by Elexio Baillou
Founder of PAGA
Author of "The ABC's of Prophecy"
Itinerant Conference Speaker
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Because the commission of God's Apostles is national and multi-national in its sphere and reach, it will require individuals gifted and graced to accommodate the advancement of God's kingdom in such a work, first among which is the prophet.
Prophets unlike Apostles are not always national and multi-national officials. Rather the uniqueness of their gifting and revelatory administrations makes it so that they are able complement the work of God's Apostles within the territory assigned to them.
Consider it this way, The Apostle can be compared to a sower who plants seed (word and works) within their particular metron which if given the time and right environment will bear much fruit. However, this is only so if in fact there are 3 things in operation:
1. The right climate
2. The right soil
3. The right protection.
The Right Climate:
Herein is where Prophets are indeed essential. Prophets by nature are both thermostats and thermometers. They have an unusual capacity to determine the atmosphere within a particular sphere in which they dominate. Thus, they (like thermometers) can with time and training determine the readiness of a region to receive what God has given to an Apostle and like thermostats they can adjust the atmosphere to a degree that the people and realm is prepared for what the Apostle has to release therein. This is very much Prophets tend to be so passionate, adamant, and skilled in worship and intercession. Their makeup is such that they can do what is necessary to mobilize the kind of climate needed for what God would do for the advancement of His kingdom through His apostles. This is why you will tend to see them mobilizing prayer, worship, and intercession..it is done to PREPARE the way ..even as John the Baptist
The Right Soil:
Prophets through their preaching and teaching and other revelatory expressions will prepare the soil, which are the hearts and minds of a people called to receive the Apostle's doctrine. They will plow and press until the soil of people's hearts until they are prepare for the corporate movement of God's Spirit in and amongst them for the express purpose of advancement and territorial change. Every farmer will tell you that it is fruitless to sow seed into dry, hard soil. Doing so will make the work all the more unproductive and difficult. Yet, Prophets can mobilize people in unity and oneness making the word of God through His Apostles more effective and their work far easier.
The Right Protection:
The greatest word to describe the work of God's Prophets is SHAMAR. To shamar is to guard, to watch, and to keep. Prophets do on earth what God does in heaven, they watch for the performance of His word and His intention. Thus it is not unusual to see prophets laboring tirelessly to see the facilitation and full manifestation of what He has pre-ordained and dictated to occur. They will boldly confront any and all things deemed demonic and hazardous in its effects. They will rebuke it, confront it, expose it, and compel it to leave through whatever means necessary. Simply put, prophets will labor to remove whatever is perceived to be a threat to the advancement of God's Kingdom, which comes through His Apostles.
This more than any other reasons is why Apostles and Prophets must learn to co-exist. Their relationship though many times conflicting and challenging is nevertheless essential, and it is only through mutual honor, submission, and co-laboring will what God has designed to be released come to pass. For the work of the Prophets protects what God is doing through His people will the work of the Apostles bring clarity to what God is doing. We cannot afford to have one without the next.
by John Paul Sprecher
Leader and Founder of iloveyouson.org , Malachi Miracle Movement, and YoungLions
Hello RISE family! I want to apologize that I did not write my blog last month, but I have a reason that will prayerfully be sufficient. On April 28 my beautiful and radiant bride Paula gave me my second son Judah Edward Sprecher. Since then our house has been bursting with FATHER’S LOVE at new heights…and a few baby cry’s and dirty diapers scattered in between! Abba is so good, and I can share with you that my personal fire and experiencing of Father’s love has never been stronger. I want to share with you this month some stirring from Father that is happening deep in the vaults of my heart. I pray it makes sense and will cause a RISE inside you of Father’s love during this month of Father’s Day!
I was holding Judah late one-night last week, and Father spoke to me, “My son, in the same way you love holding and beholding the new life in your arms right now, I experience an even greater measure of this feeling every time a life is BORN AGAIN into Me. The overwhelming joy of the father’s love I am giving you right now is to bless you because I love you, and to share with you a taste of what I feel in My heart towards EVERY child that I am Father too.” Immediately as Father spoke this, my heart flooded with fire, deep affection, and revelation about His heart-beat. Father’s love brings both the most intensely STRONG and delicately TENDER revelations of Him into our inner being! That is the best way I can describe what is happening to me, and my prayer is that this will continue to happen to you and the RISE family continually. Yes, more and more Father of You!
Father’s love has no match and no rival in its effect on created life. Jesus absolutely knew this, and knew His Father. He knew the power of the Father-child relationship being restored back to its perfect union! That is why He was willing to pay such an unimaginable cost to unite Father and child back together again. Now, we are truly beginning to know what Jesus knows. Now, we are beginning to awaken to Father and the full power of this relationship being restored into its perfect union! Guys, the planet will not be the same because of this! Whole cities, churches and families will be radically restored as Father’s love hits the hearts of men and women like a fresh bursting spring coming up from the deep…hitting the deep places inside us! The greatest movements and shakings of our time are not going to come from evil…but from the heavenly collision of Father and His children being reunited again!
Blessings RISE Family
by Matt Brown
Founder of RISEaboveLouisa
MATTHEW 8 23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm
27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
I'm going to challenge you to take a look at the the story of Jesus calming the storm from a different perspective. We are going to look at this from the perspective of a Son/Daughter, not from someone who is unsure of their identity. Most (if not all) of the time that I hear this story told, it is told from the perspective of the disciples. When the boat began to rock and water began to fill the boat, they began to run around in a panic because they didn’t yet understand who they were, or who Jesus was for that matter... but Jesus was able to sleep through the storm because He knew who He was. He knew He was a Son and knew that He had the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of Him.
We too often live life without this powerful realization. We have the very same Spirit living inside of us that raised Jesus from the dead. The same Spirit y’all. Not a similar spirit, not a spirit kinda like the one Jesus had, but the SAME Spirit. This is exactly why Jesus said we would do even greater things than He did. When we settle it in our hearts that we have this same Spirit dwelling inside of us, it’s a game-changer.
The Bible doesn’t tell us the names of who was on the boat with Jesus during this storm. We can assume that at least a couple of the disciples who used to be fisherman may have been on the boat at this time. During this storm, they reverted back to what the world told them they were, not who they were in Christ. Matter of fact, they couldn’t have fully understood who He was quite yet. Their fear and distress was a direct result of their lack of identity. They didn’t know who they were and they allowed the atmosphere to control them because of that.
When they came to Jesus for help, He was asleep in the boat. Upon awakening He got up, spoke to the wind and the waves, and the storm stopped. He knew who He was and He knew the power of the Spirit that was living inside of Him…. and when a Son or a Daughter is secure in their identity and is walking with the realization that the Holy Spirit is active inside of them, they can sleep during storms. They can speak to the winds and waves of life and calm the atmosphere.
Sons and daughters change the atmosphere, the atmosphere does not change them.
Recently I heard the song "Carrier" by Nathan Isaacs and the lyrics are as follows (paraphrased):
I call this viewpoint the elevated perspective - as opposed to the whiny, defeated, “poor pitiful me” Christian perspective that seems to constantly fill my facebook feed. Sons and Daughters who are secure in who they are don’t allow the atmosphere to change them. Sons and Daughters who are secure in who they are speak to the atmosphere and things change. Sons and Daughters aren’t what the world tells them they are. Sons and Daughters carry Father’s authority. The identity of a Son or Daughter isn’t wrapped up in what they used to be… Their identity is secure in who God says they are. Be a Son. Be a Daughter. Sleep unphased during your storm. Speak to your storm. Speak to someone else’s storm.
“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:18
Pastor Mic Cox of The Anchor Parkersburg talks on how we lead and pastor people in hope. Excellent input and insight in a very needed topic.
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by Elexio Baillou
Founder of PAGA
Author of "The ABC's of Prophecy"
Itinerant Conference Speaker
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Because of the Lord's intention to bring the administration of the Apostle to the forefront both within His Church and in society at large, I considered it incumbent upon us to both ascertain and appreciate the distinctions that set Apostles aside form the other 5-fold ministers, the Church at large, as well as the World in which we live. Doing so is paramount if in fact we are to galvanize ourselves in support and strength around their diverse commissions and glean from the breadth of wisdom and revelation they possess.
Additionally, it has and will ensure that we do not grant honor and support to usurpers, the immature, the confused, and the false. Doing so in my opinion has perhaps been at the forefront for part of the confusion and mystery that surrounds those who carry the title and claim to possess such an Administration and Gifting in their lives.
Authentic Apostles though diverse in operations, perspectives, temperaments, and assignments all will and do possess certain traits that are consistent within them. This is because the Lord's overarching PURPOSE for His apostles is simple and has and will always remain the same. His intention for Apostles are that they disciple NATIONS. (Matthew 28:19)
This Post-Crucifixion commission by the Lord Jesus Christ is one that still extends to all whom He has, is, and will mobilize to accomplish this strenuous, challenging, and life consuming commission. Additionally, such a mandate in and of itself provides us with insight into the kind of individuals whom the Lord will mobilize as His Apostles.
The first characteristic that we can and should consider is that individuals called by the Lord both possess the POTENTIAL and VISION to DISCIPLE and entire NATION. This means that any individual called by the Lord will have the level of physical, psychological, and pneumatic capabilities that can literally be utilized to serve and influence entire people groups.
Do understand that Jesus was very intentional with utilizing the word "NATIONS" rather than simply stating that Apostles are called to disciple the MASSES. Infiltrating and influencing the trajectory of nations require more than simply the capacity to preach well and plant churches. It demands that an individual (the Apostle) be able to undertake ventures and produce the kinds of works that literally disrupts the culture of a certain region. It means that they must and do exert the kind of influence that has the ability to disrupt the multi-generational thinking, lifestyles and systems of operations that has kept the social, financial, political, educational engines functioning as is.
It is because Apostles are Nation-builders and possess the kind of ingenious mentality and strength to literally go against the per-established culture and change it. Whether inadvertently or not, Apostles make war with how things have been on a national scale and DARE to change it. They go against entire kingdoms time and time again until the masses are liberated from the powers the Apostle met in operation, and then proselytize that entire region with their doctrine and thinking so that the lifestyles of such a people conform to the message and mandate of that Apostle.
Authentic Apostles have the capacity and wherewithal to do this. They may not as yet manifest the fullness of their Apostleship or draw to themselves the tangible and intangible resources necessary to do so. However, it is within them to function in this manner and if needed it will be made accessible to that Apostle.
by Chad Waller
Lead Pastor of Vc2 Tennille, GA
Author of "Ash Sculpting" and "Synergize"
Owner of Waller-Hill Publishing
I think that if asked what is the opposite of hope, most people would respond with the word hopelessness. I can see how one would think that hopelessness would be the exact opposite of hope if we simply look at it as being depressed or without hope. However, in order to understand what the true opposite of hope is I believe we must look back to our definition of hope. Hope is the assurance or confidence that the goodness of Father God still prevails. So truly understanding this helps us to see that the opposite of hope is not hopelessness, but rather it is doubt.
When we doubt that God can do anything in a situation, we have misplaced our hope. We are not hopeless, we are just placing our hope or our confidence in the wrong place. We are never hopeless, as we are always trusting that something will happen. I believe the question is simply in whom are we placing our hope.
The Psalmist spoke to his soul, questioning its condition of depression or downward bent, and encouraged it (his soul) to change the object of hope. He simply was letting himself know that something was askew. He had misplaced his hope, not lost it. He was simply hoping or trusting in the wrong things. He had confidence. It's just that he was confident that things were going to go wrong. He had to change the direction of his hope!
I believe many people live with confidence that all that can go wrong, will go wrong and then wonder where is God and why is so much going wrong for them. But they are confidently expecting things to happen, just in a negative way. Often I have heard someone express that they just knew bad things were going to happen or that things would go wrong. They placed their hope in the negative outcome and looked longingly toward that end and it often seems to come just as they expected. I believe we have been entrusted with far more creative power than we even begin to understand.
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
We see here in Hebrews that faith is about confidence and not about wishing. Faith, like hope, is not a wish that God would do something in our situation but is a confident knowing that because God is good, whatever the situation is, He has already provided for it! To doubt God's ability to accomplish what He promised He would do, is to misplace my hope. The hope that lives inside of me is the complete confidence that my Father only plans good for me and never harm. It is a complete trust that no matter the path He chooses for me, no matter the station in life or assignment on which He sends me, He will protect, comfort, strengthen, guide and go with me! My heart is convicted by hope of this very thing and even if I don't see of understand it all, I can trust Him.
You are never hopeless. You may have misplaced your hope, but you are confident in your heart of something. I suggest you spend time with Father God and let Him show you throughout His Word just how faithful He is. Or maybe spend time in worship, falling more deeply in love with Him and allowing Holy Spirit to wash over you and convict you of where hope has been misplaced. Seek the face of the Lord and allow Him to radiated you with His glory and speak to your soul as is recorded in Psalm 42. Tell your soul where you are putting your hope! As for me, my hope is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth!
Psalm 42:11 "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God."
by Michelle Harding
Founder President of Life by Design Ministries, Hurlock, MD
Assistant Senior Leader at Church of The King, Easton, MD
In pressing forward into our prophetic destinies we have looked at the foundational importance of knowing our identity as sons of God, intimacy with our heavenly Father, and keeping the fires of our spirit stoked. Powerful truths that bring empowerment and awaken us to destiny and purpose. But, there are also those things that keep us from fully grasping these realities and walking fully in their understanding. We have glimpses of the future, we hear the Father’s voice, but somehow it always feels out of reach. Like a tethered ship, equipped to sail into the greatness of the horizon, many of us are equipped for all the Father has for us, but the past keeps us tethered and bound. Past hurts, regrets, disappointments, failures, broken relationships, abuse, and shameful histories can instill in us beliefs that limit us and make it difficult to accept the plans Father has for us and embrace who He is making us to be. Freedom form the past will release us into our destiny and cause us to reach further than we have ever gone before and no longer settle for what is.
In 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul is dealing with a challenging situation in the Church of Corinth. He is bringing correction to wrong thinking in how they were handling a really bad situation. He challenges them in 1 Cor. 5:7, “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” This truth can also be applied to our own thinking about some really bad situations in our own lives. You see, because Jesus died and rose again, He brought forth the New Creation, of which you and I are of! As new creations we “unleavened” through Him, free of what has leavened our lives before.
"Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?" - Isaiah 43:18-19
When the Lord asks, "Shall you not know it?" He is saying, "Do you want to open yourself to My new thing? Are you willing to embrace it?"
This verb "know" in the Hebrew language is more than to understand. It has to do with the total giving of yourself, as in the husband-wife relationship within marriage. This "knowing" is a total receptivity, a total embrace. The Lord is saying, "I'm going to do a new thing. Will you embrace it? Will you receive it into your life?"
The Father has invited us into the new thing: the new you, your new identity, and your destiny. Once we free ourselves from the lies of our past, we can hear the voice of our loving Father guiding and directing us toward our destiny. His words fill us with hope and life; and like that great ship we long for the horizon of the future. Our sails are filled with the wind of His Spirit, strength comes, purpose released, and we are empowered to embark into all that is awaiting us.
Release the tethers, unfurl the sails, and hoist the anchor. Let the journey into your destiny begin…
by Eric Reeder
Founder and leader of RISEmovement
Jesus shows up, people healed, demons sent out, entire cities respond, and people follow Him to remote places to receive from Him.
Jesus is the key. Seems obvious, yet many times we are sharing a lot of stuff except Jesus. Jesus is who heals. Jesus is who releases us. Jesus is who captures cities. Jesus is who people will follow anywhere. More and more we are seeing the necessity to put Jesus back on center stage. A strong emphasis of Jesus requires our hearts to adjust to the obscene measure of grace and hope He provides. It challenges us as we want so desperately to be required some form of work that we can take credit for improving ourselves. We want check sheets and lists to mark off our duties and be able to see a clear display of our abilities. We want to polish our image so some measure of credit can be ours. Because of that, there are so many teachings center on what we need to do to improve and be more disciplined or be better behaved in order to gain more stuff. When Jesus is displayed “self” gets overshadowed and many don’t enjoy that.
When Jesus is on the scene people experience freedom. Hearts are so impacted they go after Him at any cost. Jesus is the prize. Jesus is healing. Jesus is deliverance. Jesus is the reason of gathering. Jesus is the reason for going all out. Jesus is the display of Father’s goodness and the comprehensive grace we all need. Jesus is who relieves us of ourselves so it’s no longer I that lives, but Christ living in me. Jesus came on the scene and fixed things even when nobody did anything. Grace trumped inadequacy. Love trumped insufficiency. Hope trumped limitation. Jesus shows up and things change because He is good, not because we are good. Comprehensive grace exhausts our abilities and handles what we never could.
May we present Jesus and the fullness of His grace so healing explodes, freedom flourishes, cities respond, and hearts follow Him without fear.
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.