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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Basic Story of Life, #7
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:19)
If God has promised something to you, never, never stop believing. Every one of the wonderful promises of God, no matter how fantastic, will come to pass in your life if you only will keep on believing. Remember Abraham!
The Body of Christ must be brought to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Then God will fill the Body with the fullness of the Spirit of God.
We desire the fullness of the Spirit. But God desires the maturity and unity of the Body. God is not anxious to bless our programs. God intends to bless what He has instituted.
Our task is neither to put the Body together nor to breathe the life of the flesh into that which God creates. Our task is to "speak to the Rock."
If we will prophesy of the restored Body of Christ as God has commanded, declaring what God tells us to declare, then God Himself will bring the bones together as they should be brought together. God Himself will breathe the breath of Life into the formed Body of Christ as He also breathed into Adam and into Christ's Apostles (John 20:22).
The elders of the Jews heeded the prophets Haggai and Zechariah and they built and prospered, and finished the Temple of God.
God wants you and me today to build the Body of Christ as He directs us through His Holy Spirit. God desires that we "build the temple," that we prosper in the things of the Kingdom, and that through His grace we complete the work according to God's standards. God's Word promises success to those who obey Him.
If we remain faithful there will come a time when our work, our part of the great task, is finished. Then we can go to Jesus with the glorious satisfaction of a job well done.
God has a special work for you to perform. If you will follow Christ diligently your work will be performed successfully. Then you can go to be with Jesus. Everyone who works in the restoration of the Body of Christ has the wonderful knowledge within him that he is privileged to perform a certain task in the Kingdom. When that task has been completed, and when he has been perfected to the Lord's satisfaction, he then can go to be with the Lord.
Our food is to do the will of Christ and to finish His work.
We cannot build the Body of Christ by the wisdom, strength, and talents of human beings.
The ascended Christ ministers His holy body and blood and His eternal resurrection Life to His Body through the ministries and gifts of the Spirit of God.
Christ is the only true Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Pastor, Evangelist, Gift of healing, Knowledge, Discernment, and everything else. The Holy Spirit takes of the Substance, Life, and abilities of the ascended Christ and gives a piece of that Substance, Life, and ability to each member, without exception, of the Body of Christ.
When we serve the Body of Christ, building it with the ability the Holy Spirit gives us, then it is the Personality and Life of Christ, His body and blood, that is building His own Body. All wisdom and power flow down from the ascended Head. The Body is built from the ascended Head and grows to maturity in the Head.
To be continued.