"NEW FREE TRIAL MINISTRY"
A PRICELESS MINISTRY
THAT COSTS NO MONEY
AND NEARLY ANYONE CAN DO IT FROM HOME
For as long as I can
remember, I've heard church folks cry out, "Lord use me; I'll do anything
and sacrifice everything for you, everything I have is Thine!"
If only that were true. These are not evil people, they're
emotionally motivated people, zealous to serve the Lord. During a church service when the Holy
Spirit is moving powerfully, it's easy to blurt out emotional
expressions of gratitude, and say things we're really not prepared to
back up. That doesn't make it right, but it doesn't mean these are bad people either. It is understandable how
easily anyone can do that. The truth is, many would like to
to serve God in some little ministry. But they fear getting into
from which they cannot easily retreat. What if it doesn't fit them?
being stuck and overwhelmed. Sometimes they just don't know
begin. I understand all of that.
For decades I've taught that big
decisions should be approached prayerfully, deliberately, and in
measured steps. Whether it's marriage, buying a house, joining a
fellowship/congregation, or planting a ministry, these are each hugely serious
decisions. I'm amazed how lightly some people take choosing a church; sorta like
I would choose a restaurant. I don't mean to be critical or unkind, but
that's nearly 45 years of experience talking. I've found that people
join a church impulsively tend to be exponentially more likely to leave
impulsively. You know, like as soon as they discover the pastor's not
just like that last one wasn't perfect (and the next one too).
We should count the cost before we commit ourselves to a fellowship. We
should first be ready to
commit ourselves to the
enrichment and edification of that local congregation; and to in no way
impede its growth or purpose. We must also be submissive to the
leadership of that congregation, within their sphere of godly
authority. If we can't at a minimum commit to do those things, then
ready to commit to anything; nor are we yet committed, regardless
of our words. Every facet of ministry is
the same way.
So it may actually be a sign of spiritual maturity that some move
cautiously and prayerfully into such ministry related decisions.
Well I have an idea! It's simple, private, and anyone
can try it on for size without obligation. No, this is not the start of
an infomercial! My wife and I have practiced this for a long time, so I
know it works. It's a ministry you can ease into at your own pace. You
out anytime you wish. You can take a sabbatical any time you need to.
And you can do it all in the privacy of your own home.
You probably won't need to buy anything, or give anyone your contact information.
challenge you to take this ministry for a proverbial spin around the block,
test drive her and see how she handles on the road.
Let me give you a couple of examples.
We love to watch a television "call
in" show called "Your Health".
It's a health information program from a Christian
perspective. It's produced and hosted by Richard
Becker, DO, and his wife Cindy Becker, RN.
Often people call in who are in dire straits, emotionally, physically,
and financially. When those extreme cases appear, we
pray for them. If it's a really
serious case, the Holy Spirit often leads me to add that one to my "Urgent
That may sound insignificant, but it's not. If you
could see what happens in the spirit world when believers pray, you
understand why the Apostle Paul instructed the church at Thessalonica
to "pray without
ceasing", 1 Thessalonians 5:17. You would
understand why I place such emphasis on my "Prayer Cloth"
ministry. It's not because of who I am, but because of what Jesus did
for us in His public ministry, on the cross, and the power of His
are other live "call in"
programs, and some who occasionally air their email prayer requests. The 700 Club is
another good resource, and
CTN has an
excellent late night call in prayer program
that was started by our dear brother Dortch. I believe DayStar, and
other networks have similar live broadcast prayer lines. As the Holy
you can write the names of the people who call in, and hold them in
your prayers, take them under your spiritual wing, and pray
back to health.
is another ministry that produces an unusually rich harvest.
I login to the internet I search for people in dire crisis. I
used to call it "evangelistic
Now I am forced to find another name for it since the devil has hijacked the term "troll" as it relateds to internet activity.
I meant it purely as a fishing metaphor,. I like to scan my server's
homepage news headlines, emails, blogs, and where ever the Lord leads; in other words
"fish where they're bitin'". I prayerfully scan the
headlines and when I feel a pause in my
spirit, I listen for His voice. If the
Lord leads, I open and read the story.
That usually results in my adding the link to my
Prayer List" folder on my desktop.
I try to make praying for
the first thing I do each day.
I go through each one individually which for my list usually takes
minutes. But mine is a list that has grown over a rather long time (you could start with just one or
Sometimes, with cases like end stage terminal patients, praying for the
one case can last up to
6-8 minutes, and the Lord may lead me to pray for those cases several
times each day, even
throughout the night. But that is not
the norm. You can take as few cases or as many as you are comfortable
with. Anything will be helpful, and any prayer is vastly better than no
prayer at all. I have a list of objectives: I pray for these people to
be healed; delivered from
their crisis; that they and everyone affected by their
crisis will be
saved; and that in everything Jesus Christ will be glorified.
When the prayers are
answered, I place them in the "Answered
folder. Sometimes, the Lord may lead me to contact someone for more
intercession. If they affirmatively reject my offer, I honor their wishes and file them in the "Ceased
Prayers" folder. If
they do not respond to me attempt to make contact, I usually pray for God to bless them, and
then file them in the "Ceased
Prayers" folder. We don't want to impose our grace upon anyone who doesn't want it.
Most of the people on my "Urgent
are people I've never met, and may never meet. But that doesn't, and
shouldn't matter to anyone. Prayer is something I can afford to give
them, and the rewards so greatly outweigh the effort. When my faith can
help to move the Spirit toward them for a personal and much needed encounter, their lives will
be changed, just like my life was changed. I want everyone to have at
least one chance to enter into that change.
The enemy fights my
doing this tenaciously. Think logically, the enemy doesn't have
unlimited resources and he is a military tactician. So he doesn't waste
strategic assets, nor is he stupid.
Therefore, he only wages war on what he perceives as a threat. Some
would be surprised at the results of this silent ministry. Many
people's whole lives are
affected, they find help; and
hopefully they get saved, and Jesus Christ is glorified.
There are no sweeter words than when our Lord Jesus commands someone
bound by the enemy to, "arise! thy
faith hath made thee whole!" It's such a joy knowing your
prayers had something to do with that. It's intoxicating and addictive!
(and it has no negative
consideration is, some
people are too young to have faith, such as innocent children who satan
has attacked by disease. Sometimes the patient is too weak to stand alone in their own faith; like some
late stage cancer patients. Many of these precious souls don't know
Jesus Christ as healer; and many don't even know Him as Savior. Jesus
challenged us to live by this principle, "whatever you would have men do
unto you, do unto them". We often refer to it as "The Golden Rule".
This ministry is a powerful way to execute The Golden Rule.
this private ministry you can pray for God to send people to those you
cannot reach. For instance, many messed up celebrities are so insulated
from the outside world, surrounded by people in the same mess, and
non-celebrities can't get to them. Not to mention messed up
politicians, and messed up celebrity preachers. Your prayer may be the only
way to get help to any of them. Pray for God to send someone to them, and if
they resist; pray for God to send them to someone.
There is no celebrity insulation the Holy Spirit cannot penetrate. I
know whereof I speak.
So you can develop into this little private ministry as gradually as
you wish. You can retreat for time to time and rest, just as I often
do. But when you hear about
that one who so desperately needs God's touch, you know you have
they need. You can do for them what you would want someone to do
for you, your child, your spouse, or your parent
in similar circumstances.
Further, you are sowing a ton of good seed. The harvest may
come back in the form of someone praying for, or ministering to one of
your loved ones who may be lost or fighting for their health.
ministry will also develop a strong faith in you. I've learned
that the most effective way to
ignite my faith is to enter into the need of a suffering person. I put
myself in their shoes before I engage the enemy. Then as my dad would
say, "go after 'em like
you were raised on bear meat!"
is one of the most enriching facets of ministry, with no
attached. The only qualifications is to be a believer willing to
pray and believe. This ministry needs no ceiling or walls. You can
do this at your leisure, and the rewards are pretty cool. I challenge
you to "commit to
yourself" to try this for thirty days. You will only be
accountable to yourself and to God. If it doesn't fit
you, you're free to opt out at any time. But if you try it for a month
and keep a journal, you may be
amazed at the fruit it produces in the lives of others, and even more
so in your own
life. You cannot do this without growing your faith. Who knows, you may
even find your ministry; or your ministry may
just find you!
recommend you try this!
One Essential Point I must Make!
we were poisoned in our home over twenty years ago, as many of you know
we lost our house, virtually all our possessions, and we were left
Within a couple of weeks we were forgotten and abandoned by
most of our church friends, except for maybe four or five brethren.
was my wife's sole care giver 24/7, for over four years. We were nearly
a thousand miles from our nearest relatives, and again, left with less
than half a dozen remaining faithful friends.
The worst of our
tribulation lasted seven years. It was a long lonely haul.
God He got us through it!
When we finally came up for air on the other end of it all, I realized some very important truths.
we would have had no church.
it not been for Charles Carrin Ministries, Kenneth Copeland Ministries,
the 700 Club, Rhema Bible Training Center, Oral Roberts University,
Charles Capps Ministries, and Jerry Savelle Ministries,
we would have had no prayer.
- Had it not been for audio cassettes and video teaching aids,
we would have had no spiritual food.
Think about that when you give!
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