How to minister effectively for Christ 🕊
More and more, God’s expanding my knowledge of what ‘God-given design’ means by reminding me of what Jesus died for.
I’ve been re-reading a book called “I Give You Authority” by Charles Kraft, who was my pastor’s former professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Here are some things that have stood out.
“Unlike satan, we bear the image of God and have been both redeemed by God and made co-inheritors with Jesus of the riches of our Father God (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). We carry by virtue of our position and the fact that God the Holy Spirit lives within us infinitely more power and authority than the whole satanic kingdom.” (p. 35)
“Through years of working in inner healing and deliverance, I have become convinced that the enemy’s primary area of attack is our self-image. He does not want us to discover who we are … if we are to live and minister effectively for Christ, we need to know who we are and what it means to be who we are.” (p. 43-44)
“Apparently, though, God does not take it kindly when we do not use what He has given us. Jesus had a alot to say about stewardship … Jesus advocated what Paul states in 1 Corinthians 4:2: “The one thing required of such servants is that they be faithful to their master.” Peter adds, “Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God (1 Peter 4:10).” (p. 99-100)
Whatever we’re going through, whatever may occur, may we never forget who we are because of who we belong to.
God chose us to exist during this special period and has so much to show us if we would wait on him. So today, and everyday, will we wait on him and honour him like he deserves.
Father God, we thank you for your sweet love. We thank you for your lovingkindness. Please open our eyes and ears so we experience you in a deeper way this season. Forgive us for any grumbling and increase our faith. You are mighty and you have a plan. How sweet it is that you take all our burdens and bless us with sweet peace in return. All to you we surrender, with love. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.