RHEMA WORD (06/22 / 2015) Father, what must I do to become effective for your purpose, in such a time as this? “Are you willing to sacrifice, to give up your life for my sake? Are you willing to step out in faith, when it seems impossible or even deadly, when I’ve given you clear directions to do it?” Father, I don’t really know? I guess that that I would have to be tested to know, if I could accurately answer that question. You know me better than I know myself. I could claim that I was willing to do anything or everything, but in reality, I’m really not sure. “you have spoken wisely! No one can honestly anticipate how they would respond to a difficult and fearful situation, unless they have faced it, or experienced a past similar situation, and responded in the way I would have them respond. Remember that I know you better than you know yourself. Because of that, I will prepare you and others, through refinement, with trust and faith in Me, to grow and develop spiritually. So that you will know my faithfulness, and be able to stand strong when facing obstacles, trials and tribulations, proving that you are worthy of My trust in you, and through you. I already know how you will respond, but neither you nor others know if you will be able to lead, or prove yourself worthy of leadership. There are many who want to become leaders, often as a form of ego enhancement. But they are not willing to pay the price to rule and reign in My kingdom. Many are called, but few are chosen; and the chosen ones are committed and willing to pay the price. Even if the journey is hard, the rewards will be great, and have eternal value, as those who will be the end time’s over-comers. There are many who claim they are serving Me, and call it Their Ministry, but actually they are ego driven hirelings, self serving, developing and establishing their own ministry enterprise; rather than having a servant’s heart to build My kingdom ministry, according to My guidance and purpose. Their primary loyalty is not to Me, but to themselves. For this reason, many in church leadership have lulled the sheep to sleep, conducting activities as the world, while the adversary leads the sheep to slaughter. They are self seekers, desiring all forms of personal gratification, and recognition, without sacrifice, or a willingness to pay the high price of taking up their cross, to follow Jesus.” Again I ask! Who is willing to sacrifice their life, sell all they have to obtain the pearl of great price. To be great in My kingdom, you must become the servant of all. You were purchased at a great price, redeemed by the sacrificed Lamb of God, sacrificing his own life blood for us. So what are we willing to sacrifice for Him?”             (Matthew 16:24-25) “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”                                            (Matthew 10:38-39) “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”