WANT TO BE USED BY GOD?

The big first lesson to learn: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6 & Proverbs 3:34

God is opposed to the proud — He resists them — but He promotes the humble. Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. If you want to be used by God, one of the essential things you need to do, is to choose to live humbly.

God is in love with process! The process will inevitably involve whatever is necessary to develop our character, repentance will be prominent in the journey. Process gives us the things that are needed to sustain the greatness that God wants in our life. The truth is we never get to be a person who “arrives”!

The trap of pride is one of the big obstacles. It’s easy to think, “I know more than someone else; I have a special relationship with God.”

Image result for picture of Ben Armstrong Director Prophetic Ministries at Bethel

The testimony of Ben Armstrong, Director of Bethel Prophetic Ministries is enlightening in this regard. You can see the whole interview on http://www.krisvallotton.com. The article by Kris prompted this post.

“For me, it was a 14 years process from the dream to actually becoming the Prophetic Ministries Director at Bethel. Whenever we are promoted in a healthy way, it is a combination of two things: the favour of God and the favour of man.

The favour of God can be judged by the fruit of the Spirit. Let me be clear: NOT the gifts of the Spirit but the fruits! Beyond that, the favour of man is two-fold — it lies in both the community you’re leading and the leadership that recognised you.

One thing that I wish I could tell all prophetic people is to fall in love with the process. Realise that if it’s taking longer than you expect to fulfil your destiny, it may be because there is a greater gift that God wants to instil in your life and He is making sure that you will be able to sustain it. So embrace the process and try and get all of the good things that God is trying to teach you in your present season. If you lean in, you will be a lot more mature and a greater resource to the people you are ministering to.

Q: IF THERE WAS ONE THING YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF ABOUT THE PROPHETIC, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A: Because prophets can see so much of the future, sometimes the trap of pride can take hold in their lives. It’s easy to think, “I know more than someone else; I have a special relationship with God.” Personally, I had to die to a lot of pride. It’s important to anyone who can see the future in people’s lives, and who have a propensity towards the prophetic, to learn patience and to humble ourselves enough to help people navigate the bread crumbs to their future.

Trust me because I did the whole gig where I impressed people with powerful prophetic words, but it never helped promote them into the future. In fact, it was actually an obstacle to their future because it was too big for the moment they were in. I learned through the School of Hard Knocks to give bread crumbs that led people along the path and helped them move to the future without keeping them from the steps that God had in mind for them.”

The practice of keeping our hearts and minds pure, repenting frequently, will help us to run and thrive, to be in the centre of God’s will for our lives!

 

 

REJECTION: HOW DO YOU HANDLE IT?

JESUS IS OF COURSE OUR PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW TO HANDLE IT. HE WAS REJECTED BY THE NATION HE CAME TO SAVE.

Jesus faced it in the early phases of His ministry, in His own town of Nazareth, when people challenged Him with questions: Are you truly the Son of God?  Aren’t you the son of Joseph the carpenter?  Why do you think you are so special?  Can you truly do the things you say you can do?  Are you out of your mind?  To that, Jesus proclaimed, “No prophet is accepted in his own country.” Luke 4:24

Moses defended one of the Hebrews, because of his compassion for his own people, by killing an Egyptian who was beating on a Hebrew.  Soon after that, he attempted to mediate between two Hebrews and was rejected with this statement: “Who made you prince and a judge over us?Exodus 2:14

Joseph was rejected by his family after sharing his dreams, his father responded, ”What is this dream that you have dreamed?  Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?Genesis 10. We know the end of the story; Joseph persevered, believing in God, despite the circumstances, knowing God was working out His purposes in Joseph’s life.

David – Who can forget the ridicule the future king of Israel received from one of his brothers for believing that he could bring down Goliath? “Now Eliab his older brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, ’Why did you come down here?  And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.’”  I Samuel 17:28

Martin Luther, after taking a stand for the truth of God’s word (sole authority) was rejected/persecuted by the church. He was willing to die to get the truth of God’s word out to the world – the Protestant Reformation – 500 year anniversary being celebrated this year.

As you can see, even the best of the best have been rejected: deliverers, kings, governors, and even our Saviour.

However, they did not allow their rejection to hinder their destiny. Instead, they managed to persevere in spite of the rejection, believing in their God and His purpose for their lives.  They fully embraced their destiny and allowed their conviction to shield them from the negativity. Not only did these people succeed, God also used them to help and save the very people that rejected them.

What can you do to ensure that the rejections you face do not hinder your destiny? 1. Accept rejection as a part of your journey. 2. Pray for those who reject you. 3. Daily study God’s word. 4. Embrace your comforter, the Holy Spirit and engage him as your counsellor and teacher – pray in the Spirit. 5. Resist the devil and he will flee. 5. Above all keep an eternal focus.

Rejection yields an opportunity to experience great mercy and favour from the Lord.