||The Word and Prayer
We believe as part of our mission as a ministry is to proclaim the gospel of Christ and prepare the way for Christ’s return by training believers everywhere to watch and pray. This ministry has helped hold leadership prayer and large evangelistic campaigns as well as lead by example a global prayer movement. We want to continue to train people to be watchmen over their children, cities and nation.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Tim. 2.15
|The Word and the Holy Spirit |
Other Topics Include...
Prayer, Intercession and Warefare
Praise and Worship
Healing and Deliverance
Walking in the Apostolic
Apostles and Apostolic Authority
Prophetic and "prophetic anointing"
Hearing God's voice and Prophesy
Teaching on our Identity, Anointing and Purpose
The Feast of Dedication
He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.(Nahum 2:1)
"No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."
- When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
- "Receive the Holy Spirit." When you immerse a piece of fabric into water, you make sure that the fabric is fully soaked so that not a fiber of it is without water. This is how you receive the Holy Spirit. All of Him, leave no part or portion unfilled!
- (Acts 1:4-5) And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (John 20:22) And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (Acts 19:2) And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him,
Jesus said to His first disciples after His resurrection, "receive the Holy Spirit." This was necessary for them that they might walk in His power, love and ministry. They had been walking with Him already for three years as His disciples or apostles. They had already seen His miracles and some of their own. But they had not yet received the Holy Spirit.
They had to be ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH,- baptized with the HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH FIRE.
(Acts 1:1)"... ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
"And you shall seek me, and find me, when you search for me with your whole heart."
|Prayer, Intercession and Warfare |
(Ephesians 6:18) "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…" (Colossians 4:2) "Continue earnestly in
prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving."
"A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust." (Proverbs 21:22)
Developing A Heart And Mind Of Prayer
1. Preparing Your Heart
has multiple purposes: to purify
us, to express His love, to train us in prayer, to establish us in relationship
with Himself, and to know the value of the Cross and His Kingdom, not simply
is important to develop the habit of laying aside what you bring to prayer:
personal opinions, prejudices and expectations and judgments. Come willing to be emptied of personal motives, which
would contradict His, will and heart.
in faith believing: 1) confident that an answer exists in the heart and mind of
God; 2) confident that He cares for you (1 Peter5:7); 3) that a solution is in
place through Calvary, though we may not see the connection at the present
moment; 4) that God is in charge of the process. Even when we think we see what the end
should be, we cannot travel from point “A” to “B” in our own strength and
2. Developing A Disposition To Learn And Develop A Discerning
practice discernment and notice His activity on your behalf, with an expectation
of His action and provision.
Recognize His hand in your daily life that brings you joy, and helps you
learn how to perceive His presence.
How He deals with you, and be aware of His voice within you (which He
promised in John 10:4….we will know)
out for insight and raise our voice for understanding…to search for it as for
hidden treasure as Proverbs 2 instructs us.
will arrange “divine appointments” for you in response to your prayers. Be alert to those whom He has sent
across your path, and ask that He will prepare you to respond in a discerning
discerning and teachable heart is:
to the wealth of help available form the Lord, which stirs up
for purity as we realize our unclean, unloving ways and the offense they
are to the Lord’s heart;
for love, to motivate us to ask and desire to be guided by
for empowering in the Spirit out of a desire to be one who sets others
free though prayer and loving counsel;
in meekness, knowing our own need of constant
in the fear of God, not man; as the woman who washed His feet was free of
concern for reputation, we also will not act on our discernment if we are afraid
of the judgment or rejection of others;
in humility, so that God can entrust His power, authority and discernment
to those who will not mistake it as their own, but will use it under His
authority and out of His motives.
3. Bringing Life to Prayer Practicing
A. God’s Word and Spirit operate through
us, as we are open to them. It is
obedience to God’s Spirit, He is able to give us that discernment which unlocks
B. Obeying God’s Spirit when He prompts
someone’s name comes to us, offering prayer for them, though we may have no idea
being prompted during prayer to pray something which does not necessarily make
sense according to your knowledge of the situation, but which God
necessary insight through one of the gifts of the Spirit, which will give light
to the situation; word of knowledge, word of wisdom, passage of Scripture, a
song, or pictorial impression, which pertains to the situation. When these come, ask Him to guide you in
sharing and praying them in a sensitive and timely way (not always when they
occur to you.)
may want to pray for someone, but don’t know what their need is. Hold them up before God; their name and
circumstances. Pray prayers of
blessing over their life. Often we
become sensitive in the Spirit ot them and will find the Holy Spirit prompting
us to pray more specifically for them, having prepared us in our hearts
may find in prayer that you find sin or unforgiveness present, which is blocking
the desired answer. Ask God to help
you develop sensitivity to the “feel” of prayer situations; alertness to
attitudes, which are contrary to God’s loving Spirit, or a sense of being
blocked in prayer. When you sense
that there is not freedom, ask the Lord to show you the source of the
trouble. Ask and you shall
may prompt you, or the person with whom you are praying, through an impression
or memory, to be enlightened or aware of what caused the problem. It can be confessed and forgiven,
allowing prayer to proceed, and a new freedom for the one
praying in a small group, it is good to “discern together” what God’s Spirit is
doing and saying. Allow periods of
silence and waiting on the Lord, and expect that no one person will have the
whole picture, but that the Spirit will use each person and their giftings to
accomplish His will.
4. Christ’s Love Activates
A. Ask that the Lord specifically open a
pathway of love when praying for broken or
painful situations. This
allows Him to work out His loving and merciful purposes
with your full participation.
Though our minds and hearts can often perceive where untruths or immorality
present, it is through
love that we discern the best course of action, or prayer.
There, mercy and compassion
of love will affect change without adding fear and
condemnation. In this context of love, we can pray for
conviction and repentance
without judgment or
fear entering in.
C. We are told of the admonition of 11 Cor.
5:16 no longer to see people from a human
point of view, but rather to see them in Christ, as a new creation. With His eyes of
we can see what God sees for the person we are praying for, and pray
according to His ultimate plan for them, rather than for the creature or
see at present.
5. Light Overcomes
adversary the devil seeks to lead us into error and deception, while our human
nature will often mislead us. Know
you are taking the light and reality of God’s Kingdom into prayer
with you, and His love and authority are flowing in your prayers. Pray with the understanding that He
has conquered darkness, and you represent God’s truth and His powerful
getting into a “dark place” with someone emotionally or spiritually; recognize
when listening with compassion turns into a dragging down of your heart and
faith so that you are not able to pray effectively, in confidence. Avoid receiving emotional
with thanks giving, praise and blessing releases the love and hope of God’s
Kingdom. Thank God for what He
will do, and bless the one for whom you are praying, praising God for
His ability to bring life and change.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in
love." (1 John 4.18)
"Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because
love covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4.8)
One of the most complete teaching on prayer I have
ever studied is the Prayer Portions, by Sylvia Gunter, and her many other
Prayer Portions © 1991, 1992, 1995, Sylvia
Gunter, P.O. Box 380333, Birmingham, AL 35238 USA
I thank the Lord for her and others that have added so
much to my life in Christ:
John R. Rice
and so many
|Praise and Worship |
(Psalms 34:1) I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
PRAISE AND ADORATION
Our Father, Which art in
heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Bless the Lord, O my
soul: and all that is within me, bless Your holy Name. I adore You and make known to You my
adoration and love this day.
I bless Your Name,
Elohim, the Creator of heaven and earth, Who was in the beginning. It is You who made us and You have
crowned us with glory and honor.
You are the God of might and strength. Hallowed be Thy
I bless your Name,
El-Shaddai, the God Almighty of blessings. You are the breasty one Who nourishes
and supplies. You are all-bountiful
and all-sufficient. Hallowed be Thy
I bless Your Name,
Adonai, my Lord and my Master.
You are Jehovah, the completely self-existing One, always present,
revealed in Jesus, Who is the same yesterday, today and forever, Hallowed be Thy
I bless Your Name,
Jehova Jireh, the One who sees my needs and provides for them. Hallowed be Thy Name
I bless your Name, Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, the Lord my
sanctifier. You have set me apart
for Yourself. Hallowed be Thy Name
Jehovah-Nissi, You are my victory, my banner, and my
standard. Your banner over us is
love. When the
enemy shall come in like a flood, You will lift up a standard against him. Hallowed be Thy Name
Jehova-Shalom, we bless your Name. You are my peace – the peace which
transcends all understanding, which garrisons and mounts
guard over my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Hallowed be Thy Name
We bless You,
Jehova-Tsidkenu, my righteousness.
Thank You for becoming sin for us, that we may be the righteousness of
God in Christ Jesus. Hallowed be
Thy Name !
|Healing and Deliverance |
"If the Son makes you free, you shall be FREE indeed!"(John 8:36) - It's your inheritance.
There is no such thing as false hope. As long as one has breath, he/she is to praise the Lord and God inhabits the praises of His people. I/we should never be ashamed or reluctant to ask the Father to heal. One of the aspects of the healing prayer is to intentionally distance the symptoms and present prognosis from the vision desired concerning the individual prayed for. In other words, believe and we must be careful how we describe and speak about the illness an individual is overcoming. Faith is involved in our language.
A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
Death and Lifeare in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18: 20,21
Jesus honors our faith, and by His sacrifice, we have authority over the enemy. So, we must align what we say with what we believe. The language we use and what we believe is very important. I will not say "he/she is getting worse, or he/she is dying of ___." Although that statement may correctly communicate the present, manifest facts, they do not reflect the spiritual reality of the vision I have of one within whom the Spirit of the Lord is moving to execute restoration and healing. So, instead of saying "he/she is getting worse," I might say "he/she faces serious symptoms" or something else that recognizes the challenge while recognizing the faith we bring to the illness.
And when Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw His wife's mother laid, and sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the eve was come, they brought to him many who were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all who were sick. That it might be fulfilled that which had been spoken by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our diseases."
Matthew 8: 14-17 KJV
ATTITUDE FOR HEALING. Matthew 8:
SUBMISSION TO THE LORD’S WILL.
1. A leper” = outcast, untouchable.
Leprosy = sin.
“Covered with leprosy” – Lk
5:12. Disease had progressed
Should we pray for healing for
those in late stages of cancer?
2. “He knelt before
“He fell with his face to the ground and begged Him…” –Lk
worshipped Him” – KJV
“Proskyneo” (Gr) = to prostrate, bow to the ground,
Physical expression of the heart attitude of submission to the
Examples: Mt. 2:2, 11; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:2.
What is the attitude of my heart as I come to Jesus for
3. “He begged Him,
“LORD” = Kurios” (Gr) = LXX translation of Yahweh”
Ex. 3:14 – “I AM WHO I AM” “I
“I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE”.
Ex. 3:15 – “THE LORD” = “HE IS” =
What is my attitude towards “The
LORD” as I approach Him?
Who is He in my understanding and
attitude of heart?
“If You are willing, You can make me
I know You can. You are able. But is it Your will for me
THE BASIS FOR HEALING.
Faith sees God’s authority vested in the one
recognizes God’s appointment of that person to
recognizes God’s anointing of the Holy Spirit on
Faith sees God’s authority in that person’s spoken
Faith recognizes the spoken word as
God’s authoritative Word.
Faith recognizes obedience to that
word in the spirit realm.
Faith receives and acts on God’s authoritive
“Go! It will be done just as you believed it
Matthew 17:20; 21:21-22.
Do you believe you have this
Luke 10: 17-19; John 14:12; Mark 16:
Do you act and speak with the
authority of Jesus conferred on you?
III. THE CASE FOR
HEALING. Matthew 8:
CHRIST”S ATONING WORK.
Isaiah 53:3, 4, 10.
Presented by Dr. Morris Vaagenes at
the April 9, 2000 Healing Service at North Heights Lutheran Church,
The Lord Jesus healed all
sick people - as our Substitute He took upon Himself all our diseases. There is healing in the
atonement. In chapter 8 in
Matthew’s Gospel begins a detailed account of the healing ministry of the Lord
Jesus. Observe how He ministered
with these four principles of Truth.
As we see there was no definite pattern as to how the Lord Jesus
ministered, but two things we see clearly is that Jesus was compassionate to all
sick people…..and He healed them (Matthew
One: It was
His desire to heal all sick people.
And behold , there came a
leper and worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make
me clean. And Jesus put forth
His hand, and touched him, saying, “I
will; be thou clean.” And
immediately his leprosy was cleansed . (Mathew 8: 2, 3)
I will is from the Greek
word thelo. It means; “I want
to.” That leper said, “Lord,
if you want to, you can make me clean.”
Jesus answered simply, “I want to; be clean.” No more do we have to wonder or to add
saying “if it be Thy will” to our
prayers when we pray for the sick.
It is the will of God to Heal.
In Isaiah it reads; “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and
carried our sorrows…..and with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4a, 5d) We can embrace and believe the last half
of (Psalms 103:3) also; Who forgiveth
all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases. There is no searching or questioning
if a person is worthy of receiving healing and it does not need to be an
elaborate prayer. It is the
will of God to heal and it is for us to believe His
Lord Jesus sometimes healed through the power of His Word.
Take note of the insight a
Roman officer had regarding that Jesus through the power of His Word in Matthew
8. Someone outside the circle of
religious people layed hold of this powerful truth! And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum,
there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying, Lord, my servant
lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come
and heal him. (“when
I come, I will heal him”) The
centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am
not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my
servant shall be healed.” … When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to
them that followed, “Verily I say unto
you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” ….And Jesus said unto the centurion, “Go
thy way; and as thou hast believed, so
be it done unto thee.“ And his
servant was healed in the selfsame hour - (Matthew 8: 5-8, 10, 13.) Healing comes through the power of the
Word of the Lord. It comes in
response to faith believing in the Word. Word in verse 8 is from the Greek word
The centurion said, “Speak
a logos only.” This is more
powerful than the Greek word rhema which also means “word.” Rhema means a word as it is spoken, a
declaration, a saying, a speech.
Logos means a word, written
or spoken - plus all the
power and light that’s behind it.
When planted in a believing heart, the healing that resides in it will
spring forth life.
It is important that we
meditate on the Word and believe it.
Let the Word touch your spirit, emanate through your mind, will and
conscience, and find release in your body as well. The centurion who came to the Lord Jesus
was requesting healing for someone else.
Those of us who care for others who are sick can believe for them and see
the release of healing power toward them.
It is important that we who are around those battling with disease or
illness keep our own hearts and minds filled with Words of healing to be able to
minister healing grace to those around us.
Lord Jesus sometimes healed by touching those who were sick.
And when Jesus was
come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a
fever. And He touched her hand,
and the fever left her; and she arose, and ministered unto them. (Matthew 8:
Jesus was always ready to
come near those who were suffering, even though sometimes the disciples felt
they should protect Him from the pressure of too many people. Jesus had His times away alone, but if
anything got His attention, it was the cry of those who were suffering.
In Matthew 8:3 He touched a leper and immediately
that leper was cleansed. Touching a
leper was forbidden by the Law lest the disease spread. Jesus disregarded His Own well-being to
impart healing to a hopeless individual.
No one is beyond the attention of the
In Matthew 9:29 He touched the eyes of two blind men and their eyes were
opened. Those two blind men had called Jesus the Son of David - verse 27. Take note that whenever anyone called
Him the Son of David, it got His
attention and they were immediately healed. All the power of the Covenant God had
made with David was wrapped up in Jesus being the Son of David. A similar incident in Matthew 20:34 with
two other blind men called out, “ Have
mercy on us, O Lord, Thou Son of David.”
Jesus stopped, had compassion on them , and touched their eyes. Immediately their eyes received
In Mark 7:31-35 we see
Jesus touching a man who was
deaf, and had an impediment in his
speech. Look what He did. He took him aside from the multitude, and
put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his
tongue. The man was healed straightway.
In Luke 7:12-15 we find Him
touching the funeral bier of a young man, the only son of a widow. And he that was dead sat
Jesus did not remain aloof
from people. He came near them,
especially those who were destitute.
He’s still that way. In
Matthew 18:20 there is a powerful promise from Jesus. “For where two or three are gathered together
in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” He had yet more to say regarding
this. I will not leave you comfortless
(orphans): I will come to you - John14:18
Then….“he that loveth Me shall be loved
of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” - John
14:21b. Then He said, …..“lo, I am with you always, even unto the
end of the world.” Matthew 18:20b.
May the Holy Spirit release
a simple faith in us to believe that when we come together in Jesus Name, He
comes with us to touch us. If He is with us, then He will still
heal us by His touch.
Lord Jesus sometimes healed by the casting out of demons.
When the even was
come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast
out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick.
Matthew 8: 16. It was is evident, as Jesus ministered,
that some sick people could not be healed until demons were cast out of
them. His in the above verse
is not in the Greek. It could say
simply that He cast out the spirits with “a word: - just one word. And yes, it was a logos
word. In Matthew 8:32 we find what
that word was. It was, “Go”! No embellishment, no explanation, no
pleading - it was just a simple, straightforward command from One Whose
authority was absolute.
Jesus imparted this same
authority to us who believe. The
only difference is that we know that when we say “Go!” ….it is in the Name of
Possessed with devils
from the Greek word daimonizomenos.
It means “being possessed, afflicted, vexed, or driven about by a demon
or evil spirit.” It is not clear in the word itself whether the demon is in the
person or simply nearby inflicting its evil influence. However, it’s more likely that they are
in the persons they afflict, for we take not that Jesus cast out the
spirits, not “drove them away.:
Cast out is from exballo. It means “throw out“.
And when He (Jesus)
had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power
(from Greek exousia,
“authority”) against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all
manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Matthew 10:1.
As being approved as a
competent ordained minister of the Gospel I have the authority to serve
as a pastor, baptize new believers, serve the Lord’s Supper, and perform
funerals and weddings, etc.. Jesus
didn’t give any of this authority to His disciples; He gave them authority,
instead, against unclean spirits, to cast
them out. That was the first
thing He imparted to them. Should
we not conclude, therefore, that it was important? It still is and it is important for us
to embrace His authority! We need to allow what Jesus teaches us in His Word to
be active in our lives to be healed spirit, soul and body.
these signs will follow those who believe; In My name they will cast out demons;
they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents; and if they drink
anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover.”Mark 16: 17, 18
In years passed we have
“known how to do things’. We have
experienced ‘conducting’ a Spirit-led meeting! We’ve even taught people what to
do and how to minister, or have we? We’re coming again to the point of not
knowing. All we’ve learned and
practiced through the years is insufficient for this day. Only His presence - with His touch - will
suffice. What John recorded in
Revelations 3:20 is upon us. He’s
standing at the door of His church knocking. He simply wants to come in and sup with
us. He wants to move in our midst
and touch us - and heal us. When
He touches us, we can touch others
and they’ll be healed. Learn
anew to wait in His presence - worshiping Him - for His hand to come upon
Mark’s Gospel contains a
remarkable passage about our touching others in Jesus Name. It’s a passage that’s difficult for
some, but the Holy Spirit instructs us not to fear what it says. And these signs shall follow them that
believe; In My Name shall they cast
out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and
if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on
the sick, and they shall recover. Mark16: 17,18. Also read Acts 28:3-5. Jesus touched sick people and they were
healed. We who believe can touch
sick people also. They will be
healed. The human mind may not
understand everything about this.
This is where faith comes in.
It knows God is greater than anything the human mind can face. What Grace the Lord has released upon
|Understanding and Walking in the "Apostolic Anointing" |
Apostle means “sent one.” The Holy Spirit is an apostolic spirit. God’s Spirit has been sent to us (Galatians 4:6). Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. Jesus turned His disciples into apostles as He said, “ As the Father has sent Me, so send I you.” (John 20:21). Moses was called and sent. (Exodus 3:10) The sending also involves warring. But the power and authority given to Moses to war against Pharaoh came from God. God not only called and commissioned and commanded, God committed Himself.” Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token unto you, that I have sent you…”(Exodus 3:12) There would be signs and wonders, tokens that Moses would speak for God. (Exodus 3:20).
Apostolic people are sent into an area to war against demons, to deliver people from bondage, and to serve God, as well as leading, nurturing, mentoring, disciplining, judging, and restoring and governing God’s people. The leadership God is looking for is the one that will take people from infancy to maturity; from the basics towards perfection. With this governing anointing, we also see a building anointing.
Governing and building anointing has:
- 1. Credibility
- 2. Character
- 3. Integrity
- 4. Vision
- 5. Discernment
- 6. Ability to build order in the midst of chaos
- 7. Energize people and rally them around God’s purposes
Moses would go and gather the people, the elders. He would rally them around the Name and person of God. He would bring them out of bondage into their inheritance. He would build. With authority from God the people would be taken to a new place, to plant, to build, to make way for increase, to bless. Moses would activate the changes in order to come into the order of God, being God’s instrument to remove the hindrances to the destiny of God’s people. An apostolic attitude is one of destiny. Apostolic people invest in those people, places, and things that relate to their destiny and theirs. The unseen Hand of God is upon their ministry. It is the Hand of destiny leading and guiding them. An apostolic attitude is full of purpose and mission. Passion for destiny is an earmark of apostolic attitude. “And when they had fasted and prayed, they laid hands on them and sent them away.” (Acts 13:3) An apostolic attitude is one of impartation. “For I long to see you that I may IMPART….”(Romans 1:11) Paul expressed the core of apostolic attitude. Training, mentoring developing, and making spiritual deposits in other consumes those with apostolic attitude. This attitude has apostolic people constantly perceiving their “spiritual Timothys”, those with whom they can develop a mentoring relationship.
Through impartation, their spiritual wisdom and understanding is transferred to another. Their ministry will not grow by knowledge alone. They must have both information and impartation. This is how their ministry can be established and bear fruit. “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.” (Proverbs 24:3)
The apostolic anointing is also one of favor. God said, “And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when you go, you shall not go empty…” (Exodus 3:21) God promised to be with Moses, and thus Moses, like Joseph, would have good success, favor. This favor would then extend to God’s people.
What God has purposed to do, those whom He has called, prepared, chosen, and commissioned, will receive grace to finish. There is with the apostolic anointing grace to focus on the task and execute what needs to be done. The anointing is an expanding and finishing anointing. “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)There is an anointing to labor more abundantly, with nothing stopping, barriers broken, relentless, in order to finish. Territories must be claimed for the Kingdom of God. Spiritual, geographical, financial, mental and relational realms will be advanced by apostolic attitude. Apostolic people are extenders. We extend the Kingdom of God into realms beyond the average mind-set of believers. Apostolic attitude is constantly on the advance and expansion and it encompasses realms of the mind of the Holy Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 10:16) - To preach the Gospel in regions beyond….
(Acts 6:7) - And the Word of God increased….
(Acts 16:5) - And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in numbers daily.
The apostolic anointing is an anointing for righteousness. Apostolic ministry comes by call, not by trend. Apostolic people are sanctified to their Lord, separated to the task, sold out for God, having the battle lines clearly defined…they are on the Lord’s side. The anointing of the Spirit of holiness comes forth with an anointing to break the power of hindering spirits and confusion. Apostolic people have a holy fear of God (Acts 9:31) with an intense awareness of His presence and understanding that our God is a consuming fire. In reverence they focus on the Kingdom of God with singleness of vision. (1 Corinthians 15:58) They submit to the Word, for their desire is holiness and the sound, healthy, correct doctrine of the truth of the gospel submitting to the fire of God for cleansing, purging, deliverance from evil.
Apostolic people desire to be steadfast, faithful, unselfish, caring for others, sharing, giving, and loving. They are believers in Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, living in one accord with God, with His Word, and with others in the Body of Christ. They are relational and vibrant, not compromising or complacent, hating corruption, enthusiastic, glad, joyous and praising. Aware of their destiny, they seek to glorify the One sending them forth. They enjoy God, looking up and out and forward. The apostolic anointing enables patience, the ability to endure suffering, to persevere, to inherit the promises through faith and obedience. The anointing may seem winsome, magnetic, drawing people to Christ by the fragrance of a life dead to sin and alive to God.
Apostolic anointing brings boldness and clearly communicates the Word of God and apostolic people are not ashamed of the gospel, or of Jesus Christ, or of His Blood, or of His Holy Spirit, or of His people. They press forward on the front lines, pioneers, forerunners carrying the glory, servants of Jesus Christ. They are full of the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, with confident of trusting God with their spirit, soul and body separated unto Him. (Acts 13:2) They are sent out as ambassadors, servants walking in humility with the power and authority of Jesus Christ from God the Holy Spirit.
|Apostles and Apostolic Authority
and “Apostolic Authority”
And God has
appointed these in the church:
first apostles, second
prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps,
administrations, varieties of tongues.
This is God’s order: first apostles, second
prophets, third teachers…..
The apostolic gift and anointing should always be at the heart of the
Church, therefore, is a necessary and indispensable part of the church, not
optional, but needed and required.
Apostles are standard-bearers-commanders who lift the standard and rally
the army of God (Isa. 59:19).
The Church needs apostolic leadership to help set the Church in
order, being a catalyst to help organize and mobilize the believers into an army
of the Lord.
Every believer has been gifted by God to fulfill
his or her calling and purpose. We
are loved and forgiven equilaterally and all necessary to the Body of
Christ. We are all equal in God’s
eyes in Christ as to salvation; no gift makes anyone more important that anyone
else, yet as you see in the scripture above lists apostles first in rank in the
spirit. The reason for this is that
someone has to be first; someone has to be a pioneer or forerunner. This is the divine order of ministry
given to the Church, and it is not to elevate men or exalt the flesh but that
each gift function can operate in it’s greatest capacity fulfilling its
commission. When the church
neglects this it will cause disorder and confusion and inhibits the flow of
anointing and power of God through His order.
The apostolic prepares and opens the way for the
prophetic, and in turn the prophetic prepares and opens the way for the
teaching. All three are needed to establish
God’s purposes in that region and our ability to fulfill the Great Commission is
based on this order. Evangelism and
pasturing are utilized as ways of reaching and overseeing the people to perfect
the saints. The apostolic cannot
function without these two gifts and the others as well. The apostolic gift and anointing should
always be at the heart of the Church making the Church relevant to our world
without compromise. Just think of
all the pioneers in history; perseverance, the hardships, misunderstandings,
injury, mistreatment and even deaths. The pioneering spirit is apostolic.
Apostolic people have a breakthrough anointing that will invade and possess new
territory – naturally and spiritually.
The apostolic ministry has the ability to penetrate the defenses set up
by the powers of darkness, and apostolic preaching and teaching has this
penetrating power. (Matthew
12:29, Mark 3:27, Luke 11:21,22, Daniel 7-10, Ephesians 1:21, Ephesians
6:12, Colossians 1:16 and Romans 8:38.) Apostles can go into regions and break
through the resistance by binding the strongman. We must break through
tradition, religion, ignorance, poverty, witchcraft, rebellion, pride, and other
obstacles so that people might be set free to walk in the truth. In addition to regions being opened up
to the Word of God, the Lord uses apostles to affect cities as well (Acts
13:44) and will help change the spiritual climate of their assigned areas,
whether those are cities, regions or nations. The result is that the people in those
areas are more receptive to hearing the Word of God- and the Church will be that
much closer to fulfilling its mission.
A mature apostle, one who has embraced the cross and
walks in awareness of his limitations, will spend and be spent doing everything
in his power so his spiritual sons and daughters are equipped for the ministry
and find their purpose. The
difference between local pastors and apostolic leaders is primarily in the way
they think, not the size of their church.
There are many mighty apostles that no longer serve a local church.
God wants to build on the old truth of our forefathers and maintain their
pioneering spirit and use our own faith and fresh revelation to push into new
territory with God.
4:16) "From him the whole
body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds
itself up in love, as each part does its work."
All authority in the Kingdom of God is by
relationship. Jesus is exalted as
King in heaven ruling over both heaven and earth. From there He gifts His church with the
five fold ministries. While He
rules sovereignty over the earth, including the civil ruler i.e., the kings of
the earth (Psalm2), He rules savingly over His church – those He is
related to by the New Covenant in His blood. Therefore, the church must respond in
the right way to His delegated authority, which He has sent through the five
fold ministries of (Ephesians 4:11).
In (11 Corinthians 1:24) the epistle Paul feels
compelled to defend his apostleship because he was the spiritual father of the
church at Corinth. However, for
whatever reasons, the church was not responding to him as their spiritual
father, therefore his apostolic authority was hindered in its application. The functioning of authority is in
direct proportion to the strength of the relationship. The church received him
as another teacher like Peter and Apollos, but they did not receive him as their
apostle. Paul responds, writing
this: ”not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your
The word “workers” is a Greek word synergoi, translated “fellow-workers”,
used also by Paul in (1 Corinthian 3:9). We get the English word synergy from
this word. Paul is saying that
through a covenantal working relationship between the apostles and the local
church, including its leadership, the maximum efficiency is released for the
fulfillment of God’s Kingdom agenda.
Authority is by consent not coercion. Paul understood that the saints of
Corinth needed to stand on their own faith and his role was to help them walk in
joy instead of defeat. They were not to place their dependence upon his faith
neither were they to become recklessly independent of his apostolic authority in
bringing correction and disciplined change. They were to maintain the principle of
interdependence in the local church:
the intricate interlacing of apostolic leadership, local leadership (such
as pastors and elders) and the local membership in harmony and balance. Neither the apostle or the local
leadership nor the people can be complete without the other.
All authority is the kingdom is given…it is delegated to us. No one takes it upon himself. In the
Great Commission, Jesus announced that all authority (Greek: exousia) had been
GIVEN to Him! Would His disciples
respond to His authority and obey the Commission He gave them?
Even through the sad stories of the past legitimate
Biblical authority remains the same.
An abuse should not drive us into disuse, but motivate us to seek the
Relational apostolic authority should include:
Authority of Influence. This should
remain the lowest level of authority because those with whom we do not have a
relationship with can influence us. Paul was able to minister to many (Acts
28: 30-31). He was not their
spiritual father (apostle), but he still had great influence there. Ministers like Billy Graham and Dr. C.
Peter Wagner that I have worked with, read their books, but don’t know
personally very well, have influenced me over the years and I would probably not
decline if either calls me to participate in something again.
Authority of Fellowship. If one
open my heart to a group of fellow ministers concerning some “unsanctified” area
of one’s life, that brings a measure of spiritual authority into my life. All of us respect and respond at least
in some measure to those who minister encouragement to us and even to those
through whom the Holy Spirit may release correction to us. Doing so will obviously test whatever
level of relationship one has with them.
Authority of Service. The principle
is: godly and unselfish service releases authority. Paul declares at the
beginning of most of his letters as being a bondservant of Christ. The nature of authority in the Kingdom
of God, sharply contrasts the nature of authority in the world system, i.e., the
Gentile overlords. In (Matthew 20:28), Jesus said: “the Son of Man did not come to be
served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many”.
Authority of Accountability. This
believed by most is the highest level of authority. We will give an accounting
of my ministry to the Chief Shepherd.
Meanwhile, we are endeavoring to walk in a relationship of accountability
with those minister-leaders to whom the Lord has relationally joined us. Iron sharpens iron! As in the previous illustration of
opening of one’s heart with fellow minister-leaders may lead to either the forge
that changes one’s life that we need or leave avoiding what must be dealt with.
Whatever the problem may have been…everywhere I go there I am, so it is better
to keep the accountability group in place! In a free flow of fellowship among
minister-leaders, there is a measure of authority released.
There isn’t much said about women apostles but one is specifically
mentioned and is an area for discussion and acceptance if indeed true. I share with you some
In (Romans 16:6-8), Paul mentioned
Junia, an outstanding apostle and fellow prisoner.
“Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of
note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Greet Amplias my beloved in the
It is argued that Junia could be Junias, a man’s
name, but scholars aren’t absolutely sure which gender is meant, since both the
names Andronikos and Junian are in the accusative case. Rather than beginning from a base of
uncertainty, it is possible to search the writings of the early church fathers
that were much closer to the original manuscripts and church than we are
John Chrysostom (337-407), bishop of
Constantinople, wasn’t partial to women.
He said some negative things about women but spoke positively about
Junia. “Oh, how great is the
devotion of this woman that she should be counted worthy of the appellation of
apostle!” (1) Nor was he the only church father to believe Junia was a
woman. Origin of Alexandria
(c.185-253) said the name was a variant of Julia (Rom. 16:15), as does
Thayer’s Lexicon. (2)
Leanard Swidler cited Jerome (340-4 19), Hatto of Vercelli (924-961),
Theophylack (1050-1108), and Peter Abelard (10709-1142) as believing Junia to be
Dr. Swidler stated, “To the best of my knowledge,
no commentator on the text until Aegidus of Rome (1245-1316) took the name to be
masculine.” (3) Apparently
the idea that Junia was a man’s name is a relatively modern concept but the bulk
of the best evidence available is that Junia was indeed a woman, and an
outstanding apostle. What would
Junia have been doing in prison with Paul if she were confined, quiet lady? Surely, a silent woman wouldn’t have
generated enough evidence to convict her of being a Christian!
A common counter-argument against any woman being
an apostle is this: Why didn’t
Jesus choose at least one woman among His apostles? Christ ministered primarily to the house
of Israel (Matt.15:24). He
preached to Jews who were governed by both the Bible and the oral law. Jesus knew the oral law forbade women
witnesses in both civil and religious matters. “The law about an oath of
testimony applies to men but not to women.
One of those curses supposedly placed on women because of Eve’s
transgression says, “She is not to be believed as a witness.”
Christ chose His apostles for one main purpose, to
bear witness of His resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). One of the requirements for being an
apostle was being with Him through the time of His death and resurrection. They lived together as a family. It would have been highly questionable,
or wrong ethically, morally, and culturally, for a woman to be part of that
original group. No Jew would have
accepted her witness.
But Junia wasn’t one of the twelve apostles; she
was a New Testament church apostle, as was Paul. (Ephesians 4:8-11) tells us these
apostles were not ordained until after Jesus ascended, and their qualifications
were vastly different than those governing the twelve. Only one of the original twelve was ever
replaced. Matthias took Judas’s
place. After that time no living
person could fulfill the necessary requirements (Acts 1:21-22). Paul wasn’t considered one of the
twelve and frequently argued the validity of his apostleship. Junia could have been one of the New
Testament church apostles, although not one of Jesus’ original
Notes for the study of Junia and apostolic
The Homilies of St. John
Chrysostom, Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Series 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Grand Rapids,
MI: Zondervan, 1968), 306
Swidler, Biblical Affirmations of Women (Philadelphia, PA:
Westminister Press, 1979), p.
|Prophetic and "Prophetic Anointing" |
The Prophetic and the “Prophetic Anointing”
His word says to us “be
eager to prophesy” and “eagerly desire spiritual gifts,especially the gift of prophecy.”
(1 Cor. 14:1)
We as a people have been called to carry a prophetic type burden; to live
out God’s eternal purpose. There is
a working distinction that will be made in further teaching between the office
of a prophet and the prophetic ministry of a person and of a corporate
“Now there are varieties
of gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but
the same God who works all things in all persons” (1 Corinthians
Comparing oneself to another, and wanting what they have
produces death. Avoid jealousy and
insecurity. Through rejection or
comparison, and the residue of legalistic traditions in a man/woman, we can walk
under false “molds or yokes” that need to be identified and broken off with the
help of the Holy Spirit so that we can walk with integrity within the
Church. Allow God to take the lid
off the box. Seek your own call and
anointing, learn from others that are well seasoned and respected, but get your
own. Walk in accountability with others and cultivate faithfulness with what you
have a unique expression of all that you are to be in God.
We see the prophetic ministry as one aspect of the five-fold calling,
resident in a degree in every ministry, more evident and activated in
others. God’s ultimate weapon is a
man or a woman who has encountered the prophetic anointing. God does not anoint projects but anoints
men and women...people. First and
foremost, your identity is in Christ first, not the gifting. God gives and we must allow the unique
expression of His grace in our lives.
“And it shall come to
pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and
your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men
shall see visions. And also upon
the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my
spirit. (Joel 2:
"Most assuredly, I say to
you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater
works than these he will do, because I go to My Father; And whatever you ask in
My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the
Anointing: The supernatural enablement, grace, manifested presence of the
Holy Spirit operating upon or through an individual or corporate group to
produce the works of Jesus.
4:11-13) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints,
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
The prophetic are not by birth or official designation,
but by the power of their inner call and the response of their hearers. They speak the Word of the Lord in the
Name of the Lord, and carry “weight” by virtue of the ethical, moral and
spiritual urgency in their message.
(Isaiah 42:9) “Behold, the former things have come
to pass, and the new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you
The single most important characteristic of true prophetic people is the
evidence that they have stood in the counsel of Jehovah and have faithfully
declared what they have heard from His mouth. They are primarily concerned not
with the distant future, but to tell forth the will of God in the crisis of
their own days, essentially, interpreting God.
Prophecy is the expressed thought of God, spoken in a
language that no man in his natural gift of speech could ever articulate and the
substance exceeds the limits of what the natural mind could conceive. For my
thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways says the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)
But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen,
nor the human heart
what God has prepared
who love him”
These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit;
for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly
human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly
God’s except the Spirit of God. Now
we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God,
so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words
not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual
things to those who are spiritual.
Those who are unspiritual do not receive the
gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to
understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all
things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.
“For who has known the
so as to instruct
But we have the mind
There are varieties of prophetic anointing:
Old Testament and New Testament, had as their most major
task to declare that in Christ, all the prophecies were foreshadowed and
fulfilled: (Acts 3:24, 1 Peter
1:10-11, Revelations 19:10)
Some prophetic people are placed in the church to equip
the church. Others are placed in
the church for ministry to the secular community to release God’s Kingdom
Transitions are difficult and won’t happen without an
“agent of change” as a catalyst with that being the role of prophets, to help
provoke or guide biblical change.
God wants to build on the old truth of our forefathers and maintain their
pioneering spirit and use our own faith and fresh revelation to push into new
territory with God. All change begins with repentance, a change of mind leading
to a change of direction. If we
don’t change our way of thinking, in the end, nothing changes about our
ways. A real danger is that the
church will adopt new terminology but still think old and behave old.
Some prophetic people carry a governmental leadership
anointing (Moses, Abraham, David, etc.)
Others do not and should not, and it is wise not to covet or envy that
The list below is not a complete list and varieties may be varied; absent
of sameness; different form of same thing, condition and/or collection of
differences. There are many gifted
and revelatory people that may be radically different from one another.
Differences may be more than the array of personalities or the way revelation is
delivered. This may include how a
person receives revelation from God and the type of revelation they receive may
vary from person to person. This
makes for a variety of differences visually when watching and listening how
someone delivers or ministers a word for the Lord.
1. Spirit –Bearers: They practice the presence of
Jesus, releasing the ordinary manifestation of God’s glorious presence, through
May have extraordinary manifestations, such as falling in the Spirit,
quaking, shaking, ecsta speech, power encounters, kingdom clashes, angelic and
demonic warfare, angel activity, fragrance of Christ, dreams and visions and
God’s corporate Purpose and heart standards for His people. Proclamation of the church’s social
responsibilities and moral actions and speak forth the administrative strategy
(John 3:8), “The
wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, cannot tell where it
comes from and where it goes. So is
everyone who is of the Spirit.”
Prophetic Intercessors: Help make way for the prophetic
Prophetic Worship Leaders: They usher in the manifested presence of
Evangelist: This is
taking the revelatory gifts to the streets, stadiums, neighborhoods, health
clubs, executive places, shopping malls, grocery stores, parks, etc.
Counselors: This is
a combination of pastoral and prophetic.
Often mingles with the spirit of counsel and understanding
(gifts of healings and discernment of spirits). Their concern is with the internal
condition of the heart and mind of man.
Enquirers: These are
a prophetic and teacher combination.
They explain the ways of the Spirit, taking the bizarre and making it
practical, relatable, and understandable.
Their call is to multiply and disciple.
This is a gift-mix of writing and the prophetic. They write with revelatory anointing,
expressing God’s heart to a contemporary society.
“Make room for us in
your hearts. We have wronged
no-one, we have corrupted no-one, we have not taken advantage of no-one.” (2 Cor.
This scripture should and needs to be true for all of
|Hearing God's voice and Prophesy |
(2 Peter 1:19) "So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts."
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words." (1 Corinthians 2:12-13)
See, the former things have taken place and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you" (Isa.42:9)
|Teaching on our identity, Anointing and Purpose
"Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth, trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:7-10)
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
Our Identification in/with Christ--the manifestation of the Fruit of the Spirit--Galatians 5:22-24:
Our Anointing--The Seven Spirits of God--Isaiah 11:2:
1. Spirit of the Lord
2. Spirit of Wisdom
3. Spirit of Understanding
4. Spirit of Counsel
5. Spirit of Might
6. Spirit of Knowledge
7. Spirit of Reverential Fear of the Lord
1. Lord Our Shepherd
2. Lord Our Provider
3. Lord Our Righteousness
4. Lord Our Peace
5. Lord Our Healer
6. Lord Our Banner
7. Lord Who Sanctifies
8. Lord Of Hosts
9. Lord Most High
10. Lord Who Smites
11. Lord of Recompense
12. Lord is Present
Our heavenly Father longs for us to draw neigh, to be set apart. Lay at the feet of Jesus everything, that we would walk in obedience to/with/in and because of His love.
Dying daily that no longer us who lives but Christ! For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21)
For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring. (Acts 17:28)
Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Phil. 2:2).....
That every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. (Song of Solomon 8:6)
|The Feast of Dedication
"I am the Light of the World: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life!" John 8:12
Over 150 years before Jesus' birth, a group of Jewish warriors led by Judah Maccabee, defeated Anticochus IV. Though terribly outnumbered by their foes, the Maccabees triumphed over the Grecian Syrian Empire. This led to the establishment of Chanukah -- the feast of dedication.
Judah entered into Jerusalem only to find the Temple desecrated by a sacrificed pig and an idol of Zeus. Upon seeing this, he immediately began to cleanse the Temple. Judah also found that there was only one cruse of undefiled oil which could burn in the Temple Menorah (holy candleabra which had to continually burn). This oil was only enough for one day but it miraculously lasted for eight days, just enough time to get more of this special oil made. So in memory of this miracle and the rededication of the Temple, Chanukah (Hanukkah) or the Festival of Lights has been celebrated by the Jewish people for over 2000 years and was even celebrated by Jesus Himself!
Every Chanukah,(Hanukkah) chanukkiahs (the candelabra of nine candle holders) are lit. Each chanukkia has a special candle, known as the Shamash which is raised above the other eight. The word 'shamash' means 'servant, helper, or minister -- so the Shamash candle is the servant candle, or the ministering candle, and is used to light all the other candles. It is the servant who is raised up and lights all the others, symbolizing Messiah, for us who believe.
Jesus came and proclaimed that, "I am the Light of the World: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life!"The one who serves the Lord will be a light! The one who does the will of God will shine!
Let's allow God's wonderful promises to strengthen and comfort us in each circumstance so that we can run the race --- not to finish first being only one winner, as with the Greek olympic games of old. Yet interestingly so the winner was not the runner who finished first --- it was the runner who finished with his torch still lit!
Let us run together, side by side------ the flame of each of our torches reaching the finish line blazing brightly with fire for Him!
“We have come to Drive Out darkness; in our hands is Light and Fire; Each one of us is a small light—but Together a Strong, Steady Light. Flee darkness into the Blackness! Flee from before the Light!” (Translation from the Hebrew Hanukkah song “Banu Hoshekh Legaresh”).
The miracle celebrated at Hanukkah speaks of:
the Light of the World HIMSELF, Jesus, the Christ Child, the Messiah--the reason for Christmas.
"Arise,shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
Glory be to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
"Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart." Jer.29: 12,13