2012: It Is Time!


For those that have seen the mess in the church and have unsuccessfully tried to clean things up from within, the Lord is saying, “It is time!” For those that have been hurt and wounded by demonic leaderships of manipulation and control in local churches, the Lord is saying, “It is time!” For the divorced, the widows, the fatherless, the nameless, the ignored, and the poor, the Lord is saying, “It is time!” For the Mary Magdalene’s the Lord is calling you out of your detestable condition, “It is time!” For the Samaritan woman tired of the trips to the well, the rejection, the failed relationships, and the search for love the Lord is saying, “It is time!” For those hiding in the shame of the Adulam cave, for those hunted by a terrible past, for those that have messed up terribly, for those that have never been restored, for those who walk with their heads down, for those that have been disqualified, looked over, and not even considered the Lord is saying, “It is time!”

In 2012 the Lord is saying:

“It is time and I will not accept any excuses. It is time to stop talking and start doing according to my instructions; it is time to stop looking for the approval of the status quo, a title or a degree and listen to what my Spirit is saying. For I hold against you that you have delegated what can’t be delegated; you have become lazy and stagnated. You idolize men and go to them for answers before coming to Me. You have allowed your Christianity to be determined by what happens on Sunday morning, but you do not seek Me on your own. I want to spend time with you, I want to speak with you, I have instructions for you, but you have closed your ears and have found comfort in complaining, but I am telling you today… It is time! Would you come out of your dead religion? Are you serious about My call for your life? Are you a pleaser of men? Do you obey them above ME? I am pulverizing the excuses; you are no longer a critic, but I am calling you today to be a participant, not of what men have made of My church, but of what I want for My church. Feel the urgency of My heart, wash your face with my tears for the condition of the lost souls, for My sons and daughters that are hurting, confuse and frustrated. Wash your face with My tears for I am the hope for the hopeless, the way and the life and I have a great plan for you. Come out says the Lord! It is now time! For I call you for a purpose; follow the example of Peter and his brother Andrew:

 

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”Matthew 4:18-22New King James Version (NKJV)

Can you see that I call you for a purpose? I will make you fishers of men! Can you see how they left their father to follow me? Many of you are talking, but you are not willing to leave. InMatthew 9:57-62 you see that when I call I accept no excuses; when I call I demand an instant answer:

“57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 New King James Version (NKJV)

Beloved, it is time!

Miserable Ministers


“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:21

 

            Beloved, if your ministry is not causing you joy, if you don’t look forward to serve in the capacity that you are currently placed in, something is terribly wrong! Either you stepped into a ministry that you had no business being involved with or you are serving in the wrong church. If you are in a church where the gifts that God gave you are not celebrated; where the friendly fire is rampant, where your leaders are constantly keeping you down and the jealousy of Saul is after your life, you need to get out of there! It is that simple!

 

Ministry is tough at times; no doubt about it! However, if you are constantly complaining about ministry something is wrong. Why? Biblically speaking, serving the Lord is a joy not a burden. In Matthew 25:21we can see clearly that when people use their talents for the glory of God and for the service of His people there is a joy that comes attached to it – Enter into the joy of your lord– It is not just any joy or a superficial happiness; when we serve the Lord we enter the joy of the Master.Romans 14:17 tells us:

 

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…”

 

            We waste too much time in the do’s and don’ts; we have the tendency to make ministry a matter of what we do (Matters of eating and drinking) When we are talking about the ways of the Lord; it is not necessarily about what we do, for we are just vessels of clay; ministry is first about righteousness. Our focus should never be on what we do; what we do should not define our identity. It is all about the Lord and His ways. We should be in constant pursue of being like Christ. The righteousness of God placed us face to face with our character; that is what gives us credibility. It is not about being perfect, but about being honest and transparent, allowing the Lord to change us. The end-result of doing things according to the ways of God’s Kingdom is enjoying true peace and true joy.

 

Beloved, are you experiencing peace and joy in your ministry or are you a miserable minister? It is time to take a good look at yourself, at your God-given talents, at where you are serving and where God wants you to go. Once you know where God wants you to go… GO and do not wait!

Stop wasting your time; stop believing the lie that tells you this is the way it’s supposed to be; it’s a lie that demonizes you if you even question the way things are being done in your local church.  It is time to stop being miserable ministers and step into the joy of your Master; even as you face challenges, even as you engage in great battles, even as it gets bloody and nasty at times, the joy of the Lord is your strength to continue this fight of faith and to finish the race that God has for you.

 

Don’t be bound by the lies of a Saul-like leadership. Saul wanted to kill David because of jealousy. Saul did not celebrate David’s gifts and obvious call to be the next king, Saul was consumed by such a spirit of control that he wanted to literally kill David. What then, did David do? Did he stay? No, David did what many of you need to do right now; he got out of there quickly! Many of you are being manipulating into false faithfulness! Beloved, faithfulness is not attached to being in one place for years and years; faithfulness is connected to obeying God! We have a responsibility to use our talents and we will give an account to Jesus for what we did and did not do with what the Lord gave us.