Joshua 3:4b, 5- “…for you have not passed this way before. And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify (consecrate) yourselves, for tomorrow thw LORD will do wonders among you.”
The last dozen years or so we have corporately been moving into the “Joshua Generation!” Of course, this is the shift from “Moses, the Man of God” to “Joshua, the new or next generation leader!” He was established and set in by Moses and the elders of Israel! He represents a “new breed”, a new order of ministry!! If you have begun or took a congregation/ministry in the last 5-10 years, you have by now noticed that “church or ministry that you saw before, is no longer the same!!” Under-statement, right?!? (smile)
We have not passed, or crossed over and gone beyond this way before! Intellectualism (human wisdom) and administration abilities alone will no longer accomplish the task! We must be “set apart” unto the LORD, and “set in” by proper eldership and relationship. If you are “pastoring” today and do not have a “prophetic-apostolic-presbytery” (PAP) of two or three apostolic-prophetic fathers/elders, you are no doubt experiencing tremendous frustration/anxiety over your current condition!
This is the day of sincere relationships and apostolic team-ministry that will help set order and peace in the assembly ministry!! Pastor, do not be afraid, “for God has not given you a spirit of fear (timidity), but of power and of love and if a sound mind!” (2 Tim. 1:7)
I. Timothy 4:14- “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which as given you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.” (presbytery-body or council of apostles and prophets and teachers) JB.
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)