A Prophetic Advance

by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

The warfare has definitely stepped up a level, and sadly I expected it to in a measure, because I am pressing in to some good things I can see in God and in the past when I didn’t expect it or didn’t believe for it, the warfare happened anyway! Today I understand it better. There IS a resistance.

The Body is COMING together, it is not fully assembled yet, so we are still running the devil off of things on the ground we’ve lost or need to take. The devil does not like to be displaced! Don’t tell me your cushy life is the norm for all, time will prove that out. I am old enough to know!

Until we get team work WORKING in the Body of Christ, we will continue to struggle. I have had the “mistake” of having good days, so I KNOW the difference in what is God and is not! I don’t just say, “Oh, that is just how life goes,” when I can identify the devil in the mix.

Some say I am too harsh but I see things. The more you press into the Lord, the more Light you get that will expose the things hiding in the darkness. You really have to choose your Light level, but if you want more, there is the price of the battles because you SEE how it COULD be better!

So you count the cost and learn how to take your hits and you trust God that the pain in your battles will be worth it, and they will (and have been) because of past revelations and obedience by you and others. Are we perfect? No… but we are being perfected (or matured), which is a process. It’s the navigation tools we need and some of those come from other members of the Body.

If life was better in the past, is there a reason? Of course! The devil is not lord over Jesus, give me a break! It has been explained to us in Scriptures what is going on, and I know what “the bite” feels like. It hurts or stings or wounds, until you discern how to fix it or deal with it. A friend of mine used to say, “You can do business with anyone, it’s all in how you do it.” I found that to be true!

Life requires wisdom! But while it’s very important as the principle thing, wisdom relies on the past, and Jesus is new every morning. I’m on the advance with the best of my ability and it’s about seeing the Kingdom and the King, not some mortal person, sorry, nothing personal anyone, if you think you and your thoughts should dominate my thoughts. I find Jesus’ thoughts more helpful!

Everyone is going to do what they think they should, or what they want to do, and so the real crust of the situation is showing people MORE revelation. And only the hungry really want that, because it’s going to knock off the hard shell covering we put up, so we can SEE more of Him and interact and then DO what He is asking us to do so that we CAN make PROGRESS!

God’s ways will spoil you! There are people in the world who CHOOSE the devil’s ways and they will NOT understand what you say because their ears are not tuned for truth. We can bait them like the good fishermen we are, but some still don’t hear after that and so we have to speak the devil’s language to the devil and tell him to GO! This is why the Bible says there is a time for war. We don’t want it, but it’s the only language that works. Prayer will help us do effective warfare so the least casualties will happen.

Sometimes we have to BIND the devil – it does work! But then we also have LOOSE the Spirit of God to come in and take over that area so 7 more worse won’t come in. This lack of this understanding today is hurting us, because some THINK they are wise, when they are just making more room for the devil by the things they say and preach and do. JESUS has to be The Authority in your heart!

These can bind with their words, they proclaim (like the Pharisees) but they are not really taking ground. It requires strength! (not extortion!). God is not employing babysitters in the Kingdom, but He is a nice taskmaster who will reason to some degree. But if we don’t know right from wrong and He thinks we should, then we have a sure battle on our hands.

Jesus is an overcomer and He expects us to be, too! It is for the purpose of Good. He doesn’t want us hiding in caves unless it’s because we are working to take ground for Him (and us in Him). King David wasn’t in caves because he was wrong, but because he was right, he was seeking God’s Kingdom! He was on the advance. The proof is that he DID take the ground!!!

But there were some serious battles and the ones who can’t SEE Jesus often just add to the burden. The little foxes can spoil the Vine and this is what we need to be on guard for, too. We have to learn how to patch up the holes in the fence or deal with the predators. We don’t want or need the devil picking us off.

It is a continual battle but the more progress we make, the less bad stuff happens. Those little things will help us learn the big things better. It’s why Jesus said “count the cost” for your battles. Think things through! There will be surprises in the advancing. We have to be prepared as much as possible. Just be on the offense and not the defense for the Kingdom!!

We are facing serious challenges today and IF the world holds your kingdom, you will be at its mercy and they are not looking that wise or kind to me. They will use you to their advantage. The complacent do not have a Cause, but true Christians do. We are working to restore a fallen world by making a path or a way for the true King to enter in. The prophets cry “Prepare the way of the Lord!” He will come to the places we prepare for Him, in our hearts and in our land.

Some good things happen BECAUSE someone else prayed. It’s not just because we are so great. In our adolescent years we think we are smarter than our parents BECAUSE they have covered us, only to find when we are on our own, they really weren’t so witless after all. They were working. And even some parents get overwhelmed, but either way the ANSWER is still JESUS and His Word.

We can have our pockets of success, but if we are really going to go global with this good Jesus thing (smile intended), then we need to prepare ourselves and others for the ADVANCE of the Kingdom of God! Of course the enemy wants to tell us we are nuts, but if we have the MIND of Christ to any degree, we know Whom we serve.

It is personal! It’s you, it’s me, it is those present and those to come, AND those who have gone on in the faith. We are all in this together. If you can’t do it for the past, then do it for the future, or vice versa! But get your vision of a better world from God and go about your Father’s business of seeing it happen.


The Commodity of Fear

by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

Fear is a real issue, especially for the last days Church and we need to discern it correctly. Fear can be such a power that some use it as a commodity. Some parents or other authorities have used it as a tool for manipulating situations, and even children telling other children “ghost stories” or “boogie man stories” use it for the adrenaline rush it produces. Most people like a good drama movie for the same reasons.

But there comes a place when we can get consumed with fear and dread, and lose the joys of living that we are supposed to find in the Christian life. Because of all the end time predictions, it’s challenging to know at times what is “imminent” and what is being just forewarned.

When fear overtakes a body, it produces a toxicity as a result. Our immune system is suppressed and our anxiety level skyrockets, producing more stress and negative hormones that affect the muscles and tissues and even the brain. It’s certainly not healthy in a prolonged state. Some stress is necessary for growth! There is a value in the resistance if it is not something so strong that it overwhelms a person with a force stronger than they are.

Some fears are demonic and some are just imposed by our self or other people. Demonic fears are when we take on a spirit of fear. We are Biblically warned that hard times are coming, but Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (the world where it’s coming from). This is where our faith kicks in – for the overcoming. We can even get into the fear snare of “not having enough faith” when all the faith we need has already been given to us in a measure for us. Our job is to let that faith increase.

We need to know Scriptures and especially the ones about the abundant life we are promised. We go from this life into the next and it’s all meant to be. We just need to find our Home in Christ! We have to be careful when we hear different ministries to find the best balance of information.

If all that is offered is fear of the last days, with no reward for the present now, we might do better if we hear the other messages being offered out there. It is true that this current life pales in comparison of the one to come, but still we find ourselves today living here in the now and we need to be in the best place and condition for making that count, even for tomorrow and the life to come.

When Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven was “at hand”, He meant that it is even here “in the now.” We can find an ever increasing Presence of Him in our lives that will sustain us for even the last days of this fallen world.

Some will use fear to sell things and that is when it is being used as a commodity. Just as there is the lure of complacency with the “all is well, don’t ever worry or be concerned,” there is also the deceit of only impending doom and dread. No one can live healthy in that long term. Purposed ignorance can be foolishness. Many do give their lives for the benefit of others in many ways and that will be rewarded by our God as our gift to Him for the sake of others. But when it is coerced, then we are responding only to a fear. Our choices need to be real.

Some do feel inspired to buy “survival kits” and if they can afford that, it is all well and good, but you know it is for practical reasons. But if the fear is so strong that we have no hope at all for tomorrow’s bright day, then we are missing something. God has good will for His people. We do have an aging process and minds that can carry wisdom for it. All of life seems a gamble, but our sure thing is our faith in the Resurrected Lord. That is something other faiths don’t offer, leaving you with still a sense of yourself and the longevity too of eternal life too.

Jesus Christ gives a peace that passes all understanding in this, but we have to seek Him with our whole hearts. But the Prize is well worth the effort. If you died today, do you know for certain where you would be? Is Jesus real to you? If He is, then enjoy today! If you “think so” or “hope so” or “don’t know for sure,” go with what the Bible says in Romans 10: 9-10:

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” In that heartfelt confession of seeking, you will find your peace.

The Bible has a lot of other good things to say too. A good idea is to start reading the New Testament, and the Psalms for helpful prayers. What you can learn from all that can go on for years and bring you much delight, insight and comfort. Don’t be a victim of fear when God’s desire for you is a good life. Reject the wrong and choose the good! There will be a reward for you. Fears are something you can learn to navigate.

The Intellectual vs. The Spirit led

by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

You have heard people speak of “church as usual” and that means “predictable church.” Church of any kind that really lifts up Jesus is not bad! We have to appreciate it. But there are people who want more — those who want to see and have God encounters, utilizing things they have been taught already.

We need good teaching, and we need good doctrine – which is a balanced understanding of the Scriptures. The Bible has many stories, and parables, and comments, and prayers and history, and proverbs and predictions and it’s all in one book. There is much instruction on what to do and not to do, what is good and not good and some things you are still just trying to figure out what it all means.

I really appreciate those who can help me understand things and I have come to realize that God really does anoint people who have a gift at teaching these things, who do more than give a history report with an opinion. When I learn more about how God operates on a Spiritual level, it helps me understand my own responses and soul even better.

So often when we are “intellectual” or “evangelical”, our minds think over our spirits, even though we have chosen the Spirit of God for our souls. It’s just that we use our mental reasoning to figure everything out and we look for people to follow more than the Holy Spirit.

You can’t blame people who have never been taught, and much of it is found by seekers who were in their soul hungry for so much more than what they already know today that they moved on to new fields. Another history lesson or “word of advice” is not enough to quench their driving thirst!

People are sick and tired of feeling guilty for “things” they have done wrong as to why they are unhappy and not feeling satisfied with their status quo. They don’t want to just “trust” that God is so good and they are so not. Guilt and blame are easy to come by in this world and while some of that can lead us to correction, it is not enough to take us into the encounters our hearts cry out for.

But it needs to be said, too, that encounters and moves of God cannot be sustained by people who don’t have their doctrine right. Moves of God without the Bible are like building a house without a foundation structure. It won’t be long and the thing will not be standing right or sheltering us from the harsh elements out there.

Often much damage can be done by “strange doctrine” that is not Biblically sound or even taught. It’s important. It’s very important which is why we should never knock someone who is “Word only.” “Spirit only” can be like a balloon without a string on it! Away it goes to who knows where and when it falls, it’s usually pretty deflated.

So how do we get from mostly mental to more Spiritual? — Because there are more dimensions. First, you need to pay attention to how God did things in the past. God is a Personality and He took a personality and worked with them. When that relationship got strong, others followed. In the Old Testament, God made a big deal out of order and laws. But we must remember, that even though God raised up Moses from Egypt, Moses found other believers, such as Jethro in another place. The whole show is not on one man, except Jesus the Son of God.

The laws were meant for good, to explain what is good and not good, what works right and what does not, and people who did not go along with that were punished, often severely to get the points across. Much of the Old Testament Bible teachings are on good hygiene and even things that were meant to affect good mental health and government order of a society of people. Even the right treatment of animals was mentioned.

I remember when I, as a native Texan, realized that many of the Feasts were good old barbeque picnics! Suddenly I could relate to that and my love for God grew more personal to what He was really all about in that koinania fellowship. It’s not about the flesh, but there was love seen through the order and in people rejoicing in their God and their fellow man. There was the reminder ritual and there was the party celebration for those who would keep Him first!

No one really likes ritual unless it has meaning, and even Jesus said that traditions can block the path to God, even ones originially intended for good. That means as individuals we have to work through this thing. I remember as a young Spirit filled Christian discovering all the wonders I had not seen before in Spirit life and wondering why people could be happy with “just” their traditions, but some traditions really do bring order and healing to a life that has been a victim of destructive chaos. There is a foundation there for them that makes sense and they will fight to keep that.

But there also is more for those who feel that “good order” is not enough. The Church embraces all backgrounds and walks of life. God is amazing in His way to bring all people together as one, in spite of all their differences and cultures. And at the center of it is man’s need for God, no matter who they are, and His Son Jesus, whom God sent to reach and touch that need, even loving to the death by persecution on a Cross.

And we know as Christians that even though He suffered unbelievably relating to us, He also rose again from the dead to a new life that He offers us as well. We just have to understand how His program works.

Jesus is our example, and we have to study His life of not just living it, but also study the way He did His ministry. Again, He approached individuals and got to know them and them Him, and then He taught them, and then He demonstrated. Today, the New Testament is our instruction book on many levels! He will be personal with us and then we can touch others!

Jesus taught by parables, or story examples, and He taught His disciples prayer. He listened and heard and then went to God the Father for them and then gave them answers for their needs. Jesus was the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher all wrapped up in One! He is the ultimate intercessor.

We all have a little bit of every gift by nature of the Spirit of Jesus within us, but we are given assignments that we can excel in, if we will apply ourselves. With those assignments comes an anointing, or a God enablement that is truly supernatural and somehow we just know what to do on many levels that goes beyond our natural understanding and abilities. But the watermark on that ministry is the Presence of His Spirit in a way that people can recognize.

So much has to be taught and if you see what you like out there, go learn from that ministry by serving them well, and then determine if that really is your calling. I promise, no leader can serve well without support people and they can be so crucial to making a good thing work right.

But for all of us, once we get our doctrine stable, we need to ask “What is the Father doing?”

Jesus said in John 5:

17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

There is a divine connection that if we fail to achieve, we are just standing by the fire, not actually getting into the experience of the Spirit’s fire and becoming a conduit for it. As I shared, warm is not bad but it’s even better when it’s a part of us. Obviously I am not referring to being the lukewarm of not caring either way. Some just don’t know yet that there is more.

This is where we have to learn how to be “Spirit led.” We aren’t just following the doctrine of a teaching, but we are engaging with God and working WITH Him. We aren’t just performing for Him, but we are caring WITH Him and He sees that as fellowship with Him, and that produces a flow of the Spirit, not just to splash in and get wet, but to flow in and find His path.

We have to learn this. A good example would be when you are at a church service and you ask God before you even go, “Is there someone I can bless today? Is there someone that I can minister to?” And often God will bring someone to mind. A pastor might ask, “Lord, what is Your message for the people today? I will share and You can demonstrate!” God often responds to that.

For leaders, God might have burdened them with “My people are hurting, or My people are hungry for a certain thing like Justice,” and God will respond with the appropriate message and course of action, be it corporate prayer or a healing line, or testimonies, or a special offering for something they can see at work. What we honor in God, we can receive in God. Often prophets can assist because they can be a confirming witness. Teachers in the church will take their cues and study and teach. Even evangelists can use a certain type of bait in their arsenal to make it all come together.

It’s often said that this is “more caught than taught,” because you will develop a sense for what God is doing in the people you are around. The gifted ones are not continually featured over and over but are there to be of assistance as needed and respected for their gifts. The minister who can utilize all the giftings will be seen as a strong Church leader.

The Body ministers to the Body parts that are needy. And none are more needy than the lost. But once those are brought in, they need to find the teachers and exhorters so they can be equipped enough to do their ministries and work with others. There is a replication cycle in that and people do get snared at times in this. But this is why we seek God and listen to prophets (or those with a burden for the greater good) and work to be in the flow of what the Spirit is doing in the churches, because something is going on.

We need that balance of structure and outreach and growth. The ministry gifts are fascinating but if we do not have the Father’s heart and if we do not see what the Father is doing, we will get off track pretty quick. We must keep our eyes focused on Jesus and learn the ways He did it.

There is structure and understanding and there is the doing and stretching and learning and healing and getting back out there again, because we are in a spiritual battle for the ruling of this world. Will we be functional in the the Kingdom of God? Will we be in the power of the Spirit or just in our minds trying to defend ourselves from the powers of the spirit of this age?

What is the Father doing? He is caring about the people. He is a Father, so people are His Children and He wants to raise them up healthy and strong and equipped and protected like any good father would. He is working to raise up His children in the way they should go and we will see the fruits of it. The Father is working for a world of justice and compassionate activities that displace the strongholds of darkness and reach for a brighter world, because of the increase of His government and peace, there shall be no end. We just have to learn how to do it and we can!

We aren’t to be dumbed down or psyched out. And when we find what He is doing, we will see His supernatural blessing upon it. He is not limited, He is unlimited and He wants us to mature and increase in carrying His anointing (and power) of love that makes things right in people. We will work with the foundation we have to do all we can, and then move on to the greater works.

James 5 gives us some instruction:

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,
20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Are souls getting saved, equipped, healed, finding forgiveness, running with a vision? Is the Kingdom and fellowship of God increasing, as it should? There are many ways to do these things but only the true Church can do them.

When we discover the power of His Presence, and how much better that makes it to find and do our vision and see the captives set free (including ourselves), we will do as much as we can to welcome in His Presence and activities and change this world for the better. We will be following in His footsteps!

Forgiveness – A Teaching

Forgiveness – A Teaching
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

God is a Parent, and He has many children, and some who are still in the future meant to be His children, because people will respond to Him. We discern real Christians by the way they love and how they act towards others. One thing I came to use as a discernment is do people forgive others as they treat their own children?

I have known people who were “staunch” Christians but yet their children got away with things that they would hold other people’s feet over the fires over. Is that real Christian love? I’ve seen people forgive their children of the unforgivable, but rake others over the coals and condemn them.

It’s even a norm thing in our society where we forgive and cover our children no matter what and thus great conflicts are created among families and people groups, because there are injustices. On the other side, some are so severe with their children, that they can never live up to it and internally rebel because of impossible “perfect” standards.

In Jesus’ day and time, it was not unusual that conquered people were forced to become slaves. Others who could not take care of themselves would sell themselves as servants to take care of a debt so their needs could be met. This still goes on today in places in our world.

For God so loved the world - that’s you and me, the people living on the planet

That He gave His only begotten Son - that is Jesus, which declares God the Father a Parent

That who so ever believes in Him - that means that they confess their faith in Him and work to live according to His teachings

Should not perish - for their sins, for missing the mark, for not understanding or because they just were ignorant or rebellious

But have everlasting life - a blessed life now and in the world to come eternal life. In other words, their identity as the best person they were meant to be would not be lost or their soul destroyed.

That is the verse John 3:16. Sometimes we can hear something so often that it ceases to have its real meaning. Do you know Who said that verse? It was Jesus, as He spoke representing the Father God, knowing that He would be giving His Life up for the good and well being of others. This is something He lived day to day and paid the ultimate price to do.

Jesus tells this parable in Matthew 18…

23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

Here we see how God is willing to forgive us, even when we cannot repay, but have good intents.

28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet[d] and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.

Here we see where pride and lust for power came in. This can be a stumbling block! Because he had seen others rule in harsh authority, he justified it for himself. He missed the mark, not seeing in the Spirit. This is obviously required of all of us and we learn it, which is why there is teaching.

32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’
34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

We choose whom we will serve and our allegiance is seen by our actions. This man was put in prison until he could find the ability to take responsibility for himself.

In verses 21 & 22 of this same chapter…

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

God is not just the Father of the natural world, He is also the Father of spirits. Hebrews 12 reads:

29 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

We live in a time where we are seeing unbelievable human rebellion. It can be a temptation to adopt the ways of wrong power, simply because we see it somewhere else. But as Christians we are called to live by a standard and that is to help and to love other people in the Spirit as best we can, especially in the household of faith.

God looks at the heart, but He also disciplines it so that you will come into alignment with His program and protocol for His Kingdom. That means we may be different or have different assignments, but we are still called to function together, just as a city, town or country would. There are things we have to work out.

Are you forgiving others as you want God to forgive you? Are you a just parent, who offers mercy AND discipline for the greater good, as well as personal good?

God sees our hearts and hears our prayers and He knows The Word (Scriptures) that He has given to help us, along with teachers and other ministry gifts to get and keep us on track for that abundant eternal life. The way He looks at it, is that if we fail, it is not because He did not provide.

We all have a part to play, a role to carry out. Jesus said in John 15:

16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

Other people are not in charge of us. We may be indebted to some, but where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Let us strive to find our wonderful place in Him, where we give and receive.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

A Functional Forward Moving Kingdom

by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

Let’s be serious for a moment.  Are the key people in your church duplicating?   Make a list of who your key people are.  Now, are they being worn out until burn out or are you raising up others in that ministry too (or helping them to do that) so your church can grow?

The key to this is treating them right, developing relationships people can trust in, and rewarding them appropriately. Then they will pass that equipping spirit on to others.

Kingdom Leaders, we are exhorted – Proverbs 27:23-24 – “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,  and attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.” If the church cheats, then the flock will cheat. It’s a generational curse.

See, we have got to admit that we gotten to a place of laziness and complacency and even greed. It’s showing in all of our society.  Are we going to own up to it, or just continue to suffer the consequences of it?

I am serious, if there is a gift and a blessing, it is being duplicated to reach others? Are we learning  good Kingdom principles?  Are we really equipping the saints, or is it just “all about us”, whomever you are?  Pastors cannot complain about the people forever and go forward (and they do complain because they are human just like you are). Churches ARE  the front lines to a CHANGED SOCIETY.  It’s YOUR choice!

And for all the other ministries in the five fold – what are YOU doing to minister your gift to the pastors —  without strings on it?

Find out what God is saying to you and then share that.  Make it safe to share – in group settings.   Like it or not, good or “bad”, be real.  Until we get real again, we are not going to make much progress.  Leaders  raise up the equipped.  A lot of frustrated church leaders have that problem because they are not receiving the ministry gifts God has provided. See, the church doesn’t work like the world, but the wisdom of the Church should minister TO the world, and not the other way around.

All the gifts “come under the Rod” for inspection – it means they pass through the Blood of the Lamb and  the Lord of the Flock.  There is a conviction.  When you come to a Church service (of whatever kind), do you honor the Lord first or the church first? You know!   Are you more concerned about your identity, or who He is? He knows!

The bottom line is, are you fulfilling YOUR calling?  And is it under the Blood and the Lord of the Flock? When the efforts are real, things start to work, the right shifts start to occur.

Holiness, the Presence of Holiness, should be in your houses of worship! Yes, there are worship times and then people time, where the people are ministered to and enjoy the joy. But if Holiness is not there first, then the problem is not His – He is just not welcomed and people will not change. Do you know the difference between a social club and a worship service?

Do you want to know how a church should work? Then study how the gifts work! There should be services all over that teach the gifts, and not just the five fold! (Got any anointed teachers in your church?  You should!) If you want an apostolic church, then spend time on the overall view of the ministry gifts, including gifts of administration and gifts of helps, the “minor ones” etc.  They are all important and necessary!

Don’t spread it out so long that people can’t get the overall view.  See the function!!!  Let your people see what resonates in their hearts and then minister to that.  Do you need to learn?  Then present a teachable spirit!

No one shares it best than the one who has it! God did not give the gifts out there for competition.   But He does bless willingness!  And Jesus looks for the real work – what His Father is doing.

Some have the gift of miracles. But if you don’t know how that works WITH the other gifts, it’s just a passing thing.   Some people want that gift for the excitement of it and some want it for the ministry of it. Learn and discern the difference!   Church at large, we have got to find our Way again!

Do you have evangelists in your church? Are they hitting the streets?  Do you know?  Do you have the ministry gifts ready for when their fruit walks in the door? Is there a class on the basics at the least?  Evangelists need ministry too, just like the new believers do.  Are some exalted beyond  measure?  Or is there a team working together?

How much of God do you want? If you want and need a blast of Him, get ready for things to change.  Seek Him till He is found by you.  If you are good at getting His Holiness in the door (and that starts with sane living) then He will minister to the bigger problems.

Do you appreciate those who DO the work of the ministry? If you do, then you carry the Spirit of the Lord.   When you realize that the Lord is the Miracle, then you will have things in order.

For some who want to work with this – a suggestion to get you started. Have your flock share or write down all the ministry gifts they know about (nothing too long and drawn out) – and then compare that to what you know the Word says. Know the state of your flocks! – even among the young ones.  Then they will see the need too and respond.

Sometimes people want prophets to come in only to tell them the obvious! You will never get the best part of that gift if you aren’t doing your part.  Let God be First!   He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM!

Some people will find they are in the wrong ministry because there was not a way for their real ministry to manifest.  They were doing someone else’s real job to cope.  How sad is that? That makes two people in the wrong place.  God bless those who work to make something happen in His Spirit!  There is MUCH to be gained!  But to get the unction to function, you have to get the vehicle started.  And the parts have to work!

God can do much with a go-cart, and even more with an anointed jet plane, and He is pleased with just cars (so to speak) and when it’s really Him, everyone is happy – and He always gives room to grow!  He started with a baby in a manger in a shepherds field – and turned the world upside down!   Just keep the main thing the main thing and don’t get into competition with men. There is a spirit of that going on which is not right in the Church.

Do you know that to move forward in God, it takes the anointing – the supernatural convicting power of His Presence touching their heart and lives.  And ministers get burned out when they have the vision to go forward and no one really agrees with them.  But that often happens because the real fuction of the gifts are missing!

That is why we have to make it easier to find.  That is why the real gifts need to be in place!  Then everyone is happy including you!  Squashed down people won’t get you there.  And if you kill off the ministry in the name of sport, God will respond to that one day.  He will be jealous for what He died for.  A competitive spirit will turn into a political spirit.

God usually works from the bottom up, more than from the top down. He is inviting people to come into His Kingdom.  That’s how a vision works.

If the world is more appealing than the Church, what does that say?  Then what is the Prize?

On Things to Come…

by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

Reports are everywhere about all the concerns we should be having in this day and time, and we really have to resist a spirit of fear, but even more WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING!

Because we have not listened or heard God’s Voice for ourselves or obeyed His instructions for our lives to a greater and greater degree, we are facing some terrible things coming down the line. In our past national history, like after the Great Depression, or the World Wars, people caught on (finally) that they had missed God. How long will it take us this time to figure it out???

Like you, I love the blessings, but when the blessings get us and not the other way around, we get numb and blind to things coming down the pike. In Isaiah 22:25 it says, “‘In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the Lord has spoken.’” The peg referred to is part of a foundation that other things depended upon for support. So when one part falls down, a number of other things fall down with it.

If a corner structure falls, all that corner held up will fall with it. It’s one reason why Jesus is called the Cornerstone but that strength is not just based on emotions, but our will. We can have all these emotional feelings but if they don’t result in societal changes and holy things affecting and changing the world around us, we’ve missed it. And if we fail to bless the structure so that it will stay in its place of strength, then all we represent goes down.

We must learn God’s Structure for current day leadership. It’s a Team effort! What leads US should be our calling.

2 Peter 1:
“5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Salvation is more than Baby Jesus in a manger, as sweet as that is. It is more than watching a good movie or listening to a good song service, it’s about SEEING the POWER of the Resurrection in our daily lives. If something is not getting you/us off the seat of our complacency, then we have a problem!

We are off center if Jesus is not Central. And while we may be okay for a while, when something big falls, there is a big crash! And regrouping can be a big challenge.

Many of our past leaders are going off the scene and then what comes? If we don’t know what WE are supposed to do, we’ve missed something. There should be a passion that rises up within you to serve the Lord and His righteousness.

Yes, man has limitations but with Christ IN us, man has great strengths! You know if you feel right inside, and if you have a settled knowing of what you should be doing. Are you touching the world around you with your best? You know if you are doing it or not, especially if you know your calling!

Are you serving THE CAUSE of Christ? Do you have just a name affiliation with Him, or does He influence your life with the pressure of His Leadership? If you know Him, He touches you. You have encounters.

Prayer is not a one sided list of requests no matter how good those requests are. He will answer the good stuff, but if it’s only a list, you will miss the best part of all, His personal Presence and holy interactions and revelations of divine insights.

Amos 3:8 “A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?”

Have you heard Him? Then go and tell and do!

Seeking Him

A Poem by Pam Clark

I chose a harder life than most because I wanted more of Him
I chose to feel the heart He feels and fellowship with Him
I chose to walk a trail of tears where the lost and hurting are
And left the playland park of life where trouble seldom shows
Most of the people just walk by, or only stare to pity
They pass by many treasures there, out in the town and city
Others if they see a find, will exploit, or take advantage
And justify their actions there and call it understanding
They are content, their life is spent in seeking earthly treasures,
The praise of men, immoral whims, and personal understandings
I look for Him there and see Him not, my heart cries for His Presence
I’ll take the stripes and feel the pain even if I’m crying
I’ll find Him in the field of life, even if I’m dying
The treasures there, they can’t compare with all the earthly gain
I see His Blood, and feel it there, and am grateful for the stain.