RISE AND STAND ON YOUR FEET!
But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. Acts 26:16
The future apostle, Paul was given this word as he journeyed to persecute the church of Jesus Christ and I believe it is a word for all believers today, to rise up and to be about our Father's kingdom work in this world that is filled with darkness!
We are in extremely dangerous times on the very brink of apostasy and tribulation and people everywhere are lost and wandering to and fro looking for answers. The glorious church of Jesus Christ, those who have been tried and tempered need to rise up and fulfill their divine destiny and shake off the man-centered tradition and doctrines of demons that have stunted their spiritual growth and paralyzed the body of Christ for eons!
We as believers are called to make disciples of all nations and we have an important part in the body as members in good standing no matter what man has told us! As a former persecutor of the church of Jesus Christ, Paul was transformed and made a witness of the power of God and became a minister of the gospel of Christ, so we too should be transformed, trained, equipped and sent into the harvest.
And He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints (us) for the work of ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
NO LONGER CHILDREN
That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. Ephesians 4:14
Most of Christ's body, especially in America have been held captive by a demonically inspired hierarchy of men that have only given out enough spiritual milk to sustain a multitude of baby Christians in a religious nursery, never intending to train, equip or send them out!
Because the church has been built on the wrong foundation it is led by pastors who have stepped into a position of being baby sitters to a congregation of children that have had their spiritual growth stunted and left to die in a ritualistic kindergarten. Pastors were never supposed to do the work of service, marry, bury and nurture a brood of spiritual babies for the rest of their lives! And they were never supposed to lead Christ's body!
Think about it, most join a nice church family where they feel safe and secure, coming once a week to hear a sweet message of encouragement that will lead them back next week and make them feel like they have met their spiritual obligation! All of their needs are met by pastor and he does all that we are supposed to be doing, but we pay him instead so that we don't have to do anything but show up, shut up and tithe! Sound like the church Jesus built?
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. I Corinthians 13:11
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principals of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, (mature) that is, those who by reason of use (practice) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14
The majority of the body of Christ doesn't have enough spiritual discernment to know they have been deceived and trapped in a religious box of dead works. Tradition has trained them and made them think that this is all there is, so they just sit and rot in a pew of complacency never knowing the power and glorious destiny God had for them!
Spiritual children are like human babies in that when they have grown to a point in their life they no longer drink only milk but solid food. As they eat the meat of the Word they begin to mature and become dependent upon Holy Spirit to guide them. If one is born again and filled with God's Spirit he will begin to receive that which God has for him to do. He will recognize his gifts, calling and destiny and step out, fulfilling his commission to do the work of service in God's kingdom.
Within the human body even before birth your organs are functioning members of your body, operating according to how they were created, the heart pumping blood, the liver, the lungs and all the other organs doing what the were designed to do and so are we to do that which we were created for, to cause the healthy operation and growth of Christ's body! So, with that said, what is your part and are you functioning as a member or vegetating as a spectator in the body of Christ?
Speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint (us) supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:15,16
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin