When, Jesus called the Twelve disciples to Him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition.
He sent them off with these instructions: “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this,” He said, “because, you are the equipment!”
I believe when Jesus said that “you are the equipment”, He was actually talking about was the trumpet of the disciples mouth and how He was going to fill it to say and to speak the things He wanted them to say in that same hour.
For, scripture warns us that when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that same hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost, (Mark 13:11)
Jesus taught the disciples there should be no special appeals for funds, but for them to keep it simple.
He warned them not to get carried away with trying to make their journey about “the luxury inns.” But He said “Instead, just get a modest place and be content there until you leave.”
Then He warned them, “When you arrive there and you meet up with any opposition or warfare and you’re not welcomed, or not listened to, quietly withdraw yourself.”
He said, “Don’t make a scene, but shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”
Jesus had so much wisdom, character and integrity as a Chief Shepherd. His mission here on earth was not about building His own kingdom, or trying to draw special attention to Himself, or to entertain those whom He ministered to, but it was all about humility and meekness and compassion for all men He came into contact with.
He taught the disciples instead how to maintain a low profile in ministry, because they where not there for a side show or to take the light off the Kingdom of God, but to lift it up and to draw all men unto Him!
As the disciples went on their journey to make disciples of men when they were on the road, they preached with a joyful heart, with such urgency telling all men everywhere about the hope that lie within them — unlike many who were called into Evangelism or other leadership positions, who, instead of lifting up the Kingdom of God, they came speaking about their salvation as though all the life had been sucked out of them and talking about how torn down the Church was and how that people were doing everything in the Church.
Instead of bringing a bad report upon the Church to those who knew not this hope, they told their stories and testimony as disciples who where men who where full of zeal, enthusiasm and full of life that was seen as being radically different from those who did not know God.
And as they grew in the faith they struck the opposition from both the right and the left as they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, and healing their spirits, (Mark 6:7-13 MSG)
For, just as Jesus warned the disciples not to be men of the renowned faith — so did Timothy when He warned the elders (the Bishops) how they should conduct themselves as they taught and instructed others in the faith!
Timothy warned if any man desire the office of a bishop (elder) should not be given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; but, one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence, (1 Timothy 3:3-4).
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows, (1 Timothy 6:10).
I believe that God wants His people to have the best in life, but as representatives of Christ when we are ministering to others in the Kingdom, we as Leaders, also should take care that what we are modeling to the people what should represent Christ, and not our own flesh.
I know many believe that we are no longer called to walk in legalism or religion, but for those who are called to be high priests for God’s Kingdom, there is a standard of Holiness that God is expecting of you!
Timothy warned the elders of some of the things he felt The Holy Ghost was saying to the Church, but I believe, if those who are called to be high priests for The LORD would allow the Holy Spirit to speak to them, He will not leave you to be ignorant of God’s standards for those called to represent God’s House.
This new generation of disciples are a generation that hates rebuke, reproof and instructions, but Timothy didn’t allow that to stop him when he discerned somethings out of order.
The Holy Ghost will never ever lead a leader to either over or under expose themselves, but instead He will give you a balance in what He expects from our as you walk with him!
You see, when the man at the tomb was naked, had an unclean spirit, was out of his mind, had his dwelling among the tombs; (dead) and no man could bind (unruly) him, no, not with chains: because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself (disrespecting himself) with stones. But when the man with the unclean spirit saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, “What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”
For He said unto him, “Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.” But, when they had come to Jesus, and saw him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid, (Mark 5:1-20)
What am I saying, when you get totally delivered from the uncleanliness of the world the Holy Ghost will clean you up and you want have a need to reveal those things that need to be exposed: man or woman but you will have proper conduct as becoming to godliness!
The LORD is calling for a higher standard of living among the righteous as we take the time to ask ourselves individually, “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?”
~ Apostle Geraldine Fisher
Apostle Geraldine Fisher has a World-Wide-Social Media Net-Work Ministry. As a Missionary, God moved her into the Office of a Prophet, revealing to her the qualities of a True prophet, humility, humiliation, loving others, interceding in prayer, as she keeps her own life clean to accurately hear from God. Since hearing the audible voice of God calling her to ministry, she’s been called to intercede and pray for others in ministry as God speaks, instructs, directs and gives prophetic words for her to give to others. God promised He would bring her to sit and to learn before great men, all of which He did!