2013/09/21:How To Minister To The Lord

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them (Acts 13:2)

 It’s our priestly responsibility as Christians to minister to the Lord, and it’s important in this special month of Fellowship, that you understand how to do it, and the benefits that accrue from it. The first thing to do in ministering to the Lord is to focus your attention on Him in worship. Secondly, learn to speak words of praise to Him from your spirit; words that extol His majesty. Such praise should have content.

For example, simply saying, “Lord, I praise you,” isn’t enough. You’ve got to tell Him what you’re praising Him for. Tell Him how wonderful, loving and kind He is; you ought to give substance to your praises of Him this month. So in ministering to the Lord you focus your attention on Him and praise Him from your spirit with words of worship and thanksgiving. The Lord responds to you when you minister to Him like this.

 When the apostles ministered to Him and fasted as we read in our opening scripture, He responded by giving them direction regarding an important issue. In the same way, God gives you guidance and enlightens your spirit as to what you need do in specific circumstances as you minister to Him. He ministers strength to you and prepares you for the task ahead. Glory to God!

 Your fellowship with the Holy Spirit becomes effective as you learn to minister to Him from your spirit; He participates in everything you do and dispenses His blessings into your life. You also experience His transportation as He moves you from one level of glory to another.

So make it a conscious practice every day to minister to the Lord; and you’ll experience supernatural protection, impartation and growth as he had declared concerning you this month. Remember to share your comments with us.

 

God Looks for Emptiness?

In Acts 6, the newfound church had exploded into existence and discovered their first problem: they had a great deal of money! All of its members were selling their land and possessions to give to the needs of others, but some of the widows in dire circumstances were being overlooked. The Holy Spirit moved the apostles' hearts to choose seven men to solve the problem.

That job seems easy enough, doesn't it? If I were one of the apostles, I would have called for the accountants in the church, the financiers, the treasurers, the bookkeepers - those who had experience with handling and dispersing funds. That would seem the logical choice, wouldn't it?

But the apostles had different criteria. In Acts 6:3 we find the qualifications: "Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task."

Wow! The implication here is that the men who were selected were men devoid of themselves, having been filled with the Holy Spirit. They were wise because they were surrendered to God, and because of this, God chose them for the task. Can you guess what happened next? The matter was settled and the widows were taken care of from that day forth.

God doesn't need the best-of-the-best to change the world; He can do it all by Himself. Yet, in His mercy and love, He has decided to allow us the opportunity to leave a mark on our sphere of influence for His glory. So be encouraged, friend; you don't have to be the best-looking, the smartest, or the most talented person in the world to gain God's approval.