Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The War Chest

In August I wrote two blogs entitled Muster the Troops and Victory or Death.  Reread them. At the end of "Muster the Troops" I wrote, "We serve the kingdom of God.  We are mustered for His work.  The kingdom of darkness will crumble and fall as we move together as the Lord's army.  Rise up saints of God."

The Texas Apostolic Prayer Network (TXAPN) has shifted, have you?  For over a year now prophecies have come forth that the Lord was shifting Texas into a destiny of leading the nation during the upcoming seasons.  The Lord is establishing us as a fulcrum point or anchor for a "teetering nation." 

This shift will entail extensive travel, ministry, strategic assignments and fellowship with other states and nations as we jointly serve to advance the Kingdom. Three times over the last month we sent teams to the West Coast, New York City and Georgia. This translates into the need for resources above and beyond anything experienced by TXAPN since its inception.

Think God’s not in this?  Think again. Ken Bryan and I just returned from a trip to our neighbor state Louisiana that involved all facets of who we are in this new season.  We stayed in a hotel that was formally a bank.  When we arrived at our room there was a “war chest” waiting on us, strategically gifted out of obedience to the Lord by our good friends Roger and Charlotte Merschbrock.  BUT this wasn’t just any war chest; this one is one of three sown by the late Diane Buker (Battle Axe Ministries) to Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida before her untimely death. The Lord instructed Louisiana to sow their chest to Texas to contain the resources necessary to lead the nation.

Roger Merschbrock has picked up a phrase he repeats at most prophetic gatherings.  Roger says, "Even a dog could prophecy when he’s in this group."  I’ll expand on Roger’s phrase.  "Even a dog could interpret this one."  God has given Texas a “war chest” to contain the resources that are going to flow into TXAPN this season allowing us to take our place in this next move of God and lead as He wills. Just to remind us of the need for resources we spent the night in a bank.

When we gathered for the Palo Duro Canyon reconciliation meeting I asked Ken Bryan to take up the offering.  Ken ended his exhortation of this new season with the phrase, “Are you in or you out”.  That simple statement has become a prophecy to what God intends for Texas this season.  We are called out and assigned by the Most High God, Ruler of the Universe to serve Him in ways much greater than any of us could have imagined just three years ago when I was handed the reins of TXAPN.  As much as I would like to delay or avoid the need to communicate this type message to all within earshot, I can’t.  I have a very large empty “war chest” staring at me from across the room waiting to fulfill its divine purpose.  It’s time for each of us to reevaluate how we are called to support TXAPN right now, in other words “its time to be in, not out."

You can send a gift or monthly support to: 

P.O. Box 3503
Arlington, Texas 76007 

or go to the eGiving link on the front page of www.txapn.orgWe serve the kingdom of God.  We are mustered for His work.  The kingdom of darkness will crumble and fall as we move together as the Lord's army.  Rise up saints of God.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm a Fencepost

On Thursday evening, Kay and I were eating supper with good friends from East Texas (Ken and Ginny Bryan) and Louisiana (Roger and Charlotte Merschbrock).  During the conversation, Roger was talking to Ken and said, "Between you and me and the fencepost..."  

I interrupted with laughter, "So, now I'm a fencepost." A couple of more times during the evening we commented on my fencepost status.

The next day at lunch we were again eating with friends (state prayer leaders from Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Arkansas). Once again the issue of the fencepost came up, but this time, as I was laughing, the Lord clearly spoke to my heart.  

"You are a fencepost."  

He then began to reveal to me that a fencepost was a "connector."  It provided a place or location for boards or wire to be connected with other fence posts to provide a secure boundary.  It establishes who we are in relationship with others.  A fencepost is not a fencepost unless it is connected to other posts.  Together a line is drawn across the land that says, "this place is secure, protected, owned and claimed."  And not for us but for the Lord and His kingdom.  I shared this thought with Roger and he prophetically spoke to me,  "You are not only a fencepost, but a corner fencepost.  You (and Texas) are an anchor for the rest of us."

Amen.  I'm a fencepost, but the true fencepost - the chief fencepost - is our Lord.  He is our anchor and refuge.  Through Him we are connected together to claim the earth for Him.  But that also means that you are a fencepost too.  Welcome to the work of the kingdom!

"He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home" (Ephesians 2:19b, The Message).