What you can simply get by STUDY and RESEARCH in ministry, you don’t “always” expect the Holy Spirit to teach you by REVELATION or INSPIRATION.
There are MANY THINGS that you may never get by REVELATION or INSPIRATION till you exit this world but which are profitable to your work and calling.
These things are wrapped up in the callings, graces, secrets, revelations, and discoveries of other men.
You don’t expect the Holy Spirit to “always” sit you down to open some depths to you when He expects you to read them up in books or get them through tapes or videos.
For instance, the Holy Spirit is not likely to begin to tell you what other men experienced in their ministry – the lessons they have learnt on the road of the call except once in a blue moon when He deems fit.
You will get to read or hear those core secrets from the people involved themselves – their encounters and experiences which have now formed a major pillar of lesson to their work.
That’s why it’s not good to operate as a loner or lone-ranger in ministry; you have the opportunity to learn from other men.
In ministry, WISDOM is learning from other people’s mistakes while EXPERIENCE is learning from your own mistakes.
But the point is that you don’t have to learn from your own mistakes; you can be prepared ahead of time to handle ministerial challenges by learning from other people’s experiences.
Don’t be a minister who listens to his own messages ONLY, reads his own books and materials ONLY and does not learn from others.
Doing that will mean that you will learn many things “AT YOUR OWN COST” but drinking from others means you will learn “AT THEIR OWN COST”.
Every great giant in a generation is inspired by another giant in the previous generation.
Every great teacher of the Word is inspired by another teacher. The same goes for other ministry gifts!
As great as Dad Hagin was, he read after men like E. W. Kenyon, P. C. Nelson, Donald Gee, Finis Dake, Smith Wiggleswotth, etc.
Don’t wait for the Holy Spirit to tell you what you can get in books.
It’s instructive to know that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the Savior of the world, and the Head of the Church, read the Law of Moses, the Psalms and Prophetic writings – Lk.4:16-17, Lk. 24:44, Heb.10:7.
And then, the Apostle Paul was also a man of books:
2 TIMOTHY 4:13
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and THE BOOKS, but especially THE PARCHMENTS.
Research in ministry destroys stereotypes and opens up new horizons.
Waiting for the Holy Spirit to “always” tell you what other people have discovered is like building a castle in the air.
Therefore GO TO THEM THAT SELL, AND BUY FOR YOURSELF – Matt.25:9, Prov.23:23.
The BALANCE here is that it doesn’t mean that you should be lazy such that you no longer wait upon the Lord to receive REVELATIONS and INSPIRATIONS – as a matter of fact, YOU SHOULD DO THAT DAILY.
What we’re saying here is that in addition to your personal efforts at getting REVELATIONS and INSPIRATIONS from God, you should expand your horizon by LEARNING FROM OTHERS.
That way, your pace will be faster and you will not have to go over some cycles of struggles that other people have gone through; you will rather learn from stories and be inspired for upward mobility.
Don’t wait forever to learn on your own what you can learn from others – nothing can be more frustrating.
Remember, God Himself said:
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
And again, it is written:
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but THINE EYES SHALL SEE THY TEACHERS:
The day you discover THE GRACES THAT FEED YOUR CALLING in the Body of Christ and you key into them, that day will signal your TURNING POINT in ministry.
Connect with YOUR TEACHERS today and let God take your ministry to the next level.
May the Lord give us understanding!
Source: Bimbo Animashaun Teaching Ministries |Published with permission