The state of the church today is like a sinking ship. When leaders and their team refuse to learn that it is God who must speak vision into their hearts and not themselves, they grieve the Holy Spirit and hinder the work the Father desires to carry out.
Leaders must come to the place they not only realize, but understand it is they who must carry out this vision Empowered in the Holy Spirit and do so by fully equipping the body of believers under their charge.
Man’s vision does not bear fruit or increase in the Kingdom. Man’s vision brings death. Man’s vision limits. Man’s vision limits God’s Calling and God’s Purposes and God’s Intentions. Man’s vision allows persons within a fellowship to remain stubborn, harboring hardened hearts, selfish, and the attitudes in their hearts towards gossip tearing down, rejecting, and slaying others by words, will be what is manifested, instead of the open Love of God being manifested within a fellowship, where others are warmly welcomed and invited to participate.
When a man or body put themselves first, Christ cannot enter into the work, for He remains shut out. Man’s vision allows people within a fellowship to maintain doing things as usual. Man’s vision holds God’s vision in prison. Man’s vision brings bondage. Man’s vision limits all of what God desires to accomplish in and through a body of believers. Man’s vision brings strife, hatred, rejection, and does great harm and damage to the believers.
It is only in pursuing God’s vision that fruit will come forth. It is only in working towards God’s Kingdom desires that people will come. It is only by allowing Christ to shine in and through us that others will be drawn to Him. It is when the Body lives in this unity in Christ, they can live in unity with one another.
It is in having an experiential understanding of God’s call to living in the community as a body of believers, joining in a Holy union with the Father, and joining into life with one another, in praying, supporting, encouraging, lifting up, edifying, singing spiritual psalms, reading scriptures, and gathering together in seeking Christ and all of who He is, and letting go of all our man-made designs, where He will Manifest All of who He is in and through this body.
It will be when the members of a body walk in Obedience to Him, clothing themselves with His Righteousness and Holiness, that He will Be in and with them and do great works through their service.
It is only in and by His Love that others will Know Him. It is only when this Love, pure and unadulterated is manifested within a community of believers, that Christ will be known.
The Christian lifestyle is all about Christ and not a person’s agenda. When we fully submit as a people, as a body, and truly understand how we build and maintain this Love and unity, putting into practice Godly Principles, Christ will manifest Himself in Powerful ways, with signs, wonders, and miracles.
When we become God Hearts of Love, in actions, words, deeds, behaviors, and our inner attitudes manifest His Love, He will pour out the rivers of life into a fellowship, which will overflow into the wider community, where His mission can be accomplished.
We must become the spiritual beings in Christ to exemplify His life to all we encounter as this is the great commission we are called to go forth and purposed to accomplish in His Power. When Christ takes preeminence in every area of our lives, and He becomes our Everything and our very reason for existence, then He will Be visible in our midst, and we will Be His Holy Priesthood, His Bride.
It is when we let go of what we want, and move towards the place of accepting what Christ wants, He will have the freedom and liberty to Be in us as a body. We must let go of selfish man made ways of being. We must let go of being a closed group, a clique. We must let go of walling off others from entering our fellowship. We must let go of ourselves. We must nail our ways to the cross.
We must let go of All that is Us so that He can be ALL in Us.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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