Developing The Faith Of A Champion

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“And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:32

Young David went to face the “champion of the Philistines”. As the unofficial champion of Almighty God, he had a champion faith which enabled him to take out his adversary.

You and I will need that kind of champion faith in these last days as well. This is be- cause Jesus said in Luke 21:26 “…men’s hearts will fail them for fear of those things they see coming on the earth…”

Think about David as he looked at all of Saul’s army hiding in the trenches, shivering with fear because of Goliath’s roar of blasphemy. He wasn’t overcome because everyone else was, but on the contrary, their cowardice made him angry and more determined to destroy the enemy whom he knew was already a defeated foe.

“And all men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” “And David spake to the men that stood by him saying,’ What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel?’” I Samuel 17:24, 26

David had one thing on his mind and that was the fact that this was not just his enemy, but Goliath was defying Almighty God and therefore in deep trouble. David knew that God would need someone to use executing vengeance upon His enemy, so he stepped up to the plate and said it might as well be me.

Praise the Lord! We should remember that our enemies are God’s enemies because we have a covenant with God. He will defeat them by using one of us as HIS CHAMPION, just like He did with Jesus when He walked this earth.

Jesus was God’s Champion, who through the Holy Ghost, defeated every enemy he faced which was threatening the future of the people of God (Acts 10:38).

You can defeat that which stands in opposition to God’s plan for your life! 

What are some of the steps we can learn from David that will help us develop this championship faith as well? What made David different from all the rest of his contemporaries that brought him to his great destiny in God?

First we should know that David was a youth, a mere boy of about 15 years. This tells me that David didn’t wait until he was an adult to get to know God. David was not a time waster when it came to his spiritual life.

During those early years while herding his father’s sheep, he developed qualities that enabled him to step up to the plate when his opportunity for advancement came.

Many people are unprepared for the day of opportunity because they have wasted so much time after becoming a believer. Instead of pressing in while a spiritual youth through prayer, fasting, and study of God’s Word, many have allowed the cares of life and an unbiblical value system to rob them of time needed for preparing themselves for God’s plan in the future.

God is preparing you for the day of battle, because the day of battle is also the day of advancement! Don’t forget that after this battle (David vs. Goliath) A NOBODY BECAME A SOMEBODY.

Did you ever wonder why you have had the seemingly tough training during your formative years as a Christian? This could be the reason; Satan will be there to defy you when it is time for promotion. You will not get to your destiny without defeating the Goliath that stands in your way. You will need Championship faith in that hour.

What four qualities did David develop that enabled him to win his big battle and breakthrough to destiny?

  1. He was faithful in his father’s house.
  2. He had a tender heart of worship.
  3. He understood covenant concepts.
  4. He understood faith principles.

Faithful In The Father’s House

David was tending his father’s sheep. He learned to be faithful in the house of his father.

Submission and obedience are implied in this message. We see David being faithful to duty at this time in his life. He was obeying the assignment his father had given him; to watch the sheep and to take lunch to his brothers on the battle front.

It is important that believers learn to be faithful to duties in the local church right away and develop the ability to stay under authority and do a good job while there.

Many people downplay this important part of preparation and roam about looking for opportunity that never comes.

A Tender Heart Of Worship

He was called the “sweet singer of Israel” because he developed intimacy with God while tending the sheep. He learned to draw near to God through praise and worship allowing his heart to become tender to God. This tenderheartedness is what caused him to be so grieved when he sinned, and to immediately seek restoration with the Lord.

Many today have no grief over their sin, but continue in hardheartedness and denial of their wrongdoing. A tenderhearted worshipper cannot stay out of fellowship with God for long, but will repent and seek God’s presence.

Covenant Concepts

David also learned the key of covenant relationship while a youth. He understood that Goliath was an uncircumcised Philistine.

Circumcision was the entrance to covenant in Israel. No uncircumcised person could partake of the covenant blessings of God promised to the people. God is cutting away the flesh that hinders us from entering covenant with others that have been placed in our lives for further maturity and impartation.

Have you allowed circumcision in your life at the hand of a skilled workman who takes the sword of the spirit delicately to those areas that need cut away?

He Understood Faith Principles

Lastly, David learned to speak the Word in faith when he faced the enemy. He said, “The Lord delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, and HE WILL DELIVER ME out of the hand of this Philistine.”“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him. And there was no sword in the hand of David.” I Sam. 17:37, 50 But there was a SWORD IN HIS MOUTH!

When we have learned these four indispensable traits, we will be ready to both defeat our adversary and move into promotion.

Dr. John Polis

The Heart of a Son

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The message of the hour is regarding the restoration of the Family of God as prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet

Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

And he will turn

The hearts of the fathers to the children,

And the hearts of the children to their fathers,

Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

The purpose of Creation is the father heart of God. His desire is to give and receive love in relationship with mankind created in His Image. Jesus prayed for the Family of God to come to “earth as it is in Heaven”  when He prayed the “Son’s Prayer” (often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer) of Matthew 6:9. As the only begotten Son of God, Jesus knew the will of the Father for earth was the same for Heaven where the Family of God resides. Apostle Paul was also mindful of this revelation as he prayed for the “whole family in heaven and on earth” to come to the mature understand of God’s love (he called it the Fullness of God) in Ephesians 3:14-15.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…”

I believe the fully functioning Family of God will bring the greatest expression of the Kingdom of God to earth, as Jesus said in the conclusion of His prayer, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” This is the goal of apostolic fathers today.

In the late 80’s, the message of “spiritual fathers” began to take root in the Church as prophetic voices taught about the transformation of religious leaders into spiritual fathers. This was the effect of the Elijah Anointing being released in power and revelation. Spiritual fathers were being prepared to receive the spiritual sons whose hearts would soon be turning (by the same Elijah Anointing) to find the heart of love in a spiritual father who would serve their destiny and seek for their fulfillment in ministry.

As the son’s hearts began to turn, four characteristics were being formed in them that brought conformity to the “image of Christ.” These are traits are found in Christ Himself as a Son of the Father.

Galatians 4:19 NKJV “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”

A SAINT. Hebrews 7:26 NKJV “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens…”

As a saint, the son has a holy heart free from the sinful habits Paul told Timothy to flee from, as a young apostle. 2 Timothy 2:22 NKJV “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

A SERVANT. Mark 10:45 NKJV “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” As Christ is being formed in us, a servant heart follows a holy heart. We learn to serve by connecting to leaders in our lives who are set by God for our preparation. 2 Timothy 2:24 NKJV “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” The servant is characterized by a humble heart.

A SHEPHERD. Matthew 9:36 NKJV “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” The shepherds heart is a caring heart and follows in formation after a holy and humble heart. I have noticed that many Christians have yet to arrive at the shepherds heart. Whereas the servant heart is the characteristic of a deacon, the shepherd’s heart is the characteristic of an elder. 1 Peter 5:1-2 NKJV “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly…” As we observe the maturity of our sons and daughters in process, we will see this progression develop by the Spirit of God. When the shepherds heart is formed in a protege, we no longer need to tell them to “check on this person or that person” because their heart is turned to the sheep and they begin to care for them by nature in a sacrificial manner, not regarding the cost.

A SON. John 14:9 NKJV “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?” The fourth characteristic of the mature believer is a loyal heart. Loyalty is Royalty in the Kingdom of God. When a son or daughter has been conformed to the Image of Christ they will be a representative person, able to re-present someone other than themselves. Paul was sure of Timothy’s loyalty when he sent him to the Philippians.

Philippians 2:19-22 NKJV “ But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.  For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.  For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.”

The tendency for disloyalty has been eliminated from the heart fully turned to a father in the faith through the process of deliverance from the orphan/independent spirit which keeps a person bound to be a self representer only. The big “I” of pride has been cut off at the root and replaced by love and trust in the relationship. God’s will has been achieved in the father/son relationship. Maturity has come, Christ has been formed, a “holy, humble, caring, and loyal heart” is now evidenced in the son, who is now ready to be a father to others.

Christ had a “Holy, Humble, Caring and Loyal” heart. He was a Saint, Servant, Shepherd, and Son in relationship with His Father. Our sons and daughters will grow into this same Christ-likeness as spiritual fathers continue to give the unconditional love of The Father to their spiritual families.

Dr. John Polis

The Kings Are Coming

The Kingly Anointing

The_Kings_Are_Coming_Book_1024x1024“…which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…”

1 Timothy 6:15 NAB

Most Christians know that the “King” is coming, but did you know the Bible says there are “kings” coming too? Most of the time, when Christian think about Jesus being the “Kings of kings and Lord of lords,” they’re thinking about Jesus ruling over the natural kings of the earth. But I believe there’s also an inference to the “spiritual” kings of the earth in this scripture as well.

To receive greater insight in the “Kingly” anointing, we have to understand that Jesus is King over both the spiritual and natural domains (John 18:33, 36-37). In Psalm 47:2-3, the Psalmist writes, “For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet” In Psalm 10:16, we read, “The Lord is King forever and ever; nations have perished from His land.” There are many other verses of scripture which talk about Jesus being King. Right now, I believe God is raising up “kings” in the spiritual domain who will one day rule with Jesus in the natural domain (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:25-27; 3:21; 20:6). Praise God! I want to be one of God’s kings, don’t you?

God Wants To Take Us Into Something Better!

In Revelation 1:5-6, John writes:

“Unto Him who loved us. Washed us in His own blood, and made us kings and priests unto God forever.”

Here we see that Jesus did three things for us; He loved us, He washed us in His own blood, and he made us kings and priests unto God forever. In other words, He took us out of something to bring us into something even better!

The Anointings of Prophet, Priest and King

In the Old Testament, there were three predominant anointings which operated in the earth: prophet, priest and king. Theses three anointings have not passed away; there’re still operating in the New Testament Church today. They’re available to the Body of Christ corporately as well as to each believer individually. Before we move into exploring the depths of the “Kingly” anointing, let’s look briefly at the comparative characteristics of the prophetic, priestly and kingly anointings in relation to their present-day roles and functions.

The “Prophetic” Anointing

First off, the Church has been moving in various degrees of the “prophetic” anointing since the day of Pentecost (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17-18). The prophetic anointing is made up of three gifts which are referred to by many as the “vocal” gifts. According to the apostle Paul, there are a total of nine gifts given by the holy spirit which supernaturally empower a believer for Christian service (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). These nine gifts are generally divided into three separate groups of three gifts each: the “vocal” gifts, the “revelation” gifts and the “power” gifts. I believe the God’s “vocal” gifts; which are made up of the gift of prophecy, the gift of diverse kinds of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues; embody the full expression of the prophetic anointing within the Church. The prophetic anointing is the first anointing all Christian experience when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts, we find that the ongoing experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is always accompanied by one of these three “vocal gifts (See: Acts 2:1-4, 17-18; 10:44-46; 19:6).

During the decade of the 1980s, God began to emphasize the prophetic anointing to the Church in a fresh and powerful way. In the 80s, our understanding of the prophetic office was restored, the preaching prophets came on the scene, and the Church began to move into deeper realms of prophetic operation.

The “Priestly” Anointing

We know that the “priestly” anointing is still in operation today because the apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:9 that God has raised up the Church to be, “a nation of holy priests.”

Through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross, each believer now has the privilege of ministering to the Lord daily and bringing “spiritual” sacrifices of worship and praise before the throne of God. Each believer also has the privilege of “standing in the gap” and offering up intercessions and prayers on behalf of this lost nd dying world. These are “priestly” functions. Those who operate in the “priestly” anointing are characterized by the three “revelation” gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the gift of discerning of spirits.

Like the prophetic anointing, the priestly anointing has been operating in the Church since the day of Pentecost, but it has also enjoyed a time of renewed emphasis during the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. During this time period, intercessory prayer conferences began to spring up around the world, revelation knowledge began to flow like a river to God’s people, and a powerful new wave of praise and worship music began to “crest” in the Church.

The “Kingly” Anointing

I believe the “kingly” anointing is just now being restored to the Church. As we already saw in Revelation 1:6, God has made us “kings” before Him forever! I believe those walking in the kingly anointing will be marked by the three “power” gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:9-10: the gift of faith, the gifts of healings, and the working of miracles. In chapter four, we will cover this aspect of the “kingly” anointing in greater detail.

Progressing Into Increasing Dimensions

In the Kingdom of God there’s a principle of progressive increase, “First the blade, then the corn, then the full corn in the ear…” (Mark4:28). This principle is taught throughout scripture, The Bible says we bear fruit, god prunes what we bring forth, and then we are able to bring forth more fruit. Finally, as God’s “prunings” continue and we allow the Word of God to continue to abide in us, we bring forth much fruit (John 15:2-8). So there’s  a principle of growth described in the Word of God; we move from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood (1 John 2:12-13). Growth in God’s Kingdom always progresses in an order of increasing succession.

This same principle is true in the spiritual realm. The prophet Ezekiel spoke about moving into “the river of God” from the ankles, to the knees, to the loins; and then finally; God’s presence becomes a river that no man can cross over (Ezekiel 47:3-5). I believe the anointings of prophet, priest, and king advance in this same order. On the day of Pentecost, when the believers were first filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues and prophesied, they stepped into God’s river only “ankle” deep. When the Church progressed further and moved into the “priestly” anointing of intercession and ministry unto the Lord, they moved into the river only “knee” deep. The final dimension is the “Kingly” anointing. The early apostles moved into the kingly anointing in a powerful way, but the brightness of this anointing was virtually extinguished by organized religion during the “Dark Ages.”

I believe God is restoring this important anointing to the Church rights now. In the 80s and 90s, the Church moved back into the water up to our “ankles” and then up to our “knees,” but now we’re going to move in up to our “waist!” In this next move of God, people who have been faithful with little, will be entrusted with much! It’s God’s principle of growth and progression—we don’t start out in deep water, we start out ankle deep! We move from one degree of glory to another—we increase with the increase of God, “here a little and there a little,” just as bible teaches (2 Corinthians 3:18; Isaiah 28:10).

Before Jesus returns I believe there’s going to be an abundance of anointed “kings” reigning in the spiritual power on the earth! There will be many who have moved into a “kingly” dimension of life and ministry within their God-ordained spheres of appointment. Just as we’ve had prophets and priests, soon we’re going to have kings—hallelujah! M
ay you and I reign as kings for His glory!

We Are Called To Reign As Kings In This Life!

In Romans 5:17, Paul writes, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

Jesus has called us to reign in life as “kings” through the abundance of His grace and by His free gift of righteousness! In light of the present condition of the Church, I believe it’s going to take an abundance of grace for God’s people to learn how to reign in this life as “kings.” Before we can be entrusted to sit with Jesus on His throne and reign with him in power over the nations after His return, (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 20:4,6; 22:3-5), we are going to have to first receive His abundant grace and learn how to reign with Him as kings spiritually—in this life! (Revelation 1:6; Romans 5:17; 1 Corinthians 4:8; 2 Timothy 2:12)

Dr. John Polis
*This article is an excerpt from Dr.Johns book entitled “The Kings Are Coming”. If you would like to get a copy of this book, go to http://johnpolis.com/products/the-king-are-coming-book

Apostolic Succession

40746212_sGod never intended for the Church to lose what it had been given in the beginning. The same revelation, power, and authority that Jesus shared with the first disciples was intended to be passed to future disciples in every generation. Possibly, if God’s intent had been carried out, we would already be in the New Heaven and New Earth the bible speaks of.

The Good News is that we can pick things up again and implement the strategy that Jesus used in order to retain what we have been given since the Reformation began in the 1500’s. We can keep the restoration move of God going and bring it to its conclusion in the Return of the Lord following the final harvest of the Earth by understanding some keys found in the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand in John 6:11-13. There are amazing truths found here.

RECEIVE

The first thing a successor must do is learn to receive from the one God is using to build and instruct them. V. 11 ”And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples..” The word “distributed” means “to deliver over as to a successor.” When I looked up this word a whole new insight developed from this passage. Jesus was revealing a pattern to us for future generations of ministry sons and daughters who would carry on the message and mission without losing anything. We must take what has already been given through the Spirit to our spiritual parents and as we use it, it will “multiply.” When I am training another generation, I require them to read the books I have written, get my revelation and use it until God multiplies it with a revelation of their own to compliment and add too with even more depth. This is the pattern, we don’t start with our own revelation and preach only what “God has spoken to me.” Humility will cause a protégé to take what is being given from the mentor, knowing it is “already blessed.”

RELEASE

The disciples took from the hand of Jesus and distributed it to the multitude. V. 11 “…He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down…” A successor will release the revelation to even greater numbers than the one who was giving to them. God intends that ministry will multiply. Jesus gave to the twelve, they gave it to thousands. A miracle takes place when successors are faithful with what they have been given. “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). I am thinking of a young man I know very well who took over his father’s ministry when the father passed. The young man was a protégé of his father; full of the revelation he gleaned from his dad. As he began to distribute that which was already blessed, God multiplied it to feed another generation. The church grew from 200 to 20,000 in weekly attendance. As we release what we have received, multiplication occurs supernaturally in quantity and quality.

RETAIN

True successors will not only Receive and Release the blessed bread of the Word they have been given, but they will also see that nothing is lost in the process. Retaining not only what they were given, but what was multiplied as they released to others. The revelation continues to grow and people are “filled with the knowledge of God’s will” (Colossians 1:9-11).

I am seeing that some things God released to the Church during the Charismatic Renewal of the 70’s and 80’s are in danger of being lost, many believers have gaps in their spiritual education regarding some truths that were revealed before they got into the present move of God. A true successor will go back through the revelations of every wave and continue teaching the “whole counsel of God” in order to bring The Church to maturity in Christ (Colossians 1:25-29). Jesus told the disciples to “Gather up the fragments that remain, that NOTHING BE LOST” (John 6:12). Let us, who are in the Apostolic Reformation today do the same! As we train our sons and daughters to be successors, let us follow the pattern Jesus used, teaching them to

Receive, Release and Retain the precious truths of God’s Eternal Word.

Dr. John Polis

The Necessity of Faith

54745297_sIn the process of restoration the Church enjoyed a season of faith teaching that brought believers to a greater level of victory in life.

“This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”  1 John 5:4 NKJV

Many of today’s believers in the Apostolic and Prophetic Movement did not come through this season of faith teaching and may need to catch up by revisiting some of the voices of that era of ministry during the 70’s and 80’s. This teaching was so important and launched many of the large and prominent ministries that are touching the world today.

Jesus responded to the Centurion’s faith by saying, “Go your way; as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” Matthew 8:13 NKJV

The Lord noted the Centurion had great faith and called this important truth to the attention of the disciples who were along to witness faith in operation under the ministry of Jesus. I believe that today’s disciples also need to witness and understand this level of faith. The Centurion needed only the spoken word in order to believe he had what he desired. When we are requiring some sense evidence before we can believe we already have the thing we desired, we have not yet exercised biblical faith that is the “evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

“When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed. “Assuredly,I say to you, I have not found such GREAT FAITH, not even in Israel.” Matthew 8:10 NKJV

Where is the Lord looking for “great faith” today? In His Church, of course. Jesus was the first faith teacher and taught His disciples to understand the different levels of faith by defining them as they occurred in His ministry. Jesus mentions…

“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have NO faith.” Mark 4:40 NKJV

“Oh you of LITTLE faith, why did you doubt.” Matthew 14:32 NKJV

I have not found so GREAT faith.” Matthew 8:10 NKJV

“O FAITHLESS generation, how long shall I be with you.” Mark 9:19 NKJV

The Apostle Paul, also a mighty “faith teacher” said the following regarding “faith”..

“The just shall live by faith.” In other words, “Faith is the believers way of life.” Romans 1:17 NKJV

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV

“your faith grows exceedingly”  2 Thessalonians 1:3 NKJV

“…God has dealt to each one, a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 NKJV

“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith.” Romans 4:20 NKJV

“…Above all, taking the shield of faith…” Ephesians 6:16 NKJV

These verses and many others show us the necessity of having a growing faith that can receive the great things God has for us all, both personally and in ministry to others.

In order for a believer to be a person of restoration each one must drink from every stream of truth that has been restored to the church.

“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God.” Psalm 46:4 NIV

The River of God is made up of all truth of scripture and all gifts and ministries of the Spirit as implied by Luke and Jesus..

“whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:21 NKJV

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 NKJV

God has been restoring His Church with “spirit and truth” as “line upon line” of revelation comes and wave after wave of the Spirit releases gifts and grace to us. The Scripture is called “the Word of Faith” because it produces faith. As FF Bosworth stated in his classic book, “Christ The Healer.”

“God sends His promise, when the promise produces faith, then faith produces what was promised.”

The stream of revelation that came to the Church known as the “Word of Faith Movement” was   one of the greatest moves of God in Church history and would be vital for every believer who desires to move in apostolic faith and be used by God in these perilous times when “great faith” is a necessity for us all.

Dr. John Polis

Give Me My Mountain

3323371_sFor those who have been waiting a seemingly long time to possess your prophetic destiny, here are six characteristics of someone who didn’t leave the earth before obtaining what was promised. By following the steps of Joshua and Caleb, we can see fulfillment of the Word of God even if we have to wait till we are 80 years old.

  1. “They searched out the land” Numbers 13:2. We must be able to see the good things in our future before we can obtain them. A great man of God once said, “If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible.”  As we meditate on the Word of God and pray in the spirit, we are “searching out the land” of our lives to see what lies in store for us in God’s plan. Holy Spirit in us enables us to see future events before they happen.
  2. “Rulers among them” Numbers 13:2. These men had the quality of faithfulness, they were mature and responsible men who had proven character before the Lord. Those who are entrusted with great responsibility have been trustworthy with smaller responsibilities in the Kingdom of God. Before becoming elders in the Body of Christ, we must first use the office of a deacon well, learning how to become servants.
  3. “A spirit of faith” Numbers 13:30. Faith is in two places according to Romans 10:8-10, “in the heart and in the mouth.” Paul said that Christians have this same spirit of faith in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “speaking with the mouth what we believe in the heart.” Caleb said what he believed, “Let us go up at once for we are well able to possess it.”  You can’t speak one thing and possess another as Jesus said, “He shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23 KJV
  4. “Not easily influenced by others” Numbers 13:31-32. Staying free from contamination of evil reports is necessary to stay in faith and possess the promises of God. When a majority is saying “it’s not possible”, pointing out all the obstacles that must be overcome, the spirit of faith will overcome and remain unmoved for as long as it takes. Paul said, “for We walk by faith and not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV
  5. “Faith and Patience” Numbers 14:37-38. The Word says that Joshua and Caleb lived stillafter all the “doubters who spoke an evil report before the Lord” had died. Paul said those who have the “diligence of faith and patience” will possess the promises, Hebrews 6:11-12. Patience is the ability to stay in faith as long as it takes.
  6. “Knew when to move” Joshua 14:12. “Now therefore, give me this mountain.” The time comes when the Lord is ready to manifest His glory in the fulfillment of His promises, we must stay ready in faith so that we are able to move with Him.

The Lord has put these wonderful examples of faith in His Word, the Word of Faith, so that we may follow in the steps of faith and live out God’s plan to the fullest; only leaving this life when His full will has been accomplished. As Paul said, “I am now ready to be offered up” 2 Timothy 4:6. He knew he had seen the fulfillment of what had been spoken to him by the Spirit of God.

Dr. John Polis

Identifying Prophetic People

10518391_sApostles and Prophets must work together to establish the Church and prepare it for the mission of establishing God’s Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. I once heard that “apostles will take you deep in the Word” and “prophets will take you high in the Spirit.” According to Jesus, we need both the Word and Spirit to be complete in Christ (John 4:24), so these two gifts must work in tandem for the success of God’s work. When prophets are being trained for release, there are eight characteristics that should be evident in their lives.

  1. Understanding timing. Jesus operated as Prophet and was keenly aware of God’s timing in His life. John 13:1 ESV states, “Now before the feast of Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Prophetic people can wait on God to move before they move, a very key element of a prophetic lifestyle.
  2. Understand that revelation is progressive. Hebrews 6:1 KJV, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God…” Prophetic people will build the Word of God into their livesline upon line and precept upon precept” (Isaiah 28:10 KJV) because they are aware that God operates in a systematic way, and they are not jumping ahead of where the Spirit is trying to instruct them at the time.
  3. Understand Divine restraint. Paul told the Corinthians that the spirit of the prophets was subject to the prophets” (1 Corinthians14:32 KJV). Prophetic people will learn to restrain the urge to manifest their gift until it can be done, “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV).
  4. Stay on fire for God. Jeremiah said the the Word of God was like a fire shut up in his bones. (Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV). Staying on fire is a matter of keeping the Word of God alive in our hearts. Prophetic people don’t just live by the anointing upon them but by the revelation within them.
  5. High regard for the written Word of God. “Knowing this FIRST, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-20 KJV). Prophetic people learn to live by the written Word of God, not exclusively by the prophetic utterances that come forth because they may change, being conditional upon man’s cooperation, but the written Word of God never changes.
  6. Spontaneous and flexible. Jesus said, “The wind bloweth where it listeth…” (John 3:8 KJV) meaning God changes directions in our lives at times without prior warning. We have to learn to be flexible as prophetic people and make adjustments to our course when it is unexpected. Some people who had a prophetic word have become stagnated because God changed plans and they were unwilling to let go of what was no longer God’s will.
  7. Sharp and discerning. The Word of God is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV). The more of God’s Word is abiding in your heart, the more prophetic you will become, and all the more discerning. Prophetic people are able to make righteous judgments in situations due to the clarity of their discerning. Jesus didn’t entrust himself to certain individuals, “because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man, for he knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25 KJV).
  8. Praisers. “..and it shall come to pass, when thou art come hither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets, coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tablet, and a pipe, and a harp, before them, and they shall prophesy” (1 Samuel 10:5 KJV). Prophetic people have learned to break into high places of Spirit through praising God and have made a lifestyle of praising God. Prophetic people can maintain the atmosphere of open heavens due to the high praises of God.

When training people to live in a prophetic anointing, these eight characteristics should be encouraged by leadership.

The Ministry of Jesus vs. the Ministry of Paul

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I find that many church leaders, especially those who were born again during the Pentecostal and Charismatic Revivals of the 60-80’s, emphasize the ministry of Jesus more than the ministry of Paul.  What is the difference between these two apostolic ministries, and what should be the focus of each?

During the earthly ministry of Jesus, He ministered primarily to the “lost sheep of Israel,” with the exception of his teaching ministry to the disciples whom He had chosen to be in the school of ministry.  The mission statement of Jesus, found in Luke 4:18, is directed to the needs of people for repentance, healing and deliverance:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” 

This was not a message of spiritual growth and maturity, but of liberation to those “whom Satan had bound.”  Jesus came to “bind the strongman and spoil his goods” by preaching, healing and casting out devils.  Jesus was not speaking to born-again people who could understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.  But so often, church leaders are trying to duplicate the ministry of Jesus to the church every Sunday, as though they were the unsaved crowd Jesus was ministering among.  We often use John 14:12-14 as the basis for this philosophy of ministry:  “The works that I do, shall he do also” (referring to the deliverance ministry of Jesus).  By following this practice each week, we actually are keeping the congregation in need of healing and deliverance, because they are never growing up spiritually and taking their position as sons of God through Christ.  We need the ministry of Jesus to the masses of unsaved people, and we need the availability of that ministry to people in our congregations that need it.

But we need to shift our focus for the church to the ministry of Paul as stated in Colossians 1:25-29:  “…of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.  To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.“  Notice especially verses 28-29, where Paul outlines the functions and purpose of his apostolic ministry to include both “preaching to warn every man” and teaching to “present every man complete in Christ.”  As we read the letters of Paul, we can sense that “power that worked mightily in him” as he taught the church who they are “In Christ.”  The apostolic ministry of Paul weighed heavily on a teaching ministry that would produce Christ-like people who understood the New Creation completely.

Herein lies the difference between the Ministry of Jesus and the Ministry of Paul.  We need both operations in the world, but we should realize that the Ministry of Jesus was more to the unsaved world, while the Ministry of Paul was more toward the church, even though Paul’s apostolic ministry included preaching to people who were hearing the gospel for the first time, and was confirmed by miracles, signs and wonders; yet he spent most of his time teaching the believers New Creation Realities.  When believers have understood completely what God’s work in Christ means to them, they will not need the Ministry of Jesus every Sunday to get them healed and delivered again.  The reason pastors are often trapped into doing the Ministry of Jesus weekly is because the people don’t have a New Testament understanding of redemption.  This may be because the leaders themselves have not yet received the revelation contained in Paul’s writings.  We need to understand more than, Justification, Sanctification and Regeneration – we also need to know what it means to be a son of God with all the privileges and inheritance of the Family of God:  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)  Much of the church is still living as “servants” and have never moved to “sonship.”  There is a transition from servant to son that must take place where we are not relating to God based on our “performance” but from our “position” in Christ.

The church today desperately needs the Ministry of Paul so that they can come to maturity and “do the greater works” of which Jesus spoke.  The Lord said that believers would do the works that He did listed in Matthew 11:2-5, referring to the deliverance ministry of Jesus:  “And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’  Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:  the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.’ ”  But He also said we would do “greater works than these,” referring to getting people born again, spirit-filled and grown up in Christ.

The world is waiting for the mature sons of God to manifest, those who will reveal the nature of the Father, who is Love.  May the Lord help us to see when each of these apostolic ministries is needed, and release them accordingly for His glory.

Apostolic Shepherding

7189604_sThe Great Shepherd and Apostle of our Confession, Jesus Christ the Lord, has told us what to look for in those who are true shepherds, after the model which He Himself demonstrated while in His life on earth.  In the ninth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, as the Lord looked over the crowd of people, He uttered a cry for assistance in the great work of shepherding the flock of God, which contains three characteristics of what He was looking for in those who would continue His ministry as shepherds of the sheep.

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then he said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ ” (Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV)

THE CONDITION OF THE FLOCK

True shepherds CARE about the CONDITION of the flock.  Jesus was moved with compassion; He genuinely cared about their condition in all aspects.  Most shepherds who are called by God begin with sincere motives that put the needs of the people ahead of personal agendas, empire building, and ladder-climbing in the Kingdom of God.  Some, however, have become more concerned about the “contributions” of the flock, rather than the “condition” of the flock.  As shepherds, we must maintain the heart of God for the people, not using them as means to an end, but placing the value on each individual that God has assigned to humanity, and serving them accordingly.

THE GATHERING OF THE FLOCK

True shepherds GATHER the flock of God.  Jesus noted that the sheep were “scattered” without a protecting shepherd, making them more vulnerable to the attack of wolves and other predator beasts.  The shepherd is motivated to gather the flock of God, not for numbers’ sake alone and reaching corporate ministry goals, but for their need of protection and direction.  God’s people are to develop the nature of a sheep, which is to “follow the voice of another.”  Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice.” (John 10:27).  Christians must be gathered together for the protection offered by a spiritual covering, but also to learn how to be led by the Spirit of God as a result of learning to walk with the flock under the guidance of the local shepherds.  As new believers, we don’t know His voice clearly yet; we are often confused about direction in our lives and, having the loving counsel of seasoned shepherds, we gain confirmation that we are truly hearing the voice of the Lord.  The goal of true shepherds is to train people to hear His voice and to be led by the Spirit of God.

THE STRENGTHENING OF THE FLOCK

True shepherds STRENGTHEN the flock of God.  Jesus also noted that the sheep were “weary” – they needed rest, but they also needed the strength that comes from proper nourishment.  A true shepherd wants to produce strong Christians who are able to complete the journey through this life in victorious fashion that glorifies God.  This means preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God, including “doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.” (see 2 Timothy 3:16).  Believers need not only milk (not too much candy!), but also meat (and strong meat) of the Word to grow from babyhood to manhood and become reproducing disciples.  True shepherds know that the future of the flock depends on the healthy reproduction of the flock.  As a shepherd, if my sheep are not reproducing more sheep as a result of being properly fed, trained, and equipped, then the future of the flock is jeopardized.  As true shepherds, let us CARE, GATHER and STRENGTHEN the flock of God according to the apostolic model of Christ.

The Kingly Anointing

30085725_sIn 1997 I wrote a book entitled He Cutteth Out Rivers, describing the difference between the Prophetic, Priestly, and Kingly anointings, and how believers can flow at all levels.  Since that time, God has been speaking specifically about the Kingly Anointing that has been released upon the Church and with greater detail regarding characteristics of this particular anointing.

OUR POSITION AS KINGS

First of all, we should understand that all believers already have the status of a “king” according to Revelation 1:5-6, which says, “Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us Kings and Priests unto God and His Father…”.  Jesus is called the “King of kings and Lord of lords” in 1 Timothy 6:15.  The “other” kings and lords mentioned in this verse happen to be those who are “in Christ” and already have the positional status mentioned.  We must now learn how to actually live out this positional truth in our everyday lives by renewing our minds to the Word and acting accordingly in thought, word and deed.  Glory to God! We are who He says we are, we have what He says we have, and we can do what He says we can do!

OUR FUNCTION AS KINGS

Current apostolic revelation emphasizes kingdom government concepts, which are the truths that Jesus will run the universe by for eternity.  We are just in the “training for reigning” and “schooling for ruling.”  Part of our training and schooling includes the nature and role of kings in the kingdom of God.  The truths regarding the nature and role of prophets and priests have been restored to us in recent moves of God, and now is the time for kings to understand their function and biblical role in the restoration of the church.

Apostle Paul told us in Romans 5:17 that everyone who receives the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness “shall REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ.”  It is kings who reign by exercising dominion in all realms of life and ruling with character, wisdom, power and wealth.  There is a kingly anointing that has been released upon the restoration church, and we are seeing apostolic leaders raised up with a generational blessing upon their lives because they have become sons and daughters of the house, having learned to serve those with an Elijah anointing upon their lives.  It is time for these “sons and daughters” to partake of the next level of anointing that God is pouring out upon us by receiving the revelation being given and following those who are walking in it.

THE KINGLY EXAMPLE

The Gospel of Matthew is written mainly to the Jews to prove that Jesus was indeed the awaited Messiah who fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming King.  This gospel portrays a King teaching others how to be kings.  “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He that is born KING OF THE JEWS? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.’ ” (Matthew 2:1-2).  Jesus shows us in this gospel how to live and reign in this life as a king in the kingdom of God.  He totally ruled over the kingdom of darkness through apostolic power and authority.  He also established rule in the hearts of men by love and servant-leadership that would make any sacrifice for their welfare.  He won the confidence of those he served by his kingly character, wisdom, and power.  He demonstrated the unlimited resources available to a king ruling under the authority of Omnipotence.

A POOR KING?

According to tradition, “poor Jesus” was born in a stable to “poor parents” who were turned into the night when they showed up at the door at the inn “begging for lodging.”  According to the truth or the Gospel, Joseph went to the hotel to “rent lodging” because he could afford it, but the hotel was fully booked for the night, so they went to the stable because Mary was about to deliver the Christ.  Shortly after the birth of Jesus, wise men arrived and “opening their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11).  There is a principle demonstrated here whereby one always entered the presence of a King bearing gifts in honor and respect.  This not only occurred at Jesus’ birth, but also during His life and ministry (see Luke 8:1-3).  Jesus walked in the wealth of a king while on the earth and never had shortage.  Have you ever seen a poor king?

It is the kingly anointing that is attracting wealth these days.  We should not be after the “loot” but after the “root.”  We must develop the character and wisdom of kings, and then the power and wealth will follow.  The message of the Kingly anointing is for those who are ready for maturity as saints.  We can see from the Old Testament that the kings who ruled without character and wisdom failed and led people to destruction, but those who ruled with Christ-like qualities had long and successful reigns that glorified God and blessed people.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS KINGS

I believe the kingly anointing is for the apostolic church which has embraced responsibility for the advance of the Kingdom in this present age.  It is obvious from the past behavior of many Christians that a person can experience prophetic anointing and minister to God as priests at the altar while still living fleshly, self-centered lives.  However, the kingly anointing will flow through character and wisdom produced in the lives of those who have decided to “wholly follow the Lord” in all the restoration truths given to us up until now in the Church.  The kingly anointing was given to His disciples (those who “left all to follow Him”).  We are the people who live in this tremendous time of restoration of all things, so let’s determine to “be all” and have all” that God provided and desires for our lives, so that we can demonstrate the authority and power of the Kingdom of God in this present age.