The Crucible!

Many are perplexed by the circumstances that are surrounding them because of the abundance of revelation and insight they have received!  You entered into 2013 with such expectation but it seems like you have found yourself in the fire!  I found an article I wrote in Dec. of 2003 called “The Crucible!”  The meaning itself should help many-  Crucible- 1) An earthen vessel (clay pot) made of a substance that can resist great heat; 2)  A severe test or fiery trial;  3)  passing from one dimension to another  (RELATIONSHIP=PROCESS + EXPERIENCE, which brings CHARACTER!

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;  but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  ( I. Pe. 4:12,13)

 

THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE KINGDOM!

Acts 20:24,25 (Esv)- But I do not account my life of any value or as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, TO TESTIFY TO THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the KINGDOM will see my face no more.

Paul, the apostle, was addressing the elders in the church at Ephesus in this passage in Acts 20, and exhorting them with the word of the Lord! He went on to tell them that he was “innocent from the blood of all men, and he had not shunned to declare to them the whole or full counsel of God!”(vs. 26,27) Then, in verse 28, he gives personal instructions to the elders: Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed (shepherd and care for) the church of God, which He purchased or obtained with His own blood.

It’s interesting that Paul linked the “grace of God” and the “kingdom ” together! And what he told the elders could only be accomplished or done through the grace, or the empowering ability of God! The kingdom of God and Christ is not some legalistic laws and rules of man, but is established in the hearts of men through grace and truth  !John 1:17- The Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came or was realized by and through Jesus Christ

The proclaiming, or preaching of the kingdom, comes through personal loss and genuine humility in walking in the things of God. We do not go forth in our own strength or power, but in His authority! The kingdom is not in word, but in power. (1 Co. 4:20) 2 Tim. 1:8,9- Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not according to our works but because of HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE,…

His kingdom and His grace is revealed in His own purpose and destiny in us.  It truly is not about “us” but about what He’s already accomplished in His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus!  You may be going through things that you never imagined, but by and through His grace and purpose, you will see His glory and power and kingdom revealed!!

Heb. 12:27,28-  Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

BLESSINGS,

JB

APOSTOLIC ACTIVATION, ADVANCEMENT, & ALIGNMENT!

Acts 2:42-  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (teaching) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers.

What a tremendous time it is for the church, the ecclesia, to rise up with fervor and passion to embrace the “Sun of Righteousness, who has risen with healing in His wings.”  (Mal. 4:2)

What should our attitude be concerning what is being revealed?  Should we be overcome with fear and doubt, with a pessimistic attitude, or should we be filled with love and power and a sound mind? (2 Tim. 1:7)  Just like in the “Shift” from “Law to Grace”, there was a period of silence, waiting for the appearing of Christ to come, the one full of “grace and truth”, who had received “grace upon grace.”

There should be no fear of “too much grace” if we have put the identity of our Father through Jesus Christ in sons and daughters! Who really wants, as a son of God, just to ‘barely get by’, or just do enough to feel righteous!?!  If the true spirit of Christ is in us, we desire to pleasing to Him, and experience the “surpassing greatness of His power!”  (Eph. 3:19,20)

HOW DO WE ACTIVATE THE KINGDOM?  Jesus said in Luke 12:32- ” Fear not, little flock;  for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kindom.”  You must simply “receive” the kingdom, because we have grace and a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  If you have been apprehended by the Lord, then all you can do is apprehend, or lay hold, of Him and not let go!

HOW DO WE ADVANCE THE KINGDOM?  Jesus said in Luke 16:16- “The Law and the Prophets were until John;  since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”  We have “preached the church” and “postponed the kingdom!”  The Kingdom is always “at hand”, or in your grasp!  The kingdom of God is “within” you, so began to preach and share and demonstrate the kingdom in everyday life, and we will see the “domain of darkness” pushed back, and Father of lights will shine through the Son of His Love, Jesus Christ. (Col. 1:12)

HOW DO WE ALIGN WITH THE KINGDOM?  The last scripture in the Old Testament in Mal.4 says that the “Elijah was coming, and He would turn the “hearts of the Fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”  (4:4-6)  John the Baptist came in the “spirit and power of Elijah” to turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.  In Luke 1:17 it says, “to turn the hearts of fathers to the children, and the disobedience to the wisdom of the just, (the attitude of righteousness), TO MAKE READY A PEOPLE PREPARED FOR THE LORD!”

This year is all about coming into the government of God through divine order and relationship!  As you find your place in His identity, purpose, vision, inheritance, and blessing, you will be aligned and set in the body to be all you were meant to be.  We must simply “embrace His grace”, and experience our foundation in Him.  “THAT I MAY KNOW HIM AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, BEING CONFORMED TO HIS DEATH!  (Phill. 3:10)

May the Father richly bless and keep you in the love of God and in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  Amen!  (2 Co. 13:14)

JB

APOSTOLIC COMMISSION AND THE NUMBER “38”!

I have been sharing on our (new) apostolic commission for our assignment concerning this year!  If you remember, I shared last time that this June 7, 2012, is “38” years since my car accident at the age of 17 that ushered me into a brand new life and experience!  I was in a Shreveport, La. for 30 days, and the Lord appeared to me and made known my calling and things that I would experience upon embracing His call of ministry, or service, to the body of Christ!  For many years I could not speak of these things, and only when Pam and I were “set apart” unto our apostolic work in 1998/99, did He begin to reveal the heart of the Father in things He showed me.

Since that time, every July begins an apostolic commission as it relates to the apostolic call, career, campaign, company, and commission for our assignment that overlaps two years, hence ,(NEW) Apostolic Commission 2012/2013!!  Ironically, this past Sunday, June 3, we ministered in a fellowship in Deer Park that was founded in 1974, being “38” years ago.  I was sharing on our apostolic commission going back to my call 38 years ago, and the Lord quickened me to go to Luke 5  to the story of the man who had an infirmity for “38” years!

Luke 5:1-5-  After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalen by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water;  then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.  Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

You know the story, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be made whole, or well?”  It would seem like an obvious question, except the answer reveals his mindset of being there thirty-eight years!  He begins to explain that he had no one to put him in the water when the angel came and stirred the waters, that everytime, someone would get in to the pool just before him.  But in verse 5, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”  And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.  And that day was the Sabbath.

The key to the question and answer was, that he did not need any man to help him into the pool, because THE MAN, the Man Christ Jesus, had showed up to heal him.  There was no need any longer for an angel to come down and stir up the waters!   Now, verse 2 is interesting, because that the pool was by the “Sheep Gate” in Jerusalem, or the gate that pertains to sheep!  Jesus was once again showing that He had compassion on those who were like “sheep without a shepherd!”  It is a day for the sheep, or the saints, to be made whole, or well, healed, delivered, and totally set free from their past bondages and mindsets.

The pool was called “Bethesda”, which means “Place of Outpouring”, or “House of Grace.”  The number “38” itself has connotations for “an opportunity for the glory of God, His glorious grace, to manifest!”  The pool itself had “five porches”, five being the number for grace and representing the “fivefold ministry”, or five facets of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher of Eph. 4:11.  As we shared this message, the Father began to reveal what He was doing in that fellowship, the pastor, who is the founder of the church, has been in the hospital for several weeks, and the elders and church have been continuing on, believing the Lord to fulfill their destiny in Him!

I believe the Father is desiring for us to have understanding of what is happening in this hour!  It is important that we see that He is opening up a “door” or an opportunity for the word!  He is ready to close the doors behind us, and bring about this ‘apostolic’ shift in those that can continue in Him.  We are joining our hearts in agreement with all those who are coming into alignment with heaven and who are embracing the “heavenly vision” to reclaim full apostolic power and authority in the earth realm today.  This is our commission for this new assignment and new alignment for what is coming forth!  Are you ready to let go of all that is behind you, and press onward unto the “high calling of God in Christ Jesus?”

Rev. 3:8-  “I know your works.  See, I have this day 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 by name.”

BLESSINGS,

JIM & PAM BECTON