Many times we will ask the Lord to use us not really believing he will. We doubt. So when he does present that opportunity we miss it because we weren’t really expecting the Lord to answer. We don’t see that opportunity even when it’s there. Or, when he does present the opportunity we are so caught of guard and we draw back and fail to act. We find our self surprised and unprepared because we didn’t really expect to be used.This goes for anything. ASK EXPECTING, then watch and wait expectantly.
Hope is here. Look around you. There is a change in the atmosphere. Revival is in the air. Bondages are being broken. There is an outpouring of God’s spirit all around you. Chains are being broken. Blind eyes are being open to the move of God all around. Deaf ears are being opened to hear and understand the word of God. The Lord brings his people out. Addicts are being brought out, depression is dissipating people are getting healed. The Lord is drawing closer to his people. …A mighty army is rising up! Don’t you hear the chains falling! Don’t you see the rushing mighty wind blowing! Revival is coming. It has begun. Ask and receive. Reformation of the church is here. Children unashamed stand up and declare his name. The mighty warriors are rising up. An abundance of an outpouring of the spirit of God. The time is at hand. Reformation by spirit of God equals revival. The street walkers are coming off the street the addicts are being set free. All those who call on the name of the Lord are receiving his grace. He has heard the cries of the people. He is providing a way out he is providing strength he is lifting you up. Healing the body of Christ.
The Bride of Christ
Genesis 2; 21: “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man. “
Eve was taken out of Adam only to be joined back to him to become one in marriage. Because she was taken from him she was with him in the beginning for she was and is one with him. Just as John 1 says about Jesus, “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God, he was with God in the beginning…..The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” And so it was between Adam and Eve. Eve became flesh and dwelt with Adam.
The church, or the bride of Christ, was with him in the beginning. He knew us since before we were born. The bride of Christ was taken out of him.
Jesus died on the cross then ascended into the heavens and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers, which forms the church. The Holy Ghost is the rib that was taken out of Jesus that formed the church, the bride.
The bride of Christ was with him in the beginning and was him, she was with him in the beginning and was formed out of his rib when the Holy Ghost was poured out only to become one with him again, sealed with a covenant.
Adam called Eve woman for she was taken out of man. We are called Christians for we were taken out of Christ, the first born of a new creation, the second Adam. 1 Corinthians 16; 45: So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam, a life giving spirit. Romans 5:14: “Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.”
Adam was a pattern of the one to come, Jesus. Adam and Eve were the pattern of the church and Christ. Adam said about Eve, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” Eve was taken from and formed from Adam, yet they were still one.
Luke 22:19: And he, (Jesus), took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In eating the bread the disciples took part in the body of Christ. His body was given for the church just as Adams rib was given for Eve. As Jesus hung on the cross he was pierced in his side for the church just as Adam was pierced in his side for Eve so that she could become woman.
Luke 22;26 “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Jesus sealed the covenant between him and the church, his bride, in his own blood. An eternal covenant for us to be one with Christ. We are the body of Christ, bone of his bone flesh of his flesh. We are one with Christ and will be joined back with him to be one, to be whole, and to be complete. We are the body of Christ.
Ephesians 4; 4-6
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Keep your eyes upon the Lord and stand firm in the attack. Like Moses, keep your hands held high stretched out to God and the battle is won. Ex. 17:11: “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up- one on one side, one on the other- so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”
Jesus is the corner stone. We must stand on the rock foundation of Christ just as Moses sat upon the rock. Just as with Moses, as long as we keep our hands raised to the Lord our God then we are winning. But if we get tired and take our eyes off the Lord and let our hands lower and we let our guard down then we will be overtaken. So just like Aaron and Hur held up Moses’s hands, one on each side, when Moses got tired; we too must come along our brother or sister who is tired in the battle and hold them up in prayer and in fellowship. We must come together as one in Christ to keep the banner held high. We must rest in Christ, the rock of our salvation, just as Moses sat upon the rock.
We must keep our eyes on the Lord, not letting our guard down, and our hands held high in surrender, prayer, and praise. Just as Joshua overcame the Amalekites with the sword we too shall overcome the enemy with the sword. Our sword is the word of God. The word of God has defeated the enemy. Jesus is the word. In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God, he was with God in the beginning. The word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus defeated the enemy at the cross. By speaking the word of God we shall overcome and have overcome.
The Lord will raise up a standard against the enemy. Isaiah 59;19: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” When you have done all you can do to stand then the Lord himself will raise up a standard against the enemy. When nothing seems to withstand the attacks of the enemy then God himself will interpose on the behalf of his oppressed people.
1Peter 5:10: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” At the expense of your discomfort he will deliver you and make you strong. Stand firm in the trials and keep your eyes on the Lord.