"What you believe about God will determine what you do next.
When God tells you what He wants to do through you, you will face a crisis of belief.
What you do next reveals what you believe..."
Crisis of Belief is a turning point
where one decides what they truly believe about God.
The statements above are taken from a study in Experiencing God with Henry Blackaby.
Opening my Bible...
I diligently study the given examples of Faith assigned in each lesson, I found a pattern of anointing.
Anointed Men: (2 examples)
1. Joshua 6:1-5 Joshua SEEKS God.
God said: "I have given..."
Leader SPEAKS God's message to the people.
Organization happens according to God's instructions.
7 Trumpets BEFORE the ark...walked on and blew continuously.
Rear Guard follow AFTER the ark...walked within God's guidelines.
The people silent (waiting on God)
The people shouted (worship of God)
2. Judges 6:33; 7:1-8 Leader SEEKS God
God said "I have given..."
Leader SPEAKS God's message to the people.
Organization of the men according to God's instruction
- a test of sanctification... "set apart"- ones chosen by works
The leader silent (waiting on God's message)
The leader strengthened (worshiped God).
The people conquered
The people concluded:
"God did it!"
1 Chronicles 14:8-16 .David SEEKS the Lord.
God SPEAKS "GO...I will give..."
David follows God's instruction:
God BROKE through.
David inquired again (different circumstances)
God SPEAKS "I go before you..."
David follows God's instruction...COME from behind...
Nations fear David's God.
The Christ of Promise is the Fulfillment of the Covenant
John 1:12 "But as many as receive Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name."
Hebrews 7:22 "This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant"...
Hebrews 10:14 "For as by one sacrifice, he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."
Anointed Messiah Acts 10:38
Matthew 17:24-27 World demands.
Peter (one of 12 followers) inquires of Jesus (God's Word)
Jesus SPEAKS and teaches Kingdom perspective.
"Sons are free..."
"Sons do not offend..."
"Son receives a shekel"
"Son pays requirement."
The Church is the Fullness of Christ
Ephesians 1:22 "And he put all things under his feet and gave Him as HEAD over all things to the church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."
Romans 12:3 God assigned
(4) not all have same function
(5) individually members
(6) gifts that differ
1 Cor 12:11 God apportioned (to each individually)
1 Cor 12: 18 God arranged (each of them, as He chose)
1 Cor 12:28 God appointed "in the church"
1. Col 1:28 "Him we proclaim (evangelists, apostles).,, warning (prophets) everyone and teaching (shepherds & teachers) everyone with all wisdom, that we (those appointed) may present everyone mature in Christ." (also, Eph 4:11-13)
2. Gifts of service (maintaining unity) - miracles, healing, (healers of broken pieces), helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
3. A more excellent way...faith, hope, love...in ALL.
All Members - each/individually:
1 Cor 10:17 Partake - eat ONE Bread, all partake of the ONE Bread (individually fed, provided for)
I Cor 12:11 Power - empowered by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:3)
1 Cor 12:12 - Purpose - each strive to excel in building up the church
1 Cor 12:31 - Prophesy - earnestly desire to prophesy (39) so that all may learn and all be encouraged
Considered pattern to work through group's crisis of belief:
The local church, as part of the Body of Christ, acts out the purpose of the BODY with the same care for one another (1 Cor 12:25, 27) considering "individual members"...
Each Seeking God
Each Speaking Good
Each Sharing Gospel
Each Serving Gratefully
Each Seeking Glory of the Head
Eph 4:13 "Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Ascertained Message (for each member)
Often confusion occurs when a local church is organized like Israel, raising a pedestal for one person, rather than disciple-makers teaching EACH member's vital ministry to the whole. God dealing with a nation required a leader's MOUTH to SPEAK to the people.
In the unity of the Body, each member has the WORD of God, each is empowered by the Holy Spirit and each is gifted to accomplish God's will. And the Blood flows through each.
No one "rules over", or is "lifted up" on a pedestal. but grasping the love of Christ, each considers one another's needs, each cares for one another.
While God has appointed several stronger members to prepare and equip all for ministry, each member's need is considered. All work together to accomplish God's will so "that no one should perish".
This is Christ's command "Go, and make disciples...teaching them to observe all ..."
Procedure [of working together] is power [to EACH member] performing for one purpose
1. A Question Posed....
Has EACH practiced observance of the need before them?
2. A Quest Prayed..
Has EACH prayed for the Lord's instruction and leading?
3. A Question Proposed
Has EACH prepared through study of the Word the use of individual gifts needed?
4. A Query Purposed....
Has EACH purposed building up in accordance to the instruction in God's Word?
5. Acquired Plan...
Has EACH plainly understood the plan so that disciples are made in the process?
(Can each say to another (disciple making) IMITATE ME as I imitate Christ?)
6. Acquiesced Procedure...
Has EACH planned to use individual gifts as God apportioned in working together?
7. Acclaimed Praise...
Has EACH purposed to celebrate because "God did this!"
Acquired Members stay healthy when no hindrances block the flowing Blood.
God's Word declares: "I have given you Power... (Mt 28:19)
God's Command: "Make disciples". (Mt 28:20)
God's Instruction (Bible) teaches how...
1. With those BEFORE the cross...."Walk and Proclaim Me"
2. With those AFTER the cross....Walk with Purposed Mind (instructions given in NT letters)
Set apart....a test of sanctification
Those I walk with will be known as the blood flows from one to another in unity of purpose and each receives an harvest of fruit.
PRAY continually because each circumstance is different and attacks are dangerous.
Do not lean on your own understanding.
Walk in the Spirit...
Put on the new man...
While walking in the dust...
His sons perform Kingdom protocol with Kingdom perspectives, working together as many members of one Body and shining as stars in this dark world.