Then Jesus said to them, “ Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “ Does this offend you?
From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “ Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
The call to the next level will always produce casualties. When Jesus called his disciples to a higher level of intimacy and commitment, many disciples were not mentally ready to make this migration. The problem was that there is a change in frequency as we get upwardly mobile with God. Adjustments have to be made if we are to get to the next level. Every level demands a new configuration. The next level will always demand a higher level of consecration. The disciples were witnesses of great miracles…they saw Jesus walk on the water; they saw him feed the five thousand; they saw him heal the sick; yet they were unable to follow through to the finish.
Greater levels of authority, power, wisdom, revelation, anointing lie at the next level….when you come into a place of ONENESS with Christ.
Jesus was even ready to dismiss the twelve disciples that were left standing.
He had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead, He can raise anyone to serve Him.
Those that remained with the Lord declared that “they have come to believe”.
This means we need to remain faithful. We need to be consistent in our relationship with Christ and His servants that He has appointed over our lives. This is a “long walk to freedom”. We will eventually “come to believe”.
Do not expect the bells to ring and the lights to start flashing immediately, but as we walk with Christ, we will come to believe that He is the Son of the Living God.
Lets go higher!
CCF INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From Thursday 6 September to Sunday 9 September 2012
with Dr S.Y.Govender, Ap Thamo Naidoo