Continuing to PRAY FOR OUR NATION – Bishop Bob Coulter

Dear Friends,

As I continue to pray for our nation, I am reminded of Daniel 2:20-23. And I am praying that God will change the times and the seasons for our nation. God reminded me in my quiet time that whatever He speaks is. One word from God will change the circumstances. Pray that He will remove ungodly leaders and raise up Godly reformers. Let us continue to praise him for the revelation He gives us and then let us act on the revelation.

Dan 2:20-23 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. 23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.” NKJV

What is your prayer for our nation?

Lord, heal our land,

Bishop Bob Coulter

Bishop Coulter: Pray for the Nation – An Appeal to Heaven from Judy Tatum

Judy Tatum who is heading up the National Day of Pray in Louisville, GA has shared her thought on praying for our nation. Please see below. It is worth the read.

Appealing to Heaven for our nation,

Bishop Bob Coulter

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AppealToHeavenFlagFor several years, our ministry has put together the National Day of Prayer for Jefferson County Ga. Our town, Louisville is the County Seat and the Courthouse is only 3 blocks from our house and ministry…Dove Tracks. I believe being in Louisville…because it is the county seat… gives us authority in the spirit realm as we pray and make decrees over our area.

This year the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention the flag…AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN and this will be our main focus. This flag, that few seem to know anything about, has a rich place in our history as a Christian nation. If you were in doubt that America was founded on Christianity… this piece of history makes clear what at least one of our forefathers had in mind.

 

In 1775 before we had our Stars and Stripes, we had…AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN Flag…commissioned under George Washington’s authority as our Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. This flag was originally used by a squadron of 6 cruisers… during the American Revolutionary War. It was also used by Massachusetts’ navy vessels in addition to privateers sailing from Massachusetts. This became the flag of their state navy.

 

The phrase “Appeal to Heaven” suggests that after all other alternatives of seeking justice have been exhausted, only an “appeal to heaven” remains.

Dutch Sheets has a mandate from the Lord to take this message around America to call us back to prayer. You can listen to him share about the flag and the dreams that people have had about him and the APPEAL TO HEAVEN flag at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3w8CnD6j5E This is a now word for America! Our hope lies in our praying!

And that is what the National Day of Prayer is all about! We don’t look to anyone to save us we look to God! We aren’t looking to a president…we are not looking to a political party…we are looking to the ONE Who is Faithful and True! We believe Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. We believe 2 Chronicles 7:14 that IF we…God’s people turn from wickedness…humble ourselves…seek His face through prayer…HE WILL hear us and HE will heal our land.

 

Many of His people are being obedient to this scripture…at least a faithful remnant… and because He keeps His promises I’m expecting Him to reach down and heal this land we call America! I would encourage you to find out when the National Day of Prayer is being held in your county and join them. If there is not a scheduled National day of Prayer in your county contact the National Day of Prayer and volunteer to be your county coordinator!

Ministry Tips and Tools: Effective Ministry part 4: TEAM

 

In the last Tips and Tools, I spoke about vision; today, I will share a very important tool for the success of your ministry vision. That tool is TEAM. Most effective ministry leaders have a team around them to help the ministry grow. Team members should be people who can strengthen your weak areas or blind spots.

If you think you don’t have a blind spot or weakness, that is your first blind spot. Everybody has them including me. Thank God I have people around me who are strong where I am weak and consequently make the ministry stronger.

Most beginning ministries cannot afford to hire staff so look for volunteers. I am presently reading the book Churchless by the Barna Group in which they state that there are eighteen million born-again churchless Christians who are looking for a broad range of outreach and in-reach ministry options. These are people who are tired of playing church and want to do something meaningful with their time and lives.

The first rule in choosing volunteers is to look for people who are interested and motivated. Never try to talk someone into doing a job. If they are not interested and motivated, you will get a poor job performance. What usually happens is that you have to replace them which causes hurt and embarrassment. Many have left the church and some the faith because they were forced into a position and then replaced abruptly because they were not performing adequately.

In order to keep people motivated and interested, involve them in planning the project. It’s one thing to say to a person, “God called us to evangelize this neighborhood; here are some tracts – go pass them out.” But it is another thing to say “God called us to evangelize this neighborhood; how do you think we should do it?” The latter one gets them involved in ownership of the project. It will also allow you to, at some point, to turn the project over to them so God can use you in another area. That is how ministries grow.

When recruiting volunteers, be realistic about how much time you are asking them to donate. This is especially important for those who have families. If we say, for example, that the activity will only take two hours and it takes four, we could cause a volunteer to miss a family activity and could create a family problem, especially if the spouse is not a believer.

Another thing that is important is to tell your volunteers who their co-workers will be. Why? Because, although we Christians are to love each other, the reality is that some cannot work with each other. Personalities do clash; we need to be aware of conflict and as leaders, address it quickly. Small problems become big problems if not addressed quickly.

It is important to have a good training program. Ideally, the mentor should be someone who has done the job. Good training programs and procedures are invaluable to make your ministry more effective.

Lastly, I would like to talk to you about ‘Judas syndrome’. When my wife Ginny and I first started leading TMCI, we visited many TMCI ministries. Much to our disappointment, we discovered many had stopped their ministries. The main reason for stopping was they “laid hands on someone too quickly”. I am not talking about new converts; I am talking about supposedly mature Christians who came into their ministry from another ministry or church. These migrating Christian said that they agreed with the vision of the ministry, but the reality was they did not agree and frequently had other motives.

I believe that Judas betrayed Christ because He wanted to force Christ to set up his physical kingdom on earth, He did not understand that Christ was here to set up his Spiritual kingdom.

When new people come into your ministry, have them walk with you for at least six months to a year before putting them in leadership. You need to find out what baggage they are bringing with them. If they come from a church split, they may be bringing that rebellious spirit with them. You will need to minister to them to help them get over the hurt.

You need to check if their doctrine lines up with your doctrine. Several years ago, a pastor laid hands on a couple too quickly so that they would help him. He introduced the couple to the community. When the new couple found out he was pentecostal and they were not, they proceeded to tell everyone he was of the devil. It completely ruined his reputation and that of his ministry in that area. Nine years of hard work was destroyed in three months. Never be in a rush to fulfill a position with someone you have not tested.

Next time, I am going to share some thoughts on how to raise money for your ministry.

Be Blessed,

Bishop Bob Coulter

 

Suggest Book:

 The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell

 

 

 

 

 

Blow the Trumpet! An URGENT Call to Pray and Fast: We are in a great war for the soul of our country

Bishop Bob Coulter: Just a Thought

Dear Friends,

As most of you know the Scripture God gave me for TMCI this year is Isa 60:1-3
1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.  3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.  NKJV
I see God fulfilling this scripture through TMCI ministries with over 11,000 salvations so far this year and many signs and wonders reported on monthly reports.  However, you will note that I underlined verse two in Isaiah. I feel that there is a deep darkness on our nation and we as Christians must shine our light into this darkness.
God has had me in Joel for the last two weeks. Joel 2: 1-2 says:
 Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand: 2 A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
This trumpet was blown to warn the people that the Day of the Lord was coming. As you know the Day of the Lord is when God brings judgement on the earth. As Christians, we must blow that trumpet of alarm for our country. We are in a great war for the soul of our country and my concern is that most Christian do not have a clue as to what is happening.
I am concerned for our nation and for God’s people.  The major thing I see wrong in this country is greed. People are only concerned about their own needs and wants. It reminds me of the time of the judges when everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
The result of that type of mindset is sin against God. Some of the sins of our nation are: 1. The sacrifice of our children to Baal – it’s called abortion, 2. Rampant sexual immorality including acceptance of homosexuality behavior. It breaks my heart to see denominations bow to the homosexual movement and turn their backs on God and His Word. During the last election we, as a nation, voted for a platform that endorsed homosexual behavior and we released the homosexual spirit upon our nation. Since that election, that spirit has taken over the nation. 3. Ignorance.  People do not care about the things of God: they have a “just entertain me” attitude.
I believe God’s judgment on our nation has started. Look at the drought in California and violent weather patterns in other areas of our country. God is trying to get our attention but we conveniently pass it off as climate change. Who is changing the climate?! Another judgement that God brings on a nation is weak leaders. The Republican and Democratic leadership in this country is in chaos at the best. Pray for godly reformers. Viruses such as measles that once were eliminated have resurfaced. The HIV virus has come back; in some areas (like Indiana) it has reached epidemic proportions.
Another thing we see in a society that is crumbling is public attacks against Christians. Most of you heard about the legislation in Indiana and Arkansas that would protect Christian business people who did not wish to participate in a homosexual wedding ceremony because of their religious beliefs. This bill was not about homosexual rights but religious rights. It is interesting that a person went to a Muslim bakery in Detroit, Michigan and asked them to bake a cake for their homosexual ceremony. The baker refused on religious grounds. The person went to the local newspaper and the response he got was zero. It is not an attack on religion that we are seeing but an attack on Christians!
I feel strongly that as Christians we must blow the trumpet to warn the people of the United States that unless they repent, judgement will continue on our nation. Speak boldly in love to your sphere of influence and pray and fast for our nation. I think we are in a very critical time in our nation’s history and frankly it is not the politicians who will right the ship but the Christians.
2 Chron 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  NKJV
I feel the fate of our nation lies in the hands of God’s people; I am encouraging you to pray and fast for our nation. I am asking all TMCI to come together and pray and fast for our nation for the next month ending on May 7. May 7 coincides with the National Day of Prayer; and, if possible, I encourage you to join the Christians in your area for the National Day of Prayer meeting. If you cannot join the meeting (like me – I will be on a plane to Zimbabwe), take the time to pray wherever you are.
In my quiet time this morning this is what I received from the Lord:
It is time to blow the trumpet. Warn the people that judgement has come and will continue unless they repent. Like Israel I have given them signs and wonders, but they do not see My hand. I will not be mocked, but will continue to bring the heathen to their knees. My people who are called by my name must speak out boldly and pray and fast for this nation or it will perish.
We are in a great battle for this nation; it is only through God’s grace and mercy that the United States will survive. Let us pray earnestly for our nation.
In prayer for the nation,
Bishop Bob Coulter

A Little Kneeology April 3, 2015

 

A Little Kneeology  ……..Luke 4:23 (NLT)   Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’

 

Have you ever noticed that the mechanic’s car is usually in worse shape than yours, or just how badly the house painter’s own house needs painting?  I have a grandson who manages a super, high-tech car wash, running over a 1000 cars a day, yet his car is always a mess.     This week as I was counseling a young man about not letting the stress and demands of his work cause him health problems and even family difficulties.  Afterwards, I took a little time, probably too little, and examined the advise that I had given and was reminded of the above Scripture.  Likewise, I felt the need to share with you who are involved in ministry of one form or another.  As I read the many prayer request that come across my desk each week, I sense with many a high degree of stress and anxiety, even in some cases, negativity and expectation of failure.  Here we are, advising others, counseling, pointing out this Scripture or that to go to so that we might have discernment in that which God wants us to do.  Just think about how many times you advise others to go and read their Bibles and just talk to God.  Likewise, just think how many times you tell them to lean on God for their answer, maybe even saying, “Let loose and let God.”

We are quick to speak and repeat the teachings of Christ Jesus in how we are to handle that which seeks to stress us, to rob us of not only our joy, but in some cases our health and relationships.

I remembered a time in my own ministry when my study was in my parsonage, right where I lived.  One day my wife my wife was speaking to me about an issue with one of my children.  I complained about not knowing about it sooner.  She reminded me that the family as a whole had not seen me in days.  My reply was that I had been busy with ministering to folks and counseling some families.  Here was my own family and myself in need  of the same counseling I had been sharing with others.

I think that often we in the ministry are more interested in trying to keep lives on the right track that we neglect “to paint our own house” or “keep our own car running.”

My mom had a restaurant for years, a really nice one with great food.  I noticed she was loosing weight, in my opinion too much.  I cautioned her about it and she said that she was around food so much that she just neglected to eat.  I laughingly cautioned her about being a chef and starving to death.  Are we in the ministry failing to feed ourselves?  I suggest each of you take a look at all that is consuming your energy and time and just calculate how much of both go towards yourself and your family.  Let some of these miracles of healing take place in your own lives and in the lives of your loved ones.  Amen?

 Yours in Christ,  NOTW   Bro. Mike

 

A Little Kneeology March 27, 2015

A Little Kneeology ……..Matthew 5:5 (NKJV) “Blessed are the meek……

 

It seems like the word “meek” has come to be misunderstood in present day to mean “wimpy”. Consequently, because of the misinterpretation by both the world and many Christians, we have come to think that it more acceptable for the Christian to shrink back from taking firm stances in regards to other belief systems, politics, and world views. I, personally, find myself not one of great tolerance when it comes to lying politicians, folks speaking against the truths of the Word, or even being very tolerant of beliefs that contradict the Word of God. As Christians, born again believers, or maybe better defined as believers who have been converted and committed to being a follower of Jesus Christ, we have been given a spirit of boldness and power assisted in all things for the Kingdom by the Holy Spirit. It seems like so many professed Christians take more of what I call an “Eeyore” attitude when it comes to taking a stance concerning oppositional beliefs or behavior. Eeyore just accepts everything just as it is with no desire to try and change it because that is just the way it is. In fact, he is a bit pessimistic, and non-confrontational. When we study the word “meek” translated in both the Greek and Hebrew, when we connect its use to folks like Jesus and Moses, and even David in his later years, it seems like it is better defined as “power under control”. It seems as though meekness as Jesus speaks about it in His teachings carries with it an assurance of truth, a confidence that emits from one that speaks for itself. It would seem that if one displays such “meekness” it in itself witnesses to the power of God and the assurance of one’s salvation.   As I was studying the word as it is used by Jesus, I began to wonder if in my own walk, “Do I display the spirit of meekness as spoken of by Jesus?”   It would seem that if we had such a spirit, our witness would require very few words. As I asked the above questions , I also asked if my ministry projected a spirit of meekness, therefore, showing that I was operating in and with controlled power and assurance.   If so, did that meekness display when things get a little binding or in confrontations?   I found myself praying for a strong anointing of meekness in both my life and ministry, so much more of that controlled power of God’s Holy Spirit, realizing that such is the power to confront and overcome that which the world and the enemy throws out in front of us seeking to trip us up. Join me in like prayer. Amen?

Yours in Christ, NOTW   Bro. Mike

Effective Ministry Part 3: VISION # 2

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/l6iE0oKi3xQ

In the last session I talked about vision; today I will share more about vision since it is vital to an effective ministry. Some people tell me that they do not need to write down the vision because they are just led by the Spirit. This sounds spiritual but it is not the teaching of the Word of God:

(Habakkuk 2:1-2 (NKJV)
1  I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.
2  Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

There is no one better organized than God -just look at the universe to see how well organized God is.

I am concerned that some who say they are “being led by the Spirit” are just using that excuse as an excuse for not doing the hard work of planning with the help of the Holy Spirit.

We need to have a written vision so we do not get “vision shift”. Many people are led off track very subtly by listening to their spirit and not the Holy Spirit.

How do we get off track? One of the most common ways is a friend or someone comes into your ministry and says: “God laid it on my heart to tell you to do this…”

For example when Ginny and I purchased a building (an old restaurant) in Shelbyville, Indiana; well-meaning people came to us and said; with this building you should feed the needy and open a thrift store. We told them NO, the Salvation Army is doing that and we will support them, but God has told us to start a Christian Book store, a teen drop-in Center and a church.

We must do what God called us to do, not what other people want. We must guard against becoming people pleasers.

Many people will try to tell you what God saying to you, but let me be frank; if God wants you to do something , who do you think He will talk to first? You! He may send others to confirm what he told you, but He will reveal it to you first.

I like what TMCI Bishop Pele tells people who suggest that He should do something in his ministry that God has not revealed to him. He asks them, “Do you believe God wants that done?” And of course they say yes. He then replies: “Good, because He obviously has called you and He has revealed it to you and not me”.

Another thing that can get us off track is trying to make the vision happen too quickly. By doing this, we can let our flesh get in the way. I know this would never happen to you, but it happens to me.

God drops a vision in my spirit and I start off in my flesh to complete it. All of sudden, I am having nothing but trouble. I shout to the Lord, “Lord you told me to do this – what is the problem?” He tells me I am the problem, I need to come back for the instructions. I have learned that anything I do in my flesh does no good for me or anyone else. A lot of time is wasted by not spending quiet time with God daily.

Another thing that can get us off track is past success which can hinder growth. Build on the past, but do not stay in the past. We must not get complacent with where we are. Complacency is the enemy of greater success. In order to have a greater future we must let God move us on to new things. We disciple someone to take our place, so God can bring us to the next level.

God will, if we let Him, grow in us a bigger vision using our God-given gifting and passion. Let me give an example.

When I accepted Christ, God gave me a great love for his people. I wanted to help everyone to have a better life. My church took the time to ground me in the Word of God.

This put a desire in my heart to share that word with God’s people to make them more mature Christians and help them in their daily walk. Then God put me in leadership in our local church and I learned to not only love the people but to serve them.

Then when he moved our family to Indiana he put me in touch with Lay Renewal Ministries who had me do leadership training in many churches in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

God took my passion to help others grow from individuals, to Bible studies, to a church, to many churches and finally the great privilege of serving you through TMCI.

The point is: your vision, when you start, you see in part, but as you are faithful with what He given you, He will expand beyond what you imagined. I think we believers tend to put God in a box, not realizing all that he wants to do through us.

One of the key to fulfilling your vison and having an effective ministry is to invest in yourself. Constantly grow in your gifts while keeping your passion for what God called you to do. You must be willing to spend money educating yourself to fine tune your gifts. We must never stop learning. God loves a teachable spirit.

It always blesses me when I read in a monthly report of someone who has received a degree or invested in their education by going to a school to fine tune their God-given gifts or of those people who take the time to go to a successful ministry to learn their principles so they may improve their ministry.

There are many good resources that will help us improve our gifts and fulfill God’s vision in our lives.

Next time, I want to talk about bringing a team around you to help fulfill the vison. I will share some ideas on how to attract and keep volunteers.

Be blessed,
Bishop Bob Coulter

Suggested book: Put Your Dream To The Test by John C. Maxwell

Effective Ministry part 2: Vision

 

Most people start ministries because God has laid a vision on their heart. It is a God given passion that will benefit others. A vision without a Godly passion is just an idea that will leave you when the opposition comes. And, trust me, opposition will come. The opposition usually comes from well-meaning friends who say things like “you cannot do that, or “you do not have the education or training to do that”, or the squelcher of all “you cannot afford it”.

 

The opposition that most people starting out in ministry are not prepared for is the religious spirit. When there is a move of God, the first to criticize is the religious spirit who is invested in the status quo. The Pharisees and Sadducees opposed Jesus and His teaching and the miracles He was performing. They accused Him of being a son of the devil.

 

Another mistake many make when they get a vision from God is believing it will be fulfilled quickly. In fact, most of the time overnight success takes ten to fifteen years. Consider many well-known Christian leaders who labored many years to get where they are today.

 

I am reminded of Jer. 18: 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. NKJV

 

Many times when we receive a vision from God, we are not equipped to fulfill that vision immediately. God has to mold us into the vessel that He can use. Then He places us where He wants us to be. In my experience, God had to get a lot of Bob out of me before I could become an effective vessel for him. I suspect that is true with most of us. God keeps pruning me and enlightening me as I strive to complete his calling on my life. I have learned that we never stop learning. We must have a teachable spirit that is forever open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

 

In the Old Testament Habakkuk has an interesting thing to say about vision:

 

Hab 2:2 Then the Lord answered me and said:

            “Write the vision

            And make it plain on tablets,

            That he may run who reads it. NKJV

 

Why should you write down the vision? First God told us to write it down and we need to be obedient. The other reason is so that we do not forget it or add to it. Many times if we become physically, emotionally and spiritually drained it is not from what Christ wants us to do, but from the things we add on. This is especially true for those who are bi-vocational. You work days. You have to take care of your family’s needs and you spend the balance of your time in ministry. It is extremely important that you are doing only what God called you to do.

What happens to some of us is that we begin by doing what God calls us to do, and then say “I can do this also”. Or others see our gifting and ask us to help with their project. Most of us, being mercy motivated, try to help that person and maybe another and another. These are add ons.

 

We wear ourselves and our workers out doing good things instead of God things. Remember, Satan delights in keeping you busy doing good things as long as these keep you from your God thing. Make sure God is telling you to help that ministry and make sure the activity falls within your vision statement.

 

It is important to have a written vision statement. The vision statement will give you the guidelines you need to evaluate each request for help. If an activity falls outside your vision statement, do not pursue it. You may ask, “Bob, are you saying that I should say no to ministry?” Yes, if it falls outside of your vision guidelines. Some are stealing ministries from others because doing so makes their flesh feel good. When that happens, you can stay so busy doing good things that you miss fulfilling the vision God gave you and thus miss the will of God for you.

 

Lastly, write down your vision so your people will understand it. Prov. 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: KJV The word perish mean they become unruly. If children are left unattended, they eventually become unruly. And usually what happens is they start quarrels among themselves because they want their way in the situation. It is the same with people you are leading: they must have direction in their ministry lives. It is your vision statement that will give them a sense of direction. In fact the vision is the congregation’s security; it is a comfort to them that they know where they are going.

 

The added benefit to a written vision statement that is visibly displayed either in the entrance to your facility or in the church bulletin each Sunday is that it will attract new members who identify with your vision – those sheep that will hear your voice. The other good news it may help keep away those who do not agree with your vision – the goats who are unteachable.

 

More on vison in the next teaching.

Be blessed,

Bishop op Bob Coulter

 

Suggested book:

Put your Dream to the test by John C. Maxwell

 

 

Effective Ministry Part 1

The Lord has laid on our staff’s heart to start a ministry tips and tools blog. It is our goal to publish two per month via email and video. We will keep the teaching between five and eight minutes. We will start with some basic teaching but would welcome suggestions of a subject or subjects you would find of interest. As part of the teaching, the staff will review the monthly reports to see if there are common issues that we may teach on. After you read or listen to the teaching, we would gladly welcome suggestions, observations, and feedback from you. We all must continue to learn so we are more than willing to receive information that will benefit us all.

Our Goal at TMCI is to help you fulfill the call that God has on your life. We pray that these tips, tools and teachings will help you as you carry out your ministry.

EFFECTIVE MINISTRY

YouTube Video LINK

To start I would like talk about Effective ministry. My definition of Effective ministry is ministry that changes lives for Jesus Christ. If you have a large group attending a meeting and it is not changing lives for Jesus Christ, you need to either change the format or stop it. We have to remember we are not a social club. We must be making disciples for Jesus Christ and not just entertaining people. Too many churches are entertainment centers instead of training centers.  One of our future teachings will address making disciples.

The start of any effective ministry is prayer. Your success in ministry is directly related to the amount of prayer you put into it. Oswald Chambers: “People pray for a greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Nothing is won in the physical realm, until it is won in the spiritual realm.

First, you must have an effective prayer life. Many Christians have a devotional life in which they read a devotional that inspires them spiritually and then they pray for a prayer list of people and events. This is a good thing, but God wants more for you, especially for those in leadership. He wants quiet time with you so that you can listen for and hear his voice for the day’s events.

I have learned that just doing a devotional reading does not build a relationship with Christ. Ginny and I used to own a Christian book store. We sold many copies of a devotional called Five Minutes with God .There was even one called One Minute with God. One to five minutes a day is not sufficient to build a relationship with God. When Jesus was on earth, He asked his disciples to spend one hour in prayer with him

I am reminded of Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. NKJV.

This scripture reminds me of two things. One: Christ wants a relationship with us. He keeps knocking. The second: we must open the door and let him in to build that relationship. There is a difference between eating and dining. Dining means to linger, to take one’s time, to enjoy the event. That’s what Christ wants to do with us. He does not want to go through a MacDonald’s drive-through with us. As Judy Covington said “He wants to spend quality white tablecloth time with us.”

Christ is ready to meet you where you are! Do not try to copy another’s believer’s relationship with Him. You are unique and God knows best how to communicate with you. Some believers get spiritually frustrated because they are following someone else’s formula. Be real with him!

I also discovered that an experience with God is not the same as building a relationship with the Almighty. God has used me in many spiritual gifts just as He has used you. It is great to be used by God in those circumstances. But some are gift seekers and not relationship seekers. We must stop seeking the gifts and concentrate of seeking the giver. As we spend quiet time with him and go deeper into Him, we will receive new and deeper revelation.

Christ is not talking about a little prayer time; he is talking about relationship building time. Time for praise and worship, time to listen, time to get revelation. Prayer can easily become a religious activity, and not a relationship building activity. Our ears can shut out the voice of God when we are doing our religious activity.   In today’s world, we need new revelation every day for guidance.

Another important thing in starting a ministry is to get people committed to pray for you. Intercessory prayer warriors and prayer partners are essential in effective ministries. You need people who will watch your back in prayer. My wife, Ginny, and I always have a prayer team around to protect as we travel and do ministry.

When God called us to help Sister Judy Covington run TMCI, the first email I sent out was to ask for those who would pray for us. I received twelve responses from people who committed to pray for us. Now we have over one hundred prayer warriors praying each week for us and the prayer requests we receive from you on your monthly reports.

I encourage you to get a scripture to pray for yourself and your ministry. Every day during our Morning Prayer time at the office I pray the Prayer of Jabez: 1 Chron 4:10

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. NKJV

We ask God to bless us and increase our territory for Him and that He will be with us because without His presence and guidance our lives and ministries will be fruitless. We pray that we will be a blessing to our people. God has always honored His word and He still is increasing his territory through TMCI ministries like yours.

Be blessed,

Bishop Bob Coulter

Suggested Books:

Ablaze for God by Wesley L. Duewel

Dinning at the Master’s Table by Paul D. Norcross

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