Church Culture is not a dirty word! because it describes what people are to expect in the natural, how things are run. But I believe that there’s a missing structure or even a missing foundation to most churches’ cultures, which is:
Let’s ‘back up’ here a bit. Most recently, I prophesied this following message in a church, or words to this effect:
“I-Am sending a messenger with the message that will show you what you’ve been missing of Me and of My will for you. You will receive the message and prosper by it, no longer lacking confidence in Me because of this message you’ll receive.
“You will each receive My answer to your request of Me, which question I-Have heard as: What are we missing of Your will for our worthiness? As you’ve asked of Me, you will each agree with the other who’s been asking this same question of Me, as to exactly what has been missing, for I-Am revealing these things in this next period of time”.
Wow! How could I be the one claiming to be that messenger! or even be putting myself out here for such a prophecy to be judged as both coming through, and being fulfilled through me! Well, I’m inviting any reader to judge, for we’re all as Christians, instructed to judge prophecy ~cf. 1 Corinthians 14:29.
Therefore, I’ve concluded by direct inspiration from Holy Spirit and by His direction or inspiration, moreover by His compassion and zeal for Jesus’ bride, that this appraisal of Kingdom Culture indicates the workings of the sort of heavenly kingdom culture that we are to implement, which has-been, or is, the missing part of our worthiness to fulfill His will here on earth as it is in heaven, through the churches’ equipping meetings.
Kingdom Culture & the Use of the prophetic Voice
a better title would be:
Disciple-Making through our Kingdom’s Conception of the prophetic Voice.
Please see the page on this website headed: Prophetic Voice, for the coupling of that conception with this one. Thank you.
Anyone’s conception of the truth, is their ownership claim of that truth where they are willing to claim that truth and implement it, or show it somehow personally or publicly, whether by their conduct or by their speech. Many martyrs have resulted!
Jesus said: “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” ~John 13:17, cf. vv12-20.
So, let’s revise that title: Discipleship-Making through our convictions and persuasions of our Heavenly Kingdom’s Ownership Claim of the prophetic Voice.
Let’s put heaven in charge, aye; that is, doing God’s will for “heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool” ~cf. Isaiah 66:1. My God! That’s worth quoting!
Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word ~Isaiah 66:1-2, ESV.
Holy Spirit inspired me with this confluence (flowing together) of scriptures in order to describe and hopefully: to define this process of building a Kingdom Culture.
And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?”
They said, “Into John’s baptism.”
And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus”.
“On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.
“But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks”.
Jesus said “repent (change the way you think about God) for the kingdom of heaven is at hand“ ~Matthew 3:2, 4:17 & 10:7.
So, the kingdom of heaven is not afar-off in the next age but “at hand”, ready to be handled.
In Mark’s gospel, he puts Jesus’ words this way: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” ~Mark 1:15.
The apostle Paul puts it this way, who’s the same apostle who reasoned and persuaded the Ephesian disciples about the kingdom of God:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God ~Galatians 4:4-7.
Therefore, as adopted sons and daughters of our royal and kingly Father in heaven, what are we heirs of? We’re heirs of God’s heavenly kingdom and of the way He rules here on earth. Heirs of the kingdom of God!
So, the time to rule here on earth as God’s will is in heaven, is now! because the kingdom of God is at hand. He says: “My word is forever settled in heaven” ~cf. Psalm 119:89, so we can take it for granted that He will perform it on earth ~cf. Jeremiah 1:12 “I am watching over My word to perform it”; but for our conduct in it, and but for our speaking it.
I testify that this is God’s kingdom way, that we conduct ourselves in-&-by His word, and that we speak the words that our Father gives and has given us ‘from heaven’ in the same ways Jesus did while on earth, so that the heavenly realm empowers that word we’ve spoken from our citizenship heaven.
It’s powerful! Take for example, the way that the prophet Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant would be opened to see the heavenly realm ~cf. 2 Kings 6:8-23, esp. vv15-17, and the way that the evangelist: Stephen was martyred but saw heaven open and Jesus standing right there before him “at hand” and “on the scene”, ~cf. Acts 7:54-60.
Therefore, if heaven is God’s throne and the earth is His footstool, then we already have “boldness and confidence of access” in this same heavenly realm through our faith in the effectiveness of the shed blood of our Savior and through the effectiveness of His now-time, heavenly presence, counsel and wisdom, and of His full redemption work of the past ~cf. Ephesians 3:10-12 & Hebrews 4:14-16 & 10:19-20.
Kingdom Culture and Disciple-Making
Romans 14:1, 4, 14, 16 & 18-19
Specifically, on the observance of ritual days and the eating of foods, concerning Kingdom culture:
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand ~v4.
“I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean ~v14. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil (by doing it in pride, despite knowing that others are offended by it!) ~v14.
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit ~v16, (see also Romans 5:17 and redemption’s context of the whole chapter, for your start = righteousness for we’re in God’s kingdom in right-standing and right-wisdom and counsel with Him.)
“Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building” ~vv18-19.
So, dependent upon the grace of our mindset towards others and upon our conception/ownership claim of heaven’s kingdom/God’s kingdom, we have an open portal of spiritual knowledge and authority! ~cf. Stephen seeing the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God at his martyrdom ~cf. Acts 7:54-60. It says that Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit at this time of His martyrdom, just like the apostle Paul showed the disciples at Ephesus that they could be, and so too with us!
Holy Spirit “contains” and authorizes our claims of God’s kingdom rule, for His “job” is to reveal all that God is, and all that He does, and all that He has established for us, this is Holy Spirit’s will/volition for us! ~cf. John 16:13-15.
The only requirement to be filled with God’s fullness is that you know the love of Christ ~cf. Ephesians 3:14-19. Asking for His kingdom to come, rather: commanding it! and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, is our ‘cession point’/our point of yielding to heaven’s claims as they are in our Father’s will for this earth realm.
So, His kingdom – the way He rules – is at hand always!
In summary, this whole conception of our complete and unhindered standing in God’s heavenly kingdom realm, and of our access to Him, His kingdom and His will and of having the fullness of God filling us for doing His will, is described by another prophecy that I delivered some time ago in another local church. It went something like this:
We are born into God’s kingdom by Holy Spirit. We are baptized into the body of Christ by the same Spirit ~cf. John 3:5-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:13. Therefore, if you focus on these two core concepts of your faith, you will have no trouble with church relationships.
So, if that original prophecy which I’ve quoted first in this article is true-to-God, then it will be proven true by the churches’ people who read this teaching and claim, if eventually, occasionally and/or for all time, church leaders and leaderships accept and implement the claims of these words, that a the heavenly culture of God’s kingdom is what we’ve been missing as the built-in foundation for the operation of our church people’s gatherings and for the effectiveness of our faith, making us worthy as God’s priesthood here on earth to exercise God’s heavenly volition.
I’m not claiming that I know exactly how to build and implement such claims, but I do know that our belief in, and carrying out of His Word will do it. One key thing as the next stage in implementing Kingdom Culture in our churches’ and in our meetings’ equipping sessions, is that our Lord has promised to:
“..return to you
and raise up the tabernacle of David
that has fallen into ruin.
I will restore and rebuild what David experienced
so that all of humanity will be able to encounter the Lord
including the gentiles whom I have called
to be my very own,’ says the Lord.
‘For I have made known my works from eternity!’ ~Acts 15:16-18, TPT.
That ‘sounds like’ the Lord has given us the honor of taking the position and calling of a king, the worshipful wonder of what king David experienced of the authority God gave him to rule as king. Together we can do it in-&-by this kingdom of our King, as kings with Him.
“I-Am looking for kings”, I head Him say recently, which I take to mean that He’s looking for kingdom people who know how to claim His decrees and see them manifest. Let’s go!
Or would you first, need to take some time with Him for the sake of His bride?