APOSTOLIC PATIENCE!

Acts 20:24-  But none of these things move, nor do I count my life dear unto myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

The apostle Paul had the “Spirit prompting” that when He came to Ephesus he was nearing the end of His course and race that the Lord had appointed him to.  On his way to Jerusalem, he wanted to encourage the elders at Ephesus that although bonds and afflictions awaited him there, He knew he must go to Jersualem.  He was determined to keep the faith to the end!

Although the Spirit was bearing witness to his spirit, He did not fully understand what would be happening, but he knew it must come to pass.  He had “uncertain certainty”, in that although hesitant at times, he must press on.  He also had “predictable resistance”, or opposition that He knew he would face.  He had told the Corinthians –  For a great and effectual door has opened unto me, and there are many adversaries (those who oppose me).  I. Co. 16:9

Finally, He also knew that He had “Uncommon clarity!”  He knew by the grace of God that He would finish His race with joy, and nothing would hinder him in doing so.  Not hindrances, not discouragement, not people, not anything could separate him from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus!  He knew what He knew, because He said, “I AM WHAT I AM, BY THE GRACE OF GOD…( I. Co. 15:10)

2 Co. 12:12-  TRULY THE SIGNS OF AN APOSTLE WERE ACCOMPLISHED AMONG YOU WITH ALL WITH ALL PATIENCE (perseverance), in signs and wonders, and mighty deeds.

 

A “Revelation for a Revolution brings a REFORMATION!’

We are living in the “times of restoration” of all things…

Acts 3:19-21–  “Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began,…”

THREE DIMENSIONS FOR COMPLETION OF THE PURPOSES OF GOD:

1)  Times of repentance-  to turn, a decision that results in a change of mind, which in turn leads to a change of purpose and action.
2)  Times of refreshing-  times – “kairos”- opportune time, set time, appointed time, due time, proper time for action
3)  Times of restoration-  times-  “chronos”-  duration of time, which may be a point, a span, a period, a measure, or a length.
*  Kairos describes kind, or quality, of time, where chronos denotes extent, or quantity, of time.

The revelation is a “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of HIM (Christ), to open the eyes of our understanding…

The revolution is not a revolution of rebellion, it is a turning as in coming into alignment so that we can move forward in balance.

The reformation is a – Re-Form-ing, not of an external mode, but an internal quality of Christ that produces the character and the inward work of the Holy Spirit!  Gal. 4:19-  My little children, for whom I labor in birth again, until Christ be formed in you.

The Reformation of the Holy Spirit is to Awaken and Arise, causing us to Ascend with Him in the heavenlies, where we can abide, abound, agree, and assemble as the body of Christ in the earth!!

Jim Becton

The Government of God


There are three Administrative Leaders given for the work of the ministry to function properly: 1)  The Steersman Leader or overseer, is found in the “Set ministry” of apostle/prophet or bishop/regional ministry. This is the apostleship!
   2)  The Steward Leader, or pastor/teacher, is found in the presbytery, or the “body of elders.” The word literally means “household manager.” This is the eldership!
3)  The Servant Leader, or Deacon, from the word “diakonia” literally means “service or ministry“. In the New Testament church, all SAINTS were properly prepared for service in the body of Christ, and from the deacon, or serving ministry, came up powerful evangelists, such as Philip! (Acts 21:8; Phill. 1:1; I. Co 12:12;18,28) This is Discipleship!