Study Notes

Apostolic Authority

Apostolic Authority to Declare His Decrees

A Third Day Church Looks Like the First Day Church – only more glorious!

The Third Day is a day (a period of time) of restoration — Hos. 6:2; Acts 3:21

Restore = revival, restore to life, quicken. When something revived it has been alive, is dead and needs to be revived. Restore means to bring to the original condition – it has fallen into disrepair or ruin and in order to restore it, what is there needs to be dismantled and then rebuilt. The restored condition is better than the original.

How does this revival or restoration happen? The Lord of Glory comes and breathes His life into the Church – His Body. He performs CPR. You cannot revive yourself, just as you cannot perform CPR on yourself.

In Hos. 6:2, God said He will revive us, He will raise us up.

Hag 2:7 & 9 — “I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.” ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts.” “The silver is Mine, the gold is Mine” – there is provision to build the Lord’s house

The church – all of it’s ministries (ministry gifts, especially the apostles and prophets, as well as the believer’s ministry), gifts of the Spirit, it’s glory, power and authority are being restored

The apostolic mantle as well as the ministry gift of the apostle is being restored to the Church. This stage of restoration, reformation and revelation concerning the apostolic ministry today is in its infancy! Keep this in mind. More understanding is coming – hour by hour

The word apostle literally means “sent one”, a messenger sent with a message

An apostle is one called by God, set apart by God and sent by God – commissioned with a message and ministry. The apostle is one commissioned (sent) and authorized by the one who sends, to represent the one who sends, to carry out the sender’s will and purposes. The “Sent one” is ONE with the one who sent him.

Jesus is the first example in the New Testament of the ministry of the Apostle; Peter, James, John, Paul are the other primary examples in the New Testament of the ministry gift of the apostle.

When the Church was born on the day of Pentecost, the “apostolic mantle” was released over the whole Church.

The Church is “one Body”, and has one Head, therefore this apostolic mantle or spirit or anointing came down from the Head and was over the whole Church, it was a divine impartation of the Spirit of God.

The purpose of God was to call out and separate a people [the Church (ekklesia)] for Himself; setting it apart or calling it out of the kingdom of darkness into His own Kingdom, and then “sending” the members of the Body with a message and ministry.

He did this supernaturally by His own power, according to His own purpose. This is what the apostolic is all about!

The Church is being commissioned, commanded, and sent out with a message and a ministry.

Its message is to preach (proclaim or declare) the Kingdom in authority and power. Not in word only, but in a demonstration of Power! “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” 1 Cor 4:20

We are sent with the full power and authority of the One Who Sends, that His sent ones, His representatives, will establish His rule in the earth!

The apostolic ministry is characterized by God-given power and authority to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth, by representing the King, declaring the message of the King, and administering the rule of the Kingdom in the earth.

The work of the apostolic is to preach the Kingdom (it is understood that if you are talking about the Kingdom, you are talking about the King it represents. This is Jesus. The Kingdom is His.)

The apostolic Church today has exactly the same purpose and the same characteristics of the Church in Acts — to proclaim the message of the King and the Kingdom (the gospel), and see the message confirmed and established with signs wonders and miracles; the apostolic Church builds, edifies and establishes the Kingdom of God in sound doctrine and the power of the Spirit according the plan of the Architect – Jesus.

Eph 2:19-22 -Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone,

21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (NKJ)

1 Cor 3:10-11 – According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (NKJ)

This is not about us – what the King and/or the Kingdom can do for us! It is all about Him. It is about delighting in the will of God, and delighting in doing the will of God. God’s will becomes the central focus of our life.

Apostolic Authority – to establish His Kingdom

Authority = the right to exercise power; the power of rule or government; the lawful right to enforce obedience; power.

There are four realms of Authority where believers must learn to function

1. We must take authority over our own flesh, our spirit by the Holy Spirit ruling every thought, purpose and action to the glory of God

2. We must submit to God’s Authority, the Lordship of Jesus, the Word of God, to the Holy Spirit

James 4:6-7 — But He gives more grace (grace = His power & ability). Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace (His power and ability) to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

We submit to the Holy Spirit, to the Word of God, the Jesus the head of the Church

3. We must submit to the delegated or constituted authority – Submit to Leaders, employees to employers, husband & wife, to our government, and to spiritual leaders — Heb 13:17

Example: Numbers 12:1-16

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) Suddenly the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. Then the LORD came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. Then He said, “Hear now My words: if there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. And speak to him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” So the anger of the LORD was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. “Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!” So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!” Then the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and after that she may be received again.” So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey on till Miriam was brought in again.

4. Submit to one another out of respect, reverence, (fear) or love for God –

Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5-6

Personal internal rebellion defiles the expression of divine order. Our soul (flesh, mind, will and emotions) must be subjected to the Lordship of Christ. The spirit of man, indwelt by the Spirit of God must rise and rule our lives. The nature of Christ manifests in us and through us. Rebellion is lawlessness, which is also defined as iniquity, which is sin.

Humility is the antidote for rebellion and a key to functioning in the authority that is ours through Christ, which then releases the power of God – Jesus willingly humbled Himself to the will of His Father; He took upon Himself flesh (The Word became flesh. The Word (the Living Word) is once again taking on flesh (the Church, His body).

We must humble ourselves under the mighty hand (power, authority) of God; and take on humility in relation to one another. James 4:10 & 1 Peter 5:6

We must get the revelation of the strength and power of humility ……

Only as humility is developed in our lives (character) will we have power with God and the power of God operative in our lives.

In humility, we have power over our flesh and the devil, only then neither the flesh or the devil has access in our lives! This is the pathway to power and freedom.

HUMILITY — A freedom from arrogance that grows out of the recognition that all we have and are comes from God. A humble person, focuses more on God and others than on himself. It is a total dependence on the Lord. “Without Him I can do nothing: I am nothing, yet, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, power and ability.”

Biblical humility is also a recognition that by ourselves we are inadequate, without dignity and worthless. Yet, because we are created in God’s image and because believers are in Christ, we have infinite worth and dignity (1 Cor. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). True humility does not produce pride but gratitude. Since God is both our Creator and Redeemer, our existence and righteousness depend on Him (John 15:5; Acts 17:28; Eph. 2:8-10).

To the degree that we are humble before God (and to one another) is the degree in which the authority to build, to establish, to execute judgment, work miracles, etc. will manifest.

Great humility = great authority. You can’t have one without the other. If the character of the Lamb is not developed, the apostolic authority (Lion) will not function as Jesus functioned in the power (dunamis) to carry out the plans and purposes of His Father and establish the kingdom.

The person who does not submit themselves to the government of God, the Lordship of Jesus, this person lacks the ability to govern and exercise any real authority over the region in which they live.

Authority is given by God to the Church to establish His kingdom on earth, and to function in His place, doing His works, ruling over the devil.

Matt.29:18, Luke 10:19-20; Ps. 91:13; Mark 16:18; Rom. 16:20; Rev. 10-11

Authority is the right to rule – We are to rule in the midst of our enemies – both internal (strongholds in our soul, weaknesses of the flesh, carnal nature, sin) and external enemies (thoughts Satan brings against the mind, his attacks, and men controlled by Satan and flesh who oppose God and/or us)

Ps 110:2 — The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (NKJ)

“I have indeed called you to rule in the midst of your enemies, but many do not yet understand that you must first rule in the midst of your mind, emotions and will. Your soul must come under the rule of the Spirit. Your first assignment is to take dominion over yourself by exercising self-control. You will never rule outwardly until you rule inwardly. I tell you the truth;
strife, contention, debate, and division are the result of pride. (James 4:6-7) Refuse to allow those enemies to have any place in you. Chase the enemy out of your own temple first, for surely judgment begins in the house of the Lord, (1 Peter 4:17) which house you are. Eradicate all that is unclean, for I have called you to be a house of prayer, a house of My purposes.” Marsha Burns – June 30, 2001

Become “Self-governing” – ruling your own house (your body is the temple of the Holy Sprit)

Functioning in apostolic authority to work signs and wonders, to take territories, and have dominion over principalities and powers, over the atmosphere, all depends on being governed internally by the Holy Spirit.

The Lordship of Jesus means we are subjected to His authority, to His Word, His will, etc. It means being controlled by the Holy Spirit – governed and guided, taught, and obedient to His commands – not my will …

Jesus was subjected to His Father, therefore he functioned in great power – His words had authority (exousia) which released the power of God (dunamis). (Mark 14:36; John 5:30, 6:38-40)

Luke 4:31-36

31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.

32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.

33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,

34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are– the Holy One of God!”

35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority (exousia) and power (dunamis) He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

Authority was given to Jesus by the Father, then He gave authority to us. This authority (the right to rule) is not for our benefit – it is so that we can act in the place of Jesus

Matt 28:18 — And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (NKJ)

Luke 9:1,2,6

1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (NKJ)

Our apostolic prayer is not simply the exercise of uttering prayers like the Pharisees did, but it is an expression of the rule of God in the earth manifested through our lives individually and our local church corporately.

Only self-governed people can truly express the government of God.

Prov 25:28 – Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (NIV)

Prov 25:28 – Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.

Prov 16:32 – he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

1 Tim 3:4-5 – one who rules (manages, govern) his own house (body, life) well, having his children in submission with all reverence

(for if a man does not know how to rule (manage) his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); (NKJ)

This principle of authority functions on every level: self, family, church, work, government

All demonic powers operate through thinking patterns in the people they control. There is no activity of a principality in the heavens without the active outworking of a principle upon the earth.

The strength of apostolic warfare is in the dismantling of long entrenched oppositional mindsets. (2 Cor. 10:3-5) Apostolic warfare pulls down strongholds and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

When through powerful preaching, apostolic impartation, and the accompanying acts of God, these patterns are broken, people are set free to be shaped into a new activity by the power of truth they have received.

This is how both Jesus and Paul preached and ministered. This is how the kingdom of God is established first in our lives, then the church, then in the earth to the glory of God.

Declaring the Decrees

Ps 96:3 – Declare His glory among the nations, his wonders among all peoples. (NKJ)

Job 22:21-30

21 ‘Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.

22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; you will remove iniquity far from your tents.

24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.

25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver;

26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God.

27 You will make your prayer to Him, he will hear you, and you will pay your vows.

28 You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways. (light = make glorious, set on fire, illumination, lightening, bright clear, sun. Same word as in Is. 60:1, “Arise, shine for your light has come …. )

29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person.

A decree is speaking forth with faith and power (authority) what God has ordained. It starts with God, but we must declare it in the earth – Luke 11:2 “When you pray, say , “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Apostolically we must declare His decree – His dominion, His power, His authority, His rule, His kingdom, His glory and see it established on the earth as it is in heaven! This happens as we pray and as we worship – example in Revelation, see the activity around the throne of God – they are continually declaring and proclaiming His dominion, His power, His honor, His glory, His authority. The same is true in the Church – the prayer of the church in Acts 4:23-37

We must operate in strong creative faith (bringing forth His will by the word of His power) in bringing forth things that have not yet manifested in the earth.

A decree is a command. We must have faith in the creative power of our words. We must believe in our hearts that we speak accurately the Word of God. We must believe within ourselves that the things we say will be birthed into the earth. We operate in the creative power of God.

Declaring Apostolic/Prophetic decrees, in prayer and in worship requires strict purity in person, motives and relationships. The biblical law is that our standing before God depends on our standing with others. If we do not forgive, the Father will not forgive us.

It also requires that our lives – our spirit, soul and body is submitted and under the authority of our King, Jesus!

Apostolically, we must declare His decree – His dominion, His power, His authority, His rule, His kingdom, His glory and see it established on the earth as it is in heaven! But in order for those decrees to stand, to build, and to establish the will of God on this earth, we must be submitted to God’s authority so that He will back those decrees with His power (dunamis).

Ezra – the building activity comes form the decrees that are uttered both by the people of God and the agents of Satan. The book of Ezra is a warfare of decrees. The issue concerns which decree will stand. In the end it is the decree of Darius released in agreement with the earlier decrees of Cyrus that causes the work to be finished (Ezra 6). The day of building is the day of strong decrees.

Micah 7:11 says, “In the day when your walls are to be built; in that day the decree shall go far and wide.” Another translation is, “the boundary shall be extended”. The related ideas of apostolic building, extending boundaries and the urgent and penetrative release of the decrees of governmental prayer are linked here. The enemy will attempt to intimidate us into silence and to shake our confidence to make us uncertain by any means possible.

Miscellaneous Scriptures pertaining to decrees:

Acts 16:4-5

4 And as they (Paul & Timothy) went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.

5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. (NKJ)

Ps 2:7

7 “I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (NKJ)

Dan 4:17

17 ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.’ (NKJ)

Dan 4:24

24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: (KJV)

Dan 6:26-27

26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; his kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end.

27 He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. (NKJ)

Eph 3:10-11

10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,

11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, (NKJ)



Understanding Authority

Understanding Authority

Is. 9: 6-7 Government = authority to rule

The kingdom of God is the rule of God

The increase of God’s government always brings peace and order.

God is a God of order, not confusion (1Cor. 14:33, 40)

God’s government proceeds out of love, out of the anointing

When it is in operation, it brings righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17)

God’s government is meant to work in every area of life: personal life, marriage and the family, and church

Authority = the right to exercise power; the power of rule or government; the lawful right to enforce obedience; power.

There are four realms of Authority where believers must learn to function

1. We must take authority over our own flesh, our spirit by the Holy Spirit ruling every thought, purpose and action to the glory of God

2. We must submit to God’s Authority, the Lordship of Jesus, the Word of God, and to the Holy Spirit

3. We must submit to the delegated or constituted authority – Leaders, employers, husband/wife, government, etc.

4. Submit to one another out of respect, reverence, (fear) or love for God –

Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5-6

Rom 13:1-7 — Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (NKJ)

Authority is given by God to the Church to establish His kingdom on earth, and to function in His place, doing His works, ruling over the devil.

Matt.29:18, Luke 10:19-20; Ps. 91:13; Mark 16:18; Rom. 16:20; Rev. 10-11

Authority can be neutralized = to counter balance the effect of so as to render ineffective.

Discussion Point: How is our authority neutralized? Authority is neutralized when one yields to the flesh rather than yield to the spirit, gives way to sin, or gives the devil access in our lives.

When there is a problem or conflict in any situation, within yourself, your marriage, your job, your church, you must ask yourself, “What is the highest authority I must submit to?” Then, if you will yield yourself to the rule of God, the higher authority is imposed over you, and the government of God (the rule of Jesus) will produce righteousness, peace and joy in and by the Holy Ghost in your life. God will be glorified.

7 Levels of Authority

1. Sovereign Authority

This is imperial authority. The authority that is never questioned, it is always obeyed, it is unchallenged and unquestioned. God has placed Himself under authority to His Word. He holds Himself under subjection to His Word and the laws He has set in motion.

Only God Himself (the Godhead) has this authority.

2. Voracious Authority – the authority of truth

John 17:17 – God’s Word is truth

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth

Jesus Himself is truth – “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6

The expression of Jesus in sovereign authority is in the written Word, the Bible

Jesus is the Living Word, The Bible, the written Word, is the authority of Truth

Truth by itself carries authority – certain things carry authority simply because they are true.

If someone lies about you, it does not matter. When the truth comes out, authority will reign. When the truth is known, everything is exonerated.

3. The Authority of Your Conscience

Conscience is the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong. For a born again believer, the conscience is the voice of your spirit, which is indwelt by the Spirit of God.

The authority of you conscience has significant but limited authority in the believer’s life.

Where Scripture is silent or unclear, your conscience does have authority. Where Scripture speaks specifically or is clear about something (chapter and verse), or reveals the character and nature of God, or a law or principle, then your conscience does not have authority and we must submit to the higher authority.

Where Scripture is silent or unclear, you live by the authority of your conscience, not someone else’s!

For example, many believers have very strong opinions about music. There is much debate and many differences of what kind of music an individual or a church deems is acceptable to the Lord. We argue about the appearance of an individual or a group, the kinds of instruments used, the style of music, the beat, etc., yet the Bible is silent concerning these things. What the Bible states very clearly is that no corrupt communication should come out of our mouth, but only that which is pure and edifying. So, if a person listens to a Reggae or a rock style of music, but the lyrics are good, and their conscience is clear before God, then I have no right to judge that person because my conscience or preference is different. And, because my preference in music is different, or because God may have dealt with me about this issue and my conscience before God, dictates that I do not listen to this type of music, they should not judge me. This is between and individual and their personal relationship with God. If we understand this principle of authority and live by it, then we will experience peace with God, peace in our relationships with one another, and peace in our own heart and mind. The government of God is in manifestation and God is glorified in us and through us!

The Principle of Conscience for loves sake: Romans chapter 14

1. Has the Holy Spirit dealt with me about it?

2. Will what I do offend a weaker brother and possibly cause him to sin or

stumble in his faith toward God?

In any of these three levels we have discussed so far, no human being can make you violate any of these three levels of authority. They do not have the authority to do so. These levels are ranked in order of importance. Again, in any circumstance of life or any decision we make, we must ask ourselves, “What is the highest level of authority I must submit to in this situation, in order to have the government of God ruling my life?” Then we submit to that authority.

The next four levels of authority are not ranked in order. They vary depending on the situation.

4. Stipulated Authority

This is the authority of legal agreement or contract.

Example: Gen. 29:18-19 – Laban and Jacob entered an agreement, a legal binding contract. When you enter into a contract, for example with a loan officer at the bank for a loan for a car, you are giving a certain amount of authority to the bank. If the terms of the contract are not met, then the bank has authority to either take back the car or pursue legal action for the balance of the contract. They have a right to receive the collateral, but they do not have right to any of your other property.

5. The Authority of Custom or Culture

Example: Gen. 29:20-26 – Laban broke the agreement he had made with Jacob because the authority of custom (vs. 26, the custom of that day was that the oldest daughter married before the younger). Jacob submitted to the authority of custom. In this case, the law of culture superceded the legal contract between Jacob and Laban.

6. Delegated Authority

Delegate = to entrust to another; to appoint as one’s delegate; to represent another

Gen. 1:26-30; 2:15-17 – God the Supreme Authority, gave authority to man, He delegated this authority to him to tend the garden, to have dominion over all creation.

Authority is delegated from a person with more authority.

You are either in authority or under authority in many different aspects of life. Roles change. There are times you are in authority and times you are under authority.

For example: In my life, God has called me to be a pastor. He delegated authority to me to function in this role. As I function in the church as the senior pastor, my husband comes under my pastoral authority. In matters pertaining to the church I have both the authority and the responsibility to have the final say. My son (who is male, and also functions as the church pastor) submits to my authority as the senior pastor. When my husband and I leave the church and go home, our roles change. In our home, I am not the pastor or head. I am the wife who submits to the head of the union, her husband. When we understand these roles and functions and willingly submit to one another in the fear of God, there is peace, security and divine order.

With authority comes responsibility. When your responsibility ends, your authority ends.

If you try to take authority for something you are not responsible for, trouble ensues.

Your authority never extends beyond your responsibility.

If you do not have the responsibility for something, you have no authority. If you have not been given the authority, then you have no responsibility.

The Apostle Paul understood this principle, 2 Cor. 10:8-16, especially in verses 8 & 13

We must understand the limits and borders of our authority, naturally as well as spiritually. If we step outside the borders or the sphere of authority (in any area of life), we give access to the enemy and bring judgment on ourselves. God does not bring these things upon us. We open the door, and remove ourselves from God’s divine protection, and allow the devil to bring these things into our life. The “judgment” comes in the form of strife, division, sickness, divorce, loss of job or position, premature death, etc. Romans 13:1-7

It indicates that our flesh is ruling rather than the Spirit of God.

7. Functional Authority

This is the authority to function because of abilities that come by birth, training or impartation by God. This type of authority is not determined by gender, age, relationship roles like a husband or wife, it is determined by the function one has.

For example: In a marriage relationship, the husband is head of the home. If the wife can change the oil in the car and is better at balancing their financial accounts, it does not diminish the husband’s authority as head of the home, if the wife functions in these areas. In fact, it will make the power in the home more effective, because there is no confusion because each is fulfilling their roles and functions that come by training, birth (natural talent or abilities), or the gifts one is given when they become born-again (motivational gifts or divine graces).

In order to understand authority, we must rightly understand the doctrine and discipline of submission. The degree in which we submit to God’s authority, is the degree of His power (dunamis) that will operate in our lives.

Authority is the right to rule –

We are to rule in the midst of our enemies – both internal (strongholds in our soul, weaknesses of the flesh, carnal nature, sin) and external enemies (thoughts Satan brings against the mind, his attacks, and men controlled by Satan and flesh who oppose God and/or us)

Ps 110:2 — The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (NKJ)

Ps 110:1-3 – A Messianic Psalm

1 The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” (In the new covenant, we are already seated with Him in heavenly places, far above, all principality, power, might and dominion Eph. 1:20-23 & 2:6.)

2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! Rule = to tread down, to have dominion, prevail against, reign,

3 Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, you have the dew of Your youth. (NKJ)

Eph 1:20-23

20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. (KJV)

Eph 2:6

6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Rule in the midst of your enemies — There are always going to be attacks that wage war against your soul. There were against Jesus.

Example: Luke 4:16-30

28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.

30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way. (NKJ)

John 8:48-59 – (esp. vs. 59) The claim of Jesus to be eternal convinced the Jews He was blaspheming – a sin punishable by stoning. Jesus hid Himself and passed through the midst of them.

48 Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”

49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.

50 “And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.

51 “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”

52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’

53 “Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom do You make Yourself out to be?”

54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.

55 “Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.

56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (NKJ)

John 10:37-39

37 “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

38 “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”

39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand. (NKJ)

Jesus could “pass through the midst of them”, and overcome every attack of the enemy:

Because Jesus kept Himself in the Love of God, therefore the enemy could not “touch” Him

I Jn 5:18 – We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. (NKJ)

Because He was submitted to His Father’s will at all times,

Because He walked in the Spirit and not the flesh,

Because He overcame every temptation of the enemy, and gave the devil no place,

Because His purpose had not yet been fulfilled, they could not kill Him before the time ordained by the Father. He was able to “pass through” the midst of them unharmed or unaffected

John 14:30 – “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. (NKJ)

Jesus was subjected to His Father, therefore he functioned in great power – His words had authority (exousia) which released the power of God (dunamis)

Luke 4:31-36

31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.

32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.

33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,

34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are– the Holy One of God!”

35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority (exousia) and power (dunamis) He commands the unclean spirits, and

they come out.”

Luke 9:1-6

1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.

4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.

5 “And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”

6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (NKJ)

Luke 10:17-19

17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (NKJ)

Luke 11:14-20

14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled.

15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.

17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.

18 “If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

19 “And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

20 “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (NKJ)

Ruth Heflin – “If there is death in you, you cannot raise the dead.”

Mark 3:23-26

23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26 “And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

Prov 16:32 – He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (NKJ)

To rule = (have, make to have) dominion, governor, govern, reign, (bear, cause to, have) rule, have power.

We must understand that the supreme law of kingdom rule is love. When godly authority is exerted, it is always done in love – the love of God. Authority without love is control, domination, or antichrist, of your carnal or fleshly nature. The rule of God is never enforced over people, only devils and demons.

Our apostolic prayer is not simply the exercise of uttering prayers like the Pharisees did, but it is an expression of the rule of God in the earth manifested through our lives individually and our local church corporately.

Only self-governed people can truly express the government of God.

We must become “Self-governing” – ruling, or managing your own house (your body is the temple of the Holy Sprit); our life must be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

The Lordship of Jesus means we have voluntarily subjected (submitted) our soul (mind, will and emotions, our life) to His authority, to His Word, His will, etc. It means being submitted to and controlled by the Holy Spirit – governed and guided, taught, and obedient to His commands – “not my will …”

Personal internal rebellion defiles the expression of divine order. Our soul (flesh, mind, will and emotions) must be subjected to the Lordship of Christ. The spirit of man, indwelt by the Spirit of God must rise and rule our lives. The nature of Christ manifests in us and through us.

Functioning in apostolic authority to work signs and wonders, to take territories, and have dominion over principalities and powers, over the atmosphere, all depends on being governed internally by the Holy Spirit.

Rom 13:1-2

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (NKJ)

This person lacks the ability to govern and exercise any real authority over the region in which they live.

Prov 25:28 – Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (NIV)

Prov 25:28 – Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.

Prov 25:28 – A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.

Rom 12:21 — Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NKJ)

Prov 16:32 – He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit

than he who takes a city.

1 Tim 3:4-5 – one who rules (manages, govern) his own house (body, life) well, having his children in submission with all reverence

(for if a man does not know how to rule (manage) his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); (NKJ)

This principle functions on every level: self, family, church, work, government

All demonic powers operate through thinking patterns (mindsets or strongholds) in the people they influence and control. There is no activity of a principality in the heavens without the active outworking of a principle upon the earth. The strength of apostolic warfare is in the dismantling of long entrenched oppositional mindsets in people on this earth. (2 Cor. 10:3-5) A stronghold is any thinking or belief or action that opposes the will of God.

Apostolic warfare pulls down and demolishes strongholds and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. When through powerful preaching, apostolic impartation, and the accompanying acts of God, these patterns are broken, people are set free to be shaped into a new activity by the power of truth they have received. This is how Paul preached and ministered

Rule = to stand before, i.e. in rank, to preside, or (by implication) to practice: maintain, be over, rule.

Matt 10:1- And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power (authority) over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. (NKJ)

Mark 3:15 – And to have power (authority) to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: (KJV)

The apostle Paul understood authority. He understood and functioned in the sphere or realm of authority that God had given him. He knew that if he went beyond the authority that had been granted to him by the grace of God, that he would bring judgment on himself and on the work of God.

Judgment comes in the form of: strife, division, confusion, reproach, loss (loss could be a job, a relationship, peace, etc.), diminishing of power and influence, sickness, depression, even premature death.

Rom 13:1-2

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (NKJ)

2 Cor 10:8-16

8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed–

9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters.

10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”

11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us– a sphere which especially includes you.

14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;

15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere,

16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment. (NKJ)

2 Cor 13:10 – Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction. (NKJ)

Eph 3:10-11

10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers (authorities) in the heavenly places,

11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJ)

Eph 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers (authorities), against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (NKJ)

Col 2:15 — Having disarmed principalities and powers (authorities), He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (NKJ)

1 Pet 3:22 — who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. (NKJ)

We must rule in wisdom –

Prov 8:14-16

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.

15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth. (NKJ)

James 3:13-18

13 Who is wise and understanding (discerning) among you? Let him show by good conduct (behavior, manner of life) that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (NKJ)

GOVERNMENT OF GOD — by Doug Fortune

Is. 9:6-7 “…and the GOVERNMENT shall be upon His shoulder… of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end.”;

Col.3:15-16 “…and let the PEACE of Christ rule (govern) in your hearts… let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”

The word that is translated as ‘government’ in Isaiah 9 is misrah; it comes from the word “sawraw”, which is a primary root meaning to prevail, to have power.

The word translated as ‘rule’ in Col. 3 is “brabeuo”, meaning to govern, to prevail.

If governing means prevailing, then obviously there is something we are prevailing against… and we must understand what IT is, before we can prevail against it! “…We do not war after the flesh… to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…”(2Cor.10:3-5);

Or, as the Amplified Bible says, “…we refute arguments and theories and reasonings… and we lead EVERY thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ.”

I believe that what we are to prevail against are the carnal mentalities of the Adamic nature. Eph. 6:12 also tells us that we wrestle “…against principalities, against powers (authorities), against rulers of darkness…”; in order to prevail or govern we must understand how spiritual entities operate within the bounds of spiritual authority.

Evil must have an entrance (gate or door) into the earth and this is found through the iniquity and sin of man.

You see, a principality is really a demonic spirit that operates through a ‘principle’ that MAN gives authority to, ‘…whatever YOU bind (that is, declare to be legally binding) on the earth shall be bound in heaven…’ (Mt.16:19).

The way you defeat a principality is by establishing via your LIFESTYLE, your very presence, a higher ‘principle’. Principalities, powers, demonic forces only have authority in the realm of the SOUL (or the natural realm), and only as man gives them entrance by operating in those ‘principles’ of darkness.

We defeat them as we live from the realm of the SPIRIT, a higher realm of authority… we are literally bringing the Kingdom of heaven (the spiritual realm) to bear upon the kingdom of this world.

This happens NOT by shouting at a demon, but rather by walking as the manifestation of Christ in the earth… warfare automatically erupts as we walk into the situation by reason of our very presence, or actually the presence of Christ IN US. THEN we can shout at that demonic force!

This is the government that must be established first… the governing of the SOUL by the SPIRIT and from this position of being under and within the authority of Christ, the SOUL under the authority of the SPIRIT, then we declare the Kingdom of God on earth.

The government is upon His shoulder, and WE are His BODY; so as the Body of Christ, the government is upon OUR shoulder also. which is our head.

I must have an accurate mentality in order to govern or prevail. I’m not talking about just having made mental assent to an apostolic concept either, I’m talking about our SOUL being governed by our SPIRIT, taking on the MIND of Christ.

You’ll notice that the verses we are working from speak of PEACE [Peace = health, prosperity, safety in spirit, soul, body and property; happiness and joy, quietness and rest, total and complete welfare, to be saved.] closely tied to governing and prevailing… if you are always stressed out, then you are not living from your SPIRIT. Much of our stress stems from uncertainty and worry, which is based in fear. Fear can be a powerful controlling influence in a person’s life. Zoe, which is SPIRIT Life or the life of God, is submitted to and always aware of the sovereignty of God, and that it is His plan and His work in us and through us.

We must cooperate but it is His work.

Once this understanding of His sovereignty and His peace has been established in us, then we can approach issues of functional authority and governing.

The Kingdom or government within us determines the kingdom around us… until the one is established, the other will not function properly.

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The following summary is a chapter taken from Francis’s book titled,
“The Three Battlegrounds”.

RULE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES!

Our peace does not come from extreme indifference, nor is it from becoming
so “spiritual” that you fail to notice a problem. It is being so confident
in God’s love that you know, regardless of the battle and the difficulties
in your circumstances, that “greater is He who is in you than he who is in
the world” (1 John 4:4). You are not self-assured, you are God-assured.

The God of Peace Will Crush Satan

To wage effective spiritual warfare, we must understand spiritual
authority. Spiritual authority is not forcing your will upon another. When
you have spiritual authority, you have established God’s peace in an area
that once was full of conflict and oppression. Therefore, to truly be able
to move in authority, we must first have peace.

The apostle Paul taught, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under
your feet” (Rom. 16:20). When we maintain peace during warfare it is a
crushing deathblow to satanic oppression and fear. Our victory never
comes from our emotions nor our intellect. Our victory comes by refusing
to judge by what our eyes see or our ears hear, and by trusting that what
God has promised will come to pass.

We will never know Christ’s victory in its fullness until we stop reacting
humanly to our circumstances. When you truly have authority over something
you can look at that thing without worry, fear, or anxiety. Your peace is
the proof of your victory. Jesus’ authority over the violent storm (Matt.
8:23-27) was the exercise and expansion of His peace over the elements. He
did not fight against the storm, nor did He fear it. He faced its fury and
subdued it with His authority, in perfect peace. In Pilate’s court, in a
world stirred to an emotional frenzy by the powers of hell, a holy
tranquility surrounded Christ — peace that was born out of His resolve to
do God’s will no matter what the cost. His Spirit emanated a calm that
perfectly represented the peace at God’s throne. In a matter of moments it
was no longer Jesus who was on trial, but Satan, Pilate, and the nation of
Israel.

Satan’s arsenal consists of such things as fear, worry, doubt, and
self-pity. Every one of these weapons robs us of peace and leaves us
troubled inside. Do you want to discern where the enemy is coming against
you? In the network of your relationships, wherever you do not have peace,
you have war. Conversely, wherever you have victory, you have peace. When
Satan hurls his darts against you, the more peace you have during
adversity, the more truly you are walking in Christ’s victory.

Paul tells us to be “in no way alarmed by your opponents which is a sign
of destruction for them, but of salvation for you” (Phil. 1:28). Your
peace, your immovable stand upon the Word of God, is a sign that you are
positioned correctly in perfect submission to the will of God. The very
fact that you are “in no way alarmed” by your adversary is a sign that you
have authority over him.

Peacemakers Are Sons of God

Peace is Spirit power. A peacemaker is not merely someone who protests
against war; he is one who is inwardly so yielded to Christ in spirit and
purpose that He can be called a “son of God.” Where he goes, God goes and
where God goes, he goes. He is fearless, calm, and bold. Peace emanates
from him the way light and heat radiate from fire.

In the battles of life, your peace is actually a weapon. Indeed, your
confidence declares that you are not falling for the lies of the devil.
You see, the first step toward having spiritual authority over the
adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. When Jesus
confronted the devil, He did not confront Satan with His emotions or in
fear. Knowing that the devil was a liar, He simply refused to be
influenced by any other voice than God’s. His peace overwhelmed Satan; His
authority then shattered the lie, which sent demons fleeing.

Rest Before Rule

In the 23rd Psalm, David declares, “Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me” (v. 4).
There is a place of walking with God where you simply fear no evil. David
faced a lion, a bear, and a giant. In this psalm he stood in the “shadow
of death” itself, yet he feared no evil. David’s trust was in the Lord. He
said, “for Thou art with me.” Because God is with you, every adversity you
face will unfold in victory as you maintain your faith in God! David
continued, “Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies” (v. 5). The battle you are in will soon become a meal to you, an
experience that will nourish and build you up spiritually.

Only God’s peace will quell your fleshly reactions in battle. The source
of God’s peace is God Himself. Indeed, “before the throne there was, as it
were, a sea of glass like crystal” (Rev. 4:6). The glass sea is a symbol:
there are no ripples, no waves, no anxieties troubling God. The Lord is
never worried, never in a hurry nor without an answer. The sea around Him
is perfectly still and totally calm. All our victories flow out from being
seated here with Him.

God is our Father. The heavenly Jerusalem is our mother, the birthplace of
our new nature (Gal. 4:26). And you, you are a beloved child of God, part
of the Father’s family, and a member of His household (Eph. 2:19). You
must know by revelation that you are not struggling to get up into heaven;
rather, you were born there in spiritual rebirth (John 3:1-8 amplified).
You must be settled and positioned correctly in your relationship with the
Almighty.

To those who have been born again from above, He says, “Sit at My right
hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet” (Ps. 110:1).
Before you go into warfare, recognize that it is not you that the devil is
afraid of, it is Christ in you! We have been raised up and seated with
Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). This is why the Holy Spirit
continues to speak to us that worship of God is our first response in
battle. Position yourself in the Presence of God. Sit, at rest, in the
knowledge that Christ has already made your enemies the footstool for your
feet. From the position of rest, the Word of the Lord continues, “The Lord
will stretch forth Thy strong scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the
midst of Thine enemies’ ” (Ps. 110:2).

Rest precedes rule. Peace precedes power. Do not seek to rule over the
devil until you are submitting to God’s rule over you. The focal point of
all victory comes from seeking God until you find Him, and having found
Him, allowing His Presence to fill your spirit with His peace. From full
assurance at His right hand, as we rest in His victory, let us rule in the
midst of our enemies.



Changing the Atmosphere

Changing the Atmosphere

The gospel must be preached (proclaimed) in power and spiritual passion.

Our lives and sharing the gospel must penetrate the atmosphere of this worlds system which is controlled by and influenced by Satan

In order to pierce the darkness or change the atmosphere it will take:

  • First and foremost, a righteous godly lifestyle – lives conformed to the image of Christ, ruled and governed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit; being conformed to the will of God in every thought, purpose and action.Loving God more than we love ourselves evidenced by radical, determined, immediate obedience.
  • An impassioned pursuit of prayer.
  • Confrontation of and with the demonic forces
  • Expectation of the miraculous
  • A burning heart for evangelism — the desire and vision in our heart will spur us on to action

 

Atmosphere = the surrounding influence; air surrounding the earth; the totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development; the spiritual climate.

 

We can change the atmosphere or the climate in the territories we are responsible for — you have authority where you have responsibility

  • Your personal life — YOU are responsible for you!You have authority over your personal life — you determine what the atmosphere (spiritual climate) will be over your personal life. You keep the heavens open over your personal life.

 

 

  • Must become “self” governing.We are to rule in the midst of our enemies – both internal enemies (strongholds in our soul, weaknesses of the flesh, carnal nature, sinful attitudes and the actions that proceed from the thoughts that are contrary to the Word/will of God) and external enemies (thoughts Satan brings against the mind, his attacks, and men controlled by Satan and flesh who oppose God and/or us).  Ps 110:2 — The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your             enemies! (NKJ)

Become “Self-governing” – ruling your own house (your body is the temple of the Holy Sprit)

Functioning in apostolic authority to work signs and wonders, to take territories, and have dominion over principalities and powers, over the atmosphere, all depends on being governed internally by the Holy Spirit. 

The Lordship of Jesus means we are subjected to His authority, to His Word, His will, etc.  It means being controlled by the Holy Spirit – governed and guided, taught, and obedient to His commands – not my will…

Jesus was subjected to His Father, therefore he functioned in great power – His words had authority (exousia) which released the power of God (dunamis)

 

 

 

 

As Jesus rules and reigns in us and through us, we will experience the fullness or blessings of the kingdom in our lives — righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17)

We must know the Holy Spirit and develop an intimate relationship with Him — How?  By fellowshipping with Him.  Yielding to Him in obedience so that our lives are governed and controlled by Him, not our flesh; developing a reliance and trust in Him

John 16:7 — Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to be in close fellowship with us.  Amp.

 

  • We are responsible for the atmosphere over our homes.The marriage relationship — 1 Pet 3:7-9 — Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;  not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.  If we do not do these things, our prayers will be hindered.  The goal of marriage is to create and stay in the atmosphere of love throughout life.  This atmosphere of love can only be built and maintained by the couple themselves

 

                        The couple decides what the atmosphere will be in their relationship and over their                     home — if you don’t like what atmosphere is ruling over your lives, over your                                 homes, you have both the authority and responsibility to change it.  It does not                                happen automatically — it takes work, determination, and time to develop an                                intimate relationship with one another.

 

                        The same principles are true with your relationship with your children. 

           

            There is the natural and the spiritual aspects for building intimacy and having the             atmosphere of love over your home.  Natural things:  sharing, communicating, doing things           together, doing things for one another, speaking words of blessing, touching — physically,           emotionally, and spiritually.  Spiritual things:  praying for and with one another, devotions,      worshipping together, etc.

 

  • The atmosphere over the local church.The atmosphere will be affected by the leadership of the church, but The local church will only be as strong as the individuals or families that represent it

 

  • The atmosphere over cities, territories, nations.

                        Eph 3:9 – “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known                  by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.”  NKJV

           

                        How does the church make known to the principalities and powers with wisdom of                    God?  By living righteous godly lives. Righteousness is defined in the Amplified                             Bible as, “being conformed to the will of God in every thought, purpose and action,                      resulting in right living and right standing with God”.  Speaking right, living right,                     etc. This is the manifestation of righteousness — our rightstanding with God being                         worked out in our lives by right living and right relationships.

Personal internal rebellion defiles the expression of divine order. Our soul (flesh,             mind, will and emotions) must be subjected to the Lordship of Christ.  The spirit of man, indwelt by the Spirit of God must rise and rule our lives.  The nature of Christ manifests in us and through us.

           

Rom 13:1-2

            1          Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority                           except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

            2          Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those                          who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (NKJ)

The person who is not submitted to authority lacks the ability to govern and exercise any real authority over the region in which they live.

 

All demonic powers operate through thinking patterns in the people they control.  There is no activity of a principality in the heavens without the active outworking of a principle upon the earth. 

The strength of apostolic warfare is in the dismantling of long entrenched oppositional mindsets. (2 Cor. 10:3-5)  Apostolic warfare pulls down strongholds and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 

When through powerful preaching, apostolic impartation, and the accompanying acts of God, these patterns are broken, people are set free to be shaped into a new activity by the power of truth they have received. 

This is how both Jesus and Paul preached and ministered. This is how thekingdom of God is established first in our lives, then the church, then in the earth to the glory of God.

 

 

 

CREATE A SPIRIT OF EXPECTANCY IN THE TERRITORY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.  A Spirit of expectancy, or anticipation, is really a spirit of faith. 

 

 

An expectancy of the miraculous, of revival, will create the atmosphere in which God will work. 

How do we do create the spirit of expectancy?  BY OUR WORDS!  

 

Words create – either positive or negative.  Produce death or life.  Prov. 18:20-21

 

 

Luke 5:15-17 — Despite opposition of the Jews, miracles still happened in Jesus’ ministry because of the expectancy of the people.

 

 

Mark 6:1-6 — Where the was an atmosphere of unbelief and doubt, Jesus could do no miracles

  • Words will draw things, people,blessings or curses to you.  Words will also repel things, people  blessings or curses from you
  • Words reflect what is in the heart — Matt. 12:34“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
  • The atmosphere of unbelief or strife, etc. is created in the same way as the spirit of faith or expectancy– by words. 
  • Where people do not expect God to work, people to be saved, healed, delivered, etc. the miraculous will not happen.
  • Where the Word of God is not preached in faith concerning these things they will not happen.
  • Where the Word of God is preached, declared and proclaimed these things will be in manifestation — in each of these “territories” — self, home, church, city, etc.
  • Talk about Jesus — who He is ;what He is doing;  what He has done; what He is going to do. 
  • Talk about the Holy Spirit = the power of God — Speak to yourself– Speak to others.  Eph. 5:18-21 — Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord. Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (TLB)

 

 

The principle is found in Romans 4:19-21 — “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”  (NKJ)

 

How do we create a spirit of expectancy in our lives — how do we keep the heavens open?

  1.        Declare the Word of God — boldly; in faith
  2. Speak the revealed word/will of God;  speak the promises of God;  talk about                           what Jesus has done and is doing
  3. Prayer
  4. Praise & Thanksgiving

 

The Word of God spoken in faith –

  1. Establishes the word of God or the will of God
  2. Stops the enemy
  3. Releases the power of God

 

Our Testimony is not only what we say, but what we do.  A testimony is more than just telling how and when we accepted Christ, but it is lived out by our obedience to the Word of God and to the Holy Spirit. 

 

  • A righteous godly life is the most powerful weapon against ungodliness and the spirit of the world — (holiness).
  • Smith Wigglesworth talked about our activity in faith — doing the word, receiving answers to prayer, and overcoming the attacks of the enemy.This creates expectancy for God to speak, to act and work miracles. 
  • Do the Word –James 1:22 & 25 — “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

 

 

 

 

Paul & Silas — an example of changing the atmosphere — in the territory, in their circumstances, and their lives.  Acts 16:22-34 –  Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.  And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.  Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.  But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.  But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”  Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.  And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.”  (NKJ)

 

Our prayers, praise, and worship should based on and proceed from our intimate relationship with Jesus.  Paul and Silas were doing the Word — Eph. 5:18-20; Ps 50:14-15, & 23.

Paul & Silas did not just pray and praise the Lord because they were in trouble —

This was a lifestyle based on the relationship they had with God — the fact that they prayed and prayed in this time of trouble, signified that they trusted God even in this difficult hour.

They committed their lives to God and were looking to Him as the only hope, as their comfort, trusting him with their lives even if it meant death.

 

 

2 Cor 1:8-11 –  For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.  Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us.

 

 

2 Tim 4:16-18  –  At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.  But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.  And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!  (NKJ)

 

Prayer, Praise and Worship brings the presence of God and changes the atmosphere

In the manifested presence of God, there is the Rhema Word of God,  the miracle working power of God, the glory of God, the enemy flees — his power is broken,

 

Ps 50:14-15 –  Offer (sacrifice)  unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:  And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

 

Ps 50:14 –What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory.  (TLB)

Trouble = adversity, tightness, pressure, trouble, tribulation

Deliver =  the Hebrew word is “chalets” — to pull off; to strip, to deliver, equip (for fight); strengthen: arm,  put off, take away.  (Strongs)

 

 

Ps 50:23 — Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God (Elohiym = plural, meaning Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  

 

Ps 50:23  –He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”  (NIV)

Praise =  towdah – an extension of the hand, usually adoration; a choir of worshippers:  confession, (sacrifice of) praise, thanksgiving, offering of praise, usually with our hands lifted.

ordereth = appoint, commit, consider, determine, do, ordain, order,  purpose, wholly turns over, purposes

conversation =  a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action,  behavior

Salvation =  yesha;` (yesha = Jesus = salvation)  liberty, deliverance, prosperity: safety, salvation,  saving;  to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe;  avenging, defend,  help, preserve, rescue,  get victory.



Developing Discernment

 

Because we are in the last days, it is crucial that every believer develop spiritual discernment,

  • Discernment is:the ability to distinguish, judge, discriminate,
  • To be able to distinguish between the true and the false, truth and error,
  • Find the will of God — in every area of life
  • Make wise decisions — spiritually and naturally
  • Walk more accurately in the Holy Ghost.
  • There is provision and protection available for those who will learn to discern

 

1 Timothy 4:1 — “Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (deceiving) spirits and doctrines of demons.”

 

Matt 24:5 — “For many will come in My name, saying, `I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

 

Matt 24:10-12 — “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

 

Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and the Saducees in Matt. 16:3, and even His own in Luke 12:56 because they could not discern the times they were living in, or even who He was . . .

 

Luke 12:56-57 –”Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?  Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?”

 

We need to be like the tribe of Issachar which discerned or understood the times –

1 Chr 12:32 –  “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”

 

2 Characteristics of Spiritual Adults

  1. Capable of instructing others.
  2. Powers of discrimination or discernment.

 

Heb 5:14 — “But solid food belongs to those who are mature, that is, those who by practicing have their (spiritual) senses trained to discern both good and evil.”

The mature believer’s senses (spiritual senses) have been exercised or trained by practice or use — this is a process and is developed over a process of time by:

  1.        Knowing the truth — knowing the real will help you to recognize the false
  2.        Learning to be led by the Holy Spirit;  learning to recognize His leading and His                          still small voice
  3.        Learning to be governed by your spirit,  not living out of the flesh or the soul
  4.        By acting on the Word of God
  5.        By submitting choices and experiences to the Word for judgment.

 

 

There are 3 voices or influences that speak to every person –

  • The Holy Spirit
  • Your flesh
  • The devil

 

We must learn to discern which is which — whether it is you, God, or the devil that you are hearing.

 

Discernment is not just for church services — to judge if a particular manifestation is of the Holy Spirit, the devil, or the flesh. but rather must affect every area of life — naturally and spiritually.

  • The will of God must be discerned
  • Truth from false or error, in family, in business dealings, relationships, activities, etc.
  • Developing this discernment is for your preservation, for your prosperity,your protection and your well-being.
  • It does not always come instantly — sometimes you have to wait on God in prayer,

            be in the Word;  always follow after peace in your spirit

I Jn 4:1, we are commanded to test the spirits,  test = discern

1 Thessalonians 5:21 — test or prove all things

1 Corinthians 14:29 — Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 

The word “judge” is discern,  meaning to discriminate, determine, or judge if it is the Holy Spirit speaking.

 

In the Great Awakening — Jonathan Edwards & Finney’s revivals as well as in John Wesley’s meetings, there were many manifestations of the Holy Spirit done in public places — people falling under the power, being overcome with conviction of sin and repentance.

 

Maria Woodworth-Etter stood at the state fair in 1903 suspended in time for 3 days — it was a sign and wonder.

 

The thing that hindered the Azuza Street Revival was that they were not able to discern or judge the manifestations –  There were fleshly manifestations and spirits of witchcraft — familiar spirits were in operation and manifestation.

 

There was a lack of knowledge of the Word  –  especially in the leaders.

 

Ezek.  44:23 — And they (the priests) shall teach My people the difference between the Holy and the profane, and shall cause them to discern between the clean and the unclean.

 

This is the minister’s job — to teach the people from the Word of God and by the unction of the Holy Spirit, to be able to discern between right and wrong, truth and error, and of spiritual things —

 

1 Cor. 12:1 = “Brethren,  I would not have you ignorant of spiritual things” — things pertaining to the spiritual realm including –  The Spirit of God, the human spirit, and the spirits of darkness

 

 

Under the New Covenant, every person that has believed on Jesus is a priest — not a pastor or evangelist,  but called to minister to God and serve others in His place (1 Peter 2:5,9)

If you have a relationship with Jesus, you have been born again, you have the Holy Spirit in you to teach, lead, & guide you. 

He guides you in all truth, leads you in the way you should go, reveals things to come, etc. 

He bears witness in your spirit — Your part is :

            To exercise your priestly rights and responsibilities

            To learn and be trained by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit

            To discern the will of God for your life

            To discern between what is holy & profane, clean or unclean; truth or error;  and which             spirit is operating — the Spirit of God, the devil,  or someone’s flesh

 

Parents (dads and moms) should act as priests in their households and teach and train their children,  beginning when the children are infants, how to choose the good and reject the bad — naturally and spiritually.

 

At different stages of childhood, different skills and emphasis are needed; because of the child’s ability to understand, different methods are needed at different times in the child’s life. 

 

Teach  = to impart knowledge and skill to;  discipline, educate, instruct. 

Example:  Teaching a child to learn their boundaries as a baby, toddler, child, and teenager.

 

Train = to move a weapon, a blow etc. in the direction of someone or of something — point, aim, set, zero in,  set on a course. 

Ps 127:4 –Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. (NIV)

Ps 127:4 — Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. (NKJ)

 

Prov 22:6 — Train up a child in the way (way = a road; figuratively, a course of life or mode of action,) he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (NKJ)

Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it. (TLB)

Teach  –  not just tell!   There is a difference!

 

Recognize (discern) and seize or take every opportunity to do so

 

Be alert, watchful, prepared, and not too busy with other things, not lazy or insensitive

 

We must discern things for our child’s life — the will of God, their individual personalities, gifts, talents and abilities,  and discern how to train them in they way they should go.

 

In order to train our children, we ourselves must be trained and disciplined,  be watchful, alert and sober;  taking and making opportunities to learn and develop skills — spiritually and naturally.

We must learn to take the consequences for our decisions and actions — whether good or bad, and to learn from them.  This is the training process and a part of developing discernment.

 

  • One cannot assume responsibility for another’s actions.
  • Each person must take the consequences of their own actions.
  • One cannot blame another for the consequences of your choices.
  • We should not shield someone one (especially our children) from the consequences of bad decisions.This can be harmful to the growth of an individual and will keep them in the same habits and patterns.
  • Mistakes will be made in this process of developing discernment.We must learn from the mistakes and go on.  Learn from the successes as well.

 

TYPES OF DISCERNMENT

You must differentiate between discerning of spirits and the discernment available to every born again believer because they are born again and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Discerning of spirits — 1 Corinthians 12:1, 10-11 — “To another the working of                     miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of       tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  But all these worketh that one and the   selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

            Discerning of spirits is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, given as He wills, whereby the spirit realm is opened unto individuals and they can literally SEE into the spirit with their physical eyes.  They could see angels, demons, Jesus, the heavens, into the heart of           man.  It is not just seeing devils, but any part of the spiritual realm.

            Generally, the gifts of the Spirit manifest to bless someone else.

            Occasionally the gifts of the Spirit operate for the person’s personal benefit.

            Compare tongues for personal use,  and the gift of tongues for the edification of the body. 

 

  1. The discernment available for every born again believer.

It is the Christians “radar”;  it is the Christians’ ability to sense accurately what is going    on in the unseen spiritual realm.

            God does not want us to be ignorant of spiritual things, or things pertaining to the spirit. 

            If He does not want us to be ignorant — in fact, commands us not to be ignorant.

            He has provided the means whereby we can become informed and learned. 

            The Word of God and the Holy Ghost are the teachers and the means by which we learn           to discern.

            1 Cor 12:1 — “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

            Spiritual = 4152  pneumatikos — non-carnal, supernatural,  (Strong’s Concordance)

KJV– spiritual as compared to 5591 = natural.  Relating to things in the divine sphere as well as in Satan’s realm (Eph. 6:12);  It is put in contrast with things that are natural;  supernatural would best describe the meaning.

           

DISCERN means: 

  • To distinguish;
  • To separate out (to separate is to discriminate, then to learn by discriminating);
  • To determine (to determine the excellence or the defects of a thing or a person):
  • To decide;
  • To investigate by looking throughout objects or particulars
  • To examine; scrutinize or *question.

*It is one thing to question something in the process of developing discernment, but a decision must be made or you will be forever doubting, in confusion and tossed to and fro, never accomplishing anything, never learning, or developing a sensitive spirit.

 

Greek words defining discernment:

            1253  diakrisis (dee-ak’-ree-sis); from 1252; judicial estimation: discern, disputation. 

            (1Cor. 12:10, discerning of spirits)  Strong’s Concordance

            1252  diakrino (dee-ak-ree’-no); to separate thoroughly, to discriminate (by implication,                        decide), discern,  judge, be partial,

            1 Thessalonians 5:21 — test or prove all things

            1 Corinthians 14:24 — the word “judged” is discerned

            1 Corinthians 14:29 — the word “judge” is discern,  meaning to discriminate, determine,             or judge if it is the Holy Spirit speaking

 

 

THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING DISCERNMENT

 

  1. Must come to know the person and the work of the Holy Spirit.

            Know His work in us.  He indwells the believer at the new birth. 

            The Holy Spirit is a person, the third person of the Trinity. 

            He is not an “it” or an influence.

            He is to be in close fellowship (partnership, working relationship) with us. 

            (John 16:13-15 Amp.)  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be in close fellowship with us.

            2 Cor. 13:14 — Paul prayed that we would know the fellowship or communion of the Holy        Spirit. 

            He is:   

                        The Spirit of Truth

                        The Counselor

                        The Teacher

                        The Guide

                        The Comforter

                        The Revealer, the One Who discloses and declares

                        The Word of God, the will of God, etc.

                        The Helper

                        The Intercessor

                        The Power of God — the spirit of might

                        The Spirit of Grace

                        Works righteousness in us

                        Produces the fruit of the spirit in us, which is the character and nature of Christ

                        The Advocate

                        The Strengthener

                        The Standby

                        He convicts of sin

                        Brings one to repentance

                        He acts in behalf of Jesus (John 14:26)

                        Causes us to remember Jesus’ words

            Brings peace (represented by the dove, also signifies purity, holiness &                         sanctification, more work of the Holy Spirit in us.)   

            Testifies of Jesus (John 15:26-27)

            The work of the Spirit in 1 Cor. 2:9-16 –   (Note the word “things” in verse 9)

            Verse 10, God has revealed these things to us by His Spirit      

            It is the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal the things of the Father and of Jesus.  The Holy            Spirit takes the things of God and reveals them to us through or by His Spirit “things” = revelations, plans, purposes, the ways of God, the will of God, the wisdom of                    God.  These things (the revelations) we speak.

            1 Peter 4:11 — “If anyone speaks, let him speak as of the oracles of God, in all things that          Jesus be glorified.”

            Words the Holy Spirit teaches comparing (the word “comparing” means interpreting,     judging, and discerning) spiritual things.  Used in the Septuagint version as interpreting     dreams; to put together in order to judge.  Comparing spiritual (pneumatikos) things with         spiritual  (pneumatikos = things of the spirit or things pertaining to the spiritual realm).              Comparing spiritual things by spiritual (not natural) means.  The natural man =   fleshly,   sensual (sense ruled) man cannot know or understand the things of the spirit, they are       foolishness to him.  Why?   His spirit is darkened;  he is not born of the spirit and does not   have eternal life abiding in him;  the Holy Spirit does not dwell in him.

            Spiritual things are discerned spiritually (pneumatikos) which means they are not                         discerned physically or through the 5 senses, through logic, mental reasonings, or natural       means. 

            This type of discernment is not of the soul — not of the mind, will or emotions.    

            He who is spiritual, discerns (judges, separates, distinguishes) all things.

            How does one discern?

  • By the written Word of God (the Word and the Spirit always agree)
  • By the inward witness
  • By the fruit produced
  • By confirmation of 2 or 3 witnesses

 

            The spiritual man lives under the control of the holy Spirit and minds the things of the      spirit — sets his mind on the things of the Spirit — Romans 8:5-4;   Col. 3:1-4

 

He has the mind of Christ and discerns and esteems the spiritual things above the natural (sensual, fleshy) things.  He has crucified the old man with it’s passions and desires, walking in the newness of life.

           

Hebrews 5:11-14 — his senses (spiritual senses) have been exercised or trained by        practice or use.  This is a process and is developed over a process of time by revelation of the Holy Spirit and acting on the Word of God and the voice of the Holy Spirit.

            By submitting choices and experiences to the Word for judgment          

            Hebrews 4:12 — The Word of God is alive and active;  The Word is made alive by the Holy Spirit –  The Spirit gives life to the Word.  It is sharp — it penetrates and cuts,        pierces, divides, the soul and the spirit, joints and marrow (or the inner most parts).  The   Word of God is a discerner or separator, of the thoughts — God’s thoughts, your thoughts,             or the devil’s thoughts.  The Word discerns the intents or motives of the heart — the plans,         purposes, will, of the spirit. It separates flesh from spirit.

 

  1. Must know the voice of Jesus
  2.       John 10:3-5

                        Verse 3,  hear = to listen, to hear with the mind; to understand or recognize

  1.        John 10:27

                        “My sheep know My voice.”

know = oida, to perceive;  to know intuitively, as contrasted with ginosko which is to know by experience;  know intuitively = to know from birth (our spiritual birth, being born of the Spirit.), not as a result of having been taught, (1 Cor. 2:13-14; 

1 John 2:20)

  1.       John 10:27

                        “They follow Me”  – follow = cleaving to Him in believing trust and obedience;

                         those cleaving to Jesus, also follow His leadership, acting according to His example                   (**believing trust (faith) and obedience are very important to developing and                                     progressing in discernment)

  1.  John 10:14

                        “I know My sheep, and am known of them.  My Father knows Me and I know My                   Father.”                             

            Know = ginosko, usually to know by experience; to be acquainted with a person;  to                 be conscious of; to understand; to discern and distinguish.  

            In this context of “knowing”,  is Matt. 12:33 & Luke 6:44,  “A tree is known by it’s fruit.”

           

John 13:35 — “By love will all men know that you are My disciples” 

            By the love manifested or produced, will men be able to discern  that you are my                                   disciples

           

We must become acquainted with Jesus and come to know His voice — abide in Him and He in us through the Word and in prayer

 

  1. The inward witness

            We must understand how the inward witness operates; 

The witness of the Spirit occurs when the Holy Spirit passes God’s message on to          our human spirit in which He dwells. 

This produces the assurance or confidence within the believer that something is “of God”            or not “of God” — that it is true or not true,  that it is good or not good.

            The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit, not our mind .

            This has nothing to do with the feelings in our soul! 

           

Learn to look to your Spirit

            The divine leading of the spirit can be described as:       

  • inward intuition
  • a premonition
  • green light/red light – stop or go
  • peace or check (red flag)

           

 

1 John 5:6  – And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

            1 Jn 4:13 — We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his     Spirit.

            Rom 8:16 — The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

 

 

  1. Must have a renewed mind

 

            If there is doubt in your mind, you will have no confidence that you hear from God.

Rom 12:2 — “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Renewing = a renovation which makes a person different than in the past.  We think differently.  If our thinking is changed, what we believe changes, and that changes our actions, or what we do.

 

            Phil 2:5 — “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Have the same        attitude and thoughts that Jesus has, always submitted to the Father’s Word, will, plans, &            purposes.

 

            1 Cor 2:16 — For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

            Joe Jordan — “We only have the mind of Christ that is revealed to us.” 

            This is the work of the Holy Spirit — It cannot be done in the flesh or by natural means, although there are natural things we must do such as read and study the Word, meditate,   pray, worship, etc., these are all acts of our will in this process of renewing the mind

            Be careful of what you allow in your mind or spirit.

            Be careful of what you feed on,  what you see and hear; spiritual and natural. 

            A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  Example:  The book of Galatians.  The Judaizers            came and preached that you had to follow the law even though Jesus had freed them from    the law.  As they received that teaching, it caused them to go backwards in faith and         grace.  It brought them into bondage.

            Be alert for mixtures — we need to depend on the anointing of the Holy Spirit to teach us. 

            1 John 2:20 & 27

            Example:  Going to several different churches or trying to be “hooked up” with various   ministries who preach different things, which produce confusion, doubt and unbelief, and          steals faith out of your heart.  Various doctrines, like healing, or the baptism in the Holy         Spirit with tongues and the gifts in manifestation today.

 

            Be like the Bereans,  Acts 17:10-11;  They received the Word with a ready mind, and   searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things they were hearing was true.

            Attitude!  Watch the attitude (or spirit) in which you receive and respond to the Word.

            Don’t be gullible, don’t fall for everything you hear — test, and try it. Yet don’t be so      doubtful, fearful, and proud that you automatically reject something that is new to you and    set out with a wrong attitude to try to disprove it.

            James 1:21– Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your     souls.

 

  • Wrong attitudes will hinder the development of discernment in your life and will hinder the Holy Spirit’s ability working in you to teach you and bring you revelation.

                        We must take heed to what you hear, and we must take heed to how we hear.

They are equally important — remember the character of the Holy Spirit.  He can be grieved, and the Spirit can be quenched. 

 

            The grace He brings can be frustrated and nullified as it was in the church at Galatia. 

            You can hear the Truth of the Word, but if your spirit is wrong, it will pervert what you hear, and will pervert the powers of discernment operating in you.  Instead of the Word   being a blessing to you, and profiting you,  you will end up being deceived, and in error,     bitter, critical and judgmental.  If your attitude (spirit) is right, humble, teachable, and you             hear a wrong doctrine or there’s a wrong spirit operating, you will be able to pick it up and        filter it, or discern it to your profit

 

            Job 12:11 Amp.  “Is it not the task of the ear to discriminate between (wise and unwise)            words;  just as the mouth distinguishes between the (desirable and the undesirable) food?”              Does not the ear try the words? Try = prove, examine, search out, discern.  The ear is the        spiritual ear.

 

Test your motives and intentions — What is your motive for wanting this ability to discern?  What will you do with the revelation or the knowledge once it is revealed to you?   There is a purpose for every revelation given by God.

 

  1. Must know the Word of God

            If we are not going to be deceived or led astray from the Truth — then we must know the           truth = the Word of God; to know personally – to have experiential knowledge

 

            The Word of God must be the basis by which we judge (discern)  every decision, thought,         or action in life — spiritually and naturally 

 

            Be like the Berean believers who searched the Scriptures to see if the things they heard from the apostles was true  (Acts 17:11)

            Every manifestation, revelation, etc. must be judged by the written Word of God. 

            The Word and the Spirit agree — always! 

            If the Bible does not speak specifically about something, with a chapter and verse, then there must be a principle, or it must line up with God’s character and nature,

and then must be confirmed by the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses in the Word in order for it to be established as doctrine.

 

            Not only manifestations and revelations must be judged, but our thoughts, attitudes,        motive, and actions must also be judged.

            Romans 12:2 — “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the      renewing of your mind, that you may prove (test or discern) what is that good and                acceptable and perfect will of God.”

 

            Renewing the mind a work of the Holy Spirit.  He reveals and illuminates the written       Word,  and makes it the revealed Word to our mind. This causes our thinking to be        changed — so we would think like God thinks; thinking and doing what pleases Him.

            The mind and the will, our thinking, and the decisions we make must be subjected to the            Word of God

 

            The warfare is in our mind — Who is in control?  Your spirit man or your flesh/devil? 

            The question is — Who is going to rule?  All of the works of the enemy start in the          mind. 

 

            We must learn to discern (separate) our own thoughts.  Thoughts have power — they are           like a seed.   If they are planted in the ground, they take root and begin to grow,       eventually producing after it’s own kind or bearing fruit.  Whatever thoughts — good or   bad — we allow to be planted in our mind, will take root and grow and eventually produce             fruit. 

            The end-time warriors are those who will submit their flesh and their mind to the will       (Word) of God, regardless of the fact that it could be easier to do it another way which is    more comfortable to your flesh;  less time consuming;  less cost or sacrifice; 

            The devil and your flesh always tell you that it would be easier to do it another way —    that brings only death.

 

            There are no shortcuts to:         

  • spiritual growth or maturity
  • to renewing the mind
  • walking in the spirit
  • developing discernment

            2 Cor 10:3-5 — “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.         The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they (the   divine weapons) have divine power (Holy Ghost) to demolish strongholds.  We demolish      arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (the             Word of God), and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)

            What are strongholds?  Strongholds = a mind set filled with doubt and hopelessness; 

            this causes a believer to accept as unchangeable something they know to be contrary to             the Word and will of God.  Strongholds result from not taking thoughts captive to the             Word of God.  The first time they come to your mind — learn not to entertain them.

 

  • Thoughts become imaginations, imaginations lead to actions.Repeated actions give strength to these contrary thoughts.  They become a stronghold, a barrier,  in our lives resulting in confusion, bondage, fear, etc.  Makes one unable to walk in faith, in peace, in joy, freedom.  How do we deal with the strongholds?  They must be dealt with!  Cast them down!   YOU cast them down! 
  • Casting down = to lower — or with violence to demolish; destroy;bring to extinction; 

             Must be aggressive or violent;  must master contrary thoughts.

 

  • Imaginations = computations, reasonings of your conscience, conceit (because it is  rooted in self); thoughts.

 

  • Every high thing = barrier; elevated thing;every thought that is elevated above the          

            knowledge, will or word of God;  these thoughts are barriers, strongholds.

 

  • Exalts itself = that raises up itself– these thoughts are rooted in pride and rebellion        against God; makes one lofty and high-minded;  this is the same sin that got Lucifer          kicked out of heaven — he lost his God-given position for one of his own choosing (       Is. 14:12-14).  It all began with thoughts rooted in pride and rebellion,  usually the next                   

           step is to speak it,  then the decision is made to act on those thoughts, brings death and    

           destruction it keeps one from walking in and functioning in their God-given position,        authority and power.

 

  • Bringing & captivity are the same word = to make captive: bring into captivity.

 

  • Obedience = attentive hearkening; compliance or submission: hear – understand – obey;             hearing and obedience are the same word in Hebrew.

            You can only punish disobedience (the works of the enemy in prayer and spiritual warfare           – coming against principalities and higher powers) when your obedience is fulfilled.

To effectively tear down strongholds over cities, territories and nations — it must begin on a personal level.  Strongholds in our personal life weaken our authority and power to         stand against the enemy on higher levels and make us more susceptible to his attacks. It also limits our ability to discern things accurately.

 

Ed Silvoso — “I have found that in every place where the scriptures speak about spiritual warfare, it is always in conjunction with teaching about relationships — family, marriage, church, neighbor.

If the enemy has a foothold in any of these areas it must be dealt with before we can ever wrestle with principalities and powers”

 

TESTS TO DISCERN

From:  “How To Test Prophecy, Preaching & Guidance”  by Roxanne Bryant

 

  1. “Is it Scriptural?”
  2. “Does it glorify Jesus?”

            3          “Is there an inward witness?”  If so, is it a green light?  Yellow? Red?

  1. “Does it produce liberty or bondage?”
  2. “Is the fruit in the life of the ministry good”  A character issue
  3. “If it is prophecy, does it come to pass as well as all of the above?”
  4. “Is the timing right? Does it go with the direction or flow of the service?  Is there an opening from the leadership or the person at the platform?”

                       

  • Pray, especially in the spirit.
  • Search the Scriptures.
  • Ask yourself — does this lead me (or others) closer to Jesus or farther from Him?

                        Will it hinder or promote my (or others) spiritual growth?

                        Make sure it agrees with in principle with the written Word of God and

  • Follow after peace.Col. 3:15 Amp. — “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes from Christ rule (act as an umpire continually)  in your hearts (deciding with all finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s) one body you were also called to live.”
  • Act — Do what you seem to be hearing in your spirit, or what is in your heart, or what seems to be the sensible thing.

                        Proceed unless there’s a check in your spirit. If that happens, stop. 

                        Action is required if you are moving in faith.

                        Don’t be afraid to stop or change directions if you find that in the testing process                                    you are going in the wrong direction. 

                        It should be obvious that you will not be changing your mind or direction all the                          time.  This produces confusion and will never accomplish anything. 

                        Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — you can learn from it.

                        It is all part of this process of developing keener and more accurate discernment.

                        Watch for pride in this area –  Don’t keep going in a direction that you know is                                     wrong simply because you are not willing to admit that you missed it.

Don’t be so quick to say “God said” or “God told me”.  It is too final.  If there is a mistake it is not on God’s part.  “I felt led” or “I felt impressed” is better.

 

You are in a much better position to receive correction if the discernment or leading is wrong.  You are fallible — God is not! When one says “God told me”, especially before one has proved it by walking it out, it is very difficult to be      corrected, as God is the highest authority in ones life; and for someone to tell another who feels he has a word from God that he is wrong, it would appear that you are attempting to go against the authority of God in his life, and we must obey           God rather than man. If they yield to another’s counsel and if they are not convinced in their own heart, they will always think they missed God. 

 

 

YOU MUST DESIRE DISCERNMENT

            1 Cor 12:31 — “But earnestly desire the best gifts.”

            1 Cor 14:1 — “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may            prophesy.”

 

            Ask and believe God:  To open our spiritual ears, eyes, and heart;  to give us the spirit of           wisdom  and revelation in the knowledge of Him, His will, His ways, His plans and His           purposes.

 

            Paul’s prayers for the church . . .  Eph 1:17-18 — “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,         the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge     of Him,  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the        hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

 

            Col. 1:9 Amp.  “For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to           pray and make special request for you, (asking) that you may be filled with the full (deep           and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom (in comprehensive insight into the         ways and purposes of God) and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things.”

           

Phil. 1:9-10 Amp  “And this I pray:  that your love may abound yet more and more and             extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight (that your love may         display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment),  so that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve what is excellent and of real       value (recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences) and             that  you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless (so that with hearts         sincere and unsullied, you may approach the day of Christ not stumbling or causing others    to stumble.)”

 

            Both our love and spiritual perception should grow stronger so that we might approve the          best things and the vital things,  distinguishing them from what is wrong and erroneous.

           

Heb 5:14 —      “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained        themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (NIV)

 

This is a progressive work — It does not happen automatically, or as a result of a one time prayer, or the ministry of laying on of hands

 

I Kings 3:9-12 — “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?  The speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.  Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”                 

 

            Verse 9 — a hearing, discerning, understanding heart; to be able to judge, to decide.

            “That I may discern” = to perceive, to pay attention to, to understand, to be intelligent,   knowing, to be sensible, to regard, to deal wisely.

 

In the Old Testament, the primary word is understanding and insight. Note the motive and attitude of Solomon, to help, not hinder God’s people;  to edify, to encourage, to strengthen them, to bring them to maturity, to help them follow God more closely.  This keeps in character with the Holy Spirit — the paraclete, the helper. 

 

            Verse 11, discern = to hear.  The Hebrew = shama, to hear, understand and obey; to hear        intelligently.

            Verse 12,   He was given a wise and understanding heart (discerning), plus riches, honor            and long life.  Matt. 6:33

           

Study Prov 2:2-22; 

            Vs. 2,  “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart (spirit) to              understanding.”

            Incline = to prick up the ears, sharpening them like an alert animal;  to listen; to give       heed

            Understanding = from 995; intelligence; discretion, reason, skillfulness, understanding,    wisdom.  995 = biyn, a primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), .(generally) understand: discern, know,  perceive, be prudent, view, deal wisely,

            The word  includes the concept of discerning between good and evil. 

            The word does not refer to mere accumulation of data, but superior (supernatural) data.

 

            Prov 2:3 — “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and lift up thy voice for understanding.”

            Criest  =  To cry out, to call aloud, to roar, to proclaim, to preach, to call or to summon,            to invite, to implore, or to call together.  Usually addressed to a specific recipient (God) and intended to elicit a specific response.  Usually the context has to do with a critical        need.  We need discernment — it is a most critical need in the body of Christ today.  Lift      up your voice and cry out for discernment!

            We need discernment and insight into the Word of God, into the ways of God the will of            God, for direction, for truth, etc.

 

            Prov. 2: 6 — For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and                      understanding;  From His mouth — words come from His mouth.  From His words        (rhema) comes spirit and life, discernment, etc.

 

            John 6:63 — “My words they are spirit and they are life.”

 

            Job 32:8 –”But there is a spirit in man, and the breath (inspiration) of the Almighty gives            him understanding (discernment).”

 

Prov. 2:7 — “He stores up or hides sound wisdom for the upright;  the wicked cannot find          it;  the righteous man must dig for it;  it is in safety from the enemy.”

            Prov 2:11 — “Discretion (meditation, thought, prudence) will preserve you (Josh. 1:8);  understanding (discernment) will keep (guard, protect, maintain) you”

           

One must know how to use the information wisely.  That also is part of the discerning     process

 

            We may perceive through our senses –  Job 2:11 — “Does not the ear test words and the         mouth taste its food?”

 

            Job 6:30 — “Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern the unsavory?”

           

Ps 34:8 — “O taste and see that the LORD is good.”   taste = 2938  ta` am, to taste;     figuratively, to perceive, to discern.  This verse refers to testing the good by means of the    sense of taste.

 

            As Jesus noted in Matt. 13:13 — “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing            they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”

            It is possible to hear without perceiving.

 

            Prov 29:7 — “The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not    understand such knowledge.”

 

            Dan 12:8-10 — “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be          the end of these things?  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and         sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the        wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall         understand.”

 

            We can pray for discernment –

            Ps 119:34 — “Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it         with my whole heart.”

            Ps 119:144 — “The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; give me                  understanding, and I shall live.”

Ps 119:169 — “Let my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according         to Your word.”   We must diligently pursue discernment, it does not come automatically !

            Prov 28:5 –”Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD                        understand all.” (NKJ)

            Prov 7:4-7 — “Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your nearest             kin, that they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters      with her words. For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,  And saw      among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man devoid of understanding.” 

            Devoid = lacking understanding and discernment, personal discernment to preserve, to guard or guide.  He was seduced and led into sin as a result.

 

 

 

JUDGING (DISCERNING) OURSELVES FIRST!

            Examine or test our own heart and lives first before attempting to judge or discern          others.  We must deal with ourselves first.

 

            Ps 51:6 — “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You       will make me to know wisdom.”

 

            Truth and Love must be in our heart 

            True discernment is motivated by love, not judgment, criticism, or suspicion

            Must have a renewed mind.

            It is not just to see evil, devils or demons

 

            John 3:16-17 — God so loved that He gave  – He did not send His Son into the world to          condemn (judge) the world, but rather that the world would through Him be

            saved (sozo = to heal, deliver, make whole, prosper, preserve, protect).

 

John 5:30 — “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is           righteous (conformed to the will of God in every thought purpose and action, emphasis mine), because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

2919    krino = to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially); to try, — conclude determine, judge, call in question, think.     

 

            John 8:3-11 — The woman caught in the act of adultery;  The word He wrote brought   conviction on the judges who had wrong motives (Vs. 9 refers to 1 John 19-21).

            Jesus confronted the sin in the woman’s life, but He did not condemn her, but rather gave           her a word to “save” her — “Go and sin no more” He did not condone or approve of her       sin, but rather forgave her.

 

            John 4:15-19 — The woman at the well of Samaria

            Jesus knew the woman’s situation by the Holy Spirit, a word of knowledge

            He gave her a command — “Go call your husband”

            He knew she did not have a husband — Jesus was getting to the root of her problem

            She said,  “I have no husband”  Jesus said that she spoke truly, or that she spoke the truth.

            She could have tried to cover up (self-preservation), lie, or tried to justify her situation

            If she would have done that, it would have perverted her understanding or         discernment of who Jesus was.

            There was truth in her heart, she admitted her sin;  because of this attitude, she was        able to discern who Jesus was — she was “saved” — forgiven of sin.

 

            Luke 8:15 — “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart,             having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit (the product or the result, growth,     greater understanding of truth, revelation and discernment) with patience (endurance).”

 

Ps. 51:6 — God wants truth in our inward parts — we must know ourselves and be honest         in our own heart

            2 Cor 13:5 — “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves     (prove yourself). Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?– unless indeed     you are disqualified. “

           

The test is how we handle day to day life situations.  Life is the test. How we react and respond to the pressures of life, is a discerner which determines what we believe in our heart, and how much our soul (carnal nature or flesh) is under the          Lordship of Jesus – how much of our character reflects His.

 

            1 Cor 11:28, 31 — “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and   drink of the cup.  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”

           

I Jn 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to      cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  

Examine your own work and conduct first by the law of Christ, not by what others do or don’t do. 

           

Jesus, the Living Word, is our standard by which all judgment is made.

            Gal 6:3-4 — “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he                       deceives himself.  But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

           

Matt. 7:1-5 Amp.  “Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you use to deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you. Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the tiny particle of timber out of your eye’, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first get the beam out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.”

            Vs. 1 — judge = act as a judge, to pronounce judgment

            Vs. 2 — the law of sowing and reaping

            Vs. 3 — look = beholdest, the act of looking even though nothing can be seen;  used of mental vision and implying more contemplation.  Consider is stronger than beholdest or      look, to perceive with the senses, discern, understand.

            Vs. 5 — get the beam out of your own eye — examine or contemplate what is in your own         heart and then … you will be able to see /judge/discern/help others

            In order to discern anything correctly — even in receiving the truth of God’s Word,         your own life must be straight – attitudes right, no known sin, etc.

 

The critical spirit of fault finding that overlooks ones own faults while assuming the role of supreme judge in regard to others relates to 1 Cor. 4:1-5.  Correct your own faults and solve your own problems first.  Let any judgmental attitude in yourself signal the need to examine yourself for the things that bother you about others.

 

            Gal 6:4 — But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in       himself alone, and not in another.  (NKJ)

 

            1 Cor 4:4 — For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who           judges me is the Lord. (NKJ)    

 

Ruth Heflin — “If there is death in you (sin), you cannot raise the dead.”

            Death can be:  lying, deceit, lust, anger, resentment, unforgiveness, strife, rebellion, pride,           jealousy, bitterness, or any other sin (stronghold)

           

The Word of God is the judge — the Word is Truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of             Truth.  We must judge ourselves in light (revelation) of the Word of God.

 

1 Cor 1:10-13 — “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,         that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

           

1 Cor. 3:1-3 Amp.  – “However, brethren, I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to non spiritual men (men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates), as to mere infants in the new life in Christ (unable to talk yet!)  I fed you with milk and not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough to be ready for it):  but even yet you are not strong enough to be ready for it. For you are still (unspiritual, having the nature) of flesh (under the control of ordinary impulses).  For as long as there are envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?”

 

If there is envy, jealousy, wranglings, factions, division, selfish ambition, pride, within yourself or within the body, it will hinder your ability to discern things     correctly.   (See James 3:13-17 Amplified)

 

Everything is discerned by the Word and by the Spirit — not the letter of the law,           for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life and light — revelation, illumination.

 

John 6:63 — “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

 

2 Cor 3:6 — “Who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

 

 

 

 

Discerning our soul — Is the King and the Kingdom reigning within us?  If the Kingdom is not in manifestation, then who or what is?  The Kingdom can be discerned by recognizing whether or not “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost” are in manifestation in our lives.  Rom. 14:17

 

One of the ways we discern something is to examine the evidence (the fruit being produced) and ask questions . . .

 

The same is true of discerning the state or condition of our soul and whether or not the kingdom of God is in manifestation we are living controlled by our flesh/soul . . .

 

The Psalmist knew this principle —

Ps 42:5 — Why are you in despair (depressed), O my soul? And {why} have you become disturbed (disquieted) within me? (NAU)

Disquieted = to make a loud sound like the English word “hum”); to be in great commotion or tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor: make a noise, rage, roar, be troubled, be in an uproar.

 

Isa 26:3-4 — “You will keep him in perfect peace (both words are 7965, indicating double emphasis), whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”  (NKJ)

 

Peace = 7965  shalom –  from 7999; safe, i.e. happy, friendly; also welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace:  favour, good health, perfect peace, prosperity, rest, safety, wholeness.

7999  shalam;  a primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be or to be made completed (perfect, entire, lacking nothing, mature, finished); “peace; completeness; welfare; health.”  The Septuagint gives the following translations: eirene (”peace; welfare; health”); eirenikos (”peaceable; peaceful”); soteria (”deliverance; preservation; salvation”); and hugiainein (”be in good health; sound”).

peace = 1515  eirene — probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

 

Peace = health, prosperity, safety in spirit, soul, body and property;  happiness and joy, quietness and rest, total and complete welfare, to be saved.

 

“Our peace is destroyed by focusing on what is wrong around us, rather than HE who is right within us.”

 

John 14:1 Amp.  “DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in  and rely on God;  believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.”

 

John 14:27 Amp.  “Peace I leave with you:  My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

 

 

 

 

Heb 5:7-9

7          who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with    vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard        because of His godly fear,

8          though He was a Son, yet He learned (came to understand) obedience (attentive hearkening, compliance or submission, [to the will of His Father] )by the things which He suffered [experienced].

9          And having been perfected (became mature and complete), He became the author of     eternal salvation to all who obey (attentively hearkening, compliance or submission, [to       His will]) Him.  (NKJ)

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Someone in transition is always in pain.  Why?

Mature people are learning to discern, understand, communicate, articulate and describe the processes in God.

The point of our services should be to meet with God and to afflict the soul. What does “afflict the soul” mean?  What could be the possible benefit of something that sounds so miserable?  Would a loving God afflict our soul or offend our mind?

As we mature in God, we must learn to manage our own life, our behaviors, thoughts, and words.  This is becoming “self governing”.  Using this terms seems like a contradiction – it is another paradox.  Why?  People need to be trained to reign (influence) in life, in their own world (kosmos).  People need to be challenged and trained to think, to be creative, and think profoundly, and esteem and hold to eternal values.

 

Three ways to discern something:

  1. By the fruit produced  — Matt. 7:15-20

            Examples are in 1 Cor. 3:1-3 & James 3:13-17

            You are able to see what was operating in their lives by the fruit that was produced;  they           were acting as unsaved men, not producing the fruit of the Spirit, or were influenced and           yielding to demons

 

  1. By the Spirit

            Discern the spirit by the Holy Spirit indwelling your human spirit, which has knowledge   imparted to it by the Holy Spirit

            The witness of the Spirit occurs when the Holy Spirit passes on God’s message to our    human spirit in which He dwells.

This produces the assurance or the confidence within a believer that something is of God            or not of God.

 

  1. By the manifestation of the gift of discerning of Spirits

            (This operates only as the Spirit wills.)

            1 Cor. 12:4

            Matt 7:15-16 — “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but     inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather        grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?”

            Jer 23:16-17 –Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets          who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own                         heart, not from the mouth of the LORD.  They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You shall have peace” ‘;and to everyone who walks according to     the dictates of his own heart (this is the rebellious ones), they say, ‘No evil shall come     upon you.’”

            These false prophets scatter the sheep and bring division

            They come in disguises — in sheep’s clothing — they look like  sheep

            They come in deceitfully, in all sweetness,

            They relate to the sheep –  not the shepherd

            Inwardly they are ravening, hungry wolves — what are they hungry for? 

            Power, leadership, the pulpit.  Hungry wolves eat sheep! 

            They don’t like the taste of shepherds. 

            Vs. 20 — By their fruits you will know (discern) them.

What is on the inside will come out — sooner or later (best sooner! More damage is done if these things are revealed later.)

            A false prophet or a wolf spirit always undermines the true authority; seeks the weak,    gullible people and preys on them;  draws them after themselves with great swelling words    and appear to be very “spiritual”.  They tend to spiritualize everything.

 

            The book of Jude gives the characteristics of false leaders/false teachers

            2 Pet 2:1-3 — “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be         false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying             the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.  And many will      follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By          covetousness (wanting something for themselves that is not theirs)  they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their                    destruction does not slumber.

 

 

DISCERNING THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, ERROR AND FLESH

 

  1. THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
  2. Agrees with Scripture
  3. Glorifies Jesus
  4. The inner witness
  5. Produces good fruit — edifies, exhorts, comforts, or the character of Jesus
  6. Teachable, meek, humble spirit

 

  1. THE SPIRIT OF ERROR
  2. Will be unscriptural in some way
  3. Will glorify man (self)
  4. Produces bad fruit — confusion, rebellion, division fear, flesh,
  5. Is unteachable

 

  1. THE FLESH

                        A person can act independently in and of himself or by his own will. 

                        Most problems are not caused by the devil. 

                        We can make our own problems.    Example:  Eating 3 pieces of chocolate cake —                   that is not the Holy Spirit; not necessarily the devil – though it could be a spirit of                            gluttony;  it is an act of your will to yield to the flesh.  The appetites of the body,                             or the old nature are not destroyed when we are saved. 

                        You do some things just because you want to. 

                        Cannot blame everything on the devil.

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF DISCERNMENT

Job 32:8 — “But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.”

 

Job 33:14-17 — “For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive (discern) it.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds,  Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.  In order to turn man from his deed, and conceal pride from man.”

 

The purpose of having the powers of discernment operative in our lives is:

            That it would lead, guide, teach, protect, preserve, guard in all our ways that we might   more fully walk in God’s ways — spiritual and natural, in relationships — family, church,    ministry, business, etc.

 

When we have discerned something, we have a responsibility to the revelation we have been given.  God does not reveal things for no reason. 

           

 

 

 

Ask the Lord, “What should I do, if anything?”

  • Do I speak?
  • Is there something I should obey?
  • Do Ipray (only)?  If so, how do I pray?  Pray according to the will of God revealed to you.
  • Do I do anything at the present?The revelation could be for the future, because the Holy Spirit shows us things to come.

            Isa 50:5 — “The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn            away.”  

            I was not rebellious = active opposition against authority;  anything independent of God,             His will, His Word, His Spirit

 

            Discern the thoughts and motives — if the motives and intents of the heart are rooted in   rebellion, are self centered, or to get your own way or have control — they are wrong and   will pervert true discernment.

           

The word rebellion means bitterness.  “Bitterness is as the sin of witchcraft”

            (1 Sam. 15:23)  Witchcraft seeks to dominate, intimidate and manipulate.

 

            Obedience to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit is a key factor in        developing discernment — Heb. 5:14, says it is by reason of use, doing the word, or           practice that we train our senses.

           

James 1:22 — “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”  When we do not obey the Word, we deceive our own selves.  The word deceive is to deceive by false reasoning, in which conclusions are drawn and evidences assumed may seem conclusive in themselves but are false and are contrary to the truth of the gospel.

           

James 1:26 — “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue            but deceives his own heart, (to cheat or outwit) this one’s religion is useless.”

            The most dangerous thing we can do is to live by feelings out of the soul –  (soul = mind,           will, emotions, intellect).

Example:  There was a woman who came to the meeting where the Holy Ghost was in manifestation in a powerful way.  She was uncomfortable by what she saw and heard and “discerned” or felt that “something is not right”.  she was caught in warfare in her mind and did not realize it. One can be uncomfortable because they are being convicted by the Holy Spirit and they do not recognize the spirit of conviction. (Many mistake Holy Ghost conviction for        condemnation.) Or, because what is happening is new to their experience or the level of knowledge they have of God, the Word, the Holy Spirit. 

            We must learn to hear and know the Holy Ghost and not go by feelings.

            If you do not hear from God something specific, realize that it is an attack in the soul.     Understanding or discerning things wrongly is out of the soul.

 

 

Illustration:  A man was sleeping.  His wife wanted to play a trick on him, so put some foul smelling stuff on his mustache.  When the man woke up, he smelled the foul odor.  He went into the bathroom to shave and thought the smell was in the bathroom.  He looked everywhere for the cause of the odor and could not find it.  He searched the kitchen and smelled it there.  He searched and could not find the cause.  Everywhere he went, he smelled the horrible odor.  After searching the whole house, he went to the window, threw it open and took a deep breath.  He still smelled the smell and determined that, “The whole world stinks”. 

He thought it was everything else that stank, but it was him.  He did not discern correctly.



Developing A World-Wide Miracle Ministry

Developing A World-Wide Miracle Ministry

By Lynndene Way

Purpose of this study:

  • To define the purpose of ministry gifts and the local church to raise up and train believers to do the work of the ministry and fulfill the great commission Jesus gave all His disciples.
  • To inspire faith in the believer and motivate them to affect their sphere of influence with the gospel.
  • To show from the Word of God that every believer has a world-wide miracle ministry, and how to effectively develop that ministry.

 

What is a believer?  One who has believed on, trusted in, relied on, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, Redeemer, and Lord.  As a result of their belief, God has given them eternal life, made them a new creation, translated them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, forgiven them of all sin, redeemed them by His blood unto Himself, called them with a holy calling to be kings and priests. 

 

Their belief (faith) proceeds out of their heart (spirit), not their intellect.  It is based on what the Bible, the Word of God, says.  They have a firm conviction that the Word of God is Truth.  They have a revelation of Jesus which has been given to them by the Holy Spirit, which has convicted them of their sin, of their state without God and their inability to save themselves.  The Holy Spirit has convinced them of them of their redemption from sin and the power of death, hell and Satan because of the death of Jesus on the cross and the shedding of His precious blood.  This is what a believer has confessed with their mouth and believes in their heart, which results in their receiving eternal life, or salvation, or any promise of God.  John 3:15-16, 36;  John 5:24; John 6:47; Romans 10:9-10.

 

Every born again believer is called to be a minister.  This does not mean that every believer is called to the 5-folf ministry, a pulpit ministry, or will minister behind a pulpit to masses of people.  But, every believer is called to have a world-wide miracle ministry. Every believer has the ministry of reconciliation.  Every believer is commanded to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  Every believer is to do the works of Jesus (preach the gospel, heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead) in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; 2Cor. 5:18; Matt. 10:5-8.

 

What is ministry?  Ministry is work.  The word “ministry” simply means to serve or to dispense.  In the Old Testament, the word minister means:  to attend as a menial servant or worshipper; to serve; to contribute to.  In the New Testament, all of the Greek words regarding ministry, have one root, “diakoneo” which means to be an attendant; to wait upon menially or as a host, friend or teacher; technically to act as a church deacon, minister unto; serve; to provide relief or service; one who executes the command of another; to run on errands as an attendant. 

 

All ministry, whether it is five-fold ministry gifts, helps ministry, any office of the local church – ALL MINISTRY is summed up in serving.  Serving God and serving man.  We assume the attitude of Jesus who came not to be served (KJV uses the word, “ministered”), but to serve (KJV, “minister”) and give his life as a ransom for many.  The life of Jesus was a life of service.  Jesus came to this earth at the command of His Father. He laid aside His own ministry and glory, became a servant and example for us to follow. Matt:20:25-28; John 13:1-17;  Phil. 2:6-8 

 

Ephesians 4:8-16

8          Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”

9          (Now this, “He ascended”– what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

10        He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

11        And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

12        for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

13        till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

14        that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

15        but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head– Christ–

16        from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  (NKJ)

 

The Five-fold ministry gifts are gifts given by God to the Church.  These are men and women who are supernaturally called by God, set apart for a particular service, anointed by God, equipped with grace, and sent by God to accomplish the purposes ordained by God. Those called to the office of the apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist or teacher, are called to serve God and the Church in full time ministry.  These gives are given to the church for the following purposes:    

  • To equip the saints (believers) to do the work of the ministry.The saints are to be trained and taught to do the work of the ministry.  Ministry is spelled,              W-O-R-K!  Exodus 18:18-25; 2 Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:12

The local church should be the training ground to equip the believers so that each sphere of influence in that community would be affected by the life and testimony of Jesus Christ as He is manifested by the testimony and life of the believers in their city.  It is the duty and responsibility of the pastor of the local church to teach, train and equip the members of the local church to do the work of the ministry. 

  • The 5-fold ministry is called to edify (build up, strengthen, & establish) the body of Christ.

 

  • The function of the 5-fold ministry is to cause the body of Christ to grow up and become spiritually mature by speaking the Truth (the Word of God), feeding the sheep, tending to their needs, and nurturing them.Eph. 4:16 says, every joint is to supply.  This means that all of the parts of the body are dependent upon one another; every part is to work effectively, and every part is to do its share.  The pastor must teach the church the necessity of working together as a body, cause them to recognize and realize their giftings and abilities and then release them to their “world” to ministry.  You learn ministry by doing ministry.  Jesus gathered His disciples around himself and taught them precept and principles.  Then He showed them what they should do.  He gave them opportunities to apply the principles in a supervised safe environment.  Today, that place is the local church.  Then He sent them forth do fulfill their ministry in the world.  The Bible says that the 12 disciples, and later the 70, returned to Jesus to report the results of their “mission” or ministry trip.  Their experiences were evaluated.  This caused their faith to be strengthened and their ministry to develop and mature.

 

Servanthood is the key work connected with ministry – ALL MINISTRY, from the pulpit to the pew!

 

In Matt. 20:20-28, ministers are not to minister to people by lording over, by dominating or controlling others.  Ministry is not about a title or position, but SERVICE!

A servant’s heart is the motivation for all ministry.

We serve with the grace that God supplies (Romans 12:3 & 6; 1 Peter 4:10-11), motivated by love – our love for God and love for man.

 

All ministry is service.  It is being a servant of God to the people God loves and cares for, to the people God sent His son to die for.  It means that believers take the Word of God, the life of God, the provision of God to meet the needs of mankind by the power of God.

 

Whatever ministry one is called to, whether it is 5-fold ministry, helps ministry (every believer is called to help – 1 Cor. 12:28), or being used in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4-11), or other areas of service as listed in Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-11, it is important that we realize that the aim or goal of ALL ministry is:

 

  • To manifest the life and character of Jesus
  • To meet the need of others
  • To bless people
  • To build up, edify, strengthen and establish the Church (including the local church)
  • To glorify God

 

 

The Two Aspects of the Believer’s Ministry

 

  • Every believer has a ministry in the local church.
  • Every believer has a ministry in the “world”

 

  1. The Believer’s Ministry within the local church

 

  1. All members of the church are to be involved in the helps ministry of the church.The helps ministry is listed in 1 Cor. 12:28.  An example of some of the functions of helps ministry is given in Acts 6:1-8.  In the ministry of Jesus, the disciples functioned in the helps ministry, i.e., in Matt. 14:13 – 22, in the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus told the disciples to seat the people in groups (ushers), serve the people the bread and fish (table waiters), then He told the disciples to clean up the remains (janitors), and then get a ship and go to the next city to prepare for ministry.  This is a picture of ministry in the local church.  Every area of ministry in the local church is helps ministry – praise and worship team, children and youth workers, office workers, ushers, parking lot attenders, intercessory prayer teams, altar workers, counselors, outreach teams, givers, benevolence or mercy ministries, etc.  All of these areas of ministry help in aiding and assisting the pastor to fulfill the God-given vision for the church. 

 

  1. Every spirit-filled believer is a candidate to minister (dispense, administrate, or pour forth) the gifts of the Holy Spirit.Any believer can be used as a channel of the Holy Spirit in any of the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit as He wills.  1 Corinthians chapters 12 – 14.  Every believer is exhorted and encouraged to desire spiritual gifts.  The motive for desiring to be used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to bless, strengthen, encourage, exhort, and edify the church.  1 Cor. 14:5,12, & 26

Pastors should teach and train the believers in the local church, the will of God concerning the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and not only create the atmosphere for the gifts to manifest, but also provide a safe and supervised learning environment for the believers to test and minister the Spirit.                     

  1. Within the walls of the local church, the believer’s ministry is not primarily a

      pulpit ministry.  It may not be an altar ministry, or a any kind of public or

      mass ministry.  

      All the believers in a local church participate in the ministry that comes from

      the pulpit or around the altar as they pray and intercede while this ministry is     

      taking place around the altar.

  1. The Believer’s Ministry in the World

This ministry given by Jesus to every believer takes place outside the church walls – in the streets, market place, home, work, school, neighborhood, etc.

 

  1. The command of Jesus is, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

The “world”, not the church, is the primary place for the believer’s ministry.  The Greek word for world is, “kosmos”, which means “the social system, or your sphere of influence”.  Every person has their own sphere of influence.

It is my opinion, that every person can develop a world-wide miracle ministry, and never travel to another city or nation! 

Jesus commands all of His disciples to “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel.”  Matt. 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-20   Immediately when we hear those words, we think of India, Africa, China, or maybe Hawaii!  Then we consider our abilities, our inabilities, our families, our job, our bank account, etc. and because of our lack of understanding of what Jesus is really saying, we disqualify ourselves from the primary focus of our ministry as a believer.

 

When Jesus sent forth His disciples into the world, he gave them the command, He commissioned them to a specific territory with specific instructions, He equipped them naturally and spiritually, He gave them His Word, His Name, His power, His authority.  They went in faith at His command, and then obeyed.  God worked with them confirming the Word they spoke with signs, wonders and miracles.  The miracles follow the Word. 

 

The word that is spoken may be a message that brings a person to repentance and faith in Jesus.  Or, the word may be a revelation of the Holy Spirit that releases the power of God to work the miracle!  For example, the Lord may give you a word of knowledge about someone you are working with.  The Holy Spirit reveals a word about their situation.  You do not need a three point message to touch the heart of that person with the love of God.  You only need to hear the word of God that is revealed to you at that moment, speak it, and watch the Holy Spirit confirm the word with His miracle working power. 

The kingdom of God, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not in word only, but consists of demonstrations of the power of God.  We should expect miracles as we minister with God, obeying His command and doing His works.

 

The believer’s ministry is doing the works of Jesus.  We do the same works, in the same way, by the same Holy Spirit, that Jesus did, and we can have the same results Jesus had to the glory of the Father!  This is really good news.

 

John 14:11-14

11  Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of what you have seen me do.

12  “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

13  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father.

14  Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it! (NLT)

 

Matt 4:23-24

23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

24  Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.  (NKJ)

Matt 28:18-20

18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations (peoples), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20  “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (NKJ)

 

Mark 16:15-20

15  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

16  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

17  “And these signs will follow those who believe:

  • In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
  • “they will take up serpents;
  • and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them;
  • they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19  So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

20  And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and (the Lord was) confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.  (NKJ)

 

In Matthew 28 and Mark 16, we see the following things:

  • The command to GO is given to all disciples, all believers.Every believer has the same rights, privileges, promises, power, authority and provision for service – so all share the same responsibility in taking the gospel to their “world” (sphere of influence). 
  • All believers are commanded to preach (proclaim), teach (explain), and make disciples (learners or pupils – disciples are made, not born!).Once a person becomes born again, then they must be taught and trained. 

 

  • Those believers who go, who speak the word of God (the word revealed by the Holy Spirit at the moment or for the occasion) can expect that God will work with them confirming and performing His word with signs, wonders and miracles.The gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used in the world, not reserved only for church meetings.  If you look in the gospels and the book of Acts, you see the gifts of the Spirit manifesting in the ministry of Jesus, and through the church as they ministered to individuals. 

 

  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, are a tool in evangelism and one-on-one ministry. Remember, the gifts of the Spirit are given to every man for the profit of all.  1 Cor. 12:11  We should desire the gifts of the Spirit and release our faith for the manifestation of the promise of God.  1 Cor. 14:1  For examples see:  Mark 16:20; 1Thess. 1:5;  Rom. 15:18-19;  1Cor. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 4:20; Acts 6:5-8;  Acts 8:5-7; Acts 8:26-40; John 4:7-30

 

God intends that every believer have a world wide miracle ministry!  By simply understanding that every believer is a minister, a servant, who is commanded by Jesus to preach the gospel in their sphere of influence (their world) and expect the manifestations of the Holy Spirit to work through them to meet the needs of people and demonstrate the love of God.  When a person has been touched by God or healed of a sickness, they are open to receive salvation.  They know as a reality that God is real and He is willing to make Himself known to them in power.  One never knows where that person’s sphere of influence will take them, or how many others will be touched because they have been touched by your influence.  

 

For other studies that will reinforce the teaching on this subject, please see the notes:

Moving in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Understanding & Moving in the Prophetic

Helps Ministry in the Local Church

Ministry Gifts – The Five-fold Ministry

Ministry Training Course – Ministering Sozo (adapted from Fred Grewe Teaching Manual)



Help Ministry

  1. Ministry gifts were given by God to the church

1 Cor. 12:28 – “And God has appointed these in the church …”

1 Cor.  12:18 & 26 – A supernatural ministry, set in place by God

Eph. 4:10-13 – “And He Himself gave some…”

All are called to ministry, but not all are called to 5-fold ministry.  If one is not called into 5-fold ministry, then called into ministry of helps (not to be confused with Helps ministry).

God never intended us to be pew warmers!  Get involved!

Num. 11:10-17 – “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel …”

Helps were established

There was a transference of the anointing which was on Moses to those who were called to help which means; to aid, assist, support, uphold.

 

  1. Purposes of helps ministry

Acts 6:1-8 – Helps is instituted in the New Testament ministry

  1. The Word of God increased after the helps ministry was established in the church
  2. The laying on of hands transferred the Spirit or the anointing to those appointed                   for this task, which enabled them to do what they were called to do.
  3. Freed the ministers to study & pray
  4. Promotion of the faithful to other aspects of service as the Lord wills
  5. Church grew as a result of this ministry being set in place. God added to the                              church.
  6. The needs of the people were met – spiritually and naturally

Acts 6:2-3 – Servants, also called deacons, waited on tables so that the apostles would not       have to leave the Word of God and prayer to meet the needs of the people.

Causes growth in Christ

  1. Builds up & adds to the church
  2. People learn to minister, help, & serve

            Ministry gifts cannot operate at full capacity without Helps ministry to aid and assist the vision     in coming to pass.

 

Effective Helps ministry:

  1. Protects pastors from snares and from becoming burned out.The tasks of day to day church operation need to be delegated to people who have been trained in helps ministry!
  2. Provides more time for the Pastor to spend with God.Fulfills Eph. 4:16, “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
  3. Provides order in the church and in the services.No confusion.  As a result, the Spirit of God is free to move, the plan of God accomplished, God is glorified, the needs of the people are met.  Peace and unity is the result.
  4. Builds Covenant Relationship within the Body – if one fails, all suffer

1 Cor. 12:14-28 – “For in fact the body is not one member but many …”

 

  1. Provides Ministry Training – Faithfulness in doing what God commands always leads

to promotion with Him.  Faithfulness brings promotion in the natural as well.  Note that our motive for doing anything is not that we have position or promotion, but rather to serve God and one another out of a servant-heart of love. 

 

  1. Authority structure

Matt. 10:5 – Disciples were sent out by Jesus

Flow of the anointing in Eph. 4:11

            Ministry gifts are given to the lead the whole body – Pastors teach & train the body

            The body or the believers do the work of the ministry

            Ex. 24:13 – Joshua is called to serve Moses

Ministry simply defined means “to serve” (ministry is spelled w-o-r-k)

            Joshua considered servant hood as ministry

2 Kings 2:1-15 – Promotion of servant

Elisha served Elijah for 10 years before being promoted to position God had called Him to.  Be faithful where you’re at until the time is right for promotion!

            Prov. 13:17 – Faithfulness

                        Prov. 25:13 – Be a blessing to your leaders!

            Prov. 28:20

            Dan. 6:4

 

  1. Ministry requirements

Exod. 18:21– “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men (capable: Hebrew = men of moral strength), such as fear (reverence) God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.  (NKJ)

  • Rulers = judges, ministers, managers, leaders.Some had ability to be leaders of ten, fifty, hundred or several hundreds, and thousands. They were proven (tested) with ten, perhaps with one – themselves, their families, and then increased to lead others. Ministry will be tested and proven.  There is pressure that comes with ministry, and people need to be observed under pressure to see how they respond and if they can remain faithful during times of pressure and stress.

            Acts 6:3 — “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation,       full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; (NKJ)

            If a person will not live up to the requirements, and/or refuses to make changes in their lives        to put them in a place of right standing, they are not disqualified by the leadership, but by            themselves.  They are disqualified by the choices that they are making.  It is not the       leadership’s responsibility to carry this burden.

 

1 Tim 3:1-13

1    This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop (overseer, pastor), he desires a good work.

2    A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

3    not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

4    one who rules (leads, manages, indicating care and diligence) his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence

5    (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);

6    not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

7    Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8    Likewise deacons (servants, helps ministry) must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,

9    holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

10  But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found   blameless.

11  Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

12  Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13  For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.  (NKJ)   (Note: The only difference in the list of qualifications of overseers and deacons is that overseers must be able to teach.)

 

Titus 1:5-9

5    For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and     appoint elders in every city as I commanded you–

6    if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination (rebellion).

7    For a bishop must be blameless, as a man of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,

8    but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,

9    holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.  (NKJ)

  • SELF-WILLED =  “self-pleasing”; denotes one who, dominated by self-interest, and inconsiderate of others, arrogantly asserts his own will, “self-willed,” (the opposite of “gentle,” in1 Tim. 3:3).  This is an independent rebellious unsubmitted attitude.  If you cannot serve another mans vision, you cannot and will not be entrusted with your own.  If you cannot submit to man whom you can see, whom God has placed over you for your good, then you really are not submitting to God. 

 

  1. Vision

Vision for a church or ministry comes to the leader first.  Vision is a: Purpose, Goal, or a Dream

Prov. 29:18 – No vision, people perish …   Christians and churches without vision will die

            Luke 9:62 – Get the vision & stick to it, don’t turn back!

Helps ministry needs the same vision as its body – MUST HOOK UP TO THE GOD-GIVEN VISION!

Ex. 17:11-12 – Aaron & Hur are symbolic of Helps ministry.

Support the leadership which has been given the responsibility and the authority in any given       situation – even if you don’t understand or agree, as long as what you are being asked to do is      scriptural.  Submission is a voluntary response, a decision that is made to yield their rights,     opinion, etc. to another.  Submission is not needed when everyone is in agreement.   Submission is needed when there is a disagreement or conflict.  You submit to the higher           authority.  The end result is harmony and peace.

Judges 20:11 – Unity!

1 Cor. 1:10 – Be perfectly joined together – no division!  The same principles are applicable today.

 

  

  1. Meeting the needs of the people, practical application

All ministry in the church that is not 5-fold (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher) is classified as helps ministry.  This includes:  Praise and Worship, Intercessory Prayer, all classes, ministries and programs, ushers, catchers, greeters, office staff (whether paid or volunteer), youth and children, church cleaners, etc. 

Deal with people – meeting needs!  The Helps ministry as a whole should walk as one.  They are a team, flowing as one, that can have a powerful impact on whether or not a church, ministry or a particular service reaches its full potential, the plan and purpose of God is accomplished, and God is glorified.

Meeting the needs of the people may be something as simple as getting them a chair, helping them up of off the floor after a time of ministry, getting water for the minister, etc.

 

  1. The praise & worship team as helps ministry
  2. They help usher people into the Holy of Holies, the presence of God
  3. They help create atmosphere of freedom & liberty

This includes the person(s) operating sound equipment.  If the worship team is flowing as one and the sound person is not a part of that team, strife has entered and has the potential to thwart God’s plan & will lead to further destruction if not dealt with.

 

  1. The ushers are the primary example of helps ministry
  2. They greet people coming into the church & meet needs of people, both natural & spiritual needs, although they may never “minister” to a person by prayer or laying on     of hands, yet they “minister” by ushering them to a chair, make sure they are able to        conveniently give their offering, provide security to the person receiving ministry by      being    there to catch them if they are slain in the Spirit which allows the Spirit of God    to ministry to them without hindrance or fear of being hurt.  Well trained, alert,       spiritually sensitive ushers and catchers are very important in the over-all ministry of a church.
  3. Assist the one ministering during times of prayer and ministry
  4. Maintain order in services.Divine order provides and creates the atmosphere for the                 Holy Spirit to move freely, settles disturbances, directs people traffic to and from the                 altar area to allow a free flow of people without confusion.
  5. Watchmen – could be defined as a Spiritual body guards.Watching and alert in the                   spirit, being aware of problems that may occur and stop them before they manifest.
  6. Being Spiritually sensitive and in tune with one who is ministering, praying while they minister (Remember to be alert, watching and praying.Keep your eyes open!)

           

  1. Greeters functioning as helps ministry
  2. The greeters create the first impression of a church to newcomers.First impressions     are the most important!  Often you never have a chance to make a second impression.
  3. Greeters welcome & direct people
  4. Have the ability (if they have the revelation and understanding) and sensitivity of heart to change attitudes of people as they enter the place of worship.This is why it is important to have a positive, pleasant, warm and genuinely loving spirit (attitude).  Your attitude is catching and will affect others, whether it is positive or negative.

 

  1. Nursery attendants
  2. Nursery workers must understand they are Ministering (serving) both to parents and children.  Nursery or children’s ministry is NOT a baby-sitting service! This ministry must be done with the revelation and understanding that the parents who are in the service are being ministered to while their children are be ministered to in the nursery!

 

  1. Other areas in the Church that are helps (other than specified above)
  2. Church cleaning and maintenance – The church building should be cleaned on a regular basis.  This task is not the responsibility of the pastor.  It makes the pastor’s job easier and is very freeing when the pastor comes into church and is not distracted because things are out of order and untidy.  The pastor is then free to flow in the anointing, ministering to the people the Word and Spirit of God.
  3. Hospitality is NOT the sole responsibility of the Pastor’s wife!  There are those who may be specifically called and graced to the ministry of hospitality, but all should learn to be hospitable.
  4. Prayer teams – All intercessory prayer groups and meetings come under the helps ministry. They are to pray for the leadership, the vision of the church, etc. and should function under the leadership of the pastor. During ministry times in services, we can help facilitate what God is doing by praying where we are seated, or at the altar, depending on how your church is structured.
  5.       Giving – Some are specifically graced by God and have a ministry of giving,                              going beyond the tithe and regular offerings, but all are called to give of their                               tithes and offerings.  These offerings aid, assist and enable the church to fulfill                                 the God-given vision.
  6. Office assistance – Depending on the level of skill of the volunteer, duties  

could range from simply answering phones and staffing the office, to     

computer work, correspondence, keeping financial records, letters, etc.

 

  1. Parking lot attendants – An organized parking area will end the confusion associated with finding a place to park! Some may find it frustrating trying to find a place to park, and when they finally get to the service, are so out of sorts that

there is no way possible for them to enter into God presence and get anything at all from the service.  (you may want to use attendants during special meetings, or if a large crowd is expected and the lot will be filling up.  Use flashlights if the parking area is dark.

  1. Children, Teen & Youth Ministry, Cell Groups, etc.  All of these departments within a local church fall under the category of helps ministry.

 

  

 

  1. Before the service begins:
  2. BE PRAYED UP!Don’t wait until you get to church to get ‘in the spirit’ –  LIVE IN THE       

     SPIRIT.  Take care of all strife before you get to church and be ready to serve others with the

     right heart and attitude.

  1. Make sure chairs are lined up in order and floor and washrooms are clean. The general appearance says much about your church.The helps team sets a pleasing atmosphere for worship. 
  2. Make sure there is water available for the minister(s), including the worship team, prior to

      the service starting.  Doing this after the service begins can be a distraction.

  1. Check to see that offering envelopes and offering baskets fully equipped and in place.
  2. If there is a guest minister, they may need help carrying in their materials or setting up books, tapes, etc.
  3. Check with the pastor for any special instructions for the service.
  4. Watch for anything that you can do that may help in the flow of the service, or any

      way that you can help to make people comfortable.

 

  1. Ministry time

Having well-trained catchers, people who drape the prayer cloths, ushers who guide the people             setting a orderly line for ease of ministry and those who are there to assist helping people up is     very necessary to providing the atmosphere for the Spirit of God to accomplish the purpose of   God for that meeting.  The natural and spiritual work together.  We are ministering first of all to          the Lord, because of our love for Him, and then to the people whom Jesus gave His life for.

If you do not plan for and expect the Holy Spirit to move, He most likely won’t. 

Training sessions where these things are practiced are crucial.  Make advance preparations.

Consider what might happen, what you would like to see happen and plan accordingly. Look

at the layout of your building, ministry area and arrangement of the seats.  Ushers should be

trained to conduct the people to the front to receive ministry, and then back to their seats in

the most efficient and orderly fashion.  Watch that people are not tripping over those that are

still on the floor, direct people to fill spaces that have been vacated so they might receive

ministry.  Alert the one ministering if any person is overlooked and has not yet been prayed

for.  Catchers should be trained to perceive the flow of the anointing or a particular way the

minister might be moving.

  1. Catchers must be alert at all times, ready to “sprint” to the altar if necessary!If you are wondering if you should be at the altar, you are already too late!  It is better to be there and not be needed, than not be there and have someone fall without a catcher. This provides security for not only the one being ministered to, but to the church as well.  Several people have been injured and the church has been liable for their injuries.  It is expensive and is not a good testimony for outsiders or people within the church.  There are some things that happen that are beyond our control, but there are many things that we can do to prepare and save ourselves unnecessary problems – legal problems as well as spiritual and natural problems.
  2. Prayer cloths for the ladies with skirts, or revealing clothing (remember, we need to prepare for ALL things!)
  3. Follow the instructions of person in the pulpit, or the one ministering.

 

  1. Those who are on the music team, catching or at the altar ministering are generally the last to get ministry, as they are there to minister to the others.You will wait until all others have been ministered to, then go for ministry yourselves.  You may have to take turns so that your area of ministry is covered.  There will be times that you will not make it into prayer lines, just because of the way the spirit is flowing.  Learn to receive of the anointing while you are ministering in it!

Always remember during ministry time, that anything can happen.  The direction of the service can change at any given time.  LISTEN FOR DIRECTION FROM LEADERSHIP, AND FROM THE PULPIT!  Special instruction may come down concerning the ministry flow, lines for ministry, the altar call, etc.

 

A prayed up well trained and experienced helps ministry will operate like a well oiled machine, knowing in advance what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. 

 

Here is a goal to work toward …. The Pastor or visiting minister should never have to ask for something, that all things would be supplied to the smallest detail.  For example … The minister should have water at pulpit without asking.  If minister takes off their jacket, usher should be there to take it and hang it up or fold it for him/her.  When praying for people, catchers should immediately be behind person to catch, not on the way up, wondering if they should be there.  If you are in doubt, be there!

 

  1. Dress code

Luke 10:1-4 – Jesus sends His disciples with specific instructions

Matt  10:5-10 

            1 Tim 2:9 –  appearance (ladies)

Jesus gave the disciples very specific instructions on what to take with, and how to dress.  The pastor/leader delegates the kind of dress that is required, not those serving!  Remember that we are ambassadors of the Most High God, and that we are MINISTERING to the people.  If someone has a problem with a dress code or other requirements, they need to recognize and deal with their rebellion!

            Clothing worn should be modest, not drawing attention to self.  We are there to minister to  the people, representing God.  Anything that draws attention toward self, takes from what theHoly Spirit is doing.

            The dress code would be different for each church, climate or type of meeting.  You would  not necessarily wear a tuxedo to a youth rally!

                       

  1. Helps Ministry is for all ages

Those who serve, must be physically able to carry out responsibilities.  For example, a catcher must be mature enough to handle the weight of the people receiving ministry. They should also be mature enough to understand what they are doing and why.  We cannot exclude the young from learning to minister.  You learn ministry by doing ministry.  As the upcoming generation takes its place in the body, the rules will change!

Jer. 1:4-10 — Being a young person is not an excuse for not serving and obeying the call of God.

 

 

 

                                                Helps Ministry                                  

 

Having

Enough

Loving

People

Serving

 

1Corinthians 12:28; God has set helps in the Church.  Jesus has given ministry gifts to the Church to train and equip the saints.  The saints are trained to do the work of the ministry. Ephesians. 4:8-16

Mark 6:39-43, Luke 9:14-15, John 6:12-13; Jesus gave the command, delegated the responsibility to the disciples. Ushering, providing order helped bring about a miracle, then the “helps” ministry had to clean up what was left over.

Mark 6:7-13; Luke 10:1-20;  Jesus tells the disciples what to wear, where to go, and what to do as they are trained and taught in ministry.  They went out as Jesus commanded, preached the gospel, healed the sick and cast out demons.  They returned and gave a report to Jesus about what had been accomplished.  Not only were they held accountable, but their role and function changed. Where at one point, they had “their own ministry”, now when they returned to Jesus they functioned in helps ministry, they rowed the boat, ushered the crowds, served food, cleaned up after the meetings, arranged meeting places, etc.  You are in authority and under authority.  Roles and functions change.  One must stay humble, submissive, teachable and accountable.

Mark 14:12-16; Disciples arrange & obtain the meeting place.

Acts 6:1-7; Describes the need for helps, qualifications for helps. The result was church growth because the ministers had time for the Word and Prayer. The needs of the people were met spiritually & naturally. Those in the helps ministry, had the power of God and miracles operating in their lives. Even as table waiters, doing what is considered “menial” tasks.

Numbers 11:16-17; God never intended for one man to do it all. Help for Moses; qualifications for helps ministry; results in same anointing or spirit and same vision. Helps is a supernatural ministry, there is an anointing that comes from God to enable one to serve another person’s  vision and ministry that ultimately Jesus might be glorified and His work done in the earth.  We work together with Jesus as He builds His Church.

Exodus 17:11; Aaron & Hur help Moses – until the sun went down, until battle is ended, no part time soldiers, requires dedication and commitment.

1 Kings 19:19-21, 2 Kings 3:11-13; Elisha followed Elijah, faithfully serving in helps ministry at least 10 years before he ministered in his own calling. Poured water on Elijah’s hands and brought refreshing to him. Helps ministry will bring refreshing to the leaders they serve.

Romans 16:1-2; Phoebe, “assist her in whatever business she has need of you”, a helper of many and of Paul.

Romans 16:3-23; All others whom Paul salutes and lists as helps.

Luke 8:1-3 – List several women who followed Jesus and ministered to him out of their substance.

John 13:14-17; Follow Jesus’ example. It brings joy.

Faithfulness to the Lord, to the vision, to the man/woman/ministry, is the condition for promotion and blessing. Proverbs 13:17, 25:13, 28:20

 

HELPS MINISTRY

 

It is important to remember that in the helps ministry, we are serving Jesus, not man, although at times it looks like we are serving man (the pastor or others in leadership). God raises up a leader, gives them His vision.  The leader raises up others to help carry out the vision or will of God. In reality, if we serve those God has raised up to fulfill His vision, we are serving God. Helps ministry in the church does not take the place of our worship and service to God on a personal level. We work together as a team, united in a common vision and purpose.  Each person has a different function but is to be mutually dependent on one another. Each person is needed and necessary.

 

As we serve, we need to also remember that we are chosen ambassadors of Christ, His representatives. Our motive for helps is our love for God, then love for one another. God requires things of us. Jesus required certain things of His disciples as he trained and taught them. At times in our personal lives or in ministry, there may be things required of us that may mean a sacrifice. It definitely requires commitment to the Lord, to the vision, to the leadership, and to one another. But, because of our love for God and the desire to please Him, the sacrifice is not a burden but rather will bring us joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, and freedom as we serve. It is a privilege to serve God!

 

In training and developing helps ministry, we are not interested in making robots! Our goal is to create an atmosphere where Jesus is Lord and the Holy Spirit in control, with spiritual men and women ministering to the Body, meeting needs in the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Determine that whatever you do, you will do it to the glory of God and do it with the grace, power and ability that He supplies …. abundantly!! In other words, do it in the Spirit!

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED OF ALL CHURCH WORKERS

 

BE BORN AGAIN & SPIRIT-FILLED (TONGUE TALKING, LOVE WALKING)

                               MEMBER OF THE LOCAL CHURCH IN WHICH ONE IS SERVING
                                                OF GOOD REPORT/REPUTATION/TESTIMONY

STRONG PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

A PERSON OF PRAYER

LIVING A SANCTIFIED/SEPARATED/HOLY LIFE

TITHING CONSISTENTLY TO THE LOCAL CHURCH

FAITHFUL TO CHURCH SERVICES & TRAINING SESSIONS OR PRACTICES

WILLING TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITIES, DILIGENT TO CARRY THEM OUT

SUBMITTED & COMMITTED TO LEADERSHIP

HAVING RESPECT FOR THE OFFICE & MINISTRY OF THE PASTOR

PUNCTUAL — ON TIME FOR PRACTICES & SERVICES

PERSONAL CLEANLINESS, NEAT APPEARANCE & APPROPRIATE DRESS

 

FAITHFULNESS is the key to blessings and promotion. He who is faithful in little will be faithful in much. Faithfulness and right attitudes count more than talent or ability. “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1Cor. 4:2

 

 

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR CHURCH WORKERS

 

The New Testament gives believers who hold leadership positions in the church a set of guidelines for their conduct. Leaders should live exemplary lives to keep reproach from Christ and the Church. The following requirements are mandatory for those who hold places of ministry or leadership in a local church.

 

  1. Must be a born again, Spirit-filled believer with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

 

  1. Must be a member of the local church where they desire to serve.

 

  1. Must live a sanctified life. Free from the things of the world, consecrated and committed to following God’s plan for their lives.

 

  1. Must walk in obedience in the light of God’s Word as it is revealed to them.

 

  1. Must be faithful to the scheduled services.

 

  1. Must be loyal to the vision, the pastor, and programs at the church; having a submissive heart to those God bas placed in authority; willing to follow directions of the leaders as they by the grace of God endeavor to follow the God-given vision.

 

  1. Must be faithful to their position and willing to take the necessary responsibility for thatposition.

 

  1. Must be a person of prayer; willing to intercede for their responsibility, their department, those they work with and the pastor.

 

  1. Must be willing to attend all meetings pertaining to their position or department.
  2. Give advance notice to the department leader when they will be absent.

 

  1. Must be neat in appearance and well groomed.

 

  1. Must be a consistent tither to the local church in which they are in covenant relationship. Tithing is a sign of covenant.

 

  1. Must have a submissive attitude toward the guidelines and requirements set up by the pastor and department head leaders for their particular area of ministry in the church. There may be sacrifice involved, but this labor does not go unnoticed by the Lord, and He will repay. The right attitude should be that this ministry or service is unto the Lord.

 

  1. Must agree with the tenets of faith of the church.

 

  1. Most important of all, walk in love — preferring one another and serving one another. Keep the unity of the faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD QUALIFICATIONS

(Those placed in leadership in charge over a department or ministry)

 

  1. They must fulfill all of the basic requirements for helps ministry.

 

  1. 1Timothy 3:8-13, qualifications and character being developed. Not a novice and of proven, tested, character, personal affairs, finances, and home life in order.

 

  1. Be an example in attitude and actions. Your spirit (attitude) is transferred to those under you and to those you minister to.

 

  1. Be willing to make the sacrifices and demands necessary to get the job done, doing it with the right attitude.

 

  1. Be able to accept responsibility to train (disciple) those under them, or those helping in their department; communicating to them the qualifications, responsibilities, and standards. This is for their spiritual growth and the growth and maturity of the leadership (not dictatorship.

 

  1. Be able to develop this department by taking the initiative and oversight by working with the pastor and in keeping with the vision of the church. This may mean the leader will have to develop themselves, meet the challenges and tests that come, causing them to stretch and grow, gaining experience, which develops the gift and ministry in them. The growth comes not only by study and prayer, but also by doing.Opportunities to put the Word to work will cause you to gain experience and experience will cause growth. This is also a part of the proving, testing, process that develops leadership. This is a progressive work. Developing gifts and a ministry takes time, opportunities, and experience.

 

  1. Be willing to accept the responsibility to pray for your department, those you work for and the pastor.

 

  1. Be willing to be held accountable for the responsibilities of your department and to hold those under you accountable for their duties and responsibilities. This also causes growth, maturity, and discipline in ministry.

 

 

LEADERSHIP ALLOWS FOR DIFFERENCES OF OPINION AND PROCEDURE,

YET DEMANDS THAT A STANDARD BE MET.



Ministry Training

Many of these notes have been adapted from a teaching syllabus developed by Fred Grewe, Forerunner Ministries at www.fore-runner.com.  I have made many changes to these notes and added some of my own teaching.  I trust it will help you become the minister God has called you to be.  Lynndene Way

LEADING SOMEONE TO CHRIST

 

  1. What Salvation Means

“In the United States you get people forgiven, but you don’t get them free·”

– Carlos Anacondia, Argentina

 

  1. SOZO

Sozo is a Greek word found in our New Testament more than one hundred and ten times. Sozo means to be saved out from under the devil’s power and restored into the wholeness of God’s order and well being by the power of God’s Spirit. It means to be saved. It means to be healed. It means to be delivered. It means all three of these things at the same time. It is a verb, an action word.

 

  1. Sozo means Salvation

Peter preaching to the elders and rulers of Jerusalem said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be (sozo) saved.”  Acts 4:12

Paul wrote to his friends in Rome, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be (sozo) saved.”  Romans 10:9

He also reminded his friends in Ephesus,  “For ;t is by grace you have been (sozo) saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God …” Ephesians 2:8

 

  1. Sozo means Healing

The woman with the issue of blood received sozo, “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has (sozo) healed you.’

And the woman was (sozo) healed from that moment.”  Matthew 9:22

The folks in the region of Gennesaret were touched by the divine sozo,” And wherever he went– into villages, towns or countryside” they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were (sozo) healed.” Mark 6:56

Blind Bartimaeus knew sozo, “‘Go ,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has (sozo) healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.”  Mark 10:52

 

  1. Sozo means Deliverance

It was the sozo of God that delivered the Gerasene demoniac, “Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been (sozo) cured.” Luke 8:36

Paul wrote to his friend Timothy about God’s power to deliver, “The Lord will (sozo) rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.”   2 Timothy 4:18

And Jude knew this as well, “Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord (sozo) delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.” Jude 1:5

 

  1. Summary

Jesus said, Luke 19:10  “For the Son of Man came to seek and to (sozo) save (save, heal and deliver) what was lost.” 

And, John 20:21 “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

 

 

  1. Becoming A Christian Is A Self-Authenticating Experience
  2. There is an authentic behavioral change that takes place because of the inward change               in the nature of man’s spirit when he receives Christ.
  3. Too many decisions … not enough disciples.  Disciples are made, not born.
  4. Less than 6% retention of decisions in church 6 months after the experience.
  5. Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” behavioral change                                        requires three things:

                                    (a).      knowledge (what to do or why to do it)  provided by the Holy Spirit               

                                                (conviction).

                                    (b).       skill (how to do it) provided by us (the pray-er).

                                    (c.)       desire (want to do it) provided by them (the pray-ee).

           

  1. There Is An Inner Witness

            Ephesians 5:18 – Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled          with the Spirit.

  1. You know when you’re drunk. You’ll know when you’re saved. It’s an inner                   witness. You don’t need confirmation!  The Holy Spirit bears witness with our                spirit that we are the children of God.  Romans 8:16
  2. You think you’re getting something … But something’s about to get you! That                             something is the Holy Ghost.     Jonathan Edwards said,  “They who are truly                             converted are new men, new creatures;  new, not only within, but without …                                   they have new hearts, new eyes. new ears, new tongues, new hands, new feet.”

 

III.       The Good Soil is a heart prepared to receive the Word of God

  1. Look for “ripe fruit”.  Must be sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and be sure the person is ready to repent and receive Jesus.  We have not understood that God must prepare the heart of the person, drawing them to Himself by the Holy Spirit.       We can sow seeds (the Word of God) at all times, but only expect to reap a harvest            when the fruit is ripe and ready to be picked. Remember, just because a person says “the sinner’s prayer” does not mean they are saved.  They must believe in their heart as well as confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus.  Saying a prayer alone does not make one saved or guarantee they have received eternal life. 

 

  1. The Good Seed – (taken from “Evangelism Explosion” by Dr. D. James Kennedy)

            One must understand the doctrine of salvation in order to communicate it to others.      These are foundational truths that one must know to effectively lead someone to Christ.

  1. Grace
                            1.         Heaven is a FREE gift.
  2. It is not earned or deserved.

                                    Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life                             in Christ Jesus our Lord.

           

  1. Man
                            1.         Is a sinner.

                                    Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

  1. Cannot save himself.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God,  not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

  1. God
                            1.         Is merciful – therefore doesn’t want to punish us. 

                                    1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

  1. Is just – therefore must punish sin. 

                                    Ezekiel 18:4 – The soul who sins is the one who will die.

 

  1. Christ
                            1.         Who He is – the infinite God-man.

John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

                                    John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We                                            have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father,                          full of grace and truth.

  1. What He did – He paid for our sins and purchased a place in heaven for us                                           which He offers as a gift.  Isaiah 53:6 – We all, like sheep, have gone astray,                  each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the                                 iniquity of us all.

           

  1. Faith
  2. What it is not – mere intellectual mental assent nor natural faith.
  3. What it is – “trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.”

                                    Ephesians 2:8 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith

                                    Romans 10:9 – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and                                              believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

 

 

  1. Praying For Salvation Prayer Model

 

Step 1.             The Interview – interview means to ask pertinent questions to locate where people                  are at, what they are believing, how they feel, etc.

  1. Good Soil
  2. Make sure they are under the conviction of God and that they understand the                             guilt of their sin
                               2.       Make sure they want to be saved.
  3.          The Seed is the living revealed Word of God
  4. They must understand that because of their sin, what they have chosen                                       to do, they deserve hell.
  5.           They must understand that Jesus, and only Jesus, paid the penalty that                            they deserve.
  6.          They must understand that Jesus is God
  7. They must understand that only by trusting in Jesus will they be saved.

It’s not doing more good things than bad things.  It is the fact that every man is born as sinner, not the sins they have committed!

  1. They must want to live the rest of their lives under the authority

                                                (Lordship) of Jesus. 

 

 

Step 2.             The Prayer

  1. Remind the person that God listens to the heart more than the lips.

                                    Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all                                your heart.

  1. Pray for them for:

                                    (A). faith

                                    (B). that the Holy Spirit would draw them to God

                                    (C). remind them that God is here right now.

                                    Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three come together in my name, there am               I with them.”

  1. Sample prayer:

Repeat after me … “Lord Jesus, I want you to come in and take over my life right now. 1 am a sinner. I have been trusting in myself and my own good works to get me to heaven. But now I place my trust in you. I believe that you are God and that you paid the price for all that I deserve because of what I have done. I ask you to forgive me for the bad things that I have done and wanted to do. (Have them ask God to forgive the specific sins that He brings to their minds. When they have finished, continue …  I ask You now to come and be the Boss (Lord,         Master) of my life. I will do whatever You tell me to do. Help me to turn from my sins and follow You. I accept the free gift of eternal life. I am not worthy of it, but I thank you for it.   Please fill me with the Holy Spirit now so that I can keep these promises.  Amen.

 

                  

 

D..       Pray for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:13 – If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 

Step 3.             After Prayer Directions

  1. Have them read John 6:47.  “I tell you the truth, he who believes in Me has                               everlasting life.”
  2. Give them the materials that your church uses for following up on them.
  3. Don’t let them leave until you and they know that they really are saved.
  4. Pray for healing and deliverance (if needed).
  5. Pray a blessing over them.

 

 

 

HOW TO HEAR A CONFESSION OF SIN

  1. The Nature of Confession
  2. Why Confession Is Necessary
  3. It is commanded in Scripture.

            Proverbs 28:13 – “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and        renounces them finds mercy.”

            James 5:16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you      may be healed.”

            Galatians 6:1- “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore        him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”

            Mark 1:4-5 – And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of        repentance for the forgiveness of sins. {5}The whole Judean countryside and all the people           of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the        Jordan River.

            Acts 19:17-20 – When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they        were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.  Many of  those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.  A number who had     practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they            calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.  In this way the      word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

  1. To get FREE.  Galatians 5:1- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
  2. Why do I need to confess to someone else?

                                                (a). bring it into the light.

                                                (b). honesty with who I am.

  1. Freedom begets freedom in relationships.
  2. Jesus Has Given Us Authority To Forgive

            John 20:23 – “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them,          they are not forgiven.”

            1 Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness   into his wonderful light.”

  1. Part of the function of the Old Testament priest was to help restore people’s                             relationship to God.
  2. There is only one mediator between God and men … Jesus!

            1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the                 man Christ Jesus.”

  1. Just as Jesus lets us participate in the ministries of salvation, healing and                                     deliverance … so He lets us participate in the ministry of forgiveness.

           

 

  1. How To Make A Good Confession
  2. Examination of conscience.

                        (a).       no unguided flesh hunts – self introspection is not necessary.  We must be                                              willing to judge ourselves, but the Holy Spirit will bring to light anything that                                is not pleasing to the Lord or needs to be repented of and forsaken.

                        (b).       only under “THE GAZE OF GOD” Let God shine His light on areas of                                                darkness.

                        (c).       be specific – translucent (cloudy & covered) vs. transparent (can see through                             clearly)

 

  1. Godly Sorrow.
                                        (a).       Sorry for the sin, not at getting caught

Psalms 51:4 – Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that     you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

                                   (b).       why did David write Psalm 51?  He had the revelation that his sin was                                       against God.

  1. Determination to sin no more.  John 5:14, John 8:11

            Acts 19:17-20 – When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they        were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.  Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.  A number who had      practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.  When they      had calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.  In this way            the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

                        (a).       “Don’t go where it’s slippery.”

                        (b).       Our goal is to be ruled by God.

 

  1. How To Hear A Confession
  2. DON’T
  3.        Be shocked
  4.        Tell someone else what is confessed

                                    (a).       unless it involves church leadership

  1.        Let the person confessing off too easy
  2.        Give a lot of advice
  3. DO
                            1.         Pray for discernment.
  4. Pray for deliverance and or healing.
  5. Give an absolution.
              l John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and            purify us from all unrighteousness.”

 

 

  1. Where To Start
  2.        Confess your biggest fear. What are you most ashamed of before God?
  3. Purpose of conviction is the mercy of God to bring one to repentance whereby                          they can receive salvation (including healing and deliverance)
  4. Confess to someone with authority in your life.
  5.         We have the privilege to do the one thing Jesus will never be able to do …                                            look someone in the eye and say, “I know what it is to have sinned, and to be                                   forgiven.”

 

PRAYING FOR THE SICK

  1. Prayer Ministry Overview
  2. Some Illustrations
  3.        Midwife Ministry.  A midwife can only aid and assist in the delivery.

                                    (a).       we are to help people be engaged by the Holy Spirit

                                    (b).       we can’t initiate it

  1.          A UPS Driver. We are just the delivery person,. 
  2. Be Sensitive and Caring
  3. People who want prayer are exposing their vulnerability.

                                    (a).       “Does God really love me?”

  1. Pray for others as you would have them pray for you.

                                    (a).       no “preachy” prayers

  1. Be ready for anything.  Prepare yourself in advance to how you will deal with:

                                    (a).       possible AIDS patients

                                    (b).       communicable or infectious diseases

  1. 85% of communication is non-verbal. We communicate with our body                                      language, facial expressions, eyes, and touch as well as our words and the tone                          of voice that is used.
  2. The “Gifts of the Spirit” flow when we serve.
  3. Don’t Be A Distraction
  4. Use breath mints & deodorant.
  5. No praying loudly in tongues.
  6. No pushing.
  7. No inappropriate bodily contact.
  8. Don’t use shaking hands.
  9. No waving hands.
  10. Don’t draw attention to yourself.

 

 

  1. The Prime Directive: Do What You See “The Father” Doing  John 5:1-19
  2. Pray with your eyes open.
  3. Look for physical manifestations in the person you are praying for;

                                                (a).       shaking
                                                (b).       crying
                                                (c).       eyelids moving
                                                (d).       a face that just pops out at you
                                                (e).       worshipers

  1. Don’t try to explain what the manifestation means. Not all manifestations arefrom God.  The one praying should be sensitive and able to discern where a                         particular manifestation originates whether it is from:

                                                (a). flesh

                                                (b). the enemy

                                                (c). God

 

  1. If the person you are praying for shows no physical manifestation, you might do the following:

                                    (a).       interview them

                                    (b).       “What would you like prayer for?”

                                    (c).       “Are you saved?”

  1. Why does the Bible not make “how to heal” clearer?

                                    (a). God wants relationship with us!  We are to become totally dependent                                    on Him and not rely on a “formula”.  Each person and each case is                                              different.

 

  1. Praying For The Sick Prayer Model
  2. The purpose of the model is to help you discern what “the Father” is doing.

            Step 1.             The Interview

                                    This is not a medical interview, it is simply asking a couple pertinent                                                      questions that might shed some light on their condition.  Ask questions such                                            as:

  1. “Where does it hurt?”
  2. “How long has it hurt?”
  3.         “What was happening in your life emotionally when it started to hurt?

                                                (a).       80% of all illnesses could be classified as psychosomatic                                                                       illnesses

            Step 2.             The interview is complete when:
                                                1. You know the cause of the condition.
                                                2. God has told you what to do.

 

            Step 3.             The Diagnostic Decision

  1. Is it a natural condition?
  2. Is it a spiritual condition?

 

            Step 4.             The Prayer Selection

  1. Prayer to God.
  2. petition (asking, making the request known to God)
  3. intercession (going to God in behalf of another)
  4. Prayer from God.  The Holy Spirit reveals the word to speak on His                                        behalf.  The one praying declares or proclaims what God says.
  5. command
  6. pronouncement
  7. expel demons

           

            Step 5.             The Prayer Engagement

  1. Prayer ministry.
  2.       Keep eyes open and look for supernatural phenomena.                                                                Watch and pray!
  3. Ask questions.
  4. “How are we doing?”
  5. Stop praying when:
  6. the person gets healed
  7. the prayee indicates it’s over
  8. when the Spirit tells you it’s over
  9. when you can’t think of anything else to pray, and you’re not                            gaining any ground

 

            Step 6.             The Post Prayer Directions

  1. Possibly give them a Scripture verse.  Give them something to hold                                          their faith to.
  2. “Go and sin no more. An admonition.  John 5:14 & John 8:11
  3. Don’t lay any guilt trips on the person if it does not look like the                                                            person has received.  Commit them to God.  It is not about you, it is                                                     about Him and the person for whom you are ministering.
  4. Don’t Give Up – You can always learn from every experience
  5. Get your own anointing.

                                                            (a).  comes from your devotional life and relationship with God
                                                            (b).  obedience brings greater power and authority

  1. “You’ll see more people healed … when you pray for more                                                               people.’ – Randy Clark
  2. God expects us to learn how to do this.

                                                            Mark 9:14-29

                                                            Mark 6:7-13

            Mark 9:19 – “0 unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How      long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  Jesus was angry because they had quit             praying!

            Ezekiel 34:1-6 – God was angry because they could have healed the sick and didn’t!

 

 

IlI        5 Common Ways The Lord Gives A Word of Knowledge

  1. A  Picture. (SEE IT)
  2. A Newspaper Headline. (READ IT)
  3. Experience a Physical Sensation. (FEEL IT)
  4. A General Impression. (THINK IT)
  5. Inspired Speech. (SAY IT)

 

 

  1. Seven Commandments Of How To Pray For The Sick
  2. In Developing a Prayer Team in a Church, Try To Pray In Teams Of Two Or Three.

                                    (a). There are more people to help hear from God.

                                    (b). More than two or three can be overwhelming.

                                    (c). Avoid praying one on one unless:

                                                –  there are too many folks who need prayer,

                                                –  it is a close friend of the same gender who has something very                                                            personal to share.

  1. 2. Never Pray Alone with Someone Of The Opposite Sex.

                        * This means off alone by yourself with no other people around. If you do pray for                    someone of the opposite sex, please make sure that someone else can hear what you                      are praying for the safety of everyone involved.  This principle is two-fold. 

  1. Do not give the devil and opportunity.
  2. Avoid all appearance of evil.
  3. Don’t Make inappropriate Physical Contact.
  4. Make Sure That The Prayee Is Treated With Respect.
  5. Anything Prayed For Is To Be Held In Confidence Unless Permission Has Been                                   Granted To Share.
  6. 6. Don’t Give A Lot Of Advice.
  7. Do Give A Lot Of Love And Acceptance.

 

  1. Some Final Reminders
  2. If people do fall, keep praying for them. It seems that everyone wants to get up way                 too quickly. God continues to do work even when we are down on the floor.                                  Sometimes it will be noticeable and other times it might be quiet and inward.                                   Allowing people to get up too quickly seems to work against what the Lord wants to                         do.
  3. Don’t force ministry. If the Spirit is not doing something, relax and remember that                                  there will always be another opportunity.
  4. If the person is one of the “hard ones”, you might help them do the following:

                        (a).       help them to deal with a tendency to rationalize, with their fears, or with a loss                            of control. 

                        (b).       calm their fear of loss of control by helping them know what to expect … for                              example, let them know that they will have a clear mind, that they can usually                             stop the process at any point if they want to, and the Spirit comes in waves.

                        (c).       encourage them.

                        (d).       tell them not to let what God is doing to others, steal from what He is doing                               for them.

                        “Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other                                    people as He is with you.”  – Oswald Chambers

                        (e).       if they cherish what God gives them, He will give them more.

  1. Pray Biblical prayers such as some of the following:

                        (a).       come Holy Spirit
                        (b).       let the kingdom of God come on earth as it is in Heaven
                        (c).       outpouring and revelation of the Father’s love for them and for others
                        (d).       an anointing for service and release of the gifts and callings

           

  1. Some people have “fear of falling” issues. Help them to sit down or to fall carefully,                    especially if they have back problems, pregnancy, or fear of falling.
  2. Don’t project what God has been doing with you on to the person you are praying for.               For example, if you have been laughing, don’t pressure them to laugh. Find out what                        God is doing for them and bless it.
  3. Encourage the people you pray for to put testimonies in written form immediately and                 turn those into the Pastors.
  4. Give no directional prophecy or correction without a Pastor present.  Remember the                 spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet, everything is to be judged, and in divine                     order.
  5. If there is a demonic manifestation, take them out of the room to minister to them.
  6. Prayer ministry is not counseling.
  7. No inappropriate laying on of hands.
  8. Be careful when ministering to the opposite sex.
  9. You can pray in the spirit (tongues) quietly, but be sure that they receive prayer in                     English to edify and build them up.

 

  

 

  1. Tips For Catching People
  2. Please do not push or pull anyone over. This is unkind. The Holy Spirit does not need                your help.  Understand that whether or not the person falls under the power of God is                     not an indication whether or not they are receiving from God.
  3. Do not hold anyone by grabbing their shoulders or upper back.
  4. When laying hands on people, do just that. Do not rub or do other things that might be annoying to the person being ministered to.
  5. When catching someone, put your hands near the small of their back and keep your                  elbows in at your sides. This gives people confidence that you are behind them and              does not interfere with the prayer process.  Unless instructed by the one ministering,                       do not touch the person being prayed for.
  6. Pray quietly so as not to disturb the person you are standing behind.
  7. Keep you eyes open.  Be sensitive and spiritually alert to the one ministering and the                  one who is being prayed for.
  8. Prepare and expect the Holy Spirit to manifest.  Arrange practice sessions teaching                   training men to catch people properly.  It provides security for the person being                               prayed for as well as for the church and the ministry.  Lawsuits have been made                               because people have been injured because the catchers have not been trained and                                 perfected proper catching techniques.  Ministers are hindered and distracted in                                  moving in the anointing because they are either looking for someone to catch or the                    catcher is not alert and ready to move at the appropriate time.

 

 

VII.     Tips For Receiving Ministry  (Remember all things God promises us are received by faith!)

  1. Come humble and hungry. Forget preconceived ideas and what has happened to                                  others. Remember, God is a King, and will minister to you when He wants to.
  2. Experience it before trying to analyze it. It is something like worshiping God which                    has no rational explanation. Others have likened it to kissing which is more emotional               than analytical.
  3. Face your fears – for example:  the fear of deception or receiving something false

                        Luke 11:11-13 – “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a                                  snake instead?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  lf you then,                            though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much                                   more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

                        Or, the fear of being hurt again or not receiving at all. 

                        Hebrews 13:5 – God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

                        Or, the fear of losing control (this can often be seen when people try to step backward              rather than fall)

  1. Focus on the Lord, not on falling. Give the Holy Spirit permission to do what He wants to do. Again, whether or not a person falls is not an indication of whether or not they are receiving from God.
  2. Don’t pray when receiving. It’s hard to talk and kiss at the same time. You can pray all               the way home.

 

 

 

PRAYING FOR DELIVERANCE

based on notes by Pablo Bottad from Argentina

  1. Introduction
  2. What Is Deliverance?
  3. Two extremes;

                                    (a).       Evangelical – believes no Christian can have a demon

                                    (b).       Charismatic/Pentecostal – believes everything is a demon

  1. Deliverance is helping to set people free from demonic evil spirits.
  2. Possessed vs. Oppressed.

                                    (a).       in the Greek, the word is “demonized”

  1. Can a Christian have a demon?

                                    (a).       a Christian can have pockets of oppression.

                                    (b).       “Liberation of Paris” illustration. The city was conquered, but there                                            were still oppressors in the city that had to be found and cast out of the                                     city.

  1. Jesus is the deliverer.

Mark 1:23-26 – Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out,  “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”  “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”  The         evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

            1 John 3:8 – The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

            John 20:21 – Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am

            sending you.”

  1. The Church’s mission.  Let those who are bound go free.

                                    In John 11:44,  Lazarus came out of the tomb alive but bound.   Jesus                                       commanded His disciples, “(You) Loose him, and let him go.”

 

Mark 16:15-18 – He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will  get well.”

Isaiah 58:6-9 – “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?  Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

           

 

  1. Why Is Deliverance Necessary?
    1.         To liberate the church.
                            2.         A sign of God’s power to unbelievers.

            Acts 5:16 – Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and      those tormented by evil spirits and all of them were healed

 

  1. Deliverance Ministry Overview
  2. We are not looking for demons!  We are looking to help needy people.
  3. The demons name is not important.  Dignity for the person is.
  4. Don’t talk to the demons … they lie.
  5. We arelooking for the root cause, or right of access a pathway that the person has                               opened up to allow the demon to afflict them.

            John 14:30 (NASB) –  “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is          coming, and he has nothing in Me.”  (This is a key for the one praying.  In order to be most effective and operate in the power and authority given to us by Jesus, the devil can have nothing in us because a house divided against itself will not stand.  Satan does not cast out            Satan.)

            (a).       demons can only go where they have been given permission, legally

                        they are not free agents,  i.e. Job (Job 1:9-12)

For example, if you have a smaller piece of property within a larger one, the only way you can buy the smaller piece of property legally is if the owner of the larger piece gives you a “right of access”. This law exists in every culture known to man. You have no right to the smaller piece of land without this “right of access”.  The same principle works in the area of deliveranceBoth God and Satan only have the right of access that we give them by our will, thoughts, words and actions.

            (b).  there are four main areas of sin where people can give permission for a right of access                    to an evil spirit; sexual sin, hatred, fear, the occult,

            (c).  this right of access is based on some element of truth – the devil is a liar (he twists and 

                   perverts truth)

            (d).  generational curses – can cause a weakness but not give permission to a demon to afflict

  1. When praying on a team, one person is the leader.

                        (a).       only the leader touches or speaks to the person being prayed for so there is no                          confusion.  Don’t be afraid to touch the prayee. (Don’t be in any fear, period!)

                        (b).       the rest agree in prayer and submit any words to the leader in private … unity                             is important Amos 3:3 – Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do                                so? 

  1. Praying For Deliverance Prayer Model

(We readily admit that there is no 10-step deliverance prayer model discernable in any story of Jesus in the Gospels or any outline of this model in a Pauline Epistle. But, we must be honest and say that the same is true for any salvation prayer model. In fact, there were no altar calls in church history until Charles Finney started the practice.

While we admit this prayer as a model is not found in Scripture, we do affirm that all of theprinciples in this prayer model are Scriptural.)

 

Step 1.             A person may or may not have a physical manifestation signifying a demonic                             problem. 

  1.        Manifestation means “a sign”.  Do not look for manifestations.  Look to                                         Jesus – He is the one who is working to overpower the darkness.

                                    Not all manifestations are a demon;  someone may be expressing pent up or                             repressed emotions.  Intercession, especially groanings and travail, could look                           like a demonic manifestation if one is not able to rightly discern the                                                       difference.

  1. Address the person with love and kindness.
  2. Don’t incite fear, they may not understand their situation.  Be ready to explain                             what is happening.

Step 2.             Make The Spirit Submit In The Name Of Jesus

            Luke 10:17 – The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to     us in your name.”

            Once you have commanded the spirit to submit … believe that the spirit is under the authority     of Christ.

Step 3.             Have The Person Retain a Conscious Control Over Themselves

  1. Don’t talk to the demons. They lie.
  2. The person needs to make some decisions. Even a person the seemingly does                            not have the ability to make a decision for themselves, in reality does.  The                          person praying can use their God-given authority and push back the darkness,                             but there will come a point where the person being prayed for must choose to                               be free and begin to cooperate with the process of their own deliverance.
  3. The person has a free will. Neither the devil or God will override a person’s                              free will.

  

Step 4.             Ask The Person If They Want To Be Free

  1. Explain with caution what has happened to them.
  2. Accept their decision … whatever it is.
                            C.        You can’t force someone to be free.
                            D.        Each person must make their own decision before God.

                                    Romans 14:12 –  So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

  1.          You don’t want to worsen their condition.

Matthew 12:43-45 – “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through add places ‘.             seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘l will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

 

Step 5.             Ask Them If They Are Or Want To Be A Christian

  1. Deliverance cannot be expected apart from Christ, and if any measure of deliverance                is obtained, it must be maintained.  People must be taught that they have a                                       responsibility to stay free.  Galatians 5:1
  2. They are bound because of sin.
                C.        Sin opens the door to the devil.

                        John 8:34 – Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

  1. Only Jesus can set you free.

                        John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed

  1. There are three types of persons;
  2. Those who have not accepted Jesus as Savior,
  3. Those that have accepted Jesus as Savior and have backslidden,
  4.          Those who have accepted Jesus as Savior, who follow Him, yet have not come into full victory.
  5. Do Not judge the person.
  6. Minister out of love and mercy.

 

Step 6.             Interview The Person — Ask Questions That Will Locate The Person

  1. We are looking for the root cause or right of access.
  2. Look for a binding as a consequence of sin or unforgiveness.
  3. As you conduct the interview, ask the Holy Spirit for discernment and revelation:
  4. Words of Knowledge
  5. Words of Wisdom

           

   

 

  1. Look for the right of access in three realms;
  2. The Body

            (a).       sexual sin – heterosexual, homosexual or animal;  any sexual sin outside the marriage relationship, including masturbation, heavy petting, oral sex, pornography, etc., or perverse or abusive sexual activities within the marriage relationship that would defraud or hurt their partner, thereby defiling the marriage bed which should be held in respect and honor before the Lord.

            1 Corinthians 6:16 – Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with     her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”

            (b).       abortion         

                       

  1. The Soul
                (a).       hatred — resentments, envy, pride, vengeance, rage, ill will, bitterness, unforgiveness

            (b).       fear — traumas, fixations, complexes, doubts, convulsions, insecurity, phobias

2 Timothy 1:7-  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

            (c).       control — this is projecting one’s will on another or taking matters into their own hands rather than trusting God to give them what is best or His will for their lives.  This is rooted in rebellion.  It is a form of witchcraft, projections from the soul (mind, will and emotions).

                       

  1. The Spiritual  ( Note: Not the spirit of the person, but the spiritual world of                             darkness. When someone is a Christian their spirit is joined to the Lord.)                                      1 Cor. 6:17

            (a).       occultism – Ouija boards, horoscopes, psychic hot lines, fortune tellers, tarot cards, witchcraft (Not to be confused with soulish projections listed above.  This type of witchcraft is where one is knowingly serving Satan.) divination, black magic, Satan worship.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 – When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son of daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD yourGod.  The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so. 

  1. The power of forgiveness.

            Mark 11:25-26 (NASB) – “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything       against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your      transgressions.  “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive            your transgressions.”

            2 Corinthians 2 10-11 –  if you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven –     if there was anything to forgive — I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order             that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
            Matthew 18:21-35 (parable of the unforgiving servant

  1. when is enough, enough?
  2. keeping “short accounts” Be quick to repent and quick to forgive.

 

 

Step 7. Ask The Person To Give Up Or Renounce Each Binding And Break The Power Of The Spirit

  1. Bind the strong man ‘. (Mark 3:23-27)
                            B.         Ask the Holy Spirit to lead them in this. (That He would bring to mind                                       important specific details)
  2. They must be specific.
  3. They must say it in a clear and loud voice.  (Evil spirits are not omniscient,                                 meaning, they are not all knowing.  They only know what they hear.)

            ( Note: To give up or renounce a specific binding means to withdraw from any engagement,       commitment, agreement, or covenant the person has made with the enemy whether physical, mental or spiritual.)

  1. Lead the person in a prayer like this:
  2. For Physical Bindings

The person prays:  “In the Name of Jesus I renounce any sexual and spiritual binding with (name of person) and I also renounce the authority I gave to him/her when I submitted myself, sharing my body with him/her. I loose the feelings of shame and rejection from me. I break all soul ties and covenants that I entered through my ignorance and rebellion.  I ask you to forgive me and cleanse me from this unrighteousness.

Then you pray as the minister:  “I break the power of this (sexual/murderous) spirit over (name of the prayee)  and declare they are loosed from every evil work, in the name of Jesus.”

 

                        2          For Bindings of Hatred

The person prays:  “In the Name of Jesus I renounce any binding of hatred I have against (name of person) for (specific reason) and I forgive and bless them in the Name of Jesus. I loose the feelings of anger, hatred and rage I have against (name) and I ask you to forgive me and cleanse me from this sin. in Jesus Name.”

                        (a). renounce curses and or vows that have been spoken against you, by you or to you,                          i.e. “Drop dead!”, “I hate you!”  “I will never allow anyone to hurt me again.”

 

Then you pray as the minister:

“I break the power of this spirit of hate over (name of the prayee) and declare they are loosed and free from all curses and wrong agreements, in the name of Jesus.”

  1. For Bindings of Fear

The person prays:   “In the Name of Jesus I renounce any fear that came upon me (give reason or name of person who caused fear). (If someone caused the fear, forgive and bless said person in the Name of Jesus). I loose all feelings of fear and the desire to retaliate and ask you to forgive me and cleanse me of this sin, in Jesus name.”

Then you pray as the minister:

“I loose (name of person) from all fear and its effects, in the name of Jesus.

                       

  1. For Spiritual Bindings

The person prays:  “In the Name of Jesus I renounce the authority I gave over my life to (name of fortune teller, soothsayer, witch, sorcerer, enchanter, or wizard) and to the spirit that operated in (name said sorcerer), and I renounce and loose any agreement or commitment to (name said sorcerer) or these practices. I loose all of the feelings of fear, hatred, rebellion and control that motivated me to do this. I ask you to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness,  in Jesus name.”

            (a).       specifically have them take back and renounce any authority they gave to specific                                  forms of the occult.

Then you pray as the  minister;

“I break the power of this (spirit of witchcraft / divination / sorcery / whatever) over (name of the prayee) and loose them from all its effects, in the name of Jesus.’

 

 

Step 9.             Lead The Person In A Prayer Of Thanksgiving

  1. Give thanks to God in the name of Jesus for setting the person free.
  2. Make sure that God gets the glory.
  3. A person that is set free is always willing to give thanks to their deliverer.

 

Step 10.           Pray For The Person To Be Freshly Filled With The Holy Spirit

  1. The house doesn’t have to remain empty!
  2. Lead them in a prayer like; “Lord, I want the working of the Holy Spirit in my life.’
  3. A person who is not totally free cannot praise the Lord.
  4. If they are not totally free, go back to step 6, the interview.
  5. When we say free, we mean in the area of binding that we were praying freedom for.     Freedom is a process. This ministry is just a part of that process.  The person must be taught,             and instructed how to stay free.  There should be follow-up and a discipleship program   begun.

 

 

Note: This model of ministry is a very thorough process. We believe that this thoroughness helps each person we pray for to stay free. Because it is so thorough it is not a quick prayer. This type of prayer takes a lot of time, patience and love. We have seen, however, that when there is a great anointing from God, the whole process takes much less time and effort.  So pray for an anointing!

 

  1. Be Aware Of Spiritual Attack

When you enlist for service in and function in the ministry of a believer, you are actively engaging in spiritual warfare. You are becoming a freedom fighter to help liberate the lost, the sick and the oppressed. Our enemy will not take this invasion of his territory without trying to retaliate. You can expect some form of counter attack and resistance. He will not sit back while he sees us take what he considers to be his turf. He will attack the works of salvation, healing and deliverance that we become involved in. It is therefore essential to be on guard, to ensure that we have a right relationship with God and our fellow man and to understand that Satan doesn’t play fair.

If you start to experience; sickness, difficulties at work, difficulties at home, depression and the like, you don’t have to take it alone. Call people from the team who you trust and get prayer. We are in this together!

  1. Why Is There Spiritual Attack?

            Judges 3:1-4 – These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not        experienced any of the wars in Canaan  (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants          of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): the five rulers of the Philistines,          all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from           Mount Baal Herrnon to Lebo Hamath. They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they      would   obey the Lord’s commands, which he had given their  forefathers through Moses.

  1. The Lord wants us to grew up.
  2. He wants to see if we will obey Him, even when it is hard.

                                    Romans 8:37 –  “… we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

  1. How can you be a conqueror unless you’ve been in a fight and unless you’ve                              won a fight?

           

  1. How Do We Fight?
  2. Forgiveness is a powerful spiritual weapon.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11- If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven– if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

  1. Stay close to God.

James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  1. A righteous godly life is a one of the most powerful weapons a believer has                               against the forces of darkness.
  2. Our obedience is also a weapon.  When we obey God, the enemy loses His                             grip in our lives.

 

 

FINAL REMINDERS

 

  1. SOZO Means:          To Save          To Heal           To Deliver

 

  1. The Ministry Team Training Motto: Be nice.  Pray hard.  Use breath mints.

 

III.       The Prime Directive: Do what you see the Father doing.

 

  1. Finally … All you can do is the best you can do!


Ministry Gifts

By Lynndene Way
 
  1. The Lord Jesus Christ gave the ministry gifts to the Church –  Eph. 4:11

These fivefold ministries are five different expressions of the one Christ.  All fivefold ministers are Christ’s ascension gifts to His Church.  They were given to complement each other and to labor together in building His Church.

  1. Purpose –  Eph 4:12
  2.       For the perfecting of the saints.  Perfecting means:  equipping, a fitting or                                               preparing fully, implying a process leading to consummation, bringing to maturity                        or completion
  3.        For the work of the ministry
  4.       For the edifying (building up) of the body of Christ

 

  1. How long will the gifts be in effect? 

            Eph. 4:13, till we all come into the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of            God, “unto a perfect (mature, complete) man, unto the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ.”

 

  1. The aim of all ministry, Eph. 4:13-16, is entirely toward the body of Christ.

            It is not for self glory or to magnify the human in any way

It takes all of the 5-fold ministries functioning to make the Church mature, grow up into Christ’s image.  Not every church will have all five of the ministry gifts resident within the local church, but each local church should have a good mix of the 5-fold ministry coming to minister in the church in order to bring the church to maturity.

  1. There is a divine call:

            In 1 Cor. 12:28, God, not man, sets the gifts in the church

  1.       Cannot enter ministry because you want to, or feel like it
  2.        Cannot make yourself a ministry gift
  3.       Cannot enter the ministry because someone else tells you that you are suited for it
  4. You can recognize a divine call

            You will have a conviction in your own Spirit, a witness in your own heart                     The call of God comes upon your spirit, not your flesh.  In Christ we are neither male nor      female.   

            There will be a divine compulsion on the inside of you.  1 Cor. 9:16 “Woe is me if I do            not preach the gospel.”

  1. Methods of the call:
  2.       May be dramatic as was Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus,  Acts 9
  3.        May come by inward witness or knowing
  4.       Prophecy does not call a person, but should only confirm what you already know                                 in your spirit
  5.       The method of the call is not important, it will vary with individuals and the way                         that God deals with them 

Scripture has nothing to say on the way a person is called, but obedience to the call is important.

 

  1. An anointing evidences a divine call

 

  1. Whom God calls, He equips
  2.       He gives supernatural equipment to do the job.  This is grace – God’s power and                                        ability.
  3.        Different offices function differently and need different types of grace.  Eph. 4:7;

                        Rom. 1:5; 1 Cor. 3:10.  There are also different measures of grace.

  1.       Laymen can have spiritual gifts operating through them, but ministers will be                              equipped to minister regularly with those gifts necessary to stand in that office                                   The same spiritual gifts operating through the ministerial level will carry a greater               anointing.
  2.       The ministry gifts consists not only of name, but in demonstration of  power. 

                        1 Cor. 2:4-5;  Acts 8:10-24;  1 Thess. 1:5;  1 Cor. 4:20

  1.       A man’s gift will make room for him,   Prov. 18:16
  2.       Higher offices do not receive any more reward; there is just greater responsibility                                  that goes with the office.  God rewards faithfulness, not offices.

 

  1. One must be faithful
  2. The gift, as well as the character of the individual,  must be developed and mature. It takes work, dedication, consecration, submitting to the will of God, and study.   (2 Tim. 2:15) 

                        Preparation time is not lost time

  1.        Getting out too soon can cause hurt to the individual as well as to the Body of                           Christ.  1 Tim. 3:6-7
  2.       Most people do not start out where they will end up.  Do what your hand finds to                                 do.  This is preparation and part of the training and will give one experience. 
  3.       The growth and developing of the office is progressive
  4.        Let God make you the minister He wants you to be.  Take time to wait on God.
  5. Realize the call, be faithful to work for God wherever you are, and let God promote you.Stay open to God and flow in the direction He has for your life.
  6.       Do not intrude in the wrong office; can cost you your life and ministry
  7.       Do what your hand finds to do.  Ecc. 9:10;  Col. 3:23

 

  1. Qualifications for ministry

 

  1.       I Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 5:2-3 refers to the pastoral office, and deal with                character issues.  There is no list of qualifications given specifically in the Word for                       the office of the apostle, prophet, evangelist or teacher, but God would not require              more of one ministry gift than He would of others because He is no respecter of                 persons.  (Acts 10:34). 

            These are qualifications and would apply to any ministry gift in the Body including                      the apostolic office.

 

  1.        To stand in any of the f-fold offices, one must be called by God.  God equips                        him/her to stand in that office.  This is God’s responsibility.  However to stand in               any office, one must have the qualifications to stand in that office.  That is the                     minister’s responsibility.  Only he/she, with the help of the Holy Spirit, can qualify             himself to be able to stand in such an office of trust and responsibility.

           

           

  1.       Character and Conduct of ministers (I Tim. 3:1-7)
  2.          Blameless;  irreproachable character; must give no ground for accusation;                                  sober, vigilant, of good behavior, household in order, not addicted to wine,                               hospitable.  All have to do with character and conduct.

                                    Humility – Gideon, Judges 6:1- 8:35;  1 Peter 5:5

                                    Higher standard – James 3:1

                                    Accountable to God for the call – Acts 26:19

                                    Be an example – 1 Peter 5:3;  2 Thess. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Cor. 4:16

A minister’s character must be worthy of the call, irreproachable in conduct and habits.

                                    Seeks to lift up Christ, rather than draw attention to himself.

                                    Weymouth – “A minister then must be a man (Greek = “tis” indefinite                                         pronoun, meaning a person, emphasis mine) of irreproachable character,                                               true to his one wife (not a polygamist, emphasis mine), temperate, sober                                        minded, well-behaved. “

                                    Amplified – “He must be circumspect and temperate, self controlled; he                                     must be sensible and well behaved and dignified and lead an orderly                                     disciplined life.”

  1.        Apt (able) to teach; bases his/her  ministry solidly upon the word, rather                                                than on spiritual gifts or signs and wonders.
  2.        Not lover of money; cannot use his office to extort money from people by                                             dishonest or questionable means, nor for personal gain; must be above                                      reproach in how they get money and how they handle it.
  3. Not a novice; meaning a new Christian or one who is young and undeveloped in spiritual things. Many have been saved for many years and are still novices because they have not developed spiritually.   Has nothing to do with age.
  4.        A minister and his ministry must be proven first

                                    Note : 1 Tim. 3:10, a deacon, a helper, must also be found blameless and                                             proved, how much more one who stands in an office.                                                                Everyone has to guard against pride, but it is more likely for a novice to be                                  elevated in pride, not have the spiritual wisdom and maturity to discern                                                 sound doctrine, and therefore fall into condemnation and the trap of the                                             enemy.

  1.        A good report.  Standing in any ministry office is a serious matter

                                    One must have a good report resulting from his blameless character and                                                conduct. 

                                    James 3:1 (Amplified)  – Every ministry gift will be judged by a higher                                       standard, and because we will be judged by a higher standard, we should                                             set a higher standard in our character and conduct. Also:  Luke 12:47-48

  1.        Be faithful to prepare yourself. 

                                    2 Tim. 2:15, Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that                                               needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.                                                   Prepare yourself through studying the word, preparing your heart, and                                         presenting your body as a living sacrifice.

                                    If you are faithful to prepare yourself, in Gods time, step by step, He will                                               move you into the ministry He has for you.  The call of God is developed                                               over a period of time.  You do not start where you will end up.

 

THE APOSTLE

  1. The ministry gift which heads the list in both Eph. 4:11 and I Cor. 12:28 is  the   office of the apostle.
  2. Filled by Christ Himself — Heb. 3:1-2
  3. Apostle means, “one sent forth”, a “sent one”.  A true apostle is one sent with a specific purpose, or commissioned to accomplish a specific task or ministry – not one who   merely goes, but one who is sent as in Acts 13:1-4.  They are commissioned and authorized by another to represent that one and carry out his will and purposes.  The “sent one” is one with the One who is sending him (or her).
  4. The signs of an apostle –  2 Cor. 12:12;  Acts 2:43;  Acts 4:33;  Acts 5:12;              Rom. 15:18-20
  5. Apostle must have a very deep experience with the Lord.  Something beyond the ordinary. Example:  Paul – I Cor. 9:1 &  Acts 9:3-6.  Paul was not taught the gospel by        man, but received it by direct revelation – Gal. 1:13-24  and Gal. 2:1-2.
  6. The work of an apostle.

            A foundation layer, one who establishes, one who builds — I Cor. 3:10;  Eph. 2:20;      

            Rom. 15:18-20

  1. An apostle’s ministry embraces all the other ministry gifts.

            One of the distinguishing results is the ability to establish churches

  1. Has governments, I Cor. 12:28, Weymouth translation says, “powers of organization” operating in ministry;  they have the delegated authority to represent the kingdom of God on the earth and in the heavenlies in a governmental capacity.  It is not a religious hierarchical dictatorial authority given by man, but a spiritual authority given by Christ.
  2.        Apostles function in a greater realm of spiritual authority

                        Apostles can exercise authority over those churches they have established.

                        I Cor. 9:1-2

  1. A missionary who is really called of God and sent by the Holy Ghost is an apostle, though the term “missionary” is not used in the Bible, it can be the office of the apostle.  Acts. 13:2-4  (Though all who go to the mission field are not apostles.)
  2.       An apostle, may function in each of the 5 – fold ministry gifts at different times in                                    their ministry:

                        He will do the work of the evangelist, get people saved and have signs, wonders                                   and miracles.

                        He will do the work of the teacher, will teach and establish people

                        He will do the work of the pastor, he will shepherd people

He may function as a prophet and speak the Word of the Lord and bring revelation

 

  1. Apostles today
  2.       There are more than the 12 who were with Jesus, they were apostles of the Lamb.

                        Rev. 21:14

  1.        Others called apostles: 

                        Barnabas and Paul, Acts 14:14

                        James the Lord’s brother, Gal. 1:19

                        Andronicus and Junia, Romans 16:7

                        Silvanus and Timotheus,  I Thess. 1:1 &  2:6

                        Apollos, I Cor. 4:4-9

                        Two unnamed brethren, 2 Cor. 8:23  (* Messenger = Apostle)

                        Epaphroditus, Phil. 2:25

  1.       Today,  Eph. 4:11-16 is still in effect.   Apostles are needed to bring the Body of                                  Christ to maturity. (Also, 1 Cor. 12:28)

 

 

RANKS OR CLASSES OF APOSTLES

  1. First Class of Apostle – Jesus Christ
  2.       Heb. 3:1 …Consider Jesus the Apostle and High priest of our profession, Christ                                    Jesus.

                        Apostle =  a messenger; a sent one; a commissioned one; to send one on a mission                   as an envoy.  An ambassador.

                        Jesus called Himself a prophet – Matt. 13:57

                        He stood in the evangelist’s office because He proclaimed the good news of                             salvation – Luke 8:1

                        Jesus was a pastor – the Good Shepherd – John 10:11-16

                        He was a teacher – Matt. 9:35

  1.        The apostle’s ministry at times encompasses all of the 5-fold ministry anointings.
  2.       Jesus was in a class by Himself – He had the Spirit without measure – John 3:34. 

We as individuals have a measure of the Spirit – the Body of Christ as a whole may have the fullness of the Spirit or the same measure of anointing that Jesus had.

  1. The second Class of Apostles – Apostles of the Lamb
  2.       This classification includes the 12 that walked with Jesus; no one else will ever                          stand in that class of apostles.  Rev. 21:14 – and the wall of the city had twelve                                foundations, and in them the  names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.
  3.        They were sent for a specific time and purpose. 

                        They were sent to be eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life, earthly ministry and resurrection.                     Acts 1:15-22.  They were teachers/preachers of the Word; had to be eyewitnesses                                   of His earthly ministry and His resurrection.  They were foundational apostles                                 because God used them to help lay down New Testament doctrine (Eph. 2:20) and                   some of them wrote various books of the New Testament.

 

  1. Third Class of Apostles – other foundational apostles
  2. This is the category that Paul was in. 

                 A characteristic of this class is that they also helped lay the doctrinal foundation of the                New Testament

  1. Paul was not taught the gospel by man but received it by revelation of the Holy Spirit.               Eph. 3:4-5;  Acts 26:16 –
  2. In the Church today, we do not need to lay any other foundation which has been laid     for us in the New Testament.  (Eph. 2:19-20 )  We build on that foundation – the                 written Word of God;  there are no foundation apostles today in that sense.
  3. 4. Fourth Class Apostles – Non-foundational Apostles
  4.       These are today’s sent ones
  5.        Apostle = Sent one; Phil. 2:25, Paul talks of Epaphroditus as the Philippians                             messenger.  Same word “apostolos”.  He probably didn’t stand in the office of the                             apostle in the sense we think of it today.  He probably functioned under the                                 “apostolic mantle” in the church at that time.  It means – “one sent out as  a                           delegate or representative, or as the commissioned representative of  a                                     congregation”.  Used in a general sense, much like you would send someone as a                                   messenger or delegate.  
  6.       Apostle – could be commissioned by the Holy Spirit and sent with a particular                                  message (or ministry) to the body of Christ.  Example:  Smith Wigglesworth was                                  called “The Apostle of Faith”.
  7.       Others have the ability to establish churches and pioneer new works (a                                     distinguishing characteristic of an apostles ministry ) Many modern day                                      missionaries are in this class if they are sent out by out by the Holy Spirit –                               commissioned by the Holy Spirit – not merely one who goes.  A true missionary is                    a sent one by the Holy Ghost with a message to people in certain countries. 
  8.        **Don’t get hung up on titles – titles are not the issue, function is.
  9.        Pastors can (but not always will) stand in the apostolic office if he/she is sent by                                   the Holy Ghost to build a church in a certain city; or with a specific message (the                             gospel = the Word of God). Not every pastor would qualify as an apostle. He/she                           would have to possess the other characteristics and spiritual qualities of the                         apostolic call operating in his life and ministry as well.

The overseer of the local church is the pastor.  The pastor does not need an apostle over him in order to succeed.  If one were functioning in this ministry, it does not give him the authority over everyone in that city or over other churches.  Their call would be accompanied by the divine ability to establish and oversee that local church.  They are not called to exercise authority over others.

  1.       The apostolic mantle or covering

  

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE APOSTOLIC CALL

*  There are certain general characteristics that are true for anyone who is called to the apostolic office.  If a person’s life and ministry does not possess these general characteristics, one could seriously doubt the nature of the apostolic call in their life.

  1. Called and separated by God; confirmed by man.  Acts 13:1-4
  2. One must have a divine call by God.  No one is ever called by man; nowhere in the New Testament is anyone called and separated to a ministry by people.  God may use people to confirm the call or ministry or even speak a word about how a person will eventually be used in a certain way by the Holy Ghost
  3.       Biblical example:  James the Lord’s brother.  Gal. 1:19, Acts 12:17 and 15:13;

                        James headed up and pastored the church in Jerusalem, yet he was called an                            apostle.

                        “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.”  Col. 1:1;  Eph. 1:1;                                              Rom. 1:1;  1 Cor. 1:1;  2 Cor. 1:1;  Gal. 1:1;  1 Tim. 1:1;  2 Tim. 1:1; Tit. 1:1

  1. An Apostle is first a preacher or teacher
  2.       I Tim. 2:7 – “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher and an apostle, a teacher of the                                Gentiles in faith and truth.”
  3.        2 Tim. 1:11 – same as above

                        Preachers proclaim  –  Teachers explain

  1. The signs of an apostle
  2.       2 Cor. 12:12;  Acts 5:12 – “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you                    in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.”  Anyone with an                            apostolic calling on their life, should be believing God for signs, wonders and                                   miracles.

                        The ministry does not consist of word only, but in demonstration of power —

                        1 Cor. 4:20,  2 Cor. 2:4 & 6:7,   Rom. 15:18-19,   1 Thess. 1:5

                        Apostles will always have the ability to work miracles.  They will vary in the gifts                       of the Holy Spirit, but they primarily move in the gifts of healings, faith, working                               of miracles, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, and often prophecy.          

  1.        Must have something very real – beyond the ordinary experience with Jesus. 

                        Example:  Paul’s conversion experience and the Lord’s dealing with him                                                throughout his ministry.  Acts 9

                        He received revelation concerning the Lord’s supper directly from the Lord,

                        I Cor. 11:23;

                        He received the gospel by revelation, not from other apostles or church tradition, 

                        Gal. 2:1-2;  1 Cor. 11:24-25;  Acts 20:35; Acts 22:18-21; 23:11;  26:14-18.

  1. One of the signs of an apostle or characteristics of an apostle would be to plant or                    establish new churches based on a sound Biblical foundation – the Word of God.
  2.       Another sign would be evidenced by humility

                        Their ministry will be revealed by what God has given them by their works rather                                  than public proclamation of their office. 

                        The works and fruit of any ministry will give evidence to a particular call or                             office.

 

                        Christ-like character is absolutely essential — fruit of the Holy Spirit

                        (Gifts are given – fruit is grown!)

  1. Mature apostles are Fathers (or Mothers).  They are more concerned with the children’s well being and success than their own.  Apostles with a true fathering        (parenting) anointing are selfless and self-sacrificing for those who look to them as their spiritual overseer.  The true apostles will be more “other” oriented than “self” oriented.  They will minister in faith that works by love (Gal. 5:6). Character developed in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22).  Their attitudes, actions and relationships with others will be according to the attributes of agape love as in 1 Cor. 13.  The “10 M’s” of Manhood (spiritual adulthood, not gender related), Ministry, Message, Maturity, Marriage, Methods, Manners, Money Morality and Motive will be working in their lives according to God’s divine order. 
  2.        Their desire and ministry is one that builds up and edifies the Church

                        Their concern is about the Church’s welfare; they do not tear it down with either                                         unscriptural teachings, misuse of authority, or desire for personal gain because                            of selfish ambitions.

  1.       They will be submitted to others who are proven, experienced, or seasoned in the                                  ministry, willing to submit their ministries and revelation.

                        Example:  Paul — Gal. 2:1,2,  Acts 15

They will be submitted to the pastor of any local church where they might minister

                        1 Cor. 14:29 — If the prophet’s ministry is to be judged, then the other ministry                         gifts would also be judged.  You do not judge the person.  You judge what they                             preach or teach by the Word of God.  You judge the ministry by the fruit that is                         produced.

  1.       In Paul’s ministry we see:
  2.                He was called and appointed by God.
  3.                He was first and foremost a preacher and teacher of the Word.
  4.                    He was “sent” or commissioned by God to bring a message to a specific                                               group of people — the Gentiles.  His apostolic ministry did not extend to                                                everyone.  He did not have unlimited apostolic authority. 

                                    He knew the sphere of his authority.  2 Cor. 10:13-16

  1.                He had the fruit or the signs of an apostolic ministry.
  2.                He was willing to submit to other brethren who were proven men of God.
  3.                He established churches.  His apostolic ministry was over the churches he                                             established.  Did not usurp authority.
  4.                Humble.  Made himself a servant — first of Jesus, then of men.

                                    Matt. 23:11 – “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

                                    Matt. 20:26 – “It shall not be so among you, but whoever will be great                                      among you, let him be your minister (servant).”  Jesus did not come to be                                              served, but to serve.  He humbled Himself, took upon Himself flesh and                                           came to dwell among men.

 

 

 

THE PROPHET

 

  1. God has set in the church prophets.    I Cor. 12:28,   Eph. 4:11
  2. What constitutes the office of a prophet?
  3. New Testament Greek says, He speaks from the impulse of a sudden inspiration, from the light (revelation) at the moment.  The idea of speaking from sudden revelation seems here to be fundamental as relating either to future events or the mind of the Spirit in general.  A prophet speaks by direct divine inspiration or an immediate revelation of the Holy Spirit
  4.        To stand in the office of the prophet, a 5-fold ministry gift, one is first of all a                            minister of the gospel, separated and called to the ministry.
  5.        “There are no prophets among the laity.”  (K. Hagin) A layman may                                         prophesy, I Cor. 14:1-5, but you are not a prophet just because you                                                    prophesy. 
  6.        Laymen function in simple gift of prophesy which is for edification,                                            exhortation, and comfort,  I Cor. 14:3

                                    There is no foretelling, or predicting future events

  1.        “Motive” gift of prophesy, Romans 12:6, is another level of prophesy
  2.        Distinguish between office of prophet and prophesying,  Acts 21:8-11
  3.        To stand in office of prophet, one must have a more consistent                                                  manifestation prophecy and of at least two of the three revelation gifts                                        listed in 1 Cor. 12:8-10.

                                    Word of Wisdom – revelation by the Holy Spirit concerning the divine                                      purpose in the mind and will of God, always speaks of the future.

                                    Word of Knowledge – revelation by the Holy Spirit concerning facts in the                                 mind of God concerning people, places or things, always present or past                                               tense.

                                    Discerning of Spirits – insight into the realm of spirits.

  1.        To stand in the office of prophet , one would also be a preacher or teacher                                           (first and foremost) , and function in a higher level in the manifestations of                                   the gifts of the Spirit.  Jesus – Luke 4:18,  Matt. 9:35;

                                    Paul:   I Tim. 2:7;  2 Tim. 1:11

                                    Even in the Old Testament prophets were preachers, calling the people to                                             repentance and back to God

  1.        A prophet has visions and revelations    

                                    Example:  John the Baptist  Matt. 3:11-12 and Luke 7:28

  1.       Old Testament Prophets were called seers, they would see and know things                             supernaturally.   Example:  I Samuel 9, Saul’s missing donkeys

                        New Testament Prophets also see and know things supernaturally 

  1.       The word “revealed” is used in connection with the prophet’s ministry, 

                        I Cor. 14:29-30

  1.                A prophet may speak forth the revelation through the gift of prophecy or                                               just speak forth what the Holy Spirit is speaking.
  2.                Revelations are to be judged. 1 Cor. 14:29
  3.                Sometimes operate as a foreteller.  Acts 11:28
  4.        Old Testament Prophets and New Testament Prophets do not have the same status
  5.                 Under the Old Covenant, only prophets, priests, and kings had the Holy                                               Spirit come upon them, as they were anointed for their particular offices.                                                The rest of the people had no tangible presence of God in their lives,                                               neither in them or on them.  People went to the prophets for guidance and                                       to know the will of God.

                                    Old Testament Prophet was the only ministry in operation from the                                           standpoint of preaching and teaching the people by inspired utterance

                                    The priest was anointed by the Holy Spirit to stand in the office, but he                                     wasn’t a preacher either – He taught the Law to the people so they would                                             obey God’s precepts and commandments.  They represented the people to                                      God through sacrifices and offerings.  They had a ministry, but not of                                      preaching and teaching.  They exhorted the people about the ways of the                                        Lord and about carrying out the sacrificial system.

                                    The King was anointed by God to stand in that office, but not anointed to                                             preach.

                                    The prophet was the only one that could preach or speak for God as He                                              was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

                                    Under the Old Covenant the people could not approach God for                                                          themselves; they had to go through the priest with sacrifices and offerings.                                  Only the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies into the presence of                                          God.

                                    Under the Old covenant, the prophet gave guidance to the people because                                           they did not have the Holy Ghost for themselves, so they had to go to the                                               prophet to inquire for them as to what the Lord was saying.

  1.        Under the New Covenant, all believers have the Holy Spirit in them.

                                    He comes upon them, Luke 24:49,  Acts 1:8. 

                                    He is in us to lead us,  Romans 8:14;

                                    To teach us,  John 14:26;  1 John 2:20 & 27

                                    We can follow God for ourselves – the inward witness,  Rom. 8:16

                                    In the New Testament, it is unscriptural to seek guidance through a                                           prophet. 

                                    All believers are Kings and priests – I Peter 2:9 and Rev. 5:9-10

                                    In New Testament,  we have the 5-fold ministry and every believer is to                                                follow the Holy Spirit for themselves.  Believers worship in Spirit and                                         Truth 

  1. There is no control over a person’s life through the prophet’s ministry
  2. Misconceptions about the prophet’s office
  3.        Many think a prophet does nothing by prophesy

                                    A prophet would be a preacher or teacher of the Word – they can teach and                            preach by inspiration – just as prophetic; just as supernatural

                                    Does more than have revelations, dreams or visions

                                    The laying on of hands and healing goes with the prophet’s ministry

                                    Many think the prophet should always know everything about everybody. 

It is not true.  Revelation operates only as the Holy Spirit wills and reveals. 

                                    The Lord only tells you what HE wants you to know –

                                    Example:  2 Kings 4:27

  1.       There are ranks and classes of prophets – similar to the ranking of apostles
  2.        Jesus
  3.        Foundational prophets such as Paul who established New                                                                    Testament doctrine
  4.        Prophets today – As a ministry they edify and build up the Body,

Eph. 4:11; can illumine and speak by inspiration and revelation, but will not add new doctrine to the foundation of the New Testament.

  1.        There are different degrees of anointing – different levels or                                                       measures of anointings.  Anointings are the result of the grace of                                                             God, the empowering and equipping of the Holy Spirit coming                                                     upon a person enabling them to stand in a ministry office, or do a                                                           particular work, or in the manifestation of a particular gift.   A                                                          person can be more or less anointed to stand in a particular office –                                                             true for any office or any ministry.
  2.        There are distributions of the Holy Ghost

                                                Heb. 2:4, gifts = distributions, or measures of anointing

                                                Example:  Elijah and Elisha – Elisha had double portion, and did                                                            twice as many miracles.

  1. The anointing on a persons life can increase or decrease – increase by faithfulness, consecration, and diligence in the Word and prayer.

  

 

THE EVANGELIST

 

  1. The Evangelists office. I Cor. 12:28,    Eph. 4:11

 

  1. The word “evangelist” occurs only 3 times in the New Testament.
  2. Eph. 4:11
  3. Acts 21:8
  4. 2 Tim. 4:5

 

  1. Evangelist is, one who brings the evangel, “the good news”, a messenger of good

            tidings

 

  1. The evangelists’ favorite theme is salvation in its simplest form

 

  1. New Testament example is Phillip
  2.       Had one message, Acts 8:5, preached Christ unto them; also vs. 35
  3.        Has miracles and gifts of healings, Acts 8:5-8, which is supernatural advertising
  4.       Must preach the Word, only the Word affects the will of a sinner – not miracles
  5.       The supreme gift of an evangelist is the POWER (grace) to bring an individual’s                         soul to a decision for Christ
  6.       Usually a traveling ministry

 

 

 

THE PASTOR

  1. He gave some Pastors   Eph. 4:11

            The only time the word “pastor” is used in the New Testament.

  1. Pastor  means shepherd

            Jesus is the Great Shepherd, the Chief Shepherd, of all God’s sheep. 

            John 10:11-12,  Is. 40:11

  1. God calls people

            He equips them supernaturally to shepherd or be the under-shepherd (under Jesus) to   pastor, feed, have oversight of, or “tend, nurture, guard, guide, and feed” His flock

            1 Peter 5:2 Amplified

  1. Shepherds are necessary

            The flock will be scattered without them, Matt. 9:35-36,  Jer. 23:1-4,  Ezk. 34:1-8

  1. The Pastor’s office is a settled office

            Stays in one location for a length of time — usually years

  1. Pastor has oversight of a flock
  2. Must give an account to the Lord for the office and the care of those entrusted to their oversight and care   Heb. 13:17
  3. In the New Testament, the words; pastor, overseer, elder, bishop, refer to the   pastor’s office. 

            Church governments may use these terms to designate ministry offices or positions

            within their denominations or movements

            Elder — presbuteros = older or specifically, an Israelite Sanhedrist; or Christian                       “presbyter” 1 Tim. 5:1-2,  5:17-19;  

            1 Peter 5:1-5 (Peter is a “fellow-elder”);  Acts 14:23,  20:17-18;  Acts 15;  Titus 1:5 

            Bishop — episkope = by implication, superintendence; the office of a “bishop”

            1 Tim. 3:1;  Titus 1:7;  Note Acts 20:28 & Acts 14:23

            Pastor — poimen = a shepherd (literally or figuratively); pastor

            Eph. 4:11

            Shepherd — poimen (in the New Testament refers to Jesus) 

            In Acts 20:28, the command is given to feed and rule (poimen), same in 1 Peter 5:2.

  1. The Pastor’s office is one of the most important
  2.       To care for the new Christians and make disciples
  3.        To feed, train and equip  the flock, causing them to come to maturity that                                              reproduction will take place in the local community.  Jer. 3:15-16;  Is. 40:11;                             Ezk. 34:14-15
  4.       More instruction is given in the New Testament for pastors than any other office. 
  5. A Pastor needs supernatural equipment
  6.       Needs word of wisdom, word of knowledge, even prophecy or tongues and                            interpretation (equipment is given by God, need to receive it and function in it)
  7.        The gifts of the Spirit may not be as spectacular in display, though they are in                            operation
  8.       Interpretation – not only of the gift of tongues, but interprets the move of the Holy                      Spirits direction for the church and for services

 

  1. Most outstanding characteristic – a shepherd’s heart

            Part of the supernatural equipping of the office given by God. 

  1.       A pastor will love the people, be loyal to the flock, has the ability to see a baby                         Christian and bear with them until they get established – accepting them right                                where they are.
  2.        Will give his life for the sheep – not a dictator – leads by example. John 10:11
  3.       No higher authority in the local church  than the pastor 

 

THE TEACHER

 

  1. The ministry gift of the teacher   Eph 4:11,   I Cor. 12:28,  
  2. Offices are separated only to define them

            One can stand in more than one office

            Example:  pastor/teacher;  evangelist/teacher,   prophet/teacher – Acts 13:1

  1. One who is a teacher without being a pastor, usually has a traveling ministry among     churches
  2. The teaching gift is a divine gift
  3.       Not based on natural ability or education
  4.        Not a Sunday school teacher – early church did not have Sunday school,
  5.        “Motive gift” is to teach,  Romans 12:6, may or may not operate in the office of a                                  teacher, or give one the grace to operate in the local church setting
  6. Apollos was a teacher,  Acts 18:27 says  “He helped them much”
  7. Teachers should:
  8.       Always be ready and open to receive fresh glimpses of truth
  9.        Be teachable themselves
  10.       Revelation marks a teacher’s ministry
  11.       Should keep a humbleness of spirit and of mind
  12.        Be open and ready to learn
  13.        Teach elementary principles,  Heb. 6:1-2

 

  1. To the church teaching is very necessary 

Working of miracles and gifts of healings will never establish a Christian in the faith.  It is by the hearing, understanding and doing the Word of God that one becomes established in faith and doctrine and the church is built.

            Kenneth Hagin said the Lord said to him, (pg. 57, “The Ministry Gifts”) “The teaching   office to the Church is more important than the working of miracles or gifts of healings.          The Holy Spirit through Paul lists them in importance when He said, …and God hath set      some in the church, FIRST apostles, SECONDARILY prophets, THIRDLY teachers,             AFTER THAT miracles, then gifts of healings… “  I Cor. 12:28

 

 

CHURCH GOVERNMENT

The following are some very brief passages that indicate God’s plan for the governing of His Church.

1  Corinthians 12:28:  “And God has set some in the church first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” 

Ephesians 4:11-12:  “And He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Acts 13:2:  “As they ministered unto the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate unto Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”  

Luke 6:12-16, the 12 apostles are named

Luke 10:1:  “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sentthem two by two.” 

In Exodus 3:10, God called Moses for a purpose:  “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh that thou mayest bring forth My people, the children of Israel out of Egypt.” 

In Exodus 4:10-17, God appointed Aaron, Moses’ brother to accompany him and help him. 

In Exodus 18:17-26, Moses, the God-appointed leader, was advised to find men meeting certain qualifications to help him.  These men were not elected but chosen by Moses, who not only knew what the job required, but knew the men he chose.  He knew their character, their ability, their spiritual condition, the fact that they were lovers of truth and hated covetousness — or would serve with right motives.  Then the same spirit (anointing, attitude, and vision) that was on Moses was on the leaders.  (Note verses 19-21)  Deut. 16:18;  Numb. 11:16-17

In Numbers 11:16-17, God honored Moses’ choices. 

Numbers 12:1-8, Aaron and Miriam’s rebellion or dissension

In Numbers 16:1-4, the congregation challenged Moses about his position and his authority, leading a rebellion against his authority.  They protested and insisted that all of the congregation should have more “say so” in the decisions that he and his brother, Aaron, made.  In verses 19-33, we see God’s displeasure with this rebellion.  God himself had appointed Moses and knew Moses did not have private interests motivating the decisions he made concerning the work and the people that God had placed under his charge.  We see clearly when the people’s rebellion against Moses, they rebelled against God.

In 1 Samuel 8, we see the account of God allowing the Israelites to have a secular Government because of their rebellion.  He expressed His displeasure and warned them that it was not in their best interests to have a king and revealed the consequences of their choice. 

In Acts 6, where workers were needed, the Holy Spirit says that the apostles should choose men to appoint over the waiting on tables.  This is the “helps” ministry in the church.  They are to do the menial tasks, be attendants waiting on or serving the people, not administrate finances or “business”.  They enable the apostles to administrate the God-given vision, and devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer. These deacons were to be those of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Helps ministry aids, assists and supports the pastor, causing the vision to come to pass.

Those appointed as ministers and teachers, incur a stricter judgment, and are accountable to God for their oversight and leadership of God’s people.  Heb 13:17 & James 3:

 

** Resources concerning church government: 

            “God’s People and Church Government” by Bob Lemon

            “After the Due Order” by Larry Gordon

 

 

God’s design and plan for the local church is to have one head. 

This is to provide order – no confusion or chaos.  When the order is right it brings peace and security.

Heb 13:7 – Remember those who rule (lead) over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.  (NKJ)

Heb 13:17 – Obey those who rule (lead) over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.  (NKJ)

subject = submission or to stand under

Submission is taking the divinely ordered place in a relationship

Submission cannot be forced or demanded

Submission is a voluntary response, where one yields their rights, opinion, etc., to another;  it can only be given on the basis of trust (faith). 

Church government is an authority issue as well as a relationship issue.

Submitting to God’s delegated leaders means you are submitting to God.

Pastoral leadership is a gift from God.  We must give appropriate respect and honor to the gift.

Recognize the delegated authority

Recognize the functional authority

1 Tim 5:17-21

17        Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who  labor in the word and doctrine.

18        For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and,    “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

19        Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.

20        Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.

21        I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe          these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.  (NKJ)

 

1Thes 5:12-13

12        And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in         the Lord and admonish you,

13        and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among           yourselves. (NKJ)

Jesus is the head over the Church

Jesus is head of the local church

The pastor is the human head over the local church

 

 

 

Eph 5:21-24

 

21        submitting to one another in the fear of God.

22        Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23        For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the  Savior of the body.

24        Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.  (NKJ)

 

 

                       

Four Types of Church Government

 

  1. Episcopal

            The church is completely controlled by the leaders. 

            Example:  Roman Catholic Church, which is controlled by the Pope.  Under him are the            cardinals, bishops, and other ecclesiastical offices.  The priest of the local church is at the   bottom of the list and has no real authority.

 

  1. Presbyterian

            Ruled by elders.  The elder board  makes every decision. 

            The pastor has little or no authority, or if he/she is one of the elders, they would no more           authority than any of the other elders.

            Example:  Presbyterian, some New Testament or Charismatic churches

 

  1. Congregational

            Democratic government.  An elected church board runs the church.  Every action taken by       the church must be voted on by the people.  The pastor has one vote like anyone else.

            Example:  Baptist, Assembly of God

 

  1. Independent

            The Church is to be ruled under a theocracy — ruled by God.

            Gives the pastor complete charge of the oversight and direction of the church under the direction of Jesus, Head of the Church.  Pastor implements the vision given by God.

            One God, one man, no confusion.  The pastor appoints other leadership in the church. 

 

 

HELPS MINISTRY

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:28 lists “helps” in the listings of ministries in the church.
  2. Every department outside the 5-fold ministry gifts in the local church is considered “helps ministry”.  These departments or ministries within the church: aid, assist, be a partaker or participator, provide relief and support.  The helps ministry works with the pastor to enable the God-given vision come to pass. 

These ministries include:  praise and worship/music, prayer, ushers, catchers, greeters, youth and children, office and administration, church cleaning, visitation, etc.  It may be volunteer or paid staff.

  1. Those called to the “helps ministry”  will seldom have to be told what to do;                  he/she will see it themselves because of the grace that is given to them.               Rom. 12:7

                        A “helper” is different.  Their heart is right — they want to do something for God,                                   but just does not see it without being told what to do. 

 

“MOTIVE GIFTS”

Romans 12:3-8  – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function (KJV = office),  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;  or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;  he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 

Pet 4:9-11 — Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability (power, strength or grace)  which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified (this is the ultimate motive for all ministry) through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  (NKJ)

It is important to understand the following two words to properly understand “motive” gifts.

  1. Grace = charisma –  a divine gift, a spiritual endowment, miraculous faculty, favor,      free gift; graciousness;  

            “God’s willingness to use His power and His ability on our behalf even though we don’t deserve it.”  Kenneth Copeland

            Grace is the power and ability of the Holy Spirit working on our behalf. 

            It is supernatural power and ability.

            The gifts and supernatural equipping that causes one to function in ministry is a “spiritual endowment, or miraculous faculty.  Paul spoke of it:  Rom. 1:5;  12:3,6;  15:15-16: 

            1 Cor. 3:10;  15:10:  Gal. 1:15;  2:9:   Eph. 3:2, 7-8;  4:7. 

  

  1. Gift = charis — graciousness, especially the divine influence upon the heart, benefit, favor,       gift;   literally, a gift of grace

In each of the “motive gifts” mentioned in Romans 12:6-8, there are different levels of anointing and authority, according to the measures of the grace or the gifts given by God.  The grace is supernatural ability to function. 

  1. Prophecy

Prophecy is inspired utterance,  speaking by divine inspiration and revelation;  can include prediction (foretelling) or speaking for God (forth telling,  speaking the will or purpose of God.)

  1.       All can prophesy — speak an inspired word for edification, exhortation or comfort

                        has no correction or prediction — Acts 2:17, 18;  1 Cor. 12:10;  1 Cor. 11:4,5; 

                        1 Cor. 14:1,3,31,39.  This is the lowest level of prophesy, one that every believer                                 may function in.

  1.        Prophecy — Romans 12:6;  Philip’s daughters, Acts 21:9
  2.       The Office of the Prophet — Acts 11:28,  Acts 21:10
  3. Ministry

            The Greek is “diakonia” — attendant, as a servant, etc.; offer aid or service, to wait on              menially or as a host;  a “deacon or deaconess”

  1.       All are called to help, to serve.
  2.        Helps ministry – deacons ministry, 
  3.       5-fold ministry;  offices
  4. Teach = to impart knowledge and skill to; give instruction; be an instructor
  5.       One given a task to teach, perhaps a Sunday school teacher or Bible study leader
  6.        One who has a bent or “natural” aptitude to teach — Rom. 12:7
  7.       The office of a teacher — Eph. 4:11;  1 Cor. 12:28
  8. Exhort/exhortation = to encourage, comfort, cheer up, impel to action, console, to give hope to, called along side
  9.       Believer’s exhort one another — Heb. 3:13
  10.        There are those who have a “ministry” of exhortation — they have a measure of                         grace, or an anointing to exhort.  A spiritual cheerleader, and encourager. 
  11.       Ministry gifts exhort
  12. Giving = to dispense or administrate finances

            motive in giving singleness of purpose – obedience to God that blessings might come to someone; with sincerity (without dissimulation or self-seeking), and with generosity or    liberality

  1.       All are called to give, tithes & offerings
  2. Those that God give a special grace, causing the person to have the ability to not only make money but to dispense it and administrate it.
  3. Rule = to stand before, i.e. a front rank person, to preside, maintain, manage, be over

            motive in ruling — eagerness, earnestness, carefulness, diligence, steady effort and                     attention

  1.       Those that have the ability to lead when given a task

                        1 Tim. 5:14, wives manage (rule) the household

                        1 Tim. 4 & 12, manage households

  1.        Those who have received supernatural ability to lead, manage or administrate

                        1 Cor. 12: 28;  Romans 12:8;  Romans 16:1-2 – Phoebe

  1.       Ministry Gifts and Governments — 1 Cor. 12:28; 
  2. Mercy = compassionate by word or deed, specially, by divine grace:  have pity on,.    Mercy should be exercised with kindness and cheerfulness, not as a matter of duty.
  3.       All are called to be merciful and compassionate
  4.        Those supernaturally graced to show mercy — Mother Teresa is a prime example
  5. Hospitality

            Hospitable = fond of guests, given to and a lover of hospitality — 1 Tim 3:2;  Titus 1:8; 

            1 Pet 4:9

  1.       All should graciously receive guests into their home
  2.        Those who find they are happiest and find ease in entertaining;  it is a gift of                          grace


Moving in the Gifts of the Spirit

Lynndene Way
 

Chapters 12-14 1 Corinthians are the basis for this teaching.

  1. God does not want us to be ignorant of spiritual things. Ignorance of the Word of God and the ways of the Spirit of   God is a hindrance.  God cannot bless ignorance.  God has provided the way we can become educated in spiritual things.    He has given us the written Word of God.  He has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us and bring revelation.  He has given the 5 fold ministry to teach the body of Christ. Spiritual ignorance can become a tool for the enemy to create frustration in our walk with God, confusion in our experiences, and cripple our confidence and our faith in God.

 

1 Corinthians 12:1 — the Greek word is “pneumatikos” which means “things spiritual, or supernatural.”

Other hindrances: 

  • Fear – fear of man, fear of making a mistake and displeasing God, fear of rejection of God, pastors, or other people, other insecurities in the soul of a believer
  • Doubt & unbelief (this is a lack of faith)
  1. The Gifts of the Spirit are to operate in the life of every believer  (1 Corinthians 12:7 & 11) 

The gifts of the Spirit are an effective tool in evangelism (1 Corinthians 2:4; Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 4:20; 1Thessalonians 1:5

The gifts of the Spirit edify, encourage, teach, exhort, comfort, prepare, and bring revelation to the church  (1 Corinthians 14:3,12 & 26)

We are told to desire the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:31 & 1 Corinthians 14:1 & 12)

 

  1. Categories of Gifts — 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

             Three vocal gifts = In these gifts, God is “saying” something

                                    Message in tongues

                                    Interpretation of tongues

                                    Prophecy

 

            Three revelation gifts = In these gifts, God is “revealing” something

                                    Word of wisdom

                                    Word of knowledge

                                    Discerning of spirits

 

            Three power gifts = In these gifts, God is “doing” something

                                    The gift of faith

                                    The working of miracles

                                    Gifts of healings

 

  1. Definitions of the Gifts of the Spirit

 

TONGUES – A message in tongues in tongues is God speaking through an individual in a language the person has never learned naturally.  The language may be a known language, such as English, Spanish, Chinese, etc., or it may be a language known only by God or the angels, but it is an unknown language to the person who is being used in this manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  1 Corinthians 13:1

 

Differences between a message in tongues, and praying or singing in the Spirit (in other tongues). 

A message in tongues is initiated by the Holy Spirit.  It is God speaking to man, and the message edifies the church. 

Praying or singing in tongues can be initiated at a person’s will. (1Corinthians 14:14-15)  When a person prays or worships in other tongues, it edifies the spirit of the man.  The person is speaking to God, not man and therefore this does not need interpretation. 

 

INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES – The Holy Spirit gives the interpretation to the message given in other tongues.  If there is not another person present to interpret a message given in other tongues, then it is the responsibility of the person who gave the message in tongues to pray and receive the interpretation, so the church can understand the message God is speaking. 

 

PROPHECY – Prophecy is a message from God in the speakers known language. 

1 Corinthians 12:7 — But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.   It is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit – not the human mind.  Though the human will and faith are active in prophecy (and the manifestation of all the gifts of the Spirit), the human intellect and reasoning are not the source of prophecy (or any of the gifts of the Spirit).

 

1 Corinthians 14:1 — Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

 

1 Corinthians 14:3-5 — But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.  I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification. (NKJ)

 

1 Corinthians 14:31 — “For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.” 

 

The function of prophecy: 

  • to edify the church  – 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • to exhort the church – 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • to comfort the church- 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • that all may learn – 1 Corinthians 14:31

The Four Catagories of Prophesy — Different degrees of anointing operate at each of these prophetic levels

  1.  The spirit of prophecy (the simple gift of prophecy)  1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:3, 5, 31
  2. The gift of prophecy (resident gift, also called motive gift)Romans 12:6
  3. The ministry of the prophet (man in function) Eph. 4:11; 1Corinthians 12:28
  4. The prophecy of Scripture (canon of scripture, the written word of God, the Bible) 2 Timothy 3:16;  2 Peter 1:20-21

Judging Prophecy

Prophecy must be judged.  The word is pure, but the human vessel through which prophesy flows is imperfect.

The purity of prophecy depends on the degree of sensitivity and how much the person has yielded to God.

We judge prophecy by the written Word of God.  The prophecy must agree with a specific chapter and verse in the Bible, or the principles, character and nature of God.

 

7 Ways to Judge and Discern Prophecy 

  1. Judge the source — where is it coming from?

                 There are three sources of inspiration

                           through the Holy Spirit 

                           through the human spirit

                           through an evil spirit 

  1. Judge the contents of the prophecy — what does it say or imply?

                        Is it in line with Scripture? 

                        Does it line up with the testimony of Jesus?  Revelations 19:10

                        Is it in balance with the whole counsel of God?

  1. Judge by the character of the prophecy — whom does the message reveal?
  2. Judging by the test of fulfillment — does it come to pass?

                 We must understand:

                 The creative power of prophecy — the spoken word initiates and releases a divine process

                 The power of prophecy to impart spiritual things — 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6

                 The conditional aspect of prophecy – some prophecies require the person receiving the prophecy to meet a condition in order for the word of God to be fulfilled. 

  1. Judging by confirmation of the spirit — does it bear witness in your spirit?Romans 8:16;  1 John 2:27 
  2. Judging by the conduct of the prophet — the fruit of the life and character of the minister, does the life bear witness of Jesus nature and character.
  3. Judging through other witnesses — seeking the counsel of others who arewalking in the spirit — the law of confirmation (2 Corinthians 13:1); this could beresponsible leadership.

 

  1. Important Principles for Effective Prophesying and Moving in the Spirit.

The believer cooperates with the Lord to express what God is saying or doing. We must speak and act in the way God wants to express Himself.  The human vessel is called to RESPOND to the Holy Spirit, and not to and not REACT in their flesh to the Holy Spirit!

  1. Principle of desire — 1 Corinthians 14:1, 39.  This is a command!God puts His desires in our heart in order to move us in His ways and purposes. 
  2. Principle of proving — those who desire to prophesy must be open and willing to allow their revelations or actions to be judged.This openness provides a safety measure for the one who ministers as well as those who receive the ministry.  A teachable humble spirit reflects the openness to acknowledge the final authority of the written Word and submission to recognized leadership.
  3. Principle of responsibility — the possessor of the gift (or the one being used by the Holy Spirit) is responsible for its correct use or misuse.1 Corinthians 14:32

 

Learn to understand and be responsible for:

  • Using our will properly
  • Our emotions disciplined
  • Our body disciplined
  • We must learn to be in total subjection to the Spirit.  We must learn to bring every DISTRACTING physical manifestation under control so as not to be a hindrance to the people receiving the message or ministry. Remember, gifts are given for the building up of the church.  The suppression or release of the gift is left to the responsibility of the person who is ministering.
  1. Principle of accountability — it is only those who submit to authority that are able to minister with authority.A willingness to submit our live, talents and gifts to spiritual  leadership provides us with proper checks and balances. The protocol of administering and the use of gifts will vary from church to church.  Acts 20:28;  Hebrews 13:17;  1 orinthians 14:29;  1 Chronicles 25:1-7
  2. Principle of regulation — 1 Corinthians 14:27-33, will remove confusion and disorder
  3. Principle of faith — Romans 12:6
  4. Principle of liberty — 2 Corinthians 3:17.  Wherever the Spirit is made Lord, there will be liberty.  
  5. Be continually filled (Eph. 5:18) in order for the gifts to flow through our spirit. 
  6. Principle of timing — Gifts loose their effectiveness if not used at the right time.

Beginning to Move in Prophecy (as well as other manifestations of the Holy Spirit)

  1. Receive proper authorization – from the Lord, then from the pastor or leader of the meeting.  The leader of the meeting should be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  They should know if the Lord wants to use another person to minister one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  They should provide an opening or opportunity for the manifestation of the gifts of the Sprit.  This brings order in a meeting. 
  2. Receive the message of prophecy — must hear and discern the voice of God and then respond to it

7 ways prophecy comes to us:

  1. We receive the exact words
  2. We receive the “sense” of the message
  3. We receive the first words or sentence
  4. We see a vision or strong impression
  5. An impression or revelation through song
  6. We receive a rhema word through Scripture
  7. We receive an activation through the prophetic anointing of others

If you feel you have a personal word for a person, use a respectful, calm, and tactful way in approaching the person.             Suggestions:  DO NOT SAY – “God told me ….” or “Thus saith the Lord … “

The following suggestions will help you avoid errors and keep us open for correction.   

You might say:

  •  “This may mean something to you … “
  • “How does this sit with you …. ?”
  • “I may be wrong but what do you think about this …. ?”
  • “I’m not sure but I keep feeling this thing … “
  • “While I was praying, I thought this word could be referring to you and your need … “

If the person, does not give you an entrance to give the word or to pray for them, STOP!  Do not take it as a personal rejection.  If they say it does not bear witness in their spirit, do not get rejected.  You have been obedient, and done your part.  The problem may or not be within  you.  The word may be a word from God.  It might be correct, but the person may not recognize it.  The word needs to be judged and discerned. 

  

 

THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE – The word of knowledge is a specific word, a fact, in the mind of God concerning a person or a situation, which deals with something either in the past or that is happening at the present time.  God reveals it to us by the Holy Spirit.

            5 Common Ways The Lord Gives A Word of Knowledge  

  1. A  Picture. ( YOU SEE IT)
  2. A Newspaper Headline. (YOU READ IT)
  3. Experience a Physical Sensation. (YOU FEEL IT)
  4. A General Impression. (YOU THINK IT)
  5. Inspired Speech. (YOU SAY IT)

 

THE WORD OF WISDOM – The word of wisdom is a specific word of God’s wisdom, revealed by the Holy Spirit.  Wisdom is the answer to a problem. Wisdom relates to the future.  It reveals the will of God, the plans or purposes of God.

 

DISCERNING OF SPIRITS – When the discerning of spirits is in manifestation, a person can literally see into the realm of the spirit, just as we see with our eyes this physical or natural realm.  God opens our eyes and we are able to discern all kinds spirits as the Holy Spirit wills. When this gift is in operation, a person can discern heaven, God, Jesus, Angels, the spirit of man, or devils and demons.  Discerning of spirits is not only discerning demons. 

 

THE GIFT OF FAITH – Every believer must walk and live by faith.  Faith is believing and acting on the Word of God.  When the gift of faith is in manifestation, God gives a person supernatural ability to believe Him for something impossible.  It is faith that goes beyond ordinary faith. When the gift of faith is in manifestation, there is no doubt that what God has revealed or spoken will be fulfilled.  The gift of faith supplies the power of God to believe that what He has spoken will be performed. 

 

THE WORKING OF MIRACLES – The working of miracles is the power of God intervening in the ordinary course of nature.  For example, when God caused the sun to go back for one hour (Isaiah 38:8), this is a miracle.  This is something that is impossible for man to do.  It is contrary to the laws God has set in motion in Genesis chapter 1.  But God has the power and the authority to do what He wills, when He wills, and how He wills for His purposes to be accomplished.

 

DISCERNING OF SPIRITS –  God has put His Spirit it in us to teach, lead, and guide us.  His Spirit working in us is like radar on an airplane.  If we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, we will become discerning spiritual things. This is something that can be developed in the life of every believer.  But, the manifestation of discerning of spirit, goes beyond what your spirit discerns or understands.  When this gift is in manifestation, it operates only when the Holy Spirit wills.  The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of a person. The veil that separates this physical realm from the spiritual realm is removed.  God gives the person grace so they literally see into the spirit realm.  The person can see God, Jesus, angels, heaven, demons, or into the heart of another human.  This gift is not just seeing or discerning the presence or activity of the devil and demons.