Our Sabbath Anticipation

Tonight I brought a Shabbat Word to the School of Prophets titled “Our Sabbath Anticipation” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. Why is it important that we, as Christians, celebrate the Shabbat? God gave the Sabbath to His creation and He blessed it. He sanctified the Sabbath and we should do the same. On the seventh day, God rests and beholds His creation (Genesis 2:2-3). He is beholding you and all that He has done in you, and He has one thing to say: “It is very good” (Genesis 1:31).

In Judaism, a major part of the Shabbat is anticipating the coming of the Messiah. It is an anticipation of the fulfillment of His Word. In the synagogue on the Sabbath, Christ read from the messianic prophecies in Isaiah and said, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). In Hebrews 4, Paul says that the Lord fixes a day for His people to enter His rest. We too are eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah, and we have many Words that have yet to be fulfilled in our lives. The Shabbat is a fixed time to anticipate the fulfillment of those Words.

Serve God Only

This morning I brought a message titled, “Serve God Only” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

God gave you salvation as a free gift from Him. He does not require a response to that free gift and indeed, any response beyond the faith to receive His free gift is not required in a salvation relationship with Him. However, as we seek the truth of what hinders us from moving as God’s vessels in this generation, we must ask Him: “What do You want out of my life?”

When Jesus was tempted by satan in the wilderness, He quoted Deuteronomy 10:20: “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.” By this declaration, Jesus was making a choice that He will be singular in His worship and dedication to His Father. He would not serve or worship other gods. By this declaration of will, satan left.

God is looking for voluntary worshipers who serve Him out of their heart and free will. The gods of this world tempt with their glitter and promises of possessing the world. The truth is that the only way for you to have everything is for you to freely give Him all of you, so that all He has and all He is becomes yours.

This Word is the center point for this School of Prophets. Those who choose this path will walk in the Word of becoming a prophetic community.

The Danger Of Christianity’s Divided House

This evening I brought a message titled, “The Danger of Christianity’s Divided House” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

Jesus gave us His glory that we may be one. In this day of great division in the Body of Christ, the Lord is asking us, “What have you done with My glory that I left you to be one?” We must honestly admit that His glory has evaporated from our history. Now is the time for us to have the faith to turn the tide of division in the Body of Christ, for a house divided against itself cannot stand. Lord, sweep over our hearts and transform us. We must get rid of every seed of division. Give us the heart of Jesus Christ, who came to us when we were yet enemies and who would not be divided from us. This Word commissions the school of prophets to be ambassadors of oneness.

A Restoration Of The Awesome Fear Of God

This morning I brought a message titled, “A Restoration of the Awesome Fear of God” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

Throughout the events described in the Book of Exodus, the Israelites lived in awe of God; their fear and awe of the Lord was the basis of their relationship with Him. We are examining the things that hinder us from functioning as a school of prophets, being able to walk in the spirit, and being God’s voice to this generation.

We must hunger to see a restoration of the awe of God in our own hearts, That the fear of Him may remain with you, that you may not sin (Exodus 20:20). Our behavior reflects our lack of fear of God. Our awe and fear of God transforms us and brings us into His righteousness, that we may be in His presence. It causes us to believe Him and His prophets (Exodus 14:30-31). We must have restored to us an awesome fear of God.

What Shiloh Have You Come To?

Tonight I opened the School of Prophets at Shiloh with a message titled, “What Shiloh Have You Come To?” We are coming to Shiloh to become a school of prophets. In the Scriptures, the school of prophets began with Samuel hearing the voice of the Lord. God called out and Samuel had to learn how to respond.

We want to know why the Word is not working in us; it is not a problem with the Word, it is a problem with our ability to hear the Word. We must ask: Are we still willing and able to hear Him?

Shiloh in the Scriptures went from a place of worship and hearing the Word to a place where they forgot the Word of the Lord, and He brought judgment and devastation. Which Shiloh are we coming to today? Are we coming to the place of His presence, where our drive is to sacrifice our lives and live in Him? Or have we come to the place where we’re so passive and hard of hearing that God has left?

Cry out to Him with gut-wrenching hunger. Come here with the drive in your hearts to find Him, lay hold of Him, and connect with Him in a way that you never lose Him again. Father, give us ears to hear Your Word and be changed.

Historical Events I Recently Attended in Jerusalem and the Vatican

On May 29th, Silas Esteves, João Pereira and I traveled to Rome to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal—the 50th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit within the Catholic Church. Over a number of days in the city, we attended meetings in the Vatican, met new brothers and sisters in Christ, and had the chance to tour important Christian sites in Rome. This Golden Jubilee celebration was a time to look back and worship God in thankfulness for pouring out His Spirit into the Catholic Church. It was an opportunity to also look forward to the further renewal of the Church and to see what the next 50 years of God moving within the charismatic Catholic communities might bring. Our participation in this event brought the faith and love of everyone in The Living Word Fellowship. I believe we made great strides during this trip with many new connections in the worldwide Body of Christ.

Gary Hargrave and Father Bruno Lins

Gary Hargrave and Father Bruno Lins

President Reuven RivlinWhile Silas and Joao stayed in Rome, I traveled to Jerusalem for another celebration: the first inaugural Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, held to honor the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. I was invited to be a founding member of this event, which will be held annually from this time forward. The breakfast hosted more than five hundred spiritual leaders as well as government officials from almost sixty nations—including pastors, rabbis, ambassadors, members of parliament, and Israel’s president Reuben Rivlin. While there, I had a chance to meet a number of these distinguished guests.

Simultaneous to this, while in Rome, Silas and João had a chance to represent myself and The Living Word Fellowship in a moment of greeting and blessing with our dear Pope Francis. For several years now we have been building a relationship with our Catholic family. Dom Orani Tempesta, Cardinal of Rio de Janeiro, was instrumental in arranging this meeting, as well as Father Bruno Lins, from the Vatican Secretary of State, and Father Andre Rodrigues from Rio de Janeiro. Silas and João were introduced to Pope Francis as pastors of The Living Word Fellowship, a church which prays for the Pope and is committed to help others join into an open-heart relationship between Catholics, Evangelicals, and Jews. Pope Francis replied with a big hug and a brotherly kiss and said, “Tell them all I need prayer, much prayer.” While I could not attend this momentous occasion, I felt very included in it.

More photos of Pope Francis and Silas coming soon.

The 50th anniversary events for both the Catholic Church and Jerusalem were historical milestones and significant markers of God’s moving. I know that much fruit will come out of these events and all that has transpired for us in the last few weeks. I join my heart with you today in a drive to see a new level of oneness in the Body of Christ. Let’s believe for Christianity to find its place of love and authority in our generation as we are led by the Holy Spirit of God. I want to personally thank every single person who participated with us in these last few weeks, including so many who are faithful to continually seek the Lord in prayer for me.

Reject Religion, Live In The First Commandment

This morning I brought a message titled “Reject Religion, Live In The First Commandment” at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California.

This is my first service since returning from a five-week trip to Israel and Vatican City with other members of The Living Word Fellowship. On our trip, the Lord opened doors, and we were able to create heart-felt and important relationships with leaders of both the Jewish and Catholic communities.

The foremost commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and strength (Mark 12:28-31; Deuteronomy 6:4-5). Everything else flows out of that relationship. God accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s (Genesis 4:1-6). It wasn’t because Cain offered the wrong sacrifice, but there was something wrong in Cain’s heart. He wasn’t loving the Lord. Religion uses outward works of service to God as a cover-up for a lack of relationship with Him. Religion is divisive and is diametrically opposed to God.

Love the Lord with all your strength and all your might. This has been our hallmark and it must become ours even more so. Reject religion and live in a first-commandment relationship with God.

Visit To Saint Peter’s Basilica In Vatican City

Thanks to our connection with Dom Orani, today Silas Esteves, João Pereira, and I had the tremendous honor of visiting Vatican City. Here we toured St. Peter’s Basilica and spent some time with Father Bruno Lins, a Secretary of State of the Vatican. Below are pictures of the four of us outside the Basilica, a picture of me at Papa Francisco’s window, and a video greeting taken at the Basilica.

 

A Time Of Fellowship With Catholic Charismatic Leaders Of The Americas

Last night at a restaurant in Rome, Italy, I attended a dinner meeting with the Catholic Charismatic leaders from North, South, and Central America. We had an amazing time of worship in the Spirit and deep connections, led by incredibly anointed leaders from Mexico.

United in faith, we prayed to the Lord for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God’s love, believing that whatever two or more ask for in His name, we have received.

Here is a short video from the evening.