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It Is Time to Be the Manifest Family of Your Father!
You cannot judge others in their process! You do not know what they may have overcome, because:
- Everyone did not start with the same issues (some are worse than others.) and it may take more time to bring them to a place where they can minister or walk in the fullness of their calling. (It took Moses 40 years in the wilderness!)
We would have given up on him and called him a loser! God is patient and takes whatever time it takes!
- You do not know what they have been through! (Some have come out of horrific circumstances.)
- God may be taking them to a different place than He is taking you and this is a part of their preparation!
- They have a different calling than you!
For example, a musician may have to go through a different process than say, an Apostle…. or a prophet may have to go through a different process than someone that has a call of healing evangelist.
God says that we must encourage one another in our process!
You have been brought through, to bring others through!
“And the LORD said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32 (NKJV).
Sometimes, when we have come out of things, we tend to be on top of the mountain and forget why we were brought out of our bondage. It is so that we can encourage the ones going through the same thing or maybe they are in the same place in their process that you just came out of.
Whatever the reason, it is not a time to be haughty and judgemental towards them but a time that you must gently strengthen them and encourage them to go forward.
I am also going to give you a secret that will help you and them…. do not talk down to them as if you have never been through anything and know it all! If you do, you will never respect them when they come out of their mess!
The LORD told me once that the person whom you are looking down on or making fun of, may just be the one who will be your help in time of need!
It is time to honor one another
It is time to honor all who are going through the process. Notice where they are and how they have made it through even though you may have been through that process a long time ago and may feel it is elementary.
When I say NOTICE THEM I mean TELL THEM AND ENCOURAGE THEM!
Remember the big deal it was for you back in the day! The more you encourage someone in their calling, the more they feel that their worth is valued and want to do it, but if they feel that everyone else is so far past their reach they become discouraged and give up.
Listen, even those that you do not think need encouraged sometimes are in the most desperate need of encouragement like (your pastor, or your parents etc….) Don’t think… I don’t want to give them a big head or If I encourage them in this they may think I approve of all they do!
My mother encouraged me… Wives and mothers learn a lesson!
When i first got filled with the Spirit I would find scriptures and be so excited about it and many times I would call her all excited and she would act like she had never heard that before, even though she had heard it a million times!
You see, she decreased so that we could increase. Wives, you may need to take this into consideration when dealing with a husband that is not quite where you are in your walk.
Sometimes, it is to their benefit if we (keep our seat, THINK OF SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE CHAIR WANTING TO MAKE YOUR POINT!) and DON’T try and show them how much more we know…. Secret, (men love to feel that they are the strong one in the family and that is because that is the way God designed it.)
That is why God says that we should respect and honor them. Oh I know I won’t get many amen’s on that but it is scriptural. By the way, I haven’t always done such a good job of that but, I will say like the Apostle Paul “Follow me as I follow Christ” (wink!)
Just try bragging on their leadership and see what results come from it! Glory to God! I am telling you, a little positive reinforcement goes a long way!
Finally brethren, be the family of your Father!
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another,”Romans 12:10 (NKJV).
In order to bring harmony and unity to the body we must begin to know how to have relationships the biblical way.
WE MUST MAKE THE WORD OF GOD FINAL AUTHORITY, in the way we see and do all of our relationships! We must be kind to one another, respect and honor one another.
For those who have a history of thriving on drama, you must learn to do it God’s way. He said that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not ours, (Isaiah 55).
Get in the Word of God and see how Papa God wants His family to treat one another. Study Proverbs and begin to walk out how it says to treat one another here in earth!
It is time that the church begin to do things their Father’s way. It is time to grow up! It is time to become the manifest sons and daughters and that means that, we are manifesting in the earth, in our lives, and in community, the way that our Father God would manifest.
He gave us an example in Jesus and now we are that expression, not only in the Church but most and foremost in our family! Our family is to be an example of how the Kingdom should be!
Let’s be that great example to the world or how can we expect them to know any better?
Come on somebody!
Word of the LORD
I say to you that, ‘My son came and gave you an example and showed you the way to treat one another and then My apostles showed you and told you the way.’
Yes, even My prophets of old showed you through the Word, how to return to the Garden.
Yes, that is right, they showed you through, what not to do in many cases, but I used their lives as examples to show you what works here in earth and what does not.
There is a place in Me and in your family that can be heaven on earth as you live, move and breathe in Me and My Word!
I long for you to have heaven on earth but as long as you do things the world’s way or the way of your flesh, you will not see the Kingdom. It is time to be My example to the world! It is time to be all that I had planned for you!
Come on, if My son did it, then I have empowered you to do it also! Come now family, I have given you the power! Come now, it is time to shine !!”
WHEN, will the church of Jesus Christ realize that we have been given authority in the earth over ALL of the ability of the enemy and quit blaming what happens on God!?
We misrepresent Him! He is good, all the time! God has given us His life, His example, the Holy Spirit, power, direction, and gifts to accomplish His will! I guess we all just need to figure out what His will truly is and He said to pray …“As in Heaven so in Earth!”
I don’t think there is any chaos, calamity, sickness, murder, or any other evil thing in Heaven!
So, if we figure out what God really wants here we can begin to take that authority and stop the works of the enemy in the Jurisdiction that He has given to each of us. It is time to be the church, because you have the keys!
~ by Jo Ellen Stevens
Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.