I thought I would take a moment to sit down and write what may be one of the most honest messages I’ve ever written. It’s fitting that this is a verse of the day from one of my favorite sites to check. I’m not going to take a whole lot of time here because I just want to get into what’s really on my heart, and let the Lord do what He’s going to do in, with, and through this message.
Thy Word Is Truth:
Do y’all know why I do this? Maybe the better question is do y’all even want to know? Do y’all care? Is this ministry really touching your life? Is it really making a difference? Is it something that is really worth taking the time to read or do you just hit the “like” button? Do these messages really impact your relationship with the Father? Have they caused you to begin a relationship with the Father or do you just skim through it and get tired of all the Jesus posts by Pastor B?
You know what!?! I’m going to take the time to strip away everything, and just do something I haven’t done in a while. Speak to you directly from what’s on my mind and heart…and as I always do…obey God and trust Him with the results. He knows what I need and want to accomplish, and so rather than continue to worry and fret over things that are beyond my control I’m just going to lay a few things out there for you…and leave the chips fall where they may…and trust the Lord to do what only He can…and so begins this journey of mine to peel the onion back for the day…and tell you why I haven’t really been writing much even though I said I was ready to be back to doing it.
So, here begins my answer to the question of why do I even bother to do this, and it starts with the fact that it’s what I’m called to do. And another reason I do this is because I really enjoy sitting down and using the ability to write God has blessed me with for His glory. Everything you read for the most part is penned from fingers that are as the pen of a ready writer…writing only of the oracles of God and with boldness, clarity, power, and unction that only comes from the supernatural ability of the Holy Ghost…and before during and after every message I ask the Holy Ghost to give y’all ears to hear and hearts that will be receptive and respond to what He is trying to speak through each and every one of the messages I sit down to pen from this here computer…including this one.
In the beginning, I have to be honest to say I really didn’t believe that Christlike Ministries NWA would become what it is today…a world-wide ministry that has reached nearly 200 nations. When I started this I thought it would be something I did in my spare time, that would become a pretty cool hobby, but would fade over time like most of the things I put my hands to. When I started this I wasn’t sure what it would become to be honest with you, and I certainly never thought that God would turn what I’ve been doing all my life into a full-time ministry…but here I am the pastor and founder of Christlike Ministries NWA coming up on its fourth year of existence.
Since before February 25, 2012 when I officially launched this ministry I’ve spent countless hours in front of this computer penning somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 messages. It’s fair to say that I’ve neglected my family, I’ve sat writing in the Spirit as television shows, football games, and other things have been going on around me. I’ve put writing these messages above spending time with my family, and there are times that I’ve been up well past midnight working to finish up messages that I knew I had to post before I went to bed because I knew in my heart someone needed what I was writing.
I have sacrificed sleep. I’ve forgotten to eat, I’ve neglected household chores, and I’ve sacrificed my own private devotional time with the Lord. I’ve sacrificed my desire to work a secular job so that I could afford some of the things I’ve had to give up since I’ve been out of work, and a stay at home parent. I’ve accepted my roll as a stay at home dad because it has given me time to spend with my daughter, and it’s also given me more time to devote to writing these messages.
This past year has been about crucifying more of myself, my desires, and still I feel like I haven’t spent enough time devoted to doing what God’s called me to do. In large part because I’ve had to take a few more extended breaks this year than in year’s past, and some of that has to do with the fact that I have a two-year old running around the house now. Some times, I start writing, and I can understand the line in Steven Curtis Chapman’s Cinderella about how his daughter was pulling at him saying “daddy I need you” because there are times my daughter does that to me. And…there are other times that as I admit to later on in this message I just have no better excuse then I just didn’t feel like writing.
In the beginning. I never thought of asking people to sow into this ministry because I was still thinking that it was more of a hobby than a ministry, and I was fairly naïve as to what the Lord’s plans were. In the beginning I was still out in the secular work force, and I never thought about the possibility that this is something the Lord would want me to do full-time. Heck…in the beginning I was still having a hard time (and I still have a hard time) identifying myself as Pastor…but much like Abram began (by faith) calling himself Abraham “the father of many nations” it wasn’t until I was two years in that I began to embrace that God had anointed and ordained me to be Pastor Bryan Kizer.
In a few months Christlike Ministries NWA will begin its fourth year. This past year has been amazing. We’re looking at breaking all of the previous marks of viewership, visitors, and more…and all this is happening at a time when I’ve written less than any year prior…but the numbers suggest to me that God is drawing people to this ministry because they’re looking for the truth of God’s word…and here at Christlike Ministries NWA that is exactly what they’re going to find.
I can tell you a few things of what people are and are not going to find here.
- First of all, they’re going to find a pastor that is humble, that has never forgotten what shambles his life was in before he met Jesus, and that is committed to the discipleship of the Christlike Ministries NWA Family. Therefore while the popular thing to do has become pointing out one another’s flaws and failures…I have enough of my own. That does not mean that I will tolerate willful sin, that doesn’t mean that I won’t confront sin, but what it does mean is I won’t judge you for your sin because I am just as guilty before God with my own. There’s no condemnation here because that’s not my job. It’s my job to help you begin, develop, and maintain your walk with God. It’s the God’s job to do the rest, and allow Him to move in your life as HE wills.
- Secondly, while I may use a lot of the studies provided by You Version…the main thing is I won’t ever get into anything that isn’t biblically correct. I couldn’t care less about being politically correct, and I also don’t care about being popular. I don’t care if 1,000 people read my posts or 1 I’m going to be obedient to what the Spirit of God is leading me to write and inspiring me to say through each message.
- Thirdly, because of what I just said in point number two you won’t find anything sugar-coated here. The Bible says that IT is nourishment for our spiritual well-being. I won’t serve you junk food, I won’t serve you messages that have no nutritional value to them, and I also won’t load you up on messages with empty calories (like cotton candy). You will get the true, unadulterated Word of the Living God from this ministry…and I will do my best to preach and teach it and live it…because I want you to know one thing…the most important thing isn’t what I have to say…but what’s in the Word of God.
- Fourthly, what’s in the Bible is far more important than any commentary from me…even if it’s Holy Ghost inspired there is no substitute for the Word of God. It’s important (especially now) that we be submersed and saturated with as much of the Word of God as we possibly can, and I’m as guilty as anyone else of leaving it on the bookshelf more than I should…but the Word of God…and specifically the King James Version is the only book that is endorsed by Christlike Ministries NWA. If you like other versions that’s your choice and prerogative, but this ministry only uses the King James, New King James, New American Standard, and Amplified Versions of the Bible…and that’s just a matter of preference to me.
- Finally (this goes back to the first point) you are going to be pastored by someone who is human. I don’t have all the answers, I’m not perfect, and some times I get too stressed to be blessed. I yell at my daughter some times when I should be more merciful, and I don’t always love my wife as Christ loves the church. I yell at people when they cut me off in traffic, and as Marine Veteran the occasional bad word still passes through my lips. I’m not perfect and I don’t expect you to be…there’s only One that has never sinned…and I am not Him.
What you have found is a man that loves Jesus, and recognizes that the only way this messed up individual is going to inherit eternal life is because Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior. I’m not going to Heaven because I’m more holy than anyone, and I’m certainly not going to Heaven just because I have a ministry. I’m not going to Heaven because I’m a good person, or I do a good deed or volunteer to go on an outreach. I’m not going to Heaven because I attend a church or any other reason. The ONLY reason I’m on my way to Heaven is because I am crucified with Christ and the life I now live I do the best I can to follow the path that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has set before me.
What you have found is a ministry that still believes in the Old Rugged Cross, and that there is value in the Old Paths. I still value the preaching of the Word of God as it was done by the heavyweights of the past like Charles H. Spurgeon or Oswald Chambers or Smith Wigglesworth or Adrian Rogers, and I most certainly value the preaching of heavyweights today like Billy Graham, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, and many, many others.
What you have found is a man that still attends church and answers to several pastors and men of God that are further advanced and more mature in the faith. I still have to read my Bible. I still have to pray. I still have to do all the things everyone else has to do…and from time to time I have to walk my butt to the altar and have hands laid on me. What you have found is a man that is a mediocre husband, a fairly decent daddy, an alright son, and horrible at keeping in touch with friends or relatives. You have found a man that can be lazy, and some times just puts off writing with no better of an excuse then I just didn’t feel like it.
I’m real, I’m authentic, and above all I am a child of the Most High God. I am not perfect, I’m not more holy than anyone else, and Lord knows I’m most certainly not rich by worldly standards. While the Lord has anointed and called me “Pastor” I may call myself Pastor B on social media, but in my eyes I’m still just plain ol Bryan.
So…this message really doesn’t have anything to do with preaching or teaching or anything else. However, what this message is about is striping everything down and away…and just being real with you. It blows me away that God can use me, and that God has seen to it that my ministry has reached nearly 200 nations. I’ve no idea how many people I’ve really touched or reached…all I know is I operate today under the same goal that I started with…
Obey God and Trust Him With The Results
I don’t have a plan of salvation. I don’t have a discipleship plan. I don’t even know how many have received Christ as a result of my posts, and I haven’t a clue how many people have actually read my posts or have been ministered to by them.
I have simply written when the anointing is there, and when it isn’t…I don’t. I don’t try to force messages that aren’t there just to write something. I’m not concerned with being popular or relevant…I’m interested in simply being obedient…and glorifying God one post at a time. In a way. Every message is part of my testimony. Every post has part of my story in it. Every message is my way of glorifying and worshiping the God that saved me, and gave me something to say.
Somehow…what I’ve been doing is working. Somehow…I’m getting record numbers this year to the Christlike Ministries NWA Blog. The truth is no matter what happens…it’s not me. It’s never been me or about me…it’s always been and always will be about Jesus.
So, thank you. Thank you to all of you that have somehow made what I thought would be a hobby into a world-wide ministry that’s reached the shores of every continent. Thank you for helping me get my message to places I’ve never even heard of or that I couldn’t even point to on a map. Thank you to all of you who have liked, shared, commented, emailed, followed and subscribed. Thank you to all of you who pray for me and my family as you would over your own. Thank you for staying with me, thank you for your patience, and most of all thank you for your support.
Let’s Worship Jesus:
This is probably the first song that really spoke to my heart about what God wanted me to do. I heard it long before I started writing, before the internet exploded, and before I even made the 700 mile trip to Arkansas by bus. It speaks to my desire and hope…and was also a favorite of my father in the faith. Even as I listen to Mikeschair sing “I Will Follow You” there’s one song that I can point to that spoke to my heart…and today I can honestly say that even though I haven’t left the United States I’ve been to the Ends of the Earth…and that’s the song I feel like worshiping to.
Final Word From Pastor B:
Jesus I believe in You and I would go to the ends of the earth for You alone are the Son of God and all the earth will see You are God. That’s it. That’s the desire of Christlike Ministries NWA from the first messages written on the Christlike Ministries NWA Facebook Page to this message written and posted right here on the Christlike Ministries NWA Blog on WordPress…it’s about making Jesus known…and by reaching the shores and borders of nearly 200 countries…I believe I’ve made good on that desire to go to the ends of the earth…and all of you who follow Christlike Ministries NWA are going into these nations with me…and this is what I’m asking you to support not just with prayers and sharing my messages…but that you would actually support financially also.
The thing is. I am getting to a place that if this is going to be what I do full-time I’m going to have to ask you…the Christlike Ministries NWA Family to help us out financially. I’ve been told that I need to trust God and have faith that He will provide, and the truth is He wants to provide…but He needs YOU to be the vessels in which He provides through.
I’ve had some of you agree to send the $5.00 a month, and I’ve not seen one five dollar bill hit my mailbox. I’ve had some of you ask about PayPal, and unfortunately right now I don’t have enough money in the ministry account to set up PayPal. I believe the ministry will get there, and get to a place where it can become a legal non-profit organization…but right now we’re in the fourth year of a strictly online ministry.
There are other things I’m hoping to be able to do, but those things take money. Money we don’t have, and money that isn’t going to magically appear without help from you. If every one of our followers would commit to sending just $5.00/month this ministry would not only able to support itself, but it would be able to help me do some of the things I’ve had on my heart for the past two years to do…but can’t because the funding isn’t there.
So. Unlike most ministries that are asking you to ask the Holy Spirit about how deep into your wallet you can dig…I am simply asking you to take one $5.00 bill a month, put it in an envelope, and send it to:
Christlike Ministries NWA
c/o Bryan Kizer – Pastor
404 Bonanza St.
Centerton, Arkansas 72719
That’s it! If you’ll sacrifice the money you spend on 1 cup of Starbucks a month, and sow it into Christlike Ministries NWA you’ll be helping to keep Christlike Ministries NWA online and to begin to do some of the other things the Lord has placed on my heart to do.
Well. Thank you for taking the time to basically read some of what’s been on my heart lately. I want to let each of you know that I’m thankful for every one of you that is part of the Christlike Ministries NWA Family.
Have a blessed night and God bless you all!
Blessings & Grace;
Bryan J. Kizer – Pastor
Christlike Ministries NWA