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Some Christians today have presumed upon their relationship with God, proclaiming themselves to have the authority of an apostle. Often this "apostolic mantle" is bestowed by another person. Yet true spiritual authority is conferred by God and is the fruit of an intimate relationship with Him. When God confers an apostolic mantle upon us, it is backed up with spiritual power from Heaven.
Authority from Divine Favor Many in the Church today still appoint people to church offices based on a person's ability to enact the second commandment. We appoint those who can best serve our needs, and we give them authority.
But God is looking to bestow on us a higher authority. He wants to invest His favor upon men and women who are wholeheartedly devoted to Him. Such favor will come with true spiritual authority that isn't based on church membership numbers, finances, or possessions. It is only based on a relationship with Heaven.
In the days ahead, we will see a clear distinction concerning our strategy to bear spiritual fruit. It will come in obedience to Jesus' first commandment to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Only as we love God with our whole heart will we see fruit born from our pursuit of His second commandment—to love others. This fruit, unlike any we have ever seen or can imagine, is an eternal treasure.
One thing is certain. While God has no favorites, there are going to be men and women who follow deeply after God's heart. These devoted ones will be the ones in whom He will invest the revelation of His Son's testimony.
1. What inspires you about the life of Esther?
2. What can you do now to prepare for eternity?
3. How would you describe your relationship with God?
What kinds of changes can you make to grow your devotion to the Lord?
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EVERYTHING I HAVE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK HASBEEN leading up to one question: Have you seen Heaven yet? If not, have I whet your appetite to see into the eternal realm of God and to know the hope of His calling?
Imagine thousands upon thousands of people having seen what Heaven looks like and carrying the atmosphere of Heaven in their everyday lives! It will transform communities and revive the Body of Christ.
Reflecting Our First Love When we humble our hearts before God, desiring to know Jesus more than anything else and seeking true understanding about His inheritance—He cannot resist us. His merciful heart will melt with loving-kindness toward such passionate desire to know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings.
Heaven came to Daniel, in response to his heart cry for a
greater spiritual reality:
God's passion to share Himself with us is heralded not only throughout the Bible, but across the two thousand years since the Bible was written.
When our heart reflects an earnest passion to seek God, He responds supernaturally. We begin to walk in supernatural authority, advancing God's Kingdom daily through our intimate union with Him. We then release His life and carry His glory to the world.
revelation in His union with Christ that God allowed him to have a thorn in his flesh.
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
—2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-9 Many people have considered what his thorn in the flesh might have been. Was it health issues? Was it persecution from religious groups? Was it betrayal of relationships? Was it the politics of the day? I believe it was something far different than we might think.
Perhaps Paul's revelations and priesthood to the Lord provoked others to a spiritual hunger, and this became too much for him. The number of churches and people Paul held Godgiven stewardship over may have exceeded his desire and scope of influence on the Earth.
Paul's first desire was to live a quiet and simple life, fully devoted to his passion for Jesus, his highest love. But because of the great revelations and spiritual understandings that he was given from Heaven, Paul had to take an overseer's role, which he would have never chosen by his own will.
Just as we must make an exchange of our will for God's will, Paul laid down his desires to live a monastic life in intimacy with Jesus and took on a greater role in the Church. However, he did so with the right priorities in his heart.
We talked earlier about St. John of the Cross, who also reflected this passionate devotion to Jesus. He pursued a deeper 114 THE THRONE ROOM COMPANY union with God, which he felt was crippled by all the secondary relationships, even God-ordained ones. St. John longed to transcend this world and its desires so he could fellowship with Christ in Heaven. St. John was proof that love is a choice; it's not a feeling. He had a wonderful ministry that came only by his surrender to God's purposes.
Toward the end of his life, St. John of the Cross was put into prison for his radical faith. His friends grew greatly concerned about his welfare. Contrary to their fears, however, he was doing wonderfully. He wrote that prison was his favorite life season, because his limitations in being confined allowed him to focus solely on his holy devotion to God.
Another less-known minister in the Western world is Sundar Sadhu Singh (1889-1929). He was a Hindu priest who converted to Christianity. Sundar had an awesome ministry of healing and evangelism, but even more wonderful was his covenant and union with God. Pulled by the heart cries of sick people throughout India, Sundar actually petitioned God to give the healing mantle to someone else. He yearned for quiet days of solitude and prayer when he could devote more time to experiencing the depths of Jesus Christ.
All of these men loved ministering to God's people, but this calling was secondary to their passion for God. Much like David in Psalm 27, their heart cry was for one thing—to gaze upon the Lord in all His glory.
May it become our endeavor to resemble the saints of old, and have our passion for Jesus surpass even the greatest works we could do for God. While our ministry works are part of how we experience the divine union, they are not a substitute for it.
Responding to God's Call For the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, God is raising up a company of people who will be lovesick with bridal devotion.
Just praying for salvation is not enough. God's standard is entering into an intimate exchange with Him, abiding in His THE INVITATION 115 presence.
No longer do we have the luxury to question ourselves, "Do I hear God's voice?" In faith, we must pursue God, pressing past the shallow waters where we are only ankle deep. We must reach a place of being totally submerged in God's eternal destiny.
Up until this time in history, whatever works of Jesus that
have been seen can be described by this passage:
Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?
JOB 26:14 God is inviting us to become part of the generation that sees the testimony of Jesus thunder forth with power to the ends of the Earth. We are invited to be among the company of those who operate more fully in the supernatural realm. We are invited to bring to Jesus the fullness of His reward. We do this by seeing His full reward through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. Then, we claim these things by His divine nature, which supercedes our own limited nature.
Even today, God is revealing His name to us that was
declared to the prophet Isaiah:
1. Do you see God's hand moving in your generation? Can you describe it?
2. Have you seen Heaven yet? Is that a desire you have? If not, why?
3. Will you be one who brings the good news of Heaven to others?
4. Are you ready to be part of the throne room company?
What must you do to increase the likelihood of that happening?
About the Author
FOR THE PAST DECADE, SHAWN BOLZ HASMINISTERED with a prophetic, catalytic, and healing anointing, traveling throughout the United States and around the world. His proven track record makes Shawn a popular speaker at conferences, youth events, and revival meetings.
Currently, Shawn is on staff with WhiteDove Ministries (whitedoveministries.org), a nonprofit organization seeking to encourage people to encounter God in such a way that their lives are marked for eternity.
In 2003, Shawn launched WhiteDove's iBurn internship program (iBurn.org), through which he seeks to mentor young leaders from around the world who want to mature their ability to operate in the prophetic anointing. iBurn offers advanced leadership development for young people, 17-25 years old, by activating their spiritual calling to move in the supernatural realm.
For several years, Shawn has assisted with various national youth events such as Rock the Nations and The Call, helping to raise up a new breed of young leaders. In addition to his busy traveling schedule, Shawn serves on the staff of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (fotb.com). As a faculty member of the Forerunner School of Ministry in Kansas City, he seeks to empower students who want to encounter God through the revelatory realm.
In addition, Shawn has been involved with numerous citywide transformation efforts, participating in conferences and regional events with organizations such as Prayer by Design (prayerby-design.com) and the Sentinel Group (sentinelgroup.org). Seeing revival spread around the world through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is Shawn's greatest passion.
A California native, Shawn now lives with his two dogs, Maximus and Joseph, outside Kansas City, Missouri.