This is going to be a different and difficult kind of message for me to write. Then again, I guess this really is not a message at all…it’s more of an announcement, and I know it’s God because right now doesn’t feel like the right time to be making this kind of an announcement. Never-the-less, it’s an announcement that I have to make, and I pray it resonates with your hearts like many of the messages I’ve written.
It’s an encouragement to me in that one of the first things I saw this morning as I was preparing to write this post…was this photo with Charles Stanley. It was also confirmation to me that I am hearing from the Lord on what I’m about to say. So, as always I ask You, Lord to make my fingers as that as a pen of a ready writer…writing only of the oracles of You, and for ears to hear and hearts that will be receptive and respond to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Before I go too long…Isaiah 55:6 KJV is the supporting scripture for what I’m about to talk about, and so it’s important to know what it says…and it reads: “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”…and so again I ask the Holy Ghost to guide my thoughts, give me His words, and help me to write what is going to be one of the more difficult things I’ve written to date. So…here it goes…
I need to do just like the picture and Isaiah 55:6 says here and take some time to seek God’s will. So, that’s what I’m going to do. Effective immediately I’ve decided to suspend all teaching series messages until further notice. I will continue posting the daily and weekly scriptures and other things that I know the Lord wants me to share. I am also going to work on the October Newsletter, and leave the rest of what I share and when up to the Holy Ghost.
I’ve made no secret about the fact that I need the help of YOU the Christlike Ministries NWA followers to help keep the ministry online, but as of right now today there’s no money coming in at all. So, also effective immediately, I’ve unpublished the Christlike Ministries NWA Mobile app indefinitely because it was meant to be for those who were really going to partner financially with the ministry.
I realize it was also a prize for the Add-A-Member contest…but I couldn’t leave it active for some…and not for others. So I had no choice but to shut down the app for everyone including myself. I’m sorry for the inconvenience…it’s a neat and fun thing to have…but with no money coming in to support the ministry…I can’t justify having a cute gift when my family is struggling to make ends meet. It’s simple. The only way I can bring back the Mobile App is if it makes sense financially to bring it back, and right now it doesn’t.
Furthermore, if I’m being truly honest and transparent, as I’ve said before I may have to decide if it makes financial sense to even continue operating the ministry. Right now, just being honest…it doesn’t, but I know I’m not supposed to look at the circumstances…I’m to trust God to provide. I am and I do, but how many of you know that God also is a practical God…and He’s not just going to plop an envelop full of money on my desk from out of the sky.
I know there are times He does perform financial miracles like that…and God has always said as long as I take care of His business He’ll take care of mine. He has. Anyways, for now, I’m praying, hoping, and believing that I’m not going to have to shut down the ministry. I’m believing that if God said He would take care of me and my family He will…and so I will be earnestly seeking for Him to provide financially.
There is a song on my heart that speaks to where my heart is, and what I’m hoping to accomplish during this break that provides a pretty good soundtrack to the rest of this message as well.
During this time, I will be studying, praying, and seeking the Lord for direction about where to go from here in all areas of my life. I’m also going to be spending more time with my family and trying to become a better husband, better father, better son, better man, and better pastor. I’m also going to be seeking the Lord for Him to open a door to a secular job so that I can help support my family. So, I would appreciate if you would pray and believe God with me. Of course, adding a job will also mean adding the cost of child care, and also going to have to learn to balance adding a job to ministry, family, parenting, and other things. But, I have friends that balance all that stuff…and I’m sure God will help me do it too.
My wife said that she knows and believes Christlike Ministries NWA is what I’d like to make my life’s work which is true, but the deeper truth is I want to be a proper example to Lizzie as to what a godly man is and does.
Right now. I feel like I’m letting down and that I’m hindering my family. I’m not helping to alleviate the financial strain on my family, and I just feel like I’m not being a very good example. My wife deserves better, my daughter deserves better, and my wife is right…I wish I could pour my heart and soul into the ministry and do it full-time, but when there’s no money coming in…and my wife’s working her tail off to keep a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, clothes on our backs…I can’t in good conscience continue to watch my wife exhaust herself…and not look to find some way to help take the pressure of keeping our bills paid off her shoulders.
It’s hard to feel like a success as a pastor…when I feel like I’m failing as a husband and as a father…and that’s how I feel. I am aware that this is an attack of the enemy…but the only way to combat that is to take a break and draw nearer to God than ever before…and so that’s what I’m doing.
Part of the reason for my taking a break is that I need to invest more time into my wife and daughter. I’ve spent many hours in this office writing, posting, and neglecting my family. I can’t effectively minister to you if I’m not first ministering to my family, and I certainly can’t tell anyone to get their houses in order with mine being out of order. Another part of the reason for my taking a break is as I mentioned I need some time to sit at the Master’s feet and allow Him to minister to me. In short, what I need is more time with Jesus, and I believe that as I do that everything else will start falling back into place.
I want to thank all of you for being a part of the Christlike Ministries NWA Family. I love and appreciate every one of you that’s voiced your support. I appreciate all the encouraging words, comments, and thank you for letting me know that what I’ve been doing is making a difference in your walk with the Lord. I’m excited to see the steady growth of Pastor B’s Blog, and how God has orchestrated the growth of the Christlike Ministries NWA Blog. I’m thankful for all those who have joined the Christlike Ministries NWA Family Group Page, and I’m thankful for everyone that follows via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, WordPress, and more. It’s truly a joy to serve God, and it’s truly a joy to be able to bring you good, solid Bible based messages.
I believe it’s God’s will for Christlike Ministries NWA to continue. Christlike Ministries NWA has been my dream since 2001, and my passion since 2012. It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m hopeful that journey can continue. I know a lot of what I’m experiencing right now are attacks from the enemy. I know that the only way to combat the enemy is to draw nearer to God, and that’s what I’m going to be doing. I’m not sure how long this break is going to be, but I am sure that the only things the Lord is allowing me to do is the daily and weekly scriptures and whatever else He allows me to share. I also believe that God will make a way for Christlike Ministries NWA to continue cause it is making a difference in people’s lives…and so I’ve no doubt God will provide.
I just got a magnet from Charles Stanley that has his second life principle…which is really my first: “Obey God & Leave All The Consequences To Him”, and that’s just another confirmation to me that this is the right time and the right thing for me to do. At a time when the ministry is getting zero financial support it doesn’t make sense to take a break, but that’s exactly what obeying God and trusting Him with the results is about. As I mentioned part of this time is going to be spent improving things here in my home, most of this time will be spent with me drawing nearer to God, and some of it will probably be spent trying to re-enter the workforce after nearly two years as a stay at home parent.
If you are interested at all in supporting Christlike Ministries NWA financially please contact me directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (479)899-7853 so that I can give you more information about how to support the ministry. If you are a new believer or need prayer please contact me directly as well. I’ll do what I can to help you get started in your walk with God, and bring your prayer needs before the Lord.
Well. I believe that’s a good place to wrap this up. As always I ask you to pray and believe God with me for His will to be done with and through this ministry. I ask for you to pray over my family for healing, provision, and anything else the Holy Ghost leads you to pray over me or my family. I want to thank all of you for your prayers, patience, and support. I hope and pray that God works things out so that Christlike Ministries NWA continues to grow, and that I can continue doing what I know I’m called to do. I hope and pray that the finances are there for the ministry to stay online. I hope and pray for a stronger, deeper, more intimate relationship with God, with my family, and that when I the Lord clears me to return I hope that y’all will still be a part of the Christlike Ministries NWA Family.
Thank you all for your time, your prayers, your patience, and your support. I hope that y’all understand, and I hope that y’all will continue to stick with me while I seek the Lord for where I and Christlike Ministries NWA goes from here. I hope you’ll pray with me too. I am not going to put a time frame on this. I’ll simply say we’ll resume the teaching series and such when the Lord says it’s the right time to resume them…and as the Lord shares with me direction I’ll be sure to share those things with you.
I love and appreciate you all. Thank you for allowing me to serve and impart into your lives. I am looking forward to the day the Lord allows me to resume doing it, but for now it’s time for me to sit at the Master’s feet…and lay my desires at His feet…obey God and trust Him with the results!
Have a blessed day in the Lord and God bless you all!
Blessings & Grace;
Bryan J. Kizer – Pastor
Christlike Ministries NWA
“My love be with you ALL in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 16:24 (NASB)
PS. For now, there are well over 400 messages here, and nearly 50 messages on Pastor B’s Blog that you can read while I am going through this time away. I’m sure the Lord will give me some messages here and there, but as far as getting into any kind of teaching series…there just isn’t the anointing to get into anything that I thought there would be…and I believe the reason for that is God is wanting me to take a break from teaching…and allow myself to spend more time being taught and ministered to by Him. So, please keep visiting the blogs, and please stick with me.