PASTOR’S APPRECIATION ISSUE
VOLUME I, ISSUE I
WHERE IS MY HARVEST? REIGNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY levels of distinction
Dominion: The Power to Reign
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An anchored line thrown as a support to someone falling or drowning. A line shot to a ship in distress. A line used to raise and lower deep-sea divers.
a. A means or route by which necessary supplies are transported. b. One that is or is regarded as a source of salvation in a crisis. A diagonal line crossing the palm of the hand and believed to indicate the length and major events of oneâ€™s life.
There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in utter distress. We need someone or something to save us from our situation and sometimes even ourselves. It is my intent that the content within this publication be a source of strength and encouragement to the kingdom of God and the world. We all need a hand outstretched in the time of need. We all need a Lifeline.
Photos of Bishop Dr. Jeronn C. Williams are courtesy of Michael Alvinâ€™s Photography. Design: Angela Williams.
The ABUNDANT Reign: Revealing Order, Distinction and Dominion
VOLUME I, ISSUE I
5 REVEALING ORDER PT. 1 By Mattie Stone-Williams
7 LEVELS OF DISTINCTION By LaDeia McNeal
8 DOMINION: THE POWER TO REIGN By Patrice Roberts
REIGNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY By Kira Channer
This edition of Lifeline is dedicated to the ministry and man, Bishop Jeronn C. Williams, I. In order to understand and appreciate the man, you must understand his ministry, and his heart.
14 WHERE IS MY HARVEST? By Sammy McClure
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” - Ephesians 4:11 (KJV)
Revealing Order Part I By Mattie Stone-Williams
i v i n e : Proceeding from God rder: Many definitions, but one (as a noun) that fits here is authoritative direction.
So, God is directing Divine Order.
Note: Chaos and crisis often reveal places where we are still out of order. Even in creation we see that God had an order to what, when, where and how he created all things. After the flood, God established that Times and Seasons will never cease until the end of history. (Gen.8:22)
Additionally, God reaffirms his covenant with Noah that He will not destroy man and the earth until His purposes for His creation are fully realized. Concepts relative to Divine Order: Whoever finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Divine Order is divine government; God in control. Divine Order is the flow of the Spirit as we yield to His guidance and direction. Divine Government is the Word (truth) active in our lives. Caveat: We live in a fallen world and the enemy is always seeking to pervert the â€œword of Godâ€? and the order He has established. Lifeline / SEPTEMBER 2012
A perversion of the spiritual principle of order is when the enemy wants us to believe that coming to this New Plateau, which includes divine order, means that we have to be more and perfect and that God sits on His throne with a more exacting view of what we need to do to please Him. If we take this particular perverse view of our own lives, we will see God as a taskmaster with a precise list of those things in the natural that need to be accomplished, and if we fail to do what we believe He has said to us, He will be displeased. Therefore, we set up a series of hurdles that we need to jump every day to make sure that we have pleased Him. This perversion is the strongest in people whose earthly fathers were strict and exacting, or those who do not really know or understand the Father’s love for them. They feel as though they have to prove their worthiness through achievement and performance and earn God’s love and in order to come higher their performance has to increase. Because this is a perversion, (perverse spirit is the devil), the result is greater bondage as selfconsciousness and condemnation increases. This will wear you out! When we go through life with a good measure of self-effort, we are most likely not even available to hear the Father. When we serve God out of a fear of failure, we are out of order.
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Therefore, the “coming up higher”, New Plateau, Divine Order stuff is not about how good you are or how bad you are. It is not about what you do; it is about what God is able to do through you. It is about complete freedom from all bondage – even the self-imposed bondage that comes through trying to please God by proving your worth. Jesus is the epitome of Divine Order: Acts 10:38 “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit
judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” This is Divine Order! It IS about coming into rest. Matthew 11 28“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” It IS about His work and our cooperation in yielding. Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Mark 1: (Read: This chapter provides insights and examples of how Jesus exhibited Divine Order in everything He did and said) He prayed and stayed connected to the Father. John 5:19 “Then Jesus answered and said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:30 “I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My
Divine Order is all about the moving of the Holy Spirit and being unencumbered enough to hear His voice and being flexible enough to go with the flow. It is about being in the right place at the right time to accomplish what is before us. Divine Order is trusting God to give you discernment, to lead, guide, direct, protect, and give you wisdom. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Psalms 138:8 “the LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
LEVELS OF DISTINCTION By LaDeia McNeal
here are at least two contemporary applications: •Awards given in sporting competitions for the bronze, silver and gold medals •Academic designations of graduates of Post-secondary education as Cum Laude, Magnum Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude
body and all members have not the same office. So, we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith”. (Romans 12:4-6)
However, “levels of distinction” within the body of Christ are not often seen by the naked eye nor are they displayed like medals or scholastic achievements on a degree.
Distinction, is earned in the valley, it is gained, wondering the wilderness, and attained, during seasons of loneliness. Levels are determined by the individual’s dispensation of grace and the intensity of the test that qualifies them to fully function in their assigned office and assignment. The greater the office, the greater
In Romans, the Apostle Paul comments on how those members of the body are recognized; “for as we have many members in one
the intensity of the test. Lay members will never experience test, trials and tribulations as a Pastor would by virtue of the office. However, trials experienced by lay members should NOT be discounted. Even lay members have assignments to fulfill.
“Distinction, is earned in the “Levels of distinction” are not valley...” levels per say, but
degrees of intensity that makes one member different from the other. This difference ensures that the members are set in place to form the body and each member fully functions in order, so that the Body of Christ can exercise its sovereign authority. Lifeline / SEPTEMBER 2012
Dominion: The Power to Reign
By Patrice Roberts
From the moment God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion…”, (Gen 1:26 KJV) mankind was destined to reign. “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast….” He prayed for dominion and God granted it freely. (1 Chron. 4:10 KJV) Dominion is defined, (1) rule or power to rule; sovereign authority; sovereignty; (2) a governed territory or country. A person who exercises dominion is a master, owner, or ruler over material things like land, property, etc. However, there is more excellent territory that God desires us to exercise dominionourselves. Before Christ, we were captive to the “law of sin”. Held as prisoners, it was impossible for us to break free. Then, miraculously through the death of Jesus Christ, we were set free from a death sentence. (Roman 7:6 KJV) As believers, we were buried with him. In the same way Christ was raised up from the dead, we were also raised and empowered to walk in newness of life! (Romans 6:4 KJV) In the past, our minds held us back because of guilt and shame, but in Christ there is now, no condemnation to those who walk after the Spirit. (Romans 8.1KJV) We were hopelessly
trapped doing the things that we hated but now, sin has no dominion over us! (Romans 6:14KJV) When the disciples called Jesus, “master” it usually, meant something other than ruler. They used the terms didaskalos, kathegetes, and epistasis which meant instructor, guide, or appointed teacher.(Matthew 23:8-11KJV) Likewise, the same Christ within us, who gives us power, also wants to teach us how to take dominion authority in our lives. (John 14:26 KJV) When God created the earth, he also gave instructions on how to maintain it. To keep us healthy, He created “herb bearing seed” and “tree yielding fruit”, (Gen 1:29KJV) Later, God instructed Moses regarding acceptable animals for man’s consumption which included only - those animals that were” cud chewing with cloven or split hoofs” and fish with “fins and scales”. (Lev. 11:3, 9 KJV)
He gave us the Sabbath day to rest and inspired the apostle Paul to mention the benefits of bodily exercise. Every detail for our wellbeing was by design. Our challenge is giving up our old life for the new life in Christ. The fourth chapter of Ephesians is instructive in how to overcome and take dominion by putting away the former things and embracing the new. Victory is attainable when we Lifeline / SEPTEMBER 2012
believe that God’s plan for us is always better and we choose it every time. The Lord God even makes provision for us to attain wealth (Dt. 8:18 KJV) He has a financial blueprint. The book of WisdomProverbs, is replete with instructions concerning wealth (in acquiring, maintaining, preserving, and sharing); “ Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Prov. 3:9) ; ” Lazy hands makes a man poor but diligent hands bring wealth” (Prov. 10:4) ; “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life” (Prov.22.4); “The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Prov.22:7); Jesus warns us against loving our possessions more than eternal life. “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:22); Keeping our vows, (Numbers 30:2); “I will fulfill my vows to the Lord” (Ps. 116:14); “People who want to get rich, fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction; For the love of money is a
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root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (I Tim.6:9-10). Matthew 5, has a plan for dealing with difficult people: “do not resist an evil person”. James 4 helps us to overcome procrastination: “go now”! God even has a plan for imperfect partners: “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8); “husbands love your wives and wives submit to your husbands” (Col 3:1819) Every victory we have waited for is literally at our fingertips! “Being doers of the word” gives us dominion power in our lives. God wants us to be guided by his Word. In Psalm 119 the writer says”, Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path. “Jesus said, these words I speak are spirit and they are life (John 63:6) Have faith in the word of God, walk in obedience to his word , and take dominion!
Reigning in the 21st Century
By Kira Channer
he world’s concept of power differs tremendously from those who are residents of God’s Kingdom. Once we, as inhabitants of the Kingdom of God give up power, we receive His authority and dominion. The greatest power we can ever exert is in our weakness. Accept your weakness that you might receive His strength (Williams, J.C. 5.28.04). In a sermon shared by our own Pastor General Dr. LaToya K. Williams entitled “Let the Weak Say I Am Strong,” she shares that we must face the truth concerning our weaknesses and insecurities for the up building of the Kingdom (1.16.2005). God gets the most glory when He sees Himself in a thing, and will magnify His glory in you once you lay your limited and weak power down in the midst of suffering to surrender to His strength and will. In a message entitled, “Suffering that Secures,” Bishop Williams asserts the following: “As I suffer, I’m elevated to a place of reigning” (10.7.2004).
Over the years, God’s word has consistently invited His people to reign in all areas of our lives. Here are some keys:
“Release of Potential” by Elder R.L. Waller March 7, 2004 John 16:23-24
Potential can be released once you birth a “yes.” Place your potential in a place/ground that is fertile and designed to nurture it. Your burden is connected to your area of potential “Obedience is a catalyst for release of potential in purpose.”
“Tapping Potential” by Bishop J.C. Williams May 23, 2004 Ephesians 4:1
You stand in the place of authority and command decisions. You must continue to choose your “choice,” and that’s how you walk in authority. It’s time to “walk heavy” by way of… A. Profession. Make professions based on where you see yourself in the future. Be a prophet to yourself. B. Progression. It’s not time to reveal yourself yet. God will at the set time. “It’s not enough to take authority, but we must possess authority.”
“Productive Prayer” by Bishop J.C. Williams November 17, 2002 John 16:23-24
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In order to produce productive prayer, there must be… A. A New Day…approaching God humbly and boldly B. A Willingness to Shift by Way of Illumination/Revelation…a new direction. Tap into the Spirit; hear the Spirit of God, then repeat aloud what I hear in the Spirit. C. New Discoveries...allowing a complete joy. “Make time for connection before intercession.”
“A Faith Explosion” by Bishop J.C. Williams February 24, 2012 Mark 11:22; Hebrews 11:2
Faith is the means by which humanity relates to divinity. Everything God does is sheerly out of His Grace, not by my works. Faith gives substance to hope; it’s how I please God. Faith is how we connect with God and the things of God. The Three Progressive Levels of Faith are… A. Conviction. Your conviction is supposed to restrict you. B. Belief System. This is an ever-calculating stage in which continual seeking after God enables us to obey His Spirit and His Word. C. Life of Faith: Works. This stage represents a functional level of faith where your life becomes an embodiment of His Word. “God is trying to do something in my life by abnormal means.”
“Fixed Focus” by Bishop J.C. Williams February 2, 2003 Luke 23: 1-4
When you set yourself to do right, you set yourself on a path to produce power, meanwhile still utilizing temperance. However, you should also expect to be… A. Misunderstood B. Misdiagnose C. Misrepresented D. Mishandled E. Misjudged “Refuse to be soft-hearted, and release yourself from offense.”
“The Secret of Sincerity” by Bishop J. C. Williams February 22, 2012 Philippians 1:9-10
Some of us cannot experience success because we carry too much of a memory of past failures. Success is when you become the definition. The three realms to sincerity are: A. Attitude. How we execute our duties must have the attitude of excellence. B. Posture. It’s no longer impressive that you’re standing, but how you’re standing. C. Motive. Sincere motive will produce a genuine outcome. “I am fully destined, regardless of what I see and feel.”
“Peace” by Bishop J.C. Williams August 15, 2012 Galatians 5:12
The assigned defense for the frustration of the enemy is peace. The Holy Ghost has walked you through chronological experiences in life that my destiny would be bearable. “The war inside of me is revealing my next victory.”
Where is my harvest?
By Sammy McClure
It’s Harvest Time! This is the cry that rings out in every facet of our lives. So, as we prepare for the harvest, it is important to know that the harvest that we reap will consist primarily of what we have sown. So as we prepare our storehouses for the impending harvest, let’s take this opportunity to explore the purpose and intention of a seed and what causes a seed to be dormant. The Bible says, that as long as the Earth remains, there will be seed time and harvest. In the liturgical community we often equate “seed” with the giving of money. Although this application is correct, for this exercise let’s look at the original intention and purpose of seeds in the Earth and their periodic times of dormancy to provide contextual insight into the practice of sowing various types of seeds. In Botany, there are various reasons given for the purpose of a seed and also numerous reasons for perceived dormancy. Dormancy is defined as a time period when growth, development, and physical activity are temporarily stopped. Often we wonder why our seeds, although sown in faith, are not immediately proliferating. The natural reason for seeds not growing may provide some
clues. The first reason is that the seed is in a state of quiescence. Quiescence means a state of quietness or inactivity. We, as the seed of Christ, are sometimes placed into a state of inactivity not as a form of punishment, but as a means of preservation. The important fact to remember is that we are being preserved not for any time, but for the set time. The next reason for dormancy is the state of the seed, not necessarily the state of the environment. Research has shown that the state of the environment does not necessarily determine when a seed grows, but the requirements of the seed determine when the conditions are optimal for the seed to begin to grow. As individuals we all have gifts and talents given in seed form that are waiting for the environment to be ready for the gift that lies in us. As we spend more time with God and grow in grace we begin to understand what personal consecrations are necessary to allow our seeds to prosper; and as we ascertain those requirements we can then transition into the purpose of the seed. Seeds serve three primary purposes according to Wikipedia. These are the aforementioned dormancy, nourishment to the embryo attached to the seed, and finally, facilitating the embryo’s movement to a new location. Our Lifeline / SEPTEMBER 2012
monetary seeds should be given with a specific purpose and, when given in the form of a gift to a person, helps to solidify a symbiotic relationship that demonstrates your appreciation for their life and its value to you. In Botany this term is called mutualism. An example of this is the relationship of the ant to certain types of plants. The ants carry the seeds of certain plants to their nest where only a portion of it is consumable by the ant. The remainder of the seed grows in the place where the ant has transported it. In the Old Testament, gifts were brought to the temple and placed on the altar. The fat of the offering was consumed by fire as a sacrifice to God. The rest was consumed by the Levites. The Levites, as a result of the sacrifice, were able to concentrate on hearing from God, which allowed the children of Israel to enter their promised land. As we contemplate sowing seeds to anyone we should always remember that sometimes the purpose of your sowing seed is not to provide you immediate gratification, but it is to ensure that your Godgiven means of spiritual, natural, and sometimes physical nourishment remain encouraged to work and suffer for you. The last purpose of a seed is to facilitate movement from one location to another. In nature the seed allows the parent plant to expand its progeny
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to areas that the plant physically cannot go. Our seeds that we sow, whether monetary, time, or effort, are not always for us; sometimes they are for generations to come. In nature some plants or flowers are defined certain ways; some are defined as annuals and others are defined as perennials. Annuals are plants that grow fairly quickly but they only live for one season. Perennials are flowers that, once planted, seeds remain in the earth and return every year thereafter, and produce more seeds that grow every year thereafter. God wants our seeds and us to be perennial. He wants our fruit to remain in the earth and come to fruition. So as we search for our harvest, let us remember that it is not as important when the Harvest comes, but it is most important that our seed remains in the earth, and that that seed produce offspring pleasing and glorious to Him. So, sow seed and always remember that One Planteth, One Watereth, and God gives the increase!