Gone is the age of man. We’ve entered into the age of God. The Lord is done allowing us to do things our own way. He has had enough of man taking His glory for his own personal gain, whether it is for fame, honor, financial gain or whatever.
Remember how Dagon fell face down in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Sam 5). God will not share His glory.
Ministers need to go back to the original place of their calling when they said ‘Yes” to it and ask themselves the reason and motivation for that “Yes”.
What will be our end if we are not in ministry out of simple, sincere devotion to Jesus?
It is in keeping our minds stayed on Him that we not only receive His peace but strength to resist the world’s wisdom, patterns, systems, ideals, and mind-sets.
Here’s a vision one of our spiritual daughters had not too long ago:
“I saw a picture of fresh concrete being poured. I knew as I saw this that all the structures of men had already come to nothing. I knew that this was a new day with new foundations being poured. I knew that we were stepping into the age of God. I knew that He was laying His own foundations for the Church to be built upon.
“Then I saw those who were pouring concrete but did not make Christ the Cornerstone, and consequently their concrete was not being allowed to harden. But for those who have made Christ the Cornerstone, their concrete was allowed to harden.”
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” (Ps. 127:1).
HOW THE LORD BUILDS
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established…” (Pr. 24:3).
We are not called to work for the Father, but to work with Him. It is in hearing and obeying His wisdom and counsel that this happens. The Spirit of God always moves to perform the Father’s will, not some concoction of our own will devised by the carnal mind. The lack of hearing and obeying the Father’s wisdom and counsel produces the works of man. But hearing and obeying the Father’s wisdom and counsel produces the works of God.
Jesus is the Pattern Son and our perfect example. He felt no obligation or compulsion to do anything outside of the Father’s will and counsel. He knew that He did not come to this earth to do His own will but the will of the Father (Jn. 5:19). He also knew that He was not here to do His own will in the Name of the Father, which is the more common thing in Christendom today.
The Holy Spirit wants to bring clear communication between us and the Father and Jesus, for He has been sent for such a purpose – “to speak whatsoever He hears and to show us things to come” (Jn. 16:13). The greatest cry of the Holy Spirit on the earth today is that God’s people would learn to wait on the Lord and receive His wisdom and counsel for every situation. Praying in the Spirit at length and meditating on the Word of God is the best way to cultivate this ability.
Think about this: All of man’s failures are a by-product of a lack of clear communication between the believer and the Godhead. This is the devil’s greatest victory – to keep us too agitated, frustrated, anxious, distracted, deterred, entangled, and too busy to wait on the Lord and hear the Holy Spirit’s clear communication. He delights in communing with us and sharing the Father’s wisdom and counsel. Nothing is impossible to those who’ve learned to hear and obey the Holy Spirit’s communication.
True ministers of the gospel are those whose thinking has been elevated above the ways of man, and who teach and train God’s people to receive God’s wisdom and counsel. God can only move where His counsel and instructions are heard and obeyed. God wants to move! The problem in this age of man has been that men are doing all the moving. There are few on the earth who live in the realm of the Spirit and understand these things.
I pray that you would learn the ways of God and truly be among those who are taught by Him and led by Him. The fulness of God’s blessing is in hearing and obeying what He says to you both from the written Word and by His Spirit.
If you are a leader or aspiring to leadership in the body of Christ I highly recommend these three books that will refine your heart and cultivate your ability to hear the wisdom and counsel of God. The Journal, Purity of Heart, and Soulish Leadership.