Travail That Brings A Greater Answer

This morning I brought a message titled “Travail That Brings A Greater Answer” at Grace Chapel in Rockville, Maryland.

We are familiar with the story from I Samuel in which Hannah would weep before the Lord year after year in constant intercession for a child. God caused a difficult situation to draw this cry out of her because He was looking for a greater answer. Hannah gave birth not just to any son, but to Samuel, a man who changed the history of Israel.

The Word of the Lord over this church as prophets to our nation has been delayed for many years, and it would be easy to give up or feel that the Lord doesn’t care. But the truth is, God is drawing a deep travail out of this people, and this depth of intercession is not created overnight. When this cry of intercession reaches the depth He wants, the Word will be manifested. We refresh the Words over Grace Chapel and turn loose this intercession of travail.

Together, We Drink This Cup

This morning I brought a message titled “Together, We Drink This Cup” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

In this pivotal time for us as a fellowship, God is asking me to drink the cup of transitioning from servant to leader. This transition seems insurmountable but when we look to the Scriptures, we find an encouragement in Joshua and the commission God gave him to lead the children of Israel into the promised land: “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7). The story of Joshua shows us that this transition from servant to leader is done by virtue of a Word from God. It also shows us that God was expecting His commission to Moses to rest on a people.

It is not enough that I alone drink the cup the Lord is asking of me, but there must be a people who enter into the same commitment to drink this cup. It is time for each one of us to take responsibility for the Word of God over us. We have been given the perfect direction and provision in the Word that John Robert Stevens spoke. As we commit to that Word and take responsibility to follow God’s direction, the promises given to Moses will be fulfilled in a people.

I Will Drink This Cup

This morning I brought a message titled “I Will Drink This Cup” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

Our founder, John Stevens, taught us that a walk with God is like signing a blank check. He experienced the devastation of God dealing with his reluctance and withdrawal from the responsibility of apostleship and what God was asking him to do. John Stevens came to the point where he drank the cup of the Lord and no longer counted the cost.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ realized the great weight of responsibility that rested upon Him for the salvation of humanity. To drink the cup of the Lord, we also embrace the responsibility of completing all that the Lord requires of us.

In this message, I describe how the Lord has been working this same commitment in me. Do not be sympathetic with me, but be in prayer that I can sign the blank check that God is asking of me so that I may drink the cup of the Lord.

A Shabbat Blessing

As I celebrated Sabbath this evening with my family, I shared with them my faith and anticipation for the coming weekend and for the Word that the Lord is giving us. Join with me in prayer for this Word; I believe it will be a dramatic release for us as a people. As we enter into this Sabbath, we open our hearts to the Lord in a new way. We ask you Lord to meet Your people. Do something deep in our hearts and in our spirits as we give ourselves to enter into Your rest.

Impartation To The Young Adults School Of Prophets

Today I, along with members of the apostolic company, imparted by the laying on of hands to the Young Adults School of Prophets in Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

Everything that God has given to the men and women who lay hands on you can be imparted according to your faith. The things He has created in their lives can be conveyed to you–we see this in the Scriptures with Paul and Timothy.

How old you are is not just a number, but it’s how many years God has been investing to create you into who you are today and who you will be tomorrow. God is focused on what you’re becoming and what you’re going to do in your life–and it is not a small thing. You must know how important you are and that you are God’s future.

The Vision For The School Of Prophets

This morning I brought a message titled “The Vision For The School Of Prophets” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

John Robert Stevens gave us a vision for the school of prophets: a company of prophets who would travel the land and bind the principalities and powers that rule each locality and transfer the land and its people into God’s dominion. After the Exodus, Israel was the only nation on the earth that was directly under God’s rule, but because of their sin, God decided to remove them from His direct rule and place them under a lesser authority, just as He did with Adam and Eve.

As God works within the hierarchical structure of beings He has put in place, He rules through other gods to whom He has delegated authority. But in their rebellion, many of these rulers have become the principalities and powers that the New Testament declares are to be judged. They must be bound or the hearts of people will remain blinded to the revelation of Christ (II Corinthians 4:4). This is the vision for the school of prophets: to bind the powers of darkness that have lordship over the earth and transfer it into the dominion of God. We ask, that by His grace, we become His true sons, in submission to His Lordship, able to fulfill the vision for the school of prophets

Prophets Cannot Serve What They Must Rule

This evening I brought a message titled “Prophets Cannot Serve What They Must Rule“ at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

This Word came to clarify the role of the school of prophets. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

There is hierarchy and order in the realm of spirit. The Hebrew word “Elohim” is actually plural, implying that there are many gods or beings that function on a higher level, ruling in the spirit realm. When God created man in His image, He created us with the ability to rule and reign with Him. However, when Adam and Eve sinned, mankind was taken out from under His Lordship and placed under many gods. Then man began to serve the things he was created to rule over.

God is taking us through a process where He is setting us free from worshiping and serving every other thing besides Him. Why? Because He wants us to rule over these things! To become the school of prophets, we must enter into the Lordship of Jesus Christ, stop serving that which we were made to rule over, and engage in the spiritual battle to bring forth His Kingdom.

True Prophets Must Be Intercessors

This morning I brought a message titled “True Prophets Must Be Intercessors” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

The greatest expression of our prophetic ministry will be our intercession that turns loose the grace and mercy of God throughout the earth. The greatest success of our prophecies will be the outpouring of God’s love on all people.

Like Moses, we must have this cry in our heart: I’m willing to put myself between You and these people and I want You to change Your mind (Exodus 32:30-32). Samuel said, “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you” (I Samuel 12:23). In truth, our failure to be intercessors is a greater sin than the sins of those we pray for.

Cry out to God that the heart of intercession and mercy fills each one of us. If we are going to be a prophetic community, let us first and foremost be prophets of mercy.

Shiloh University Commencement Ceremony 2017

Today, I brought the commencement address for the 4th annual graduation for Shiloh University. Jesus taught that the foremost commandment is, “‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mark 12:30-31). This passage reveals that the root of our faith is a deep love.

This love for God has been imparted to the graduates by the professors of this university. A true relationship with God is imparted more than it is ever taught. Beyond a diploma, these graduates have gained a true relationship with the Lord. Beyond a conclusion of study, today is the beginning of imparting to others what they have received. Let this deep love and relationship with the Lord become a primary focus and purpose in our lives.