Not too long ago the Lord gave Carolyn and I a word of wisdom concerning our calling and the season of fathering we are in now. He spoke to us about the teaching ministry. He said there is an entire generation now that has not been taught as well as we were. Carolyn and I, and many from our era and generation, came up in a great teaching movement where tremendous truths on our redemption, faith, the integrity of the word of God, and post-resurrection-in Christ realities were taught, as well as anointed teaching on prayer, the Holy Spirit and His gifts, the believer's authority, etc. that helped to establish us in our new found faith several decades ago.
The Lord said that we can no longer assume that those from younger generations know these things. He directed me personally to start teaching more. It's a 180 degree turn for me, because even though I've taught in Bible schools a good portion of my life, I've always been more of a preacher and an evangelist by nature. You see, I received a baptism of fire on the night of my ordination to the ministry as the Lord anointed me and called it a "flame of fire" that would always be with me. I say this humbly, but its been the distinguishing mark of our ministry for over 35 years now. So naturally, I asked the Lord about it in reference to the teaching ministry. He assured me that the fire will always be there because His gifts and calling are without repentance, but that I would do more watering now.
You see, the teaching ministry is a watering ministry, and it's what causes increase.
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:5-6)
We are traveling more, especially overseas, and in obedience to the Lord, teaching more. We are even returning to works we planted many years ago in West Africa and reviving the ministry of teaching and watering those works. Have you ever thought of this? God can't bring increase without the watering process. So even though we are entering into a great global evangelistic thrust now and a time of reaping a massive harvest of souls in these days, the teaching ministry will also become more prominent. True apostolic work is a planting but it also includes all of these elements. True apostolic work encompasses evangelism, shepherding for a season, and teaching before moving on to more planting.
When I recovered from a stroke I suffered in March of 2020 with mental complications, a fresh new anointing to write came on me. For a season I'd wake up nearly every morning with new inspiration and hear beautiful words. I wrote 5 books in about 18 months. That's supernatural! I've been writing for many years, and that's never happened. One day I noticed that there is more of a teaching style in these last few books that serves as a bridge between the generations. The Lord said that these books would act as forerunners to the move of God in these last days. I try to tell people that, but many don't value it. Why would the Lord move on me to write these books? I didn't write them for me or for money or for popularity. I could less about any of that. These books were written for you and the body of Christ in this hour. Believe it or not, the Lord said it was my assignment and my life's greatest work. They are available on Amazon. The five I'm referring to are:
The Supernatural Church of Love & Power
The Coming Restoration
The Nature of the Kingdom of God
Divine Order & The Glory of the Local Church
Shaping Local Churches For the Move of the Holy Spirit
Jesus is building strong local churches in this hour. He is separating the real spiritual churches from the flesh churches. These books address this. Please let us know if they are a blessing to you if you decide to get them. Amazon reviews are an author's gratuity.
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