The Price of Ministry in the Spirit
There is a price tag attached to all ministry in the Spirit.
“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted
him that was born after the Spirit, even so is it now.”
Gal 4:29 Thus, the one who is in the “Flesh” will
persecute the one who is in the “Spirit.”
There are two kinds of people in the Church today:
1. Those after the “Flesh.”
These are satisfied with serving God according to their natural
or learned desires and intellect.
2. Those after the “Spirit.”
These serve the Lord by seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit.
There are people in the Church who will mock or ridicule
those who are seeking to follow the laws of the Spirit. This
fact of persecution need not be considered unusual, but should
be taken as normal. Note Gen 20:9, “And Sarah saw the
son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham
There is a line of demarcation between the seed of Isaac
(Spirit) and of Ishmael (Flesh). Though outwardly they might
appear to be relatives, yet inwardly they are diametrically
opposed. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and
the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one
to the other.” Gal 5:17 “Which things also we
speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which
the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(Or: teaching spiritual things to the spiritual minded). But
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned.” I Cor
There is an international language of the Holy Spirit that
is understood by those who have been born of the Holy Spirit.
The natural man has no such ability. The things of the Spirit
are mere unintelligible sounds disturbing the religion of
such a natural man. “For the desires of the flesh are
opposed to the (Holy) Spirit, and the (desires of the) Spirit
are opposed to the flesh (Godless human nature); for these
are antagonistic to each other - continually withstanding
and in conflict with each other - so that you are not free
but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. Gal 5:17
Note the phrase “continually withstanding.” While
ministering to a group of people, we may be conscious of the
fact that they are not responsive. We desire to share “a
special word” with them, but can not do so. This is
a result of the flesh withstanding the Spirit. “And
we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human
wisdom but taught by the Holy Spirit, combining and interpreting
spiritual truths with spiritual language (to those who possess
the Holy Spirit). But the natural, non-spiritual man does
not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and
teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are
folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of
knowing them - of progressively recognizing, understanding
and becoming better acquainted with them - because they are
spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. I Cor
2:13-14 Amplified Translation).
As the Lord begins to open our hearts to these truths of
a life and walk in the Spirit, there begins to be a separation.
Many draw back at this place because the price tag is too
great, preferring a lower more comfortable plane of existence.
Those who are truly seeking the Lord and desire to walk with
Him in a greater dimension of spiritual life and ministry
will become separated from those who do not. As you begin
to minister in the Spirit, you will automatically be spoken
against. People will form opinions, some for and some against
you. This is a spiritual law that cannot be broken. “And
Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, behold,
this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel;
and for a sign which shall be spoken against.” It was
so in the life of Jesus and the servant is not greater than
“He shall not fail nor be discouraged...” Isa
42:4 Another translation says, “He shall not be bruised.”
There is a grave danger of being hurt or bruised in our feelings
due to reactions to our ministry. Then, we will begin to feel
sorry for ourselves. This will eat out our ministry until
nothing is left.
The prophet's reward will come in God's time. But until that
time, bear the prophets persecution, and continue to teach
the ways of the Lord, treating as precious the things pertaining
to His Spirit and spiritual ministry.