A Short Word on Idols

Little children, guard yourselves from idols. Amen.
(1 John 5:21)

An idol is not always the object of your veneration; it is also the object of all your blame for whatever evil is well within your reach and your authority in Christ to address. Your idol can be that which you lay all responsibility at the feet of in order to excuse yourself of your specific responsibility in what God has revealed to you.

Those whom God’s true call passes by in such complacency are forsaking His flock as members of the One True Shepherd; and after their idolatrous and insolent hearts, there are always raised up for them worthless and self-serving IDOL shepherds, which lead them further astray as a judgement; whose arms work corruption, being blind to the Father’s will.

For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
(Zechariah 11:17, KJV)

The Righteous Man Perishes

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
(1 John 1:7)

It is because many still walk in darkness that fellowship languishes and the blood of Jesus has seemingly become practically of none effect in the body at large. For with true fellowship in the Father and the Son comes the mending of the body; and by the blood of Jesus in His stripes are its members healed, and death largely kept at bay in their mortal bodies. It is because our soul does not prosper that our mortal bodies are likewise subject to far more corruption than ought to be present in our midst. He who walks in darkness walks in sin, and the wages of sin is death. This is obviously first a spiritual reality; but that which is at work in the spirit becomes inevitably manifest in the natural. If I do not walk in the light, then I do not have true fellowship with my brother, and I keep at bay the effects of the blood of Jesus in His body at large. For to walk in darkness among the brethren is to bring that darkness into the very body of which we partake, spreading corruption and death; and for this reason are we so judged…

For he eating and drinking unworthily eats and drinks judgment to himself,
not discerning the body of the Lord.

For this reason many among you are weak and feeble, and many sleep (have died).
For if we discerned ourselves, we would not be judged.
But being judged, we are corrected by the Lord,
that we not be condemned with the world.
(1 Corinthians 11:29-32)

Paul here is speaking beyond the mere physical representation of the last supper as most have come to know it. Yes, it is certainly in context of discussing the Corinthians’ gathering for a fellowship meal (among other things); but it is ultimately the very body of Christ, of which we are all members, that is being referred to, as well as the application of Christ’s blood (or lack thereof) based upon whether or not we walk in the light. In Corinth, their sin also included the factions and divisions which the people made between themselves, becoming autonomous under the names of men, supplanting Christ the only Head. So it is also today, the love of Christ among the brethren having all but grown cold. Therefore many among us in our own day are not being healed and are dying untimely because many others are walking in such darkness. For the judgement which a man eats and drinks upon himself” is not necessarily of his own mortal body perishing; but is often rather of now bearing the responsibility for another member departing who themselves might have walked in the light. For it is often those whose walks are more blameless that are taken from among us, making this judgement all the more severe and its warning all the clearer. The more we do not take heed to this warning sign and repent, the worse it will become.

Now it has often been said in response to such things that this cannot be so because we are not under law but under grace. But truly the Word contends with you if this is your assumption. For the scripture says,

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are IN Christ Jesus,
who walk NOT after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(Romans 8:1)

The place where the condemnation of the Law does not apply is “IN Christ Jesus”. But while a man walks in darkness, he abides not in Christ. For we must always be abiding in Him, which is to walk in the light as He is in the light! But “The one hating his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness…” For lawlessness is to not fulfill God’s Law, which is His love. “Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” The humility of true faith working through love leaves no room for spiritual pride and is the healing balm of a body that has been cut in pieces through lawlessness. And this is only possible in walking not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For it is also written, “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” (Gal 5:18)
This also means that when one is not walking after the Spirit, one is actually walking back under the condemnation of the Law and needs to repent and return to walking in the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. And the curses of the Law are upon all those who are under it, for it cannot be kept in the flesh. As it says of them, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in ALL the things having been written in the book of the Law, to do them.”

And among its many curses are these:
Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
The LORD will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me.
The LORD will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
The LORD will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation
and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew.
They shall pursue you until you perish.
And the heavens over your head shall be bronze,
and the earth under you shall be iron.
The LORD will make the rain of your land powder.
From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies.
You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them.
And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away.
The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt,
and with tumors and scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed.
(Deuteronomy 28:19-27)

Let us test and examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord!
(Lamentations 3:40)

…For if we discerned ourselves, we would not be judged…

The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;
he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.
But you, draw near, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman. Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit, you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree, who slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?
(Isaiah 57:1-5)

– Brendan

Vanity: All But Christ

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “vanity of vanities!
All is vanity!”

(Ecclesiastes 1:2)

Vanity is the only currency of this present world; and vanity its only prize. “The whole world lies in the evil one,” and the fruits of his pride at work in those who follow in his path are the vain and meaningless acquisitions of chasing that dragon. The Devil himself has not attained what he set himself after, and he shall never acquire it. The calling of God upon His people is one of being perfect even as He is perfect – and this is only possible by the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead quickening us, we who have been crucified to the world and the world to us with Him. All but the preeminence of Christ Jesus in all things is as dust in the wind. All that is contrary to each of us living and moving and having our being in HIM is chaff to be burned.

The mystery of God is Christ over all and through all and in all, as revealed in the members of HIS body. Those who are born and lead of His Spirit move with His Spirit, and not with another. Where they truly came from and where they are truly going cannot be discerned by the carnal man. The factions which men call “churches” are the robbers of Christ’s preeminence in HIS church, for they by nature cannot submit to His Spirit, and so they are vanity. But although He is dethroned in the “wisdom” of men, He exalts Himself in the things foolish to this devil’s world.

For this is a world in which the spiritual value of a thing is thought to be determined by its “earthly good.” But truly, it is the lack of outcry in our hearts against the vanity of the passing things of earth and of man’s self-aggrandizing agendas which keeps us from finding the only Worth. We must come to the very end of ourselves and find that HE is everything! As I have heard one sister say, “It is in the void that we find Him.” Men put great effort and sincere devotion into the plans and visions of what a committee decides God should bless; when it is only Christ the head, giving command to each member of HIS body, by which the whole can function and manifest the fullness of HIM. For the true body of Christ IS the fullness of HIM who fills all, as HE is in them all. Only that which God Himself creates, sustains, and truly dwells in will abide the day of His coming. All else will fall and is already falling deep into the obscurity of this fading world, for the Holy Spirit carries along  that which is begotten of Him; but His wind destroys the field which HE did not sow. Man’s own vision and earthly understanding cannot deliver him from the realm of this world of vanity and worthlessness.

For they sow the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind. He has no standing grain. The stalk will yield no head. If it does yield, strangers will swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up. Now they are among the nations like a worthless thing.

(Hosea 8:7-8)

It is therefore no coincidence that the gatherings of man called “churches” under the authority of men are full of people in bondage to darkness, who bear the fruits of the law of sin and death; for a body manifests the person of whatever spirit is allowed to be at work in its members. The prince of the power of the air is at work in all those not subject to the Lordship and headship of Christ, for two masters cannot be served.

But the true and pure bride is His very body, she is ONE with Christ in His Spirit – of whom He can say, “bone of My bone and flesh of My flesh” – she is not a separate entity ruled over by other men. “They are of the world, therefore they speak of the world, and world hears them;” but the sheep of the Good Shepherd are hearing HIS voice, and He is leading them out, “Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away…” (Song of Solomon 2:10)

“And there shall be one flock, One Shepherd.”

God proclaiming all things of this world to be vanity is not a casual indictment. The engagement of our hearts with the “wisdom” and ways of earth is an adulterous union in His eyes.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
(1 John 2:15-17)

Joshua 1 – Part 2: Graces for the Journey

Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, Prepare food for you. For within three days you are crossing this Jordan to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God is giving to you, to possess it.” And Joshua spoke to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, saying, “Remember the word which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, saying, Jehovah your God has given you rest, and He has given to you this land.”
(Joshua 1:10-13)

The call of God upon His children to enter into His rest is not without the accompaniment of His provisions of grace for the success of their journey. “Prepare food for you” – They were to store up sustenance from what God had already been providing for them. How easily we miss and take for granted His numerous provisions! Even while still on the edge of the wilderness, they had food enough to take them to where God desired. So very often, the means to continue the journey are right before us, yet we do not take account of them, or we may even despise them. But let us forsake neither that table of His Life which is always set before us, nor those whom God has placed in our lives to strengthen one another and provoke each other to love and good deeds. For we may continue to rejoice in the hope of God’s glory by knowing this: that it is the same mercy which once drew us to repentance that He still reserves for the humble, and it is the same abundant grace in which we have stood from our beginning that He still desires us to access further through faith (Rom 5:2). And so we may draw near, our hearts having been sprinkled by His blood from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with His pure water (Heb 10:22), so that we may enter into HIS rest – even into the Holy of Holies – and become freely yeilded to HIS work in us.

“Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan; but you shall pass before your brethren armed, all you mighty men of valour, and help them; until the Lord has given your brethren rest, as He has given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God gives them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side of Jordan toward the sunrising.”
(Joshua 1:14-15)

Those who seek the Lord wholeheartedly will respond obediently to this upward call upon them, leaving behind the childish and foolish matters of worldly kingdom building; soberly considering the testimony of the life of those who are wise in GOD’s kingdom, who are experienced in the good fight, whom He places as examples before us. We live in a time of great need for such mighty men of valour; yet by-and-large we currently see among God’s people a  “leadership” whose goal is evidently not the perfecting of the saints, but rather the building of followings and “ministries,” so that the children are never weaned off milk to become grown sons, and the chaff is never allowed to be purged from the threshing floor; since there are so few warriors of righteousness, nor men operating from the Father’s heart to go sacrificially before the people, provoking in them the conviction to grow up into HE who is the true and only Leader.

“…you shall pass before your brethren armed, all you mighty men of valour, and help them; until the Lord has given your brethren rest, as He has given you…”

Let those who have truly been called to help the other children into the promised land not despise or resent what can often be a thankless calling; but instead bear it with all joy in the assured hope of the glory of God being revealed in His faithful! For there is an order of preparations for the children to enter the land, and there is an order in which they must enter, all set in place by God. And in His kingdom, the mightiest are those who render themselves the lowest servant: even the unknown ones who serve diligently and humbly on the front line of battle, bearing the brunt of the enemy’s attacks to protect the weak in faith, made mighty through God who honors their faith as being their very shield. And these ones travel a little further ahead where many others do not yet see, that they might bring back an encouraging report regarding that which all of the children may inherit (chapter 2) by obedient faith.

“…THEN you shall return to the land of your possession…”

The mighty men of valour find the fulfillment of their calling in their brothers entering the rest of God; and this is truly the call upon each member of God’s assembly:
And let us consider one another, to the incitement of love and of good works, not forsaking the assembling together of ourselves, as is the custom of some, but exhorting, and by so much more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
If I would see the body of Christ grow into the fullness of HE who is the Head of HIS church, I must realize my personal responsibility both for myself AND for my brother!
Let us therefore be those whose very lives are found crying before the Lord,
“I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
(Psalm 132:3-5)

And they answered Joshua, saying, “We will do all that you command us; and we will go everywhere you shall send us. According to all we heard from Moses, so we will listen to you. Surely Jehovah your God is with you, as He has been with Moses. Whoever rebels against your mouth, and will not listen to your commands in all that you say to him, he shall die. Only, be strong and brave.”
(Joshua 1:16-18)

“Whoever rebels against your mouth… he shall die.”
The words of the Lord are for our good: they are spirit and life. It is soul-endangering to despise the rightly-spoken word of rebuke or correction; it must be considered as great a mercy as the word of encouragement, which truly it is. God’s wrath upon the insolent is not His delight; but He cannot compromise His word. He is slow to anger and abounding in mercy; and He has provided the path of His Life and the grace to walk in it! What He has spoken He will perform; and those not found abiding in His Word quite simply are not abiding in His Life.
“Whoever rebels against your mouth… he shall die.”
But those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled; and those who cry out knowing that they are but dust will be given life according to His Word!
“Only, be strong and brave.”

The children of Israel had one leading them whom God was with; but we now have One to directly lead us of whom Joshua was a shadow and type: Jesus, who is both God with us and in us. There is no need for lingering outside of His rest in faithless fear any longer; since in HIM we have the One who trains our hands and strengthens our arms for battle, He who shields and upholds us in the time of need, He who IS the Rock beneath our feet upon which we may tread firmly in the higher places by faith!

He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.
Selah.
(Psalm 62:6-8)

– Brendan

New Living Stones

Something I was compelled to write down almost a year ago and sent to a few people at the time. It came to me with great clarity as I read the first few chapters of 1st Samuel.

NEW LIVING STONES
March 23, 2016

May the Lord be pleased gather unto one accord those whom HE requires to cry out for the restoration & building up of His bride before the end; for He desires it, and He will accomplish it by His mighty hand.
Amen.

As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:4-5)

God has taken the kingdom utterly away from those whom in our day and in generations past have not borne the fruits thereof; and He desires once again to raise up from among the dead stones of the world a new children for Abraham, a people that will fear the Lord.
The day descends upon us in which the rocks of the earth will at last cry out: for those who were once invited to the banquet have held their peace so as to please men and thereby forsaken their invitation. The marriage supper of the Lamb will be attended by many who came at the last hour through the cry of the faithful servants who heeded their Master’s call to replace His invited guests.

The Lord will accomplish it: new living stones will be hewn from the earth, not shaped by the tools of men, and be placed by God who builds the living temple that is made without hands. So let the righteous, who hear His voice this day, together cry out for His anointing upon the remnant of His inheritance: that we may, by the power of His Spirit, become that functioning body which is thus added to and enabled to walk fully under HIS command in the coming hour of trial! The harvest is plentiful and the labourers few; but the hand of the Lord is mighty.

Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your inheritance; which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. As in the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt I will show you marvelous things. The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
(Micah 7:14-16)

So let the righteous rejoice in hope even amidst their weeping, for “the Stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this is the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes”!
But let all who hear His call also take heed to the exhortation and warning: “And whoever shall fall upon this stone will be broken: but upon whomever IT shall fall, it will grind him into powder.”
The broken will inherit the kingdom, but the insolent will be cut off.

A WORD AGAINST THE INSOLENT:

“Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father (the house of Eli & his ancestors), should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an elder in your house. Then in distress you will look with envious eye on all the prosperity that shall be bestowed on Israel, and there shall not be an elder in your house forever. The only one of you whom I shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared only to weep his eyes out and to grieve his heart, and all the descendants of your house shall die by the sword of men.'” (1 Samuel 2:30-33)
Then the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall NOT be atoned for by sacrifice or offering FOREVER.'”
(1 Samuel 3:11-14)

A WORD FOR THE BROKEN:

“And Eli said to her, ‘How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.’ But Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, BUT I HAVE BEEN POURING OUT MY SOUL BEFORE THE LORD. Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.'” (1 Samuel 1:14-16)
“And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:20)
“…And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my Anointed forever…” (1 Samuel 2:35)
“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” (1 Samuel 3:19)

At this hour, let us consider the beginnings of the days of Samuel, which are akin to the birth of the true church; and let us not cease in our prayer of brokenness and expectancy, being lead only by the LORD in all things pertaining to this call.

“The power of the specific prayer uttered in Acts 1 & 2 produced Pentecost. As the cross was the work accomplished by the Son of God, so Pentecost was the work accomplished through the prayer of God’s children. How was it done? By praying with one accord.”
– Watchman Nee

We thank You Father, for the great persecution into which we must now run headlong, for the fiery trial that shall purge and refine the children of Your house unto the presentation of a bride spotless and without blemish before the One who redeemed her from out of this present evil world!

Cry out to Him.

The Promise of Holy Travail

“To all there is an appointed time, even a time for every purpose under the heavens…”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Just as there are seasons and appointed times for all things under heaven, so also in the body of Christ on earth there must be times and seasons. Some are the consequences of sin and the chastisement for idolatry, which we bring upon ourselves; others are the fiery trials of the world, through which we must pass from faith to faith. For the belligerent, there is the prolonged wilderness of unbelief from which only the children escape; for the faithful, there is the valley of the shadow of death, with the promised land awaiting those who pass through it by obeying the Lord their Shepherd.

“Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree; there your mother travailed with you; there she travailed; she bore you.”
(Song of Solomon 8:4)

The delight and joy of new life is born through travail; the knowing of God is the reward of surrender; His wisdom is obtained in admitting to know nothing; the comfort of the Lord is the discovery of the contrite; the friendship of the Lord is the secret of the obedient; the road to pure fellowship is paved with rejection; the love of the Father is found in the hatred of the self-life; and liberty is the victory of His lowliest servants.

These are the marks of the friends of Jesus; those who humble themselves in the fear of the Lord unto the working of His mighty hand, which lifts them up to dwell in the wonder of His glory, “to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” (Ps 27:4-5)
The wicked for whom there is no peace are those which fall short of such a walk and set their course for the winds of earthly fortune and ease.

“For the froward is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret is with the righteous.”
(Proverbs 3:32)

In this day, when that which claims to be of God is clearly profane in the sight of the righteous, and that which is holy and without mixture is scarcely to be found; there still can be no manifestation of the manifold wisdom of God through His body unless all the members of His schismed assembly will accept the healing He offers them – along with its cost to their own carnal desires and agendas.
This is not a day to expect that any of us will partake a functioning body without great repentance and travail on our own part; humility, meekness, surrender to God’s will, and an allowance for the shining of His Light to expose every wicked and unclean thing within ourselves. The old must pass away, the new must be allowed to break forth.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”
(John 12:24-26)

It is time for the household of the Lord to come before the Lord in HIS house; it is time for the double-minded to forsake what lays behind them, hoping towards the promised glory, as they by God’s power walk from faith to faith ever more abounding. The body is the expression of Christ Jesus through its members; therefore the state of each of its members affects the whole body, knowingly or unknowingly. The longing for a “glory” which we ourselves can comprehend must be cast out, and it must be replaced with the jealous longing of God Himself in our hearts for that which only HE can comprehend; which He reveals by the Spirit in His word – the piercing, consuming sword of the Spirit of His mouth.

That which has passed through water and overflows up unto Life everlasting must also become a source for rivers of Living Water, flowing outward to testify of that Life. O, for a holy fire to fall, for a purge of the stubble to come quickly! But who will seek every good gift which the Spirit of Life has in store for the equipping of the saints? Who will settle for nothing less than to know the Lord as He desires to be made known? And who now knows the peace which comes from walking humbly in the fear of the Lord?

Let all seek the Lord while He may be found! For He who suffered at our hands to redeem us SHALL see the fruit of the travail of His soul, and He SHALL be fully satisfied (Isa 53:11). So let us make sure that we do not fall short of being found as those fruits of His travail; His Spirit groaning within us also, that the manifold wisdom of God may be revealed on earth as it is in heaven through His people.

– Brendan

A Call to Members of Christ

“The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”

There is only one flock, one Shepherd.
The ministries and gifts of the Holy Spirit to the body and it’s members are tools in the hands of GOD by which it might grow up into the fullness of He who is the Head.
We each are to be “holding fast the Head, from whom all the body is being supplied through the joints and ligaments, and being joined together, growing with the growth of God.” (Colossians 2:19)

The joints and ligaments do not dictate how the body moves, the Head does; and if a joint or ligament is not obeying it’s own instruction from the Head, the rest of the body suffers. None have true spiritual authority except in their transmitting of His Life for the good of the WHOLE body to grow up into HIM. Those who seek a following or perpetuate an organization of man draw away the sheep into a false fold of division and stunt GOD’s growth in HIS body. Today what you see in the religious landscape are multiple piles of ligaments detached from the rightful Head, and many having among them one claiming to be a sort of head themselves. But the true church is the body of the man Jesus Christ, and He will suffer no rivals, even though they suppose themselves to be serving Him.

Jesus said, “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”
(Matthew 23:8-12)

He also said, “My sheep hear MY voice, I know them, and they follow ME… and the voice of another they will not follow.” (John 10)

John penned,

“For truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ…”
“IF we walk in the light, as HE is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and blood of His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.”
(1 John 1:3, 7)

“I wrote these things to you concerning the ones leading you astray. And the anointing which you received from Him (Holy Spirit) abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you. But as His anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and as He taught you, abide in HIM.”
(1John 2:26-27)

If the Lord is jealous for the purity and wholeness of His bride, then no man can remain in obscurity regarding the matter of its Headship and operation.

The body cannot afford for its members to be lax concerning the need for the gifts and callings of God in the Spirit to be operative in her midst. There can be no rightly functioning spiritual body without the power and operations of the very Spirit whose presence and operation DEFINES said body.

“…for he eating and drinking unworthily eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 11:29)

The assembling together of believers is to be just that: the partaking of HIM by those who are one flesh with Him. But so long as members of Christ cater to worldly desires and the traditions of men, they will remain a broken body in atrophy. For the Lord in body was raised from the dead that we too might walk in the newness of HIS life, discerning according to HIS mind how we each ought to walk. “For as many are lead by the Spirit of God, THEY are the sons of God.” But by not allowing judgement to begin at the house of God, that which should have been the house is become a den of thieves, who climbed into the fold by a way other than the Door; that is, Christ, who delivers each one from sin and darkness. For those who have not been so much as washed by Him have no part in Him; and to those whom He has washed He has given of His Spirit that they might walk worthily of Him. In order to be kept from being overcome by disease, the body must know the difference between that which belongs to it and that which does not. For “If any man has not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His.”

“For this reason many among you are weak and feeble, and many sleep. For if we discerned ourselves, we would not be judged. But being so judged, we are corrected by the Lord, that we not be condemned with the world.”
(1 Corinthians 11:30-32)

There were two altars upon Mount Carmel:
One was built by the priests of Baal, and they poured their life-blood into it, great belief, effort, and sincerity.
The other, which Elijah had to repair because God’s people had abandoned it, was made of undressed stones. This means that they were not shaped by the tools of men, but by the processes of the Wind and Water which God had ordained for each of them. And Elijah baptized this altar in water; and when the fire of God fell upon it, it consumed not only the stones and the water, but the prophets of Baal were also executed on that day

So it will be when the fire of God falls upon the altar which HE is preparing with stones unmarked by the tinkering of men and their agendas. If you do not belong to that altar, you will perish with your god, Baal.
There is a true bride and there is a false bride: there is the Lord’s holy city, His bride New Jerusalem, who is begotten of heaven; and there is Babylon, mother of harlots, who is begotten of this earth and so perpetuates it’s abominations.

And of that great whore the Lord says,
“My people, come out of her, that you may not share in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues; because her sins joined together, even up to Heaven, and God remembered her unjust deeds.”
(Revelation 18)

The Lord is my Shepherd: I need no other. I need only listen to and obey His voice; and the voice of another I shall not follow. Those who submit to His headship have no need that a mere man teach them; but they all as living stones are being built a spiritual house, a royal priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through HE who does not dwell in temples made with hands, but rather in each of His children by the Holy Spirit, who yearns jealously to have the Father’s will done in them.

The body is to be only HIS assembly; and He will not be in charge of all of us until all of us allow Him to be the only One in charge of each of us.

– Brendan