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Grace Platforms

The Ministry of Christ is a ministry of grace! His message was the Good News of a Kingdom of grace flowing from Heaven into Earth. It would bring forgiveness, peace and freedom from sin. Yet the deliverance and freedom experienced in the life of a disciple can only be attained and measured by the transformed mind. Real Kingdom mysteries require us to change the way we think about everything pertaining to God, Church and life on this planet (Mt. 4:17). Jesus has stepped into our natural reality and He brought His world with Him!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isa. 9:6-7)

Ministry on Christ’s Shoulder:

The five-fold ministry gifts are examples of how “grace has been given” as Christ distributes (Eph. 4:7). All ministry is simply the manifestation of Christ expressed through the believer by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the “Christ” is our Apostle (Heb. 3:1), Prophet (Lk. 24:19), Evangelist (Mt. 9:35), Pastor (1 Pet. 5:2-4) and Teacher (Jn. 3:2). He emulated these offices and distributes the mantles for individuals to function in them, so that the Church carries His anointing for ministry (Jn. 14:12).

“…the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So…they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)

Selected and Sent:

The five-fold leaders are not self-appointed, nor are they simply pastors of a local church. They are clearly defined ministries that have an impact on the Church as a whole and its witness in the world. By nature, their scope of ministry is wider than the local church. They are grace ministries of Christ to the Church at large. Whether its from inner city pulpits or in the bush lands of Africa, the heartbeat of 5-fold ministry is the discipling of the nations… its our Great Commission! (Mt. 28:18-20).

Two things are required for a five-fold ministry gift to come into its own: 1) Recognition by the wider Body of Christ and 2) Functional Ministry to the wider Body of Christ. Jesus said that the fruit of a person’s life is the best way to recognize their identity, character and anointing. Prior to these two conditions being met, someone may potentially have a five-fold ministry gift, but will not yet be moving in the scope and authority of that gift. Jesus gives the grace for each gift to be released into the Church.

“…God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone” (Eph. 2:19-20).

Foundations:

The foundation of the Church is Jesus… the revelation of “Christ – the Son of the Living God” (Mt. 16:16). And yet there is this unique platform of the apostle and the prophet team (Eph. 3:4-5). This platform carries the role of unveiling the mysteries hidden down through the ages, yet revealed in Christ and by the Holy Spirit to the sons and daughters of men. I believe these two mantle gifts still serve that ministry role (Eph. 4:12-13), so it is vital for us to understand how this works in leading the Body of Christ. We must remember that proper buildings are held up by proper foundations. I would propose; that when grace flows into ministry and functions properly, under the headship of Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, it will result in the growth and supernatural health of the Church worldwide. It is the will of God to set this in order and accomplish it through His apostle and prophet teams (Isa. 9:7)… by grace.

The Key of Humility:

The Apostle James and the Apostle Peter wrote specifically about how to receive grace (Jms. 4:6 & 1 Pet. 5:5-6). The humble person receives grace and more grace even as they maintain their humility in the midst of difficult circumstances. Jesus said “Blessed is the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 5:3). The humble person; who lives selflessly in ministry, will receive a flow of resource from heaven according to the gift Christ has given them. Their anointing will be in proportion to their faith, assignment and their need.

The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). The ministry teams made up of Apostle and Prophets like Paul, Barnabas, Silas and Timothy served to accomplish great things in advancing the Kingdom of God. They were set apart by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2), helped in the midnight hour (Acts 16:25-26) and anointed to do incredible miraculous signs that accompanied the preaching of the Word of God (Acts 19:11-12).

Restoration is needed: In order for the Church to see what God is after today, our impact must set the captives free! We must rely upon the flow of ministry grace… like the dry ground soaks up the rain.

The Breakthrough Key

“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 Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (Jn. 14:12-14)

The New Testament pattern for Christian Believers in the Book of Acts shows us the incredible influence of the Name of Jesus. It was the key to unlock breakthroughs they needed for the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven. Notice that the disciples used their delegated authority by releasing it in the Name of Jesus.

  • [Acts 3:6] The Apostle Peter said to a lame man… “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” The Bible tells us that as Peter took hold of the man’s hand and lifted him up, instantly his feet and ankles became strong… strong enough to walk, leap and praise God with joyful excitement.
  • [Acts 4:30] The prayer of the church community is “Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” The Spirit came and shook the place and empowered the believers to speak boldly.
  • [Acts 16:18] The Apostle Paul speaks to the demonic spirit in a woman and says to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” And it says, “At that moment” the spirit left her.

Breakthrough Power:

There is supernatural power released when God’s people use the Name of Jesus! The lame walk, the bound are set free, miracles break loose and lives are brought into God’s Kingdom! Its more than a promise, its the reality we are experiencing everywhere we go… the breakthrough key is the Name of Jesus!

“I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” (Mt. 16:19)

Yet, many Christians today have forgotten what they have been called to do. They feel as though they have done their spiritual duty by just showing up on Sunday mornings, putting in their time and trying to grit their teeth in hopes that breakthrough is on the way… someday, maybe. Well it won’t happen, because the Kingdom requires effort – spiritual effort!

“…from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and its the violent that take it by force.” (Mt. 11:12)

How often do we stand in front of a locked “door of impossibility” and feel helpless. Brokenness, sickness and disease, lack or difficult circumstances hinder our progress. But, these were never meant by God to bring us to a place where there are no resources. When you stand at these doors, reach for the key of the Name of Jesus and say, “Door, open now… in Jesus’ Name!”

Everyday, we must learn to live in the delegated authority given to us in Christ, if real breakthrough is going to be acheived. We must pull our resources from heaven and use the key that offers more than just luck, wishful thinking or natural hope. The Name of Jesus is the Promise of spiritual breakthrough in every arena of life!

Access to Power & Authority:

The Name of Jesus gives us access to the realm of heaven, the realm of the miraculous. When we pray in the Name of Jesus, we are not standing in our own authority, but in His power to accomplish His purpose. Its the Name that is above every other name in all the universe (Phil. 2:9-11)! Every knee bows to the Name of Jesus… and no matter where you find yourself, God cares about what you care about. That means that you and I as believers, are specifically anointed by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:21) to use the authority of Jesus’ Name to unlock doors, solve mysteries and break out of confined places (Isa. 10:27). We must no longer allow the devil to hinder us from doing what God has called us to do… “the greater things” Jesus said we would do. When we speak forth the Name of Jesus to accomplish these greater things, there is power and authority made available that nothing can stand against. 

“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us… was not Yes and No, but in Him was YES (it has always been YES). For all the promises of God in Him are ’YES’, and in Him “AMEN”, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Cor. 1:19-20)

Ministry of Grace

The Ministry of Christ is a ministry of grace! His message was the Good News of a Kingdom of grace flowing from Heaven into Earth. It would bring forgiveness, peace and freedom from sin. Yet the deliverance and freedom experienced in the life of a disciple can only be attained and measured by the tranformed mind. Real Kingdom mysteries require us to change the way we think about everything pertaining to God, Church and life on this planet (Mt. 4:17). Jesus has stepped into our natural reality and He brought His world with Him!

  • “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isa. 9:6-7)

Ministry on Christ’s Shoulder:

The five-fold ministry gifts are examples of how “grace has been given” as Christ distributes (Eph. 4:7). All ministry is simply the manifestation of Christ expressed through the believer by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the “Christ” is our Apostle (Heb. 3:1), Prophet (Lk. 24:19), Evangelist (Mt. 9:35), Pastor (1 Pet. 5:2-4) and Teacher (Jn. 3:2). He immulated these offices and distributes the mantles for individuals to function in them, so that the Church carries His anointing for ministry (Jn. 14:12). 

“…the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So…they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)

Selected and Sent:

The five-fold leaders are not self-appointed, nor are they simply pastors of a local church. They are clearly defined ministries that have an impact on the Church as a whole and its witness in the world. By nature, their scope of ministry is wider than the local church. They are grace ministries of Christ to the Church at large. Whether its from inner city pulpits or in the bush lands of Africa, the heartbeat of 5-fold ministry is the discipling of the nations… its our Great Commission! (Mt. 28:18-20).

Two things are required for a five-fold ministry gift to come into its own: 1) Recognition by the wider Body of Christ and 2) Functional Ministry to the wider Body of Christ. Jesus said that the fruit of a person’s life is the best way to recognize their identity, character and anointing. Prior to these two conditions being met, someone may potentially have a five-fold ministry gift, but will not yet be moving in the scope and authority of that gift. Jesus gives the grace for each gift to be released into the Church.

“…God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone” (Eph. 2:19-20).

Foundations:

The foundation of the Church is the apostle and the prophet team (Eph. 3:4-5). I believe, these two ministries still continue in that foundational role (Eph. 4:12-13), so it is vital for us to understand how this works in leading the Body of Christ. We must remember that proper buildings are held up by proper foundations. I would propose; that when grace flows into ministry and functions properly, under the headship of Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, it will result in the growth and supernatural health of the Church worldwide. It is the will of God to set this in order and accomplish it through His apostle and prophet teams (Isa. 9:7)… by grace.

The Key of Humility:

The Apostle James and the Apostle Peter wrote specifically about how to receive grace (Jms. 4:6 & 1 Pet. 5:5-6). The humble person receives grace and more grace even as they maintain their humility in the midst of difficult circumstances. Jesus said “Blessed is the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 5:3). The humble person; who lives selflessly in ministry, will receive a flow of resource from heaven according to the gift Christ has given them. Their anointing will be in proportion to their faith, assignment and their need.

The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me” (Phil 4:13). The ministry teams made up of Apostle and Prophets like Paul, Barnabas, Silas and Timothy served to accomplish great things in advancing the Kingdom of God. They were set apart by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2), helped in the midnight hour (Acts 16:25-26) and anointed to do incredible miraculous signs that accompanied the preaching of the Word of God (Acts 19:11-12).

Restoration is needed: In order for the Church to see what God is after today, our impact must set the captives free! We must rely upon the flow of ministry grace… like the dry ground soaks up the rain.    

The Believer’s Authority

I want to encourage you today to believe for and walk in the future God has for you.

There is a catch however, you will need to press into God and stand firm against the devil. Just as soon as you begin to set your sights on God’s best for your life there will be a battle… for your identity and your sense of spiritual vision. You will need to know your authority in Christ and how to use that authority to defeat the enemy’s schemes (Eph 6:10-12).

Defining Spiritual Authority: 

Spiritual authority is the right to control, command, or determine the future based upon God’s Promise and the Holy Spirit’s guidence. Its like a badge of approval to advance His Will in the midst of difficult circumstances. Believers in Christ have been entrusted with a spiritual ‘power of attorney’… an authority to act in the absence and interest of God. Much like a nation’s ambassador would represent their interest in a foreign land, so also we represent God’s Kingdom interest on Earth.

Delegated to Us:

All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus (Mt 28:18). He proved it by defeating the devil in every one of his evil works (1 Jn 3:8), crushing his head at the Cross (Gen 3:15). Then, by rising from the dead, He disarmed every principality and power that ruled in the heavenly realms. He is even now, seated “far above all principality and power, might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (Eph 1:21). His victory has become our hope of liberty from the power of sin and the grip of Satan’s lies. Although, the devil stood in defiance to God’s Promises in our lives, Christ won our victory. So that we could live in His authority.

Simply Believe:

Jesus said: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Lk 10:19). Faith and obedience unlock the door of authority. If you can believe for the destiny of God, you can walk in it. Just remember to hold on to your identity in Christ Jesus and focus on His vision for the future.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)

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