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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.

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.

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.

The Lessons of Passover

As we conclude this Shabbat Hagadol, we turn our attention towards Pesach, the Feast of Passover, and the significance that it has as the centerpiece of faith for the Jewish people and for us as well. The story of how God related to Moses and prepared him to lead the Israelites has a very real application to us in this generation.

Pesach signifies a season when God hears the cry of His people. He responds to our prayers, even the prayers that we think He has not heard. When He does come down from His throne to meet us, He makes us be His answer to the world. The story of Pesach shows us that God works His solution through a human vessel.

We struggle with reluctance and we labor over our problems, thinking they are bigger than God’s provision. In the story of Pesach, we see God’s determined refusal to not back off from using Moses to be His spokesperson; we see how God equipped and anointed Moses to accomplish His will. Pesach gives us a revelation of how God’s provision is abundantly greater than our limitations. In this Pesach, let’s believe for the end of our reluctance and laboring.

In this generation, God is bringing forth a prophetic community who are commissioned to speak His Word to the nations. Pesach shows us the necessity of first removing the leaven of malice and wickedness within our own hearts and spirits so that when we speak His Word, there is a purity in us that is aligned with God’s will.

Father, we turn to You and, without condemnation, we enter into a Pesach of washing and purifying. Remove from us any impurities that a life under Pharaoh has brought into our spirits. With our hearts made pure, we anticipate the great deliverance of Pesach.

This message titled “The Lessons of Passover” came at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

There Is A Will Of God

This simple and profound Word launches us into functioning as a prophetic community. We must believe that there is a will of God, and that God has a will for each one of us. Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35). God is determined that we do His will—even in the little details of our daily lives. We must know His will so we can put our spirit and energy and force into executing it.

We tend to take an attitude of passivity when we don’t know what God’s will is, but like the men and women of the Scriptures, we should seek God’s will every day and determine to walk in it. As we grow in this relationship of knowing and doing God’s will, the Kingdom of God will come forth.

Our daily prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done!” The will of God is the one true force and authority and power in the universe–and as a prophetic community, we can boldly manifest God’s will on earth. God hears those who do His will, so we pray, “Lord, show us Your will; let us know it and delight in it. Our food will be to do Your will.”

This message titled “There Is A Will Of God” came at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You

There is a deep impartation we can receive from the experience of Sukkot that is recorded in the Book of Nehemiah. All the people were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. They discovered that the Lord had commanded through Moses that they should live in booths during the feast. So, they did just that. God met them in response to their obedience, and that inspired them to seek the Lord in a new way. In their repentance, they confessed the repeated sins of their fathers and rehearsed God’s faithfulness to always forgive when they turned to Him.

During this Sukkot, we are also finding a new relationship with the Lord and His Word. Talk to the Lord about your life and history. When we simply confess and repent to Him, He will bring us back to His Word, pick us up, and put us back on track. Be open, honest, and unflinching, trusting in His love, compassion, and faithfulness to fulfill His Word for His namesake.

This message titled “God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You“ came during our Sukkot celebration at the Rayen Resort in North Hills, California. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death

Tonight I brought a message titled “Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death” at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California.

Sukkot is a time to remember what God did for the children of Israel in the wilderness. It was a place of preparation and a precursor for entering into the Promised Land. They were transformed out of slavery and into a nation of people who must learn how to live in His presence. Their dependency on God was a matter of life and death; they could not survive without His provision and leading.

God is driven to do good for us and to fulfill His Word over us. As it was with the Israelites, our wilderness experience of life or death contains all that is needed to prepare us to receive the new day that God wants to bring us into.

In this time of Sukkot, let our hearts return to an absolute dependency on Him. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His presence is with us to guide us into the days of the Kingdom. In His presence, we will learn and become. We will know the truth and it will set us free, but we must be ready for Him to lead us in a way we have not walked before. Approach this Sukkot like none other.