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You Are Responsible To Speak The Truth In Love

The Lord has been speaking to us about our growth and maturity as a prophetic community, and this Word shows us the first step: speaking the truth in love. When each member of the Body speaks the truth in love to each other, we grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15). It is easy to rely on a hierarchical structure because it does not require the congregants to mature in the Lord.

Maturity requires something of each one of us. If we are to speak the truth, we must begin by waiting on the Lord, praying in the Spirit, and learning His voice. Learn the truth and appropriate God’s love to speak it. Our growth and maturity as a prophetic community requires that we take this step. By speaking the truth in love, we will create a greater flow of the living Word to each other and to the nations.

This message titled “You Are Responsible To Speak The Truth In Love” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Goal As A School Of Prophets – Mature Sons Of God

This Word describes a new day in which the Lord is moving us out of a hierarchical structure into functioning as a family and prophetic community. We are to be a movement in which each member of the Body matures and takes responsibility.

The church was never meant to be a hierarchy, but to be a body of people growing up in love by that which every joint supplies. “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” (Ephesians 4:15-16).

We’ve heard this teaching before, but now we are going to do it. We must find a way to grow and become all that God has called us to be. Holy Spirit, teach us, lead us, and guide us as we move away from hierarchy into being a prophetic community.

This message titled “Our Goal As A School Of Prophets – Mature Sons Of God” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Are Our Actions And Methods In Alignment With Our Beliefs?

This Word asks us one question that opens the door to the new day: Are our actions and methods in alignment with our beliefs? After being in the ministry for some time, Paul had a revelation that he needed to reevaluate and submit what he was doing, “for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain” (Galatians 2:2).

Are we running in vain? Are we missing the mark? Our founder John Robert Stevens’ revelation was that God wanted to establish a Kingdom under Christ’s Lordship. The direction and goal for this fellowship has always been the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the bringing forth of His Kingdom.

If we are to move forward with John Stevens’ vision, we must honestly evaluate our behaviors and our methods. Are we bringing our churches, schools, and families under the Lordship of Christ? Ephesians 4:12-13 describes our goal: for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

We begin this journey together by breaking bonds, creating an atmosphere of objectivity, and laying everything before the Lord.

This message titled “Are Our Actions And Methods In Alignment With Our Beliefs?” came in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

We Create The Atmosphere For His Lordship

The foundation of our fellowship is the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and this Word sets us on the course to build on that foundation.

In a hierarchical structure, man is king and the people live in silence. In the atmosphere of the school of prophets that allows God to be King, the people are free to speak the truth in love and to grow up in all aspects into Him (Ephesians 4:15). The purpose of the five-fold ministries is to equip the saints, but it is the Body that builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:16).

We must find a way to create the government of God’s Kingdom where He is the King who rules and reigns. In the days of Samuel, God saw Himself as King over Israel, even though it was Samuel who presided over the school of prophets. When the people rejected Samuel, wanting a king, the Lord saw it as a rejection of Himself (I Samuel 8:4-7). The heart of the Father is that He alone wants to be King over His people, individually and together as His family in the prophetic community. He does not want man to usurp His role in the leadership of His people.

Father, we invite You into our lives and into this prophetic community. We ask that You be our King and give us the grace to speak the truth in love. In every way that we have rejected You as our only King, we repent and we declare total freedom for Christ to rule over us as Lord.

This message titled “We Create The Atmosphere For His Lordship” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The School of Prophets – God’s Kingdom Corporation

This Word describes how God is leading us out of the hierarchical corporate structure of the Church Age and into the government of His Kingdom.

As in the days of Samuel, the school of prophets is the atmosphere where God is enthroned as Lord and King, and only His presence is in charge. In that atmosphere, the expression of the human flesh nature is restrained and there is an authority that brings God’s presence (I Samuel 19:19-24). His presence becomes the answer to every problem and situation. This same reality is described in Acts 15 when the disciples gathered together to solve the problem of the Gentiles. It was not just one man who decided what to do, but all of them bore witness to God’s answer and to His presence that appeared to them through His Word.

God is righteous and holy. Under His Kingship, all things pertaining to life and godliness are given to the inhabitants of His Kingdom. Under the hierarchy of a corporate structure, human nature is able to usurp the blessing and the wealth for itself. With this Word, we recognize that by creating us into a school of prophets and a prophetic community, God has already given us the means to enthrone Him as King and to bring about the government of His Kingdom.

This message titled “The School of Prophets – God’s Kingdom Corporation” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Bondage Is Not Our Fulfillment And Our Deliverance Is Not Our Destruction

This Word shows us how God wants to deliver us out of our bondage to other gods so that His Lordship is the only dominion over us. Just as it was with the Israelites when God was delivering them from Egypt, we can be so conditioned by the gods we serve that we would rather stay in bondage than to have God deliver us. At one point, the Israelites called Egypt the land of milk and honey! (Numbers 16:13). The symbiotic relationship they had with their state of bondage prevented them from seeing what God was doing for them.

Satan twists what God is doing to make it appear that our bondage is fulfillment and our deliverance is destruction. The truth is that God disciplines us as His sons so that we may come into His holiness and possess His promises. He wants to break us free from every other commitment and every other bondage that we have given ourselves to so that we may live purely in His Kingdom. In the process, we must not confuse His discipline with destruction. The truth of His Word must live in us so that we are not subject to satan’s lies about our deliverance.

Lord, we love Your discipline and we receive it gratefully as sons, knowing that You love us and are delivering us from all other gods that have had dominion over us.

This message titled “Our Bondage Is Not Our Fulfillment And Our Deliverance Is Not Our Destruction ” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Obedience Removes Our Spiritual Blindness

Our ability to see, to hear, and to understand what God has for us depends on the depth of our obedience to Him. God caused the Israelites to be spiritually blind and deaf because of their disobedience (Deuteronomy 29:4). When they were about to enter into the promised land, into a whole new day, Joshua said to them, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15). From that point on, their covenant with God was their individual choice about who they would serve: God or other gods. The Lord is speaking this same Word to us! Each one of us must choose this day whom we will serve, for when we come to Christ, we cannot serve two masters.

In this new day, the only thing that will make a difference in our personal walk with God is our obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. To the degree that we are obedient, we will be able to see, hear, and understand what God has for us. Anytime we are under the dominion of other gods, we are spiritually blind and deaf, unable to see and understand Him.

The Lord said: “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:10). Today, we choose a greater obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. In our obedience, our spiritual eyes will be opened and we will hear His Word. We will turn to Him, please Him, and be healed, and we will possess the Kingdom He has for us.

This message titled “Our Obedience Removes Our Spiritual Blindness” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

God’s Grace To See, Hear, And Understand

There is a cry in our spirits to see God unfold more revelation and understanding of the Scriptures. The Living Word Fellowship was born out of our founder John Stevens being granted revelation insight from the Scriptures. We want to continue to see God, through His grace, unfold mysteries of His Word for us today.

In Matthew 13, Jesus explained to His disciples that the eyes of the people had been blinded so they had no understanding. The disciples were blessed because they saw, but this sight and understanding was only granted to them by God’s grace. When the Lord met Paul, He struck him blind. But when the scales were removed from his eyes, Paul was set free in his mind and heart to understand the mysteries of the Scriptures.

God has much more to reveal to us in His Word, and the ability to see and hear it will be granted by God’s grace. We must spend time studying the Word. Like Paul, who was one of the most learned men in Torah, when God opens up to us the Word by His grace, the mysteries in the Scriptures will be understood by revelation. Lord, in our obedience, and by the granting of Your grace, let us search out that which You have concealed (Proverbs 25:2).

This message titled “God’s Grace To See, Hear, And Understand” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Love Relationship With The Jewish People

For too long, the church has taken a stance of trying to convert the Jewish people to Christianity. In this message, we learn that the Jewish identity is sacred to God and should not be tampered with. “Israel has been saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation.” (Isaiah 45:17). One of the fundamental points of the Jewish faith is belief in this salvation. As Christians, our concept of salvation is very different than the reality for the Jewish people, who are already separated unto God through His covenant with Abraham. Gentiles need salvation through Christ to be delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

Ignorance is a powerful weapon that has been behind much of the persecution and negativity against the Jewish people. I encourage the Body of Christ to become educated about Judaism and God’s relationship with His people. I Corinthians 13 says that when we see through a glass darkly, the best thing to do is move in love. With love we can bless the Jewish people, remind them of the Word over them in the Scriptures, and express sorrow for what the church has been to them. Father, give us a more perfect understanding of Your plan for Your people.

This message titled “Our Love Relationship With The Jewish People” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

A Clearer Understanding About God’s Judgment

This Word gives us a clear picture of what the coming of God’s Kingdom will look like. Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” This is to be a daily demand. However, you cannot separate His Kingdom from His righteous judgment.

Like the widow in the parable of the unjust judge, our responsibility as a school of prophets is to persistently cry for justice. “Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8).

Faith is knowing that He will render justice, and that becomes the strength in our prayer. Lord, let us be those who come to Your throne every day. Let the courts sit and let Your righteous justice be rendered.

This message titled “A Clearer Understanding About God’s Judgment” came at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. It will be available at Living Word Publications.