THE BODY OF CHRIST
BY: LINDA KEITH
NOVEMBER 19, 2003
There is such a grieving in my Spirit that I feel a really urgent leading to share with all of you. This is regarding what is happening in the Body of Christ. And I know that none of us want to be the ones that is spoken of in Scripture:
Mt 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in they name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Now, we all know that all WILL come to be in Father’s Kingdom. And actually, are in that Kingdom. But, there is so much that hinders many from coming into the realization of WHERE they actually are, and WHO they actually are. And much of this HINDRANCE is so painful to US that feel the other members, OR SHOULD BE FEELING the other members.
ROM 12:5, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, AND EVERY ONE MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER.”
Can you see what this is saying? We are ALL ONE BODY! No matter where we live, what country we live in, no matter of age, color, creed, WE ARE ONE BODY!!
1Cor 12:12, 26, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and ALL THE MEMBERS OF THAT ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have ALL BEEN MADE TO DRINK INTO ONE SPIRIT.”
And SO IMPORTANT: 1Cor 12:26, “AND WHETHER ONE MEMBER SUFFER, ALL THE MEMBERS SUFFER WITH IT…”
Can we or DO WE see what these Words are saying? EVEN reading these Words with the natural mind, it is CLEAR what is being said here. IF YOU are suffering, WE ALL in the Body of Christ, SHOULD BE FEELING THAT SUFFERING!!! And IF we aren’t feeling the suffering, then we need to examine ourselves. Are we allowing that DISCERNMENT that Father placed in us, to work? How can we so proudly announce, “I am in the Body of Christ”, and not care or at least discern when there is suffering going on around us? Now, I’m not talking about sickness, disorders in the physical body, or financial suffering. (although much of this is ignored by MANY in the Body of Christ.) But, I’m speaking of something else.
There are those who GIVE their time, effort, physical tax of their bodies, the loss of sleep and THE MANY HOURS SPENT WITH FATHER, TO GIVE WHAT FATHER IS SAYING TODAY, to many of us. And these folks have helped CHANGE MANY LIVES or views that lead to that changing; and yet, is there any DISCERNING of the financial needs of these faithful ones? Not a lot!! I would even go so far, as to say, IF you are entertaining any idea of going into preaching or teaching for the financial gain, FORGET IT!! Folks will email these people and tell how much their words have helped them, or how much freedom those words have helped them receive; but, do they ever sent any kind of financial support? No, they tithe to the very church that got them into such bondage to begin with!! But, BELIEVE me, these folks ARE NOT DEPENDING on the Body for their needs, their faith is in Father, knowing that IF our dependence was in the people, we’d starve; or not have the ink we use, or the paper, the postage, and MOST IMPORTANT, we would not be able to get out the Word, the PRESENT DAY TRUTH that is coming forth. Let me ask a question; Do you eat at McDonald’s and go to Red Lobster to pay for the food that was served to you? I don’t think so. But, I’m not talking about this either.
NOW, IF there are those of you, who right now are thinking, oh, she’s begging for money: let me tell you, YOU are one who IS NOT using the discernment that Father gave you! I ASK FOR NOTHING FROM ANYONE, my FATHER supports my needs. But, when I said that my Spirit is GRIEVING for the Body of Christ, this is JUST ONE AREA that is causing this grief.
I am just going to allow to come forth, what I feel Father wants His Body to hear. There is another area that is causing grief. FIGHTING!!
We ARE a blessed people. Do you know how many billions of people that have not been blessed to hear this WORD OF LIFE that we are receiving from Father? I mean STRAIGHT FROM HIS PRECIOUS LIPS? Oh there are so many. And yet, there are those, who have been blessed with this Word, this LIFE of FATHER, and have taught it for 20, 30, 50 years and are preaching and teaching, ” depend on Father, HE IS IN CONTROL of all things”, and yet, they are declaring WAR on their brethren, because of difference of opinion or understanding of Father’s Word!! It’s sad, it’s REALLY SAD! How can we say that FATHER IS ALL IN ALL and yet, call for separation of the Body, because of difference in teaching?
Does not Father allow or not allow all things to happen? (for HIS reason), Is He so weak that He needs us to be Generals in a WAR on and against our brothers and sisters? I don’t think so. They teach and preach about how the “gentiles” think and act; they preach about how we are to LOVE the “heathen”, how we are to treat each other as Father would have us to, and yet, THEY DECLARE WAR on their brethren!
Whether or not, we agree with WHAT a brother or sister is teaching, or who they are fellowshipping with, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE SHOULD DECLARE WAR ON EACH OTHER. We can’t say, “there are different levels of understanding to the Written Word”, and yet, declare War, if others that are not where we might THINK WE ARE AT, or others who are fellowshipping with some that we might feel they shouldn’t be fellowshipping with, and THINK that we are doing Father’s Will by declaring war on those brethren! One doesn’t bounce back and forth to the realms of understanding of the Word, as it pleases the needs we need, to dispute a brother or sister. Have they not thought, “Father has allowed this teaching “in err”, for a reason”? Or maybe Father led one to fellowship with some, that just MAYBE , Father sent there for a reason; or just MAYBE, THAT GROUP might teach us something that we NEED TO KNOW!! IF our faith is in FATHER, why should we fear being in ANY FELLOWSHIP?
I remember when the Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, “thing” exploded. I ask Father, “What is happening?” You know what Father spoke to me?
He said, “IT IS I THAT IS DOING THESE THINGS!!” He wanted His people to know:
1) Did you come to ME before you invested your money?
2) Do you have your focus on ME, or have you made a god out of these people?
3) And YOU THAT BAD MOUTH THEM AND COME UP AGAINST THEM are coming up AGAINST ME!!! IT IS I, DOING THIS WORK TO OPEN YOUR EYES.
We saw minister after minister, come up (even on TV) and even gain a powerful position in government, for ACCUSING their brethren; for being JOYFUL when they went to jail. And minister after minister paraded around like a proud peacock, because of how they had helped BRING DOWN ones that was part of the VERY BODY that they were part of!! SAD!! VERY SAD!! Then there are some that the Spirit will whisper, “Call this brother. Call this sister.” And that one that was privileged to have the Spirit speak to them, will think, “OH I can’t afford that phone call.” IF, Father spoke to make a call, don’t you think that He would meet the need of payment for the call? It might have saved a life!
I wasn’t down or anything, but last night I got a call from a sister. I don’t know what Father was working, but, I DO KNOW how LIFTED I WAS to hear that voice!! It was nothing more than LOVING FELLOWSHIPPING, but I slept better than I’ve slept in a long time. I don’t share my “problems” with every one. But, there are a couple of sisters and brothers, that when I am in “need” of the Body, they just discern it and send an email, call, or get hold of me someway and just say, “Father placed you on my heart today…” and it works wonders. Just the FELLOWSHIP is a healing. This is when we KNOW without a doubt, that we are hearing Father’s VOICE.
When we have, WELL PASSED, the “judgment” thing that we involved ourselves with, in Pentecost, can’t we just ALLOW FATHER to do the correcting? Can’t we love each other NO MATTER what we say or do? Can’t we just look at Father within each other, and just be filled with OVERWHELMING LOVE FOR EACH OTHER? I am not exaggerating, it is within us to do this. Instead of wagging war, can’t we just rest in KNOWING that Father is in control? I mean, after all, that’s what we teach. Can we teach something, and not be a part of it?
If some teach “the finished work”, or “eternal hell”, and we don’t agree with each other, can’t we just love each other and KNOW that THE GOOD WORK THAT FATHER HAS WORKED WILL MANIFEST IN HIS TIME? If we fellowship with someone that someone thinks we shouldn’t, aren’t they portraying, just a tad, of that one who sets himself up to be God. Aren’t they mutilating THEIR OWN BODY?
PLEASE I ask as Father would, recognize HIS BODY, Love EVERY member of it. One is no greater than another. ALLOW FATHER TO WALK FORTH, would you still declare war on a brother or sister, if you were BOTH right in FRONT of Father? WELL YOU ARE IN FRONT OF HIM!! When we ask the brethren to “take our side”, against other brethren, we are separating the Body, we are causing the Body to be “out of joint”. We need to think long and hard on this. On all phases of the Body. When Father shows a need, be sensitive, be discerning, and above all, BE LOVING!!
Let us continue to seek God until we awake fully in His likeness, and remember, “When He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as he is.“ (1 John 3:2)
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