Ephesians 4:11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. This scripture has always been taught in the tone of separation. Only a certain group of people can be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. The rest of you are greeters, workers in the sound booth, janitors, worship leaders, teachers for children church, pew sitters, musicians, parking attendants, office workers, deacons, choir members, pastor’s body guard, armorbearers, the person that brings the pastor or guest speaker some water, and the list goes on and on. Now if you are not one of these special ones whom God has called, you are required to submit yourself to these ones and don’t talk back or you will be sat down or cursed. Does this sound familiar? Well let me free you today by giving you some truth. This scripture does not mean that there are only certain people called to the fivefold ministry. No! What Paul was saying here that everyone in the Kingdom of God has a place and must seek the Lord concerning their place or position. The word “some”, does not imply separation but that God has called some to walk as apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists. The fivefold ministry is made up of rankings in the Kingdom, not titles. Religion has reduced these rankings down to titles. This is the reason why we see people in the church fighting, scheming, and politicking for positions. Religion has made these rankings as something to compete for. American Idol did not start in the world, it started in the church. There are many that have been made to perform before the judges (these special or elite ones) and if they have past their test, then by the laying on of hands by the special or exclusive ones, these persons that perform is now a pastor or prophet. However, that’s not it! You see once you have achieved this milestone, you must sign a contract but they call it covenant. This contract states that you must be under their authority (their thumb), you must wait till THEY hear from God about you leaving their ministry (their club or clique), and when THEY hear that it’s time for you to leave, then you are release to go and be a carbon copy or clone of them and their ministry. You may be serving in certain areas of the ministry you attend but let me say to you very clearly that you are more than that. God has a position in the Kingdom with your name on it. Jeremiah 1:5-7 Amplified Bible – Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. When God told him that I have separated and set you apart, He wasn’t talking about putting him in some elite group or clique. God had separated him from man’s calling, defining, and purpose for his life. God said something very powerful to Jeremiah that we need to pay close attention to. He said before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you. Right there God was saying that there is no need for anyone to define you because you have already been defined. No one has the right to say that you are just a greeter, janitor, worship leader, sound person, etc… You are called to be more than that. Find your place in the Kingdom and begin to walk in it. You see, religion hates this type of teaching because once you find out your place in the Kingdom, you will MOVE forward. I capitalized the word “move” because the spirit of religion hates movement. Religion’s philosophy is, “Continue to do the same thing over and over and over”. Just because you are doing things repeatedly doesn’t mean you are making any movement or progress. Let’s stop fighting each other! Remember, we all have a place or rank in the Kingdom. There’s no need to fight. My prayer is that you will listen to the Father and find out what you were destined to be from the beginning.
Several must months ago God spoke to me about homosexuality. I thought about the many times we in the church have address this issue and our actions towards those who are living this lifestyle. I must say that we have done a poor job in trying to reach these individuals who are living a homosexual lifestyle. We have been very hurtful through our actions and words. Anytime we are dealing with any issue, we must first see what the word says about it. Not our opinion or what somebody told us but really settling ourselves down to hear a clear word from the Lord. Genesis 1:26-28 Amplified Bible God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. We see here that God created man in His image (resemblance) and likeness (manner,fashion, figure, form, like as, pattern). Man was made spirit first because God is spirit. The bible goes on to say that in the image and likeness of God He created him;male and female He created them. In this sentence we see clearly why God hates the spirit of homosexuality, not the person! Let me make that very clear. God hates the spirit of homosexuality but he loves the person. Right in the sentence we see that God gave man (spirit) his assignment. Some were to males, the others female. God hates homosexuality because it robs an individual of their assignment. Jeremiah 1:5 Amplified Bible Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Before God formed (frame, fashion, make, potter) you in your mother’s womb, he knew (declare, distinguish) you. I speak to you who are living this lifestyle. Before God made you, he declared you to be a male or female and after he declared it, He formed or made you a body to confirm what He spoke. God uses the doctors to testify in the delivery room of what He made. The homosexual spirit convinced you that even though you have male parts, you are a woman and this spirit has convinced you that even though you have female parts, you are a man. I must say to you that this spirit has come to deceive you and talk you out of your assignment or purpose. You were made to be a man. You were made to be a woman. There is a blessing given by God that is attached to your assignment and it’s in verse 28 of Genesis 1, “And God blessed ( praise, salute, congratulate, pronounce blessing) them”. There is a fulfillment in walking in your assignment. I know that things have happened in your life that gave this spirit an entry way or open door to your life and God knows it too. He is a loving father who is after you not in a condemning or judgmental way. He is like a parent who sees his or her child in danger and runs to rescue them. You wondered if you were born this way but I pray today that after reading this that this would finally convince you that God never made you to be something other than what He’d created you to be. I release this word to you not in a tone of hate but love. Now I speak to the church. Stop calling these precious ones fags and dikes. Stop speaking these cruel and hateful words across the pulpit. You are not speaking on behalf of God when you use this type of language. It’s time for the church to get a clear revelation from the Father and stop walking around in pride saying we know what to say or how to address an issue. Let’s stop making one sin bigger than the other or putting the spot light on one sin and not addressing sin for what it is, sin. Stop trying to scare the Hell out of people but release the love message of God that show them how to avoid Hell! A place that was never made for them in the first place. Let’s present the salvation message in a way that they can choose for themselves what they want to do. We must remember that the bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. It will never be about the flesh but always about a spirit. Let us walk with understand and war with understand, not praying and preaching amiss. Let not our goal be to just sound good but release and prove that what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).