5. Doing Everything according to the Leading, Working, and Speaking of the Spirit, Honoring the Lord as the Head of the Body for His Unique Move, and Being Balanced by the Body to Be Kept in Its Unique Oneness
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Scripture Reading: Acts 1:14; 2:2-4a, 14; 4:8; 6:5, 10; 8:29-30, 39; 13:1-4a, 9; 15:28; 16:6-7, 9

Acts 1:14      These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Acts 2:2        And suddenly there was a sound out of heaven, as of a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:3        And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which were distributed; and it sat on each one of them;

Acts 2:4a       And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…

Acts 2:14      But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke forth to them: Men of Judea, and all who are dwelling in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.

Acts 4:8        Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders,

Acts 6:5        And the word pleased all the multitude; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch,

Acts 6:10      Yet they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

Acts 8:29      And the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.

Acts 8:30      And when Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, Do you really know the things that you are reading?

Acts 8:39      And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away; and the eunuch did not see him anymore, for he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 13:1      Now there were in Antioch, in the local church, prophets and teachers: Barnabas and Simeon, who was called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen, the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Acts 13:2      And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.

Acts 13:3      Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Acts 13:4a     They then, having been sent out by the Holy Spirit,…

Acts 13:9      But Saul, who is also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

Acts 15:28    For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

Acts 16:6      And they passed through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.

Acts 16:7      And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.

Acts 16:9      And a vision appeared to Paul during the night: A certain man, a Macedonian, was standing and entreating him and saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us.

 

I.     Everything we do must be according to the leading, working, and speaking of the Spirit; the best thing done for God becomes a religion if it has nothing to do with the Spirit:

A.     At the beginning of Acts, the one hundred twenty did not form anything, start anything, initiate anything, or intend to do anything; rather, they prayed again and again for ten days (1:14); their prayer was absolutely in the Spirit.

Acts 1:14      These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

B.     Then, to their surprise, the Spirit was poured out upon them, and they became a people wholly in the Spirit; from that time onward, whatever they did, whatever they said, and wherever they went were utterly matters in the Spirit:

1. On the day of Pentecost, when Peter stood up with the eleven and spoke, he did not speak without the Spirit; rather, Peter was filled with the Spirit—2:2-4a, 14.

Acts 2:2        And suddenly there was a sound out of heaven, as of a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:3        And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which were distributed; and it sat on each one of them;

Acts 2:4a       And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…

Acts 2:14      But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke forth to them: Men of Judea, and all who are dwelling in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.

2. When Peter spoke to the religious leaders in Acts 4, he was again filled with the Holy Spirit—v. 8.

Acts 4:8        Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders,

3. Stephen also was a man filled with the Holy Spirit (6:5); no one was able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke (v. 10); Stephen was a person living, speaking, and ministering in the Spirit.

Acts 6:5        And the word pleased all the multitude; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch,

Acts 6:10      Yet they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

4. Philip preached the gospel in the Spirit; he did not determine or make a decision to do this preaching; he was simply living and walking in the Spirit:

a. Thus, when the Spirit told him to join the Ethiopian in the chariot, Philip ran to him—8:29-30.

Acts 8:29      And the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.

Acts 8:30      And when Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, Do you really know the things that you are reading?

b. After Philip had preached the gospel to the eunuch and had baptized him, he did not intend to go away; the Spirit, however, “caught Philip away”—v. 39.

Acts 8:39      And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away; and the eunuch did not see him anymore, for he went on his way rejoicing.

c. Where Philip, an evangelist, was to go did not depend on his decision; instead, it depended upon the leading of the Spirit; the Spirit led Philip to preach the gospel to the eunuch, and it was the Spirit who caught Philip away after he had preached to him.

II.   We are not in a movement but in the living move of the Holy Spirit:

A.     All of us, especially the young people, must be impressed that in the Spirit there is no such thing as a movement; the Spirit must take the lead, the Spirit must do the work, the Spirit must do the speaking, and the Spirit must even do our living:

1. We, the people in the church, must be those who are absolutely saturated with the Spirit and absolutely one with the Spirit; if so, whatever we say is the Spirit’s speaking, whatever we do is the Spirit’s doing, and whatever we work is the Spirit’s working.

2. In the book of Acts we do not see any kind of movement; instead, we see the leading, working, and speaking of the Spirit.

3. Everything that took place in the book of Acts was according to the living Spirit; nothing took place according to man-made decisions.

B.     In Acts 13 the prophets and teachers did not call a conference to discuss and decide matters; instead, as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them”—vv. 1-4a:

Acts 13:1      Now there were in Antioch, in the local church, prophets and teachers: Barnabas and Simeon, who was called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen, the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Acts 13:2      And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.

Acts 13:3      Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Acts 13:4a     They then, having been sent out by the Holy Spirit,…

1. This was absolutely a move by the Spirit, in the Spirit, and with the Spirit through the coordination of the faithful and seeking members of the Body of Christ on the earth with the Head in the heavens.

2. Hence, this was not a religious movement with a human schedule; it was initiated by a group of members of the Body of Christ, who gave the Head of the Body an opportunity through their ministering and fasting, that He, as the Spirit, might set two of them apart to carry out His great commission to spread His kingdom for the establishing of His church in the Gentile world through the preaching of the gospel.

C.     In the book of Acts there is nothing of a movement; there is just the living move of the living person of Jesus, and this living person is the Holy Spirit:

1. When Barnabas and Saul (Paul) were confronting a sorcerer, a false prophet, we are told that Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak to him—13:9-10.

Acts 13:9      But Saul, who is also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

Acts 13:10    And said, O you who are full of all deceit and all unscrupulousness, son of the devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?

2. Acts 13:2 mentions Barnabas before Saul; however, it was Paul who took the lead to speak; Barnabas and Paul did not hold a conference in which Barnabas said, “From now on you will be the speaker, and I will be the helper.”

Acts 13:2      And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.

3. There was no human discussion or decision; rather, there was the move of the living person, the Holy Spirit; the one who was filled with the Spirit did the speaking—v. 9.

Acts 13:9      But Saul, who is also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

D.     The only conference in the book of Acts took place in chapter 15; the apostles and elders came together to take care of a certain matter, and verse 28 says, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us”:

Acts 15:1      And certain men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers, Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.

Acts 15:2      And when no little dissension and discussion with them came about through Paul and Barnabas, the brothers directed Paul and Barnabas and certain others among them to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this question.

Acts 15:3      They therefore, having been sent forward by the church, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, telling in detail about the turning of the Gentiles; and they brought great joy to all the brothers.

Acts 15:4      And when they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared the things that God had done with them.

Acts 15:5      But certain men from the sect of the Pharisees who had believed rose up from among them, saying, It is necessary to circumcise them and to charge them to keep the law of Moses.

Acts 15:6      And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter.

Acts 15:7      And when much discussion had taken place, Peter rose up and said to them, Men, brothers, you know that from the early days God chose from among you that through my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

Acts 15:8      And God, the Knower of hearts, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit even as also to us;

Acts 15:9      And He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.

Acts 15:10    Therefore why are you now testing God by placing a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Acts 15:11    But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus we are saved in the same way also as they are.

Acts 15:12    And all the multitude became silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul relating all the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.

Acts 15:13    And when they finished speaking, James answered, saying, Men, brothers, listen to me.

Acts 15:14    Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles to take out from them a people for His name.

Acts 15:15    And with this the words of the prophets agree, even as it is written,

Acts 15:16    "After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen; and I will rebuild its ruins and erect it again,

Acts 15:17    So that the remainder of men may seek out the Lord, even all the Gentiles upon whom My name has been called,

Acts 15:18    Says the Lord, who is making these things known from of old."

Acts 15:19    Therefore I judge that we do not harass those from the Gentiles who are turning to God,

Acts 15:20    But that we write to them to abstain from the contaminations of idols and fornication and what is strangled and blood.

Acts 15:21    For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who proclaim him in the synagogues, he being read every Sabbath.

Acts 15:22    It then seemed good to the apostles and the elders with the whole church to choose men from among them to send to Antioch together with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, who is called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers,

Acts 15:23    Writing to them and sending by their hand the following: The apostles and the elder brothers, to the brothers throughout Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are of the Gentiles, rejoice.

Acts 15:24    Since we have heard that certain ones who went out from among us have troubled you with their words, unsettling your souls, to whom we gave no instruction,

Acts 15:25    It seemed good to us, having become of one accord, to choose men to send to you together with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 15:26    Men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:27    Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will report the same things by word of mouth.

Acts 15:28    For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

Acts 15:29    To abstain from things that have been sacrificed to idols and blood and things strangled and fornication, from which if you carefully keep yourselves, you will do well. May you be strong.

Acts 15:30    So when they had been sent away, they went down to Antioch; and when they had gathered the multitude together, they handed them the letter.

Acts 15:31    And when they read it, they rejoiced at the encouragement.

Acts 15:32    And Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, exhorted the brothers through much speaking and confirmed them.

1. The conference had no chairman; the presiding One was the Spirit, who is the pneumatic Christ, the Head of the church (Col. 1:18) and the Lord of all (Acts 10:36).

Col 1:18        And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;

Acts 10:36    The word which He sent to the sons of Israel in announcing the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ (this One is Lord of all)

2. Paul, Barnabas, and certain others went to Jerusalem, because Jerusalem was the source from which the heretical teaching concerning circumcision came (15:1-2, 5-6); according to God’s New Testament economy, there is no headquarters for God’s move on earth and no head church that controls other churches.

Acts 15:1      And certain men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers, Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.

Acts 15:2      And when no little dissension and discussion with them came about through Paul and Barnabas, the brothers directed Paul and Barnabas and certain others among them to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this question.

Acts 15:5      But certain men from the sect of the Pharisees who had believed rose up from among them, saying, It is necessary to circumcise them and to charge them to keep the law of Moses.

Acts 15:6      And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter.

3. The headquarters of God’s move in His New Testament economy is in the heavens (Rev. 4:2-3; 5:1; Dan. 4:26), and the One who rules over all the churches is Christ, the Head of the church (Col. 1:18; Rev. 2:1).

Rev 4:2         Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting;

Rev 4:3         And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance, and there was a rainbow around the throne like an emerald in appearance.

Rev 5:1         And I saw on the right hand of Him who sits upon the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.

Dan 4:26       And in that it was commanded that the stump of roots of the tree be left, your kingdom will be assured to you after you have come to know that the heavens do rule.

Col 1:18        And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;

Rev 2:1         To the messenger of the church in Ephesus write: These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, He who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:

III.  We must honor the Lord as the Head of the Body for His unique move:

A.     We must learn from the book of Acts and from the experience of the apostles and elders in Acts 15 never to make decisions on our own; furthermore, we should not make suggestions to others or give instructions to them; none of us is qualified to do this.

Acts 15:32    And Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, exhorted the brothers through much speaking and confirmed them.

Acts 15:33    And when they had spent some time there, they were sent away with peace from the brothers to those who had sent them.

Acts 15:34    But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.

Acts 15:35    And Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and announcing the word of the Lord as the gospel with many others also.

Acts 15:36    Now after some days Paul said to Barnabas, Let us return now and visit the brothers in every city in which we announced the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.

Acts 15:37    And Barnabas intended to take John, who is called Mark, along with them also;

Acts 15:38    But Paul did not consider it suitable to take with them this one who withdrew from them in Pamphylia and did not go with them to the work.

Acts 15:39    And there was a sharp contention, so that they separated from each other; and Barnabas, taking Mark along, sailed away to Cyprus.

Acts 15:40    But Paul chose Silas and went out, having been commended to the grace of the Lord by the brothers.

Acts 15:41    And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

B.     We are not the Lord or the Master, and we are not the Lord of the harvest (Luke 10:2; John 4:35); only the Lord Jesus is the Lord of the harvest; He is the Master and the Head of the Body, and we must honor Him by not making decisions in ourselves.

Luke 10:2     And He said to them, The harvest is great, but the workers few; therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest that He would thrust out workers into His harvest.

John 4:35      Do you not say that there are yet four months and then the harvest comes? Behold, I tell you, Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are already white for harvest.

C.     Many times we have made decisions for others and have given instructions to them, but instead of doing this, we must pray, fast, and wait on the Lord.

D.     We should say to Him, “Lord, You are my Master and the Head of the Body; I am neither qualified nor do I have the position and the authority to make decisions or give orders to others; Lord, I am waiting on You; I want to know Your will and Your heart; Lord, I want to know what You want me to do and what You want my fellow workers to do; Lord, I ask You what You want the churches to do.”

E.      We all must have this attitude; otherwise, we will insult the Lord, and eventually, He will give us up; the headship is assigned solely to Christ; only He has the headship, and only He is the unique Leader—Eph. 1:10, 22; Col. 2:10; 1 Cor. 11:3; Matt. 23:8-12.

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Col 2:10        And you have been made full in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority.

1 Cor 11:3     But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ.

Matt 23:8      But you, do not be called Rabbi, for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.

Matt 23:9      And do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in the heavens.

Matt 23:10    Neither be called instructors, because One is your Instructor, the Christ.

Matt 23:11    And the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Matt 23:12    And he who will exalt himself shall be humbled, and he who will humble himself shall be exalted.

F.      Traditional Christianity has lost the Lord’s presence because many of those in Christianity have made themselves the Lord of the harvest, the masters of the work; we must not repeat this tragedy—cf. 2 Cor. 2:12-17.

2 Cor 2:12     Furthermore, when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and a door was open to me in the Lord,

2 Cor 2:13     I had no rest in my spirit, for I did not find Titus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.

2 Cor 2:14     But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.

2 Cor 2:15     For we are a fragrance of Christ to God in those who are being saved and in those who are perishing:

2 Cor 2:16     To some a savor out of death unto death, and to the others a savor out of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

2 Cor 2:17     For we are not like the many, adulterating the word of God for profit; but as out of sincerity, but as out of God, before God we speak in Christ.

G.     Although the Lord has burdened us to go out to preach the gospel of the kingdom to the whole inhabited earth (Matt. 24:14), we must not turn this into a movement:

Matt 24:14    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

1. Any decisions that we make by ourselves for others are an insult to the Spirit; if we have done this, we must repent and, if necessary, ask the others to forgive us because we gave them instructions about what they should do.

2. None of us should ever tell others where they should go; what an insult this is to the Lord!

3. If we were to do this, there would be no need for the others to pray; instead, they would simply act on our word; to do this is to usurp the position of the Lord and to make ourselves the Lord; this is the greatest insult to the Lord.

4. We need to help the others to contact the Lord; young brothers and sisters, you need to pray; a person can be moved to join a movement and not have any personal contact with the Lord.

5. We may be burdened and led of the Lord to work on the campuses, but the young people must bring this matter to the Lord, pray, and offer themselves to the Lord once again, saying, “Lord, I want to go on with You; Lord, where do You want me to go?”

6. Everyone must pray until he is clear about the Lord’s leading; everyone must be brought into the presence of the Lord to contact Him.

7. The Lord may be moving to the campuses, and He may lead many to go, but perhaps in His sovereignty He will not allow you to go; this will be a proof that what is taking place among us is not a movement but absolutely a matter of the Lord’s leading.

8. We all must go into the presence of the Lord and pray for some time; we are not in any kind of movement; everything must be brought into the presence of the Lord.

9. We all must learn this lesson that no one can go to the Lord for someone else; this is the clergy-laity hierarchy; even the newest one among us must still go to the Lord himself.

10. Eventually, we all should be able to say, “I am going to this place because I have inquired of the Lord, and He has led me to go there”; but we must never go somewhere because a certain brother has encouraged us to do so.

11. Never tell anyone where he should go; instead, we must have the assurance that the Lord is leading; otherwise, we will be in a movement, and there will be no spiritual value in what we do; whenever we act on the leading of the Lord, we never regret it.

12. God’s New Testament economy is a matter of the Spirit:

a. Acts 16:6 says that Paul and those with him were “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia”; when they were trying to go into Bithynia, “the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (v. 7).

Acts 16:6      And they passed through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.

Acts 16:7      And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.

b. Eventually, a vision appeared to Paul during the night, and a certain man, a Macedonian, was standing and entreating him, saying, “Come over into Macedonia and help us” (v. 9).

Acts 16:9      And a vision appeared to Paul during the night: A certain man, a Macedonian, was standing and entreating him and saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us.

c. By this we see that the apostles walked and worked not according to their own decisions but only according to the Lord’s leading; if we work according to our own decision, we exalt ourselves to be the Lord.

d. Everyone in the Lord’s recovery must go directly to the Lord and pray; do not ask someone else what you must do; none of us is the Lord; only Jesus Christ is the Lord, and we all must inquire of Him: “Lord, where should I go?”

e. Do not say as a mere slogan, “I am following the flow”; the real flow is the Lord Himself; how wrong it is to stir up a movement—that is an insult to the Lord!

f. Concerning any move we make in the Lord’s recovery, we must go directly to the Lord Himself and pray; we must have the assurance that the Lord is sending us; none of us should give instructions to others or make decisions for others.

g. Now is the time for us to have a genuine turn before the Lord; we must say, “Lord, we don’t want to offend You or insult You; we want to honor You as our Head and as our Lord by waiting on You for Your leading.”

h. This is the Lord’s recovery, not a repetition of the pitiful history of Christianity; do not take orders from anyone, and do not give orders to anyone; go to the Lord and pray; this is the proper way.

IV.  For the Lord’s move we also need to be balanced by the Body:

A.     Suppose the leading ones, after much prayer, are truly burdened about a certain matter; what they should do then is, through fellowship, pass on their burden to the saints and ask the saints to pray.

B.     Eventually, the saints will receive a personal leading from the Lord, and they may move accordingly; in this way no one will be individualistic or rebellious.

C.     The Spirit and the Body keep us in balance; we need to check whether or not the leading we have from the Lord corresponds to the feeling of the Body.

D.     The leading ones may say, “Saints, we feel burdened of the Lord to share with you that some of you may need to move to a certain city; we ask you to please pray thoroughly about this matter.”

E.      Eventually, some may be burdened by the Lord and led by Him to go to a certain place, and others may be burdened to go to a different place.

F.      Fellowship follows prayer; after we have had prayer and fellowship, then we will be clear regarding the Lord’s leading.

G.     If we do not pray and have fellowship with others, we insult the Lord and usurp His position; furthermore, if we move to a place without prayer and fellowship, we will be shaken when the tests, afflictions, and persecutions come.

H.     If we pray and fellowship, we honor the Lord as the Head of the Body, and we will also have the assurance that it is the Lord who is leading us; then after we move to a certain place, we will have the assurance that the Lord sent us there, and we will never regret our move no matter what the outward situation may be—cf. Col. 2:19.

Col 2:19        And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.

I.       We will be so assured that our being there is the Lord’s will and leading that we will be ready to die there; we will not only have the assurance but also be strengthened and endued with the Lord’s authority.

V.   In the churches and with the saints we must care for two elements—the Spirit and the Body—Eph. 4:4a:

Eph 4:4a       One Body and one Spirit,…

A.     We must ask, “Is this the Spirit?” and “Is this for the Body, or does this cause division?”

B.     We must be certain that what we are doing is in the Spirit and that it takes care of the unique oneness of the Body of Christ.

C.     To be in the Spirit and in the unique oneness of the Body is to be kept in the Lord’s recovery.

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