THE MINISTRY OF HELPS

FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY

THE OBVIOUS QUESTION NOW IS: “HOW DO I FIND MY PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST?”

PROVERBS 18:26 A MAN’S GIFT MAKETH ROOM FOR HIM, AND BRINGETH HIM BEFORE GREAT MEN.

IF YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD, YOUR GIFT WILL MAKE ROOM FOR YOU. YOUR RESPONSIBILITY NOW IS TO HELP OUT IN ANY CAPACITY THAT YOU CAN,AND LET GOD EXALT YOU!

YOU CAN READILY SEE FROM A STuDY OF THE WORD THAT MEN OF GOD WHO WERE EXALTED INTO PROMINENT MINISTRIES DID NOT START THERE. THEY BEGAN BY DOING WHAT WAS AT HAND; THEN GOD EXALTED THEM.

THE APOSTLES DID NOT BEGIN AS APOSTLES. THEY WERE DISCIPLES FIRST. THEY BEGAN BY DOING THE MENIAL TASKS, AS WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN. THEN, IN THE BOOK OF ACTS WE SAW HOW THESE SAME MEN WERE EXALTED TO THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE. THEY WERE GIVING THEMSELVES TO THE WORD OF GOD AND TO PRAYER. GOD EXALTED THEM!

THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO YOUR SUCCESS IN ANY MINISTRY IS TO KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE CALLED TO DO- WHETHER IT IS TO FILL ONE OF THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRIES OR TO BE A DEACON, A HOSTESS, OR A MAINTENANCE MAN- YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD.

SO OFTEN, PEOPLE THINK TO BE CALLED OF GOD, THEY MUST BE IN FULL TIME MINISTRY OR OCCUPY AN OFFICE OF MINISTRY SUCH AS PROPHET OR EVANGELIST. THAT IS NOT TRUE.

YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL WITH YOUR PRAYERS, YOUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR TALENTS. YOU ARE CALLED JUST AS MUCH AS THE INDIVIDUAL IN A FIVE FOLD GIFT MINISTRY. IN FACT, IF YOU LET DOWN ON YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, THE WORK OF GOD COULD SUFFER.

THERE IS A PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST FOR EACH OF US. IF YOU DON’T FULFILL YOUR CALLING, THERE WILL BE A WEAK LINK IN THE CHAIN- AN OPEN SPOT IN THE ARMOR.

SOME PEOPLE SAY, “UNLESS I CAN BE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE, I AM USELESS TO GOD.” THAT IS A LIE FROM THE DEVIL! YOU ARE

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JUST AS VALUABLE BEHIND THE MINISTRY-PRAYING, CONFESSING THE WORD, LOVING THOSE IN THE MINISTRY.

I HAVE SEEN TEENAGERS TAKE HOLD OF THIS AND BEGIN TO MOVE OUT FOR GOD. SOME OF THEM SURPASS EVEN THE ADULTS IN SPIRITUAL MATURITY AS THEY DO WHATEVER IS SET BEFORE THEM. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF THIS.

MY SON JORDAN SINCE HE WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE HAS HELPED ME WITH CONSTRUCTING THE NCMI NOTEBOOKS, HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED LATELY WITH THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY AND HAS SOME WONDERFUL IDEAS FOR THE CHILDREN. CALEB, BEING THE YOUNGEST, ALSO HAS A HEART TO HELP OUT IN THE NURSERY SO THAT MOTHERS CAN SIT IN THE SANCTUARY AND HEAR THE WORD. THEY ARE WILLING TO HELP CLEAN THE CHURCH, MOW THE GRASS, TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE EVEN WITHOUT BEING TOLD BECAUSE THEY HAVE A HEART FOR THE MINISTRY.

PAUL KNEW HIS CALLING. IN ROMANS 1;1, AND I CORINTHIANS 1;1, HE STATES ; “PAUL, CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE…” HE HAD NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! BUT PAUL DID NOT BEGIN IN THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE. IT WAS 17 YEARS FROM THE TIME HE WAS CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE UNTIL THE TIME HE WAS THRUST OUT IN THAT OFFICE. (SEE ACTS 9AND 13: GALATIANS 1 AND 2). THE REST OF THAT TIME, PAUL WAS JUST GOING AROUND PREACHING AND TEACHING, HELPING WHEREVER HE COULD.

THOUGH HE AS NOT WALKING IN THE OFFICE OF AN APOSTLE, HE KNEW HE WAS CALLED. IT TOOK TIME TO DEVELOP HIS MINISTRY. PAUL WAS A TEACHER AND A PROPHET; THEN AFTER BEING FOUND FAITHFUL, HE WAS EXALTED TO THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE AND SENT OUT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

I WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT IT TAKES TIME TO GET FROM “POINT A TO POINT B.” YOU DON’T ENTER KINDERGARTEN ONE WEEK AND FIND YOURSELF IN COLLEGE THE NEXT WEEK. THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF SCHOOLS WHERE A STUDENT CAN PROGRESS AT HIS OWN PACE AND MOVE UP AS RAPIDLY AS HE WANTS. HE IS CAPABLE IN DOING THE WORK AND HAS THE DETERMINATION AND DRIVE TO DO IT, HE CAN GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AT AGE 16.

THIS SAME PRINCIPLE APPLIES WITH GOD. YOU CAN MOVE AS RAPIDLY AS YOU DESIRE WITH GOD, BUT IT REQUIRES STUDY AND MEDITATION IN GOD’ WORD, THEN CORRESPONDING ACTION.

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HERE ARE SOME STEPS THAT WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST:

STEP 1: REALIZE YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD. WHETHER YOU ARE A PRAYER INTERCESSOR OR ONE WHO FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS THE MINISTRY, YOU ARE CALLED!

STEP 2: MAKE A QUALITY DECISION TO FULFILL THE POSITION GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO. REMEMBER: LET GOD PROMOTE YOU; DON’T PROMOTE YOURSELF.

STEP 3: WHATEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT! ECCL 9:10 SAYS, “WHATSOEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT WITH ALL OF YOUR MIGHT…” NOT HALF-HEARTEDLY, WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT!

MATTHEW 20:16 SAYS, “MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN…” IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE CALLED. ONCE YOU ARE CALLED, YOU HAVE TO GET INVOLVED AND START DOING. WHATEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT! BECOME INVOLVED: THEN YOU WILL BE CHOSEN. I KNOW OF MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED, BUT THEY WERE NOT FAITHFUL LONG ENOUGH TO BE CHOSEN. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAME GOD WHEN IT WAS THEIR OWN FAULT.

STEP 4: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WALK IN ANOTHER MAN’S CALLING.

IF YOU TRY IT, IT WILL ONLY LEAD TO FRUSTRATION. ATTEMPTING TO WALK IN ANOTHER MANS CALLING WILL ONLY TAKE YOU OUT OF THE WILL OF GOD, MAKING YOU AN OPEN TARGET FOR SATAN, AND HE WILL SNUFF YOU OUT AS QUICKLY AS HE CAN! THE LORD WILL ATTEMPT TO WARN YOU; BUT IF YOU DON’T STOP, THERE IS NOTHING GOD CAN DO.

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THE MINISTRY OF HELPS

FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY

THE OBVIOUS QUESTION NOW IS: “HOW DO I FIND MY PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST?”

PROVERBS 18:26 A MAN’S GIFT MAKETH ROOM FOR HIM, AND BRINGETH HIM BEFORE GREAT MEN.

IF YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD, YOUR GIFT WILL MAKE ROOM FOR YOU. YOUR RESPONSIBILITY NOW IS TO HELP OUT IN ANY CAPACITY THAT YOU CAN,AND LET GOD EXALT YOU!

YOU CAN READILY SEE FROM A STuDY OF THE WORD THAT MEN OF GOD WHO WERE EXALTED INTO PROMINENT MINISTRIES DID NOT START THERE. THEY BEGAN BY DOING WHAT WAS AT HAND; THEN GOD EXALTED THEM.

THE APOSTLES DID NOT BEGIN AS APOSTLES. THEY WERE DISCIPLES FIRST. THEY BEGAN BY DOING THE MENIAL TASKS, AS WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN. THEN, IN THE BOOK OF ACTS WE SAW HOW THESE SAME MEN WERE EXALTED TO THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE. THEY WERE GIVING THEMSELVES TO THE WORD OF GOD AND TO PRAYER. GOD EXALTED THEM!

THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO YOUR SUCCESS IN ANY MINISTRY IS TO KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE CALLED TO DO- WHETHER IT IS TO FILL ONE OF THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRIES OR TO BE A DEACON, A HOSTESS, OR A MAINTENANCE MAN- YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD.

SO OFTEN, PEOPLE THINK TO BE CALLED OF GOD, THEY MUST BE IN FULL TIME MINISTRY OR OCCUPY AN OFFICE OF MINISTRY SUCH AS PROPHET OR EVANGELIST. THAT IS NOT TRUE.

YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL WITH YOUR PRAYERS, YOUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR TALENTS. YOU ARE CALLED JUST AS MUCH AS THE INDIVIDUAL IN A FIVE FOLD GIFT MINISTRY. IN FACT, IF YOU LET DOWN ON YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, THE WORK OF GOD COULD SUFFER.

THERE IS A PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST FOR EACH OF US. IF YOU DON’T FULFILL YOUR CALLING, THERE WILL BE A WEAK LINK IN THE CHAIN- AN OPEN SPOT IN THE ARMOR.

SOME PEOPLE SAY, “UNLESS I CAN BE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE, I AM USELESS TO GOD.” THAT IS A LIE FROM THE DEVIL! YOU ARE

FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY PAGE 2

JUST AS VALUABLE BEHIND THE MINISTRY-PRAYING, CONFESSING THE WORD, LOVING THOSE IN THE MINISTRY.

I HAVE SEEN TEENAGERS TAKE HOLD OF THIS AND BEGIN TO MOVE OUT FOR GOD. SOME OF THEM SURPASS EVEN THE ADULTS IN SPIRITUAL MATURITY AS THEY DO WHATEVER IS SET BEFORE THEM. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF THIS.

MY SON JORDAN SINCE HE WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE HAS HELPED ME WITH CONSTRUCTING THE NCMI NOTEBOOKS, HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED LATELY WITH THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY AND HAS SOME WONDERFUL IDEAS FOR THE CHILDREN. CALEB, BEING THE YOUNGEST, ALSO HAS A HEART TO HELP OUT IN THE NURSERY SO THAT MOTHERS CAN SIT IN THE SANCTUARY AND HEAR THE WORD. THEY ARE WILLING TO HELP CLEAN THE CHURCH, MOW THE GRASS, TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE EVEN WITHOUT BEING TOLD BECAUSE THEY HAVE A HEART FOR THE MINISTRY.

PAUL KNEW HIS CALLING. IN ROMANS 1;1, AND I CORINTHIANS 1;1, HE STATES ; “PAUL, CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE…” HE HAD NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! BUT PAUL DID NOT BEGIN IN THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE. IT WAS 17 YEARS FROM THE TIME HE WAS CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE UNTIL THE TIME HE WAS THRUST OUT IN THAT OFFICE. (SEE ACTS 9AND 13: GALATIANS 1 AND 2). THE REST OF THAT TIME, PAUL WAS JUST GOING AROUND PREACHING AND TEACHING, HELPING WHEREVER HE COULD.

THOUGH HE AS NOT WALKING IN THE OFFICE OF AN APOSTLE, HE KNEW HE WAS CALLED. IT TOOK TIME TO DEVELOP HIS MINISTRY. PAUL WAS A TEACHER AND A PROPHET; THEN AFTER BEING FOUND FAITHFUL, HE WAS EXALTED TO THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE AND SENT OUT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

I WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT IT TAKES TIME TO GET FROM “POINT A TO POINT B.” YOU DON’T ENTER KINDERGARTEN ONE WEEK AND FIND YOURSELF IN COLLEGE THE NEXT WEEK. THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF SCHOOLS WHERE A STUDENT CAN PROGRESS AT HIS OWN PACE AND MOVE UP AS RAPIDLY AS HE WANTS. HE IS CAPABLE IN DOING THE WORK AND HAS THE DETERMINATION AND DRIVE TO DO IT, HE CAN GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AT AGE 16.

THIS SAME PRINCIPLE APPLIES WITH GOD. YOU CAN MOVE AS RAPIDLY AS YOU DESIRE WITH GOD, BUT IT REQUIRES STUDY AND MEDITATION IN GOD’ WORD, THEN CORRESPONDING ACTION.

FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY PAGE 3

HERE ARE SOME STEPS THAT WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST:

STEP 1: REALIZE YOU ARE CALLED OF GOD. WHETHER YOU ARE A PRAYER INTERCESSOR OR ONE WHO FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS THE MINISTRY, YOU ARE CALLED!

STEP 2: MAKE A QUALITY DECISION TO FULFILL THE POSITION GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO. REMEMBER: LET GOD PROMOTE YOU; DON’T PROMOTE YOURSELF.

STEP 3: WHATEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT! ECCL 9:10 SAYS, “WHATSOEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT WITH ALL OF YOUR MIGHT…” NOT HALF-HEARTEDLY, WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT!

MATTHEW 20:16 SAYS, “MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN…” IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE CALLED. ONCE YOU ARE CALLED, YOU HAVE TO GET INVOLVED AND START DOING. WHATEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT! BECOME INVOLVED: THEN YOU WILL BE CHOSEN. I KNOW OF MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED, BUT THEY WERE NOT FAITHFUL LONG ENOUGH TO BE CHOSEN. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAME GOD WHEN IT WAS THEIR OWN FAULT.

STEP 4: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WALK IN ANOTHER MAN’S CALLING.

IF YOU TRY IT, IT WILL ONLY LEAD TO FRUSTRATION. ATTEMPTING TO WALK IN ANOTHER MANS CALLING WILL ONLY TAKE YOU OUT OF THE WILL OF GOD, MAKING YOU AN OPEN TARGET FOR SATAN, AND HE WILL SNUFF YOU OUT AS QUICKLY AS HE CAN! THE LORD WILL ATTEMPT TO WARN YOU; BUT IF YOU DON’T STOP, THERE IS NOTHING GOD CAN DO.

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