The CURSE of the VAGABOND

I have been pastoring for a number of years now. I began as a youth pastor for a number of years, and then transitioned to pastoring young adults and college students in 2007. In February of this year we began to train what we call a POWER TEAM, or an Apostolic Team to form the infrastructure of a City Church called Embassy International Worship Center in Atlanta, Georgia. We have seen tremendous things.. things that some might say are impossible or even unbelievable. Over the course of the past few months, one of the things that I have to come to believe with my whole heart is that the Ministry of Deliverance must be present and ACTIVE in every 21st Century Church. Regardless of what name is on your door, your affiliation or doctrinal leaning, the Ministry of Deliverance is absolutely necessary. There must be the anointing to eject demons and break curses in our Houses if our people will ever enter the freedom they need to be effective. One of the curses that I have observed hindering believers significantly is what I call the Curse of the Vagabond.

Curses are very real. They affect Believers and Unbelievers alike. There are Self-Inflicted Curses which are usually caused by blatant, pre-meditated, and consistent sin, and then you have Generational Curses which are usually hereditary weaknesses to particular sins and or disadvantages. Some families struggle with particular sins, while other families struggle with other sins.. these are generational curses that attach themselves, because of past pacts and contracts, to entire families. A curse is simply defined as being empowered to fail. A blessing means to be empowered to prosper. So a curse then is a legal hold that binds people to failure. God told Abraham that He would CURSE those that CURSED Abraham (Gen. 12:3). Anyone that made it hard for Abraham to complete his assignment, God would make it hard for them. Now let’s look at the Curse of the Vagabond.

Genesis 4:9-15, And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? 10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

A Vagabond is defined as wandering from place to place without any settled home. It has the connotation of being disreputable,worthless and or shiftless. And this is many times how people who are under this curse feel. This curse is usually activated by deep rejection. Rejection from pastors, parents and close friends. It attacks ones confidence with people and scars their personality. Vagabond also means one who is leading an unsettled or carefree life, a life of no direction or purpose. A life lived haphazardly and not intentionally.

The Curse of the Vagabond is found predominantly in the lives of church hoppers, those who reject the ministry of fathers and those who despise the authority of leaders. The Curse of the Vagabond inhibits one from having the ability to BE PLANTED which results in aimless wandering. This curse was placed on Cain because he offered a tainted sacrifice (another message altogether) and killed his brother Abel out of jealously. Cain’s life became opened to this curse through REJECTION. The Lord rejected Cain’s offering and this rejection opened the door to this curse. Many people have been rejected, and this rejection must be dealt with. Rejection causes people to reside in resentment and distrust. Resentment, Offense and Distrust is the breeding ground for curses and demonic activity.

Genesis 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

The Curse of the Vagabond infects a person’s ability to produce. It says that because of the Curse upon Cain, the Earth would not lend her support to Cain in his endeavor to be productive. It would be harder for him to succeed than those around him. And many of you reading this blog have this same testimony. You find it hard to do what seems to come easy for others. You have been unemployed for months but you fill out countless applications. Your vehicle always has problems while others are getting by just fine.. this Curse makes life difficult for everyone it comes upon. The Curse of the Vagabond dries up wombs and makes ministries barren. You may be a pastor and your church has not grown in years, it could be because the Curse of the Vagabond is upon the House, or the majority of the people that come into your House. It also says that with this curse comes the identity of the fugitive. Now this is seen upon many believers. A fugitive is one who is always running away from the law. Fugitives hate correction. These are people that enjoy church as long as they are getting “star” treatment, but as soon as they get correction, they run. Fugitives run from leaders, authority and submission. The Curse of the Vagabond amplifies pride in a persons life, not allowing them to submit to proper authority or hear sound counsel. This curse also brings with it the Spirit of Suspicion. I am sure you have met people like this, they always think that the preacher is picking on them, or preaching about them. They are always the victim, no one understand what they are going through and their pain is always unique. This is the Curse of the Vagabond. Cain says in verse 13, that this curse is MORE than he can bear. People who are under this Vagabond Curse always have a false sense of responsibility. They try to compensate for their lack commitment and stability with more tasks. They join every organization, they partner with every ministry to hide the fact that they are really doing nothing. A consistent Lack of Commitment and Fear of Stability and Covenant is always a RED FLAG that this Curse of the Vagabond might be active in your life.

Genesis 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid..

One of the effects of being under the Curse of the Vagabond is a hinderance in worship. The inability to see the face of God is a side-effect of being ejected from the presence of God because of the Vagabond Curse. In the area of worship, people who are under this particular curse tend to be very critical. The music is always too loud or too soft; they always have a suggestion with how service should go, but never offer the commitment or service to see change, they are “back seat” drivers. During worship they are very uncomfortable, and always seem to find a reason not to engage.

Genesis 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

Now this is very important for pastors to understand. People who have been stricken with the Curse of the Vagabond must be treated with delicacy because they are frail and very distrusting; they have been wounded and beaten by rejection so much that all contact with authority must be engaged through wisdom and understanding. One of the most important things about the Curse of the Vagabond is the mark that God put upon the head of Cain. This mark was  a symbol to the entire Earth that this man was rejected by God, and that no man should kill him. The Mark upon the head of Cain represent the effect that this curse has on the thinking of the individual. People who are bound by the Vagabond Curse are distinguished by their thinking patterns. You can see them coming a mile away.. they never commit to a church and every week they have a different Spiritual Father.

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

In order to grow one must be PLANTED. Some believers never reach their full potential because they are never planted long enough so that their roots are able to reach the life source of a particular ministry or Father. Every time one is planted, this Curse of the Vagabond goes into action and uproots them, causing their growth to be significantly stunted and dwarfed. This believers reside in the church for years and never grow, never change and never develop. In a place like Atlanta, this curse is prevalent among church goers.. no one wants to commit to anything or anyone and because of that we have shallow Christians. Make it your priority to BREAK this CURSE through covenant relationships, commitment, and constructive responsibility. Search your heart and see if there is any symptom of this curse.. address and seek deliverance.. #beplanted

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PROMOTION: Increase your RANK

#wow it has truly been a while since the last time we released a blog.. needless to say, we have missed you tremendously. Over the past month, so much has happen and transpired. Embassy International Worship Center is approaching our 8th month of building in September, and we are entering into a NEW SEASON. I will NOT let the “cat out of the bag” now, but the Lord is promoting us in a very significant way. In September we will be launching our mid-week services and our Sunday services, and we will be beginning a series called: PROMOTION. I wanted to release a small word on this subject.

Promotion should be a continual reality in the life of every Believer. Promotion is the INCREASE of authority and rank. Promotion is directly related to the expansion and growth of, what the scripture calls, our MEASURE. Everyone has a measure. Every organization has a measure. Measure is taken from the greek word “metron” which literally means a portion or deposit. We find this word in scripture when Paul says.. 2 Corinthians 10:13-16:

13But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.

Again the word measure is the word “metron”. We all move, in what I call, Metronic Blocks, or “metronically”. We all move and function according to our measure. There are different measures that operate in our life:

1. Measure of Faith (Romans 12:6)

2. Measure of Gift of Christ (Eph. 4:7)

3. Measure of Authority and Rank (2 Cor. 10:13-16)

4. Measure of Prophetic Insight (1 Cor. 13:9)

5. Measure of Water [revelation, blessing, and spirit] (Job 28:25)

6. Measure of Days (Psalm 39:4)

7. Measure of the Spirit (John 3:34)

8. Measure of Inheritance (Luke 15:12)

9. Measure of Meat [doctrine and mature revelation] (Dan. 1:13-15)

10. Measure of the Anointing (Lev. 7:35)

Now these are just some of the measures found in scripture. Now all of us are given a measure of each one of these. These measures and or portions are distributed according to capacity. Matthew 25:14-15:

14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability…

That word SEVERAL ABILITY means Capacity. God knows our capacity and HE will never give us anything beyond our ability to hold it.

1 Cor. 10:13– There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This is a principle. God is not a God of waste. God never gives you what you pray for, He only gives you what you can manage or hold. Ask yourself, what is my capacity? Now because you have a capacity, no matter the size, God wants to INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY. Now PROMOTION is always a product of correct and effective STEWARDSHIP. Promotion is a product of multiplication. Can you multiply what God has given you? Jesus walked in the Spirit of Multiplication. Everything that was given to him was increased. Jesus was given disciples, they went from 12 to 70, 70 to 120, then 120 to 3000. Jesus, was given 2 fish and 5 loaves, and feed 5000. This is the Spirit of Multiplication. This is one of the reasons why Jesus dwelled in a perpetual state of INCREASE.. (Luke 2:52, John 3:34). Whatever God gives you, He intends, by stewardship, vision, and dedication, for it to be INCREASED until it’s ability to bless, fills the Earth. As you grow and increase in STEWARDSHIP, God then promotes you to a level which gives you the authority to distribute what you have MULTIPLIED.

..For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48 

Paul says that every measure has a reach (2 Cor. 10:13). This, again, is a principle. Every measure has a particular influence. Let’s give the example of anointing and gift. A gift is a key that opens doors to bring you into the presence of great men, but your 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. Now certain gifts open certain doors, and certain anointings break certain yokes. The GIFT opens the DOOR, the ANOINTING completes the ASSIGNMENT.. according to the level of the gift, and the degree of anointing will determine your REACH or INFLUENCE.

Paul says that they do NOT stretch themselves beyond their measure (2 Cor. 10:14). This principle gives us insight on how to be effective and increase in our measure. One of the most dangerous things you can do is to try and operate outside of your measure (2 Chron. 26). Uzziah, the King, tried to operate as a priest, outside his measure, and was stricken with leprosy. God can never trust us with more, until we learn to LOVE what He has given us. Leaders must learn NOT to covet another man’s gift or anointing. STAY IN YOUR MEASURE!!!

As your FAITH increases, your MEASURE increases (2 Cor. 10:15). Your measure can not increase apart from the increase of your faith. Faith is increased by your word intake. The more revelation, the more faith.. the more faith, the more God can trust you with. God desires to trust you with the riches of Heaven, but can you be trusted? Every Leader, every Believer, must evaluate, not just how much we trust God, but how much can God trust us.

Your measure allows you access into different Regions (2 Cor. 10:16). God desires to INCREASE your RANK so that you will be given access into different regions of the Heavens and of the Earth. The are regions in the Heavens that only HIGH RANKING officers can go in and out of. There are regions in the Earth that only allow HIGH RANKING men and women access. For example, if you are a police officer, your badge, gives you access into areas in prison and on the streets that normal men and women could not go. Now that badge wasn’t just given to you because you looked nice, it was given because you could be trusted with authority. They knew they could give you a gun, and you wouldn’t go crazy. The problem in the church is that everyone is buying their badge off the internet, or getting it made by a friend, instead of allowing a process to equip them for their assignment.

God desires to INCREASE your RANK. Promotion is your Portion. As you read this, evaluate where you, and what you can do to increase your RANK. Where are you lacking in consistency and dedication? Where are you lacking in loyalty and sacrifice? How can you serve more? How can you give more? How can you multiply what you have? Remember complacency is an assassin to your destiny.. BE PROMOTED!!!


BRING ME THE EPHOD

The Minstrel’s Office part 2

In 1 Samuel chapter 30, David and his men returned to Ziklag and found that all of the women and children, both sons and daughters (significant), had been taken by the Amalekites. The city was burned, meaning that their industrial ability was wiped out. They no longer had the capacity to make weapons of wars.. they were left only with what was in their hands and the skill they had acquired through battle. David and his men began to travail.. and then through this powerful form of intercession, David calls for Abiathar the priest. When Abiathar comes, David says.. BRING ME THE EPHOD. When he receives the ephod, he seeks the Lord as to whether or not he should pursue and what would be the outcome.. the Lord says “PURSUE and you shall RECOVER ALL”.

I began a teaching in late April of 2011, called The Minstrel’s Office, and today I want to continue within that current. Within the Kingdom of God there are many dimensions, one of the most powerful dimensions is the Dimension of Worship. A dimension is a world that functions according to certain laws. Every world is governed by laws. The Dimension of Worship is governed by three laws: The Law of Worship, The Law of the Heavens, and the Law of Orders. Let’s speak briefly on each law to construct a foundation for our release. THE FIRST LAWThe Law of Worship says “whatever you worship you gain access to”, we dealt with this in our previous teaching called Breaking the “Almost” Dimension. THE SECOND LAWThe Law of the Heavens is the process of the Heavens release. Gen. 2:4 says These are the generations of the Heavens.. so like the earth has generations, the Heavens have generations as well. One Heaven is established to release certain things.. they have an assignment. When that assignment is complete, that Heaven passes away, and another Heaven is established. This is the Generations of the Heavens or Atmospheres. Now our worship determines what is in the atmosphere or the Heavens.. what is in the Heavens determines what is released in the Earth.. what is released in the Earth determines what grows in the Earth.. and what grows in the Earth determines what man eats.. and what man eats determines the STRENGTH and POWER of a generation or region. So our degree of worship determines the fruit that we produce and the meat in our House (another message). THE THIRD LAWThe Law of Orders says “what you wear determines where you can go..” Every dimension in the Kingdom is accessed by wearing certain things. The Dimension of Kings must only be entered by those with Crowns.. the Dimension of Life can only be accessed with those who have a Body and Breath.. the Dimension of Worship can only be accessed by those who hold the Ephod.

Ex. 28:6 And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.

The Ephod was the garment of the priest. “The ‘ephod’ is the first garment described in detail. This was the outer robe of the high priest. It was made of two parts, one covering his back and the other his front; these being joined together at the shoulders (place of government, my emphasis) by golden clasps, which formed the setting for the onyx stones. The ephod served to support the breastplate” (Gleanings in Exodus, Aarons Garments, pg. 259, Arthur Pink). Within the Law of Orders, there are several orders: Order of Levi, Order of Aaron, Order of David, Order of Zadok, Order of Chenaniah and the Order of Melchizedek to name a few. I want to deal with the Order of Levi, the Order of Chenaniah, and the Order of David.

THE ORDER OF LEVI– This is the order of Sonship and Service. This is the order of Aaron’s sons. Those with GIFTS in the House, especially musicians and singers, must live DEDICATED LIVES. The Levites were dedicated to the Lord. They didn’t work for money , nor were they hirelings. I am not saying that musicians should not get paid.. I think that ALL musicians should get paid, but the basis of payment should be according to relationship and covenant. Most musicians usually travel from one place to another, never entering into true relationships. They are used for their gift alone, never truly receiving authentic ministry. They remain stuck in demonic structures for years because leaders overlook their character for their gifts. I can’t speak for everyone, but I speak for those who have a heart for musicians and singers to excel and I say.. I AM SORRY. We have used and abused you for too long.. it is TIME for your RESTORATION. The Order of Levi is an order where the minstrel and psalmist has DEDICATED their GIFT and SKILL to the Lord. Remember that you must be dedicated to the Lord. Your gift must be laid at the foot of the cross. Your gift must BELONG to the Lord.. and if it does belong to the Lord, then no one can use it but Him. The Spirit of Compromise is rife and ruthless. The Spirit of Compromise will take a pure heart bound with ambition and completely turn it away from God. Ambition must be guided and guarded within the heart of the worshipper. This is why Aaron, or the dimension of covering and accountability must be present with the Order of Levi. Those called to serve like musicians must find proper COVERING for their gift, or the world will always take advantage. The Order of Levi had the responsibility to offer Sacred Fire, this is pure and undefiled worship and adoration. Remember the Law of Worship.. “whatever you worship you gain access to”. This Law is set in place to filter out idolaters. Most musicians want to gain access on tours and in backstage rooms.. they want to play behind the most popular band. In order for them to gain access, they MUST worship them. They have to bow down, compromise and give their GIFTS to the world, THIS IS IDOLATRY. What God do you serve? Allow God to promote you by being DEDICATED to him.

THE ORDER OF CHENANIAH– 1Chr. 15:22 And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful. Chenaniah represents, first of all, HEADSHIP GIFTING. The scripture says that Chenaniah was the Chief of the Levites.. this is a place of honor, authority and power. God wants to promote you minstrel and allow your gift to fill the world.. but you must know how to work within the context of “anointed” teams. I did NOT say “bands”.. the day of bands is over. God is raising up TEAMS. Organizations in which your gift will INCREASE and be strengthen by the cross-pollination of anointing and covenant relationships. Here is my plea.. stop desiring to play with just anyone. Once you share your gift with someone, it produces association, and association always brings IMPARTATION. Why are you playing on a band, and your band members are not living for God.. why do you have people in your group, on your praise team that are living unholy and impure lives.. THAT DAY IS OVER. Sanctify yourself lest the LORD break forth upon you (Ex. 19:22). How dare you serve with insincerity in your heart? Chenaniah released worship and service by song. His ministry was releasing what was in him. Minstrels and Psalmist must be careful what they allow in them, because your service is releasing what is in you. Whatever you allow to GET IN, will be what you GIVE OUT. If you want to play for the world.. FINE, but don’t pollute the House of God by playing both sides of the fence. Lastly, it says that Chenaniah was skilful. Skill is the cause of many musicians being INSECURE. When one is selected because of their SKILL and not because of their worth or relationship, it causes insecurity. They are constantly under the threat of being replaced if someone comes along with GREATER SKILL.. so they are in a constant race to become better musicians and not better people.. THIS MUST BE BROKEN. We love you regardless of what you can do.. we want you and not your gift.

THE ORDER OF DAVID- Remember every dimension can only be entered by wearing the right clothes. David was a king, he wore a crown. But David was also a priest after the order of Melchizedek. In order for a king to enter into the dimension of worship, He must cast his crown down (Rev. 4:10). This is the place of process. The worshipper, the minstrel and psalmist must go through a tremendous process so that PRIDE is purged out of their heart. Minstrels and Psalmist can have much pride because people are constantly adoring them and exalting them according to their gift. They are puffed up with flattery and knowledge (1 Cor. 8:1). David was a man of humility..he served in season and out of season. Whenever you decide to serve God know that javelins will be ORDAINED for you.. they are not sent to kill you, but to process pride out of your life, for that is the only way you will be fit for the Kingdom of God. The Order of David is the order of warriors. It is an order of warfare and strategy, the order of minstrel and psalmist. David had a tremendous skill, but he used it to advance the Kingdom of God. We need musicians and psalmist that understand that they have been born to WAR against the Kingdom of Darkness, not join them for a gig. Your job is to fight against those things that pollute the world and contaminate a generation.. DAVID, TAKE YOUR PLACE!!!

David understood that the only way he could recover all that was ordained for his life.. gain back his respect and future.. he needed the ephod. David screamed.. “BRING ME THE EPHOD”. What David was saying is that even though this is a battle, the only people that will come out on top is the WORSHIPPERS. Musicians and Singers I plead with you to return back to the presence of the Lord. Don’t seek for the approval of well-known artist or secular bands.. seek for the approval of God. Allow God to promote you, allow God to direct your path. Make ambition your servant, not your king.. GO GET THE EPHOD!

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Breaking the “Almost” Barrier

There is an invisible barrier that drives men into mediocrity. It cripples the best of us, paralyses us with the poison of rejection and renders us immobile. This barrier manifest by close doors and broken dreams.. and if you want to be GREAT you must find the strength to pierce  this barrier. When it comes to advancing, obstacles must always be addressed. There is no way to get around it. Usually close doors reveal areas of weakness and incompetence. The great thing about barriers is that they stretch us, they push us to our natural limits and force us into the corner of the supernatural.. barriers birth the spirit of pioneers and manufacture discoverers and inventors. Every great leader comes face to face with barriers.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 

Paul was confronted with the “almost” barrier when he was given the opportunity to present the gospel before King Agrippa. After the end of Paul’s presentation, the king said “you almost”.. meaning that Paul fell short. Maybe he didn’t communicate it well, maybe he didn’t exegete the scriptures with clarity, maybe he had an attitude, whatever it was, it stopped him from achieving his goal. This “almost” barrier will always meet you on your road to greatness and you must have the fortitude to OVERCOME.

1John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

The “almost” barrier must be faced head on with FAITH. Now faith must be understood within the context of a power source. Faith is not the belief in the unseen, but its literally the bridge that connects us with a mighty God. Faith draws us close to God, and prompts Him to draw close to us (James 4:8).  This is the Law of Worship. The Law of Worship says that whatever you worship you gain access to. In the realm of worship you receive an impartation of: character, resources and agenda. Faith allows you to see what others can not, hear what others can not, and do what others can not. Faith allows you to see beyond the barrier and give you endurance to withstand the opposition, because you know victory is one push away. Faith sees the barrier as a platform for the supernatural.. Faith sees the barrier as a lunching pad for your next level.. Faith knows not “no”.. for in it the promises of God are yes and amen (2 Cor. 1:20).

The “almost” barrier must be broken in your life. Some people are not just confronted with this barrier, but live in this world. It is the “almost” dimension. When it comes to breakthrough, penetration and advancement, they always “almost” but never seem to make it into the realm of completion. You are plagued with success always being one step away.. rejection has bound you from moving forward.. and today it must be broken. You are made for success.. you are made to be a Barrier Breaker.. “almost” must be broken.

In order to break this barrier, you must:

1. Develop a life of consistent expansion and stretching. Do what you do not do often.. try new things and push the boundaries of your comfort zone.

2. Address every area of incompetence. Any skill that reveals your shortcomings, spend time to perfect and master that skill or that area.

3. Broaden your perspective and surround yourself with people who have the scent of word changers. Surround yourself with people of faith and people that refuse to accept no.

4. Release a constant surge of Prayer, Prophesy, Praise and Worship. No one transcends barriers like worshippers..

Say this prayer aloud:

I repent for mediocrity.. I repent for slothfulness.. I repent for laziness and oversleeping. I break the spirit of Rejection and denounce any ties I have with incompetence. I renounce normalcy and ordinary and I decree I live in the realm of extraordinary. I declare that EXCELLENCE is my portion and PROMOTION is my inheritance. I break the barrier of “almost” and I move into the realm of “finish”. Father give me the grace to finish and the anointing to endure closed doors.. in Jesus name. Amen.

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I felt impressed to write.. something. Usually when I write a blog, I have studied.. the Lord has laid a burden upon my heart for the release of a specific subject. I pray and study, and then spend adequate time writing.. this is not one of those blogs. Tonight, I just got home with my wife from one of the most tremendous corporate times of worship that I have ever been in. I am sitting here writing in awe.. tears fill me eyes.. you know why? Because I see what God has in store for this Generation. This Generation is not relegated to young people, people born in a particular time bracket, but anyone desiring to see God move like never before. I want to say that, that the moves that we have seen have been very cultural in their expression, and because of that it locked some people out from ever experiencing that dimension and dispensation of God.. but no more. What God is releasing now is such an orchestra of different expressions and anointings that it will not belong to one people group or one culture. The culture of man is about to be totally stripped from our expression, and the culture of the Kingdom of God will be released in RAW FORM. I didn’t title this, because any title would have belittled what I am trying to communicate, and I have probably still not communicated this well.. but this is my challenge to you. Step out.. believe big.. see miracles.. thanks for reading. I love you so much, with all my heart.

With Expectation,

Bryan Meadows


The Technology of Promotion

Promotion is your portion. It is God’s will that you continue to progress in skill, character, anointing and favor. For the past few months we have been building a POWER TEAM in the city of Atlanta for the purpose of launching a city church called Embassy International Worship Center. We received an influx of prophetic gifts and to facilitate their development we started a Prophetic Track geared towards effectively equipping them to walk in what God had placed on their life. During the course of those meetings one of the most powerful words that the Lord released for our House, and for our lives, was that we had entered a season of Promotion. Every word that is spoken within a House, both prophetically and through the set man, must be echoed by the prophets of that House. This is “prophetic echoes”. This is when God takes a corporate word and puts it in the mouth of a company.

Deut. 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 

Is. 51:16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. 

Prophetic Echoes is a particular science that God uses to release a word into the DNA of a House. Every prophetic word released must enter into the bloodstream of that ministry through releasing it repeatedly so that the word never leaves the ear of the congregation. It must leave the church and follow the congregants home, and then be established there as well. This is what PROMOTION did to me. This word haunted me for weeks.. and now my prayer is that it haunts you as well.

PROMOTION is a word that I want you to PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, because it is so vital that you kill complacency and seek God for your next level.. and this comes through PROMOTION. Promotion is the technology that God uses to advance you in both METRON (measure) and AUTHORITY. Promotion is defined as advancement in rank or position. In chess it actually means to exchange (a pawn) for any piece other than a king when the pawn reaches the 8th rank. WOW. When a Pawn (a simple, low ranking piece) reaches (through wisdom, endurance, and patience) the 8th rank they receive an UPGRADE. This upgrade allows the Pawn to move in dimensions previously unknown and locked off.. this is what PROMOTION is. This is your Portion (say that aloud). THIS IS MY PORTION!!!

Promotion is seen all throughout the scriptures. Jesus even spoke about Promotion when He said.. Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. The process of demotion and promotion is a scriptural reality.  Saul, because of the mismanagement of his anointing and assignment, was DEMOTED. David, because of his consistency and commitment in private, was PROMOTED. When was the last time you were PROMOTED in the Lord? The word “humbleth” in the Greek actually means to be depressed, and it carries with it the connotation of being prostrate before the Lord in a posture of worship. Worship is the quickest way to see promotion. God always promotes the worshipper, because the worshipper stays in a constant place of evaluation and repentance. Repentance is actually a system of upgrading. It is the shedding of one way of thinking for another, which always results in promotion. You can never be promoted without repentance being activated. Through repentance one prepares himself for his next level. Repenting is not saying “I’m sorry for sinning” only, it is the process that God uses to change our thought patterns through conviction. We must REPENT for complacency, REPENT for plateauing, REPENT for false humility, REPENT for staying where we are for too long (Israel had a promotion problem in the wilderness). Now promotion does not come through seeking promotion, it comes from seeking God.

Psa. 75:6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

This is a very powerful verse of scripture. It says that promotion does not come through the East, West or even South, but from the North, which is the God place. The North is the cardinal direction of the Divine. If we had time we would speak about the Power of the North, but maybe later. The East is the place of knowledge.. many times knowledge produces False Promotion.

1Cor. 8:1Knowledge puffeth up

Many times people obtain degrees, doctorates or even certificates and think that this is promotion. Education is wonderful.. but pride is the quickest way to be demoted in the Kingdom of God. The West is the place of work and engineering. Promotion does NOT come through you working hard to gain favor in the sight of men. You can NOT promote yourself. Promotion should be a continual reality for the Believer.. not through flattery or bribery, hook ups or back-room deals, but through the EFFECTIVE stewardship of current Seasons, Resources, Measures and Relationships.. BEWARE of being Promoted by men.. stop looking for a HAND OUT, look for the Hand of God. The South is the place of Demonic movements. When a plan or agenda is positioned against the plan of God, Satan will promote it. Satan will grow your church, send you around the world, he will pay for your plane ticket if he knows you are working against the plan of God.  The word “promotion” in Psalm 75:6 has with it the idea of ascending a hill or mountain.

Psa. 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 

Psa. 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 

This is not just a worship scripture, this is a scripture for promotion. Who shall be promoted? We understand that we must have clean hands and a pure heart, we know that pride is the quickest way to be demoted. But when the scripture speaks about swearing deceitfully, it is dealing with the issue of HONOR. Dishonor will always result in demotion, while honor will always result in promotion. Dishonor will always lock you into a perpetual season of cycles. Many ministers never see promotion because they refuse to honor any other gift or anointing. Honor is your key to promotion in this season.

How do you know that you have been promoted?

2Sam. 5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake. 

When David received his Third Anointing, the scripture says that he “perceived” that the Lord had established him OVER.. this is the key. Promotion must be a personal revelation between you and the Lord. So can anyone say.. “hey, I have been promoted by the Lord”.. NO, of course not. Before David “perceived” this, he was ANOINTED. This is a powerful principle. Before every PROMOTION, you will receive an ANOINTING to operate on that new level. In 1 Samuel 16, David received the anointing of King before he ever sat on the throne. The anointing is going to give you the ability to execute the duties of your new office. Without the anointing your promotion has no power. Your anointing gives you the ability to prove your Promotion. It is God’s will that PROMOTION be your reality. Promotion is your Portion. It is through Promotion that God raises Kings. This is your season of Promotion.. seek God for your next level. Put this word in your mouth, worship and receive the anointing of Promotion. Stay tuned for Part 2.

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The Anointing to FINISH

Pioneers are graced with both the ANOINTING to START and to FINISH. As STARTERS we are TRAILBLAZERS and TRENDSETTERS, but as FINISHERS we are RECORD BREAKERS and RECORD SETTERS. God is looking for FINISHERS.

  • Every ANOINTING is for a PURPOSE
  • Every PURPOSE has a ASSIGNMENT
  • Every ASSIGNMENT must be COMPLETED 
Whenever God wants to complete an assignment, He raises up a Son. Sons are given to complete assignments. Is. 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder… This Messianic scripture gives us a very important principle: Children are born, but Sons are given. God never puts the Government on the shoulders of children, He always places assignment and authority upon the shoulders of Sons. But children never mature into sons without the presence of Fathers. Fathers are very important to the development of Body. For the past few months we have been building, what we call, a POWER TEAM. A Power Team is a conglomerate of MEGA GIFTS (refer HERE for a short teaching on Mega Gifts) trained, equipped, commissioned and SENT OUT to affect the spiritual climate of a region or sector. We have set out to formulate an effective team to build the infrastructure of a city church called Embassy International Worship Center .  Here is a small teaching that we did at one of our Leadership Training Sessions called L.E.A.D. (Leaders Engaging in Advanced Development). Listen to The Anointing to FINISH