The Holy Spirit talked to me about this. My ministers, minister to me. As they minister to me, then I can minister through them, not until.
Revelations 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Jeremiah 33:21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
Jeremiah 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
Ministers that are more concerned about ministering to the congregation or others more than about ministering to the Lord, have left their first love. If we cannot minister to the Lord, then how do we even know what He wants to do or say? Jesus in us is the minister. We are but the vessel. The above scripture in Jeremiah talks about ‘my ministers”. This can have a dual meaning. One is the function. One is the title given by God. We can operate in the title, and have no clue what the Lord wants to say or do. We are powerless. If we follow the function, we minister to the Lord in our praise and worship, and intercession and prayer. The Holy Spirit then gives us what to say. We are just speaking His words, not just the written Word. We are told that the anointing breaks the yoke. The written Word alone can not do that, as it will not produce what God wants it to do, unless it is anointed and led by Him to speak.
Unless we as ministers of the Lord, get back to seeking first the Kingdom by our prayer and intercession, and worshiping and pleasing the Lord, then we cannot minister in power to others.
God wants us to spend time with Him, minister to Him, worship Him, and let Him empower and lead what He wants to do and say. Unless we do this, we will be very dry and frustrated. Just because you are preaching the written Word, does not mean that you have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Any unsaved person can preach the written Word, and have some results. If you do not spend time with Him, you cannot learn to know Him and what is on His heart to do or say. Our responsibility in the Lord is to bring the kingdom of Heaven down to earth. That kingdom will be one of pure worship and praise. That kingdom will be of power and will change people’s hearts and lives. That kingdom is God’s presence and Glory. If we focus on the works, we miss it. If we focus on His presence, we gain all.
We are not the ministers, we are the vessels that Jesus and the Holy Spirit use to minister through. It is not “our ministry”. It is His ministry through us. Unless we draw from Him, we are just religious and walking in the vanity of our mind. Even if we know a truth, unless God anoints that truth and leads us to say it, it will produce only minimal results. We can not side step the Holy Spirit. We can not side step spending much time with the Lord in prayer and intercession. If we do, we will walk powerless.
Scripture says that the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God, for they are spiritually discerned. When we try to minister without our time with the Lord, we can only see through the natural carnal mind. We can not see through the spiritual, where God resides. Problems look like giants in the natural, but in the spiritual they are not a problem. The spiritual says that we have authority, God cannot fail, His Word cannot return void, He will meet all of our needs, etc. The natural cannot see that. The natural sees only the circumstance. The Holy Spirit once told we change, circumstances automatically change. They are a problem circumstance only because of the way that we view them". What has to change is our viewpoint. We must learn to see through the eyes of the Holy Spirit instead of the eyes of the natural man. When we minister to the Lord, we think and speak His perspective. We see things through His eyes. We hear through His spirit, not ours. His Spirit produces power in us through His anointing.
To me, it is like going into the Army. You join the Army and you are not immediately placed on the front line. You must go through preparation
and training. You must get equipped with your weapons of war. If you went to the front line immediately after joining, you would get killed quickly. A minister is no different. He can go out and preach, but he will get killed. Oh, he may take out a few of the enemy, but he is destined to fall. When we learn to minister to the Lord in praise, worship, intercession, and prayer, we get equipped for the battle or mission. When we are equipped, there is no man or devil that can stop us, as it is God in us. Sure we will get attacked, but we can not lose. God can not lose. He is all power and knowledge. He knows what the enemy is going to do before he does it. God many times will have you pray or do warfare to avert the enemy's plans so that you will never be attacked. God is on the offensive. Why go through what you do not need too? When we are in God we are protected. His Holy Spirit will talk to us of dangers ahead. He will prepare us for the battle we are chosen to fight. It is better to be equipped by God and let Him choose the battles we are to fight, and the words that we are to speak, than to walk in the natural and let man or the devil choose them. We win God's battles. This should be enough of a reason to learn to seek first the kingdom, and worship and hear from God. It is so much easier to do things God's way.
If you want to walk in power and see God do things in and through your life, then learn to minister to God. You will find His presence and power and guidance to do whatever He chooses for you to do.