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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.

How Do We Prepare For What Eye Has Not Seen Or Ear Heard?

How do we prepare our spirits for “things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)? We tend to live as people of habits and routines, and we may think that doing things in a different way on a natural level will prepare us for how God will move. It may help in some ways, but what matters is what we are doing in our spirits because God reveals things to us through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).

There is no question that God will move. He will appear, and there in His presence is the power to heal, to break bondages, and to be transformed into His likeness. The question is: at the moment when He is ready to do a new thing in your life, will you be aware (Isaiah 43:19)? Is your spirit in tune with the Lord, waiting upon Him and immersed in Him?

When Jesus was on earth, many people saw Him, but they were not aware of what they could appropriate from Him. At the pool of Bethesda, a multitude of people waited every day for the angel of the Lord to come and stir the waters. On a natural level, they were conditioned to look for a certain manifestation of their healing. Yet, a man who had been ill for 38 years reached out with his spirit and touched the Lord at the moment that He passed by. That man was healed. On that day, God did something new that had not even entered into the thinking of that multitude. The story of the lame man in Acts 3:1-7 is just as intriguing. Day after day, this man sat at the gate that even Jesus Christ Himself walked through. But one day, this man’s spirit reached for and appropriated the healing from Peter that was available at that moment. We find the same example in the woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years (Mark 5:25-34). She was ready in her spirit to lay hold of the healing power that was in Jesus. You are going to have the same opportunities, but will you be aware? God will move on those who are waiting on the Lord continually in their heart and spirit, even if it appears on a natural level that nothing has changed. Their spirit is focused and locked into Him.

Lord, we are looking for You to move in our generation in ways that no one has ever seen before. When the moment comes that You do a new thing, a different thing in our life, may our spirits be ready to touch You in a way that turns loose all that You are and all that You have for us.

This message titled “How Do We Prepare For What Eye Has Not Seen Or Ear Heard?” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

 

Righteousness That Comes By Faith

I opened the School of Prophets at Mount Zion with a drive in my heart to change our approach to repentance.

We still live too much with the concept that we become righteous by disciplining ourselves. We evaluate our actions as either good or bad. God is looking for a different response from us. Of course, He wants us to approach Him and come into His presence. But He wants us to lay before Him the heavy burden we carry of trying to create righteousness in ourselves by our own ability and evaluation of our actions. The Lord is saying, “I went to the cross for you. The Father sent Me because He loves you so much.” “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

There is no righteousness or unrighteousness that is derived from the Law, that either qualifies us or disqualifies us from a walk with God. Only God is righteous. Our righteousness comes from being found in Him. (Philippians 3:9).

The greatest offense to Him is when we stand before Him with our own concept of righteousness, and we repent to Him while looking to ourselves to bring about righteousness. We must come before Him just as we are, knowing that He wants to be our Savior. He wants to be our righteousness. All we do is open up to His impartation. Like Joshua the high priest, we stand before the Lord clothed in our filthy garments. He removes our filthy garments and clothes us with His righteousness. There is no other way to righteousness, for He is the way, the truth, and the life.

This message titled “Righteousness That Comes By Faith” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Nathan The Prophet Restored To The Church

There is a concept in the Scriptures that applies to the end time, where we see God bringing back specific anointings to accomplish what is needed for the return of Christ. One of the clearest examples of this is Elijah. Jesus said that Elijah had already come as John the Baptist, and is coming to restore all things (Matthew 17:11-12), referring to the prophecy described in Malachi 4:5-6. The prophetic anointing of Elijah will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that the earth is not destroyed with a curse.

There are other prophecies yet to be fulfilled through the specific anointings of Zechariah, Moses, Joshua the High Priest, Haggai, Zerubbabel, and others. In the end time, these anointings will return and rest upon companies of people who will finalize and accomplish what is necessary for the Kingdom of God to manifest.

With all the anointings that God is bringing back, my greatest cry at this time is for the restoration of the anointing that rested on the prophet Nathan. Nathan had a specific, unique, prophetic anointing to minister to kings and leaders. One of the greatest examples is his ministry to king David. As David moved into leadership and gained the position of being king, his heart hardened until he no longer walked in a simplicity of pleasing the Lord. He started to lose a sensitivity to the voice and the will of the Lord. His sin progressed from adultery to murder and lying, especially to himself. It took the very unique anointing of the prophet Nathan to bring conviction to David in such a way that his eyes were opened and he could see his sin. He was able to recognize what he had lost in his relationship with the Father.

There is no double standard in the Body of Christ, because God is one. There is not one walk with God for the members of the Body and another walk with God for the leaders of the Body. We all need this sensitivity to the voice and the will of the Father. Jesus gave us one simple commandment: to love one another. Yet it has become acceptable to not love and forgive one another. We see this in the division that exists between Protestants and Catholics. We have slowly hardened our hearts to the fact that we are not doing what our Lord has asked us to do.

Father, we ask that the anointing of Nathan be restored to leaders and to the Body of Christ. Wherever there is blindness, wherever there are walls and resistance to see what is in our spirit, let the anointing of Nathan be among us to convict us and show us the truth. Create a godly sorrow in us that produces repentance leading to salvation, for we cannot afford to suffer the loss of Your presence.

This message titled “Nathan The Prophet Restored To The Church” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Sons Have Nowhere To Lay Their Heads

When people told Jesus they wanted to follow Him, His response was, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:57-58). In this response, Jesus was showing us something significant about a walk with God.

God has been giving us some deep teachings about our personal walk with Him and about being those who please Him and love Him. He has been talking to us about a lifestyle. Part of this lifestyle is that we must have no place to stop. Our human tendency is to want to settle down. Peter’s response on the Mount of Transfiguration was to create a monument around one of the greatest moments in Jesus’ life on earth—His transfiguration. We see this same tendency in the Body of Christ—we attempt to contain an experience we had with Him and to build a wall around it.

We cannot enter into the labor of this walk in the Kingdom and have something in our heart or spirit that stops along the way and says, “This is enough; we’ve gone far enough.” When God speaks a living Word to us, something must change in our heart where we can’t stop following Him. We must be positioned in our heart to follow Him wherever He goes.

The only resting place we will have is His Kingdom. We must be set in our hearts to follow the Lamb wherever He leads.

This message titled “Sons Have Nowhere To Lay Their Heads” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Ambition Is To Please The Father

The drive and force behind the life of Christ was His motivation to live in His relationship with the Father and to love the Father with all of His heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Father’s responses to the motivation of Jesus show us that when the Father is well-pleased with us, certain things transpire and our walk with God changes. When we please the Father, it becomes our delight. For Christ, His walk with God was His delight (Psalm 104:33-34). The delight that Jesus had with the Father is imparted to us; it is a gift He gives us as He is pleased with us.

Another thing that happens is the Father feeds us and becomes our strength (John 4:31-34). God provides to those who are His delight. As it was with Christ, we are sustained and refreshed by a food that we do not understand. Not only does He give us food that no one knows about, He gives us His Spirit (Isaiah 42:1). The Father gave Jesus the Spirit and He received it without measure—because that is how pleased God was with His Son.

God answers our prayer (1 John 3:21-22). Whatever we ask, we receive because we are pleasing to Him. When we have the same motivation as Christ, we will receive whatever we ask. When we please Him, we find ourselves caught up into the Father’s presence. Being in His presence is a direct result of pleasing Him (Hebrews 11:5).

God is the creator of all things. All things are made by Him yet He is ready to give them to the one who is pleasing. Imagine God handing you all creation! Everything He has made and done through His power and outstretched arm, He gives to the one who is pleasing in His sight (Jeremiah 27:5; John 3:35).

Lay hold of the ambition that motivated Christ. Let our pleasing the Father open the windows of heaven until we live in the realm of His presence. Lord, let us begin to move in the authority of sons in Your Kingdom.

This message titled “Our Ambition Is To Please The Father” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.