Dedicated to young pastors, revivalist, and church planters.. THIS IS FOR YOU!!!
This morning was a weird morning. I woke up fully aware of my purpose, potential and power. It was like a dream.. I could see standing around me a great crowd of supporters cheering and yelling “you can make it, we are depending on you”.. Like a flash, an epiphany, I understood more clearer than ever before that I was not alone. Encompassed by great men and women of God that went before me, I suddenly felt their hopes, their dreams and their assignments. “I’ve got to finish” is what I declared to myself.
I wanted to write a short blog on the Power of Generations. How anointings are never destroyed, nor do they ever leave the Earth.. they are here for us. Like a marathon runner passing the baton, fathers pass mantles and anointings so that their works will be accomplished.
Our Generation, plagued with dishonor and arrogance, seldom finds the strength of the ancient. We pride ourselves on being revolutionary and innovative, which we must be, but not to the detriment of those who went before us. We are constantly looking forward so much that we often miss out on the power of our past. Dedicated vessels carved a way for us.. they overcame obstacles, they broke barriers so that acceleration would be our portion. Their dreams live on, their assignments live on, their anointings live on, and THAT is what we feel. You can not be great without a burden. Burdens are weights of responsibility, placed on gifts to guide and direct them. Burdens keep you up at night dreaming when everyone else is asleep. Burdens wake you up before the Sun and causes you to see what others can not see. Burdens commit you to thousands of hours of preparation, it will have you turn down opportunities, pass up platforms.. it will have you in a wilderness eating honey and locust.. IT IS A BURDEN! Our assignments are not disconnected from our predecessors. We stand on the shoulders of giants and build upon their foundations.
In 1 Corinthians, chapter 3, Paul addresses the issue of competition. He speaks about his relationship with Apollos’ ministry.
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. (1 Corinthians 3:6-8)
WE ARE NOT ALONE. We do not enter undeveloped fields.. but we do some times enter underdeveloped fields. You may not sense it or see it, but before you started your work, it was primed for you. Paul understood his assignment in the economy of God.. TO PLANT. Apollos’ job was to water. At some point, some little church planter, some little boy or girl who believes that anything is possible is going to enter that place of plowing and see increase. That is the expectation you feel. That is the source of those tears of joy as we see our ministries grow and our anointing impact the lives of people. Our joy is knowing that someone prayed for this, someone fought and died for this. This is why Paul says neither the planter or waterer is anything at all. They are soon forgotten, and so is their work and contribution. But they live on through us. Through our honor and hard work. Paul said that those that plant and those that water are ONE. We are not separate, we work together, we grow together, we do great things together.
John 4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour : other men laboured , and ye are entered into their labours.
The apostles leave Jesus and go into the city to find something to eat. When they return they catch the end of a conversation Jesus is having with a Samaritan woman. They offer him food, and Jesus answers them by saying “I have meat you know not of.. my meat is to do the will of him who sent me, and to FINISH his work”. WOW. Destiny is the diet of the pioneer. We don’t get our energy from statistics or church planting books. We don’t get our strategies solely from growth conferences or church networks.. there is something pushing us. It is ancient power. Our meat is to do the will of him who sent us. WE EAT DESTINY FOR BREAKFAST!
John 4: 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold , I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Acceleration is our portion. Don’t declare delay, expect SPEED! Jesus said “SAY NOT”, this is a command. We must train our mouth not to speak deceleration. Don’t dare say that there are four month, then harvest.. Jesus says “LIFT UP YOUR EYES”! If you could dare to believe and lean upon the work of our fathers we could see a tremendous harvest. Fields represent the place of plowing. It is the place of our labor and work. Adam, at the beginning, had a garden not a field. After Adam falls, he is no longer privileged to leave without hard work and toil.. his garden turned into a field (Gen. 3:19).
Jesus said “he that reaps receives wages, and gathers eternal fruit… both he that sows and reaps rejoice together”. This moves me to tears, knowing that the victory is not mine alone. The success is not mine alone. The growth is not mine alone. It belongs to everyone that has ever given, ever prayed, ever attended, ever gave me words of wisdom or advice along the way. THIS REVIVAL IS OURS.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses..
There are great men and women who have went on.. A. A. Allen, Wigglesworth, Wesley, Lake, Dowie, Grant, Woodworth-Etter, Dunn, Branham, and so many others that are cheering for us. They are behind us rooting for our success. Every time we fall they are saying “get up, you are better than this.. you can do it, you are almost there”. DO YOU HEAR THEM? DO YOU FEEL THEM? We have entered into their “labors”. The word that Jesus uses there literally has the connotation of someone beating their chest in sorrow and grief. It denotes hard work, dedication, commitment and pain. We are backed by ancient power. WE ARE NOT ALONE. There is something sacred and supernatural about what you are doing. Keep it up, you are about to see INCREASE.