God is doing a work of internal construction and restoration in us. Tim uses a prophetic allegory of his own house in the theme of, “if this was a dream, what would it mean?”, to speak prophetically in to the areas God is wanting to touch in us.
It was one of those weeks where multiple praying people shared the same prophetic words and themes with us. The theme was… at the end of the financial year, God wants to break financial constriction off us. That constriction is part of the spirit of the air, and Tim speaks into how to come out of alignment with a constricting financial spirit, and how to bring our financial world into alignment with God’s Kingdom and His abundance.
This week was more of a corporate ministry time that a message. Tim speaks again into how the “spirit of the air” operates in our region - by relegating our Kingdom activity to something we do on the side - and how to make ourselves immune to its creeping influence, by “fanning into flame the gift of God that is within us.”
Tim wraps up (we think) this series on the Ekklesia, bringing together the key concepts from the series, and reinforcing that the heart journey is at the core of heaven’s blueprint for the church. The early chapters of Acts are the closest in time to Jesus stating the He will build His Ekklesia. We know they manifested heaven’s blueprint because cities were transformed. Heaven’s blueprint was deeply relational, filled with passionate fire, and out of that place, they demonstrated the supernatural power of God, and as a result, turned the known world upside down.
Sandra Sellmer-Kersten travels and teaches extensively with Elijah House Ministries, and is a world-leading minister of freedom and inner healing. Sandra brings a powerful prophetic message to i61… Pray that your arms may be enlarged so that you may wrap them around people’s pain and bring His comfort and healing.
If our churches are growing, while the social statistics in our cities are worsening, something is wrong with the blueprint from which we are building churches. The Ekklesia that Jesus instituted turned the known world upside down, and it impacted all of society, not just the church meeting. Tim gives most of this message to a documentary by Ed Silvoso on the transformation in the city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It gives us real life look at a true Ekklesia transforming a city that was once the murder capital of the world. To get the full picture of this message, at the right point, pause the audio, and watch the video at http://bit.ly/2HWnNwH then come back to the rest of the message.
In a key strategic word for i61, Deb and Tim Ferris, and Megan Edward tag team in exploring the fact that we have authority in the earth realm to legislate through acts of justice, and in the heavenly realm through our authority to bind and loose. In our region, the python spirit has been a key atmospheric stronghold. The team looked at the symptoms of this spirit’s operation, and lead in ministry to break off any attachment in us that would give it ability to affect us. As we step out from under the “powers of the air” we establish an open heaven in our region where it’s easy for people to encounter Jesus and get free.
Steve Frost continues our series on the Ekklesia. Jesus’ design and intention for his church, revealed in the word He chose to describe it, was a group of people called out of their homes into the public square to act and make decisions for the welfare of their city. He didn’t have in mind a group of people doing religious activity. His heart is a family that loves well, and practically enacts that love through bringing justice where it’s needed. The way the church loves others and does justice reveals a world gathered under the universal Fatherhood of God and filled with heaven’s presence.
Steve continues our exploration of what it means to be the kind of church Jesus intended, looking at the importance of justice, mercy and faith. As the church, we’re not called out from the world; we’re called out in the world + for the world - to engage in the secret economy of the giving + receiving of love.
Tim continues the series on the Ekklesia. What Jesus had in mind when He said He would build His ekklesia was different to the church we see today. His ekklesia turned the world upside down in a relatively short period of time. The early church’s statisticss were far superior to what we see in the Western world. His blueprint for the ekklesia sees us discipling nations into being “sheep nations” who are ultimately presented to Jesus as a gift.
When Jesus introduced us to the church for the first time, He used a term that was not from any of the religious language of the day, and told us what He would build would advance against the enemy in an unstoppable way. Many of us have had painful experiences with Christ’s Body, the church, and yet, Jesus has not changed His plan. Tim finishes with a prophetic call to be reconciled with the Bride, and an invitation to fall in love with what Jesus loves.
Deb talks about why our authority and our partnership with the Father is so important in prayer. The principles of agreement, faith and the authority we have over the earth realm were God’s idea set up from Genesis 1 and when we partner with Him, with a Heaven to earth perspective, our corporate prayers can bring regional transformation.
1 Tim 2 gives a strategy from seeing heaven released around us that is so simple and practical that we often miss it. We have a responsibility to pray for our civic leaders in such a way that it changes the atmosphere in which they make critical decisions. On the day after the NSW Election, we pray for our new government and elected members.
Tim spends some time interviewing Paul Green MLC - member of the NSW Legislative Council for the Christian Democratic Party - ahead of the NSW State Election on 23rd March. In a wide-ranging conversation, Paul lets us in on the significance of having Christian values and principles represented in government, and shows us just how different the landscape would be in our state if the CDP wasn’t there. Paul then shares with us his crowning achievement of his time in Parliament so far - the establishment of the Modern Slavery Bill. This is critical listening ahead of the NSW State Election.
We have all been uniquely designed by The Father and wired to take specific territory on earth. But, there’s giants in the territory, so we must understand that, in the process of taking ground, we will encounter resistance. Tim unpacks the nature of the battle in the heavenly realms, and some keys to being victorious in the battle.
Tim takes some time to cover a key foundation - the heaven to earth paradigm. Taking ground means making the situations in front of us look like heaven’s reality. Prayer is less about a spiritual discipline or routine, and more about seeing what God is already doing, and seeing our situation from heaven’s perspective then declaring what we see.
Vaughan shares his journey of how God has been highlighting the foundational piece of Father and Son. Lack of spiritual parenting has led to men losing their way as leaders in the family and particularly in the spiritual community.
He gives an encouragement to find some brothers and rediscover the ways of fathering that God has intended.
It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Maturing in freedom means I am increasingly aware of the choices I have in every situation. The language of powerlessness is so insidious. I can’t always choose what happens to me, but I can choose my response. I can choose my stance in my circumstance. Tim finishes by praying for God to prompt us every time we use powerless language, and to make us aware of the options that are in front of us.
Tim opens up our foundation scripture - Isaiah 61 - reminding us of the core thumbprint of God on our community, and calling us into our destiny and inheritance as restorers, healers, and breakers of generational bondage.
It’s 2019, and Tim takes the first Sunday in Feb to set the prophetic direction for the year. Too often we go seeking a new word when we haven’t fulfilled the existing words, and while we took good ground in 2018, we haven’t finished with that word. In 2019, we’re still about taking ground. Tim unpacks 2 Cor 10:3-6 ... there are strongholds in our territory, but we have been given “God dynamite” to strategically tear them down and destroy them from the root.