(Divine Safeguards For Ministerial Relevance)
By Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
Nobody is BORN to be a PROPHET; you’re CALLED to be a PROPHET.
Nobody is BORN to be an APOSTLE; you’re CALLED to be an APOSTLE.
Nobody is BORN to be a TEACHER; you’re CALLED to be a TEACHER.
Nobody is BORN to be an EVANGELIST; you’re CALLED to be an EVANGELIST.
Nobody is BORN to be a PASTOR; you’re CALLED to be a PASTOR.
A newly born child is not a PROPHET, an APOSTLE, a TEACHER, an EVANGELIST or a PASTOR because at that point, he’s not born again, and it’s only IN CHRIST that we FIND and DISCOVER our calling – 2 Tim.1:9, Gal.1:15-16.
There’s a reality of divine predestination i.e. ever before you were born, God had ordained you and set you apart into a ministry office as we see in the life of Jeremiah:
4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
But according to the New Testament, being born into the natural world does not automatically launch you into your predestination until you have AN ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST.
This is very clear in the experience of THE APOSTLE PAUL:
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
16 TO REVEAL HIS SON IN ME, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
The Lord Jesus has to be REVEALED in you before you enter into the mainstream of your divine ordination and predestination.
Paul did not argue that people are set apart before they’re born naturally but it is the light of the glory of Jesus Christ that lightens that calling for pursuit and functionality.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
It is therefore unscriptural for anyone to say that he got born again in his mother’s womb or that he’s born to be a PASTOR, PROPHET, TEACHER, APOSTLE or EVANGELIST.
No, YOU’RE NOT BORN INTO MINISTRY; YOU’RE CALLED INTO MINISTRY.
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have CALLED them.
Again, Paul says:
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, CALLED to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
So, there has to be A DIVINE CALLING and the recipient of such must be CONSCIOUS of it and thereby respond to it.
Also, as a minister CALLED by God, God allows you to grow in the grace and knowledge of your calling, and this happens as you give yourself to THE GROWTH PROCESS.
That’s where SPIRITUAL ROUTINES come in. It is extremely dangerous to say you’re not given to any SPIRITUAL ROUTINES and that YOU’RE JUST BORN A MINISTER.
No, that will never pass the test of Scriptures. Even Jesus Christ had a ROUTINE or CUSTOM of Bible reading – Lk.4:16 and also of early morning prayers – Mk.1:35.
The Apostles also had the ROUTINE or CUSTOM of continuous prayer and the Word ministry.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
SPIRITUAL ROUTINES are a part and parcel of the minister’s life, and they form a major bedrock of his ministry.
Any minister who demonstrates some sort of supernatural tendency in manifestation and claims he has no routines he practises has “a questionable ministry”.
For instance, if you were to be asked as a Prophet what your daily routines are, and you said something like you have none and that you’re born like that and that you can start manifesting as you wish, you’re entertaining FAMILIAR SPIRITS my dear brother.
The reason we give ourselves to the spirituals is so that our calling can function under the right spiritual influence and atmosphere – HOLY GHOST INFLUENCE.
If you ask me as a Teacher of God’s Word what my daily routines are and I tell you something like, “No, I have none. I was born like this. I was born a Teacher. Even if I don’t pray or study the Bible for one year, I will just start teaching”, then I’M KIDDING!
It is this kind of assumption that makes people to open their ministries up to strange operations of familiar spirits – Isa.8:19-20.
And I want to say that if you’re in the prophetic ministry, you have to pay kind attention to this.
The temptation is very high at that level. The temptation of not reading and studying the Bible; the temptation of not keeping your spirit man in shape by praying constantly in tongues.
That’s when you begin to prophesy nothing else but the person who is going to be the winner of Big Brother Naija and so on and so forth.
That’s when you start telling an engaged sister to get pregnant before marriage without which she can never give birth in her lifetime.
That’s when you begin to do the dumbest things in ministry that are not consistent with the character of Scriptures and of the Holy Spirit.
It is very easy to miss it in ministry. This happens when you neglect the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ and you just want to sound mysterious.
Personally as a minister, I don’t like talking “MYSTERIES”; my job is TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE “the fellowship of the mystery” by simplifying the Word through the revelation ministry of the Holy Spirit – Eph.3:9.
It’s important to be guided by the Word. I don’t get involved in controversy.
The Word is my Guide, and it has guided me in ministry for almost twenty years by God’s Grace and It will be my Guide forever.
I must say on a final note that some people who currently operate by familiar spirits in ministry may not be aware of it and some may just be as sincere as possible, but it’s more than being SINCERE; you have to be SENSITIVE and PROACTIVE.
Build your ministry on the Word. Give the Word the first place in your life. Have a regular prayer life.
Put systems of checks and balances in your life. Submit to righteous authorities.
Cracking suggestive jokes and engaging in all kinds of carnal talks from Monday to Saturday while you start prophesying on Sunday is NOT the way to go – that’s a direct open door to familiar spirits’ operations.
Learn to protect your spirit. Keep it in good shape by engaging in daily spiritual routines because ALL THE FLOWS OF THE SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE WILL PASS THROUGH THE GATEWAY OF YOUR SPIRIT TO BLESS AND BUILD LIVES.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY shall flow rivers of living water.
Let’s stay humble and stay guided. May the Lord help us all!
I trust this made little sense Sirs and Mas?