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DAY 13 FRIDAY: SEPTEMBER 2019

TO BE FULLY EQUIPPED FOR THE MINISTRY!

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12).

The church is the ministry of the Holy Spirit because He fully equipped us to function in the different areas of the ministry. Without being equipped by Him, we can do nothing in the ministry. The Bible says in the opening text that He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Of course, every Christian should endeavor to take note of the fact that he is fully equipped by the Holy Spirit to function optimally in the ministry forever.     

            The reason why we are fully equipped to function in the ministry is that the church of Christ be made perfect, attain to the full measure and knowledge of Jesus Christ. That is why the Bible says in Ephesians 4:13, “Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Therefore, it is the will of God for the church to come to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, and also to the perfect measure and stature of the fullness of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit calls and fully equips every Christian for the ministry of Jesus Christ forever.

Except we are fully equipped for the ministry by the Holy Spirit, we can never be fully armed. When the church is not fully armed and equipped, it becomes vulnerable to the wiles of the devil. That is the reason why the Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” In fact, it is the Holy Spirit that arms fully a Christian to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil in life. Take note of the fact that the Holy Spirit is the power house of the Church forever.

Daily Tip: The Holy Spirit is the power house of the church; He calls and equips everyone for the ministry of the Lord forever. Shalom!

Golden Text: Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Father! My Father! I decree that I am fully called and equipped by the Holy Spirit today and forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I whole-heartedly receive Your full armor in my life and ministry forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Ephesians 6:10-18.                        RBT: EZEKIEL 25-27

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