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The Initiator

God’s life initiates and that comes through a man (1 Timothy 2:5). Man was given, through the amazing plan of Genesis 3, the power to initiate. That is a tremendous gift from God. His initiation was designed to have its life-source in the authority of the Spirit of love. His initiation would be discerning and not simply a persuasive means to apprehend his own selfish end. So many times, there is a good initiator in terms of Adam’s soulish potential to get what he wants, but a definite failure to have the authority of love initiated with an eternal purpose. With the authority of love, the initiation is timely with the weights of balance that come forth from the Lord’s bag (Proverbs 16:11).

Who can challenge the Lord’s initiation? We rejoice as we perceive it! For how could we touch the Lord’s anointed (1 Samuel 24:10)? He is God’s man and God’s initiator. The discernment and sensitivity of God’s initiator is the revelation of the quality of his delegation. It is obnoxious when a man initiates order without living in the order of initiation. He initiates what has to be done without revealing the life to do it. We initiate as it is fit in the Lord. Consequently, we submit as it is fit in the Lord, in the order of love. It is better to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). Thank God, today, that we in our response are personally responsible to men, but are established in God’s order to always live unto the Lord with Him as our continual initiator. He takes priority always.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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