Before you can actively pursue that challenge you must first recognize your ministry. In other words, what is your unique part in helping to bring souls into the kingdom? Esther 4:14 says, “Yet who knows that you have come to the Kingdom, for such a time as this!” We live at a unique time in history, and God has placed each one of us in a distinct position. The opportunities for Christians today are immense, and it’s time for us to arise. Young or old, whatever our race, whatever our upbringing or background, whatever our ability, whatever our present circumstances, the Lord Jesus Christ wants to raise us up, equip us, and release us to advance His Kingdom, in preparation for His return. I am constantly reminding believers that God does not always choose the most likely,
or the most talented to bring blessing to the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:7-12 explains, but to each one of us grace has been given as Christ
apportioned it. It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built
up. So where are the Deborah’s, Esther’s, Nehemiah’s, and Ezra’s? – The men and women who are prepared to make a difference in our generation? They are here! You are a, potential leader like David, intercessor like Daniel or Anna, prophet like Elisha or Jeremiah, Godly mother like Moses’ mother Jochebed, Jesus’ mother Mary, Godly grandmother like Naomi, evangelist like the Samaritan woman at the well, a person with a servant heart like Phoebe, or a Christian
business-woman like Lydia. I could go on and on, yet the truth is that God has designed your ministry just for you, although it will have similar qualities to these great patriarchs and matriarchs of the Bible. Whatever place you are in
now, whether you know the Ministry that God has called you into, or you are still uncertain, whether you are functioning in your ministry, or are wondering how to get started, or even if you are still running in the opposite direction
like Jonah, God wants to speak to you and move you forward. First, you must understand the word minister simply means SERVANT. Therefore your ministry is simply a tool of service. Your ministry is not designed to give you a position
of prominence or to thrust you into celebrity status. It’s a vehicle to lift Jesus Christ higher so that unbelievers can be drawn to Him. It’s a way to reach outside of the four walls of the church building and into the crevices of
communities. 25 years ago, God put a fire in my heart for local evangelism. The Holy Spirit would impress upon my heart to ride through various communities and pray and claim them for the kingdom of God. It would have been easy if that was all God was asking me to do; but it led to our family becoming Foster Parents, sitting on political boards, creating programs in local schools that promoted parent-teacher partnerships, and becoming a voice for cultural diversity.
Eventually, Stop the Madness Outreach
Ministry was born. It was so awesome how this outreach ministry utilized every gift in our family. Everybody has a unique place and it doesn’t work any other way! My daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and God-children all play a specific role to make the wheels turn on our ministry’s vehicle. With us, it is truly “A family affair!” There are some principles in recognizing your
1. Your ministry will come out of your relationship with God. God must always take first place.
2. Ask others who you trust in the body of Christ to pray with you; especially your leaders. Your leaders can often recognize God’s call on your life when you cannot – talk to them before stepping out, when you feel God is leading you in a specific area, or if you are uncertain where God is leading you. It is essential to allowing room for accountability within the ministry for the purpose of consistency and obedience to God's Word.
3. Expect God to speak through His Word – your ministry needs to be on a solid Biblical
foundation – God may give you a specific Word.
4. Expect Him to speak through others – as people are ministering the Word of God etc. something may light up for you.
5. Specific prophecies for you – if God speaks directionally through a prophet, it can often
be confirmation to what God is already saying to you, or perhaps you need to hold on to it, and allow God to build on it, and open the right doors. All prophecy needs to be weighed, you should never move out on a prophecy alone!
6. Recognize the witness of the Holy Spirit in your life and the excitement in your spirit.
7. Be willing to step out in what God says; don’t limit Him. – If it is His call on your life He will also
equip you. – He is not looking for your ability, but your availability.
In closing, it is important in order for the Kingdom of God to advance; we must be willing to move into our God given ministry. In order to have a strong and balanced outreach ministry, we have to build a framework of non-negotiables. These are; consistently studying and applying God's Word and remaining “plugged in” to our local
church. Jesus and for the early Church, the way to effective ministry was very much through discipleship. Younger Christians would get alongside those who were more mature in the faith, and learn from them, so there was very much a continuous flow in the body of Christ. The emphasis today is very much on getting back to that Biblical foundation. If you know and are functioning in your ministry, it is important that you keep your ministry submitted to God – there can be a danger that we know how to do it
and try to run off on own. We need to remain teachable, and close to God, so that our ministry remains fresh and effective, God often wants to do a new thing in our lives. For some it may be that God is saying that now is the time for you to disciple someone else. Trust me, that alone can be very challenging and carries with it new responsibilities. Are you prepared to allow God to speak to you and show you the ministry He has prepared for you so that the Body of Christ may be
build up? Your ministry is like a seed, full of growth potential. He wants to call you and equip you so that you can function well, and grow. There has never been a better time for us to arise, as Deborah’s, Esther’s, David’s, Daniel’s,
Nehemiah’s, etc. God wants to speak to you, He is building His Kingdom, and the doors are opening! Our ministry’s reach must exceed its grasp. An ever-enlarging vision must be forged. The challenges we take should be beyond our resources, so that our reliance and faith remain upon God. Our dreams and our plans should be
“Heavenly Father, bless us with the wisdom to know and do Your will. Empower us with your Holy Spirit so we will walk upright in all situations. Help us to represent You in every area of our lives. Teach us the integrity of Your Word. Strengthen us to turn away from evil and to always do what is right in Your sight. Fill us with Your love and let it show in all our deeds and actions. In
Jesus name Amen!
A Simple Nugget: "Obstacles are things a
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All my love and prayers,
Minister Dorothy King