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Angels were singing at the virgin Birth

If you have the Holy Spirit I suspect you would like to use it at some time.  It has been scientifically proven that babies that listen to music, have a more compassionate nature then babies that don’t listen to music – this is prophetic so take that into consideration.

So Angels were singing and there’s proof of that in Luke 2:13 – 14 to praise, extol, to sing praises in honour to God or the word – aineo (think Artificial Intelligence and Matrix) – but there was singing and angels.  There was singing everywhere.  There was a heavenly angelic chorus singing when He was born, and in that singing that He received, He was able to give out peace to the world because He absorbed it and churned it into peace creating the perfect Sabbath rest for man kind.  He was the Ultimate Transformer, the more than meets the eye!!!  He is the everlasting King and Judge Bridegroom and Author and Finisher of our faith.  He finishes with an Exclamation point!!!!

Now one thing that wasn’t probably happening was fireworks.

 

 

 

How the Law in the Old Testament reveals Jesus and the heart of the Father

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you refresh us all with Your Presence today, and remove anything that may be hindering us today and strengthen us with might in the inner man.  I pray that You anoint my hands to type this message that You want me to type, and I pray for a clarity and focus to be able to preach this Word today.  I pray that You open the minds and the hearts of the people reading this message today and let the Holy Spirit just flow through me. Thank You Blessed Father.

In Jesus Mighty name I pray,

Amen.

Some clarification and teaching needs to be built up in the body of Christ.  Do you say that the Law is bad, or that there is nothing good about the Law?  Do you say that because of the New Testament that the Old Testament has been done away with?  Do you often feel condemned by the Law, but do not know how to understand the benefits of the Law.  Have you been listening to other preachers and teachers instead of digging out the Word of God for yourself?  Confusion needs to be put aside, and clarity needs to be put into picture.  These are the last days and we need to have the whole Word of God as our breastplate of righteousness.  Do you believe that the New Testament is the only valid part of Scripture?  Do you believe that Pauline epistles are the best revelation of Scripture and everything else needs to be ignored?  Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the whole Scripture is about Him.  So here I am going to attempt, Lord willing, to make clear some things.  But it is my encouragement to you to search out the Scriptures for yourself.  My message is not meant to condemn anyone or to bring any confusion, and it is geared for people that are able to search out the Scripture for themselves.

1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes6Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.Psalm 119 – the words in bold are very important to understanding about the Law.  Psalm 119 is a very important Psalm and it was by David who was a man after God’s own heart.  I recommend you read the whole Psalm and pray it.  He loved God and he had the same struggles as we do in keeping God’s commands, dealing with sin, but he had a pure heart and even found forgiveness for his sin, but it was the priest that had to make atonement for him, and now we under the Heavenly Priest Melchizedek who was the first priest who came to Abraham and is Jesus who came as it says in Hebrews.A basic definition of the Law is: Law  is an Instruction or teaching which could be prophetic- Jesus said that the Law and the Prophets testified of Him, which is also called Torah.The whole Bible is full of prophecies and teachings which reveal Jesus and His character and nature and in turn revealing the Father’s heart.  Advice to people when reading the Old Testament, is not to take it so personally, but to understand the time, and context, and the people who were being spoken to and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you.  You will find wisdom when you do this.  Be careful of when people try to make personal applications, when there are not supposed to be personal applications.  Yes of course God can give you a rhema, but the Law is the teaching and prophetic revelations of Jesus Christ, and the New Testament says not to despise prophecies, so even though it may be difficult to understand at times, when you grow and mature the things that you do not understand will be revealed to you.
Testimonies or edah – witness  (the testimonies in the Law are a witness to Jesus)Witness – the witness means whatever testifies of Jesus or of God, and we have many testimonies of Jesus now.
Iniquity or evel means injustice or even could mean violent deeds of injustice, unrighteousness, or wrong – this is just a guess but it is probably where we get the word evil from.Have you ever been wronged, and you wished that you could go and pay them back, but then you heard God tell you to go and forgive that person and that He is your vindicator?  That’s because of His divine Justice.  His Justice, is not like man’s justice and I may do a post on that some other time.  He can decide what’s in a person’s heart whenever they do something and He can make right what once went wrong, and He can deal the proper vindication because that is part of who He is because He does not change.  Luke 13: says: 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. “27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Jesus did not like injustice either.  Just because He is a person of grace, that does not mean that all the iniquities that we have done, and you will know if your heart is pure or not, but through His big Rubix Cube, He knows how to take something that is very mixed up and bring it back to all the right colors in all the right places even if it means He has to pop them all out and put them back in again.  What it takes to enter through the narrow gate is a refining process to purge out everything ungodly and to go through sufferings, and tribulations, but to endure through them all so that you can be like shining gold.

Way – 1) way, road, distance, journey, manner- Jesus is the Way to the Father’s heart and bridges the gap that was made through sin
a) road, way, path- Jesus is the road and the path we have to take
b) journey- Jesus is the journey we have to take through the Holy Spirit
c) direction- Jesus is the direction in which we have to go
d) manner, habit, way- we must strive to the best of our ability, taking on His strength to help us to be like Him to have his habits – for the places where we fail and make mistakes Jesus understands, and that’s where His grace comes because otherwise He knows we would all have OCD trying to keep up with all the 613 ways, but it is the way to enter into His gates
e) of course of life (fig.)- This is the course of life in which we must take, and that is Jesus
f) of moral character (fig.)- Jesus moral character is what we need to take on.

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Jesus is the Way – and the journey into the Father’s heart, which is the ultimate goal of our life as Christians.Precepts (piqquwd)– principles or rules intended to regulate behavior or thought, Statute – something prescribed or bound or limit, ordinances – boundariesBlue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for piqquwd (Strong’s 6490)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 30 Apr 2012. < http:// http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6490&t=KJV > We have the principles, but we need the Person and without the person we are lost.  We must strive to never lose sight of the person, and even though we don’t feel Him, or get excited every time we hear about Him – because we must love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, sometimes, we will not always feel like He is there, or that we are in passionate love with Him, but that our hearts need to be purged and purified before Him so I pray that He ignites our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits, to be on fire and to love Him, and to thank Him in everything because there will be times, when we cannot or do not have the strength or energy to read the Bible in the last days, and we will be tested and shaken, but be calm and steady because our God and our Lord has equipped us for every good work.
Commandments (mitsvah) – things prohibited by God.-Somethings for our own good need to be prohibited- if we’re doing things that are harmful to ourselves, and God knew, which is why He created all these things, but the greater commandment, which is to love God with all our heart, our mind, all our soul, all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves…We need to remember to keep these things forefront in our hearts.  We must choose our thoughts, and live beyond our feelings, and sometimes your body and your emotions will tell you things which don’t agree and line up with the Holy Spirit, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you as a Christian, but that the Spirit of God is taking you through a refining process and He is taking out the leaven in your life.

Judgments (mishpat) –
1) judgment, justice, ordinancea) judgment1) act of deciding a case2) place, court, seat of judgment3) process, procedure, litigation (before judges)4) case, cause (presented for judgment)5) sentence, decision (of judgment)6) execution (of judgment)7) time (of judgment)b) justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)c) ordinanced) decision (in law)e) right, privilege, due (legal)f) proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, planWhen we are in a kingdom, we must know our rights, our rights and our inheritance in the Kingdom of God are defined throughout the whole Bible.  The Pharisees took these concepts and used them to make people feel like they had to live up to their standards, where God had different standards.  They were the traditions of men, and those traditions were very dangerous because they were getting so religious about keeping up with all the tediousness, which were only guidelines on how to live a healthy life.  The consequences were exagerrated to make a point, and even today we have consequences – if you have 50 gallons of beer, you are probably going to have some pretty bad consequences, and God knew that.  Now if you’ve tried your best to follow what you know in your heart to be the right thing as a Christian, and that is based on what the Word of God says then there will be no reason for condemnation, but if you know in your heart that you have done something wrong, then the best thing is to go and repent for it, and to receive the abundance of God’s grace and mercy.  The Holy Spirit is always with you and He will never leave you or forsake you, and even if you drift away, but avoid doing evil at times, The Word of God says in Ephesians 1:13 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  The key being is that you trust God.
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So to summarize, we need to love each other and that is the fulfillment of the law and when we don’t love and forgive each other we feel miserable, and God does not want us to be that way, and when we don’t love others we do injustice before them, and God sees that and He tries best to rectify the matter, but we are limited to the free-will that is in our hearts to choose Him for eternal redemption, and He is not going to let you go without a fight, so don’t lose heart, don’t be discouraged, and don’t lose faith because God is an awesome God and He will never leave you alone, and He has known things since time began and He is working mighty miracles.

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you ignite us with passion to serve You even more, and that You remove sicknesses away from all of us, and remove all the burdens and the yokes, that come from living in these evil last days, and that You shower us with Your mercy and Your grace, and do not let us grow weary in well doing, because we know in the end that everything is about You and all this is for You and for Your glory and we ask You to draw near to all of us today, and remove any anger or bitterness, resentment, fear, guilt, shame and insecurites in all of our lives, as we draw close to You as we draw nearer and nearer to You and farther and farther away from the world and it’s wickedness.  Forgive us Lord, for the times we have taken out anger on other people in our times of distress, forgive us Lord for any thoughts that are unpleasing to You, and forgive us Lord for any way that we have not acted and according to Your Word and let us receive the Word with clarity and insight and purpose, and just let us walk away with restoration peace, and bring divine healing to all of Your precious saints, everywhere from the top of their heads to the souls of their feet and let Your glory be shone throughout the Earth Lord God, fasten us to You with the glue of the Holy Spirit.

 

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

You are God’s beloved

This message is for Christians who have been born again and received salvation from our Father, and Son in the precious Lord Jesus Christ.  For those that are not Christians, and who have not received the promise then God is waiting for you to come to Him.

In 1 John 4:17 it says, Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

In Matthew 3:17 it says:  16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

Once we receive the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit, after receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our spirit becomes one with His spirit.  To explain this to people that might be new to Christianity, there are three parts to each person – there is the body, soul, and spirit.  The body is the external part of you, your hands, eyes, feet, nose, etc.  The soul consists of the mind, emotion, and will.  The spirit is the third part of the person.  The spirit once a person becomes born again, takes on a a new nature and becomes a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:16 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

We become a ransomed bride of Christ because He redeemed us with His blood, which He shed on the Cross, taking up all the sin, shame, and guilt, of everything that we have done, will do, or are doing because He is outside of time and He was crucified once and for all.

Because the Word of God says that Jesus was and is the Father’s beloved, then we too are the Father’s beloved because He truly cares for us, but what pleases God?  Is it your works, or what you do, or what you don’t do, or how you live your life?  No it’s your faith because the Word of God says that “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

“who diligently seek Him” comes from the Greek word ekzeteo and in this context it means to “seek the favor of God, or to worship.”

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The word “faith” here is not the word, “faithfulness”, but comes from the wordpistis in Greek, and it means “the conviction that God is the creator and ruler of all things, provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ.”

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Sometimes we get bogged down and weighed down with sin and guilt that we can’t see why God created us.  We think He’s angry with us.  Jesus is living inside of the believers through the Holy Spirit and we abide in Him.  When we become born again our spirit becomes born inside of Him, and our spirit being becomes a part of Him.

John 3 says:

The New Birth

3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Here’s what it says about abiding in Christ:

John 3:36

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 6:56

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

John 8:31

[ The Truth Shall Make You Free ] Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

John 8:35

And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.

John 12:46

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

When you become born again you are entering into a marriage contract with Jesus.  To know the conditions of that contract, and to know what you are getting into you have to read the Word of God which is the Bible to discover the beautiful books of poems, the beautiful things it to say about your husband.  The wonderous ways that He is Jealous for your attention and your love.

When He was looking for you, He chose you, and out of His gentle gentle, Spirit, He could not force you into commitment with Him, so He said only if “this person is willing to take on my name,” then I will allow her to become part of Me. After He chooses you He is not going to let you go without a fight, and you will have to fight like a good marriage does to stay together despite all the rumors, and all the commotion that goes on all around, despite all the danger lurking in various places, despite everyone and everything around you or in you that calls Him, and what He has promised to you in His Word a lie.  You must fight to hold on to that relationship, and keep Him the center of your affections, no matter what happens to you.  He loves you so much, and sometimes He will just hide so that you can find Him all over again, but He is always within you and you are within Him.  So you can rest secure that if you belong to Him, He will keep you in the palm of His hand.  Even if you turn your back on Him, like Peter did, He’ll still love you, and He’ll always be willing to redeem you if you turn to Him, but if you can’t live with the guilt of what you did, then you might be digging yourself into a place that you don’t want to be in like Judas did.  But that is not God’s heart.  God’s heart is to let you know that you are Jesus’ beloved and he will treasure you.  That doesn’t mean that trials and testings and tribulation won’t come, but it means that not only do you put your trust in Him, but He also trusts in you and He knows you better than you know yourself because He is willing to forgive you in anything that you do.

For men who don’t want to be called a bride, which is just a symbolic to term to indicate intimacy, if you prefer you are also the sons of God.

 

 

Jesus or Yashuhua or Yeshua or in any language it’s all the same

READ WITH CAUTION:

There’s a very dangerous teaching going around Messianic Communities, not to dishonor the Jews or Messianic Jews, but to say that some Messianic Jewish Communities believe that the name of Jesus is not the name of Jesus but the name of an idol named Jezeus…and that is an idol.  That is a mistake because in Greek the name is Iseous and it’s still the name Yeshua.

In Revelation 5 it says:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And weshall reign on the earth.”

If you have every language there then the name of Jesus is going to have variations, but the name of Jesus still does has power whether it been in English, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Lugandu, Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish, or any language!!!  It’s still Him!!!  Don’t let anyone deceive you into thinking that you cannot call upon the name of Jesus unless you speak Hebrew.  He died for the whole world!!!  Yes we SHOULD NOT, SHOULD NOT, SHOULD NOT, bow down to any idols, but Jesus is not an idol, unless you carve statues for Him.

I am sorry if this disturbed or shook anyone’s faith, but this had to be said because otherwise you start believing lies and then you lose the power of God and we don’t want that.

An Advocate with the Father and Jesus our friend

This week a comforting thought came to me about the nature of Jesus, and the prospect of the Holy Spirit.  We know that God is righteous and holy and He cannot tolerate sin, but through His mercy He sent Jesus to die for us so that we can come near Him.  I’ve also been meditating on the relationship we have with Jesus.  I have heard that there is going to be a judgment for believers where everyone is going to be judged according to their works.   Now believers I suppose would not be sent into hell because the requirement for salvation is believing in Jesus and accepting Him into your life, but you have to endure to the end to be saved that means that you cannot give up and stop believing in Him, in which case you might lose your salvation, but since I am not to clear on what is the correct doctrine on that one I won’t go too much into that.

I had been fearing the judgment for believers for a while, but some Scriptures keep coming back to me and one of them really spoke to me.  Romans 8:15 – “15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” This one of the Scriptures I looked at, but the next one Jesus started to show me something to my heart when remembering this Scripture.  1 John 2:1 – “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

In Revelation it talks about the books that will be pulled out, and there will come a time when you are alone with God and you will have to give an account of what you did. 1 John 2:1 really put into perspective.  I pictured Jesus and me sitting a room with a television screen [I am guessing that there is greater technology in heaven, but it is the only one I could relate with] looking back at my life, and having a discussion, a very honest discussion where I let Him know what was on my heart and based on my relationship what I had learned from the experience.  I know that this conversation was not for His benefit, but for my benefit so that I could be sure in my heart that He would plead the case with the Father.  Now I know in some cases that word, “Advocate”, means that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us at the present moment, but when I catch up with the way that eternity that is in motion, then I will have peace in my heart to know that Jesus is pleading my case.

The word Advocate here is also used as Comforter in other verses to refer to the Holy Spirit.  What a blessing we have right now to have this privilege right now to get to that place where we can sit and honestly talk to God about what’s going on.  It is a blessing to have that privilege to have fellowship with Him now before we get to Heaven.  The problem is that because this is not always tangible, we have difficulty figuring out how exactly to do it and how exactly to have this kind of relationship with God-  to “be still and know”.  We have difficulty forming that kind of relationship where we are drawn to Him and we can actually hear His still small voice, beating within the depths of our hearts. There’s no written formula or “magic” formula that can take you there after all He created you and He knows how your going to react to the situation.  There’s no point in putting a square peg into a round hole so God’s got that square hole just for you, or maybe you’re the round peg trying to fit into the square hole, He’ll put that round hole just for you.  The beautiful thing about Jesus once He comes to  live inside your heart is that you can talk to Him.  You can put your trust in Him and rely on Him to get you through everything.

 

Song of Solomon says frequently, “do not awaken love until it pleases”.  I believe here they are taking about not trying to force this love but let it come naturally.  Love with God should not be a struggle, when you’re trying to get out of a cage that you’re in, but keep bumping into walls.  But it is like a stream that flows to feed the plants and all the plants have to do is to receive it.  The plants don’t have any control on when the river is coming and when it is going to feed them, but they just wait patiently for the river to feed them and then the flowers grow and the trees produce fruit.

Getting back to my point, it’s good to know that we can communicate honestly with Jesus after all He does know our hearts.  He is the only one that we can convey our sins to and He is faithful to hear.  We don’t have to be afraid of judgment, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to when God tells us not to do something.  We shouldn’t start being rebellious toward God, but God knows that we all have weak areas and that God uses the weak things to confound the wise.  Also there is something I want to point out, we all have different levels of maturity in Christ and different areas that we are mature in.  Some people through life experiences have learned how to develop this kind of relationship with God to where it comes naturally, and some people are just learning and beginning to grow, but God works with us all.  He understands us and He knows us.  He knows our very weaknesses and our faults.  He is there when we need us and for us to have peace in our hearts all we have to know is that He loves us and that His grace has redeemed us.  So if you’re trying to get closer in your walk with God and to develop the Fruit of the Spirit, realize that it takes time.  God cultivates this fruit in us through the Holy Spirit, but learning to relax and just lean on God and depend on Him.  I bet Jesus is in Heaven thinking, “Take a Chill Pill!!”, when it comes to all the stuff we worry about.  He was always telling the disciples not to fear and He preached about not worrying or fretting about anything.  Relaxation and faith go hand in hand.  The more you have faith in Jesus the more you are able to relax.  The more you relax the more you can allow the love of God to operate in you.  The more you allow love to operate in you, the more you can be a blessing to others.  The more you are a blessing to others, the better your conversation with Jesus is going to be in heaven.  Instead of saying “I never knew you”, He will be saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

 

He gave gifts unto men

 

This was another awesome sermon – you may have to adjust the volume a little bit low so you’ll have to crank up the volume.  It goes with the theme God made you unique.  May the Holy Spirit bless you and touch you as you listen to this message.

The Body of Christ

I’ve been drawn to these Scriptures over and over again as I continue to meditate on them.

2 Corinthians 12:14-27

14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole werehearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentableparts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

In one of my earlier posts I talked about the church acting like a disabled body.  But now I have come to realize that in essence, Christ prunes off the things that are not suited for His body.  The thing that really moves me about this passage is that there is an interconnectedness with all the members of the Church or the Body of Christ.  One part cannot say to the other I have no need of you as the WORD says, and that we whether we like it or not are all part of each other.  There is another part of Scripture that comes into play here and that is the fact when Jesus says that some of the people who claim to be part of the Church will say, “we prophesied in your name, and some of us cast out demons in your name,” and He will say, “I never knew you.”  That has always been a hard pill to swallow, and I am going to post a video sermon on here that goes a little bit more into that than I am going to, but the key for the Church not to be a disabled body is to have Christ as the head and to have an intimate relationship with the LORD.  Some of us with our modern technologies and gadgets, like I heard someone once say, we don’t really have the level of intimacy that they had in previous generations when there was no technology.  Granted that it has been a tool, but it takes away time to spend cultivating the intimate relationship with Christ.  I am preaching to myself here.  Our time gets eaten up by consuming ourselves with the demands of daily life, but we don’t really get into the depths and the deeper level of walk that we are supposed to.  Within the Body of Christ because we have not all developed that deeper level of intimacy, we are spending time debating with each other on “how to” do this, or “the way” we are supposed to do that, when in essence there is no written formula.   The Spirit moves as He wills.

When one of us is hurting we are all hurting.  That’s the essence of what Paul says at the end of the passage I quoted.  Imagine the human body.  If you had a pain in your body, let’s say your foot, would you be able to walk correctly?  Would you be able to carry out the work you were supposed to do if you had that pain?  Wouldn’t you try to do whatever you could to get rid of that pain so that you could carry out whatever you are supposed to do?  That’s the same way the Body of Christ is.  When one of us is hurting we are supposed to care for each other and build up and edify the church and one another, not only so that we can be a blessing to one another as the Church, but so we can be a light in the darkness surrounding us.

The Scripture says that the Lord prunes those He loves, and that He disciplines, and chastens them.  Jesus also said if “your eye cause you to sin then pluck it out because it would be better to go in ‘without an eye’ then to have the body be cast into outer darkness because of that sin”  (emphasis mine).  There’s another level of examination of Scriptures that can take place here when it comes to the Body of Christ.  We are supposed to make sure that the Body of Christ does not lead itself into sin.  We are supposed to be careful that we do not let ourselves give into temptation.  So when we are rebuked by members of the Church, or when we do experience conviction, or if we are going through a hard time it is all for the good because Christ wants a blameless spotless bride, before He comes to receive her.  The Blood of Jesus washes away our sin, but since this is a process and that we will not stop sinning over night [but we will eventually get to the point that it is impossible to sin], and that this is a pruning process then we can be sure that the Potter is shaping His creation out of the clay and when the bride has made herself ready, then the groom will receive her.

I once had a vision of the bride of Christ.  One characteristic I found about her hair was that had strands of hair color of each kind of natural hair color that was young in appearance.  There was one piece blonde, one piece brunette, one piece brown, one piece black and the rest were all the colors in between.  The Body of Christ is one with diversity and each member has its own function.  We all depend on each other and have need of each other.  We also have need of Christ and we cannot do without Christ.

I have personally been struggling myself with the love walk, which is what the next verses in 1 Corinthians 13 are about.  I want to get passed head knowledge, and have that heart experience and constant renewing and filling of the Holy Spirit in my life so when I feel this way, and especially when there is no one else around I am persuaded to dig my own well and find my own way out instead of depending on the internet, other preachers, members from the collective Church, and anything else that would deter me from seeking out the LORD for myself and developing the true intimate relationship with Him.  Sometimes I wonder if you don’t “feel” something does that mean you don’t love (agape), or is it more of an attitude.  I think it is a little bit of both, that there is no limit to the LORD and you cannot put Him in a box and have come to the realization that nothing can contain Him.

I have also come to the realization that I for one cannot compare myself with other people, and that I shouldn’t try to please other people.  If someone does not like my blog post that’s fine because I am not there to please them, but to please God and to do His work by sharing the Truth about Him.  These two things tie in with the passage from Corinthians that I quoted.  A hand cannot compare itself with a foot, and a hand is not there to please the foot, but we are all there to do what the brain, or head, tells us to do.  We are all essential.  We spend so much time looking at other people’s anointing, or trying to live under other people’s control that it’s hard to realize the gifts that God has put inside of us.

This aspect is particularly hard for me to do because sometimes it feels like I have put myself in a box because I have not allowed myself to do all the things that God wants me to do because of fear of getting out of the comfort zone and having to totally be dependent upon Him.  There is a fear of stepping out unto the unknown.  How a would your body feel with someone else’s head on it.  It just wouldn’t fit right, and it wouldn’t look right and it just wouldn’t act right either.  [I am not talking about the context of the husband being the head of the wife in this context, and that’s a whole another issue, which I personally have no experience to make any other statement than what the Word says and what I believe about it.]  So sometimes we let other people take control of our lives so much so that when it comes to be out on our own we don’t know what to do or how to react or what choices to make.

The theme at our church for the past few weeks has been being a unique person in the diversity of the body of Christ.  So we learned about not comparing ourselves to others, we learned about how God makes us unique, and the many aspects of this theme.  So that begs the question do I really know who I am in Christ?  Do we as unique individuals know who we are in Christ?  Have we learned the most important commandment – to love God with all of our heart, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves?  If the body of Christ can come to the submission of the Head and come under the authority of the Head, then we would be unstoppable.  That’s exactly what satan is scared of so he is trying to do everything in his power to disarm and to make weak and make disabled the body of Christ, so he can become the head.  But to know and realize the Truth that Christ has set us free and to know how much He loves and who we really are can set us to be more than conquerors.