Dad Hagin once shared that in the early days of his ministry, he was more of a PREACHER than a TEACHER.
He said in those days, he could preach up a storm and just keep preaching and preaching.
He then said that during those times, he was too fast for his audience. People rarely understood his messages.
If you’ve ever heard a typical American preacher preach with American accent with a high velocity of speech, you know that sometimes it takes “the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” to understand what he’s saying, especially if you’re listening as a native African .
So, Dad Hagin said people didn’t get what he was saying (now that’s an American audience); they always lost their bearing amidst the preaching, and that became a recurring decimal.
Worried by the feedbacks (you see, great leaders work with feedbacks), he went into prayer over the matter and the Lord showed him the way out.
The Lord Jesus told him, “KEEP IT SIMPLE”. The Lord further told him how He used the things that people could relate with in their environment to teach during His earthly ministry.
That word from the Lord, “KEEP IT SIMPLE” marked a turning point in his ministry.
You see, dear minister, Jesus is our ultimate Example in all things – Jn.13:15, 1 Cor.11:1, 1 Pet. 2:21. His teachings to the people of His day were simple!
He used suitable illustrations to buttress and corroborate His teachings. He wasn’t a complicated Minister; He was SIMPLE but POWERFUL!
He was so driven by a passionate desire for SIMPLICITY that He even OPENED THE UNDERSTANDING of two of His disciples after His resurrection.
Then OPENED HE THEIR UNDERSTANDING, that they might understand the scriptures.
Dear minister, KEEP IT SIMPLE. I didn’t say CALM DOWN o ; I only said KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Speaking “mysteries” to the utter consternation and confusion of people doesn’t make you a deep minister.
Deep ministers bring out depths with simplicity and their goal is that people will understand their preachings and teachings.
That desire to always sound “mysterious” so as to look like a superstar is the work of the flesh; the Spirit has nothing to do with that because He Himself is the Revealer and our ultimate Guide into all truth – 1 Cor.2:10, Jn.16:13.
Using complicated languages, convoluted conjectures and “hard sentences” to convey your points in preaching or teaching will only complicate your ministry.
Your primary preoccupation in preaching and teaching is that people’s EYES OF UNDERSTANDING ARE OPENED AND ENLIGHTENED – Eph.1:17-18, and that should form a vital part of your prayers as you prepare to deliver the Word.
We must move from “MYSTERIES” to “REVELATIONS” where men can decipher the mind of the Spirit per time so as to be edified.
Our job as ministers is to take what appears on the surface as MYSTERIES and then SIMPLIFY them by REVELATION plus INSPIRATION to God’s precious people.
That was the heart cry and driving force of our beloved Apostle Paul, whom we could refer to as a man of deep revelations.
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
And TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.
Dear minister, KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! The point at which you have SIMPLICITY as your goal in preaching and teaching is the point where your ministry takes a quantum leap.
It doesn’t cost “much”; it only requires an adjustment on the inside and you will see yourself fulfilling the Father’s good pleasure.
Trust this is a blessing Sirs and Mas?
I Call You Blessed!!!
Source: Bimbo Animashaun Teaching Ministries |Published with permission.