Saturday, March 10, 2018

Where Is The Middle Generation?

When we look in the Old Testament we see the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. Abraham The Patriarch…the First Generation, Issac the Son…the Second Generation…the Middle Generation, and Jacob…the Grandson…the Third Generation.


God is always Multi-Generational. Here we see three generations. In the New Testament we see Paul, Timothy & Faithful Men. Paul The Patriarch…the First Generation, Timothy the Son…the Second Generation…the Middle Generation, and Faithful Men…the Grandsons…the Third Generation.



Where are the Issacs & Timothys in this Hour? Where is that Middle Generation that carries from the Patriarchs and Generals that have gone before us and pours into the Jacobs and the Faithful Men?

About three or four years ago, something dropped in my spirit that was never there before. It said: “What my Father has done for me…I MUST DO FOR OTHERS!” All my life I watched Leo Fram, my both Natural & Spiritual Father pour into not just me…but many Sons and Daughters.

I grew up with this example. Then one day…it was like the title of a movie came alive inside of me: “Pay It Forward!”

We are living in a Season of Shift and Transition as the Patriarchs & Generals are going home. Over the last 15-20 years or so many have gone home including: Kenneth E Hagin, Oral Roberts, TL Osborn, RW Schambach and of course most recently Billy Graham.
It is time that the Issacs and Timothys rise up and take their place bridging the gap from the Patriarchs who have gone home to the Jacobs and Faithful Men. It is time to impart what these Generals have imparted to us and impart it to those coming up behind us!


Again…Where is the Middle Generation?



Monday, February 5, 2018

That They May Be One



It is an amazing thing to me how Scriptures that have been in the Word of God forever, somehow, sometimes, take on more relevance and authority in our lives than at others. Depending upon the season in God we are in will determine what Holy Spirit will emphasize and stress to us individually for that season. What He stresses to me may be different than what He stresses to you. I believe that what He stresses will be in accordance with what our assignment is in that season.



Currently, I am leaving one season and stepping into another. My old season was overseeing a local church. My new season is to work with Leaders across the Body of Christ and bring Regional Alignment. There is one Scripture that Holy Spirit has had his finger on in my heart as I fully enter this new season.




“…That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21 NKJV



Here Jesus was praying what we call His High Priestly prayer; praying for us who would believe down the road because of what the Apostles of the Lamb did. This of course was right before going to the cross for us. And what was on His mind was our unity! Selah! Let that sink in!



So often we in the church blame the devil for things, but this not one that we can blame him for. We have done everything that we could to keep this prayer from coming to pass ourselves! We have divided over race, over stream in the body, over doctrinal camp, over gender, over denomination, over age…anything and everything we could divide over we have.



I have found in my almost 39 years of ministry that we only associate with those in our clique, circle, or group; and never venture beyond it. How is that fulfilling what Jesus prayed for? Isn’t it time we started fulfilling what He prayed for? We have Apostolic Streams, Prophetic Streams, Word of Faith Streams, Classic Pentecostal Streams, Deliverance Streams, Kingdom Now Streams, Dispensational Streams, and so forth…you get the idea. With all these different streams…folks won’t venture outside of their own stream. Leaders from the different streams will not even talk to each other.



We can forget about Cross-Pollination occurring if we can’t even get Leaders to come together. This must change! It is time that we learn to put these things aside. If the Leaders can’t come together, there is no way the people will ever come together. It is time for New Relationships! It is time for New Alliances! It is time to get out of our cliques! It is time Leaders Come Together and fulfill Jesus’ Prayer…That They May Be One!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

MOTHERS & FATHERS OR BROTHERS & SISTERS




Trends in the Kingdom come…and trends in the Kingdom go. There is one fad today, and another fad tomorrow. The latest trend gathering momentum in the Body of Christ is Spiritual Mothers and Spiritual Fathers. Don’t get me wrong at all, I fully believe in, support, endorse and work towards the furtherance of this concept…I am a product of it. It is the basis for a Group on Facebook called Apostolic Teaching Fathers Group that I am one of the administrators of.







Lord knows we have had a tremendous shortage of “True” Mothers and Fathers in the Faith. Surely the words of the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth have rung true for many in our day as they have dealt with and been in bondage to an orphan heart. This verse has become a rallying cry of sorts: “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers…”

That being said, I must ask the question: are we really looking for a Mother or Father in the Kingdom? Many say that they are, but words and actions are two different things. A Spiritual Mother or Father is very much like a Natural Mother or Father, in the sense that most times they have been where you are and where you are going; and they know what to do, as well as what not to do. Because they love you, they pass on to the Son or Daughter the wisdom of their experience, in the hope that said Son or Daughter will heed their counsel and advice.

We do the same with our children in the natural too because we love them and want to spare them the headache and heartache we have gone through. So it is in the Kingdom with “True” Mothers and Fathers. Many say they want a Mother or Father, but what they really want is a brother or sister who will rubber stamp their every decision, regardless of whether it is a good decision or not. Too many don’t listen just like Natural Children don’t listen, and then end up in hurt and harm because of it. A Mother or Father, whether Natural or Spiritual will correct; which is a sign of their love, not of cramping the Son or Daughter’s style. So…Do you want a Mother/Father or do you want a Brother/Sister?


Monday, January 22, 2018

Alignment & Ruach


I believe most Believers are familiar with the Prophetic Encounter of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. I want to draw some things from that encounter.

Recently we hosted a Regional Leadership meeting here in NJ, where we gathered Ascension Gift Leaders, both men & women, from across the Region. During that meeting one of the Apostles present quoted from this same familiar text, before prophesying to the dry bones, that they would live and begin to come together.

Later in the meeting right before we dismissed I called for Ruach (Breath of God, Spirit of God) to breathe on us again.

I believe we are right in the middle of these two simultaneously in our region. Bone is coming together to bone, there is a rattle of bones as God brings us into alignment (Apostolic). He is also breathing a fresh wind (Prophetic) of His Spirit into us in this season. Fresh wind is coming to our dreams...even some of our old dreams that we forgot about or gave up on.

Coming into alignment is one thing...which we must do...but having the Breath of God is what will empower and make the alignment have impact! We need both the Alignment & the Ruach together! So often we in the church have settled for an either/or mentality...where God wants us to have a Both mentality.

For years folks in the church fought over whether we were "Word" people (we must be sticklers for the Word, teach the Word, preach the Word) or were "Spirit" people (we just want a move of the Holy Spirit). Why do we have to choose? Why is it either/or? Why not both? Can't we teach & preach the Word and have a move of the Holy Spirit at the same time?

In the text of Ezekiel 37 there was the time where Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy to the bones, that they might come together. This is a picture of the Alignment that God is doing in our day, which is an Apostolic Function. But after the bones began to come together, they had no life in them, and Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy again to the Ruach (breath, Spirit), that they might come alive. This is a picture of the Breath or Wind of the Spirit which is a Prophetic Function.

If Apostles and Prophets together are the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20), how do we expect to have a solid foundation, if we are arguing which function is more important…the Alignment (Apostolic) or Ruach (Prophetic)?

Even now some are picking sides over which is more important. The Alignment (Apostolic) or The Ruach (Prophetic)...when the truth of the matter is we need both at the same time! They were designed to synergistically work together! Let us not settle for either/or and embrace both Alignment (Apostolic) and Ruach (Prophetic) at the same time.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

When Your Now Doesn't Look Like Your Vision


What do we do when we know we have seen our vision for our future, but it doesn't look like our now?

God grants a vision of your future and then begins the process of getting you ready to step into that picture, because when He gives it you are not ready to step into it.

The picture or vision God shows is to show you who and what He wants you to be, not who and what you are now. Remember faith calls things that are not as though they were. So, He speaks into your now to begin a process to take you to what and where He has for you.

So many of us get a correct vision but do not understand timing and preparation. We see it and expect that we will immediately walk into it. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Character development and process is what makes us ready to step into the picture that we have seen. Though the vision tarry, wait for it. Why? Because it is for an appointed time. What appointed time?


When you have been through the process required to step into it. What you do and how you yield during the process; determines the length of time between receiving the promise and the manifestation of the promise.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION???


I had a great conversation with a ministry colleague last night that was deep on many levels. This Scripture was brought to my remembrance through what this friend shared.

“For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” James 1:20 NASB

This reminds us to see what spirit we are of or are acting from. What is the fruit of what we are doing? Acting out of anger…is that the fruit of the spirit…or is that the fruit of the flesh?

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 NASB

Notice that outbursts of anger are deeds of the flesh NASB, works of the flesh NKJV & KJV.
Is it possible that much of our “Quote on Quote” “Righteous Indignation” is just our way to cover for our Outburst of Anger? (work or deed of the flesh)

Perhaps we all need to go back and allow God to work His Character in us afresh and anew. Perhaps we all need to really develop the fruit (singular, not plural) of the spirit (it is NOT fruits of the spirit, but, fruit of the spirit) in our lives.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NASB

The fruit of the spirit is self-control, not outburst of anger…which are we doing? There is a lot of action displayed by many on social media as well as in person, that wreaks of flesh…not spirit.

The next time your ire or dander get up…stop and ask yourself, is this a work of the flesh or fruit of the spirit? Is this an outburst of anger or self-control?

Just maybe…our Righteous Indignation isn’t so Righteous after all!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Protocol & Delegated Authority


Two of the biggest needs in the church today is for a clear understanding of both Protocol & Delegated Authority. Much of what occurs in our Meetings, Fellowships, Networks, and Churches lacks proper Biblically Balanced Submission and is clearly out of order because of these foundations are not understood.

Let me first deal with Protocol. Webster defines Protocol as: "A system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations." I teach about Protocol quite often when teaching on Prophetic Ministry. Every church or ministry has their own Protocol. There are general Biblical guidelines for how things are supposed to function and operate…but not specifics. Each church or ministry Set-Man or Set-Woman must determine what the rules of correct conduct and procedures will be for the work they are set over.

It is up to all the followers to play the game we played as kids in school: “Follow The Leader”. Quite often, folks get used to a Protocol in the house where they fellowship on a regular basis. Then they go visit another work that has a different Protocol. If said person begins to operate the way they do in the ministry they normally attend in the other work with the different Protocol; then they are out of order because they are not submitting to the Protocol of that house they are currently in.

It does not matter what you normally do, it is your job to submit to the house you are in and follow the Protocol that has been set out by the Set-Man or Set-Woman. You also cannot get upset at another Man or Woman of God if they have a different Protocol to the one you are used to. If we understood this we would have less folks out of order and less folks with their nose bent out of shape. (I hope you understand my expression)

Now let me deal with Delegated Authority. The Free Dictionary defines Delegated Authority as: "The action by which a commander assigns part of his or her authority commensurate with the assigned task to a subordinate commander. While ultimate responsibility cannot be relinquished, delegation of authority carries with it the imposition of a measure of responsibility. The extent of the authority delegated must be clearly stated." The church totally operates by this principle.

Jesus is the Head of the Church and as such is the Final Authority and ultimate holder of authority. He delegates or gives a measure or a part of His authority to a Set-Man or Set-Woman in a church or ministry. Then that Set-Man or Set-Woman in turn will delegate authority to various staff members, department heads, and leaders. Closely related to Delegated Authority is the understanding of Spheres of Authority. Allow me to illustrate the difference between the two from my life and my role as a Set-Man in a local fellowship.

My Mother and Father who are both Apostles, happen to be members of the local fellowship that I am the Set-Man of, it is their home church when they are not out on the road ministering. When we are not in church, they are Mom & Dad and I submit to their authority as both my Natural and Spiritual Parents. But once we come into the church, they tell everyone that Michael is the Set-Man and what he says goes. In fact, this past Sunday morning when my Dad spoke he got up and said the boss said to speak now and that we would do the announcements and offering after he spoke. He said this because I whispered to him to go and speak now. Now they are still my parents, but in the church, they are submitted to my sphere of Authority as the Set-Man.

Now let me contrast that with Delegate Authority. In the church that I am Set-Man of, I have an Associate Minister who I have been friends with for some 25 or so years. He is really the one with the Pastor’s Heart and is the most gifted Psalmist I have ever met. When I turn a service over to him to either speak or lead worship, I am no longer in authority because I have Delegated my Authority to him. Once he is exercising that Delegated Authority, if someone wants to share or say something, they need to go to Pastor Mike, not to me, because he is operating in authority at that moment. Both Spheres of Authority and Delegated Authority are critical for us to understand and walk in.


If we could get these simple things right…oh how much better things would flow. Imagine how much less strife we would have in Ecclesia if these things were understood and practiced. Let us make this our goal that we understand and walk in Protocol and Delegated Authority.