Renewal, restoration and revival can only come to the church today when the quality of ministers changes to divine expectations. Ministers make the ministry. The church will continue to lay prostrate as long as we have fireless, passionless, prayerless, worldly, carnal and powerless ministers leading her. The church will only move with the move of her ministers. Today, we have ministers that are weak in every area: eye weakness; heart weakness; feet weakness, leg weakness, knee weakness, hand weakness; the more reason the church is floundering on every side. Weak ministers cannot receive the inflow of God’s power and be clean channels of His glory. It’s time to become the minister that the Holy Spirit can really flow through today like never before (Heb.12:12-13).

  1. Scriptural Foundation for Unblemished Ministers – I Tim. 3:1-5; II Cor. 6:3-10.

Minister is the general name for workers in the vineyard of the Lord. Every other name – pastor, prophet, evangelist – is encompassed by the minister. A minister means a servant, representative of a superior; someone who delivers what he or she is given; a vessel through which messages can flow in a clean, clear and conducive way, someone who has been and is still being made by Christ (II Tim. 2:19-21; II Cor. 5:18-20).

v Ministers are crucial to the plan and purpose of God

v Ministers are the ambassadors of Christ in the world

v God will not work nor move without ministers

v The life of ministers will be the ceiling for the church.

v The sins of ministers will be the sins of the church

v The spiritual quality of ministers will be the spiritual quality of the church

v When ministers are clean and pure vessels, God will flow mightily.

  1. Disqualification From Priesthood – Leviticus 21:1-2

Blemishes are stains, corruptions, demerits, crooked ways and manners. It has majorly to do with characters, lifestyle and conduct of our living. Here are blemishes that disqualify ministers from being priests unto the Lord:-

ü Blindness: A man that is spiritually blind cannot operate in a priestly office for the Lord – vs 18

ü Lameness: A man that cannot run with the vision of God – vs 18

ü A man with a flat nose that cannot perceive the things of God. Not spiritually sensitive – vs 18

ü A man with anything superfluous – a man with an abnormal or gigantic growth; a man that believes that he has arrived and cannot learn any more.

ü A man with a broken foot; vs 19. A man who cannot walk upright before God.

ü A man with a broken hand; vs 19 – A man who cannot offer the sacrifices of God, lifting up holy hands.

ü A man with hunchback; vs 20 – A man who carries strange burden and cannot stand upright before God.

ü A dwarf; vs 20 – A man who has refused to get matured in the things of the Lord.

ü A man with a blemish in his eye; vs 20 – A man with a blurred vision who cannot see the vision of God properly.

ü A man with scurvy; vs 20 – A man with sore in the mouth, polluted mouth that cannot speak the true messages of God.

ü A scabbed man (scabies); vs 20 – A man infected with strange doctrine

ü A man with broken stone; vs 20 – A man who is incapable of reproducing; an unfruitful man and life.

Ministers must be free from any and all of these if they are truly going to be used by Him (Isaiah 40:3-5).

  1. Evils of Ministry Today

The pressure to perform, perfect miracles, become popular, draw crowds, build cathedrals and be counted as success in ministry have made many ministers to become stained and full of blemish. Here are the five evils I have seen here and there:-

  1. Covetousness of Money – the zeal to get it all cost, with whatever means have become more prevailent than ever before. Ministers are cutting corners everywhere for money; (Luke 21:34- 36; Luke 12:14-15).
  1. Immorality – ‘Sex for nothing’ ‘Sex for penny’. That is what it has become in ministerial circles. It is done without fear or regard for God or His word. It is as if it’s no longer a sin.
  1. Demonic Powers – Yes, occultic, juju and demonic powers are being used to draw crowds, perform miracles and bewitch people in ministry today. Wives of overseers and church founders are into it. It’s the days of Simon the socerer again; (Acts 8:9-11).
  1. Ego and pride – Boasting, bragging, self-conceit and self-importance have taken over many hearts. We believe in class and status and move only in such circles.
  1. Gimmicks – Prophetic tricks are being used to fleece people. Emergency prayer contractors in rich people’s houses and cunning methods of depriving people of their monies in the name of ministrations. Many are even charging for ministrations today.

These five (5) evils are widespread and pervasive today and it has left many ministers blemished, stained and becoming unholy vessels for the Lord.

  1. Becoming an Unblemished Minister – James 1:26; II Tim.2:19-21; Isaiah 52:11

Without great carefulness, watchfulness, heavenly-mindedness and determination, it is easy to become contaminated in ministry. If you can follow these steps, then you can become and remain an unblemished minister.

  1. Repent and Renounce Any Ground of The Enemy in Your Life – John 14:30

Pray out any seed or deposit of Satan in you, knowingly, unknowingly.

  1. Let God Purge You Everyday – Matt. 23:27-28.

Surrender yourself absolutely for His purging. He can use anything to purge you. Let Him remove all carnality and works of the flesh from you continually.

  1. Live a Pure and Godly Life – Heb.12:14; I Thes. 4:7; I Pet. 1:14-17.

Let your life be in line with the Bible. Be honest, holy and pure in your dealings with any man or woman.

  1. Don’t Compare Youself with Others – II Cor. 10:12

Be the person God has called you to be. Stop working according to the time table of others. Rather, work according to God’s dealing with you.

  1. Stand Strong For God – Rev. 2:25

Receive divine strength to stand for the Lord; stand for the truth; stand in the truth; stand by the truth in everything, everywhere.

  1. Watch Your Company

You cannot walk and work with everyone who proclaims him or herself a minister. Company corrupts. Walk only with people of Godly values, lifestyle and heavenly consciousness.

  1. Keep Yourself Unspotted – James 1:26; Phil. 2:12

By daily prayers, soaking yourself in the word, watchfulness, renewal of your first love, deep fellowship with the Lord, you can maintain the fire of God upon your heart and keep yourself in the love of God till the end.

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