Keep being taught and reminded that absolutely everything springs from abiding in Jesus, that is the starting place for it all and where marching orders originate. We can spin our wheels with activity and go nowhere.
It was as Paul and Barnabas were in prayer and staying in communion with the Lord that He made the first move saying to get ready to do the things they were set apart and called to do. It was the church that sent them, but everything in partnership.
The church sends missionaries which is really a delegation or messengers. They qualify in a broader sense to be apostles--apostolos-- but not as the original twelve and not with the same authority as the twelve who had to have special things that sat them apart, being an eye witness to the resurrection, special miracles done by them, but what they said had God's authority behind it. but the word itself just means "he that is sent."
Don't know how I got off on this subject but there are movements today that claim the same authority as the original twelve, even the pope claims this, but that is just a power trip.
A teacher has awesome responsibility associated with the calling, why nobody should be quick to get into teaching as God will require much more from them, misrepresentation having a very heavy price to pay. Scares me to see how fast and loose people are with God's Word which ceases to be God's Word the moment it is misrepresented or used out of context. Add to or take away from has a curse pronounced if one does this.
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Revelation 22:18, 19
This should instill the fear of God in many and yet think the majority today take this only too lightly and really do not have that absolute love of the truth, if they did they would not treat it like a personal toy to play with.
God is not mocked. A true teacher will be very aware of this and serve with fear and trembling.
When one has that true hunger for the things of God He will give to that person or invest Himself in that person, just beautiful how He gives that child like love for His Word to feed on, we don't abuse what we love and hold precious, self love will cause people to do this.
If we degenerate from Jesus, our love for His Word will also degenerate and that is often how I examine myself, is that love as it was when it was new if not then it is time to change direction and head back to where we started or departed from.
These are the things I must weigh very carefully and be fully settled about before going any further down the road to see what God has that will require greater accountability, should scare us a little to take very seriously as God takes it very seriously, but in choosing to follow God will invest more of Himself as He is the provision for all we fall short about and always reminded of how short I fall or fail to measure up, why we got to stay partners in everything if we are to see God investing Himself in us. This is what I am learning now or being imprinted more strongly to give full attention to.
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