A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, June 25, 2014
“And I, when I [Jesus] am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” – John 12:32
I often say that when I serve up the Word of God, I pray that no one gets a piece of flesh stuck in their teeth. When I speak, preach, write, talk, and walk, my singular goal is to lift up Jesus so that He can draw the lost and hurting souls to Him, and reconcile these precious people back to the Father, where they belong.
One of my daily declarations is thanking God for breaking my heart for what breaks His. And a major heartbreak of the Father in this day is the fracture that His sons and daughters have allowed to enter in and among themselves, each other, and the church. The devil is having a Field Day over this infighting; and this, my brothers and sisters, should not be!
Ephesians 4:14-16 solidifies the need for unity in the body, submitted to and governed by the head, Who is Christ: “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
As long as we allow the devil, the accuser of the brethren, to keep us fractured, the body of Christ cannot be healed, made whole, operate jointly fit together, and in full submission and cooperation under the authority of Christ. When we lift up ourselves, we drop Jesus. You cannot lift up yourself and Jesus at the same time: you end up dropping one of the two. And no human being can draw all people to the Father, except the Son.
So you might want to put yourself down, and lift up Jesus; since you are part of the body and charged with the Great Commission, which is winning souls to Christ. It’s not called “the Great [insert your name here],” it’s called the Great Commission, which is the Commission of Jesus Christ.
John 3:16-17 testifies of this saving truth in that “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
And when I focus on the Cross, and what God did for me through Jesus in demonstrating His immense and immeasurable love for me that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8); then being offended, against the backdrop of the Risen Savior, looks so petty, circumstantial, and juvenile.
One of the biggest strategies of the devil is bringing offense into the church. People leave their churches prematurely, and out of season because someone said something that offended them. As a result, they rob themselves of the work God is trying to do in them and in their lives; which in turn, robs others of what God wants to offer through them. And don’t say it! I already hear some of your thoughts: “Well, Brother Matt, the Lord released me from my church.” And my response back is “you mean your flesh released you from the church because it didn’t want to sit down, submit, and soak under the anointing, which breaks every yoke.”
Allowing God to work you over is not fun. It’s painful, it hurts, and your flesh screams every step of the way to stop; but it is the best and most rewarding work for those who allow the Father to do what is necessary to get the flesh out of the way, so that He can work fully through each believer.
It’s spiritual surgery, family! And like surgery in the natural, it’s not suppose to feel good; but it’s necessary, good for you, and in the end, you are healed.
Hurt people hurt people. We live in a world, not just of hurting individuals, but of lives devastated. And hurt people cannot lift up the One Who can heal every hurt and restore broken lives; so it is up to every believer to reach past their flesh, and lift up Jesus, Who is the hope of the world.
Father, thank You for the Cross. Forgive us, Most Selfless Father, for attempting to lift ourselves up; rather than lifting up Your Son, Who died to save a people who could not save themselves. Forgive us for every time we got offended; and forgive us for every time we mishandled another. We repent for being on the wrecking crew, when you have called us to be on the building crew. We repent for every fracture we created in the body of Christ. We, Oh God, have been called by Your Name, and we humble ourselves, we repent, and we turn from our wicked ways; and we thank You that because we do, You will heal us, our land, our churches, and our corporate body (2 Chronicles 7:14). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are now focused on the Cross, its message of Reconciliation, and lifting Your Son to new heights. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to silence your flesh. Choose to take your focus off of your flesh and look up to the Cross. Choose to become un-offend-able because of Jesus, Who lives in you. Choose to be on the building crew from this day forward, and never again visit the wrecking crew. Allow God to work out of you, every thing that is hindering His good work through you. And continue to fight the good fight of lifting Jesus high for the entire world to see; for God, your 20/20 Vision, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.