Bible In One Year-Day 304 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)
Commentary: Isaiah61-63. We need to clearly understand the difference between the gift of the Spirit and A Ministry. A man could receive a gift but not a ministry. However, no one receives a ministry without receiving a gift. As soon as person becomes born again and receives the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, such receives a gift, i.e. a peculiar means of manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
You don’t have to work for the gift before you are given; it is a gift, not a reward. You work for reward, i.e. there is a sacrifice to give before you could be rewarded unlike a gift which is just given without sweat. As for ministry, you must sacrifice in one way or the other. Ministry starts with a deep revelation and it is matured through unusual form of SUFFERING.
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
2 Corinthians 1:5 “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
2 Corinthians 1:7 “And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”
This suffering is to build the revelation which was received into you; i.e. it becomes your life through suffering (experience which involves some form of denials). A Ministry is an assignment, work or project. The perfect use of your gift could qualify you for Ministry. You need to learn how to use your gift. Many times Christian brethren go on fasting to receive Ministry; this is not really right. It is the Holy Spirit that suggests the fasting for Ministry because He has the work. He introduces the ministry to you and suggests where to meet Him in fasting and prayer. Moses never prayed or fasted before he was called by God but was called to the mountain in fasting after the assignment was given. Apostle Paul never fasted or prayed before being called and given the gift. The fasting we do will only increase the grace of the gift, it does not give Ministry but for the work of the Ministry. You don’t need to fast before you receive Ministry; you could fast after the Holy Spirit has given you into Ministry and it is not you that will suggest the number of days to fast; the Holy Spirit does that. To break the bands of wickedness, you can decide on the number of days to fast, but this is not so for ministry. For ministry, you must be separated or consecrated and led by the Spirit. Jesus’ ministry was described in Isa61, He was led into it by the Spirit and fulfilled in Luke4.
Luke 4:1 “And Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”
For the mere fact that you have a gift does not mean you have to start a church. The church is given by God, Ministry by the Lord and gift by the Holy Spirit. However, all is by the leading of Holy Spirit. If a church is started because one is endowed with gifts, without the instruction of the Holy Spirit, such church cannot stand the test of time; there is no grace for such there. When Paul was called, He received gifts. This gift qualified him for apostleship. He was a prophet and a teacher by gift, but an Apostle by commission.
Acts 13:2-4 “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. … So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed to Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”
Therefore, you receive a gift when you become born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. But Ministry is received by revelation of the Lord. this revelation must, however, engraved in you or must become the blood that flows in your blood stream; this is the suffering aspect of it. Note that this suffering is better described as consecration. Consecration in this sense is not to work for God but for God to work in you and through you. Therefore, we don’t get consecrated to work for God but for God to work in us. The Spirit gives gift; He reveals Jesus to you and commissions you for Ministry. Paul had this experience.
Acts 22:14-15 “And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness to all men of what thou hast seen and heard.”
Everything that is of God can and must only be done by the leading of the Holy Spirit and not zeal, knowledge or works of the flesh. You may be manifesting in an awesome gift, it is not a yardstick to start a ministry, i.e. a church, without the leading of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3-7 “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah64-66. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries