4, '12 2:51 PM
By Regner Capener
Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!
and DeAngela Warren have been a part of our
fellowship and our ministry for nearly seven years.Last
weekend, their son, Seth, got married in a setting that I think most couples
would envy.DeAngela's dad, Leroy Blankenship (I've
talked about him on numerous occasions during the past years), officiated at
the wedding.We might as well have been in the Garden
of Eden.The beauty of the waterfall in the background
and surrounded by lush greenery provided a spectacular and perfect setting.
was his usual poetic self as he described the first union between Adam and Eve,
and at the conclusion of the ceremony, he sang an original love song to both
bridegroom and bride.All I can say is, WOW!!!
I wrapped up the last Coffee Break I'd thought to move on to another topic, but
the Holy Spirit reminded me that I'd missed sharing one of the most important
aspects of discipling: the imparting of the
anointing, the transfer of the mantle that God has laid upon the one who is
mentoring, teaching, sharing and discipling.
begin again today with the command Jesus has given: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with
you always, even to the end of the age."(Matthew 28:18-20
is so much wrapped up in Jesus' command that it is almost hard to know where to
begin.He starts off by saying that all authority --
make sure you get this -- ALL AUTHORITY in Heaven and on earth has been given
to Him.I don't mean to be redundant but
"ALL" literally means that there is no part of the authority or
dominion in any realm, earthly, natural, spiritual, emotional, mental, of the
heavenly realm or dimension, AND the realm of the demonic over which Jesus
lacks the final say.What's more, He has not just the
authority, but the power to back up that authority.
follows up that preface to His command by saying, "Go ye
therefore!"In other words, "Because I have all authority, I'm
commissioning and empowering you to go forth on my behalf as my personal
representative; and you have the full backing of Heaven to do everything I've
I've commanded you" takes in a lot of territory, folks!
when Jesus sent the 70 out, two by two, and told them to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
Jesus said to them, "freely ye have
received, freely give."(Matthew 10:8)
Take a quick look at
Mark 16:15-18: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach, declare and proclaim the
gospel, the good news of the Kingdom, to all of creation.(see also Matthew
24:14)He who actively believes [and puts into action My Word] and has
been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved [and opposed mentally,
emotionally and spiritually] shall be condemned.These
signs will accompany those who actively believe and put into action: in My name
[in the very character and makeup, the essence of who I AM] they will cast out
demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will take on wily, deceitful men
whose purpose is to sway and deter them through clever arguments [and defeat
them], and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will
lay hands on the sick, and they will recover and be completely restored.”(My translation and
[A quick note before
we continue: The phrase which occurs at the beginning of verse 18 -- "They
shall take up serpents" -- is a common Hebrew metaphor, and it means to
take on those people who try to deceive or sway through clever arguments or manipulation.The particular phraseology which occurs here
makes very clear that Jesus is giving those who believe the
authority, the power, the wisdom AND the anointing to combat and defeat such
arguments and/or manipulation.]
Both Matthew and Mark
use the expanded reference to "the Gospel" by clarifying it this way
on four separate occasions: "the Gospel of the Kingdom."You see, the
Gospel is not simply some good news of salvation through Jesus Christ; it is
the news that we have access to and available citizenship in a Kingdom -- a
sphere and a dimension of living -- which is superior to, and has authority
over, all the kingdoms of this natural world.
Thus, when Jesus
begins His covenant promise to "those who believe," He instructs us
to preach, declare and proclaim the good news -- the angelic tidings -- of His
Kingdom to all of creation!That's
more than just preaching to people, folks!That's the
exercise of Kingdom authority over all that is this earthly realm.That
includes the ground we walk on.That includes the
trees, the plants, the vegetation -- the agricultural realm, if you please.That includes the animal kingdom, birds, marine
life, bugs, etc.That includes the weather.
Get it?ALL OF CREATION!
We are instructed to
preach, proclaim, declare, prophesy, decree -- to enact by the release of the
spoken Word -- the Kingdom of God in, upon and throughout all the earth!That doesn't mean we get to say anything that pops
into our heads.This only works when we speak that rhema --
that same Word we first heard from Holy Spirit -- which is coming (present
tense -- not past tense) out of the mouth of God!
One cannot receive
that rhema unless one has his or her ears attuned to
hear what Holy Spirit is saying.And......one cannot
even hear in the realm of the Spirit unless they spend time in that realm.When you spend time with the Lord, there is a change
that takes place in you, your nature, your character, the way you behave, the
way you think.
Notice what happened
when Peter and John began to do the works that Jesus did."Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled;
and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."(Acts 4:13)
When Jesus sent forth
His disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out
demons and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, there was an impartation that went
with the disciples.What do I mean by this?
There was a transfer
that took place in the Spirit realm.When Jesus sent
them forth, He commissioned them.With that
commissioning came an anointing.With that anointing
came an empowering.With the empowering came a mantle,
a covering, a transfer of divine authority and power to accomplish what they
had been commissioned to perform.
Let me use some
personal experience for the sake of illustration.
Without retracing a
lot of ground that I've already discussed in prior posts, I grew up with angels.They were my early companions.I
saw them on an almost daily basis for three years.When
Jesus appeared at my bedside early one morning and began to lay out His plan
and purpose for my life, there was a shift from that moment forward in my life.The angelic realm was mere preparation.It
laid a foundation of "normalcy" for the realm we generically refer to
as "supernatural."It paved the way for me to think "naturally
supernatural, and supernaturally natural."
From the moment that
Jesus first appeared at my bedside and began to lay out His purposes and His
destiny in and for my life, a transition began to take place in the way that I
thought, in the things I expected, and in my perception of unfolding events.Two years later, when I experienced my first trip to
Heaven, communication in the Spirit had become second nature.Hmmmmm.....let
me rephrase that!Communication in and through Holy
Spirit had become the norm.It was perfectly natural.From that day to this -- more than 60 years later
-- it has been the way I live and breathe.I wouldn't
know how to live any other way!
experience at age nine was only the first time I had the opportunity to visibly
walk and talk with the Lord side-by-side, from that day to this we have walked
together continually -- whether I've been able to visibly see Him there or not.And that, my friends, changes a person's outlook on everything!There is an intertwining of personality that
takes place when you walk together.There is a
transfer of character and makeup that happens.This is
absolutely essential and intrinsic to discipleship.The
more I have lived and walked with and in Christ Jesus, the more I have taken on
His character and nature.(Oh, and by the way, He's not finished with me yet.There is still more change to take place![Smile!])
One of the most
practical aspects of discipleship and discipling is
that one must first be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.One
must always remain in a place of submission to Holy Spirit.One
must not only listen but respond.The first and most
basic tenet of discipleship is -- as Francis of Assisi used to put it --
"to hear and obey."It is absolutely impossible for me to lead someone
into a way of living and walking in Christ Jesus that I have not first lived
and walked.I can't promote a theory and hope it
actually works for someone.
One of the reasons
why we have seen such a watering down of the Gospel throughout the years is
that being "in Christ" and having "Christ in us" has become
a religious philosophy -- a theory, if you will -- lacking in reality and
practical living.Christianity is anything but a religion.It is not a theory.It is
a lifestyle with naturally supernatural implications.There
is a dynamic to it that is absolutely foreign to the societies of this world.
Jesus Christ was and
is God incarnate!In the flesh!In
the here and now!Without the transfer of character
and personality, without the impartation of the divine nature and makeup of who
and what Jesus is, made visible and operational and functional on a daily basis
in us, anything we have to say becomes "sounding brass and tinkling
cymbals" devoid of Kingdom life and reality!
As first, disciples of
Jesus Christ, and then disciplers for
Him of others also desiring to walk the Kingdom life, we impose the light and
the sound of Heaven whenever and wherever we go.It is
impossible to do otherwise.Our very presence brings
change wherever we are.Our very presence impacts the
environment. At least, it had better do so!Otherwise
we're a bunch of frauds who live a religious lifestyle without the reality of
intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Roughly 29 years ago,
Della went to work in the jewelry business, beginning as an assistant manager
for a family-owned jewelry store in Anchorage.The
main store manager had been brought into the store to run it based on the
recommendation of others in the business.This person
-- a lady -- led a very worldly lifestyle and was totally devoid of any
sensitivities to Jesus Christ.It didn't take long for
the very presence of the Lord in Della to become threatening to this woman
despite the fact that Della was very quiet and non-confrontational.She
became more and more uncomfortable with Della's presence in the store.
Della and I began to
pray for this lady.The more we prayed the more
nervous and uncomfortable she became, to the point that she began making
accusations about Della to the family that owned the store.One
of the owner's daughters was sent into the store to work with Della just to
assess the situation.This young lady responded
enthusiastically to the presence of the Lord in Della and a bond of friendship
formed -- one that would last for years to follow.The
existing store manager was shortly thereafter moved out of that store to
another location.The owner's daughter stayed on to
groom Della to manage outright one of their stores, and it wasn't long before
Della was given a different store to run on her own.
In the years that
followed the blessing and the presence of the Lord went with her.When she transitioned over to work with and manage for Zales Jewelers, the company's corporate managers saw and
recognized the anointing of the Lord.The regional
managers began to use her as a trouble-shooter to ferret out corruption and
thievery among their stores.Everywhere she went,
dishonest and lazy employees were exposed and removed who were negatively
affecting the store's performance and image in the community.Everywhere
she went, she brought profitability and honor, in several instances setting
sales records for those locations.
Beyond that, Della
became a mentor and a "discipler" in an
economic sense training and creating management teams for the company.But her "discipling"
ran far beyond the material and business world.It
became a joy and a pleasure to lead some of those employees into a committed
walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and to mentor them spiritually.
I've shared all that
just to illustrate the fact that when there is true integrity in your walk with
the Lord and a continual pursuit of His presence and the excellence of His
character, you cannot help but influence and change the spiritual climate in
which you live and operate daily.The authority of the
Lord goes with you and the blessing of the Lord manifests in your labors and
your work ethic.
As disciples of Jesus
Christ and then Kingdom representatives, we are both ambassadors AND part of
Heaven's royalty.As such we have been given both
authority and the responsibility of bringing the earth back under subjection to
Heaven.We DON'T rule over people!We
DO rule, however, over the spiritual realm -- and with it, and in the process
thereof, take dominion over thrones and principalities and rulers of the
darkness of this world in the realm of the spirit.
THAT, all by itself,
brings change in people and influences natural events, spiritual events,
political events and economic events around us!It is
our responsibility as active believers to put into action the Word of the Lord
in the earth and to enforce the peace of God in our societies.
The apostle Paul put
it like this: "I exhort therefore,
that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of
thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in
authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
cannot force men and women against their will to come to the knowledge of
salvation, and we cannot force people to lead a disciplined life in Christ Jesus.We can, however, fulfill our responsibilities as
Kingdom representatives to bring about the change in our society -- change
which must first begin in the realm of the Spirit.We
first implement that change through prayer and intercession.After
that, depending on the rhema of Holy Spirit, we begin
to declare and decree.
are first spirit beings.We are secondly, soul, and
thirdly, body -- in that order.If we desire to bring
about the necessary change to our societies, it must begin first as disciples
of the Lord Jesus Christ, living under submission and subjection to Holy
Spirit, and then -- as He so orchestrates -- discipling
those around us in order to implement Kingdom change in the earth.
you hearing this?Great!See you next week (I hope!)
we are just in the flock of the Lord's companions, the veils will remain and we
will only obliquely be able to see His glory and be changed by it. This is why
my goal in ministry has never been to make people my personal disciples but to
help everyone I can to become a personal disciple of Christ Jesus Himself.
As we also can note from John 10, it is His sheep who know His voice, not His lambs. While we are young in the Lord, we will have to follow others until we learn to know His voice, but my hope is to have my own veils removed and those of all I can help along their way. We must see Him in order to be changed into His image, not just become the image of one of His friends.
What would any man think if his children all looked like his
best friend? We need to consider what we're doing when we're leaders who are
trying to get people to conform to us rather than to Him. Our lives can and
should be good examples for others, but as the Apostle Paul stated, he was in
labor until Christ was formed in His people. This is our goal."(Prophetic
Word from Rick Joyner)
Blessings on you!
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