The Fellowship of the Mystery

  • Concerning the fellowship of the mystery of the brotherhood and our ONENESS in Messiah Yahshua.

Ephesians 3:1-12 For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah) for you Gentiles. You may have heard of the administration (stewardship NASB) of the grace of God (Elohim) which was given me for you, how by revelation He made known to me the mystery, as I have written briefly already, by which, when you read it, you may understand my knowledge of the mystery of Christ(Messiah),  which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members, and partakers of the promise in Christ (Messiah) by the gospel. Of this I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God (Elohim) given to me by the effective working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the incomprehensible riches of Christ (Messiah), and to reveal for all people what is the fellowship (administration NASB) of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God (Yahweh), who created all things through Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah),  so that now the manifold wisdom of God (Yahweh) might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He completed in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Messiah Yahshua our Sovereign) in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. MEV

  • Administration = The way forward

“In essentials unity, in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity or love”

1). The first part has to do with what it really means to be a believer and follower of Yahshua. (Essentials)

Note: The reason that we still have a problem with understanding the fellowship of the mystery is because we are content with only embracing those who look, sound and act like us.

2). The second part has to do with perspectives, preferences and persuasions. (Non-Essentials)

Note: The truth is, we will never understand the fellowship of the mystery until we are willing to embrace those who don’t look, sound or act like us.

3). The third part has to do with receiving one another in love with grace and consideration. (In all things)

Note: While many of us claim to love the brotherhood we are still separated and divided by walls, barriers and buttresses.

Questions:

1). If we really agree with the prayer of Yahshua in John 17:23, and we fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our oneness, how can we then continue to be divided over non-essentials?

2). If we truly love one another as He love us, how can we allow ourselves to be separated by disunity.

{Unless and until we are willing to relate beyond our petty differences, nothing much will change about our lives together in Him. Diversity is the spice of life and unity cannot be achieved without controversy, conflict, concession & compromise. Simply put, we need one another, and we are better together.}

“The things that unite us are more important than the things that divide us”

Note: The short list below are things that we have in common and it behooves all of us to find points of agreement around which we can begin to fellowship and relate with one another…

  • We are ALL part of the New Creation or we are NOT! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Yahshua (Jesus) is Sovereign (Lord) or He is NOT! (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)
  • He has given us the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
  • There is ONE BODY and ONE SPIRIT, just as also you were called in ONE HOPE of your calling; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD and FATHER of ALL who is over ALL and through ALL and in ALL. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
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Priesthood of Believers -vs- Clergy/Laity Separation

Re: Priesthood of Believers -vs-  Clergy/Laity Separation

We are all prophets, princes, and priest of own homes and families.

We are all porters and gatekeepers of our own hearts. minds and souls.

We are a part of the first-born company of last generation believers.

Note: As it pertains to worship, calling and election we all have direct access to Yahweh through the Spirit, the Word and the Blood.

Note; We do not need an intermediary or go-between in order to boldly go before the throne of Yahweh. Yahshua was our intermediary and He is our confessor, and intercessor.

Holy Spirit is our comforter and help in time of need. He is the revelator of all TRUTH.

We all have a place in the Father’s House.

“If is the responsibility of every son to catch and embrace the Father’s heart and Spirit in their lifetime. ”

We all have part in the ongoing work, and that according to His appointment and purpose.

We are sons of the same Father and brothers of the same family.

We are the movement!
We are the next wave!
We are the glory bringing hope!

Join the Movement!
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Clergy/Laity Separation has   served to produce spectators and participants instead of partakers and beneficiaries.

Clergy/Laity Separation places all of the burden of responsibility to lead and serve on a few men and women at the top.

Ecclesiastical, hierarchical systems of authority and top down leadership is why the majority of His people are willing to operate and function as beggars, slaves and paupers instead of sons, brothers and friends. Elders and Bishops do not necessarily represent the Kingdom or Governance of Yahweh.

Covenanal Relationship, Marriage & Family

Covenantal Relationship, Marriage and Family are the same in the Spirit.

The defeated one hates Covenantal Relationship, Marriage and Family more than he hates Yahweh or His Creation.  It is the only kind of relationship that has the potential to reproduce after a Yahweh kind. [True Sons] If any other kind of human relationship had the potential to reproduce after a Yahweh kind he would hate it as well.
The reason that there are over 300 + different sects in Christendom that are made up of over 30,000 + denominations, is because at some point, the Spirit of Offence, Pride and the Arrogance of men shook the house to the foundation and the quaking effect created a rift, that resulted in a fisser. Then division (Different Visions) created an environment for divorce and abandonment  from formerly held views and doctrinal positions. In other words, [we are hearing and seeing something from a different perspective, and what we are now hearing and seeing has become our new statement of faith. Therefore, for the sake of the FAITH, we are breaking off and away in order to find our own path in light of this new understanding.]
{Yahshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING ELOHIM, The Way and The Truth and The Life; no man comes to my Father but by me alone”} ABIPE
{There is no salvation by anyone else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.”} ISV
Note: The spirit of OFFENCE leads to alienation and isolation. The spirit of DIVORCE leads covenant breaking and abandonment. The spirit of ABANDONMENT leads to the death of relationships and the destruction of lives and families.
Agreement + Alignment + Alliance = Advancement
We can find a point of agreement with most people. We can align ourselves with some people; but we can only form alliances with those whom are joined to us at the heart by the Spirit. In other words, they have the same heart and spirit concerning the ongoing work, as it pertains to the original indent and divine will and purpose of Yahweh. They have our heart, our back and our way.
We need to stop deceiving and frustrating ourselves by attempting to obligate others with unrealistic expectations or performance oriented acceptance. Both are manipulative and controlling. Both will lead to abuse and lording over. We must remember that there is only one Body, one Spirit, one Sovereign, one Faith and one Baptism. There is only one Father who is above all and in us all. Ephesians 4:1-6.
We need to stop assuming that association equals affiliation or authority. We have been given authority over the powers and forces of darkness; but we have not been given authority over the souls of men. As for leadership or oversight, the only authority we have been given is by delegation and permission. When it comes to associates an those with whom we affiliate we have the power of influence and in some cases the experience of wisdom.
Note: If Covenantal Relationship, Marriage and Family is the only relationship that has the potential of reproducing after a Yahweh kind, then why are we related in a way that is infertile and impotent?

As For Me & My House-4-23-16

Re: The Shabbat & time of the Spring Feast. (Happy Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost – April 21st —>May 29th)

Just a note to make you aware of some changes that I am making in my life and this house. These  changes while minor, I believe they are a part of what Holy Spirit is saying and doing in and through me right now.

1). I have decided to stop going to the show for the time being and that until such time that I deem something worthy of my time and money.

2). That will also include  no longer spending endless hours of quality family time trying to find something decent to watch on television. To do so, is a useless expenditure of time and energy and time could be better spent engaging one another in meaningful conversation about the King and His domain, or life in general.

Note: This is not a law, but it is a measure of self- restraint that will effect the order of the house. You are not bound by these restrictions; but if you feel compelled to restrain yourself, then it needs to be by mutual consent.

Note: A few weeks ago I laid out a clear path forward. Some of you have already stepped up the plate, while others of you are still trying to figure out what we are saying and doing differently. Again, the way forward will include fully embracing the heart and philosophy of this house and family. It will also include submitting to the word of the Spirit for and allowing me and others to help you become all you can be in HIM.

Things to remember;

“Real, True and Genuine leadership inspires greatness in others.”

The way forward will not be easy, but it will be fruitful and productive.

“What you bring to the table is for someone else, it is not about how it makes you feel to contribute.” blh

Note: I will be listening to Wholetones most everyday throughout the time of the Spring Feast and until such time I am released. http://www.wholetones.info

I suggest that you limit your time watching television and talking on the phone, so that you can once again hear His voice and proceed forward knowing HIS prime directive for our lives together.

Selah, Shaloam

BLH

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COMPLETE IN HIM

For the past few months I have found myself praying in the Spirit concerning this topic. The truth is I have not how or for what to pray. Holy Spirit has been addressing the questions of my heart and this writing will speak to some answers that I have been receiving. The following is what I am presently seeing and hearing about our completeness in HIM. The questions of my heart revolved around the reality of the absence of power and authority that we are currently experiencing. The modern-day Ekklesia is suffering from a serious shortage of power and our spiritual signature appears to be getting weaker. In a time when we cannot afford to be devoid of power, we need to seriously consider the long-term effect of our prolonged condition and what it will mean to future generations if we flat-line. This is a CODE-BLUE moment for those of us who are awake, aware and on active duty.

Things to consider: The following passage of Scripture contains some elements that have been spoken, are speaking and will speak to the Ekklesia over the centuries. I believe that we can locate ourselves in the Ekklesia of ‘Brotherly Love’ where we will find ourselves severely weakened due to the reality that the adversary has exploited every opportunity to take advantage of our ignorance, fear and disobedience. He has also kept us troubled, beat-down and distracted by hardship and persecution. He has worked through religion and politics to keep us separated, segregated and divided. The defeated one knows that if we ever come into agreement around the prayer of Yahshua in John 17 that the world is going to know that Yahshua is come and that Yahweh sent Him to save the world. He is also fully aware of the POWER of AGREEMENT and what it means for us to be UNITED. We are living in a time when we must pull down the strong-holds of human reasoning that have been primarily responsible for creating barriers, boundaries and buttresses between those who would make up the Global, National and Regional community of believers.

Revelation 3: 7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly!

Note: Holy Spirit recently spoke to me and and said, “because you have kept my Word, I will Keep you no matter what comes.” As I pondered what He was saying to me, I heard my Spirit say back to Him, “I really have not kept that much; but you have surely kept me all these years.” His love and grace is beyond comprehension.

Note: Please bear with me as I point out a real nugget contained in this passage of Scripture. Remember, this letter was written to the Ekklesia of ‘Brotherly Love’ and there is no way of knowing exactly when it was delivered. My point is, part of the promise that Holy Spirit made to the Ekklesia of ‘Brotherly Love’ was that HE was coming quickly. One might suppose that either Yahshua was mistaken or He misspoke about His return. However, I do not believe for a minute that He was mistaken or misspoke because He has, is and will come to us in the future. He came to His disciples after His resurrection and appeared to 500 plus people over an extended period of time. There were eye-witnesses to his coming, appearing and ascending. There is no doubt in my mind that He returned a second time in the form of HOLY SPIRIT on the Day of Pentecost. That day, His Ekklesia was born and His Kingdom was established forever.

Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My Elohim, (Yahweh) and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My Elohim (Yahweh) and the name of the city of My Elohim, (Yahweh) the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My Elohim. (Yahweh) And I will write on him My new name. (Yahshua)

On June 14, 2015, I will be entering into my 45th year of service to the King and I cannot remember a time that I questioned the validity of the Scripture or what Holy Spirit is saying. I have had questions for which I sought answers; but as of late, I have found myself questioning things that should be our present reality.

Questions: 1). When is the last time we saw someone come to a saving knowledge of the truth based on our personal testimony or witness? 2). When is the last time we healed the sick, raised the dead or cast out devils? 3). For that matter, how long has it been since we saw a supernatural intervention of any kind? 4). If healing and deliverance are not a part of the full comprehensive plan of salvation, then how can we trust the coverage at any level?

Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Sovereign Yahshua Messiah who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Yahshua Messiah to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

{We are the blessed, chosen and holy sons of Yahweh, who have inherited every spiritual blessing in heavenly places and we are accepted in the beloved}

Ephesians 2:4-7 But Yahweh, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Messiah Yahshua, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Messiah Yahshua.

{He made us alive together. He raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Messiah Yahshua}

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Yahshua Messiah;

{The work that He has begun in us will not be completed until the Daystar arises in our hearts, and we come into a better understanding of the finished work of Yahshua, as well as the consummation of all things} 2 Peter 1:18-20

Colossians 2:9-11 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah,

Colossians 2:10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. ESV

{Understanding who we are in Him together is the consummation of all things, the fellowship of the brotherhood, and the mystery revealed. We are the body of Messiah, the bright and Morning Star. We are the fullness of Messiah to this generation, and we are making known the manifold wisdom of Yahweh to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. Our corporate expression is a testimony of the resurrection power of Yahshua, and it is a witness against the forces of darkness. Our very presence is a reminder that their reign has ended, and the day of Yahshua (the SON) is come. We are complete in Him}

Note; Salvation, Healing and Deliverance are a part of the full comprehensive plan of salvation. If healing and deliverance are not a part of the plan, then how can we truly trust the coverage at any level? (We can’t)

However, everything we need can and will be discovered in the body of Messiah. We cannot be made whole or complete apart from the body of Messiah, the corporate SON, the many-membered MAN. Simply put, we need one another in order to glorify Him in the all the earth, and thereby fulfill the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for our lives.

We are living in a time when we must begin to realize that we are not directly connected to the head of the Ekklesia. Yahshua is the head of the Ekklesia and we are a part of His body. His head is not sitting on each of our shoulders and unless we find one another in Him we will eventually die alienated and isolated from Him and His people. Failing to properly discern the body of Messiah will result in more weakness, sickness and death. We can no longer afford to partake of His body and blood in a way that dishonors the communion we have in Him.

Colossians 2: 8-10 watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. TMGB

II Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Yahweh may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the Elohim of peace who brought up our Sovereign Yahshua from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Yahshua Messiah, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

FATHERS – YOU HAVE NOT MANY

1 Corinthians 4:15 You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don’t have many spiritual fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Jesus. GW

The above passage of Scripture suggest that while we have a number of elder brothers and friends who may speak into our lives at some level, we do not have many spiritual fathers who watch for our souls. There are those among us who believe that we can only have one spiritual father at a time, while there are others believe that we can only have one spiritual father in our lifetime. Spiritual fathers are emissaries who have been sent to represent the WAY of the FATHER’S heart to us. They provide oversight and may be directly or indirectly responsible for us being birthed into the Kingdom. They are master builders and equippers who are helping us discover our destiny as sons of the Kingdom.

Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. ESV

NOTE: This scenario is based on a generally accepted understanding of the above passage of Scripture. It is not intended to be used to browbeat and pressure those of us who have not had the privilege of having a father/son relationship with a true spiritual father. It is obvious to me, that we would not be where we are today if it had not been for the FATHER’S direct influence over our mutual destinies. By Divine Providence and our ability to continue to hear and obey His voice, He has brought us to this place in order to hear together what He has been saying all along.

“This are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.”

That being said, I would caution us not to make little of any or all of the ways and means by which the YAHWEH has been working in us HIS will to do His good pleasure. More of us than not,may never have a father/son relationship with a true spiritual father; but by the love and grace of Yahweh we will be able to come under the FATHER’S hand where we will learn freedom in the yoke.

Romans 8:14- For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

“It is every sons responsibility to Catch and Embrace the Father’s Spirit and Heart in their lifetime”

“A spiritual father is nothing more than a mature son who was discipled by an elder brother who understands the way of the Father’s heart.”

Father – patér: (pat-ayr’) a father – one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness.

patér – is used of our heavenly Father. He imparts life, from physical birth to the gift of eternal life through the second birth (regeneration, being born again). Through ongoing sanctification, the believer more and more resembles their heavenly Father – i.e. each time they receive faith from Him and obey it, which results in their unique glorification.

patér – (“father”) refers to a begetter, originator, progenitor – one in “intimate connection and relationship”

Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

We are living in a time when the fabric and foundation of our society and civilization has been frayed and severely damaged. It is troubling to think that we have now lived long enough to see the sanctity of marriage and family redefined on our watch. Much of the degeneration and degradation has been a direct result of violating the above commandment. Many of the millennias of this generation (18 to 31 years of age) have been brought up in an orphan culture, and that without the nurturing acceptance of a mother or the affirmation of a loving father. Most of them have no direction or purpose and for the most part have cast off restraint as it pertains to values and morals.

The good news is, for some time the hearts of the fathers have been turning to the children and now we are beginning to see the hearts of children gradually turning to receive those who are being sent to them. It is my hope that we live long enough to see this generation recovered from the precipice of absolute destruction. For those of us who are coming into a better understanding of the consummation of all things, it is expedient that we begin to become aware of the needs of the the orphans and widows of our worlds. A big part of what we will be doing in the future will involve looking for those who are looking for us and reaching to the unreached in order to discern where they are in the process. Trust me when I say, interruption, interfering and intervention will be a part of the work in which we are engaged in the near future. The number of those who are becoming disenfranchised from all religious persuations are growing in ever-increasing numbers, and they are going to be looking for the connection of family.

1 Timothy 5:17 – Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.

As a tribute to all the fathers of the faith who are and have represented the WAY of the FATHER’S heart to generations past, present and future, we say thank you from the depths of our heart. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we feel concerning your faithful service to the King and His Domain. The testimony of your witness will give us the hope to carry on as a part your living legacy. You have gone before us and some of you have passed on to your reward; but we will continue in your stead until such time we can be reunited in eternity. It is and was and honor to have known and served with you. Your life-long work will not be forgotten and your name will spoken on the lips of many generations to come. Blessings!

P.S. Your example taught us that making a difference is not optional, and our worlds will never be the same because of it. Thanks again…

Blake Higginbotham – Apostolic Kingdom Alliance (AKA) – 1970 to Now!

P.P.S. On June 14, 2015, I will be entering my 45 years in service to the King. To be honest with you, I am looking forward to all that Yahweh has for us together. 🙂

WE ARE ONE – Part Two

By Blake Higginbotham

The Authentic vs The Fictional Man

Note: Our true identity can only be discovered through a real and living relationship with YAHSHUA the Messiah and one another. He is the pattern SON and the express image of YAHWEH.

He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:3 AMP

For it was fitting for Him, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Hebrews 2:10 MEV

“Sonship is our destiny and our inheritance is wrapped up in discovery.”

“There is nothing greater than sonship.”

For we are Yahweh’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Yahshua to perform good actions that Yahweh prepared long ago to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:10 ISV

“We are progressively remembering who we were in creation, before formation.”
Now the Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 MEV
Note: Identifying with the religion of Christianity in others does not adequately speak to the intrinsic value or corporate worth of our oneness in Him.

Together ‘To-Gather’ – into or in one gathering, company, mass, place or body

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5 ESV

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.

There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28 AMP

WE ARE ONE – Part One

By Blake Higginbotham

The following passage of scripture is a part of the prayer that Yahshua prayed in John 17 and it speaks of His desire for us to be one in the Father and the Son. The truth is it could have been one of the last prayers that Yahshua prayed just prior to His passion and it is still being fulfilled today through the lives of those who are coming together for His greater Kingdom purpose.

In the Eternal Now His prayer is being answered by those who have chosen to embrace the Father’s heart concerning our oneness. However, our oneness will not be fully realized apart from our agreement, acknowledgment and a willingness to work together to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

John 17: 21 – that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. NASB

Ephesians 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. NKJV

In order to acknowledge that we are one in the Spirit we must agree to love one another. Loving one another will involve walking in humility, patience and longsuffering. Our capacity to love one another is directly proportionate with having received the full embrace of the Father’s love and forgiveness, and we are inexorably held together by the bond of peace.

Colossians 3:12-15 Therefore, as the elect of Yahweh, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. NKJV

Spiritual agreement is an important part of our coming together in Him and acknowledging the reality our oneness will help move us closer to enjoying the life changing benefits of real and living relationship. However, in order to move from agreement in principal to the truly acknowledging our oneness in Him we must be willing to deal in truth with our own hearts concerning why we are divided in the first place. Based on the discovery of truth we must be willing to pull down the strongholds of human reasoning in our own hearts and minds, and that for the purpose of honestly embracing one another in the ongoing work of the ministry of Yahshua. Moving forward, true heart-felt repentance and lasting change in the way we think and interact with one another will be part of the foundation for developing lasting relationships beyond our present level of understanding.

Note: I am concerned that our move to agree with the prayer of Yahshua and fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our unity will be limited to our own preconceived notions of how we should be together. It is my hope that we will consider all of the many possibilities available to us and come into agreement with what the Father is saying and doing in this hour. Our coming together in Him should not be limited to venues and arenas to which we have grown accustom, and our considerations should include responding to what Holy Spirit is obviously orchestrating. Forsaking not the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is involves recognizing what He is putting together in the moment. We must be willing to adjust our schedules and even forego our plans in order to embrace and respond to what He is saying and doing in the moment.

Note: If ten seconds in the presence of Yahweh is worth more than a lifetime of meeting and gathering, then it behooves all of us to aware of the reality of His movement at all times. Part of seeking the face of Yahshua will include learning to listen and being acutely aware of which direction His head is turning. Case in point, if His head is turning and looking in one direction and we insist on looking in another direction, it won’t be long until we feel as though He is moving away from us. My concern is, we are still trying to limit His movement to what we are willing to see about our being together in Him.

WE ARE THE MOVEMENT…

WE ARE THE NEXT WAVE…

WE ARE THE GLORY BRING HOPE…

Note: We are free to worship whenever, wherever and with whomever we choose. We are not obligated to worship with any one expression of the body of Messiah in our locale. Our allegiance is to the King and His domain. Nothing more, nothing less!

WE ARE THE BODY OF MESSIAH….

WE ARE THE EKKLESIA…

WE ARE SONS OF THE KINGDOM…

WE ARE ONE…

Note: All of creation is groaning and travailing for the full manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. It is not waiting for the advent of the second coming of Messiah. Yahshua has, is and will continue to come to those who are the called according to His purpose. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and prized possession of Yahweh. We are not waiting for Him to return. He is waiting for us to show up, so He can appear.

“Where two or three of you are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of you.”

“Fear not little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom”

Father, we choose by our own free will to be a part of answering your call to unity. We are in agreement with the prayer that Yahshua prayed in John 17 and are answering His prayer in the way we love and relate to one another. We also choose by our own free will to fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning Ephesians 4:3. We are one, and there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. In other words, Yahshua is Sovereign. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and we have been baptized into the everlasting covenant of the Kingdom. So it is!

AGREE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Philippians 2:1-4 MSG

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.

Note: There are over 20 references recorded in the Scripture that instruct us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

John 13:34-35 MEV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 12:9-16 MEV

Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil. Cleave to what is good. Be devoted to one another with brotherly love; prefer one another in honor, do not be lazy in diligence, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Do not pretend to be wiser than you are.

1 Peter 4:8-11 MEV

Above all things, have unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without complaining. As everyone has received a gift, even so serve one another with it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through ­Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 John 3:14-17 MEV

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love his brother remains in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. By this we know the love of God: that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. Whoever has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, but closes his heart of compassion from him, how can the love of God remain in him?

Note: It does not say put up with or tolerate one another. It does not say get along if we feel like it. It does not say loving one another is optional and contingent upon anything else.

1 John 4:11-16 MEV

Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us. We know that we live in Him, and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

 

True Shepherds Arising

by Blake Higginbotham

“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

The past season has been about stripping, gutting and crushing for many of His sons. It has been a time of plucking up, pulling down and overthrowing the houses and kingdoms of men. It has been about shaking everything that can be shaken in order to expose the structural integrity of what is being built. It has been about discovering who we are and are not in Him. It has been about becoming who we were predestined to be before the foundation of the world.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 – According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, but another builds on it. Now let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no one can lay another foundation than that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If anyone’s work which he has built on the foundation endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire. MEV

Hebrews 12:25-29 See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused Him who spoke on earth, much less shall we escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven. At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has given us a promise, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.” And this statement, “Yet once more,” signifies the removal of those things that can be shaken, things that are created, so that only those things that cannot be shaken will remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, let us be gracious, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. MEV

The dark night of the soul for some is coming to an end, for others it is just getting beginning. No matter where we find ourselves in this hour we are learning the importance of being obedient by the things we are suffering.

We are learning to hear and obey His voice and live in and out of His rest. We will continue to descend, go down and become of no reputation until such time we arise, emerge and come forth the glorious bride of Messiah.

“All that we have become apart from him is dying or being systematically killed off by the Father.”

The way forward is to resolve to evolve. Change is coming and as agents of change we are the glory bringing hope to the worlds in which we live.

“The way out of the wilderness is not a path…it’s a journey”

The process involves death, burial and resurrection. We cannot enjoy the ascended life unless we are willing to go through the process. Shalom!

Note: A large segment of those who make up this generation are looking for approval and validation; but they have settled for acceptance and appreciation. Acceptance and appreciation are directly related to a mother’s love and affection, while approval and validation are directly related to a Father’s love and affirmation, and they are byproducts of a real and living relationship with THE FATHER. I believe it would be safe to say that the majority of those who make up this generation have been over exposed to the gift and grace of the pastor. (The Mother’s Love) and they are still looking for the gift and grace of the Father’s love in those who represent mature sons, brothers and friends.

What I am presently seeing and hearing about this season has to do with the emergence of true ‘poimen’ shepherds who are arising from within our midst. If what I am seeing and hearing is correct, they are presently being processed and they will begin to step out of the shadows of those with whom they have been serving and following for a very long time. Some of them will be ‘spiritual mothers’ who have made themselves ready to serve and care for the young and immature sons of this orphan culture. In the days ahead it will become clear to all who know them that they have been fully commissioned and reassigned to serve as true shepherds in Israel.

Shepherd – poimḗn – properly, a shepherd (“pastor” in Latin); (figuratively) someone who the Lord raises up to care for the total well-being of His flock (the people of the Lord).

“We are all shepherds in Israel; but we may very well have different assignments.”

Note: This revelation is based on what I am presently seeing and hearing and it may or may not be broadly accepted in your specific situation in life. It should not be misconstrued as either a specific statement of faith or a time sensitive mandate. I am simply reporting and recording what I am presently seeing and hearing about this time and season.

“The sons, though they be female, will no longer be penalized because of their plumbing.”

Note: The governing bylaws of the boys club has been amended in order to include the nurturing love of spiritual mothers and expand the membership base. In some respects they are better equipped to handle and care for this generation of orphans than the most educated and qualified servant leader.