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The truth is NONE of us are qualified - - We must minister in the Strength of Jesus and not in our own strength.
Consider Jesus our High Priest. Jesus was NOT qualified to be our High Priest because he was from the tribe of
, and not the Priestly tribe
of Levi. Hebrews chapter 7 tells us that
God himself qualified Jesus to become our High Priest. He used the example of Melchizedek a Holy Priest who was appointed Priest by God even
before Moses set up the Tabernacle and Priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest after the order of
Melchizedek. He was qualified and approved by God for His position. Judah
2 Corinthians 3:5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.
Isaiah 6:5 Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Hebrews 13:21, NLT May the God of peace EQUIP (qualify) you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. Amen.
Anonymous has said it this way: Isaac was a day dreamer, Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper and denied Christ, David had an affair and tried to cover it up with murder, Noah got drunk. Elisha was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer and he was way too religious.
Timothy had too many ulcers, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Rehab was a prostitute, Samson – he liked prostitute. Isaiah preached naked for three years, John the Baptist ate bugs and had second thoughts about the very Messiah he baptized.
Jeremiah was way too emotional, Moses stuttered, Zacchaeus was too short, Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!
Understand we are all human and we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, but let us examine something else that is extremely important.
IT IS TIME TO GET QUALIFIED in our Mind and in
Acts 18:24-28 At that time a Jew named Apollos came to
He was an educated man from Ephesus .
He knew the Scriptures very well. Apollos had been
taught the way of the Lord. He spoke with great power. He taught the truth
about Jesus. But he only knew about John’s baptism. He began to speak
boldly in the synagogue. Priscilla and Alexandria Aquila
heard him. So they invited him to their home. There they gave him a better
understanding of the way of God. In
public meetings, he argued strongly against Jews who disagreed with him. He
proved from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
If YOU are called to minister and you believe you are Unqualified; Then according to the Word of God it is time for you to become QUALIFIED. Some things you will simply need to learn to do for yourself ! ! - - Such as - -
1. Daily get into the Word of God to seek truth. Begin in the New Testament.
Acts 17:11 Now these Jews at
were noble and received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures
daily to see if the things Paul was teaching were so. Berea
2. Continue in His Word – and pray daily using the Lords Pray for an example.
3. Learn to resist evil and stand firm.
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm
4. Seek for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Use your new prayer language to pray when you don’t know how to pray.
Romans 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words;
5. Learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and then OBEY His voice.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:16-27 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
In John 8:32, Jesus told his disciples that if they continued in His word they would be His disciples, - - But on their part they would have to learn how to resist evil, obey His commands and trust Him. In doing these things, they would come to understand His teaching, be led by His Spirit, and also learn where their hope and trust were truly anchored – IN Him.
Jesus’ response is this: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Paul was NOT qualified at first - -
It is interesting that when Paul became a Believer, he did not start right out preaching and working miracles. Most people do not realize this when they read about Paul falling off of his horse on the way to
. Remember from the time he was a young boy,
Saul of Tarsus enjoyed Old Testament training; All that he needed to become
Paul the Apostle was to get a revelation of Jesus and the New Covenant. Damascus
He took time out to reflect, to seek God’s face and pray by traveling to
Arabia and staying
there for 3 years. It was later he spent
time with the apostles and they further contributed to his learning. In many ways he was already qualified in the
Old Covenant, but now he was New Creation Qualified.
Aquila helped a young Jewish
man who needed to be qualified.
Acts 18:24-28 At that time a Jew named Apollos came to
Should all new believers go to
for three years, or visit the
desert to hear from God? Bible
Probably NOT - - unless God sends you there. – but do join a Bible Believing church who offers regular Bible Studies where you can enter into discussions and learn more about God’s Word.
1. Be Loyal to your Church
2. Be faithful to your Church
3. Give Tithes and offerings to your Church
4. Share the gospel with friends and neighbors.
5. Pray with those who have needs and expect answers.
6. Volunteer for street ministry, mission work or visitation.