Hitting the Mark
By Patricia J. Baldwin
Humble and soft-spoken, Marilyn Hickey is nonetheless a powerhouse of
inspiration as she teaches the message of Christ on a world stage.
Traveling extensively throughout the
United States and Europe, Hickey also taught the Bible and led crusades in
Africa, China, the former Soviet Union, and most recently, Pakistan.
"Marilyn Hickey is one of the most
profound and pronounced Bible expositors of our day. Her unique style not
only opens doors into the hearts of men and women, but also opens the
doors of previously closed countries where the Gospel has never before
been shared," said Bishop Carlton Pearson of Higher Dimensions
Ministries, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hickey believes that people need to go
where the anointing takes them for their life and for their particular
calling. She teaches about reaching for the mark and fulfilling your
destiny in God. She should know. Marilyn Hickey almost missed the mark of
Born again and engaged to marry Wallace
Hickey, young Marilyn found herself at a crossroads.
"One sleepless night God clearly
showed me what my life would be like if I kept resisting His will,"
Hickey said. "He showed me that I would not marry Wally and I would
live in California and be a school teacher and miss out on all the plans
He had for my life."
That same week, Marilyn answered an
altar call and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Wallace and
Marilyn married and three years later were called into the ministry. They
started serving as assistant pastors in Amarillo, Texas.
"I knew then I needed a good prayer
life," Hickey said. "Bible reading was never a problem for me
but my prayer life was weak, so I hung around a wonderful woman in that
church who was an intercessor." "I needed a good prayer life and
I felt like it was contagious, which is true, so while in Texas, I prayed
every day with her."
When the Hickeys settled in Denver to
start the church they call home today, Marilyn realized that her prayer
life still had room for improvement.
"Then in 1976, while at a retreat,
God called me to cover the earth with His Word," Hickey said.
Hickey remembers at that time women were
not accepted in the pulpit. She remembers also, having a dialogue with God
about women ministers and how He told her ?That is not your problem,
that is my problem, so never let it be your problem.?
"Let His call be your number one
priority and you will find that is where you shine." If you don?t
shine where you are, something is wrong." Hickey said. "The Lord
told me He had not called me to go and speak only to women, but that He
had called me to the Body."
It was about this time that Larry Lea
came to Denver and taught on prayer. Lea?s teaching, "Could You Not
Tarry with Me One Hour?" propelled Hickey to a new level of
commitment to pray. Realizing the need to strengthen her prayer life, she
began to utilize Lea?s outline in her daily devotions.
"It was hard for me for about a
year, but I was faithful to pray an hour a day and go through that prayer
plan," Hickey said. "By the end of that year I was hooked."
And as the only woman invited to join
the Board of Directors for Dr. David Yonggi Cho?s Church Growth
International, she found herself, once again, challenged and inspired by
Dr. Cho?s prayer life. "He prays for four hours every day,"
Hickey said. "Now, it is easy, easy, to do two or three hours a day
in prayer." "But I did not start there, and that is what I want
people to understand ? don?t be discouraged if you only do twenty
minutes a day, just be faithful to do that twenty minutes."
If you were thinking that being at the
helm of an international ministry is all glamour, think again. There is a
heavy price to pay.
"You are going to die a thousand
times every month," Hickey said. People see the pulpit and that is
such a little part of the ministry. There is so much crucifixion to the
Hickey takes her calling seriously. She
believes if God is truly calling you to ministry you cannot do anything
else. She emphasizes the difference between being called by God and
"Unless you are truly called (by
God), you should stay out of the ministry," Hickey said. "You
are going to die and you will not experience resurrection if you call
Using the illustration of the hireling
and the shepherd found in John 10, Hickey describes being called to the
ministry this way:
"When the hireling sees the wolf
coming, he flees and leaves the sheep and the wolf catches the sheep and
scatters them. And the reason he flees and leaves the sheep is that he is
(just) a hireling and he does not care for the sheep as does the shepherd.
The shepherd stays and fights the wolf and the criticisms that come your
way and (hangs in) for both the unpopular as well as popular days. That is
the shepherd ? the good shepherd."
Hickey believes that Christians who
fulfill their calling always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
"Watch and ask the Holy Spirit. You
do not have to be looking for someone to hear ? He says, ?My sheep
hear my voice." ? You need to hear His voice and then follow His
voice and remember ? it is very expensive to be in the ministry."
Hickey offers a series of Bible teaching
video and audiocassette tapes to her listening audience through her
television and radio broadcasts. One of them is titled, "Hit the
Mark! ? Finding and Fulfilling Your Divine Destiny." On this tape,
she states the following:
"To miss the mark is sin, so it is
very important to know what God has for me and to start toward that mark.
My goal is to hit the mark, and to be where God wants me to be, doing what
He wants me to do and saying what He wants me to say. God has a destiny
for each of us."
Marilyn Hickey?s Bible-teaching program, ?Today with Marilyn? is
broadcast on television and radio each weekday. Check your local listings
for the time. The ministry?s web address is: www.mhmin.org. You may call
for more information and/or prayer at (303)796-1333.