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Original post @ https://servinggrace.com/2017/05/24/has-the-church-become-empty-salt-shakers-part-3/
Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers – Part 3
By Patrick Hawthorne
For the past two articles, I have been addressing the attitude of the Church in which many have become ministers of the Word but have not been practitioners of the Word. I had a message typed and was ready to submit. However, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to stop and go a new direction. So, here we go.
Let’s take a journey back to around 6000 years ago and take a look at Adam prior to the fall. Adam, created in the image of Almighty God, operated on a plane known only as faith. Sin and death had not yet entered the world; doubt and fear were non-existent. In truth, the earth that Adam and Eve lived was pure heaven come to earth.
Adam and Eve walked, talked and had fellowship with God. No doubt, they enjoyed each other’s company. Beyond the fellowship, Adam enjoyed the privilege of having dominion and authority over the earth. It was his, given to him by God (Genesis 1:28-30). He lived a perfect life. And then something happened…Eve was deceived and Adam sinned. (Genesis 3:6-7)
Immediately, with eyes opened wide to the knowledge of good and evil, their world was turned upside down. The Law of life in the spirit had suddenly been flipped on its head revealing the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). The authority and dominion Adam once held was stripped away from him, not by God but by satan, the new ruler of the kingdom of the earth. (Matthew 4:9).
March forward four-thousand years. Long forgotten was the authority and dominion that Adam once held; the joy of living a life of heaven come to earth. O’ it was talked about but beyond Adam it was nothing more than a distant memory. That is until, one fateful night when a baby was born in a manger. Suddenly, all heaven opened up and a chorus of angels cried, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men..;” God’s will towards mankind. (Luke 2:14)
Jesus, the Word who was with God, the Word who IS God (John 1:1), took on flesh and came to this earth with a radical message. He not only talked of love and of Kingdom authority, He operated in love and authority. He became the second and final Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-47).
Jesus was perfect; He was sinless. Not of the tainted blood of fallen man – for life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) – He willingly became the perfect sacrifice to atone for, once and for all, the sins of man. It was through His shed blood that He was able to make right the wrong begun by Adam in the Garden of Eden. Through Jesus, all dominion, power, and authority held by satan was no more. (Colossians 2:15).
The Word of God, beginning in Ephesians 2:4 tells us that we, who were once dead in our sins but now have been made alive with Jesus, have been raised up with Him and have been seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Why is this? It is because “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10). He restored the authority and power which He in turn gave to His body, the Church. (Ephesians 1:19-23)
This is not some, “When I’m dead and gone,” word for us but a here and now message indicating that we have authority through Christ Jesus; authority in declaring to the rebellious and usurping powers of the devil the divine purposes of God. This is part of those good works He has called us to walk in.
We have the authority through Christ Jesus to pray for the sick and expect them to be healed. We have the authority to come against wickedness attempting to invade our homes and families and to pray for an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit. We have the authority to stand boldly in the face of uncertainty and say, “No, the Word says…”
As I write this I wonder how many holier-than-thou eyes are rolling. “Why you are just another one of those blab it and grab it type believers.” No sir or mam. I am one of those, “God’s Word said it so I’m going to walk in it,” type believers. My question is, “Why aren’t you?” Be blessed.