28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV) 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
John 1 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1 :14 KJV And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Ephesians 4:4-5 (KJV)4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
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25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
Hours, days, months go into ministry before the preacher, praise team, or worship arts team comes before the congregation for mere minutes in comparison (at least I know it does for us at my church). Late nights and early mornings are the norm, but rarely or never seen by the casual onlooker. While others enjoy down time those in ministry pour hours of family time, free time, and sleep time into preparation. So much is done behind the scenes before those mere minutes happen prayerfully with anointing and a great move of the Spirit of God upon the congregation. Ministry takes dedication!! Ministry takes discipline!! Ministry takes work!!
Don’t believe me? Read your bible and see how many days, months, years God’s chosen vessels went through preparation before being used by God. David was annointed King long before he took on the position, but he was being prepared and working even in the fields. Joseph endured betrayal after betrayal, but kept working faithfully, and every seemingly setback was actually positioning him for where he needed to be at in due season. The same applies to Ruth in the fields, and Ester’s preparation before being chosen as the new queen. Over and over again you see the same thing: preparation, work, disillusionment or fear, and ministry. Noah had to prepare and build the boat in the face of ridicule, but his obedience saved his family!
However, here’s an important point we must not forget…that we are ALL called to minister one to another!! So, with that being said take a moment to see how you are preparing yourself to minister to your loved ones and community. Your daily bible study and devotion time may be forgotten often in the midst of a busy schedule, and if so reprioritize your life so that you can be in position to minister to that one person who is waiting for an answer!! Hours of preparation sitting at the master’s feet will never be wasted time, even if you simply touch another’s life on God’s behalf for mere minutes. Ministry matters, but ministry requires work and sacrifice by those who truly desire to be used for His glory!!
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
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Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
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