God has been doing such amazing things so far this year that I really just have not had the time to update these entries until now.
For some reason, I have been sitting here today thinking about the path that God has laid out for me and particularly the one I have already walked.
I am reminded of Jeremiah 1:4-10 NKJV
“4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.””
There is a calling that is different than that which every believer has received. I still believe there is a 5 fold ministry call according to Eph.4:11-16 NKJV “11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
It is this 5 fold that God uses in the equipping process for the members of the body of Christ… It is not a calling that puts one above another but yet this choice as to the calling is strictly in the hands of God. It is His choice and not mine or yours. The body should function in unity as to the spreading of the Gospel under this Godly structure and not apart from it.
As I look back at all the battles fought and won by the Lord on my behalf; I come to realize that all has been His doing. Every time God has sent me, I have grown and seen the fulfillment of His promises to and in my life. When I have tried to send myself, I have also grown through the hardships that though allowed by God were in fact, self induced. God teaches us and takes us step by step into operating only in our office He appoints us.
Never allow yourself to envy the office of another. Never withhold support out of that posture of envy; and always, always sow away from yourself. Satan will try harder than ever to divide the body of Christ in these last days and God showed me that one thing satan will use are “The jealous brothers of Joseph”. That will be another message however. We just need to make certain that we operate out of an humble heart and attitude and be thankful for the place God has given us. Not trying to take more than God desires, we can enter His rest in a place of Contentment. I have to tell you that there is no one ministry or church that has a corner on the truth market. To even imply such in the most subtle of ways is to allow the wrong kinds of spirits to operate within you.
God will use each member of His body in these last days to accomplish His purposes in the Earth and He wants you and I to have Holy Spirit adventures in Him…. It has taken me over 32 years to understand these things and I still daily fall short. God could have done so much more had I grasped this sooner. What can I say? I am just an old knucklehead…
I have watched so many today claim to be the “only source of truth” out of this bitter, jealous spirit and it breaks my heart at the confusion and devastation it has caused and is causing… Ladies and Gentlemen, we must never view this race as a race to outdo other ministries. Ours is a fight to the finish with the powers of hell; not with each other. The Blood of Jesus is the only hope for this dying world and I for one am thankful for all who preach the Blood….
I know I have rambled a bit and I am not really done with this but will close out this entry and write more another time…. Please hear my heart and help each other. Do not wrestle with flesh and blood but take aim at the true enemy; Satan and his minions, and one way to do that is by walking in love and unity… The devil hates that because it will stop his insidious designs….
Be very careful what spirit you allow to take a hold of you. The ministry (ministries) you sit under should stand for truth and also for compassion and love. And outreach rather than inreach.
God bless you and see you farther on up the road.