Looking for God in all the wrong places
Heard Lady who had her husband drown during their vacation giving her testimony.
She was explaining how she was trying to come to understand God in her situation and how to find him in her circumstance.
The problem here is God is not defined or found by the darkness of our circumstances and tragic personal situations, but He is defined by truth. The church needs apostolic government because Christians under pastoral leadership go to the bible to find meaning and purpose for their circumstances especially in crisis and tragedies, when they need to go to Truth and abide in it to have meaning and purpose for their life. Jesus said this; you go to scriptures thinking in them you have eternal life ( meaning and purpose of why you exist, but it is they who point to me.)
When Christians read scripture to try to find God, and get answers from God for their lives going awry this is an indicator they don’t possess truth for they are still searching for God. When they run to scriptures in a negative circumstance or tragedy to find Gods meaning and purpose to continue in their faith, it also suggest they are trying to express faith in the battlefield of the flesh and still do not possess true faith that is in Jesus Christ. The circumstances of life have no binary relation to our faith in God. True faith in God is not found in the environment of this life, for His light cares to have no business with mans passions but is found only in Christ.
What Christians are not called to do;
That lady as tragic as her situation was in losing her husband was not called to be a Christian so she could try to discover God in all her situations and find Gods meaning in her circumstances. She was not called so she could feel if God was still there in her trials and to feel him in her church so she could still feel God had not left her alone in this tragedy. She was called to have her faith submit to His covenant and to have faith bear fruit in Christ, why and how is this done?
Jesus puts faith in Himself not in circumstances we would face;
Jesus knew that we would all face these kinds of circumstances, he was not insensitive to tragedy after all he cried at the tomb of Lazarus and was well acquainted with sorrow and grief. On the other side of the coin he also knew of His power over circumstances. He knew as he put faith within Himself no circumstance could move faith. But rather faith would regulate the course of circumstance to function and perform in any given situation, for it would prosper and overcome by bearing fruit in Him.
First, Jesus said the faith that would be under His Authority would be great faith
Mat 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
Mat 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy,
Mat 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Mat 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
The word of truth, The living record speaks with the maximum of highest authority. Great faith would be under this authority. This speaks of as concerning His Government. This centurion knew that having faith in His Word under Gods governmental authority, coming under the headship of Christ, Christ authority would bring forth the results of His virtue.
Those without Gods Governmental Authority
Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
The children of the kingdom as concerning those who were outside of Gods authority, meaning outside of Government, outside of truth and working with faith outside of His Spirit. They were the immature children who never directed faith into the authority of truth that has to do with the virtues of Christ, but were as children in the Kingdom, directing faith to themselves in circumstances. Faith was about them and not about fruit bearing, to have Christ virtues proceed forth from Him to mature in them, trusting His authority by His government to be able to do so.
Secondly, the elements of the gospel make His Virtues possible is us.
God has made possible this provision of faith unto virtue in Christ in the element of the renewing of the mind, for this kind of faith is the great faith Christ alluded to in this scripture. Great faith is one that acknowledges, submits to and molds with the living Word. coming first under His authority to then bring forth the virtues of Christ, as faith accepts and continues to believe in the 12 elements of the gospel. The element of regeneration brings healing to the soul by removing the fruits of iniquity, and this healing would be sufficient to prepare the soul with the element that is binary for the bringing forth of His virtues, being the element of the renewing of the mind for faith.
How faith bears fruit and overcomes;
That lady needed not look at faith to carry her through that difficult and tragic circumstance or any other circumstances. She was called to continue to become familiar with and use the tools of the covenant so that her faith would prevail in bringing continued healing to the soul by the removal of the fruits of iniquity which is the purpose for faith. She was to be consistent in working with the 12 element of the gospel to bring forth fruit by Christ specifically by the element of the renewing of the mind. This element enables the Christian to bring forth Christ fruit. She could continue to manifest her faith through this treasured stone of Christ being set in her heart and the effect of it come into her soul by her works of the covenant. Faith then is not determined by circumstance but circumstance is subdued by perfect faith of the 12 stones of Christ and we grow and overcome in manifesting of his virtues.
Faith misdirected by the present pastoral system;
Christians who today when faced with negative circumstances and confront God to see if he can explain the negativity that has happened to them, are the children of the kingdom who are the immature and fruitless children. They will begin to search scripture for an answer, their prayer takes the form of why God? Why this why did that happen? They want God to step into the picture and give an explanation of these things that are happening to them. They have no knowledge of the purpose for their cycles of growth. This is why even those pastors who also speak of planting a money seed of faith to change their circumstance are guilty of propagating spiritual immaturity and fraud in a false faith.
True faith is spiritual bringing forth the spiritual fruit of Christ unto virtue. They have replaced true faith or have always been ignorant of it, with a faith that keeps Christians as immature children looking at their circumstance to change them instead of looking above where Christ is seated with God in the heavenly places to manifest Himself through them by his fruit as they abide in Him. Jesus cursed the full grown tree that had not fruit and emphasized how he called us to bear fruit and that it should remain. Children who continue outside of covenant never are able to mature to this point.
Christians say they walk in the spirit and pastors encourage them to do so but still have them trusting in physical things as in bringing a physical tithe so they can be blessed physically, when in reality this false doctrine is just to line the pocket for those pastors who preach this. There is no spiritual blessing from God, from a physical seed of faith. This is only avarice in its worst degree and it teaches the church to continue to covet from the foundation of the passions of man. Faith that is displayed this way by the flesh to look to change circumstance is completely metaphoric in the spiritual blessings of Christ and more realistic only to the flesh, for this is how and where it is applied, in the eco system of mans passions.
Apostles direct Faith into Christ
The church needs to be taught foundation truth From the apostles doctrine to be able to lose this doctrine that is damnable to the soul that keeps immaturity in the Church and other false doctrines that send the ignorant into false illusions and a chaos of disarray from the true faith of Christ. Even though Christians who finally come into covenant are not absent of the tragedies of this world, they learn by conflict, contrast and contradiction the pattern of true and perfect faith that is in Christ, from the dignities of His government.
Through true faith taught by His Government Christians are able to endure to the end. For their faith does not depend on the circumstances of tomorrow but faith is taught to be carefully cultivated with the tools of Christ in the Constant of His Virtues and not the variable of trusting Him in circumstance. So there is but continued perfecting of the saints in growth within their priesthood which is the good ground of His Covenant.
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Andres Rios is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. He is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Andres is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.