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POWER TEAMS

For the past few months we have building an Apostolic Team in Atlanta, Georgia for the purpose of establishing a City Church called Embassy International Worship Center. We host sessions called L.E.A.D. for the purpose of identifying and equipping potential leaders and forming our infrastructure. This month we started a NEW SERIES called Building an Army. Here is the audio to Power Teams Part 1: A POWER TEAM

Here are some notes:

Building An Army

Isa. 13:1-5, Psalm 144:1, Gen. 14:11-16

POWER- Power is the ability to TRANSFORM and to CHANGE.

In physics, power is the rate at which work is performed or energy is converted.

POWER is the equation- WORK over TIME. POWER is determined by how much WORK can be done over a period of TIME.

MORE POWER- less time, more work

LESS POWER- more time, less work

THE TEAM

  • A team comprises a group of people linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks.
  • A group in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his or her strengths and minimize his or her weaknesses.
  • Team members need to learn how to help one another, help other team members realize their true potential, and create an environment that allows everyone to go beyond their limitations.

AN APOSTOLIC TEAM

A conglomerate of MEGA GIFTS, trained, equipped, commissioned and SENT OUT to change the spiritual dimension of a region or sector. Apostolic Teams are God’s instruments to confront and destroy the demonic kingdom in a given locality. God uses the Apostolic Team to invade the spirit realm of that city and pull down the strongholds and principalities.

The spiritual positioning and the anointing which the apostolic team carries gives them a cutting edge in dealing with the spiritual atmosphere over those cities where they are commissioned to go. They are able to POILCE the Heavens and keep them open for the Holy Spirit to be poured out in that city.

PART 2 coming soon…

BUILDING PEOPLE, ENGAGING CULTURE, IMPACTING NATIONS

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Apostolic Insight

Enjoy this short audio clip of Bryan Meadows imparting to a group of leaders at an Apostolic Roundtable in South Carolina.


A Worshipper’s Cry

Regardless of title, position, anointing or responsibility in the Kingdom of God.. we are first and foremost, worshippers. Without the revelation of our call to worship, ministry becomes routine, praise becomes a chore and service is shrouded in the realms of hypocrisy and obligation. Without our revelation of our call as a worship, our bones become brittle, our assignments become rigid, religion sets in, and our lives become relics void of relationship and significance. The revelation of the worshipper is the principle revelation that brings us nigh to our King with humility and  sincerity. It has always alarmed me when I see pastors of “mega” ministries, with great titles and works, but don’t have the passion to worship or come into the presence of our God.

Today on my way home, and even as I write this blog, tears fill my eyes as I think about the greatness of our King. How wonderful is our God. How loving is Jesus. The Worshipper’s cry must be for more of Jesus. The Worshipper’s cry must be for clean hands and pure hearts.

Psa. 24:3-4 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 

This question would be better phrased as “who is willing to wash their hands..” In a day of synthetic worship, entertainment driven praise, in a world of cliches and catch phrases.. who is willing to wash their hands. The washing of our hands must be the first cry of the worshipper. Worshippers are given the task to carry holy and pure things, we have the capacity to carry secrets and codes.. this is why our hands must be clean. Clean signifies being free from filth or contamination. One of the major battles against a worshipper is the battle for their heart and attention. This is why true worshippers usually have a problem focusing. True worshippers always fight in the realm of loyalty and sincerity, because the enemy knows if he can turn your heart, the power that drives your life will cease. We must pray for clean hands. Clean hands also represent a sensitivity to touch.

Heb. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 

Worshippers are usually driven into the presence of God by past hurts and rejection. This causes many to be very bitter and stubborn, and hinders their ability to truly become vulnerable in times of intense worship. They hide tears and force their hands to their side because life has beaten them down to a point of hopelessness and despair. They can not smile or laugh.. even good news is bad news.  A Worshipper is always being challenged to become hard and calloused, losing their ability to FEEL. This is why we must have clean hands. The more dirt you have on your hands, the less you feel. Lord give us CLEAN HANDS. What God has called you to carry is too precious to be tainted by your dysfunctions and hang ups, allow God to wash your hands with the water of the word (Eph. 5:26).

Not only must we have clean hands, but pure hearts. PURE HEARTS represent our motives and our focus. This is where the entertainment worshipper and the idolater must be dealt with. In many of our churches praise and worship is nothing more than a concert. The people have paid a small fee (offering or tithes) to see the latest artist to hit the gospel stage. The presentation is void of purpose, presence or power. Do you realize as a worshipper that every time you come into the presence of the Lord, you are passing through a place called PASSION? This passion is where Jesus walked, bled and died… When Jesus carried the cross to that great hill called Golgotha, He was paving the way of the Worshipper. The Way of the Worshipper is paved with BLOOD. It is a path of sacrifice and loss, because in order to come into the presence of a great and mighty God, you must leave everything at the door. You must leave your inhibitions, you must leave your sin, filth, your assumptions and presumptions. When you come into the presence of the King, all you can bring is BLOOD!!! Ask the High Priest.. on the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the only thing that gave him access was the blood. Do you know the power of the blood? The blood must be preached, it must be taught.. there is more power in the blood than you can imagine. So when you come IN, you leave everything.. but when you LEAVE, you gain everything.. joy, peace, deliverance, grace, power, time.. Lord give us pure hearts. This is why David prayed the prayer..

Psa. 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Ask God to search you.. see if there be any wicked thing in you.

Our life as a Worshipper must be a BLOOD filled life, but it must also be a TEAR filled life as well. I remember when I began to travel and minister. I got so caught up with the image of the “man of God” that I forgot who I was working for. I am a representative of the Creator of both Heaven and Earth. I got to a point where I couldn’t even FEEL the presence of God. It wasn’t because of sin, it was because of busyness. It was because I was so preoccupied with ministry, that I forgot what my true ministry was. We are all priest and kings after the Order of Melchizedek (another teaching).. WE MUST WORSHIP.

Psa. 24:3-4 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 

Pride is one of the greatest killers to an atmosphere and a lifestyle of worship. Pride handcuffs your praise and incarcerates your worship. Pride will always lead to idolatry. Idolatry must be nowhere to be found in the heart of a worshipper. Our focus must be on the King, Jesus the Christ. Idolatry isn’t as obvious as you might think. Idolatry is simply, “diverted devotion”. It can be worshipping the RIGHT ONE for the WRONG REASON. Many worship God because of what they can get from him. You know those.. the greater the situation they are in, the greater the “praise”.. many preachers will even encourage congregants to worship God according to what they want God to do for them.. this is witchcraft. You never worship God for what He can do.. but always for who He is. And guess what? God never changes!!! Our worship must always be consistent. Worship is not contingent on your attitude or mood, it is not determined by your bank account or your emotions.. it is, because He is.

Worshippers must have Height, Depth, Width, and Length.. these are the dimensions of the Worshipper. The Height of the worshipper is how far they have ascended into the hill of the Lord (Psa. 23:4). A Worshipper’s height is determined by the cleanliness of their hands, and the purity of their heart. Your level of purity will determine your Height. The Depth represents your knowledge of the one you are worshipping. The depth of your well of worship is dug by understanding the revelation of Jesus Christ. How can you dig deeper? This comes by studying the word, studying the names of God (Jehovah Jireh, Nissi, Shammah, etc), the Covenants of God, and the Dwelling Places of God. As your knowledge of God grows, your depth in worship will grow. Worshippers must also be WIDE. Width represents DISPLACEMENT POWER. Worshippers must be FAT (not physcally), they must be FULL. Are you wide? This is the only time it is good for someone to call you “wideload”. The more we are filled with the presence of God.. the bigger we are. WIDTH deals with capacity. How much God can you hold? The WIDTH determines what God can give you. The wider you are the more God can entrust you with.

John 6:54-55 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 

You are what you eat. The more you eat, the fatter you get. We need fat worshippers in the House of God. People that are hungry for the presence and power of God. Matt. 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. That word “filled” in the greek means to supply food in abundance. God wants you overweight on His presence, and obese on His love. ARE YOU FAT???

The last aspect of a worshiper is their length. Length is very important to the worshipper, because this connotes the WALK of a worshipper. Many people are only able to worship God when the path is smooth, but as soon as some rocks are located, the journey is cut short. Worshippers must have the endurance to walk with God. The scriptures declare that Enoch walked with God and was NOT.. (Gen 5:24). The longer you walk with God, less of your will is evident and more of God’s will is manifest. The longer you walk with God, the less you look like you, and the more you look like God, until one day.. you are just, NOT. People no longer see you, they see God. This is the worshipper’s journey.

My prayer for you is that you develop the cry of the Worshipper. Lord give me Height, Depth, Width, and Length. Lord search my inward parts, try my heart.. see if there is anything in me that is not like you. Lord, let me ascend into your secret place. Lord reveal to me who you are, reveal to me who I am, reveal to me your heart.. This is the Worshipper’s cry.


The Emergence of 21st Century Leaders

Part 1: This past Thursday, May 12th 2011, we hosted a conference call for Embassy International Network. We are a coalition geared towards the facilitation and development of 21st century leaders and the equipping of teams for both regional transformation through social initiatives and the establishment of city churches. We did this, and will continue to do this through teaching on the dynamics of Fathers and Sons, mentorship and covering for the purpose of influencing the city and impacting the nations. Here are some of the notes that were taken:

Questions to ask yourself as a leader

  1. Where am I in my development?
  2. Where am I suppose to be?
  3. How did I get here?
  4. What would it take for me to be where I am suppose to be?
A leader:
 1. Leaders are people of Increased capacity.
2. Leaders are Problem solvers.
3. Leaders are Networkers .
4. leaders are Strategic thinkers.
5. Leaders Live in the future.
6. Leaders Enjoy being uncomfortable.
7. Leaders Must always  grow.
8. Leaders must be Excellent communicators.
9. Leaders are Culture engagers.
10. Leaders are Excellent followers.
Dynamics of Fathers and Sons
1. If the kingdom of God is going to be advanced there must be the raising up of model sons.
A model son is an apostolic blueprint of service and honor. This displaces the chaos of the kingdom of darkness by the order of the kingdom of God. Children are born but Sons are given (Isa. 9:6). The child must be grown into a son. A child cannot be grown into a Son without a Father.
2. As sons begin to arise, they have the ability to become kings or fathers. The kingdom establishes its influence when a conglomerate of groups of gifts come together and form a network. Your NETWORK determines your NET WORTH. This is shaped by:
     a. Highly trained individuals
     b. Properly assembled
     c. Synergy.
3. When there is an abundance of gifts there must be an operational ministry to enhance ministry growth and effectiveness.  Your gift must be accounted for.
Areas for retarded growth:
1. Sins
2. Religious structures
3. Lack of accountability
4. Lack of vision
Definition of Father: An identity imparter, vision clarifier, a door opener, and a corrector. Working definition: Super structure, a model, one has dedicated his life to see a son grow up in the admiration of the Lord. Father is a seed carrier. Carries identity. Gives his son identity and clarify the son’s vision, and understanding to their assignment. Wants to develop the way you think. A life source, creates a name and produces a culture. Fathers give to bless, sons give to honor. Fathers dream, fathers bless, fathers direct, father project, fathers anoint, father counsel, encourage and strengthen, open doors, provide prayer covering and intercession , double portions, teach train and develop, meet needs, correct and disciple, manage temptations, speak into our lives, create leadership structure.
Definition of a son: A son dedicates his life to seeing the vision of his father come to pass. Vision caster, dream fulfiller, obedient until to the death of his own vision. Sonship plan-War against disorder and dishonor.
Sons: 
1.Honor
2.Serve
3.Obey
4.Labor
5.Fulfill
6.Perform
7.Give
8.Sacrifice
9.Are Loyal
10.Are accountable
11.Create vision
12.Walk in moral integrity
13.Pray for fathers
14.Are as brothers.
Definition mentor: A trusted counselor or guide; private tutor
•A mentor is to focus on the development of that gift; a mentor’s job is not to father.
•Directs gifts of an individual
•Address weaknesses that slows down or halts the gift that has been identified
Mentors-An effective mentor does not have time to be a father, knows their assignment, mentors should not father (fathers can mentor). Mentor is a trusted counselor or guide. A mentor focuses on the development of a particular gift. A mentor’s job is not to father.  A mentor reveals keys, activates keys, address weaknesses that halt or slow down the development of the gifts.
Thank you Abigail Pope and Chanielle Lee for providing these notes.
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Church Hoppers: An Epidemic

A few blogs ago, I began to post writings on the subject of False Loyalty. I believe that this blog can fall under that same category, but this blog will be geared towards a more specific issue: CHURCH HOPPING. Now let me preface my statements by saying if you are a hard-working, loyal, committed member of a local church, this particular message is NOT dedicated towards you, but may help you in the future. But if you have NOT been a member of a church for a billion years, you at a different church every Sunday, and the only pastor you have is on TV, and you have never been to his church in “real life”, this is for you.

I live in Atlanta, the MECCA of Church Hopping. Atlanta is the spiritual hub on uncommitted Christians. Maybe I am exaggerating, but if there was a holy site for Church Hoppers, I believe Atlanta would be it. Now I was born and raised here in the city of Atlanta. This is my city. I went to school, from k-12, here, and I love my city very much. The Lord has truly given me a heart for my city, so I am not trying to be negative. But the only way to improve is by taken an honest assessment of where you are. Now let us define what Church Hopping is. What is Church Hopping? Church Hopping is the act of going “to and from” a plethora of churches over a short duration of time, which results in the scattering of funds, the inability of stability, and a pattern of low commitment and  false loyalty. Church Hopping occurs when an individual from one church travels consistently, to another church, without any form of commitment or covenant. Now while I am being very comical, this is truly a problem.

This is a Church Hopping generation. This generation was raised in the Conference Generation. The parents of this generation hopped from Conference to Conference to see the next greatest preacher. They totally abandoned church and got there fix in conference settings, where there was no accountability, no covenant and NO commitment. Commitment is a big aspect of the Christian Faith.

Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

Jesus was a man of high endurance. This is what is lacking in our generation of Church goers. We get bored too fast, so before we can even be matured for our next season, we are gone to the next church. This creates major problems in the development of a Christian. We must check our endurance. How hard you can work is a great question, but HOW LONG can you work is an even better one. We need the type of Christian that loves the PROCESS and not just the PRODUCT. Everyone wants to enjoy the product, but despise the process.. ask Jesus, the power is in the process. We need endurance in the House of God again.

2Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 

We need men and women that know how to endure hardness, they enjoy the fight. This is why adequate teaching on warfare is so important. Warfare trains a believer to understand the dynamics of the devil’s devices and in turn produces a Christians that is not easily moved. We need this type of believer back in the House of God. We need Christians that don’t get offended easily, christians that desire to pray, love being stretched and challenged, WE NEED ENDURANCE. This endurance is most commonly seen by church goers making a commitment to a certain House. This is what we call being “planted”.

Psa. 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 

When a Christian is planted in a House, growth begins. No seed can grow without it first being planted. Jesus even said that after the seed is planted that it must DIE. John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. This dying is actually what I call “integration”. When a seed dies, it casts off its hard outer shell to become one with the soil that it has been planted in, this is germination. Only then, when it has been assimilated into the culture of the soil, can it start to grow. The problem with most Church Hoppers is that, their hopping is usually initiated by offense, the inability to submit, and disloyalty, so they have produced this hard outer shell. You know them.. they are the ones that always have a word, but have the worst attitudes; they are telling you what to do in your relationship, and they haven’t had a man in 20 years. The culture of church hopping produces this type of Christian. They are spiritual prostitutes being sold to the highest bidder for a cheap Sunday morning thrill. YOU MUST BE PLANTED TO GROW. And planting does not mean going to a church spending 100 dollars for their books and cds, it means being assimilated into the CULTURE of that House so that you can grow.

I believe that their are some people that are just trying to find out what Church is for them, but after a few months, you should NOT still be traveling. You should allocate no more that 3-4 months, which usually dictates a season, for finding and being planted in a Church. When it comes to choosing a Church they’re certain aspects that you should look at.

1. The Doctrine– I believe that this is the first thing that you should look at. I would suggest you staying away from most denominational churches, just because growth there is limited and your duration there might be cut short when you find something that challenges what that specific church teaches. Find a place where they believe 1) that Jesus is Lord. 2) that He died on the cross for our sins and that His blood still works. 3) That the Bible is the infallible Word of God. There are more we could add here but these are the basics. Make sure there is a clear way to find out what that church believes. Attend Bible Study, search the website.. know what you are getting into.

2. The Pastor– I suggest finding someone 1) that has a good reputation. This does NOT mean that he has to be the most popular guy, but he should be clean of immorality and impurity. 2) Collaboration is very important. Is he a lone ranger? Does he partner with anyone in the city? These are questions that you must answer. Is he apart of a network? Does he oversee a network, and if so.. what type of network is it? Is he covered and who is his covering? These questions I think will reveal to you who he is and help you in your decision. I would like to add that when choosing a church and identifying the pastor, find a FATHER. Do not find a pastor that treats ministry like a job he was hired to do, find a FATHER.

3. Vision– What is the vision for that church? Do you see yourself growing in that church? Many churches present great faces of ministry, but when you get involved you realize that you will never grow. You must find a place where you, and your family can adequately grow. Do you agree with the vision of that House? Vision is a big deal. Vision determines where you are headed and where you will end up. Where is this church headed, and is it made clear to the partners of this ministry? Does the vision include or seclude people? Vision are doctrine are the main ways to determine if you are joining a cult or some type of weird organization.

4. Community– What are the members like? A Church’s quality is NOT determined by their presentation on a Sunday morning, but the quality of the person standing next to you on a Sunday morning. The quality of a House is only as good as the members of that House. Do you feel welcome? Do you feel comfortable? When choosing a church be careful not to join any place where you do not feel at home. Do not be planted in a place of contention and where the air is filled with suspicion. Join a church that has an atmosphere of acceptance that releases freedom.

5. Ministry– Now this is key. Does the church provide adequate ministry for you and your family. Now I want you to understand that some churches are just starting, and are in the process of growing and becoming established. In that instance, maybe you are the one to head that department or ministry. But if the church already has ministries established, do they minister to you. If you are called into the ministry, what type of process do they have put in place to meet that need in your life. These things should be assessed and addressed while you are in the process of looking to be planted.

Church hopping is an epidemic that must be addressed. It is producing a generation of weak Christians without the fortitude to establish solid covenant relationship which is resulting in undeveloped Christians. I believe that those that find it hard to commit to a ministry should seek deliverance from the spirit of fear: fear of commitment, fear of relationships, fear of rejection, fear of man, fear of submission, fear of betrayal, fear of offense.. WE BREAK THE SPIRIT of FEAR over your life. You can stay in one place and grow. Break the cycle of the nomad (a different teaching) and the spirit of the wanderer. My prayer is that you find a House and a Father, be planted and GROW in Jesus name.

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Spiritual Fathers and Identity

I want to dedicate this blog to my Apostolic Father, Apostle Tim Early.. I honor you Dad.

It has been about 5 days since I posted my last blog. I have been super busy with finals but even more busy in the presence of God. We are all on a journey, and the most dangerous snare on any journey is to ever think that you have arrived when, in actuality, you have just begun. I try to always remind myself of this, it keeps me humble, prayerful and in the presence of God. This blog is on the subject of “Spiritual Fathers”, but more importantly on “Identity”. I wanted to write this blog because this is something that as a young man, I have dealt with, continue to deal with, and think that it is something that must be addressed to be successful in ministry. I want to define ministry success very quickly. Being successful is not having the largest crowd, being the best preacher or even how many people you can prophesy to or miracles that are in your ministry. Surely these things are biblical, should be present and do come along with successful ministry, but these things alone do NOT spell success. Success in ministry is doing what God has assigned you to do. Success is NOT doing what is popular, or doing what is comfortable. Success is NOT doing what you see another church or another pastor do.. success is doing what God has CALLED you to do. Why is this important? Because in order to do what God has CALLED you to do… you must know who you are.

Matt. 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Matt. 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 

Matt. 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus..

The scripture says that Jesus CALLED the “disciples” and gave them power.. Now what was this power? We understand what the power was for: cast out demons, heal ALL manner of sickness and ALL manner of disease.. but what was this power? I believe that this power was the POWER of IDENTITY. It was the DNA of their ministry father, Jesus the Christ.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 

When Jesus called them in Matthew 10, they had to receive and respond to the invitation. As soon as they heeded the CALL, that POWER was transferred. But it was not just a transference of any kind of power.. they believed or they trusted in his NAME. In every NAME is the DNA or Identity of a Father. The word NAME actually connotes NATURE. NAME reveals NATURE. Remember Jacob, which means trickster.. one of our first recollections of him in scripture is him tricking Esau out of the birthright. Joseph’s name means “the Lord shall ADD” and look at how his life was full of INCREASE and ABUNDANCE. Gideon’s name means “Destroyer” and look at how he and just 300 dismantled the Midianites. A NAME carries DESTINY. A name reveals IDENTITY. This gives us greater understand of Adam’s assignment and authority.

Gen. 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 

Adam as the Father, the custodian of all that God had made (Psalm 8), the Federal Head of Humanity was given the responsibility of NAMING the animals. This was a test of his discernment of God things. God wanted to make sure that Adam could SEE and DISCERN correctly. This is a KEY in the Ministry of Fathers. Adam’s job was to asses the animal and then, according to make up, ability and instinct, give them a NAME. Now when Adam gave these animals their name, it wasn’t just a title that identified them from other animals.. it was actually their nature. Adam imparted the animals NATURE. He told the Giraffe how tall to grow, the Cheetah how fast to run, the Eagle what altitude in which to glide.. Adam was a Father. When Jesus calls the “disciples” in Matthew 10, He gives them a NEW NAME. In verse 1 of Matthew 10, they are called “disciples”.. in verse 2 they are called “Apostles”, and then He declares their names. God has a way of naming us like no one else can. He has also given the responsibility of naming to the Ministry of Fathers.

1Cor. 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 

In the first letter Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, he deals very basically with what I call the Order of Fathers. He begins in the first chapter speaking of divisions that have formed around the subject.

1Cor. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 

There had been factions established in the church over who their father in the ministry was. The word “of” denotes “origin”, which means the “original” or “beginning” place. While many of the apostles had their origin with Christ, other were ministry sons of Paul, Peter, and others like Apollos. While this is juvenile, the ministry of Fathers is extremely important. The Ministry of Fathers is especially important today. For we are living in a time of superstar Christians, ball-hogs Bishops, and bastards. Fathers, by impartation, release y and bring a sense of identity to sons. Some reject the ministry of Fathers.. but this is very Biblical. This is not an exhaustive study on the subject of Fathers, but I will say that everything God does in the Earth, He does according to the pattern of Father and Son. Paul said “you have many TEACHERS, but not many FATHERS”. Fathers bring maturity. They develop character as well as gifts. Fathers address SIN, they counsel in dimensions. Fathers TRAIN. Fathers BLESS. Fathers CORRECT. Fathers reveal PURPOSE and DESTINY. Fathers impart IDENTITY. The Corinthian church was totally OUT OF ORDER because they were operating (watch this) according to what one Father said while in the House of another Father. This is causing many problems in the Body of Christ. Many people are in ministries, but there is NO FATHER, and because of this, IDENTITY is being imparted by television personalities and dvd mentorship.

I want to share my personal struggle in this area with you. I have always knew who God desired me to be, and how my ministry was to look. But I battled with fear. It was hard for me… I felt rejected, a bastard, but God was shaping me into something that I had never seen. And He is still shaping me into that. It is very hard to become something that you can not see. And for me there was no adequate model by with to measure my growth and development. I am blessed to have one of the greatest Fathers in the Faith as my Dad in the ministry. Apostle Tim Early is a true Father. He is NOT there to make me like him, but to facilitate, as a Father, my growth into what God has called me to. Many of you reading this blog are being called into a place that you have never been. You are being shaped into something you have never seen. Find a Father. Do NOT settle for being a MEMBER of a Church and NOT a Son to a Father. There is nothing like being in the House of your Father. To all those that are in search for a Father, pray and continue to be humble and remain teachable. It took me a while to find someone that was NOT abusive, jealous and religious. I have even had people claim me as a son.. this is witchcraft.

Fathers in ministry are more important than ever. Preachers are falling left and right. Immorality and Perversion are stronger in the pulpit than ever before. We submit to those that see destiny in us and are willing to invest in our future. These relationships bring identity and direction. My prayer for you is that you find that Father, and walk in your identity.

Bryan Meadows


Cultivating the Anointing

God is no respecter of persons, but the anointing is. While God loves all of us equally, the anointing that He releases upon an individual’s life varies according to assignment and purpose. This forms, along with gifts and callings, RANK and ORDER in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God works within 4 Dynamics: Order, Rank, Protocol and Power (another message that we will not deal with here). All of us have been anointed to accomplish our specific assignment. This anointing is precious and unique, its delicate and rare, it must be respected and carefully cultivated.

We are building an Apostolic Team in Atlanta, Georgia for the planting of a city church, an Antioch Church called Embassy International Worship Center. For the past few weeks we have been teaching on Establishing Culture. During this series we have learned that it is NOT the vision that determines the destiny of a House, it is Culture. Culture determines what is grown and what dies. Culture determines what kind of Christians are grown in your House. Culture is very important. Culture does NOT just happen, it must be cultivated. Culture comes through a long process of plowing, sowing, and continual atmospheric calibration. Atmospheres determine Cultures. I wanted to write this blog because I believe that we all must be aware of how to Cultivate the Anointing in our life. What should we do to make sure our anointing is pure and potent to be effective in a world of mixture and lukewarmness.

The Kingdom of God is a system of EMPOWERMENT. The Kingdom empowers individuals with GIFTS, ANOINTINGS, CALLINGS, TALENTS and intellectual capacity to further advance the rule and reign of Jesus Christ on the Earth. The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but JOY, PEACE, and RIGHTEOUSNESS in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17). So as the Kingdom of God is advanced, it establishes joy, peace and righteousness by the spirit of God. As the dominion of Jesus Christ covers the Earth, it displaces demonic systems and brings prosperity to all, this is our mission. We accomplish this mission through gifts, anointings, callings, and talents… and all of these have a specific purpose; they are not the same:

1. GIFTS– A gift is a key that opens doors to bring you into the presence of great men.

2. ANOINTING– An anointing is a special endowment of enabling power that gives you the ability to complete your assignment once you are in front of these great men.

3. CALLINGS– Calling imparts identity and confidence to operate in the anointing that God places upon your life.

4. TALENTS– Talents are lower level or lower dimensional gifts that undergird your dominant gift to bring support and balance.

Now understanding this is very important because each of these areas must be cultivated differently. Today I want to deal with Cultivating the Anointing.

The reason I want to spend time writing on the anointing, because out of the four, we probably hear about this one the most in the Church. The Father calls, the Holy Spirit anoints, and the Son gives gifts. The Anointing is a supernatural endowment to accomplish something that you could NOT do in your own strength. The Anointing is actually the working and power of the Holy Spirit on an individual. The word anointing means to “smear” or to “paint”. In some instances it actually means to “rub in”or to “pour”. The Anointing is when God literally takes a piece of Himself and puts it on a particular person. If we had time we would speak on the dynamics of the anointing. How it flows from order and unity (Psalm 133), how it destroys yokes (Isa. 10:27), and how it is a symbol of headship power (Psalm 23:5).

How do you Cultivate the Anointing on your life? Cultivate means to promote and improve the growth by labor and attention. Whether you believe it or NOT, the anointing on your life CAN increase. What you start off with, is not what you have to end with. As a matter a fact, if you are being a good steward with what God has given you, you will always see increase (Matt. 25:21).

Eccl. 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour…

We must be careful to let nothing that does not belong in our anointing, finds it’s way in. The flies that are in the ointment here didn’t start off dead.. they were alive at one point. Flies represent demonic activity. One of the first ways to cultivate the anointing is to continue to seek deliverance. Many believe that DELIVERANCE is a one time thing, but it is not. Deliverance should be a daily thing, it should become a lifestyle. You do not take a bath once a year, so why only go through deliverance once a year. Deliverance should be as frequent as prayer. Flies hang around rotting fruit. The second way to cultivate the anointing is to develop the FRUIT in your life.

Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal. 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Remember GIFTS are GIVEN, FRUITS are GROWN. Fruits grow in certain seasons. For example temperance grows in season of temptation and frustration. Patience grows in seasons of tribulation. Different fruits grow in different seasons. As you learn how to manage seasons, and pass tests, the anointing will increase in your life. The last thing that I want to deal with is the VOICES that we allow in our life.

1Cor. 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 

Paul was speaking about spiritual influences. They are everywhere, and whatever we hear shapes our life. This is why I believe it is NOT healthy for a Christian to CHURCH HOP, or to be at every conference.. because when there is not a consistent stream oinfluence in a person’s life, it mutates our growth; we are not shaped systematically, but we take on the shape of all these different voices. This is why Fathers are the most important aspect in cultivating the anointing. This constant stream of wisdom and knowledge serves to shape and grow us in a way like nothing else. If you want to see your anointing go off the charts, seek deliverance, develop your fruit, and find and submit to a real father in ministry.

It is my prayer that you accomplish your assignment, and that you are developed in a great way. If you are seeking mentorship, covering or a spiritual father, I would love to assist in any way that I can. Email me at bryan@embassychurchatl.com with a brief bio, and what you are looking for.. together we can reach destiny.

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