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River of Transition

“Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:8-10)

When Elijah and his successor, Elisha came to the River Jordan they were at the “River of Transition”. A change was about to take place. The Mantle of prophetic anointing is about to be shifted from the elder to the younger. How will this take place? By the careful and deliberate choice of Elijah! Notice here that the sons of the prophets were left on the other side of the River – they will have no say in the transfer of the Mantle. The transfer will occur at a place of God’s choosing and not man’s.

Asking for Double!

In seasons of transition, there are opportunities for increase! For eight long years Elisha had followed Elijah faithfully, and finally the Man of God asks Elisha what he wanted from their relationship. Elisha was bold, because he understood the value of transition. He asked for a double portion of the Spirit that was upon Elijah. Elisha wanted the anointing and authority of the Holy Spirit… in fact, he was after double. It is important to state clearly that no man can give what he does not have. Therefore, it was impossible for Elijah to give double; but it was not impossible for Elisha to receive double according to his faith in God. His faith got him just what he asked for… a double portion. And the principle seems to have been true in Elisha, because we see recorded in Scripture double the miracles done by his hand than that of Elijah. When he received the mantle, the observant followers of Elijah recognized the anointing on Elisha’s life by saying, “The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha”. They saw and recognized the power of God upon the ministry of Elisha.

When you stand at the River of Transition… what do you ask for?

Jesus received His mantle at this same River!

Leaping forward… 2500 years or so. It may have been the will of God that this “mantle of anointing” to be passed from one generation to the next all the way from Moses to John the Baptist… and on to Jesus! I cannot help but believe that God was once more speaking in the river of transition. At the time of Jesus’ baptism, all righteousness was fulfilled and the Holy Spirit came as a dove and lit upon the Son of Man. The Father’s announcement is heard, “this is My Son in whom I love!” And from this very place a mantle was received and miracles began in Jesus’ ministry.

Today, Jesus is calling us to the River of Transition… Go after double!

“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)

Consecration

Scripture: “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.” (Mark 1:12-13)

Thought for Today: “Ministering Angels”

The Christian life is to be a consecrated life, one where we are fully given to God and His plan for our future (Rom 12:1-2). We are called to be Sons of God, which means God father’s us. His fathering is experienced when we listen to the Holy Spirit and yield our hearts in obedient relationship. This can be a spiritual challenge, but prayer and fasting is one of the most effective tools to sharpen our convictions and shape our lives in a way that honors God in any “wilderness” experiences.

The Wilderness:

The wilderness was not the place Jesus would go to relax. It was a place that the Holy Spirit “drove Him” while He was in a season of consecration. The 40 days of prayer and fasting allowed Jesus the revelation of His Father’s resources in a time of testing. What we must come to appreciate is that consecration opens our spiritual eyes to revelation that cannot be seen any other way. A wilderness will never be more than a place of frustration until we can see beyond its challenges… and find the Father’s resources.

The Beloved Son:

Jesus is the One God called His beloved Son, yet fathering Jesus was no different than fathering any son. God’s Child needs to be aware of all that is available in times of testing. When Jesus was in the wilderness, He felt the discomfort of hunger and thirst. He had to negotiate the decisions that would offer deliverance from temptation and provide safety from ”wild beasts”. Yet, He was not stumbling over Himself in this experience, because He had access to the Father’s resources. Remember Jesus was not in the wilderness to be defeated, He was in the wilderness to discover resources available to a Son.

The Resource of Angels:

Notice in Mark’s gospel, one of the often overlooked blessings of a fasting lifestyle is the ministry of angels. Ministering Angels are a powerful resource available to the Child of God and I want to encourage our awareness of their presence in seasons of prayer and fasting. I have discovered that angels are attracted to God’s Children when living a consecrated lifestyle. The Apostle James tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us (Jms 4:8). I would propose that angels are attracted to the same things as God.

Angelic Ministry:

Nothing should so minister to the heart of God’s Child like the angels. They are God’s ministering spirits sent forth to the heirs of salvation (Heb 1:14). We are told that they accompany us when we walk in love, even without our knowledge (Heb 13:1-2). Great companies of angels are given to watch over our lives and keep us in all of our ways, so that we avoid stumbling and falling into traps often unseen in the wilderness (Ps 91:11-12). Abraham, Daniel, Anna and Cornelius were all visited by angels during seasons of consecration.

Elisha’s Resource:

Remember Elisha’s revelation of the heavenly host of warring angels that assembled around him at all times (2 Kings 6:17). Encourage yourself today in whatever “wilderness” you find yourself driven into. You are not there to be overwhelmed, crushed or defeated! You are there to discover the Father’s resource available to the consecrated Son.

Consecration gives us the eyes to see… and the heart to believe.

Training the Prophetic

Lukas Maina of Eldoret, Kenya

“Do not neglect your gift… Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” (1 Tim 4:14-15)

If you have the spiritual gift of prophecy, receiving prophetic training is one way in which you can develop your gift. No spiritual gifts, even revelatory gifts such as discernment and prophecy, come mature and fully developed. We have a responsibility to steward the gifts God has given to us, from the time we recognize that we have them.

Training and mentoring is a Biblical concept. In the Old Testament, Elijah and Elisha had groups of prophets that looked to them for leadership (2 Kings 2:5-7, 2 Kings 4:1 & 4:38). In the New Testament, we learn that God has given leaders to the Church to help equip people for ministry and bring the Church Body to maturity (Eph 4:11-13). Jesus trained His disciples, who in turn trained other leaders to do the work of ministry.

7 Reasons for Prophetic Training:

1. Training Develops Your Unique Prophetic Gift:
The purpose of training is connecting your skill level with your gift and ministry development. Training is an intensive, focused way in which you can grow your prophetic gift and take the next steps forward in your prophetic ministry. Good prophetic training will not limit, but rather enlarge your capacity to hear the voice of God and provide tools for ongoing growth.

2. Training Accesses the Experience and Knowledge of Others:
Prophetic training will give you knowledge and instruction on a broader base of experience than just your own. Along with this, training should teach you how to apply what you have learned with wisdom. The best teachers are those who are not afraid to share their own experiences… even failures make great teaching material. It is wiser to learn from other people’s mistakes than make your own!

3. Training Enables Instruction from Mature Leaders: 
When you receive prophetic training, you are learning from instructors who are gifted and experienced in your area of ministry. They have a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to impart to you. And they carry authority in their sphere of expertise. Each of us struggle with our blind spots… in other words, we don’t know what we don’t know! Training is an opportunity to have others who are further along in the journey speak into our lives, broaden our perception and teach us new insights about our prophetic gifts.

4. Training Provides an Environment for Practice:
Your prophetic gift is sharpened through being put to use. Training should provide a safe environment in which you can practice using your gift among other people who are on the same journey. A good teacher will coach you, encourage you to prophesy and provide advice on how you can become more accurate at using your prophetic gift.

5. Training Provides Opportunities to Fail and Get Feedback:
Feedback is vital to growth, and training should take this into account. Training is not meant to be a comfortable process. One Hebrew word for training means “to goad!” (1 Chron 25:6-7). Training requires personal discipline and discomfort. It also calls us to be open to direction and correction from those who are training and leading us. In a training environment, we should be assured that we are in a safe place to give and receive feedback, as we practice using our prophetic gifts.

6. Training Maintains a Fresh Anointing for Ministry:
Training can help us recognize and release old or incorrect paradigms and styles of prophetic ministry. Training is a great way to bring unity into a ministry team, as those trained receive the same instruction and are grounded in the same values together. Some values that should be present in prophetic training are: the Bible, prayer, praise and worship, a balanced approach, prophecy that reflects Jesus’ character, humility, accountability, natural expression and participation in a local fellowship.

7. Training Provides Community with Like-Minded People:
Training brings you into contact with people who are on the same journey as you. You can encourage each other, share ideas and experiences and provide a safe place to practice together. It is good to attend sessions that directly relate to your gift. However, it will also benefit you to attend any sessions your own church runs on leadership, ministry and Bible teaching. This is because the outworking of your gift is going to be unique to the flavor, vision and values of your church.

Remind yourself that the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts to each one individually as He wills… “for the profit of all!” (1 Cor. 12:7 & 11)

Ministering Angels

Today is day 4 of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Scripture: Mark 1:12-13
Thought for Today: “Ministering Angels”

The Christian life is to be a consecrated life, one where we are fully given to God and His plan for our future (Rom 12:1-2). We are called to be Sons of God, which means God father’s us. His fathering is experienced when we listen to the Holy Spirit and yield our hearts in obedient relationship. This can be a spiritual challenge, but prayer and fasting is one of the most effective tools to sharpen our convictions and shape our lives in a way that honors God in our “wilderness”. 

The Wilderness:

The wilderness was not the place Jesus would go to relax. It was a place that the Holy Spirit “drove Him” while He was in a season of consecration. The 40 days of prayer and fasting allowed Jesus the revelation of His Father’s resources in a time of testing. What we must come to appreciate is that consecration opens our spiritual eyes to revelation that cannot be seen any other way. A wilderness will never be more than a place of frustration until we can see beyond its challenges… and find the Father’s resources.

The Beloved Son:

Jesus is the One God called His beloved Son, yet fathering Jesus was no different than fathering any son. God’s Child needs to be aware of all that is available in times of testing. When Jesus was in the wilderness, He felt the discomfort of hunger and thirst. He had to negotiate the decisions that would offer deliverance from temptation and provide safety from ”wild beasts”. Yet, He was not stumbling over Himself in this experience, because He had access to the Father’s resources. Remember Jesus was not in the wilderness to be defeated, He was in the wilderness to discover resources available to a Son.

The Resource of Angels:

Notice in Mark’s gospel, one of the often overlooked blessings of a fasting lifestyle is the ministry of angels. Ministering Angels are a powerful resource available to the Child of God and I want to encourage our awareness of their presence in seasons of prayer and fasting. I have discovered that angels are attracted to God’s Children when living a consecrated lifestyle. The Apostle James tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us (Jms 4:8). I would propose that angels are attracted to the same things as God.  

Angelic Ministry:

Nothing should so minister to the heart of God’s Child like the angels. They are God’s ministering spirits sent forth to the heirs of salvation (Heb 1:14). We are told that they accompany us when we walk in love, even without our knowledge (Heb 13:1-2). Great companies of angels are given to watch over our lives and keep us in all of our ways, so that we avoid stumbling and falling into traps often unseen in the wilderness (Ps 91:11-12). Abraham, Daniel, Anna and Cornelius were all visited by angels during seasons of consecration.

Elisha’s Resource:

Remember Elisha’s revelation of the heavenly host of warring angels that assembled around him at all times (2 Kings 6:17). Encourage yourself today in whatever “wilderness” you find yourself driven into. You are not there to be overwhelmed, crushed or defeated! You are there to discover the Father’s resource available to the consecrated Son.

All we need are the eyes to see them and the heart to believe.

A Bethel Awakening

Dear Friends;

Myself & Adam Maina

Myself & Adam Maina

How are we doing in our intimacy with the Lord Jesus? There is a wonderful promise with a condition in John 14:21.

 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If Christ our Lord and Saviour, our Father God and the Holy Spirit are not manifesting themselves in us as per this promise, let us give ourselves no rest till this is so. God’s Manifest Presence in our lives makes each of us a ‘Bethel’… a portal of God’s Glory.

Bethel Offers Access:

With this access we heal the sick, we raise the dead, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, move in supernatural wisdom. Words of knowledge are our everyday experiences. On our account God is able to withhold judgement on the land and through our testimony He will release His Kingdom of Grace and Power. 

Arise from Sleep:

There is a high cost for carnal living and we can ill afford it. Is it possible that God would make us vessels for supernatural purposes while we waste our destiny with the world? This is our day for a Bethel Awakening whereby we rise up from our sleep and cast off the lukewarm covering of night. The Bible has said, “Wake up oh sleeper rise up from the dead and Christ will shine on you” (Eph 5:14) and “Arise shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isa 60:1). 

Fire Fighting Prayers:

Most of our prayers are about the consequences of lukewarmess. I like calling them fire fighting prayers. If a house catches fire and you call the fire station, there will still be considerable damage by the time the fire is put out. If we can be honest, all of us have fires burning right now inside our flesh (brokenness, unforgiveness, debt, family conflict). Dawa ya moto ni moto… Swahili for its time to put out the fire! 

Get Hot for God!

Let us get hot (Rev 3:15) and start living out of the resources of Heaven and these fires which are holding us hostage and delaying us from being available vessels for God’s use will be extinguished.

How would you like God to send an angel with real cash to burn that fire of debt. If you have a problem with this possibility then you have a problem with Hebrew1:14?. Let me testify here that God has put money in my pocket and similar amount in my bank account among other angelic and third heaven encounters.

Let us remind ourselves again that there are no sale-days in heaven. The price for ‘hot’ living is always travailing prayer and separation to spirituality in Christ. How about taking leave for ten days to seek His face in the ‘upper room’? How about this verse- ‘For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace’ Rom 8:6 (KJV)

So what is to be ‘hot’. We have many examples in Scripture. I suggest to you Peter, whose shadow healed the sick, Paul, with third heaven visitations, Elisha, who was so anointed that his dead bones raised the dead. This is the time to set our hearts abaze for His purposes in the Earth.

In His pursuit for A Bethel Awakening.

written by my dear friend; Adam Maina

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