Thursday, May 21 2020
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
When the prophet Samuel was dedicated to the Lord and given to Eli the priest to disciple, God called Him into the ministry. Throughout scripture men and women were called of God to their life's work and ministry. As the people of God, the assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to fulfill our divine destiny and calling!
The apostle Paul exhorted us to keep the unity of the Spirit, that which the one hundred twenty experienced at Pentecost. Peace, harmony and in one accord, they worshiped God and were all filled with Holy Spirit power. Unity brings about corporate anointing which in turn brings about power. Today, however the devil has divided the body of Christ into denominations, sects and even cults, through tradition and the doctrines of demons.
Because we are not united as one body, our supernatural power and authority has diminished, leaving us in a dangerous position to engage our enemies. In order to have victory over the powers of darkness we must protect the unity of our faith with others in the body! Our spiritual destiny depends on our love for one another and our ability to overcome division!
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil (symbol of the Holy Spirit) upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron. (a type of the Royal Priesthood) Psalm 133:1,2
WE ARE ONE BODY
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling: one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
As the old saying states, "United we stand, divided we fall!" That is an understatement considering the hundreds of divisions in today's church, most of which is divided over the Word! Contrary to popular belief the Bible does not contradict itself and there is no private interpretation!
When Jesus began His ministry, He was baptized by John, baptized in the Holy Spirit and went on a 40 day fast in the wilderness. When the devil approached Him to tempt Him, He used the sword of the Spirit against him, the word of the living God, but the devil, also knowing the word tried to use it against Him at the end of His temptation!
Satan told Jesus to throw Himself off the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. "For it is written: "He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You and in their hands they shall bear You up." Its a shame that the devil knows the Word better than most believers and it is not beneath him to use it against us to defeat and deceive us! Beware of his schemes!
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. II Peter 1:20,21
A PERFECT MAN
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, (complete in Christ) to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
The goal of the five-fold ministry team is to equip believers to become a unified spiritual Man, a representation of the supernatural existence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the earth! We are His body, filled with His Spirit and left in the earth to be His ambassadors to reconcile the lost back to their Father in whom they have defected!
We have been so deceived by the devil to believe that church is a building we attend once a week to hear a message and then expect our pastor to do all the spiritual work we pay him to do. This is straight out of Hell! If you are born again, you are a blood washed, spirit-filled saint of the Most High, expected to GO and do the greater works that Jesus promised we would do in the earth today!
Satan has dragged up a corpse out of the bowels of antiquity, the old priesthood with all the dead religious rituals of yesteryear and has tried to make us follow something that Jesus destroyed and nailed to the cross! Don't be deceived by his schemes and ploys to get you to sit and be quiet in a dry and dusty mausoleum of dead works! You are the called of Christ, unified and chosen as His disciples to conquer the powers of darkness and reap a harvest of souls for the kingdom of God!
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin