Spiritual (Kingdom) Houses and Apostolic Sons!
Luke 10:1,:5-11- After these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
“But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a ‘son of peace’ is there, your peace will rest upon it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And ‘heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of you city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you…'” (Luke 10:5-11)
Apostles are being sent in to cities and places where, as they go, they are carrying the ‘face of Jesus’ as fathers and elder statesmen into the churches. (houses) They are looking for a “son of peace’, or an “apostolic son/shepherd/elder”, who receives them into the house! If they receive these apostolic fathers, THE PEACE will rest upon the house and remain! And even if they do not, the peace of the fathers will remain with them as they go from city to city! If a house receives them, they can remain there for as long as is needed, to help establish and impart to the leadership and to the house! They will receive what the house gives them, because the house will honor the “labor of love” that the fathers give! This will leave a powerful residue in the house that will help bring it to “full maturity” and the ‘Senior Leader/Apostle’ emerges to remain full of peace and equip the saints for sonship, along with the apostolic team. The key here is always annoucing; THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR YOU, it has arrived, it is withing your grasp! The kingdom of God will transition the leaders and the house from merely “maintenance mode” to a “mission-minded” apostolic center!
What if they do not receive you? Well, simply shake off the dust, or do not allow the adversarial schemes of the enemy in leaders or people to slow you down or bring a spirit of rejection!!! Shake it off, cast out the spirit of fear because you have ‘power and love’ and if they do not repent, go to the next city! On a personal note, we had this happen several years ago in a particular city that was given an excellent opportunity, not just to receive us, but a team of other seasoned apostles and prophets with us. For six months or so, progress was made, and the church in the city was coming together. But division and strife set in among some local leaders/pastors, and the remnant lost their ‘peace’ to proceed.
Apostles will never demand or take over by force other men’s labors, they must be invited and received! We were invited and received, until the uproar over the kingdom caused them to lose their PEACE! We simply pulled back with the peace of God intact with us and said, “So be it!” Within that same year or so, “outside of the city”, Father began raising up a work that now in these few years past, is affecting the whole area there, and we have been able to deposit our peace and it has been received!!! 🙂 God is good and “God is Faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (I. Co. 10:13)