Help! Water, water, give me water. Medical professionals tell us we have an intense need for a daily intake of water if we are to maintain a flourishing level of physical health. Replenishing our body with water is essential to avoid dehydration which will drastically impact our physical life.
Help! Word, word, give me word, my spiritual life is shrivelling. In the same manner, we have an intense need for a daily intake of the word of God if we are to maintain a flourishing level of spiritual health. Replenishing our spirit with the word is essential to avoid spiritual dehydration which will drastically impact our spiritual life.
Church for the ministry woman is not an adequate place to receive her primary source of input and intake from the word of God – she must be a self-feeder. We don’t have the luxury of relying upon someone else to feed us. Sunday, most often, is the most pressurised day of our week. Following the initial effort of getting the family to church, registering children in their various areas, we greet, talk, listen to and pray for people. We stand for the duration of worship and are then instructed, ‘You may take your seat’.
While the congregation leans in to hear the word, you force yourself to concentrate rather than thinking, ‘Wonderful, I can finally sit, I have been on my feet since dawn’, or ‘I haven’t seen Mrs Kay today, I hope everything is alright’, or ‘I must remember to remind that musician to smile while on the platform’. Or you pray your unwell preacher husband through his message. Or then again, you may have other responsibilities and not even be in the service.
A ministry woman is continuously in contact with people who are looking to her for prayer, counsel, advice, wisdom, a prophetic word, encouragement and more. If we only pass on our life philosophy, expertise or personal experience, which are all acutely valuable, we are doing our people a grave disservice. As beneficial as these are, they must not replace the word of God.
God says it is His word, not ours, which ‘shall not return to Me void and without fruit. My word will accomplish what I please and will prosper in the thing for which I send it’. (Isaiah 55:11) To impart His word, we must know His word.
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