“I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy.” (Isaiah 54:16) “The following […]
If you begin with the modern definition of “church,” you end up with a picture of “equipping” that Paul would not recognize as consistent with this Scripture. Paul would ask, “Nice, but where’s the Ephesians 4 implementation I wrote about in Ephesians 4?”
We need to move from watching David wield the giant’s sword to having a sword of our own. Then, we need to move from having any available sword we can find for ourselves, to blacksmith production of weapons that fit each warrior personally. Then we need to move into blacksmith production of the soul so we can forge the hearts of warriors pressed and poured into the mold, hammered while red with passion, formed into elite weapons that fit the hands of trained elite troops.
Take stock of your present pace setting. Are you setting your stride and stretch to a pace that has kept you running in circles or making little progress for several months or even years? Time for a change! Perhaps you are neglecting to pace your running with the leaders right in front of you, actually avoiding the pace of progress available in their leadership. Or, perhaps you are stuck with the wrong leadership that is going nowhere fast or to the same cycle of running without moving toward the fulfillment of personal purpose.
The physical sense of this word simply means, “to cast a shadow, or envelop with shade.” The metaphoric sense may include concepts of “being surrounded by a condition or a […]
That is why you can do good things and be a good person, love and care, share and embrace, pray and sing, but never experience Glory – because Glory rests, releases, and represents purpose. If or when you choose your own purpose, no matter how wonderful that purpose may be, Glory watches and waits, on pause in terms of manifesting, because Glory manifests God in order to reveal His character and purpose.
The “called together assembly” is built. Intentionality remains the impetus behind the assemblage, the building. Jesus does not throw out an invitation for everyone interested in hearing a Message and use that assembly to displace the strategically positioned authority of Hades. Jesus assembled appointed, designated, and positioned people from the kingdom, sets them into assignment, aligned with His kingdom leaders, and confronts existing entrenchments of the enemy.
Jesus lived to die. While that’s true, the more important aspect of His destiny is that He lived to die. He understood – as Creator, Redeemer, and Restorer – that […]
Beware the tendency to assume that a revelation from God positions you to be the source and resource of leadership for a movement, or that His revealing this to you […]
Ecclesia should be dominated by kingdom leadership development! Producing kingdom leaders should be our measurement of success more than the accumulation of believers. We are called to confront existing cultures and prevailing spiritual conditions so that “the word of the Lord” for that people and place gains momentum through supernatural power and dominates.
In other words, do not read “what God has prepared for us” in terms of “the things of man” when Paul says they are “the things of God.”
No contradiction between your calling and your assigned place of function in the Ecclesia can possibly exist in God’s blueprint.
You see this Judas spirit, a term we use to describe the betrayal actions and activities of an inner circle leader who turns tailcoat on his assignment, worked against every one of them, and at times had revealed identical sentiments in their hearts that drove Iscariot’s son into actions of hellish consequences.
The process produces a Body that measures up to the Head in stature, and until it measures up to the Head in the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, it remains far too weak to have “increased with respect to the Head.”
Building a kingdom lifestyle upon a foundation of discipline and repentance appropriates the power, process, and preparation each of us needs to be the person God created and do what God has called us to do. Such a lifestyle appropriates leadership from God directly and from those assigned as leaders in our lives.