(MUST READ) MINISTRY MISTAKES THAT ARE NOT FUNNY, AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS by Pastor Femi Lazarus

It is important that we know that no minister of God is exempted from mistakes, the mistakes however can be minimized through the operation of wisdom and a teachable heart.

I have taught times and times again that in any Ministry, the first set of sons and daughters there can only survive under the one leading them by allowing forgiveness reign in their hearts.

Here are few terrible mistakes that ministers of God must run away from, many church members may not be able to say it, but it doesn’t change the fact that it hurts them.

1) Don’t make the mistake of bringing people’s personal issues that they brought to you on the basis of trust and respect to the pulpit while ministering.
Don’t fall to the temptation of thinking that they are not on seat, those who are on seat and also know about the issue will call to tell them after the meeting. When a trusted priest brings up the people’s matter on the pulpit to either scorn them or teach others lessons from it, it Pierces the people’s hearts and make them vulnerable to offenses. It is betrayal, it is abuse of power and sacred position of authority.

2) Don’t correct personal issues that you could discuss with a person personally on the altar with the thought that the fellow will understand better, it is cowardise to do so, it doesn’t show strength, it shows weaknesses all over.
Personal issues should be dealt with personally, and that for the congregation should be dealt with congregationaly.

3) Teach people to be faithful and loyal, but don’t fall into the pitfall of putting them under the pressure of staying around you in the days of plenty because you have been there in their days of lack. I have had to pray about this particular one very well, and I have had to conclude that anytime people have to stay around a Ministry for anything else other than love, then the rest becomes manipulations. Should people do good back to a people that has supported them when they were not strong enough? yes! But they should know that they are not under any pressure to do so, it is only good to do so.

4) Avoid the mistake of coming to the pulpit to preach ministers who have offended you than God’s word itself. Preach the scripture, stay consistently with it, if you do so, you will stay longer and relevant around the things of Ministry.
In all cases, it is better to be quiet on a subject matter than to vent in anger and offenses.

No minister of God should ever leave the people wondering who he was referring to after preaching.

No minister of God should ever leave the people wondering “who has offended pastor again”

5) I have observed and discovered that Ministry and ministers who live all their lives dealing with petty issues don’t grow. Some issues are to be completely ignored while the parties involved settle their issues amongst themselves. The moment the clergy gets himself roped in every matter, soon the people will begin to see him as being biased, particularly the parties that are falling short in his judgements.

6 ) Avoid the temptation of using prophesy to match make members as husband and wife. I have encouraged Christians over and over again that they are never to be trapped in a web where someone is trying to prophesying a spouse into their lives, it will always backfire.
Dear minister, even when you have an incline that two people are meant for each other, kindly let them pray and discover on their own, it is more honorable that way.

Lastly, avoid the mistake of indiscriminate relationship between opposite sex. Dear male pastor, please stop asking ladies to come see you at August hours of the day, kindly resist the temptation of falling in love randomly. The fact that you are anointed is enough reason for many ladies to like you and want you for a future partner, kindly ask God for wisdom to handle situations like this. Make your relationship public, don’t refer to your spouse as your sister, you are not Abraham.

Please note this, at some points of greatness, it is possible that even some of your so called friends may not be able to handle it, kindly remain focused and humble.

I hope this helps someone, I hope this helps the work of God in someone’s hands, I hope it is received sincerely in humility love.

With love.

WHY MANY YOUNG ANOINTED PEOPLE MAY NOT GO FAR (FRANK TALK) – Femi Lazarus

I get several mails daily from young folks in this country and beyond asking for the things God has done to me and in me that has brought me this far. Well, I don’t deceive myself, I still have a very long way to go, I am just starting.

I have quietly observed many young Ministers and I have seen reasons why majority are not doing well in ministry, I have also seen reasons why majority are injuring themselves and their anointing. I will highlight few points today, I hope they bless you.

1) Many young ministers don’t know the boundary between personal temperament and the requirements of discipline in ministry. This applies mostly to those who are jovial, they play to the point that once in a while people forget the fact that they are anointed. Many have gone so far that they now use their social media platforms for frivolities. When you do these things, you put the people God has sent you to in danger. Don’t joke to the point whereby people will have to walk past you to look for someone else doing the same thing you are doing but more serious than you. For the sake of the people, reduce unnecessary things.

2) Many young ministers downplay the role of SPIRITUAL FATHERING in ministry. From personal experience I have come to see that anywhere a father is absent, destiny is at stake. You will see how powerful the role of a father is both in the family and in ministry if you take time to look well into it. You believe that only Jesus is the one you are to be accountable to, then you will have to reach out to Jesus to come commission your ministry, to lay hands on you at special seasons of your life, etc. Those who have no father in ministry get lost without a trace.
You have thousands of instructors (mentors) but you can only have ONE FATHER. Be accountable, and know that your Spiritual Father is your Spiritual Father, he is not your bestie! His role in your life is to help you get direction and safeguard all you stand for, don’t confuse things. You are to submit not agree. You may not necessarily agree, your sonship will be tested when you don’t agree and yet you have to submit.

3) Many change Fathers like underwear.
For this class of people, I have noticed that they don’t do anything significant at the end of the day. They move with every trending minister, they duplicate every new pastor’s pattern, they are confused.
Discern who your father is; submit, be loyal, be accountable, be reachable.

4) Many young ministers downplay the role of character and integrity.

Charisma announces People, but character keeps them where they have been announced and beyond. When I see a young minister messing around with girls, I understand that he doesn’t know what he is doing to his future and what God has committed into his hands. Never forget this; the only thing that can be hidden in life is what has not been said or done.
When people’s promotion is being discussed, it is only their character that will be there to speak for them.
You will frustrate Grace if hands are laid on you constantly and yet you are doing what is contrary to the workings of Grace.
You claim not to be sleeping with the girl under your Ministry, but you only kiss once in a while, excuse me sir you need help, quick one.

5) Many struggle with Low self esteem.
When new doctrines are flying, the first set of people who will be carried away are those who build their Ministry on validation of men. There are people shouting fire everywhere today who know nothing about these things, but because it is trending, they also want to feel among. Guard your heart, work on your esteem, else you will fall out as time goes by.

6) Many don’t know that Spiritual FATHERING is not by big names it is by connection and revelation. Many have severed God’s plan for them because the fellow they call their father doesn’t even know them, they only listen to his tape and they feel that is enough. How can somebody father you only through tapes, was that How Moses fathered Joshua ?

7) Most talk about prayer, only few pray.
I have noticed that most young people will rather take their time to listen to messages and read books than to pray. Ministry is not fast food, if it will last, special time must be taken in the place of prayer. Any man of God that is a product of quick fix can’t be used for any special assignment. Quit seeking validation from men and go on your knees where God makes men. You have access to God, use it!

If truly you want to go far, then you must not joke with instructions and corrections. This is a corrective teaching, and I know many young people are found in this mould, take it, sit down, digest it and correct what should be corrected.

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(MUST READ)HELP PASTOR, I HAVE MANY SUITORS, HOW DO I KNOW THE RIGHT ONE FOR ME? PART 2

In the part one of this edition, we have been able to deal with the concept of your garden, knowing your garden.
Your garden means your purpose, your assignment, the reason why you were created, the reason for your existence.

Someone will say pastor, How do I discover my purpose?

Take this example, a knife can be used to kill, but the original purpose is to cut ( meat, bread and so on), now the fact that a knife can kill doesn’t mean it’s purpose is to kill.

How do you now know the purpose of a knife?

You know this by asking the manufacturer or study the manual of the manufacturer.

The way to discover purpose is to ask the manufacturer.
The manufacturer knows the product more than anybody.

Ask God who created you, No body can tell you who you are, Only Him who created you can. He created you, He knows you.

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.1.5.NLT

Secondly, The manual will reveal that knife is for cutting.

All believers have the manual of our maker, The manual is the BIBLE

YOU NEED TO STUDY THE MANUAL OF YOUR MANUFACTURER SO YOU WON’T MISS YOUR FUNCTION AND ALSO MALFUNCTION IN YOUR FUNCTIONS.

To discover purpose, you need to study the manual of your manufacturer

psalm 40: 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures:
Psalms 40:7 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.40.7.NLT

The more you study the word, the more of yourself you discover.

Also, When God created you, He Said let us make man in our own image, After our likeness, I.e let them have abilities to do the things we can do, let them have the capacity to think, ,discover, process, produce etc.

He gave you His Spirit to guide you when He breathe into your nostrils the breathe of Life,

He gave you a mind(Soul) to feel, think, have emotions, He gave you Brain to process.
All these are gifts from Him

He implanted passion Into you, He gave you desire, He gave you interest.

So how do you discover purpose with these gifts?

Your passion and interests are a pointer to your purpose.

The things you are naturally attracted to are pointers to your purpose.

Your purpose is the end to which your start a journey.

It is the reason for your living.

What you hate is a pointer to what you are created to solve

The problem you are created to solve is the reason why you are created.

Every purpose or assignment is a people oriented agenda.

So you can discover your purpose via your passion and hates.

Some of us are called to solve spiritual problems, some financial, some medical some, heart and excitement related.

Not everyone will be a pastor or be in ministry, some are called into medicine, some education.

Every human being has a primary purpose and a secondary purpose

The primary purpose is to Glorify God on earth
The Secondary purpose is the reason why you are here.

Ensure you discover your purpose (garden before you look for marriage, Purpose comes before marriage. Because you are supposed to fulfill purpose via marriage.

Marriage is more than intimacy, it is your destiny.

I hope this helps someone

I will continue Part 3 later

I see a burning generation
P.Daniel
#FireInMyBones.

I AM NOT A LENDER TO NATIONS

Have you ever thought about this ?

It’s a big understatement for you to be a Christian and join others to claim that you are a Millionaire or Billionaire or Trillion aire🤨

_Don’t you know how rich you are?_

You WORTH Philippians 4:19

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Guess what…

You are not even a Lender To Nations… You are a DASHER to nations…

Tell me…🤔

If Bill Gates can dash a whole Country, money to settle its bills.. I mean National Bills that means HE exceeds Deuteronomy 15🙆‍🙆🏿‍♂

Deuteronomy 15:6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

So, from now on…😃

We ain’t lenders to nations…. That’s an understatement to the New Creation who has received all blessings pertaining to LIFE and GODLINESS🤬

We are exceedingly rich such that we freely give…

GLORY TO GOD

I AM A DASHER💪

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When Dependency Means Everything

The ability to cherish the presence of GOD more than anything in life is the shield against any disappointment in life.

Exodus 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

Many believers today have not seen the reason why they are useless without the HOLY SPIRIT.
Why? They’ve not cared to walk in the supernatural.

The only reason why you would think you can live a day without communicating with your Father, is because you’ve not understood the life-source of your secret place..

Moses, couldn’t dare lead the Children of Israel till HE was sure the Presence of GOD was going to accompany them àll.

Without me ye can do nothing- John 15:5

It didn’t say you can do ‘much’ but ‘Nothing’…

Why?
No branch bears fruits of itself except it’s connected to the Vine.

The problem is that most times, we think we are bearing Fruits but it was mere leaves we were bearing all the while…

Ask for GRACE to Be glued to the Presence of GOD such that you wouldn’t think of making a step without a confirmation of HIS Presence.

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Does the Bible compel Women to Cover their Hair in Church?

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

This is Paul here talking about the ordinances associated with authority in the kingdom.

Now if we look specifically at verse 3, we would realise that this woman spoken here is not just any woman …
The word woman here is _goonay_ which is a strong greek word use to refer to woman who are married or have been married before…

It is different from the word ish-saw which is used to refer to an opposite sex which is female…

Now, verse 3 says the head of the woman is the man…

You are in a workplace as a female and you have a junior in the office who is a male…

Because, he is a male, has he become your head … NO!
This tells us that the Bible was referring to a marriage setting… That’s why the Greeks make sure they have appropriate words given to that…

This also means whatever the Bible says further should flow with what it has started with. Since, the Bible wasn’t written in chapters…

We would come back to verse 4…

1 Corinthians 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

Here, we see Paul Making use of their culture to explain the orientation of a woman who prophesies or prayeth with her Head unconvered…

Note: Not even her hair… So we ain’t even talking about hair here…
(for that is even all one as if she were shaven) referring to the embarrassment and shamefulness associated with women who shave then…

But today, don’t we have women who shave.. is it shameful to them… No! It’s depending on our environment….

1 Corinthians 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

1 Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

Now is this a Truth today…
Don’t we have men abroad who are born with long hair and they maintain it,.. is it not beauty to them…
We even have many Nigerians who wish their hairs were similar…

So we’ve established that Paul was making use of their culture to explain why We should respect authority before we approach GOD…

Or do you think angels are affected by the colour of your head or by the shape of your forehead…

1 Corinthians 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

Is the power on the head the hair… No!
Or does that mean, if I am bald, I am powerless… No!

But, He is talking about a woman respecting the Authority Christ has placed over her, the same way a man should respect the authority of Christ over him and not be ashamed of HIM in the Public… That is covering* him…

Now we understand verse 4

1 Corinthians 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

We dishonor GOD when we disrespect the authority by ignoring or covering it, that is not willing to stand for HIM in the open…

So angels respect authority…

They can’t bless a woman who disrespect the man GOD has placed over her….
Especially when the woman approaches GOD….

1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

Not as an Authority… I trust the HOLY SPIRIT to diffuse HIS TRUTH into our spirit…

See this
1 Corinthians 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also BY the woman(not of); but all things of God.

So the man does not need to cover his head….

This is a relationship between man and the woman…

This does not stop you from covering your hair, because some hairstyles today distract people from focusing on JESUS rather, the church begins to stare at it….

Feel free to send this article to other people who are finding it difficult to accept this TRUTH..

FATHER(0%) × Bishop (100%)= Impossible

1 Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Wow!!!

This verse struck me …

How can the WORD OF GOD link the body of Christ to a man’s family…

That should mean, there’s something similar in the government of both…

The same thing was done in 1 Corinthians 11, when the respect a woman was to give to her husband was linked to the ministry of angels…

Back to 1 Timothy 2…

It tells us the synonymity of the responsibility of a father to the responsibility of a Bishop in the church…

That means…

It’s very wrong for a Father to abandon a potential dispute at home in a claim to be trying to foster brotherly love in church…

It would be very wrong for a man to find it easy to give church members money his personal money at the expense of the suffering of his wife or children

It would be ignorance for a man to slap his wife at home, or call her a fool or any abusive word and climb the pulpit to call his congregation sweet names….

It would be very wrong for a man to provoke his children and claim to inspire his church youths with a loving heart…

This is a note to fathers…who believe they can Excel at church with a degree of failure in their families….

1 Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Encounter JESUS for yourself

What is your #personal revelation of JESUS?
That is what would save you in the day of trouble….
Not the Rhema dished out at the pulpit..

Today we have many people who listen to sermons and read all sorts of Spiritual books..
Yet, they don’t spend time with the WORD OF GOD itself. .
You can imagine how the HOLY SPIRIT would be smiling at their ignorance….

It’s time for us to desire personal Encounters..

It’s time for us to build ourselves on our most Holy faith speaking in tongues, not downloading the tongues of popular Men of GOD who valued their secret Place….

We wonder why we ain’t seeing Results, though we have knowledge of many kingdom principles…

We’ll just end up like Solomon who had so much wisdom and didn’t apply it in his marital life…

What differentiates the man that has Wisdom from the man that has nothing, Is when HE can apply the WISDOM he has..

Let’s stop complaining that the WORD is not working …

Which Personal Encounter with JESUS can you boast of. ..

Stop depending on the Faith of your Pastor…

Experience GOD for yourself.

The Antidote to Shame

WHY SHAME STICKS LIKE A GLUE

As Sandra entered into the class, all the students burst into laughter. She was getting
frustrated at how she was treated by her peers.
Even the teachers in her school couldn’t help but laugh at the way she walked. It wasn’t
as if she had a congenital disorder or she had an accident that twisted her waist. But, she had
developed a habit of walking as if someone was dragging her from the side and from her legs.
One night, Sandra sat down and wrote down what she’ll say to whoever laughed at her
again. The next morning, she was embarrassed unexpectedly at the gate of her school by her
juniors who were just staring at her as she walked.
It was becoming too loud on her ego, and she had begun to lose confidence when speaking
in class…
What’s Sandra going to do now?
This is a very similar situation in which some believers are going through now.
When shame arises it, you are not meant to chase it neither are you meant to focus on
people’s orientation to it.
Shame is never independent on its own, it is always a product of something. It evolves from a
substance.
It would be ignorance for you to attack smoke without a plan to put of the fire that provoked
it.
Whatever shame you’re facing in your life is birthed by something that is manifesting in your
life. That is what you’re meant to focus on… Developing yourself not accusing others of
insulting or looking down on you.
We frustrate ourselves at trying to make people respect us, honor us, cherish us, smile with
us and all sorts of things we would like to enjoy. YET, our life is contradicting our wishes. Our
life isn’t in any way speaking what we are saying.
Whatever you desire, develop something that would attract it to yourself, not you chasing it.
So, the Cure to shame is not Anger with the people enhancing it neither is it frustration and
complains, it’s a call to Develop, Strengthen and Beautify your Life.
Sandra’s case would never change till she learns how to walk appropriately. She ignored that and was fighting with the smoke.

What you thought was a Sacrifice!!

The material itself is not the sacrifice but your attachment to it.

The fact that you dropped that wristwatch in the offering bag, or that thousand naira note doesn’t mean you have given sacrificially if it didn’t mean anything to you.

The quality of what we give revolves around how much we had held unto it before we gave to JESUS.

2 Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

So, if you’ve been given “what you’ve wanted to do away it” to JESUS, and you’ve be wondering why your harvest has lacked Quality.

It’s time to change perspective.
We give according to our Abundance.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.