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July 12, 2014

“Your misery is your ministry,” is a quote that you will hear many people in ministry repeat. My definition of misery is anything that causes you pain and anguish. Since I believe that God is in control of everything and He does not allow anything to happen to me that I cannot bear (though it is difficult sometimes to comprehend when I am in misery), then what I am experiencing is not just about me, but there are reasons and purpose for my misery.

A possible question can be, “What is the reason and purpose for my misery?” The world is drawn to drama and not the mundane. Drama catches our attention, and when I see or hear someone’s testimony of a dramatic situation that God brought them thru, how they overcame the plan of the enemy, it inspires me and gives me hope for my problematic crises. That is why John stated in Revelation 12:11a, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” There must be a test (misery) to have a testimony. Thus, the best candidate to allow to go thru a test is a believer who has the Holy Spirit and the Greater One working for them.

Paul also told the Corinthian believers that their lives were a living epistle that the world reads and that events in their lives were orchestrated with God’s stamp of approval. (2 Corinthians 3:1-6). Paul was not addressing the leadership of the church but believers like you and me. Each one of us has a ministry; it may not be a public one talking to an audience, it may be just a one on one, but it is still considered ministry, and it is called “marketplace ministry.” Hence, the world is watching and how you handle your misery speaks and influences them.

Some of us go through the same kind of dramatic situation repeatedly. Some of us have an on-going variety of crises, and it appears that there is no end in sight. No matter what your scenario maybe there is someone with a similar experience looking for the hope and inspiration that your testimony can produce. So, fellow believers be strengthened, encouraged, and know even your misery is for ministry.

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