(Please note: The Lord gave me some additional information to add to my article and this is the updated version)
Article by Joni Ames
I recently sat in a service where a young guy was preaching with all of his might. But something was strangely familiar. I soon recognized the sermon as being one that I had heard another man teach before. It had been one of the other man’s most recognized sermons.
We have a Bible full and a life full of ministry topics. We don’t need to copy anybody else. Our experiences alone could last a lifetime for what we can teach.
I love what Rick Joyner says, “In the very areas where you have been wounded and healed, you then have authority to heal others.” The Bible put it this way, “Satan is defeated by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony.” (Rev. 12:11)
Very often the things we go through, the experiences we have, the issues of the day, and the lessons we learn through them are the most powerful things we can teach.
In order to be effective, timely ministers of the Gospel, we must not be afraid to be led by the Holy Spirit.
When I worked at PTL, I would schedule the local pastors to come in and do daily devotionals for the visitors. If the speaker for the day didn’t show up, it was my job to do the devotion that day.
I had been walking down the corridor where our stores were and saw a postcard with the names of Jesus through the window. For some reason, it grabbed me and I had to go in and buy it.
Within an hour, I found out that the speaker I scheduled could not come. God brought my attention back to that postcard.
I grabbed my Bible and opened it up to the index where it listed the names of Jesus and what each one referred to. I went to the room where the devotions were to be held and spoke on it. I told them honestly how I came about the topic.
There was a pastor and his wife who wept the entire time. He said afterwards that it was the best teaching he had ever heard and exactly what he needed in every way.
He thanked me for being honest as to how it came about. He said the fact that it was hot off the press of the Holy Spirit was why it was so anointed. It wasn’t regurgitated from somebody else or rehearsed.
I knew a guy who was a traveling evangelist that would look up and use all of the famous old ministers sermons. He would actually memorize them and then preach them everywhere he went. He never used his own material. He was just a good actor using someone else’s scripts.
Because I had worked at PTL and heard every minister you could imagine, I recognized what he was doing right away.
He even thought that Elvis Presley was his alter ego (spiritual twin) and utilized his voice inflections and movements in his sermons. It was crazy.
Things like that may work for a while, but it’s the anointing that breaks the yoke, not the annoying.
God’s word contains everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) If we immerse ourself in Him and His Word, He will saturate us with His presence, power, and anointing.
To bring balance, we may quote someone else from time to time. But we need to be sure we give them credit for it. Not study them and act like them and pretend it’s our material or that we are them.
Additionally, God’s generals who have passed on and their teachings definitely have their importance and place in our lives and walk, and it’s great that we have access to them. But you are not them, and God has put you in place for such a time as this to bring forth what He’s doing with and through you.
Another guy I know of had preached for many years and had many books on the topics he had previously spoken about. So he just kept preaching those topics and sermons over and over again. We would listen to him preach and afterward he would announce that it was all in his book that you could buy. Nothing new. Just continual rehashing of what was relevant for the times before.
When the world is going through such crazy things as we’re experiencing now, we need to hear now words, not Yesterday’s.
Be who God called you to be. Teach what He has put inside of you. Don’t regurgitate somebody else’s sermon or even yours from a previous time period.
Another thing...even if you have studied a teaching you are about to give for many days and have a ton of notes, be ready for the Holy Spirit to change it without notice at the last minute. He sometimes does that.
My spiritual papa, Prophet Bob Jones, once told me to pay close attention to what is being sung in the worship. It’s often what the Holy Spirit is using to get God’s people to cry out for what’s on His heart. He may use that to direct the flow of teaching He desires you to speak to that church about and change all of your plans at the last moment.
2 Timothy 4:2 admonishes us to “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.”
As the saying goes, don’t be an echo, be a voice. There’s plenty of topic material in God’s Word, in your life’s many testimonies, and the things going on in these current days. Just look at the index in the back of your Bible and pick a topic. Better yet, pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing. Let Him come shining through you with His up to date prophetic perspective from The Living Word for the now times we are in and bring life and hope to those you minister to, by trusting THE Word - Jesus is the LIVING Word (John 1:1 & 1:14) - and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
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