Becoming “A Believing People” means we are called to agree with Heaven all the time! We must train our minds to consider that the heavens are open… Jesus opened them (Jn. 1:51). Believers are to live in unique ways… at the “spiritual gates” (places of entry) of Heaven where angels ascend and descend freely on assignment from God. As Kingdom Agents we are called to advance the supernatural ministry of Jesus in all the Earth; doing His will and obeying His voice. Our willingness to flow in the Spirit and train our minds for the administration of God’s increasing Glory connects Heaven (God’s resource) to Earth (the world of need). This principle could not be more clearly understood than when miracles are seen or healing occurs by the work of God in our midst. We must move in faith and we must move swiftly!
When we have minds set against the supernatural work of God and cannot embrace the impossible, then we will host no invasion of Heaven.
The Supernatural is Released through Agreement!
We had a marvelous example of this recently when a man had a heart attack and died in our Sunday morning worship service. Clyde lost his strength and slumped into his seat, while many around him leaped into emergency mode. His breathing was checked and pulse was undetectable… in this moment all of us were aware that this man had just died in our midst. Three men placed Clyde into his car and as the door was about to shut… God spoke…
“Call life back into this limp body.”
As I declared the Words of Heaven my mind was nowhere else but in agreement with the intent of God to raise this man from the dead! This was in no way something I could do in the natural; but agreement with the intent of Heaven gave influence at the gate between Heaven and Earth. Access – was all we needed! The power of God rushed into this impossible situation. Immediately the man came back from death and asked how he got to the car. With an enormous collective gasp of relief from the small group of believers… our hearts were forever positioned with a new perspective!
Clyde testified to the fact that he left his body and then heard someone calling him back. Within the next few moments his strength returned better than before. He re-entered the worship service as if he had been given new energy and a completely new heart. Needless to say – the congregation was amazed and rejoicing to see what God had done in their midst!
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” – Matthew 6:10
As “A Believing People” our task is to see what is happening in Heaven and begin to pull it into the Earth realm. The only way to know how to function as gatekeepers is to walk in revelation. We must see through the mind of Christ and respond out of the Father’s heart toward the realities of Earth. Jesus said (Jn 3:12) “…how will you believe if I tell you Heavenly things?” It must come by way of revelation through the spiritual realm. Dwelling at the gates of Heaven means we embrace supernatural encounters as normal experience. As these opportunities arise they become an invitation to exercise faith, speak life and enjoy the favor of God’s touch. As Believing People, its revelation knowledge that helps us carry out our assignments from God (Psalm 84). I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of My God than dwell in the tents of wickedness… for the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord will give grace and glory… no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:10-11). He is speaking here of the believing heart!
God is looking for those with loyal hearts – believing hearts – that He can show forth His goodness and release His favor…
All for His Glory!
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life – the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us – that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” (1 Jn. 1:1-4)
Behold what manner [quality] of love the Father has bestowed on us… (1 Jn. 3:1)
We are to behold the heart of God in order to understand the quality of the Father’s love! It was a love for Jesus and for us. Love empowered the disciples… and as they began to behold it more and more, they found ways to abide in it and feel joy growing on the inside. The Apostle John is overwhelmed by the fellowship he experienced with Jesus… and it was the best reality he could offer to mankind! He was saying – this is what we declare and shout from the rooftop – “Come, experience this fellowship with us!”
To behold God’s love is to stay focused on it and not neglect it as we pursue other things. We should study the Scripture through the paradigm of love, because it promises incredible joy. It will not just establish our understanding, but abiding in the Father’s love will fill us with joy in believing, trusting and obeying (1 Jn. 5:3).
Transforming Joy: Inexpressible & Full of Glory (1 Pe. 1:8)
As we behold the heart of God, and experience His love; we feel joy! Joy is that deep sense of well-being that empowers us with confidence. It can make all the difference in the face of disappointment, temptation, and persecution. In fact, Jesus spoke about love at the most difficult times in order to empower His disciples. Nothing so fills the heart with joy and transforms our perception of reality – like knowing and abiding in love.
Note: There are four foundational truths related to experiencing God’s love in John 15:9-10!
- The Truth of Father’s passionate love for Jesus… “As the Father loved Me”!
- The Truth of Jesus’ intense and active love for us… “I also have loved you!”
- The Truth of Abiding in this supernatural substance… “abide in My love!”
- The Truth that joy is the reward of walking it out… “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love… These things I have spoken to you, that…your joy may be full.”
Sustained by Joy:
This joy empowered the disciples to walk in victory no matter what they faced! Even after the devastating experiences that surrounded the cross. They suffered the shock of Jesus’ sudden death, the deep shame of betraying Him, and the threat of death and imprisonment from political authorities. They needed joy to face crisis and handle even the normal temptations in life. When love is the abiding truth, then joy is sustaining! We are called to experience a transforming joy that is based on beholding and abiding in God’s love.
We must never be content with a silly, giddy, superficial substitute! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! (Eph. 5:15-21)
Hello Pastor Andrew: My Brother I want you to know that we so appreciate your efforts and leadership there in the Kisii region. It is your home and you are doing a good job in advancing the Kingdom. Greet the leaders and students for me! I am sending you copies of the 1st Year Certificates to give to your leaders. As their “director”, you have shown incredible endurance and strength of character in helping these students accomplish their first year of study. Please, let me know how things go at the promotion service. And as you begin 2nd year classes please send me pictures as often as you can. I love getting the updates and it helps us pray with fervency and knowledge when we see your faces and read of your progress. I am so proud of you!
Blessings Pastor Ron Bateman
Dear Brother Ron…
Shalom greetings in the matchless name of our loving and gracious Lord – Jesus Christ. We appreciate your work and what God has started in us. He is good and will accomplish His purpose in good faith. Greetings from the brethren here in Kisii. We have started the 2nd year Apostolic Training with some who attended today. We warmly invite and welcome you here to share with us the heavenly treasures bestowed unto you.
Blessings; Pastor Andrew and Everlyne
“And the Glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (Jn. 17:22-23)
The Glory which the Father gave to Christ Jesus has been offered to us. As we come to experience Him and begin to look into His Glory… we are changed. We are transformed in that place like no other place. Its a place of incredible revelation! If we continue to come up into that place, climb the mountain of the Lord, and abide in His holy place, we will be continually changed from one state of Glory to another (2 Cor 3:17-18). Glory will increase in us in the same way that faith increases when we exercise it in the trials of life. What emerges as we are stretched and transformed is pure gold… precious and tested by fire.
Weightiness of the Glory:
Gold is weighty like Glory; called “kabod” in Hebrew. Glory is the weighty manifestation of God’s Presence that is revealed more visible on the other side of tests. When we are changed from Glory to Glory through the trials of life, gold appears in our character and it is manifesting an eternal weight of Glory for us (2 Cor 4:17).
Joy in the Greater Glory:
So count it all joy when tribulations come, knowing that it is perfecting and completing you (Jms 1:2-4). You are His temple being overlaid with gold – every part of your inner and outer man is increasing in Glory. In Moses’ day there was a curtain keeping the weighty Glory separated from the rest of the temple, but when Christ paid the ultimate price of redemption on the cross, the veil was rent in two and the way burst open for the presence and power of God to fill the whole temple with Glory. So – we must not miss our opportunity to rejoice… the way is made for us to enjoy the greater Glory of the latter house of God (Hag 2:9).
Jesus Christ is your hope of Glory! (Col 1:27)
If Christ be in you and if you are allowing the Holy Spirit to form the mature stature of Christ in you, then your heart is an everlasting door that can provide opening for the King of Glory to come through into the atmosphere of your life (Ps 24:7-10). Jesus Christ is the King of the Glory.
Ezekiel 10:4 – “Then the Glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s Glory.”
We are the Ark of His Covenant – Overlaid with Glory – a Temple of the Holy Spirit where the Eternal weight of Glory increases even as the noonday sun takes ownership of the sky.
“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Heb. 3:15)
God still speaks today. He said, I AM the Lord your God, I change not! Faith is so important to us, because it gives us that greater capacity to hear the voice of God. Faith is the most potent force in the entire universe. According to the Bible; taking God seriously by believing His Promises, provides everything for an abundant life… and the godliness we need to achieve it (2 Pet. 1:3-4): “power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing” (Rev. 5:12). Faith offers supernatural grace and possibility to human frailty. Jesus looked at our weakness and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible!” (Mt. 19:26).
God’s voice carries weight. From thunder and lightning (2 Sam. 22:14) to the sound of His whisper (1 Ki. 19:12), God’s voice is mighty. It makes the wilderness shake, breaks the cedars and calls the chaotic into order. God speaks and things are created, re-created, mobilized or stilled. It was His Word that He sent to heal the sick (Ps. 107:20), His voice that made the deer give birth (Ps. 29:9) and the recognition of his name that raised Lazarus from the dead (Jn. 11:43). We must realize that every time God’s voice is heard something shifts in the atmosphere of both heaven and earth; purpose flows forth and power is released. Its as significant as when God commanded the Sun to stand still for Joshua (Josh. 10:12-13), decreed a healing for a Centurion’s servant (Mt. 8:8) or compelled a storm to become calm with just one word – “Peace” (Mk. 4:39). What makes His voice carry such weight is His Authority! He rules the universe at the sound of His voice and holds all things together; from the grandest mountain range to the smallest molecule, by the word of His power.
How does God Speak to Us Today?
He speaks directly – As He spoke with Abram! (Gen. 12:1-3); “Come out of your father’s house, to a land that I will show you”
He speaks through His Word - As He spoke to Isaiah! (Isa. 34:16) “Search from the Book of the Lord and read…”
He speaks through His Spirit – As He spoke to the waiting Disciples! (Acts 2:4) “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
Jesus assures us; that as the Holy Spirit had spoken to Him, so also the Holy Spirit would speak the will and purposes of God to us, if we would be willing to listen: “He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (Jn. 16:12-15).
“All that belongs to the Father is Mine (said Jesus). That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.”