People who have followed me for some time know that I had a profound visitation from the Lord on February 13 of this year. I won’t go into the details of that encounter. (To be honest, I probably never will publically) However, there was something major that came out of it.
We know the story of when Isaiah went to Hezekiah and told him this very thing in Isaiah 38. It is also interesting that the name Adonai is used for the Lord here. It literally means “My Lord, my ruler.”
What I found interesting is not “Get your house in order” but more what was said of Hezekiah later.
I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city. (Is 38:5-6)
There is several things about these verses that really jump out. God heard the prayer of a broken man. God saw the tears of weakness. In turn, he promised to deliver him from the hand of the enemy and it would defend what was given to him before by God.
When God tells us to get our houses in order, it does not mean that we are going to die anytime soon. It can mean different things. This is something that I been a failure at in the past.
What does it mean for elders?
The idea of elders is all messed up in the American Church. It was the city leaders of the faithful. However, there is something is Titus 1:5-9 about what is an elder to be.
An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless… Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Leaders of the faith in a given region were to be known for how handle their families in faithfulness and in love. It was believed that they should manage God’s house if they could not manage their own household.
One of the core things God challenged me with on February 13 was about getting my house in order and addressing some very deep wounds I have caused by neglecting my family for almost 20 years. I believe that one of the most important messages a prophet can have right now is about healing the home. We just won’t have time when revival breaks.
We need biblical elders in our cities but many people are disqualifying themselves. It is not because they are partying and having wild sex. It is because they are not tending to the family. This is not any small issue.
In fact, I believe this problem is much bigger than abortion and homosexuality. We love to rant about them but the divorce issue in our churches is far worse than both of them combined. However, little is being said about it.
Don’t disqualify yourself.