By George Mueller
1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only ground of any claim of blessing. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do” (John 14:13,14).
2. Separation from all known sin. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).
3. Faith in God’s Word of promise as confirmed by His oath. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is…a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly. “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).
5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him?” (Luke 18:7).
I wrote this blog post back in 2009 and never published it.
A little over 90 days ago the door to the Church that I was created to Pastor finally opened. It should have opened much sooner (try years ago) but I got a little off track…so thanks be to God for His mercy and grace.
The first service I think we had about 8 people show up and frankly I was surprised that that many came. To tell you the truth It was more than a little surreal to be standing up there behind the holy desk, when just a few weeks ago I had been working on the sound board at the former Church I was serving at.
I went from sound man to Pastor with seemingly little fanfare, I mean it just happened.
So here 90 days later and its hard to put into words all that the Lord has done for us in this short time. The ministry gifts that He has sent to the Church to bless us. The revelation that He has deposited in my spirit and pull out of me on Sunday morning.
I can’t tell you how many time I’m just standing up there preaching and it will be like where in the world is this going? Scriptures are coming up in my heart that I didn’t even study for in the preparation the message are just coming out of my mouth, I’m off of my notes and I’m saying to myself, ok Holy Ghost how are you going to tie all this stuff together?
I’ve had to learn how to minister in a entirely different way. I pray, study, write out my little notes, but when I stand up I don’t know what is going to happen, I just open my mouth and He fills it.
I thought I was going to minister on a sermon series that I started a few weeks ago, but this is what came out.
In order for Satan to defeat you He has to separate from intimate fellowship with God and separate you from other parts of the body of Christ.
The four-year-old who says, “I can do it by myself” has a lot in common with the typical pastor.
Pastors are notorious for their lone ranger approach to ministry. It’s what I call the number one failure of 90 percent of pastors. They prefer to go it alone.
Even Jesus needed a buddy. “He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘So, you men could not keep watch with me for one hour?’” (Matthew 26:40)
Sometimes it helps to have someone nearby, praying, loving, caring, even hurting with you.
“When Spirit-filled Pastors pattern their churches after non Spirit-filled Pastors they will soon have no demonstration of the Holy Spirit!!”
Mark Hankins (@markhankins1123)
Spiritual and Church growth happens from the inside out.
In the last few months we have put an increased emphasis on prayer at FCC and almost immediately the spiritual atmosphere of the Church was changed. We have a small group that’s get together on Sunday morning and prays for the service. The effect of them getting together and praying for the service produced an increased level of anointing during the services.
On Fridays which was supposed to be our prayer service we spent more time teaching and talking about prayer than actually praying. So this month we decided to change the direction to focusing on praying and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us on when to hit on teaching points. More prayer produced more power during our services.
So I would say in general that our services have become less scripted and since we are praying corporately more and more the anointing level has increased dramatically. There has also be an increase in the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.
Psalm 127:1 (Amplified Bible)
EXCEPT THE Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.
When the Lord put it on my heart to start the Church a year ago one of the things I thought that made the task almost impossible was the lack of everything necessary to start a Church. I didn’t have a lot of money, help or much of anything else.
So what the Lord instructed me to do was to just keep it simple. For months the whole ministry fit in a small duffel bag.
The audio department was a small digital recorder that fit in my shirt pocket.
Our sound system was a couple of usb speakers hooked up to a Macbook Pro.
We rented space at a community center in San Francisco and it took me about 15 minutes to set everything up.
I really had to disengage from the professional preacher bloggers and hear from the Holy Ghost for myself what He wanted me to do.
Now a little over a year later we have a building and stuff, but it all started by following a few simple steps.
The key to success in the ministry is getting Gods plan/pattern for your ministry directly from God not man. The plan for your ministry can’t be found in some mans book or conference. And the measure for success in ministry is not attendance but did you do what God called you to do.