Friday, May 15, 2020
"Sent Out by the Holy Spirit" - Morning by Morning, May 15, 2020
Morning by Morning, May 15 - "Sent Out by the Holy Spirit"
"Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went...." (Acts 13:1-4).
My wife Rocio and I have been so honored to be part of a ministry so much like the gathering of the people of God at Antioch these past seven years -- Rapha God Ministries. It's a vibrant, loving, powerful ministry called to minister and teach the healing love of Jesus Christ. Like Antioch, it's a ministry of prophets and teachers, saturated in a spiritual atmosphere of worship and prayer, seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit to be faithful and obedient to God. It's led by my life-long friend of over thirty years, Tammy Watts as its founder and executive director. We have been so honored to be so loved and saturated in such a rich and deep, authentic and genuine, atmosphere of our Father's love.
Now, throughout the body of Christ today, the Holy Spirit is speaking to us all about the next season in the Kingdom of God and the unfolding plans of God in our world and in our lives. In different ways and step by step, the Holy Spirit is aligning and realigning, directing and redirecting our steps to fulfill His mandate and commission of the body and bride of Christ in our day.
When Saul and Barnabas were sent out from Antioch, they carried with them the prophetic and teaching anointing that the Lord had done in them, but also went out in what was evangelistic and even became apostolic in time to go forward as they were led, in agreement with the leading of the same Holy Spirit moving in the hearts of all the leaders at Antioch. No doubt Antioch was different after that, just as Saul and Barnabas were different after that. Nothing went back to the old normal or how things were. Instead everything was becoming new and springing forth into what it was always intended to be. It wasn't denying or regretting the past; it was taking all that was learned and developed to go forward into the present and future in right alignment and fulfillment all the plans and purposes of God.
While at Rapha God Ministries, I've also continued aspects of the ministry the Lord entrusted to me over twenty years ago called Messiah Ministries, called to "prepare the way of the Lord" in the hearts of His people, at home and to the nations. Several months ago, the Lord called us each to be fasting and praying about the original roots of what has grown into the tree of life and ministry for both Rapha God Ministries and Messiah Ministries.
In obedience to this directive, like the leaders at Antioch, we've been fasting and praying and worshipping the Lord for several months about all this, each in our own way. The Lord has been speaking to all of us in different ways and providing different parts. It's all been in deep prayer and preparation for what He's about to do, in and through all of us. We see in part; we prophesy in part; we each share the parts we sense are from the Lord with testing and discernment to seek God's will and leading. He's the One who sees all the parts together and shows us what we need to know, when we need to know it. And now we believe the Lord is showing us how He is putting the parts together in exciting ways that stir up great joy and expectant faith for what is to come; while at the same time, there is also deep sorrow that comes from true hearts letting go of what has been so nurturing and beautiful in order to take hold of what lies ahead.
Rocio and I seek the blessing of the Lord and loving release from our friends who have become our forever family at Rapha God Ministries to now go forth into what we believe the Holy Spirit is calling us to in the season ahead as we fully reengage the calling of Messiah Ministries. We know the Lord will continue to lead both of these ministries of His, step by step into the fullness of all He has always intended. With each ministry, separately led but both led of the Holy Spirit, just as the ministry of Antioch and the ministry of Saul and Barnabas were separate but blessed in their obedience to the Lord, both were able to grow and mature and expand the Kingdom of God in different ways. Both ministries were eternally connected in the bond of the Spirit, in the bonds of encouragement and love, with deep honor and respect for the Lord and for another. We desire the same.
Rocio and I thank You, Father, for all You have done in us through our time of being deeply loved and growing deeply in the good soil of Rapha God Ministries. So much of who we are is what we have become through all the love and prayers, the nurture and growth, the healing and freedom You have done in us through our loving family at Rapha God Ministries. We honor them and we honor You for all You have done through them in our lives that will never be the same. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My friend, may you be blessed in all your Holy Spirit-filled relationships whether those of your past, your present, or your future, as the Lord aligns you, empowers you, and sends you out in His love by His Spirit for His Kingdom, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!