Wilderness Experience 14 – In Beersheba a Master dies and a Father is born

We spoke in chapter 12 about a paradigm shift that occurred in the ministry of Elijah.
We listed two areas where the paradigm shift happened.
The first was the understanding of the still small voice of the God within him.
The second was to adjust from a Master – Servant Model in his ministry to Father – Son Model.
Let me quickly remind you from scripture what Elijah did before he arrived at the Mountain of God:

1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.
Now please allow me again to remind you something that God said to Elijah at Mount Horeb:

1 Kings 19:16-16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint [to be] king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint [to be] prophet in thy room.
You see God made Elijah to leave his servant in Beersheba before introducing his son Elisha.
The servant has served Elijah and it would be a reasonable thing to reward him with a mantle when he leaves the earth.
When you are going to get a son you shall loose a servant in Beersheba and a well qualified servant.
Abraham lost Ishmael to the same place where Elijah left his servant!

Do you want a proof? Ok let’s go check:
Genesis 21:14-15
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
God made Elijah to face the same challenges of fathering which Abraham faced.
For this we now see that Elijah walked where Abraham walked and that was the place where their fatherhood was both tested.

In Beersheba a Master Dies and a Father is Born.
Why did God choose Beersheba? What is the meaning of Beersheba?
Beersheba means "Well of oath".
This is the place where Fathers bury their blunders and they have to make very hard choices.
Well there were actually two serious fathering blunders that Abraham came to sort out in Beersheba.
Let’s go and check:

Genesis 21:22-24
And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God [is] with thee in all that thou doest:
Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: [but] according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
And Abraham said, I will swear.

Something in this place happened that nearly wiped of the very name "father of many nations".
Abraham made a diplomatic move to the church membership of Abimelech that would have dealt sonship a great blow.
Now Abimelech wanted to put this to rest.
What did Abraham do? Let’s go and see in the previous chapter:

Genesis 20:10-13
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.
And yet indeed [she is] my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This [is] thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He [is] my brother.
Abraham took the easy way out; he pretended that his wife is his sister so that their lives will be spared.
Later Abraham and Sara took another easy way out and decided that Abraham sleep with Hagar so that a son will be born.

Well these are business decisions that ministries take to have more members; they sacrifice their true families and true sons and they enter into networks that will bring more money and members to them as church.
For both Elijah and Abraham God called them to sort out their fatherhood blunders in Beersheba.

Elijah:
[12:07, 24/09/2015] Vanto Vanto: 1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.

Elijah 2:
[12:17, 24/09/2015] Vanto Vanto: 1 Kings 19:16-16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint [to be] king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint [to be] prophet in thy room.

Elijah 3:
1 Kings 19:19-19
So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who [was] plowing [with] twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

Abraham 1:
Genesis 21:14-14
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba
Abraham 2:
Genesis 21:31-33
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.
Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
And [Abraham] planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
Where Hagar was thirst for water Abraham dug a well.
Genesis 21 and 1 Kings 21 have the same thing in common: Isaac and Elisha are born and chosen and Ishmael the son of their servant and Elijah’s servant are taken out.
This was a very difficult chapter.
Let’s simplify it later.
Face your Beersheba Wilderness; Dig a well to get water and make an oath.
Shalom.

Wilderness Experience 13: Leave that servant 1

Wilderness Experience chapter 13.

1 Kings 18:43-43
And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, [There is] nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. This time Elijah’s ministry is at the peak.

He has just performed a historical miracle of calling the fire to come down and consume the fire. “Fire come down!” Has featured in many of our songs and prayers as a result. It is one very strong faith inspiration all over the Christendom.
Well he was busy working in prayer on his second famous miracle: to bring the rain down. ” Let the rain fall!” Is also a very popular prayer and song in our churches.

Now I want you to stop for a minute and think about our ministries and had we been the ones who performed these two miracles. What would this do to our church membership?
Would we still be teachable after this?
The last thing we hear from this verse is that Elijah had a servant!

Now let me take this back to myself: 1. I bring literal visible fire to consume the sacrifice. 2. I call rain to come down. 3. I have a servant.

This would mean my ministry is really at a peak and my name is known at least around my city.
There are many of us who know this Elijah the prophet before his wilderness experience. There are very few who dwell in his ministry during and after the wilderness.

Many ministers aspire to bring down the rain and fire and have a few servants just like Elijah the prophet. And of course they desire to “kill” as much “false prophets” as a bonus. Now I consider myself least qualified to write this chapter.

I will be happy to become a catalyst so that those who qualify better will take it from here and go even further in enlightening us.
However I have seen the impact of this picture to young ministers and how they interpret it going further.
I have many men and women of God whom I admire who are graced to bring both rain and fire down and have servants. I am a witness to the amazing humility they have as well.

This observation is not meant to take a swipe on them at all.
I however desire to warn the onlookers and the false needs that might arise having witnessed this. I want us to take note of this amazing twist that happens in the next chapter: 1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.

There are certain things in your ministry you have not yet seen.
One would think that what Elijah has just seen is too small compared with what he had just done.
After killing prophets of Baal and bringing down the rain; one would think that Jezebel is just a small fry.

Now Jezebel sent a message that was so big for Elijah such that the bible does not say Elijah “heard” the message. It says Elijah “saw” the message. 1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there. Now not only did he see this but it made him to run for his life. And when he came to Beersheba; he left his servant there.

Now believe me this is not how servants dream of their retrenchment; but the prophet had something to give priority to and that was his life. I know many who would rather commit suicide than to loose employees like that.
There are times in ministry where you will have to choose between your family and the members as well as your church staff.
There are times when you will be forced to leave your “church business” and look into your life.

Why did Elijah not ordain the servant before dropping him to continue with ministry?
I am asking you because Elijah was not only planning to quit but to die in the wilderness as well.

1 Kings 19:4-4
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.

If God was happy with how he did ministry why was there no miracle performed to kill Jezebel and to keep the servant?
No matter how big the miracles Elijah did; they did not completely approved his way of doing ministry.

You have seen a lot of miracles but you are failing to see a miracle of keeping your church members.
You brought rain and fire down but you are failing to keep up with your rentals of the venue even the mortgage.
How did his ministry take such a twist from commanding the atmosphere to struggling just to keep his servant? Have you faced such a threat in 24 hours from your greatest ministry exploit?

Leave that servant at Bersheba.
Close that TV station.
Close that church.
And go to meet God for a brand new revelation in Mount Horeb.
I have seen Apostles and Prophets who were anointed enough to prophecy that a minister must close his church.

As I said earlier I am the least to talk about this chapter but let us see how it unfolds in the next episode.
I have just finished with another controversial statement but please allow me to back it up in the next installment.

Shalom.

Wilderness Experience 12 – The paradigm shift of Elijah’ ministry

I intend to continue on the Wilderness series chapter 12.
We will be looking in depth at the relationship of Elijah the prophet with the wilderness.
Elijah’s ministry is timeless, connecting both the new testament and the old testament.
His ministry remains a template for all ministries.

This is the prophet who was appointed for a father – son ministry.
Before him and after him prophets always understood the prophet and his servant.
Prophets sons are more evident in his ministry than prophet’s servants.
Elijah understood mysteries about transfer of mantle that no other prophet understood.

To many prophets the transfer of mantle was a reward to a faithful servant and this is still an understanding to this day.
To Elijah a mantle was transferred to sons; not because of their good service but because of the Holy Ghost appointment as sons.
Elisha was a son to Elijah and he got succession even before he began the ministry with Elijah.
Many prophets to this day prefer to have servants other than sons.

They see anointing and mantle transfer as reward for being good servant; not with Elijah.
Elijah did have a servant and we shall hear how he related to both servants and sons.
I mention these key things because they were the ones that qualified Elijah spirit as the father-son spirit in the book of Malachi.
Elijah did not return in the new testament because of the highest level of miracles in his old testament ministry.
He returned because of a father spirit in him.

Now that is not all.
Elijah learned a very important New Testament revelation of God within and still small voice.
This is the Spirit that Springs Forth other than the Spirit that Rains down.

These are revelations which were yet to come.
The revelation of God Within and the Father Son wineskin.
Before Elijah went to the Wilderness he is mentioned as doing ministry with his servant.
When Elijah comes from the Wilderness he is working with sons.

(Daddy,Im sorry for interrupting… please explain what a Father Son wineskin is)
Before Elijah went to the Wilderness he is flamboyant and expects God to move with thunder, fire, earthquakes and so on.
When Elijah comes from the Wilderness he knows that God appears in a still small voice as well.
(Father – Son wineskin is Sonship as opposed to the Master – Servant wineskin)

Wilderness is also used as paradigm shift in our ministry.
when you are removed from your comfort zone you are forced to pay more attention even to things that do not matter.
Elijah did not take his servant along to the Wilderness.
There is no red carpet and entourage in the journey of your Wilderness.
Yet you hold a feast unto God there.
Angels would not have ministered to Elijah if his servant was there.

This is just a simplistic laying of foundation to the lessons we are going to learn in Elijah’s wilderness lessons.
In the next series I will use the backing up of scriptures in all the claims I made in this lesson.
Remember; these were changes that Elijah would not have encountered had he not been driven to the Wilderness.

The Bible School for the nation of Israel was the Wilderness and not Canaan.
In fact Canaan became the place where greatest disobedience toward God was experienced.
Well let us not get lost in something new.
We will meet in the next series.

Shalom

Wilderness Experience 11 – Elijah and Moses, Elijah and Jesus

We shall continue about the story of Jesus in the wilderness. Our conference will focus more on Jesus in the wilderness. But for now we will go and see Elijah’s experience in the wilderness.

Matthew 17:1-5
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

What is the relationship between Jesus, Moses and Elijah?
Why is it that this announcement of Jesus’ sonship should happen for the second time with both of them as witnesses this time around? Was Elijah hearing this announcement for the first time?

Matthew 17:11-13
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

If Elijah was the spirit in John the Baptist; then why did Elijah have to hear the sonship announcement twice? First he heard it when he baptized Jesus then Jesus went to wilderness. Second he hears it together with Moses; is Jesus going to the wilderness again? Now we know that the common place among these three “men” is wilderness.

But why did God take Elijah to the same experience and encounter and a place where He met with Moses in Mount Horeb, Mt Sinai the Mount of God?

1 Kings 19:8-8
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
Why did Elijah, Moses and Jesus share a 40 day experience in the wilderness with God?

Why did God allow Elijah to share Moses’ experience in Mount Sinai then Jesus’s experience in Jordan River? And now again in the Mount of Transfiguration?
These questions should not let us forget the prophecy of Malachi concerning Elijah:

Malachi 4:5-6
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Why did Elijah have to come again to this ministry of Sonship? Is there a relationship between wilderness and sonship?
Do you remember when Elisha cried in Jordan and said these words: 2 Kings 2:12-12
And Elisha saw [it], and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

Was Jesus not going to repeat the same words in a new wilderness of the spirit called the Cross when he said: Matthew 27:46-46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

In Jordan you say: My Father My Father
But in the spiritual wilderness you say: My God My God.
Why did Jesus not say My Father My Father?
Could it not be that He was now speaking on our behalf in this spiritual wilderness of being separated with God? Let us therefore go learn about this Elijah in the next session.

Shalom.

Wilderness Experience 10 – Sonship identity

We have learned vital lessons over the 9 sessions. We now know a few principles concerning wilderness experience. We have worked with two characters on the wilderness experience: Jesus our Lord and Moses.

From Jesus we have learned that He did not go to wilderness in search of the Holy Ghost. He was led by the Holy Ghost to the wilderness. When he went there He was full of the Holy Ghost. Luke 4:1-1
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

From Jesus we have learned that Satan will question your identity in the Wilderness: Luke 4:3-3
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

Wilderness will first question your identity in the area of Sonship. He could have come to first question Jesus’ Lordship and power. He did not say: If you are Lord turn these stones into bread.

He did not say: If you are a prophet from above turn these stones into bread. The bible tells us that Jesus is both Prophet and Apostle. Hebrews 3:1-1
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Jesus was Chief Apostle.

John 6:14-14
Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. Jesus was a Prophet.
At no place has he refused that.

Jesus was called a Rabbi which means teacher as well as a Shepherd meaning Pastor. Though He was never called Evangelist; He won souls. But Satan knows that five fold titles do not feature in the wilderness. But Sonship matters in the wilderness.
When you are in the wilderness your prophetic title disappears. But your Sonship emerges.

Jordan announced the Sonship of Jesus. Wilderness manifested the Sonship of Jesus.

Jordan is the womb of sonship.
This we see when Elisha received his sonship in Jordan as he cried My Father My Father! 2 Kings 2:12-13
And Elisha saw [it], and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

We see Joshua immediately circumcising children israel as soon as they crossed the River of Jordan. That is Joshua chapter 5.

Slaves move from wilderness to Jordan but sons move from Jordan to the Wilderness.

Now I want you to know that when you arrive in the wilderness only sonship will make you conquer and not your title and gifts.

No amount of ministry work will make you conquer in the wilderness.
This is not a place of performance and neither is it a place of proving yourself to satan and others.

Sonship does not prove itself.
Let’s go back to Jordan and hear what happened.
Matthew 3:16-17
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Now when Jesus was taken by the Holy Ghost from Jordan to Wilderness He knew that Father God is well pleased in Him. This Sonship was announced before Jesus could do any miracle or ministry work. There was no need for Jesus to perform in order to be called Son by Father God.

When you have received that mercy in Jordan you don’t need to prove it in the wilderness through performance. We have seen miracle workers crumble in the wilderness.

We have seen great apostles and prophets and pastors crumble in the wilderness. Did they maybe say “Hey satan, I am the great prophet of God!” Were they not supposed to hold on to their sonship?

When you are in the wilderness be rather known as Son than Prophet. Is your sonship tested?
Are you developing your sonship or your pastor office? Which one comes first to you? Whichever of these come first to you will determine your stay in the wilderness. Sons stay for forty days and slaves stay for forty years.
Shalom.

Wilderness Experience 9 – holding a feast in your wilderness II

The nine month pregnancy has come to an end. To those who have traveled
with me in this conference you will know that we are now beginning to bring solutions to our wilderness experience. We have spent 8 sessions laying a foundation and explaining various wilderness scenarios. We have put basic principles that need to be applied in the wilderness. We have removed all the myths that surround our understanding of the wilderness. Now its time to go listen how this session went. Let’s go:

Exodus 5:1-1
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

God says you will hold a feast unto Him in a place that makes feasts impossible to hold. He says destination does not matter but that which is within you matter most.

There was no need for Moses to enter Canaan for he was filled with better Canaan within him with his God. You say Lord fix my destination first then we can talk.
Fix my wilderness then I will serve you.
Put me through wilderness to Canaan then I will worship you.

No my son, says God. You are spirit you worship me in spirit. Physical destination does change spirit. It is spiritual destination that you don’t want to make me put you in.

Therefore Moses reached Canaan within his spirit and he could hold a feast unto God in wilderness. God did not promise to change the wilderness for them.
He promised to change their minds and spirit to a point of worshiping Him in the wilderness.

Moses had a deal with God.
The deal was “Let Your Presence not leave me.”
The deal was not “Make me reach Canaan.”
This was never his prayer item. For Canaan was a promised land and not a reward.

Paul and Silas held a feast unto God in prison and worshiped Him. What Satan calls wilderness cannot be a wilderness for the spirit man. The destination for spirit man is just in Christ.
And this is on the right hand side of the Father.
Moses sat on the right hand side of the Father in wilderness.

What is your wilderness this morning?
Pray like Moses until the wilderness disappears before your spirit man. Exodus 33:15-16
And he said unto him, If thy presence go not [with me], carry us not up hence.
For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? [is it] not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that [are] upon the face of the earth.

This is the Wilderness prayer: Lord I need Your Presence.
You don’t pray and say: Lord with or without you I am going to Canaan.

Shalom

Wilderness Experience 8 – holding a feast in your wilderness

Everytime I go past seven sessions I have always seen breaking of new
waters of the Word. Unless you finish the seven lessons before this one it will remain just an intellectual exercise. But if you will faithfully follow the path of this lesson you will breakthrough together with us. If you truly want to understand your journey in the wilderness you will have time for the 7 lessons. If you just want another teaching to pass to others the glory goes to God. Let’s go:

Exodus 5:1-1
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

What is your wilderness?
Which place in your life is your source of shame and ridicule? Where is your weakest link and area of lack? Whatever you name it; I call it your wilderness.

God says in that very area He wants to party with you. In that dry place He wants to give you the freshest of His water supply. In that pillow of tears He wants to provide you with joy and happiness. In that place of mourning its a setup for your celebration.
Your surprise party is not meant to surprise you but he who planned your downfall.

He prepares a table in front of your enemies.
He holds a feast with you in your desert.

Moses was a material designed to hold a feast in the wilderness. Israel was a material designed to murmur and complain in a desert.
John held his feast in the wilderness; not with the menu of locusts but with the divine presence of God. Jesus used the wilderness as the launchpad of His ministry.
Paul used his wilderness prison as the final master showpiece of God’s wisdom.

Apostle John got the Revelations of Jesus in the Island of Patmos alone with his eyes removed. And that was his wilderness.
Job received his graduation and latter elevation from his wilderness of losing everything.

In the wilderness you may lose your reputation but keep your character intact. The wilderness strips you of your ego and leave you with a character test. It is your party place with your God.
You don’t prove your sonship to satan in the wilderness.

You simply hold a feast of the Word.
You eat your Manna as it comes and you keep nothing for the next day.

Shalom