Expect The Victory

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

God is a winner, and when you stay close to Him, following His ways, you will be a winner too. Do not start anything without an assurance of God’s victory. Victory is not a matter of chance but of covenant and choice. Why would you start a fight that you knew you were going to lose!?

Victory is all about God’s presence. Joshua experienced good success in his ministry, not because he was inherently better than the person next to him. No, he enjoyed God continuing presence. God was with him as He was with Moses.

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5

He advanced knowing that God had already won the victory. The land was his already. He simply had to follow the steps outlined for him. He was not fighting to gain the victory, he already had it! Today, in Christ, it is no less, only better. In Christ we already have the victory. He is the conqueror; and we are more than conquerors, because of what He has done.

Embrace The Cross

 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25 

 

Everything of value comes with a price. Jesus has paid the ultimate price, dying on the cross for all mankind. Any minister is not above His master and in some way will have to pay a price. Before the crown comes the cross. Something always has to be denied. Every minister of excellence has to forsake the things that weigh him down: maybe appetite, or personal ambition, arrogance, anger, or even ambiguity. Every life must come to a point where that which blocks the door to your future must die. Only God can truly focus on those hidden issues and give you the courage to endure the shame.

Enlarge Your Own Heart

And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. 1 Kings 4:29-30

Solomon had been chosen to lead the nation and he asked for wisdom and got so much more. His humility enlarged his capacity to receive from God all the things he needed as king. He excelled going way beyond His peers, thus bringing God glory in the eyes of the world.

Your passion determines your provision, and what you ask for speaks about your heart. As a minister of excellence, ask for things of eternal value.

Eliminate Presumption

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. Acts 16:6-7

In an age of instant and sometimes overwhelming communication, good ideas from other ministries can sway you to pursue some form of ministry with God’s permission. Good ideas or not automatically God ideas and time must be taken to process the dealings of God. The Holy Spirit has veto rights to your zeal. What God has anointed someone to impart to His people, their part, may not be your part too. Envy and competition can be deadly introducing confusion and every evil thing.

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. James 3:16

We are taught to examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith. You cannot presume that everything you feel capable of has God’s stamp of approval. He has a place and purpose for everything and any ministry must fit into the bigger picture of His strategy.

Enrich And Equip the People

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, … Ephesians 4:11-12

God is committed to reproducing Himself in His children, bringing them to maturity through the gifts He positions in the body of Christ. Ministry is all about raising up God’s people to reach and function in their greatest potential. The ministry gifts are there for the people, not the other way round. Ministry is about laying down self for others. The measure of ministry is whether people are enriched, edified and equipped for their part in glorifying God.

Excel In All Things

But as you abound in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us–see that you abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7

No part of the minister’s life is his private domain. Jesus is either Lord of all or not at all. The excellence of Christ must be found in all parts of our lives: family relationships, eating habits, preaching, entertainment and recreation activities, giving, and even physical exercise. It has been said that Jesus should be given the keys to every room in your house. After all, nothing is hidden from His sight, so why not let Him into your innermost thoughts, and allow the good work He has begun to diffuse through to everything. He will bring His excellence to everything so that His abundance can overflow in and through your spirit, soul and body.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3 John 2

It will show in your life and ministry.

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