Apostle Jennifer LeClaire shared a link to an old article about being willing to pay a price for the anointing so you can have a ministry.
On March 14, 2018, just a few days ago, I actually wrote a satire entry about this very thing titled How to Get God to Do Tricks for You so You Can Be a False Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher (SATIRE)
The gist of the idea is that for these types of people, ministry is mostly about you. It’s about your ability to have a ministry and influence. These twisted man-centered people need God to show up and do tricks so that people keep showing up, so that their ministry can exist. Here is an excerpt from LeClaire’s article.
I had hit a wall. My ministry—and influence—was growing by leaps and bounds. I was breaking through and into new territory left and right. I was seeing increase on all sides. But something was wrong. I was at a breaking point. One of the issues was that my ministry had outgrown its intercessory prayer covering, but there was more.
Notice how it’s all about the furtherance of HER ministry. It’s all about influence, and gaining new territory.
Notice below how LeClaire talks about God wanting to amplify her voice.
See, there was a higher price to pay to go where God was taking me next. This time, it wasn’t about what the enemy was stealing or what I was losing. It was about what God wanted to give me. It was about the spiritual gifts He expected me to steward, how He wanted to amplify my voice in the next season, the new assignments He had in mind—and what I’d have to give up to go there.
Are You Willing to Pay the Price?
The fact that a price has to be paid by the person to do certain stuff, indicates how this is essentially man-centered. In scripture God gave out his gifts and callings for free. Why? Because God was fulfilling his plan. Why do people like LeClaire talk about having to pay a price? Because they want a ministry for themselves, and they need God to do tricks for them, so people will show up and validate their ministry.
Maybe you want to do ministry for God. That’s a noble desire. Please make sure you’re really doing it for God. And when I say make sure it’s about God, I mean don’t use “it’s all about God” as a white-wash front for really making it all about you.
God gives out his gifts freely. You don’t have to pay a price for them. When you find yourself wondering about what price you have to pay in order to have a ministry, please pause, evaluate, and recognize that you’re coming from a flawed starting point. Don’t make the same error as Simon in Acts, where he wanted a way to earn God’s power so he could do all of the tricks.