Enrich your spiritual life as you study inspirational messages gleaned from the Word of God! The Holy Bible is filled with wisdom that will strengthen your character and deepen your walk with the Lord. As you reflect on key Scripture passages, you will discover encouraging lessons and practical applications woven throughout the Word. Leon Gooden presents an in-depth study of key Bible passages to sharpen your faith and help you grow in your understanding of God. Each chapter explores a different Scripture passage to encourage you in your daily walk with Jesus Christ. In this book, you’ll learn: -How God calls you to be actively involved in His purposes and plans for the world -You are God’s child, accepted and highly favored—made holy and righteous by the blood of Jesus -How the Holy Spirit will empower you to bring life to others who desperately need it -How God wants to sanctify you and move you toward the future He has planned for you -How worship can overcome temptations to sin -When nothing makes sense, God has a perfect handle on things -Why the result of knowing God is an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe This book is ideal to enhance your personal daily devotions, or as a Bible study tool in a small group setting. Short chapters with edifying messages are perfect for livening up your devotions! Start reading your copy of Walking in the Word today—and spark a flame in your heart for real growth as a child of God!
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EDIFYING, EQUIPPING, EMPOWERING FOR KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT!
EPH. 4:12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of CHRIST.
EDIFYING - The word ‘edification' comes from a Latin word, ‘aedificare' which means, “build”. The idea therefore is, ‘to improve the mind or character of some one by teaching'.
Kingdom is the sovereign, power, dominion, and rule to infiltrate, influence, and incorporate all who would receive its provisions, promises, promotion, and protection for the the Kingdom of God and for Experiencing and Enjoying The Kingdom lifestyle.
To Advance is to proceed progressively by divine impartation, inspiration, imagination and instruction to move forward the Kingdom of God and for Experiencing and Enjoying the Kingdom lifestyle. ADVANCING THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITH FORCE.
God has promised us that if we are with Him then He will be with us.
Azariah the prophet of God spoke to King Asa and said, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (2 Chronicles 15:2).
You can read about King Asa in chapters 14-16 of 2 Chronicles.
When Asa sought God then he was blessed in all that he did. He was able to destroy an Egyptian army of a million men because he sought God first.
As a result of his reliance on God, he and the kingdom of Judah enjoyed 35 years of peace. In chapter 16 we learn that God forsook Asa because he began to leave God out of his decisions. In the 41st year of Asa’s reign, he became diseased in his feet and still did not seek the Lord’s help. Asa died having devoted the first 35 years of his life in faithful service to God but unfortunately he made some very foolish decisions, not relying on God as he did earlier in his life and service as the King of Judah.
The life of King Asa should teach all of us something today. Hanani, the prophet spoke these powerful words:
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him...” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
We can know that if we will dedicate our life fully and completely to God, then God will prosper us. But if we choose to put anyone or anything ahead of Him, then we will not prosper. To the loyal Christian, God is our strength, hope, and salvation. Stay the course! Continue to be “.....steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). We must be faithful until the very end of our life here on earth in order to receive the crown of righteousness (Revelation 2:10).
I’m sure you have probably heard someone say before "it’s my life, I can do what I want to." While it is true that the life we have is ours, we cannot do what we want to with it if we really want to be pleasing to God.
The Bible says, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are" 1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in us. God created us and expects us to be obedient to Him in all things.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
We need to understand that we are here only because God created us and that our obligation in life is to make sure that we please Him in all things. Christians have been baptized into Christ and have made a vow before God to live for Christ each day for the rest of our life. Baptism puts us into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and into His body, and the church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23).
When we die, our soul will return to God who gave it to us in the first place (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Our eternal resting place will be in heaven or hell, depending on who we have really served while on this earth (2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 6:24).
Lastly as Christians, we must ensure that we are living our lives for Christ, not for ourselves or others. Jesus will judge us in the last day, nobody else (John 12:48). In the end can it be said that we were REALLY doing the will of the Lord? I say Do the Will of God!
Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
This instruction given to the saints at Rome is also needed by all Christians today. We live in a world which subjects us to various pressures, calling upon us to "conform." Because "every one else" dresses immodestly, uses vulgar language, is involved in the mad pursuit of material things, is intent on the things of this life that are pleasurable, etc., etc., Christians are under heavy temptation to do likewise.
When many encourage such activities, excuse sin by saying; "when in Rome, do as the Romans do," remember that Paul wrote to those who were in Rome and told them to not do as the Romans do. He said, "Be not conformed to this world." It doesn't matter how popular and widespread sin and ungodliness may be. It doesn't excuse sinful conduct nor make such practices more acceptable.
Christians are called upon by Titus 2:12 to deny ungodliness and worldly lust and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. This we must do, regardless of what those around us do, and regardless of what they say. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14 and 16, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
The life of a Christian is to be different - a pure, clean, wholesome kind of difference that others may see. It's sad indeed when our conduct can't be distinguished from that of the worldly people around us. How about you? Are you careful to conduct yourself correctly in all your relationships in life? Do you keep your life clean and your practice pure? Do you know what God has said about living our lives here on earth in preparation for eternity?
Apostolic Intercessory Warfare is a special ability and Anointing that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent answers. It is a lifestyle which is characterized by the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
God has commanded each one of us to take back the land – the land of our minds, souls, spirits, bodies, families, and generations – and bring it unto the FULLNESS in and for His Kingdom. We are in the process of transforming from a man of dust … into a “heavenly” man, who is like His Father.
To take back and possess our land we must OVERCOME the giants and tear down the strongholds!
Focus on the Great Commission to win souls and disciple the nations. FINISH THE WORK!!
The Apostolic anointing means to LABOR. DO NOT QUIT!
The Apostolic ministry has many characteristics and one of them is militancy.
There is a curse on those who do not fight:
Jer. 48:10 “10 Cursed be he who does the work of the Lord negligently [with slackness, deceitfully]; and cursed be he who keeps back his sword from blood [in executing judgment pronounced by the Lord].”
There are four words to describe militancy:
• To contend with carnal inclination.
• To serve in a military campaign.
• To execute the office of the apostle –
1 Tim. 1:18 “This charge and admonition I commit in trust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with prophetic intimations which I formerly received concerning you, so that inspired and aided by them you may wage the good warfare, …”
The Apostolic career:
• military service (hardship and danger).
2 Cor. 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical weapons of flesh and blood, but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.”
A prophetic word is like military orders. Now the Apostolic anointing empowers you to execute those orders to fulfill your military career (i.e. to fulfill the Great Commission).
• A body of troops, army.
• A soldier / a man of valor.
• A general, governor, captain or magistrate.
Psalms 37:23-26 ...23 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. 24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him. 25 I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread. 26 All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed.”
Apostolic anointing: Not just talk, but ACTION.
TYPES OF THE INTERCESSORS:
-Worship/warrior Intercessors– Exercising His/Her Authority in the earth (Matt. 21:12-17) to purge out, cleanse the temple/church.
-Travailing Intercessors– Has Jesus heart of compassion and mercy-have burden for the lost and hurting.
-Visionary Intercessors-Called to the high places-Watchmen on the walls- great discernment for spiritual realm.
-Generalist Intercessors– plows up enemy’s roots and clears the land to prepare for new seeds for harvest.
The battles you face in the Promised Land are the challenges, threats, and oppositions to your Kingdom advancement. The thing that threatens your life is you bailing on GOD. Look at 10 of the 12 spies. They bailed on GOD when they saw the giants they were about to face and it cost everybody. Don’t bail!
It ain’t about survival. It’s about Kingdom advancement. Advancement is about upgrade and not being satisfied with camping out around the promise land. Advancement is about camping out around the presence of GOD.
But know for certain that, in the Promised Land, you fight to get into GOD’s presence because so many things in your life are working to keep you from finding and fulfilling your destiny and calling.
The enemy doesn’t want you to fulfill your destiny. He knows it’s bigger than you. He knows you’re dangerous to his scheme to take as many of GOD’s children to hell with him as you and I will let him. He’s going to challenge, threaten and oppose you at every corner.
Remember, in the Promised Land you don’t fight for victory. You fight from victory. You’ve already defeated the devil by showing up. So take your territory, Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and bring JESUS onto your battlefield. The devil don’t stand a chance when you stand your ground.
For this reason take up the full armor of GOD, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Ephesians 6:13.
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)…10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The phrase Walk in the Spirit refers to lifestyle. In Biblical terms, to walk means to conduct oneself in a particular manner; pursue a particular course of life.
The Greek word “walk” is peripateo; it is a compound word that is made up of two words – peri means “about, concerning, around;” and the main verb pateo means “to tread, to walk along” – thus peripateo means “to stroll or walk about.”
This Greek term is used ninety-five times in the New Testament as a metaphor for “live,” as illustrated by Paul in Ephesians 2:10). As stated earlier, to “walk in the Spirit” is to live in complete submission to the control of God’s indwelling presence – “We are not to let sin reign in our mortal body that we should obey its lusts, and we are not to present our members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin instead, we are to present ourselves to God as being alive from dead works, and our members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Rom 6:12-13).
The figurative meaning of “walking” refers to conduct –
~As believers we are to conduct our life in the paths indicated by God (2 Kg 20:3).
~As sons/daughters of righteousness walk in the light, rather than walk in darkness (1 Jn 1:7).
~The sinners way of life is to walk according to the flesh (Rom 8:4; Eph 2:2; 1 Cor 3:3).
~But Believers are to…
•walk in Christ (Col 2:6 – that is our “position” in Christ)
•walk according to the Spirit (Rom 8:4 – according to His leading)
•walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16 – that is the realm in which we are to walk)
•walk in love (Rom 14:15; Eph 5:2; 2 Jn 1:6 – that is the essence of a godly walk)
•walk as children of light (Eph 5:8 – that is the sphere in which we are to walk)
•walk in good works (Eph 2:10 – our lives are to produce fruit)
•walk in newness of life (Rom 6:4 – we are to live in this new reality)
•walk in a way that pleases God (1 Th 4:1 – by obeying God we please Him)
•walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7 – we must trust God and walk accordingly)
•walk in the light and walk in the truth (1 Jn 1:7; 2 Jn 1:4; 3 Jn 1:3 – the whole way one lives proves fellowship with God – 1 Jn 1:6ff; 2:6)
•walk in a manner worthy of their calling (Eph 4:1; 1 Th 2:12; Col 1:10 – conduct your life in a way that corresponds with your holy calling)
Revelation 12:17. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
We are at war against the kingdom of darkness!
“We are at war…. The world in which we live is a combat zone, a violent clash of kingdoms, a bitter struggle unto the death. I am sorry if I am the one to break the news to you: You were born into a world of war, and you will live all your days in the midst of a great battle, involving all the forces of heaven and hell and played out here on earth.
Matthew 10:34b …I came not to send peace, but a sword.
1 Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Exodus 15:3: The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is His name. (The Lord is in us who have received Him so the warrior is in us!)
Psalm 24:8: Who is the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. (He is mighty in battle!)
Revelation 19:11: And I saw the heaven opened and behold, a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (One of the Lord’s main purposes is to make war against the kingdom of darkness. To do this, He uses spirit-filled believers on the earth to make His enemies His footstool.)
2 Timothy 2:4: No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Soldiers in the Lord’s Army are willing to endure hardness.
Soldiers in the Lord’s Army wear the proper armor. Ephesians 6:11.
Soldiers know their commander’s voice. John 10:2-5.
Soldiers walk in obedience to their commander. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Soldiers enjoy the spoils of victory. 2 Samuel 23:10:
The LORD was with Joseph and GAVE him FAVOUR in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Gen 39:21)
When we have OPEN INTIMACY with God, He will grant HEAVEN to be OPENED for us. And when we have OPEN HEAVEN, the FAVOUR OF GOD will rest upon us.
The word “FAVOUR” simply means: “friendly or kind regard; goodness; approval or loving-kindness.”
The FAVOUR of God simply means that, God will:
Regard you as his FRIEND – “No longer do I call you servant but my friend.” (Jn 15: 15)
Be KIND to you – “For he is Kind even to the unthankful.” (Lk 6:35)
Shine his GOODNESS on you “Do you know that the Goodness of God leads you to repentance.” (Rom 2 : 4)
APPROVE you – “Salute Appelus approved in Christ.” (Rom 16:10)
Show LOVING-KINDNESS towards you – “I will show my loving kindness toward you says God.” (Jer 9:24)
The OPEN FAVOR of God will give us:
UNEQUAL ADVANTAGE – This UNEQUAL ADVANTAGE will enable us to DEFEAT Satan, who is already a defeated foe, SUBJECT his demons under us, who have already been made subject to us through Christ and for us to KNOW the PLANS and PURPOSES of God, for which Satan will never know. (Rom 3: 1 )
POWER OF ATTORNEY – God will allow us to REPRESENT HIM, so that we can ACT on his behalf, to SPEAK HIS WORD for him and OPERATE in the same POWER and ANOINTING as He did. Satan cannot override us, because we have become the REPRESENTATIVES of Jesus Christ here on earth. (Acts 9:15)
TO GO AHEAD OF HIM – Jesus will SEND us forth ahead of him to PREPARE the way as John the Baptist did. We will go to every place that God wants his PRESENCE to be made manifest. Jesus will send us to places to ESTABLISH APOSTOLIC BASES and to OPEN HEARTS so He can come and reside. To open the CITIES and the NATIONS that will allow his PRESENCE to be seen and felt. (Lk 10:1)
When the FAVOR OF GOD is upon us, people will see and know that God is with us, they will hear what we have to say, they will act favorably towards us, hearts and minds will be open to us, Ministry will become our way of life, Power and Authority will be our sign of his presence, resources will come to us and we will not be in want, the Stature of God will encompass us, Government Leaders will seek us and Churches will align themselves to what we preach. This is OPEN FAVOUR.
Jer 18:1-3 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.…”
Obedience is crucial. I think sometimes GOD just wants to remind us we need the body, and sometimes He is watching to see how hungry we really are for more. If he tells us to go somewhere and receive, will we?
Everyday obedience is essential in our journey of breakthrough. And going where GOD directs us to go.
Everyday we need to be faithful in prayer and in the WORD of GOD because it is so crucial for our spiritual growth. But obedience to what He says is equally important. And a key from my experience is, some of my greatest breakthroughs in my life have come when I’ve sensed GOD say GO somewhere to receive something.
UNEXPECTED SUDDENLIES HAPPEN IN THE MIDST OF EVERYDAY OBEDIENCE:
Going and obedience looks different to every person. But going and obedience is essential for every person. It could be get up now and speak to that person at the gas station about Jesus, or contact that friend you are thinking about, or go fishing and, or fly to that conference, or get up and pray, or be at that meeting, or say yes to that mission, or go to that nation or city, or go next door, or start that project or do now what GOD has been talking to you about.
GOD STILL SENDS PEOPLE TO POTTERS HOUSES:
GOD still asks people to go to “potters houses” and receive a message from Him. I do believe there are times that GOD is watching to see how hungry we are to hear more from Him. The truth is there are times when you have to go somewhere to get an upgrade from GOD!
My point, breakthrough happens when we partner in obedience to what GOD says. Sometimes you just have to do it now even if you're afraid And sometimes you have to extend yourself and go somewhere you're not familiar with. But every time, you have to obey the big and the little whispers from GOD if you want to experience GOD's overflowing blessings. Selah.
The word “diamond” comes from the greek “adamas” which means INDESTRUCTIBLE, UNBREAKABLE, INVINCIBLE, & BRILLIANT. The “Indestructible One” GOD has turned the tide and what threatened to break you, has instead made you. GOD is upgrading your weapons of warfare and sharpening your spiritual tools. I see a new sword being given to His bride and inscribed on the sheath is INDESTRUCTIBLE! Be ready to run and exploit the victory when the pressure “pops” and you find yourself in the midst of long awaited promise. Be ready to run.
Destiny transforming moments will suddenly appear and you will need to move quickly. The heat and pressure is forming an indestructible faith and resolve in you, and an indestructible resolve to see the harvest reaped.
You not only “will not be burned” by these fires surrounding you, but YOU WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. An indestructible faith and new breaker anointing for INCREASE AND ABUNDANT HARVEST is coming upon his bride. HEALING, MIRACLES, FINANCIAL RELEASE and LONG AWAITED BREAKTHROUGHS……. the pent-up pressure is breaking out and breaking through into new victories!
Your past season is not wasted, it is precious unto the Lord and is a costly offering as you have surrendered your heart under intense circumstances only fully seen by the Father. A diamond is the hardest of gem stones as it was created under tremendous pressure and can now resist fracture under great pressure. This past season did not destroy you, it has made you and you are now “pressure proofed” for this “take the city” season. The birthing of the indestructible ones is upon us.
Get ready to run oh faithful indestructible ones! Your season of abundant harvest is upon you. And you were made, transformed and refined at a great cost for this hour! The Father celebrates your faithfulness in the heat and pressure, and He says, “keep pushing, the pressure is birthing the indestructible generation that will transform the nations.” The Father says, “well done good and faithful ones… well done”.
Diamonds most often suddenly come to the surface through explosive pressure that erupts and precipitates their breaking through the crust of the earth from hiddenness to discovery. Many are on the precipice of discovering what they are made for! Explosive pressure is surrounding many just now, and the pressure feels like it will break you, but instead it is breaking through the enemies plans and catapulting you into your destiny.
Do not fear precious pioneers. He is with you even in this. And He is for you!
Isaiah 43:1-2 “But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door:by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd:the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
See I used to be a good fisherman of fish and one thing I learned is that when you go fishing you have to
1. GO AT THE RIGHT TIME
2. GO TO THE RIGHT PLACE
3. HAVE THE RIGHT TYPE OF BAIT
4. HAVE PATIENCE DONT RUSH
5. STAY ALERT WATCH POLE
6. AFTER FISH TAKES HOOK LET HIM TIE OUT
7. REEL HIM IN, DONT LET HIM GET OFF YOUR LINE
NOW THAT YOURE QUALIFIED FISHERMEN, COME TO THE HOUSE OF GOD, YOUR PLACE OF DUTY TO BE DEPUTIZED TO GO OUT AND CATCH SOME FISH (SOULS).
SEE SOME OF YOU ARE SITTING IN HERE TODAY THAT HAVE BEEN RUNNING FROM YOUR OCCUPATION, THATS WHY THINGS NEVER WORK OUT FOR YOUR GOOD, COME BACK TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT FROM GOD, ITS IN YOUR DNA TO BE FISHERMEN, NOT DRUG DEALERS, PIMPS, ROBBERS, CRACK HEADS, FELONIES, ADULTERERS, FORNICATORS, LIERS.
COME BACK TO JESUS, COME BACK TO YOUR FIRST LOVE, ROM 5:17 IF ANY MAN BE IN ...........
JESUS SAID IAM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE., NO MAN CAN SEE THE FATHER WITHOUT GOING THROUGH HIM.
NOW LET'S GO FISHING IN JESUS NAME!
Apostolic Alignment for Kingdom Advancement
Apostolic Alignment for Kingdom Advancement: Is the worldwide activation of the Holy Spirit being released in the Body of Christ resulting in the restoration (re-ordering) of all things according to Acts 3:19-21
Relationships - Malachi 4:6; Luke 15:11-32; 1 Corinthians 4:15
Biblical Doctrine/Teaching – Hebrews 6:1
Five-Fold Ministry- Ephesians 4:11-12
Ministry of the Holy Spirit – Luke 3:16; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4
Miracles – 1 Corinthians 12:10-11
The Ministry of the Apostle: Apostle- (Greek-apostolos) “One who is sent forth.” One called and sent by the Anointing to have and operate in spiritual authority. Character, gifts, and abilities enable Apostles to gather and establish people in Kingdom truth and order, especially through founding and overseeing churches and ministries.
1 Corinthians 12:28 “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” Ephesians 4:11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Functions of Apostles and Apostolic Ministries:
Establish a Spiritual climate/atmosphere in regions that is conducive for a release of God’s Glory
1 Corinthians 12:28 “First (Greek-proton) apostles.” Blasting, Trailblazers, Penetrating, Forerunner, Pioneer Anointing. Territorial Spirits – Governing spirits/strongholds over regions, cities, nations. Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:” 1 Corinthians 15:32 ‘If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus,”
Strongholds – Mindsets, Doctrines, Ideologies contrary to the Word of God. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “… mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,”
To establish the Apostolic in GOD's people
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” NKJV This is an Apostolic Commission!! Evangelists make believers/converts – Apostles make disciples.
Establish Churches Apostolic People require Apostolic Churches where they will be equipped and released for the work of the ministry through:
Doctrine- Acts 2:42 “…they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,”
Preaching- Inspiration through exhortation, proclamation and demonstration. Mark 16:15 “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,”
Teaching- Inspiration through edification (building up). Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,”
Treaching - (combination of teaching & preaching) Matthew 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing (demonstration) all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people,”
Establish Biblical Order/Government Restore five-fold (government) ministry to oversee and maintain the order of God, which is represented through theocracy and not democracy.
Theocracy -God controlled, God centered, God ruled.
Democracy- People controlled, People centered, People ruled. 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-16; Titus 1:5
Establish “Fathering Ministries/Relationship” 1 Corinthians 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.” Fathers and overseers are committed to establishing and developing growing relationship.
Some Fatherly Responsibilities:
1. Training and Discipline - Exodus 18:13-26; Hebrews 12:5-10; Colossians 1:28
2. Reproduce - John 15:16
3.. Releasing - Acts11: 21-22; Acts13:3-4
4.. Impartation - 2 Timothy 1:6
Kingdom Builders Christian Ministries A Spiritually Militant Church
In the process of apostolic maturing of the Church there is an emerging, spiritually militant boldness on all fronts of Church life. Not with guns and bombs like deluded terrorists, but spiritual weapons like strategic prayer, intercession, preaching, teaching and praise & worship. Music (SHOFAR & PRAISE/WORSHIP) has been, and is increasingly setting this tone of spiritual militancy. Now it is time for the prophetic to take its true mature place alongside the apostolic gifts and anointing. To bring structure both spiritual and natural to facilitate what the Lord is doing in the Church - to clear the rubble from the spiritual gaps in the wall of the House of the Lord (Nehemiah 4:10), and to build apostolic churches. To plant churches powerfully, in spiritually governing strength, with five-fold ministry teams. Apostolic church bases that will actually affect and change whole cities, nations, and even governments.
We have seen this in part happening in KBCM but there are more wonderful days ahead of all of us as we press on to the high calling of Christ JESUS in our lives. Singers, musicians, Preachers, Teachers, THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY in the realm of the creative arts will also need to carry apostolic wisdom in the nurturing and releasing of these gifts in the MARKETPLACE. It is important we prepare - because we will not handle the onslaught of spiritual wickedness that will inevitably come against the rising army of the Church. It is a global army because there is a global fight! A fight against the ultimate global terrorist - the devil!
Everyone needs to submit under GOD's government, no one is exempt, Kingdom Builders Christian Ministries definitely is a place for anyone who is without a Church home and wants to grow in the LORD.
Everyone – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and laypersons, are required to submit to a Pastor. This is God’s order of government. The Pastor is the head of the local Church and everyone is to be a part of a local Church somewhere. (Ephesians 4:11-14)
What I am saying is that everyone, even the other Ministry offices, should have a Pastor. There are no exceptions to this. The most effective Five-fold Ministers in the Earth have Pastors whom they can call upon.
Everyone will ultimately give account for how they treated their Pastors. 2Corinthians 5:10)
Sincerely from Apostle L.R. Gooden Jr.
A quick teaching on the theme for 2015 for KBCM by Apostle L.R.Gooden Jr.
SCRIPTURE AND THEME FOR 2015
EDIFYING, EQUIPPING, EMPOWERING FOR KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT
EPH. 4:12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
These ministry gifts (EPH 4:11) are to equip the saints, and then the saints are to do the work of the ministry. The Amplified Bible translates this verse as "His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church)."
It is a mistake to place the burden of ministry on what we call "the clergy." Full-time ministers are to minister the Word to the saints, but the saints are to go out and reach the lost and carry the bulk of the ministry within the church. Shepherds don't have sheep; they tend the sheep, and the sheep should reproduce.
It has been a big mistake to "hire" ministers to do what the individual members of the church are supposed to do. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are simply leaders who equip the saints so that they can be successful in the ministries God has given them.
In EPH 4:12 the word "for" can mean because of, as a result of, since, or it can mean so as to obtain. It is the latter definition that is meant here. The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers of EPH 4:11 minister "so as to obtain" the saints being equipped so that they can do the work of the ministry, which in turn obtains the edifying of the body of Christ. The clergy doesn't do all these things. They start the process through leadership, and the body edifies itself in love (EPH 4:16).
The Greek word that was translated "perfecting" here is "KATARTISMOS," and it means "a fitting or preparing fully" (Vine's Expository Dictionary). It does not denote the absence of all flaws. The Lord gave the gifted ministers listed in EPH 4:11 to help fully prepare the saints so that they could do the work of the ministry.
Remember it takes a Disciple (a disciplined learner) not a complainer, not a critic, not a murmurer, not a know it all, but a DISCIPLE. It's time for the Church to line-up, straighten-up and fall in place with true GOD ordained leadership. Amen.