1. Patience & Maturity
James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
God has been working with His people to bring them into a place of maturity through patience. He has to be able to get His people to slow down. It is important for what God is taking us into that we learn we can do nothing apart from Him. He is taking us through situations which require our patience and trust in Him. The heart of this process is about our learning not to do things in our own strength. When we try to accomplish things in our own strength it results in a heart that moves away from the Lord.
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the Lord: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord."
2. Healing, Renovation & Restoration
Acts 3:21 ...Whom Heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
We are in a time of full circle right now. Things are coming around full circle into a place of restoration. Some things had to rest for a season, but now there is a reigniting of God's purposes. With that there will be renovations in our thinking. There is a "next round" for all those who would like to enter in to it. However, what this will require is a different way of doing things – a different mindset and a releasing of the old ways.
God has to renovate the way we think to take us into this next round of His glory and plans. There will be a release of fresh healing oil that will be both for the body and soul. God's power will be displayed again, but not in the way that many would expect. There will be healing communities that will display His power just through the corporate atmosphere of His glory. God is bringing healing, renovation and restoration by His Spirit.
3. Developing the Whole Man
(Spirit, Soul & Body)
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
Man is comprised of spirit, soul and body. When all of these work together with one another there is an excellence of life that is produced. God wants to bring all of these aspects of who we are into a healthy state. Our spirit is first, being the center of communion with God. But if our body isn't healthy, then our spirit is hindered from operating at full capacity. We need to understand that when Jesus, Paul and Peter walked the earth... they walked!
We are not living in the same day. It is the day of McDonald's and driving. Everything is far too easy, which promotes laziness and bad health. This is part of the reason why people are obese and struggling spiritually. Then our minds must get on a Word diet. The Word of God produces a sharpness in our walk. Welcoming the Holy Spirit to illuminate God's Word will bring the Spirit of revelation to us, enabling us to have love and discernment. When the spirit, soul and body are taken care of we will have the ability to walk in a place that is much higher in God's heart.
4. What Does Apostolic Look Like?
Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers...
I think many have a misconstrued idea of what apostolic ministry actually is. It is not nearly as glorious as many would suppose. For people who would like to be apostolic, or have the badge or title of some other five-fold ministry office, don't get enamored with it. What I would compare apostolic ministry to, even though I'm not an expert or claim to know the ins and outs, is a man working hard, digging into some really hard, weedy and thorny ground, sweating profusely and yet growing stronger as he goes. That would describe a pioneering spirit or someone who is actively engaged in apostolic ministry.
What does it really take to be apostolic? It takes God and a yielded vessel. That's it. The same thing with being a prophet, a pastor, a teacher, or an evangelist. The main thing that we all need to be concerned with is that Jesus is saying to us, "Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant... you heard My voice and you did what I said to do." You don't have to have a cheer leading squad singing your praises to be in apostolic ministry. What you do need is God to give you a phone call, give you directions, and then you simply do it.
One thing is for sure: You need to be used to having regular communication ("phone calls") with God. We all have the hot line inside us, it just needs tending to. If you want to be apostolic, then be apostolic. If you want to be prophetic, be prophetic. If you want to teach, then teach. If you want to pastor, then be pastoral. We don't have to be in an office to do the works of Jesus. We have the freedom without limitations to walk in all of these aspects of His life. We are all called... but, I guess the question would be Who is being chosen? Then, if so, why? Maybe hunger for God has something to do with it. You think?
5. Being a House of Prayer
Isaiah 56:7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer...
Being a "house of prayer" is an important thing. And although there are stereotypes of what this could look like, the most important thing to remember is that buildings are not the "house of prayer"; firstly, we are the house of prayer. God wants us to be burning lamps of worship and prayer. When His flames are burning inside of us, prayer is the result.
There are all kinds of prayers. There is my favorite kind of prayer – communion with the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues; there is petitionary prayer; there are corporate prayers of agreement. We have prayers that are songs from the Spirit as well as prophetic prayer. God uses all these kinds of prayer. As we begin to engage in not just one but all forms of prayer, our lives will take on a greater completeness in our union with God and each other. Become a member of the "burning prayer house," a place of His presence, worship and prayer.
6. The Army of God
2 Timothy 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Are you in the army of God? Do you believe in the army of God? If you don't, it is time that you do! God put us all here on purpose, for a purpose. It is not for the purpose of our convenience, our wants, our opinions and complacency. God wants to set His people on fire to bring awakening. I'm not referring to a religious zealot mindset, but rather a people that are so on fire and ignited by the Holy Spirit. This is just naturally offensive because we are operating from the Kingdom of Light. To be in an army you must be a soldier, at the very least. That means active duty is the norm.
Did you know that when someone is in the army they get promoted because of acts of valor? There are different ranks in God's army just as in the natural. No one gets promoted going AWOL. It is time for people to get their eyes off of themselves and get about the Father's business. While people are busy nursing themselves, others are dying because of a lack of help because no one wants to get in the battle. It is time to tap into the raw power of the Holy Spirit. What people need is an encounter with God! I believe in the family of God and the ARMY OF GOD. Don't be "entangled" with the "things, stuff or affairs" of the world. Rather, stay with single focus on the Father's business.
2 Samuel 5:20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
God is ready to give His people breakthrough. Although this term can be overused and can seem a little outdated, breakthrough is very real. People are going to find breakthrough as they enter into a greater surrender, deeper devotion, and more excellent commitment to the Lord and His purposes. Make sure to chronicle what God is speaking to you. Be ready to write a scroll on the promises He will give to you. Awake with a spirit of expectation in faith to what He has in store for you.
In the story of Daniel, we see that he had an "excellent spirit." We also see how this was manifested in his actions. Daniel went with the vegetables. Daniel essentially changed his diet, changed how he was living, even though he could not change where he was living. God made Daniel prosper where he was because of his outstanding commitment to God's purposes and plans. God dropped downloads into Daniel's spirit, gave him favor with the King, and opened up the double doors in His life to overflow, promotion, and blessing. It is time to move out of mediocrity and into excellence. Don't be content with your predicament. Press through to the breakthrough!
Have a great week with God!
Live In His Presence Ministries