OUR APOSTOLIC CALL 

"AN APOSTLE IS SOMEONE WHO IS SECURED BY HEAVENLY RESOURCES"

 

“You have to know, that the Vision of God for you is to make you a Leader with a difference and not a copy of somebody else. What God has for you is unique, the time that he will give it to you is unique and the way he will give it to you is also unique”

The word ‘Apostle’, in Greek Apostolos’, means one who is sent out with specific instructions to do the will of the person who sent him.  In other words, it is the Man of God that knows who he is, knows what he has to do and where he has to go.

He has a specific purpose in life because God has called him personally. The office of an Apostle is the only ministry that does not need to be under another mentor because the Lord is his mentor.

The Apostle is a man who, before he has entered into the ministry, has made a life covenant with God knowing that where the Lord is, there he will also be.

 “ If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”  John 12:26

The Apostle travels where the Lord sends him, always under the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to establish churches, support the believers and bring radical changes in the body of Christ, which is His Church.

The main characteristics of the Apostle are love and compassion, especially to the poor, the widows and the orphans. He is available for as much time as needed to see restoration, reconciliation and peace in the body of Christ.

“ For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.  I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.”                                                                     

I Corinthians 9:19-23 

The Apostle is not a beginner, but a man with experience and clarity whose advice is like a word of knowledge and wisdom to others. He is not frightened by the threats of the enemy because he knows that greater is He that is in him than he that is in the world.  He knows that his life has no value of its own, but instead, he lives to fulfill the purpose of his life knowing how things will end.

 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

And because he is a holy man, the Spirit of God is working through his ministry.

 “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”  Galatians 5:24

He is not concerned about his own personal financial standing, but for the prosperity of the people of God because God has provided everything he needs.

 “Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?  I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you;” II Corinthians 11:7-8

The Apostle is that leader of God who has seen persecutions, trials and tribulations in his life and knows very well how to receive them as blessings, because he knows that God allows them to keep him humble and to bring much fruit.

 “ Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!  Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”   

II Corinthians 12:7-9                                                                      

He never forgets where God has taken him from and is always ready to confess what God has done in his life.

 “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me in to service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.”  I Timothy 1:12-14

He knows the signs of the times very well.  He is gifted in stirring up the church of God to be vigilant and prayerful before the on coming challenges, because we all know as people of the last days that the Bible says that much will happen to the Church of Christ and to the world.

 “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,” 

II Thessalonians 2:1-3

An apostle has the love of God and the spirit of cooperation with other ministries, and because of that, the church leaders consider him their father and have great respect for him. God never gives someone the right to publicly scold His Apostle because “without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater” Hebrews 7:7.   
 

According to the Scriptures there are two kinds of Apostles, those who are sent from the Holy Spirit to do the work of God and those who are sent by a church as missionaries to serve the purposes of the church.  Both are important but operate from different levels. Apostles sent by the Holy Spirit have specific gifts and operate at a higher level of the Anointing than missionaries.  Apostles who are sent by churches do missionary work spiritually, but they mainly focus on helping with the basic physical and financial needs of the people, such as opening and maintaining orphanages or providing food and water.

Therefore, it is difficult to find genuine Apostles in bible schools because the Holy Spirit is the only teacher.   As prophet Isaiah says in chapter 54:13 “All your sons will be taught of the Lord; and the well-being of your sons will be great.”

When the Lord calls you, teaches you and guides you then what you hear from Him is what you speak to others. But when a person is taught in a bible school he becomes an excellent philosopher in the house of the Lord.

 “For I would have you know, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”  Galatians 1:11-12

According to Ephesians 4:11, “And He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

The apostle of God knows that he is given a five fold ministry and at any moment he can operate as a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor or teacher in the church of God.  Demons fight this ministry very much because it brings revival and restoration. Their strategy is to plant evil thoughts in the minds and hearts of unstable Christians by telling them that “we don’t need apostles today, they were for the days of Christ”, or “believers don’t have demons” and many other thoughts.  The devil works with those unlearned and unstable in the faith, resulting in the men of God experiencing great rejection and persecution.

 “.... as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.”  II Peter 3:16

According to the scriptures, most of the Apostles were persecuted and even martyred for the name of the Lord. They never relied on any form of human strength because they knew that wherever they were sent, the Lord would provide and protect. Today we see a different picture where many ministers have personal bodyguards and they are protected with guns and police authorities.

This is a picture that does not fit the biblical model of an anointed man of God. The anointing is really what makes the difference. The anointing and the leading of the Holy Spirit is all we need to do the work that God calls us to do.  Apostle Peter is a great example for all of us, a man filled with the Holy Spirit and power. In the Book of Acts 3:1-6, he went with John into the temple at the hour of prayer. The anointed servants of God met a poor man who was lame from his mother’s womb, asking for alms.  From Peter’s response we can see what a difference the anointing made on him.  Knowing who he is, Peter says to the lame man: “ Silver and gold I have none; but such I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

Unfortunately, the body of Christ in our days portrays a different image.   Without wanting to underestimate any servant of God, today we see too many ministers enjoying large financial prosperity and living a life of Hollywood.  They are motivated by greed and they merchandise the anointing and the gifts for their own gain.  They use their pulpits to manipulate the believers to give more and more finances, promising that their breakthrough is near.  In 2 Peter 2:14, we see Apostle Peter talking about those who have a heart that works in these covetous practices.  My advice to them is to change their style of preaching and when poor and disabled people come to them to tell them the opposite of what the apostle Peter said that: “Anointing I have none, but money I do.” It is hard to believe that it’s only the love of Christ that moves them and not a staged propaganda to move the hearts of the rich for financial support.  If Jesus were following the same standards He would tell the rich man to sell all his riches and give the money to His ministry and not to the poor.  Do not be deceived, but discern what is really of the Lord and what is not.

The true servants of God are led by compassion and the love of Christ, not by financial gain or the desire to glorify themselves.

"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing" I Corinthians 13: 1-2

Many times I see Christian leaders on TV, who publicize their charitable works.  As believers, we have to know that the Lord said in His Word in Matthew 6:1-18, that there are three things we should do in secret: give alms (giving to the needy), pray and fast.   God sees our good works that are done in secret and will reward us openly because what is done in secret has great rewards.

I don’t know if you agree with the words you are reading as a reader of this book.  I have no intention to expose in order to offend, but rather to bring correction. And by my nature I am a man that will do anything to avoid disputes and debates because I believe that God doesn’t want opposition in His Church but words of truth that will bring deliverance.

Remember the harvest is ready but the laborers are few.

Pray for the Lord to send more people to minister to the World with Heavenly Anointing, Power and Authority.

 
 

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