Posts from 2018

The Prophetic Community: A Hierarchy Led By The Holy Spirit

The success of a school of prophets is dependent on an ability to come into a way of relating and communicating that enables the Holy Spirit to be in charge. In this Word, we review the pattern in the Scriptures that shows us how to do this.

First, we all have the responsibility to go up the mountain and seek to hear a Word from the Lord. This takes a lot of energy; it’s easier to have someone else do this for us. As it was with Joshua, we choose this day whom we will serve and we choose to commit ourselves to hear God’s voice. Second, we must lay our witness on the table for confirmation. We pray that the Holy Spirit show us how confirmation works in the prophetic community.

We are seeking to replace human hierarchy with the hierarchy of the Holy Spirit. Today, we all step down from hierarchy, and we allow the Holy Spirit to take charge. This will take dedication, energy, and commitment to the process of hearing and walking in a confirmed Word from God. As it was for the early Church, we believe the Holy Spirit will lead and confirm (Acts 13: 1-4).

This message titled “The Prophetic Community: A Hierarchy Led By The Holy Spirit” came in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The Blind Men, The Elephant, And The Prophetic Community

The parable of the blind men who each tried to feel their part of the elephant describes so well the transition we are in as we move forward to become a prophetic community.

Everyone has had different experiences in the Church. Your experience is not wrong, but it is not the whole picture. In this transition, we are not just solving problems; we are driven to break through into an ability to walk as a prophetic community. We are driven to see the Kingdom of God in the earth and committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This is not a small vision, but we have the Word we need to succeed.

Let there be a brokenness of spirit and a humility in us. We open our hearts, and we determine to not be like the blind men, just seeing our part of the elephant and disagreeing with others who don’t see it our way. We are a family, and we will have varied experiences among us, and some need deep healing. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32). Let this be our attitude as we dedicate ourselves to be the solution to creating God’s matured prophetic community.

This message titled “The Blind Men, The Elephant, And The Prophetic Community” came in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

We Must Break In To Become A Prophetic Community

Abraham, by faith, followed God’s leading and ventured out into a new land, not knowing where he was going. We must have this same faith, as we leave behind the days of hierarchy.

We are not just replacing hierarchy with another organizational structure; instead we are determined to break into being a prophetic community. This will require our absolute dedication to the voice of the Lord and to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We must move into this ability together. When we are immature, we are under the influence of the spiritual forces that guide us and keep us restrained from being able to appropriate what was promised (Galatians 4:1-3).

We trust the Lord in this process. We will continue to go up the mountain and hear the voice of the Lord, and bring what we hear to the prophetic community for confirmation. As we follow His voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit, He will mature us and give us the authority to cast off the spirits that hold us in bondage.

This message titled “We Must Break In To Become A Prophetic Community” came in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Rehearse The Living Word From Generation to Generation

As we conclude the time of Sukkot, we enter into the days of Simchat Torah, which means the joy of Torah. This Word shows us the importance of this time. When the Israelites were ready to take the promised land after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness because of their unbelief, Moses made clear to them the importance of remembering the Word of God and teaching it to generations to come. As with the Israelites, we must ask ourselves, “Are we going to make the same mistakes of the past? Or have we learned our lesson? Can we keep that lesson alive for us and for our children?” The answer is in rehearsing the Word, in binding it to our hearts.

Let us find the foundations of our faith, what God has called us to be, and what He has spoken to us. Faith comes by hearing the Word, so we do this by rehearsing His Word and remembering that He is mighty and powerful enough to provide us with what He has promised.

This message titled “Rehearse The Living Word From Generation to Generation” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

His Divine Power Grants Us Possession Of The Promises

The Israelites’ time in the wilderness was a consequence of their unbelief. In this Feast of Tabernacles message, we open our hearts to the lesson the Lord wants to impart to us out of their experience.

God exercised great power when He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, not only to judge Egypt, but also to impress upon His people His great strength and authority. However, when the Israelites were ready to enter the promised land, it was occupied by nations greater and stronger than they were (Deuteronomy 7:1). God wanted them to stand in awe and watch Him move with His power and might to rid the promised land of the oppressors and give the Israelites what He had promised them, but their response was to shrink back in fear and unbelief.

Their story shows us a pattern. Whenever God gives a promise, it takes His power and His authority to fulfill it. Just as God’s promise and covenant to Israel are eternal and forever, so are His promises to us. We are positioned to enter into these promises, but they are oppressed and restrained by the powers of darkness. We must believe that He is strong and capable enough to fulfill what He has promised (II Peter 1:3-4).

In this time of Sukkot, we cry out to You Lord to avenge us speedily and remove the spirits that are sitting as a restraint on the promises that belong to us as our heritage.

This message titled “His Divine Power Grants Us Possession Of The Promises” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Tabernacles – Remembering The Wilderness

As we rehearse the story of the Israelites in the wilderness during Sukkot, let us remember their absolute dependency on the Lord for everything they needed to survive (Deuteronomy 8:2-3). We celebrate Tabernacles with thanksgiving, remembering that everything we have is by the grace of God.

I spoke about this during a campout weekend at Hale O Nā Kāula, and you can listen to this short message below.

 

 

The Power Of Atonement – Access To The Salvation Reserved For You

When Christ came as the manifestation of Yom Kippur in the earth, He dealt with sin once for all. He reconciled all things to the Father and gave us access to enter the Father’s presence. However, the Day of Atonement also points us to the salvation reserved in heaven, ready to be revealed in the last time (I Peter 1:3-5).

Lord, we appropriate the power of Your atonement. We press in to lay hold of the salvation reserved for us – a salvation without reference to sin (Hebrews 9:28).

This message titled “The Power Of Atonement – Access To The Salvation Reserved For You” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Atonement – Confession and Sanctification

This Word prepares us to enter into the Day of Atonement. In these Ten Days of Repentance, we are reaching for the reality of sanctification and to see the Lord reveal to us the root of our transgression. In the full experience of sanctification, there is not only forgiveness of sin, but the nature that caused that sin is removed.

Saul could not find repentance because he refused to discern his sin. The dangerous state of deception that Saul lived in is a warning for us in these days. If we are able to discern our sin and confess it, then He will forgive us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

In this time of repentance, we are looking for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth. We start the process of our complete sanctification by refusing to deceive ourselves and by being open to His voice about what it is we need to confess.

With this Word, we reach for the greatest Yom Kippur we have ever experienced.

This message titled “Atonement – Confession and Sanctification” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Growing The Ability To Speak The Truth In Love

This Word frees us to become a people who speak the truth in love, and it ends a spiritual culture that stifles our growth and prevents the birth of the prophetic community.

There are two key aspects to being a prophetic community. First, all of God’s people are to go up the mountain to hear His voice and see Him face to face. We are not to draw back as the Israelites did when they urged Moses to go up the mountain alone. Second, we take what we’ve heard from God and lay it on the table for confirmation by the prophetic community. Even a Word straight out of God’s mouth has to be confirmed according to God’s own principles.

As we go through this process, we will find all our answers in the living Word. We will study the Word and then practice it until we grow in it. Jesus is the Way and the Truth, and through Him, we will come into the true life of the prophetic community. Our goal is the fulfillment of Ephesians 4:15-16: speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

This message titled “Growing The Ability To Speak The Truth In Love” came in North Hills, California.

Individual Leadership Gives Way To A Matured Prophetic Community

This Word shows us how we are to walk through the great challenges ahead of us, as we move out of a hierarchical structure and mature into a prophetic community. Each of us must speak and prophesy the Word of the Lord. Our attitude during this transition is: This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:8-9).

Hierarchy was invented by the children of Israel when they refused to go up the mountain to hear the voice of the Lord and instead, they demanded that Moses go alone into God’s presence in their place. We are determined that every member of the Body of Christ will hear from the Lord individually and speak the truth in love. Individual leadership is giving way to the functioning of a matured prophetic community.

As we move forward, we will be careful to heed all the Word that God has spoken to us. Each one of us must boldly enter the Lord’s presence and hear and speak His Word. We will submit the Word we hear for confirmation. We will all supply a piece of the puzzle that will complete the beautiful picture of God’s Word. We throw off every restraint and every intimidation, for He will not forsake us or leave us. He will fulfill the covenant of His Lordship over our lives.

This message titled “Individual Leadership Gives Way To A Matured Prophetic Community” came in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.