The Miraculous in Ministry

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19

In this Bible Study, we spoke about the miraculous in ministry.  God is miraculous and everything He does is miraculous.  He is a miracle God and it’s what makes Him who He is.

We are people who cannot control our ministries; humanly speaking, we are not considered miraculous people, but with God, excellence can come out of good, and another dimension or level can happen in my personal ministry.  With God, I can still see the spectacular.

It’s amazing that these verses can take me to another sphere.  That which is dead can come to life, and that which is alive can remain eternal.  There is something better that can happen which is not under my control in ministry.  If we don’t have the miraculous, then we are in all ways miserable.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren be ye steadfast…”1 Cor 15:58a

May we have a “therefore” in our lives?  Does anything in my mind have permission to shut me up?  Is there anything in my heart that can stop me on a dime and make me submit?  If I don’t have that, there will be no control in the inner man and control of my Spirit. Better is He that controls his Spirit than he that can take a city. Proverbs 16:32.

God has granted us the ability to control our Spirit.  I have got to have a “therefore” or my ministry will be affected. The storm in my heart will now become the storm in my ministry. The storm in the ministry should not affect the quiet in my heart.

The core of whatever ministry that God would have me do is locked up in this: my internal steadfastness is the core of my ministry; otherwise I am just like a breath.

To the degree that I am able to look up, will be to the degree I will be able to lift others up.

To the degree that I am able to be steadfast and immovable, believe it or not, that is to the degree that I will have the power to move others and to translate them, to help move them from one kingdom to another.

It’s not that we are saying, “Just fill this cup Lord,” God is saying, “I have an ocean and I have more.”  If I am asking Mr. Miraculous, why am I asking for so little, when I can have so much?

“…always abounding in the Work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain or empty.” 1 Cor 15:58b

Weariness in ministry is not empty or vain; God is not going to forget my work and my labor of love.  He doesn’t forget the work or the exhaustion in ministry. I will work and will be weary.  God will have me always abounding in the work and in my weariness.

 

These thoughts are taken from our Monday night Bible study. To listen to the message, click here.