Function In Your Metron

A short, quick, basic, working definition of the word Metron is in order. Literally a Metron (from the Greek) is a measure, but in the context of how we use it in Ecclesia, it is a measure of one’s sphere of authority.

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It is not uncommon for those of us in ministry to be very ambitious. In fact many of us are very passionate and driven for more, greater, and the next level or sphere or influence. We have become so opposed to the “Status Quo” that we will just push and push because we are not content to “stay” and feel that if we are not advancing, we are actually going backwards.

Right or wrong, this is how many of us think. Of course we should never be satisfied. Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” So living in a state of “Divine Dissatisfaction” is a good thing.

That being said, we do have some other Scriptures, Principles, and Protocols to consider. We must balance our drive and ambition with: ” For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think…”

The truth of the matter is Scripture teaches: “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” As well as: “And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?”

There must be a balance between these two extremes. We need a healthy and realistic appraisal of where we are in our development and what our sphere of Metron actually is. Nothing worse than living the reality of the parable that Jesus told:

“When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Sometimes we do think that we are at a Metron that we are not at yet. As we live out the principles of starting with smaller or lesser and/or someone else’s we grow into something larger and that which is our own. Our Metron can grow.

If we do not have a National Platform, it is not wise to act, think, or project that we do. If our metron is Local, it is Local. If our Metron is Regional, it is Regional. if our Metron is Territorial, it is Territorial.

We must learn to operate in the Metron where we are. Our anointing and mantle is in accordance with our Metron. A National Metron Requires A National Mantle. Your Mantle will help you discern your Metron.

Function where you are with your current Mantle in your current Metron, and through Faithfulness and Humility allow both your Mantle and Metron grow…but until it does…be content to Function In Your Metron.

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FROM RESTORATION TO REFORMATION TO CULMINATION

We have gone through much Restoration in the Church over the last 70 years as missing Ascension Gifts were focused on one at a time till all five were back in place.

Unfortunately, in our zeal and excitement to have them back and accepted we didn’t hold to the highest New Testament Standards and Order.

From Restoration To Reformation To Culmination

In far too many cases we just let a lot of things slide that we should not have. Now it is time for a Reformation of the Restoration, that we actually move into conformity to the Blueprint that is laid out in the New Testament.

Where previously God was was raising up Restoration voices, now He is raising up Reformation voices in Ecclesia. You can see and hear voices that speak to both a National Level and those that speak to a Regional Level calling for course corrections especially regarding the Apostolic and Prophetic, which seemed to be the two hardest works of Restoration to find broad acceptance, and in some circles still face major resistance.

These course corrections must come! We must not let some of what we have tolerated go as we have before. It is time we look like the New Testament. Even as some fought and resisted the Restoration previously, now some are fighting and resisting the Reformation.

Face it, we are creatures of habit that don’t really like change. We want to do what we do, because we are comfortable doing it. But we can and we must do better. We have made progress through the Restoration, now we need to finish it through Reformation.

On the other side of this Reformation is the Culmination Of the Ages. This is where all the works of Restoration combine and work together in maturity according to the Blueprint, because Wise Master Builders have brought the corrections at Foundational Levels in Synergistic Partnership with the Revelation from Mature Prophetic Reformers.

This is not the time to think we have arrived…this is the time to buckle in and finish what has been started. Hear the call of the Voices of Reformation and yield to and implement the processes. We can do it…and we must! If not us…then who? If not now…when?

We Have Gone From One Ditch To Another.

We have taught Five-fold Ministry since the 80’s, But only in reality accepted Evangelists, Pastors & Teachers, and had a Three-fold Ministry.

Now, we still teach the Five-fold Ministry, But everyone wants to be an Apostle or Prophet, and in many cases we have a Two-fold Ministry.

Both the Three-fold Ministry of the 80’s was a ditch as is the Two-fold Ministry of today.

The New Testament Pattern is still a Five-fold Ministry where all 5 Ministry Functions of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, & Teachers are Synergystically Working Together as a Team.

We will not see the growth and development of Ecclesia apart from this. Let us get out of the ditches and get back to the balance of the Middle of the Road of the New Testament Pattern.

Thoughts On Relationships

It takes two to have a Relationship.

If you are always the one calling or chasing and there is nothing coming back the other way, there is no Relationship.

Relationships require give and take, two way communication; they are a dialogue, not a monologue.

These principles hold true in every type of Relationship:

Husband & Wife
Two Friends
Mentor & Protege
Father & Son
Employer & Employee

If you can’t reach them or talk to them, you are really not in Relationship. You are in a one-sided dysfunctional arrangement… Not a Relationship.

Perhaps as many are looking for Fathers these days, they would do well to keep these thoughts in mind.

New wine for a new and fresh wineskin!

Great Middle of the Night Thoughts by my Brother, Apostle Jim Becton.

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It had not been a lack of the 5 ascension gift ministries operating in a church, many churches have had that even with a pastoral paradigm! It has actually been a loss of relational Fathers and Sons in generation synergy! (Young and old joined together…)

What we have failed to grasp is that City/Regional apostolic leaders have a different perception of how the Regional Ekklesia functions! It is not like a church staff and having fivefold leaders, but it is a higher perspective of the kingdom!

Those with the translocal and trans-generational insight and wisdom will see the kingdom as the higher goal and the gifting secondary to the corporate anointing! The emphasis is on the leaders facilitating the growth of the body through equipping and empowering the saints in ministry and for ministry! (Works of service)

They will see that “evangelists” and “elders” are the key to mobilizing and…

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So You Want To Be Famous??

This Morning I Was Meditating On Matthew Chapter 4.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.” Matthew 4: 23-25 NKJV (emphasis added)

As I was meditating I heard these words: “SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS???”

So You Want To Be Famous

We have many today that want to be famous, especially on Social Media. Many are acting like a secular marketing firm as we: “Build Our Brand”.

Notice in Verse 24 that His Fame went throughout…

What was it that caused His Fame to be spread?

• He went about all Galilee TEACHING in their synagogues.
• He was PREACHING The Gospel Of The Kingdom.
• He was HEALING all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

As Rev. Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin used to say: “The ministry of Jesus was Teaching, Preaching and Healing.” If His ministry consisted of these three components, ours should too. It was those three things that caused him to be Famous. Perhaps, if we did what He did, we will get what He got.

Teaching is an Explanation of truth whose intended purpose is Education. Preaching is a Proclamation whose intended purpose is Motivation. Obviously, we know what Healing is. Both Teaching and Preaching are Required to accomplish the ministry of Jesus! It is not a case of either/or; but both/and that we need. Without the Teaching and Preaching, it is hard to have the Healing.

It is also of note that Jesus was NOT PREACHING the Gospel of Salvation, but He was Preaching the Gospel of Kingdom. Most of us preach the former, not the latter. The Kingdom is the Dominion of the King or the King’s Domain. The Kingdom is governed by Kingdom Laws, not worldly, human, manmade laws. The Gospel of Salvation is a part of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but not the Totality of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Jesus came to Establish His Kingdom but is Building His Church! Our mistake has been that we have been trying to fit The Kingdom into the Church, which is backwards, because the Church is part of the Kingdom.

I believe our Goal is not to be Famous on earth but in Heaven and Hell. Too many of us are like the seven sons of Sceva: (Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you?) Hell does not recognize our authority. Jesus said that there would be those who claimed to do things in His name, and His reply would be: “Depart from Me, I don’t know you.” How tragic to be a “Believer” and have Jesus say I don’t know you. You are not living by My Kingdom Laws. You are not Teaching and Preaching My Message.

 
There was an old Country song with words that said: “I Was Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.” Too many have been looking for Fame in all the Wrong Places. We don’t desire to be known by men, but by Heaven and Hell. Hell should Fear Us and Heaven Endorse us! Yes, I want to be Famous…in Heaven and Hell.

Our Motives Matter

I visited a church this morning and the Pastor asked a Question in her message about motives. It is one that I have often thought about. She was speaking in the context of doing supernatural signs or moving in the manifestation gifts of the Spirit. My similar thought has been: Why do we want to do these things?

Our Motives Matter

Is it so people will look at us? Is it to draw attention to us? Do we want folks to see how spiritual we are? I can assure you the answer to these improper motives is clearly NO! There are only two reasons that I can find Scripturally for moving in these manifestations:

1. That people may believe on Jesus.
2. To minister to and meet the Needs of the People.

Apart from these two, anything and everything else will have some element of pride in them, and we all know what that leads to.

Jesus was clear in John 14 that we should believe the He was in the Father, and that the Father was in Him, or else, we should just believe because of the works that He did. If His word wasn’t enough for someone to believe, then what He manifested would verify what He said so folks might believe.

Repeatedly we find Gospel accounts where Jesus was moved with compassion and healed their sick. It had nothing to do with Him, it had everything to do with the compassion that moved Him.

One of the prayers that I regularly pray before going out to minister is: “Lord, meet the needs of the people!” That is really the crux of what we do and why we do it! So that people might believe and that they might have their needs met. Anything else is suspect and needs to be questioned. Face it folks, Our Motives Matter!

He Who Has An Ear…Let Him Hear

Jesus spoke to seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 & 3. To every one of the seven he had the same admonition: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” New American Standard Bible This would indicate that we can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, but that it is also possible that we would not hear what the Spirit is saying.

He Who Has An Ear Let Him Hear

Paul in his First Epistle to the Corinthians tells us: “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without meaning.” 1 Corinthians 14:10 King James 2000 Bible We must have ears to ear His Voice! Notice Jesus said: “Let Him”. We must allow ourselves to hear what the Spirit is saying. Are we hearing the Spirit or are we hearing one of the many other voices that is speaking?

Jesus also said: “Take heed how you hear…” Luke 8:18 New King James Version as well as: “Take heed what you hear…” Mark 4:24 New King James Version.

Again, I ask whose voice are we hearing? Is it what the Spirit is saying to the Church, or is it one of the many other voices of significance? If there was ever a time to fine-tune our spiritual hearing…it is now! Based on some of things that we see and hear being released in Ecclesia, it is evident…we are not all listening to the same Spirit!

How can I make such a statement? Just look at some of the posts that we see on Social Media and it is evident. I often say that the Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and with Social Media, out of the abundance of the heart the fingers type. If you want to know what people are hearing…just look at what they are typing!

This one thing I do know…there is one message that seems to be a hot button that Holy Spirit is speaking right now! It was confirmed to me again just yesterday at a Regional Conference while talking to some other Leaders I did not really know. What I am hearing, they are hearing. It is being echoed all over the Body: “That They May Be One!” Are you Hearing It? That is the cry in the Spirit!

It is time we come together regardless of Race, Gender, Generation, Doctrinal Stream or Doctrinal Camp. It is time for Cross-Pollination in Ecclesia! It is time for the Body of Christ to be the Body of Christ! Not a Fragmented, Divided Body; But a Whole, United Body!

He Who Has An Ear…Let Him Hear!

Baby Of Mine- A Journey Of Becoming A Spiritual Mom

What a great story of Discovery of Spiritual Purpose!

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I’m not quite sure how it happened. I didn’t believe I was qualified or could possibly ever fill the shoes of a “Spiritual Mom”.

God began speaking this role into my destiny deep into my heart before I was ever born.

I became a mother to my younger siblings at the age of 16 because our mother was not always able to fill that responsibility. A mid life crisis crippled her to handle motherhood. She had her demons to fight with and she left us. It was hard and shocking to be abandoned at a time I needed my mother the most. I had to assume the role because my dad was only capable of working and providing. Nurturing was not in his upbringing although he was able to love us in his way.

I learned how to protect and defend my siblings as any good mother would do. I…

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Convergence Of The Ages

A few nights ago, I was attending a special Regional Meeting that an Apostle friend of mine was hosting. During a time of open free-flowing worship Holy Spirit spoke up inside me and said: “This is a Convergence of the Ages.” I immediately reminded Him that James Goll had released a ‘Word’ a few years back about the convergence of the ages. To which He replied: “Son, you don’t understand…”

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Upon pressing Him, He explained to me that what Brother Goll was referring to was a convergence of all the moves of Restoration that the church had been through; like – The Voice of Healing, The Latter Rain, The Charismatic Renewal, The Word of Faith, The Prophetic, and The Apostolic, all coming into a culmination of one Last Day move where they would all be flowing together.

He went on to explain that this convergence of the ages was about the Generations or age groups of people; like – Teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc. So as opposed to just Restoration Moves converging together, which I believe we will and are seeing, this Last Day move will also include all the ages of people converging together as well.

At this point I was quickened with the thought of the mighty Mississippi River. How it is a powerful, flowing river. Yet there are many streams and tributaries that flow into it or converge into it. It is as all these streams converge into it that it’s flow is so mighty.

So, it will be with this Convergence of the Ages. As all the Generations begin to flow together they will be just like all those streams and tributaries flowing into the Mississippi, It will not just be a flow of the 50 somethings, or the 40 somethings, or the 30 somethings; it will be a flow of every generation coming together and flowing together as one in a mighty flow of Holy Spirit in the earth. The Convergence of the Ages is upon us.

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