Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dark Energy & The Body Of Christ - Episode 23

I had to share this, because God showed me this lately, and I think it's all very crucial for the Church and Believers to follow God's will.
First Half: Some times even when God asks a group or person to do something, when they have the wrong people involved, their glory seeking, selfishness can create a vacuum of dark energy that undermines what God is trying to do. It can also be a Church or congregation that is involved or represented by others who are involved, that seek to compete to be the best Christians, or best Church, instead of seeking to bring Glory, Honor, and Credit to God alone.
Second Half: The Body of Christ (Jesus' Church) is to have Jesus as the head, and only leader. It's Jesus' body, and if it's sick, has cancer, or an infection Jesus can heal Himself. He laid His body down in death, and took it back up again.
- John 10:18 "No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded."
We don't need human leaders trying to correct or heal the body. Jesus may speak threw people, and use their example, but it is only under Jesus' leadership.
Matthew 23:8-12
New International Version (NIV)
8 "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

And just before that Jesus' explains one reason why people like to be in places of leadership:
Matthew 23:1-7
"23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 "Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called 'Rabbi' by others."

I've had many people explain to me that they believe that human Leadership over people is essential. Jesus did not teach this. Jesus didn't say anything against children listening to their parents. Parents have some leadership and authority responsibilities. In Matthew 19 Jesus re-states marriage from Genesis and as it describes there (before the curse) Men and Women become one, and as one individual they would be equal before God. If we are not under the curse, then Men and Women should both be in direct relationship with God, however Marriage is the model between Jesus and the Church, and Jesus is over the Church, so some may say that Men should make final decisions, and women should be listened to and considered, and others may say that both women and men should make decisions equally. I encourage you to ask God what is right for your relationship and to ask your spouse to do the same.

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