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The answer to this question for any believer as an individual is simple:  It is to continue to believe until they are chosen to be disciples… “…only believe…”  And the answer to this question for a disciple is just as simple:  “Listen to Him!”  And the church or churches, the fellowships, are a collection of believers and disciples, which if all the individuals within their fellowship are doing what they are supposed to be doing, then this question, “Lord, what do You want me to do for You?” need not be asked by that fellowship, for the fellowship is already doing exactly what the Lord wants it to do through the individual obedience of its believers and disciples.

The fellowship with believers and disciples who are already believing and listening has already seized the initiative, for the practice of the words of Jesus will always reveal to the practitioners what the Lord wants done for Him.  The practice of the words of Jesus that you have heard does not only protect you and make you secure in Him like a wise man who built his house on the rock, but like the wise man who survives the wind, the rain, the river and the torrent because his house is built on the rock, sees the work that needs to be done after the wind has passed, the rain has stopped, the river has subsided and the torrent is spent.

Everyone who has earnestly practised the words of Jesus with due diligence and righteousness of heart and spirit will be given the success for their practice… success which allows them to see what the words of Jesus are truly meant for.  It is success that comes from God as you practise Jesus’ words that allows you to see what the words of Jesus are intended for.  If you cannot get a car started, you cannot see its advantage over a horse drawn cart, but if you can get the car started, then you will see why the world abandoned horse drawn carts for horseless carriages.

Likewise, a person who has not been granted success in his practice of the words of Jesus cannot see the true purpose of those words.  He may be rewarded in the end for his perseverance and endurance… but lack of success in his practice will keep him blinded to their purpose.  Success does not come from just perseverance and endurance.  If it did, then every gold miner who kept digging would find the mother lode.  The world says success comes from hard work, perseverance and chance.  However, in God’s kingdom there is no such thing as chance, for God knows the end from the beginning.  Rather, success is granted to one who not only worked hard and persevered, but one who is not ruined by success.  Now remember, true success is when you are able to do what you practise, not someone else doing it for you as you practice.  A successful sportsman is one who wins the game for himself because of his practice, not some cheat who gets someone else to win the game for him… no matter how much he has practised.

The sick being healed as you preach the Gospel because the Lord is working with you to confirm His Gospel is not the same as you healing the sick yourself.  In the first instance, the Lord is doing it for you.  In the second, you are doing it.  John 14.12 is not fulfilled by a believer or a preacher for whom the Holy Spirit heals the sick as he preaches… for in truth, he has not done what Jesus has been doing.  The preacher preaching and the Holy Spirit healing is very different from the preacher preaching and doing the healing himself.

God safeguards the kingdom by deciding whom He grants success to by His choice and not by chance or luck.  And it is through the success granted by God that the one who has practised can see the true purpose of the words of Jesus that have been practised successfully.

An example, which is common in the churches as they exist now:  A person who cannot speak in tongues does not see the value or the purpose of the gift of tongues.  A person who can manifest the gift of speaking in tongues experiences the edification that comes from speaking in tongues, and as he continues to do so, sees the value and the purpose of tongues, not just as a means of speaking to God by your spirit, but as a means of God speaking through you by His Spirit so that your agreement with what was said can allow God to do what had been agreed on without anyone being able to know what God is about to do.

As such, success in the practice of the words of Jesus, success in listening to Jesus and success in hearing what the Spirit is saying to the church is not an end in itself, but rather, is the means by which you can see the purpose of the words of Jesus so that you know what He wants done.

As such, as much as it is a basic innovation to be one who asks the Lord first, “What do You want me to do for You, Lord?” before He asks you, being successful in the practice of His words allows you to see what He wants done so that the question need not be asked.

In the matter of preparing for the Passover… since it took no miraculous power to prepare the room, asking the question was logical.  However, if something was to require miraculous power… then asking the Lord, “What do You want me to do for You, Lord?” is superfluous.  Since many of the words of Jesus cannot be practised successfully without miraculous power, then the question can only be asked according to one’s ability to provide the answer for that question.

Like the twelve who knew they did not have the natural means to feed the 5000 nor the miraculous power to do so… for they had never done it, they could not have asked, “Lord, what do You want us to do?”  Even though if the Lord said to them, “Send them home,” which was the one thing they could do… they could not ask that question, for the Lord might say as He did, “You feed them.”  So they told the Lord to do what they could do… Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”  They could ask the Lord to do that because that was what they could do and had done in John 4.8 when they went into town to buy food whilst they left Jesus alone at the well.  You see, they had not practised nor succeeded in food multiplication.  So when the problem of the 5000 confronted them, they told Jesus to do what they could do.  Likewise, a person who has not believed in Jesus’ ability to heal him or practised enough to heal himself will ask the Lord to give him the ability to build a hospital.  However, a person who has practised the words of Jesus to have successfully healed others and himself will see that the healing of the sick is to negate the need to build a hospital.

As such, a church or fellowship that is made up of believers and disciples who are granted success in their practice of their faith and the words of Jesus actually do not need to ask, “Lord, what do You want us to do for You?” for they will know.

Taking the situation of the sick for instance… the fellowship that has not been blessed with success in the healing of the sick will be raising money to build hospitals and to train doctors and nurses to staff them.  However, the fellowship that is blessed with constant success in their healing of the sick will see that the purpose of the healing of the sick is to free up the resources that would be spent on a hospital and spend it on the preaching of the kingdom instead, and to free up of those who would be patients, doctors and nurses to being preachers themselves.  As such, a fellowship that is successful in the healing of the sick would not be asking the Lord to help them build a hospital nor be asking the Lord what they could do for the sick, but rather, would have gone and healed the sick without asking or being asked, for they know that when the sick are healed the Gospel is preached more easily.

However, the reality confronts us and it is this:  There are very few individuals who have been granted success in their practice of the words of Jesus with sufficient consistency that they know they can do what Jesus has been doing and even greater things.  We all believe we can and hope we can… but to know we can?  Few if none have such a privileged trusted position.  And if that is the case of individuals, then the case of the existence of a fellowship of successful believers and disciples is even dimmer.  In truth, there are as yet no fellowships that are successful in all their practice of the words of Jesus to the point that even the world knows that they can successfully do what Jesus has been doing.  No, at best the world and even believers and disciples visit such ministries believing and hoping that those ministries can do what Jesus has been doing.  But no one yet can go to any church knowing that the ministry can do what Jesus has been doing.

As such, before a fellowship that can do all things through Christ who gives them strength can exist, that fellowship, which believes and hopes to do all things through Christ who gives them the strength (success), must change, that is, innovate whatever they are doing, both in private and in public.

That first change was introduced to us seven years ago when the command to listen to Jesus was restored to each of us individually and each person was then commanded to individually spend the time listening and practising until he began to show success in varying degrees… so that we can say we have successfully caused the blind to see, the lame to walk, a deaf to hear, a leper cleansed and the Gospel preached to the poor, although we have not yet raised the dead.

The ‘innovation’ or restoration of that command to individuals is the basic foundation for the resurrection of a fellowship where believers would practise believing in Jesus and disciples would practise listening to Jesus and practise His words until some degree of success would be granted them by the Lord.  However, what an individual does is different from what a collection of individuals does.  That is, what each individual does is different from what a church is to do… even though the functioning of a church is dependant on the functioning of an individual.  However, the collective function is different from the individual function.  In the same way as a body is dependant on each cell functioning, the function of the body is different from the function of a cell.  The successful functioning of each cell is to permit the body to function successfully as a body.

Likewise, the success of each individual in the church is to permit the church to fulfill its function as a church and not the other way around first.  There is no such thing as a successful church allowing an individual to be successful in his function, as the body does not come first to allow a cell to function successfully, but the other way around.  It is only after the body has been successfully allowed to function properly through individual cells that the body can help cells to function successfully.

Thus, if each individual in a church is not individually successful in his practice of his faith and the words of Jesus, then the church that can successfully raise up individuals to continue that success does not exist.

If the innovation that produced successful individuals was the restoration of the command to listen to Jesus, then that same success for the church must come from that same command… listen to Jesus.  Just as each individual’s private and public life must be centered on the words of Jesus to individuals… then each individual church’s private and public life must be centered on Jesus’ words to the churches.

As such, the basic innovation needed for a church is the changing of its liturgical practices, which are based on the apostles’ epistles to the churches, to the Apostle’s epistles to all His churches.

Historically, from the beginning the churches founded by the first disciples were taught by those founders orally and through written instructions given by them so that the degree of individual variations were as many as the personalities of the disciples were varied, thus giving rise to a multitude of liturgies, which continued to multiply and were added to… until there are as many liturgical variations as there are denominations.  There is no homogenous liturgy… there is none because right from the beginning, as Paul found in Corinth… One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” …when they should be all saying, “I follow Christ.”  And how can they all follow Christ unless they all had the same Teacher?  And how can they all have the same Teacher unless they were all taught by the Holy Spirit individually?

The situation confronting Jesus at the end of the first century was that every church had its own different set of practices so that each of the seven churches that He wrote to found themselves practising different things and facing different internal problems with different weaknesses… instead of every church practising the same thing and facing the same external problems with the same solution He had given them – the Holy Spirit.

So in His seven letters to the seven churches, the Lord pointed out to each church their strengths, their weaknesses and their sin and gave them the one answer to all their problems – the Holy Spirit.  He did not tell them to go and listen to what the apostles had taught them in their letters, which were written before the Revelation was given John… but rather, without mentioning any of their letters… letters which had taught them and brought them to their stage of development that necessitated a letter from Jesus… He told all of them without exception to have individuals who “…has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” whilst respectively as a church they were to repent of certain things, discard certain teachings, even expel certain people and overcome the difficulty of having to change what they had become to be what He wanted them to be.

They had all done well, but not well enough, and unless they all changed, they would not achieve the intended standard… so they all had to overcome what faced them, and to help them overcome, they needed individuals who had ears to hear, but not just to hear… but to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The seven letters to the seven churches were in fact instructions by Jesus to them… to change their liturgy, and the Person who would help them change is the Holy Spirit.

Now the situation is the same as it was about 1900 years ago, the current liturgy of the present denominations all have their respective strengths, weaknesses and sin… all are inhabited by those who are descendants of Nicolaitans, Balaamites and Jezebelians perpetuating those hated teachings and practices… and they all need to change… to repent and to overcome.  The problems are the same… only larger, but the solution is also the same… for there is no need for a better solution when the first is perfect… raise up individuals who have ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches.

And as it was the beliefs, practices and teachings of the various churches that Jesus commanded to be changed and repented of… that is, Jesus commanded the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea to change their liturgy, so now the churches have to change their liturgy, which is based on the apostolic teachings and traditions… to His liturgy, which is based entirely on the teachings and practices of the Apostle Himself.

The ‘innovation’ then, even though it is really not an innovation, is that the church of the Spirit, the eighth church, the church that does not need a letter from Jesus… should be a church that bases its liturgy first on the seven letters dictated personally by Jesus to John… if not entirely on those seven letters.

As to the value of the epistles of even Paul, their true value then will be determined after the epistles of Jesus have been obeyed… for when Heaven and Earth disappear… only the epistles of Jesus will remain… for His are the only words that do not disappear.

There… it is done, it is written… and now expect the hordes of protestors who love their liturgy that is based on the letters of the apostles of Christ rather than on the letters of Christ, the Chief Apostle of our faith.

The truth is 1900 years of liturgy based on the ‘church’ fathers has produced the church as the world knows it today, and through the present church, the world does not know that Jesus has been sent by God and that God loves the disciples of Christ as He loves Jesus.  Let those who have eyes to see, see the truth.  If the historical liturgy had produced a church that has caused the world to know that God sent Jesus and loves the disciples of Jesus as He loves Jesus, there is no need for change.

If the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea were well pleasing to Jesus, then He would not have said to them, “Yet I hold this against you…  Repent and do the things you did at first.  …  Nevertheless, I have a few things against you…  Repent therefore!  Nor would He have threaten them, “Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.  …I am about to spit you out of My mouth.  …  If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

If such were the words to the early church whose deviations had been much less than our present day denominations, what would be Jesus’ words if He were to dictate seven letters to the seven denominations?

If you have eyes to see, see and follow the Holy Spirit.  If you have not the eyes to see, then do not follow less you stumble and fall into a pit, but remain where you are until Jesus comes.

For the church that cannot see or know the Holy Spirit will be most comfortable with the world that cannot see or know the Holy Spirit either… leave them.  For only those who can see and know the Holy Spirit can appreciate the wisdom and the power of raising the church whose liturgies are based entirely on the seven epistles of Jesus, whose members base their faith and practice only on the words of Jesus first.

Amen.

 

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