Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Prioritizing God's Word

Broadcast 4089
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Hebrews 2:3-4 (KJV) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

From when he was a child, Julius knew that there was a call of God upon his life to become a minister of the gospel. After receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, certain remarkable spiritual gifts became evident in his life. As he gave himself steadfastly to prayer and fasting, these spiritual gifts grew stronger. Unfortunately, Julius did not devote himself much to the ministry of the Word.

When he felt the time had come to launch into ministry, he started prayer meetings and gathered large crowds because of the spectacular spiritual gifts in his life. The ministry was built on his spiritual gifts and not the Word. Because he had no substantial word to teach the people, he was always under pressure to demonstrate spiritual gifts, even when the Spirit was not moving. As a result, he eventually resorted to gimmicks and tricks to meet the expectations of the insatiable crowd.

Julius missed it in ministry because he failed to realize that signs and wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Spirit are given by God as a confirmation of our witness for Christ. Witnesses for Christ bear the message of the gospel accurately.

Signs and wonders are a confirmation by God of the message of the gospel. The message is the priority, not signs and wonders. Ministers who change this order will inevitably find themselves in the kind of mess that Julius found himself.

Go into today remembering that God gives the manifestation of the supernatural to confirm your witness of Christ. Spiritual gifts are given to confirm the message of the gospel that your life and doctrine preach. Every minister should "Study to shew [himself] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15).

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you serve Him accurately. Ask the Lord to help you build on the foundation of Christ and build accurately so that your work will not be burnt away on judgment day (see 1 Corinthians 3:13-15).

"Lord, help me that on that day, I will receive Your commendation, not Your rebuke. Amen."

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