How about the middle? If the “word” starts the action, and if the “Father” ends the action, then who is taking care of the action in the middle? Nope, it’s not the “Holy Ghost”. The Holy Ghost works with each team member from the beginning, thru the middle, and the end to complete the manifestation of things hoped for. However, there is the one member of the team who has failed to understand how vital of a role it must play to help bring the word of hope to pass. I believe that this member of the team is so busy looking to God to start and finish things that it fails to realize that God is looking right back at it to complete some things. Yeah, the Godhead would have loved for the only begotten “Son” to have continued to be the one to lead things off, but everyone on the team knows that this is the season of the adopted sons, except for the adopted sons.
Okay adopted sons, let’s come forth and show the Godhead that we can be counted on to get our part of the job done. When Jesus left the apostles in charge of the lead off role in bringing the word to pass, you could hear a pin drop in the heavens. The apostles had already shown time and time again with Jesus still here on earth that they would get to the middle, and drop the ball. Let’s recall a few examples: twice they launched out in the boat without Jesus, and failed to make it to the other side as directed by His word. One of those times Jesus sent them to the other side without Him in the boat. In the midst of the sea, with the ending of the trip at hand, along came their help for them to hold the middle. Instead of having faith to hold the middle and continue on, they let fear produce doubt, and they couldn’t make it to the end on their own. The other time Jesus was actually with them on the boat, but He had fell asleep. While they sailed on, storms with winds arose up, and they had fear that they may perish. Again, Jesus is right there asleep, but they fail to see “Him” as their help in their time of need. In fear, and not faith they awake Him instead of doing their part in the middle: they needed to have stayed focused on what Jesus was doing at this time. If Jesus was staying asleep, and calm at this stage of the journey, then they needed to stay calm and focused at this stage of the journey. The first thing that Jesus said to them after calming the storm was, “where is your faith.” No, obviously Jesus wasn’t expecting them to awake Him: He wanted them to pass this simulation test. Jesus was training them to act as a son will have to act as the lead off member in bringing the word to pass. And there were plenty other times where the apostles allowed fear to take their eyes off of the focus: Instead of focusing on their help to the end, Peter is cutting off an ear, denying Jesus as the cock crows, not being at the tomb on the third day, and the Apostles took their own sweet time leaving Jerusalem to spread the word. We could go on and on, but you get the point. You may be okay starting off as the lead off person, but to get to Father at the end, the sons are the ones to hold the line in the middle.
The apostles had Jesus, the full God, with them, and they still took a long time to understand this role. You and I have had a much longer period of time in the Body of Christ to develop, but we didn’t have Jesus in the physical to give us hands on training. You see, having Jesus here in person allowed the apostles to actually see the Father in the physical body of His Son. Don’t forget that Jesus was given the fullness of God by the Father, so when the apostles were out in the middle dropping the ball, the ending for them of the Father could be seen in Jesus. They could see Jesus body walking on the water to save them, but they didn’t recognize the Father spirit with the times and seasons to end it. There was the ending of the times and seasons ready to connect their middle part to the ending victory, and they continue to miss it. Jesus said to them on more than one occasion, “if you had seen me, then you would have seen my father because we are one.” There were many times that Jesus was operating in the Father’s spirit to give them victory, but they had not learned how to recognize that their victory was at hand. Only Jesus, the full visible God, could give them that level of training. You and I are visible, but adopted sons. Unlike Jesus, we were not giving the fullness of God. Therefore, we had to learn by the invisible spirit of God, how to move our visible bodies in and out of His movements at the proper times. So now during our time, if we are in the middle holding the line, whether we are actually holding it or actually dropping the ball, we will not see Jesus in the physical walking toward us with a helping hand. The thing that you and I will have to do is to hold that line until we see the opportunity open up that helping hand, and then move our physical body in step with that movement. This is what the Father is here to accomplish. He wants us to bring to pass the word hoped for, but He needs us in bodily form to become one with His movements since Jesus is not here physically. You and I are the members that have the responsibility of walking out the movements of the Godhead. The skill level of many members of the Body of Christ is mature enough to get to the middle, and now there will be a few chosen to take it to the end.
Get Ready, It’s Fathertime!!!