The Path to True Ministry – Thankfulness

The Path to True Ministry

Part One

THANKFULNESS

I thank Him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because He counted me faithful, appointing me to service”
1 Timothy 1:12

In this verse Paul the Apostle shares his heart with a young Timothy as to the foundation and truth of all genuine ministry. The Epistles to Timothy and Titus are expressions of a fatherly and love-laden soul. There is no hint in these epistles of Paul seeking to use these two precious ones to extend his own influence or to perpetuate his own ministry. Rather he seeks to bring them to the pinnacle of life: a walk of devotion with a singular reliance upon the life and approval of Christ alone. True and pure ministry, as presented in the New Covenant, is the fruit of our walk and obedience unto Jesus Christ. Paul does not refer to the giftings of the Holy Spirit, the variety of personalities, personal or intellectual abilities, or associations with other ministries, organizations or teachings. Paul’s presentation to Timothy concerning ministry is first and foremost infused with thankfulness. “I thank Him”! Why was this? Paul knew of his utter dependence on divine enablement to walk such a life! True recipients of grace are ever thankful and humbled by His great mercy. May God open our eyes to see that without the enablement of the Living Christ there can be no true ministration of the power of His Life. Without it men and women are reduced to powerless words, religious phrases, and vain expressions.

Jesus declared:

“He that speaketh of (or from)
himself seeketh his own glory…”
John 7:18

Thankfulness is the fruit of a life which knows its own unworthiness. Those who minister out of self, walk in a proud or haughty spirit (even though it may be clothed in a false humility), and carry a sense of entitlement. They “expect” to be treated differently. They consider themselves superior and reveal this in how they conduct themselves with others. The chief mark of a life called of God is humility. Humility is the foundation of all true authority. It is the revelation of one walking under God’s authority and it can only be expressed through the medium of obedience. In God only the humble can obey. (Titus 1:16)

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I thank Him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because He counted me faithful, appointing me to service”
1 Timothy 1:12

Let us read carefully and meditate upon the above scripture. By the grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit allow His thoughts to invade and bring to us His Light to bear upon such words of Divine power.

A Thankful Heart at Year’s End 2016

A THANKFUL HEART AT YEAR’S END
2016

“You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance”
PSALM 65:11 NKJV

Standing on the brink of another year end we stand amazed at the goodness, glory and faithfulness of God. Surely HIS WAYS are good and HIS MERCY does endure forever. HE has crowned the year with His goodness and His paths do drip with the abundance of HIS beauty. His paths signify His way and as we walk in HIS way we find the flow of HIS abundance. In HIS way are HIS Blessings found and HIS person known. The way of the Lord makes men strong in their God; it brings forth life and blessing and in HIS way the secret of the Lord is made known.

“The way of the LORD is strength to the upright”
PROVERBS 10:29

As we look back over the events of the past year we are instructed to give thanks and honor unto Him who has brought us through times of good and times of testing. We can only declare that HE does all things well. In HIS wisdom HE has guided our feet in the “paths of righteousness” and he has disciplined us for HIS good pleasure. His forgiveness holds us in our weakness and His mercy sustains us. His grace is given to make us strong for the journey ahead. There is no one like HIM.

“Come and see the works of God;
He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men”
PSALM 66:5

Brian Troxel

A Thankful Heart at Year’s End

“You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance”
PSALM 65:11 NKJV

As we stand at the closing of another year we have this sure word of testimony to declare over another chapter of our journey with God. Regardless of the circumstances and the obstacles we have encountered we are able to pronounce with great confidence “You crown THIS year with YOUR goodness”. All the testings, trials, and blessings have been for our good, our benefit and our growth in You. We bow our hearts at this time to THANK YOU for Your ways and Your wisdom; how wonderful is Your love and Your goodness to us! How immeasurable are Your evident mercies received through the merit and righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Such abundance and goodness should inspire within us a thankful heart, an eager heart and a heart that is filled with the ardent pursuit of HIM from whom all blessings flow. It is the thankful heart that turns aside from the everyday pace of this world, the clamour of things that ever seek to disrupt our time alone with Him and the staleness of religious activity that appears good and yet somehow leaves us empty within the recesses of life with HIM.

A thankful heart always returns… to glorify, worship and give thanks to Him.

“Then as He entered a certain village,
there met Him ten men who were lepers,
who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said,
“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them,
“Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went,
they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed,
returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks”
LUKE 17:12 – 15

Brian Troxel

Making Our Requests Known

“MAKING OUR REQUESTS KNOWN”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
PHILIPPIANS 4:6

It is the privilege and the right of every child of God to be free from anxious care. This is not a LIFE that is entered into easily nor carelessly. It is within the purpose of God to BRING us to such a place of trust and reliance upon our God. The ANSWER is having the simplicity of a child in turning those anxious thoughts into prayers and supplications. The childlike life of the SON within each of us is not a starting point in our life with HIM. Rather it is an essential quality of being that enables us to LIVE within the PROVISION of all that is in HIM. This childlike faith is what we must GROW INTO in order to ENTER the KINGDOM OF GOD!

“Except ye be converted, and BECOME as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”
MATTHEW 18:3

It is in us becoming as little children that we are enabled to ENTER the Kingdom. It is believing that the things which cause anxiousness within our hearts can simply be released to our Heavenly Father through prayer and supplication! We are instructed here that “IN EVERYTHING” by the medium of prayer and supplication and with THANKSGIVING we are to make our requests known unto God! It is BY the DOING of these things that we BECOME living participants of HIS provision and life. This simple truth is not easily learned. It is in our being converted (changed and transformed) that this LIFE is developed and grown into; converted here in the Greek means “to turn one’s self from one’s course of conduct, i.e. to change one’s mind”. The prevailing concept in a large segment of the Christian world concerning “conversion” is one of something that happened at a certain point in time. But unless we see it a as a daily need, to ever be in the process of BEING changed, ever becoming, ever growing from “glory to glory”, we are stagnant in our relationship with HIM.

Change is the evidence of LIFE. Conversion and transformation from what we are into the simplicity of HIS LIFE within us is the essential business of this LIFE.

This life of making our requests known unto God as the answer to our anxious cares is directly related to the power of a FAITH that is real and dynamic within our hearts. It is only by FAITH that we are able to make such transactions with God that will produce within us a freedom from our anxiousness and care.

Brian Troxel