This will be beginning as soon as January and it will last all the way into December of 2023.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
So, This word, basically, is another word about separating just as Jesus foretold about the endtimes. This emphasis will be about separating wise builders from foolish builders. This wisdom doesn’t come from reading books on leadership. And it doesn’t come from studying and emulating mega ministries. This wisdom comes by being humble and asking for it. Furthermore, it comes by being close to Jesus and obeying His leading.
Now, Let’s get into this word.
• Snow is like sand. It won’t stand, it won’t withstand, nor will it endure against natural changes and challenges.
Examples of snowman ministries:
Those established on gifting.
—Singing is a gifting
—Preaching is a gifting
and there are other giftings, of course.
Those established on (entangled in) Politics.
• False Prophets will not drag the church as significantly in ‘23 like they did in ‘19. Their influence will fall like sand, or like melting snow.
Watch: Idolatry is a warming snow. Jesus is the only answer.
Some will fall because of pet doctrines they have idolized more than Jesus. Various idolatries will come crashing, with penalty.
Some ministers will fall to their unchecked fascination with homosexuality. God will deal with their repeated unholy dalliances.
Some ministers are going to be tripped up because they’ve allowed their good looks, their hip style, or their ministry’s cutting edge culture to elevate them. Being pretty and using your pretty can be like building with snow. Meanwhile, God looks at the heart.
For those who have benefited from fandom of their persona and appearance as much as their obedience or sacrifice, their foundation will be found to be little more than a…
Others will see a crashing of their house of cards finances. Some have built cathedrals and palaces when God wanted them to stay smaller, more humble, and operate with a more manageable debt and overhead. Some are going to get into trouble because they bought (with large loans) when God wanted them to keep renting or minister from home(s), barns, online, or other unconventional means. Some bought, or will buy, property in expensive neighborhoods when God was (is) calling them to minister to a more needy (meek, modest) people, in a more affordable part of town.
Some will melt away because they built on the sand of branding. You can’t promote yourself beyond the favor (or lack thereof) of God. If it ain’t God’s time, it ain’t a vision statement, its just a…
• Circle your own wagons
• Don’t gawk at the maladies of others
Return focus to firsts:
1. First love/Jesus
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
2. Foundational Truths. Back to The Basics. The Simple Gospel.
3. The Home. Your First Ministry.