Discipling Nations! Please let me briefly explain one of my passions for the last 7 years which is and has been the Discipling Nations project I have been working on; When the Lord announces a change of season in the earth, it is always proceeded by a new word for that new season. This can be verified by biblical examples in scripture. Some of the many examples in scripture we can connect my statement above to would be Moses, Joshua, many prophets (old testament). One outstanding example would of course be the prophet John of the new testament.
Jesus recognised a change in the season for his own life and was lead to the prophet John. Jesus recognised the authority in John’s word for that season that was upon the earth and submitted himself to John for baptism. What I just stated must be emphasised; that even Jesus the Son of God submitted himself to a man for a birthing into a new season.
There are 3 main biblical epochs or seasons in the bible which God’s purposes have been proclaimed in the earth, they can be seen in Luke 16:16. In each season a man or servant/messenger was used as the voice to usher in that new season for God.
Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. (KJV)
- Season 1 was the Law (Moses was the father of the Law, announced and berthed that season. That season had its purpose and was in place until the next season.)
- Season 2 was the Prophets (Samuel was the one who berthed and usher in that season. That season had its purpose and was in place until the next.)
- Season 3 was and is the Kingdom of God (John was the one who proclaimed that change and ushered in the season we currently know as the Kingdom of God.)
I guess were i am going here is that if we are to see a restoration amongst the people of God we need to get back to the word and minister about the Kingdom of God. This was Jesus’s primary teaching.
I have a concern about what is preached these days to most mature believers which is revival, most of what I am hearing and is preached is about leaving the earth. Everyone seems in a hurry to get to heaven.
Sometimes I wonder if we can really recognise that revivals come and go, they never last. At least that is what history shows us. My conviction sometimes has the thought of; “Why keep asking the Father for Revival, when its probably him that killed or ended the revival in the first place by withdrawing his spirit” surely what we are looking for is restoration rather than revival. (Revivals End, Restoration lasts and his handed to the next generation.) Lets ask the father for that…!
One of the main messages I heard many years ago when I first committed my life to Christ was “You must get saved, so if you die you go to heaven” So the Gospel I heard was more about dying than it was about living.
Ive had to re-educate my mind over this last decade to remove that Gospel from my mind. As important as the salvation message is, we must move on in our understanding about the purposes of God for our lives and His Kingdom. That involves discipleship, recognising the authority that God has chosen for your life. The role you play in your local body, redemption of the earth and the Kingdom of God on earth rather than in heaven.