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5 Things I’ve Learnt in 5 years of Ministry

Hey lovely readers,

It’s been ages since I’ve sat down and written for you all. September 4th 2016 marked five years since Love Limitless started and thus five years in ministry for me. It’s been one of the most beautiful and challenging things I’ve done, It’s grown and stretched me so much. There’s still so much to learn but here are a few major things I have learnt along the way.

1.   We don’t simply ‘do’ ministry we ‘are’ ministry

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt over the passed few years is that ministry is service. It’s our ability to meet a need. Ministry isn’t reserved for the conferences and retreats, ministry is our everyday life as believers. We are all called to meet needs within our sphere of influence.

The Great Commission given by God in Mark 16:15-16 is our commissioning into ministry. We are called to meet needs and there’s no greater need mankind has than to be in alignment with God, to be delivered from the wrath of God and be adopted into the family of Christ.

Ministry is who we are. We are all individually called to impact this world for Christ Jesus. To restore and rehabilitate all that was lost. We carry that mandate everyday and it should be seen in our deeds and conversations.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Cor 5:18

2.   Have a message and be one

Before God’s message can liberate other souls, the liberation must be real in us. God told Ezekiel to “eat the scroll”. The scroll represents the Word of God, we are told to ingest it. Let it become a part of us, let it become flesh. If the truth hasn’t changed us it’s not likely to change anyone regardless of how much we preach it. Preach what you practice and practice what you preach. Our lives must be the sacrament of our message.

His Word abides in us in the measure that it governs our lives – in the measure that we act upon it. – Kenneth Hagin

3.   People will imitate you

Paul puts a strong charge on people to not become teachers hastily and says that teachers will be judged more harshly. I’ve learnt as a teacher of the Word that what I tolerate in moderation others will allow in excess.

In Luke 6:40, Jesus says that a student will be “like” the teacher and In the words of John Maxwell, “we teach what we know but reproduce what we are“. We often see people in public ministry as role models and worthy of emulation and likewise we need to be aware that eyes are watching.

From the road rage, to the way we treat people when we think no one is looking all these things are a form of teaching to those following us. Live for God but never forget that you are living before many.

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. – 2 Cor 3:2

4.   Have courageous faith

Don’t cower in the face of adversity. Yes, the fiery darts of the enemy are being lined up for you but The Lord says that “no weapon fashioned or formed against you shall prosper”. Abide in the will of God, stay submitted to His word and leading. He’ll perfect all that concerns you.

In the past few years of ministry my faith has been tested and stretched. Words don’t quite qualify. I’ve seen God’s grace completely cover and overshadow my weaknesses. I’ve learnt and am learning to take bold leaps of faith, to not let the naysayers determine whether or not I will heed the voice of The Lord.

The grace of God is what qualifies you. Do not dwell on your lack, inadequacies or insecurities the Lord that called you will keep you. You are safest in the will of God.

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. – Psalm 91:4

5.     Your first ministry is to God

Our personal ministry unto the Lord should always exceed our ministry to man. The deeper roots grow into the ground the taller and more sturdy the tree, similarly, the depth of our consecration on to the Lord will determine the authenticity and height of our impact here on earth.

Jesus taught that blessed are the poor in spirit, its those who know their need for God that are blessed. As we grow in Christ we come to depend more on Him. We do not grow more independent and capable but more needy and reliant. God gives grace to the humble and abhors the proud. Just like Paul I’ve learnt and I’m still learning to boast in my weakness for in my weaknesses His strength is made perfect.

It’s a beautiful thing to be needy before the King of Kings and Master of all who meets our needs in the right way at the right time.

I look forward to many more years of service and devotion unto The Lord. I pray for you just as I pray for myself that we might be a people completely set-apart unto His good pleasure; vessels of honour with whom He delights.

God bless you!

Ify Alexis

Founder, Love Limitless

Have a watch of my exclusive interview with NancyMeets here: https://youtu.be/LTeEA5VydAQ

 

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