Monday, August 12, 2013

A Word for the Body

Luke 2:52 (NKJV) And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

A couple of weeks ago I felt I was being led to share a word with the body of Christ. The word is, "This is a time for the body to increase in wisdom and stature". I am very careful about sharing a word from God. In fact, I always tell the recipient to be sure it agrees with their heart. I also back it up with Scripture.

When this word came to me, I began sharing it with close friends. Later that week, something really interesting happened.

I had a medical exam that included measuring my height. I am fifty-one years of age and have been 5'6" tall for all of my adult life. It turns out, I am now 5'7". I have grown an inch (2.54 cm) taller. On this past Sunday, during praise and worship, I made the connection to our Scripture at the top. I have literally increased in stature.

This is more than a coincidence. The circumstance is unusual in itself---the timing is remarkable. I know the Scripture is referring to promotion; however, this is my personal confirmation to share this word.

Back to our word from God.

Our verse at the top comes from a story about Jesus when He was twelve years old. His family traveled to Jerusalem to attend the Passover (see Lu. 2:41-51). After the celebration, on their journey home, they realized Jesus was left behind. When they returned to Jerusalem they found Him with religious teachers, "both listening and asking questions" (Lu. 2:46). The story finishes with our verse at the top of this post.

This is a time for the body of Christ to increase in wisdom and stature, and also, favor with God and man.

We will receive it by listening and asking questions the same way Jesus did. One of the best places to do this is the communion table. The word communion means, "the sharing and exchanging of intimate thoughts"(1).  Take your Bible to the communion table and see how God answers your questions.

Be blessed!

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