Understanding Ministry
In a sense, all born-again believers are ministers. In 2 Corinthians 5: 1B – 19 the Bible tells us that God has given us “the ministry of reconciliation.” As believers we are to tell the world that God is not mad at them and that the only sin that will send them to hell is their rejection of Iesus Christ. We also are to declare to our brothers and sisters in Christ that we are of one Body and that the walls that separate us-racial, denorninational, etc.-must come dornrn so we can get our job done as the Body of Christ.

There are those, however, who are called by lesus Christ and anointed by the Lord to stand in certain offices of ministry and have been given specific and special responsibility in ministry. Ephesians 4:B says Iesus gave gifts to men. In verse 11 of the same chapter, five of these ministry gifts are listed. We call them the fivefold ministry–the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the pastor and the teacher.

Many say, “I know that I am called to the ‘ministry buthowcan I find outwhat office the Lord would have me to stand in? Am I an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist or ‘ what?” lq order for Lou to know what yogr .”tti”g “t praver life and vou must commit to studving, nle_ditating, confessing and acting upon the Word of God.A doitgthese things, God! leading y4!l beqome evrdent and vou will be you rec,-rg u tlgglqg”t to work and do whatever it takes
Word tells us in Romans B: 14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God.” We are never told to be ledby prophecy or other signs. If they come forth, they should only confirm what you already know the Lord has said.

Here are three steps which will help you succeed in your ministry:
1. Find out God’s will by going to the Word of God and meditating on it until you know for sure God’s will for your life (what, where, when and how?).

2. Once you know the will of God, confer no longer with flesh and blood.

3. Get the job done at any cost and do it with excellence.
The next question that one might ask is “How do I get started?” You should first go before the Lord in prayer and, by faith, receive the call that He has placed on your life. Next, make yourself available to God for Him to minister to others through you. When you know that someone needs help in prayer, teaching, healing, etc., be ready to assist them.

There are people that you come in contact with every day-family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Be prepared to help them, too. As you are faithful to do this, God will move in your behalf and cause other opportunities to open. The important factor is to begin where you are and allow God-not man-to raise you up (Psalm 75:6-7). We also encourage you to meditate on the following scriptures:
a ‘A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16). a “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans I 1:29). a “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather” ( I Corinthians 7 :20-2 1) .

As the disciples followed lesus’ ministry and saw the results, they did not ask Him how to preach, they asked Him how to pray. They realized that it was prayer and fellowship with the Heavenly Father that brought deliverance to the multitude as lesus spoke. In order to demand excellence from God, you first need to demand excellence from yourself. We have listed some steps that Brother Copeland follows which we believe will behelpful toyou: I. Dedication A. Decide to please the Father B. Decide to live in victory C. Decide to live in love II. Singleness of purpose (Iames 1:6-8) A. Your time is God’s 1. Meet the people’s needs 2. Seek ways of getting the Word out B. Receive Mark 16:15 -20 III. Be led by the Spirit of God (Romans B:14) ru Strip away everything else A. Begin by cutting offoutside activities B. Put away man-made schemes V Look to the Word day and night (Proverbs 4:20-22) Vf. Make prayer and fasting number one in your life.

We encourage you to give wholehearted consideration to these things. If you do, you will find God’s will for your life and ministry and you will be supplied with the ability that comes from God to fulfill it. Begin by presenting yourself to the Lord with the following prayer:
“Father, in the Name of Jesus, / pray and confess that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon trre , the spirit of utisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord. I pray that as Your Spirit rests upon them. He will make me of quick understandingbecause You, Lord, haue anointed
and qualifted me to preach the gospel to the meek, the poor, the wealttty and the ffiicted. You haue sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captiues, &nd to open the prisons and the eJes of those who are bound.

All people shall declare that I am a minister of the Lord because of the Word which I speak in power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit as I continually stir up the gift of Godthat is withinme. “I pray and belieure that no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper and that euery tongue that rises against me in judgment shall be shown to be in the wrong.

I thank You that You prosper me spiritually, mentally, physically, financiatrly and socially in all abundance. I confess that I study and hold fast and follow the pgttern of wholesome and sound teaching in all faith and Ioue which is for us in Christ lesus and that I guard and keep with the greatest care the precious truth which has been entrusted to meby theHoly Spirit Who ryakes His home in me. Lord, I belieue and say that You grant to me that with freedom of utterance I will open my mouth boldly and courageously as I ought to proclaim the gospel to the people.

I hereby confess that I will stand behind those You entrust to my care and will undergird them with prayen I will say only good things that will ed{y them and I will continue to iitercede for them and speak and pray blessings upon them in the Name of Jesus.”
Prayer References:

Isaiah 1L:2-3, 61:1, 6; Timothy 1:6-7; L Corinthians 2:4-5; Isaiah 54:L7;2 Timothy 1:13 -14,2:15-26; Ephesians 4:29,6:19; Acts 6;1.

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