The Pool of Bethesda and the River of Ezekiel 47

A conference speaker had compared John 5:1-4 and Ezekiel 47:1-12 to the change in seasons with the government of the church from pastoral to apostolic.  I also threw in Revelations 22:1-2 to further enhance Ezekiel 47’s meaning.

This parallel between the two intrigued me. After praying and chewing on the truth, this is my interpretation of the two passages and their significance for today.

Ezekiel 47:1-12 1. Then he brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side. 3 When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles. 4 Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the knees. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the loins. 5 Again he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me back to the bank of the river. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8 Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. 9 “It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 10 “And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many. 11 “But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 “By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”  

Revelations 22:1 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

John 5:1 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]

The blueprint of heaven is to bring healing to the nations, not to just stir the waters of past season’s stagnancy. The pool of Bethesda represented the static model of bringing people to a building to receive a touch from God rather than flowing out into the world to bring God’s blessing to all.

To some extent, what we do on earth mirrors the structure and initiatives found in heaven. Many traditional churches and services mirror the throne room of God. The temple in Jerusalem serves as another example. There was the sacrifice of worship and then the release of God’s word or blessings on the land. Most followed this format.

The river flowing from the throne of God in Revelations 22 will bring healing to the nations during the earthly rule and reign of Jesus, but the work begins in earnest now. Just as the angels of the Lord will gather in the harvest of souls at the end of time, we are called as vanguard troops to bring in the harvest now. The healing of the nations flows out from the presence of God now. We start the process of evangelism and the angels of God will finish the job (Matt 24:31). We, however, mirror heavens intent.

As we venture further out from the safe confines of our church buildings and structures, the water of God’s river rises on our lives and on those we touch (Ezek 47). It starts from the ankles and increases to the point where we cannot ford this river. It’s a step of faith to jump into the river. It’s safer to stay in the pool of Bethesda, but the presence of God for healing and miracles is sporadic and scanty there. The river of God (Ezek 47) brings definite miracles and results; it brings increased levels of anointing the further one goes out into the world. It defies logic. It supports faith. It brings life. It’s apostolic!

These are the characteristics of the old model of church or the Pool of Bethesda:

1. Fixed to one geographical location.

2. Only a few get touched

3. It breeds competition

4. It breeds unbelief

5. It cultivates weird, in-grown theology

6. Limits the power and presence of God

7. It weakens our dependence on God

8. It’s boring

9. The presence and touch of God are seasonal

10. Man can control this.

11. It produces spiritual stagnancy

12. It’s stressful and produces grumpiness

 

These are the characteristics of an Ezekiel 47 church:

1. Many are touched by the presence of God

2. Fluid and expansive in its sphere of influence

3. The presence of God grows stronger and more concentrated as one ventures out from home base.

4. It nurtures and strengthens faith.

5. It inspires new and innovative theology (not heresy)

6. It strengthens our dependence on God

7. It breeds teamwork

8. It’s fun.   

9. The presence and touch of God are 24/7

10. Man cannot control this.

11. It produces life

12. It’s restful and happy

 

The ones who do not make this break from static to fluid will become like the marshes and swamps in Ezek 47:11. Gone are the days when we bring people to a building as the sole way of reaching out. It’s time to jump into the river of God.

As we ride this river of God out into the world, healing, cleansing, and spiritual life start to overwhelm wherever our feet tread. Many will profit.  Other fishermen (churches) will be able to spread their nets too. Teamwork and cooperation will proliferate. Competition cannot take root because the work and presence of God are boundless in the vast expanse of the Arabahs of this world. If we stick to our church buildings then spiritual death ensues. Our focus becomes inward. We start to fight and compete. We get jealous.

Right now, churches are solidifying and strengthening themselves for future release and expansion.  It’s not a one-denomination expansion, nor a one-man show expansion, neither a one-church expansion, but a bona fide Kingdom of God  expansion. It will be bigger than one fellowship. It will spill over the banks and effect many. God will lead this, not man. Spiritual elitism will find no place in this move. Our only responsibility is to jump into the river of God. He will take us where he wants us to go.

How do we practically implement this new move? I honestly do not know how. I just know it will happen. It will be bigger than any Christian movement up to this day. I have a sneaky feeling that it has something to do with a deep personal relationship with God. Actually, it’s more than a sneaky feeling, but a definite conviction. From this friendship covenant, God will reveal his secrets  to us(Ps 25:14). If we continually focus on programs over relationship, then we will miss this new initiative by God.  Jumping into the river of God requires relationship with God. It’s that simple.    

The dead, stagnant waters of this world are crying out for refreshment and cleansing.  The old church model is failing and being eclipsed by the new. God will hasten this move.

“The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, And their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the Lord will answer them Myself, As the God of Israel I will not forsake them. I will open up rivers on the bare heights And springs in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water And the dry land fountains of water. I will put the cedar in the wilderness, the acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert Together with the box tree and the cypress, That they may see and recognize, And consider and gain insight as well, That the hand of the Lord has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

Isaiah 41:17-20

Prophetic Foundations

 

 

How do you summarize and bring commentary to a school focused on the prophetic? Its like catching water from a fire hose using a small plastic cup. The task is somewhat daunting. I will try to connect the dots, or in this case, follow the sound of the thunder and lightning emitted by God through his servants, Kris and Dano. The shaking and rattling are still reverberating through my inner man even as I write. Can you still feel it?

 

The word that comes to mind when I think about our time is this: foundational. Ive been to prophetic events where encouragement and hope were the primary fruits eaten and assimilated. We received these blessings and more, but this prophetic school was way more weighty and intentional then the prophetic drive-thru experiences of the past. God trained an elite army this past week. There was a seriousness in the air that caused us all to listen and pay attention. We were being prepared for something big very big.

 

Kris Vallotton and Dano McCollam, as I shared earlier, released many bolts of lightning throughout the training time that blessed and encouraged us all. They came streaking at us from various angles and levels of intensity. How can you bring order to heavenly electricity? It's possible, but instead of writing it out in narrative form, I will list these main points for you to mediate over and assimilate on your own. Here are some of the main ideas:

 

1. Knowledge puffs up, but revelatory knowledge causes you to walk in humility. The more you learn, the more you dont know.

 

2. The Bible does not tell people to pray a prayer to receive Jesus (primarily the four gospels and the book of Acts).

 

3. The goal of every wilderness is promotion. When you win your personal victories you get feared in hell and famous in heaven. 

 

4. 1 Corinthians 12 is not about spiritual gifts, but the spiritual world. Paul was addressing former polytheists.

 

5. We need to live from the third heaven. Many Christians live in the second heaven and just react to the enemy.  We are called to live in the third level and dictate the terms of the battle. Your heavenly position keeps you grounded and safe.

 

6. We are living stones and not living bricks. Each of us has a specific place in the building of Christ.

 

7. The gift of prophecy in the NT is a gift offered to everyone. The office of the prophet releases the grace for people to move in the revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit. One is focused on doing, the other is on being. The office is not for everyone. It is a calling. It is the gift.

 

8. God loves everyone the same, but he favors people differently.

 

 

9.  The gift of prophecy in the NT consoles, exhorts, and edifies. The OT prophets primary function: judgment.

 

10. If you are going to be in the body of Christ, welcome to the world of wounds. Iron sharpens iron.

 

11. There is always a giant in the promise land of your destiny. War against fear. Seek breakthrough.

 

12. Prophets have tri-vision: insight, oversight, and foresight.

 

13. God creates opportunities for us not to take.

 

14. Your authority is based on your metron (measure) of influence.

 

15. Your calling is confirmed by an encounter with God, a public calling, and an internal knowing in your spirit. 

 

16. We live in the last days and not the last day. It is the favorable year of the Lord. We are called to save and not judge. Prophetic ministry is finding the gold in people and not sin.

 

17. Denominationalism unites around theology. The apostolic government unites around family.

 

18. The pool of Bethesda ministry is the old pastoral model of church. The river of Ezekiel 47 ministry is the new apostolic model.

 

19. We need to operate from our heavenly identity and not our earthly one.

 

20. We need to know who Jesus is and who we are in the eyes of God.

 

21. Dano talked about many practical ways to increase our ability to hear the voice of God. I encourage all to get the MP3 of the prophetic conference and listen to these helpful insights. Its worth getting not only for this information, but for all the jewels shared during our time. It was awesome.

 

As you can see, each point could be a separate article; maybe even a separate book (stay tuned for some articles). The Spirit of God was imparted on our lives in great measure through Kris and Danos ministry. They combined deep insight, raw honesty, great humor, and a fathers love to all through their messages.

 

I would like to take some time now, if I may, to share some extra commentary on the school of the prophets. Another important theme that came across loud and clear was this: it's time to mature into adulthood – spiritual adulthood. Prophets exude this exhortation naturally. They dont have to say anything. They just look at you and you hear,  "Grow up!" It's down right scary if you ask me. It's a good thing.

 

Beloved church of Hawaii, its time to take up the responsibility of our own walks with God and feed our selves. The apostolic model of church compels us to move toward real maturity, not the unhealthy codependency of the past.

 

We are called to spend time with God and hear His voice. We are called to drill our heavenly identity into our psyche until we walk comfortably and confidently in the right persona. We are called to put off rejection, shame, inferiority, fear, and anger from our lives and walk free. We are called. Its up to us if we want to be commissioned. Eye-popping, destiny-inspiring prophecies are good, but fulfillment of the call (commissioning) is way better. Obeying and living out the truths shared at this school will set you on the right path toward this positive end. 

 

At this prophetic school, foundations were laid, lies exposed, and commands given.  Beloved church, its time.

 

Thank you Kris, Dano, and the Bethel ministry team for rocking our world with the Fathers love. Thank you LMI and Unified.. . volunteers for your wonderful servant hearts. Thank you Dean and Kerry for walking in Gods favor so many in the islands and in the world could be blessed. Thank you church for hearing the voice of God and obeying.

 

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for sending your prophets to bless us all with the high and glorious call of heaven.

 

   

Blowing the Lid Off

This past Sunday, I could hear Steve McGarret of Hawaii 5-0 fame tell his faithful sidekick, Book em, Dano! But instead of these exact words, I heard Jesus tell Dano McCollam, Blow the lid off, Dano! Thats what prophets do. They blow stuff up. They raise the bar. They present the heavenly standard. They give hope! All of this happened at the worship school!

The morning started off with great worship and prayer. It was different, though. It was deeper and richer. We sang similar songs from previous weeks, but the devotion and depth of worship, tempered over the last nine months, have taken the congregation to a place of realness with God, a place of intimacy. I cannot explain it any other way. It was awesome.

We then proceeded to take communion. Pastor Dean wanted the congregation to experience bitter and sweet by using cranberry juice and sweet bread instead of the usual sweetness and neutral flavors of grape juice and unleavened bread. It matched the bitter herbs (marror) and bowl of sweet fruit (charoset) in the Passover meal. The bitter herbs (horseradish root, parsley, lettuce, endive) are eaten once a year by the Jews to help them remember the bitterness of slavery under the yoke of Egypt. The bowl of chopped apples, or even salted water, represents the mortar and straw used in their labor. It also mirrors the sweetness of deliverance from bondage. They dip the bitter herbs wrapped with unleavened bread into the charoset bowl to symbolize both. 

In the New Covenant, it parallels the bitterness of Gethsemane and Calvary with the sweetness of the resurrection and enthronement of Jesus. It also mirrors our enslavement to sin and the Devil with the joy of forgiveness and salvation through Yeshuas sacrifice. Bitterness and sweetness, sadness and joy, bondage and freedom, mingled together in our communion to produce thankfulness in all our hearts. Jesus dipped the bitter herbs wrapped with unleavened bread in the charoset bowl and gave it to Judas in John 13:26 as an act of affection and love. Jesus desired to connect with his bitterness and point him to the sweetness of hope found in Him. Judas didnt see it. Jesus connected with our bitter past and reminded us of our sweet liberation in Him through this weeks communion. Little did we know that we were passing over into a new season in the life of our church; symbolized by this prophetic act. No more bitterness, sadness, shame, or grouchiness! Only joy and happiness found in Christ Jesus. Hope was renewed.

Dano McCollam then proceeded to talk about how to live the supernatural lifestyle. We cannot let our miracles die of natural causes!, he stated. Its not Gods fault that we dont see breakthrough. Its ours! He used 2 Kings 5 to make the point that just as Naaman had to follow through with a very insignificant act (washing in the Jordan seven times) to receive his healing, we also should not despise insignificant acts to receive our miracle. Following through on these small things leads to breakthrough! We should not despise small beginnings!

2 Kings 7 highlighted the point that God wants us to attempt the impossible in order to receive our miracle. The Christian life is not difficult, but impossible! 2 Kings 13 challenged us not to strike the ground with our arrows of faith only three times, but five to six times. We need to ask God for big things. We need to persevere! All we need is a little faith to move the mountains in our life. With God all things are possible.

Hey, if a caveman- oops, I mean Dano – can do it, then you can too. Thats so wrong as Dano would say. Ha! God likes to use people like Dano – like us – to do the impossible. He likes to use the weak and the foolish. Why? He will get the glory, not us. He shares His glory with no one.      

That night our speaker shared this theme: Our creativity is linked to our dominion!  When we show forth our creativity, we start to effect society and culture for the Kingdom of God. All we need is the ability to step out and be vulnerable with our paintings, songs, poetry, fiction, dance, and other gifts. We are Gods song.  Our DNA is a song! Our creativity transforms!

We are not to judge, but redeem! We should not be intimidated by the darkness or territorial spirits, but become the territorial spirit to bring change to our times and places. Our God given creativity can do this!

Monday night continued our powerful spiritual journey with some teaching from Genesis, physics, crazy videos, and Biblical examples of what heavenly sounds can do. Did you ever see the Trinity in the first few verse of Genesis chapter one? God spoke the particles into existence! The Holy Spirit hovered over this void to create the  gravitational force! Jesus harnessed this force and brought shape to the void! Wow! Colossians 1:17 is true, He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. One Christian astrophysicist stated that you need nuclear power, gravitational power, and electromagnetic power in order to create. The Holy Trinity provided this at the dawn of creation. Hallejujah!!!!!!!!! Someone needs to go nuts right now!!!!!

Because we are made in the image of our creator God, our words also create. When the spiritual frequency and resonance of our songs match the resonance and frequency of heavens song, entrainment happens. This is the definition of entrainment: when two things are in the same frequency, they produce a vibration; sometimes a powerful vibration. The walls of Jericho came down because the marching Israelites matched the heavenly sound with their shout. They resonated with heaven and released a cataclysmic force that brought literal breakthrough. Spiritual entrainment occurred. The walls came down. The same thing happened with Paul and Silas (Acts 16:22-26) in Phillipi.

Our prayers, words, and songs have power to transform cultures and society. We need to get on track with the disco entrainment of heaven! The Lord spoke through Dano and challenged all of us to steward our tongues wisely. Neighborhoods, cities, kingdoms, nations, and this world can be changed by our words. James 3:1-12 takes on a whole new meaning through this revelation.

The last night of the conference was activation time! We practiced worshipping horizontally over our state and one another. Songs of the Lord were released. Mantles were given out. Laughter was ignited. The oil flowed! My wife has abs of steel now!

Sunday morning encouraged us to live the supernatural life in the Lord; Sunday night enlightened us to be the song of the Lord; Monday night emboldened us to sing out the song of the Lord; Tuesday night exploded the song of the Lord on our lives. Was this a transformational conference? You better believe it!

This baby went way beyond my expectations; maybe all of our expectations. Our view of worship was changed forever.  Thank you Dano and family for blessing us with the song of your lives! I would love to play the Hawaii 5-0 theme song right now for you, but I know the heavenly version is way better than the earthly. Dude, you actually look a little like Steve McGarrett! You got the big hair and everything!

When we were driving home on Monday night, our little Aimee started to wheeze. She was having trouble breathing. We all started to sing the song of the Lord while driving down Kalanianaole Highway, even Aimee pitched in with her labored voice. By the time we reached Hawaii Kai, her breathing was normal. Come on!!!!! She woke up the next morning singing Jika. Last night, she danced her heart out to the Lord. I know many of your kids were blessed and changed too. This is one proud and thankful papa. God bless you church. Thank you Unified.. . and LMI leadership for putting on a mind blowing, life expanding, faith building, hope energizing, and love inspiring school of worship.

 Watch out world!!!!! Here we come!!!!!!

The Rise of the True Apostles

How many of you have read or seen the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? In this story, a headless horseman rides around scaring the populace of a small New England village, cutting off the heads of people crazy enough to walk the country lanes at night. Ichabod Crane was one of them.

It’s interesting that the main character in the story was a teacher and his name was pulled from the book of First Samuel. Ichabod means, “The glory of God has departed.” The church of Jesus Christ, to some extent, has been like a headless horseman riding around in the dark experiencing ichabod because pastors, teachers, and apostles are unwilling to let go and move into their rightful positions. Since the Day of Pentecost, the unity and the glory of God have not reached that same level of intensity. God is about to change this situation. 

In this season, God is going to remove the wrong head and replace them with the right heads. How did this wrong headship occur? There are many reasons, but I would like to focus on a Scriptural misinterpretation or misapplication. Ephesians 5:23 states, “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church , He Himself being the savior of the body. “ Jesus is the head of the church. He rules and reigns over His bride. This is a given.

Is this the same head found in 1 Corinthians 12:21, “And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Jesus would never tell the feet he has no need of its ministry.  Only a frail human being could do something like this. So, who does the head represent in 1 Corinthian 12:21?  I believe the head represents the apostle based on the context of this passage.  1 Corinthians 12:28 states, “And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.” This verse further establishes the apostle as the first leader or the head. 1 Cor 11:3 states, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ.” This proves the descending order and various levels of headship in the body of Christ. Christ is not the only head.

Look at it this way: Christ is the Head and the apostle is the head; Christ is the Feet and the evangelist is the feet; Christ is the Mouth and the prophet is the mouth. Jesus is The Evangelist, The Prophet, and The Apostle. The apostle and the rest of the gifts still need to get their marching orders and strength from Jesus the Head, but they also have to function in their roles effectively and freely. The problem came, however, when leaders (potential apostles) looked at Ephesians 5:23 and saw Jesus as the head in 1 Corinthians 12:21. They refused to fully lead. A form of passivity fell on this position. Who wanted to take the place of Jesus? No one would dare do that.

The church also weakened the position by not fully following the apostolic form of leadership. They wanted a more man-centered form, not a God-centered one. The position was thus thrown to the side and the church was left to walk in a dysfunctional way for all these years.

The head represents human leadership 1 Cor 12:21.  Ultimately, the apostle needs to lead and implement God’s heavenly blueprint on earth. They extend the kingdom of God through this blueprint.  It’s ultimately not a title, but a special function in the body of Christ, a function sorely missing for many years.

Before I move on, I would like to make one thing perfectly clear: the office of apostle doesn't mean they have the power to write new Scripture. The original, first-century apostles were the only ones vested with that kind of authority.  Maybe this is the other reason why people failed to take up this mantle. They didn’t want to place themselves in the position of scripture writing authority; they didn’t want to place themselves next to the famous, first century Apostles

The apostle of today is called to lead, to plant, to uproot, to implement, to perform signs and wonders, to die for the church, to live unselfishly, and to provide the right foundation, along with the prophet, for healthy Kingdom growth. Honestly speaking, the apostles God is raising up today are not the neon lit variety we see parading across our television screens or mega conference stages. Many of these are just glorified teachers, pastors, and evangelists; not all, but many of them.  The real apostles are gifted to lead, free from the fear of man, and ready to sacrifice all for the Kingdom of God. Seriously, God is raising up humble, confident leaders to bring His church to the next level of spiritual maturity.  

The reason why we do not see Kingdom expansion, especially in the west, is because the right leader is not leading. Pastors, teachers, and evangelists are not called to be the head of the body, apostles are. But you see the pastor, teacher, and evangelist trying to operate in this position and the result is ineffectiveness and unfruitfulness. Yes, churches are growing, but not the Kingdom of God. Society is not being changed. “Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven” has not materialized. The body in right alignment will cause this to happen, especially the right positioning of the head, the apostle.

Acts 4:33 states, “And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.” When true apostles move into their positions, great grace falls upon the congregation or church. People get activated. Culture and society start to change.

For too long, the church of Jesus Christ has been operating without the right head in place. God is making the adjustment in this season. Churches are being set free.

Looking at the wider church today, I am seeing God’s powerful shift happening at an accelerated pace. The true apostles are being placed into their rightful positions. The prophet, evangelist, teacher, and pastor are finding their slots too. The infrastructure for the spiritual gifts and agape love to flow freely are being set in place place. People are also being removed. People are being raised up. The lights are all turning on. God is leaving no stone unturned or light switch off.     

1 Corinthians 12:18 states, “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.”  The rise of the apostle is a God thing. It’s a beautiful thing. The body of Christ is coming together. The glory of God will descend. 

 

 
 

God’s Mysterious and Purposeful Ways

When I saw the second printout from last night's Hawaii Gubernatorial election, my heart sank at the numbers: Abercrombie's 58% to Aiona's 41%. What went wrong? Didn't we pray, worship, canvas, phone people, raise money, run adds, sign wave, and other things? People may point fingers and Wednesday-morning-quarterback this thing to death, but I don't think anyone will have the definitive answer. People can try. I don't blame them.

When the rest of the country went red, the state of Hawaii remained true blue. Yes, Hawaii is a Democratic bastion, but it voted in a Republican governor twice during the two last elections. Yes, Hawaii is influenced a lot by the unions, but they ultimately do not control this state. Negative campaigning, controversial letters, outside interest groups, low voter turnout, Christian apathy toward politics, too much Christian involvement, and everything will be dissected and placed on the examining table. But I have a question that needs answering: How do you examine the providence or sovereignty of God?

Yes, we need to study and learn from our past mistakes. We need to still partner with God to expand the Kingdom of God on earth. We have a part. But when do we say, "I've done my best and give it into God's hands?" Or how about this statement, "We didn't do our best, but God is still in control." The line between our works and God's sovereignty is a mystery. That's why I refrain from pointing fingers. That's why we should refrain from pointing fingers. It doesn't help to accuse because we further compound the injury; we play right into the enemy's hands. Unity is needed at this time, not stinging accusations.

1 Corinthians 3:6 states, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth." From this verse, God is ultimately in control of the results. Could this verse apply to any initiative by Christians? Could it apply to a political campaign? I think so. All work is a witness to the glory of God (Col 3:23-24, Matthew 5:16). God is still in control of the overall direction of this state. It may take some weird detours, but it will all flow into God's timetable. 

God lifts up and brings down (Psalm 75:6-7). He places or allows kings, governors, mayors, and other leaders into positions of influence (Romans 13:1). Sometimes he allows people to place tyrants (Hitler) into seats of authority because of the idolatrous nature of the culture (Romans 1:18-32). Germany was a debauched nation before World War II. The people wanted Hitler and they got him. It was their choice. In the end, however, God will cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28). All history will flow into Christ (Ephesians 1:10). Every tear wiped; every sorrow forgotten.    

Will the Kingdom of God continue to expand under the present governorship? This is a no-brainer. Of course it will. Kings and Queens will come and go, but the True King of the universe reigns forever. God expanded his kingdom under Nero, Mao's China, and other oppressive regimes. This newly elected governor is nowhere near the brutality of these rulerships. Yes, the political landscape of this state is awash in Democratic blue, but it is ultimately covered by the purple kingship of Jesus. The standards of our True King flutter in the winds of time, waiting to advance on the enemy strongholds of this world. The angelic forces swirl around the citadel of this earth, ready to bring this circus to an end. They can't wait. We feel heaven's intent! 

All creation groans for the appearing of the true sons and daughters of the King (Romans 8). A new heaven and earth will replace this old, worn out, sin filled domain we abide in now. Until then, we must war in our respective positions on the battlefield and do our best. That's all we can do. That's all we must do. Thank you bride of Christ for running for office, for sign waving, for voting, for praying, for canvasing, for worshipping, for donating money, for preaching, and for believing. The kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your work was unto that end. Be encouraged. It was not in vain. Your efforts fill a reservoir of future blessing in heaven that will spill out on earth one day. You sow into God's bright future!