Welcome to “Fellowship of the White Path”, path without end, and I mean that literally, because I am going to start sharing what we are teaching in our group meetings. Small though we be, like the wren in my story of Flapless, we think big, we think outside the box, and God has laid it on my heart to make the teachings of our meetings available for anyone who is teachable and has a heart to learn. We all like to think we are strong in the Lord, but are we?
My last two articles were about a spiritual surrender to God’s Holy Wind. To live like the sailboat, not the motorboat; and the eagle, not the sparrow. But in our Fellowship we are about to look at what it means to be “Strong in the Lord”. And true to what I previously wrote, as I was in morning prayers my Lord impressed with a Wind current saying, “Make the teachings of the Fellowship available to whosoever will.” (I knew God meant the blogsite, because our group meetings already are available to whosoever will.)
When it comes to the Fellowship, God told me not to worry about the numbers. You might remember David got in serious trouble with God when he numbered the people. God says “He” adds to the Church those who should be saved. He tells us we can sow and water, but the “increase” is His responsibility. What He “IS” concerned about, that thing that “IS” our responsibility, is how we are growing His spiritual children. What is our discipleship? What are we teaching? What kind of pastures are we leading the sheep to for grazing in? What kind of warriors are we growing? This “IS” our responsibility >
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the Apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors, and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-12)
These verses are immediately followed by scriptures explaining about “unity” and no longer being like “immature children”. Clearly the “building up” that is spoken of has to do with “spiritual growth and discipleship”, rather than a concern for “numbers”. God says we have this responsibility of how we raise the children.
So…I surrender to the Wind, and I have no concern about numbers, but I am very concerned about where I lead people to graze! And the thing that breaks my heart everywhere I turn, the need I see that is so great, is an understanding of our PRIESTHOOD! Our spiritual armor is directly connected to our priesthood. Are we strong in the Lord?!
The reason we are so prone to the “7 Deadly Sins”, ( and yes, we are officially back into that topic), is because the king has no clothes! We CANNOT take God’s Armor of Light for granted and expect to be strong in the Lord. You simply are not! I want to look at that armor as it relates to our priesthood in Christ. Jesus said the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. If their is no armor covering your flesh, because you have not developed such disciplines, then you are weak! But you can be strong, if your teachable.
I find myself emphasizing that question so much in this modern day. Are you teachable? What is God’s wilderness and what is his Promised Land of faith and Spirit? Most of that first generation died in the wilderness. The old man had to die! The old man understands little of God’s true Promised Land.
The book of Ephesians will be our main focus. I will be taking our “Fellowship of the White Path” through this very article I am writing. You will be reading the same material I will share with them. I like the above picture of spiritual armor, but I actually picture our armor as something more like this next picture.
Of course this is the Marvel character of Ironman. This character is fiction, but our Armor of Light is not. If God has made something even greater than the imagination that spawned Ironman, if he has made such armor available to us, and indeed, encased us within it, then what is the proper care and maintenance thereof? How do we keep this armor fully charged? For scriptures make it plain that we can be drained. Just ask the five foolish virgins.
Also consider this, Satan sees the invisible. We do not. You may not see yourself walking around encased in a sacred armor, but Satan does. He also sees those who are walking around naked, or near to naked. While we look not at that which is seen! Always consider what Satan sees more than what your flesh and blood eyes perceive.
This is where I’m taking our little flock of Fellowship of the White Path to graze. Our focus Bible book will be Ephesians. Our focus questions will be: 1.) How do I stay strong in the Lord? 2.) Am I teachable? 3.) What charges this armor and keeps it at full power? 4.) What is this Priesthood thing I’ve been born into by the blood of Christ?
I have never been a part of role play games such as Dungeons and Dragons, and whatever else is out there, including the many video games. I know little of these things, except they can be poisonous and consume much time. But I have learned some games have the “Priest” character, and as such they have certain powers. How many of us have neglected the powers of our Priesthood in out pursuit of an earthly kingdom, a false theology of kingship? Is that all you know in Christ? Has that been your focus? Priesthood is more powerful than any false teaching of kingship. How well do you know the powers of Priesthood? God’s favor about us as a shield, as Armor!
Well… that’s where Grandpa White Feather is leading his little flock. God has promised our needs will be met. That is what God hath said. He has also said there are many mansions “in heaven”. I’m not in heaven yet, and neither is my flock. Paul accused one group of people that they had begun to reign without him! I’ll stay with Paul, thank you, because he stayed with Jesus. This is where Fellowship of the White Path is going, and you can go with us if you like, right here at “Path Without End”. I don’t know how many of you God is speaking to, to follow? That does not matter to me. Not my responsibility in a time when people seek someone to itch their ear. But where we are going. That’s what concerns me. That’s where God will hold me accountable. Not for numbers, but for what this teacher teaches.
John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness, ushering in the coming of Christ. History is repeating.