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The Birthing Process

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By Glenn H. Jackson

Words of Prophecy:

A “ministry” is simply a “remnant” of My Body called together and set apart in [aside] for a specific task or purpose!

There will be those who continue to walk in “worldliness” around you, but you must in no way agree with – or conform yourself to – their words and actions; for only in separation unto Me will you fulfil the task that I have set before you. Rejoice, My beloved one, for “all” that I have spoken to you concerning your life and ministry shall come to pass; and, because of you, I shall be greatly glorified – and the name of Jesus exalted above “all” else in the hearts and minds of the multitudes. 

Satan is now unleashing his greatest attack upon this ministry, up to this time. Hold fast! Guard your heart well and you shall surely see his “absolute” failure to move you from the course which I have set out for you. 

There is only one thing that one can do better than anybody else and that is to carry out “their” portion of the ministry of My Dear Son! 

You shall see many pressure-packed situations, My beloved one, but truly I say to you, you shall rise above them all and remain faithful to Me throughout every trial and tribulation – and you shall surely fulfil the fullness of the ministry I have called you to. 

….”Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord [TO His Church] is near”…. James 5:7-8 NASB

….”Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds”…. Hebrews 12:3 The Amplified Translation

….”I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD”…. Psalms 27:13-14 NASB

….”Now faith is the assurance [the confirmation, the title deed] of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]”…. Hebrews 11:1 The Amplified Translation

The coming forth of a ministry can be likened to the natural birthing process. When the Lord has a particular work for one of His children, His first step is to give them a “revelation” concerning His purpose – and their perfect part in it. Once the revelation is “established” [sown as a seed into their heart by the Holy Spirit], the child of God enters a difficult period of “waiting” [testing and refining] before the onset of labour finally brings it forth. So, then, one receives the promise [a Word {revelation} from the Lord about what He is going to do through them] and it seems totally linewonderful but “unreal” [a long way from the place we are currently in]. The task, then, is for that one to”believe” for the perfect fulfillment of that promise [vision] – through the continual exercising of a supernatural hope and faith [love and obedience].

“forthwith” – immediately; at once; without delay;

“assails” – to attack vigourously or violently; assault; to attack with arguments, criticism or ridicule;

Rarely is one propelled into the ministry they are called to “forthwith” – although it is most certain in those early days [after the initial seed has been planted] that they will be given an ample “glimpse” [in type and pattern] as a “foretaste” of what is to come [John 16:13]. Instead, a period of “confinement” [often a lengthy one] is entered into. In every case, the Enemy will come against the “embryo” of a “God-given” ministry with great intensity in order to shut it down [steal or cover over the seed of revelation in that one’s heart] and, thus, it appears [for a time] as though any doors to its possible emergence are completely closed.

This great and continued opposition from the Enemy makes it very difficult to hold onto the revelation [vision] – and it is certain that one’s faith is continually “stretched” as unbelief assails them and a “weariness in waiting” attempts to envelop them. The vision, then, is in danger of being snuffed out unless they are faithful [diligent] to rest in the Lord’s faithfulness. Revisiting and declaring [proclaiming] the wonder of the Word [promise] keeps it fresh in our spirit – and, thus, its “embers” continue to glow even in the face of much suffering.

 

Words of Prophecy:

Place yourself in the position I have called you to abide in, that I might expand the revelation for your ministry – that you might exercise an “absolute faith” in all that I have spoken, and will speak to you. For all that I have spoken concerning you will surely come to pass, and indeed My name shall be glorified and My true Church both established and edified in all that you do.

Have no fear!  Only continue waiting upon Me and I shall surely reveal to you your part – and the part of those with you – in both “setting up” and running the ministry to which I have called you. I shall move those whose hearts are wholly given to Me, to come to you with the “revelation” I have placed in their hearts “burning brightly”, that you might blend together as one in Christ – in order that you might be in one accord, and in that one accord, go forth to destroy the works of the Devil and be a great sign and wonder to all those who shall cross your path.

I am going to add a “new dimension” to your ministry, My child! 

As those who I have ordained to be with you come forth there will be some who, because of a “radical experience” of My love, shall walk with you in the forefront of this ministry. Fear not! for those I bring to your side shall be full of “fire”!

Maintaining close and intimate contact and fellowship with Me is the “safeguard” against self-exaltation in the ministry – and to the maintenance of being a pure channel and vessel of My love and power [Proverbs 4:23]. 

….”But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food”…. Job 23:10-12 NASB

….”Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith'”…. Habakkuk 2:2-4 NASB

        ….”He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant. [Gen. 45:5; 50:20, 21.] His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron, Until his word [to his cruel brothers] came true, until the word of the Lord tried and tested him. The king sent and loosed him, even the ruler of the peoples, and let him go free. He made Joseph lord of his house and ruler of all his substance [Gen. 41:40]”…. Psalms 105:17-21 The Amplified Translation

“confine” – to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict;

“confinement”– the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child [in this case the birth of a destiny];

“ready” – completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate use;

Throughout the period of “confinement”, a deep work [the continually deeper work of the Cross]is being done in us – as we set ourselves to both listen and yield to the Holy Spirit when He speaks. The vision will not come forth until the Lord deems us ready to “partner” with Him in it. Our being “ready” is a huge part because the Father can ONLY work with people who have been prepared in the fires of adversity – those who have been taught of Him and who are, thus, established deeply in the various principles of the Kingdom [and rooted and grounded in Love]. The Lord births a ministry at the perfect time [in the “fullness” of time] [Galatians 4:4a] when it will not simply be viable but will “flourish” superabundantly- bearing maximum fruit for both the Church and the Kingdom while successfully withstanding the attacks of Satan and fulfilling God’s eternal purposes.

In the difficult time of waiting and preparation when there is no sign of the vision coming to pass, we should be encouraged that this is the normal birthing process. When all conspires against us and the very opposite is occurring to the Word we have been promised – take courage! Everything is “right on schedule” – according to the Father’s “highest” purpose. This is when supernatural hope [faith in a revelation of the Father’s Will] takes over and we can recognize clearly the Lord’s hand [perfect Wisdom] in EVERY phase of the confinement period. If the original promise was from Him and we are walking in His ways, He WILL bring it to fruition – not early, not late, but right on time. The most anointed piece of advice I was given when facing the attempted crushing of the revelation in my heart due to opposition [and I will never forget it], was:

“Just continue to love the Lord with all of your heart and do whatever it takes in obedience to the Holy Spirit to hear His Voice above all others. Enter into His peace and rest and then abide there – KNOWING that everything is alright.”

After the labor pains and travail of soul, the day will arrive when the promised ministry will come forth. What joy that day brings [Psalm 126:1-6]! We are ready [having been wonderfully prepared] to run with it – and it will be found perfect in every way as it develops [unfolds] supernaturally. What has been established by the Spirit of God will also be “maintained” by Him, alone, if we simply continue on in love and obedience – from faith to faith, revelation to revelation and Glory to Glory.

….”I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much [abundant] fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing”…. John 15:5 The Amplified Translation

….”Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”…. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NASB

Author: Rob van't Wout

Dutch by birth, Sweden by choice, Kingdom by grace

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