Ephesians 4:11-16

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 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.

We can know that any Church is the work of the Lord because of the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance. If these things are not readily apparent, it may be the work of man or, worse, the work of the devil.

The purpose of the Church is to bring the will of God to the world. The purpose of the Pastor is to bring the Word of God to the people. And neither the Church nor the Pastor is an advocate for religion but an ambassador of Kingdom relationship.

Religion defers reward; relationship decrees victory. Religion makes power abstract; relationship makes power available. Religion says you’ll have it in the sweet-by-and-by; relationship says – because you’re a child of the King – you already have it!

This understanding of what you have is not automatic. There’s a process to it. You already have it…But you have to go get it!

The process starts with the Head…

Ephesians 2:14-16

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The purpose of the pastor, as I mentioned earlier is to get the Word of God to people AND to be the frontline of discipleship. The first step in discipleship is to Get the Word of God into the heads of sinners to lead them to salvation and to get the same Word into the heads of the saints that they may grow into Kingdom maturity. The problem encountered by many in the Church is that we become impressed and led by “head knowledge.” This is called “being carnal;” that is, driven by the flesh. Jesus told us to repent (change our mind) for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Because of your Pastor and your church family, the Word of God is at hand. But you can’t stop there…

It has to enter the Heart…

Romans 10:8-10

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Once you hear the Word of God and it enters your head by your hearing, it then moves to your heart. There is an interesting thing that happens to you here – as you hear the Word through your outer ear, it is processed by your mind into your memory. As you recall what you’ve heard and speak the Word of God to yourself and your circumstances, you hear it in your inner ear. As you become faithful to repeat this process, the Word becomes fully digested in your spirit and, thus, enters your heart.

Your pastor speaks the Word of God into your head but you speak it into your heart!

The Word, hidden in your heart, chastens you and keeps you from sin. Having the Word preached in your hearing is key to your transformation by the renewing of your mind, which changes the way you think, which changes your state of being.

Don’t believe me? Check this:

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

So now we have the Word at hand in our head and in our heart. Now it’s time to…

Express it in your House…

2 Kings 4:2

And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

Joshua said something that should resonate with every believer who is the high priest of his household: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” (Joshua 24:15)

Once you move the Word of God from your head, to your heart, to your house, you not only invite God to change your paradigm, you are sowing seed for a paradigm shift for your family.

Here’s a challenge to you: stop looking elsewhere for what you need. God has placed all you need at your disposal. The Word of God tells us that you have all sufficiency to abound to every good work? Take stock of your skill. Take stock of your supply. Take stock of your spirit. As a saint of God, you have all you need to abound to every good work. Can you abound if you’re oppressed? Can you abound if you’re sick? Can you abound if you’re broke? No, no, and no!

If you take the time to read the story of the Widow’s oil (2 Kings 4:1-7), you learn that God multiplied what she had in her house to the point it not only paid off her debt, but increased her with indefinite, ongoing substance. It is God’s will to use what is close to us to sustain us and our posterity!

The gift (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher) shows the saints how to use the Word to call forth the substance of the storeroom of heaven into the shop-floor of the earth realm. And when the saints understand how to access what they have in their house, operating out of love, the saints then learn how to pour into God’s house!

We’re working through our process roadmap and getting close to our destination. We’ve taken the Word into our head, processed it into our heart, and moved it into our house. Now it must…

Flow to the Hand…

Exodus 4:2

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

The rod of Moses is an external representation of the power of God. Through the rod, Moses was able to effect signs and wonders that were intended to move Pharaoh to liberate the Israelites. However, the signs and wonders served to harden Pharaoh’s heart and seek to retain them as slaves. New Testament saints, on the other hand, have the power of God within us – it is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.

We have something the Old Testament saints didn’t – The Spirit of the Lord (The Holy Spirit) inside us, whereas they only had it upon them!

When the Word of God is expressed in action – because faith without works is dead – we put our hand squarely on the plow without looking back!

When you get the Word into your head – because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God – you establish a changed mind and a repentant life…

But that’s not enough…

When you get the Word into your heart – because out of the heart, flow the issues of life – you live a life of conviction and you die to sin and are awakened to righteousness…There is therefore, now, NO CONDEMNATION…

And that ain’t enough…

When you move the Word into your house, you sow the seed – Jesus said THE WORD is THE SEED – that reproduces the change that God wrought in you into your family and your community…

And that still ain’t enough…

When you manifest the Word into your hand, you put your faith into action. And if you’re faithful to express in the earth with your hand, that which God has placed in your head and your heart and in your house, He will be faithful to prosper that what you set your hand to!

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