One morning right after Christmas, the Holy Spirit whispered to me, “Some are Hope-Renters; others are Hope-Owners. Some approach hope like a visitation; others experience it as a habitation." It was kind of random, but I began to understand what the Holy Spirit was trying to say...
The Lord says, “I am going to speak to many concerning the giftings and talents that I have ordained over your life before you were born. Many of you have felt my grace and anointing in those areas. Many of you have stewarded well and I say ‘Well done, faithful ones.’ But many have stewarded poorly and have buried my giftings and talents over your life in the ground. You have been distracted and have lost the passion. You have been overcome by the cares of life that have shifted your focus and vision. But know this, my giftings are irrevocable. I am not taking back what I have given you. I am going to breathe life into your giftings and talents that have been shelved, ignored, neglected, and put on the back burner. I am resurrecting dreams and visions that you have buried...
There’s something significant, empowering, and transformational about the Hebrew concept of discipleship and mentoring. In Hebrew culture from where the Christian faith finds its roots, discipleship and mentoring is a lifestyle; it is embedded in the culture. It is not just a good suggestion, or an optional tool to spiritual formation. It is what sustains and cements one’s spiritual development. The primary approach and message of Hebraic mentoring and discipleship is this: The Rabbi, or the Teacher, educates and imparts the ways of the Jewish faith, not just in teachings, but in actually modelling in all aspects of life
The stage is set. The baton is about to be passed on. The mantle is about to be transferred. Elijah’s protégé, Elisha, the one who would go on to inherit a double portion of his mentor’s anointing, is about to enter the scene. The picture is one of the older prophet coming toward the end of his ministry, and of the younger prophet beginning his. And yet, you can’t help but notice the stark contrast in the condition, zeal, and faith level that both these prophets find themselves in.
Years ago when I was a freshman in college, I remembered one day when I needed $1.50 for laundry. I had only $0.75 to my name. I asked the Father to release His provision that day. If He can feed Elijah by having the ravens bring bread and meat to him morning and evening, surely He can let me have clean clothes. That evening, a homeless guy came up to me and said, "Here's a dollar note for you." I was stunned for words. He walked up to me a second time and said, "Now I really don't know why I am doing this..." and proceeded to dig out four quarters from his jean pocket, "but here's another dollar for you."
I was 16 years old and for the first time in my life, encountered the powerful love of Jesus and was radically saved from Buddhism and pagan worship. My heart was set on fire for Jesus Christ. One Sunday morning, I decided to go to church early to spend time with Jesus. I had been barely saved for a couple of months. Everything was so new to me, worship, prayer, etc. I found an empty room, sat down, and in the simplest of words I uttered, “Jesus, I am here…It’s just You and me now…”
In recent times, the Lord gave me an assignment, “Son, I want you to agree with the saints concerning the seeds that they have sown, and call forth the rewards and harvest on those seeds.” I immediately knew this assignment is about coming into the power of agreement and unity to unlock and release the breakthroughs of heaven.
I am a city boy. I have grown up in the city all my life. Since moving into our new house in Redding, California, I have had to learn a few things about gardening, farming, fertilizers, soil, and seeds. There’s much to learn spiritually about the process of seeding and harvesting.
The sovereign move of the Spirit has characterized every revival and renewal in every era, from the early church to the middle ages, to the Reformation era, to modern day Christianity. Saints of old and present have contended for another great awakening. The bowls of intercession in heaven are about to tip over with an authentic move of God. I believe we are on the precipice, a tipping point of another great move of the Spirit in America and the nations of the earth.
For more than half a year now, my wife and I have been seeing the numbers 11-11 everywhere, whether it’s the timing on the oven, alarm clock, on our iPhones, on the walls on the hallway, even in the most unexpected places. The Holy Spirit was arresting our attention and we knew He was prophetically speaking to us.