TRUE APOSTLES

By Josh Adkins

The recent apostolic resurgence/movement is in many ways a godly thing. The Lord has always commissioned leaders to help advance His kingdom, and it’s wonderful to see many awakened to this previously overlooked calling. However, this generation really needs to get clear about a few things in regard to the apostolic:

If you are ACTUALLY called as an apostle (many who claim to be are not), it’s an invitation to die. Stop. Before you print up new business cards or change your Facebook profile, read that again: You are called to DEATH.

For some that literally means martyrdom. For others, it will mean laying down your livelihood for the body of Christ. You will be persecuted more than most in your pioneering. You may be poor while others made rich. You may experience struggle and suffering while others comfort. Yet, you are called to love even more deeply!

Before all of this, you will likely be tested and tried by fire - not because of sin, but to fulfill all righteousness (not the salvation kind, but sanctification). You may be rejected by many. What you do in these seasons will determine if God can entrust you with governing His people.

The Lord may endue you with great wisdom and supernatural power, but not to flaunt - to serve. To be a true “sent one” is to be on the front lines, often taking the greatest blows to protect those you lead. This is your call. I’m not saying the Lord may not bless you with some wonderful things along the way, but as a whole, imitating Christ is your destiny!

Now, here’s what being an apostle of God SHOULD NOT look like: wearing fancier clothes, nicer shoes, or driving a nicer car than anyone in your community as a reward for being called. It doesn’t look like saying the word “apostle” or “apostolic” every time you talk to someone about your ministry or on social media broadcasts. It’s not demanding people address you by title, as if your name changed. Your name didn’t change; His grace came.

Also, you’re not automatically more spiritual than others. You may be spiritual or you may not be. That depends on your life in the secret place with God, not as a result of a title. You’re not allowed to lord over people, even in “steering the ship.” Condescension is not the way of the kingdom of God.

True apostles have authority, but to be floors, foundations, and trampolines for others to be launched into their destinies. In that authority, God will affirm you, but He will also correct you more strictly! You are to go lower, be kinder, serve longer, and work harder than anyone, so that those you plant, raise up and send out will flourish in Christ Jesus!

For Scriptural references, read the New Testament again. Not desiring to be mean, but we leaders really need to grow up and stop receiving validation by fleshly means. Our worth should come from the Father, in merely being His son or daughter.

I hope this helps someone take down their Facebook title and instead serve in love today!

[P.S. Basically the same goes for true prophets.]

Editor's note:  The above text was originally posted HERE on 2/9/2019.  God bless you!

Sackcloth and Ashes

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes."
~Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 10:13 NKJV)

What mighty work was done in Chorazin and Bethsaida?

Answer: The Bible does not specifically record the works which were done in Chorazin. However, in Bethsaida, it is specifically recorded that Jesus opened the eyes of at least one blind man (read Mark 8:22-26).

In this land, in the United States of America, have you ever seen a mighty work of God?

Here is a specific testimony ... one of many which are available ... of blind eyes opened in the name of Jesus Christ in the United States. This is the exact kind of mighty work that Jesus did in Bethsaida ... and He is still doing today.

Testimony link: https://youtu.be/8myl-bbiKgw



Many mighty works have been done in this land!

Yet, in this land, have you ever seen anyone truly repent?

What does true repentance look like?

Would you say that this land better or worse than Chorazin and Bethsaida?

The words of Jesus: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!"

What can I do personally to change the nature of this land?

Can I make a Blog post about repentance -or- can I truly repent and believe and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ -or- can I do both?

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Answer: http://www.believersforchrist.com/2018/08/gospel.html

What are sackcloth and ashes?

Answer: https://www.gotquestions.org/sackcloth-and-ashes.html

What do sackcloth and ashes look like in 2019 U.S. America?

I've heard many preach about repentance. Many will tell you what they think repentance is -or- they will tell you how it should look to satisfy their eyes. "Oh look: He's really repenting." But the truth is, repentance seems to be more of a mystery and point of debate than a real and true way of life. Many preach repentance as a work in itself ... missing the point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ entirely ...

Repentance is the proper response to the mighty works of God being present in the land.

Look again at Luke 10:13: Repentance is what Jesus expects as a result of His mighty works.

Repentance is the proper response to the presence of God.

The mighty works are present. I've seen them.

But where is the example of repentance that satisfies God?

I need that example in my life.

I need to be that example.

That example is the outflow of the true heart towards God.

Prayer: God, make my heart pure in Your sight.

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