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March 16, 2006 Ministering to the Heart of God Kathleen Maples 1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Don’t read over that too quickly. Sure, the devil and your carnal mind will tell you that you are nothing, unworthy, you can’t make it, you can’t change, you’re not important to God, but look who GOD says you are: chosen, royal, priests, kings, unto God by Jesus Christ, through faith in his blood.....doesn’t that give the word PRAYER a whole new meaning? Can you imagine it-yourself ministering directly to the heart of God yourself? Just the thought awes my heart....we minister to God’s heart by loving him, praising him, acknowledging our dependence on him, trusting and believing him, and wanting- preferring his company to others, by true worship in spirit and truth-where our deepest innermost being connects with him and just adores him; and we also minister to him by loving and serving others. By interceding in prayer for others who are in need. I went and looked up the scriptures on those who ministered to God, and here is what I found, aside from those already mentioned concerning Aaron and his sons: Deu 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day. 2Ch 29:11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense. Eze 44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge. And here is what Jesus says: Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Jesus ministered God’s truths to the people. He’s our example, not the flashy and wealthy TV preachers you see on the idiot box. He ministered God’s gifts of healing and wisdom, and peace, and love, to the people. He’d take time to minister to one-and you know, I can’t find one single place where he took money from people or even asked for it. He didn’t make merchandise out of people trying to make a buck off some kind of gimmick. He didn’t charge for his word. He offered it freely. He offered his time freely. His help. He served others, he helped others learn who God was. Unless we spend time alone with God, getting to know him for ourselves we can’t fulfill this task honestly. Whatever “ministry” we perform will not accomplish what it’s intended unless we are being directed by the Spirit of God. If we don’t spend time in his word and his presence getting to know him how can we do this? How can we recognize his voice or understand him if we don’t know his word or speak his language? (The Bible). Act 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Rom 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. And this one strikes fear in my heart, and causes me to search and examine my own self to see if I’m still in the faith when I read it for this takes place at the judgment when the sheep (the Saved ones) are separated from the goats (unsaved). Each depart to their eternal destiny. I don’t want to be found on this side of the goats: Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And that leads me to Isa 58. Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? We are to help the poor, contribute to missionary work that is ordained of the Holy Spirit, we are to be involved in helping people, as we are given opportunity. If it’s helping a sick friend, or visiting an ailing relative in the nursing home, or volunteering your time for the benefit of others. God will open a door that you can minister his grace and truth and love to others-most often to those who are not saved. But there is a spiritual application to these verses in Isaiah as well. To loose the bands of wickedness-God gave his children who are obedient and believe him the authority to bind spirits of the devil, and loose the captive. With HIS Word this is possible. With His power. And men dare not touch his glory or try to take the credit. To undo heavy burdens, pray for their strength, for those who are oppressed and afflicted and discouraged, be an encouragement, lift them up in prayer, intercede before God for them. Pray fervently one for another. Seek the Lord for his word for that person in need-deal them their daily bread. Maybe they are not able to for whatever reason pray and get it themselves. Stand in the gap. Make up the hedge. Sacrifice your time and pray and seek God for them. The poor and afflicted that out in the cold, cover them with prayer, as you are able, help them out, always seeking the guidance of the Lord in all you do, and don’t neglect to minister and pray for your own loved ones. Seek God for their souls, pray a covering of the blood over their lives and pray conviction down on them. Pray his word back to him and ask him to fulfill it. That is loving in deed, not just in word. 1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1Ti 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
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