From the desk of Steve Shultz:
This word by Edie Bayer is about stages in life and ministry...I think many have experienced some of these stages or are right in the middle of them. As you read the parable about how the rocket launches, and all the stages it goes through first, it gives us quite a picture of the different seasons of life!
I have to say, whatever stage you've been in...it's all a part of the Body of Christ. Sometimes you help others "lift off" so to speak, and other times people help you as seasons come and go...God sees it all!
Edie shares this from a recent encounter:
From a recent morning, I have been hearing, "STAGES...STAGES," in my spirit. First, I overheard my musician husband yesterday speaking to another musician on the phone about stages, and it has been rolling around in me since then. Then, this morning, I was in the Word, working on messages for my upcoming conferences. Again I heard, "Stages...Stages," in my spirit.
Read this word by Edie and enjoy the stages God has you in!
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"What Stage Are You in and Why Are You There?"
I have felt really separated recently – cut off, actually. It is as if God is pruning people out of my life, and it hurts! These are my friends, family, and ministry associates that I have "grown up" with, people that I love! In addition, I have been experiencing issues recently with hurting people unintentionally, offending people unintentionally, and misunderstandings. Discussing these things with my husband yesterday as we went for a walk, I cried out to the Lord, asking Him, "WHY am I struggling with this at this stage in my ministry?" I didn't realize it then, but my question was also my answer!
From a recent morning, I have been hearing, "STAGES...STAGES," in my spirit. First, I overheard my musician husband yesterday speaking to another musician on the phone about stages, and it has been rolling around in me since then. Then, this morning, I was in the Word, working on messages for my upcoming conferences. Again I heard, "Stages...Stages," in my spirit. My messages need to be about supernatural keys to unlock supernatural doors, so I discounted what I was hearing. But it still wouldn't go away!
So, thinking there was some kind of correlation between KEYS and STAGES, I started researching the Hebrew language, as it is a code-cracker for all things Biblical. I researched stages online in Hebrew, then stages of the Hebrew language, leading to stages of the Jewish life cycle, but nothing resonated. The whole time on the back of my mind was "rocket," and something I remembered about the boosters that drop off. Suddenly, I heard, "STAGES," loudly in my spirit, and realized that stages are part of the rocket deployment process!
Researching that, I found there are typically four stages from rocketship deployment to actual accomplishment of its goal. This is where I realized that my question was actually my answer – and for some that are reading this, it is yours, too!
STAGE ONE: Lift-off – Launching your career or your ministry. In preparing for lift-off you had to get to the launching site. The launching site is the place where you continuously met with the Lord. This is why you have heard God request that you meet Him in a "certain place" just like Abraham did in Genesis 19:27, Jacob did in Genesis 28:16 ("...surely the Lord is in this place..."), Moses did with the "tent of meeting" in Exodus 33:7, and Jesus did by going to solitary places in Mark 1:35. (Photo via Wikipedia)
You studied to show yourself approved. You yielded to God. You met with God on His terms so He could craft you into a vessel – the ROCKET – that He could use to deliver a specific payload. He maneuvered you into position, fully yielded to Him and ready to launch. The FIRES burned, excitement reigned, and then it was, "HOUSTON...We have lift-off!" Woohoo!
First Stage Separation
Then came the FIRST STAGE SEPARATION: You set out on your own, officially launched, whether in business or ministry. Your mentor or other encouragers and early supporters in your endeavors were separated from you as you climbed your own mountain. You may have had a select few accompany you. Some may stay at the base camp to serve a holy purpose.
In my research I found this definition for "LAUNCH VEHICLES" (credit: www.fas.org):
"Most current launch vehicles consist of two or more rockets or stages that are stacked on top of each other. The second stage (YOU) is on top of the first (YOUR MENTOR, PASTOR, TEACHER, etc.), and so on. The first stage is the one that lifts the rocket off the launch pad and is sometimes known also as a 'booster' or 'main stage.'
"When the first stage runs out of propellant or has reached the desired altitude and velocity, its rocket engine is turned off and it is separated so that the subsequent stages do not have to propel unnecessary mass. Dropping away the useless weight of stages whose propellant has been expended means less powerful engines can be used to continue the acceleration, which means less propellant has to be carried, which in turn means more payload can be placed into orbit." (Notes/emphasis mine)
Did you catch that? More payloads can be put into orbit! Listen! Human beings didn't come up with this stuff! God did! Come on, Main Stages, Thruster Rockets, and Boosters! You are launching God's rockets! It's about the payload!
Second Stage Separation
SECOND STAGE SEPARATION: Fairing Separation. A fairing is used to protect a satellite or other payload (YOU, YOUR MINISTRY and/or CAREER) during launch.
These "fairings" are the people that you took with you up the mountain! These are those that God sent with you to protect you, exhort you, support you, and help you. However, after a season or specific time, there is no longer a need for fairings. He is your protection (see Psalm 59:9), your vindicator (see Job 19:25), your justifier (see Romans 3:26 NKJV), and your shield (see Psalm 5:12).
According to my research this morning, this second stage separation occurs while the rocket is traveling at a pace literally faster than a speeding bullet! This means that while you are ministering – during your ACCELERATION – you may be getting ready to be separated again! Can somebody say PRUNING?
That is why it hurts so much, because it's pruning! God is cutting away the GOOD to make room for the BEST. He requires the very best, strongest, and fastest rockets to deliver His godly payloads! As a prophet, I know that if I am experiencing it, others are or will be as well. There is nothing uncommon to the Body. This means I know for certain that there are times in your life and in your ministry that God will set you into position and launch you seemingly just to separate you – repeatedly – over and over, until you deliver His payload that you are carrying! (Photo via Pixabay)
I have to realize that at certain times I am the main stage and not ON the main stage! Sometimes I am the "booster rocket," and sometimes I am the "fairing." I am NOT always the satellite! And neither are you! You are used of the Lord to perform His good pleasure!
...for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13 NASB
Sometimes you are delivering the payload, and other times you will be helping others to deliver theirs! Either way, it's God's will, and you are smack dab in the middle of it.
Last Stage Separation
LAST STAGE SEPARATION: Payload Separation – when you deliver the goods, or accomplish whatever it is that God has instructed you to do, for His glory. This would be whatever God created you to be and to do – evangelist, teacher, mother, prophet, administrator, waiter, real estate investor...
This is where you deliver the gift of eternal life, teach about Him, love with His love, prophesy about Him, administrate His works, serve them up, invest in His Kingdom, or whatever God has called you to deliver on His behalf... Kingdom payload in the name of Jesus.
It may hurt for a short time to be pruned. However, God knows exactly what you need to become the very best rocket you can possibly be. He also knows who else needs you to become the very best so that they can become the very best that they can be, too! He will align you and re-align you until your payload and theirs is delivered. So, THRUST!
Edie Bayer is co-founder of Kingdom Promoters along with her husband Darryl Bayer. Edie Bayer ministers as a prophetic preacher and is an author, a speaker, and travelling minister. Edie has published six books in just over twelve months! Her most recent assignment from God is to help other Christian authors to pen their novels and texts. Edie Bayer's primary focus is to promote and advance the Kingdom of God by helping people to hear and recognize the voice of the Lord and then act upon it. In addition to writing, speaking, and teaching others to do the same, Edie is currently executive assistant to international minister Joan Hunter. Edie and Darryl reside on a small homestead north of the Houston area. They raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, and have two cats. Edie has two children and three grandchildren.
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May 22, 2016 (5pm)
FREE Author Seminar: Learn how to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Book!
with Prophet and Author Edie Bayer
Southern Gate Church
10253 D'Iberville Blvd., D'Iberville, MS 39540
June 1-2, 2016 (6:30pm)
Wed: Prophetic Ministry / Thur: FREE Author Seminar
with Edie Bayer and Jo Ellen Stevens
Higher Praise Worship Center
812 Ziegler Rd, Connersville, IN 47331
June 3-5, 2016 (7pm nightly)
"In the Glory of His Presence" meetings
with Edie Bayer and Jo Ellen Stevens
Dwelling Place Ministry
8119 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
June 6-7, 2016 (Mon. 5:30pm & 7:30pm / Tue. 9:30am)
"I AM that I AM" meetings
with Edie Bayer, Jo Ellen Stevens, and Debra Holts Bettis
Life Stream Center
1681 N 22nd St., Decatur, IL