FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:23, 1 Corinthians.12:28
Finally the seal in that foundation says, “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” Why speculate about what we do not know? Praying is very important because God can change everything. Strife is something that you and I cannot afford. We have to link arms covenantally to pursue the goal of the power of God for the last days and for an end-time harvest. As a people, who want God’s very best, we have to choose to pursue the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. It is our choice, and if we choose to link arms covenantally, that is when we will see some tremendous fruit! Church could actually be not only joyful, but dynamic too! Let us trust it will be. When the right gifts are in position, the church grows and abounds! An example is 1 Corinthians 12:28 which says, “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. “ The prominent gift mix of the first churches was apostle, prophet and teacher. During the reign of Constantine pastors emerged as the prominent gift mix consolidating the gains of previous years. Can pastor-led churches prepare us for the last days? The answer is in God’s purpose for each gift. God’s layered love answers that question and the answer is decidedly, no! Only the strength and anointing of the apostolic office can prepare the church for what is ahead! Like Ephesus we have to test to separate the real from the counterfeit. The test is Isaiah 11:4. They either have the fruit or they do not.