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Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Eph 2:21 In whom all the building, rightly joined together, comes to be a holy house of God in the Lord; (Bible In Basic English)

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Eph 4:16 Through whom all the body, being rightly formed and united together, by the full working of every part, is increased to the building up of itself in love. (Bible In Basic English)

Fitly framed together” relates to the building up of any local church body through the use of people’s spiritual gifts, ministries, and callings.

Paul marvelously describes the function of the New Testament church in one fell swoop.

A local church increases, and grows, as each member within that local body supplies his or her part to the growth in accordance to the gifts and ministries, which Jesus has given to each of them. This is what Paul means in verse sixteen when he employs the term “every joint supplieth.”

Many of our churches do not adhere to Paul’s model.

Too many churches have too few ministers. There is too much regulation by leaders who prohibit the exercise of spiritual gifts and their ministries.

Likewise, there are too many complacent and passive members who do not grow in their spiritual gifts and ministries, and consequently do not carry their specific burden” of testifying to Jesus.

The result is always the same. Only part of the Lord’s fullness is manifest, only part of His glory is demonstrated, and much of the revival that should have taken place, does not come .

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Eph 4:16 Through whom all the body, being rightly formed and united together, by the full working of every part, is increased to the building up of itself in love. (Bible In Basic English)

Paul continues; “According to the effectual working in the measure of every part” He is saying, “EVERY” member has the responsibility to work within their church at his or her “PEAK LEVEL OF SPIRIT LED PERFORMANCE”.

This requires obedience to God, and dedication to the local body. The key is not to run away to another church when things are not quite right. For church hoppers, personal growth becomes an elusive thing.

I believe that the church must be more of a school, college, and graduate school than anything else.

Shalom!

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Lets Drink Coca Cola in Church


 Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

What does fulness mean?

Let’s take a Coca Cola bottle.

What is Coca Cola? Is it the bottle, or the liquid inside?

The bottle is of little importance. It’s just the container.

The fullness of Coca Cola is the brown, sweet, and delightful liquid that we love.

it’s every ingredient that is perfectly mixed in its necessary quantities and precise order, to lawfully identify and labeled it as Coca Cola, apart from anything else in the universe.

It’s the essence and make up of this liquid, which makes it to be Coca Cola and nothing else.

The fullness of God is the very essence, the reality, and the evidence of who God is apart from anything else in the universe.

It is every attribute and characteristic which is required, to make God, God.

The church is the fullness of God!

The Lord has established the church to manifest Him in His essence and reality to the world

This is called the glory of God, or allowing the invisible God to become accurately recognizable to the human senses.

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

A woman in a local church is obedient to the Lord Jesus. She allows the Lord to transform her in every facet of her life.

God thus is able to fill her His fullness.

In theory, if this believer would yield every facet of her life to Him, she would be filled with the manifested fullness of God.

God is not only satisfied with filling every part of one believer with Himself.

He desires to fill every person, and every part of that person, with Himself.

In every local church, God desires to fill every part of every believer within Himself.

As this takes place His fulness becomes manifested through that local church.

This is called glory.

Wherever the glory of the Lord is demonstrated, multitudes throng to hear and see Him.

This is the definition of revival.

Revival is one of the churches’ main responsibilities.

I am puzzled with the many church growth programs, developed in attempts to draw people to them.

We only need to allow the Lord Jesus to be amply demonstrated in His glory.

The multitudes will surely come.

The more that He becomes displayed and lifted up, automatic revival will take place.

The NT Testament church model stresses that every believer must be filled with the fulness of the Lord for the model to work efficiently.

Church is a place that we congregate to hear a Sunday sermon. It is Sunday school for adults and kids. It is a place for Christian fellowship, and Bible studies, and programs.

These things are good. The problem occurs when we make these activities the means to an end.

The purpose of any church must be to reveal the Person of Jesus Christ by these activities in the community where it’s located, and by them to bring revival.

“The church must identify herself as the one society founded by God to make Him evident in His fulness to the world through the five senses. The church is the one and only universal agent that must, and can, furnish full evidence with all supporting facts, which define the reality of whom God is.  It must manifest Him in His fullness, so that the world has enough evidence to reach a verdict to accept or reject Him and His gospel.”  Jose Alvarez

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The Word is the Word, But Is It The Word?


John 1:1  In the beginning was the LOGOS (word), and the LOGOS(word) was with God, and the LOGOS(word) was God.
Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every RHEMA (word ) that proceeded (from moment to moment) out of the mouth of God.
The “logos” is the word of God given as an idea or a concept, usually in a written form.
Jesus is referred to as  the logos word because He provides  the idea or concept of who the invisible God is.  Jesus, explains God to humanity.
The “rhema” is a personally spoken, “through the mouth of God to us” word, given to arbitrate a particular circumstance.
We’ve said at one time or another, “this scripture leaped out at me!”  This is a rhema word.
Misunderstanding and ignorance of the differences between these two kinds of “words”, attributes to the weak state of the church, and can be your fine line between spiritual life and spiritual death.
Reading the Bible in English or Spanish you’d never know the difference between them, because both are translated as “word.”
The Strong’s number for the logos is 3056.
The Strong’s number for the rhema is 4487
There are 316 instances of the logos word.
There are 67 instances of the rhema word.
2Ti 2:15  Be diligent to show yourself approved unto God, a worker unashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
If knowing the difference between the logos and the rhema is a matter of life and death will you research it?
Download the fantastic, free, and simple to use, Online Bible program unto your desktop.

http://onlinebible.net/downloads/program

Open it up and hit the flashlight icon or F7 key . Put either 3056 or 4487 into box,  hit enter, and study away.

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God Does Not Need Help, Just Our Obedience!


God does not need assistance through our own concocted good ideas  rather than by the voice of His Spirit.

Look no further than the story of Uzzah.

Uzzah was an enlisted man in King David’s service:

2 Samuel 6:3 And they put the ark of God on a new cart and took it out of the house of Abinadab which was on the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were the drivers of the cart.

4 And Uzzah went by the side of the ark, while Ahio went before it.

5 And David and all the men of Israel made melody before the Lord with all their power, with songs and with corded instruments and instruments of brass.

6 And when they came to Nacon’s grain-floor, Uzzah put his hand on the ark of God to keep it safe in its place, for the oxen were out of control.

7 And the wrath of the Lord, burning against Uzzah, sent destruction on him because he had put his hand on the ark, and death came to him there by the ark of God.

What Is The Lesson?

King David had assigned Uzzah to facilitate the transporting of the Ark of God back to Israel, after its release from enemy hands.

There came a point in the journey when the ark began to fall from the cart probably due to a treacherous  road which caused the oxen to freak out.

Uzzah reacted in human haste and wisdom to help the Ark from tumbling to the ground.

God immediately struck him dead!

Was God cruel? Absolutely not!

God did this to protect His character, His nature, and laws.

RULE # 1

Isa 48:11 For myself, even because of my name, I will do it; for I will not let my name be shamed; and my glory I will not give to another.

Human flesh cannot touch God’s glory and live.

RULE # 2

Ex 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, guiding them on their way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light: so that they were able to go on day and night:

Don’t touch God’s glory, rather follow it.

 RULE # 3

Luke 5:5 And Simon, answering, said, Master, we were working all night and we took nothing: but at your word I will let down the nets.

In verse five, the word, word, is rhema, which is the word produced by the voice of God’s Spirit.

6 And when they had done this, they got such a great number of fish that it seemed as if their nets would be broken;

God does not need help through our own concocted good ideas or agendas rather than by the voice of His Spirit.

This is a big reason why churches are feeble in the manifested reality of Christ which they display to the world

When the church moves by the rhema word, she will see great fruit.

Until she does, she will continue to plant much and harvest little.

RULE # 4

2 Cor 3:7 For if the operation of the law, giving death, recorded in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the eyes of the children of Israel had to be turned away from the face of Moses because of its glory, a glory which was only for a time:

What is no birthed from the Spirit of God only gets His temporary blessing.

If we want His enduring blessing it will only come through what He dictates through His voice, not ours.

 RULE # 5

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things (energizes) according to the counsel of His will,

The energy of God increases or decreases in proportion to how closely or distant we do things from His will. I call this God’s Quantum Law of Energy.

RULE # 6

Mt 24:35 Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.

Only His word spoken from His Spirit endures forever, not our fleshly plans.

In 2015 the church needs much more of God’s Spirit and much less of her good ideas. Shalom!

Flesh cannot touch God and live. This is why God has passed a verdict and condemned our flesh to die. There is no hope for it, is in cancer stricken and it must go. God commands everything in regards to our relationship to Him, to die and be resurrected. Anything that is left of our flesh will only produce death and will hinder God’s work through us. Even our best-intentioned church programs and plans must all be taken through the cross of Christ, death and resurrection.

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What Are Spiritual Gifts?


I Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Verse four tells us that God has given to the church an assortment of spiritual gifts.

Verse five says that God has given a variety of ministries and offices to Christians.

Verse six says that God administers His gifts and ministries in many ways, according to the person whom He works them through, and the situations in which He releases them into.

Verse seven says that spiritual gifts and or ministries have been given to every Christian, and none is exempt!

No one has the luxury of being a passive onlooker, and no one has the right to prohibit the manifestation of the Spirit through another believer.

Verse seven says that the purpose of spiritual gifts is to the manifest the Holy Spirit, which without them, would make the reality of God undetectable.

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