PEACE & AUTHORITY, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 7/16/20, From Ken<>< (In my mail box from Texas this morning, a good word.)
“…with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among [the disciples] and said, “Peace be with you!…” (John 20:19, NIV)
From Worst to Best
We celebrate Good Friday each year, but on the day when Jesus was crucified, the disciples thought it was the worst day of their lives. “Tragic Friday” would have been their description. The One whom they had devoted their lives to was dead and buried in a tomb. But a few days later, when Jesus rose from the dead, they realized that He was who He’d said He was. He had defeated the enemy and brought salvation to mankind. What they’d thought was the worst day of their lives became the best.
We all face times when a dream dies, a relationship ends, we come down with an illness—nothing about the situation seems good. It may not be good right now, but God knows how to bring it all together. You may think it is going to stop you, set you back, and cause you heartache. If you’ll stay in faith, one day you’ll look back and say it was good.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You see the big picture for my life and that You use difficulties for my good. Help me to be patient and trusting when things happen that I don’t understand. I believe that You will bring it all together for my good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
In Christ Jesus we are called to walk in HIS peace and rest. And to be ready to serve HIM on any needed level, HE is the LORD. One job is not above another if flowing in the Holy Spirit with others. It is in us flowing together in the Holy Spirit that the world sees Jesus in our collective unity and HIS power. All parts are necessary. None of the Ministry Offices are above or below the other. If it is evangelism then the one anointed as an Evangelist need to take the helm. Like the captain of a ship will allow a river pilot to take control over his ship if the pilot knows more about the river than he does. Humility and Obedience are always at work in the Holy Spirit. We should not care what we are called to do in the LORD’S house as long as we are in the same house with HIM. Dishes need washing, great. Trash to the dump, like to help. I want to help. But our identity is in Christ Jesus and not in what we do. There are no badges or titles unless confirmed by the Holy Spirit in power. Sometimes HE may have us active in each of the 5 ministries at one time or another. Seems I am better at doing some things than others. I don’t feel I make a good pastor in holding a church together. My personality a little too scruffy for that, but at times the LORD has had me pastor anyway. And looking at my past and what the Holy Spirit has had me do, it has mostly been in sharing the overview of the vision for HIS Universal Church and in starting new ministries with others working with me.
So be sensitive as to the flow of respect or adoration as to Ministers. Some folks are masters at self lifting and making themselves look good in the eyes of others and may not be called to be ministers at all. Listen to their words, do they really lift up Jesus and make HIM the center. Do thay make HIM more respected and bring adoration to HIM as LORD? Notice that Jesus appoints HIS ministers through the Holy Spirit. They are not self appointed nor do they need to tell others what they are called in ministry. The ministry will be obvious in the Holy Spirit and makes spiritual proof of itself in power. That was one of the issues I had with brothers proclaiming their own ministry, I did not see the fruit or their ministry as Biblically defined???? They seemed to simple to want authority and to supervise and organize others. A prophet is God’s voice and speaks for HIM as needed in any given situation. The office is not a program nor a discipline. When under the anointing it is to share the very voice of God and the voice always centers in Loving affirmation, corrections and lifting up of Jesus and not the person speaking. An apostle is a builder with the overview of the Lord’s Church. A Prophet speaks for God as also supported by scripture. An evangelist has a deep love for souls and obvious power. A pastor is a guardian and protector of a small flock and knows all by name. A teacher is a searcher and sharer of GOD’S TRUTH. When all are working in loving unity we then get to see Jesus alive among us in power.
Ephesians 4:11-16 Amplified Bible (Please saturate your mind with these thoughts.)
11 And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. 14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit]. 15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up [a] in [unselfish] love.
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