Spiritual authority and vacant seats. Lester Sumrall, Kenneth Hagin Sr., Derek Prince, Bill Bright, John Osteen, Steve Hill, G. E. Patterson, Myles Munroe, Samuel Lamb, Paul Crouch, Church Colson, and others have died. Who will take their place?
Who will fill the seats of governing authority? Moses, My servant, is dead (Joshua 1:2). The Lord spoke these words to Joshua thousands of years ago as He called the young warrior to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Those words marked a transition in the spirit in the days of Joshua and Caleb.
Thousands of years later, another transition is taking place. Some leaders have fallen into sin disqualifying themselves from ministry, and others have been taken captive by the spirit of error. The last two decades we have seen many Christian leaders go home to be with the Lord, Lester Sumrall, Kenneth Hagin Sr., Derek Prince, Bill Bright, John Osteen, Steve Hill, G. E. Patterson, Myles Munroe, Samuel Lamb, Paul Crouch, Church Colson, and others, they remained unspotted and occupied places in the spirit realm of spiritual authority.
The Body of Christ benefited greatly from the unwavering faith in God, prophetic direction, and godly admonition that these men imparted to the Church for many decades. Each of these men were apostles of faith that occupied a position of governing authority in the Body of Christ.
These anointed leaders have now completed their courses to reap their just rewards with our Lord Jesus Christ. We are noticing the obvious missing impact of their presence in the natural. The passing of these generals has left unoccupied seats of spiritual authority. Now, the Holy Spirit is telling many of us the same thing: “There are vacancies in the spirit.” Where are the Joshuas and Calebs of this generation? Who will fill the vacancies in the spirit?
PREPARED FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
In the natural, there are constant political campaigns in progress around the nation. They are running to fill vacant seats of governing authority. Every four years we will decide who the next President of the United States of America will be. Spiritually speaking, in the Kingdom of God, it is also election time, where God will elect, choose and equip his people to take their rightful place in culture and the Church.
God is preparing leaders in wilderness places right now to occupy the spiritual vacancies left by our spiritual pioneers; leaders the world has never heard of; leaders that have never been on television or radio or featured within the pages of popular Christian periodicals. God is readying to introduce this new breed of leaders to the Body of Christ.
Like John the Baptist, these new breed leaders have been hidden in the wilderness until the time of their revealing. They will be men and women of integrity, faith, vision, morality, virtue and apostolic grit that will not compromise with religion but will have a burning desire to go to the nations with the Gospel. They will carry a great passion for the eternal purpose of the Church as they present the increase of His government to the Body of Christ.
When Moses died, God spoke to Joshua. He said, “Moses my servant is dead, now it’s time to cross over the Jordan and possess the Promised Land.” Moses was a great leader. He took the people of God to the outskirts of the Promised Land. While the Israelites could see the land, it was Joshua and Caleb – men of a different spirit – whom God used to lead the people through warfare into their inheritance.
UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES
This is a prophetic type and shadow of where we are today. There are leadership vacancies in the spirit waiting to be filled. Are you part of the new breed of leaders that God is raising up to fill them? New breed leaders love Jesus but are sick and tired of dead, lifeless religion. They are bored with the church as usual. They feel like they just don’t fit in, and they are ready to pursue a change. They are willing to take the Gospel of the Kingdom of God into culture as a witness.
The Church has been in spiritual transition for the last several years. It is almost like we have been caught between moves of God. Every move of God has been preparation and a stepping stone to something greater. We needed the Great Reformation. We needed the Holiness Movement. We needed the Faith Movement.
IT'S OUR TIME NOW
Now it’s time for the apostolic movement. The Church is presently experiencing restoration of apostolic grace. With that grace is comes greater boldness, determination, and a fresh willingness to possess what belongs to every believer. Words like revelation, build, church, authority, government, teams, equip, and send will become commonplace. Modern examples of equipped believers sent out of strong local churches on teams will mirror what’s written in the Book of Acts.
With that release of apostolic grace, however, is also a challenge of ministry orientation, roles, functions, and structures of ministries. Of course, it also includes the grace necessary to fill the spiritual vacancies left behind by those who have pioneered before us.
New breed believers will dearly miss those great generals who have left this earth, but new breed believers can rejoice in the understanding that they were born for such a time as this and determine in their hearts to press on with the great Cause of Jesus Christ.
Jesus declared that He would present to Himself a glorious church without spot or wrinkle. The Church’s greatest days lie just ahead.
With every natural death, there is wealth left behind. Who will inherit the spiritual wealth of the impartations of yesterday to take the Church into its glorious future? Who will fill the seats of governing authority? Who will occupy the vacancies in the spirit?
The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).
Jesus is waiting "till His enemies are made His footstool (Hebrews 10:13).
God is waiting for the 21st century Joshua generation to rise and the next apostolic leaders who will deliver God's people from the bondage of religion and equip them for purpose.
What are you waiting for?
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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