30. In Newness of the Spirit-Spiritual LEADERSHIP

Considerations on Spiritual LEADERSHIP
after the Global Lockdown
In the Newness of the Spirit

Scripture reference : IN the Newness of the Spirit
Serving God In the Newness of the Spirit

IN the Newness of the Spirit. We look at the now, much needed, new Spiritual Leadership after Lockdown. This need to originateFrom BEFORE GOD’S FACE -For HIS KINGDOM’S GLORY.

FOOD for THOUGHT:
“From BEFORE HIS FACE – For HIS KINGDOM’S GLORY

As we consider spiritual leadership after lockdown, we envisage

A NEW FACE OF THE TEMPLE
THE CHURCH – THE INDIVIDUAL MOBILIZED

a. ABSTRACT:


The current global scenario that we all are subject to, now creates an obvious & opportune time for RENEWING PERSONAL & CORPORATE VISIONS – in this divine Kairos season; to introduce Spiritual leadership in the “Newness of the Spirit”

“The NEW FACE OF THE TEMPLE
THE CHURCH Powerful – Through Every Believer
THE INDIVIDUAL MOBILIZED.”


b. INTRODUCTION:


Christ’s Kingdom’s Glory (a) need to be on the forefront of the believer’s now-end-time mission; individually & corporately.
The presumptuous disruption of our lives, the utter disordering from life as we know it and the way we’ve ‘done life & church’ in the past, now asks for – and presents a very natural occasion towards – refreshing current views & visions. This is a great opportunistic time – to be fully embraced in seizing the moment; for looking at things from a complete new, unfamiliar, decisive & experiential perspective.

c. RECITATION for CONSIDERATION

ORIGIN OF RECITATION – this recitation originated from:

Specific scriptures bringing conclusive insight and forming part of the backdrop of this dissertation.
Academic studies and its literature on ‘revised’ or ‘refined’ visions.
This script is also grounded in & founded on a Christ-Kingdom inspired search, for some answers to the Mandate of the Church’s End-Time Impact – for Kingdom Glory, through manifested Kingdom Glory, yet to be released.


IN the NEWNESS of the SPIRIT – FROM BEFORE HIS FACE – FOR HIS KINGDOM GLORY

CONTENT

1. LOCKDOWN CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

2. PRE-LOCKDOWN CHALLENGES & STRENGTHS

A) IN the Newness of the Spirit – SPIRITUAL MATURITY
B) IN the Newness of the Spirit – Biblical SOUND DOCTRINE to be embraced

3. SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WAY FORWARD AFTER LOCKDOWN

3.1 New WINE skins ask for New Wine – GOD’S AGENDA for the Church

C) IN the Newness of the Spirit – A New Resilient FAITH CULTURE
D) IN the Newness of the Spirit – NEW WINE can BRING BREAKTHROUGH
E) IN the Newness of the Spirit – SEEK HIM TOGETHER – in a new way
F) IN the Newness of the Spirit – Determine the HEARTBEAT of the CORPORATE BODY

3.2 New CHRISTIAN IMPACT – In His GLORY Presence

G) IN the Newness of His Spirit – His MANIFESTED GLORY
H) IN the Newness of His Spirit – His DYNAMIC POWER IN DIVERSITY
I) IN the Newness of His Spirit – LETTING GO make way for RELEVANCE
J) IN the Newness of His Spirit – It’s time to MOVE ON

3.3 VISION must translate into SPECIFIC STRATEGIES.

K) IN the Newness of the Spirit – INCLUSIVE, TRANSPARENT & OPEN DISCUSSIONS
L) IN the Newness of the Spirit – A STRATEGY FOR NOW

3.4 A NEW BRAND of MARCHING SAINTS

M) “IN the Newness of the Spirit – Every Believer embracing His mandate; TO COMPLETE THE WHOLE”

4. CONCLUSION: NOW IS THE TIME FOR HIS GLORY TO MANIFEST


5. FINAL APPRAISAL – SUMMARY – SCRIPTURES – COMMENTARIES- COMMENTS(Strongs)


RECITATION :

IN the NEWNESS of the SPIRIT

From BEFORE HIS FACE – For His KINGDOME GLORY

Rom 7:4, 6
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

1. LOCKDOWN CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES


Through all spheres of life, our reality has for ever been changed into a new unknown special consideration that requires new-wine; updated spiritual leadership. The known has been shaken & has been freed up from conformity to nominal perceptions of our existence and stale beliefs.

As individual believers and the Body of Christ in general, we need to look upon the mission ahead in a new fresh way – KAINOS. This is needed in order to accommodate, facilitate & maximize the current opportunity of the changed world.

THE MOMENT is HERE – OUR KAIROS TIME HAS COME

Ps 102

This is now the momentmaybe the last we might have – to seize the opportunity to change the status quo of redundant scenarios. To invoke the NEW WINE on a civilization, desperate in need for something new & real!
Even, if the old, set & faithful methods still work; is it what God is initiating now? Is this really what the Father has birthed through His Spirit for this moment? Or are we settling for 2nd best, that which is safe?


ARE WE WILLING to seize this new hour with an adventurous trust IN GOD? CAN we WAIT in FAITH on HIM to SHOW HIMSELF CREDIBLE in the very late BUT BRAND NEW hour ?

2. PRE-LOCKDOWN CHALLENGES & STRENGTHS


The Church has been preached to, trained, taught & equipped for years. We have been pew warmers for centuries.
Spiritual leadership has always been of utmost importance. Yet now it is more important than ever before.

REVIVAL in the CHURCH will start with the revived spirit of every Believer that has made a daily encounter with God by His Spirit, revealing His Word, their default – NOT settling for anything less!!

REVIVAL in the STREETS will start when the fire of the Holy Spirit burns so bright, even harsh. Through the lives & testimonies of the saints the very shadow of Him living inside of us will convict to repentance & draw all men to His unsurpassed grace.

Because Christ’s true love is displayed through us.

A) IN the Newness of the Spirit – SPIRITUAL MATURITY


As long as we keep people dependent by feeding mainly from outer-court menus, appeased with sight-seeing passivity, comfortable programs and non-challenging examples, the need for maturing (hearing, knowing, doing for yourself) will not be stimulated.

Dependency leaves the Believer’s own call to ‘feed’ others & evangelize the lost, even further behind as part of God’s mission for them.

Unless, we are challenged to step into that place of spiritual maturity; and take responsibility for our own personal faith-walk, people will keep on ‘passing the buck’. Or keep on believing that they are incapable to perform their commission.

• This is contrary to the scriptures: (b) “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

B) IN the Newness of the Spirit – Biblical SOUND DOCTRINE to be embraced.


To NOT-share the relevance of hardships, trials & challenges of our faith walk, is not presenting to the Believer a Biblically sound doctrine and an all compassing theology. Such messages that neglect the above, presents a mediocre comfortable faith journey..

A seeker sensitive mentoring; lacking the truths about God’s judgement, wrath, righteousness, justice & grace…, do not help the believer in his/her own faith pursuit in their real-time challenges. (b. Psa 89:14)

• This soon has to change & will be a sudden shock to those who sit under erroneous preaching that mainly populate the pews by pleasing the ears; leading many astray in the process through defiled & compromised spiritual leadership.

Is the church maybe guilty of keeping babes in the pews? Have the mega-church concepts & grandeur individual pursuits been for too long, too much on the forefront?

• Being stuck in monotonous & repetitive religious rituals are the same as being under the spell of witchcraft & bondage of the Law of old. (c. Rom 7:4,6)

3. SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WAY FORWARD AFTER LOCKDOWN

We should now go & fulfil the End Time mandate for maximum CHURCH-IMPACT through His many new & different creative ways; by serving & to influence this world in the ‘Newness of the Holy Spirit’ being led in His authentic ways. This happens as we come before His face; when our sole focus for ‘doing church’ is for His Kingdom Glory.

• IF, His Kingdom GLORY – to do the Father’s will (a) – was the ONLY AUTHORIZED mandatory mission; would our End Time Faith Activities have looked different from the previous Faith Business Pursuits? (see annexure B & C below)

3.1 New WINE skins ask for New Wine – GOD’S AGENDA for the Church
“In the Newness of the Spirit – What is on God’s Agenda”

“WHAT will we hear as we come before Him, before His face, in the beauty of His Presence about His glory to be made renown !?”

Another read : “THE VOICE of the CHURCH has been SILENCED”

NOW is the TIME to LISTEN to WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING!

Superficial faith menus leave people unfulfilled & dissatisfied with the doctrine of the church; it frustrates. Anything not shared genuine from the heart falls flat…

For the Spirit inside us cries out, deep unto deep, for the more of the ‘newness of the Spirit’.
One taste of the New Wine poured out deep into our spirit – the power and presence of the Holy Spirit – leaves us cold for anything that it is not.

Now is the TIME to QUIET OURSELES DOWN for INSIGHT & REVELATION.

We have to hear, see and observe; – so to speak ‘WITH WHAT’ & ‘WHERE’ God is busy. All Believers need to discern where His Holy Spirit is moving & what is now highlighted on His agenda.

• This won’t be found in the previous ways or by following past formats or formulas. The times have now truly & actually changed into more variations of the speedily changing world. The last ‘order of the world’ has become a greater reality and is closer at hand. It is not politics, business, church and life as in the past.

A Familiar view, past successful programs & strategies; same old, same old ways can blur our vision & hamper our pursuit of a fresh new approach – in most areas.
Before us are many, very new & challenging uncertainties that create diverse and new requirements for the present and future time.

C) IN the Newness of the Spirit – a New Resilient FAITH CULTURE

In many ways, people are now faced with the very real, fast changing dynamics of a very uncertain ‘present’ & vague future. It is an opportunistic, global, antagonizing and a constant in our lives. Believers need to become further acquainted and aware of a living God, actively guiding them, by His Spirit. The reality thereof and with greater intensity.

Personal challenges & struggles should be met with a resilient FAITH CULTURE. This is a personal, real & practical FAITH culture that will be introducing the dimension of God’s real time truths to be personified.

A NEW FAITH CULTURE- NEW wine is introduced for the new wineskins :

• It is crucial that hands-on, practical & on-the-run operational guidance & guidelines need to be introduced. This will enable the individual believer to be combat-ready, able to address & confront each personal challenge him/herself with resilient faith; in the newness of the Spirit. (b. Eph. 4:11-16)

• In-service Spirit training is the best way of learning & earning stripes under your belt; resulting in mature, relevant and practical Believers, trained in experiential faith by the Spirit.

• It’s time to throw the ball back into the hands of the believer & all members of the Christian faith.

The Assembly to assemble around His Spirit’s voice, individually received & acknowledged – as in the Upper Room – for the movement of the Church into the new, to come alive, together – form the Fulness of Christ – His Full 5 Fold.

D) IN the Newness of the Spirit – NEW WINE can BRING BREAKTHROUGH

New wine in new wineskins can break through the frontier of the unknown and step up, step out & create a new unique identity to meet the requirements of the new…
Maybe now is the time to let go… to embrace faith afresh ” in the newness of the Spirit”

‘Let my people go’, to believe in themselves, to believe in God alone, to be able to fulfil the great commission; their great mission; confident to be led by my Spirit. Man made principles need to be founded on the solid Rock of the Word.

• It is the duty of the Leaders & Elders of this age to equip & commission the Body of Believers into their harvest fields; NOW even in a more resilient new way. (b. Eph. 4:11-16)

E) IN the Newness of the Spirit – SEEK HIM TOGETHER – in a new way

CORPORATELY A FEW NEW APPROACHES NEED TO BE TAKEN FOR THIS TO HAPPEN

In a corporate community we have to pursue God together to find “the new” that accommodates & is inclusive of most in the communal heart… to find the communal heart; His heart in all.

Church life has to break in & break through

The uniqueness of each individual’s faith convictions should be harnessed to enrich the faith experience of the corporate Body. This being wide-ranging, yet inclusive to encourage involvement and facilitate self-realization.

In finding the Lord’s fresh new agenda & direction for the diverse areas of church life, it could be inevitably to seek a completely new approach. This can be done by bringing new wine into new wine skins through overhauling & remodelling some of the current programs, styles & rescheduling some.

In most areas of faith life, we should not default to “as we’ve done it in the past”. The previous approach will most probably not accommodate the current systemic scenario in the much-needed new & relevant way. It will also not be able to facilitate progress towards the new wine, unless this is & stays dynamic in the current NEW demanding situation.

F) IN the Newness of the Spirit – Determine the HEARTBEAT of the CORPORATE BODY


Seeking God’s face as a congregation and participate in transparent leadership is crucial for the church to stay dynamic.

In order to discern where our Father is ‘moving’ & ‘touching the hearts’ of members in the Body, we need to determine the heartbeat of the corporate body.

HOW DO WE FIND THE CONCEPT OF THE CORPORATE HEARTBEAT?

By encouraging open discussions, people’s dispositions, needs and personal faith quests, will be crystalized and brought into clarity. Through each member’s personal revelation of God & desired progress in their salvation process, this insight will bring revelation.

While encouraging ownership of the individual pursuit, this needs to join together in the corporate setting. To come to the full picture of our Father’s heart. Through this we will discover His current involvement in the lives of His saints and discern where He is taking the Body as a whole.

The voice of the sheep gives the shepherd a clearer idea of where they are and what their needs are; to meet just that. This, a paradox, but in this new season the shepherds’ may need to listen for the sheep’s cries. Let this stir up a new direction – leading from ‘behind’.

3.2 The New CHRISTIAN IMPACT – In His GLORY PRESENCE

G) IN the Newness of His Spirit – His MANIFESTED GLORY

Let us look at the scriptures:

“This, the first of His signs (miracles, wonderworks), Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory [by it He displayed His greatness and His power openly], and His disciples believed in Him [adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him]”. (e) Joh 2:11


PEOPLE NEED TO BELIEVE “AGAIN”

Through the signs & wonders that Christ performed, His glory was manifest & His greatness and power became openly known. These miracles become evident of His presence; there manifesting in this dimension “on earth as it is in heaven”.

People started to believe in Him. This was something displayed through ‘Someone’; unlike anything they have ever experienced before. He had a completely New Impact in their lives.

It is time that this must happen again.
Surely, God would want show Himself strong in this moment in time; through a people that truly believe in the power given to them through the risen Christ; and them acting on it.

THE WORLD IS IN DIRE STRAITS – AWAITING SUCH A MOVE NOW:

• The dynamics of the entire social, financial, relational and operative environment in & around our socio-existence has changed.

WE need to demonstrate the PRESENCE & GLORY of God through A NEW HEIGHT of HIS SPIRIT’s INTENSITY and MANIFESTATION; NOT THROUGH more excitement & entertainment.

YOU have done all our works in us! The desire of our soul is for Your Name...
BY my spirit within me, I will seek you early

H) IN the Newness of His Spirit – His DYNAMIC POWER IN DIVERSITY

In order to stay relevant, we need to spent time and have open ears to find new ways of introducing a DYNAMIC POWERFUL GOD into people’s realities.

For this to happen we have to give God the mandate on OUR TIME & give the Holy Spirit our UNDIVIDED CAPTIVATION and worship of Him. Through sitting & abiding in His presence we will discover His DYNAMIC POWER in HIS DIVERSITY. This is crucial to lead the way.

As we look at Him the Holy Spirit show us His ways and lead us into all truth we will discover how He wants to manifest Himself in the “current world scenario” in this hour through HIS manifold ways.

The EVANGELISTIC Christian Ministry & Faith Life Push

The current global state of affairs should be used to the benefit of a NEW VISION. To stimulate the last leg of the EVANGELISTIC Christian Ministry & Faith Life Push.

This could result in a powerful & dynamic revival stimulus as people “start to believe” again.

• With all the diverse new challenges we may have to target a few areas where we find ourselves able to change & introduce diversity to make a difference in a new way and use this as a guideline & inspiration to change.

I) IN the Newness of His Spirit – LETTING GO make way for RELEVANCE

The New Christian Impact now needs to make a large footprint. Out in the mission field of our everyday life, in business, the workplace, social & suburban life –

It asks for a measure of ‘letting go & leaving’ of the occasional stagnation of the old. To introduce out of the box, new, wider & more free Christian life approaches that will meet people where they at.

J) IN the Newness of His Spirit – It’s time to MOVE ON

Most Believers have “moved on”. Christians have had enough of the rigidity of religiously; and ‘toeing the line’ to something that is not relevant to their real-time lives. These include many who are serious in their faith. The backslidden and even potential new souls. People want to see the risen Christ now manifested in this dimension!

In order to stay relevant in the irrevocably changed society of the 11th hour; finding new innovative evangelical ideas, mandates & encouraging new bold patterns will have to become a faith community’s pursuit.

This can ensure change to the faith life of the believer & to match the demand and need of the current late hour.

3.3 VISION must translate into SPECIFIC STRATEGIES.

K) IN the Newness of the Spirit – INCLUSIVE, TRANSPARENT & OPENLY

In order to steer the ship with inclusiveness, strategies will have to be freely discussed & openly debated by the greater part of the faith community.

This approach may keep at least the majority interested; being part of the plan through an incorporated vision, mission, goals & introducing actions steps for all to employ with vigour. Therefore, being motivated by an inclusive vision development; MORE BELIEVERS will be released to be the new face of the church – the individual mobilized.

“THE CHURCH WILL GO NOWHERE NEW, UNLESS WE ALL GO TOGETHER”

:-“God quote” Jhn 14 & 17

IF NOT implementing comprehensive vision building & INCLUSIVE VISIONARY LEADERSHIP, the falling away- from the corporate setting; of even the elect, will take place sooner than later.

In the light of the current global scenario – that has brought in much confusion – more individual VOICES are NEEDED; and need to be heard. We need the voice of the church to make the End Time Statement of the church drastic; to be broad & far reaching. This is essential, especially pertaining to the relevant direction for the church in its end time dynamic purpose.

L) IN the Newness of the Spirit – A STRATEGY for NOW

The ‘New Normal’ needs to be conceptualised within a strategy for now:

Not knowing exactly what just happened; where we are; where we are goin; what we are facing; what is next and what to prepare for; accumulate into a new compendium to be incorporated in our reasoning processes for the way forward.

These scenarios of global proportions, playing off in the minds of most, are now very much in our face. Where previously it was just a vague possibility in the back of one’s mind.

Much & many things have changed. Most people don’t have an idea of what exactly has changed. Neither can we factually appreciate what is really going on. And what is really at stake here.

DISCERNING THE TRUTH FROM THE LIE

The uncertainty of who are now calling the shots in governments; is of great concern.

The agenda of those key role players that socially influence our lives even readily planning that of the next generations is highly questionable and even suspiciously looked at. There is much reason to discern what the ‘truth’ sounds like and to seriously determine the church’s new function in a society that is still shaking in aftershock. Nowadays, the integrity of the many voices, bellowingover the amplified media waves, is highly questionable.

It is one thing to have a plan & direction.

We are all fully aware that something of apocalyptical nature is going on! But what this entails or will amount to still need to be revealed; and it will…! BUT will we see it for what it is!?

People don’t know to what the world has changed to & what it is developing into. Most people are greatly confused, and therefore even dysfunctional after this much unsettling time. Even to the point of becoming depressed and lethargic.

This current condition applies to our personal, corporate & even spiritual settings. There where we find the plan (path and direction) is not attend to in a fresh new way and left to the “silent groaning of the uncertainties” more confusion & disengagement will set in. ‘Someone’ needs to hear God’s voice in the newness of the Spirit for new direction in this season. All of us need to discern His truth from the voice of the lie.

The CHURCH needs to find that new setting to adapt their plans, strategies & spiritual leadership approach.

• We need to keep all parties involved to be part of a new way of thinking. This is crucial for faith building & a solid faith stance.
• Leaders should lead from the back at times, to accommodate & appreciate the reality of current dynamics in people’s lives; for an inclusive and dynamic new vision.

3.4 A NEW BRAND of MARCHING SAINTS

In providing diverse & creative planning opportunities, collaboration on the things that we are sure of from His Word;

The CHURCH could harness a New Brand of Marching Saints
into ‘The Last Commission March’ for HIS Glory Mission.

To keep the faith community relevant, active, encouraged and energetic; in doing what the hour requires, asks for a revised, fresh, unfamiliar & dynamic new VISION. This vision should translate through strong spiritual leadership & in collaboration with all who need to buy in and ‘sell the product’ of their faith; out in a very real and uncertain world.

THE LAST BANQUET

Every generation had their years of international & national mayhem, war, confusion & instability. Yet, now we are for sure closer to the end… We are closer to a fierce enemy with a devious plan, which needs to be negotiated.

Crucial new strategies have to be developed; in order not to fall away from the original Mission of the Church – MAKE disciples and take them with you. And not to miss out on the glorious harvest prepared for our Saviour’s last banquet feast.

M) IN the Newness of the Spirit – Every Believer embracing His MANDATE
TO COMPLETE THE WHOLE

4. CONCLUSION:

NOW IS THE TIME FOR HIS GLORY TO MANIFEST

As human intervention almost ‘step to the side’ in submission; we allow the GLORY OF HIS PRESENCE break the fallow ground in the believer’s life – in a NEWNESS of the Spirit-way.

As every believer is encouraged; become bold and daring to step into the flow of His Glory River, the church will come together in unison – as we all walk in the frontline, together.

FOR THE GREATER GLORY

We are in the Father’s GRACE TIME season of realizing purpose FOR THE GREATER GLORY; where every Believer will find his/her own voice in context of the Kingdom Voice & Spirit Call.

As the Godhead is ONE, we are to manifest the many facets of Christ’s glory in unison. Becoming relevant in these last days with New Wine in New wine skins. The FIVEFOLD Minisrty Fulness of Christ must be revived into action. This need to happern by equipping through guidance and revelation of the Holy SPirit in the moment; releasing the voice of the Father into one relevant voice by revelation. (e) Joh 2:5


‘His kingdom has to come’ through each Believer’s life – living from a place of experiential faith & glory.

• HIs Kingdom should & will manifest when His glory presence flow in & through us; becoming evident with signs & miracles. A daily, supernatural manifestation of His power & presence for the world to see & believe His majestic honour & glory. THIS can only COME from HIS PRESENCE… from Him…

TO pray from the Secret Place; from before His face.

Please watch this following video of Kevin Zadai’s experience in heaven. Encouraging us to enter into the secret place through prayer.

• For God to show forth His greatness; the greater works of Christ should be PERFORMED. There where man has no pretence, no human conceived plan and no agenda of His own. This will happen when man step aside & God’s glory manifests; by Him bringing His own right arm into action. To perform His greater works, even through us.

This happens when our Father finds a vessel through whom He can freely manifest His almighty power & glory, according to His council & perfect will; knowing His glory will reach Heaven’s throne & His accolades will be hailed, throughout the heavens and the earth. (e) Joh 2:11

All of creation will join in song for the Church has been mobilized for the honor & glory of his Kingdom to manifest.

His Glory will manifest as the corporate church “allow the believer to believe in God” through the lives of ALL and He will receive the hnour & praise. No man, no individual, no church, no denomination. We will be led by His Spirit and He will seize His own praise. He will not share His glory with no man.

A whole new era needs to be hauled in. Where the systems, calendars, plans, works and performances of man will truly subject itself, consciously, to serve God & His people “in the newness of the Spirit” (c)

The church in this late hour is crying out for
Strong & mature spiritual leadership in the Newness of the Spirit


From: The Monograph – A Biblical Theology of Leadership

I quote:

“If we think of success in terms of leader-greatness, we are on faulty ground.
Success is to be measured by the greatness of the people of God, not just the leaders”

5. FINAL APPRAISAL:

CHRIST wants to be glorified!

The Father’s glory was and still is Christ’s mission! Now through us, even more!
HIS IS the Kingdom, the ONLY kingdom, the only kingdom to build.
He ALONE is the POWER & the GLORY; to receive ALL the honour.

I humbly contemplate; might the church in general, have missed it at times…
We are “flesh unto flesh”, yet we should be spirit unto Spirit. The human nature, craving for honour and selfrealiasation is much tempted to make it about ourselves.

So many HUMAN PURSUITS; instead of making this life about God…, about His Glory to manifest through our lives and testimonies.

OUR God builds His church

We are ever thankful, for Him not leaving us to our own end. God is still building His Church!!

God is building His church regardless and in spite of our neglected failures and imperfections. Which include our failure to do regular retrospective “Word-Mirror” spot checks., to toe the line with the Word.

Our neglect, that has eroded gospel priorities, has rather often highlighted man’s packaged suggestions, of a Church look alike.

Are we building the church with God or apart from HIm?

HONOUR is due – SAINTS & STEWARDS of His grace

To His Priesthood, who continues relentless in the enormous responsibility of leadership; leading the church of His Christ in His wisdom, truth & Godly ways.

Many of God’s Servants are walking in the frontline, even when own weaknesses, trails & failures temp to lure to despair.”

LASTLY, Through this dissertation,

I also want to bring honour to the past & previous Giants of Faith. Those who led the Church so diligently by the call of His Spirit in previous eras.

They achieved much by spreading Christ’s Kingdom Glory through His Great Commission and played their best role in this diverse, compelling mission of the Christ Story.

They have layed the foundations for the now-generation, to fulfil and write the last pages of this novel Narrative.

Are we ready to build the Last Arc Together!

Heb 11:7

(7) By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen; moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

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These are my humble, ‘own-mirror’ reflective contemplations; a modest submission, KNOWING that it is only SHARING IN PART.

Let us all be encouraged to use this ‘New WINE Season’ to make right and keep going for the Good Lord’s Eternal Glorious Honour.

In His Righteousness alone
Alna Terblanche
28/05/2020

SUMMARY

The following themes are relevant to this recitation:

Summary with acknowledgement of Dr. Emeka Ezenwugo

  1. At PRE-Lockdown, the global Church was engaged in many ‘clever’, yet man driven initiatives. Many were not necessarily Spirit led.
  2. What we call the church has created a class of ‘dependent” devotees who have little or no one-on-one encounter with the Lord and lack discernment.
  3. There is a need for a tangible demonstration of God’s power and glory. This is needed both to awaken the Church and to harvest the souls in the world.
  4. The 5 fold ministry of Christ; especially the PROPHETIC, are needed at a time like this to be in sync with what the Lord is doing globally as we approach the end of the ages.

Annexure A: SCRIPTURES – Let the Scriptures Be the Light to Our Path

(a) THE GLORY OF THE FATHER & OF HIS CHRIST – ON EARTH – IS A GOD OBJECTIVE

Key verse to consider for our core aspiration & foundational consideration:

Joh 7:18 (Ampl)

(18) He who speaks on his own authority seeks to win honor for himself. [He whose teaching originates with himself seeks his own glory.]
But He Who seeks the glory and is eager for the honor of Him Who sent Him, He is true; and there is no unrighteousness or falsehood or deception in Him.
(NKJV) (18) He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.

(See Annexure B; for commentary perspective)

2Co 4:5 – 7

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Treasure in Jars of Clay

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Joh 14:13
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son

Joh 17:1

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,

Joh 17:4-6

(4) I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
(5) And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
(6) “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

Joh 17:22-24

(22) And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
(23) 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.
(24) “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

(b) BELIEVERS MATURE UP!

Psa 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

2Co 3:18

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

Heb. 5:12 , 14

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

1Jnn 2:27 – The believer needs to know how to ABIDE IN HIM & draw from HIS anointing
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Eph 4:11-16

(11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
(12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
(13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
(14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
(15) but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
(16) from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

(c) THE MESSENGER OF THE NEW COVENANT IS SENT TO SERVE BY THE SPIRIT

Mal 3:1

1 “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.

Rom 7:4, 6

4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Ampl. Version Rom 7:4, 6 …So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].

Joh 20:21-23

(21) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
(22) And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Mar 16:19
(19) So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

(d) TO DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER

Joh 4:34-35

34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

Heb 13:21
21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Joh 7:16-17

16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.

(e) SIGNS WILL MANIFEST HIS GLORY

Joh 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Joh 2:11
This, the first of His signs (miracles, wonderworks), Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory [by it He displayed His greatness and His power openly], and His disciples believed in Him [adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him].

Annexure B: COMMENTARIES EXTRACTS


Matthew Henry Commentary’s depicts:

(A) Comment on John 7:18

See here the character of a deceiver: he seeketh his own glory, which is a sign that he speaks of himself, as the false Christs and false prophets did. Here is the description of the cheat; they speak of themselves, and have no commission, nor instructions from God. No warrant but their own will, no inspiration but their own imagination, their own policy and artifice.

(B) Comment on John 7:16-17

Christ himself, was willing to have his doctrine enquired into, whether it were of God or not. Therefore much more should his ministers; and we are concerned to examine what grounds we go upon, for, if we be deceived, we are miserably deceived. Secondly, who are likely to succeed in this search: those that do the will of God, at least are desirous to do it.

Now see,

Who they are that will do the will of God? They are such as are impartial in their enquiries concerning the will of God, and are not biassed by any lust or interest, and such as are resolved by the grace of God, when they find out what the will of God is, to conform to it. They are such as have an honest principle of regard to God, and are truly desirous to glorify and please him.

Annexure C: Revelatory COMMENTS through Biblical context (Strongs)

• “ In the Newness of the Spirit
G2538 Kainotes kahee-not’-ace : renewal G2537 kainos : kahee-nos’ – freshness
G2643 katallage kat-al-lag-ay’ : exchange (figuratively adjustment), restoration to (the divine) favor: – atonement, reconciliation (-ing).

• “Before the Face of God “
G2714 katenōpion kat-en-o’-pee-on
From G2596(katah) and G1799; directly in front of: – before (the presence of), in the sight of.
G1799 in the face of ; 3700 optomai ; To gaze, To look at, Perceive, Regard, Take Heed, To know, To understand, To see, To visit, To behold, To discern, To consider