SERMON DEC. 31st & JAN. 7th (2018)
VISION FOR EWC
This word is so important that I’m writing it for you as instructed in Habakkuk 2:2, “The Lord said, write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that they may run who reads it.” Also, Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint.” Without revelation we lose our sense of direction and purpose, but with revelation that is embraced is renewed excitement about our purpose and destiny. There is something very important we have been called into – to fall in love with The Word, including the Word we hold and read and The Word Himself.
The Lord has had us on an amazing journey in The Word. It all began almost 2 years ago when the Lord began to open insights into the Kingdom of God, then into the Goodness of God, then into gates and doors, and then into a greater understanding of the authority Jesus died and rose again to give us. I have never experienced anything like the way the Holy Spirit has led and taken us on such an amazing journey. We are getting close to our destination – get ready to carry His glory and authority and bring about real revival in the nations. It’s important that you don’t doubt God being able to do His mighty works thru you. Your past is just history and your future is His story unfolding in you. Keep your heart open to the Holy Spirit and trust the way He is leading you – the future will be greater than you ever imagined. There is so much wrong in the natural realm, so much hunger, poverty, distress, disease, and so many lost with no hope. The task is great, but the Word is greater. We may be small, but not with the Word being empowered and released to accomplish all Father sent it to accomplish in and through us.
I know all of us have imagined being on a great adventure and even being the hero. Our walk with God can be that adventure in reality. In Him, life is a mystery that has to be searched, lived, and explored. He has brought us into His Kingdom (Colossians 1:8-13) and all the blessings, benefits, abundance, healing, power and authority, and if we will keep walking into the life He has laid out in front of us, we will have the greatest adventure anyone could ever imagine. Don’t feel like you have to do something to deserve such a life – just allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, stay in the Word, and trust where God is taking you. Don’t grow weary or impatient, and don’t get anxious or worried about anything. Don’t allow yourselves to get so worried, busy or frustrated with life here on earth – it’s just a very short time. Concentrate on the eternal because that will last forever. Build for eternity while you’re here in the temporary life on earth.
God has given two prior words about who EWC is:
- Every member is to carry the healing anointing, just like the healing evangelist of the past but on our entire congregation.
- God has intentionally kept us hidden in order to prepare and establish so that we can accomplish His great plans.
- He has now given a third revelation about who we are and that’s the heart of this teaching and has several parts.
Two passages of scripture will always be at the core of our vision: Ephesians 1:17-23 and I Corinthians 2:4-16. It will help you to become very familiar with both passages. Read them often and think about them, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal more wisdom, revelations, and knowledge to you.
Recently, while praying about our vision, the Holy Spirit spoke 3 things into my spirit:
- The vision for EWC is defined by the revelations we received, or the revelation defines our destiny and purpose showing us that we are to be a part of a great breakthrough of the Kingdom of God into the earth. You see, God desires for us to receive our place of authority in the earth and release His power, glory and the great revival. Earth is groaning for the manifestation of the sons of God and waiting for us to do what it can’t do. Romans 8:19-22, “For the earnest expectations of creation eagerly waits for the manifestation (revealing) of the sons of God. For creation is subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it but with hope, for creation will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. For we know that the whole of creation groans and labors with birth pangs, until now.”
- The dilemma of seeing the authority and not manifesting it in the earth reveals our assignment in that we can no longer be satisfied living below (Romans 3:23) what Jesus suffered to bring us into. We have now come too far into the purposes and heart of Father to turn back. We understand too much to not press into this revelation until it manifest in our lives. Jesus imparted this truth to us: John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory I had with You before the world was.” And John 17:22, “And the glory You have given Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are.” Then Paul described the authority and glory given and the dilemma of not yet seeing it, in Hebrews 2:8-10, “You have put all things in subjection under his (mans) feet. For in that you put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that was not put in subjection under him, but now we do not see all things in subjection under him. But we do see Jesus (who has regained all the authority and glory) who was made a little lower than the angels for the purpose of suffering death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by grace might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, by who are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons into (His) glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect (complete) through His sufferings.” There’s nothing lacking in Jesus, but we must keep our eyes on Him and all He finished for us so that we can manifest His authority and glory in the earth. One more scripture about the glory – Isaiah 40:5, “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” We are living in the day these promises and this glory and authority shall be revealed and all will see it! Praise God!
- He wants to form us from a dream of His heart (Hebrews 2:6, “What is man that You are mindful of him…”), not from the pattern of modern churches. He wants us to allow the Holy Spirit to continue the journey and see what His Word fully believed could create and produce, even if that makes us look different from the norm. There are shorter ways to grow a church, but those ways will not take us into His dream of us. If we will trust Him, we will see greater things. I’m reminded of Exodus 19:4 and the eternal purpose in Father’s heart – “How I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself.”
In order to understand the vision God has for us, we must see and understand clearly and get fully established in the authority He has given us as His body. I’m going to try to give you all that I’ve been hearing and learning through study. There will be a lot of detail, but spend time mediating and receiving the Word. There is still a lot we need to learn and understand about our authority and how and where we are to use it.
I John 5:1-5, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the anointed One) is born of God, and everyone who loves Father loves the One born of Him. We know we love God’s children by this, when we love God and keep His commandments (Word). For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments (Word), and His commandments are not a burden. For everyone born of God overcomes (subdues and has dominion authority) the world, and the victory that overcomes the world is this – our faith.”
It cannot be any clearer than this: Since we are born of God; therefore, we have dominion authority and we overcome the world – period. That settles it forever! Get your hearts around this truth because it’s in this truth our true destiny will emerge.
Let’s look at the things and the ways Jesus taught His disciples and how He taught us as well in the book of Mark.
Mark 1:14-15 Jesus began His ministry declaring, “The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has arrived so repent and believe this Gospel (Good News).” Verse 17 Jesus called the disciples to follow Him. Then in 21-28 Jesus goes to the synagogue in Capernaum and astonishes them with His teaching, for He taught as One with authority. In the synagogue (they permitted the demon in the synagogue) was a man with a demon who cried out “Let us alone. What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked the spirit and it convulsed him, cried with a loud voice and came out of Him. Now they were all amazed! They said, what doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the demons and they obey Him. And His fame spread and they brought the sick and demon possessed and He healed them all. Verse 40-42 Jesus heals the leper
Then in chapter 2 the story of the 4 friends that lower the paralytic man thru the roof. Jesus forgives his sins. The scribes thought this blasphemy but Jesus said in vs. 10, “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power (exousia or authority) on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralytic, Arise, take up your bed and go to your house.” They were all amazed and glorified God saying, we’ve never seen anything like this. The Kingdom and its authority will change the norm!
Let’s go to chapter 3. After healing a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath He takes His disciple up on a mountain – 13-15 and He appointed the 12 “that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have power (the same exousia or authority) to heal and to cast out demons”. Do you see the shift? Jesus just gave them clearly His authority and expected them to function in that authority. He will want them to use and function in this authority and not depend on Him to do everything needed. Never separate from Him, but in submission to His mission bringing forth the plans and will of Father with this authority.
He continues to teach, and in Chapter 4 He teaches the great parable of the sower of the Word, then about their light hidden under a basket, sowing the seed of the Word, then in verse 35-41 the story of Jesus giving the Word to “cross over to the other side”. The windstorm was great and waves were coming into the boat. Jesus was asleep in the stern. The disciples (which means learners of the ways of the Master) woke Him up and said, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” (By the way this is a very lousy prayer – lol). So He gets up and rebukes the wind and says, “Peace be still” and all became calm. Jesus says to them, “why were you so fearful?” “How is it that you have no faith?” They still didn’t get it and wondered who this was that even the wind and sea obey Him. What was He teaching them?____________________________________ He expected them to use the authority He had both shown them and given them and go to the other side. His mission was unfolding on the other side and He expected them to use their faith and stop letting the enemy control them. Many times we think God isn’t paying attention to our storms, but He’s in peace trusting the Word He gave us to be mixed with our faith and trust and gain the victory. You can’t have authority over a storm you can’t sleep in the middle of.
So in Chapter 5 they get to the other side and encounter the reason they came and the reason the enemy sent a storm to stop them – the demonic man that lived in the Gadarenes. I’m sure the disciples were puzzled and thought we fought thru a storm for this – a meeting with a crazy man. But there was more going on than what they saw. The demons knew who Jesus was (vs.7) and feared the authority Jesus carried, which was real and He cast them out and set the man free. He then wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus sent him back to Decapolis where he told everyone all that Jesus had done for him. When Jesus returned there was a great revival. The revival would have been missed if the authority to stop the storm and free the crazy guy, hadn’t been used.
The disciples were with Him when Jairus the ruler of the synagogue came a begged Jesus to come and heal his daughter who was at the point of death. On the way Jesus heals the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years, when the friends of Jairus came and told him that it’s too late, Jairus’s daughter had died. Jesus said “do not be afraid, only believe.” This is what He would say to us when we are facing a test or storm. He took His disciples with Him with Jairus and his wife and raised the daughter from the dead. He was demonstrating what He expected the disciples and us to do! We are not to allow the enemy to bring us into fear but with our faith bring forth the victory.
In chapter 6, Jesus comes to Nazareth and enters the synagogue and teaches from His authority and they were astonished and said “Where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him that such mighty works are performed by His hands? Then beginning in verse 7, Jesus again sends them out with authority and in verses 12-13, “So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them”.
Do you think Jesus had confidence in their understanding of the authority they carried and their faith? Do you think He expected them to do great exploits and win great victories over the enemy? What does He expect of us, of you? ________________________________________________
Well, let’s continue in Mark and see what He expected His disciples to do. In Mark 6:30-44, the disciples gather around Jesus and recount all things they had done (with the authority He gave them) and all that they had taught. Jesus pulled them aside to a deserted place for rest and restoration. Don’t miss this important lesson – we need to have alone time with Jesus in the presence of the Holy Spirit to fill us and restore us for more adventures and victories. We must learn to abide in Him and wait for instructions, insights, and anointing’s.
The people followed them and Jesus being moved with compassion began to teach them. Towards the end of the day the disciples came to Jesus and suggested the people be sent into the surrounding country and villages in order to get bread, for they have nothing to eat. Jesus said something that stunned them and many followers today -He said, “You give them something to eat.” Now Jesus knew there wasn’t enough food in the natural to feed them. But what did they have? ____________________________________
They had His authority, faith, and they had the Word from The Word to provide food – “you give them to eat”. There was food there that was ready to be multiplied. Jesus knew what was possible and wanted them to get this major revelation. So Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, and looking into heaven (to see Father) and broke the bread and gave them to the disciples, divided the fish and then let the disciples distribute to all. This miracle was still done by the hands of the disciples. All 5,000 men and uncounted women and children were fed to fullness and they still had 12 baskets of fragments (of bread) and of the fish. Do we understand, what is possible with the authority given to us can do with our faith? ____________________________________ ______________________________________________
The school of the Word is still in session for the disciples, and for us. In Mark 6:45 Jesus “immediately made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side.” There was a great assignment waiting on the other side and it had some urgency in it. The enemy many times sees the importance of what is before us more than we do, and he sends storms of all kinds to discourage and stop us. But storms are nothing but noise unless you empower them with your fear and unbelief (doubt).
Now the disciples were in the middle of the sea and they were fighting the storm with all the natural strength they had and they were losing the battle. Then here comes Jesus walking on the sea and the storm, and would have passed by. This is so important – Jesus saw no problem in this storm- He had fully prepared and equipped His disciples (with His Word) to conquer and overcome it, and get to the other side. They see Jesus and think it’s a ghost. Jesus reassures them, “Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid.” Jesus gets in the boat and the storm and the winds cease. The battle wasn’t all that big and the victory was over when the One with the faith and active authority enters. “Now the disciples were amazed beyond measure, and marveled”. Then verse 52, “For they had not understood about the loaves, because their hearts were hardened.” He had already taught them in Mark 4:11, “that it was given to them to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom”. What happened that their hearts became hard? __________________________ ______________________________________________
Let’s again go back to what He has already taught them. Mark 2:22, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins or else the new wine burst the wineskins and the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined, but new wine needs new wineskins.” You can’t hold on to the ways you’ve always done things and then try to embrace the truth that the Holy Spirit is guiding you into.
We are very secure in our doctrine, but doctrine is like wine and needs new wineskins or wineskins kept flexible and elastic by the oil of the Holy Spirit or our hearts will get hard, unteachable, untrainable, and unyielding to our Father who has much treasure to reveal to us. Treasure that is kept secure for us but we have to keep growing into the full understanding. When we stop and camp, we get a hard heart, which occurs when we start questioning the possibilities in the Word given. What we see as truth will always need to be changed as the Holy Spirit takes us into deeper insights, deeper into the thoughts and plans of the heart of Father. Our doctrine must always line up with the heart of Father. Remember Jesus is always “looking up into heaven” seeing into the heart of Father. We are not in a relationship with our doctrine, but with Him, The Word, the One who has all doctrine.
Are you starting to see what God is calling us into? How would you define our calling from what you’ve learned so far? _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________
Let’s jump over to Mark 11:22-26. The three authorities that God wants us to function in today as we live life with the faith of God:
- The first authority Jesus gave us is the authority over the natural realm is seen clearly in Mark 11:23, “For assuredly (a settled truth) I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatsoever he says.” And in Matthew 21:21, “So Jesus answered and said unto them, Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and doubt not, you will not only do what I did to this fig tree, but if you say to this mountain, be thou removed and cast into the sea, it will be done.” Our problem is it’s hard to move from our total faith in the natural and believe we can use our authority to change the natural. We have been trained all our lives to trust the natural. When I throw a ball up into the air, I know it will come back down, why? I believe in gravity. This is a big hurdle to get over. The key is that we have to train our minds and hearts to trust the Word without any doubt. The world is desperate to see and experience the supernatural world of our Father. In our trust of the natural, we are allowing to natural to control. We are allowing the storms to continue without anyone to stop them. Diseases are running rampant and the natural man is trying to stop what God intended His Body to do – a healthy body fights disease – so does His body! We can sit back no longer. In fact, we are the only ones given this authority to make such significant changes.
Let’s go deeper and look at Matthew 16:19, “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom (I put you in charge of what is allowed to function on earth), and whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven.” We need Ephesians 6:12 to understand this amazing Word. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens.”
These speak of the same realm of the heavens. Whoever controls the gates on earth or whoever binds or allows to be loosed on earth, control what can function in the heavens – the realm where both demons and angels move and function. We need to be very active in binding the powers of darkness in our lives, families, churches, cities, states, and nations, and we need to be very active in allowing the angels free access to bring the resources of The Kingdom of God into our natural realm. This is a major revelation – don’t treat this lightly – there is great power, resources, blessings, strengths, insights, healings, and provisions that angels can help us release in our spheres of responsibility.
Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things.” Adam was given God’s authority to design and oversee the natural world. We have been restored to that same level of authority by Jesus. To do this we need heaven’s resources, we need “all things” from Father or we will depend on our natural strengths to try to fulfill our assignment. Bill Johnson said, “Our assignment from God will require the use of “all things” to be under our supervision in order to accomplish the great purposes of God in and on the earth.”
It is very important for us to understand that if we are going to exercise power and authority in the natural realm, we must be in charge of the words we release and design our words to be effective all the time. Words have power! Proverbs 18:20-21, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied by the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Life and death are in the power (or control) of the tongue and those who love it (or love how they speak) will its fruit.” The Holy Spirit spoke a new term in my spirit – He said to create a “Word path” in your life so that the “life” in the Word could produce all that is in the Word – allowing the Word to be the epicenter of my speech. He reminded me that this would cause angels to respond in my life with joy. Psalms 103:20, “Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His Word, heeding to the voice of His Word.” Acts 17:28 says “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” We can’t be casual or sloppy in our speech and then try to have power and authority in the midst of a storm. We don’t play the game of denying that a sickness is in our bodies, but deny its right to stay – we speak to it as a real thing and expect it to go! You can’t live in two worlds – we have to choose – live with authority or let nature rule over us. Learn to speak to sickness and command it leave. See this: In the Old Covenant, if you touch a leper you are unclean, but in the New Covenant if you touch a leper, they are made clean.
The authority given to us is astonishing, amazing, and carries dominion force. See this in Colossians 1:10-11, “That we would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of the Lord. We pray that you are strengthened (enabled to handle the “dunamis” power) with all might (“dunamis” power) according to His glorious power (“kratos” or dominion force and rule)…” I pray the Holy Spirit guides us into this truth in all its dominion power.
The 2nd authority given to us by Jesus is the authority to ask and to receive which is clearly seen in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatsoever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.” Hear what Jesus said about asking as recorded by John, the disciple that Jesus loved; John 15:7, “If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you (treat His Word as life itself), you will ask what you desire and it will be done for you.” John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I choose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you.” John 14:14, “If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.” And John 16:23-24, “Most assuredly I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My Name He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and you shall receive that your joy may be full.”
Remember, this is the living Word Himself saying this to us. We have to learn when to speak to things and when to ask for things. We speak to the things He has put under our authority and we ask for the things that are in His control.
We are to ask for things like our inheritance, greater anointing, peace, wisdom, insight, revelations, knowledge, and understanding into things we don’t understand. Pray Ephesians 1:17-23 and believe you receive every Word in this passage. This we know – we don’t ask Him to fix the things that He expects us to use our authority and speak to them ourselves and bring about the needed change. Many times, we pray long agonizing prayers that are not effective because we are praying out of unbelief and fear or just hoping God will intervene for us.
Also, we don’t ask for the things He has already given to us. This one is hard for us – we don’t ask Him to heal us because He has already healed us – He will help us in our lack of understanding, but He will lead us to where we learn to speak to sickness the way He did and bring about the healing. This is where He is leading us and it identifies who He sees us being.
Go to Matthew 9:20-22 and the story of the women healed of the issue of blood. She said, “If I can only touch His garment, I will be made well.” Notice, she didn’t ask Jesus to heal her but spoke the word and believed. Jesus turned and said, “Your faith has made you well.” She wasn’t depending on the faith of Jesus but came believing for the miracle herself – it was her faith. I can go on to many more illustrations but let’s move on – I think you see where Jesus is leading us and teaching us.
The 3rd Authority is the authority to forgive which is clearly seen in Mark 11:25, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Heavenly Father may forgive you.”
Forgiveness opens the way for the Kingdom to enter, while judgement opens the way for the enemy to “kill, steal, and destroy”. We need to learn to keep the gate of forgiveness open. One of the most outlandish teachings and instructions that Jesus gave is in John 20:21-23, “So Jesus said to them again, Peace to you, as the Father has sent Me, I also send you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” We carry the same assignment that Jesus carried. We are to continue all that He started and released into our care. Always remember this – we have been freely forgiven so we have no choice but to forgive freely.
I’ve said all this to show you the revelation of our authority that reveals our purpose, destiny, and vision. We as a church are to manifest this revelation which will be a major part of the great end-time revival. Let’s embrace it in its fullness and see where this journey in the Word will take us. Let’s look at two passages in James that give us some clarification with our speaking and asking: James 1:6-7, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man think that he will receive anything from the Lord.” It very simple – asking and speaking require faith without doubting!
James 4:3, “You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss so that you can consume it on your lusts,” We have authority because we are in submission to the King and Lord as His representatives and never use it to accomplish the things we want as if we were in control of everyone – it’s His authority we are using and it’s His mission we are completing. We must remain humble and committed to bringing about every plan of His heart.
James 4:7, “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you ” Submission to Jesus enforces our authority and every form of the enemy recognizes it and flees.
The second truth the Holy Spirit spoke to me was that our identity was embedded in the dilemma. We see this dilemma in Romans 8:19-21, “For creation eagerly awaits the revelation or manifestation of the sons of God. For creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of the one who subjected it – in hope that the creation itself will be set free from bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of the sons of God.” We see the condition of creation but we don’t see the manifestation of the glorious freedom of the sons of God – this is the dilemma. We are the ones carrying the flag of freedom or the flag of the Kingdom and all of creation is longing and looking to see the flag off in the distance coming to their rescue. It’s the old time picture of the cavalry with the flag and bugle (the sound of praise).
We can also see this clearly in Hebrews 2:5-11, “For He has not put the world to come of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying, What is man that You are mindful of him? Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels (This is quoted from Psalms 8:5 which says He made us a little lower that Elohim Himself). You have crowned him with glory and honor and set him (originally Adam and restored thru Jesus) over the works of Your hand (but we never have authority over His hand). You have put all things in subjection under his feet (we are His body therefore we are His feet). For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him, BUT now we do not yet see all things put under him (the dilemma). BUT we do see Jesus (which is why we must keep our eyes on Him) who also was made a little lower than the angels (He became one of us), for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor (restored what Adam lost), that He, by the grace of God, might taste of death for everyone (so that all of us can be restored to the place of authority that Adam lost). For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons into (this) glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect (complete) through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified, are all one for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brothers.”
This is the picture: God placed His man in the garden with the authority to subdue and have dominion. Man was deceived and surrendered it to satan, and then Jesus came as one of us to go to the cross in order to pay the price in full for our failure to keep what was given to us. He then restored us to that place that Adam lost, but we are not seeing the restoration of things because man remains deceived by satan. We still think we have to wait for His 2nd coming as if His 1st coming was not enough. We must keep our eyes off what is incomplete or not working according to God’s plan, and keep our eyes on Jesus who has restored us and our authority.
The Holy Spirit said to me that our identity is embedded in this dilemma. While I can’t describe what we will look like, I can say we are to be a part of His body that rises up into their authority and turn the tables on satan and start releasing healing where he is spreading sickness and disease, release prosperity where the enemy is spreading poverty, and releasing wholeness, peace, forgiveness, and love in the midst of a world that is being destroyed by murder, hate, fear, hunger, thirst, and hopelessness. That’s who we are to be!
The third part of the Word about our identity and destiny is that God Himself wants to form us from the dream in His heart. Can you imagine that you are in the dreams of God? It’s born out of our friendship with Him. Remember when Abraham seemed to change God’s heart about wiping out the Israelites and starting over. I believe God wanted Abraham to talk to Him like a friend – it’s all about co-laboring with God – to so love Him and are so loved by Him, that we enjoy the same things and the same plans. I love Proverbs 8:31, “Rejoicing in the inhabited world, and My delight is with the sons of men.” This is Jesus speaking as wisdom and He reveals that He delights in us. I Kings 8:15-17, “He said, Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my Father David, and has fulfilled it by His hand, saying; since the day I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city of all the tribes of Israel to build a house for My Name, but I have chosen David to be over My people Israel. Now it was in the heart of my Father David to build a house for the Name Adonai, the God of Israel.” God wants to choose us, not a plan – it’s always personal with God, all about the relationship, partnering, co-laboring, and dreaming together.
Just let the excitement of being made from God’s dream fill you as you pursue Him and His plans for us. We are in a season where God is giving us new assignments, new commissions, new battlefield promotions, and new insights into the exploits He has designed for us. Old patterns will give way to new strategies. We have entered a time of shifting and acceleration.
Listen for new sounds of praise as they will be keys to breakthrough. Praise will be one of the most important aspects of our walking with God and He desires for new sounds to emerge, new expressions, new forms and new songs. God is doing a new thing – don’t be distracted and miss Him.
I’ll end with Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of me. Brothers, I do count myself to have apprehended but one thing I do, forgetting the past I reach forward to the things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
This is a developing revelation and will therefore need to be added to and corrected as He reveals. This is just about reading the road map of the ancient ways of God and His Word and learning as we go. Keep your heart open and keep asking for wisdom to understand His ways, will, and Word. Wow! What a journey! What an adventure! What a God!
Dec 31, 2017
VISION FOR EWC
I’ve heard two things that give insight to our vision. The first was that the revelation given identifies who we are and what we are called to do. The second was that the dilemma between what we see and what we are experiencing reveals what we are called to bring forth. The revelation of our authority over the natural and demonic realms is therefore the very thing we are being called to carry and manifest in the earth. Jesus has always wanted His church to fully believe every Word and bring them into our world. You are probably wondering about the dilemma. I’m struck by the statement in Hebrews 2:8, “You have put all things in subjection under his feet (our feet), for in that He put all things in subjection under him (mankind, that His mind is so full thinking about), He left nothing that is not under his feet. But now we do not see all things put under him.” It goes on to say that we do see Jesus who has won the victory to regain our place and in verse 10, He (Jesus) is bringing many sons to glory or to the God given place of authority in the earth. The dilemma is that we have been placed in the place of authority but we are not seeing that authority manifested in the earth. Our vision is to press into this truth until we do see it being manifested in the earth. It’s a big assignment, and “all things are possible to him that believes”. We are going to let the Word run free in our lives, and remove the unbelief that has stopped many in the past. We have solid doctrine, but we must keep our wineskins elastic by the oil of the Holy Spirit, or we will develop hardened hearts (see Mark 6:52) that cannot be taken into the deep things of God and into being a church that can change the way things unfold in the earth. We must become more aware of the moving of the Holy Spirit and flow with Him and live in His authority and power. Let’s let Proverbs 24:3-4 be the pattern; “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. By knowledge and revelation the rooms are filled with all precious (rare & costly) and pleasant (delightful )riches (treasures, wealth or substance).”