This is what the Lord has been speaking to me in prayer, in closet Bible devotions, listening to archived and radio sermons, listening to my directed by the Lord pastor’s sermons. It is totally the Lord directing all circumstances to bring me to submitting brokenness to the Lord. God wants control of the direction of his will for your life. Stinky flesh attempts do not glorify the Lord. The glory of the Lord happens when we let go of man-centered religious directions and becomes Lord-centered relationship directions for our lives. When the Lord takes control, pure God-given sacrificial love(Agape) will take place in our lives and directed to those around us.
Jeremiah 20:9 (New Living Translation)
“But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name,his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!”
Jeremiah 26:2 (New Living Translation)
“This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard in front of the Temple of the Lord, and make an announcement to the people who have come there to worship from all over… Give them my entire message; include every word.”
Micah 3:8 (New Living Translation)
“But as for me, I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength to boldly declare (people’s) sin and rebellion.”
True boldness comes when God’s Spirit is poured out on broken and humble man or woman.
1 John 4:1-8 (New Living Translation)
“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
Prayer and waiting on the empowerment of the Spirit of God is so important to the life of a believer. If you want to be in the ministry, then you must wait upon the Lord. He will give you the direction. Do not go in your fleshly power. Your power is imperfect and will fail. The same words Jesus gave to the believers, it also applies to us.
Acts 1:8 (New Living Translation)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…”
Wait upon the Lord, just like the believers, God will meet you.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 (New Living Translation)
“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.”
Acts 2:2-4 (New Living Translation)
“Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
It is the anointing of the Lord when you humble yourself before Him. True ministers of the Lord are created and anointed by the Lord. The Spirit fire of the Lord burns the brightest when you allow it to consume every part of your life. Don’t attempt by your our efforts to control the power of the Lord. The Lord knows best to let the fire burn in you as HE sees fit. It may be uncomfortable to release control. Yet, if you want to be a pure spotless bride for the Lord, then he must have control of the Spirit fire.