By Jorge Parrott (All Scriptures from New King James Version)
The supernatural love of God is permeating and growing in many lives in amazing ways as we recognize new doors of opportunity opening on a global scale. The great harvest spoken of for many years is at our doorstep. More lives are coming to Jesus than ever before. Reports of the many recent wars going on around the world are shocking in their brutality as barbaric, demonic spirits run rampant, threatening millions of innocent lives, nations, and constitutions. Christianity is suffering great persecution.
The tsunami of souls coming in may seem hidden for now, but the sea of souls is swelling with hope just beyond our visible horizon. How do we prepare?
While many mission groups have done great things to advance the kingdom of God, others have not been as effective. We desire to make a real and lasting impact with the love of God in a way that brings spiritual transformation in individuals, communities, and nations.
We want to see everyone in our global family freed from every spirit except the Holy Spirit. We burn with a passion for souls, setting captives free, and building the kingdom, while destroying the works of the enemy. Righteousness and justice are the pillars of the Lord’s temple. The Lord is answering our prayers by connecting us with an amazing family of remarkable men and women who are making a real difference in their nations.
As we advance together on this path to completion of the Great Commission being fulfilled for the glory of the King, we need sharp discernment in these times as we together seek fresh strategies from heaven. With darkness and evil spreading, we see the enemy of our souls and his demon hordes fighting harder, as if they know the time for his defeat is coming soon. We must advance and accelerate our understanding of our spiritual armaments and use our weapons of this spiritual warfare with greater urgency.
This is the time for us to see what the faith-filled spies returning from spying the Promised Land in Numbers 13:30 saw with their faith. As His champions of love, we know the Shepherd’s voice, and we obey. We are to grow and mature and learn from our trials how to overcome, while experiencing the freshness and brightness of his increasing glory. The path to His fullness and joy does not come cheaply in order for us to experience the power of His resurrection (see Philippians 3:10).
The Lord’s piercing love quickens us to tune our lives to His heart, so we allow the Lord entry into our spiritual being and experience our own spiritual great awakening in our spiritual core to the divine life in which Jesus made a way for us. Then we will learn how to love beyond our own human frailty and be vibrantly obedient to do mighty exploits. As part of the body of Christ worldwide, we each have a part. We are to fit together rightly for the fulfillment of the purposes of God. Moving closer toward that completion in the area of global missions is the subject of this message.
The Mandate of Love
Ephesians 4:11-16 is our mandate, “ And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Learning how to love first includes ‘making our calling and election sure’ and then answering the trumpet call to action, so that we will be effective in the new spiritual battle alignment necessary for the times ahead. We are not there yet, but great hope is arising as we see unity and maturity increasing.
The “sent ones” are to go forth boldly in love, knowing it is by the grace of God that they are entrusted to carry the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy (see Revelation 19:10), to the nations to destroy the works of the enemy in order to win precious souls for Jesus, as we make disciples of the nation to which we are being sent.
Our desire for all those serving in missions is that each team member sent out would have transformative, deep encounters with the Lord. Through prayers, hunger, and thirsting for Jesus in their lives, their love of God and knowing the voice of their Shepherd will consume them as they passionately seek His perfect will. This holy love will transform everyone who diligently seeks to please the Lord (see Hebrews 11:6).
The Apostle Paul experienced the transforming power of Jesus’ love. In 1 Thessalonians 2, we see his love and heart attitude in bringing the gospel to a new city. This team did not “use flattering words…nor a cloak of covetousness as God is their witness” (see I Thessalonians 2:5). They did not seek glory from men or make demands, even as apostles (see I Thessalonians 2:6).. They were gentle “just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children” (see I Thessalonians 2:7). These new brethren had become very dear to the visiting team. Paul and his helpers did not want to be a burden. Paul concludes chapter 2 expressing his love and joy in the new disciples by saying, “ For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy” (verses 19-20).
Many Teachers but Not Many Fathers
Are you hoping for more hope? As the love of God changes us and as our hunger for this intimacy grows, our hearts become filled to overflowing. Romans 5:5 encourages us with “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
In I Corinthians 4:15, we learn, “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”
In our travels to the nations, we have been blessed to meet many hungry ones who are longing for greater intimacy with the Lord. They also long for someone who will spend time with, listen to, and pray with them as they seek counsel, spiritual covering, mentoring, and koinonia fellowship. These things build a life-long, trustworthy relationship, and even more importantly, friendship and son-ship, together serving the Father of lights.
God Is Looking For Available Hearts
I have worked most of my adult life in the marketplace as a manager and business development entrepreneur. The longer I was a follower of Jesus, the more I sought Him for His plan for my life. I had dreamed of entering into the supernatural life and stepping into exploits and adventures in the faith realm. Michael Correll, the son of the founders of Christ’s Mandate for Missions (CMM), told me when he asked me to go on my first mission trip, “God is looking for available hearts.”
I had no idea how the Lord would radically change my life. Every cell in my being came alive as the Lord captured my heart and entire life. God’s love changed my entire perspective. His presence, beauty, and glory increase and change daily as we pursue His ways.
“Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths’” (Isaiah 2:3).
Team Leaders and Point People Needed
Our goal in missions is to send more teams to deepen and strengthen our friends and their ministry. We do this through ongoing visits in training the trainers and leaders through church and home meetings, church and school planting, conferences, worship, leadership training institutes, prophetic training and round tables, orphan care, stopping human slavery, well drilling, humanitarian aid, business incubation, and prayer summits. Team leaders and point people are needed to lead in each of these areas who have a burden in a particular area and will invest their time, talents, and faith to grow in their gifts while equipping others. Pray. Give. Go.
Our goal is increasing sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as He leads us into the global family, working together on every front and sphere of society. As the Lord knits hearts together across the seas, we are seeing rapid growth and depth for training and imparting. We are seeing more strategic advancement of the kingdom as these strategic alliances unite for the purposes of God.
Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You
The law of reciprocity teaches us that if we want more grace, we must sow grace. If we want more hope, we must give more hope. Even when we are weak and weary, there is a supernatural love and energy that lifts us up to continue giving ourselves away. Jesus shows us His ways as we climb the mountain of the Lord.
We can never out-give the Lord. Christ came that He might be servant of all. We often hear of the need to look for and work with those who are teachable, servant-hearted, and hungry for more intimacy with the Lord. To attract those qualities in the ones who labor among us, it helps to seek to demonstrate and grow in those attributes ourselves. With our hectic schedules, fatigue and weariness can set in if we are not taking time to rest in the peace of God. Any drop in faith or stamina can be quickly offset by exercising our faith in desiring to reach out, love more, and be the sower of God’s seeds in our daily interactions, in the meditations in our heart, in our time with the Lord, and in our speech.
We are to be watchmen over many walls including our own “gates.” As long as we guard our hearts, words, and actions, and resist the devil, he must flee. The Lord orders the steps of the righteous and every encounter with one of God’s creations, even the difficult and different ones, is an opportunity to grow in love and maturity. As we seek to serve the Lord, we look always to the life of Jesus and His heart to guide us into conformity to His image and likeness in all areas.
Seeing the Lord At Work
Part of honoring those we visit is showing respect to our hosts by studying their culture and gaining sensitivity. We do this by studying cultural intelligence and acknowledging the Lord’s work in the various ‘ethnos’ prior to our arrival.
The Lord gives discernment to those He can trust with His riches and gems. We ask the Lord to help us see what He sees in others and to see their prophetic destiny. Then it is our responsibility to speak into their lives with words of life, faith, hope, and encouragement. We do not wish to “Americanize” them but to help them be all God intended for them within their culture and society. We are to help them burn as flames of fire for their own people, while not Westernizing them.
We will share more on this topic of preparation for the nations in future articles.
Contact our Mission Office if you would like to get involved in serving in any aspect of our work at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-802-5544 ext. 392. Visit our website at http://eaglemissions.org and sign up for our free online newsletter.