|Whole Lot of Shaking Going On||Who Do You Worship?||In His Presence||Agape||Establishing Words||Birth and Death of a Vision||Food for the Body of Christ|
Whole Lot of Shaking Going On
We Christians who love the Lord have experienced potentially devastating spiritual earthquakes both in our personal and professional lives. Our core beliefs are challenged as well as everything we have built or amassed. This is not the end of the world nor is it a bad thing.
In August 2002 the Lord issued a notice that He would shift and change His focus to prepare the Bride of Christ. God issued a call to come out from the world system. This means separate yourself from the world system - even if it is found in you or in your ministry.
God will work with those who responded to His call to come out. However, for those who wouldn’t respond He would leave them to their own devices. God would let them build their lives or ministries however they desired but without His blessing.
Let’s comment on the ‘working with’ phrase. Most of the church and ministry world is built on a faulty foundation. The shaking we see is a result of God answering your plea for His best and to have only Him in your life. Many have built on a faulty foundation. Our Father is testing what you have built. Your work and life are subject to God’s earthquakes. If you experience a shaking in your life be reassured that you are on the right road.
Two thousand years ago our Heavenly Father placed in our hands His blueprint for the Body of Christ. We’ve departed from God’s plan and built the Body of Christ with spot and wrinkle. You may wonder how we could have deviated. The Bible says: Psa. 127:1: “... Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
Mat. 16:17-18: “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The blueprint calls for the Body of Christ and its related structures to be built on Revelation knowledge rather than sense or head knowledge. Paul addresses the issue in: Galatians: 3:3 “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect (or brought to maturity) by the flesh?” Any person whom the Lord has called also received a vision or a picture of the end result of their calling. The Lord reveals and gives the vision. We are to build upon that calling not by natural understanding (the flesh) but by continued Revelation from God. We are to get every step from the Father and not rely on our own understanding. Prov. 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
The shaking of your world will occur if you have sold out to Him and His ways. He loves you so much and wants you on the right track - even if it means the downfall of your kingdom. Our mind must be renewed to His way of doing things so that He is free to establish us as His.
Finally, go to Him and ask what He would have you do. You may need to repent and change your thinking. Get the specifics from the Father. Don’t act on another person’s revelation because it is only an idea to you. You need the Rhema or spoken word from the Father. Rejoice! Blessed (or empowered to prosper) are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be satisfied.
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Who do you Worship?
God created and crowned us with His glory and honor. We were made to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Is. 43:7: "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory; I have formed him; yea, I have made him." The word glory is defined as glory or honor. See also Ps.102:8: “This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.” See also Ps. 8:4-5: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visiteth him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
Adam and Eve had perfect fellowship with God as they walked and talked together in the garden. Their words and actions were perfected praise for they knew no other way. We have one other example in the New Testament found in Matt. 21:16: “And said to him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have eye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise?” reference to Ps. 8:2. Before man's spiritual death his worship of God was perfect and complete. However, after the fall man began to worship people or things. God is to have first place in our lives. He defined His desired role in our lives in the first commandment. See Ex. 20:3-5: “I am the Lord thy God. Which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to the, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”
There were attempts to move worship back toward God. See Ps.95:6: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.”
Sin twisted man's worship and moved it from God to man or other idols. Jesus dealt conclusively with this issue early in His ministry. Mat. 4:10: “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Jesus then lays the foundation of worship in John 4:23-24: “But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Because we are now spiritually alive through Jesus’ death and resurrection we are able to worship God in Spirit and Truth. See what worship looks like in heaven. See the following scriptures: Rev. 4:8, Rev. 4:11, Rev. 5: 9-10, Rev. 5:12, Rev. 5:13, Rev. 5 14, Rev. 8:3-5 and Rev. 11:17.
The good news is that we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to truly worship our Lord. We can enter His presence now for the veil of the temple was torn from the top to the bottom. Jesus is seated at the Father’s right hand and we have been made to sit with Him in heavenly places.
We may walk right on in. Close your eyes and see yourself in the Spirit entering into His presence. He welcomes you with open arms. As you speak, direct your words or songs to Him. Talking or singing about Him prepares our hearts for His presence. Talking or singing to Him gives us access.
When you say, “The Lord is great and greatly to be praised…” you are saying something true and nice, but it is very different when you say, “Lord, you are great and I praise you. Just as when you tell a friend that you love the Lord, you have said a good thing. But compare that to saying to the Lord, “Father, I love you!” Singing about the Lord is much different than singing to Him. Most of the time we sing about Him rather than to Him. This keeps us outside a deep intimate relationship He created us to have with Him.
What songs do you sing? Songs sung about the Lord can be a form of idolatry. In worship do you tell God how wonderful He is as seen in the
book of Revelation? Do your songs speak to Him or about Him? Take these two questions to the Lord and ask Him to reveal His Truth about worshipping in Spirit and in Truth.
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In His Presence
One of the most familiar scriptures in the Bible and, unfortunately, one of the most misused and abused is Psalm 100:4: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Let me tell you why.
God, our heavenly Father, has always made a way for His creation to access Him. The people living in Old Testament times had to use a series of ritual steps to come to God. A blood sacrifice had to be offered at an appointed time and by an appointed person (a priest) to have one’s sins covered.
In the preceding scripture our Father made a way for mankind to worship the Giver of Life in a personal way. We could not enter into the presence of the Lord, sit down and say, “What’s up Father?” Because of Adam’s transgression, heaven was off-limits for mankind. On the contrary, if we wanted to come to Him we had to enter His gates with thanksgiving, and then approach His courts with praise. This scripture does not even factor in man’s sin position. Our Father desired and longed for the acceptance and praise of His creation; He would forgo the sin situation for worship.
The misuse of this scripture comes in when the born again child of God tries to live by and apply a rule that is not applicable. Let me explain. Paul wrote Eph. 2:18: “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” The ‘him’ referred to in this verse is our Lord and Savior Jesus. Then Paul goes on in Eph. 3:12: “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” So through and by faith we have boldness and confidence to access the very presence of our heavenly Father. Maybe we should think of our Father as father not just our heavenly Father. If we are born again, God dwells in us. He is in heaven but His presence is in us as well.
· Rom. 8:16: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
· Rom. 8:21: “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
· Gal. 3:26: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
As these scriptures point out those who have made Jesus Lord are the children of God and have all the rights and privileges of a Family member. This includes the right of access to the Father any time, any place, with no conditions or strings attached.
This next statement is elementary but merits reiteration. Jesus fulfilled the law, for it is the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus that set us free from the law of sin and death. My brother and sister in Jesus Christ we do not have to go through sacrifices and unending rituals to come to Him face to face. Mat. 27:51: “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;” Jesus really did tear down the wall of division spiritually between God and man. The impact of this new freedom in the blood of Christ manifested physically in the veil of the temple. We need to believe the Truth.
The misapplication of Psalm 100:4 has produced more than slight twists in terminology. It has caused many to be off-track, slightly at first, but completely in error as it is followed and carried out. The result is a great chasm is created with true worship and fellowship on one side and error on the other. The result is a religious form of godliness void of power with man viewing himself as worthless and powerless ‘having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof’ This renders those who practice this useless form of worship subject to the god of this world, not God our Father.
Those practicing this form assume they are worshiping and fellowshipping in the Holy Spirit, but this cannot be. We call God a liar because the wall of separation has been torn down and we act like it still exists. We declare by our words and actions that we don’t believe the Bible. However, the subtle door of deception is wide open to manipulation and control by the god of this world. Then when supernatural manifestations take place Father God is given credit for what the god of this world has done.
If you think about the simple logic of this you can easily see that Father God cannot be involved in something that is out of His will. His will is that He be worshiped in Spirit and in Truth, not rituals or works.
Why has Satan perpetuated this lie? Simply stated, to keep God’s children from spending time in His presence and getting to know their Father intimately. The result of an intimate relationship with the Father is absolute victory and spiritual dominance over Satan.
Spending time face to face with our Heavenly Father will also produce a confidence and understanding of who we really are in Christ: healed, prospered and over-comers in this world. We will have a new sense of awareness of the fact just as Jesus was, so we are in this world. We have the words of deliverance and eternal life in us waiting to come out to set those in bondage free.
It is time we take our place at the Father’s right hand next to Jesus. Allow Him to rule your life by making Jesus’ enemies His footstool. Take these things to the Father and ask Him to reveal the Truth to you.
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This article will provide an opportunity for good old-fashioned self-evaluation. The Bible tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5). This is an opportunity to examine yourself to see if you are in Agape (the Love of God).
The Bible uses the word Charity in 1 Cor. 13 to describe the attributes of God’s love. The Greek word used for Charity is Agape, which refers to the Love God loved us with when He sent Jesus. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Agape also includes the action verb agapeo in its meaning.
One need not have been a Christian for very long before hearing about the word Agape. We have heard it described in various ways and have been told, ‘I love you with the love of the Lord!’ But that is where the correct application of the word Agape ends.
Here are some commands and statements about Agape love:
· Husbands are to love their wives as Jesus loved the church.
· Love one another.
· Love the Lord with all your heart.
· Love the brethren.
· Love is of God.
· God is Love.
· If a man love Me (Jesus), he will keep my commandments: not referring to the Ten Commandments, but referring to each and every word He speaks to us either through the Word of God or Word spoken to our spirit.
· The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.
· Let love be without dissimulation: let it be sincere.
· Love thy neighbor.
· Faith works by love.
· By love serve one another.
· Give a labor of love.
· Let us not love in word neither in tongue but in deed and in Truth.
· For as many as I love, I rebuke.
This is a partial list and provides us with a place to start in our evaluation. To do this, we are going to focus in on the very familiar section of scripture commonly referred to as the Love chapter. We will then discuss several of the qualities mentioned and their correct application. The Holy Spirit will begin to show you whether or not you function in Agape love, just as Jesus. Be prepared to submit your responses and reactions to the Lord. Jesus is the only one who demonstrated every aspect of Agape. Since He is in us these things are not optional but mandatory. Agape love can and must rule and direct us.
1 Cor. 13:1-13: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
· Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor: Have you ever seen a poor person? (One who lacks financially). What did you do or say to them? Did you give them a token offering? Did you say to them, “I’ll pray for you?” or, “I’ll get our prayer team to pray for you?” Did you find out what was needed and do all things necessary to meet the need?
· Charity suffereth long: This means Love is patient. Do you always approach things in life patiently? Are you anxious about things? Do you pray about the topic and then leave it with the Lord and not concern yourself with it again?
· And is kind: Do you always have a kind word to say to someone who may have just verbally abused you? Do you always have a kind word to say about an individual? Do you always have a kind action to demonstrate toward people even if you know they are mean, perhaps even if they exploit others? Do you go out of your way to make sure the people in your immediate surroundings are taken care of?
· Charity envieth not: Do you always rejoice when another person gets to do or have something you may have been in faith praying for? Perhaps a new car, a promotion, a happy marriage, a husband/or wife or new clothes? Do you wish you could be like ____(Fill in the Name)_____? Do you wish you could be like Jesus? Remember the Bible says that as He was, so are we in this world. We have already been made like Him.
· Seeketh not her own: Have you ever gone to a church meeting thinking, “I’m going to get something from God tonight?” Or have you gone to the altar to get what ever they are giving out? Have you thought or said, “I’m going to make sure that I get what I want?” Have you ever manipulated people or circumstances to make sure you weren’t left out?
· Is not puffed up: Puffed up means being prideful. Are you proud of your accomplishments? Do you insist on having your title Dr., PhD, MS, minister, pastor, apostle, evangelist, etc., placed before your name? Do you insist on being called by that title? If your automobile is paid for, do you make sure others know you hold title? Do you let others know that you are a giver or tither?
· Is not easily provoked: Are you easily upset or become angry when the schedule changes and you don’t get to do something as planned? Do you get upset if someone disagrees with you?? If someone stole from you would you look for ways to make him or her pay? When someone calls you a name in derogatory tones that describes you, do you call them a name right back?
· Thinketh no evil: Do you ever say hurtful or bad things about another person? Do you ever say unkind words about your church? Do you consider yourself justified to speak unkind facts about another by speaking the truth in love? Do you ever think the worst about another person or a situation?
· Charity never faileth: Do you ever start a task but give up and never see it to completion? Do you ever arrive late?
· Hopeth all things: Do you ever avoid getting a clear-cut picture of your situation working out? Do you see light at the end of the tunnel? Do you ever think, “I don’t want to get my hope up?”
· Husbands love your wives: Do you ever raise your voice when speaking to your wife? Wives, do you ever raise your voice when speaking to your husbands? Do you ever say an unkind word to or about your spouse? Do you always instantly forgive your spouse? Are you willing to accept the blame for anything amiss in your relationship? Are you willing to accept the blame for your spouse’s part for anything amiss in the relationship? Husbands, do you support your wives in their call in the Lord; supporting them every step of the way? Do you ever go to bed angry with your spouse?
· Love one another: Are you purposing in your heart to be sensitive to the needs of others around you? When, not if, the Lord shows you a need, do you do whatever must be done to meet the need? When you see a need, do you tell person, “I’m praying for you” and not provide what is needed or ensure the need is met? Do you consider others more important than yourself? Do you speak the Word of God into the lives of those around you? Do you speak evil of another?
· Give a labor of love: When you help another are you glad when the task is over? Do you look for opportunities to help someone else? Are you too busy to drive your neighbor to the store? Do you volunteer or do you wait to be asked?
· Keep My commandments: (Jesus speaking) Do you do your best to keep the Ten Commandments? Do you hear Jesus speaking to you? Do you always do everything He tells you to do?
· Love the Lord with all your heart: Have you put Jesus first in everything? Is He your Lord? (The word Lord means the One you always seek to please in everything you do.) If the Lord were asked would He say, “Yes, s/he spends all their time with Me and I find it pleasing?” Does Jesus have first place in your life?
This list of questions is not exhaustive but intended to do the following:
· Provide a thermometer so that you will know how successfully you practice Agape love; and
· Provide insight into the practical application of Agape love in a variety of settings.
Jesus did everything out of Agape love. We see Agape in action and we can imitate Jesus. We can look to see how He interacted with the world, His disciples, and the devil and imitate Him. Meditate on these things and give yourself entirely to them. Go to the Throne of Grace and ask our Heavenly Father how to apply what the Holy Spirit is showing you.
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Speak the Truth in Love
The Bible says in Mat. 12:37: “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” And in Prov. 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Then in James 3:5: “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”
Our words are powerful tools used to establish and secure our position in life. When we speak words to our children that limit and tear them down we propel them backward rather than forward. They experience the negative fruit of our lips. Conversely, when we speak uplifting Biblical words they produce a harvest of life.
These scriptures are talking about more than speaking positive words. They indicate that life and death are in the power of our words. The Bible is true thus our words produce life or death. As we speak the Word of God, which is life we establish those Words and ultimately His Kingdom with them.
In the New Testament we read that we are to speak the Truth in Love. Eph.
4:15: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all
things, which is the head, even Christ:” This is a commandment. But
what does it mean to speak the Truth?
We get a clearer understanding when we realize what it is not. It is NOT speaking observations or facts as these can change. In John 17:17 Jesus said: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Jesus gave us a major understanding when He said, “Thy Word is Truth”. As we speak the Word of God into the lives of others we speak the Truth.
Unfortunately, [DP1] John 17:17 is used as license to verbally destroy each another under the guise of honesty. We actually take liberty with the Word of God and use it to exalt ourselves. Because every time we speak out the faults of another or what we observe another doing, we place a curse on them, holding and keeping them in bondage to repeat what they are currently doing. This is not Agape love.
The Bible tells us that faith operates by calling those things that are not (revealed to the sense realm) as though they were (revealed to the sense realm). As we say to a person, “by His (Jesus) stripes, you were healed.” our words aid in establishing that particular Truth in the life of another. Conversely, when we tell a person, “you are sick and are getting worse,” we establish sickness more firmly than before we spoke.
Ask the Lord about this and how you may have done this. Ask forgiveness as needed, repent (change your thinking) and ask the Lord to Reveal to you how to obey His Word. Start speaking the Truth in Love so you can establish the Godly fruit and not evil in another person’s life.
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Birth and Death of a Vision
Know the Ways of God
We can know the ways of God. Here are the scriptures for birth and death of a vision.
· Mat. 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing things and His way of being right.), and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
· John 12:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat (a seed) fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
· Luke 8:11-12a: “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. …then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved (meaning to be delivered and made whole).”
· Gal. 3:3: “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect (or mature; of full age), by the flesh?”
· Heb 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped (a blueprint or vision) for, the evidence of things not seen.”
· John 2:19: “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
God begins to give us dreams and visions of His call and purpose in the Body of Christ even when we are newborn babes in Christ. We get very excited and tell others in the Lord about this wonderful thing God has called us to do. The vision is born.
But then something discouraging always seems to happen. We find those with whom we have shared this wonderful plan are not enthused. They are often pessimistic about what we shared. “Are you sure that was from the Lord?” “Haven’t you considered your lack of _______ (education, finances etc.)? And what about your family? They will never support you if you go on with this vision you say the Lord gave you.” We become discouraged, doubt and question if we heard from God.
We are at a decision point. We must decide if we will take a step in faith or bail out. Too often we choose the latter rather than to hold on to the hope of our calling. This is when the vision dies. If we abandon the vision we become discouraged, distraught and depressed. Our circumstances confirm the impossibility of the dream or vision.
Look at Romans 4:16-25. God told Abraham he was to be the father of many nations. Abraham looked at the circumstances and realized his body was incapable of reproduction and his wife Sara was old and undesirable. His must have thought, “Lord, this is impossible.” But Abraham did not let his mind or circumstances dictate his choice. He believed God. Because he believed God and was fully persuaded that God could do what He had promised, God imputed right standing to Abraham.
Abraham walked by faith and not by sight. He called those things that have not yet been Revealed to the sense realm (feeling, touch, taste, hearing and smelling), as though they were. An example of this is when we take the Word of God literally “by whose stripes we are healed” and apply it. We say, “by Jesus’ stripes I am healed.” Our bodies may have many symptoms of disease but the Word says by Jesus’ stripes I am healed. Therefore I am healed - not going to be healed, but have been healed. So even though the circumstances look contrary to the Word of God, I stand firm in my proclamation of it. After that period of my vision of a healthy body dying, holding fast to the Word of God in what I say and believe, I then experience the part that follows the death of my vision - resurrection.
We finally come to the point where we see there is no way we can in our own strength, knowledge or wisdom accomplish the vision. It is at this point that we let go and let God. This is also when God is free to work and intervene. He expresses His workmanship as you rest and believe. Soon the vision is fulfilled. The seed died and is resurrected.
You may wonder why God chose to do things this way. There are many reasons but one that comes to mind is if we could accomplish the vision on our own, we would. Then we would take the glory. But if we turn it over to Him, let the seed die, He brings it to pass, then He gets the Glory. We are less anxious trusting Him to accomplish the vision. We have His peace that passes our understanding
Now the encouragement to you is this: don’t try to do all you can do until you get to the point of frustration. Let the vision die quickly so that the resurrection power of God can take over.
Take these things to the Father in prayer and ask Him to Reveal the Truth to you. God bless as you apply His Word.
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Food for The Body of Christ
God gave us four natural food groups to feed and nourish our physical body: milk, fruit and vegetable, bread and cereal, and meat and poultry categories. God also provided for the nourishment of our spiritual nature.
· The Milk Group - See 1 Peter 2:2.
· The Bread and Cereal Group – See Matt. 15:21-24
· The Fruit and Vegetable Group – See Galatians 5:22-23
· The Meat and Poultry Group – See Heb. 5:12-14
In the natural realm our physical body starts out with milk. We then are fed from the bread and cereals before going on to fruit and vegetables. Finally, as we grow older we begin to eat meat. In the spiritual realm the same sequence is followed. Many new believers never get beyond the milk stage and choke when they try to eat from the other food groups.
Hebrews 6:1-2: “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
· Repentance from Dead Works
· Faith toward God
· The doctrine of Baptisms
· Laying on of Hands
· Resurrection of the Dead
· Eternal Judgment
1 Cor. 3: 2-3 reads: “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”
The first commandment is Mark 12:30-31: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” We willingly forsake all, take up our cross daily, continue in His Word, love the brethren and bear fruit. Read Matt. 16:21-28. What was the bread the woman wanted? She wanted deliverance for her daughter. The supernatural power is the bread, which is received by faith. Notice that Jesus says to the woman, “Oh woman, great is thy deliverance and provision”.
There is a new set of values for the new babe in Christ to learn and practice. The believer grows and begins to bear fruit as the Holy Spirit reveals the milk of the Word. The development of fruit begins when the new believer starts to submit his reborn spirit to the Holy Spirit while keeping his flesh crucified (the works of the flesh). The fruit of the Spirit is what needs to be built.
Gal. 5:14-26: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Meat is tougher to digest. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 3:2: “I have fed you with milk, and not strong meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet nor are ye able” Why? He knew they were babies because their behavior was envy, strife and division. This fruit was dominant. As long as this fruit is dominant one is not yet ready for meat. Meat is about the deeper Truth of the Word. Strong meat deals with the understanding of the deeper mysteries and application of the precepts in the Word. Strong meat demands we fulfill the Word of God and understand the mystery of God. See Col. 1:25-28.
Meat deals with things like: the Bride of Christ, the Bridegroom of Christ, the Righteousness of God, the Five-Fold Ministry, the Kingdom of God, the Agape Love of God, and Sonship, and more.
Take this Truth to the Father and ask Him to Reveal the Truth to you and how to apply His Word. Be ready to obey what He reveals.
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