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Haggai 2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
FIRST THING YOU SHOULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD BEFORE ENTERING MINISTRY, There are different shakings and they come in different degrees and unexpected.
No matter how prayerful, worded, holy and good you are, you will face shakings in MINISTRY but SHAKINGS-> Will teach you the difference between CHARISMA and CHARACTER.
Gathering crowd is different from keeping them. Soon you will realise only character moulding will sustain you in MINISTRY.
CHARACTER like learning how to talk to SENIORS in ministry, Separating your money from God’s money, Respecting everyone under you including those who can’t give you money today, Patience with growth process and forgive those who have hurt you deliberately.
THE HARD TRUTH IS THIS, ALL MINISTERS MUST GO THROUGH SHAKINGS IN MINISTRY.
■ TYPES OF SHAKINGS
1. MARITAL SHAKING:> Lots of ministers including fathers and mothers in faith experience marital SHAKINGS. So yours is not different.
if you see any minister whose marriage has collapsed or children misbehaving, please pray for them because it’s part of the package.
2. NUMERICAL SHAKINGS: This one is very constant especially when you are running the ministry genuinely.
No genuine church that is stable in growth. People will come and go because no juju is holding them.
Even with the influence of juju people still walk away not to talk of church under Grace.
3. FINANCIAL SHAKINGS:> This happens when you’re only depending on TITHES and offerings to survive.
The truth is this, TITHES and offerings can’t carry you and your family.
So let your spouse work, look for job to be doing or run business alongside MINISTRY while you are BELIEVING God for provision.
4. SCANDALOUS SHAKINGS:> This one is normal especially the time we are in. Social media outlets have contributed to the scandalous activities of ministers of God. Nobody cares to know the truth, the next thing is social media. Scandal is part of our daily life as ministers, so never you be afraid of it.
5. SHAKINGS FROM DISLOYAL, REBELLIOUS, BACKSTABBING FOLLOWERS:> There are lots of wounded leaders today, because they surrounded themselves with DISLOYAL, rebellious and stupid followers. Sons and daughters who have turned enemies. Bleeding fathers and mothers everywhere.
■ HOW TO TURN YOUR SHAKINGS TO BLESSINGS
1. DEVELOP INNER CAPACITY (STRENGTH)
> Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
THOSE WHO FAINT, FAIL AND GIVE UP IN THE DAYS OF SHAKINGS ARE THOSE WHO LACK STRENGTH (INNER CAPACITY)
KEYS TO DEVELOP STRENGTH
1. STRENGTH THROUGH CONSTANT PRAYER RETREATS
> Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
2. STRENGTH THROUGH YOUR AVAILABILITY IN GOD’S HOUSE
> Psalms 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
3. STRENGTH THROUGH PERSONAL DECISION TO BE HAPPY NO MATTER WHAT
> Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
■ PRAY WITH ME
O Lord, Shaking will not finish my life and MINISTRY in Jesus name