Seeking His Highest

Seeking His Highest!
 
There are people at all stages in their walk with Jesus. Therefore, all stages of ministry are necessary.
Evangelists – needed to introduce people to the first step – Repent, believe, and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the first step.
Pastors – needed to nurture and care for these new converted souls.
Teachers – needed to train and equip the people for their calling on their life.
Prophets – needed to speak life and bring forth the calling in each of their lives.
Apostles – to align it all and send people out.
All of these are needed “UNTIL we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” [Eph 4:13 NIV]
5-Fold is very important around the Earth today!
Yet, even in Paul’s day he stated, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” [Heb 6:1-2 NIV]
 
Interesting what Paul considers “elementary.”
*Repentance from acts that lead to death
*Faith in God
*Instruction about cleansing rites
*Laying on of hands
*Resurrection of the dead
*Eternal judgment
 
Some of these many would not consider “elementary,” but Paul did. Has anybody reading this raise the dead as a part of their ordinary day? I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not doing it on a daily basis, yet.
My sense is that, even though Paul was an Apostle, he had moved on to focusing on the “maturing” part.
It is interesting that some people and seminars focus on signs, wonders, and miracles as the place we need to “get to.”
I believe Paul and Jesus (and most likely the close followers of Jesus and the early disciples) understood that there is SOOOOOO much more. Yes, signs, wonders, and miracles will follow those who are in Christ. But the key is “In Christ.”
There is a priestly role that all of us must take up if we want to operate in the supernatural. BUT, if the reason you’re doing it is so you can have super natural power, then you will probably not get there. Why? Because it all wraps around intimacy and relationship. If all you want is the power, then you probably won’t get it. If you want a relationship with Jesus, then you’re likely to get the power even if you were not seeking it!
 
I believe the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles is underway. It is Christ in us! And, us in Christ. When we complete the fulness of our priestly duties (mainly emptying ourselves of our selfishness and pride (but there is much more!)) then He can crown us kings in His Kingdom.
 
This is a process that we are learning in our Ekklesia groups. Ultimately, the greatest achievement is not signs and wonders, it is oneness with Him. Jesus was the first fruit. We are the harvest. Everything Jesus was as a man on Earth, we are called to be that and so much more, according to Paul and Jesus.
Jesus said, “…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…”[Jhn 14:12 NIV]
Paul said, referring to the works and power they had that it was only “…the first fruits of the Spirit…” [Rom 8:23 NKJV] Meaning, there is SOOO much more to come.
 
When we become mature sons, we won’t be seeking signs and wonders. They will follow us wherever we go. When we are mature sons we will be seeking the Kingdom – His will on Earth, not our own. However, when we are matured to the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13) His will and our will, will be difficult, if not impossible to distinguish.
Amen! I hope you can receive this. Seek first His Kingdom… Not the “other.”
If you seek first His Kingdom, the “other” is likely to be added.
 
BE BLESSED!

About the author: GIL HODGES

Gil Hodges has been in various ministries and businesses since 1989; Bible study groups, ministry clubs in college, pastor, business owner, evangelism, small groups, business ministry groups... Currently, Gil and his wife (Adena) are "pastors" of a church in Roseville California called Kingdom Equipping Center. They recently started an online discipleship course called Ultimate Impact. It is designed to help people transition from the traditional church model to becoming the government of God in groups called Ekklesias. Gil and Adena live in Roseville and have 3 adult children. You can find out more information at www.KEC777.com

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  1. John Dalton - June 2, 2018 at 2:43 am Reply

    There are dozens of points to comment upon. A general comment on signs. A sign to New York points you in the right direction. A Bible sign points you to a true manifest Son or a true Prophet. Elijah list admit that 83% of prophecies they publish are false, when the EVENT that is prophesied ‘next Month’ is looked for. Etc. My wife hits the 100% mark because the Lord anointed her an Oracle. Bigger signs such as the utter simplicity of raising the dead, are signs to the Kingdom of God or a representative of the Kingdom.
    Many aspire to power .. they want an end to sickness in the Church, but they do not realise that God will not allow signs to ‘Christ plus Humanism’ or ‘Pie in the Sky when you die’.
    It is a long hard slog climbing out of 4th century Constantine, who delivered modern church, and climbing back into Messiah and His ministry. That is the route I chose in 1971, and gave me 100% success in every field of deliverance so far encountered.

  2. GIL HODGES - June 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Thank you, John. My heart is to see the people grow closer to God in intimacy. If there are fully mature sons walking the Earth today, I have not met them. By fully mature, I mean perfect in every way as Jesus was. I believe we are all in the maturing process. Some are much further along than others. I feel that the one thing that we can all be assured of in this time of history is that we are guaranteed to be wrong in one area or another. That helps me keep humble. I’ve heard it said before, and I tend to agree, if there were any perfect people on the planet, they would be the most humble among us. Not false humility, but true humility with love and honor for others.

    Blessings my friend!

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