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Remember to Give of Yourself: Encourage and Edify

No, I’m not speaking of tithes and offerings here, but of encouraging and serving.

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

We have such need for more “givers” in the Body of Christ. Givers who are intimately connected with the Father’s desire to pour out His life and words into others.

There are so many seeking a word, so many desiring encouragement and so many needy. Yet aren’t we ALL? Remember that as you trust God with your need by putting others first, through encouraging them or asking Him to give you a word of edification for them, what you pour out will be given back to you shaken, pressed together and with more added on top unto overflowing! And remember giving a prophetic word is simply asking God for a word to edify, or build up, one of your brothers or sisters in Christ.

So as you have need of encouragement, encourage another in need (without even mentioning your own). As you desire the Lord to speak a word to you through someone else, ask Him to give you an edifying word for someone else.

Actively seek to do this, and you too will be encouraged, edified and loved on by our gracious God! And remember, all who are His can prophesy! So try it, and trust God’s Spirit to lead and teach you as you do!

Caring for Our Ministry Leaders

Two years ago this was a burning desire that I felt God birth within me. I pray the Lord uses this post to impart this God-birthed desire in each one of you as well!

Remember to lift your pastors, worship team/leaders and intercessors, as well as other leaders and ministry givers up in prayer often. Pray the Word of God over them and their families. Pray rest and refreshing. Pray for protection and His love.

Remember to help pour into them by firstly leaning on the Lord, using in your giftings, serving faithfully, guarding your heart, and seeking to be a joyful encouragement to them, trusting the Lord through even the times you need ministering to. God will reward you so much as you consider the leaders and others He has put in your life. As you regard them with great kindness and consideration and honor, you are sowing for your own reward to be loved this way.

As a member of a small congregation, I love to be able to help my pastors by leaning on God and not going to them for every single thing. I want to get ministry if I need it for sure, but I want to learn to lean on Jesus as my first and foremost above all. I love to be able to pour prayer into those precious leaders God has brought into my life, like Jonathan to David perhaps. This may occur in the Secret Place and/or in person for them and others who give of themselves to minister in prayer, prophesy and deliverance.

I want not to place any weight upon their shoulders, but actually to help bear their burdens as the Word says we are to bear one another’s burdens. One of my biggest desires is to help my leaders carry those tasks of ministry so that they can be freed up to do all that God desires to use them to do, and most especially to be able to put ministry to Him and their families first.

This is actually what the Bible calls helps ministry, and I think we all have a part in it in some way, even if only through prayer for some. Sometimes this means that I set my own needs aside and allow them to go home or be ministered to themselves (whether through myself or another). Other times it means cleaning the building or going to the store right before a service upon realizing a need for some important item for the service or building, or perhaps simply using my own God-given gift to sing God’s heart over them or praying for them.

You can see how each one of us has a part to play in helping to do the work of ministry so that the Body of Christ can function beautifully – even by pouring into those who so sacrificially pour into us! How has the Lord used this post to inspire you to care for your pastors and leaders? What are you already doing to help hold up their arms in the Body of Christ?

Praying Dangerously

I’ve been praying some dangerous prayers lately.

By sharing these I’m not trying to be super-spiritual or anything. It hurts to pray these prayers! It scares me to pray them! I just want to sleep off the time it takes in the process of getting where God wants me. Some of what I’m finding is just how impatient I am when I pray such things! I so want to just be there–but I fail constantly, and not a one of us will “arrive” until Christ returns and changes us in the blink of an eye!  As the Word says, my spirit is willing, but my flesh is oh so weak!

What I’m praying lately:

Purify me. In all things. Mind, heart, soul. Motives, will, EVERYTHING. Erase all the desires in me that are not of You. Give me the discernment to know the difference. (Psalm 37:3-5) My heart’s cry: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3, Matthew 5:8)

I want to love You more and more, God. I want to live for You without selfishness or pride. A servant’s heart, and seeing others as You see them.

I want to want You alone. Not merely the blessings You give, though they are so wonderful. Not merely the feelings that accompany being in Your presence and loving You. But You alone. I want to enjoy the things that come with a relationship with You, but I want to want You above all those things.

I want to want Your will for my life. For the call You have placed on my life. For the man You have chosen for me to marry. For whatever I’m supposed to do in living for You, both the big and small, in all aspects of life.

In all these things, patience. Help me to enjoy the process of You working in me, and the process of growing into a deeper relationship with You.

What are you praying? Do you need prayer? Share your own requests by commenting or contacting me here. I’d love to pray for you!

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
(Romans 12:1)