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Say Yes!

“For all the Promises of God are Yes in Him. And in Him Amen, unto the glory of God - through us.” (2 Cor. 1:20)

Authority & Power:

Did you know that regardless of what others say and do, you have the spiritual authority to rise above their actions and words! (Job 22:28) In fact, not even the devil himself can resist or thwart the plans of a Child of God when he or she uses the authority that God has placed in their hands! (Lk. 10:19)(Mt. 16:19)

Releasing Faith:

Your faith can change your world! No matter how difficult things might seem at this moment or how small your faith may feel. Even a little faith can do great things when its released. But you must get it engaged toward your situation if you expect to breakthrough into the place God is calling you. When your voice agrees with God’s purposes it is going to change that which is affecting you negatively.

God has given you dominion over your life. Dominion is the power and the authority to govern and control that which concerns you. He has put you in a position to grow in faith and every time you speak, you are setting the limits upon the enemy’s approach. God has commissioned you to set the spiritual boundaries and utterly defeat those things that are not in sync with God’s will for your life (2 Cor 10:3-6). Its a battle over your affections, but when God has captured your heart, the devil can’t move you.

Say ‘Yes’ to His Promises:

You’re a Believer! Your confession of faith is your “yes”. Set the decree ever before you and praise Him with the shout! Remember: “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 18:18). You have been given authority on earth to decree God’s will and He will back it up in heaven! God gave dominion for a holy purpose and you have the privilege to be used by God to speak His will and declare His desires on Earth (Mt. 6:10).

“Will of God – Be Done… On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Kingdom Ministry

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-12)

The Apostle Paul believed in the government of the Kingdom of God as it rested upon the shoulders of Jesus (Isa. 9:6-7). His teaching promoted Jesus alone, as the Head of the Church and “under-shepherds” as gifted leaders, anointed to equip believers in each city or region. So if you were a Christian in a certain city or region in the Apostle Paul’s day, you would be expected to fellowship and become equipped by the 5-fold ministers around you. All the 5-fold ministers were to model a unity of Spirit even as they traveling across regions of the country and the believers were to embrace their gifts according to the measure of Christ’s anointing upon them.

The Challenge of Kingdom Ministry:

I believe every disciple and every local body of believers need access to the 5-fold ministry in order to mature as spiritually healthy and effective Christians. Today our challenge is training that advances the Kingdom of God. Instead of receiving from all five ministries, we generally find only the leadership of one or two gifts carrying influence in the local body… for instance; the pastor led church, the teaching church or the evangelistic church. These groups might emphasize a balanced message, but they find themselves limited in their ability to release breakthroughs over their city or region. This is because Jesus has given “grace keys” to each of the 5-fold ministers individually and they are designed to equip and release authority in the spiritual realm (Mt. 16:19). Its the “Christ Anointing” that opens doors, breaks yokes and brings down spiritual strongholds over a vicinity. The corporate anointing that advances Kingdom authority has five keys or mantles… apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Any model of Church leadership will suffer when one gift is emphasized over all others.

The Pattern Within the Early Church:

“So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed and fasted, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” (Acts 14:23)

We see that the pattern for Church government was to establish 5-fold ministry elders in every community of believers. We never see the language of one elder or the appointment of one superintendent over a people. There was accountability and strength as Christ governed His Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Notice, the freshly appointed elders were prayed and fasted over and then commended to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Christ Jesus carries the authority of His Church and it is our responsibility to listen and trust His governing headship.

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)

The 5-fold Minister

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-12)

The Apostle Paul believed in the government of the Kingdom of God as it rested upon the shoulders of Jesus (Isa. 9:6-7). His teaching promoted Jesus alone, as the Head of the Church and “under-shepherds” as gifted leaders, anointed to equip believers in each city or region. So if you were a Christian in a certain city or region in the Apostle Paul’s day, you would be expected to fellowship and become equipped by the 5-fold ministers around you. All the 5-fold ministers were to model a unity of Spirit even as they traveling across regions of the country and the believers were to embrace their gifts according to the measure of Christ’s anointing upon them. 

The Challenge of Kingdom Ministry:

I believe every disciple and every local body of believers need access to the 5-fold ministry in order to mature as spiritually healthy and effective Christians. Today our challenge is training that advances the Kingdom of God. Instead of receiving from all five ministries, we generally find only the leadership of one or two gifts carrying influence in the local body… for instance; the pastor led church, the teaching church or the evangelistic church. These groups might emphasize a balanced message, but they find themselves limited in their ability to release breakthroughs over their city or region. This is because Jesus has given “grace keys” to each of the 5-fold ministers individually and they are designed to equip and release authority in the spiritual realm (Mt. 16:19). Its the “Christ Anointing” that opens doors, breaks yokes and brings down spiritual strongholds over a vicinity. The corporate anointing that advances Kingdom authority has five keys or mantles… apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Any model of Church leadership will suffer when one gift is emphasized over all others.

The Apostle:

An apostle is one chosen and sent with a special commission. The 12 apostles chosen by Jesus were witnesses of the resurrection (Acts 1:15; 4:33), but there were many other true apostles (Acts 14:3-4; Rom. 16:7; 1 Cor. 15:5-7; Gal. 1:1 & 19). The ministry of an apostle includes planting new churches (1 Cor. 9:2; 1 Cor. 3:6), grounding the Church in truth (Col. 1:25), preserving unity in the Body (1 Cor. 3:3-5), laying foundations in the Church (1 Cor 3:10) and setting things in order (Titus 1:5). They are involved in opening spiritual doors and fostering a vision beyond the local congregation (2 Cor. 8), fathering new ministries (2 Tim. 1:6) and releasing unusual demonstrations of breakthrough such as miracles and signs and wonders (2 Cor. 12:12).

The Prophet:

The ministry of the prophet involves being “moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21) in prophetic utterance, which can be:

  1. Predictive (Acts 21:10-11; 11:27-28)
  2. Directive (Acts 13:1-3)
  3. Corrective (Acts 15:22-23 & 27-32)

There is such a thing, however, as a false prophet (1 Jn. 4:1), and so God sets clear guidelines: Prophecies should be time-tested (Acts 11:28) and their words judged by church leadership (1 Cor.14:29). Any prophecy should be confirmed independently (2 Cor. 13:1) and should line up with Scripture, “the sure word of prophecy” (2 Pet. 1:19-21).

The prophet operates best in teamwork with the apostle, like we see in Paul and Silas. A prophet is not just someone with a prophetic anointing, but a recognized ministry to the Body at large. Scripture speaks of three levels of prophecy: the word of prophecy – limited to “strengthening, encouraging and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3 & 31); the spirit of prophecy on a group (1 Sam. 10:10) and the ministry of the prophet (1 Cor. 12:28-29). All believers are encouraged to move in words of prophecy, but only a prophet should exercise the authority of predictive, directive and corrective prophecy and even then, only within clear protective guidelines.

The Evangelist:

The evangelist sees the harvest. They are ”soul-winners”, who preach good news and extend the influence of God’s Kingdom. This is primarily a stirring and awakening gift, but their unique anointing is in persuading the lost that they need a Savior. The ministry of Philip is a powerful example (Acts 8:5-40). They are co-workers with pastors and extensions of apostolic ministry as ground breakers (2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Thess. 3:2). Although they carry great influence in the harvest fields; because of how they see, they also are helpful in imparting evangelistic training to the Body of Christ over all. The ministry of an evangelist is often very effective in regional impact, deliverance and signs and wonders.

The Pastor:

The pastor is the carrier of cool water, that soothes the soul. Our Greek word for pastor, poimen means “one called to tend sheep or care for flocks” (1 Pet. 5:1-4; Jn. 21:15-17). Its interesting to note that, this word is used only in Ephesians 4:11. Elsewhere in the New Testament, other words are used: “shepherd”, “elder” and “overseer”. A pastor is not simply a leader over a local church, but has a Body-wide expression of ministry. As one of the five-fold ministry, a pastor is more accurately a “pastor of pastors” or a “pastor among elders” beyond the local body. A pastor’s emphasis in ministry is in relational networking. They are nurturing leaders, who offer healing, encouragement and comfort. Following the example of the Chief Shepherd (Jn. 10:1-16), a shepherd’s ministry is to feed (vs 9); protect (vs 12), guide (vs 3-4) and love (vs 15) the sheep.

Just to clarify, an elder is not simply someone older in the faith. The title ”elder” seems to focus on the 5-fold giftings with an emphasis on their functioning role of “shepherds” or ”fathers” to the Body (2 Jn 1; 3 Jn 1). “To the elders among you…Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers…” (1 Pet 5:1-2). 

The Teacher:

A teacher is not just someone who teaches; we are all encouraged to teach (Col. 3:16), but they are the ones who bring a standard of instruction to the Body at large. One such example is the Apostle Paul’s description of Apollos as a ”watering” ministry, for the purpose of stimulating growth (Acts 18:24-28; 1 Cor. 3:2-10). Teachers hold a high value on the accurate and practical ministry of rightly dividing the Word of God. They are establishers and strengtheners and carry a specific anointing for helping people become rooted and grounded in the Truth.

The Pattern Within the Early Church:

“So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed and fasted, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” (Acts 14:23)

We see that the pattern for Church government was to establish 5-fold ministry elders in every community of believers. We never see the language of one elder or the appointment of one superintendent over a people. There was accountability and strength as Christ governed His Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Notice, the freshly appointed elders were prayed and fasted over and then commended to the Lord in whom they had believed. Christ Jesus carries the authority of His Church and it is our responsibility to listen and trust His governing headship.

Holy Spirit Keys

Our Helper has come. He is the Promise of the Father and the Guide into all Truth. With Him comes an anointing of power that brings strength to the weak and healing to the broken. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is to be poured out upon all flesh; that sons and daughters will prophecy and visions and dreams will become common experiences (Joel 2:28-30). To all that will make Him welcome, He will show the mysteries of God’s Kingdom and provide the courage to stand against the kingdoms of darkness.

 To live and function according to God’s will for us, we need the Holy Spirit’s anointing working in us and through us. The Apostle John tells us that we have an anointing from God that teaches us things that cannot be taught from books or college classes (1 Jn 2:20 & 27). The Truth of God does not come to us to make us smarter, but to empower us for the impossible.

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

Keys represent tools that give access. They are principles and gifts that provide entry through doors and gates otherwise left impenetrable. In this case the keys seem to give access to the Kingdom of Heaven. According to the Apostle Paul that access offers us righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17).

We are called to release the Kingdom!

 Jesus goes as far as to say that using these Holy Spirit keys, will bridge the divide between Heaven and Earth by offering the ability to bind and loose. As God’s delegated authority upon the Earth, we are commissioned to become His ambassadors. His goal is that through our relationship with the Holy Spirit, we will be sensitive and equipped with all we need for living the supernatural life and transforming the culture around us.

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