READ: Fulfill Your Ministry - Part 3 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay




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2 Timothy 4:5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


INTRODUCTION

The first instruction to Timothy, the servant of God, which also applies to us, is that he watches in all things.
Once again, congratulations to you and your wife. We are glad you have taken this bold step, and we trust the Lord to uphold your home.

Now that you are married, you must do well to cut off from any and every association that can jeopardize your marriage. Cut off from friends who are deceptive and evil-intended against you.

Thank God for saving you yesterday from the planned evil against you by one or some of your so-called friends. Also, you  should not have told anyone, not even Uhi what I told you. You should have simply told them that you changed your mind and would want to spend the day with your wife and son instead. You should be unapologetic about being proud of your marriage.

Again, I want to call your attention to the fact that you should really cut off those guys. What I saw this morning is not good. Very soon, one or some of them shall be caught by the authorities, that is, those who still involve in fraudulent activities, and I saw them plotting to implicate you, saying, "He was also one of us." and that wasn't good.

The Lord didn't tell me anything further but I perceive that's their intent. Please, cut off from them.m! Cut off from them! Cut off from them! Let it be obvious. Keep your hands clean from their evil. You have a legitimate business now and evidences to prove so, stick with that and grow it. It shall grow. The Lord said so.

Make Christ first in your home. Have prayer time with your wife and son. Begin to instill godly principles in your son. The Lord will hold you Muna responsible for Zion's life.

Pray together. Study God's word together. Don't miss church services when you are available. Be godly! Be godly! Be godly!

You and Muna should be one in heart and mind and everything. Be reasonable with one another. Pray for each other always. Care for each other. Defend and protect each other. Never speak bad or low about your wife to anyone, not even your family members. Speak well of her. Esteem her highly. Praise her.

All I want to be hearing from you both is that you are doing well, loving each other and considering each other. I shall hear good news always concerning you.

For Michael, be sensitive. Hold your brother in high regard. Let there be no friction between you both. Michael is a man of God. You should know that when I say it, it's because I have seen it so. Michael hears God, and he proved it yesterday. Honor him greatly. There are things God will show him because of you. There are declarations in his mouth for you. When dishonor fills a gathering, all kinds of evil prevail. Don't demean your brother anyone. Respect and honor him.

Soon, he shall be settled. I have seen it. And it is a great settlement for him. Such that, it caused the whole place to stand still.

Above all, make sure you reach your in-laws from time to time. Care for them as the Lord enables you. We are now one. We must keep it so.

I pray for you, it is well with you and your wife. It is well with your business. It is well with your family.

I love you.

Consider this a word from the Lord to you this day.

If I were you, I will save this somewhere and go back to it from time to time.
Like we have seen in the previous two teachings, to watch is to be alert, to be sober, cool, calm and collected in spirit. To watch is to pray always. Prayer keeps us alert, sober, cool, calm, collected in spirit, and steady on our assignment; it keep us focused on only that which matters. We keep sight of our assignment when we pray, but lose sight of our assignment when we don’t pray.

Watch thou in all things; keep your heart steady on that which is important, and don’t be caught up in the web of distractions that hover around. Stay true to your ministry. Stay on your assignment.


ENDURE AFFLICTIONS

The second instruction to Timothy, which also applies to us, is that he endures afflictions—“endure afflictions…”

This is a clear indication that ministry journey is not going to be all smooth sail. The storm will hit; the waves will beat into our boat; the tide will not always shift in our favor, but in all, we are to endure and stand firm to the end—for he that endures to the end shall be saved.

The Amplified translation says, “endure every hardship [without flinching]…”

The New Living Translation says, “Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord.”

So there is a particular kind of suffering the man of God must resolve to suffer; it is that which is for the Lord. And if it's for the Lord, then it's a good suffering. This suffering can be persecution, hatred, reproach, victimization... But in all, it is a good one.


NOT FOR WRONG DOING

However, we must not suffer for wrong or evil doing.

1 Peter 3:17 says, "For (it is) better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing."

1 Peter 4:12-16 say, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy (are ye;) for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or (as) a thief, or (as) an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if (any man suffer) as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on his behalf."

Not all sufferings are for Christ, some are avoidable if we are careful. Suffer for well doing, not for wrong or evil doing. Let it be that if you are persecuted, reproached or victimized, it is because you are a child of God, and not because you are a thief, or a fraudster, or a cheater, or a liar, or all. That's clear enough. And don't magnify your suffering for Christ, making it appear as if it is something strange or that you are the only one going through such.

No doubt, with the work of ministry comes afflictions, persecutions, sufferings, rejections, disappointments, shame, reproach, victimization, but we must resolve to stand faithful and faith-full, not wavering. We must put ourselves to the test to know how ready and willing we are to suffer for the Lord. We must be resolute in our convictions of the ministry we have received, ready to face whatever affliction that comes with it, knowing fully well that the One from whom we received it is always with us.


A COMMENTARY

A Bible Study Commentary says, “He [the servant of God] must count upon afflictions, and endure them, make the best of them, endure patiently. Be not discouraged by the difficulties thou meetest with, but bear them with an evenness of spirit. Inure thyself to hardships.”

The servant of God is a soldier of Christ. Soldiers are trained to inure themselves to (get accustomed to, to endure) hardship.

The Greek word used in 2 Timothy 4:5 for ‘endure affliction’ is ‘kakopatheo’ (kak-op-ath-eh’o), and it's the same Greek word used in 2 Timothy 2:3 for ‘endure hardness’—“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”.

A good soldier of Christ endures the hardship that comes with being named with Christ, but a bad soldier abandons his duties for pleasure.


KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES

Paul didn’t stop there, he further said, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Tim. 2:4).

Ministers of God are chosen by Christ to be His soldiers. Our mission is to fulfill our ministry, and by so doing, we please Him—the One who chose us to be His soldiers. As soldiers of Christ therefore, we must not be found doing what our General has not commanded us to do. We must not be entangled with things apart from our ministry. We must know our boundaries and live within them.

To entangle oneself with something is to weave into that thing—to be involved with something. This is what some are doing in the faith. You can’t endure afflictions—hardships if you are entangled with what distracts, doing what you are not sent. You will be distracted even before the afflictions come. Every man must stay true to his ministry, and we stay true to our ministry by paying attention to it.


ANOTHER COMMENTARY

Adam Clarke Bible Commentary says, “Endure afflictions – Let no sufferings affright thee; nor let the dread of them either cause thee to abandon the truth, or relax in thy zeal for the salvation of men.”

Don’t give in to the temptation of leaving your assignment for something else. Don’t be that captain who abandons his ship at sea because of storm. Captains of ships are to perish with their ship if need be; they are not to abandon their ship, no matter what. In the same vein, we are to stay true to the ministry we have received.

Abandonment should be off our workbook. The Lord's work is our ship, and as captains and good soldiers of Christ, we endure whatever comes, and stay true to the end.

I pray that you fulfill the ministry the Lord has given to you without reproach. Amen.

Say this…
I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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