Equipping the Saints

Paul opens our eyes to God’s leadership strategy in Ephesians 4. Jesus leaves earth, and He bestows five different kinds of leaders upon the kingdom that function to prepare and position the members of His Ecclesia. Paul uses the body metaphor to explain how these leadership dynamics function, the measurement of success we should use, and observable results that leadership function brings to the kingdom’s Ecclesia.

In one particular phrase, Paul uses the Greek word, katartizo, to define what these leadership dynamics accomplish. Jesus gave the five dynamics of leadership to “katartizo” the holy ones so they can work the ministry within the Body of Christ.

So, equipping the saints becomes a fundamental health issue for the Ecclesia, and the meaning of the term becomes essential to a good understanding of kingdom leadership dynamics.

Like many words, this term has different facets of meaning depending upon the context in which it is used. For example, when the word is used in a medical sense, it can have the meaning of setting a bone so that it will heal properly. When it is used to speak of fishermen working on their nets, it means the nets are being repaired so that fish won’t slip through holes torn in the nets by previous use or strains from daily use. When the word is used to speak of military preparation, it speaks to position and provision for soldiers, lining up archers with bows and arrows, putting horsemen who can ride on horses would be a way of understanding how the term fits military “equipping.”

Luke 6:40 says, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” “Fully trained” being katartizo used in the context of discipling.

Should we use the medical context because Paul discusses the Ecclesia in the metaphor of a body? Should we use the military context since the Ecclesia has a warfare assignment that the gates of hell cannot withstand? Should we use the “perfecting” translation as if the context calls for a “maturing” of individual members of the Body? Or, should be use the discipling context because we are speaking of kingdom leadership dynamics bestowed by Jesus upon His kingdom Ecclesia?

Contextual Meaning

I propose that this term means, “prepare and position,” in this context, and that this dual meaning best describes what Paul intends to convey. I see Paul’s point as “leaders position members of the Body to function, preparing them to function at optimum levels in ways consistent to and in coordination with the systems of the spiritual Body, the Ecclesia.

I propose that we cannot see the results Paul describes, through the function of the leaders Jesus bestows, without both concepts, “prepare and position.” Study of the uses of the term all point to both aspects.

Medically, preparation and positioning is needed for proper healing. Militarily, preparation and positioning is needed for proper battle plan execution. Leadership wise, preparation and positioning is needed to realize the end results Paul describes, given the context of leadership by which he introduces this word.

This leads me to conclude that a great deal of the discussion about “equipping the holy ones” merely hammers this important revelation into modern church growth structures and institutional organizational charts, as if teaching people to greet, usher, host, or watch the kids resembles what this Scripture pictures.

If you begin with the modern definition of “church,” you end up with a picture of “equipping” that Paul would not recognize as consistent with this Scripture. Paul would ask, “Nice, but where’s the Ephesians 4 implementation I wrote about in Ephesians 4?”

Will America Survive This Autumn?

First, let’s answer that question: Will America Survive This Autumn? Yes, but America will never be the same again.

To understand what is happening right now that will reach a kind of critical mass in September and October, refresh your memory on the idea of final harvest and seasonal harvest.

America is not in Final Harvest.

Final harvest is “weighed in the balance and found wanting. The kingdom will be required of you.” Destruction. The prophecies of invasion by Russia, overwhelming destruction, the President becoming an antichrist dictator, devastating earthquakes that forever destroy the landscape, and economic collapse would be final harvest warnings. The warnings are being given because they could happen, have happened to other nations, and could be our future if not for the repentant and restored remnant. They could happen if God lifts His protective hand, ignoring our prayers and the prayers accumulated in heaven from intercessors all over the world and history.

Final harvests do happen. Final harvest occurred in Israel in Jesus’ generation: “This generation shall not pass until this final harvest warning is fulfilled.” Israel as a nation became a deserted desert after the Romans salted the fields and burned the cities. Final harvest means desolation: “Your house is left unto you desolate.”

Final harvest means we should all prepare to run to another nation or die in this one. Final harvest means the opportunities opened by mercy close up. Final harvest for an individual is Ananias and Sapphira. Final harvest for a nation is Israel in Jesus’ generation. Final harvest for America would be something much different from the correction that is coming; it would be complete devastation.

America will experience a season ending and new season opening correction that will effect every aspect of the culture in ways that say, “America will never be the same again.”

America is in seasonal harvest.

Seasonal harvest comes because we harvest what has been sown. Seasonal harvest comes when God intends to reset the culture and the opportunity for turn around and restoration is at its greatest. Seasonal harvest reveals the difference between what God sowed and the enemy sowed; they have been left to grow together, awaiting season ending harvest. Seasonal harvest arrives because both good and evil have reached a point of maturity, manifesting their highest or finished cycles of product. The seed sown produces what the seed contains.

So, in seasonal harvest, the good seed matures and reveals what God planted, while the substitute seed matures and reveals what the enemy planted, obviously opposed to and unlike what God planted. At seasonal harvest time, you can tell the difference between what God wants and the enemy wants. You can separate wheat from tares and secure royal seed for planting in the next season, destroying seed sown by the enemy.

Seasonal harvest will mean that we experienced the highest the kingdom can produce, a new level of power, holiness, wisdom, revelation, effectiveness, and worship becomes available, and Glory overshadows the kingdom! God will harvest seeds planted at this nation’s founding by godly men and women, planted at Azusa Street, planted in previous Awakenings, planted by generations of Biblical, kingdom Gospel preaching, planted by billions of dollars sown into the nations for kingdom purposes, and sown by God Himself into this land for His covenant purposes!

At the same time, season ending harvest exposes the harvest of hell. At the same time, seasonal harvest throws Jezebel’s lovers on her bed so everyone sees who’s been in bed with her. At the same time, seasonal harvest uncovers the hidden agendas of people who look like wheat and grow with the wheat but produce wrong harvest.

The enemy who sowed those tares hopes to reap his own harvest, hopes to see the highest of his agenda in power, influence, fear, control, destruction, rebellion, and dishonor. And, that harvest will manifest in greater expressions of riot, pillaging, arrogance, perversions, and demands for an agenda contrary to God’s covenant purposes for America.

So, America in seasonal harvest will see both revival and riot.

Will really bad things happen? Yes. Will really good things happen? Yes. Will good or evil overpower the other so that the conflict disappears? No. Will America be changed in some irreversible way? Yes. It is already has been changed in ways that are irreversible: it can never be the same again.

In some measure, America will embrace the seasonal harvest and receive the correction, and her covenant purpose with God serves as the measurement to discern how much correction she has embraced. Measuring everything by how it aligns with America’s covenant purpose with God is the only way to properly discern what happens next. Otherwise you will retreat to some overly simplistic Vacation Bible School scenario about only good things happen to good people with characters from Disney fairy tales or swallow some overly complex comic book conspiracy theory about the inevitability of evil with characters from science fiction. Either extreme will further weaken the Ecclesia instead of positioning her to take advantage of the seasonal harvest.

Revival is already here! Riot is already here! Two kingdoms are clashing. One with God’s order and principles. The other with satanic chaos and lawlessness. Each with its own spirit of leadership.

Some revival some spirit of leadership from the riot kingdom. Some riot blends some spirit of leadership from the revival kingdom. There are only two kingdoms, but the two kingdoms spill over into one another because neither is completely pure at the squishy center. Some revival leaders have a lawlessness and disorder blended into their operation of ministries, unwittingly contributing riot to the revival side of things. Some riot leaders have a spiritual order and protocol because they embrace God’s principles and protocols attempting to invest these into the riot, hoping to produce revival with it.

Beware lawlessness, rebellion, chaos, and disorder within the move of God. Run from it! It can only contribute to harvest of tares, not the harvest of wheat, and it will plant tares into the next season. (By lawless, I mean any contribution of kingdom leadership that avoids God’s order and strategy for leadership, attempting to establish ministry or revival without proper alignment with God’s kingdom leaders.) Any. No matter how sincere or precious the people are, avoid what they do if the spirit of leadership is lawless and out of order. Because its has a lawless spirit of leadership, it plays into the enemy’s method: “If I can’t win outright, I’ll set this up to plant tares into the next season.”

If hell cannot stop revival, hell will work to limit the power of revival by offering substitutes God’s purpose.

Enemies sow tares into revival, and good people become enemies of revival when they insist upon operating in the opposite spirit from the spirit of leadership God invests in revival. They sow substitutes for God’s purpose, and their sown seeds produce another season of mixture. They become an enemy of the very thing they embrace because they join it for the wrong reasons to fulfill the wrong purpose.

America will experience crises of purpose this fall that will open opportunity for revival and riot.

Many believers – some unprepared to lead and others poorly prepared to follow – freeze, or panic with fear when history’s most amazing opportunities arise. They fear and avoid persecution instead of being blessed in persecution. Jesus says, “God blesses the ones persecuted for right behavior, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Some people fear horror instead of becoming a first responder to help.

Some hold on to what they should release because they apply impure priorities to worthless things in the time of extreme correction. These turn traitor to God and His leaders demanding that God and these leaders respond to their entitlement demands: “Just make it all better. Make it go away!”

These are not the people who will follow principle and protocol in the moments of our greatest opportunity for Awakening in more than one hundred years!

In contrast, a prepared and positioned remnant will establish and expand kingdom during the next five years! They will build with heightened releases of miracles, signs and wonders, as Gospel preaching and demonstrations of power operate together with great effectiveness. The lawless will continue doing hit and run evangelism that feeds their own sense of being loved instead of God’s demonstration of passion for purpose. These leaders will disciple people with the disciplines of kingdom leadership dynamics so that every member of the Body contributes to the corporate stature of Christ, building itself up in love.  The lawless will fragment the Body along the same old lines of doctrinal idolatry, denominational distinction, and dysfunctional ministry models that allow for lawlessness to continue unchecked by kingdom leadership. The lawless are both establishment elitists and counterculture hippies; they both share the spirit of leadership that sows tares.

In contrast, a heightened awareness of God in the general population opens massive opportunities for kingdom building. We call this condition “Awakening.” Awakening resorts purpose, and the systematic delusion of Leviathan that has dominated the political and bureaucratic infrastructure of Washington, DC, and state capitols will lose its heads! While this trend will not eliminate dissent and certainly will not mean that government leaders will all be revivalists, Awakening gains momentum within the culture through a reset of kingdom leadership, and shifts the culture. This cultural shift contributes to shifts in policy and governmental agendas at the highest levels and eventually reaches even the bureaucratic levels.

America is going through some stuff this fall! We are going to have the greatest opportunity for kingdom advancement in America that we’ve had in a century! Get ready by getting into alignment with the kingdom leaders who can prepare and position you for maturing your contribution to the Ecclesia!

Restoring the Sound of Glory

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Review or read for the very first time, Dr Don’s teaching Isaiah’s encounter with the Sound of Glory and let this revelation moved your spirit toward a restoration of the sound of Glory!

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Isaiah saw the Lord elevated upon His throne with the hem of His robe filling the temple. He saw the burning ones – seraphim – and the Glory filled the temple. Isaiah heard the sound of Glory, a combination of the roar of God’s consuming fire, the swoosh of the fiery ones who rush around Him with constant movements of flaming urgency, and the deep tremors of Glory that shook the door, or the temple’s full measurements, (the Hebrew word for “cubits”).

Isaiah heard the restoration of the sound of Glory in the place marked for its release. The temple had been without the sound of Glory, and Isaiah sees what Israel and her temple should be like. More importantly, he experiences the reality of the nation chosen as God’s heritage among the nations in its cultural norm. The one place on the earth where Glory was supposed to be…

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The New and Now Gideon’s Army

The Gideon Leadership Test

The Gideon test of leadership stretches the kingdom leader by removing people and provision from his arsenal just as he is being asked to face impossible odds against overwhelming enemies.
“You expect me to face an army with a handful of guys armed only with trumpets, clay pots, and forces?” Gideon wonders. “And they will call this bunch, ‘Gideon’s army,’ one day?”
God reduces Gideon’s army to the men with the strength of will to obey and submit to his leadership, strategy for battle, and ridiculous audacity. Few are the leaders I’ve known willing to face down overwhelming opposition with a prophetic strategy. Most of God’s people will wander off to whittle a stick into a wooden cross and sell it at a church fair while warriors wield strategic sound and light accompanied by an angelic army.
The reduction is here! The strategic targeting of Gideon’s 300 identifies those prepared and positioned to obey and submit to God’s orders released through God’s targeted leaders. Thirty thousand would be warriors went home, because God sent them home. They will enter the story line later on, after the initial wave terrorizes the overwhelming opposition with nothing more than the prophetic actions of a few men with the bark on.
I had a revelation of angelic migrations occurring during 2015 that would reassemble as armies where strategic confrontations would occur. These angelic armies respond to targeted leaders prepared and positioned to obey and submit when the strategy of God expressed through Gideon-like leaders seems horribly inadequate.
“Lord of Armies” is His Name! For sure, His angels never hesitate to obey and submit, and they respond to leaders who never hesitate to obey and submit.
Angelic armies await the revealing of God’s children groaning out the birth pains of strategic interventions.
Never assume God is doing nothing when He has already prepared for intervention before you even knew there was a crisis!

Identifying the Army

God taught Gideon a lesson we need to recognize right now: God will identify the people unwilling or unprepared to properly respond to the strategy God intends to have His chosen leaders implement, to defeat an overwhelming enemy.
God is the One sending people home who are not prepared and positioned for what He intends to do next.
Do not be dismayed by the diminished army. Cheer up! It is going to get worse! When the kingdom becomes enamored with what it can do without the King, implementing strategies produced by human marketing, depending upon human machinery, and manipulated by human marketing, God prepares and positions leaders, like Gideon, to implement a battle plan that leaves out everything inconsistent with His strategy.
Eventually, the entire army will come back online. Right now, God is weeding out the poorly prepared and improperly positioned.
I don’t mean He rejects people, of course, because His present actions come from a heart of eternal love. He is protecting people rejecting His process of preparation and positioning. He is sending them home so they can observe the futility of their rebellion, countenance their immaturity, and taste the backwash of their betrayal of His purposes.
God is judging us. He is disciplining true children. He is scourging our backsides. He is identifying our fatal flaws. He is bringing His chicks under His wings.
Meanwhile, back at the battle, Gideon strategically positions prepared warriors to scare the hereby-jeebies out of the enemy!
Hey! I want to be with Gideon!

Blacksmiths At Ziklag, A Message for Brasil

“I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy.” (Isaiah 54:16)

“The following men joined David at Ziklag while he was hiding from Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who fought beside David in battle. All of them were expert archers, and they could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right. They were all relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin.

Some brave and experienced warriors from the tribe of Gad also defected to David while he was at the stronghold in the wilderness. They were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains.” (1 Chronicles 12:1)

Ziklag Leadership Test

The last great test of David’s leadership comes at Ziklag. He has moved through leadership maturity from shepherd to worshipper, to warrior, to general, to ruler, and he is standing at the brink of his leadership. His army is strong, trained, well supplied – for a reason we shall soon discuss – and he is about to face his greatest challenge as a kingdom leader.

But first, let’s examine why David rules Ziklag, the city of Israel’s enemy, and how this prophesies to Brasil in this season of her spiritual development. Spiritual development comes before cultural development. All the conditions we can observe in the natural come as result of conditions we must discern in the spirit. Since we are the ones representing God in establishing and expanding spiritual conditions that will produce natural conditions, the change that needs to be made must be made in, by, and through us.

David receives greater preparation and experience as the ruler of Ziklag before he rules Israel so that David can lead at the level of leadership God’s purpose requires.

  1. We can be ready for leadership at many levels without being ready for leadership at the level that fulfills God’s purpose, for us personally and the kingdom corporately.
  2. We can be faithful at every level of our preparation yet require additional, intense testing to step up to the next level.
  3. We can only measure our leadership by what we can sustain, not what we can obtain or do occasionally.

Remember, Jesus faced His greatest tests at the end, and “though He was a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things He passionately endured and became complete and mature, in this way becoming the Source of eternal rescue to all those that obey Him.”

Jesus experienced the Gethsemane oil press, the crush of the whip, the hammer of shattering betrayal, and burning fires of forging that made Him Father’s weapon of destruction: “He destroyed the works of the devil!” He endured passionately and became complete and mature in His leadership and purpose.

Ziklag is the city David received from the enemy during his exile.

  1. Do not think that God’s purpose is out of reach in Brasil just because you are ruling Ziklag instead of setting up Jerusalem.
  2. Do not think your enemy is King Saul and the failed regime of insufficient obedience.
  3. Do not think that ruling Ziklag is your final destiny or destination.

David is not in Ziklag because of failure anymore than Jesus was in Gethsemane because of failure. David came to Ziklag because of his victory. Jesus came to Gethsemane because of His overcoming victory.

David is not in Ziklag to simply wait for the day of his purpose. David is not in Ziklag to mourn or complain. David is in Ziklag to prepare his leadership, his army, and to restore a specific aspect of infrastructure for the kingdom.

David and the Prevailing Spiritual Condition

Remember the condition of Israel when David killed Goliath? Remember the word I released her two years ago that God was giving Brasil new weapons for a new season? Remember that when David arrived the battle, no warrior in Israel had a sword or weapon because the Philistines allowed no blacksmith shops in Israel?

A whole generation grew up and no blacksmiths were in training because no blacksmith shops existed in the nation.

  • 1. We need blacksmiths of our own.
  • 2. We need our own weapon designs and manufacturing that fit our battle plan.
  • 3. We need regional blacksmith shops.

David killed the giant. The army chased the Philistines and took their weapons. David put a weapon in the hand of every warrior in Israel in one day!

Now, he is in exile, living on land controlled by the enemy. But, Ziklag is strategic!

Ziklag is composed of two ancient Hebrew words that mean “to pour” and “to press.” Combined they describe the process of smelting iron, forging it into weapons, and pressing it into shape.

In other words, Ziklag is a blacksmith center!

David has his own weapons factory in Ziklag, breaking the enemy’s hold on blacksmiths, allowing David’s army to train blacksmiths, design and build and test new weapons. David restores an empty place in the kingdom infrastructure that had put Israel in weakness with her enemies.

While living in exile, running from Saul, God positions David in Ziklag so he can become the strongest king in the nation’s history! David becomes a supplier of the very thing the enemy sought to limit!

Ziklag is strategic for David. He will come to the throne with his own army, wealth, and restore the infrastructure of the kingdom.

[The Philistines jealously guarded their monopoly on metal forging and blacksmithing. Hebrews were forced to pay them even for sharpening their agricultural implements. (1 Sam.13.21). This situation has been confirmed by archaeology; the Philistines were in the Iron Age when they came to Palestine; the Hebrews attained to this level of advance only in the time of David.]

We need to forge kingdom weapons. We need to restore what the enemy has taken so we can rebuild kingdom infrastructure. Without it, we are left to fight with harvesting tools. Without it the harvesting tools remain dull because we need a blacksmith to sharpen them.

This is the season of the blacksmith shops!

We need to move from watching David wield the giant’s sword to having a sword of our own. Then, we need to move from having any available sword we can find for ourselves, to blacksmith production of weapons that fit each warrior personally. Then we need to move into blacksmith production of the soul so we can forge the hearts of warriors pressed and poured into the mold, hammered while red with passion, formed into elite weapons that fit the hands of trained elite troops.

  1. We need to design, forge, and test new and improved spiritual weapons. Blacksmiths do finishing work.

I want to challenge the leaders to reach for finishing work to bring leaders higher in preparation for the next level of kingdom expansion. Polishing isn’t as important as finishing. Blacksmiths sharpen the blades and points, repair cracks or temper softened steel. They continue to make improvements on existing weapons, even designing and building new weapons with new designs.

It is certain maturing our leaders will require new weapon design and manufacturing. Ziklag provides us with this capacity and capability. The enemy wants us without weapons, so he empties the land of blacksmiths. When the season of kingdom establishing comes, we must restore the blacksmiths to the land so they can design and build new weapons for a generation of warriors.

  1. We need to forge leaders design, test, and use these weapons. Our leadership training must step up if we are to be ready to establish kingdom. We cannot accumulate believers and ignore the development of champions. We need schools of warfare that recognize leaders with purpose and potential at the regional, national, and international level. And, we need blacksmith shops where they can receive both the new weapons and the training they need to use them.

Remember the words of Hebrews 5:12: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles.”

The training new leaders need to design, test, and use new weapons is as much wind, fire, and hammer as it is about the steel of which these weapons are made. We need to apply the blacksmith shop to our leaders! They need to experience the shattering of raw material, the fires that melt and remove the impurities, then the hammer that hits the red steel again and again, sparks flying into the air, then plunged into the water for tempering.

They need spiritual blacksmiths to forge the endurance, strength, character, and tensile strength of champions!

David killed Goliath because of his character. As he matured, the sword of Goliath would have required sharpening, and Ziklag was the place where he improved the quality of his sword. David made Goliath’s sword a better weapon as he matured as a general, ruler, and king!

In the next five years, schools that produce a new level of leadership must be restored to the kingdom infrastructure in Brasil. These schools take the existing remnant to another level of endurance, skill, boldness, and wisdom. These schools measure the tensile strength of character, and examine the blade for fatal flaws.

We cannot produce the leaders needed to take the land without producing the leaders who can possess the land. It is not what a person can do as much as what they can sustain that marks their kingdom leadership level.

Three Waves of Warring Leaders

I see Brasil preparing and sending three waves of warring leaders into battle in the next five years. The first wave rushes straight forward as strategic invaders of strategic positions, engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. That wave will awaken the enemy’s archers.

The second wave will face the enemy’s arrows flying over the first wave. Oneness will be absolutely essential to this wave because they must locked shields to ward off the arrows landing upon them, yet still moved forward in this rainstorm of arrows. They will meet the enemy face to face if they move in oneness, and the enemy will be devastated at the frontlines by their victory!

The third wave comes immediately behind the second with spears to push the enemy back where it has been weakened by the first two waves.

So, the primary weapons of these three waves are

1) the sword of the Spirit, the strategic rhema of God, and their battle plan calls for superior weapons;

2) the shield of faith and breastplate of righteousness provides superior defense against the enemy’s existing arrow technology.

3) the spear because the enemy will be moving backward to avoid confrontation and the spear will counter this positioning and keep the enemy off balance while the first and second waves continue to tear holes in the frontlines and push their way into the interior ranks of the opposition.

Weapons of Awakening

Paul also contrasts the weapons of light or daytime with the weapons of nighttime or sleeping: he is discussing what kind of weapons we should carry when Awakening comes to a region or nation.

“Recognizing the season, you can discern that already it is time for you to awake out of sleep: for now rescue is nearer to us than when we first believed. The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore throw off what we did when it was dark, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us live appropriate to daylight. (Romans 13:11-13)”

A fresh wind of revival is blowing over Brasil that will be stronger than the wind that blew in the 90’s. This will have the potential to move revival into Awakening. The weapons of the day will be the new weapons forged by the blacksmith shops in anticipation of this daytime warfare.

Paul says, “Once the day fully arrives, you need to use the weapons of light.”

We cannot prepare leaders for this Awakening once it begins unless we have blacksmith shops in place to prepare leaders now who have skill and expertise with the weapons of the daytime. Now! Blacksmiths who accurately anticipate what is coming next and prepare the Lord a people ready to respond in the new season.

Warriors Pressed, Poured, and Pounded into Shape

The same principles that forge weapons also forge warriors that wield those weapons. The iron ore is shattered to dust by heavy blows, then melted by the fires of purification and cleaning, before being poured into the molds of renewed minds, to be pounded by the hammer shocks and pressed by the olive press of Gethsemane into layers of strength and endurance.

Ziklag tests your soul. You must become the warrior who can wield the new weapons when the blacksmith shops return to the kingdom. This process of preparation must be intense, and we cannot spare the champions the process of pressing, pounding, pouring, and purification!

Now, in this room are men and women called and prepared to establish blacksmith shops. Don’t start looking for large numbers and elaborate structures. This is blacksmith work. You won’t be training everybody, but you will be forging character!

In every region, blacksmith shops should be fully functional during 2016, and seasoned warriors wielding new weapons as we move into 2017. The infrastructure of blacksmiths should be restored in three years! Do not be afraid of elite schools that train only the serious and committed. Continue with the present discipling training, but provide something for elite troops.

Then, there are many people in this room called to blacksmith preparation. You will become the new warriors who design, test, and use new weapons. You will endure the training and tests that you require to be an army of David’s as your nation comes into its season of Awakening Revival.

Let’s return to our opening Scripture:

“The following men joined David at Ziklag. They joined the warriors who fought beside David in battle.”

To be in this army, you need to join David at Ziklag! You need to go down to the blacksmith shop.

Ziklag is the place of pressing and pouring, the place of brokenness and reshaping. The place of finishing work that turns raw materials into God’s weapons of advancement.

You need to feel the shocks that shatter the raw material, the wind blowing the fire to white hot heat, the forging coals that consume impurities and soften your soul so the hammer can shape you into God’s weapon for this season of Awakening Revival!

Will you answer this call?

Let’s return to the premise for the apostolic and prophetic blueprint leaders:

To restore the infrastructure of the kingdom, we must restore the blacksmith shops to Brasil!

We must establish the blacksmith shops of Ziklag in every region of Brasil! The places of pressing and pouring must be built and become functional!

We must design, forge, and test God’s new weapons in the next five years that will present a new level of warfare, a new level of leadership, and a new strategy for taking the land so we can possess the land spiritually.

What we produce in spirit in kingdom culture will manifest naturally in the culture.

Fathering Personal Purpose

Celebrate uniqueness while fitting uniqueness into the places God’s blueprint positions it.

Conformity breeds mediocrity. You think people are flourishing but they are empty inside because their passion answers to their purpose. As a kingdom leader, you can discern created destiny. Reach into the Spirit for this revelation understanding of what God created people to be and called them to do as the basis for preparing and positioning them to flourish.

Feed passion. Then, help people clean up the mess their passion makes! Don’t problem solve for them. Involve them in the process by creating a safe, secure place for problem solving that gives them a sense of security about burning with the fire of purpose!

Step back and measure the amount of passion your leadership produces. Do you give people loyalty tests that demand they be passionate only for what you are passion about? If so, you are probably smothering some of their fire.

Then, discover the best way to increase passion within people for their created purposes, preparation for destiny fulfillment, and perseverance for the process, and power to finish what they have started.

Dealing with Delusion

On the other hand, you will always be faced with the unpleasant challenge of not feeding passion people have for distractions and substitutes. Since part of fathering leadership involves discerning what God wants and helping people realize His purposes for them, you will be the one who pops the bubbles of their false expectations and fantasies. Yes, you will have to say, “My dear one, that isn’t your purpose. Stop being distracted by false dreams and fantasies. Get on God’s track for your preparation and purpose.”

You will instantly become the enemy in some people’s minds if you do not become their Santa Claus distributing what they think they deserve or require. That comes with the territory! Cheer up! It is going to get worse!

Some leaders string people along, feeding the passion they have for substitutions for their destinies instead of facing them with the revelation of their created purposes.

Remember this: People do not know who they are until God tells them who they are. People do not know what’s in them until God tells them what’s in them. And, fathering leaders are most often the ones God uses to tell them.

Oddly, people will listen to their peers, to people with the discernment of a mouse, to people with little discernment or prophetic insight, or (gasp!) to offended people who have dismissed God’s created purpose for them in cyclical searches for other possibilities.

You must confront these presumptions with rebuke. And, you must stand your ground with them about these deceptions and delusions because your responsibility always answers to God, not them, yourself, your own agenda of accumulating people by agreeing with their fantasies.

You are probably thinking, “Isn’t this a little severe, calling immature thinking about destiny ‘delusion?'”

No, because it is delusion. It might be mild, immature, inadvertent, subconscious, sincere. But it is still delusion, and you have to recognize what it is and deal with it appropriately, gently, and over a period of time when the people is humble, teachable, and transformable. You have to confront the rebellious, hardhearted, resistant, and prideful because that is what God does through your as a leader.

How To Maintain Focus in a World of Swirling Distraction

Jesus says, “When you pray, enter into your closet and close the door.”

Pray

This cannot “go without saying” because some people have stopped praying, measured down their intensity in intercession, or simply redefined intercession as “intimacy” in a way that leaves them lying around emoting instead of engaging. You gotta pray! You gotta say something! You gotta vocalize what you are processing in the form of declaration, petition, pregnancy, and purpose!

Beware the modern tendency to make your quiet time so quiet that you never actually pray. Avoid the immature and irresponsible “I just want to spend time with Jesus” movement if the end product is that you become a flabby, surface slush, indulgent slug substituting devotionalization for demonstration!

Experiencing worship isn’t the same as releasing worship. Once you get up the mountain, you are positioned to function on the mountain. Something say! Pray! Enough with the substitution of intimacy for pregnancy! Stop taking spiritual birth control, get pregnant and produce purpose!

You gotta pray. “People should be praying all the time and not lose their passion!”

Enter the Closet

When people built homes in Jesus’ time, they began with the most inner place of greatest security, constructing a place to store their valuables, a closet. This vault was the place where Jesus identifies your privacy. The “closet” is the place where all your most valuable possessions are stored, so get in there with your stuff and pray.

Surrounded by your most precious things, make your prayers more precious than what you possess.

Get into the closet. That is not easy! Life demands your attention. Duty demands your energy. People demand your time. Things crowd your life. Electronics call to you from every room, pocket, shelf, and counter top. Even your worship favorites can become a distraction when they substitute enjoyment for worship and intercession.

The closet may be literal or metaphoric, but Jesus basically says, “Prayer is more precious than all your guarded possessions. Get in there and set proper priorities.”

Close the Door

This the really tough part. Focus. Moving from soul-first to SpiritFirst so that you are not reacting to what is going on around you but rising up into what is going on in heaven. You go up into the circumstances around the Throne of God, seated with Jesus in the heavenlies, then you bring God’s agenda, priorities, and purposes into your circumstances through intercession, standing between heaven and earth with kingdom keys, authorized to represent God and your assignments in the place of provision, power, perfection, and possibility.

Shut that door! Start with your spirit, not your emotions, mind, and will. Start with your spirit and allow your surrendered will to open your mind to revelation, so your emotions experience God’s passion more than your own passion.

Shut that door! Cast your cares upon Him so He can do the caring for you. Let it go! Shake it off! Shut it down! Get into the your secret place so you can enter into His secret Place!