A Divine Alignment

     It is time for divine alignment.  God desires to do greater things and the scriptures foretell them.  Many networks and fellowships have been created for valid and powerful reasons with equal results.  However, what is coming to the Body of Christ will exceed anything we have seen so far in human history.  What is coming will require a new paradigm.   ‘The unity of the Spirit in the bond peace’ is about to take on a whole new dimension for those who are waiting.  If we take the time to look back at what the Lord has revealed, we can see more clearly the unveiling of our future.

     In 1 Corinthians 2:9, Paul writes about the wisdom of Christ’s coming and of His ways as related to the Spirit of God,

9 ‘but just as it is written,
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”’
  (NASB)

     This is quoted from Isaiah 64:4 where the writer extols God on His qualities and virtue,

4 ‘For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.'  (NASB)

     Combined, these verses speak of an Old Covenant Waiting and a New Testament Loving.  These verses differ only slightly but present one clear point in that those who Love Him, wait for Him.  To love God is to not leave Him, to leave Him is not to wait for Him.  Even with all that we know of God, of His nature, and the glimpses we have of His will – we can easily forget that all that we are is for His Glory and He will not share His glory with anyone.  Our hope of Glory is Christ revealed in us. (see Col.1:27; Gal. 1:16)  Our glory does not come from what we have but by Who has us.  1 Cor. 4:7 tells us that it is wisdom for us not to act as if all that we have has not been given to us (by God).

 

Aligned Relationship 

     We must always remember that gifts and callings of God are for His purposes and not for our fulfillment.  Our fulfillment is found in our relationship as forgiven, adopted, sons (adult heirs) of the God of all Creation brought about by His Son’s sacrificial sin transfer and empowerment of His Spirit. We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness.  Yes, we are called to intimacy but true godly intimacy is not found until a sanctified surrender of the one who is to carry forward the birthing and the fruit of passion.

     God desires those who seek relationship with Him and with others around them.  Relationship takes time. Partnership can be as sterile as the signing of a contract.  Relationship is a blending of the heart.  Partnership is a simple agreement of terms.  Relationship produces sons and daughters.  Partnership produces assets and dividends.  Relationship produces fruit that remains into the future.  Partnership produces results based on a pre-determined goal.  I personally prefer relationships over partnerships.  Relationships seek what can be released; partnerships tend to focus on what can be produced. 

     The Church is soon going to be a part of a great release – an outpouring on unsuspecting mankind that will change and transform cities and towns, states and regions, nations and continents, and ultimately the world before the Lord returns.  This release will be the result of a Bride seeking relationship with God almighty who seeks redemption of the lost.

 

Aligned Purpose

     In 1 Corinthians 2 Paul tells us that he first worked to ‘preach Christ crucified’ (v2) and then to operate ‘in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men but in the power of God’ (v4).  It must be in this order – without Christ crucified we would not have the Spirit’s indwelling.  Without a death, there can be no new life (John 12:24).  Without new life there can be no new spirit.  Without the resurrection we would have no life in us.  Without the resurrected Christ, Who sent His Spirit, we would be a people of no hope.  Without our surrendered life, we would not have new life.  We must not forsake the Spirit and try to work things in the natural (flesh and law) as the Galatians were so foolish to consider.  (We must step out in faith at times to try new things, and not just sit and wait for Holy Spirit to boot us into action.  We have already received our great commission and were told to subdue the earth.) Without the Spirit and the Spirit’s fruit that is the result of His working , there is little relationship.  We develop fruit in our lives as we let Him be in our lives. 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.  (Galatians 5:22-25)

 

Aligned Produce

     In the beginning, in Genesis 1:28 we read that God spoke over His creation with a commissioning.

‘God blessed them: God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air and every living creature that crawls on the earth.”’   

     God did not tell them to ‘multiply and be fruitful’.  God told them to ‘be fruitful and multiply.’   We are not successful through our numbers, our resources, or our partnerships.  God never tells us to wait for numbers, He tells you to believe in Him, to be fruitful in a relationship with Him, and multiplication will come.  Start where you are, with what you have and you have Holy Spirit if you are a Christian.  Focus on allowing Holy Spirit to fill and continue filling you.  We are successful because of our relationship to Holy Spirit who enables us for all good works.  As we develop relationships with others around us we become a unified force that changes the environment.  God defines fruitfulness as the ability to be successful and effective in the kingdom.  As we develop a relationship with God and Holy Spirit, because of all that the Lord Jesus has done – we can experience our God defined fulfillment - not before and not until.