Ministering to the Lord 3 of 12: The Ministry of Love [1 John Bible Study]

Ministering to the Lord 3 of 12: The Ministry of Love [1 John Bible Study]

Ministering to the Lord 1 of 12The Ministry of Reconciliation [Romans Bible Study]
Ministering to the Lord 2 of 12 - The Ministry of Freedom [Isaiah 61:1]
Ministering to the Lord 3 of 12 - The Ministry of Love [1 John Bible Study]
Ministering to the Lord 5 of 12 - The Ministry of Hearing [John Ch. 8-11]
Ministering to the Lord 6 of 12 - The Ministry of Reverence [Malachi Ch. 2-3]
Ministering to the Lord 7 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, June 7, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 8 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, June 14, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 9 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 10 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, June 28, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 11 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 12 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, July 12, 2020
The Ministry [Life] of Love:
Approximately two weeks ago Jesus told me, that I had to "change the way that I view ministry, ministry is to be viewed as love." I meditated on this day and night, and then it finally hit me that Jesus is not referencing loving the work that I do for him from my ministry, but rather the relationship that I have with him. Meaning that my love for him, must before my love for anyone or anything else.

"He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it." - Matthew 10:37-39

To refresh your memory, a minister is simply a born-again believer who serves and attends to the needs of God in the Kingdom of God, this includes laymen, laywomen, as well as five-fold leaders. Ministry is what God uses to get his needs attended to (e.g. our life).
  • Our first ministry is our relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Our second ministry is our relationship with our spouse if we are married, and
  • Our third ministry is our relationship with our children, if we have any. 
There is no other ministry outside of that. However, everything that we do as ministers of the Lord, flows from these three relationships, and if we are not married and or do not have children, just the one relationship that we have with the Lord. Thus, the work that we do for God in a church or at work (outside of church) is not our ministry, those are just assignments. If we are not careful to make a clear distinction between ministry (our relationship with God) and ministry work (assignments given to us) then we can easily rebel against God by loosing focus on our relationship with him which is our first ministry, and choosing to focus on the work that we do for him, which is idolatry.

My Testimony of Rebellion Caused by Idolatry
In the first teaching to this series -  The Ministry of Reconciliation, I mentioned how rebellion is always due to idolatry, and idolatry leads to a hardened heart, and hardened hearts do not like Godly discipline, thus they live in sin, and living in sin leads to spiritual death, and that spiritual death will eventually lead to the unpardonable sin. The unpardonable sin is not unpardonable because of the sin itself but rather because the person refuses to repent of the sin. The unpardonable sin according to Jesus in Luke 12:8-12 is blaspheme against the Holy Spirit (not God the Father, not God the Son). According to Ezekiel 20:27 we know that blaspheme means to be unfaithful to God, thus, someone who was never faithful to the Holy Spirit, like unbelievers cannot blaspheme against him. Rebellion is defined as "the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention [an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler]". Idolatry is define as an "extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone, outside of God."
  1. Ezekiel 2 - Israel and Judah's rebellion
  2. Ezekiel 3 - Israel and Judah's rebellion
  3. Ezekiel 5 - Israel and Judah's idolatry
  4. Ezekiel 6 - Israel and Judah's idolatry
After the refiners fire which happened between September 2019 - December 2019, but before my last trial and tribulation in Philadelphia which started March 2020 and ended April 2020, the Holy Spirit wanted me to pull away from teaching to focus on prophetic dreams and visions. The main reason was because he was trying to get me ready for what was next after the prophetic dreams and visions. However, I had a very difficult time pulling back. It was almost as if I had become addicted to teaching the word of God, to the point that I used the gift God had given me, against him. [Recommend teaching: What does Matthew 7 - we will know them by their fruit, mean?] I also started spending way more time working on the assignments God had given me, then actually just being with him. The main reason was because I was bitter towards God's process. When I got to Philadelphia, I had a dozen of dreams but three that were significant to this testimony:
  • Dream #1: Walking with God, two thorns, two dogs
  • Dream #2: Running my race, curious about destruction
  • Dream #3: God moving forward but stopped by two dogs
  • Vision #1: Driving forward but with witchcraft
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king." - 1 Samuel 15:23

Then by April 1, 2020 I was over being distracted. Thus I started seeking God the Father, really seeking God the Father with the intent to change. I asked Father what's going on. How come things are not moving? He told me to examine my heart, and soon as he said that I just knew he wanted me to take a look at the teaching that I created called examine your heart. When I looked on the left side of the image below, I thought to myself, the only one I believe is applicable, is idolatry, and then as I meditated, I realized, wow I made the work that I was doing for the Lord an idol to the point that I couldn't stop when he wanted me to.
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Before I left Philadelphia to head back to Georgia the beginning of April, I spoke to God about ministry work, social media (specifically YouTube), and I told him that I am going to take a break from it (outside of listening to worship music) until May 1, 2020 just to be (spend time with God), unless he specifically tells me to create a teaching, prophesy, etc. In Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus tells us what to do if we have adultery in our heart "You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." Rebellion is spiritual adultery.

Towards the beginning of May 2020 God told me that he is training me, and I realized that the training was to be able to focus on his written and spoken word despite what was going on around me. Let me tell you something, this was not as easy it sounds. Why? I don't live by myself, I work at home, and the Holy Spirit has me creating teachings that take about 3 days to create (due to the graphics), 9 hours to record, and 10 hours to edit. It was way easier to focus when I lived alone, had my own money, and could clean when I wanted to. Additionally, I woke up when I wanted to, went to bed when I wanted to. I didn't have to carve out time for xyz. In addition to day-to-day consideration of others, everyone and their momma just kept calling me, etc. Neighbors started asking me questions, stuff around the house were getting fixed. I had gotten to the point where I was so tired, that I could fall asleep seconds after just laying down. I thought to myself, this has to change, and then I remembered that when I was in God's will before the refiners fire, and during the refiners fire, no matter what I did, I always had the energy to do more. I asked myself what did I do then, that I am not doing now? Before, I placed God first before everything (yes, it was easier because I lived by myself and paid my own bills). However, I knew that if put God first again to the best of my ability in my current situation, that everything else would work out, and I would have energy. I thought to myself, well in order for that to happen with distractions that I cannot control, I am going to have to be intentional. Once I made this heart decision, God the Father spoke to me about this. Did you know the reason why we are disciplined by God (aka go through trials and tribulations) 50% of the time is because God just wants us to make a heart decision to change? Once we make a heart decision and take a step of faith, we can ask the Holy Spirit for help every day to help us stay determined to stick it through! Below is an example of a time management sheet that I made for myself, the example below can be edited to fit your needs. If you are led by the Holy Spirit to use it, use it. On top of my personal time management, I added 5 alarms to my phone:
  1. God's time 7:00am-10:00am - read the bible, prayer, praise, worship, sit in silence to hear him (without falling to sleep).
  2. Chores 10:00am-1:00pm - eat, clean, walk dogs, phone calls, shower, brush teeth etc
  3. Work 1:00pm-7:00pm - eat, ANJWC Church, uploads, edits, recording videos, teaching post, etc
  4. God's time 7:00pm-11:00pm - read the bible, speak to God, praise, worship, 
  5. Sleep - 11:00pm - 7:00am - shower, brush, and then sleep
Note: I don't actually count how long I read the bible, speak to God, praise and worship, sit in silence, etc. The alarm is just to let me know to wake up or stop what I am doing to focus on God or what's next. If I read the bible for all 3 hours so be it. If I read the bible for 10 minutes and then praise and worship for over 2 hours then so be it.

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Why the epistle John?
The Apostle John was one of three, and one of the twelve who followed Jesus while he was living on earth. In both the gospel John, and the epistle John, John emphasizes two themes; knowing Jesus and loving Jesus & our neighbor.

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