When we understand that Jesus wants to build His Ekklesia, and its assignment is to penetrate the gates of Hades, it soon becomes clear that the primary way to legislate is through prayer. Prayer must become the number one functional identity of the Ekklesia. Personal and corporate prayers are the lifeblood and backbone of the Ekklesia. We take the authority that Christ has given us and access and legislate Heaven to earth.
Jesus could have used any word in Matthew 16:18 to define his strategy to advance His Kingdom. He could have said, “I will build my fellowship, my temple, my synagogues,” but shockingly, Jesus chooses a secular word to define His divine agency of bringing His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven, the Ekklesia.
We have to take a brief trip back through history to uncover where we adopted the word “church” over the word “Ekklesia.”
The point of this section is to provide a fly-by of historical events that led us away from Christ’s original intent, causing us to misunderstand and misappropriate our assignment, which has an impact on both our functional identity and our mission.
In Matt. 16:18 Jesus says, “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” If Jesus is building something, it is imperative for every believer to know what that something is. If we misinterpret this statement we are in grave danger building what He is not authorizing or anointing.
Wendi and I have been asked to participate in the Global Awakening Summit in Herrnhut, Germany this August, just a few short weeks away! We count this as an honor to pray and strategize with over 150 global leaders from over 25 countries.
Our primary assignment, outside of prayer and connection with those attending, is to teach the Ekklesia as it relates to corporate prayer. Those leading the event believe the Ekklesia message is the foundation of the vision and goals of the summit.
I came across a recent resource that briefly discussed prioritizing the new year with what I want to be thankful for by the end of it.
I never really thought about this before. Entering the gates of 2017 by creating milestones as to what I want to be thankful for by the end of the year sounded like a great idea.
For many years, I’ve made a choice to follow a Bible reading plan. I do this as an intentional and regular starting point to keep me in the Word on a daily basis. I do this reading digitally. I tried paper, but it doesn’t work out for me as well as having my Bible reading on all my devices, providing me greater flexibility throughout the day if need be.