1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
In my last post I spoke on how it may take several tries before you gain victory and here I will speak the same concerning ministry, all your ministry will be tried by holy fire, this shows a trial of ministry, if your a minister or are in ministry, or your starting a ministry take it from this humble man that has been there and done it, your ministry will be tried, and tried hard.
The lord looks for those who can withstand trials and tribulations, let downs, set backs and such.
No man is an island to himself as I have said, one plants the evangelist, the minister is the one who waters, both are nothing but humble servants, it is the lord alone that gives the increase or no increase.
At times one will be, as I have in the past, the one who planted and the one, who watered, but still it is the lord that gives the increase, or you may see no increase.
The message is clear the lord tries by fire, and this is serious, one must expect every kind of trial, temptation, attack, persecution, and tribulations with much, much testing, our faith is tested as it is more precious than silver or gold, we are refined in the refiners fire to bring out the dross, the impurities.
There is no getting around this, no short cuts, no five steps to success, not in ministry.
Ministry is blood , sweat and tears, You will be often misunderstood, criticized and persecuted, if you are not, you need to examine your life and ministry, as it should scare you to death if your walking in painless Christianity.
Think on what Paul faced, it is the same today with true ministries and true ministers and real Christians.
2Co 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
2Co 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
2Co 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
2Co 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the
city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
2Co 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
2Co 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
These are your ministry credentials, not your ordination or degree, if you have all the paper work in order and do not have these credentials, something is wrong, or you are new and have not faced them yet.
Trial by fire is the way it works, suffering and enduring is our credentials we re the real deal. A false shepherd once facing any of this flees his flock as many are now doing as the church is under Judgment.
The lord is cleaning house. The lord is purging and chastising his people, he has a purpose for the days ahead; we are not to resist this, but embrace it.
In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.
Can that word be taken in faith and stood on, this is why trials come to see what we are made of, to see if we are in this for the long haul , or just for a time.
He who endures to the end shall be saved, it takes longsuffering, patience, endurance, love, faith, hope and such, and if we cannot endure trial by fire, we are unfit for the master’s use.
We are given the Holy Spirit and Grace; we are given all things that pertain to life and godliness.
We must use these heavenly tools, we cannot do it, but as we yield to the lord, he does it through us, there are still times when you will, feel nothing, this is where standing on the word, endurance and trial by fire takes place, understand and may the lord give you knowledge concerning this