In December 2020, I had a series of prophetic encounters that made me put the breaks on everything ministry related. The Lord wanted to me to step away from all things related to preaching and doing evangelism. There was issues in my own lives that He wanted to root out. There was the presence of foxes that ruin the vineyard. (Song of Solomon 2:5) One of these encounter was the Storm.
The Lord wanted to do a complete reset. In the last two months, many things changed. I was planning to move to Orlando to help a friend’s ministry with evangelism or move to Mechanicsburg to work alongside Global Awakening. The LAST place I thought God would have me is Kansas City. My heart was set on leaving again. Yet, God has not just kept me here, he has started to drive roots deep. Our God is truly Jehovah Sneaky.
Many things I had deeply tied myself into was uprooted by the Lord. In His grace, doors of ministry were shut with blessings of the people that I was departing from. The Lord called me back to the roots of how things started for me over 20 years ago: sitting down crying out for the spirit of wisdom (divine strategy) and revelation (unveiling of Jesus). Sometimes, we just have to get back to basics.
Dealing with Heart’s darkness
It is no secret that I had a meltdown from 2016-2018 while overseas. My cry was “yes” to the Lord but my life was spinning out of control. I did not understand that I was in the middle of a cycle related to PTSD and no one was there to catch me. I was isolated and things kept going to a darker place. All of that came to a dramatic end on December 18, 2018 in a trauma unit in Texas.
Then, there was February 13, 2019 when I had the second most powerful prophetic encounter of my life in Moravian Falls where the Lord uprooted many things that bought them to the forefront. This began a two year long journey back to the things the Lord valued in my life. It was almost two years to the day!
The truth is the reason that my life was flying out of control was partly due to the PTSD but it was also spiritual. I was operating without a depth of intimacy with the Lord. The flow of the prophetic was based in the mantle I carry; not the intimacy I have developed. There is no other way to put it but I would have been a foolish virgin if the Lord would have returned in those days.
The past two years has been a journey into the hidden places of the heart. The Lord is faithful to restore and to show the hidden rooms of our hearts that have dark things living in them.
So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. (Hebrews 12:2)
Some of the wounds that pierce us are painful, yet the invitation from Jesus is to walk through that pain. Healing is often the hydrogen peroxide in the Spirit: it hurts worse than the original wound at first but it heals it in the long-term. There was a series of wounds that the Spirit walked me through some deep pain to bring closure in very dramatic ways in March 2021.
Being a Scribe
I have not wrote a book since 2006. I have said I would write one for years but have not. People have asked to write about the prophetic encounters I had in the book of Zephaniah. I have talked about the prophetic picture of what is coming between now and when the Lord catches us up for several years. However, I have not and do not feel at liberty to put into print the details of those visitations at this point.
However, I do feel the Lord is inviting me to put into print a work about what does being a “Book of Acts” believer look like. What was the lifestyle of the faithful in the early church? This is something I have asked the Lord for over two decades. The way that they lived was very different than we do today. They walked with authority; we walk with Starbucks!
I have started to work on writing Becoming Apostolic: 20 hallmarks of the biblical witness. I have no idea how long it will take to finish but it is started. Part of this is because I want it to be highly prophetic and highly academic as well. The tension between the prophetic and theology should not exist.
I also have in my spirit a book about Anna of Asher (Luke 2:36-38). What does it mean to walk in the Anna Anointing? God is calling many to be baptized in the spirit of prophecy, intercession and power evangelism. However, this will be about the book on being an apostolic witness. On a side note, Anna was from the tribe of Asher. They were known for their peace (no wars) and prosperity. There is provision in living in the prophetic!
A new ministry?
In March 2021, I had a dream where I saw people from every tongue, tribe and people trying to worship the Lord in a prayer meeting but they were beat up and discouraged. They were disappointed and felt their prayers were going nowhere. Then, I saw a light rain coming down on the prayer meeting. The more rain that felt on the people, the more encouraged they got. There was spiritual healing in the rain.
I have been an evangelist for all of my ministry and in some ways, I have been very critical of the church in America. However, I believe that the Lord is calling me to the church and to ministry through the church. One thing that is clear that church history shows that the local assembly is the platform for revival. We have had every type of conference there is but still no nation shaking revival from them?
There is a great need for assemblies that relate to classic Pentecostalism to receive a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. This new ministry will be focused on this expression of the Kingdom in our midst. I have a deep conviction that revival is coming to the Assemblies of God and Church of God. The Holy Spirit has also promised to pour out among the United Pentecostals. (Oneness people)
A vision that I have carried in 2005 is of the coming tent revival. It is possible that this new ministry will include having tent meetings in smaller towns where it can strengthen the local church in the region. I have not prayed into that too much at this point. It is a thought I am having though.
At the end of the day, there is major transitions coming over the next year. It is a season of deep healing, writing, and launching new ministry. I am more hungry for revival today than I have been for many years. God said we would see no disease known to man stand against the revived one. We believe it will happen in our lifetime and that really does settle it.