I did a series a while back called, “It’s all in the fruit”. It’s true, it’s all about the fruit which is an outward manifestation of the inward person. That is where credibility is built, through the inward change that begins to manifest outwardly as we become more like Jesus.
A consistency must develop in us as leaders, that is built through change & growth as we mature in Him.
Our biggest ministry to anyone ever is the testimony of a changed life, of the light of Christ shining through us, of us living a godly life.
As a minister or Apostle, I’m a part of the world, but I shouldn’t be ‘blending in’. I should be standing out because I’m a testimony to how God has changed me! That is not just about the initial ‘born again’ experience but continued change and growth, which is visible to those around me.
It’s not just a ‘spiritualised’ maturity of how my spiritual language (in tongues) has developed, or how many people are healed through Christ in my ministry, but the inward change which shows my priorities have shifted; the old life is gone! So that what I speak and teach from the pulpit is the way I live my life. Not, one side of my life in secret and the one on the pulpit!
So as an Apostle, my credibility does not come from the number of churches I have in my network, or how many Ministers are a part of it. My credibility must come from the fruit that I bear in my life; that which people see over time.
It must come from me fulfilling what I’m called to do by GOD – nothing more, nothing less. It must come from me choosing to obey GOD and GOD’s Word, more than my desire to be popular with people, or be liked by people. As much as we all want and desire to be loved and liked, it’s not my priority.
It must be in the manifestation of living a godly life, as the Word of God calls us to as ministers, and that we get a revelation of the power of God in our lives as individuals and Five-fold, to overcome by grace and that through grace. We have been given the divine power of God to overcome everything we need to live a godly life.
It’s not a “holier than thou” thing. It’s knowing that in our weakness, we are made strong in His strength! It’s knowing that I make mistakes, but that through grace, I learn and grow from them and that change comes through them; that in the Refiner’s fire, I am made new.
A leader who refuses to hear, or take counsel from those speaking into their life, is like a person walking on thin ice. They don’t know they’re on it until they fall in. Let leaders with established credibility speak into your life. If we expect those we teach to change, let’s make sure we as leaders are open to receive counsel and change.
When we say the old has gone and the new has come, we must present that ‘new’ and live in that ‘new’. Our old ways, the Word says, are done with!
There must be a consistency running through my life, in all that I do that reveals the new nature; that what I preach is how I live. It’s not perfection, it’s by grace. This is what makes us effective!
Have fresh testimony about what God is doing in your life now, to share with others. Pray for the LORD to send people across your path and you to them. Pray for God to give you a word of knowledge for someone. And don’t forget to always pray for continued change.
2 Peter 1:3–11 (NIV)
“God’s DIVINE POWER has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of God who called us by God’s own glory and goodness.
Through these God has given us God’s very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, kindness; and to kindness, love.
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.
But if anyone does not have them, they are nearsighted and blind, and have forgotten that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Therefore, my sisters & brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.
For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Blessings and love
Apostle Deborah Bell
Lead Apostle, DGFC
DGAN Apostolic Network