2018 - the year of transformation
This is the first article of the year. I have been busy since the last article, having travelled to Singapore for further discipling under Papa Khoo in December 2017, then to the Full Gospel Global Forum’s Global Leadership Prayer Summit in San Diego, USA in January 2018, and recently to our third National Summit in Adelaide this month (February 2018).
So what is happening around us? What is happening in the heavenly realms? What is God saying to us?
I sense in my spirit that God is saying; “This is the Year of Transformation. I will bring a supernatural turnaround in the FGB throughout the world and a revival into the marketplaces in all seven mountains/gate/spheres of influence. I have been, am, and will be preparing a special people for this task. But my people who are called by my name must humble themselves, respond to my love and my call and walk by faith, in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit”.
The Lord has over the past year led us into taking three steps towards making disciples in all nations, the last of which was recently held in Adelaide. What is interesting is that in nature, transformation of the egg of a butterfly goes through four steps for total transformation into an adult:– egg (= born again), lava (= first summit - Get Ready), pupa (= second summit - Get Set) and adult (= third summit - Go). So God has worked in us through the four steps to transform us into bringing about the vision that God had given Demos Shakarian. What is even more interesting is the timing of these three summits – happening during the preparation for Israel’s 70th anniversary as a modern nation. While the nations voted on the adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 181, also known as the Partition Plan (partitioning Jerusalem) on November 29, 1947, what actually established Israel as a nation was the Declaration of Independence by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, on May 15, 1948. Furthermore, Australia is a nation blessed by God 100 years ago for its role in setting Israel free from four centuries of Turkish rule at the Battle of Beersheba in October 1917. The Lord is truly blessing this fellowship for these critical times.
Recently, godly people interceding for the FGBA had discerned God calling us to “return to our ‘first love’ as it says in the history of their founding”. For us to continue to see the fullness of the vision to come to pass, I sense the first thing we must do as part of expressing our love for God is to honour Demos Shakarian, founder of the FGBMFI movement and his vision and legacy as expressed in the books he wrote in the last few years of his life, especially ‘A New Wave of Revival…The Vision Intensified’, ‘A New Wave of Revival…in Your Finances’, ‘Behold The Glory of God’, ‘The Ultimate Dimension’ and ‘Divine Life’. How can we do this and why should we do this as he has been dead for nearly 25 years?
The answer came to me while I was reading a book by Dutch Sheets – ‘An Appeal To Heaven: What Would Happen If We Did It Again’ (you can buy it as an ebook from Amazon and download it onto Kindle). I was very interested in what he wrote about the cloud of witnesses. He wrote about a visit to the CFNI (Christ For The Nations Institute) in Dallas, Texas some years ago.
As I spoke to the student body in 2001, I was concerned that CFNI was not walking in the fullness of what Gordon Lindsay had established. To be clear, it was not an issue of sin; the school was not in an apostate state. The institute was full of good administrators, faculty, and students who loved Jesus. I simply realized that just as happens to all of us from time to time, the institute was experiencing less than God intended it to experience and needed a stronger connection to its roots.
In response to this burden, I chose to replace one teaching session with a prayer meeting. The Lord can accomplish much more through prayer than any teacher can through teaching, and many times He will also bring great insight within that context.
As I led the student body in intercession, I heard the Lord whisper a phrase to me. “You need to agree in prayer with Gordon Lindsay.” That startled me. Lindsay had died nearly 30 years earlier.
“Lord,” I said, “is that really You speaking? He isn’t here; he’s in heaven.” In retrospect, it’s comical to try and explain something to the Lord, but I felt I needed to state the obvious.
“He’s dead, Lord.” I reiterated. “I can’t bring him back to pray with him.”
The response was simple, “But his prayers are not dead.”
That idea rocked me. Now, if you had asked if I thought Gordon Lindsay’s prayers had died with him, I would have said “no,” but might have wondered if it were a trick question.
The Lord continued, “Until this generation comes into agreement with what Lindsay asked Me to do, I can’t answer his prayer.”
This greatly impacted me, as I realized God hadn’t said, “I won’t.” He had clearly said that without this generation’s agreement with Lindsay, “I can’t answer his prayer.” The idea of God saying He couldn’t do something really turned my thinking on its ear.
Demos Shakarian is dead, but the prayer he asked us to pray at the end of his book ‘The Vision Intensified’ is not dead. Nor are the prayers in the other books mentioned above. We should continue to willingly pray these prayers and come into full agreement with what he had asked God to do in order for the FGBA to walk in the fullness and blessings of what God had called Demos to start. It is now up to us to see God’s vision be established.
The prayer that I’m familiar with and that many have been and are praying is the prayer at the back of ‘A New Wave of Revival…The Vision Intensified’, the first book in the series, is:
We thank You for all that You have done — through our lives, and through the ministry of the Fellowship. But whatever has been accomplished to date ... we now know it is only a glimmer, a glimpse of the future, of what is STILL to be done through the power of Your Holy Spirit.
Lord, we stand ready and willing to serve.
We are willing to pray, to fast, and to seek Your will in our lives, no matter what the cost. You are Lord. You are Master, and it is YOU ALONE we shall serve.
Heavenly Father, forgive us if sometimes our eyes have focused on men, on chapters, or on buildings.
We ask that you will help us FOCUS ONLY ON YOU and Your mandates for our lives. We realise YOU ALONE are our hope — and without the power of the Holy Spirit, nothing we can do will ever save one solitary soul.
Lord, we ask that You use us as vessels to help fulfil your vision.
Allow us to minister to those who are alone. Enable us to break the BONDAGE OF SIN in the lives of our neighbours, and in the lives of millions of people around the world. Help us to melt the ICE COLD death of Satan from lost souls, and transform them into children of LIGHT through Your saving grace.
Lord, we give You ALL the Honor and the Glory for the revelations You have shown us, and thank You, in the name of Jesus Christ, for what You are about to do to change the face of this world. — Amen.”
And below is the last prayer Demos wrote in the last book, ‘Divine Life’:
“I would ask that you fervently pray this simple petition to the Heavenly Father as you close this book and open your heart to the divine life Christ is offering to you right now:
"Heavenly Father, this day I ask You to destroy any evidence or remaining remnant of the old man in my life. Purify me and cleanse me of all my old habits and sinful ways, so that I may be a pure branch for Your love to flow through to produce fruit for Your glory.
Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to walk in a vine/branch relationship that produces divine life, and give You all the praise and glory for any good works You may unfold through my humble life. I ask that when others see me, they see You also.
Lord, thank You for first loving me.
I pray You will, each day, through Your Holy Spirit, increase the intensity of my love for You until that precious time when You will come again to rule and reign over this world! Amen."
Enjoy your time in God’s presence and see an overflow of God’s blessings on you, your home, your family and friends, marketplaces and cities!!
Shalom and every blessing to all,
FULL GOSPEL BUSINESS AUSTRALIA