Great Word By Apostle Don Atkin On What City Leadership Should Be Transforming Into.


When Bill Baldwin heard that other cities, regions and nations are also awakening to the unity of the Church, he responded, “It appears God is up to something…like answering His Son’s prayer.”

While encouraging, even exciting, we must realize that this will be a long and challenging road, undoubtedly a transgenerational labor of love.  It is actually exciting to have foreknowledge that we will lay our bones on this pathway so that the next generations may walk over us on their way into the fullness of the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

  • “What we know divides us. Whom we know unites us.” Jay Ferris
  • “It can get pretty lonely being right all the time.” Unknown
  • “The things that unite us are more important than the things that divide us.” – Blake Higginbotham

We must also expect that no city, region or nation can expect to have the…

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The Synergistic Working of Apostles & Prophets

Apostles and Prophets have clearly been linked together in Scripture in the Epistles.

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.” Ephesians 4:11 NASB

“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:28 NASB

“Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.” Ephesians 2:20 NASB

• In all three of the texts listed above these two offices are linked.
• It seems like through much of the New Testament we see a linking of Apostles and Prophets together.
• The gift of Apostle along with the gift of the Prophet together make up the foundation that the church is built upon. (See Ephesians 2:20 above)
• God’s true Apostles and Prophets are not in competition with each other. They were designed by Christ to complement each other. They are the only two of the five that are paired together in ministry.
“As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.” Ephesians 3:3-5 NLT
• It is God’s pre-ordained will for Apostles and Prophets to work together.
• Apostles and Prophets are like a team of two horses harnessed together and pulling one wagonload of anointed ministry.
• Peter Wagner in his writings declares that he loves the analogy of Apostles being “hitched” to Prophets…he explains; Apostles can do certain good things on their own, Prophets can do certain good things on their own, but hitched together they can change the world!
• In looking at the New Testament it seems that there are two types of Apostle – Prophet relationships:
o A Casual Relationship – much like that of the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Agabus, they were acquainted or “Tied Together”, but did not work close together.
o A Structured Relationship – much like that of the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Silas. Silas was Paul’s traveling partner and ministry companion. They are a great example of the biblical linking of Apostles and Prophets. We would consider them as being “Harnessed Together”.

The offices of Apostle and Prophet have been joined together by almighty God, and what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. In order for both the Apostle and Prophet to have maximum impact and effectiveness, they must be synergistically working together.

This word comes from the root word synergism – interaction of discrete agencies (as industrial firms), agents (as drugs), or conditions such that the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects. Webster’s Dictionary This word really came to popularity in the health supplement industry regarding the use of vitamins. Many were just popping handfuls of pills randomly, but after much research they discovered that it was better to have certain vitamins paired together in certain doses known as “SYNERGISTIC COMPOUNDS” which gave the user the maximum impact and benefit from the supplements they were taking. So it is with the Offices of Apostle and Prophet; when they are synergistically linked there is a maximum impact.

In order for us to get the maximum impact of these two offices of Apostles and Prophets not only must they be synergistically working together but they must also be mutually respecting, honoring and receiving of each other’s ministries.

“The ethical meaning of mutualism is interdependence as opposed to individualism. Mutual means that two people have so many things in common in their abilities, vision and ministries that they are interdependent on each other rather than independent of each other. There is no competitiveness, but a complementing of each other. Their callings, ministries and destinies are linked together. They give each other their mutual respect and honor with each having acceptance and appreciation of the other. The mutual ministries of Apostles and Prophets could be likened unto twins who have so much in common, but each has his or her own unique personality and abilities. But their methods and approaches seem to come from opposite directions, like the right and left hand, in fulfilling goals for their personal life and ministry.” Dr. Bill Hamon

• When the prophetic revelation of a Prophet is combined with the wisdom of an Apostle, there is a whole new level of strategic application.
• The insights Prophets receive into God’s strategy and timing for nations, cities and people are an incredible help to an Apostolic Church.
• The combination of prophetic anointing and the signs and wonders that accompany apostolic ministry creates an incredible atmosphere for Kingdom advancement.
• Even in a Paul – Agabus type relationship it is critical that Apostles be open to receiving prophetic ministry from “Proven Prophets” with whom they are NOT in a team relationship. (In fact many times a Prophet who is not intimately acquainted with a person’s life can speak more accurately because the “Word” is not affected by their natural knowledge.)
• Through the prophetic gift Prophets can bring Apostles revelation that is vital to their ministry; whether it is a warning, encouragement or comfort, this aspect of the Prophet’s ministry cannot be minimized.
• One of the hardest of all relationships to successfully negotiate is the relationship between peers. Even though God has placed Apostles in authority over Prophets, many times they will also be peers and even intimate friends. (In our case, My Mom & Dad, Apostles and me a Prophet, family members) When this is the case mutual respect, humility and submission to one another are even more critical.
• The fruitfulness of Apostles and Prophets can increase exponentially when they are willing to work as a team. Whether it is the revelation provided by the Prophet, or the wisdom and governmental grace of the Apostle, these ministries have an ability to complement one another that is unique in the Kingdom of God.

Thank God we are living in a day when God’s restorational truth is being explained, proclaimed, and received and being implemented in many circles. We are seeing greater alignment and working together of these two ministry gifts than I have ever witnessed in my 47 years in the church and 35 years in ministry. It is indeed an exciting and new day as Apostles and Prophets are Synergistically working together.

Looking Unto Jesus

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 KJV

“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12 2 NLT

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NASB

• We must always keep our eyes on Him.
• He is the author and the finisher of our faith. (KJV)
• He is the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (NLT)
• He is the author and perfecter of our faith. (NASB)
• He is the Head of the Church.
• He is the Chief Cornerstone which the builders rejected that the whole foundation of the apostles and prophets ties into.
• He is the first and the last, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end.
• He is the bread of life that came down out of heaven.
• He is the Prince of Peace.
• He is the bright and morning star.
• He is the Healer.
• He is the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost.
• He is the Redeemer.
• He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God and Everlasting Father; and of His Kingdom there will be no end.
• He is the Son of Man and the Son of God.
• He is the one mediator between God and man.
• He is the living Word of God.
• He is the expressed image of the Father.
• He is the fullness of the Godhead in Bodily form.
• He is the way the truth and the life.
• What Are You Looking At?


Another fine example of why I loved and miss the ministry of one of my greatest mentors, Rev. Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin. This Prophetic Word from 1990 is just as relevant today as it was then. He who has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit would say to the church.

The Flaming Herald

Every spirit that’s of God will talk in line, walk in line, and act in line with the written Word. For the Word has been given by the Spirit and that which contradicts the Word is not of the Spirit. So one is at a disadvantage if they don’t know the Word, or if the Word has not been taught or preached unto them. And so truly they are spiritual children and at a disadvantage.

Be no longer spiritual babies or children who are carried about with every wind of doctrine whereby they lie in cunning craftiness to deceive.

Stand firm upon the Word. Follow those of sound character. Follow those who have proven themselves over the years as steadfast and true. Follow those who are not filled with frivolity and foolishness. Follow those who are true, for I say unto you that there are many false apostles and prophets…

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