And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephesians 4:11-13
It’s important to have in our life a ministry that will empower us. The Apostles of Jesus Christ were endowed with power when they prayed in the Upper Room and they went out to empower others to live the life that Jesus wants us to live.
Jesus intended that we should have lives of faith, lives of power. We are expected to live in the realm of the supernatural, the realm of miracles. We ought to believe that miracles are possible, and to expect them. The reason we do not do so today is because we have most of our needs met and we have the cushions of medicine and science to attempt to fulfill the role of God in our life.
I love the song “Two Winning Hands” by the Hinson Family. It says that some doctors can heal, some lawyers can win, some bankers can fill your pockets, and all of this is true. Doctors do heal us, and lawyers are sometimes able to achieve justice for us. But there is none that can do things on the level that God can. God can heal immediately, God can open doors suddenly.
Paul and Silas were in prison. At midnight they began to praise God and sing hymns, and suddenly there was an earthquake that broke all the doors open. That’s what the power of the living God can do. It can shake foundations so that all our bands are loosed.
In order to have that power, we have to have faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, that He is and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. We have to believe that the things we expect can happen, that nothing is impossible with God. We have to get a vision in our mind and let it grow without fear or doubting.
These things come through a ministry that promotes faith, that awakens faith in Christians. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Ministers are the husbandmen sowing faith in our lives through preaching. So it’s important for us to have preachers, whether apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers or evangelists, who sow that faith in our lives.
When you have a steady diet of faith, it becomes more natural to believe the things of God and to step out on faith for the things that we have need of, whether it is a financial miracle, a miracle of healing, or deliverance.
Do not settle for lukewarm ministry that simply makes you feel better about yourself, but seek after ministers that will empower you with faith in Jesus Christ.
NOTE: The owner of this blog belongs to an Apostolic Pentecostal Church that adheres to the doctrine of the Apostles as set forth in the Book of Acts, and that believes in the experience of Pentecost expressed there: the power of the Holy Ghost operating in people’s lives for salvation, healing, deliverance. It is possible to have that experience today.