The Word of the Lord came to me in a dream over a month ago. In the dream I saw three different attacks against the Body of Christ. One specific attack WILL BE AGAINST THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY! This planned assignment will be organized and carried out by a Leviathan stronghold. There were very sharp weapons that the enemy will use against the five- fold ministers! I was only able to see two distinct weapons that were planned against the teacher and the pastor. The sharp instrument used against the teacher was a surgeon’s scalpel. The enemy plans to “cut away” the truths that are revealed through the teaching anointing. He will attempt to pervert the Truth by twisting the Word. The cutting instrument will also be used to separate believers from not only the Truth, but also from the Body. The devil will attempt to isolate us from each other which will cause a disconnecting. Continue reading
The pastor is involved in governments and helps. The pastor is head of the church. Christ is the Good Shepherd, the head of the body, the head of the whole church. (Pastor and shepherd mean the same thing.) The pastor of the local church and the local sheep is the undershepherd.
Just as government of your whole body emanates from your head, so the government of the local church heads up in the pastoral office. The government of the local church is not in the deacon. That’s the reason many Full Gospel churches are in trouble. They are losing their power and their anointing because, following other denominations, they allow men without the anointing and the call of God in their life run the church. And they are not equipped to do it. Deacons are placed in the church to serve and to help when they are called upon, not to provide spiritual leadership. This is the job of the pastor.
“A decision for a ministry of excellence is a deep, firm resolution which men cannot alter and circumstances cannot change.
True commitment can be compared to a pilot in a single-engine airplane. If the engine fails in midair, the pilot is committed to landing his craft. He has no choice; his feelings of fear, doubt or inadequacy are of absolutely no consequence whatsoever. He will land his plane one way or another. If he has committed himself to flying he will take control and land the best he can and spare his life as well as the lives of his passengers.
A time will come in your life when you will face commitment. How you handle it now may well determine whether you succeed or fail and even whether you live or die.
If you are not willing to face commitment, in spite of emergencies and opposition, do not pursue the ministry any longer in that condition. Take the time to get before God and study His Word until the Holy Spirit and you deal with your willingness to be committed.
Excerpt From: Copeland, Kenneth. “Six Steps to Excellence in Ministry.” iBooks.
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What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost
does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not
anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.