MAKING IMPACT IN MINISTRY III (Clarifying the mode of your ministry)

Today, I am glad to be back to the topic of making impact in ministry. Given the extended time lapse between this post and making impact in ministry I and II, it is important for us to be refreshed about issues discussed the earlier posts.

In the post “making impact in ministry I” we briefly discussed ministry as being the second field of the life of a man and as essentially being made up of a man’s purpose. We added that being successful in ministry requires knowledge of the purpose of God for your life, that is, the declared purpose (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when). We finally discussed briefly ways of knowing what purpose God has for us. In “making impact in ministry II” we discussed how to prepare for the accomplishment of the purpose of God for our lives ie how to prepare for ministry.

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I this post I will like us to discuss the “how” of ministry. However given the diversity of ministries and the many ways in which a particular ministry (eg. Usher) can be implemented; we will essentially be discussing the principles of fulfilling ministry rather than a step by step instruction on building a ministry. The purpose of this discussion will be to provide you with the insight into knowing the various aspects of fulfilling ministry in which we will need to collaborate with God so as to make impact in the ministry which we are called.

Clarify the mode of ministry: one important piece of knowledge needed especially in the preparation stage of ministry is the knowledge of the mode of ministry to which God is calling us. Usually, ministries are classified as either “part time” or “full time”. However, my most preferred form of classification is based on the relationship between your ministry and your career and these are of three kinds. The first mode of ministry includes the ministry of individuals whose purpose lies in their career (e.g. a teacher who raises God fearing scientists), others seem to have their career alongside their purpose (e.g. a banker who writes and sings spiritual songs) and others have their career embedded in their purpose (e.g. a full time pastor who is paid by the church). Knowing the mode of ministry helps you to know the scale of operation and the skills required for the operation.

I believe however, that the scale of operation is not an indication of the importance of the ministry. Each ministry is as important as the impact it makes and the impact it makes must be measured by the objectives set by God for the particular ministry. To give you a somewhat extreme example, what impact will a ministry have made in the eyes of God if it builds a vibrant church with 1000 members and never wins the soul of the one man that God had established the ministry for.

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What if the man whose soul was to be won was a Billy Graham, a Dag Heward-Mills or a Benny Hinn? Though the ministry might have saved 1000 souls, it missed the millions it would have eventually churned out if it had focused on the one soul the ministry was meant to serve. Therefore knowing the scale of ministry is not for the purpose of deciding the level of faithfulness required, but to have an idea of the personal and other resources needed in accomplishing the ministry.

Knowing the mode of ministry will also give you an idea as to the skills needed to fulfill the ministry. a teacher who raises God fearing students must be able to effectively and efficiently combine quality academic teaching with evangelism, discipleship and mentorship. This will require excellent academic teaching skills, carefully planned and “non-intrusive” evangelism, discipleship and mentorship of the students without losing the focus on academic teaching. A great deal of planning, time management and self discipline might be required especially in a world that is becoming continuously resistant to the gospel of Christ.

The purpose is sometimes reserved for latter parts of one’s life. In a mean time, necessary and diligent preparation towards your purpose is essential.

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Prioritizing: A Value System Approach


In the past weeks I have been so concentrated on one side of my life that it became so difficult for me to write a single blog post! I have always thought I will make enough progress in that side of my life that I will have the peace of mind needed to write a truly inspired post. Sadly, no progress seems enough and if things continue that way I might never get to write a post!

So I decided to check what really mattered most to me and in effect what I have preached mostly, a balanced and fulfilled life. Though I have had spurs of fulfillment by some achievements during the times of imbalance, I have always been haunted by the clear lack of balance in my life. I was doing great in the career side of my life but my ministry was suffering, no blog posts, not Facebook messages and little impact in the life of those around me, I nearly sacrificed my service to my church as well but thank God I am back on track. I trust Him to keep me on track for good for as He has said

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV)

How am I hoping to get back for good? By getting my priorities right, using the value system approach.

The value system principle says this, What you value determines your value

As the bible says
Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless (Jeremiah 2:5, RSV).

I have chosen to be more consistent with what the LORD considers as worthy of my attention and as much as possible not sacrifice it for other things of less or equal worth. For if you value what God values then you are of great value to God. I have chosen to give deserved attention to each facet of my life. If you find yourself in a similar situation of living an unbalanced life, do what I did, repent of it through self-reflection, choose to value what God values and walk in your resolutions , Prayerfully. Do not, however, out of zeal act out your own will but the will of God, for

…in repentance and rest is your salvation in quietness and trust is your strength…
Isaiah 30: 15

Start by knowing what God will like you to do and continue in his will, trusting him to bring to a successful end what he has started.

God bless you and I hope to hear from you through your comments. Have an Extraordinary week.

For more on the value system please check out my book, The Extraordinary Gentleman: A Handbook for Christian Men

MAKING IMPACT IN MINISTRY II

In our last post, we began a series on how to make impact in ministry. Our focus for this series is to provide important guidelines that can be followed in ensuring that we remain fruitful in ministry and that our fruits remain.
As the bible says,
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pe 1:8).

Beyond the qualities directly pointed to in the scripture above, we will discuss other important qualities as outlined in the bible for effective ministry. We will therefore now move to the second point in our discussion;

2. Be Prepared (Make Your Calling Sure)
As Jesus narrated in his parable; Then he (the king) said to his servants…Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage… But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; … Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth’. For many are called, but few are chosen (Matt 22: 9 -14).
As is revealed in the passage above, it is important to “suit up” for the occasion to which we are called.

Barnabas, an apostle of God, is one man that was evidently “suited up” for the occasion of his call. The bible described him as “… a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith” and by his ministry at Antioch, “a great number of people were brought to the Lord…” and “… the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch”(Acts 11: 22-26).
One key ingredient for Barnabas’ success in ministry was his personal disposition or character; he was a good man. The bible in 1 Pe 1:5 – 7 prescribes certain personal traits that are important for a Christian to fruitful and to make his calling and election sure (1 Pe 1:8 – 10).

In addition to our faith in Jesus, the bible prescribes that …make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love (1 Pe 1:5 – 7, NET bible). Being spirit men, these personal characteristics are essentially spiritual reactions to situations and circumstances around us. It is therefore clear how these personal characteristics are evidently like to the fruits of the spirit which include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. It is therefore clear that;

The fruits of the spirit are the primary indicators of spiritual sustainability

Another very important factor is the gift of the Holy Spirit sent by the father. He is the primary source of equipment and skills in ministry. In addition to being recreated spirits at birth (when born again) and thus must live by the spirit and bear the fruits of the spirit, it is important to be guided by the Holy Spirit throughout our lives as Christians. The Holy Spirit is the instructor of the spirit life and the seal of our salvation. Additionally, the Holy Spirit when he comes upon you for ministry endues you with the power necessary for living your authority in Christ Jesus. The power supplied by the Holy Spirit is manifested in the form of gifts. The gifts of the Holy Spirit include, message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith , gifts of healing, performance of miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking of different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 12: 8). The gifts serve as tools through which we make our calling or ministry functional and thus accessible for the building up of ourselves and those around us (1 Cor 14:4).


Being prepared for ministry therefore essentially refers to nurturing the fruits of the spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can move from one glory of manifestation onto another for the perfection of ourselves and the Saints. Nurturing the fruits of the spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit involves primarily employing effective and efficient study of the word, prayer and fasting. In our next post, if the Lord permits, we will move to a third guideline in our series Making Impact in Ministry. God bless you and do not forget to leave your comments and contributions.

MAKING IMPACT IN MINISTRY I

Hello, fellow gentlemen, I am sure you have followed us for some time in our quest to become. I am also confident that you are well grounded in the fact that the life of a man is made up of three functional fields; his Marriage, his Ministry (purpose) and his Money (career and finances). In our first discussion within the context of ministry entitled “You have God’s chisel!” we discussed ministry as selfless undertaking that is evidently inspired by the Spirit of God and that leads to glorious results in the life of people and society at large. We also stressed the fact that all men have a purpose and thus a ministry and that starting the fulfillment of your ministry could begin with as simply as starting a blog with the idea for only one post. We also added that it is important that a man identifies and pursues his ministry. Finally, we concluded that,

Ministries are the chisels with which God carves his glory out of the lives of humans.

In this article, I will like us to discuss how to make impact in ministry. In other words, how to make sure that your work for God is fruitful and that the fruits of your ministry remain. I will therefore like to share with you some truths I encountered in the word of God for making impact in ministry.

1. Be appointed
As mentioned earlier, ministry refers to your purpose and your purpose is determined by God. The first step in making in making true impact is in ensuring that you are into what God has appointed you for. This specifically begins with identifying your purpose, the reason for your creation, the need you have been created to satisfy or in better words the need that God has chosen to satisfy through you. This identification of purpose reveals the appointment that God made of you before you were born, like the appointment of Jeremiah the prophet (Jer 1:5). The purpose of God for your life, like his will, has three main components; the declared purpose (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when) [click here to go to detailed article on the will of God]. Being appointed is about identifying the declared purpose or the “what” of your ministry. It refers to for example asking God, what did you create me for? It is therefore important to be in constant and patient communion with God to understand the perfect will of God for your ministry.

There are however different ways by which you can identify the purpose of God for your life. As discussed in my book “The Extraordinary Gentleman: A Handbook for Christian Men”, there are men who receive knowledge of their purpose through dramatically inspiring experiences such as visions and dreams (Gen 37: 5-10; 45:7; Jg 6:11-22), others receive their it by authority received through the laying on of hands (1Ti 4:14), others just see it in the word of God (Da 9:2-27) and are moved to get it done. Yet still, others just have it as a passion for which they feel gifted to pursue (1 Sam 17: 23-54). No matter the way you identify God’s appointment upon your life, it is important to know the perfect will (the declared purpose, the action plan and the timing) of God concerning you purpose. It is the seed for a successful and fruitful ministry i.e a ministry that makes impact. In the next article as God permits, we will move into further discussion as to how to make impact in ministry.

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Becoming a Gardener of the Word

It is quite obvious that it has been a couple of weeks since our last post on this blog. I will like to apologize greatly to all our followers for all inconveniences caused, we are greatly sorry.

However, today, I will like us to discuss one topic that is of great importance to building the spiritual mindset if an Extraordinary Gentleman, i.e. the Word of God. Developing the spiritual mindset of an Extraordinary Gentleman involves consciously nurturing the mindset through reading and meditation on the word of God written in the bible or as revealed by His Spirit. And therefore our title “Becoming a Gardner of the Word”. The word gardener is chosen to present the painstaking care and love the seed of the word of God needs to be nurtured with so as to ensure maximum fruitfulness. In this post I will like us to discuss a few steps that can be employed to nature the word of God.

1. Clear the weeds: Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness …(Jas 1:21a, RSV): firstly, like every good gardner, prepare the land of your heart and mind for the word of God . This can be achieved by clearing weeds of sin or weights that easily besets you and can limit the growth of the word of God in you. as Jesus said, when the seed of the word is sown among thorns, the seed is choked and becomes unfruitful (Matt 4: 18-19)..A good and complete session of self-reflection is an important starting point in clearing these weeds out of your heart and mind.

2. Cultivate the land and receive the seed:…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls (Jas 1:21b, RSV): a meek heart and a humble mind is like a tilled land; it is loose and well aerated and permits germination and taking of roots, a good condition for the growth of seeds. cultivate your land by adopting the heart and mind of Jesus Christ towards the word of God. Jesus was meek at heart (Matt 11: 29) and humble in the mind (Php 2:5-8). Recognize the word of God’s ability to save you and accept the entirety of the word presented to you, not doubting, but ready to obey it to the later. When you obey the you will be saved.Gardner of the word

3. Apply fertilizer: …but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it (Heb, 4:2, NKJV): after the word has been received on a cultivated soil and has germinated, there is a need to supply the word with nutrients needed for growth and for bearing of fruits. The fertilizer for the word is faith and the active ingredients of the faith fertilizer is works. For without works faith is dead (Jas 2:17) and becomes ineffectual for the complete growth and bearing of fruits of the word.

The bible says, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror: for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was” (Jas 1:23-24, NKJV). When we are concious to what the word says and accept it with a willing and working faith, we do not forget what the word said about us and to us. Working with what the word says about us and to us is , taking step as revealed by the word of God and the witness of His spirit in us, is what leads to the growth and fruiting of the word in us. Know this, that you can only do these by the help of God (Heb, 13: 20-21, Php 2: 13) .

4. Undertake good husbandry practices to promote and preserve fruiting: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain… (Joh 15:16) to promote successful fruiting and maintenance of the fruits, there is the need to undertake good husbandry practices. To do this, the bible advises, “…add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pe 5: 1-8, NKJV).

5. Persevere to harvest the fruit of righteousness: Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness (or peaceful fruit of righteousness) for those trained by it(Heb 12:11, NET). The painstaking process and activities needed in the “gardening” of the word of God is not always joyous but when the word is fruitful in us we become fruitful. At maturity, though there usually is a time of waiting, we harvest holiness and happiness in all aspects of our lives.

God bless you and do not forget to leave your comments below.

Faithfulness in Trials

Welcome to the New Year from us here at the Conference of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It is my greatest pleasure this day to start our year with this topic, faithfulness. I am sure the word faithfulness conveys more than one related meaning to you and given the fact that this is a blog dedicated to men, I am sure one of the first meanings must be fidelity to a wife. Yes, we will discuss fidelity in the face of trials, but as to whether it has to do with a wife, let’s see.

According to Hebrews 11: 32-40, Men of faith conquer systems and situations and move them (systems or situation) in line with the will of God to fulfill God’s purposes as is declared or promised through his word, written or revealed. This means that through the faith of these men, God access the earth through them and works through them to fulfill his will and overall purpose at each time.

The verse goes on to say that, these men were transformed by their faith in God. Their weaknesses and undesirable conditions were turned around into strengths. God increased their power in the battle he has chosen for them and he works wonders and exploits at their hands. However, in spite of the greatness that God gave to these men of faith, they adopt a humble heart that is ready to sacrifice anything, even their life and fame, for the name and glory of God; they remain faithful. It is no wonder, the world was not worthy of these men (verse 38).

For many of us, our hindsight and foresight might be blinded by pride or love of the world and cause us to forget our transformation in Christ, from weakness to strength and then to greatness and to forgo the exceeding greatness of reigning with Christ. This might be a result of current success or pain. We might then turn our attention to this present world and abandon our love for God and man and the sacrifices that Christ is worthy of. We lose our persistence with and in the will of God (faithfulness).

If it has to do with success, remember that,
Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth, honour and life (Proverbs 22: 4, NIV),
if it has to do with pain, then
…do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you…let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:12-19, RSV).

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Trials bring out the Glory of God in us. In trials, continue to do what is right (remain faithful) and entrust your soul (thoughts and emotions) to God in faith, knowing and trusting in his faithfulness (2Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23)

Faithfulness is the evidence of our faith

Your Ministry is NOT Your Identity

I loved this post on ministry from one of the blogs I have subscribed to and I feel permitted to share it with you. I hope it blesses you. And an additional thought, no matter what (who) you are (your position), your wife wants a husband, your children want a father (Daddy) and your parents want a son (daughter, for the ladies) and your friends, they want a friend, what (who) you are is secondary. Enjoy God’s blessings.

Genuine Motivation

By Paul Tripp

I was a pastor in the process of destroying his life and ministry and I didn’t know it. I wish I could say that my pastoral experience is unique, but I have come to learn in travels to hundreds of churches around the world that, sadly, it is not. Sure, the details are unique, but I see in many pastors the same disconnect between the public persona and the private man. I have heard so many stories containing so many confessions that I grieve over the state of pastoral culture in our generation. The burn of this concern, coupled with my knowledge and experience of transforming grace, drives me to write this column.

Three underlying themes operated in my life and I have observed the same themes in the lives of many pastors with whom I have talked. Unpacking these themes helps us examine where pastoral culture…

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Great Men Die Empty

And as a man was being buried, lo, a marauding band was seen and the man was cast into the grave of Elisha; and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood on his feet. [2Ki 13:21]

When great men die without passing all they had to God, man and society they then they die with ‘power in their bones’. If no rare accident like the one in the above passage happens, then their gifts will join the great pool of potentials that fertilize the grave yards.

True lives of Extraordinary Gentlemen are made of three stages, learning, living and leaving.

Learning- a man must know and understand all that is around him, through formal and informal education and acquire information in all available formats. He must consciously cultivate learning through conversation with family, friends, mentors and society and God. However, what you learn from these agents is most important. Among all that can be learnt wisdom, morality and Christianity are paramount. A man must also through this learning identify and nurture his field of interest, his talent but most importantly his purpose.

Living- a man at this stage must live by what he has learnt, practicing and experiencing the totality of life. Failing, passing, and excelling and repeating these in different endeavours. He must distil his learning into industry and profession and become more responsible to family, friends, mentors and society and God. The pursuit of his purpose must be paramount.

Leaving- this is composed of depositing and departing. A Man owes it to God, man and society to lead other men to excellence in their chosen fields, identified talents and their purpose. He must not mold them into himself only better, and into Christ as the Ultimate Gentleman. He must pour out himself on earth within the limits permitted by God and then take off into eternity with the majesty of an eagle. But he must leave emptied of all things that can only on earth be done so as to be filled with the fullness of the glory of God himself prepared for him.

Dedicated To the Late President John Fiifi Evans Atta Mills; a man of unequaled integrity.

The Quest for Purpose: Your Strengths

Memory Verse: “….who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4: 13, 14)

Your strength is your quality or ability that you have that gives you an advantage (Advanced Learner’s Oxford Dictionary). It can be your physical strength, physical beauty, wisdom, position, skills (such as good leadership skills and good communication skills), good character, good health, spiritual gifts, natural talents, etc. These inborn or God-given qualities or abilities help you get certain things done better than other people. I should say, God has been very good to give some (if not all) of these qualities or abilities to everybody. And you should be thankful to God for these endowments in your life. They can guide you to know the will of God for your life (Marriage, Ministry, business and career (Money)).

If you realize that it becomes fun when you are doing a particular thing,  perhaps that is your calling. Unlike others, you may find that you have the wits and guts to study your books and excel at your academics. It may be that God wants you to be in the academia. Or, you may find that you are very good at leading people, organizing programs, influencing people, etc. You may be having a leadership mantle upon your life. Or, you may find that you have the grace to share God’s word, pray, and do the things of God in

such a way that people admire. It may be that God is calling you into His vineyard to do His work.

It is said that coming events cast their shadows.  Watch the names and titles by which people call you today. God may be revealing your purposes to you by this means. Perhaps they call you pastor, or seer, or prophet, or professor, or doctor, etc. It may be your calling. Don’t be surprised that in future you will find yourself in those fields where God has given you the strength. The little things you are capable of doing well today should give you an idea of what God wants you to do, of the areas where He wants you serve, and of those people He wants you to become partners with in marriage and in ministry. God did not put those strengths in you to be wasted. If you really want to make it, you should exploit those strengths and link yourself up with the right people.

God blessed Esther with a wonderfully beautiful physical appearance. This gave her favor in the sight of king Ahasuerus. When Haman plotted against the whole race of Israel and she seemed not to be aware her purpose, Mordecai alerted her: ‘…and who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4: 13, 14)

God is expecting that whatever qualities or abilities you have should be useful for His kingdom (remember, God’s general purpose for creating us all is that we save lives and expand His kingdom). If you are nice-looking in your appearance, talented, skillful, or spiritually gifted in any ways, God is also expecting you to freely use it to expand His kingdom. Don’t be proud and pompous, or greedily make money out of it. Jesus gave gifts to the apostles to ‘heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils’, and He told them, ‘… freely ye have received, freely give’ (Matthew 10:8). Otherwise you will attract God’s wrath on your life.

However, your strengths are not the only indicators of your purpose. That is why we should also allow God to lead us into His purposes for our lives, since our strengths can be misleading without God’s leading.

By Samuel Tetteh-Baah

The Quest for Purpose: Your Desires

                           Today, i feature the 1st in our series on purpose written by a trusted friend. Enjoy the insight

Your desire could be God’s design for your life.

            One way you can know the purposes of God for your life, career, business, marriage and ministry, is through your desires. God can drop those desires (i.e., your wishes, hopes, aspirations, or even a holy burden) into your heart to communicate His purposes to you. You will find that you sincerely want to pursue a particular course of action. It may be what God wants you to do. You will find that you strongly wish to become a minister of God.

It may be what God has called you to do. You will find that you enjoy teaching people. It may be that God wants you to become a lecturer / teacher. I think you should know by now what the desires of your heart are, your desired future, what makes you feel alive and active, what gives you joy and fulfillment. It could be that that is the will of God for your life.

You will always experience some inner peace and joy about your life choices if God wants you to know He is speaking to you through your desires. Moses wanted to know whom God had given him as partner in ministry. God said Aaron would be glad in his heart upon seeing Moses, even when Moses had not told him anything yet. Let’s take another case: When Mary, the mother of Jesus, paid a visit to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, the six-month-old fetus (John the Baptist) leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb upon Mary greeting her. It showed how Jesus was connected to John the Baptist in ministry. Sometimes it is just like that, if you want to know your God-given partner in ministry and marriage, or your God-given career or business path. You cannot explain it, but you will experience that inner peace and joy over your choice. You would love the idea in an unusual way. Nothing else will gladden your heart more than that desire. But if you are not experiencing that inner peace and joy, and you are afraid that you are on the wrong path, you should be careful. It is may not be the will of God for your life.

However, I must say it is not sufficient to follow your desires to know God’s purposes for your life. Why do I say so? David wanted to build a temple for God to dwell in. But God said, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the house; but your son shall build the house unto my name’ (1 Kings 8: 18, 19). Then again, when all the people of Israel desired Saul to become their king, it was not in the will of God. God spoke of how Saul would bring evil upon them later in the years, which came to pass (1 Samuel 8: 10 – 18; 12: 9 – 13). So be very careful you are not carried away by excessive desire to make a wrong choice for your life, whether for marriage, ministry, business or career. Let’s learn to end our prayers like Jesus, ‘…..nevertheless not what I will, but what you will’ (Mark 14: 36). And let God lead you always. We will learn about this later in the series.

Finally, it can also happen that God’s will for your life (for your marriage, ministry, career and business) is not the desire on your heart. For instance, God called Jonah to go and preach to the people of Nineveh, but it was not in Jonah’s heart to do that. And he suffered for his disobedience in a whale’s stomach for three days without food and water (Jonah 1). So we should always allow God to lead us, as our desires can be misleading.

By Samuel Tetteh-Baah