Ministry LEaders 2014



Websters defines synchronize in this way: to represent or arrange events to indicate coincidence or coexistence, to happen at the same time. As I sat listening at our Friday night leadership meeting to Pastor Rod, Pastor Dean, and observing what was happening in the body, I realized God was causing everything to come into His synchronization, into His timing, into coexistence with His being and His ways.


The land, The Spirit, and the season we live in are all intersecting at this time and making clear what we need to do as a body of believers. The land exudes servanthood. The Spirit and the season cry out mercy. We are called to do the same.


Ephesians 1:9-10 states, “He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which he purposed in Him. with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things in the earth. In Him.”


This verse makes clear God’s intent: to sum up all things in Him. You could say He is synchronizing the things in heaven and the things on earth in Him as the days draw near to His second coming. He is causing us to synchronize with our heaven driven mercy church call and Spirit rich servant land destiny. Heaven and earth coming together as one. We coming together as one. The Mercy Church and Servant land singing with one voice.


Pastor Dean spoke on Matthew 13:24-30, “Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? And he said to them, ‘an enemy has done this! The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers,. “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”


He made an intriguing observation that only servants could see the wheat and the tares, the true believers and false, the humble and proud. Servants can see because their humility allows them the grace to see the things of God. 1 Peter 5:5-6 states, “….God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” He gives grace to the humble. The servants saw the water being turned into wine, the coming home of the prodigal son, and stood ready when the Master came home.


They bought the eye salve to see the things of God through their humility (Rev 3:14-22).    God is also calling us to walk as humble servants so that we can see. We are also called to buy eye salve in this season. The proud stay blind and deceived as Kris Valloton shared in his short video clip.


Pastor Dean also mentioned that the wheat in its maturity bend because of the weight of its kernels. The tares stand erect because they don’t carry the same seasoning, weight, and maturation. They, the wheat, also bend with the wind. The tares resisted the flow of the wind.


The servant will walk in humility bending to the will of God and His Spirit, but the proud will stand out like a sore thumb in the maturation season when all things are revealed. The sad thing is that they will be oblivious to their arrogance. They will think they are wheat. The servant will be the only one who can see. They have kept their heart pure. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).


Pastor Rod talked about connection and one of the characteristics of a connector is a person who takes responsibility and not blames others for their shortcomings. Simply put, a servant takes the initiative to call and get together with others, they take responsibility to connect, they take responsibility to grow, they take responsibility to learn. In the old season we waited for the church to set up an event in order for us to connect. It’s not the same in the Mercy Season. We are called to take the initiative.


Heaven and earth challenge us to flow with their synchronization into the glorious flow of responsibility and maturity. We are called to bend with God and not blame with the Devil.


Pastor Dean talked about the North Vietnamese army and their ability to see the right time to strike the Americans and their southern brothers. They chose the right season of the Lunar New Year when people had their guard down and were partying. It’s interesting that Vietnam is a servant redemptive nation. Servants see. They saw. They won a glorious victory during the TET offensive.


They also waited out the Americans and eventually wore out our proud nation by their patience. General Giap, the top commander of the North Vietnamese Army, stated that they would eventually win because they could outlast the Americans. The might and technology of our prophet redemptive nation could not stand up to the patience and fortitude of the servant redemptive Vietnamese. You could say that blessed are the gentle or humble, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). They eventually inherited their land.


Servants know how to wait and walk in patience. The proud are impatient and act impulsively. They react. They get angry. They jump to conclusions. They blame. They lose. The servant inherits. Remember: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.


God is calling us to walk in the same way. He is calling us to walk as servants. He wants us to walk in humility, true discernment, patience, unselfishness, maturity, responsibility, and to serve with a good and right heart.


We connect with our mercy redemptive church DNA by choosing to walk intimately with God and with one another; to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. The Mercy Season calls us to intimacy. Ultimately, the Mercy Season is a summons to go deeper on the two great commandments. It’s simple and profound.


In summary, the exhortation to servanthood and true intimacy with God and one another synchronizes with the spiritual DNA of our land and our call as a church. On a grander scale it synchronizes with the inevitable flow of Jesus bringing all things in heaven and on earth together as one.


God is exposing hearts right now (Rev 3:18). He is causing all to come into alignment with His Spirit, His will, His purposes. Anything out of alignment will be corrected by Him. It is and it will be revealed.


“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20