October 11, 2014
Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
The person who is willing to receive the unction of the Holy Spirit and be obedient to that unction is probably not the first person that the Lord will ask to do something for Him. Every one of us are in training in the kingdom of God. God will ask many by the Holy Spirit to do something for Him. But being an all knowing God… He may also give that same unction to somebody who will follow through with the unction without fear… and choose quickly be obedient to him.
Ananias may not be the first person that the Lord Jesus Christ sent to talk to the apostle Paul. He may have sent other people, but they would not go. Even Ananias argued with Jesus… but the Lord knew he would go when the argument was over. So this is in the Bible, because of the obedience of Ananias.
Never ever look at me as though I have done anything special when you read my stories. I follow the same Holy Spirit that you follow. He is the One who makes it happen, He is the One who does the work. All I do is yield to the unction of the Holy Spirit. He gets all the glory. That is how Jesus operated. Jesus never did one miracle on the planet and He clarifies this himself.
The Bible says that Jesus sent out His apostles to heal and to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. When they returned in Luke 9:10… they told of all they had done. The next scripture says that Jesus took them aside privately into a desert place. More than likely the reason He took them aside was to teach them and help them understand that they didn’t do anything… that the Holy Spirit does all of the work.
But while they were out in the desert area, a crowd followed them. Over five thousand people were tagging along and by that afternoon the twelve apostles had already made some decisions on how to get some rest that night. These twelve board members… I mean, twelve apostles came to Jesus and tried to tell Him how to run the ministry the rest of the day.
They suggested that the pastor… I mean Jesus… tell everybody to go home or to go somewhere else and find something to eat.
Jesus turned around and took charge and said, “You give them something to eat.”
We should know by now through this simple scripture that the board members are in place to carry out what the pastor has heard from God. Be very cautious of handling a ministry the other way around.