Armorbearer Training: I’m Tired of Holding the Cup – I’m Ready to Rule!

Has God called you to go to the next level in service? Are you feeling a bit restless and dissatisfied with being an assistant to the leader? A few years ago, a young woman wrote to us saying, “I think I may be out growing armorbearing. What do you think?” We advised her to seek the Lord. And if she discovered Father God was indeed calling her to the next level, then it was time to stand steady and train a successor. Rarely, if ever is it time to run off pursuing something else if there’s no one to take your place.

Of course I realize this does not apply to everyone. For some, it may be a life time assignment of helping their leaders. For them, I can say it’s a great honor to do what God has asked you to do.

On the other hand, there’s a good portion of armorbearers that God has called to go beyond their initial call of armorbearing. If you fit this category, consider this; your dissatisfaction may be God calling you toward your next level of service.

You may be what I call divinely dissatisfied’ with where you are. In my own life, I’ve discovered God used his divine dissatisfaction to cause me to search for Him as a solution. The writer of Acts instructs us, “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 2:21

After discovering, it is God calling you to your next level get ready for the process. A good friend of ours tells a story that explains well the process of going to the next level.

He was visiting an uncle on his farm. He got up early the first morning excited to look around and see what he could see. He went out to the barn and noticed a baby chicken struggling to break out of its shell. He curiously watched it peck, struggle and strain to become free of its shell. It seemed so hard on the baby chick that he decided to help it along.

He reached over and pulled away the rest of the pieces of shell; making it completely free. He thought it was going to hop up and start walking around like the other little chicks that had broken themselves free. Instead, it lay there dying not having enough strength to raise itself up.

Puzzled, he told his uncle what he had done and asked why the chick died after he freed it. The relative explained that the birth process of the chick was a part of what strengthened the chick to be able to hop around and get food after the process. If anything interfered with that process; the chick would likely die.

Do you see it? I see us in that little chick. Pecking, struggling and straining through God’s process to the next level. You know sometimes the next level is nothing more than a new or refreshed character that He wants us to operate in. Is God calling you to operate in a greater level of love or patience?

Or perhaps God has called you to the next level of armorbearing, helps, leadership. Won’t you join me in discovering new ways to cooperate with God as he readies us for the next level:

God is raising up next level helpers and leaders in His Church and all over the world. Have you noticed the spirit of servanthood sweeping the Church today? Stay in step with God; let his blessings of service flow through your life. While you are growing a great team of leaders and helpers, remember to cultivate the spirit of servanthood. So, when God leads YOU to your next level, you can expect his power and anointing because you’ve taken the time to become the ‘SENT’ not the ‘went.’

  • Seek the Lord: If God has truly called you to the next level, he will communicate it to you. Go to him; pray and find out. You’re his sheep and his sheep hear his voice. I know we’re all at different levels of hearing God. But I firmly believe he’ll meet you right where you are.
  • Embrace the process: There’s a group of scripture the Holy Spirit often whispers to me during my next level process. The writer of Hebrews says, “…My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord…Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields…fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees…” Hebrews 12:5-14
  • Get instructions: I am saddened when I see young ministers accept the call of God then straight away, put out their sign or pass out their ministry card to accept ministry gigs without proper training. I’ve learned zeal without wisdom can really bring damage to yourself and others. Instead, accept the call, then study to show yourself approved, get instruction, II Tim. 2:15 seek mentorship from the men & women of God. Allow Father God to send you. Seek to be among the ‘sent’ not the ‘sent.’
  • Write the vision: One of the most powerful ways of cementing in your heart what God has said to you is to write it down. The writer of Habakkuk eloquently said, “Write the vision and make it plain…” Habakkuk 2:2,3 If not already, ask the Holy Spirit to confirm it with Scripture. He will; he knows our weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to accomplish every task.
  • Acknowledge God’s timing: A pastor friend of ours says, “Impatience can be another form of rebellion.” I agree. You should acknowledge and yield to God’s timing. Learn to exercise patience. Even if Father God has called you to another level, it will take time for him to ready or prepare you. Submit to his process. After suffering much trying to operate out of God’s timing, I’ve finally prayed, “Father, your timing is perfect. My times are in your hands. Help me be prepared for my next level.”
  • Train your successor: Begin to look for and pray for your successor. Invest your best in the person you are training. Don’t hold back from them out of fear. Since you’ve fulfilled your current position in excellence, you want to leave a legacy with your leader or pastor. You want to leave them well cared for while you enjoy and embrace your next level.