Good Morning Blessings to you all – thank you for joining us today on this ROF Ministries broadcast. How are you all holding up? Nothing seems to be coming at us in an easy way these days, does it? This reminds me of the Scripture in Revelation 3 – repent, I am coming quickly, hold fast to what you have, in that you let no man steal your crown – which is a mark of royalty. Sometimes it is all I can do to breathe, let alone hold fast – you all know that feeling? We have so many do this and don’t do that floating around, our heads can spin. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple like a little child… Seek Jesus with all that you are and you will never be so lost He cannot find you and Shepherd you.
I know I said we would be back in Job… Well, instead the Lord pressed upon me to finish our five-fold ministry study. Lord willing, next Wednesday we will be back in Job. It was funny but I kept reading and reading and reading in Job – listening and waiting for the Lord to speak so I could put some study materials together. I got up to Chapter 8 and stopped and said, Lord… You haven’t given me anything to share then I heard a nudging in my spirit that we must finish what we started last week. So with that here we are.
Hopefully, you were with us Wednesday or had a chance to hear the archive, because today we will hit the ground running to build upon what we learned the other day about the five-fold ministry gifts.
Where do you fit? Because everyone who is a misfit in this World, fits perfectly in the Body of Christ – yay! Now that is good news, real good news for many of us and just as He formed us in our mother’s womb, He is forming us and knitting us together as one in Him. That was natural, this is spiritual. We learned the other day, the main requirement is just to seek Him with your whole heart.
We discussed how titles of this World, even inside the church of the world is not important, but how Jesus’s anointed apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists and prophets are a display of the fullness of Him on Earth, through surrendered vessels like you and me. You were counted out of the World to be counted into Jesus’s flock, which is very good news indeed and all are welcome. So the invitation as gone out, just as we studied in Ephesians 4 and there is no time like the present to just lay yourself down in surrender and give all of yourself and the World’s entanglements to Him knowing, I just cannot do this anymore on my own, or even with the advice of friends.
WE are becoming His Church and it is beautiful and terrible and tumultuous and lovely all at the same time – just like a real birth is… very distressing until the baby is born and revealed to the World. We surely are getting closer to our revealing, aren’t we?
We need to make sure we understand there is no mediator between us and Jesus any longer – thankfully we can each go directly to Him anytime we desire and He meets us where we are, when we call out to Him from the heart. There is no one on Earth, not even a leader you look up to, who can take the place of our relationship or fellowship with Jesus. And we often have to give up many things, people and viewpoints, including and especially self, to meet with Him intimately in such a precious way.
I am saying “5 fold ministry” today with a caution, because those exact words are not in the Bible, yet they do give placement to what we are talking about because man uses them a lot. The 5 gifts of the fullness of Jesus would be a better description, Biblically speaking. But for knowledge sake, we will call them the 5-fold ministry gifts, because there are five of them and they are for the sheepfold, so it totally makes sense. These gifts align with the 7 churches in Revelation 2 and 3…. They actually “give witness” to the Church Body spoken in Revelation. Interesting, isn’t it? This ministry is ACTIVELY BEING THE CHURCH… doing church for all you doers out there… lol
As followers and worshipers of Jesus – We have been anointed to do what He did, Amen? Once filled with the Holy Spirit you have received power from on high… His power – to the measurement we have emptied out and He poured in… The more empty we are of self, the more power we yield upon the Earth through the Holy Spirit. In Luke 4:18 – Jesus told those in the synagogues that “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering sight to the blind and to set at liberty them that are bruised.
Okay… There’s your assignment and it also is your anointing. No wonder the enemy tries to keep us in a victim mindset, overcome with past hurts, wounded and rejected and drunk in the mind with offense. If he can keep us focused on self, we do not grab hold of what was granted to us and set others free. Can captives set free captives? No… just like satan cannot cast out satan. The prison is more in the mind than anywhere else – as a man thinks so is he, just as out of the mouth reveals the truth of one’s heart.
We, by the power of our Lord should be: giving good news to the poor, healing broken hearts, sharing about Jesus’s deliverance to those who are held captive by the grip of the enemy, opening spiritual eyes that are blinded and free those who are wounded. I must say, these words really excite me! Talk about freedom! No blindness, no wounds, no longer poor, no captivity of the enemy whatsoever! I want that in fullness, don’t you?
We surely will get there – The righteous are moving from glory to glory or should I say – growth to growth, which is more accurate really – we are shining brighter and brighter the more we surrender. As overcomers, the upside to challenges is – everything which does not replicate Jesus is being cleansed away, while everything that does replicate Him within us is increasing. The only downside is… we are dying. Lol… to the flesh that is! Spiritually we are actually coming alive!
Seems like we could use just a little more of a review from last week ~
We discussed the fullness of Jesus’s countenance given to us, based on the needs of others so that we display Him on Earth to grow and expand the Kingdom of Heaven here. In the fullness of Jesus are five gifts which anoint His members of His Body for the goodness of His sheepfold, whether they have entered in yet or not… they have a divine invitation set before them and He uses us, when we are clothed in humility to accomplish His will by activated love. In this, we carry within us what those we come into contact with are in need of through the sharing of Jesus’s virtue – we, like Him are being poured out as a drink offering to the fullest when emptied of self.
So a full and whole Body of Christ has these five elements of anointings in which we are used as His hands and feet, found in Ephesians 4 and for most of you this will be a review:
- Apostle – Greek meaning: a delegated messenger for the Lord sent with orders from Him to carry out – An overseer, shares in the sufferings of others in order to empower them for the Kingdom’s service, operates as a servant to uplift others in vision and sends out other messengers to perform God’s will, an ambassador of the Gospel
- Prophet – Greek meaning: One who is moved by the Spirit of God to interpret oracles or hidden things relating to His Kingdom pertaining to salvation. Speaks often in warnings of what is to come with the underlying message warning to repent because that day draw nigh.
- Evangelist – Greek meaning: One who carries the Good News to spread it among the inhabitants of the Earth, they prepare the way of the Lord by gathering in the sheepfold, inviting all because all are welcome.
- Pastor – Greek meaning: A Shephard who tends directly to the sheep, they watch over, comfort, lead the sheep to wells of life giving drink and water, nurtures the wounds of the sheep, carries the sheep to find rest beside still waters, offers loved based correction and direction – keeping them focused on the narrow path in order they do not wander and be devoured and is constantly awake and alert to protect from sheep from adversaries. Note: Everywhere in the Bible when you see the word Shepherd it is synonymous with Pastor in the Greek
- Teacher – Greek meaning: One who teaches on the things of God and how they relate to the duties of man, one who unveils and instructs God’s written word to feed the sheep in a simplistic and understandable way so clarity is granted and the Word is applied in the lives of followers.
I know I’ve said this a hundred times it seems, but these are not titles before or after our names – they are a piece of Jesus operating through us as His hands and feet, more recognizable by others than ourselves.
Jesus was given dominion and power and glory over His everlasting Kingdom – which is expanding continually. Since we abide in His Kingdom, our comfort will not ever pass away either, it will not be destroyed, overtaken or ruled over by darkness of any kind. Everything rests on Jesus – HE IS… Our wonderful Counselor, our mighty God and eternal Father, He is our Prince of Peace too!
Again… Where does He reside? Within you, within me. What is the timing of all this? Now! His Kingdom is at hand, internally present and continually activated. It’s here and it’s surely increasing because it is expanding in the hearts of His people. We are like shining lights walking around radiating all brightness to consume the darkness. Hearts are being exposed and revealed and what is inwardly ruling is surfacing… It is evident some are perishing more than we realized, while others are rising to the occasion of His calling them forth and from this respect, it is both great and terrible.
Are you all familiar at all with forerunners? One in particular you are very familiar with is, John the Baptist, he prepared the way of the Lord. Many of you all are very similar… You prepare the way of the Lord to masses of people and chances are you do not even know it – but you sow seeds of truth and love into others, in which the Father gives the increase to every single day.
Forerunners look at the big picture of things and realize Spiritually, Jesus is building His Church – which requires no walls or natural devices to expand internally. Although it does have rippled effects to the natural at times, but not always. It is hidden and unseen to the naked eye, one must see spiritually to view Jesus’s Church Body.
We know His Bride is already beheld by Him, just not revealed yet, as we are still hidden in Christ Jesus. We also are already ruling and reigning with Jesus, by Him being on the throne of our hearts – which that too will manifest in the not too distant future in His timing. For now we are seated with Christ on Earth just as it is in Heaven. This is amazing stuff isn’t it? But here is a side note – if Jesus isn’t ruling over our own personal lives – then He is also not ruling through us over the Earth, we are.
We are told to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God” – We must daily ask ourselves this one important question – What am I seeking first today? Because when it is Jesus we are seeking first – He then will take His seat inside us. There is a battle for that position within our hearts and the battle maybe a little shocking, because in order for Jesus to take His appointed seat within us – something has to be knocked off… Guess what that is? Self. This may irritate some of us, because we’ve been told just how holy we are already or how we’ve already made it, to some degree, or even that we are righteous. Well, as long as self is on the seat of the throne of our hearts – then self is the origination of all we are. If that is irritating – then you proved my point. Lol… Only flesh of self gets irritated by truth while the Spirit is truth and always in agreement with the Word of God. Every single time we are offended we are not walking in the Spirit – wakeup call and note to self on this one. Oh and by the way – the Spirit does get grieved with mournful sadness at the condition of man – but not offended and never lashes out or seeks its own way. It is necessary offenses come in order to reveal the truth of us and when offended we display what is really inside that many try to hide.
We are only permitted to operate in His Kingdom if He is the only one ruling and reigning according to His will, His way by His design. Remember – we rule WITH HIM, not in place of or over Him. If it is not His will being done, it is ours and the last desire we should seek is to rule over others – like the god of forces. I call that being bossy… lol… always telling others what to do and how to do like a foolish child.
Also, keep in mind we are to preach the Gospel of Jesus’s Church, not the church we gather at, we are sent out to preach the Gospel of Good News – which in many cases has nothing to do with what man is prompted to utter. The call upon our lives is not to fellowship with one another, the Lord said to not forsake it (meaning deny it) – but listen closely to me please – we are not to promote it either. We build it at the Lord’s guidance and He will lead them to join with us, or not. We don’t “sell” the gospel or count souls… we just share the gospel with others at His guidance. There are a lot of people who are gonna be shaken here in the real near future… Mark my words.
You know a Godly leader is authentic when he or she cares about the WHOLE FLOCK, not just their own. When Jesus is ruling over a body of believers – competition, envy, strife, jealousy, backbiting ceases. And right now, the purposed plan of offense is revealing just who is and is not counted among the sheepfold.
Because Jesus rules and we surrender to Him – we have POWER, SPIRIT AND TRUTH. And nothing will mark you as an enemy of someone quicker than knowing the truth about them. People will often reveal just enough to you for you to feel sorry for them, but anything more you know, if they have ulterior motives –they will try and discount you before you can reveal the truth of them, and it is highly doubtful you ever even would do so. Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing, but they sure are paranoid. Have you noticed how quickly you become someone’s enemy when they cannot manipulate anymore…. Ahh, the price for freedom.
Without a life fully surrendered to the Lord we will preach our news, our self-made kingdoms, our truth and our ways… It is very formula based, like a ritual or key as to how things worked for us, denying the power and yet ever learning about the truth, and remember, knowledge puffs up and man’s words are found for a dime a dozen – so stick with what Jesus said.
Like I say a lot – the church is the forest – it is all over the World, not local or your favorite fellowship gathering place, which is a tree in the midst of a large forest. The size of the tree doesn’t matter, but rather whether the fruit it is producing is good – to the Lord Jesus.
Our number one priority is – What does King Jesus desire? Not how content are the sheep you flock with each day. If we could stay focused on Him all the time – it would weed out all the goats and tares quickly due to offense, because they are so self-focused all the time.
I want to remind us too how important suffering is to our growth. Suffering makes the church grow and grow and grow, as well as multiplies our strength. In times of distress, one really comes to realize what does and does not matter. Many people only seek God when they are in a crisis – it is sort of His introduction of Himself to us. We’ve all been through this a time a two or if you are like me… about a thousand times. Lol I can be really dense sometimes.
This is a real big issue of contention and strife – But there is no competition in Jesus’s Church. None. Politics in the Earthly church are rampant and still in the hearts of many who fellowship, but the Word tells us only fools compare themselves to one another. Just a side note: if we did not feel threatened by another, we would not slander them either, to lift ourselves up. Slander is forbidden by the Father and therefore, is not on the lips of His Saints or in their hearts either.
Listen to what 2 Corinthians 10:12 says ~
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Comparison, size and power only matters to hirelings, those who directly answer to Jesus primarily are concerned that souls make it to the Kingdom, not how they enter there as long as it is through the Narrow Gate, Jesus. This Scripture reminds us it is only the unwise who compare numbers or faith by the lifting up of self. This is why we constantly talk about conforming to Jesus and not one another. Again, Jesus’s church is full of His workers who care about one simple thing – that all make it in – not what door they enter in through except be it through Jesus, the only true door to Heaven.
We’ve gotten things so backwards it seems, no wonder judgment starts in God’s own household. Most churches nowadays are accommodating sinners and compromising on Jesus. Isn’t that backwards? We should get back to welcoming, making room and accommodating for Jesus to enter, so sinners are not so easily comfortable with compromise and sin in our lives, so we are truly made whole, delivered, set free, healed and go and sin no more with the power and blood of Jesus Himself. Jesus told us if we invite and accommodate Him, without partiality to sin, He will draw people unto Himself to commune with us.
I am in agreement if the whole church body right now would unite, BY THE HEART, in truth not just outwardly, we could alter the course of the World in a matter of days, let alone our Nation. The Father says He appoints leaders over us that we deserve – you do know He is talking to us don’t you? The World is the World but His words are for the church… There are enough believers right now covering all of planet Earth to be a majority, so numbers are not the problem – unity is. Take the chatroom for example – you cannot have 10 people in there without someone tearing someone else down, shameful really. We are to build each other up, not tear one another to shreds. If we can’t unify 10 people, how in the World could a Nation be unified? Without surrender to Jesus and Him taking His seat and us being removed… We not only deserve the shaking which is coming, it is His merciful hand doing it. Too many ministers refuse to work together for the Lord’s Kingdom, because we’ve built our own and too many self-absorbed children are so busy measuring and correcting one another instead of seeking the Lord for themselves. I often wonder how many will not make it to Heaven for judging so harshly Catholics, for example, only to later find out the one they shamed with fiery darts made it in and they didn’t? I realize these are strong words, but time is to short to keep dancing around with the truth, we need immersed within it. What a shocking surprise it will be to celebrate with the prostitutes and alcoholics around the throne with Jesus, while the robed righteous peer from afar off… Well, that’s just a word picture – but it actually manifested in Jesus’s day just like that.
The Kingdom’s mindset is not minimal or singular in thought. The Lord can do what He wants, with who He wants, anytime He wants and God forbid we question His ways. He does not judge on size or number or even church affiliation, but rather if we are carrying out His will on Earth for His glory and working for Him while it is still day. He told us all we need is two or three to gather where He is in the midst, to make a positive difference.
Hardly a moment goes by that I am not looking within and thinking – how did I get so out of whack? How did the Church drift so far? You know what I mean? I think it happened so slowly and we’ve been so mesmerized by the World and what the enemy is doing – we kind of took our hands off the plow, so to speak. I am as big a part of all this mess as anyone, just looking to the Lord for mercy and guidance on how to be a tiny ripple for change of our own ways in a pool of our own. Then it dawned on me – we started placing high expectations on everyone around us to measure up to us or what we want or desire or imagined or whatever the case may be. I’m guilty, I’ve done this with my own children at times even, Lord forgive me. Sadly, the church has gotten just cleaned up enough, mainly outwardly and said – hey, now everyone look like me. We’ve forgotten each within the body have a unique gift to complement one another to bring the fullness and wholeness of Jesus upon Earth. We’ve gotten really out of balance by placing one gift above another or look to one particular person over another and sadly most of that is done by charm… but that’s a different discussion we need to have some time. I can prove to you – you are drawn by an alluring voice of intrigue which speaks lies over the simple truth who stammers by word. I will do that one day soon. Lol
We often by the flesh will discount someone, compete with them, brag on what we do and how we do it all because of a lack within us (revealing Jesus not on the throne, we are) so we crave admiration so we know we are okay. Sadly, when we do this we expect everyone to flow in our appointed gifting and the enemy has a hay day – knowing through our own selves, we give him permission to hamper the church flowing as one. The day the church on Earth took a gift and made it a position, we fell into a snare. The enemy is not threatened if we have our eyes off him and on one another, looking for an opportunity to devour each other – he doesn’t even have to do anything but whispers lies into someone’s mind to cause them to be offended at each other and it is game on… Guess what feeds his disguise within the church? Ego and pride – ours. We will get so wrapped up in proving to others we matter – that we forget why we are truly here. To be a servant… not to be served. Amen
We have a real issue right now since people have given themselves titles while demanding others flow with them based on what they call themselves – all done by the works of their own hands, now everyone is so works based, worship of Jesus is the last on our daily list. My prayer is that each one of us embrace our true calling for service in the Kingdom so that we rise up as a mighty army in strength, just as the Lord Himself ordained, in order to advance His Kingdom on Earth.
Unbiblical standards of knowledge, set up competition and strife, while through surrender, all are equally leveled laying at the feet of Jesus in worship.
Does this seem challenging? Maybe even a little bit? It really isn’t too hard if we can just get over ourselves altogether. No one is left out of God’s Plan in this – which I love – we only exclude ourselves. You matter, you really do matter – but the problem is, we want to matter to others when all that really does matter is that we matter to our Lord.
So here is the beautiful part ~
You were given an invitation, remember? And now you’ve been given an assignment. But you need direction, I need direction –we all do. Jesus is our control tower, we may be flying the plane – but without His guidance we cannot see anywhere we are going. Just as pointless as it would be for a pilot to argue with or rebel against the guy in the control tower – that is how silly it is to ignore the leading commands of Jesus in our lives.
Jesus has precious cargo for you to land safely with… But who is guiding your plane? I sure hope it isn’t the passenger 10 rows back with complaints or the stewardess who’s been trained with food and beverages but not skilled to land a plane and boy, I don’t think I would rely on the two year old throwing a tantrum over being told to sit quietly… Oh well, you get my drift…
I myself have drifted somewhat off course it seems… lolol Anyway, someone must have needed to hear that word.
All are counted in, all… Those in the Body of Christ know all parts are necessary and valuable, regardless of their divine appointments – it takes all. Jesus goes with you… You are not alone, not any place you go. He does send us out as sheep among wolves – but never forget, the Shephard always sticks closest to His own flock. So maybe you take Jesus with you to just the one or maybe you are one who gravitates to the masses of 99, whatever the case may be – It is all in His designed plan, who we reach and when we reach them and even how. Every single part is vital in the sustainment of a healthy body, especially the Body of Christ.
If you are leading a hundred people – you still need that one person who will sit with the one in ruins, needing some extra tlc and compassion. When you are calling for repentance and someone shows up with a broken leg or has a heart attack – you need that one with healing in their hands to intervene and bring one to life to rise up and begin walking again, when you are laying hands on the sick and one stumbles in strung out on drugs you need another to calm them with peace and love, to ease their paranoia and when another is operating under witchcraft disrupting the whole move of God you need that one who carries a frying pan to enter into the place to restore order… lololol just kidding, but you see what I am saying.
My last point is… there is no lone wolf in the Body of Christ. Each part (person) is placed there for the giving of life eternal and the expansion of the Kingdom. We really need to stop fishing for compliments so much and be made whole – the body needs you, just as souls are waiting in the balance for you to stand in truth, ready to report for the duty of servitude to the hierarchy of the Kingdom of Heaven.
And what’s so amazing is… in God’s Kingdom, the least are the greatest and I just love that, don’t you?
You know the Body of Christ is made up of many members and is as beautiful and uniquely diverse as each one of you. Perfectly knit together in Jesus as the glue which holds us securely in place.
Each one of us were given gifts to uplift, grow, expand, strengthen and comfort one another in a most precious way – when love is prevalent among us, by design, we truly compliment one another unto perfection and if we don’t realize it now, we soon will because we actually do need each other.
Before I go, just one last portion of Scripture I would love to go over quick.
1 Corinthians 12 says –
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
If one is given a specialty of a particular gift – Why then do we personally think or even try to do it all just by ourself? One is given a gift and another is given a different gift… The Word calls it “diverse” gifts given out by the same Holy Spirit individually and purposely to how it benefits the Body of Christ in fullness and to be administers over His Body so it operates according to His will, not man’s and we just read it is ordained to be this way so all profit – meaning increase within the Body for the perfection of the Saints.
One is given the WORDS OF WISDOM, another WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE, another is given FAITH, another the GIFT OF HEALING, another the GIFT OF WORKING MIRACLES, another to PROPHECY, another the DISCERNING OF SPIRITS, another the gift of SPEAKING TO DIVERSE GROUPS, and lastly one who can INTERPRET DIVERSE SPEECH.
So before we move, just look at that… Somewhere each of us fits in perfectly when we conform to the Holy Spirit’s leading and not our own. One of the reasons the Body of Christ is so anemic is we expect others to operate with our gift the same way we do or they are in they in the wrong. Well that carnal thinking is just plain wrong, because what the Lord says is each member is given their own particular gift to operate in by His anointed choosing. And I bet, if you desire a particular gift – then that one is your passion to explore with the Lord. So don’t let man conform or hinder you to perform a certain way – if so you will be without peace and fragmented in your calling. I encourage you to go to the Lord, seek Him continually to reveal to you what your divine appointment is within the Body. He certainly will show you that and so much more.
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
And its not one gifting either, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
Look at this! No one is counted out – all parts/members – us – are equally important for usage.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
Schism = division based on one’s opinion of another
Now – if we cherished one another we would tend to and look out for one another over self. Including not making everything all about us – all the murmuring and complaining that is overdone by some, which also, we have others who prefer to be alone and independent like they need no one else – both creates division.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
No jealousy or envy in the true Body of Christ
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
And here we are finally to our recent study… God set us up in His Church
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
He is saying here not all are apostles or a prophet or a teacher – not all work miracles or have the gift to heal and so forth… but possess the best gifts – which is the one you were granted by the way and I (Jesus speaking) will show you a more excellent way.
How many know what the more excellent way is??? Do you? I will give you a hint… It is in the following chapter… 1 Corinthians 13 – you all know that chapter – it is the LOVE CHAPTER… so LOVE IS THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY…
And if we had time I would read it just so we could hear it again and be reminded… You can be a prophet, apostle, teacher, perform miracles, heal others, speak with great tongues or interpret other languages – but if you do not have LOVE… you are nothing.
The truth is many people inside the natural church proclaim many things, title themselves many ways, preach a good sermon, talk a smooth walk – but it is worthless without love and remember LOVE ISN’T LOVE UNTIL IT IS PUT INTO ACTION by sharing it. I pray we not only talk the talk, but walk the walk of love one to another.
Thank you all so very much for joining me today – I pray you are blessed by the love of Jesus and one another in a special way today, remembering how important you are to Him and those surrounded by you. I pray we not take another moment for granted and go forth freely expressing the gifts He has bestowed and the love which paves the way for it to be activated.
And the priceless truth about this is – even if we are not sure of our gift or what to even do with it… We all have LOVE when we have Jesus and that is something we can utilize with every interaction we have with others on a daily basis. Love really is a choice. So choose wisely because how will everyone know we are Jesus’s disciples? If we love one another – not by outward demonstrations… but by love alone. And it is just that easy and just that hard.
I so enjoyed our time together, please continue to keep ROF Ministries uplifted to the Lord, we thank you for your love and support. I love you very much, have a blessed day.
No broadcast this Sunday as I have a prior commitment – so Lord willing I will see you next Wednesday.