How many of you have had a physical since, lets say first grade? A lot has changed with you since way back then hasn’t it? And it’s not like only a few things have changed since you had that first check-up, no, everything has changed since that first check-up. You don’t even look like that big bundle of joy from way back when. If we didn’t have medical records, paper trails and those gorgeous baby pictures, these days you could have passed for just about anyone. The point, just like the physical body changes as it develops, and matures; the spiritual Body of Christ changes as it develops, and matures. The Apostle Paul once agonized over having to feed us the milk of the word. Let me tell you now, feeding us the milk of the word today would be like committing severe deprivation of spiritual nutrition: after all these years, it would be an extreme form of spiritual malnutrition. It’s Fathertime: The Body of Christ needs its Father NOW!
Listen, our physical body grew and developed to where it is because of the many things that were provided to it. Our food changed as our body changed. The clothes that most of us wear changed in size, and style. Those of sound mind and body will not be taking third grade math when they enter into college. You know what I am saying. The spiritual body of Christ is waiting for more of its members to help it become the power house on earth that it is supposed to be. I remember when my son would sit in his stroller at the bowling alley waiting for his day to come: years later he waits no more. He has a curve, like many of you, that will hug that side lane until it’s time to whip right over to the spot on the head pin that he desires: that wait is over for him. Now, the body of Christ has been waiting for its day to come: years later we are still waiting. Why are we still waiting you may ask. We have allowed the body to remain deprived of our greatest nutrition, Father. We are fat on the “Word” and “Spirit” of God, but we have not allowed Father to be what He needs to be to the Body of Christ. The Body Needs Its Father Now.
This is all great for the body because it will allow us to receive more of what we have been proclaiming for years. Listen, God is really all that and every bag of chips, but we haven’t learned how to open up them chips. Father is simply closure: He brings an end to all that we are hoping for. He is the manifestation of all our hopes and desires. I know the thing that confuses everyone is when we speak of Jesus, and the Father as if they were separate, and different. Well, Jesus is the first, and will be the last to talk about his Father as being one and the same. However, Jesus is also the first, and will be the last to talk about his Father working with him, and doing what He sees His Father do as two would do. Jesus is always first to say that sitting on either side of Glory is not His to decide. Jesus also will be the first to say that He is not good, that there is but one that is Good. Jesus will remind you that He was not here to do His will, but to do the will of His Father. Jesus will be quick to tell you that the times and the seasons are in the hand of the Father:it goes on and on. Although Jesus will tell you that when you see Him, you have seen the Father; Jesus will also be the first to tell you what makes them different. Jesus, the Word, was made flesh, and given the fullness of God by his Father. God, the Father, on the hand is all spirit, and was the fullness of God from the beginning.
A good lawyer could present a strong case either way that Jesus is God now, replacing his Father on the throne, or that they are one with separate origins. In all of Jesus’ love talks of him and his Father, there is the one thing that Jesus clearly identifies as the thing that separated the two when Jesus was on earth. And this is the one thing that gives us power to walk as sons while on earth. In Matthew 19:17, And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. What makes Jesus with no sin say that there is none good including himself? We are talking about Jesus here, right? Well it’s referenced in many scriptures in the bible, but this is the one I refer to the most by the Apostle Paul. In Romans 7:18, For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. When Jesus was here on earth, like you and I, in our flesh dwelleth no good thing. Since God is the only one that is good as Jesus referenced in Matthew 19:17, the difference between the two is that one was spirit, and the other was flesh.
When Jesus would say to His Apostles that when you see me, you see the Father. Since Jesus was given the fullness of God by His Father, you have identical twins with the same authority except for position: the son will not trump His Father. We have the one God now which is the same in both the seen and the unseen. Jesus came down as a man and left the model for us to follow on how to walk in the power of Father, the unseen God. This is easy to get since we all know that God was only all spirit before He sent his only begotten son. Father even spoke to His son when John baptized Jesus. So here it is, you and I are here on earth. Jesus is in heaven interceding for us daily, and preparing for our reunion. You and I must consume more of our greatest nutrition, Father, and help make the Body of Christ what it is supposed to be. We have consumed the “Word” until we are fat, and we have moved in the “Spirit” mostly receiving great joy. It is time now to give the Body of Christ more of what it needs, and wants. It is time to stop waiting on the “Word” and the “Spirit” to do more than they should. It is time to do as Jesus did when He was here, and step into the “Will” of Father with the power of the “Word” and “Spirit” at our side. They are only meant to do so much, then the times and season that are in the hands of the Father will put closure to the thing if we would man up.
I will end with this example. We must experience the power to know that it does exists. Listen and forgive me if necessary, but we have to use this power when we are on our feet. God is a good God, so when you are down and out, of course He has your attention by default. We need to give Him full attention when we are not down and out. I’ve been blessed most of my life with great health, Jobs, friends, and just not needing stuff. My only trying time was when I went through my wilderness journey in order to know that He is God. Talk is cheap, but putting your money where your mouth is when your back is against the wall is a different animal, especially if you got resources that you can call down if desired. So part of my training in the early days of my walk included an eviction notice. After this was all done, and father had put closure to it, I found myself in a meeting with two pastors. And what subject do you think came up? Yes, we started talking about evictions somehow. Yeah, God’s will was the somehow. Anyway, we discovered that all three of us had received an eviction notice. Now here is where the members of the Body is getting fat on the “word” and “Spirit” while not taking the greatest nutrition of “Father.” Like me, the Pastors in that meeting fed on the “word” like God shall supply all my needs. They also believed like me that they had moved with the “Spirit” to be positioned by Him for victory. The Pastors said that they waited for God to move up until the day before the eviction date, then moved out before the deputies showed up since God had not provided a way by that time. I told them that I didn’t know any better, and stayed until the dated day when four big deputies showed up at my door. You see, the way I see faith is being prepared to go to the death, not just being prepared to go until I get uncomfortable. How do you know if God will do it if you run before He can prove Himself. This post would get much longer if I told how it all went down for me once I opened the door to the deputies, but I will tell you that my eviction was called off. The Pastors did tell me that they wished that they had stayed and faced theirs also. Once again, it’s easy to say that when the rubber in not meeting the road. We say all kind of great things when there is nothing at stake.
It is time for Father. Just remember that the “word” we stand on, along with the movement of the “spirit” that we move in, neither contain the closure that we seek. The times and season for closure is in the hand of Father. We need to stop moving away from the fight, and step into the fight with Father for Him to release our time and season.
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