Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.
Make no mistake about it. Healing and health are absolutely key elements of the New Covenant represented by the body of Christ, He being the Bread of Life, broken for His people. It is your right and responsibility as a son of commandment. But we must not stop at the work of healing, for there is so much more to be gained by discerning the Lord’s body that most believers have never considered. Let’s look further.
Every believer is a member of the body of Christ. I believe it is imperative that we grow up in the Lord until He is able to reveal to us by His Spirit, how we may discern who members of the body of Christ are. We are cautioned that taking the elements of the Lord’s body “unworthily,” that is to say, drawing improper attention to one’s self, one is failing to discern the Lord’s body, and by that, eating and drinking damnation to his/her own body. And for that reason, the believer becomes weak and sickly, and opened to death. That, dear friend, is a dangerous place to be.
It is to that end that I write today. Concerning the discerning of the Lord’s body, take into consideration that every believer is a member of the body of Christ. Every member of that body has talents, anointings, and giftings peculiar to themselves, given them by the Lord by which the Kingdom may be served, the body edified, the Lord honored and glorified, and the body living at its highest potential. Not only should we walk in our own calling, but we should provoke every other member of the body of Christ to do the same. Imagine the glory of God that could be manifest if each of us merely did that which we were assigned by the Lord to do, and refused to draw attention to ourselves attempting to do what someone else should be doing.
Let us rather choose to allow the Lord to reveal to us the talents, anointings, and giftings He has placed in one another, for only by recognizing them can we truly honor them. Understand that you only receive from a gift to the degree that you honor it. Can you imagine how the power of God could flow in His body if we gave the honor due to His giftings in others? It is as we honor the gifts and anointings in others that we provoke those who possess them to use them for the glory of God, and not keep them hidden. Satan is only too thrilled when a believer wraps that which Father has given them in a napkin and hides it. It is when such talents and gifts are used that they multiply, bring honor to God. Oh, Father! Help us discern your people and every member of Christ’s body.
Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34