Covenantal Relationship, Marriage and Family are the same in the Spirit.
For the past few months I have been seeing something that I perceive to be what the Father is doing in this locale and region. Some of what I am seeing is based on my personal observation, and that is predicated upon a Kingdom perspective of what I presently hear the Father saying. I realize that it will not be anything new to those of us who have are open, alert and attentive; but it may be something that others of us have not considered in light of following understanding. Therefore, I humbly submit the following insights and musing for your prayerful consideration. Blessings!
Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise. John 5:19 AKJV
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. John 12:49 AKJV
The terms Apostolic hub and center have become a part of our vocabulary and language over the past 25 years; but it appears that we are still receiving a truncated message as it pertains to understanding and embracing the Father’s heart concerning what He is saying and doing. I realize that the prophetic often speaks to things that they are seeing and hearing long before the reality comes into view. However, we seem to have a difficult time processing the information that we are receiving concerning what it means to be an apostolic hub or center.
On June 14 2015, I will be entering into my 45th year of service to the King. To be honest with you, I am extremely excited about being a part of the ongoing work in this hour and for the first time in my life, I can see all of us crossing the finish line together.
What if I told you that every locale where His people reside is an apostolic hub and center of spiritual activity. Whenever I hear someone say that their city and region represents an apostolic hub, it makes me nervous because I know what is coming next. Most of the time they will follow up that statement with the declaration that their ministry and house is an apostolic center. BLESS OUR HEARTS…LORD HELP US!
That being said, what I am seeing and hearing is, there are RESTAURANTS and OTHER community based gathering places that represent apostolic centers in our perspective hubs, and they are where Yahweh’s people are gathering for fellowship.
They are not gathering for fellowship in places that have been designated “houses of worship.“ Houses of worship should be about family reunion and corporate expression of worship; but they are more like listening to a presentation offer for a time-share or condo vacation package. 🙂
The people of our regions are fellowshipping around covenant meals in the marketplace and these places represent hubs and centers of the community. There are several RESTAURANTS in each of our locales and regions that would make a great place for fellowship, breaking bread and Kingdom relationship building. They are places where believers and the people of our worlds come together for fellowship. They are places where people share life in common. They are places where people are connecting at a deeper level, while sharing thoughts and ideas with people who may have never benefited from knowing them personally.
The marketplace is where you are going to find people who are looking for you. Stop looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Start thinking and living outside the box. Go praying, be open, alert and attentive. Someone is looking for you and their life may very well depend upon making a connection with you. Keep reaching for the unreached in order to gauge their progress. Make it a point to stay in touch with those whom Yahweh has given you, as well as those to whom you are sent. The people whom you should be fellowshipping are looking for you and they are within your reach. Stop struggling over one-sided, short-sighted relationships and start meeting new people in your locale and region today.
By Blake Higginbotham 5/14/15
Re: clear and present dangers concerning the L.G.B.T. community and agenda
Dear Friends & Family;
I am writing to express my concerns concerning a few developments that will most certainly touch and affect all of our lives at some point or another. For a number of days now, I have been contemplating how to properly address some of the issues surrounding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. I am deeply concerned on several fronts and need both the divine grace and wisdom of Yahweh to table my concerns.
Firstly, I am concerned with the number of people (Politicians…Athletes…Celebrities and Business Professionals) who are presently coming out, and the degree to which they are influencing this society and culture. What we need to consider is, how the L.G.B.T. agenda is going to affect our private and public lives, as they continue to press for and pursue the freedom to marry, cohabitate and force their agenda on the world.
I am also concerned about the shift that I see taking place among some of our brothers and sisters concerning processing and dealing with how to accept the inevitable, endear them to our hearts and move forward from here. In a time when compromise should not be an option, I am seeing and hearing things from others that are going to further enable this movement, and thereby bring about a total collapse of our civilization. I realize that this is a very sensitive and volatile issue with many of you; but I am not satisfied that much of what I am hearing about it represents the Father’s heart. I have been judging my own heart and contemplating how to honestly speak to these issues in a way that represents His heart concerning these matters.
I wish there was an easy way to say what needs to be said; but I am not sure that this generation will be able to hear it at this point. However, it is my hope that the next generation will be able to hear the heart of the Father in what I am saying, and make the necessary adjustments to address the issues that will most certainly be visited upon them.
I want to make it clear that I am not trying to address every issue surrounding the L.G.B.T. community; but I believe that it is my personal responsibility to address the issues that are personally impacting the lives of my family as well as the people with whom I are related.
The agenda of the L.G.B.T. community is touching and affecting all of our lives on a daily basis and many are concerned about being labeled a racist, bigots or homophobic. Some are paralyzed by the fear of losing their 501-C3 tax exempt status, while others are not willing to table this issue at any level. What if I told you that some of our friends and family are confused about how to honestly address these issues? We all want to better represent the Father’s heart in the way we cope and deal with the new reality that is presently being visited upon us.
The heartbreaking truth is, the ‘younger’ of this generation has been systematically reprogrammed by the public school system, media and government. In the name of diversity and tolerance they have been dumbed-down and neutered as it pertains to dealing in truth with their own hearts, and they lack any real life training and equipping to take a righteous position against this present darkness.
We were recently visiting with our grandchildren when we became acutely aware of what they are facing on a daily basis in the public school system. Our granddaughter informed us that she was persecuted on a weekly basis for cherishing her virginity and for keeping herself for marriage in the future. She shared with us that she was tired of being pressured to have pre-marital sex and being asked by her friends if she was still a virgin. Our hearts were broken to hear that she or any young person would be persecuted or ridiculed for being chaste. We were also informed that she has been accused of being a lesbian because she is not going out with, or dating boys at this time in her life. With that in mind, if this is happening in a one of the best middle schools in the state of North Carolina, can you image what is going on in the majority of the public school systems of America? We did the best we could to encourage her and we gave her a ‘True Love Waits’ bracelet to wear as a gentle reminder. We assured her that we believed in her and that we intend to continue to do all we can do to help her navigate through this time in her life.
However, she is not doing that well, as her entire world is presently imploding due to a messy separation and divorce. She is also dealing with the reality that things will never be the same, and that the course of our lives together taken a drastic turn. These things have a way of knocking the wind out of your sails, and they will make you question the purpose of life and living. We are deeply concerned for our children and grandchildren because they are caught up in the middle of a very destructive vortex that has removed them from our immediate love and care. We all are all suffering together because of these recent developments; but we are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed to Him against that day, and our lives and futures are in His hands. That being said, we are reminded daily that the course of our lives together has been irrefutably changed and some adjustments will be required in order to continue.
That being said, we refuse to stand by and see our families picked apart by the forces of wickedness that are permeating every segment of society, and we will no longer be silent as it pertains to the exposing this present darkness. Brethren, we are asking you to stand with us as we continue to pray and intercede for our friends and family.
We are seeking Yahweh for the grace and wisdom to address some of these issues without inciting a riot or fomenting hostility. Enough is enough. If we do not take a stand for righteous and truth now, we will have to give an account for leaving our post and abdicating our responsibility as Kingdom citizens.
The following statements represent our position concerning the L.G.B.T. community and agenda.
- Sexual immorality of any kind is a sin unto death – (Fornication, Adultery, Homosexuality, Bestiality etc.) When the sin of sexual immorality is finished it will bring forth the death of society, culture and civilization. (See the history and downfall of both the Roman and Greek empires)
- Homosexuality is unnatural affection, ungodly behavior, and is categorically against nature of God. It is therefore an abomination unto Yahweh.
- Sexual activity, relations and intercourse should be limited to a monogamous relationship between one man and one woman and therefore reserved for Holy Matrimony. (Marriage)
- There is no conclusive scientific evidence that identifies a Homosexual or Gay marker in the genome of man and therefore is a falsehood being perpetrated by those who are attempting to arrive at a very different conclusion.
Note: We believe that it is a mistake to associate and equate Homosexuality with Racism because Homosexuality is directly related to choices and behavior. Race and skin color is directly related to the genetic makeup of the birth parents and ethnic backgrounds. The truth is, Homosexuality has nothing to do with race, creed or color. It has everything to do with choices, tendencies and proclivities. To associate Homosexuality with Racism is to empower it is a sub-species, gender or minority, and that for the purpose of acquiring entitlements, benefits and privileges. It has nothing to do with national citizenship or personal liberty.
Note: We do not believe in using the terms Homosexual or Lesbian in reference to the L.G.B.T. community. They are people who are caught up sin and engaging in homosexual activity and behavior. To call them Homosexual, Lesbians or Gays is to identify them as people group within our society. Homosexuality is sexual immorality involving people of the same sex or gender. It is unnatural, unholy and against the nature of God. Same sex marriage is not about two loving people being able to spend the rest of their lives together. It is about the physical, medical and financial benefit of being legally married in the state of their choosing. Have you noticed that they are already pushing for all the other states to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married in another state?
Finally, I have openly shared my heart with you concerning these issues and I am asking you to consider them in light of the truth of the Scriptures, as well as the word of the Spirit. I cannot say ‘but for the grace of Yahweh, there go I’ because I have probably engaged in more sin and debauchery than most of the people reading this letter.
However, I can truthfully say that I have received the full embrace of the Father’s love and forgiveness and therefore saved and delivered. I am a forgiven man. Hell is closed to me and Heaven open. I have been redeemed from the curse that is associated with violating the LAW of Yahweh. I AM a Son of Yahweh.
I am asking you to prayerfully consider who should read this letter, before you share it with them. Please take a few minutes to ponder these things in light of what you know to be true.
Note: The scripture is clear concerning how we should deal with those who are engaging in this kind of activity in the world. However, it is also clear on how we should deal with people who are engaged in sexual immorality within the Ekklesia. The way we deal with the people of the world should reflect the Father’s love for them as a people; but when we are dealing with a brother who is engaged in sexual immorality, he should be confronted. If he does not repent, we should distance ourselves from them. They should not be allowed to be a part of the fellowship of the brotherhood or family until such time they show forth fruit worthy of repentance and can be restored to right standing with the body of Messiah.
Note: The same bible that instructs us to love our enemies, neighbors and one another is the same by that says;
Romans 1:18-32 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. ESV
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 – I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” ESV
1 Corinthians 6:9 – Or do you not know that the unrighteouswill not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality. ESV