Katrika Sterling: The Solid Rock

“Know that Christ won’t let you fall or fail.  He has invested “prime spiritual real estate” in you and you shall go forth despite setbacks, heartaches, tears, hurts, pain, sorrows, witchcraft, divination, etc. God’s hand is in your successes”

SW: Tell us about your ministry:
Life Empowerment Deliverance Ministries is a church about SOULS and building on the solid Rock – Jesus.

We are a non-denominational church (on the go, grow and know) located in Miami Gardens, Florida. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. We believe that “tongues” is a gift and it is NOT a prerequisite for salvation. We believe in prophesying, prophetic utterances and operating in the supernatural. We also believe in letting the people of God express themselves in whatever way they may feel comfortable. The HEART of our church is comprised of Love, Prayer, Praise, Worship, Intercession, Deliverance, Giving, Fellowship and Unity. We flow according to the move of the Holy Spirit – He is in charge. If you are used to a program and a dead-end church, you will not feel comfortable at Life. We believe in discipleship and advancing the kingdom of God through Salvation, the Word of God, along with networking and business opportunities. Our Motto: “The Best is Still Yet to Come!”

SW: How did this call come to fruition in your life?
I had a thirst like never before. “Out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living water…”, John 7:37.

I grew up in a loving home where my grandmother was a missionary and grandpa a deacon.  However, I never knew God would call me into ministry. It wasn’t what I had a passion for, I wanted to be a motivational speaker. Like most teens you want to live your life without restrictions. So, I got saved and “of course” backslid like many; I think my “true” calling took place during my college years. Revelation 22:17 reads, “The Spirit and the bride say, Come…” I remember coming home from Florida Atlantic University, where I received my Bachelor and Master’s Degree with Honors in Communication, carrying a burning desire to hear and teach God’s word. I had a thirst like never before. “Out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living water…,” John 7:37. My mentor at the time, Deacon Clarence Malcolm, pulled and pushed me to start teaching Sunday class.  I possessed no formal schooling to teach the class, but I just loved reading God’s word. Then one day, the opportunity for me to speak before other presented itself, and with no training- but for the Holy Ghost guiding me on how to form my message- I delivered. My first sermon, “Let Jesus Straighten it from Here” terrified me because I saw people running around and yelling, “Fire, fire, fire it’s burning stop it…” To God be all the glory.

SW: Share some of the difficulties and challenges you faced establishing this ministry.
It’s a challenge to not feel overwhelmed at times, but “on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”  I rely on God’s wisdom and those around me to bring balance into my life.

There were so many challenges; I don’t know where to begin:

  1. Finding the right location was a major issue. This was a difficult task because there seemed to be a church on every block.  Nevertheless, I refused to allow that to be a deterrent. We started in my garage with bible study and eventually moved to our current location.
  2. Putting the right people in office. This can be detrimental to a ministry if the wrong people are placed over God’s assembly. Being able to trust the right individuals to work on the leadership team is serious business. For instance, to handle the church finances you must live a clean life, whatever the position you are called to, your lifestyle must reflect the Kingdom of God. I thank God for sending us Co-Pastor Celia Grell to assist and oversee the financial department. She is trustworthy and walks in integrity.
  3. Membership loss. It is very disheartening when you pray, labor, help, give and the member still walks away.  I have seen people leave our ministry, but I also understand that some people will have to leave, because it is all in the plan of God. In moments like that, I find comfort in Romans 8:28 which assures us “that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Currently, membership growth is steady in the ministry, following the departure of a few individuals- who were “weeded out” by the Holy Ghost. Seeing God’s people get on the prayer line, come to bible study and service reminds me often why Jesus had to die on the cross.
  4. Potential burn out. As pastors we do so much, therefore relying on the Holy Spirit is critical for survival. When one experiences burn out, you can’t hear from God the way you are supposed to. I suffered a divorce that could have shaken and maybe even derailed the ministry, but God has been my stay. I never thought I could survive the betrayal but God healed my heart. It’s a challenge to not feel overwhelmed at times, but “on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.” I rely on God’s wisdom and those around me to bring balance into my life. This is certainly a work in progress.
SW: Share a word of encouragement for others who might be facing similar difficulties.
Be encouraged, after you have suffered a little while, God will make you perfect, stablish, strengthen and settle you!” 1 Peter 5:10

I would say be steadfast and unmovable. Satan’s assignment is to wear the saints out but he is already defeated, in Jesus name. Know that Christ won’t let you fall or fail. He has invested “prime spiritual real estate” in you and you shall go forth despite setbacks, heartaches, tears, hurts, pain, sorrows, witchcraft, divination, etc. God’s hand is in your successes and “even in our failure,” says T.D. Jakes. He will bring you forth and declare you are a Manasseh “God has made me forget all my hardship” and Ephraim “He has caused me to be fruitful.” Know that your best is yet to come and Christ will add to His church daily (Acts 2:47). If God has called you he will bring the right people in place to advance “His” agenda not “Ours.” So, when people leave don’t lose hope or get upset.  They were there for a season and now God is redesigning the vision.

SW: Any closing words you’d like to share with our audience.

I would like to leave with you a scripture found in Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken,” and shall he not make it good?”

Watch what he is about to do for you! Because the best is still yet to come!

 

 

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Kerry-Ann Connell

As Managing Editor of Shulamite Women Magazine, this woman of God is committed to providing well written faith based content that is relevant, inspiring and transformative. Her community of readers seek to keep their finger on the pulse of ministry as well as our global society. Ms. Connell serves as President at World of Writing & Consulting, LLC where thoughts become words and words become life. Walking in faith has given rise to her calling for writing, youth mentorship, and ethical leadership in the marketplace. Her work experience spans through retail, finance and higher education- the foundation from which her platform was built. Ms. Connell is actively engaged with ministry at The Faith Center church, located in Sunrise Florida.

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