Category Archives: Ministry

Blessed be THE Name

Acts 3:16  
The name of Jesus healed a man

Acts 8:9-13 
Philip preached concerning the Kingdom and the name of Jesus

Acts 16:16-18
Paul cast out a demon in the name of Jesus

Acts 26:6-11 
Paul was working against the name of Jesus

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:14-21  
Solomon built a house for the name of the Lord

Psalm 7:17   
The Lord’s name is praised

Psalm 122  
The Lord’s name is thanked

Deuteronomy 12:1-12 
The Lord’s name is a dwelling place

Psalm 100
The Lord’s name should be blessed

Praise His Holy Name!

Pour Your Oil

Elisha multiplied oil - 2 Kings 4:1-7 
Jesus multiplied fish - Mark 6:30-44
You don’t have to be called to leadership in ministry to be called to serious ministry - 
John 15:16 / 1 Corinthians 12:18

It did not take but a little bit of faith for Peter to walk on the water -- Matthew 14:22-33
You don’t have to have much in your vessel if your pipeline goes to heaven by faith.
Jesus divided 2 fish between 12 apostles. They divided them among the thousands of people.
If the servants who gathered the stone jugs and filled them with water for Jesus had stopped along the way to taste what He sent to the master of the banquet, would it have just been water for them? They were obedient, though, and took it to the man who could have beaten them if it had still been water, and it was amazing wine.
Stop looking at your oil and pour it.
Stop counting your fish and serve them.
There will be enough.

 

Odds & Oddities

People argue about how many adults were in the crowd Moses led out of Egypt. I hear ranges from 1 to 6 million.

Trim all the fat out of the picture you like, and pretend we know there were 1,102,303. Based on that pretense, let’s create some minimal odds. Joshua and Caleb we don’t have to guess at. 2 people out of however many (1,102,303 pretentiously, today only) is a pretty small percentage.

If the perspective is typical (as in type / antitype), the odds of you being successful at a calling that is not maintenance of some tradition are not good. Half a million to one, you won’t be and do what Yahweh has called you to if it’s new or if it disrupts the status quo.

No problem with those odds when you are an oddity, though! Be encouraged! Your awesome God picked you because you are going to be and do what He likes. You are not going to quit, surrender, faint, fail, or die without accomplishing what He put you in the earth for.

He likes doing things that way. He likes embarrassing His enemies and nay-sayers by picking the likes of us to take out or out last the likes of them.

Go be awesome.

Set Like a Diamond

In John 15:16, Jesus told His disciples that He had “ordained” them to go out and bear much fruit. In 1 Corinthians 12:18, when Paul is writing about the ministries each believer brings forth by the working of the one, unifying Holy Spirit, he used the same word Jesus used in John 15:16 when he wrote that “God sets the members in the body just as it pleases Him.”

The common word is translated into English in the John narrative as either “ordained” or “appointed”. In Paul’s letter, it is translated “set”. It describes having been put in place on purpose. You don’t climb into the place or achieve the place, you are put there. You have to get the authority, the power, the freedom, even the information of the assignment, from God.

Presuming to walk into a “calling” prevents your work from being a “calling”. When Jesus “called” Matthew (Mark 2:14) He commanded him to “follow.” When He called you, He commanded you to enter into the identity, purpose, and relationship with Him that make you complete with Him. When you began to follow Him, He then began to reveal to you the burden that He wants to use to motivate you in the calling He designed you to fulfill.

When you accepted the burden and abandoned yourself to it, following His heart in being burdened with it, He began to entrust you with a yoke that He designed just for you, just for your burden, and wants to give you abundant life through your cooperation with Him in the work that flows from your yoke being effectively fastened to your burden.

He did not invite you to drop by the agency and see what career you might be interested in pursuing. He did invite you to be part of the work He is doing in the Earth.

If you are not sure what that work is, ask Him. He wants you to know!

Courage

Maybe it was the greeting cards industry in America that watered down what “encouragement” means. Now, it means something between “comforted” and “cheered up.”

What it really means is the impartation of courage.

If you are trying to bless someone who actually needs a well-fluffed pillow and a nice nap, by all means offer to help them into that. If the person has been assaulted by something or abandoned by someone, has just been told they have cancer, been fired by their 30 year employer, or some similar promise of misery has been dealt to them, they probably need courage. So, give them some of that!

Remind them of their prophetic words. Remind them of Yahweh’s everlasting never failing unquenchable love. Pray for them, then and later. Check on them tomorrow.

Remind them that they are awesome, and that the real battle is what this lion or bear is preparing them for – something like Goliath.

Aim at their courage more than their comfort. If they get courage, they are likely to find comfort. If they only get comfort, but need courage, they won’t likely have either soon.

Open Up

Walls are pretty much everywhere. You could probably go your whole life without adding any walls to the world’s collection and things would be OK.

Windows are rarer. Creating a space in a wall for connecting with outsiders or communicating with strangers might leave the world in a poorer condition if it didn’t happen.

Doors are most valuable of all. Through a door, you can go out and discover your neighbors have needs that you can help with. You can invite them to your fire and to your table.

You can invite them to meet Jesus. Or, you could take Him out to visit them.

Do your walls have any holes?

Psalm 24:7

Establishment

There is a Hebrew word that was used for a condition that seems powerful to me. Mr. Jim Strong’s dictionary numbered it OT3559, transliterated it “kuwn” and pronounced it “koon.” I have seen it rendered “kun.”

His definition is: properly, to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).

In Proverbs 16, it is translated:

v3 / Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

v9 / A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

v12 / It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

In Micah 4:1 : But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

In 2 Chronicles 29:35-36 : 35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

Frequently KUWN is describing a situation that Yahweh has caused to be real in the spirit and then it is realized in the earth. He has built it and established it and then it manifests so that we can see and experience it.

The Kingdom of Heaven is being established. Be blessed with eyes to see it and ears to hear it and a heart that values and therefore enters into it.

Be established with it.

Prophetic Work

The role of prophets changed during the Pentecost celebration recorded in Acts 2. Previously, they appeared about one per generation or so. They acted with greater authority. They got revelation that ended up being Scripture.

Now, we could expect the numbers to have increased to a typical count being several per congregation. Most don’t know they are prophets, many because they are being misled to believe that there are not prophets around these days.

New testament jobs are not taught in a manual. Some gifts are so unexplained in the Bible that there is not even a person named who did a certain ministry. That is so you will have to ask the Spirit.

Three works prophets do now are – announcing the future (Acts11:28), commanding something to happen (Acts 3:6), and interpreting current events based on something God says, either in written Scripture or by revelation (Acts 15:12-17; Acts 27:21-26).

It is funny that most “Bible prophecy conferences” are hosted by teachers, who teach that there are no prophets in the church today. Further, they are attempting to do prophetic work, interpreting events and announcing the future, with the Spiritual gift of teacher instead of the proper gift, which is prophet.

If you want to know what is gonna happen, or to understand what is happening, pray for some prophets to rise up and grow in the process of learning how to announce and interpret accurately, and how to command with authority.

Battlefields

One day recently I was whining to Yahweh. The whine du jour was related to how tired I was of fighting. I was wondering if the next level of humanity, for those born of God who would move on into the next epic thing Yahweh does after producing a Bride for Jesus, would just be more fighting. I was walking across a parking lot while “praying.” Before I got to the other side, I got a text. From a dear and trusted friend. It said, simply, “You were born to fight.”

There you go. I remembered that He called Himself Yahweh Sabaoth – Commander of Armies – over 200 times in the Book. He called Himself Yahweh-other things (like Jireh) maybe 30 times altogether. OK. We are here to war.

The greater the battle you are going to enter, the greater the power of unity will be against you. The greater the battle, the more unity you will need with you in order to prevail.

Unity = Power. It is not good or evil. Good can exact as much power with it as evil can.

If you are going to cast a demon out of someone who doesn’t want to be possessed, you and a friend have the demon cornered. Agree with the Spirit of God in you and you have the demon outnumbered. Your authority in the earth as a son or daughter of Adam is greater than any demon, actually. Two can just do it easier.

If you are going to deal with a witch, the power of unity is at work against you. A human agreeing with a demon. When several witches and several demons have  gathered to assault you or your city, you should gather some unity before confronting it unless Yahweh has given you some special assignment that you don’t need the rest of the Body for. (Unlikely…)

If you are planning to confront a principality, or world power, or a territorial spirit, you need lots of unity. The prince that is ruling is in a position to rule because the humans in the area are giving him power by unifying in lending him their authority. Examples are Sedona, Las Vegas, DC, San Francisco, New York City. The agreement among the people that is in agreement with the ruling spirit’s nature is empowering the spirit to rule, and creates an area where the spirit’s brand of evil is accepted or exalted.

As darkness increases, light will increase more, if I am reading Isaiah 60 correctly. Some of the greatness of our light will only be found in unity. Some of the works we are called to are only possible when we learn to discern the presence of Jesus in each other and agree with Him and His ways.

1 Corinthians 12:31 says that chapter 13 is the way the unity Paul wrote about in chapters 10 – 12 & 14 is possible. Be washed away in that deep water.

Living Water

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” … this He spoke concerning the Spirit, Whom those believing in Him would receive…

When you are born of Yahweh by believing the death of Jesus became payment for your failures, you begin what can become a life of much manifestation of the Spirit of Jesus. To manifest means to become apparent, or visible. It doesn’t mean to “appear,” but to be perceived. The Spirit of Jesus is present in you somehow all the time, but when you bear the fruit of His presence, Joy, Love, etc, (Galatians 5:22,23), He becomes apparent: He manifests.

He is manifest when you do the supernatural things that relate to the gift He has given you. When you teach (if you are a teacher), when you evangelize (if you are an evangelist), whatever work of His you let Him do through you, causes Him to be experienced by the people who are nearby.

He flows through you and becomes a river of Living Water.

Let Him flow.