14 Give a warm welcome to any brother who wants to join you, even though his faith is weak. Don’t criticize him for having different ideas from yours about what is right and wrong.[a] 2 For instance, don’t argue with him about whether or not to eat meat that has been offered to idols. You may believe there is no harm in this, but the faith of others is weaker; they think it is wrong and will go without any meat at all and eat vegetables rather than eat that kind of meat. 3 Those who think it is all right to eat such meat must not look down on those who won’t. And if you are one of those who won’t, don’t find fault with those who do. For God has accepted them to be his children. 4 They are God’s servants, not yours. They are responsible to him, not to you. Let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. And God is able to make them do as they should.
Romans 14 1-4
Revival is in the air. In the past two weeks I have seen and heard “apostles” starting to speak boldly and stepping out to minister to and teach others what they have learned.
A lot of long time ministers, apostles, prophets, etc. are literally freaking out. They don’t know what to make of it and a lot of them are warning against following or listening to these people.
I have been praying about it and God is giving me a bit of knowledge as to how to understand it. I want to share a bit about what I am hearing from God.
First of all this is how it should be. Anybody who has been saved for over 5 years or more should not be CONSTANTLY seeking someone to “feed” and minister to them. A new Christian, like a new baby, is on formula. By the time they are 5 years old they should be eating meat.
Yes, a lot of them have things they need to work out. If they are now serious with God, God will give them the desire to do that.
I once heard a story from an older person who spent years being a missionary. He was so pleased in a young man he met. The man was in love with Jesus. He soon begin to go out with the ministry team to pray for people and instantly the people were healed.
Since they had an important ministry trip coming up the older man told his team to go get the man to come with them. They told the man, “Unfortunately, he has started drinking again.” The older man was wise enough to know the drunk man had the anointing of God, but his flesh was weak.
The older man went into town, found the younger man drunk in a bar. He dragged him out and took him to a store, bought him decent clothes and then took him to a barber shop to have him cleaned up. Then, he took the man on the mission trip. The others on the team couldn’t understand what the older minister was doing. Frankly, several of them were jealous of the treatment the weak Christian got from the minister.
As it turned out the man was greatly used by the Lord on the mission trip and his life was so touched he was never found drunk in a bar again. His anointing was so strong he would lay hands on someone and they would fall, full of the spirit, and wake totally and completely whole in mind, body and spirit.
The definition of an “apostle” is someone who carries the mission of Christ to his or her world. It appears God is raising up a lot of new ones. That’s good because there is a hurting world that needs hope today, more then ever.
Yes, a lot of earthly wisdom comes with age. Wisdom is learned by making a lot of mistakes. Elders must be respected and not cast aside. Abraham live a long life and God used in through the entirety of it. Knowledge however can be learned through studying the word and apply it in our life. Give them a chance. The knowledge is there, the deep wisdom will come.
The older teachers, ministers and apostles should be mentors to the new ones. The new ones need to be respectful of the elders and not arrogantly casting them aside as being old and no longer relevant.
In His Unconditional Love,