The Apostolic Commission – Pt 2

2). This season has been about going down, descending and fading away. It has taken us through the dark night of the soul, the valley of the shadow of death, and levels of unmitigated HELL. And like Yahshua, we have learned the importance of being obedient by the things we have suffered.

Ephesian 4:9-10 – (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Hebrews 5:8-9  Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

1 Peter 3:18-19 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,  in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,

Note: If we are to know Him in the power of His resurrection, we are going to have to be willing to start at the bottom of the list and learn the way of humility and suffering.

 Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. NKJV

Note: Knowing Him in the power of His resurrection requires being conformed to His death and sharing in the fellowship of His sufferings. The only way up is down. The only way out is in.  We will go down and become nobody in the eyes of all of creation. We will become of no reputation before we will know the power of His resurrection. Dying don’t come easy; but it is mandatory. There is no other way to live in, by and through Him.

 3). This season has been about learning to hear the voice of the Spirit, and obeying His directives for our lives. It has been about being led by Holy Spirit into the ascended life and the consummation of all things.

John 5:24  “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.

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

4). This season has been about discovering our inheritance as sons and making us responsible citizens of His Kingdom.

5). This season has been about learning to live by faith, being empowered by Holy Spirit and trusting Yahweh with our life and future. It has been about NOT being moved by what we see, hear feel or think.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

6). This season has been about preparing us for the great spiritual awakening of His sons in this generation. He has torn, healed and raised us up together. He has wounded, bruised and chastened us so that we can be touched and moved by the feeling of humanities weaknesses.

Note: Religion and government are the same. They are all about power and control. He who has the power has the control…

 Note: His sons are waking up to who they are NOT in Him, and it is nothing nice. They have come to understand that they have been denied access and lied to by the forefathers and religious leaders of our time. They are angry, disappointed and determined to break out of the prisons that have kept them bondage for so long. There is a great escape and migration taking place as I speak and they are all singing the same song. ‘We’re not gonna take it – anymore’

7). This season has been about us finding one another in life and becoming properly related to one another in the ongoing apostolic work. It has been about finding points of agreement around which we can align, and about forming alliances with those with whom you can work more closely.

It has been about coming together for His greater Kingdom purpose.

Note: The problem as I see it is, after ten years, many of us are still wandering around in the wilderness, going around the mountain and twiddling our thumbs, as it pertains to the Kingdom Equation and  a better conclusion.  

The Kingdom Equation;

 Agreement + Alignment + Alliance = Advancement

Note: Holy Spirit spoke to me the other day and said; “The last ten years has only been a prelude to what is coming, if my people don’t sincerely repent, change and amend our ways”

The question still remains; “whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

The Apostolic Ministry

1 Corinthians 4:1-21 Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them. The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge. It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don’t even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The Master makes that judgment. So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God. All I’m doing right now, friends, is showing how these things pertain to Apollos and me so that you will learn restraint and not rush into making judgments without knowing all the facts. It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view. I would rather not see you inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay. For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you! It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties.

You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better. I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father. I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself. This is why I sent Timothy to you earlier. He is also my dear son, and true to the Master. He will refresh your memory on the instructions I regularly give all the churches on the way of Christ. I know there are some among you who are so full of themselves they never listen to anyone, let alone me. They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person. But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air. God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life. So how should I prepare to come to you? As a severe disciplinarian who makes you toe the mark? Or as a good friend and counselor who wants to share heart-to-heart with you? You decide. TMSG

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