The Pathway to UNITY!

“Loving one another is the only way forward and upward.”

1). We must be willing to deal in truth with our own hearts concerning things that continue to separate and divide us.

2). We must be willing to pull down the strongholds of human reasoning in our own hearts and minds.

Note: That will involve a true change of heart concerning the real or imagined barriers and walls that exists between us. The truth is there are no real boundaries or borders in the King’s Domain.

Ephesians 2 – IN HIM WE ARE ONE NEW MAN.

We are made alive together…We are raised together and we are seated together in Heavenly Places in Messiah Yahshua.

Note: The historically entrenched prince devil that oppresses this land, will not give up one inch of ground until it is summarily challenged and displaced by the power of corporate agreement.

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19 MEV

3). We must be willing to embrace the Christ in every believer and identify with the son in every true disciple.

Note: We are sons of the same Father and brothers of the same Family.

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

4). We must be willing to relate beyond our petty differences until such time we can celebrate the significance of every part.

5). We must be willing to make room for differing opinions and view them as an opportunity to grow beyond the comfort zone of our present positions.

6). We must be willing to fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our ONENESS and refuse to continue to posture ourselves like we are a group of autocratic elitist.

In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. Ephesians 4:1-6 MSG

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Real & Living Relationship

Practical wisdom concerning developing real and living relationships

1). All relationship starts with fellowship.

2). Real and living relationship is a two way street that is teeming with life and mutual benefit.

3). When hearing the heart of others becomes more important than hearing ourselves talk, the way we relate will change.

4). Sharing our lives with others will guarantee that it will continue beyond our expiration date.

5). Birthed by the Spirit, Nurtured by Grace and Established by Love

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

Real & Living Relationship

Real & Living Relationship

 

The Church – Ekklesia – Kingdom

‘The house that Yahshua has and is building’

The Ekklesia started with one man being sown into the earth. Out of that man came a seed. Out of that seed came a family/tribe. Out of that family/tribe came a community/society. Out of that community/society came a regional work. Yahshua, the pattern SON represents that MAN. He is the pattern son and the house that He has and is building is His Father’s house. We represent the Global, International, National, Regional, and Local Community of Believers. WE are sons of the same Father and brothers of the same FAMILY.

Books & Music by Blake Higginbotham

Book & Music By Blake Higginbotham

 

Kingdom Declaration & Decree – 1

Father, we come before You in order to intercede on behalf of Your sons, brothers & friends in every country and nation around the world.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are discovering one another in LIFE and that in every land region and community on earth.

 Father, we declare and decree that the brotherhood is being enriched enlarged and increased by the indwelling presence of your Your love and grace.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are SONS of the same FATHER and BROTHERS of the same FAMILY.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are laying hold of Your greater Kingdom purpose in a way that is turning heads and captivating the hearts of men in this hour.

 Father, we thank you for granting us the grace to repent and change in a way that is presently glorifying your name in all the earth.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are the glory bringing hope to the worlds in which we live, and that we are beginning to fill the earth as the water covers the sea.

 Father, we speak the Word of the Spirit to Your people planted in every land.

 “You will live, finish strong and fulfill the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for your life”

 We release LIFE to every part the body of Messiah worldwide. We release salvation and deliverance to those within the sound of Your voice. We release divine healing, health and life to those who are coming to You at this time. We speak to every part of the body, and we release the LIFE that resides in Your DNA at the cellular level.  So It Is!

The Gospel of the Kingdom

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. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of Yahweh not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua for good works, which Yahweh prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The Gospel of the Kingdom – (Good News)

1). Yahweh is rich in mercy because of His great love for us.
2). He made us alive together
3). He raised us up together
4). He made us sit together in heavenly places in Messiah Yahshua
5). WE are HIS workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua for good works.

Note: WE are hand-picked, free-born sons who were foreordained to represent HIS love, Grace & Mercy to the world’s in which we live.

The House That Yahshua HAS And IS Building

Introduction:

Isaiah 2:2-3 – It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of Yahweh shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it,  and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. ESV

Note: This is a prophetic glimpse of the house of Yahweh, and it represents His heart and vision, past, present and future.

Isaiah 56:6-8“And the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, to love the name of Yahweh, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”  Yahweh Elohim, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.” ESV

Note: This is a prophetic declaration of the Fathers heart concerning foreigners and strangers being joined and a part. In short, He said, because you love My name, keep My Sabbath, and remember My covenant, there is a special place for you in My House of Prayer, and there many nations shall gather together on that day.

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

“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 and compromise.” blh

“What we know divides us. Who we know unites us.” Jay Ferris

‘Unity’ for me comes out of an understanding that we are sons of the same Father, and brothers of the same family. Therefore, we must learn to value the part and divine placement of every other member of the family. When we are willing to move beyond cooperating and tolerating each other, we will begin to celebrate the distinguishing characteristics that make each of us different. Only then will we begin to understand that what each one of us brings to the table is for someone else, and therefore has very little to do with how it makes us feel to contribute.

That means, what others bring to the table maybe something that will empower us in our quest to advance the Kingdom of Yahweh together. Part of receiving one another will include receiving what each one of us carries close to our hearts.

We do not have to agree with one another on every point in order to walk and work together. However, we must be willing to come together for Yahweh’s greater Kingdom purpose.

Mark 11:17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” ESV

Note: Yahshua was the pattern son and everything He said or did represented the Father’s heart.

John 5:19-20 Then Yahshua answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. NKJV

John 5:24-27, 29-30“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.  For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,  and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.  and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.  I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. NKJV

John 8:28-29 Then Yahshua said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.  And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” NKJV

John 14:1-6 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way where I am going.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. NASB

Matthew 16:18-19 And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros –a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra –a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. [Isa. 22:22.] AMP

Luke 12:32-34“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you   the kingdom.  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ESV

Note: I have come to understand that it is the responsibility of every son in every generation, to catch and embrace the Father’s heart and Spirit in their lifetime. ESV

Complete In Him

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. NKJV

{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. NKJV

{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; NKJV

{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, NKJV

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 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.

 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 God, 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. NKJV

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. NKJV

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. NKJV

Responsible Kingdom Citizens

I hear the Spirit saying, “I want more of you. Not your time, talent, money or stuff. I want more of you.”

“When the SPIRIT &TRUTH is your internal order, LIFE & PEACE will govern your public persona”

We are living in a time when the LIVING WORD of YAHWEH is testing the purity level of our hearts. He is exposing the nature of beast that continues to contaminate the gene pool.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ESV

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. NKJV

Think it not strange that our motives are being checked by Holy Spirit and challenged by mature sons. False doctrine comes out of bad theology.

It is time to come under the authority of the Father’s loving hand and give ourselves to His gentle correction. Chastisement is better than disciplinary action.

Much of what we have become to this point has been apart from HIM, and for the most part we have been alienated from the commonwealth we share together.

Unfortunately, we represent the mixture of mingled seed and a gross lack of understanding. If it were not for the uncontaminated strain of Yahweh’s DNA that continues to work in us, we would hardly be recognizable.

Proverbs 18:1-2 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.

Note: What we have become apart from HIM is presently dying or systematically being killed off by the life of Yahweh and Spirit of Truth.

Matthew 12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. ESV

“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on My side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. TMGB

“It is time to fish or cut bait, and the fish are schooling”

Responsible Kingdom Citizenship

“The house that Yahshua has and is building is made up of sons who are growing up Into Him.”

Ephesians 4:11-16 And He Himself gave some to  be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. NKJV

Note: He plants a man in a land. From that man a seed comes forth representing family.  From that family a tribe. From that tribe a village. From that village a community. From that community a city. From that city a people, nation and world.

Sons don’t need permission to serve, lead or rule, and when they are ready to be a primary leader, they will not have to persuade or convince others of their qualifications. Those to whom they have been sent will recognize the Father’s authority, and they will readily support and follow them in the ongoing work.

If you are not qualified to be a primary leader, then find your place as a secondary. Help and assist others who are ready to take the lead. There is nothing  dishonorable about following and supporting true leaders in any meaningful endeavor.

Conclusion:

“If you don’t have a clearly defined gifting and anointing as a leader, you need to be joined to someone who does, and you need to be supporting them in the work.”

REAL & LIVING RELATIONSHIP

‘Birthed by the Spirit, Nurtured by Grace and Established by Love’

Covenantal relationship, marriage and family are the same in the Spirit. They all require commitment, determination and resolve.

>The commitment to do the right thing beyond the emotion of feeling loved.

>The determination to work through differences and problems in a way that brings about restoration and healing.

>The resolve to continue to work together until the things that would divide and separate us are no longer important.

Note: The enemy hates covenantal relationship, marriage and family because it is the only kind of relationship that has the ability to reproduce after a Yahweh kind.

1 John 3:13-17 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? ESV

Things To Consider – NOW!

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.