Recent words to Nate
DESCRIPTION OF AN APOSTLE
The Lord began to give me this in a dream last night (January 3, 2004) - and
finished with additional details when I woke up. I hope you find it helpful - NK
An apostle -
is a person of character, healthy family relations, and total yieldedness to
is known for the presence of GOD that goes with Him
has a heart for evangelism, missions, the whole world
operates in a broad range of gifts and ministries
releases people into their ministries
is a pioneer, involved in starting churches and ministries
is involved in much networking
is sought for his/her wise counsel
is a person of faith, trusting GOD for all necessary provision for himself and
for the work
GOD WANTS TO LEAD HIS PEOPLE
I hurt my back last week (May 1, 2003 to be exact) and have been layed up -
not doing much - which means extra time to hear from GOD. I was resting in
bed this afternoon (5-8-03) and GOD spoke to me "man handling" - and I
knew what He meant!
We all have a tendency to bring an agenda to GOD's people - some vision,
some program, some teaching, something that we think they need -
something that we bring to them and superimpose upon them. In the process
we end up "man handing" them.
GOD wants to lead His people - individually and corporately. GOD want to
lead each of us personally - He wants to direct our path each day - where to
go, what to do, who to see, what to say, etc. And He wants to lead us
corporately. When we gather together He wants to be in our midst directly
leading the gathering.
In the "house church movement" now there are many "leaders", i.e., elders,
apostles, etc. who have an agenda for GOD's people. They have some good
program, conference, seminar, project, etc., that they think GOD's people
need. And in the process, in my opinion, they "man handle" GOD's flock.
WHEN DO GOD'S PEOPLE GET TO HEAR HIS VOICE AND FOLLOW HIM?!
I even wonder if it would not be good to get rid of all home church
"leaders" for awhile (if that were possible) so that GOD's people could
learn to be led by Him alone!
The great need of the hour is to teach GOD's people how to hear His voice -
and encourage them to follow Him. Let's quit "man handling" the people of
And I know that I have been guilty at times of doing this - and I ask your
GOD bless you all - NK
TWO TYPES OF LEADERSHIP
Recently the Lord made more real to me than ever before that there are two
types of leaders in the Body of Christ. There are visionary leaders
(apostles) who need to give visionary leadership in the early days of
something new. Then there are elders who watch over the sheep. The
apostles are usually not too good at watching over the sheep - and the
elders are usually not too good with vision. So we need both. First the
visionary - then the shepherding - both behind the scenes releasing the
saints to their destiny.
SOUL AND SPIRIT
On November 4, 2003 the Lord spoke to me - "the greatest hindrance to the
Kingdom of GOD is Christians who live by the soul rather than the spirit".
Hebrews 4:12 talks about dividing between the soul and the spirit. We can do
great things with soul power - and much of what goes on in the Church is this
- but it is not Spirit-wrought, lasting fruit. The fruit that remains will be
brought forth only by the Spirit, working in and through our spirit. We
need to learn to hear GOD's Spirit speaking and leading us through our
spirit - and begin to live by our spirit, not our soul.
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