Bridal Prophets, Thriving Church, Thriving Faith, Thriving Identity

Ekklesia the original word for “Church”

We’re all hearing the word EKKLESIA come to the forefront. 😃Transcribers back in the day replaced this word with “church” in the Bible. However, a church has been more associated with a building or place. Hence, the need and desire to rightly define ourselves is found in its true context. If you’ve ever wondered what the definition is, well here you go… Does it describe you? Does it not resonate within you? How beautiful! We become what we behold.😇🙏😉❤️ Love you guys! Just wanted to share that nugget with you, for those who didn’t know.
😉-Amy

(picture: courtesy of Ekklesia Rising book by Liz Wright❤️)

Ekklisia definition

Thriving Identity, Words from Papa God

We Want To Be With You All The Time… Word from Papa God    By Amy Meyer

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Do you think the Temple model or church building is what We (Papa, Jesus, and Holy Spirit) intended?  We never wanted to live in temples or a building alone.  Isn’t that written all throughout My scriptures?  Who can contain us?  We never wanted mankind to just visit us once a week for a one to two-hour session on Sunday…
​ We are grateful for all who come, but we want to be with mankind all the time!  What parents would be able to stand seeing their children only once or twice a week for an hour or two?   Wouldn’t you miss out on so much?!  I know many of you feel and understand what I’m talking about.  We feel the same way about you!  We love you immensely!  You are a part of us!  Why would we want to short change any time with you?  We would rather dwell with you, live every day with you, and be there with you through thick and thin.  We want to counsel you, guide you, and instruct you.  We want to be there to encourage you and tell you how much We love and adore you!  Don’t you think that’s a much better plan?  Would you really think we didn’t want to be that intimate and involved?  How can love EVER be happy with separation?  You tell Me!  If We are love, how do you think We feel?  Yes, We have feelings… who do you think created yours?  Make us truly happy by inviting us into your everyday life.  Here is where We’ll stay and here is where we’ll dwell.  Our desire is to be one and with you.  You are the habitation we delight in. ​- Papa
Thriving Five Fold Ministry

HOW TO GIVE LIKE A CHRISTIAN… by Jonathan Welton

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Well, I have finally put more thought into what modern “offerings” should look like.

The main passages about giving in the New Testament surround the fact that the Corinthians and the Macedonians were giving an offering to help the Christians in Jerusalem. It is regarding this that Paul writes the longest sections about offerings in the New Testament. (See 1 Cor. 9:1-18, 16:1-4, 2 Cor. 8:1-9:15)

There are a LOT of interesting things in these passages of Scripture and I encourage you to give these sections a read. For example, Paul uses the Macedonian’s generosity as a spur to urge the Corinthians to give more! (See 2 Cor. 8:7-9)

 

Ultimately, if I were to boil down what I believe is clear from the New Testament it is this:

  • Tithing, which is the Ancient Israelite Tax Code, does not apply to the NC believer.
  • NC Ministers should be paid well; Paul was the exception, as he chose not to be paid.
  • Apostles can give firm directions about setting aside a portion of your income for ministry purposes.

 

This third point is the one that probably seems the oddest. But take a look at what Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 16:

“Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” – 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

I am against the idea of trying to apply Bible verses about the Ancient Israelite Tax Code to the New Covenant Believer. Yet if a five-fold leader were to direct his flock to set aside a certain portion of their weekly income to give once a week for kingdom ministry purposes, I would find this precedent in the Apostle Paul’s example to us. I would call this “Receiving an offering,” it’s kinda like what happens in churches every Sunday, minus the verses being taken out of context.

Ministers are to be paid in normal circumstances. The Apostle Paul being a tentmaker was actually an exception.

“Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.” – Galatians 6:6
“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” – 1 Timothy 5:17-18
“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?

But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” – 1 Corinthians 9:7-14

 

To summarize Paul’s statement: The government pays the soldier, the land feeds the vineyard keeper, the sheep feed the shepherd, the farm feeds the ox, the temple and altar feeds the temple workers. So also the kingdom worker should be fed by those they minister too. 

I urge you to examine your finances with the Spirit and to set aside a portion of your income to give weekly to Kingdom ministry. Start with the local five-fold minister that you receive from weekly. Then expand from there. It is good and healthy to do so.

“But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” – 2 Corinthians 8:7
The Dream Voyage, The Prophetic Journey, Thriving Leadership

Spiritual Promotion…by Anna Rountree

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When all seems to be going well, suddenly there is an immense attack from the enemy?  Why?…
 There is a spiritual reality that most Christians have experienced, but conversely, most Christians are blithely unaware. It occurs during the time of spiritual promotion. Oh yes, we do get promoted—if so be we pass the tests that allow promotion. How dull it would be if we did not grow in Christian maturity. But—just as in secular schooling, we must be tested.
All of the tests leading to a higher level of service do not come at one time. We grow incrementally in being able to accept more responsibility and thereby in being endowed with more authority.

AT FIRST
At first, on a certain level of service, we may be scrambling to complete the spiritual workload and losing a battle here and there to the much more powerful demons that attack Christians on that new and higher level. However, after a while, with the Lord’s help, we begin to handle the spiritual workload on that level. Also, we grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding concerning the enemy’s wiles at that level and are able to either side-step them or deal with them more easily.
In the vernacular, we speak of this stabilizing as “getting on top of it” or “getting it under our belt” (referring to a time when the clothing was long and loose and therefore needed to be tucked up into the belt to unencumber the feet for battle). I am not talking about the prelude to an increased anointing here. We will take that later. We are discussing the period of transition as one advances into greater responsibility and subsequently greater authority.

SETTING THE STAGE
Now let me set the stage (and I will need to use everyday examples to give clarity to that which is- actually- spiritual phenomena).
Let us suppose that you have been serving the Lord in a certain area for a period of time. During this time you have grown and matured. Now-without you knowing it-the Lord intends to promote you—that is—to give you more responsibility and thereby, more authority. What happens?

THE GATHERING OF LIGHT
More light begins to gather around you in the spiritual realm. God is adding to you and you begin to shine more brightly. This, of course, makes you a much more yummy morsel to the demons whose job it is to stop you.
Years ago I remember asking Bob Jones (the prophet) why the demons seemed to know what we ourselves did not know about our advancement. He told me at that time — “because of the light.”

MOVING OUT
When we are moving out of our usual level of protection—that bubble or shield that has been built up through repeated battles and hard won victories—begins to thin. We are moving out of a hard won “zone” and therefore are more vulnerable.
Now, most of the time, we do not know this. But the demons do. They attack before we know we are in transition and before we have the experience of battling the more powerful demons at that higher level.

EXAMPLES
Let me give you three real, live examples. A few months ago our prayer team was asked to pray for three Christians that had been damaged in just such a transition into higher authority:

1. One is a young, righteous pastor whose anointing in preaching has increased ten-fold. Likewise, his congregational numbers have increased miraculously—and, after the kernel of the congregation moved from location to location for years, the Lord has looked upon them with favor and given to them a new and truly lovely church home. Before the congregation could move into their new church home, this pastor was caught in a freak and deadly combination car and truck accident. He had to lay his bike down under the wheels of the log loaded 18 wheeler. The Lord rescued him with only minor damage to his heel and equally mild damage to his bike. The enemy was trying to stop the pastor from reaping the reward for his faithfulness and to stop the move of the Spirit to which all indicators are pointing.

2. Another is a dear Christian lady that was teaching prayer in a church in another state. She had written a book on prayer and was preparing to travel to yet another state to teach prayer to those in a mega-church. This church was not known for prayer—for it had stressed other gifts. However, they were ready and willing to learn and were very excited to add their voices to others standing before the Lord in intercession. Suddenly, she was hit with something mysterious and was given a 1% chance of survival. She did survive and is now regaining her strength. I’m sure she was pulled through by the prayers of those very people she had been teaching to pray. The enemy was trying to deprive the body of Christ of a seasoned prayer warrior and a mature teacher of intercession. Praise God, he did not succeed.

3. The third is a very gifted teenager who had just arrived at college. Already he had the gift of healing—which was beginning to increase. At the beginning of the school year he fell and hit his head—eventuating in a concussion. He was sent home to rest, but that same day he fell again—hitting his head again—and giving him a second concussion. He was beleaguered with cluster migraine headaches twenty-four hours a day for months. But he refused to stop going to church or to stop praying for those who needed healing. All manner of gifts are increasing in the young man and he is being healed. Praise God. He is part of the next generation of powerful ministers.
The reason I have given you three accounts is to show you people who had been used by God on one level and are now moving into a higher level of authority in their field or spiritual calling. Since these periods of spiritual advancement happen with all of us—what do we need to learn?

1. Be on the alert.
2. If you sense any change at all in the anointing you are carrying, begin to tread more carefully.
3. We need to ask others to cover us in prayer and we, in turn, need to cover others.
We do not want the enemy to take out of service those needed in the end-time battles. If we are aware of this period of vulnerability in our lives and the lives of others we can close ranks to lessen the enemy’s infiltration and hinder his full-out attack.

-Anna Rountree