Note: This is a continuation of a word released by Bill Lackie last week. You can click on the link at the bottom of this article if you missed the first word.
The Progression of the Church
None of us know the day or the hour of Christ's return. We can know that we have entered a season and what that season is becoming. As the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the transition position is to understand that Jesus is the "Soon Coming King."
Bishop Hamon, in his teachings about the Kingdom of God, has listed the progression of the Church since 1950:
1) Protestant 1950
• Repentance from dead works
• Baptism of Repentance
2) Holiness 1960
• Faith toward God
• Baptism of Water
3) Pentecostal 1970
• Doctrine of Baptisms
• Baptism of Holy Spirit
4) Charismatic 1980
• Laying on of Hands
• Christ's Corporate Body
5) Prophetic 1990
6) Apostolic 2000
7) Saints Movement 2010
8) Army of God 2015
9) Kingdom Establishment (this is the current progression in 2021)
Ruling and Reigning
God wants to establish the Kingdom of Heaven, as it exists in Heaven, on Earth. Perhaps only a remnant will embrace this shift, however, all who know Him as Savior need to shift to the Kingdom Establishment transition. Jesus, when He was here, spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven often. All that He did was reveal the Kingdom of Heaven. Let's begin to declare, command, then take action to possess His Kingdom in our lives, the lives of our families and the lives of the community God has placed us with.
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25, KJV)
We have begun to see the power of ministry in houses, communities and outside the 4 walls of the church. Actually, the Church is a moving, growing, transforming organism that is changing daily as God reveals our future. COVID has opened the opportunity for ministry within the Body of Christ in homes. I was just talking with our church in Seoul, Korea...they said, just recently, that they were told they could meet during the day only. Also, they are required to reduce the number of people that minister to fewer numbers.
With these kinds of restrictions, we have seen the Church going to the internet, using resources like Zoom and other internet tools for connecting people. A lot of the news shows people being interviewed over the internet, and travel is not necessary for people to be interviewed by the parent company. It can all happen on the internet.
In 2021, it is my firm belief that the damage of COVID will be turned around. There will be light at the end of this tunnel. Churches and their buildings will be overrun with people seeking God to bring peace to their circumstances. The church sanctuaries will return to impacting people's lives, along with the internet churches and webinars. Despite 2020 ushering in problems and difficulties, it has also unveiled more sources of the Gospel which are being sent around the world from our computers. In this year of 2021, we are entering into expansive opportunities to release revelatory demonstrations of the Kingdom!
"And My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." (Isaiah 32:18, KJV)
Release of Miracle Power
Our life's journey has intersected with problems that—unless God interacts and releases His power to heal and transform—will leave us struggling through these problems, afflictions, limitations and frustrations, limiting our life and its freedoms. Nothing is impossible with God. However, have you not faced a problem in life where the difficulty didn't change, and instead of being delivered from this problem, you were required to walk through it?
In 2021, greater demonstrations of the miracle power of the Lord will be seen and experienced. There is no real formula except FAITH that opens the doors for miracles. Perhaps you have been taught that either you are standing in the way of your miracle, or your miracle will pass you by. But faith—trusting in God with no doubt—pleases God.
Face the year 2021 believing that in every situation of trauma and impossibility, God's miracle power will encounter you there, shifting you into His promises.
"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matthew 17:20, KJV)
Daily Need of Miracles
Your faith walk in 2021 may require trusting God to meet your needs with daily miracles—whether they are financial, relational, or regarding destiny promises. When you gave your heart to the Lord you took a step of faith. Walking in the impossible areas of life requires the touch of God to shift the impossible situations. This year it will become more necessary to walk in faith as the world's circumstances, at times, will seem looming.
I can remember starting my Christian life walking by faith. I would walk 3 miles to a bus stop. I would travel 30 miles to downtown Austin, Texas and walk another 3 miles to the church. Each time I wouldn't have the money in my hand to pay for the bus ride. While I would walk the first 3 miles, I would find change on the ground, and bottles, which at that time could be redeemed for 5 cents; or someone would gift me money. I know this was a foundation for my life that, from that time until now, would make me totally dependent on God for performing every day miracles in my life.
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." (Mark 16:17-20, KJV)
Trust Births Faith
The year 2021 is beginning with us understanding how to multiply our faith. For many, the principle of faith eludes them because they don't know how to change their doubt and get faith. A principle which I see the Lord releasing in 2021 is the principle that faith works by love. If you love God, people and the purpose God has presented you with, then you will have trust. God does not lie, but in certain situations His fruit, produced by your faith, doesn't show up when you feel you need it. Trusting in God, knowing He never fails, is the key for unlocking your destiny and will always produce more faith. (Photo via Unsplash)
As you grow in trust, you will also grow in faith. What you are believing for will become larger and larger as the years go by. It is the plan of God to stretch us in our faith and the demonstration of our faith. Work on these areas in your life by trusting God more and your faith will also grow.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11, KJV)
Harmony and Unity
God is going to increase our influence in 2021. His desire is for us to talk in harmony and unity. With music, singing different notes causes harmony. Singing the soprano top note gives you the melodic line of the song, but harmony provides fullness and expands the impact of the song.
In this same vein, in 2021, building your relationships in harmony enlarges your impact and sound—especially your relationship with God. Learning the principle of harmony teaches you how to blend. This blending is not only required in relationships but in every aspect of demonstrating God's will in your life. Just because God worked in your life a particular truth, doesn't mean it is the truth for the people you talk to. What then do you do?
You learn to harmonize with those around you that are singing a different note but enlarging the impact of the song. You don't lose your identity by harmonizing and walking in unity; you are actually able to have a greater impact for the Kingdom as you strategize your place in the song. You don't have to stick out to in your communication to be heard; it is actually necessary for you to harmonize and walk in unity, as the overall impact is greater.
"Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." (Philippians 2:2, KJV)
Loyalty and Love
In 2021, the Lord is giving us time to tighten the relationships that we will need in our future. One of the qualities that strengthens us in our relationships is the growth our loyalty in our relationships. First you need to determine what loyalty in your love would mean.
Loyalty and love are like the one-two punch in any work of the Lord. As you discover your destiny, learning to be F.A.T. (Faithful, Available and Teachable) will enhance your relationships. Instead of finding out the areas where you differ with someone, you need to discover the areas where you are alike or similar.
The definition of love is limited if you don't also have loyalty demonstrated. Loyalty means there is a steady relationship at a level that doesn't get shaken. This steadiness defines a quality of love. It does not require you to be similar, or even alike, to those whom you love. But if you demonstrate the quality of loyalty, it will enhance and shout loudly to others around you.
Can you love without loyalty? No, the love you have for someone will have a dimension of loyalty in it. What is the opposite of loyalty? It is dissonance. In music there are notes you can play together and they produce a dissonant sound that must be resolved.
"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." (Proverbs 17:17, KJV)
The definition of humility is to speak or understand what God says about you and live through that principle. It doesn't mean that you need to speak it or cause everyone to understand what you are doing. We have learned through the story of Joseph that his actions caused his brothers to throw him into a pit. A part of walking in humility means knowing what God has said to you, but understanding that not everyone else needs to know it. The Scriptures actually say, "Don't cast your pearls before swine" (see Matthew 7:6). Revealing what is precious to you, like pearls, may not be perceived as pearls to people who are in the mud pit eating...like swine.
Learn to promote others above yourself and God will take care of your promotion. In 2021, it will be extremely necessary to understand your promotion and the truth in your promotion that first requires humility.
"But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:6, KJV)
Hung by the Tongue
This phrase ("hung by the tongue") comes from a book I read over 40 years ago. What it is talking about is keeping your communication pure.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8, KJV)
In 2021, there is a greater need for our communication to demonstrate the life of Jesus. When we speak freely, sometimes our communication does not please Him, and we may not initially feel a correction. It is clear that what we say is out there for the enemy to take advantage of. We are not to be afraid of the strategy of the enemy, but we must not feed him anything.
God's grace is sufficient, teaching us how to better be His ambassador here on Earth. It may look difficult to you, but with His grace we can do all things! When we align ourselves with Philippians 4:8, then we impart grace, breakthrough and align with Heaven's view. We will edify others with our balanced communication.
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." (Ephesians 4:29, KJV)
Doors of Intimacy with God Flinging Wide Open
The Cross of Jesus Christ settled our account in Heaven. The veil of the holy of holies was rent in two and God, through Jesus Christ, began an "open door policy." Jehovah God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit bear witness to the freedom and accessibility we have with Heaven. It is time for us to come boldly to the throne of God, petitioning our needs, the needs of others and aligning with Heaven's response.
In 2021, there will be challenges to face. As always, the Lord enables us to walk through each situation connected and supported by Him. When we are weak, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. The symbiotic relationship with God represents the heavenly relationship all of us will have when we get to Heaven.
Nowhere does it say that our relationship with God is limited. We can gain every impartation from God that is necessary as we walk by the Spirit here on Earth. He created us to walk with Him in intimacy as in the Garden. Since the failure of Adam and Eve, God determined to find a way to redeem our access to Him. God's perfect love will cast out every fear! Every action of God is to make a way for us through is mighty grace. (Photo via Unsplash)
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16, KJV)
Let Go of Your Past
In our walk with God He continually wants us to walk in forgiveness. When we hold on to hurt and don't forgive, we are locked into the hurt and we are not able to move forward in freedom. The measure you use, it will be measured to you. Not forgiving people of your past binds you to them and to God.
Letting go of your past won't be easy (or possible) until you forgive those who have wronged you. Until you do, you are tied to your past. Forgiveness in your heart is for you to release you.
Letting go of the past in 2021 is essential to begin walking in grace toward your destiny and destination. Your unforgiveness binds you to your past and the feelings that go along with it. In 2021, there are many changes and additions that you will face. Carrying extra baggage, like unforgiveness, will be too much weight for you to carry (you can't carry the old and the new). Let go in 2021.
Yesterday's victories are still in the past. They can be a part of what you are building spiritually, but their ("in-season") power is gone. Focus on today's victories that you need and demonstrate God's power in 2021 with strength and focus to finish your journey!
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before..." (Philippians 3:13, KJV)
New Depths of Faith
In 2021, as your move forward embracing the changes God will present you with, your reservoir of FAITH will need to be full. Throughout the years, you may have taken hits in your FAITH, causing your faith to weaken. All you have is today. Staying connected to your past is like driving a car looking in your rear view mirror. Pulling on your future when it's "today" won't work because you are in today; though it can motivate you with hope...having visions of your future. Every prophetic word I have received, when it came to pass, didn't look like I thought it would.
Deepen your FAITH in God. Things may shake and battles might be lost, but you need to remember that your FAITH in God pleases Him. As you stretch and daily take on circumstances with your reservoir of FAITH, you will find that you are keeping pace with His purpose.
Cut loose everything that drains your faith! Doubt can come from anywhere; it can grow and it will try to cancel your promise. Be diligent, walking in strong faith toward your destiny and destination. Feed your faith through Scriptures, answered prayers and breakthroughs. Each time, realize that your muscle of FAITH is growing larger.
In 2021—FAITH is your key to your future in Him.
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22, KJV)
Miracles, Miracles and Miracles!
Creating a spiritual ground that embraces miracles is easy. All you need to do is to walk in the Word of God, which reveals your attitude, your altitude and the abundance God desires for you. Miracles pull down from Heaven the provision and breakthrough you need in your life, now. If you continue to feed your life with faith declarations, you will begin to see miracles released in your life.
It is important in 2021 that you thank God for everything He releases in your life—both the small miracles and the big miracles. In Deuteronomy 28 it is recorded that the blessings of God will overtake you if you follow His statutes.
Don't let delay weaken your faith in miracles. It may be a process that God takes you through to prepare you for miracles. Miracles that take time are sometimes more appreciated than those that happen instantly. Don't mistake me, they are both from God.
Our "microwave" society wants everything, now! Often the plans of God may not happen "now" but over time. It doesn't weaken your miracle...actually, it reveals the powerful impact of Heaven on you and your life. It's time to shift into miracles, miracles, miracles every day! Strengthen your muscles and step into the working of miracles! Impact your life and everyone around you!
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father." (John 14:12, KJV)
Dive to Your Deepest Depth
What is your deepest depth? It is the vastness of God's wisdom, truth, actions, networking with others and everything that declares the power of God. His deepest depth is a part of the intimacy that belongs to God's heart, which He will reveal to you over time. If He downloaded the depths of His heart for you and others it would be too difficult to manage.
It is important in 2021 for you engage the depths of God's heart, and whatever time it takes for you to discern its deepest interpretation. The manifold wisdom of God can be released to you based on how much you can receive. When you dive to this "deepest depth" you will find God's miraculous expanse; you will allow your boundaries to be expanded and your borders to be fortified. He is waiting for you to say YES!
"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of Thy waterspouts: all Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me." (Psalm 42:7, KJV)
Prescriptive Words from God becoming Keys to Unlock
Learning to receive all that God sends you in revelation, demonstration and application will cause you to learn discernment of the purpose of the words He is using. Every word from God contains illumination. Learn to receive them and the wholeness of the purposes for which they are sent. If you continue in your daily communion with God, the acceleration of His purpose will not overwhelm. Often God doesn't release more until you manage the last revelation He sent you.
The year of 2021 will involve learning to "walk on water." You will be walking according to His revelation and there will be no foundation under you but HIS WORD!
Track these prescriptive words; when you do, you will see the new pattern of His strategy for your life. They will link up and form new spiritual DNA that will impact everything you do. Stay alert and see the keys of the Kingdom.
"And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven." (Matthew 16:19, KJV)
(To read the first article by Bill Lackie posted last week, "We Have Won in 2021," click here.)
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Bill Lackie:¬†The ministry of Bill Lackie has been cultivated through 45 years of position in the local Church ministry and travel. By calling, he is an apostle-prophet to the local Church Body and to the nations. Through years of counseling, preaching, teaching, and prophesying, his ministry has developed with a prophetic flow of clarity and specifics ministered through a compassionate "Father's heart." Traveling nationally and internationally, Bill has established churches, been a keynote speaker at conferences, and prophetically ministered to heads of state and political officials. He has authored books and materials releasing saints in present truth ministry.¬†Bill currently serves on staff at Vision Church at Christian International and he and his wife are elders in the local Church Body.¬†He presently resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with his wife, LaRue.
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