True New Testament Ministry needs to be manifested out of the overflow of the Holy Spirit in the human spirit of the one ministering. If it doesn’t flow like a river out of the minister’s innermost being the entire concept of “ministry” is limited. At best it is reduced to a kind of testimony of things learned by the minister, at worst it becomes “mind to mind” instead of “spirit to spirit.”
The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is the biblical prerequisite, before, during or after the preaching of the word, which is the very thing that qualifies it to be categorised as “New Testament ministry.” Peter talks of the gospel that is preached “with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven.”
Christianity is a thing of the spirit transferred and delivered by The Holy Spirit, which has the miraculous embedded in its DNA. Most Christians hear the word, but it is the dimension of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit which qualifies it to be New Testament ministry. When preaching is in the Holy Spirit and imparted by a heart flowing in the Holy Spirit, it is possible for a person ministering the word of God to know, by hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, what is going on in a the life of a person or persons in the audience and be able to speak into their life. The mightiest men of God that I have known to move in this process as a “normal day at the office,” do it in a relaxed and easy manner that could only be described as “naturally supernatural,” or, “supernaturally natural.” (I have never been one hundred percent certain of which way round is most appropriate.)
I have heard lots of preachers decry those Christians who are, “seeking various experiences that they have heard that somebody else had.” Such an accusation was thrown at me once. I was accused of simply seeking an, “experience,” with God, and that it was a sign of immaturity to be in pursuit of such a thing. My answer was that I do not want an experience per se, but I do hunger to be the man that has such a relationship with God that he can minister “experiences” to others. By “experiences,” I mean being saved, healed, delivered, baptised in the Holy Spirit and then established in the faith. I am definitely not referring to any offshoot of a “Toronto twitch,” or anything similar. I endorse and support the so called Toronto blessing, but I do not seek the twitching or laughing, I simply desire the blessing and the divine impartation which I trust is being imparted to those who do the twitching. What I am referring to I would call legitimate “God seeking” regardless of “the experience.” As a minister, what I seek I seek in order to bless others. I do not in any way seek it for myself, but I desperately want to give those, blessings with or without “experiences,” to those that need it. I believe that there are people who attend churches every week, all over the world, who desperately need an “experience” of the miraculous. By that I do not mean a laugh, a bark, a twitch or a falling to the ground which may or may not be God sourced or man sourced. I am talking a
bout the “experience” of healing, deliverance or even a prophetic word that heals. You bark like a dog and I may declare it is a human affectation simply because it can be faked. However, you get out of your wheel chair for the first time in twenty years and I will gladly hear you bark like a dog and I will clearly declare “this is God.”
Millions have gone home from their church every week for prolonged periods of time not having received their miracle and having to fight their spiritual battles on a front that the local church of Jesus Christ should have removed from them.
I know too many Christians that live with crippling diseases of body and mind that utterly inhibit service for God. That is, in itself, a fact of life that all ministers of the gospel must be ready to address. But what I find distressing is that many, having lived so long with such, do not even fight to be whole because ministers have not encouraged them to seek healing that is intrinsic to the message of the gospel.