21 Things You Might Not Know About Bernard ElBernard – Part 2

4. I HAVE NEVER TRAVELLED OUTSIDE AFRICA

Ministry is the expression of the love of God for humanity. It is bringing people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone is called to fulfill a divine mandate. It is the pursuit of that mandate that culminates into glory and testimony.

Every divine mandate also has specific instructions attached to it. Your obedience to the divine instruction that accompanies your calling is what differentiates you from others.

When I set off in full time ministry 13 years ago, there were several international opportunities that opened for me. I remember an opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom to start a new ministry there. One day, whilst I was in prayer the Lord instructed me not to travel outside Africa for 16 years. I immediately dropped what looked like an opportunity to obey the voice of God. I learnt that, not every good opportunity is a God opportunity. So for the last 13 years, I have been obedient to this divine instruction not to travel outside Africa until these 16 years are over.

5. I HAVE MADE MISTAKES IN LIFE AND IN MINISTRY

Mistakes are actions, decisions or judgements that produces an unwanted or unintentional results.

Mistakes aren’t meant to define a person, mistakes can only have a hold on someone when one decides not to learn from their own mistakes. Mistakes most of the time are not intentional but they happen anyway every now and then, but what can make the difference is, having a different approach and mentality to what caused the mistake.

Over a period of 20 years as a preacher and 13 years in full time prophetic ministry, I have made mistakes that could have ended my life and my ministry. I have made mistakes with how I handled the people God brought my way. There were people even though they were good I should not have brought them too close. I have made mistakes with some of the guest ministers I brought into my life. Some of the mistakes are very personal and they could have destroyed my life and my ministry.

I have learnt lessons through some of these mistakes in life and ministry. I am becoming a better person as the days progress.

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