Preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable]. 2 Tim. 4:2-4.
Frankly, If the Holy Spirit shows up with signs and wonders that’s all the certification that is needed by me that Jesus is alive, well and doing business as usual. But if no supernatural, if no confirmation from the Holy Spirit then something is wrong as the Gospel came both in words and in power. Jesus came as in Isaiah 61, Luke 4 to love and heal and deliver sinners, and I am all for it. So if a person is really a Friend (Lover) of God then real signs and wonders are going to follow. So we who really love HIM and are in obedience to HIM should be in the process of learning to do what HE did.. 2 Tim.3:5
Mark 16:17-20: These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.” So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord was working with them and confirming the word by the signs that followed.]
Matt. 17:19-20: Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why could we not drive it out?” He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, [a]if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
John 17:20: “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, So that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me. I have given to them the glory (power) and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given to Me [as Your gift to Me], may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory (power) which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. “O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has never acknowledged You [and the revelation of Your mercy], yet I have always known You; and these [believers] know [without any doubt] that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them [overwhelming their heart], and I [may be] in them.”
In humility we need to learn how to work together to do what Jesus did. When we get it right, then God’s Power will flow and the world will know without any doubt that we have been sent by God. I am still working on getting it right, but the power is beginning to start to flow again just a little as we here are getting closer to Jesus. Otherwise it is just words and more words and the world is full of words already. Jesus told us to follow HIM and to teach what HE taught, Matt.28:20. This is obviously in what HE taught. If we can not do it, then in humility we need to find out why and grow up in HIM in all things,
Eph.4:11-16 it is obvious. 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], [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]; 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]. 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]. 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. 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.
We will never become what God created us to be till we take HIM at HIS simple WORD and in humility admit to where we are and how much we need HIM for HES work to be completed in us. He can not do it without our will, and we can not do it without humility, obedience and HIS power. Acts 5:16, They were all healed and set free. HIS Church needs power, not just words.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
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Seems we could be getting very close to the edge of a literal darkness. View the following:
If the power grid in the U.S. goes down then shipping to Hawaii from the 48 will stop. All that is shipped in from the states will cease for weeks, months & perhaps years. Are you ready ????