The Future of the Church…

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-19 NASB)

Peter was given a correct understanding of who Jesus was and for his true confession, he was rewarded with a true confession of who he was in the sight of God and what God would do through him and all after him who held the Apostolic office until the end of time…

God always gives back better than what He enables us to give Him… 🙂

I will build My Church…

This is the thought I want to focus on, the fact that Jesus will build His Church…

And the reality is that He will continue to do so until He comes to ‘pick us up’ in the air…

This being true, that Jesus will build His Church, means that we are not responsible to do this for Him…

Specifically, what this means is that we are not responsible to try and drum up enough financial support (from wherever) to make this happen…

What this means as Hudson Taylor said so many years ago in his quote below is that whatever the Lord needs to do He will provide for…

Depend on it.  God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.  He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.

If the Lord hasn’t provided the financial provision for whatever it is that we believe He has told us that He will do, then we need to wait for that financial provision to be made available…

Waiting teaches us to go through that process of the Lord’s word being refined seven times…

The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. (Psalm 12:6 NASB)

After our waiting, we are even more convinced as to the depth and power of what the Lord has promised us…

There is a release of faith in which we experience the releasing of what has been spoken in heaven on earth…

The Apostolic office is the speaking of heaven’s decrees into reality on earth…

It’s not about speaking our will or our desires or our bright ideas into reality as the Lord will not honour these…

It is about becoming surrendered to His will and learning to hear and know (through testing) that what we’re hearing is His will and then the time will come where the Lord will speak that out of us with settled authority – whether it is binding (restraining) or loosing (releasing) – and we’ll know that this has happened in the spiritual atmosphere and will happen in the natural in His time…

But even then after all that, we still need to wait, to wait for the financial provision to be manifested in the natural – we can’t ‘move’ until this happens…

This is God’s final stamp of approval of what He’s told us…

If we wait quietly and don’t try and ‘grab’ on our own behalf what God has said He will provide but instead wait for Him to Supernaturally provide these things, this gives us the most joy before the Lord, in this place of peace we have authority to possess the result of what the Lord has said and His presence fills this and accomplishes the fulfilment of His word…

Turning this around to make it practical, there are many organisations in existence at the present time which would not exist if the above pattern (which I believe to be the Apostolic pattern) were being followed…

These organisations (which are often called churches) are not experiencing the Supernatural flow of heaven’s provision…

They exist based on the donations of those who belong to these organisations…

Some (if not a lot or all) of those donations are solicited from those who belong to those organisations based on fear…

If God owns everything and God has said that He will do something, can’t God do this Supernaturally thus giving His seal of approval to the word which He has (supposedly) spoken?

If God has not provided Supernaturally, then logically speaking that can only mean two things, either, (a) He didn’t say the thing which we believe He did or (b) He is testing us, testing our faith, in the waiting process, to see whether we’ll wait for Him to act (or die waiting) or whether we’ll take matters into our own hands (as the devil tempted Jesus to do in turning the stones into bread when Jesus hungered after His forty day fast) and take God’s place and provide for ourselves…

If we do take God’s place and provide for ourselves then we do not have God’s blessing on the work of our hands…

There is control in that place and the freedom of the Holy Spirit is not there…

The first step in the future of the Church is to come out of that system of control, that is, of financial control…

Only what comes freely from the heart, through the Holy Spirit giving us the generosity and joy to give from our hearts and instructing us to do so Himself without any control from any other source, is what should be given by any of us, then there is no regret…

I believe that no organisation (which calls itself the Lord’s) should request any support or any donations from any of its members to ensure its continued existence…

If it can’t exist with those of us who are leading it trusting the Lord directly to provide, then those of us who are leading those organisations should not be leading them, we should hand them over to those who have chosen to wait on the Lord to provide, or even more poignantly, we should seriously consider whether the organisation we are leading should continue to exist at all, considering before the Lord (and through scripture) whether the Lord has really spoken the vision which our organisation presently exists to execute…

If the only Churches which existed were Churches where the Lord had control of the vision – a.k.a it was His vision – and was providing financially for the fulfilment of that vision – then we would be seeing a true depiction of what Jesus prayed for in John 17 before He faced the cross (this is what we want to be seeing)… 🙂

If all other Churches, who were surrendered to the Lord’s vision for their existence, but haven’t yet received His financial provision, set ourselves to wait, as the one hundred and twenty did in the upper room, then this experience would remove the chaff from all of our lives as we learnt about how insidious our own human control is in all aspects of our lives which the Holy Spirit (in submission to scripture) does not yet have full control over…

This purging would then show us that truly we are, as Jesus said of the Laodicean Church, “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17b NASB) and coming to this position would place us in the position of submission to the Lord, of ceasing from our labours, our dead works, and would place us ready to receive Grace from the Lord… 🙂

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Beauty for Ashes (Upper Room)…

Thank You Lord… 🙂

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Surrounded (Upper Room)…

Amen, So let it be, release a new generation to stand in the victory of Your Name and let us stand until the very end until You come again to reign… 🙂

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The Salvation of the World…

I’m sure I’ve shared this before but feel to share it again as the Lord has been putting this on my heart with greater clarity recently…

The Lord’s plan was to use the nation of Israel to bring His Salvation to the world, from Judea to Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth, as Jesus spoke before He returned to the Right Hand of the Father…

The Gentiles were not to be viewed anymore as unclean but holy (as per Peter’s vision), and the Jewish Church was to spread throughout the world encompassing all who believed, both Jew and Gentile as one new man (as Paul spoke in scripture)…

Jesus is Jewish, from the tribe of Judah, and when we believe in Jesus we are placed ‘in Christ’ and become ‘spiritual Jews’ and are grafted in to ‘the Israel of God’, the group of all saints from all time who have believed in Jesus…

The Church is and always will be a Jewish Church, all that preceded Jesus’s coming in scripture spoke of Him and what He either has now accomplished or will soon accomplish…

Where Israel is spoken of in the prophetic scriptures which still have a future fulfillment it is the above definition of Israel which is in God’s Mind as He is speaking…

When the Lord speaks in Isaiah 54 or Isaiah 45, for example, He is speaking to those who may be either Jewish or Gentile by blood, who are part of ‘the Israel of God’ spiritually, who will join with God by going “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16) with the gospel, believing that this is the time of the restoration of Israel and believing that through the restoration of Israel the world will be saved (Romans 11)…

This is the grand plan of scripture, God choosing a nation, seeking for their salvation and through their salvation bringing salvation to the rest of the world…

God commenced this work with Abraham (while still a Gentile), made him a Jew (through the covenant of circumcision) and promised that through his Seed (Jesus) all the nations of the earth would be blessed and that his (spiritual) offspring would be as many as the stars in the sky or the sand on the seashore…

Paul tells us in scripture that we are all children of Abraham by faith (Galatians 3:7)…

Thus, the Household of Faith is a Jewish house (with Gentile origins)…

See the balance?

How can God bless any ‘Gentile Church’ who neglects their Jewish roots by not going to the Jew first?

Romans 11 is so clear that it’s not going to be until the Jewish nation is restored to faith that the salvation of the world will occur…

Romans 11 is also clear that if the ‘Gentile Church’ neglects their responsibility to their Jewish roots that they, as wild olive branches, will be ‘cut off’…

When one suffers, all suffer…

Any mention of Revival which we hear about which is not (ultimately) focused on the salvation of the Jewish nation first, is not going to be blessed by God…

It is a counterfeit…

God’s focus is on the salvation of Israel, the physical nation, the blood nation, of Israel…

Once they are saved they will lead the greatest missionary effort which the world has ever seen resulting in the salvation of the world…

When I say that I am waiting, what I am saying is that I am waiting for the Lord to enable me to move in the above calling…

To align me to be able physically and practically to move in the above calling…

In my heart, I am surrendered to this calling and to make it my top priority until the nation of Israel is saved, the missionary explosion to the world is taking place and to continue to fan the flame of the salvation of Israel right until there is no more time, i.e. until Jesus returns…

“for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.” Matthew 10:23b NASB

This is what I want to live for…

I am in an incubation or waiting phase at this point in time, waiting to be released into this call…

Everything else I’m doing (in submission to the Holy Spirit) is focused on this objective, which I believe is surrendered to the will of God…

I believe the Lord has shown me my place in all this and that I am to wait for its fulfillment, for it can only be fulfilled by Him, in His timing, for His glory, for my good and for the good of everyone else who will come to know Him… 🙂

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“Trusting Me for your pleasure”…

“I spoke to you previously Andrew, while you were in Manila, about trusting Me for your pleasure”…

“You have made the decision to do this and I am honouring this in your life”…

“You will grow in your ability, practically, to trust Me for your pleasure”…

“You have sat before Me and asked Me how it is that you can surrender more to be able to experience trusting Me for your pleasure as a way of life – to practically experience this in your life”…

“There is nothing that you can do to make this happen”…

“I am working it in you – there is nothing you can do to make it happen – I told you this on a separate occasion in Manila also – I am working everything together for My Glory”…

“When you judge others the judgement you have on others falls on you – do not judge”…

“Do not judge anyone – everyone that you have ever judged – repent – then you will be free”…

“No one is able to do any better than I enable them to do – this does not take away their responsibility for their actions, but you are not God – I am – and you cannot judge them for you do the same things – in other areas – yourself”…

“Stop judging others and you will be released from your sin – every sin – you will be released from it – they will all go as you stop judging others”…

“View others as you view yourself – forgive others as you forgive yourself”…

“Petition Me for others as you petition Me for yourself”…

“In unity, you will be established and the whole world will worship Me”, declares the Lord…

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“I am speaking to you”…

“I am speaking to you and I am saying that everything you have been through will be woven together for My Glory”…

“No Andrew, I am speaking this to you, to you personally”…

“Everything which you have been through, which you have viewed as a convoluted and windy trail, as a waste of time and as a sidetrack, a trip to fantasy land, all these things and all that you have learnt through those experiences, I am winding together, binding them together, all the take away lessons which you have learnt, for My Glory”…

“It’s not ‘too late’ for you, you will hear from Me, about the deepest parts of your life, you will hear from Me and I will speak to you and you will find Me in the deepest parts of your life”…

“You have surrendered everything to Me in the deepest parts of your life and now, now, at this time of your life, you will find Me, I will be found by you, why Andrew?”…

“Why is because you have come to the end of yourself and given up your pursuit, your selfish pursuit to know these answers for your own selfish pleasure”…

“You have realized that you will never know these things and never get closure in these issues because no matter what you do, how you petition Me, I never answer you”…

“I oppose you when you are proud, practically proud”…

“I am found by you when you are humble, practically humble”…

“It is My Grace which makes you practically humble and thus enabled to find Me and I have now poured out My Grace on you to find Me, to find Me in these deepest parts of yourself, in the parts of yourself which are the most practically empty and painful, in the parts of yourself which are the most parched and barren and dry and dusty”…

“In your deepest longings you will find Me, I will be ‘right there’ because I am now the focus of your life”…

“You will be found by Me because you are in surrender to Me as your Source for the rest of your life”…

“You know that there is no other source”…

“You will now learn to walk as though there is no other source”…

“I do not promise you an instant transformation”…

“What I do promise you is steady growth for the rest of your life in this path of transformation”…

“Steady growth in your knowledge, practical knowledge, of Me as your Provider in every aspect, especially these deepest aspects, of your life”…

“You have been deceived, in your life, you have been deceived”…

“I have allowed this deception to bring you even closer to Me, even closer to My Voice, where you long, even more deeply, for My Voice and to hear Me speaking to you, through My Word and through My Spirit speaking directly to you in accordance with My Word, the scripture”…

“I have allowed deception to bring you closer to My Heart so that My Spirit can speak His Word to you, which is in accordance with scripture, My Word to you is your life and will be your life for the rest of your time on earth”…

“What is the point of what I have put you through Andrew? This pilgrimage which I have had you on?”…

“The point is to come to that place which I spoke to you of in that parable which your brother shared with you about the Prince going out into the desert with His Betrothed, about you following until you collapse and die”…

“You have now collapsed and died”…

“You have now given up”…

“You have now been brought to the end of yourself”…

“Now you will learn about true faith”…

“At the end of all human striving and effort, there is the release of Divine Freedom”…

“I will set you, practically, free”…

“Nothing will stop you”…

“This will not be instantaneous, this will be progressive”…

“But you will see it and you will marvel”…

“Everything I do in you from here on out is for My Glory”…

“I will receive the Glory for everything I achieve in you and through you from here on out because you have given up”…

“You have ‘let go’ and are now trusting Me for the results”…

“You know that you can do ‘no better’ for the rest of your life and now practically you have released Me to do better through you and on your behalf so that you can know Me”…

“I am in you and through you Andrew, until the end of the age”…

“Nothing will stop Me achieving what I have spoken that I will do through you”…

“You will watch and you will be amazed”…

“All that you have gone through will be seen through this vision”…

“The stained glass window of the vision which I have for your life will become evident to you and you will be able to see through it, clearly”…

“What you have not been able to see previously you will now be able to see”…

“I will be with you forever and I will give you rest”, declares the Lord who has mercy upon you, “and loves you with an everlasting Love”, declares the Lord…

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Whosoever will may come…

This blog post has been percolating through my mind for a few days maybe even weeks now as I’ve contemplated something which the Lord started to talk to me about back in 2012 relating to my own personal life…

It was something which He said about willingness which started this whole train of thought off and it’s been percolating in the background since but really been coming to the boil over the last few weeks and now to the point of sharing…

It’s not those who say they will journey with you and express that in beautiful tones, like music to your ears, but those who actually come and roll up their sleeves and do it, who we are to invest our lives in to ensure that they are successful in the call on their life…

Jesus told a similar parable in Matthew 21:28-32 (NASB),

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”They said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.

There’s another couple of scriptures (in bold below) related to this which I never understood either which He’s just shone His light on over the last few days,

“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NASB)

For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 (NASB)

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 (NASB)

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 (KJV)

There are different calls, there is a general call where the Lord has a plan for each and every persons’ life and if that person is willing to come to Him (‘whosoever will may come’) and then surrender to Him and continue to let Him take possession of them, then that call will become a complete reality in their lives…

In that sense, everyone is called…

Those who actually respond to that call, actually surrender to the Lord and actually continue to let Him take possession of them are the ‘called, chosen and faithful’…

Within the definition of ‘faithful’ I believe are the sub-groups of 30 fold, 60 fold, and 100 fold…

I believe that relates to how much of us the Lord manages to practically possess throughout our journey, the more of us the Lord manages to practically possess, the more fruitful we are…

It is possible to be ‘chosen’, i.e. given the gift of salvation, without being ‘faithful’, as 2 Timothy 2:13 indicates,

If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Also, as 1 Corinthians 5:5 states,

I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

This is because anyone who joins himself to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him…

But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17 (NASB)

So prophetically we see the future and see other people, specific people, with us in that future and believe that they will be with us and begin to invest time in prayer to see them with us, in unity with us, towards that future…

But then part-way through that process as we commit all that to the Lord, we begin to hear the Lord telling us something different, that, “Such and such is not willing to come” and that His plan that He’s already shown us prophetically, which had His stamp of approval, is no longer going to happen through them… 😦

This can be ‘soul-destroying’ for us as prophetic intercessors and can leave us questioning the integrity of God, questioning His reliability and questioning His honesty…

It also makes us double our efforts in praying for that particular person or people and petitioning God for Him to change His Mind but after we do this we get to a place where we see that this is not going to happen and we let go of what He initially told us and trust Him for the result…

This is where He explains to us, ‘whosoever will may come’…

Adam and Eve were meant to be together, the Lord provided all they needed…

Eve decided to leave Adam for the promise of the forbidden fruit…

Adam decided to leave God to stay with Eve…

The dream was ended…

Abraham told his servant the below,

“The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. “But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” Genesis 24:7-8 (NASB)

So on the one hand, “you will take a wife for my son from there” but on the other hand, “if the woman is not willing… then you will be free…”…

Thus we see that the Lord can tell us that something will happen but if the other party isn’t willing then we are free in that instance, our faith and our believing were good but we are released…

This is a great freedom for the prophetic intercessor, otherwise, there is no release from the burden which we are carrying and we go ‘over and over and over’ with God petitioning and fighting with God (as Jacob did that night) to get what He originally told us was His plan to fulfill…

There’s something very powerful about the biblical principle of ‘in the loins of…’ in relation to this topic…

And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. Hebrews 7:9-10 (NASB)

for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 (NASB)

Because the gifts and the calling of God – the thing He wants doing and the ability to get it done – are irrevocable and because God’s word doesn’t return to Him void but achieves everything for which He sent it, it is possible for the call on one person’s life, when rejected by that person (due to their lack of action in accepting it, no matter what they say with their mouth), to pass on down to the next person on God’s list, and down and down and down until God finds someone who is practically willing to fulfill that call and give themselves fully to Him for Him to work that call through them, Amen? 🙂

This should be really encouraging for us as prophetic intercessors…

Elijah was told that he would do three things by God after he fled from Jezebel but in reality, the first and second of those three things, ie. anointing Hazael as king of Syria and Jehu as king of Israel, Elijah never personally completed…

Elisha, his successor completed the Hazael task and we read that Elisha delegated the Jehu task to one of the sons of the prophets, who completed that task…

Thus Elijah’s task (or call) was delegated to Elisha…

Moses task (or call) was delegated to Joshua…

Peter’s task (or call) as Apostle to the Gentiles was delegated to Paul…

There we have examples of God getting His word (His vision or purpose) fulfilled, through whoever was willing…

The same is true today with the Apostolic Mantle which I believe proceeds down from generation to generation waiting for someone to take it up – Jesus’ final words to us before He went back to heaven about ‘discipling the nations’, ‘baptizing the nations’ and ‘teaching the nations to observe all that He commanded us’…

That Apostolic Anointing is still available today – David replaced Saul – David was willing to ‘serve God’s purpose in his generation’ (Acts 13:36) – where the word ‘served’ means literally like a rower on a ship (most likely a galley slave would have been the meaning in view there)…

The Lord tells us in Daniel 4:17 (NASB) that He gives His authority ‘to the lowliest of men’…

The ‘lowliest of men’ are those people who are willing to submit themselves to the Lord and trust that He will do everything in them – not to strive to prove that they can do it but to trust that God will do it through them – this is true humility and the absence of pride…

So God waits to be gracious to us…

Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18 (NASB)

Even if we’ve been the son who first refused but afterward went and actually did it, the thing his father wanted him to do, this delights the heart of God, until our heart is set on being forever unwilling to come to the Lord to fulfill His will (His call) on our lives, I believe the door is always open from the Lord to use us in whatever way He still can while we remain on earth…

It might be that we are the pot which was marred in the Potter’s Hand (Jeremiah 18:4), but even so He will still make something beautiful out of the remainder of our lives when we come back to Him in repentance for our unwillingness – it might be that we don’t complete the initial call which He had on our lives – but then it might be that we complete the unfinished portions of a call which was on someone else’s life…

It is true that we need to ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found’ (Isaiah 55:6a NASB) and in my experience in praying for certain ones there have been times where the Lord has shown me that the time given for a certain one to be willing to surrender to Him and to accept the call that He has placed on their lives has come to an end and that what He had planned will no longer occur…

I wondered about this and the Lord explained it to me in this way – none of us are islands – our lives and our willingness to submit to the Lord affect other people, we have ‘flow on’ or ‘ripple’ effects on others…

If someone else in our sphere of influence who needs our input is willing to ‘go on’ with God but we are not then for their sake the Lord needs to bring others into their lives to fulfill those things which we have not been able to due to our unwillingness to submit to the Lord…

The surrendered one cannot suffer (long-term, in the short term there is suffering) for the lack of surrender of the unwilling one – as ‘no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly’ (Psalm 84:11b NASB)…

At the end of the day – everything God does is good – so whatever part we can play with Him is a blessing to us and reveals His Character to us – He gets done what He needs to get done through whoever is willing and available at any point in time on His earth…

It is our privilege to partner with Him in this… 🙂

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’ Daniel 4:35 (NASB)

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