New Apostolic Commission 2012/2013! (Grace & Apostleship)

GRACE AND APOSTLESHIP!

We are into our month of preparation of ending the old and embracing the new administration and new order that the Father has set before us!  This June 7 will mark “38” years since the car accident at the age of 17 that brought about an awareness and beginning of a brand new season in my life!!  The next 30 days I would be in a Shreveport, La. hospital recovering from my injuries.  Hence, since being set apart unto our apostolic calling and ministry in 1998/99, we have begun each July with what Pam and I call our (New) Apostolic Campaign.

In the last ten years or so since we have been in the greater Houston region, we have seen the progression of the apostolic calling and ministry!  In fact, there are several words that go with continuing in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship:  They are 1) The Call, 2) The Career, 3) The Campaign, 4) The Commission, 5) The Company, 6) The Congress, and 7) The Culture!  This year will be emphasizing the apostolic commission because there is a sense that the “com-mission” is coming together with a “sub-mission” to the alignment of Jesus the Christ in the lives of His people!

We also sense that this year of 2012 reflects so much change in bringing divine administration and divine order in the household of God through the restoration, present day truth of apostles and prophets!  It is not about the apostles and prophets, it is about Christ Jesus The Apostle and High Priest of our confession taking His rightful place in His church!  He is the Head of the body, the church, and He is the King of His Kingdom!  He must have the preeminence, or sovereign domain over His people, thereby bringing us into alignment and accordance with His plan in the earth.  We must still pray, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…”

The theme four our (new) apostolic commission is “Repairing the Breach, Restoring the Streets.”  Is. 58:12 is our theme verse in alignment with the Father’s Heart Family, but we are using Is. 61:4 for this year:  “And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, and they repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations!  Between Isa. 58:12 and 61:4, there are several R words:  1) Raise up, 2) Rebuild, 3) Repair, 4) Restore;  We can add to that, 5) Renew, 6) Redeem, and 7) Refresh!!

We will be preparing the month of June as we continue in the vision and focus in on the beginning of this new season!  We will be announcing some meetings soon, and looking forward to seeing certain cities in the region impacted with divine impartation and infusion!  So, join with us in prayer and participation in seeing this new apostolic commission kicked off with a fervor that will ignite the apostolic company, that is, those who are connecting to our grace and apostleship for kingdom advancement, the apostolic congress, that is, apostles and prophets from various streams and assignments coming together to see apostolic councils and counsels for cities and churches that need repairing and restoring, and possibly, most importantly, the apostolic culture, the environment, the climate and the atmosphere being charged with a kingdom mandate!!  It is with this that will truly bring about the church as a “Kingdom of Priests!”

BLESSINGS BE UPON THE ISRAEL OF GOD!

Jim and Pam Becton

 

Obedience Leading to Faith…

Romans 1:5-  Through Him (Christ) we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; (Nasb)

Romans 16:25-27-  Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, leading to obedience of faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever.  Amen!

Apostle Paul begins and ends his letter to those in Rome concerning His calling and ministry having to do with the obedience of faith, or “obedience leading to faith!”  He opens the letter by saying, “Paul, a bondservant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart unto the gospel of God…”  This “grace and apostleship” was by the authority of Christ setting him apart from his mother’s womb and calling him through His grace, or His empowering ability by His own sovereign act!  He set him to be the “apostle to the Gentiles.”  (Gal. 1:15,16a; Romans 11:13)

How could he have obedience for or leading to faith?
He has three “accordings” found in Romans 16:27:

1)  according to my gospel (given him by Christ Jesus) and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (testifying to the gospel of the grace of God- Acts 20:24)

2)  according to the ‘revelation of the mystery’ , (That which has been hidden, but now made known, or manifested by the prophetic scriptures- Col. 1:26)

3)  according to the commandment of the eternal God.  (who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,- 2 Tim. 1:9,10)

May the Father lead you in obedience of faith…

JB

 

SANCTIFICATION LEADING TO OBEDIENCE!

I. Sam. 15:22-  And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”

We’ve all heard the term, “Obedience is better than sacrifice!”  Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done, because we’re so programmed to doing the things that we think will earn God’s blessing or favor.  The above passage has to do with King Saul concerning the Amalakites and the instruction from the prophet Samuel to utterly destroy them. 

Then the LORD sent Samuel down to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king over Israel.  Saul was tall and handsome, head and shoulders above all the people.  When Samuel started going through his sons, the LORD spoke to him and said, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him;  For God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

The New Testament counterpart to King Saul in Israel is Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul!  This turns out much difference because of the calling and setting apart of Paul.  In his recounting of his encounter with the Lord on the way to Damascus, Acts 26:16-18 says, And I said, Who art thou, Lord?  And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But arise, and stand upon your feet;  for this purpose I have appeared unto you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;  delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

To be sanctified means to be “set apart”.  In Paul’s journey to Jerusalem, he stopped by Ephesus and called fro the elders of the church.  In his exhortation to them, he said in Acts 20:32- “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” To receive the inheritance, one must be sanctified by His grace.

Next time we will talk about his obedience leading to faith through grace…

I. Peter 1:2-  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood:  May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.

Blessings,

JB

Back in my Hometown!

Pam and I came to my home town of Magnolia, Ar. today for the long Memorial Day weekend to be with my parents while my sister and family are out of town.  Many of you know, my mom has been ill and homebound for over four years now since breaking her hip on Nov. 1, 2007.  My Dad and my sister, along with other help, take extremely good care of her, and we are glad to be able to come and help when my sister is on vacation.  My mom will be 87 years old on Sept. 7 and all the memories I have of her are pleasant and rewarding.  My dad and mom will also be married an unheard of “69″ years on Sept. 17, 2012!!  My dad, although not a preacher, has raised three sons, all ministers of the gospel.  He was an accountant who worked for the same company, Alan White Furniture Co., for almost 40 years!  One of my best friends growing up in Stamps, Ar. was Robin White, the youngest son of the founder of the company, Alan White!  My Dad trained Robin when he graduated from college, and later worked for him part-time for almost 16 years.

I’m so thankful for my parents, and although Pam and I stay very busy in our ministry, we do not regret the time we’ve been able to come and help support and strengthen them in their time of need.  Yes, admittedly, we get tired and sometimes the extra travel and strain wears on us, but when we saw the relief on my Dad’s face late this afternoon when we finally got here (smile), we felt refreshed.  He was so anxious to share with us some things going on at his church, hurtful things, but the role he was playing to help heal hurts and bring unity among sheep without a shepherd right now.  He took a stand for “what is right” and for my entire life, his goal was always to do the “right thing!”  I’ve never known anyone with more integrity and character than my Dad.

In closing, my sweet little mom doesn’t know us or say anything anymore, and I so miss the ways I could her make her laugh or sing.  The first three years or so into this time since she fell, we would put in a Gaither video, and when I would start singing with them and encourage her, she would pick right up on and could still sing her alto!  Our favorite was, O what a Savior!  When I would act funny or sing off key to tease her, I can still see that smile on her face and hear her little laugh.  Now, we get her up and do everything for her, and I guess my main job is feeding her.  And I enjoy that, because she still eats pretty good, most of the time with her eyes closed.  But she is still precious to me, and just when I think I wish she knew how much I love her, she’ll give me a sweet look or mumble something, that will tell me, she knows that that is her Jimmy!

That’s life back in my home town…

JB

Lifelong Relationships?!?

Today it seems that so many relationships are superficial, or as many like to say, seasonal!  I know there are many things “seasonal” in our lives, and not all relationships are permanent, or lifelong.  The Lord puts different people in our lives to help fulfil certain assignments and to be connectors that help bring us into new places and positions in life.  These are not necessarily “casual” relationships or friendships, they’re “seasonal” because the Father knows how to work out all things in our life for the good!

But what about marriage and ministry?  We’ve even seen the deterioration of marriage relationships, not just in the world, but in the church, especially in leadership ministry over the last years.  Because of performance driven ministry and seeking for power and position, many sell out their birthright and blessing by thinking that they need more than what God has given them to succeed.  Many pastors and leaders are not content because they believe that their spouse is not helping bring them to where they want to be.  What a deception!  I find that when I embrace the differences in my wife as positives that are just what I need to become balanced, that peace fills our lives and the Father accomplishes His will!

But what about in “ministry leadership” relationships?  Is “what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder” just concerning marriage?  Are not we, as the body of Christ, married to the Lord, and because of that, are we not members one of another?  Obviously, the marriage relationship is unique in that it’s God’s ultimate intention that one man and one woman be joined together in holy matrimony for life!  And nothing glorifes the Father more, even in failure, when a man and a woman decide that they would rather glorify God and work together as being one, than be more concerned about their own feelings or welfare.  My parents will have been married 69 years this coming Sept. 17, 2012 and for almost five years my dad has taken care of my mom at home just like you would care for a baby.  He doesn’t do it or look at like a duty, but it comes naturally because for so long they have cared for one another and loved each other.

But in closing, I’m concerned about true relationships in leaders in ministry.  Is it not real anymore that strong leaders and saints that are called together not be able to remain stedfast to the end, loving, caring, and supporting one another in biblical truth?  Has the Father not ordained that we are His workmanship created unto good works to glorify Him?  What about people who break covenant because of correction or because they no longer feel like they’re receiving the attention they believe they deserve?

Many today throw away spiritual fathers and sons without regard today, where there is such a sacred trust and bond in these relationships.  Paul wrote in I. Thess. 5:23- “Know (recognize) those that labor among you, that are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.”  He also wrote in 2 Timothy 4:16-  “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me:  I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.”  Even in being deserted while in prison, He still was praying for forgiveness, and understood that most people look out for themselves only, and not on others.

I’m saying, in difficult times and in plain impasses where someone is determined to get their way, or refuse to forgive an offense, could we not reclaim the love of the Father and receive one another, just as He receives us?  No, everyone is not involved in your destiny and many people and ministers many be seasonal, but help us to know that there are those “covenant relationships” that the Father has desired that if we walk with them to the end, that He will be glorified and the generations can be blessed!!

JB

 

TRANSITIONS= NEW ASSIGNMENTS!!

TRANSITIONS=
NEW
ASSIGNMENTS! 

These days of transitions are more important than ever!  This “Journey” is like we’ve never seen before because it’s a time of fulness and fruitfulness!!  If we have learned from our past transitions, we realize that’s it not about human strength and endeavors.  It’s about His Grace being raised up in our lives that will establish us in great grace and present truth!

I. Timothy 1:11,13-  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

enabled-  to be strengthened with His power and might…
If each one of us can find strength to trust the Lord on this journey, we will find that His love and grace is more than enough, more than sufficient, and able to us into the next assignment.

NEW ASSIGNMENTS + NEW ALIGNMENTS=  NEW (DIVINE) APPOINTMENTS!!

BE BLESSED AND STRENGTHENED WITH THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT,

JB

Opportunities for the Word! (2 Co. 2:12-17)

2 Co. 2:12-17-  Furthermore, when I come to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door ( opportunity) was opened to my by the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother;  but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.  Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us manifests the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.  And who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, as so many (the rest), peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

When the Lord opens a door for His word, there are always adversaries. ( I. Co. 16:9)

When the Lord opens a door for His word, it is for utterance to make known the mystery of the gospel, as ambassadors…(Eph. 6:19,20)

When the Lord opens a door for His word, There is a need for intercessors to pray, that the Lord would make known His word and manifest to those who receive it. (Col. 4:2,3)

Rev. 3: 7,8-  These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, an shuts and no one opens”:  “I know your works.  See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it:  for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied my name.”