"Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26

That Which is Missing From The Body Of Christ

genesisThe Fear of the Lord is what is missing and the presence of God. (Proverbs 9:10) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding. (Proverbs 1:7) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 15:33) The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility. (Proverbs 9:11) For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. Whatever does not have the fear of the Lord in it is unwise and foolish, temporary and vain; it is doomed to fail. Whatever does not have the fear of the Lord in it has to wisdom in it.  Whatever does not have wisdom does not have the Lord in it! When we realize that wisdom in chapter 8 and 9 of Proverbs is the personification of the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we understand that wherever there is no wisdom, there is no Presence, no strength, no authority and no substance! And something more: wherever there is no Fear of God there is fear of man and where the fear of man is there is a well laid trap! (Proverbs 29:25a) “The fear of man bringeth a snare:” Things should not be so in the body of Christ, the Church of the living God, the bride of Christ. Where the fear of the Lord is there is strong confidence: (Proverbs 29:25b) “but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” There is a great need for the Church to turn back to its first love, holiness, and the fear of God: our strong confidence. We need to start doing the work of God without any fear of man, in the Holy fear of God, and to show high standards of holiness and commitment with such a passion for God that we’ll make everyone next to us be jealous and want the same kind of relationship. The fear of the Lord always puts us and keeps us in a life of holiness.  We don’t live a life of holiness to get saved, but because we are saved!  No one can live a holy life if he is not saved.  Holiness is a fruit of being born again and not of human efforts; the work of God, not of man… we can’t brag about something that’s not ours, but we can place ourselves in something that is His! (Luke 6:44) “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.” Every believer receives strength from the Holy Spirit to live a Holy consecrated life. So let’s give ourselves to the strength of the Holy Spirit and honor the Holy God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in word, thought and deed. Our life and our testimony as believers, as individuals and as a church as a whole, should boldly declare the word of God, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the blood and the name of Jesus. Holiness is what happened to us when we were born again and it is continuing in our lives with the blood of Jesus as we walk towards the light! (1John 1:7) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Holiness is a pure state of genuiness and an identity of our Holy God. The fear of the Lord puts us in His holiness.  Let’s get to know the Lord like never before in an exciting life of passion for Him! What is missing from the body of Christ needs to get back into place!   (All Scripture taken from the King James Bible.)   Written by Pastor Sophocles Christodoulou
APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST