I need prayer about getting back into ministry.

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  1. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

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    As some of you know I have been disabled for over 10 years. But, the last few years I have been feeling a tug to get involved once again in ministry.

    At one time I moved very strongly in the Spirit and God. People were blessed with healing, deliverance and power through my ministry. I had hoped that God would have used the last four years of praying & lamenting for our nation to help me realize HIS plan; and to KNOW that he still hears my prayers of intercession & uses me to bring blessing to others.

    This election was a real disappointment to me and has me questioning if I can hear God's voice like I used to. I am questioning whether or not I should continue to get back into ministry.

    Would you guys pray that God would open at least ONE door of opportunity for me to preach somewhere?

    I really need to know that it is still God's will for me to preach, evangelize and carry the power & blessing of the Holy Spirit to those that need healing, deliverance and power in their life.

    Thank You & May God Bless each of you!

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    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    My Prayer, Sir.
     

  3. tcox4freedom

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    I just wanted to add that the call I have is to travel across the country and carry the Gospel & Power of God to those that need it.

    I used to travel a lot when I could afford it. I was able to preach & teach in a several states and in different denominations. Today, I no longer have the money to travel. But, if I could get some type of confirmation that God is working out HIS will for me it would really help my faith.

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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Moderator Supporting Member

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    I will certainly include that in my prayers, Tim.

    Consider, though, please, that at the time of Christ, the disciples walked or rode donkeys in their missionary journeys. A hundred and fifty years ago, they used horses, wagons, trains, sailing ships and steam ships. In the last hundred years, they used cars and the medium of Radio and Television to communicate.

    Today, we have the internet - - -
     
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    And bicycles.....and legs....
    Tim, you already know...........
    Read your book. You know where to look.

    Be still, and know !
    You have already had the vision.....don't forsake it.
     
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    The fact that you have felt the tug, I would humbly suggest, is God's answer to your question. You are in my prayers, sir.
     
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    Maybe the door you are looking for is closer than you realize. If you can't travel far, maybe it's because you are meant to do it closer to home. I certainly don't have many answers, but it seems to me that the Lord does things that we just can't understand.

    If you are willing to look into your own heart and see the the ways that the Lord has worked in YOUR life, you may find the He is active in your life. You couldn't be an effective Minister if you are not willing to see Him in your heart. He has to be there first for you to spread truth to others.

    God's voice in this last election? If you remember the phraise: "The Lord works in mysterious ways" maybe you will get an answer there. Lots of us are disappointed, but I don't think the Lord has turned his back on us. There is another reason. Trust him to be wiser than we are. Maybe He feels we need to be tested more. I don't know. I don't have the answer - He does.
     
  9. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys- I appreciate every one of you.
     
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    Jesus commands us to be fisherman of men. He does not ask us, he commands us. Maybe the reason that God has not spoken to you is because he is waiting patiently on you. The present state of condition in our country is no surprise to God, and regardless of what condition we are in God is sovereign and it is always in his will for us to spread the Gospel.

    The only thing holding you back is yourself and nothing more. Think about it this way. When God commanded Noah to build the ark, Noah did it. So, when Jesus tells us to be fisherman of men, we do it. The thing is I am sure there were times when Noah was confused so that is where to prayers started. Your prayers are not weather or not you should get back into the ministry, but they should be prayers of where God wants you. I guarantee you, if you ask God WHERE he wants you he WILL tell you. He is just waiting for you to ask.

    Think about this. Peter betrayed Jesus up until Jesus was crucified. The is strange because Peter studied under Jesus, so we can see that Peter had the BEST instruction. So we need to ask ourselves why did Peter change after Jesus died. The reason is because Jesus said that he must leave and the Holy Spirit must come. While on earth Jesus taught what could be seen, however once Jesus left the Holy Spirit came into the world and that is when Peter received conviction, and direction. Change and direction comes from inside, and that direction comes from the Holy Spirit. As for Jesus, he sits at the right hand of God, and he interseeds for us. Because Jesus interseeds for us, God gives us grace. So, if you ask God, in the name of Jesus for direction from the Holy Spirit, that is when the Holy Spirit begins moving the mountains in your life, and that my friend are answered prayers.

    I know it's the truth because the Holy Spirit lives within me.

    I will be praying for you my friend.

    Matthew 28:19
    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the

    John 14:26
    But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.


    Acts 7:55
    But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

    Acts 8:16
    because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

    72.Acts 19:2
    and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
    Acts 19:6
    When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

    Luke 12:10
    And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

    Luke 12:12
    for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
     
  11. crystalphoto

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    You are in my prayers.
     
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    consider a prayer sent. :)

    you've gotten some great advice here. i also think you know the general direction you should go, so ask God for the specifics.
     
  13. IShootBack

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    I'll pray with you for this breakthrough.

    76 said it rather well...There is no expiration date on the great commission.

    Some thoughts - Homeless shelters, retirement/convalesent homes, drug rehab centers. You probably won't make a dime, but your rewards will be great on the other side.
     
  14. Barry23

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    We will pray for you, may God bless you and fulfill your desire. May you be well enough to launch any good work for God, who will replenish your health.
     
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  15. tcox4freedom

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    I have ministered to recovering addicts & ex-cons off & on for the last 15-20 years. even opening up my home as a halfway house for some. For example-

    We (my family) are currently ministering to a couple of poor single parent families. One man has a couple of kids he's raising on his own, He is disabled and thus far cannot get disability. His ex wife is in prison in another state.

    Another woman is a recovering addict and ex-con. She has left her addict husband and is trying to get her life straight.

    We have been taking their children to church with us for almost two years. We have also bought food, clothing & other items for them. We are not wealthy by any stretch and we give out of our own need. But, the Lord has been faithful at keeping our needs met. (We want to do more. But, we are limited in time & money.)


    When I owned my transportation company we gave 10's of thousands of dollars (every year) to retirement & nursing homes. My entire company would regularly go to VA hospitals & convalescent homes & carry personal hygiene & comfort items. We would also throw parties & get together's for them. (Please understand, I am not boasting. just informing.)

    I think doing things like this in the past is one reason I want so much to get back into ministry. (The feeling of love & the blessing you receive is so much greater than what you give!)


    Thank you Barry. My desire is to change my blog into a ministry called "Providential Pathways"; form a non-profit 501c and begin to do some "MORE" of what I have mentioned here once again. (I need help! But, right now I can't afford to pay for it.)

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