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Congratulations You Are Called, Welcome To The Process!

If I had a dollar for every time that some well-meaning, excited, Believer has said: “I am called”, I might not have to ever work another day in my life. Sadly, we have treated being called of God as being the end of our ‘Process’ when in reality it is the beginning of our ‘Process’. So many receive ‘Prophetic Words’ these days regarding their purpose or destiny, and then run out to manifest them very prematurely.

I have a friend who one time said something to the effect of: “You have received a ‘Word’ about your future…congratulations…the process is about to begin!” This is absolutely the truth. Just because we have received a ‘Word’ does not mean we are ready to manifest that ‘Word’.

I have often said: “The Prophetic Word releases the Potential of the Purpose of God for your Life.” So often we think that just because we have received a legitimate ‘Word’ that we are ready to manifest and walk in that ‘Word’ immediately. Oh, if only that were true…life would be so much easier…but alas…that is not how this works!

In 2011 I was on a short-term missions trip to Trinidad. At that time I was functioning as a 5-fold Prophet, and had been in the ministry about 32 years. Not exactly a novice or “Johnny-come-lately”. While there, a Prophet friend of mine, who is still a covenant Brother to this day, began to prophesy to me. He said: “Prophet, you are going to be changing again.” (I started in ministry as an Evangelist, but around the year 2000 God began to transition me to the Prophet’s function) When he said this to me, I responded with: “Yeah, I know, Shut Up.” 

I knew what he was saying. I knew that meant that just as I had transitioned from Evangelist to Prophet, I would be transitioning again from Prophet to Apostle. He did not hold his peace, but went on to prophesy to me: “As far as God is concerned, He already sees you as an Apostle. But, you have to go through the Process, the Process, the Process, the Process, the Process.” 

He said the word ‘Process’ five times…this occurred in 2011…it wasn’t until 2016…5 years later…that I was commissioned to the Function of Apostle. It was one year of ‘Process’ for each time he recited the word ‘Process’. He released the Potential of the Purpose of God for my life. I was called to be an Apostle, but I was not ready to function in the fullness of that call yet…I needed more process. Even though I had already functioned as an Evangelist and a Prophet, and had been in ministry for 32 years…I was not ready…I required more ‘Process’. Do you see the point I am trying to make?!

Folks, you can’t short-circuit the ‘Process’! It is required. Receiving the ‘Prophetic Word’ is not enough. Elisha received Elijah’s mantle thrown over his shoulders, signifying: “The Call of God”, but he wasn’t ready to carry it yet. Bible scholars tell us that Elisha walked with Elijah for 7 or 8 years before Elijah was taken up from him and Elijah’s mantle fell to Elisha and he picked it up permanently.

The mantle being thrown was the Call. The mantle falling and being picked up was the Commission. What was in between was 7 or 8 years of ‘Process’. Congratulations You Are Called, Welcome To The Process!

Balance In Life & Ministry

I am not sure where we got the crazy idea that life had to lived to the extremes of one end of the spectrum or the other which always ends up in a ditch. I remember Rev. Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin used to say: “We have this tendency to get in the ditch on one side of the road or the other, and the truth is always right down the middle.”

Oh, how I wish we in the church would learn that! There seem to be two extremes that run rampant in the church and amongst those of us in Ministry regarding our calling or function in the Body. One extreme is that we exercise false humility and just tell folks to call us Brother or Sister So and So, as if our function doesn’t matter. The other extreme is that we go around announcing our Title to anyone and everyone insisting that folks use our Title when either addressing or referring to us.

Both of these are extremes and way out of balance! There is a “Happy Medium” between these two extremes and a balance that needs to be struck. First let me say that I do not believe that until we accept who and what God has called us to be, we can never function in the fullness of who and what God has called us to be.

Second, folks can only receive from what they perceive, so if they don’t perceive you as your God ordained function, they will not receive from you in that capacity. But those two things being a given does not give us the right to go around declaring who and what we are and demanding that folks call us that.

There is an element of honor and respect that comes with folks that have governmental authority. It is true in the natural and it is true in the Kingdom. This is why we call people: Senator, Congressman or Congresswoman, or President in the natural; and Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, or Teacher in the Kingdom.

To show respect and honor for function is always correct. But it is not a hierarchical Top-Down order that demands that it be lorded over people. In our natural Government we consider Senators and Congresspeople as Servants of “We The People”. In the Kingdom we consider the five-fold ministry graces as Servants of the “Citizens of the Kingdom”.

We must find a balance between stroking our own egos and not considering or valuing our own calling. I have functioned in 40 + years of ministry in many ministry functions. I have worn many hats depending on the season of God I was in and how He was asking me to serve His Body in the earth during that season. Most of us have. It is not unusual to start at one place or function and transition to another.

We identify those primary ways that God has us functioning as servants to His body by names or callings. We notice in Paul’s writings that he knew how he was called to function. He would say things like: “Paul called as an Apostle” or “Paul, an Apostle (not from men nor through man)”. Paul knew how he was called to function and did identify it, but we do not see that he demanded to be called Apostle Paul.

These callings or titles are used as identifiers or the function of how we serve the Body. If people perceive a Prophetic Grace in my life, they can receive from it. If people perceive an Apostolic Grace in my life, they can receive from it. If they don’t, they can’t. But because they don’t does not give me the right to demand that they do.

I trust you are hearing my heart more than you are reading my words. Sometimes I don’t have the words to express exactly what I am thinking and feeling. We must do better than what we have done. We must eliminate the two extremes we have seen. We must find Balance in Life & Ministry!

Being Recognized By Your Peers

I remember back in 2011 while still functioning as a Prophet, I was on a weekend missions trip to Trinidad. I flew in on Friday, Preached twice on Saturday, Preached twice on Sunday, and flew home on Monday with hardly any voice (but that is another subject).

During that trip, one of my Dad’s Spiritual Sons, my Spiritual Brother, Christopher Douglas prophesied to me that I was going to be changing functions or Ministry Gifts again. (in 2000 I began a transition from “Screaming Evangelist” to Prophet that took a few years to complete) He said as far as God was concerned He already saw me as an Apostle.

It would have been Great if the Word ended there…but alas it did not. Chris went on to say, you have to go through the Process, the Process, the Process, the Process, The Process…he said the word Process 5 times. This is significant because it took 5 years for that word to become a reality.

I wasn’t commissioned as an Apostle till 2016, 5 years later. It took 1 year of process for each time Chris said the word process, before I was ready for the Transition from Prophet to Apostle. I know we all wish we could get a Prophetic Word today, and walk in it tomorrow, but it just does not work that way.

When I received that word, I knew better than to argue with God because I argued in 2000 regarding Evangelist to Prophet and lost. I was not about to make that same mistake again. I did however offer God “A Deal”. I said: “When My Peers Recognize This, Then We Will Do Something About It, Until Then, Leave Me Alone About It.” To my surprise He answered with an abrupt one-word answer: “FINE”.

It was important to me that my Peers, those that I was in a relationship with, recognized and saw the apostolic grace emerging in my life, so that they could come into agreement with what God was doing in my life. Yet so many today, if you ask them who has Recognized the grace on their life, or who they are in Relationship with, they have no one to point to.

You may ask if there is a Biblical Precedent for being Recognized by your Peers, or is this just some sort of “Pet Peeve” that I have. I Am Glad You Asked!

  • Acts 13 immediately comes to mind where Barnabas and Saul were separated by the other Prophets and Teachers in Antioch to the Work the Spirit had called them to.
  • Acts 9 comes to mind where initially the Apostles in Jerusalem were leary of Paul, but Barnabas brought him to the Apostles and he was received which he later talks about being received by them in Galatians chapter 1.
  • Timothy and Titus also come to mind because of how often Paul openly referred to both of them as his sons both in his epistles to the churches as well as in his epistles to them.

So is there a Biblical Precedent to be Recognized by one’s Peers? I believe the answer is an emphatic YES!

So why do we have so many “Lone Rangers” running all over the Country and all over Social Media as self-proclaimed Apostles or Prophets that are not recognized by anybody or in relationship with anybody?

If you are what you say you are, you should be able to point to folks in your life that are your peers. Folks that can verify your grace and calling. Folks that can vouch for your character. Folks that can do for you what Barnabas did for Paul in Jerusalem. If you don’t have that, just maybe: “You Are Not What You Profess To Be!” ~ Selah

Enduring Sound Doctrine

I am very concerned for the Church in these times that we are living in. I see things happening all around me that let me know that we are living in days that both Jesus and Paul warned about. It is evident by what people write and by what people say. It is true 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.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers…” 2 Timothy 4:3 NKJV

Merriam Webster defines Endure as – to continue in the same state, or to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding.

Dictionary.com defines Endure as – to hold out against, to sustain without impairment or yielding.

Notice in this verse Paul is warning of a time when people would not Endure (continue in the same state, remain firm, sustain without impairment) Sound Doctrine. A Word Study from the Greek shows us that Sound Doctrine refers to: Christians whose opinions are free from any mixture of error in their teaching. So Paul is saying that a time is coming in the church where people would not remain strong on what is true.

My Brother and Sister, sadly we are there in that day now. Paul went on to say that they would heap up for themselves teachers that would tell them what they want to hear. The days of the absolutes of Sound Doctrine are gone in much of those that name the name of Christ. They propagate things that are diametrically opposed to the clear teaching of the Sacred Scriptures, justifying their actions with logic like it is an outdated book or it is not inerrant.

But Paul was not the only one to give such a warning, Jesus did too. When asked what it would be like at the end of the age before His return, he replied:

“And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ, and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places…For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.’” Matthew 24: 4-7 & 24-25 NKJV

Notice Jesus said, ‘See I have told you before.’ He knew this day would come. He knew that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived…and we are there now as many who are Not Enduring Sound Doctrine are Being Deceived. We really should not be surprised because Jesus said it was coming…but it is still sad nonetheless.

Paul gave his Spiritual Son Timothy another warning in his first epistle to him right along this same line:

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1 NKJV

We are here too. Some have departed the Faith! Do a study sometime on the Phrase “The Faith” in the Epistles. It refers to our whole orthodoxy or belief system. Paul said in the latter times…or at the same time frame Jesus referred to in Matthew 24…some would depart…or not Endure Sound Doctrine…because they are giving heed to…or listening to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.

My Brother and Sister, you must exercise discernment these days. Who you listen to really does matter. Some of the things being propagated in the name of Christ that are so far from New Testament teaching need to be avoided like a plague, and boldly, doctrinally refuted. Your eternity could lie in the balance. Don’t be a casualty of modern day error and be one of the ones that Jesus and Paul warned about…rather make up your heart and your mind that you will Endure Sound Doctrine!

Not Knowing Where You’re Going

So often in our Christian walk and/or in Ministry, we like to have everything all planned out for us way far in advance before we even make a step. Today I heard this phrase: “he went out, not knowing where he was going.” I knew it was in the Scriptures, so Google to the rescue.

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8 NKJV

If most of us would have been Abraham we would never have left! Yet, Abraham did, not knowing where he was going, he still left and obeyed God. Yes I know that we all know the verses like: “without faith it is impossible to please God…” or “for we walk by faith and not by sight…” but, knowing the verses in our head and actually putting them into practice in everyday life is where, as the expression goes – ‘where the rubber meets the road’. 

It would be really great if every time God spoke to us revealing a piece of our purpose, if He would spell it all out, from beginning to end. But alas, that is not how this works, (it is not how any of this works). Besides that, if He did, it would no longer require faith and we would be walking by sight.

I can recall about 6 months to a year before my Apostolic Commissioning in March of 2016, that the Lord spoke to me and said: “It is time for you to do for others what Leo (my Father) did for you.” I said yes to Him, but had no earthly idea how I was going to do it. I just agreed and purposed in my heart committing to Him that I would.

Gradually walking step by step, as He unfolded things in my heart, and I followed after peace, I stepped into that assignment. Over the last two and a half years it has become more pronounced and I am blessed to be a Mentor and Spiritual Father to men and women all across the Country. But when God spoke to me I was exactly like Abraham: “I did not know where I was going”.

My Brother and Sister, our job is to just be willing and obedient to the directives that He gives, follow after peace in our hearts, and not try to figure it all out, trusting that He knows what He is doing and will bring us to our destiny in His timing and in His way.

Mentors, Teachers, Mothers & Fathers

I am constantly amazed by many in the Body of Christ. It seems we have many that think they can get to their Maximum Potential…just them and the Holy Ghost. I am not sure why folks think this way, but I suspect it is a defense mechanism that they have adopted because of hurt or hurts incurred in their journey in Christ at the hands of either a or several power-hungry abusive leader (s). 

This really is a sad thing when those that are tasked with pouring into, developing, and raising up Believers to live to their full potential themselves have not developed Christ-like character and are in positions they really should not be in. Because of this, many who are leading are unqualified and this ungodly pattern just repeats.

We really must do better. I really have been blessed in my life with marvelous leaders that God has set in my life in various seasons for different reasons. Some have been peers. Some have been mentors. Some have been Pastors. Some have been National type Fathers. And two have been and still are, an Intimate Mother and Father.

I have been of all people highly favored to be not just the spiritual offspring of Edith & Leo Fram, as many are, but I am also the natural offspring of them as well and would not be where I am or doing what I am doing if it wasn’t for what they have poured into me. To be sat down and poured into and lovingly corrected and channeled into my destiny, without telling me what my destiny was, simply letting me come to the realization on my own, is perhaps the greatest thing they ever gave me, and has become a major part of how I deal with my spiritual sons and daughters today, as many of them can attest to.

There were two National type Fathers that really poured into me, most likely without realizing that they did. Way back in my teenage years during the late ‘70s & early ‘80s, I grew up in R.W. Schambach’s tent meetings and crusades in the New York City Metro Area, and his ministry had a huge impact on my life. Beginning around the same time I began to read the books of, and listen to the tapes of Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin, which was followed by me getting to sit at his feet for two years at Rhema. Next to my own father, Dad Hagin most likely had the greatest impact on my life and ministry.

After I graduated from Rhema in 1987, I was privileged to get all kinds of hands-on ministry experience in so many different areas while being a part of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, OK. Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty was most likely the meekest and humblest leader that I have ever encountered, and much of who he was, was lived as an example that forever changed my perceptions of leadership and my life.

After I moved home to NJ from OK in the early ‘90s God led me to serve in a church in Rahway, NJ for 10 years. It was here that I had my first of many Peer Level Relationships that greatly impacted my life. It was through our friendship and us both being PK’s that I opened myself up to the influence of Pastor Fred McCarthy. He surely rubbed off on me during the 10 years that I was with him, and he softened me greatly.

As My journey continued into the 20-teen years, God saw fit to bring me under the influence of Dr. Mike Brown, from Strength and Wisdom Ministries, in Branson, MO.  There are so many wisdom keys and principles that he poured into my life sitting in his leadership seminars and as he spoke regularly at the local church I was part of for 10 years. Much of what I have incorporated into my Mentoring and Fathering Ministry has been adapted from what he has taught and demonstrated.

Over the last 20 + years God has helped me build a Peer Leval Relationship with Angie Dorman, who is gifted in ways that I am not. She legitimately cares for me and protects me and my blind spots by what she walks in. Over the last 7 years or so, God has also brought Apostle Jim C. Becton and Apostle Don Hughes into my life. Both are covenant Brothers who like Angie, I use as sounding boards, get counsel from, and trust all three of them with my life.

I really would not be where I am or doing what I am doing without any of these people being in my life. They were all so needed and vital and imparted things to me many times not realizing that they were, but just operating in their lanes and assignments, what they carried, and who they were rubbed off on me.

I do feel sorry for folks that have not been as blessed as I have been to have such quality leaders and people of integrity in their lives. I also think that many because of the hurts they have experienced have shut themselves off from such blessings. There are plenty of poor leaders out there that abuse and hurt sheep, but there are also plenty of really Godly ones full of integrity and Christ-like character just waiting to pour into people’s lives.

Some Thoughts On Spiritual Fathers

I had a conversation last night on the phone with a Dear Sister, Ministry Colleague, & Spiritual Mother. Of all the things we discussed, one of them was about having spiritual sons and daughters.

 

We were comparing notes and thoughts and were quite astounded at those who claim to have thousands of sons and daughters. It is impossible to be an “Intimate” Father or Mother with Thousands of sons and daughters spiritually just as it is naturally.

 

We all know that there have been those in the natural who have bragged about how many kids they had, but spreading your seed all over creation and siring them, is far different from being intimately involved in their lives raising them.

 

Spiritual things are very much like natural things, and vise versa. To be an effective father in the natural, one must be intimately involved in the child’s life imparting influence, wisdom, foundations, character, provision, and life lessons. So it is spiritually as well.

 

It is impossible to be that kind of father both naturally and spiritually to thousands of sone and daughters. It doesn’t matter how much you know and how great you are, there is just not enough of you to go around.

 

Now I know many have considered Kenneth E Hagin a spiritual father, I know, I am one of them. But Dad (or Papa) Hagin Fathered on three levels:

  1. There were those that were intimate with him and knew him behind the scenes, traveling with him, where he poured into their lives one-on-one.
  2. There were those that were privileged to sit at his feet as students at Rhema and receive the impartation of his spirit and wisdom. (I am in this level)
  3. There were the masses that were ministered to by his books and tapes, who considered him a father in the faith, but never sat at his feet, nor ever had a personal intimate relationship with him.

 

Now in a sense, he was a Spiritual Father to all 3 levels, but only one level of the three was intimate with him. So we could say that Dad Hagin was a Spiritual Father to Thousands, but he wasn’t an “Intimate” Spiritual Father to Thousands.

 

Unfortunately, for some today in the Modern Apostolic Movement, accumulating Sons & Daughters has become some badge of success or a “bragging right” in ministry. Well, you may have Thousands who are in Level Three as listed above, but stop giving off the impression that they are all in Level One! That is Dishonest! You can’t be Intimate with that many!

 

The other thing, that is unfortunately occurring currently is people are signing up to be part of an Apostle’s Network, and be a Son or Daughter expecting Level One, and getting Level Three. Folks, that is what we call in the Business World: “Bait & Switch”!

 

It has become a Charismatic Pyramid Scheme! The poor “Sons & Daughters” are trying to buy influence and a platform, expecting one thing, and getting another. Shame on us for allowing this in the Body of Christ! Talk about a lack of Ethics!

 

I am grateful to be a Spiritual Father and for those Sons and Daughters, He has brought me into relationship with. I did not recruit any of them. God divinely orchestrated the relationships and it was witnessed to both them individually and I on a case by case basis. I do not demand that they tithe up to me in order for me to be their Father, but they all honor me from their hearts and their substance as the Lord directs them.

 

I am NOT looking for Thousands in my Network so I have a “Cash Cow”. I am looking for supernaturally engineered relationships where I can be intimate with Sons and Daughters that God has drawn to me, and me to them. Isn’t this the way it is supposed to be?

The Changing Of The Guard

Wednesday Night April 29, 2020

I was on a Zoom Prayer Call with our local Body of Believers. I had been praying according to Luke 8:17 over the Nation.

“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.”

After praying for hidden things to continue to be exposed and uncovered, I began to have a Prophetic Experience where I was seeing and hearing some things, first regarding the Nation, then regarding the Church:

 
“Father, thank you so much for what You are doing, thank you so much for what You are doing. You raise up one and you set down another, you raise up one and you set down another and I thank you and I heard the phrase from the Spirit: ‘The Changing of the Guard, the Changing of the Guard.’

Those who have been in positions of power and it’s not just in the political realm, it’s in the church realm. We keep talking about the 7 mountain influence, 7 mountain influence. Well, it’s about time there’s a changing of the guard on every mountain. You raise up one and you set down another. You raise up one and you set down another. And there are those that have been in positions of power that are about to be court-martialed.

They are about to have the rank ripped off their jackets. The oak clusters are being ripped off their shoulders because they are not worthy to walk in the authority that they carry. There are some that are about to have handcuffs put on them and taken from the palace to the prison. They’re about to have the handcuffs put on them as they go from the palace to the prison.

You are raising up some and taking down another. There’s a changing of the guard. There’s a court-martial coming on many mountains. Father make it so… Make it so in Jesus’ name! Do your purpose! As they are bound, as they are bound, I see handcuffs and zip ties coming around the hands so that the fists are at the wrists – they’re locked as they are bound and carted away.

Because their fists, representing their power, is being bound up and taken away, they will not be able to exercise their power anymore. Their power is being taken from them because when their authority gets ripped their power gets tied and they can’t exercise power. Only those with authority can exercise power.

The Court-martial is the binding of their wrists and the binding of their hands and there can be no exercise of power because they’ve lost their authority. Thank you that you are raising up those that have a heart for you, those that have a heart for the kingdom, those that have a heart for ekklesia, those that have a heart for the body of Christ, and you are doing it across every mountain.

You’re doing it in entertainment, you’re doing it in the arts, you’re doing it in government, you’re doing it even within the church. There are some that are in leadership within the church, that they have been on a power trip and they’ve been building their kingdom and not yours, and they haven’t had the heart of the people before their eyes and it’s been about building them instead of building your people, and there is coming a ripping of the oak clusters from off of their shoulders and a binding of their hands for they will not be able to exercise their influence or power because they are being stripped of their authority.

And those that have been in the quiet place, those that have been in the cave of preparation, those are the ones that are being raised up. And the oak clusters that have been ripped off the shoulders of those that don’t belong there anymore, that have overstayed their welcome for there is ‘a pinning’, there is ‘a pinning’, of new rank for those coming out of the cave of preparation.

There is a pinning of a new rank and that new rank causes a new authority and a new power that is bringing the church into a place that it needs to be. We are in a mighty prophetic season right now where the changing of the guard is at hand within the church. And there will be leaders that are known on a national level that will be here today and gone tomorrow! In a twinkle of an eye because they are not worthy of the power that they have. Those that are seemingly unknown are rising. But they are not rising to be superstar leaders, they are rising to be the empowering forces within the church that the day of the saints is at hand.”

After this word was released a young lady (a teenager) in the church said I have a Scripture and began to read:

 
“So I will drive you out of your office, And from your position, he will pull you down. Then it shall be in that day, That I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah; I will clothe him with your robe, And strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, And to the house of Judah. The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut, And he shall shut, and no one shall open. I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.”
Isaiah 22: 19-23

Judging With Righteous Judgement

Have you ever had song lyrics run through your mind? What about a very well-known expression? What about a certain Scripture? How about when it all happens at once?

Song: One Bad Apple of the Osmond Brothers fame. “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch.”

Expression: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” I can remember Rev. Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin saying this one a lot.

Scripture: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24

The other night I was the guest of my fear friend Apostle, Don Hughes, on his Facebook Live broadcast. During the broadcast that lasted about an hour and 10 minutes, we discussed many things. Some of which included topics about why certain things are the way they are in the church, especially when it comes to Ministers and Leaders.

We were wondering and speculating with all of the progress we have seemed to make, how in the world we seem to still have so many hangups and concerns both between Leaders, as well as with the Body of Christ towards Leaders.

Enter the song. The famous song says that – “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch.” But, unfortunately, that is exactly what seems to be happening in far too many cases. We have an isolated case or cases of a bad apple (s) or actor (s), and we want to ‘tar everyone with the same brush’ whether justified or not.

Enter the expression. The famous expression says – “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” The implication is that the water gets dirty and you throw it away or let it go down the drain, but you don’t get rid of the baby at the same time. Yet, it seems that is what we do in many cases. We want to throw the good away with the bad, not taking the time to do what the Scripture says…

 
Enter the Scripture. The well-known Scripture says – “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24 To do this requires some time. Because we live in such a fast-paced, ‘rat race’ society, most of us don’t want to take the time required to do this.

It is much easier to just discount and do away with everything than to judge each instance or case on its own merits. Just because one Preacher was manipulative when receiving an offering, doesn’t mean all preachers are. Just because one “Prophet” was in it for “Profit” doesn’t mean all prophets are.

We must learn to judge with righteous judgment. We must examine the fruit, motives, and character, of each leader we encounter. I have encountered some leaders that make my skin crawl, but that doesn’t mean all Leaders make my skin crawl.

Jesus did say: “By their fruit, you would know them.” He never said: “By their gift or anointing, you would know them.” It is time we become fruit inspectors and judge with righteous judgment.

I refuse to label all prophets as bad just because there are some charlatans out there. I refuse to label all preachers as money-grubbers because some are. I refuse to view all leaders as power-hungry individuals trying to control people’s lives when I know there are true Servant-Leaders out there.

Do you understand what I am saying? It is time we evaluate everyone on an individual basis. Just because one doctor is bad, doesn’t mean all doctors are bad. Just because one lawyer is bad, doesn’t mean all lawyers are bad. Just because one cop is bad, doesn’t mean all cops are bad. Just because one salesman is bad, doesn’t mean all salesmen are bad. And, just because one preacher is bad, doesn’t mean all preachers are bad.

Folks, “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch.”

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

It Seemed Good To The Holy Ghost And To Us

 

“For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us…” Acts 15:28a

 

Oh how I have longed for the Leaders in Ekklesia to come to the place that they could actually say this and mean it. The sad truth is, we have been so splintered and fractured that we could never even get a quorum of Leaders to come together in mutual submission and accountability to ever make such a statement.

 

We really do have our work cut out for us. How is it that these Leaders in the early church were able to speak with a unified voice, that was respected, listened to, adhered to, and followed?

 

I believe the next phase of what we must work towards in our Regional Alignments is to get to the place where we can have Leaders speak just like this…a unified voice…that is respected, listened to, adhered to, and followed.

 

How do we begin? That is the Question! We must start somewhere to get from where we are to get where we are going. I am sure most of us would agree that this is where we need to go…but we surely are not even close now.

 

The Work Has Already Begun: in many regions, including my own here in NJ, we have seen leaders begin to come together. We are beginning to see that we must cross-pollinate and bridge the gaps of race, gender, generation, and doctrinal camp or stream. This is a good start…but in and of itself…will not get us to our goal.

 

Not Every Leader In A Region Is A Leader Of The Region: we must come to the realization that all leaders in a region do not carry the same measure or metron to their sphere, nor the same mantle to their assignment. This does not make one greater than another, just coming to the place that we live in accordance with Romans 12 and not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. I often tell those that I mentor that if you want to determine your metron or mantle, just look at how others perceive and receive you, it will give you a realistic understanding.

 

Competition Must Die: in order for us to move forward to where we are going, we must get to the place that we realize that we are Not In Competition with one another. We must get to the place where we realize that we do not Compete with each other, we Complete each other. We all have things that we are good at, are gifted for, have strengths and weaknesses; where one is weak another is strong, and as we apply our strengths to other’s weaknesses everyone is always shored up as no one is weak anymore.

 

I Don’t Have Anything To Prove: we must get over our own insecurities, where we feel like we must always prove who we are by comparing ourselves to others with the “me too” mentality. (not talking about the “Me Too” movement, but I can do that too or am that too) Usually, these thoughts stem from an orphan spirit, and not understanding one’s place as a “Son”. When you have been around for a while in ministry, you know who you are, what you are, you just get to the place that you don’t have anything to prove.

 

Know Those That Labor Among You: this scripture has been used often in negative connotations through the years as a way to keep folks from participating in ministry and has produced nepotism and cliques, which were not the intended purpose of this verse. Rather it was meant to be a positive where you come into relationship with others you no longer know them after the flesh, but after the spirit, recognizing the gifting and grace that is on their life…”what they bring to the table”.

 

Next Level Leaders: as we have begun to come together across our regions, we are now tasked with beginning to know those among us. Who are those that are respected by all that have a larger mantle or metron? Again, this is not a place for ego, but who has the consensus of recognition as Leaders Of The Region…not just leaders in the region? As these Next Level Leaders are recognized in the Region, they can meet together, pray together, become a “Counsel of Elders” or “Regional Apostolic/Prophetic Counsel”.

 

It Seemed Good To The Holy Ghost And To Us: once these Next Level Leaders are recognized, they meet together, pray together, discuss together, they are ready to speak with a unified voice and make this declaration…but not until.

 

Are we there yet? Absolutely Not! Are we in the process? In many regions we are. Some are more advanced in the process than others, but we can all agree that we have a ways to go.

 

Some need to come to the place that they understand that not every leader in the region is a leader of the region.

 

Some need to come to the place that they learn to let competition die.

 

Some need to become secure in who they are with nothing to prove.

 

Some need eyes to see who the hand of the Lord is on with greater measure and mantle.

 

Wherever we are in the process, we all must walk in mutual submission and mutual accountability to other leaders, or we will never get to the place that this declaration could be uttered from us. Oh, that we could come to the place that we could utter: “It Seemed Good To The Holy Ghost And To Us!”