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THE MINISTER AS A SOLDIER 3

Torchworld Ministries
An Article by Apostle Mintah
Ministry Monday

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We have been looking at Apostolic perspectives of ministry and more particularly at the minister as a soldier. We have seen that soldiers are enlisted, they are owned by the state and they do not entangle themselves with civilian affairs. Today I want us to look at another characteristic of a soldier which must be seen in a minister and that is discipline.
Ministry is serious business and the minister must be serious. Not available for entertainment or loose living. This is because, the minister deals with the destiny of souls. The Bible says they watch over souls.

Hebrews 13:17
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, (o. logos) that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is useless for you.”

Watching over souls is a serious business. Your life as a minister literally affects the people you lead. Therefore you as a minister must adhere to strict discipline.

John 17:19
“And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

This is the mentality we must have as ministers. Jesus said He sanctified Himself for their sakes. This is talking about forgoing certain things, living a particular way, denying Himself in a particular way just to be an example to them.

The minister must be disciplined in a number of ways.

He must be able to control himself in conduct, in speech, in times of pressure, pain and pleasure.
If as a minister you cannot control your zip, what moral authority will you have to help your members to do that? If as a minister you can’t discipline yourself to stick to a consistent prayer and Bible study life, how can you help your members to do that? If as a minister, you can’t relate well with your spouse, how can you help your followers with their marriage?

What I mean is that, before you call yourself a leader and expect people to follow you, you must make sure you are thoroughly furnished as a man of God.

2 Timothy 3:17
“That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

 It is not enough to be gifted. Giftedness is not an indication of readiness to lead people. You are only ready to lead people when God has worked on you thoroughly and that will require your discipline.
Soldiers go through a lot of rigorous training because the security of the entire nation is in their hands. Any slack on the battlefield can be very costly.

Man of God, you can’t give what you don’t have. Acquire the discipline to go through God’s school and wait till He has finished working on you before you attempt to lead people. Because if the blind leads the blind, they will both fall into a pit. SELAH

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