John McCarthy is finishing a book with a general theme about why the right program needs to be followed of repentance and faith in relation to small groups. It's in these where a deep work of God can happen with ministry friendships as well as establishing each one’s ministry. Much is taken from the stories of the Bible. The main purpose of how we are created for ministry and ministry friendships will be explored. Many of the spiritual battles God's people face is likely to be from a void of one or both these purposes.
It might be found that it could have changed the direction of your life if someone was around asking invaluable questions. This can make it easier to listen and to follow what God is saying. Even hearing a little from God and following through on it can be life transforming. It's strongly recommended to be in a habit to set aside quiet moments to absorb what the Father is saying. Much of this can be about being spiritually cleansed and the power to change in attitudes to sin, establishing a strong faith, personal ministry and ministry friends.
The verse below gives an idea that rest in found by repenting in doing good as the past is cleansed to bring in a wonderful life of helping. Peace comes from resting in His presence while listening to His voice.
'For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”'
It was a surprise when I found out that writing is a big part of my service for God. I see this work to get others to be established in ministry. If you find you like the vision of this website then it would be good to hear from you by contacting this ministry through the website.
How to Be a Good Minister
A minister is to ask questions and find the answers. We are made to engage. God needs to see people are doing this because we are purposely designed for it. It’s such a wise plan to seek out the right people to help with this. Meditating is a way to engage with oneself. It’s what Isaac was doing just before he met his wife in Genesis 24:63, ‘He went out to the field one evening to meditate’. This can involve reflecting on God’s word and examining the deep meaning to what’s going on in one’s life. The longer this is not being done it can complicate a relationship with the Lord. This truth about engaging makes it clearer to reveal something that the Lord wants to happen in the worldwide church. Since sin sticks unless it is cleansed it can cause obstructions. The longer this continues without spiritual cleansing the harder it is for the examination process of all the areas of life that is needed. It is wonderful when the stream of questions continue in later life. But this is supposed to progress to finding the answers.
'It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.'
This is one major thing I believe God wants for this last stage of the church age: to reflect and look into what’s going on in life.
It would be good to know what are the core topics of what to go through with God, ourselves, others. I will share some ideas of these might be. There would of course be themes of the Bible, but God wants to do deep surgery so He is likely to bring up deception and correction. One of these is likely to be about understanding the full message of Jesus. This is something that’s so needed to clarify as there can be distortions about what God expects in a relationship with Him. For instance, we are told that the grace is absolutely free as stated in Romans 6:23, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’. This grace is to help grow in one’s own and other's faith with repentance. That’s my take on the parable of the talents is about in Matthew 25:29, ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away’. There is so much in this to get it right in one’s spirit. I can see a stream of questions and answers related to this alone. After a discovery is made into the details of a relationship with God and how this relates in a practical way to everyday life it wouldn't surprise me to lead to breakthrough. For this to happen there is definitely a need for prayer and affirmative action. So, it’s exciting to experience what can happen following insight into the real issues that might need to be clarified, confronted and tackled.
Heaven needs help with the crucial process to go into detail about all the facets of life to bring in God’s light. Another example would be needed to ask how to get moving to build the kingdom both outside and inside the church. The anointing is there for this in church meetings. There is surely going to be more the Lord wants to do in this way. I hope you join with me in this longing to see it. It sounds like a good prescription to all of the issues of life.
‘ “I have set you as an assayer and a fortress among My people,
That you may know and test their way.’
Jeremiah 6:27, NKJV
Understanding Eternal Salvation
I would say many people were amazed that Jesus could forgive sins and heal so easily once he started His ministry. He is the author of life and salvation. Everything He did had a deep purpose to bring a real hope. Signs and wonders, miracles, teachings and words of wisdom, casting out demons, revealing corruption and the motives behind actions were a common feature of the work of God displayed through Him. In His own words He proclaimed the purpose of all the parts of His ministry in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”. He lived a perfect life so that it could be transferred to everyone who has a saving faith in Him. A part of the Bible to know the specifics of how to get away with all crimes against God and man is found in chapter 10 and 11 of Hebrews. In it we will see a good description of the process of salvation.
One of the best things to know is how the way to live in God’s forgiveness works. The first thing to mention about the elements that the Lord, our judge, is looking for is in Romans 6:11, ‘Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus’. An understanding of this ‘dying to self’ is the spiritual father of the faith who followed God’s command expecting a good result to sacrifice his son in Hebrews 11:17, ‘By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son’. It speaks of identifying to be connected to God’s word and will. Having a humble spirit that listens to God’s voice and eager to follow His instruction and extantant for a good result is what is essential to live and grow with Him.
An understanding of the ordinance of baptism is that it proclaims to partner with being buried with Jesus and being raised with Him in a new life. It is described as part of the saving process in the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit’. This is symbolized by the act of Israel leaving Egypt in which the sea opened up for them to cross over. It was a miraculous event as a result of their faith, ‘He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him’ (Hebrews 11:6). There was an active intention to go against the world’s way of self toward heaven’s way of seeking after God and His kingdom, ‘And having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own’ (Hebrews 11:13). Again, it’s likened to Israel crossing the Jordan river with Joshua and were instructed to take memorial stones. In Joshua 4:7 it says, ‘then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” The clear passing of the river is descriptive of baptism by dying to a selfish purpose for a life after God. It is further explained in 1 Peter 3:20, ‘because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
A Connection to the Cross
Just like the ark needed to be brought through the Jordan it’s needed to have the daily personal connection in one’s spirit to the cross of Christ. This can be done by proclaiming a scripture about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It mentions in the Bible how important it is to demonstrate a faith in the blood of Jesus from the old testament in Leviticus 17:11, ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ It resembles the Israelites having to apply the blood of a lamb on the doorpost before leaving Egypt. It follows that there is a requirement to take communion as it says in Matthew 26:26, ‘While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.’
A Saving Active Faith
Deep insight into how the Lord thinks about securing one’s eternal redemption is a confidence that He is going to get a return on the investment of grace. It’s very important to be seen to be willing and active to help to reconcile people to Him. It’s great understanding to see what Jesus wants to see happen.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
It could be a very good strategy when it’s found not to be giving out much of the grace to others that is given to oneself is to express to the Lord to be unhappy about it. Talking to God like this is a major part of staying in a good spiritual condition.
We can see more clearly the details of being saved by looking at an account of a believer barely making it to heaven.
‘ For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
The point that needs to be taken is that this person who was only barely saved was working for God but appears to be questionable to be for the right reasons or to be effective.
It could be a good time to ask how these things
about being sure of salvation fit into your experience. There might be a course of action you need to take to have written over your destiny. What could that be? It might mean taking a stand for God’s name, making a decision with affirmative action for the work of the Gospel, a declared separation from past or present ungodly associations, and righteous and just living. It should be mentioned here that the better it would be to live with those who like to help establish the correct way to live with Jesus.
One more aspect of being saved is to be resting in God. This truth can be distorted by thinking that this means to be exclusively related to grace. It’s that this rest is found in the various parts of a service to the Lord.
In all the busyness of life while trying to make a contribution to the ministry of reconciliation there is a warning to make sure to stay in good terms with the Lord. When this isn’t happening it leads to man’s efforts and less of the
Spirit. It’s a reality of a personal connection to the Lord Jesus while working out one’s ministry. By speaking out God’s word helps for this to happen as it directs a trust in Jesus who is the word in person, ‘He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God’ (Revelation 19:13).
There are more explanations about what exactly God is looking for to meet the requirements for salvation in the Gospels.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not ]take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Even when anointed Christians are used for God’s plans and purposes they can be living on the outside of His kingdom. It’s about having the right attitude of heart to care for one’s spiritual condition as well as others. So there is a clear difference in these words of Jesus between working to the Lord and being used by God. Even King Saul prophesied while on the way to attack David in 1 Samuel 19:23.
A simple way to see this way of salvation is to stay connected to the Lord by demonstrating to be relying on Jesus’ finished work of the cross while being transformed to be Christ-like. With investigating one’s life, God can bless by helping to reveal what is wrong that needs changing. So there are two aspects to this repentant process: to demonstrate a belief to be justified freely by His grace and to be open to see what needs to change to be cleansed to bring in His healing. This will allow for God to come alongside to help to see more clearly with what needs attention. If you are looking for a personal experience of an assurance and peace you should find this in all these ways of abiding in God’s grace. It is likely to be easier to understand the following scripture with all we have examined.
‘Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.’
1 Peter 1:1
God’s Purpose in Blessing
I’m sure it sounds really good to know that there is a shorter way in the spiritual training program to know and grow in God. In the natural, a shortcut is what most people want not just to save time to reach a destination, but also to be in a better place. I believe that for many genuine Christians heaven is frustrated because they don’t ask, seek and knock for things they need in their personal lives and ministries (Matthew 7:7). Yes, sometimes it is godly to wait and is part of being spiritual to trust in the Lord. Even so, I feel, more often is the case that the Lord is asking to make things happen rather than to be prayerful and passive. That is, there is more of a cry for ‘go getters’ and not only ‘good waiters’.
When cars are traveling on narrow roads it calls for slower driving. In this way there is more time to react to dangers ahead. There is a saying that if you turn a corner too quickly you can crash. Slow progress seems to the best way to grow in God. When cars are traveling on narrow roads it calls for slower driving. In this way, there is more time to react to dangers ahead. A steady pace works best to be inquisitive about what's going on around one's life. It allows for the for the right questions and the right response. When our will is aligned to God’s with prayer it is powerful. I believe that the Lord frequently asks and wonders what we want. How would you answer? And do you have peace that He is in total agreement with what you are desiring? It’s a good sign when you are absolutely sure and a bad sign that you aren’t. We are made for these discoveries and hope this gets you started on a journey to find out what maybe you already know.