Please Know This Before You Start Ministry

 Please Know This Before You Start Ministry

know this before you start a ministry

Consider the essentials of ministry, this essentials of ministry, there are three points I want to raise, and the first point is identity.

Every minister must understand his identity as obtained by God. John, chapter one, from this 22. John chapter one from verse 22. John, chapter one from this 22. Okay, let's begin from verse 19, so that we can cope with the context. And this is the record of John, when Jews sent priests and Levites, from Jerusalem, to ask him who in the scheme of things that Jehovah is piloting, upon the face of the earth, in the prophetic scheme of things, we have identities. It is not as if the people that were coming to inquire from John, it is not as if they didn't know his name was John, the Baptists. Are you with me? If you have heard me say, a man that knew his name, but the identity that they were seeking to get, and to gain from him, is an identity that is within the context of the prophetic architecture, of deliverable, deliverable, of God's grace at that time. So they wanted him to reveal what his identity was within the context of the prophetic architecture, within the context of what God is administering within the season. If by any means you do not know who you are, you are going to be operating in ignorance, and you will not ever understand the reason for which God has equipped you with the endowment that you have. And so we see a major question here, who asked Tao. Now let us look at John the Baptist responds quickly, who, at thou? And he confessed and denied not, but confessed? I am not the Christ. That was his first confession. Just in case the reason for which you are asking this question is to find out if I'm the Christ, I want to disappoint you. I know as much that I am not the Christ. Hallelujah. Do you realize that the Levites and the priest didn't never went to Jesus to ask him this question Who or die, but because of the brilliance of the ministry of John, the Baptists, they wanted to know out of feature him within the context of prophetic architecture, and that came to find his true identity, not his name as given to him by his parents, but his significance within God's scheme of things who adapt, please help me ask the person close to you who are thou. You have a prophetic identity. You have a scripture that you are living. Your identity is actually in the Scripture, there is a scripture that you are being raised to live. And you must know your identity within the context of Scripture. That's why when God gives a man a valid calling, his valid calling must be tied to a certain administration that is revealed in a scripture. If we cannot tie you to a scripture, it means you don't have a valid identity at this time.

Hallelujah. And he confessed and denied not, but confessed, I am not the Christ. So now he has revealed to them what he is not want to see what he found that he is. And they asked him what he is, Elias, notice that the identity that we're talking about is within the framework of a certain prophetic architecture. For every territory, for every nation, there is a prophetic agenda that God wants to implement. And it is within that context, that identities can be found. And just in case, you have not realized your identity, you are not about to become a significant personality, within that context, because demons whose specialty is mind is mind bending will get you to live out another reality, apart from your true identity. So you must be armed with the consciousness of your identity. And there is a reason for which I decided to use this verse of Scripture. He said, what thou about, Elias? And he said, I am not placed on the line.

 I am not, which is John's response, because what we're seeing here is a revelation of who John knew himself to be. So they asked him, Are you Elias, that no, I'm not allow that prophet? And he answered, No. Next one. Then they sit down to him who are down for the second time, that we may give an answer to them that sent us what says Tao of Dyson. So these ones were emissaries that was sent from the headquarters.

 And the people that dispatch this emissaries to go and get information that we're cross checking, John the Baptist is ministry. These are these the prophetic architecture that they have concerning performances, fulfillment, and the things that God would do in that day. And they were trying to put John within the framework of the prophetic insight that has gone ahead to the ministry of the Old Testament prophets. And it was quite a puzzle to identify that line age that John the Baptist is an offshoot from, and so that so many questions without answers, and the guy's answers were quite miserly until they asked him, What do you see of yourself? And he said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. 

And his reference for this identity was consistent with an odd trance of Isaiah. Now we are prophetic people. We are children of promise, we were spoken of before we found expression, were decreed before time and space occasion the circumstances needed in order to crystallize us in the new creation. So there is no way your ministry your identity, your significance, was not captured by a scripture, because John identified himself consistent with a lot of hands on of Isaiah, I am the voice of one prime in the what we did. Now, I need to draw your attention to a matter.

Are you with me? You're not with me. Let me draw your attention to a matter quickly. That matter? is in the book of Luke chapter one. Are you with me? All right. Luke chapter one, from this fire and identity situation. The wolves in the days of Herod the king of Judea.

A certain priest named Zacharias of the costs of a beer, and his wife was of the daughters of Iran, and her name was Elizabeth. And there were both ranchers before God walk in in all of his commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. They had no child because Elizabeth was barren. And they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass that wild, he executed a priest office before God in the order of his cause. According to the custom of the priest office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord, and a whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And they appeared on to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias solid, he was troubled, and fear fell on him. But the angel said unto him, fear not, Zacharias, for for DIB prayer is head and I wife Elizabeth shall bear dear son, and thou shalt call his name John, and Tao sub have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice unto his bed. For He shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel, shall he turn on to the Lord, the 17 been my emphasis, and he shall go before him in the spirit and power of what Elia stop that you'll notice that the people that came the emissaries that came to gather data from John the Baptist, ask him some specific questions because they could not get John to initiate the conversation. That tried as much as possible to motivate John to be the one that will be responsible for this stroke of conversation that they came to strike with him. And John was not forthcoming. So what that did was that the noun began to administer a question here. Are you, Elijah? What was John's response? I'm not doing much. Meanwhile, before his conception, the angel of the Lord had visited his father, and given him an insight about who John the Baptist really was within the framework of prophecy. According to the Book of Molokai, if you read the book of Malachi, chapter four, you are going to see that it is enshrined in the scriptures that before the great and the terrible day of God that God was going to send Elijah. So the scholars of prophecy knew that the spirit of Elijah will be inherited in a generation in a season that is close to the manifestation of the Messiah. Part of the reasons why the Jews were unable to identify the Messiah was because John the Baptist did not know his identity in the framework of the of the unfolding of God's prophetic agenda. And that was because his father never educated him. That you are, Elijah. And I'm going to show you the deficiency in the ministry of John the Baptist that was tied to a lack of understanding of his identity. Are you still with me? Oh, yeah, no admin today. Hallelujah. He didn't know who he was. The answer he gave the people was not within the scope of the questionnaire that they came to administer. And that question was crystallized by the people that sent the emissaries to John the Baptist. It was within the scope of that question here that they are confusion light. They wanted to know what to expect subsequently. They wanted to know how to begin to prepare, because if John the Baptist, indeed was Elijah, then there will be it will be clear that the great and a terrible day of the Lord is about to come. On unfortunately, you didn't know who you all let me show you. I used to here. Let me show you what his lack of understanding of his identity did to his ministry.

Are you still here? We're still talking about identity. All right. Okay, please. Let's read verse 17. Very, very in detail. And then we'll take that verse 17 and What would verse 70? What the errand of the grace that was best told that will be bestowed upon John the Baptist was already itemized, even before its conception, there is a grace is going to carry. And the errand that grace is dispatched to accomplish was also articulated in Scripture. And it shall go before him in the Spirit, and what power of Elijah? So there are two levels of endowment that John the Baptist was supposed to carry. First level is what the spirit of Elijah second level is what? The power of alliances and what is this endowment supposed to achieve? To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, the ultimate manifestation of the ministry of John the Baptist was to prepare people for the Lord. I'm going to explain that if I have the time. What does he mean when we say, to prepare people for the law? So the major manifestation of His ministry was preparatory to make them so angulated so aligned so that when the Lord comes there, we'll be able to identify and to be part of His ministry. Right? That's supposed to be the result of the endowment that John was going to walk in. And the endowment had a spirit investment. He also had a power expression All right.

Are you with me? Okay, I need to take you to unmasking true. Spirits and power of you, Elijah. First thing we need to say about John the Baptist

is that John the Baptist had a unique dress code. Who remembers how John dressed? What was his attire? Kominsky. Who dressed like that in the Bible, Elijah, and John the Baptist had no, no Facebook picture of Elijah.

There was no WhatsApp. It was not doubt it was not uploaded to the cloud. So John, the Baptist dress code was occasioned by inspiration. It was one of the evidence is that indeed, John operated in the spirit of Elijah. His menu was a product of inspiration. And what was his menu? low costs and wide okay, this class is boring. You're not responding. You're not responding to me. Okay, because you're not responding. We will cut our presentation.

Short. I would meet all right. Let's try again. First of all, I said his garment, he dressed like Elijah, and he never met Elijah.

His dressing was a product of inspiration. There was a spirit that was responsible for his dress attire. John the Baptist dress fashion was not consistent with reigning trends. It is spirit was responsible.

Hallelujah. Whereas people go to KFC people go to chicken Republic. People go to Mama Cass John, the Baptists had you didn't have the luxury of so many items on the on his menu. It was fixed. And what was it? It was low costs and why not? No Mahoney bought the wild one. It was inspiration that was responsible for his menu. So the Spirit on him was so intense that it determined what he ate. I know you can eat anything you eat. Even water is when you have finished it that you will know that This is virtual, this delicacy is.

Hallelujah. Now that was his menu he fed on low costs. And what another thing you'll find is that Elijah was that personality that spoke truth to power at his own peril. John the Baptist was also that fellow, he spoke truth to power, he spoke righteousness, preach righteousness, when he that speak at the truth, make it himself a prey. So John suffered because of his testimony so far, because of his commitment to preaching righteousness. So he was the plumb line, he was that meter rule that you could look upon in a generation that was falling into darkness. He was that voice of conscience that was within that civilization, calling men to repentance, because there is a mightier than he that is about to find expression. He did that, like Elijah did that. And he knew you. Well, John the Baptist was arrested. And Elijah was never addressed. So whereas John operated in the spirit of Elijah, John did not operate in the power of Elijah. What do you see, remember what Elijah does to people that attempt to arrest him? Elijah was the prophet of fire. He had the authority to command fire from heaven. The power dynamics that were associated with the Ministry of Elijah was not manifested in the ministry of John and that led to his untimely death. Think of what would have happened in the Roman Empire, when news about a prophet that cause fire down to consume soldiers gets to Caesar. That was supposed to be a display of a dimension of glory, on that man's life, show that every body will have John's here. And when Jesus comes, and John said, I'm not wanting to untie the latchet of his son that everyone will be converted. It was a failure of the ministry of John because of an identity crisis that led to the fact that even Israel missed that visitation because they could not place in prophecy, where John came from, what was his identity within the architecture? You think ministry is haphazard? Unfortunately, our God is a prophetic God, a God that speaks about the end before the beginning. All right. So if you are finding expression as an agency that he has mobilized, you must be finding expression within the framework of the things that He has authored already. So if you can't find yourself in Isaiah, you can't find yourself in Jeremiah, you can't find yourself in Ezekiel. You can't find yourself, then you don't know who you are. So John, was not able to maximize his possibilities, because he had an identity crisis situation. And so, the Bible says, John did no miracle. Meanwhile, the his dad never told him that there were two dimensions of ordination here he will carry, he will, he will operate in the spirit and what in the power of Elijah, the profit. So we have an identity situation here that led to a massive shortfall of Heavens expectation in the life and in the ministry of John, are you with me? All right, second scripture, still introducing the subject of identity. Are you with me? Because we need to understand that is an identity of people, right? There is an identity of a certain specialized set of functionaries that God will be deploying at this time to begin to set in motion the things that must find expression sharply.

This Identity matters. I don't want to go into it very bluntly, until I've established a scriptural perspective and context for it, then I will begin to roll out what I believe is supposed to be the identity of the people that are rising in this age, especially on the continent of Africa. That is an identity that we need to sustain in order for us to be able to translate heavens intentions into outright manifestations in our time. Enjoy chapter two. Are you with me, Joe? Well, chapter two, if you have your Bible, Jowell chapter two, if you have your Bible, okay, let's just do a verse four so that I can be fast. Now, Joe, chapter two is this scripture that gives us the graphic illustration of the end time, the end time, and he has a very well established identity in the archives of God, we deal with a prophetic call. He is Pixley. And from the beginning, and as you manifest on that, God, your identity has already been pre ordained. The problem is, have you found it? Because every generation asks the questions that were brought to John the Baptist, every generation is asking that question, who are you? Yeah, you can pray in terms. You can, you know, preach from a few scriptures you can do what features do but you don't have an identity. And that's why you cannot afford to be different. You can't afford to be different because you don't have an identity. If you are first began to preach the message of the Kingdom, when what was raining was about breakthrough was about economic possibilities and actualization. And many senior ministers had called me and said, Young man, you want to swim against the tide, and you expect to prosper. So what ministry was about was, okay, what can you do in order for you to have evidence to show that you are not failing, you should be able to present forecasts parked in your garage, as a sign that you have met the God of the Bible. You should be able to present like, certificates like to Master's degrees in divergent areas as a proof of the fact that you have that your intelligence quotient is consistent with what is required in your generation. You must have evidences that the world can be reckoned with. And that was the pool of knowledge that was going out. And a few people began to preach, and my humble serving inclusive, the gospel of the kingdom. When we finished analyzing the Bible, we found out that the Bible is not a book on business management. We found that because I went through the pain to go through Genesis to Revelation to find out what is the what is the subject of the Bible? We have to take me why that took 10 years of Bible study anyway for your information. All right. What exactly is the subject of the Bible because Jesus was portrayed as a money dabbler. And as a God that gives people false hope, because the preacher must come and give the prophecy every week, this week. That window of heaven will be over. So the congregation became used to force talk that never comes to pass, but they are in the euphoria of always saying Amen, maybe one day will be my own. That was the method in which we administered ministry. As at the time when the bonding to begin to emphasize the gospel of the kingdom, in OCS the spirit of a few people. And the reason why you can conveniently stage in motion against the tide, and you don't feel out of place is because you have an identity that has been established by conviction.

Every other person can be in the pool of the general but people that have been singled out by this prophetic architecture and they are found themselves within the framework of that massive business that God is doing must have a identity. And it doesn't matter what someone else is doing. Your identity is a preservative for your uniqueness and the expression of the jealousy and the purity of that which God intends to begin to administer to your life. Unfortunately for us at this time, you cannot get by without an identity. All right, I said it in the book of Georgia to that it's a portrait, it's a picture of gods. So graphic picture of, of gods and time. What is it even though this is God's entire army, it is not utopian. A very solid identity was given to this army. That makes it different from every other army that has manifested before it. Just to bore you to not to in order not to bore you with so much already. Now I want to take you directly to that scope job in the book of Job I attempt to do from this. Number four, there's a great burden on my heart. I trust God to help us in the name of Jesus. Meanwhile, I'm trying to keep the time. He said this. Are you are you here? This is the entire army. This is a description of the entire army is that the appearance of them? Is like the appearance of horses? Why is it necessary for God to be specific about how this army we look? The reason is because it didn't call them the appearance of lions, you would have loved it. Yeah, like they have a specific identity. How do we appear? How do we come on stage is critical to go. So God doesn't just want to win battles. He wants to win them in a certain way.

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