Friday, 2 December 2016

5 Confusing Things In Ministry - Number 3 Is A Must Read

Many years ago, I received Jesus Christ. After I started preaching the gospel I realized that I still had a problem with my gall bladder and associated secretions. 

I was, back then, told that the only solution is to have an operation in the United States of America. I could not even imagine getting the money for that surgery nor for the travel. It so discouraged me and as a preacher I would hide this sickness so people would not know. How can healing evangelist go for an operation? I thought.

Greater confusion came when I prayed for a certain young lady who had the same prophet and she got healed and testified about it. This brings confusion to many young ministers. Here are a few representative issues that puzzle ministers:

5 Confusing Things In Ministry
1. I pray for people to be healed and I don’t get healed. God will not send sicknesses to you or teach you through sickness and misfortunes. However, he may allow certain things to continue in you to keep you from falling. “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”(2 Corinthians 12:7)

2. I started a church but it is not growing. There may be many reasons if at all you really know that God has called you and directed you to start a church. It may be the issue of time, real growth happens over time. It may be lack of proper strategies or many other reasons.

3. I have a nagging wife. God never gives a man a finished product, he gives him raw materials and it is the duty of the man to make His own wife. Jesus has us as his wife but he makes sure that we are well(Ephesians 4:11-12)

4. I preach but am in a financial crisis. Are you a tither? Do you give? Do you plan? Do you budget? Do you spend according to the budget? Do you work? Do you have other innovative ways to make money?

5. I am in right standing with God but it seems the wicked prosper more than me? David had the same problem: “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men (Psalm 73:3-5). This happened until God showed him something: “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors”(Psalm 73:16-19).

I thank God that eventually He healed me without the necessary operation and now I am well. However, through that sickness I learnt especially not to just pray for people so that I can make a name through their testimony but out of compassion. I am a changed.

I declare that out of this confusion will come out the best solutions and the greatest servant of God. You are blessed. Apostle Pride Sibiya

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