THE PRAYER JOTTER: A WORD OF WISDOM FOR MINISTERS AND SAINTS

This is a transcription of one of our prayer times when divinely inspired utterances were brought forth by the Spirit of God. This has been a pattern now since 2013 when Carolyn and I began praying and traveling together more frequently. The purpose of this special anointing and operation of the Holy Spirit is to bring forth provision of the wisdom of God for the body of Christ. I believe it would fall under the heading of the revelation gifts of the Holy Spirit with prophecy—a spirit of seeing and knowing. 

Here now is one sample of this operation:

Just like in a natural family the mothers and fathers learn what their children respond to and the children learn what the parents respond to because they learn their love language in a healthy family.

And they’re always reaching to meet (fulfill) that love language because they love the response that they receive.

So it is in His body – I see it.

Every believer and every son and daughter of God has a love gift that they respond to and it’s important to find it and recognize the gift that they respond to and then they will respond to Me.

For some like words of affirmation and some like pretty things and pretty gifts like diamond rings (laughter)…

For some it’s just an act of kindness, an act of service, a helping hand…

A loving shepherd learns the love language of every sheep and every lamb.

And this will be a key, not just to open up individual hearts but congregations of people, too.

For you see, I am the author and the finisher of their faith and I am the one who gives utterance and moves through you in gifts that releases them to receive from Me.

So we pray that now Father…

I see where many hearts have been hardened and have sifted themselves and even resisted because they’re not receiving that love language.

There’s been nothing to cause their hearts to respond.

We pray wisdom now in your ministers to release that love language on your body that would turn them from the things of this world and cause them to look intently and strongly on Jesus again.

We understand Father…

That’s why the 5 fold ministry gifts are so imperative and to be used in the body of Christ because they all carry something different and they move in the different gifts, and some are stronger than others in things.

So right now we agree as touching that in prayer that there would be a release of the 5 fold ministry gifts into your body worldwide.

Your body does not deserve to be hungry and lacking in the equipping they need to do the work of the ministry and respond to you.

Your body is diverse – one gift can’t reach everyone…

And that’s the reason many leave their churches because they only hear the one gift and they get tired of the one voice always talking to them.

Thank you Lord for your diversity and your manifold wisdom.

Acts 16 – And the Lord opened the heart of Lydia so that she heeded the things spoken by Paul.

You are the one who opens hearts and knows what each heart needs and what each heart connects to.

Your Holy Spirit is the equalizer.

He’s the one that does it and that’s why we must point people to Him, and not to us.

Too many are trying to get people to follow them, but they need to teach them to follow Him.

And then there’s grace, for the grace is in Him, and it’s released when you point people to Him.

Did He not say when He’s lifted up He would draw all men unto Him.

You’ve made it so simple that we’ve missed it.

We must be like John the Baptist who said he must decrease so Christ could increase – he got out of the way so You could be seen and heard and followed.

Oh, may we as your ministers learn to move out of the way!

Yes, lead them in a way we’re called to lead but lead them to You…

After all, that is the ministry of the Holy Spirit who said that He would not even speak of Himself, but whatsoever He would (pause and laughter)… but whatsoever He would hear that He would speak.

He doesn’t even speak of Himself and He’s the Holy Spirit.

He speaks only the Father’s will, he speaks the mind of Jesus Christ, but not of Himself.

Oh, this is a revelation that we need.

This is important!

This is the meekness of the Lord, even as Paul came in the meekness of Christ, not to point others to himself but to the Lord.

We’re nothing without Him, but we have God’s heart by the Holy Spirit.

Understand this, get this … for except the Holy Spirit reveal it to you, you will not know it (1 Cor 2).

The Holy Spirit reveals the deep things of God’s heart.

So we draw on those deep things this morning…

For as we go our way and minister throughout the days and this year that we would be keen to remember that it’s the Holy Spirit that brings up the heart of God and that speaks the need of that love language to your people, and even to those outside of Christ.

For there are some now that are ready to come into His kingdom and to believe.

For them we pray, those outside…

Jesus always knew what to say (tears) – He knew how to minister to the harlot, He knew how to minister to the blind man. He knew how to love the broken-hearted mother who just lost her son.

Power – with that revelation comes power; with those keys comes power for those outside.

That waitress must have needed something yesterday at that restaurant, and we pray for her now that she would not rest until she comes to Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord.

We spoke Your name to her, Lord and may Your name resonate in her heart and mind.

May she never forget the words, “He changed my life”, but may those words come back to her again and again.

And may that gift we left her speak of the love of the Father…

As I said, this operation has manifested frequently in our prayer times since 2013. It is most prolific through Carolyn’s vessel. We have well over 500 documented pages of these utterances. The file is called, The Prayer Jotter, and we hope to make a unique book or journal from these some day soon. But for now we will just be blogging some of them. I hope this one was a blessing to you. 

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KEY TO CLEANSING THE LATTER HOUSE: JUDGMENT AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD

I believe there is no other way the modern day Church will be cleansed from all its hypocrisy and impurities derived from the worship  of mammon, except through judgment that produces the fear of the Lord. It may come through hardship, death, or even a crisis of massive proportions such as a civil war to bring this about. The landscape of Christianity must be cleansed, so that the Church’s impact can be much more far reaching. Without widespread and deep repentance and awakening,  this may be the only solution and remedy to the current idolatrous condition of the church world. The power and glory of God may not be restored to the Church any other way. We are so far gone and numb to the true condition of the nation and the Church that this may be the only remedy to true restoration (see this recent article by my friend Michael L. Brown – How Can We Be So Numb?). A severe shaking may be our last line of hope.

Let’s take a close look at the first miracle of judgment in the early Church that cleansed it immediately of the sin and hypocrisy that was seeking entrance. This judgment kept it strong and pure and increased its power and impact.

“In hearing these words, Ananias fell down and died. And great fear came on all those who heard these things” (Acts 5:5).

“At once she (Sapphira) fell down at his feet and died. Upon entering, the young men found her dead and carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear came on the entire church and on all those who heard these things. Many signs and wonders were performed among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Porch. No one else dared join them, but the people respected them. Believers were increasingly added to the Lord, crowds of both men and women” (Acts 5:10-14).

Can you see how this cleansing led to increased fear and power with many believers being added to the Lord?

We often forget these portions of Scripture and how this judgment produced the component of the fear of the Lord, which stopped this lie and other impurities from having access into the early Church, thus preserving its white hot purity and keeping it from being defiled. This miracle of judgment contributed to the glory, power, and growth of the early Church. Notice also the effect it had on the people:

“No one else dared join them (the disciples), but the people respected them” (Acts 5:13).

The Message Bible says it this way: “But even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both.”

Could these incidents of judgment in the early Church be a type and shadow of what we may expect in the last days Church in both the coming judgment and glory:

Could it be that preachers who have peddled the word of God for gain have their ministries judged and some even be publicly humiliated and taken out of the way?

Could churches and ministries that have been built on compromise and the wisdom of man see a mass exodus as people begin to seek pure truth and authenticity as well as the reality of the Holy Spirit and the power of God?

Could we see organizations and companies who have used their power and wealth to persecute the righteous be shaken and some big CEO’s even die? Could we also see the same type of judgement on leaders of nations who persecute the glorious Church and do not give glory to God (think of king Herod; Acts 12:23)?

I believe we will see these kind judgments again but only as the glory increases and is restored to the true Church.

POLARIZATION: ONE EFFECT OF GOD’S JUDGMENTS AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The judgment that fell on Ananias and Sapphira caused sinners to be leery of joining themselves to the apostles and the church while at the same time gaining public respect and influence. This divided or polarized those who were not interested in genuine repentance and living whole-heartedly for the Lord from the multitudes that were being genuinely converted and being added to the church. Oh how we need this work done today in this era of postmodern and so called progressive Christianity! It would root out so much complacency, carnality, and compromise.

The dividing line was very distinct in the early Church. In a day when we are trying to include everyone into our sheepfolds by toning down on the demands of the gospel, there was a certain exclusivity that the judgments of God and the fear of the Lord produced in the Church’s earliest beginnings. People couldn’t enter in with sin in their lives. In many places today, it is difficult to tell the difference between the Christian and non-Christian, but not in the early Church. God wants to restore this polarization in the Church of today.

This is an excerpt from my newest book awaiting its release, THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE, RESTORING THE GLORY TO THE LATTER DAY CHURCH. 

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A CLARION CALL TO HOLINESS

During our recent Holy Ghost Forum the spirit of prophecy was prominent. The following utterance released the fear of the Lord. Please watch it. He that has an ear let him hear.

A clarion call to holiness 

“Pursue … holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Heb. 12:14-15).

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).

The subject of holiness has taken a bad rap. It has almost become a dirty word, an outdated and primitive theme in many Christian circles. Nowadays Christians equate it with living by rules and dos and don’ts. Many equate it to legalism, salvation by works, or attempting to earn God’s approval from a system of works. But what does the Bible say about true holiness?

First of all, holiness is not salvation. Holiness is not something you pursue in order to obtain salvation; it is something you are set apart for after salvation. It is what true converts pursue and perfect in their new life and walk with God.

Holiness is the likeness of God. It is the total summation of all His attributes. It is to be as Jesus is. He is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His Person, and so we are to be conformed to His image.

What many Christians fail to realize is that holiness, like a lively flowing stream that cuts through a dense forest, is the theme that runs through all the epistles. It is to be our post-salvation and post-Pentecost life and walk with God. It is what one Pentecostal scholar called “Pentecostal Pedestrianism” or “rule of the road”. It is the walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16) (Rom. 8:13), and the pursuit of God and sanctification that we are to walk in for the rest of our lives, especially as the Lord’s coming draws near (1 Thes. 5:23).

We affirm again that indeed holiness and sanctification are the supreme themes of the apostolic letters to the churches. The emphasis being on the gracious sufficiency of every saint to live a life of victory over the flesh, the world, and the devil in every area of life – whether it be at home with family, at work with employers and employees, or within the church and community. The epistles are full, full, full of such instructions while many churches today are nearly empty of any.

The overall body of teaching in the New Testament epistles implicitly implies that believers who had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit still needed to “put off the old man and put on the new man”, “be doers of the Word and not hearers only”, “be diligent to make your calling and election sure”, “contend for the faith”, and “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. There was no automatic rule that once they had started well they were certain to go on well and finish well. The very opposite was true – their going on was dependent upon a constant appropriation of sanctifying grace and power through a continually renewed fullness of the Spirit, and faithful obedience to the Word.

It was also the regular care of the ministers of Christ in the early Church to remind and exhort the believers in the various local assemblies to “not receive the grace of God in vain”, to “not be deceived”, “to not drift away”, “to stir one another to love and good works”, and to “be rich in good works”. Even in Christian churches that were throbbing with the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit it was the habit of its ministers to expound on sound doctrine and teach and exhort the saints with all authority on living an exemplary life of holiness lest their testimony spoil their witness.

Beware of those who make light of holiness and water down the necessity of it with greasy grace, lollipop love, and mushy mercy that are void of the spirit of truth.

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INVITATION TO OUR HOLY GHOST FORUMS

It’s time again to save some dates for special corporate times of renewal and refreshing in the presence of the Lord! Make plans now to be with us for our upcoming 2019 Holy Ghost Forums.

WHAT IS A HOLY GHOST FORUM?

It is a five-fold ministry panel discussing the Word of God, not with enticing words of man’s speech, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of the power of God (1 Cor. 2:4-5).

It is a team of ministers moving in a 1 Cor. 14:26 format where each one has a psalm, a teaching, a tongue, a revelation, and an interpretation.

The purpose of the Forum is to light and ignite a passion for the moving of the Holy Spirit in the Church and on the earth in demonstration and in power – in lighting lives that they might carry this to other places they will return to.

Here’s a testimony from someone in England who watches our forums on YouTube:

“I love the way Holy Spirit moves and speaks through you all. I’ve never seen anything like it. It stirs up my spirit, teaches me and increases my spiritual appetite for more.” 

The Forum is a service to the body of Christ and other ministers. I’d like to encourage local pastors and ministry leaders to pray about hosting one of these in your city and area. Include other churches in your region. A forum of this magnitude could ignite other pastors and ministry gifts, propel the body of Christ into a deeper move of the Spirit, and create a momentum of divine activity in your area.

Here is a very profound prophetic utterance concerning the Forum:

“It was Your provision in that day to meet with God, to prepare for Him. And so shall it be in this hour. The Forum is a place to prepare for His return, for the marriage, to be filled with the Spirit, for the Bride to come and be equipped in the river – to be visited and experience the presence and power of God through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For there are some who need a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit, and there are many wise virgins that You are awakening, and foolish virgins who need to trim their lamps.

“I’m making a way for those wise virgins who gave all they had for extra oil. They paid a price to burn bright in the darkest hour – to hear as they heard John in the wilderness. You are a voice by the river of living water aiding and helping those who need fresh baptisms.” 

Praise God!

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Friday February 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm and Saturday February 9, 2019 at 10:00 am, Good News Family Worship Center, Barrington, New Jersey (no registration required for this forum)

Saturday March 9, 2019, The Shepherd’s House, Woburn, MA (all day event from 9-5 with sessions and breaks)

Friday April 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm and Saturday April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am: Grace Assembly of God, Salem, NH (registration for this forum starts March 4)

It is a great honor and joy again for Carolyn and I to be hosting and/or participating in these forums, and to minister alongside our regulars and dear friends, Pastor Ray and Carol Shannon from New Jersey. They are strong Word and Spirit ministers who carry great wisdom from nearly 40 years of ministry experience.

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A MESSAGE TO THE SHEPHERDS: STRENGTHEN THE THINGS THAT REMAIN

“I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God” (Rev.3:1-2).

I am a messenger of the Lord. My wife and I have been divinely commissioned to draw forth in prayer provision of the wisdom of God for the body of Christ in this hour. We minister in churches and in cities and nations He sends us to.

The Spirit of God has shown me that something is very amiss in many of our churches across the land. There is a disturbing trend that is locking up a certain supply of the Spirit of God to the saints.

LACK OF A FULL SUPPLY FROM EQUIPPING MINISTERS

Many churches now only have a Sunday service while some others still maintain a mid-week meeting of some kind. Long extended meetings where exposure is given to the other fivefold ministry gifts are for the most part a thing of the past. Even to have consecutive day meetings is becoming rare. This is causing a lack among the sheep.

Think about it. If the sheep get the pastor/teacher a majority of the time then they are missing the full equipping they need  for edification of the body of Christ to do the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11). Without the apostle, prophet, and evangelist the saints will not fully mature. Most churches are top-heavy with pastors, teachers, and administrators and very low on apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic ministry.

This lack is manifested in a dullness, a heaviness, a boredom, and a general apathy in the body of Christ. I love the local church, but I am bold to tell you that we need a great stirring in many of our churches in this hour.

Pastors will tell you that people are too busy, that it’s a different day, and that we cannot have extended meetings and that we need to limit our special speakers. But no matter what day we are living in, no matter the culture, no matter how busy people are, God always has a plan to meet the spiritual needs of His people.

Several years ago in Kansas City I participated in a monthly forum with a panel of 5-fold ministers, and over a two day period I watched the Spirit of God minister to people in a way I’ve never seen before. I realized the importance of what a 5-fold ministry team can bring to a people.

THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT

Another element of lack in local churches in this hour is how very little of the move of the Holy Spirit the saints are experiencing. We are losing Pentecost. We are raising a generation who knows very little about Pentecost. Many of the early Pentecostal ministers are moving on to heaven to receive their eternal reward. Who will take their place and run with the baton they have passed on to us?

In most of our churches we have sermons, but not much Spirit. We have songs, but too much style. We have announcements, but so little anointing. We receive offerings, but when the needs of the sheep go unmet those same offerings become offensive to the Lord.

A recent statistic revealed that only 15% of all Pentecostals use their prayer language on a regular basis. The manifestation of tongues and interpretation, which distinctly belongs to the New Testament Church, is all but extinct from our Pentecostal churches. Many shepherds no longer lay hands on the sick. Healings and miracles in the local church are now so rare.

LACK OF FERVENT SPIRIT-INSPIRED PRAYER

Another compelling problem in many churches today is the absence of effectual fervent prayer. This is the primary reason for the lack of power and glory in the body of Christ in this hour. Too many pastors are ashamed of fervent prayer that manifests in tongues, groaning and travail, and deep intercession. There’s a new brand of tepid, boring, and listless praying that is far too common in many of our churches that caters to the lukewarm and the visitor.

Here’s a great word:

“If you build a church with people who won’t devote themselves to prayer, you build a church on a weak foundation that will be unprepared for the coming storms, for God’s glory and Jesus’ return, and for the harvest yet to come. This will breed a place for a lukewarm, passionless people void of true judgment and discernment. Your church will be a smoldering altar with only smoke and ashes instead of one where the fire rages.”

BIG I, LITTLE YOU

Another element of imbalance in the body of Christ is the neglect of the smaller church. There needs to be a greater equality among churches. In an hour when ministers are taught to give “up” to bigger ministries there is such a need to give “down” that there may be equality among the churches. The same applies to ministries. Pentecost began this way when the rich sold their houses and possessions and brought the proceeds to the apostles’ feet and distribution was made to all who had need.

Never have I seen such spiritual poverty, hype, and charisma rewarded while the truly holy and anointed are meagerly supplied. Big ministries and big churches have large platforms for sharing their needs while too often our frontline missionary and foreign heroes who are serving in near obscurity have no platform to share their needs, and frankly, are often too busy to do so. Most of them are hardly compensated for the measure of sacrifices they make and the number of risks they take.

And I am not speaking of young ministers who are yet unproven. I am speaking of seasoned ministers and missionaries who have so much wisdom and impartation to make, and yet so little honor is given to them. We need their voices in this hour.

Let’s get out of selfishness. God’s nature is unselfish. Look for the ‘little’ guys who have the character, the calling, the vision, and the anointing to do what God has called them to do, but lack the resources. Pay attention to them and what they are doing. Sow into them and honor their labor.

Listen to the Head of the Church. He is speaking. Will we hearken?

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