Being Positioned for a New Thing
God is doing a new thing. Something new is happening. There is a fresh move of God. All over the world, the prophets are declaring the same thing. And many have heard and are excited about it. We want what God wants. We want to move in this new thing. Then we go ahead and do the same old thing and simply call it a new thing.
I am not being cynical, this is simply what I have observed. And I absolutely understand it. I mean how are we meant to do 'a new thing' if we do not know what the new thing is. And when we find ourselves in that place, we so want to be a part of what God is doing that we do not take the time to stop and find out what the new thing is!
When God says He is going to do a new thing, I believe it is just that. A new thing. And new, means new. Something that has not been here before. In fact, if it is new, God is still creating it - that is the only way it can be new. So, we need to take time in His presence inquiring of Him about how and what He is doing. Then once we hear from Him, we can align ourselves with what He is saying.
While I do not claim to know what God is doing in this new move - I do believe that it is going to call for us to move as a corporate body. God loves us as individuals and He has destiny and calling for each of us, but He longs for us to be one, even as He is one. As I have sought the Lord about what He is doing, He has impressed upon me that understanding the CORPORATENESS of the Body of Christ is of utmost importance. The bodyof Christ needs to be established in the earth.
A good friend of mine recently challenged me when I spoke to her about the African church. She said, “What is this nonsense about the African church? Since when does God have an African church, or an American Church, or an Asian church or a Hispanic church. In fact, did you ever hear Him talk about the black church and the white church? He only ever talks about His church. He talks about His body.” Well, I considered myself soundly rebuked. This is so true. The enemy has well and truly separated us by culture, colour, country and even gender! I know this grieves the heart of the Lord. And this new move starts with us coming to a place of unity and corporate oneness. Because it is only in the place of unity that He COMMANDS a blessing.
Now I know that most of you reading this blog have had this revelation and are ready to move corporately, but are probably asking HOW to do that. Well, the first step for me is ALIGNMENT. I spoke about this in my last blog, but I have begun to understand so much more about it. Let’s look at it. Ephesians 4: 11 - 13 says “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
The word equipis ‘kartartizmos' and at its root means ‘to align’. This means that the primary job of the five fold ministry is to ALIGN you. But align you with what? To align you within the body of Christ! They are there to help you find your place in the body. When you find your place, you will be able to function optimally and the BODY can begin to move. Think about it, if something is out of alignment in your body, you will feel pain. You will find it difficult to move and your walk will be hindered. It is the same in the spirit realm. When you are not properly aligned in the body, the BODY is in pain. The body cannot walk or fulfil its job. When you are not aligned in the body, you are operating on your own and lack the power and authority that comes from being part of the body. This is why the Body of Christ has not been able to fulfil its work in the earth - many of us have been out of alignment!
The second part of that verse says we are to be aligned for the work of ministry. The body of Christ does the work of the ministry. It is the body (made up of perfectly aligned saints) that do the work of establishing the Kingdom of God in all of the mountains. When we find our place in the body, we find our track and are able to function in the fullness of our calling. Alignment empowers you to fulfil destiny.
Let’s continue to read the verse, “…for the edifying of the body of Christ “. The other function of the five fold ministry is to BUILDING up of the body of Christ. I think that means that these ministers need to teach and equip us how to use our spiritual muscles, how to work and function as the body. When we are able to do that, we come to 'a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.'That means we come into the completeness of the original pattern that God has for us - one new man. Sons of God operating in maturity as one new man in the earth, showing forth the fullness of Christ. This Body of Christ with Jesus as the Head is the entity through which we are going to establish the Kingdom. And step one is being rightly aligned.
As always, my question would be - how do we do that? And again, the bible does tell us.
1 Corinthians 12: 27 - 28 "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers"
God has set first apostles, then prophets and then teachers. That means that the first people to be SET into His body are the apostles. They are the ones who have a revelation of Jesus Christ. All apostles have seen Jesus. They have a revelation of Him as the Christ. Out of that revelation, they begin to speak what they know. They release a sound that others can gather to. There are certain people that when you hear them, you just connect with them. Your spirit connects with what they are saying. Well, that ‘connect’ is your spirit aligning you in the Body. The connect you feel tells you that you have found the part of the body that you should be connected to. I mean those called to be fingers are going to feel connected to other ‘finger’ and ‘hand’ people. When they hear a foot person, they can enjoy what they are saying and see God in it, but they do not feel the connect in the same way. And they are not supposed to, because fingers do not connect to feet, they connect to hands!
And in this season, we need to find our connection. Those connections are our alignment. And as we align, through honour, we will find our place and begin to be able to function as who and what we are called to be.
Right now, alignment is so important. It is the first step towards discovering the new thing God is doing. When we find our place in his body and that body starts to take shape in the earth - something new is happening and something new can be released from heaven. Which is why now, more than ever, we need to find our alignment!