by Dr. Ray Self
Ministering God’s Voice
It is critical to be able to hear God in ministry.
Each time we minister the question should be – “God, what is the message you have for this person?” Or “God what is the message you have for this church?”
Study and prepare your words but be available for God’s interruptions.
But never prepare so much that there is no room for God to speak.
When praying for another person leave room for God in your prayer.
The model of Christ is to listen to God for specific instructions in all ministry.
To be led by the Spirit is not optional - Rom 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
God has a message for everyone.
You are His messenger.
Mat 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"
The great commission makes each of us a messenger.
A messenger carries the message of the one who sent him.
When a message from God is delivered it is important not to add to it.
Remember the message is not for you.
In Spirit led ministry most of the time we are messengers caring a message that is not originally from us.
You may not understand the meaning or the purpose of the message God has given you. That is because the message was not intended for you.
Do not ignore your own natural wisdom gained through bible study and the church. But be available for additional revelation at any time as the Lord speaks in a particular situation.
The Holy Spirit will interrupt your thoughts.
Be attentive to divine interruptions.
Sometimes the message will come in the form of an impression.
Often the first time you hear the message is when it leaves your mouth.
God’s words flow from your inner most being therefore they will flow out of your mouth from your heart.
John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"
Some overly analytical people can struggle with the principle of words flowing from the heart.
The living water represents the working of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit of God flows from our heart which is our ‘innermost being.”
In ministry the goal is to minister with your heart.
When you are ministering to another, one word from God can accomplish more than a thousand of your own words.