The Altar that Sanctifies – Part 2

(Continued)
                                                                 My Personal Observation in Ministry
 
When I start any church plant, the first thing I do on the first day of the main service is to pray the prayer of consecration. This prayer usually turns out to have a prophetic element to it. I usually keep in mind that this is not my work but the work of God. The planting of a church is like building an altar. This is a place that many people will have to find blessings from God therefore it has to be started in the right way.
 
If you are a minister in any capacity, your consecration in Christ has an effect on the people you serve. When you are consecrated through Christ the altar you minister at will be consecrated and the people who give to your ministry will receive their blessings because you live right with God.
 
Abram was very discerning when it came to giving that is why you also have to be discerning. In Genesis 14:18-20 the Bible says, “And Melchisedec king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most-high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all”.
 
When he met Melchisedec he gave him the tithe but then the king of Sodom got excited about giving, Abram (later named Abraham) did not accept the offer. Why? It is because he did not want the king of Sodom to claim that he made him rich. The Bible in Genesis 14:21-23 says, “And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich”. Abraham wanted everyone to know that it was God who would make him rich and not any man. It is a reminder for us to give credit where credit is due therefore give all the glory to God.
 
When I minister in some churches, I notice that the churches that give to my ministry make a symbolic statement. When they give because they recognize the ministry that I offer as being from God like Abraham recognized Melchisedec as a high priest of the most high God, they get blessed. Most of the churches that have given because they recognize my ministry have been able to make so much progress. Some of them that did not have buildings or nice looking buildings have ended up having their own church buildings and have been able to make so much progress in their ministry in one way or another.
 
One thing to keep in mind is that giving should not be limited to needs. There are churches that have not given at the time of ministry to their church because they think the visiting preacher does not need the money since he resides in a developed nation. They are led to thinking that he does not need any money since he has a lot of money anyway. Due to this they end up missing out on their blessings. This is the reason why these churches struggle without knowing they are just breaking an important spiritual principle.
 
Why is this an important issue? This is an important issue because the consecration of the minister has an impact on the ministry altar. If I do not live a holy life as a minister the people will not receive the blessings that God intends for them to have because the altar is defied.
 
The minister has to be consecrated that is why in Exodus 29:35-37 the Bible says, “And thus shalt thou do unto Aaron, and to his sons, according to all things which I have commanded thee: seven days shalt thou consecrate them. And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it. Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy: whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy”.
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