Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Will Your Calling Condemn You?

This is not a deep, spiritual message, but a very simple one I feel a need to share...

God has been dealing with me specifically about the calling and responsibilities of the Watchman, but also that of the entire Five-Fold ministry. He has shown me that many of us have neglected the callings on our lives, or don't realize the responsibility they carry.

Too many in the Body of Christ are satisfied with having a title, but that's not enough. We must WORK THE OFFICE that has been assigned to us. So many of us are missing it, and condemning ourselves due to sheer disobedience. Yes, we preach Christ. We pray for one another. We fast and attend services regularly, yet HE KNOWS YOU NOT! I keep hearing the Lord say in this hour, "Obedience is better than sacrifice."

Specifically to the watchmen, God is yet speaking. He does nothing without first warning His prophets, and so much is taking place in the spirit realm. Are we seeing and hearing from God? If so, are we sharing what we hear with the Body of Christ? If not, are we getting in position to seek Him on behalf of the Body? As watchmen, this is our job. We are to minister unto the BODY OF CHRIST.

When attacks, judgments or even blessings come toward the Body of Christ, whether they be from the Father or from the enemy, we SHOULD KNOW what is coming. If we do not, we are out of place. What a great responsibility! Yes, but there is no other choice. If we are called, we are called. Our warfare is truly in prayer and proclamation. DO NOT ALLOW THE ENEMY TO SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

Concerning the watchman, the Lord also showed me that many stepped into this position as Isaiah, and God honored it. In essence, some desired the gifts that have allowed them to SEE what is coming. Just as Isaiah did, some proclaimed, "Here am I, send me." Others never volunteered, but were drafted into the job, as Ezekiel was. How we are appointed is not the focus at this point, but how we shall move forward.

We must keep one another strengthened and encouraged at this time. It is time for the prophets of God, specifically those set as watchmen, to wake up and take an active role. I see many of us developing prayer lives that require 5-8 hours of consistent prayer. Some of us will begin to lose sleep if we aren't already. Some may need to take some time off work and lock in. If you have keys to your church, go and seek quiet time with the Father. It is imperative. It may just save your position in the Kingdom!

"Seek, see, hear, speak," says the Lord. I don't know about all of you, but after all I've been through, all I've sacrificed, I do not want to be condemned for the sins of another simply because I failed to warn. Don't allow your calling to condemn you!

1 Corinthians 7:20 (Young's Literal Translation)
20 Each in the calling in which he was called—in this let him remain;
21 a servant—wast thou called? be not anxious; but if also thou art able to become free—use it rather;
22 for he who is in the Lord—having been called a servant—is the Lord’s freedman: in like manner also he the freeman, having been called, is servant of Christ:
23 with a price ye were bought, become not servants of men;
24 each, in that in which he was called, brethren, in this let him remain with God.


Ezekiel 33 (Young's Literal Translation)
6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

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