God's Word for 2017 - The Year of Apostolic Mandate
I am opening the curtain of my church, says the Lord, and causing you to see the greater plans that I have.
For there is much that needs to be done and not every part of my Body is ready for the move. Also, not every part of my Body will serve the same purpose as the others. Each will be unique.
The Rise of New Church Types
For you have seen the rise in the social church in the years gone by. You have seen the evangelistc mega church. Then you saw the rise of prophetic and apostolic churches. Yet in the seasons to come, you will see a new breed of business and arts churches.
You will see ministries that will begin to focus on one mandate at a time. Do not be concerned my child when you see these things happening, for I am beginning to bring it together. First though, each mandate must be defined and for a season each church will swing in a specific direction.
Then as each mandate is fully established, I will begin to bring the pieces together so that my Bride can grow as a whole.
The evangelistic churches will receive from the prophetic. The business churches will lean towards the fivefold ministry. The arts will embrace solid teaching. However, the time for that is not yet. Now is the time for each to find its own personality and to establish its own part in my Body.
For too long, my Bride has tried to copy others. She has tried to be a single unit, but my Body is diverse! I desire many different body parts that are unique in their function and in the way that they appear to the world.
A Season of Diversity
So let my Church know that it is time to rejoice in their diversity! There are some that I will give convictions on a subject and others that will have very different convictions. Yet together, they will reach the world and every kind of person. They will reach every kind of culture. They will reach every kind of minister.
So never look down your nose at those who seem to be changing the way things are. Do not despise those that break away from typical church pattern and in many ways, seem to rebel against the system.
David - Breaker of Tradition
For these are my Davids that I am raising up to fulfill a very important part.
For even David needed his time in the cave of Adullum. Even he had to go through different phases of change and learn to do warfare in a new way. He brought about an entire restructuring of the temple and worship!
Had he not broken away from tradition, he would never have prepared the way for Solomon to build! So encourage this diversity and do not despise it. Encourage churches to discover their identity. Encourage ministries who seem so outside of the norm, to find their voice and to lean on my strength to break the hard ground of the region that I have sent them to.
Sleeper Apostles Called From Every Sector
For this to take place, my apostles will begin to arise from every sector. They will arise from the arts, business and political worlds. They will arise from the medical system. They will begin to find their voices in every realm. Those that have been in the wilderness will be called to Egypt once again.
Joseph, Esther and Mordecai
Those who were raised within Egypt, as Joseph was, will be called to now reveal themselves and to save their people. Esther and Mordecai will be called to step forward now and to play the part that I put them in the position to play.
For many of my apostles have been sleepers within the systems of the world. Born with a fire to bring change, yet time and again I shut them up. I caused them to be silent, because their times was not now. And so their path was so different to their counterparts. Instead of being allowed to remain in a local church and pastor, I kicked them out. I sent them into the world to work on professions. To make contacts and to find a path that were not for others to find.
In the end, they felt as if they abandoned their calling, not realizing that I put them in that place for a time such as this. And so you will see not just my mighty warriors and ministers come from these sectors, but my apostles as well - apostles that will establish a new foundation and will create patterns and rewrite the system from within.
For up until now, the only reach into the world was those who evangelized, but I am going beyond evangelism in the seasons ahead. Instead, I plan to rewrite the world system from within!
I have already prepared and sent in my agents who have grown and become strong within it. Much like Joseph and Esther, they have served the world, never losing their vision or identity. They have continued to press forward with their visions that I gave to them.
Although it seemed that those visions went through the fire, to the point where they began to doubt them, I never forgot. And so now it is time for those visions to come to fruition. The season is now right. The Church is now ready. The World is now ready.
Nehemiah and Ezra
So no longer will you see the chuch trying to reach the world from without. Instead it will reach the world from within. This will take a new level of spiritual warfare and in this time I will call forth my Ezra's and my Nehemiah's to prepare for this change.
I will call forth my prophets to continue to protect this move. My spiritual midwives that will birth and then oversee these changes in the spirit. I will call forth those like Ezra, who will build and establish my pattern. They will take the plans of the temple and they will rebuild what the enemy has stolen.
They will not be satisfied to just defend their own walls, but they will go into the camps where the enemy has stolen the land from my people and they will reclaim that land by building upon it. For this is the greatest spiritual warfare that will take place in the year that is ahead. To build and establish. To harvest and to fill the storehouse.
For when a city is built, it stands as a monument and as a force against the enemy. For my Chuch has engaged in hand-in-hand combat with the enemy for many years. Land has been won and it has also been lost. Now it is time to change tactics and to establish my systems in the world. It is only then that true warfare is complete - when my flag flys high on the established systems of this world. So send out the trumpet calls!
A Word to the Prophets
Call my prophets to arms to pray, birth, decree and build. They have spent much time tearing down, but now it is the time and season to build!
A Word to the Evangelists
Call forth my evangelists to prepare, for the doors of evangelism will be opened again, but these doors will not lead to the streets as in times past. They will not lead to the massive crusades as in times past. Rather it will become a living organism that adapts and reaches the lost every day, in every worldly environment. Workers who will be sent to individual fields to harvest the lost in their particular realms. Evangelism will become organic and even now I am training up my new breed of evangelists to take their place and also to train up others.
A Word to the Pastors
Tell my pastors to be prepared and unafraid of making their personality clear. Tell them to wave their banner high so that the colors of their clan can be seen across the miles. For their sons and daughters wait for them! They wait to recognize the markings that I have put into their hearts.
A Word to the Teachers
Tell my teachers to sharpen their swords, because never before this time would you have seen teachers with such a sharp word of conviction for my church. For I have had their sword in the furnace again and again. I have beaten the steel again and again and now what stands is a weapon that has been tried in the fire and is powerful in pulling down strongholds.
For no longer will my teachers simply educate, but they will cut asunder, dividing the joints and the marrow - the soul and the spirit!
A Word to My Apostles
Then call out my apostles from their hiding places, for their Master has called them forth. It is time for them to take their place and to fulfill their individual purpose for this time and season.
Do not look to the left or the right. Do not compare yourself with others. For many will not look as you look or do what you do. Do not seek out the approval of man. Do not seek out ways that have worked before.
For I am giving you a pattern and mandate for this specific time and season for my church and it is not meant to look like what you have seen in the past, or what you have seen in others. This is the price I have called you to pay. To stand alone. To fight alone. To press through and pay the price for my people.
I call you to stand in the fire and to dare to be different. To swim upstream and to wear yourself out for my people. I have called you to be mocked. I have called you to feel the heavy load of the Church on your shoulders. I have called you to give up home and family and relationships close to you. I have called you to give up your comforts, your will and your desires.
And it is because you are willing to pay all of this, that I put my seal upon you, fill you with my spirit and sent you out to change my Church. For it is only when you take hold of my power that you will understand the price you have paid and why you had to walk this road. So be unafraid, but know that I do call you to carry my yoke. It is easy, but it does come with a price that is specific to you.
Moving Forward as a Church
So take my hand and realize with every door I open my children, that I empower you to walk it out. Look forward to the season ahead, for in this time you will see me move in ways you did not think I would. You will see me spread in the world. You will see me building up my own systems to displace the systems of the world.
As with all things, you will need to pick up your sword and fight. However in these moments, do not forget that greatest warfare is not just in fighting, but in building. So pick up both your sword and your trowel and let us begin to build. For there is much that has to be done and little time in which to do it says the Lord. Amen.