HAVING A VICTORIOUS CHURCH
God has a way of preparing every minister for his particular work.
Whether it is a Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher, etc. many years before a man ever enters the pulpit and during the years he is in the pulpit God prepares him. The ability a person has to individually minister to people, has been given, in part by the many things he has gone through in his own life, good and bad! I am saying this from personal experience. God makes it so, in order to enable a preacher to properly help the people. To guide them in their lives to be able to overcome the particular spirits that has the greatest influence on them.
THE HOLY GHOST PLACED A GIFT FOR A CERTAIN PEOPLE, PLACE AND TIME
The Holy Ghost places a ministry in a certain work, to a certain people, in a certain place and at a certain time. This is what the Apostle Paul taught in regards to those who feed the flock of God; Acts 20:28 “…the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers.”
I am getting older physically, and have been a Christian and in ministry for many years. I truly believe my “life” has been a preparation to the people I have been given to Pastor (shepherd). The people, the regions and the time (church age) in which I find myself. I will fit and my ministry will fit the need, if it is of God. And the people will fit the ministry that has been sent to them.
EVERY MINISTER FOLLOWS THE SAME PATTERN
God trained John the Baptist thirty years for 6 months of ministry. Rev. William Branham’s life and ministry was an example of the same. Just examine his difficult childhood, a lifetime of misunderstandings from those that should have accepted his ministry. It is true; every ministry follows the same pattern. Therefore, a man that is called of God must be PATIENT and WAIT for God to prepare them for the task, which will always be difficult. And may the people he is sent to be prepared to receive he who God sends to them. God prepares the ministry AND the people.
REV. WILLIAM BRANHAM (1909-1965)
The following quote from Rev. William Branham may have been intended to represent his gift, however I believe it could apply to any gift the Holy Ghost sends to his people, I quote; “The Word of God was with Solomon; he could discern. Well, all the people rallied around that gift. Oh, my, and any minister knows that was Israel’s golden age: no wars, and they built the temple, and everything was at peace and everything, ‘Cause they received the gift that God sent.”
I will quote Rev. Branham again from the sermon titled, Total Deliverance; “When God sends a man to do anything, He completely equips him with everything that he has need of. If God calls a man to be a preacher, He puts something in him to preach with. If He calls him to be a teacher, He puts something in him to teach with. If He calls for him to be a prophet, He puts something in him to see visions and to be a prophet. God always completely equips His man.”
CAN WE WAIT ON GOD’S TIME?
God’s preparation time may take years, be patient in order to be a properly prepared gift. A minister is a special prepared gift to a local church. He is a gift from the Holy Ghost to a people that are being specially prepared by the same Holy Ghost to except it. This will make a victorious church!
Pastor Bill Ivy – www.livingwordtabernacle.com – LIVING WORD TABERNACLE, Gibson Missouri