!

02 June 2011

Whole persons heal others rather than bleed on others!

Tuesday night May 31, 2011, I posted a comment on facebook which stated: "been in ministry for a while and the pain of ministry is a part of the call. The glory moments are wonderful, but serving and giving to those you love also brings experiences of disappointment, rejection, grief, misunderstandings, and hurt. This is the part of ministry that seminary can't prepare you for. But like Christ, we too must bear pain and rejection. “The Cost of the call!!" I was so appreciative for the words of encouragement from my fb friends and saw that many could relate. 

Therefore, this issue elicits more commentary and I desire to explore this topic a bit more. :>) That post speaks to the issue of our humanness-- we all experience these feelings! Our human frailty is the fact that we cannot control how often we receive hurt, but we all can control how often we exert negative energy that causes others to become the receipts of pain. Purging is a part of God's process and the more we mature, grow, and get delivered-- the less we bleed onto others! But why do people bleed on others?  A question I will answer with my experience but I ask you to also add your answers to this question.

My experience:
When I entered ministry at the age of 22, I was so idealistic and eager to do ministry.  I saw the glamour, the prestige, the preachers speaking on large platforms, the expensive cars, houses, and how people loved and adored the preachers and it all looked so appealing for a 22 year old who gave up the desire of Hollywood to answer the call.  It seemed I would not have to give up the glitz and glam but I would just do in the church rather than Hollywood, but boy was I in for a rude awakening.  For me, entering the co-pastorate candidly defined the reality of ministry and the cost of the call.  I soon learned that ministry was not about glitz and glam, but about people and relationshipsPeople with all of our personalities, hang-ups, insecurities, idiosyncrasies, likes, dislikes, perfections, imperfections, old habits, and with all that add “the mask of Super Spirituality” and these are the kinds of people we are called to serve.  Because of our flawed nature, we inflict pain, disappointment, and hurt on others.  This is what I was not prepared for.  Frankly, I must admit that I have inflicted pain on others as well, but as I have surrendered to the process of change and my character and action is more like Christ, the less I respond out of character and cause others hurt.  One of my first reality checks was when I offered a person "Christ" at the altar and she cursed me out and called me every name in the book and said "she didn't need Christ!" There was a succession of other things that occurred far more hurtful than that, but I am sure we all can exchange stories of hurt in and outside of the church.  

BUT MY QUESTION IS "WHY DO WE HURT OTHERS, IS IT INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL?”  I believe that our infliction of pain stems from our lack of identity, security, and willingness to become whole beings. Whether it is intentional or unintentional, it comes from the same source.  When we are not changed from the inside out and our identity is not secure, we do things more often and frequent that does not reflect the character of Christ and others can become a causality of our abnormal behavior. It is abnormal to curse others out, can’t receive love, always blame others and never look at yourself, jump from church to church, remain in a cycle of stagnation, become tormented with fear, paranoia, jealousy, live in habitual sin, say that God puts you in purgatory and remain there for years at the expense of others, revengefully say evil things about a person, and the non-Christ-like behavior never ends. So I will end with this, let us allow God to really set us free and make a deliberate effort not to hurt others and when we do wrong ask for forgiveness and forgive others who do us wrong.  Finally, realize that because we are imperfect, we will receive pain, but God can give us the strength to overcome it and deal with it and allow pain to give us an anointing.  Whole persons heal others rather than bleed on others.