Taken from my Book: “Step Into His Presence”, chapter four “God is Positioning His us to Move Forward. I believe many Believers are aware Jesus is preparing to return. I’m also sure most true believers expect Jesus to prepare and position His Church body for their final victories. It’s hard to believe so many people, claiming to be Believers do’nt understand what it means to prepare in our spiritual arena. Why is it so difficult for Christians to turn loose of this world? Our answer’s not that complicated but first let’s get a clear picture of position of so many believers today.
Most Christians today understand Old Testament as shadow of Jesus New Testament Church body. Temple was called, Tabernacle in wilderness. New Testament Church is the body of Christ, not a building. Important because it clears large piece of modern day Christian’s spiritual position: When Jesus was crucified the veil between Holy of Holies was torn open, earth trembled, graves opened when Jesus said, “It is finished”, meaning there is no longer a wall between believers and presence of God. Today, all Believers have same opportunity to enter Jesus’ presence. Yes, takes our choice and we cannot blame others!
No, not referring to salvation, but pointing out salvation doesn’t get us into full presence of Lord. Does get us inposition we can enter His presence. This is also reason I named this chapter: “God is positioning His Church to Move forward”. Many people have accepted salvation as an ultimate position, to wait for heaven. Yes, their next important step is to start moving out of world’s bondage into Holy Spirit presence of God.
Without doubt, this is greatest time in religious history for the true body of Christ. We live in a season where believers should be expecting supernatural power and authority. This time that we live in is the ideal position the Church has preached about for many years. Every believer and un-believers are being called to kingdom duty; the rally cry from heaven is going forth and the world is looking what the church has been given, the Word. Today, the world does not need a great president or an enormous congressional assemblage, or a new religious strategy designed by man. The world needs Jesus Christ and the Church has the responsibility to tell the world His truth.
The body of Christ also needs to open its heart and roll up its sleeves and get back to the ministry Jesus designed it for. Just collecting members like a school collects students is not an answer for this day and time. If the Church is going to be like a school it should start graduating Saints in the community. When church focuses on gathering instead of Jesus and winning souls the people become bored and look for another entertainment. This is the reason Paul told Christians not to neglect the assembling together as the manner of some. There is a life-size difference between gathering people and assembling Christians. I often compare this to a puzzle with all the pieces gathered in a box. It is when the pieces are assembled it becomes the picture. When assembled the picture becomes too large for the box. The big choice today is a choice to continue being spectators or be counted as a team player – a simple choice.
Here is Word Lord gave through me few years ago: “I am full of power. You have only seen the small amount of My power, but My Spirit is moving and you have seen it because you are being strengthened and you have encouraged others even if you did not notice. Expect to do great things, and expect promises in your life, look for them. Expect to see Me move within your life and your family. Know who I am. Know who you are and know that this time is running short and that My people are rising up. Do not hold on to things that drag you down, but reach out to heaven through your spirit, your prayers, your words, and your praise. The spirit and the power of heaven are running to get behind you as you come through the door.
Word Lord gave me JANUARY 1, 2011 for body of Christ: “LORD said was moving across land like calm relaxing breeze. He said this breeze, although feeling and looking like warm calm air, actually filled with Divine Power ready to manifest through those who intensely look for Him and will receive Him. They would be like an animal with its nose lifted in air to catch a familiar scent. They would look for His scent sniffing the breeze to spot the Divine Glory and Power of Jesus. They would see Him standing in Divine brilliant white power like never experienced by His Church, body of Christ. He will not be seen or heard like a mighty rushing storm, but like a quiet breeze not noticed and would require an effort to hear or see. This will only occur when someone is searching for something they are looking for and expecting. As Jesus, Head of body, His entire being will be manifested and moving throughout the land, powered with authority and love as His full measure is being perfected through the Body of Jesus, His Church on earth. This will be a time for Believers to focus on God manifesting His love and power through those who fully understand and know Him. Much of His work will be unnoticed by masses, although powerfully manifested through a unique portion of His Church body. He will not be found through advertisement, only by intensely seeking the scent of His Glory and receiving and partaking of His Glorious activity crossing the land. God is moving forward and the doors of His Throne Room are wide open inviting those who want to enter to come into His presence and out of world’s faithless community”. The good news is that Jesus is aggressively inviting all to come into His presence. He wants to position His body with spiritual power, gifts of Spirit and Miracles. Jesus will have His Church that was designed before creation, and no enemy will prevail against His end time Church Body, the one that He is positioning right now. Try Hebrews 4:16. Pastor Robert Shipman