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On Saturday, July 22nd at the Temple of Solomon in Brazil, Bishop Edir Macedo held a special meeting with bishops and pastors from Brazil and the world in order to cry out in prayer for those who trust in God throughout the nations.
Before making the prayer, the bishop read a biblical passage that says, “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ And he gave him a tithe of all.” (Genesis 14:18-20)
He explained: “When Melchizedek blessed Abraham, he passed on to him his divine nature because he was king of Salem, king of justice, to also make him into a priest. So that through Abraham, God would constitute a Kingdom of Priests.”
The bishop emphasized and alerted that being a priest is much more than being any kind of authority inside of the church; for God, the priest is the one who carries a divine nature within, authority, the power to bless other people who are not priests, those who do not know the Light. “Abraham did not go to meet Melchizedek, but the other way around. Also, we did not go to encounter Jesus, but Jesus came to us. He chose us.”
The same happened with many others, including Gideon. Gideon did not go to meet the angel, but the angel came to meet Gideon. David did not go to meet God, but God met David and so forth. According to the Bishop, the fact that cannot be left aside is that it was God Who made us priests as Melchizedek. “We were not called to satisfy our desires, or to heal, to set the captive free only, but to be priests. As priests, we have an obligation to be a righteous person, just as Melchizedek was, that is, without sin, to live a clean, upright life, to perform the priesthood of the highest. We have an obligation to be washed, purified in the blood of the High Priest Jesus,” he highlighted.
The Bishop also warned that the reason why many pastors fail morally is that they carry sin within themselves: malice, love for this world, personal vanity, the desire to be recognized among other people, everything the kingdom of this world wants. “If you have been a failure, it is good that you make an assessment of your life. Evaluate your thoughts, your intentions, evaluate yourself. We are here to cry out for the people, but before that, we have to cry out for those who are doing the Work of God in a relaxed way and doing it only for economic, personal reasons, because of the family, and not for spiritual reasons.” After this word, the Bishop called to the front of the Altar those who wanted to be free of all these evil feelings and seek for a spiritual renewal.
Then he cried out together with the bishops and pastor for all the people on the Altar of the Temple, determining by faith: “Let loved ones, family members, be transformed, let there be prosperity, restoration, miracles, may the name of the Lord Jesus be exalted in all the nations.”
(Translated and adapted from text by Cinthia Meibach)