Modes of Ministry
To glance in the Spirit, not particularly with understanding, at what the Father does within us, gives us the ability to externally minister with identicalness to the Father’s work.
This is because ministry is initiated by faith without understanding.
Much ministry can be initiated with a spiritual glancing at what the Father does within us to allow us to minister it externally with identicalness.
John 5:9 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth (To habitually glance at what the Father does in the Spirit. This is not discernment with understanding) the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (Greek word “homos”)
Glancing in the Spirit to what the Father does, gives us that momentary instinctive knowledge, which on many occasions, is enough for us to step out in faith and do with identicalness what we have acquired instinctively in our spirits.
Our right to do so is based on the fact that we have an equal inner spiritual nature to that of the Father, giving us identity with Him in our outward actions. We are responsible to work with identicalness to what we see on the Spirit. This is what the term “homos” means.
Sometimes however, prophecy, and probably with more of the type, which involve visions, and of more detailed and intricate ministry, requires more than a simple glancing in the Spirit. It requires spiritual vision with discernment, and understanding.
John 8:38 I speak (INSTRUMENTALITY: to utter and express prophetically (not the content of the speech)) that which I (What I) have seen ( To see with a spiritual discernment which causes me to understand) with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Compare with John 3:11 below.
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however bear acquired knowledge as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto ( My Father never ceases working in the Spirit) and I work.(and I work externally, using exactly the same procedures and in exactly the same manner in which I see instinctively the Father working within me.)
For us to know by instinct or intuition, in one moment of time, what the Father speaks in us (without understanding what He is saying, and without having to get the message of what the Father wants to say first) is what we need to begin to open up our mouths and speak prophetically.
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however can only bear testimony as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.
·Simple prophecy does not need our understanding, but an instinctive knowing in our spirits of what the Father is doing.
However, to bear witness, as in seeing and explaining a detailed prophetic vision (in a sequence of pictures or details), we need to see in the Spirit with discernment and not just as a simple glancing.
Hearing the voice of the Spirit allows us to administer the kingdom step by step along the “continuum in time” of what we are hearing.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father, which hath sent me.
“Judging”, in the verse above is the administration of God’s kingdom in the Spirit.
Judging in the Spirit is also called discernment. Many times people erroneously say that we must not judge. We are called to judge or decide whether something lines up with the voice of the Spirit and discriminate whether it comes from the Spirit or not.
The judging which is wrong is to pass a condemnatory sentence upon somebody else, not on the discernment to what the voice of the Spirit is telling us but according to our opinions or biasness’s.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion (Greek “corresponding to the word) of faith;(belonging to faith)
Prophecy is faith in one of its manifestation, this manifestation being in the “the word belonging to faith, or which is produced in the spirit as an expression of faith.
Faith, which produces a rhema word, is the FAITH OF GOD working in us. The rhema word, or voice of the Spirit, is a translation of God’s faith into a medium that we can discern, minister externally, and understand.
When we minister the rhema word we are ministering the faith that God Himself has.
Prophecy is God’s faith in the verbal expression of His rhema word. Therefore, prophecy is faith, and must be given by faith.
Prophecy therefore does not require our understanding, but a simple instinctive or intuitive knowing of the “corresponding word” (proportion of faith), which God by His faith, or God’s faith, produced in us.
To the proportion that we hear or see the word is to the proportion that we prophesy.
Degrees of ministry in the Spirit
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
Seen with discernment,
Looked upon, as watching a movie in a theater,
Felt, touched, and handled of the “Word of The Life” or the word which when ministered contains God’s “kind of life” and the operations of that life within it, to make the ministry operational.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle (arm to arm to arm encounters at close quarters) not against flesh and blood, but against ( Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) principalities, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) powers, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) the rulers of the darkness of this world, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) spiritual (must be handled in the Spirit) wickedness in high places.( In spiritual places or must be handled by the Spirit of God in us)
Here we find that spiritual warfare must be always done at close quarters with the enemy, because it is a wrestling match. Because the wickedness is spiritual, it can only be combated in the Spirit. Likewise, because the spiritual wickedness dwells in heavenly places, it must be likewise executed in the Spirit.