Many people who have faced rejection and abuse as a child, grow up with unresolved emotional wounds. Rejection causes emotional wounds, which if not cleansed and released, will grow and fester into spiritual wounds (such as unforgiveness, envy, blaming God, jealousy, etc.).
Those spiritual wounds open us up to evil spirits which love to take advantage of this opportunity to invade us. The goal of the enemy is to get us built up with emotional baggage inside and negative feelings in our hearts against one another, ourselves, and God.
Get your identity from God's Word!
It is vital that we base our identity on who we are, upon what God's Word says about us. When we do, we become virtually immune from the devastating and hurtful effects of rejection. God promises never to leave or forsake us, so when our identity is based upon what He says of us, we can be assured that we're not going to face rejection coming from Him.
The word for authority is the Greek word "exusia" which means delegated authority. God has given you and I authority to transact business on His behalf on the earth. We must take this authority and put it to work in our communities, cities and the nations at large by our prayer life. We must understand that we are partners with God to enforce His spoken Word on the earth. We are God’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20)
God is looking for individuals who are willing to stand in the gap to fulfill His purposes and enforce His covenant on the earth.
When believers respond to God’s call for this final hour, they will experience the Glory of God more than ever before in the history of the church. Why? Because God is drawing a distinction between His bride and others.
Can He count you on this very final hour?
Luke 6:12 (KJV) And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke reveals to us the prayer life of Jesus at least 6 times that are not in the other Gospels. He prayed here before he chose his twelve; he prayed at his baptism; he prayed after cleansing the leper; he prayed at his transfiguration; he prayed on the cross for those who crucified him; and finally he prayed in his dying breath. Luke just specialized in calling our attention to the prayer life of Jesus. All the Gospels do, but Luke went out of his way to give details that the others missed.
By this prayer Jesus made it clear that he was dependent upon the Father for guidance. He did not make this choice based on his own understanding, for he chose to limit his omniscience in matters like this. He was human using human understanding, and he may have been able to judge the best men for the job without help, but he chose to depend on the Father to lead him to the right men. He revealed his full humanity by this prayer of dependence. Had he been using his full deity within his humanity he would not need to pray at all, for he would know everything the Father knew, but this was not the case. Jesus emptied himself of the full deity he had in equality with the Father. He chose to leave with the limitations of his humanity, and this made him dependent upon the Father for wisdom and guidance.
James 5:17-18 tells us, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” It wasn’t Elijah’s asking that accomplished this but it was God answering his request because it was his will, He had a purpose in it. God can take away things by our praying and affect people and nations and He can add things and bless them. He can and does miracles for his namesake. Ps.145:18 “the Lord is near to all those who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.”
God wants you to discover all the dreams and blessings He has for you. As your all-knowing, all-loving, eternal Father, He is willing to move heaven and earth to accomplish His will. God sets you free from the bondage to sin and despair, and He reveals your wonderful identity as His child–full of hope and purpose. Our responsibility is to have a clean heart, a clear mind, a healthy body, right relationships, and a balanced schedule. We also need to use our God-given gifts and take God-approved risks to accomplish all He has called us to do in life.
Of course the path to reaching our full potential is littered with hurdles–issues we may deal with on a daily basis including a limited perspective, feelings of low self-value, constantly comparing ourselves to others, self-imposed limitations, fear of disappointment, fear of failure, and even laziness can hinder us from becoming all God created us to be but these are obstacles that we generally cannot conquer on our own. But the Lord can through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. And He will give us victory over each one when we trust and obey Him. I want to remind you that you are a chosen generation, a loyal priesthood and a holy nation according to 1 Peter 2:9. The greatness is already in you! Be encouraged as you listen to this message.
From the very beginning of the church, Christians have gathered to pray (Acts 4:24; 12:5; 21:5). Miracles happen literally as believers gather in one accord to pray. Prayer meetings are valuable for the church as a whole and for the individuals who participate.
Christians know prayer works because they have encountered a God who declares, “Talk to me and I will listen.” The apostle John confirms this: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Andrew Murray, the great Christian minister and prolific writer, said, “Prayer depends chiefly, almost entirely, on who we think we are praying to.” It is through the discipline of prayer with one another that we develop a growing intimacy with God, and create a spiritual bond with one another. This is one of the most valuable aspects of praying with one another.
We see from the scriptures in Luke chapter 4:18 that Jesus Christ mission was to reach out to the poor, to deliver the captives, to restore sight to the blind, and to lift up the broken hearted. This mission is as relevant today as it was then and we should commit ourselves to fulfilling His mission daily.
Jesus Christ Himself read from the scriptures in Isaiah 61 and this is what He said;
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[a]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”[b]
The fulfillment was His presence on the earth.
The four classes of apostles.
#1. Jesus the Chief Apostle: Jesus Himself is the Chief Apostle and stands in a class by Himself. We find in Hebrews 3:1 that Jesus is called the Apostle (Verse 22) He is referred to as a High Priest of our profession. He was a "Sent One" from the Father to make atonement for the sins of the world. No other apostle (or sent one) will have that calling.
#2. Apostles of the Lamb (Rev. 21:14). These were the twelve apostles who were eyewitnesses of Jesus' life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 1:21,22). This was their purpose - to witness Jesus' earthly ministry and to give testimony of His ministry to the world. No one, not even Paul, could be an apostle in the sense the original twelve were.
#3. New Testament Apostles: This includes Paul and Barnabas as in Acts 14:14, The New Testament Apostles also includes several others like:
(a) James the Lord's brother (Gal . 1:19).
(b) Andronicus and Junia (Rom.16:7).
(c) Silvanus and Timotheus (1 Thess. 1:1;2 :6).
(d) Two unnamed brethren (2 Cor.8:23).*
(e) Epaphroditus (Phil.2:25).*
#4. Apostles of Today: It is important to note that there are no foundation-laying apostles today. The foundation has already been laid. The duty of the apostles of today is to build on the foundation already laid by Jesus Christ and by the apostles of the lamb. The work of the modern day apostle also includes founding and establishing local churches in the world; to go into new territory and pioneer churches where there are no churches.
Apart from the Lord Jesus Christ who is the chief apostle, there are some three main divisions in this apostle realm, which we must remember.
Firstly, it is the foundational apostles who wrote the Scripture by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These apostles lived no more after the first century and there can be no other apostle of this type.
Secondly, there were the twelve apostles chosen by the Lord Jesus Himself and sent out in apostolic mission of whom Judas Iscariot became the betrayer of Jesus later and Matthias replaced him by the Lord's sovereign choice through casting lots (Luke 6:12-16; Acts 1:23-26; Prov 16:33). These twelve are unique in their calling that will be given to no other person because these twelve have been chosen to symbolically become the twelve foundations of the wall of the holy city of New Jerusalem. On these twelve foundational apostles, their twelve names will be written on the New City - Jerusalem Walls (Rev 21:14). They are also referred to as "Apostles of the lamb"
Thirdly, the apostles who were given to the Church according to (Ephesians 4:11) "The modern day apostles"
The word Apostle, is derived from classical Greek word 'apostolos', meaning "one who is sent away, a messenger or ambassador".
Christian apostles are messengers sent forth by Jesus specifically to proclaim the Truth (gospel) of the kingdom of God. Example; Apostle Paul even though he was the among called "New Testament Apostles" was specifically called by Jesus to preach to the Gentiles (Gal 1:1, 15-17).
Ephesians 4:11-13 — So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Five fold ministry exists in the Body to fulfill the three major purposes which can be put together as equipping the church
1.To perfect the saints (train)
2.To edify the church
3.For the work of the ministry
Notice; these five gifts - Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers are purposed to “equip God’s people for works of service…” The only way to equip someone for something is to be a living example of it. You cannot equip a person to serve unless you yourself are a better servant than they are. As Jesus said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (See Mark 9:35.)