Five-Fold Today - Balance - Releasing Your Destiny Through Covenant - I am Molding You - Sit At My Feet - Purified Healers - The Unity of the Disciple - What Has He Called You To Do? - Metrons

April 11, 2001


Lorraine Costain

There is a "balance" that can only be found in Him. The extremes are only found in our flesh. One extreme of our flesh is when we become convinced that His words ALWAYS COME to only correct and bring judgment. The other extreme of our flesh is when we become convinced that His words ALWAYS COME only to make us "feel good".

Both extremes are found in His Church. The harsh and unloving extreme is easier to discern than the "feel good" extreme. Unfortunately much of the Church is full of the latter extreme to the extent that they deny any word spoken that does not puff up their flesh in some way. Those who continue to hold onto either of these extremes will find their days growing more and more difficult.

I would suggest that all of His people do a search on the words "edifying, exhorting, and comforting" to understand the Father's meaning of these words. Then read through His Word and really listen by His Spirit to the words that we hear spoken by these first Christians even Christ Himself. Imagine these words spoken today in our assemblies. Would they be considered "edifying, exhorting, and comforting" in our definition of these words? The answer to this question is the answer to your questions.

Only His Spirit can bring the revelation of Truth, and He will to all those who truly desire to KNOW HIM. Only those who mistakenly believe that they are walking in all of His Truth will never see their need to seek Him for all things. These ones will continue on never seeing that He is there to lead them in all things, and will continue to rely upon the natural mind to teach them what only HE can teach them Himself. Believe it or not, this is meant as an encouragement to all so that you FIRST and FOREMOST recognize that HE is the only Truth(and His thoughts and ways are NOT OURS), and that you MUST be willing to be taught by Him in order to KNOW HIM! Of course, one will only humble themselves in repentance before Him in this way, if one has the revelation that they need Him to KNOW HIM.

We have a choice: We can lay down our own natural thoughts and ways and allow Him to guide us into all Truth...or...we can continue on believing that our traditional thoughts and ways are His. One way speaks and brings Life and the other speaks causing death. One way speaks by the Spirit of God, and the other way speaks from the mind of the flesh. One way follows the narrow path hand in hand with our Lord, and the other way follows the wide, well-beaten path of the majority. It is our choice individually!

In Luke 3:18 it says that verses 7-17 were "exhortations" given to the crowds by John the Baptist. The word "exhorting" in 1 Cor 14:3 is taken from this same word describing what John spoke in Luke 3. Here are a couple verses:

vs. 7 - "So he said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, You offspring of vipers! Who secretly warned you to flee the coming wrath?"

vs. 8 - "Bear fruits that are deserving and consistent with repentance. And DO NOT begin to SAY TO YOURSELVES, We have Abraham as our father; for I tell you that God is able from these stones to raise up descendants for Abraham."

vs. 9 - "EVEN NOW the ax is laid to the root of the trees, so that EVERY tree that DOES NOT BEAR GOOD FRUIT is cut down and cast into the fire."

This word is given today also, to all those who would be fooled into thinking that they can flee the "chastening" of the Lord. Do not begin to say to yourselves that "our traditional beliefs" has made us in right standing with the Lord, because only good fruits deserving and consistent with a true repentant heart will not be cut down and cast into the fire that now rages around us.

We must be like these ones who received this "exhortation" "encouragement" from John:

vs. 10 - "And the multitudes asked him, "Then what shall we do?"

Do not ask me what to do. Do not ask any person what you should do. The Lord has come to lead and guide us into all Truth. I must ask Him myself, and He will be sure to answer. So it is with all who recognize that we must submit now to what the Lord is saying in our midst. No more posturing and foolishly debating our traditions, we must simply humble ourselves and repent of following our own way. THEN we will see and hear what He is speaking to our hearts. THEN we will allow Him to burn up all that we have believed that is not His Truth. In this way, we will begin to bear good fruit which can only be grown by the Lord Himself...NEVER through our own ways.

Today most people take offense to those who speak as John the Baptist spoke. Isn't that odd? These people in Luke found his words "exhorting" "encouraging" and verse 18 says this is what John's words were. We mustn't refuse to acknowledge the balance to John's words or to the words of those who speak for Him today. When the people believed his words and asked for help John immediately encouraged(exhorted) them to do right, and pointed them to Christ who was mightier than a "man", and who would thoroughly come and cleanse them in the way they needed to be cleansed (vs.15-17).

Do not believe all you hear, believe only what He says to you as you seek Him in all things. You will recognize those who speak for Him by their fruits... they will only speak words which turns you to Christ... never to a method and never to a person. Amen!

Releasing Your Destiny Through Covenant

By Pam Durden

Perhaps you are like one of the many people that I have met who does not have a clear sense of destiny, or, the explicit will of God for his life. On the other hand, if you are aware of your destiny, you may not be sure as to how to walk in that destiny to the fullest. I have pondered these ageless questions, also. What I have discovered is that releasing our destiny is a two-fold process: we must discern the will of God, and then we must discover the way of God. We can apprehend the will of God for our life, but it must be carried out according to the eternal methods and processes predetermined by the Almighty. He is a God whose character is unchanging and whose passion is to communicate that character to mankind.

To find the original intent for mankind’s creation, the book of Genesis holds the key. We recognize Gen. 1:26, 28 as the “Dominion Mandate” (the destiny), but as we understand man’s destiny, we must also seek God’s ordained methodology that causes this mandate to come to pass. Genesis 2:18 tell us that “ the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Word studies reveal that the word “alone” means separated or isolated, and “help” refers to an aid, or helper, who would surround and protect. However, the word “meet” is perhaps the most remarkable word, for it means, “to stand in front of, corresponding to in view and in purpose”. God said that this is what Man needed to fulfill His purpose in the earth. Yet, instead of creating Woman at this point, the Lord does something very interesting. He brings all of the “living creatures” face to face with Adam to see how he would response to them. I believe this was more than a biology lesson; God was in the process of revealing a great truth about Himself to Man.

Genesis 2:20 tells us that after naming all the cattle, the fowl, and the beasts, Adam did not find “an help meet for him.” In essence, Adam was looking for himself, for one who could stand before him “corresponding” in dominion and in likeness. God’s principle of fruitfulness in Genesis 1 is that every seed must reproduce after its own kind. This is a foreshadowing of covenant, for we can only covenant with those with whom we share a commonality in purpose and in “likeness”. This is why God created man in His own image and likeness, for the purpose of covenanting through the cross. This is also why man alone received sole right to dominion, the ability to “re-present” God in the earth. God’s nature is to covenant; he has always operated within covenant relationships as with individuals like Abraham, with the nation of Israel and now with the church. God was communicating to Adam that the mandate given in Genesis 1:28 must be fulfilled His way, through covenant relationship.

Genesis 2:21 tells us that the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, reminiscent of that same deep sleep as when God made covenant with Abram in Genesis 15:12. In Adam’s case, God pulled from Man’s side another “Adam”. (Genesis 5:2, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”) Verse 23 of chapter 2 goes on to say “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” What a different response than from verse 20 of chapter 2! Adam immediately recognized himself in likeness and in purpose. They were face to face in relationship, without façade or pretense. No shame or judgement, but a knowing one another as they were known.

The word “covenant” literally means “a cutting; a compact made by passing between pieces of flesh”. In Genesis 2:21, “God closed up (Adam’s) flesh”, indicating that God had opened, or perhaps cut, Adam open. That cutting that comes in creating covenant is a voluntary act, a freewill offering, if you will. It enacts the laying down of one’s life for another. Covenant comes from a primary root that means “to eat or consume”. In John 6:51 – 58 Jesus shocks His listeners by declaring, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you… He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” We see the Son of Man setting the conditions for the New Covenant. God is a God of intimacy, of indwelling, and of invitation. He created man for this kind of relationship; it is His image and nature inside of us. First, our intimacy is with God Himself through His son Jesus. Next, we must align ourselves in intimacy with our fellow heirs of salvation. How clear it becomes that if covenant based relationship is an extension of the nature of God, then how much more does the divine pattern extend to the church, the assembly of the first-born?

When God makes a covenant with man, God is always the initiator. The covenant both reveals the purposes of God, and presents the qualifying conditions necessary on man’s part for the release of the covenantal blessings. Nevertheless, God always manifests His heart of love, grace and mercy, and sets conditions that are always a reflection of His unchanging character. Man’s choice is now, and ever has been, to change whatever is necessary to transformation His mind and His character, so that he may become the will of God in the earth. We were not only created in His image, and but we were also created to be processed into His image.

The church can only release the ultimate purposes of God through the context of covenant, for it is only through covenant that we as the body of Christ individually and corporately can connect on God’s terms. First, individually we realize the intimate drawings of the Father, with the subsequent conditions and privileges. Second, we must connect to Christ, the Head, by connecting to His Body, a covenant people who bear His name and nature. This is the heavenly pattern, for only the realization of covenant can bring a people to order in the spirit of laying down our lives on for another.

1 Corinthians 16:15 and 16 says, “I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints. That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth”. Paul had spent much of the letter to the Corinthian church correcting numerous self-centered mistakes. Now, in these verses he points out an example of how the church should conduct itself. To understand the Paul’s lesson, we must first define the word “addicted”. It means, ‘to put in order, to station; to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint to one’s own responsibility or authority; to appoint mutually, that is, to agree upon.” Their relationship brought them to a working order. They had functional covenant connections. In verse 16, Paul admonishes them to “submit”, meaning “a voluntary attitude of giving, in cooperating, and assuming responsibility and carrying a burden”. This is not about a hierarchical networking that elevates men to positions of authority over other men. It was about submitting one to another in love, and ministry became the fruit of their unity, not the goal.

We the church must understand that we complete one another. We complete the destiny of God as we connect and release His character and dominion into the earth. God is only interested in “face to face” relationships that are honest and transparent. How can His people function in anything less? The church will never fulfill God’s eternal purpose if it is built on surface relationships and pretense. We must offer ourselves as living sacrifices, not only to the Father, but also to one another. Great is the price, but even greater is the reward. The church must come into a new day, and a new dimension. However, it will never happen without a willingness to embrace the cutting that comes as we embrace the ways of the Lord – the ways of covenant.

God’s pattern for relationship must become a reality in fulfilling our marriage vows, in functioning as families, and in assembling the church in service and in worship. In Genesis 3:16, woman’s desire for her husband was birthed out of need due to the hardness of labor and her diminished strength. A lie - that God did not create us ALL as His image and likeness on the earth - destroyed their equally yoked dominion. Man’s rule over man began, giving way to need-based, sin-conscious relationships. That same lie still distorts our marriages, our homes, and our fellowship with one another. Together we have a deposit of destiny, a mandate and a method. Let us complete one another, for as we do, the world will see - and be won.

Pam Durden
Bridal Affections Ministry

I am Molding You

Lori Thomas

You are who you are today because of how I have formed you thus far. I am forming in you a heart so tender that every beat will send forth My intent. But it is not yet complete. You feel the pain as I remove the thorns. You feel the pain as I mold you. But you are my chosen vessel; a vessel of honor. Continue in the process. Continue to humble yourself and lift your cries to Me. I hear every word. I weigh every motive. I collect every tear. Don't despise your strengths. Don't despise you weaknesses. They all serve a purpose in My destiny for you, My child.

Rest in me and continue to seek My ways. I am doing now things that only those with ears to hear will have the courage to follow. Rid yourself of all that hinders you. Throw off the grave clothes. Arise! Shine! I did not make you a light to hide. I intend for you to shine forth. I am calling you to something new. The glory of the Lord shines brightly from your life! Stand strong in Me. You are bent towards Me and I shall bring you closer to Myself. Humble yourself in the face of adversity. I am your defender and I will soon bring an end to the confusion and tossing that you feel in your soul. You shall soon experience a settling in your spirit. You will yet trust Me fully! You are My light! You are My salt! You are my vessel, my clay I am molding and making. I am pleased, well pleased with you.

Prayerfully submitted by Lori Thomas

Sit At My Feet - Peace Be Still

Dave Howe

Sit at my feet - Stop rushing around - Stop being busy - Stop doing my work your own way.

Sit at my feet - Learn from me - For my yoke is easy - My way is Light - For I AM The Light.

Be humble and gentle with each other - Yes be humble and gentle before all men just as I was humble and before men when I walked the earth.

Sit at my feet - For My Spirit will teach you all things through My Word.

Peace be still I say unto you my people - Be still - For it is when you are still at my feet that you will hear my still small voice speaking to your hearts.

Peace Be still I say unto you this day - Yes come into that secret place before me - For I wish to reveal more of my heart into you - Reveal more of My Word unto you.

Come let us be together my sons and daughters - For even when you are in the midst of crowd I can speak to you as one alone - Speak to you heart to heart.

Peace be still - Yes sit at my feet - For I AM going to speak unto you this day - Speak and give you instruction through My Word within your heart says the Lord.

Dave Howe
Wellspring Prophetic Ministries England

Purified Healers

Ras Robinson

My wife and I attended a major flower and garden center last weekend. The colors of the various spring flowers were nothing short of breathtaking. Then I noticed an information table entitled, “Master Gardeners.” I thought, “Oh, these people will have answers to some of my basic rose-growing questions. Well, they did not have answers to my questions but in addressing my questions a master gardener said, “One secret of the true master gardener in pruning roses is that he will sterilize his pruning shears after ‘each and every cut’ on the rose canes, even on the same bush, but particularly between bushes. He does this because once the cambium layer of the rose cane surface is violated and laid bare, it is susceptible to whatever is on the blade of the shears from previous pruning cuts. Disease can spread like wildfire if the instrument is not purified after each cut. The cambium layer is like leaving the veins of a human being cut open and vulnerable. Lay open the vein and if the healing instruments are not purified, disease can spread.” The Father is saying, purify yourselves, you who work in my vineyard. I am coming for a purified bride!

James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

Disciplined for Unity: The Unity of the Disciple

Lloyd Phillips

During my years in college there was a popular song among Christian groups with the chorus "and they'll know that we're Christian's by our love, by our love, and they'll know that we're Christians by our love." I always enjoyed that song then, and have found myself humming it of late. But what Jesus really said was, "if you have love for one another people will know that we are His disciples." It is important to differentiate between a believer in the Lord Jesus, and a disciple of the Lord. While it is fundamental that a disciple is also a believer, every believer will not necessarily be a disciple.

Discipleship, by definition, is a higher level of relationship which includes expending time and effort in learning and following the teachings of the Lord. This is something that all believers have not accomplished. Young believers have not had the time, but they do have the potential. Others may have been Christians for a long enough time, but have not progressed into this relationship for any number of reasons. With disciples love "for one another" is reciprocal; in other words, "it takes two to tango." It takes discipline and effort to walk the path of discipleship; commitment, if you will.

This walk is not a higher level of the manifestation of God's love than simply one person loving unconditionally, but it releases a higher level of unity than love flowing only one direction. One can chase a thousand but two can put ten thousand to flight. This releases a corporate level of authority and requires at least two people loving unconditionally in order to be manifested. John 13:34 states, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

Love is giving, and Jesus loved us all unconditionally. His commandment was that we would have this same love "for one another." This is not one way, but at least two way. He knew that following this commandment would not be easy, but that it would bring us into a higher level of unity and authority. This is the paradox of love and unity: agape love does not seek reciprocity, but unity demands it. Jesus was giving His followers the opportunity, through obedience to His words, to enter into the joys and blessings of the kingdom by receiving reciprocally even as they gave unconditionally. The apostle Paul in writing to the church at Philippi said in Phil 2:2 (NKJV), "fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."

He was asking them to have a like mind by having the same love (God's), to be in one accord (Unity), and one mind (Christ's). I'm glad that Jesus said people would know that we are disciples because of our love for one another, because this type of loving takes discipline. While it takes at least two to manifest this type of love, any individual has the choice to stop loving in this manner. It only takes one to give agape love, but it takes at least two to manifest the discipleship level of unity that Paul is speaking of here. This is why Paul asked that we have one mind, the mind of Christ, which is a corporate mind. A "single" mind that understands that we are all members of the same body, and when one member suffers, we all suffer. I don't know how you feel about that, but I don't "naturally" suffer just because someone else is suffering in the Body of Christ. It takes faith to experience that relationship. It takes a disciplined mind to realize the benefits that come from unity to all; that some will pay the price to keep the unity. I believe our best hope of growing in love for one another is to follow Jesus' example of being the greatest servant to one another.

The Kingdom of God is unlike all religions in the world because it is founded upon selfless giving, and yet it is expanded through un-compulsory receiving. Freely you have received, so freely give is foreign to the natural man's world. There is a strength that is released as one gives and continues to give regardless of whether anything is ever received back again from those to whom we are giving. Yet there is a multiplication of strength where one gives freely to another who is giving freely. It is a matter of the heart, and not only actions. One may act sincere and yet be giving with a wrong motive. Yet to honestly give and not expect something in return is a matter between that person and the Lord. The multiplication of the power in unity is where reciprocity of free giving is freely demonstrated.

Our foundations for unity, in the broad sense, must always be based upon the foundations of the living Lord Jesus Christ and his example. If Christians will simply recognize those who have called upon His name for salvation, there will be a unity by which the world will know that Jesus was sent from heaven (John 17:23). But there is a progression of unity which occurs where two or more come together operating the same principles freely towards one another. Scripturally those who freely give and freely receive grace from one another become a company of disciples. The agape love is the same at any level, but the unity grows in authority and manifested power. At the discipleship level of unity the world will know not only that the Lord was sent to save the world, but also will be able to identify those who are His disciples by their love for one another.

Rev. Lloyd C. Phillips

What Has He Called You To Do?

Rev W. David Cramer

What has he called you to do in your life to serve Him?

Has He called you to share Him with others, or to pray, or has he called you to knock on doors and share the Gospel?

If you are sure that the voice of the Lord has told you to do something and you are not comfortable or not sure when to do it, ask Him.

The Lord used John the Baptist and Jesus to teach about what we are to do and showed us by having a mere man, John, be used to baptise God's son Jesus Christ to fill Him with the Holy Ghost. This was the Lord's way of showing us in all things, that He has plan for all things, even down to the smallest detail. Paul wrote on the day of Pentecost, when the church was born,"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall reeive th gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38)

He is calling and at the time of year when more people will be in church than any other, we must share Him with all. Invite someone to church and share Him with them and watch Him at work.

May the Lord bless you at this time of year, when we can enjoy spring and all the gifts it brings.

May the Lord Bless you as we celebrate the true gift of Easter.

Metrons - Places of Spiritual Jurisdiction

Jonas Clark

It is interesting to think that God actually assigns local churches places of spiritual jurisdiction and influence. Apostolic churches are not just in the city by chance. They have been placed there by the wisdom of God. When we begin to understand our responsibility of reaching the territory of our ministries then we can take on a different orientation to ministry and more fully discern the overall scope of the local church.

God does give authority and grace to occupy our territories. How we look at our cities is critical in this hour. Apostolic churches are given assigned places of spiritual jurisdiction known as metrons. The understanding of metrons is important for every believer to grasp because it is the believers themselves who are sent (apo-stello) to occupy these territories. The apostolic dimension of a local governing church activates and empowers every believer as sent ones to invade and occupy these metrons. Let's examine an important scripture and some key Greek words to study this out.

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring (judging) themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. {13} But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure (metron) of the rule (kanon) which God hath distributed to us, a measure (metron) to reach even unto you (2 Corinthians 10:12-13 KJV).

This is a very revealing scripture. The Greek word metron means

a portioned off measure

a determined extent

a measure or limit

The Greek word kanon as seen above means ...

a rule or line

a fixed space within the limits of where one's power of influence is confined

the province assigned

one's sphere of activity

So we learn:

A metron is clearly defined as a measured out boundary. It can be likened to a fenced in area of authority or an assigned territory.

This same area would also be known as a place of spiritual jurisdiction and influence assigned to a local church, person, ministry, apostolic team, etc. by the Holy Spirit. Therefore a metron is ...

a target area

a place where one has an assigned scope of ministry and spiritual influence

a marked off territory

a place of focused spiritual and natural activity

a place with marked off boundaries

a territory with specific limits of assignment and responsibilities that are known as kanons

a place of spiritual jurisdiction

Simply stated, a metron is your place of ministry assignment.


Not only does the Holy Spirit assign metrons (ministry assignments) in specific territories for churches and believers (sent ones) to occupy, he also gives ample grace to back up those assignments.

"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure (metron) of the gift of Christ" (Ephesians 4:7 KJV).

This is a very important verse. Here we learn that God gives us grace amply sufficient for the territory or place of our assignment. Again we determine the use of the word metron.

So we learn that:

Grace, favor and everything we need to be successful in ministry is given to us to accomplish our task when we are within our metrons.

When things are hard in ministry remember that when God assigns a ministry task or a ministry territory he surely provides everything necessary to be successful in accomplishing your mission in your assigned metron.

Therefore, grace is given according to the metron you're assigned to. The harder the territory, the more grace given. It doesn't make any difference how hard the area is or the task at hand. You will find grace sufficient when you draw near to God. Much difficulty, much grace. Much hardship, much grace. Much sin, much grace.

Grace is power to advance beyond our own abilities.

So how do we obtain this grace? Through faith and prayer. The scripture declares, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16 KJV).


As 21st Century apostolic churches emerge there will be at least four specific paradigm changes taking place within the local church.

1. Perhaps one of the most profound will be a breaking free from the one-man-only paradigm. This paradigm requires all of the church's marketing efforts and resources to be used in drawing people to a building to be taught by one gift.

2. The second will powerfully affect the goal of evangelism from just getting a decision for Christ into raising a disciple of Christ.

3. There will be a major shift in the church from an inward focus of ministry to an outward focus of ministry. Not only will the church be a place where people can gather together to worship and be refreshed but it will also be the place where apostolic strategies and goals are set and believers are activated and released into ministry.

4. Various apostolic teams will be built, activated and sent out into the surrounding city and even into the nations of the world.

Lyle Schaller, church growth visionary says, "The old pattern of individuals working alone in their own isolated empires is being replaced by teams." Apostle John Eckhardt commenting on the rise of teams says, "There are apostolic teams, prophetic teams, evangelistic teams, deliverance teams, prayer teams, praise and worship teams, teaching teams, and pastoral teams."

A true apostolic paradigm is one that ...








deploys teams


Today thousands of churches have no apostolic structure in place to move people beyond a teaching or pastoring only structure into sending the believers into the harvest fields. But this is changing now in the 21st Century apostolic reformation. The emerging apostolic leaders are embracing these mighty truths as they get ready to fulfill the Great Commission.

Just as John the Baptist declared in his generation that the ax was being laid to the root, so it is in our generation.

"And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire" (Matthew 3:10 KJV).

From South Florida,
Apostle Jonas Clark

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