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By: Chaifa Berry
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SOS - the Key to Success

S.O.S.

That is a term that is used pretty regularly here at the Ministry Center. However, it is not the S.O.S. that you are familiar with. No, I am not talking about "Save Our Souls."

SOS is the foundation of your ministry training. It is what makes you into the greater vessel. If you allow the Lord to master SOS in you, then you have the potential to become the greatest vessel that He can use.

So what is SOS? What is this thing that I am talking about, that you SO desire to master now?

It is this: Servanthood. Obedience. Submission.

Those who come to us for ministry training at the Center, must pass through this phase first, before rising up into any ministry position.

I don't know if there is anything else that will challenge your flesh more. These are the foundation of your ministry. Build it correctly from the very beginning, and God can build a skyscraper on top of you. So, how well can you obey orders? Can you submit to man or will rebellion manifest when told what to do? Can you take the lower seat and serve?

If yes, then indeed, you are a vessel that is ready to be shaped into whatever He desires.

I want to tell you though, SOS is not JUST a phase of training. Perhaps some of you are thinking, "Oh yeah, submission... I remember that phase. I remember having to submit to that horrible leader. I passed that phase."

Let me tell you something, though: SOS is not a phase you pass through. It is not an obstacle course you navigate and graduate from.

A Foundation Built in You

It is a foundation that He builds INTO you. It is who you ARE. SOS is not a "phase" for beginners only and that you simply leave to the new-comers. If that is what you think, then we need to revisit that foundation.

If you find your ministry crumbling and pillars falling away, if the ceiling is caving in, it is time to get back to basics.

How is your servanthood, obedience and ability to submit going? Just take a look at your leader above you. What are you giving them? Is it joy or is it grief? This will answer your question pretty well.

You see, the anointing, the skills, the talent, the calling... these are all beams in your building. However, if your foundation is cracked, no amount of anointing, high calling, and strengths can make up for a faulty foundation... and with a faulty foundation, eventually the building is going to cave in.

Back to Basics

You are in ministry training and as you rise up, it is easy to forget the basics, which are the most powerful principles of all. Keep building up, run fervently, seek more power, but do not forget that all of it means nothing if the Lord is not in control.

Remember that even Paul, who had all the power, wisdom and anointing to boast about, boasted first in being a "Servant of God." The Lord Jesus was obedient unto death, even death on a cross. He was not led by emotions, He was led by the Father. As a servant, He was found on His knees, washing the feet of His disciples just hours before his death.

You want to be used more? Master servanthood, master obedience, master submission using the power of the Holy Spirit, and He will send you to do things that you never imagined you could do for Him!

And here we thought it was all about anointing, power and strength. Indeed, the power is found in humility.

In His Love and Grace,

Chaifa Berry
Fivefold Ministry School Principal
Apostolic Movement International

P.S. Challenged? Want more fire to remove the dross? If so, then you are just as crazy as we are and indeed, you are in the right school.

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