This book is abounding in profound insights that have been gleaned over a lifetime of cultivating prophetic discernment. Every paragraph is rich with prophetic wisdom on the theme of the call, the development and the role of the prophet in the local church. It is a book packed with prophetic insights. It is a very thorough work on the prophetic and has much insight into developing your gifting. Many ministries are birthed through a prophetic word and many survive and overcome through prophetic words. This book is essential teaching for the whole body of Christ.
Christine Wren James, Director Life Streams Internationalwww.firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever been present at the birth of a baby in the delivery room? It’s chaotic, loud and messy. All of it is necessary for what is new in God to be birthed, nurtured and matured.
In Proverbs 24:3,4 we learn that knowledge fills the house but wisdom builds it. Knowledge is something we acquire but wisdom can come from the mind of God as a gift. We need to pray for the wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of God.
If the pastor, evangelist, or teacher anointing was going to bring the church into maturity it would have done so by now, but it has not. It will take the apostle/prophet dynamic, now being released into the body of Christ globally, to do this in spite of many impediments. This next equipping will bring many challenges and many opportunities to be offended. The arm of the church has been withered to a degree but is now reaching out with the new life of the prophetic/apostolic injected in to its blood stream.
The Wife of God is not De-facto (or Common Law)The Father heart of God is one of total 100% commitment. He is not like us, thank God. In fact, thank God for God. He never has a bad day or a bad minute and He is always the same - fabulously full and overflowing with benevolent love. He is our Father, and we are all His favourites.
He is radical and outside the box we have tried to put Him in for a sense of our own safety and control. Respectability and conformity are not fruits of the Holy Spirit and can often tend to wrap us up in religious 'hoo-ha'. Respect and dignity offered through love are another thing entirely. The old ways of “doing church”, that now seem boring and predictable are dying a slow death in wilderness camps everywhere. There are thousands of un-churched Christians out there with better things to do on a Sunday than look at the back of someone’s head and believe that they are having intimate fellowship just because someone says to greet someone you don’t know. I am coming to believe that the type of “fellowship” that the Lord has in mind for us is based on intimate sharing, mutual transparency and a deeper level of friendship than we have dared imagine. It's about facing our fears of rejection and allowing religious facades to drop off.
The Lord of glory says: “Welcome to the show!” God is showing His hand and laying down His cards for all to see. He is showing us off to the world, as a demonstration of love. He is showing His hands and His feet - in fact His body, in ways we never dreamed possible. He is being seen and heard in a different way with a different sound. He is appearing in places and in people that may have once offended our sensibilities - all outside the church walls, no less! This is the shape of things to come now emerging. We’ve never been this way before, thankfully. There is no particular blueprint or map for it, just trust and the peace that comes from knowing that this is the Holy Spirit, which lets “the peace of Christ rule in our hearts” (Colossians 3:15). The Amplified version says “let the peace of God... act as an umpire.” I won’t blow the whistle on that.
The church is the bride He has chosen for His Son Jesus and she is now being prepared for that wedding by many attendants and bridesmaids. This means all of the five-fold ministers who equip and prepare and are in another paradigm - consultant ministries to the body.
Sometimes the church can have a de-facto heart. In a de-facto relationship neither partner wants to commit by covenant or promise. The back door remains open, or at least ajar, and in particular the “wife” does not want to give up her name to take on another’s, to lose her identity. In a post-modern society this is all par for the course and often denotes lack of trust from earlier wounding. Understandably.
If Jesus had a real wife she would not be selfish unkind or inhospitable. Jesus does not dismember Himself. She would not have an adulterous heart either. God already divorced His wife for that once (Jeremiah 3:8). God longs for us as His bride, His church with a passion, and wants us to love Him and Him alone with an undivided heart.
How did we get to be here?For the first five-hundred years the church flourished and moved in great anointing, great authority and excellent structure.
The Jerusalem Church:The very first church was birthed on the day of Pentecost, as the disciples and others were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven. This sound was like that of “a violent tempest blast” (Acts 2:2). Tongues of fire appeared on them and they began to “speak in other tongues, with clear and loud expression.” About three-thousand people received Christ on that day. This birthed the first church. It was messy, loud, and powerful with a raw sound of reality.
This church came under great persecution from the day that Stephen was stoned to death, with Paul (called Saul, before his conversion) commending and consenting to his death. The Jerusalem church was then scattered and inadvertently became a “sending” church through the scattering of the believers. This church was never able to break free of Judaism due to the number of Jews who attended.