Apostolic Prayer

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine, breaking of bread, fellowship and prayers”, Acts 2:42. It appears from this verse that the apostolic people of the first century held to four important values that perpetuated their individual and corporate spiritual health and increase.

Teaching of the Word. They were steadfast students of the apostles teaching which included the revelation acquired firsthand under the ministry of Jesus Christ during the earthly ministry.

Breaking of Bread. The new family enjoyed much time together in homes sharing meals and building relationships with all the new additions to the House of God.

Fellowship. The word “koinonia” implies a partnership in and communion of common interests and values. This involves learning, praying, worshiping and working together to fulfill the mission of the church.

Prayers. This is the capstone of all the rest, “My house shall be called a house of prayer”. It is clear that the apostles were leaders of a prayer movement first and foremost. True apostolic ministry will always bring a restoration of prayer to the House of God, because apostles are primarily prayer warriors themselves. Some of what we call revivals are not really revivals at all because they don’t involve the masses involved in prayer, but crowds coming to drink from the results of other people’s prayers. The end result is a temporary blessing but not lasting life changes. Maybe we have lost the picture of what a real revival is, it could look like the upper room where all the people were involved in heavy praying which changed their lives to the degree that they become a living witness for Christ. Our modern day idea of revival is often a spectator event where people are coming to see the latest phenomenon, or hear the hottest new preacher, but few people are really being changed for eternity and becoming a living epistle known and read of men.

Some twenty weeks ago, a spontaneous outbreak of revival prayer broke out in our ministry, characterized by deep” groaning which cannot be uttered”. This prayer spirit has gripped the hearts of hundreds of people in various venues where a tangible impartation is received by prayers that takes them beyond tongues. This is occurring in every prayer meeting no matter the location as soon as hands are laid on people, or they receive the microphone to pray. It is obvious that God is training a new generation of prayers by instantly making them a spiritual womb pregnant with the burden of the Lord. The group most influenced by this move are the 20-35 year olds, male and female alike who are catching this wave of the Spirit. Prayer meetings are being conducted every Tuesday and Friday night for the last twenty weeks with the same manifestations taking place. But this is more than manifestations, it is producing life change in every person who is partaking, and whole churches are being affected by it. This impartation was given as a result of a decision we made to move prayer back to the sanctuary on Sunday and Wednesdays for fifteen minutes prior to opening the service. Whereas, intercession usually is relegated to the prayer room where the average believer never sees what real prayer looks like. We close the sanctuary doors fifteen minutes early and turn the sanctuary into a prayer school where I (Sr. Apostle) lead the meeting and release that powerful anointing. Visitors either remain in the foyer or come in and join us as they hear what is happening. Some folks asked, “What if we scare the visitors away”, to which I replied, “They will have to see God in action sometime, it might as well be on the first visit”. To the contrary, the number attending the pre-service prayer school has grown each week, including first time visitors who are hungry for God in their lives. We than move directly into Praise/Worship because the whole group is already on fire. After the third week of bringing prayer back “center stage” and open to the public before each service, pulling out all the stops on the Holy Ghost, God said, “I’m going to honor you for this”. That is when the fire fell and has continued to present in every meeting, we are truly becoming a “house of prayer”. When God said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer”, He meant that prayer would be the main characteristic of the place where He abides. When this has occurred, we will have seen a true restoration in the Church and all the people will be in revival, they won’t be attending a revival meeting, they will be the revival meeting. May this great restoration of apostolic prayer continue until Jesus Comes!

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Apostolic Courage

20653706_lMoses is understood to be an Old Testament apostle according to Hebrews 3:1-3 where he is compared to our Apostle and High Priest, Jesus Christ. Moses is credited with “building a house”, the work of apostles, and imparting to another generation of leaders as a spiritual father. We see the impartation going into Joshua enabling him to do the greater work of leading the people into their inheritance after having received deliverance thru the ministry of Moses.

An aspect on the anointing given to Joshua was courage, something Moses displayed on many occasions while leading Israel out of bondage and something Joshua witnessed in his spiritual father. Courage simply means to “continue in the face of fear and adversity or against much greater odds”.

“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore unto their fathers to give them”, Josh.1:6.

Joshua would need great courage to face the odds arrayed against him and his congregation if they were to succeed in obtaining all God planned for them. Courage is to be the badge of apostolic people since we are living in perilous times as Paul promised we would in the last days (2 Tim.3:1). Paul was a great example of courage to Timothy and all of his apostolic team, facing adversity with assurance of victory and a determination to never give up. During the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill motivated his people to succeed against all odds by assuring them “We will never give up”, and God worked miracles to give them the victory against overwhelming odds. Courage gives a person the ability to focus on the objective when there are many attempts to get distracted. “To get distracted is to get discouraged”, that is why God emphasized to Joshua the goal he was to focus on, “for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land”. God was telling Joshua that he would accomplish this task against any odds if he would walk in courage.

Apostolic people are those believers who have been “sent forth by the Holy Ghost” on a divine assignment (Acts 13:4) that would encounter great resistance from the enemy, and would require great amounts of courage. Consider Paul as an example of courage when he had to “ride out a great storm” while enroute to testify before Caesar. After the storm and subsequent shipwreck, he still had to overcome being marooned and considered an escaped criminal. It’s no wonder Paul could confidently stand before the Roman tribunal and confidently say, “The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will deliver me safely to his heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim.4:18). His courage had developed by facing adversity time and again, beating all the odds. With God no-thing shall be impossible. Today’s apostolic people, those who have sat under apostolic anointing, should be the examples of courage to this generation, keeping their eyes on their God given objectives and turning apparent defeat into glorious victory for the glory of God. The shifting conditions of our day may instill fear in many, but those with apostolic anointing will remain courageous during the most difficult situations, inspiring others to “fight the good fight of faith” and obtain the prize before them. When we operate in courage and refuse to give in to fear, God will make a way where there is no way. When Moses courageously led Israel to the Red Sea, little did he know that the “path of deliverance” was “hidden at the bottom of the sea”. The way was there all the time, but didn’t open up until it was necessary. This is a word for us today, the hidden path will open at the right time, and it was hidden in our obstacle the whole time.

The Apostolic Heart

Apostolic ministry involves more than the functions of the “grace gift”, it also includes the inner motivations of the heart of an apostle. Paul often mentions what motivates him from within, such as his outline in Romans 1:14-16 where he mentions three attitudes of the heart that will be the driving forces of ministry. First he says, “I am a DEBTOR”, meaning that he was a person with a sense of obligation, akin to the attitude a conscientious person takes toward a bill that is due. A sense of obligation will move a person to take care of business with haste, and not procrastinate until the last moment. I once read a book by Jack Sparks on Modern Day Cults which had a quote that summed up this idea of obligation in regards to the unsaved. He said the cults were the “unpaid bills of the Church”, a statement that has stuck with me since the late Seventies when I first read it. This sense that Paul had of obligation to share the truth he had received, led to the next attitude he revealed about his own heart, “I am READY to preach the gospel”. This simply means that because of the debt he owed, he prepared himself in every way possible to pay that debt, he said, “So as much as is within me I am ready to preach”. This is not a half-hearted effort at the task, but a true apostolic attitude toward responsibility to do as much studying, praying, fasting and listening to mentors as necessary to be “approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed”. Any person, who has been touched by apostolic anointing to the degree that a change of heart has occurred, will share in this sense of obligation and will be preparing themselves to preach the gospel as well. Every believer is called to apostolic ministry in the sense that we are all called, anointed, and appointed by God to a place of influence in our world where we can establish the Kingdom of God. Finally, Paul said, “I am not ASHAMED of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation”. I believe that Paul was thinking of all the times he had preached Christ and watched as the word was confirmed with signs following, like the lame man at Lystra in Acts 14:7-11, “the same heard Paul preach and had faith to be healed”. When Paul “perceived that the man had faith to be healed, he said, “Stand upright on thy feet” and the man got up and walked home carrying his bed. Paul saw the power of God released as he preached the word in different venues, always resulting in miracles, deliverance and new birth; he knew it could happen even in a King’s Court. So he affirms that he wasn’t ashamed of the manifestation of God’s power, not matter how or when it was displayed. These are the attitudes of an apostolic heart, “I am a debtor, I am ready, and I am not ashamed”. (Romans 1:14-16…”I am a debtor both to the Greeks and the barbarians; both to the wise, and the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek”. )

Apostolic Prosperity

18827391_sThe Church at Philippi enjoyed a greater measure of prosperity than the other churches of Macedonia because they understood God’s order of apostolic ministry. We learn that the House of God has order and structure from the many Old Testament patterns for building that were emulated by the New Testament leaders. Haggai 2:7-9 predicts the “glory of the latter house will be greater than the glory of the former”, and that there is a connection between the “glory and the silver and gold”. The New Testament church built according to pattern will have the manifestation of God’s glory in it, and the money will always be where the glory is found.

When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he indicated that they had learned how to tap into the glory by properly relating to the apostolic ministry of the day. They recognized the order of God’s house and willingly submitted to it, taking responsibility for the care of Paul and his apostolic ministry. Paul seemingly was surprised that none of the other churches in Macedonia had recognized his apostolic role in their lives, and were negligent in their support of his work of ministry. On the other hand, the Philippians were “careful to communicate with him in giving and receiving” so much so that they found favor with God. Paul told them that their response to his need was “a sweet smelling sacrifice to God” and “well pleasing in his sight”, Phil.4:15-19. It pleased God that this church identified with Paul’s apostolic ministry and were so conscientious in making sure there was a full supply coming into Paul’s office so that he would be able to continue unhindered by financial distress.

When speaking about money to the Church, Paul was careful to explain his motive, “Not that I desire a gift, but that fruit may be set to your account”. He assured them that their giving would result in their own prosperity, and that was what he desired above all else as their spiritual father. He affirmed to what extent they had cared for his life and ministry by saying, “I am full and abound” due to their repeated giving. It was then that God released the prophetic word to them about the glory coming into their midst, bringing with it a “full supply of all their needs”, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his RICHES IN GLORY by Christ Jesus”, vs.19. The Philippians had realized an important truth about the order of ministry in the House of God and had properly aligned themselves with apostolic leadership bringing a release of the “glory, silver and gold”. The church that is built according to the Apostolic New Testament model will have both the “glory and the money” in it.

Apostolic Activation

14216924_sThe recent move of God has brought the restoration of the five leadership gifts of Eph.4:11, but what is next on God’s agenda for the Church? According to Eph.4:12 it would be the activation of the saints into ministry doing the works of Jesus out in the “highways and byways” of the land. It seems that the Church can be attracted to meetings and outpourings as they occur in various locations on earth, which all revolve primarily around the anointed vessel being used at the time, and where believers enjoy a measure of blessing on their lives. But getting the Church to take that blessing out of the meeting and into ministry is another story. There has been abundant prophetic word about the saints’ movement and the activation of believers into ministry, however, we still all seem to be going to church and not being the church. Is there a key that can give us a breakthrough into what God wants for us at this time? I believe there is, and I would like to suggest what I consider to be a vital key to activating the saints into “teaching, preaching and healing” (Matt.9:35).

Could it be that we need a new wineskin for the new wine we are enjoying at this time that would move us away from going back to the same old model of ministry. Where can the saints really be active in doing ministry better than in their own homes? We are presently involved in training and activating believers to begin house church ministry, what could be more apostolic than to plant new churches. The House Church Movement, in my opinion, is the answer for activating the saints into ministry that will reach new believers and make new disciples, rather than just recycling believers from one congregation to another. We must teach people that ministry is more than what we do at church in the Ministry of Helps department. For years we have taught people to take a job in the church so that the public gatherings would run smoothly, enabling us to advertise our program and attract church shoppers. The goal in all this was church growth and bigger budgets, all justified by our need to fund the many programs we developed to meet the felt needs of people. I am a product of the church growth movement and it’s teaching, which has helped us to understand breaking barriers and better management principles. We have learned how to incorporate people into our vision, but we have yet to pass the ministry from the hand of professionals to the non professional believers. When I speak of ministry I refer to the work of “evangelism, discipleship and deliverance” (Matt.9:35). Most believers still depend on the professional leaders to do this type of work, bringing people to church for someone else to get them saved, healed, delivered and discipled. The next step in activation following the restoration of apostles is to see the apostolic people taking responsibility for the real ministry of winning the lost and making disciples. Jesus told his disciples to “let down the nets for a catch”, “go fishing” and “fill up your boat”. Praise the Lord, let’s release the saints to do the same by training them to actually win their friends and neighbors to Jesus and bring them home for church. This may mean that they will not come to service each Sunday at the building, but will meet in homes on Sunday morning like the New Testament believers continued to do for years after Pentecost, and then meet corporately less frequently for a big celebration and impartation from the professional leadership.

For the Saints Movement to really be activated and released, it will require a change of structure for meetings and public gatherings. This will bring about multiplication instead of addition, and there will be real church growth as souls are added to the Lord daily.

Apostles Are Survivors

16218012_sI recently heard Evangelist Mike Murdock make a profound statement that enhanced my perception of victory in the life of a believer. Mike said, “Success comes after survival”. As I began to meditate on this concept, I realized how much it related to Apostle Paul and his entire testimony of a life of hardship and danger in following Christ. In 2 Cor.11:16-33, Paul lists the many sufferings he endured walking in the will of God for his life as an apostle of Christ, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus in Acts 26 where Paul was told that he would “suffer many things for His Name”. Paul’s life as an overcomer in Christ meant that he could survive the worst satan could hurl at him, not that his faith would keep him from ever experiencing any of the bad stuff. Real faith is what we do in a fiery furnace situation, or facing the fire and flood that life brings our way. It would be nice if we only had the devil to deal with because he can be controlled by the authority we have in Christ, but we also have people to deal with who are not so easy to control and are the primary instruments of pain in our lives. Paul said that “evil men and seducers wax worse and worse” and that “perilous times shall come” because “men are lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God”.

Demonically inspired people are part of the cause of pain and suffering in our world. Examples of this would be a Hitler or a Saddam. In Paul’s life it was the religious people who continually tried to have him killed or imprisoned, or people who wouldn’t listen to his advice that resulted in his own hardship such as the captain of the vessel in Acts 27 who didn’t heed Paul’s warning not to sail at that time into a dangerous storm. Paul was victorious because he could survive the worst of situations, and that knack for survival was a result of his faith in God’s ability to keep him no matter what. If we could hear the testimonies of the successful people in our day, we would find that they endured hardship on their way to success, and that life was no easy road to travel. Teaching that leads people to believe they may never have to fight for their life, is not the “whole counsel of God”, Jesus warned that the enemy comes to “steal, kill and destroy” our lives. Being an overcomer means that we have overcome many things to gain the title. Sometimes it appears that God’s people are too soft and can’t really “endure hardness” as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, they believe that “Jesus is my shock absorber in life” as the bumper sticker reads and are ready to have a nervous breakdown when trouble comes knocking. Our apostolic teaching should result in the forming of Christians who can withstand in the day of evil and when the dust settles they are still standing.

I believe that Moses was an apostle who went through much rigorous training to develop the endurance necessary to fulfill his assignment. Hebrews 11:26 tells us that “Moses endured seeing him who was invisible”. One day as I was reading about Moses and Pharaoh, I asked the Lord why he was so hard on the Egyptian leader, hardening his heart repeatedly and finally drowning him in the Red Sea. God said, “It wasn’t about Pharaoh at all, I was training Moses to have endurance by making him face an increasingly difficult problem ten times over. I just used Pharaoh to prepare my leader for duty”. I realized that Moses was too soft for the trouble ahead and that God knows how to prepare us to survive difficulty. Any apostle that has been successful in building an apostolic family, that has produced sons and daughters who are also successful in ministry can write books about the survival skills they have learned, or they wouldn’t be around any longer. Truly, “Success follows Survival”.

Apostolic Supply

18172622_sWhat exactly was Paul saying to the Philippians when the promise was made to “supply all their needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”? What relevance does it have for us today who are part of the restoration movement in the Church? These are the questions that need answers at this time when people claim scriptures in a wholesale manner without checking to see what the qualifications for possession are.

Paul was the spiritual father of the Philippians; therefore his comments are directly tied to his apostolic relationship with them when he addresses the subject of financial supply for both him and them. Paul was commending them for their careful supply of all his needs as a traveling apostolic father to churches and leaders, and at the same time expressing concern for those churches that showed no interest in his financial situation. “Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only”,vs15. Paul didn’t speak about financial matters because he was seeking to gain from his family, but because he understood the blessing that would result for them as a result of becoming financially responsible for his needs. “Not that I seek a gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account”, vs.17. Jesus taught us to lay up treasure in heaven thru our giving when he told the Rich Young Ruler to “Sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” Mk.10:21. Paul also understood this truth and assured the Philippians of the same.

Notice that Paul acknowledges that he has a full supply first, before he prophecies that “full supply” blessing to the Philippians. “Indeed I have all and abound, I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet smelling aroma, and acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” vs.18. Paul assures them that their giving was making impact in heaven because it was pleasing to God; it was that thing He expected of them. Why was God so happy that the Philippians had given so generously to Paul? It was because it was their recognition of God’s order, the very order set up by God to provide leadership and covering to the people. Their giving was evidence that they recognized Paul as God’s provision for them spiritually, and they wanted to make sure that the blessing on Paul’s life was continually accessible to them. God’s order suggests that “blessing flows from the head down” Ps.133, in scripture headship refers to spiritual covering in our lives.

Whenever a believer begins to experience lack, the first response should be to see if they can provide for their church, sow to make sure your church has all it needs and watch God respond in kind to you. The same is true for ministries that have apostolic covering, when things get tight, instead of withholding giving; make sure your spiritual covering has a full supply and watch God respond to you. An Old Testament example of supplying for your spiritual leadership first, is found in the story of the Widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:8-13. Elijah boldly told the woman to “make me a cake first”, which resulted in the release of her miracle provision and a full supply for the remainder of the famine. I believe Paul was teaching the same principle to us in the New Testament in order to insure that we could have a full supply and be full and abound as Paul did. There is certainly nothing wrong with tent making when it is necessary, but time spent making tents was time taken away from preaching, teaching and leading the flock of God, the thing that Paul was needed most for in the Church, “Nevertheless, to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for you progress and joy of faith”. Phil.1:24-25.

This touches on the principle of honor for spiritual leadership, and reflects upon our understanding of how God seeks to release blessing thru the principle of providing for those whom God has sent to our lives as Paul was sent to the Philippians for their spiritual development. When Paul told them that “God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”, it was a reciprocal response, they were reaping what they were sowing. They sowed a full supply to Paul, and reaped the same for themselves. The designation Christ Jesus is indicating that God anointed the man Jesus, and people were blessed through him as we read in the Gospels. Paul was indicating that he was an anointed man in their life and that God was blessing them through him, or as a result of him and the anointing upon his life. God has put anointed men and women in all of our lives as spiritual fathers and leaders, it is through these people that God will bless us as well while we are demonstrating to God that we understand who they are to us, and our responsibility to honor God by honoring them. If we seek to make sure the Paul in our lives have a full supply, God will make sure we have one as well.

Apostolic Grace

The first apostles walked in a high level of supernatural power that gave them ability to meet any need and rise to any challenge the enemy could hurl at them. This supernatural ability is otherwise called the grace of God at work in their lives, and was a major theme of apostolic preaching.

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified”, Acts 20:32.

Scripture gives us a key to walking in that dimension of grace that is available to every believer and will first be demonstrated by the restored apostles in today’s church. Before we look at this key principle of obtaining grace, we should notice that there are measures of grace outlined in scripture such as;

“All grace” – 2 Cor.9:8 “More grace” –James 4:6 “Great grace” – Acts 4:32-33

Grace is God’s ability to do what we cannot do ourselves and applies to all areas of life including victory over sin, miraculous works, financial abundance and physical deliverance. The Apostle Paul was the primary revelator on the grace of God, and as a result he manifested a very great measure of that grace in his life and ministry. His revelation can be summed up in two key phrases, grace is all you need (2 Cor.12) and all the grace you need is available, Hebs.4:14-16.

Paul gave us the main key to obtaining increasing measures of grace in our lives, as did John the Baptist when he said, “He must increase and I must decrease”. Paul’s very name reveals the same key in its meaning, “little”. We must become small in our own eyes in order to obtain grace in increasing measures as the modern day company of apostolic people. The Lord Jesus walked in the revelation of total dependence on Father God as indicated when He said, “I can of mine own self do nothing”. Recently while mentoring a young former Marine and decorated soldier of the Iraq war, I shared how that we must learn a change of pace in our walk with God because most of us are used to running full speed ahead in life. This young man is a warrior who is highly trained in personal fighting skills and military combat, he is not used to doing nothing. Now that he is learning to walk with God, a change of pace is required so that he may learn to be “led by the Spirit”. God’s pace is stop, or “be still and know that I am God”. Slowing down is hard to do and usually doesn’t happen until enough frustration occurs from walking out of step with Him. As we learn to be “crucified with Christ” stillness comes into our spirits whereby we are always quiet before His Presence which is aglow in our inner man (holy of holies). A dead person is very quiet and still, they have stopped all movement.

Another term that describes this “total dependence on God” is “humility”. Paul told us to come boldly to the “throne of grace” to receive mercy and “obtain grace in time of need (for every need)”. The designation, “throne of grace” is revealing in that it is customary to bow before a throne, approaching the King in humility. It is therefore necessary not just to pray for grace, but to come with the proper attitude of humility and service. The early apostles had great humility as is indicated by Paul’s greetings to the churches where he refers to himself as “Paul, a servant of God, called to be an apostle”. He remained “little” in his own eyes and maintained the attitude of a servant which is humility, as a result he had access to all the grace he needed to finish his assignment and conclude his life at his own discretion. I believe restored apostles will have undergone the greatest levels of breaking and will have come to a stop before God in total dependence and humility. They can therefore manifest the greatest grace and be an example to the body of Christ on how to obtain and walk in the grace of God, having supernatural ability that is more than enough for the times we live in. “Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more”.

The Blessing of Abraham and Sarah”

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“And you shall be a father of a multitude of nations” (Gen.17:4). There is an aspect to the Blessing of Abraham and Sarah that has now come into view in the light of the Apostolic Reformation, which is the blessing of “spiritual fathering” and “birthing of Kingly anointing”. During the Word of Faith Movement we heard about many of Abraham’s blessings, we even had a great a song entitled “Abraham’s blessings are mine” that helped us renew our minds to that fact that we are “Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Gal.3:27-29). Those blessings were “righteousness by faith”, “financial prosperity” and “divine health” blessings for which we are very grateful and rejoicing in.

Another dimension of Abraham’s blessing involved the “family spirit” that gave birth to “multitudes of nations”. Abraham was a “father of nations”, his vision was to raise a family that would train their children and continue to carry the blessing to a “thousand generations”. Modern day apostles who have birthed “apostolic movements and networks” are types of today’s Abrahams; they are “fathers of nations”. Israel was made up of tribes who together comprised the nation, we see this blessing manifested in the “apostolic movement” (nation) that has fathered many apostles who have “apostolic networks” (tribes) within the nation (spiritual family). The network I founded in the 80’s was comprised of the churches my wife and I personally planted; it was and is our “apostolic network of churches”. Since then we have assisted pastors who have transitioned into apostolic ministry with their own networks, they are spiritual sons and daughters with a tribe among the nation. My own network is one of the tribes in the nation (apostolic family of ministry) now.

God has promised the restoration of a “family spirit” in Malachi 4:5-6, “turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers”. This is the greatest expression of the Church on planet Earth, “family”. The many metaphors in scripture that depict the Body of Christ, such as, “bride”, “army”, “temple” and etc. will all fade away, but family is eternal. God is know in Ephesians 3:14-18 as “the Father of every family named in heaven and earth”, and it is in the context of those “families” that the “fullness of God” will be revealed, and the “exceeding greatness of his power” demonstrated. Could this be a

reference to the “apostolic families” that are arising under the fathering anointing of Malachi 4:5-6? Could the Apostolic Reformation be the catalyst of the greatest revelation of love and power in the history of the Church? I believe it can and is as we continue to grow in the revelation of the Abrahamic Blessing, the “blessing” that will fill the earth with “spiritual families” of mature sons and daughters carrying the Jubilee Anointing that the “seed of Abraham” carried in Luke 4:18. We need to believe God for the “fullness of the blessing” of Abraham to be upon us at this time so that more and more spiritual fathers will be released and more families of ministry will be birthed to fill the earth. The seed of Ishmael has a plan to “breed more seed” than anyone else so that Islam can take over the world without “firing a shot”. These are the words of Colonel Khadafi of Libya in reference to Europe, “It looks like Allah will give us victory in Europe without firing a shot”. The Muslims are breeding at a rate five times faster than other Europeans.

The Abrahamic Blessing will bring “multitudes of spiritual seed” into the family of God so that Christianity will “breed out” the unsaved population thru “spiritual new births” and the earth will be filled with the Glory of the Lord.

Apostolic Demolition

The restoration of apostolic ministry to the church should touch on three areas that we clearly see affected by the apostolic anointing in the early church. The three areas we will discuss in this article are central to the revival that was taking place, and were satan’s tools to stop or hinder the move of God to evangelize the world in short order.
Honesty. The story in Acts 5:1-5 where Ananias and Sapphira were judged for dishonesty under the apostolic anointing of Peter, should serve as a warning to us in this “second apostolic reformation”. As I interact with many leaders across the land, I find many that still are struggling with this issue of honesty in relation to finances. It is obvious that God judges our real affections by how we view and handle our finances. In fact, God has no greater competition for our affection than money, “how can we love God and money at the same time”. If there is dishonesty in the pulpit, there will dishonesty in the pew. It is amazing that God “nipped it in the bud” early on in the revival so that “others would fear” and the example of these two prominent leaders would not be copied. With something as basic as the tithe being mishandled by so many, we have a serious problem in the church. I spoke with one pastor I was attempting to mentor into apostolic truth, and when I asked him about his tithing practices, his answer was, “I tithe to my wife and she tithes to me”. Their concept was that they were each other’s pastor so they would tithe to each other. This is a nifty way to keep the money in the house and still convince ourselves that we are “tithing”. I could understand people doing something like this in ignorance when they are without relational covering, but after the truth has been revealed we must become “doers”. I could tell many stories depicting the many practices of people in regard to finances that all amount to the same thing, dishonesty. How long will God permit people in leadership to preach one thing to the saints and practice something entirely different.

It was the apostolic anointing on Peter that brought swift judgment to this grievous sin in the hearts of people. I anticipate the same results when the apostolic anointing is in full bloom in today’s church. I believe that apostles should be examples of honesty, preach honesty, and demolish dishonesty with the Word and Spirit of God.

Morality. This is a second tool satan will use to stop the move of God, and that true apostolic anointing will demolish in the church. The level of immorality in the Corinthian church was so high that incest was even overlooked. The prophets and teachers in Corinth didn’t seem to have the grace to deal with it, they were very busy “flowing in the Spirit” and enjoying the “move of God”. It should be noticed that today’s church is much the same in that as long as the “spirit is moving” and miracles are still happening we just figure God accepts everything that is going on in our midst. The level of immorality in today’s church is getting frightfully close to that of the Corinthians, even including incest among leaders. We understand that prophets are more inclined to activate and identify spiritual gifts, while apostle are more inclined to look at the lives of the people being activated and used in the gifts. This is why we need the team ministry of apostle and prophet working together, so there will be a balance of gifts and character in the church. Apostle Paul, founder of the church finally stepped in and administered the apostolic grace to correct the situation and bring holiness back into the movement. I firmly believe that a mature apostolic gift will not tolerate a low standard of morality among local church or network leaders, but will require the same level of holiness the early apostles wrote to us about. This is restoration also. We must get back to “ordaining a life” and “not a gift”. The New Testament church ordained “elders”, not “preachers”.

Sorcery. A third area that apostles will demolish is in the area of spiritual witchcraft as we find under the ministry of Paul who “smote sorcerers blind” in the Name of Jesus. Apostles have the grace to overcome the Leviathan, Jezebel and Absalom spirits that attack ministries today. That is why it is so important for independent local church leaders who are not operating in an apostolic gifting, to find and connect with an apostolic parenting ministry for a relational covering. I have watched two things happen as churches connect with a mature apostolic gifting, warfare breaks out and all the demons that were hiding and operating in secret now are screaming because they know they have been detected. Ministries that have been “up and down” due to period undermining of these spirits, begin to move forward in peace and productivity. These “ruling spirits” are powerful and won’t yield until they are made to, or as Jesus said “unless as stronger than he comes and spoils his goods”. I believe the apostolic restoration will result in these three areas of Honesty, Morality and Witchcraft being brought into subjection to the King of Kings.