2013 & Beyond
I humbly submit the following thoughts for your careful consideration. Holy Spirit has been clearly speaking to me this past year about what the Father is requiring of us and where we are going from here. Moving forward, I believe that the ‘how’ to proceed together can be discovered in these considerations. The ‘why’ will become self-evident to those of us who choose to go on and who continue to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit in the coming days.
Consideration-1 –What we are doing is not working that well, and if we are going make the necessary course corrections, we must man our post, batten down the hatches, and prepare for the coming perfect storm. Simply put, if we are going to survive and thrive in the coming days, months and years ahead, we must be willing to come together and rally around the common cause of Messiah. It is going to take a sea-worthy vessel and able seamen to go where we must in order to finish strong, make port, and reach our final destination.
Consideration-2 –What worked yesterday will not work today and it is tantamount to insanity to continue to do the same thing year after year expecting to experience different results. The reason that it will not work is because it does not represent the word of the Spirit for this season. It is expedient for us to continue to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit concerning His will and purpose for our lives and we should be living in the now; but praying, planning and preparing for a better tomorrow. All of us must be willing to drop what we are doing in order to embrace what He is saying and doing, and until such time we are on the same page concerning what represents His greater Kingdom purpose, we must be willing to do two basic things. We must continue to submit to the Father’s hand as He gently corrects and shows us a better way, and we must be willing to go through the fire in order to be purified, perfected and consumed. We also must remain humble and teachable in order to be a part of what He is presently doing in planet earth, and that will require patience and a greater understanding than we presently possess.
Consideration-3 The fivefold ordained ministry gifts of Yahshua need to consider that we are first sons of the same Father, brothers of the same family, and co-laborers and fellow-servants together with Him. One of the greatest hindrances to the forward progress of the modern day Ekklesia revolves around the fact that we have elevated our gifting’s, anointing’s and calling’s over the value and importance of the corporate expression. When our individual expression becomes more valuable than our corporate worth we bring dishonor to the Father’s house and depreciate the value of the work that we are doing together.
I appeal to apostles, apostolic types and leaders everywhere to consider that our personal mandates, messages and doctrines are no more important than Yahweh’s practical will and purpose for our lives, and while our gifting’s, anointings and callings are of great value to the Ekklesia, they are primarily foundational, pioneering and nurturing. What about all of the various shapes, sizes and colors of lively stones that make up the wall of the house that Yahshua has and is building?
I appeal to prophets, prophetic types and leaders everywhere to consider that we are one of many voices crying in the wilderness, and therefore not the only living oracles of Yahweh. And while our gifting’s, anointings and callings are of great value to the Ekklesia, they are primarily foundational, confirming and validating. What of the mature sons and disciples who are learning to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit for themselves, who no longer need our prophetic correction or direction?
Note: How long must we be trained and equipped before we are ready for the real works of service? This is the question that every true believer and son is asking in this day and hour and it demands a mature response.
I entreat apostles and prophets everywhere to begin to come together in their respective spheres of influence for the purpose of training and equipping the body of Messiah for the real works of service. Destiny is calling for us to be joined and aligned in the work and the dynamic that apostolic/prophetic ministries bring to the table is unquestionably, a glorious demonstration of the awesome power of Yahweh.
I appeal to the evangelist, evangelistic types and leaders everywhere to consider that you are not alone in your quest to reach the lost, and while most of us do not spend every waking moment fine-tuning our soul-winning techniques and strategies, we do have heart to for the people of our worlds. Your part is essential to the growth and maturation of the body of Messiah and while your gifting’s anointing’s and calling’s are of great value to the Ekklesia, they are primarily outreach oriented in nature. Sharing your story and the message of the cross is your main focus; but it should not be limited to foreign crusades and revival meetings.
I entreat you to join with us in the local and regional work within your sphere of influence and help us train and equip the saints for the real works of service. That will include sharing your story and showing others how to openly share theirs. It will involve imparting your heart through hands-on practical ministry. Evangelism is less about fishing for men and more about loving people where they are and being salt and light to your world. If you reach their hearts and touch their lives, they will come onboard without a fight.
I appeal to the pastors, pastoral types and leaders everywhere to consider that caring for the flock is not your responsibility alone. Their health and wellbeing is dependent upon their being properly related to the apostles and prophets in your region. It is also important to understand that while their primary care may fall to you, that having local and regional elders sharing leadership responsibility can only add credibility and strength to the work. If training and equipping the saints for the real works of service is the ultimate goal, then they need to receive the impartation and grace of all of the gifts of Yahshua to the Ekklesia. If growing up and maturing are important then they need to have accountable leadership and a safe house in which to grow and flourish. We all must remember that while we are all shepherds in Israel that the sheep are not our personal property. They are the sheep of His pasture and people of tribe, and it would do us all good to remember to handle His bride with the utmost honor and respect.
I entreat pastors, pastoral types and leaders everywhere to begin to recognize and receive the various gifting’s and anointing’s within your spheres of influence, and where possible relate to apostles and prophets in your region.
You will discover that they carry a word and grace that is very different from your own, but they will be deliver it in a way that will both challenge and impact the people under your care.
I appeal to the teachers, teaching types and leaders everywhere to consider that your meticulous line-upon-line teaching of the scripture is important to the learning the fundamental basics of the Scripture; but it is your revelatory knowledge and understanding that brings to life the Word in the heart of every disciple. And while your gifting’s, anointing’s and calling’s are of great value to the Ekklesia, they are primarily for instructional purposes.
I entreat teachers, teaching types and leaders everywhere to conduct bible studies and seminars. From the class room to the coffee shop you can help us train and equip the saints for the real works of service. Your part is germane to the growth and development of the local work, and it may be that you will be able to function well the apostles and prophets in your region.