Stepping Toward the New – Time to choose again.
Christ’s Ekklesia is standing at a crossroads. We are poised before one of the most critical junctures of our lives. All the events of our past, the choices we have made, founded upon our core values, have brought us to this place today.
We are about to cross an intersection. The direction we take from here will determine our destiny. However, before we step forward we have a choice to make. It’s time to return, reiterate, renew, rededicate, and reaffirm our commitment to the Lord and His kingdom values. It is time to reestablish ourselves upon the Rock. It’s time to vocalize that choice before heaven and earth.
HEAVEN IS WATCHING
The heavens are witnessing the pivotal rededication of Christ’s Ekklesia as the voice of Messiah’s betrothed is sounding throughout eternity. The echo of antiphonal confessions are reverberating off the mountain of the house of the Lord as the saints are bowing in full resignation and rededication to God. Like an army unsheathing their swords in unison, the resonance of resubmission is booming throughout eternity and capturing the attention of heaven.
As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. Hebrews 12:1 TPT
Anticipating our next move, the apostles and prophets that made up Ekklesia’s foundational generation are watching as their capstone counterparts comes forth. The father’s of the faith are anxiously awaiting the revealing of the sons of God. (Rms 8:19) We are being cheered on by every generation which has preceded us. They will not be disappointed. They will receive their reward as we receive ours.
And all of these, though they gained [divine] approval through their faith, did not receive [the fulfillment of] what was promised, because God had us in mind and had something better for us, so that they [these men and women of authentic faith] would not be made perfect [that is, completed in Him] apart from us. Hebrews 11:39-40 AMP
Building on the Foundation
The absolute conviction of our hope is established upon the foundation of Christ and Christ alone. He is the cornerstone upon which our faith is founded. He is our rock and our foundation.
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds. For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as if through the flames. Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Cor. 3:10-17
Christ has been effectively building His Ekklesia with gold, silver and precious stones while the fire of Holy Spirit has been gloriously purifying the saints by removing any wood, hay and stubble. We are embarking on a new day in church history. The capstone of the living tabernacle of God in the earth is about to be revealed.
Proceed with Caution
How we proceed, the decisions we make going forward from this place, will greatly impact our individual path, and ultimately the outcome of our destiny.
God is calling His people to re-establish their commitment to Him in this hour. Just as He called the Israelites to recommit before entering into the Promised land. He is calling His children to reiterate their commitment to Him once again.
Before the death of Moses and the mantle of leadership was passed to Joshua, all Israel was called to stand between two mountains. (Deut. 27) From one mountain the blessed outcome of obedience was declared. From the other, the curse of disobedience was pronounced.
It was at the end of their wilderness journey that Israel stood in this valley of decision. They were given the choice that would determine the outcome of not only of their lives, but their future generations as well. It would determine the course set for Israel’s future. The foundation generation made their choice. In this hour, the Ekklesia is being called to make theirs.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
With Shouts of Grace Grace
The paramount transition facing the Ekklesia today transcends that of Israel leaving their forty year wilderness and entering the long awaited promised land. We are poised on the precipice of the launching of a new apostolic era and a refreshingly renewed dispensation of grace.
It will be through a second and greater dispensation, one of great grace, that the capstone Ekklesia will be empowered. Christ laid the foundation of the church (the living temple of Holy Spirit) when He founded the first apostolic era, launching the dispensation of grace. It is Christ who, in our generation, is bringing forth the capstone along with a greater dispensation of grace.
Then he told me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power [ Not by might, nor by power], but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; of hosts]. Who are you, big [mighty; great] mountain? In front of [Compared with] Zerubbabel you will become flat land [a level plain], and he will bring out the topmost stone [capstone], shouting [or amid shouting], ‘It’s beautiful! It’s beautiful [or Blessings, Blessings upon it; Grace, Grace to it]!’” Zechariah 4:6-7 EXB
CHOOSE GOD CHOOSE LIFE!
As we approach the intersection ahead we are going to be faced with a choice. Israel had to choose God again, if they were going to move forward under the new leadership paradigm. (shifting from the shepherding government of Moses to the Army of Israel advancing under Joshua). We will be faced with a similar decision. Holding onto the past will surely result in the death of the church. And like the body of Moses, it will be left in an unmarked grave in the wilderness.
However, if we choose God again, He will accompany us as the Lord of hosts and equip us to do great exploits. He is shifting us from the pastoral care to which we grew accustom, to apostolic kingdom advancement.
What is ahead of us is life. What is ahead of us is everything the Lord has promised. What is ahead of us is the abundance of God’s grace. God has already ensured the victory. Christ has already overcome. Now it’s our turn. God is getting ready to dispense a new governmental empowerment of great grace to this capstone generation. We have the great privilege of being alive during such glorious days reserved for the End Times Ekklesia. The land is flowing with milk and honey. It is a fruitful land and we are well able to enter in and possess it.
We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it. Num. 13:30
‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Revelation 3:21
The capstone generation will come forth with shouts of GRACE GRACE!
Come Now is the Time to Worship.
Let us run to the altar and bow our hearts and our lives once again.
A Prayer of Rededication
My Lord and my God, I lay my life before you once again. I approach your glorious throne of Grace seeking the great grace needed in this hour. I surrender my life to you once again. Take all of me. I lay myself, my desires, my weakness and my strengths, my passions, my past and my legacy on the Your altar once again. I commit my life and my ways to you. I embrace Your love. I accept Your call upon my life. I will go where You send me. I will do all that You ask me to do. Send your Holy Spirit fire and consume me with your holy flame. Baptize me with your fire and your glory. Fill me with great grace. Set me ablaze with Your love and cause Your life to dwell within me richly. Bring forth Your great capstone generation. Bless Your people with Your presence. Bless us Oh, Mighty God, Oh King of Glory, Oh Lord of Hosts. For You alone are God. There is none like You. AMEN AND AMEN!