On Sunday, I preached on the Authority of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit…It was a very powerful message and we had one lady who was instantly healed of a stomach issue she had been battling with for a month…And another who gave his life to the Lord…..Praise be to God!!
Here is a brief summary of my message:
While sitting at church one Sunday a while back and listening to a Pastor preach, God put an unrelated message into my heart. I found it odd that it didn’t actually speak to the topic which was being presented that Sunday morning…I wondered what God was trying to say at that moment…and was wondering why I was receiving that message at that point in time. God Said “You can have a position and a title in a church and still have NO AUTHORITY…AUTHORITY is given by Me (GOD) NOT MAN” He went on to explain why there are so many powerless churches and how man is placing people in positions that God never gave them the authority to be in. …And how this disorder is obstructing the flow of His Spirit in His Church. “Essentially there are too many co-stars playing in leading rolls” to coin a phrase… I know every Christian has authority in Christ but not every Christian is called to be leaders in His Church. The Lord reveals this to us in Ephesians 4:11 where He talks about how He gave “Some” Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers…The key word here is some!! It states this because although we are all priests or ministers of the gospel; we are not all called to the offices in His church. God went on to reveal “how the church has delegated down the authority to the individuals of their choices and not the Lords” Again that goes back to casting the role on to the co-star and not the intended choice of the Lord. Today’s churches are ships without rudders, they have all the luxuries of a cruise liner but no power to propel the engine…They are adrift on a vast ocean waiting for the wind to turn the ebb and flow in their favour.
So often the churches positions are given to those who are of a certain stature….They wear the right clothes, they have the right kind of house and car, they are financially advantageous to the position and they are usually all of a similar mind set…No one to challenge them!! Essentially; they are the world wearing religious masks, not appointed by God but placed there by man!! They have traded the Purity and the Power of the Holy Spirit in for Emotionalism and Vocal Exasperation and forgotten that it is not we who live but Christ who lives in us. They take the works of others and teach it as their own, instead of spending time with God to hear what it is He wants to reveal. They have lost their way and the anointing in their lives has gone dormant!!
We are all negligent in one form or another…and we are all on a journey into becoming more like Him….. One body; with Christ at the helm and His Spirit igniting the engine to move the ship forward!! Us obeying and sacrificing for His Name sake; not for the Greater Good but for the Greater God, the one who has called us out of darkness and brought us into His radiant light. It is said that “obedience is better than sacrifice” however sometimes obedience is a sacrifice….None which the modern-day “Blessed Church” is willing to make!!
There was a great deal more concerning the Authority of the Church that I had preached on this Snowy Super Bowl Sunday and perhaps I will share the rest at a later time…I finished up the message tying it all in with “The Gifts of the Spirit” as seen in 1 Corinthians 12 and God Blessed us with His majestic presence. To God be the Glory, I am so thankful for His presence in my life!!
Have a Wonderful Week…Be Blessed ♥ ~Sincerely Rev. Cindy
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Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
John 14:12-14 – And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 16:7 – Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.