October 24, 2012
A Submitted Selah for Grass Roots Pioneering Ministry
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Overcoming the Spirit of Pride To Allow TheMove of God’s Spirit
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The word of the Lord from Psalm 123 has been repeatedly popping up in my spirit, but also one of “yielding” to the authority of the Bible and to the revealed will of the Lord.
All of this has to do with making preparation for the move of God, one that tolerates NO “Big I’s” or “Little You’s.” God’s mighty new move is one which must have no elitist exalted pulpits, preferentially treated senior ministries, but rather a pure in heart, rather simple “between the bone and the marrow” clear, deep one which will take heed to obey Bible priestly injunctions as “first, let (self) judgement begin in the house of God” Next let each one make the personal choice to “humble themself before the mighty hand of God, in order that HE may exalt each one in (His) due season.”
The next is an underlying word for the true, beautiful, uncompromising Bride of Christ. The fruit of this corporate humble body, truly respects ALL persons and enables no more unjust “respecter of persons” (which may display itself in many various ways, from Bible believing tribe to Bible believing tribe.) It is based upon apostolic pure hearted, deep humility, in the relationship ongoing real move of God, at grass roots ministry levels.
A Psalm of Ascents, A Prayer from Relief from Contempt
Unto You I lift up my eyes,
O You who dwell in the heavens.
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us.
3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!
For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is exceedingly filled
With the scorn of those who are at ease,
With the contempt of the proud. New King James Version
Almighty Father, when each one of Your children sees a new visitor, stranger, mother in Christ, a different race, a different hair style or economic class, let us avoid making dividing, accusing ministry stereotypes. Let us try to resemble the apostle who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, servant sent messenger Paul who himself declared, “I resolve to know nothing about any one, except Christ and Him crucified.” I Corinthians 2:2.
The apostle Paul, who never ever used a capital a to designate his own chief apostolic sent messenger office nor any of the 5 office gifts given by God to govern the Church (apostle, pastor, prophet, teacher, evangelist) with a “Capital A” (which might imply exalted and over all the other leaders, lay followers). Rather he used servant, house to house, humble servant ministry that was called on by him to represent the Lord in true corporate house by apostolic house unity (Book of Ephesians).
Paul called upon each organic authority in Chapter 4 Ephesians, to walk in “lowliness, meekness, long suffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2) and urged each mantled one to “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
He then wrote common doctrine that all could mutually agree to:
v. 4 One Christian Body, One Spirit, One hope of your calling
v.5 One Lord (Yeshua, Jesus Christ), One faith, One baptism
v6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, through all and in all.
v.7 To every one is given grace because of the gift of Christ (against gaining bragging rights to it based on works, senior office minister achievement)
Starting in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 12, the apostle Paul begins to list the by product of ministry leader corporate cross entire western, eastern true Body unity:
v.12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying (building up) the (entire true) body of Christ
v.13 (till) we ALL come to unity in the faith (Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it’s overcoming, blood bought saving, delivering, healing applied power)
(till) we ALL come to the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (all this is a creates a cross body, local community, even a dark culture displacing anointing manifestation of changed persons,destiny and society)
The linking in corporate divine appointment all body 5 fold office true common unity then produces a spiritual covering, as it were true fathering leader protective anointing which has the following affects (Ephesians 6:14)
1. It increases maturity, both spiritually, emotionally, governmentally in God’s people
2. the people will no longer be babies, “tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine.”
3. The pervading societal, corporate entire body, area, leader web of faith, will help to eliminate deceptive ministry leader government, lay and body practices “they will be no longer (gullible, overly trusting, children easily fooled) “by the slight of men, and cunning crafitness, whereby they (many) lie in wait to deceive
4. The by product will create fearless, up front apostolic, true body ministry directness (v. 15 “speaking the truth in love, to grow up into him all things which is the head, even Christ”) so this will eliminate ministry, leader, lay blame shifting, avoiding up front confrontation, and passing the proverbial leadership buck. “Truth in genuine Love” will created Moral Leader Real Authority which then strengthens the deep integrity of the 5 fold office reputation among men: in the church community but also in the local community.
Verse 16 Paul urges cross true Christ Body Unity, among the many various styled 5 fold offices which will truly knit the “whole body fitly join together, with every joint supplied, (but based on) “according to the effectual working in the measure of every part” (in other words, each body part, taking responsibility that they have a heroic role to play in knitting the body together, and also providing the gifts, time, talents and instruction, mantle, needed to assist all of the other mantled Body offices in Building UP the entire corporate true apostolic eastern, western body.
V. 16 Paul teaches that all of the willingness to apostolically yield to the ALL of the above will ”make increase of the Body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
This verse ties in with Psalm 133 and God’s commanded blessing on the willingness for leader corporate true unity:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing..Life forever more.”
God’s perfect will brings LIFE just as opposing His will brings the opposite, apostolic death.
We each need to selah this concept of cross body true 5 fold office unity: it’s Bible roots, it’s corporate by products but then view our modern ministry leadership current models…to see whether it is truly Bible spiritual covering, true fathering, emotionally healthy, as in mature mantled pure authority.
We can look at the state of the human family, the decline in society’s moral compass and the decline in many born again churches and compare it to Pauline Church of Ephesus non elitest, servant office authority.
Finally, in light of honoring each five fold office leader, we can equip and train both ministers and lay persons on discerning the authority real boundaries of all leaders and all rising leaders and all lay persons, including family roles, nonlegalistic church roles.
Ephesians True Unity based on each unique leader, individual choosing to yield to “with meekness, lowliness” must then grasp the often neglected Bible word for ALL leaders, ALL persons in Ephesians 5:21
“Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of the Lord” (Please note this verse includes ALL sets, ministry, leader, family subgroups and crosses racial, gender human dividing lines, because FOLLOWING this verse, in v. 22, the teaching shifts over to roles in family, specifically to married couples, where for the rest of the chapter 5, the apostle commands, “wives, submit to your own husbands, as unto the Lord’ and “husbands lay down your lives for your wife, as Christ so beloved, the world”.
However, these verses too many times are not applied to the entire leader body (Ephesians 5:21) and notably absent in too many bodies is “mutual respect, mutual submission IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD.”
This also points to the fact that married wives are NOT “under” all men, but only their husband. Yet they and all the leaders, males and females, husbands, wives, each fit under Ephesians 5:21 “Submit yourselves to one another in the holy fear of the Lord.”
This is a day and age of apostolic technicalities and legalism. So by choosing to be a noble Berean, one must in depth research and study the Scriptures on the roles of males, females both in and outside the Church and the major cross body, even national, international affect of 5 fold office blessed unity.
Question: HOW can I find time in my busy day to work on making all these cross body important connections?
Response: Don’t even try to achieve it, to force it to even happen. Be merely willing for God to make it happen. Take time to PRAY about God’s perfect ministry “divine appointments’ which will confirm His path for you and will also be key God appointed, even destiny Links to cross pollination, many other leader important divine appointments.
To be continued….
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Scripture Food for Contemplation: Job 41 : Regarding the Leviathan, the symbol of the sneaky hard to catch snake, the Spirit of Pride