I grew up spiritually old school, seeing the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) move and lives being changed. After being introduced to our biblical roots, Torah, and the culture that had been extracted out, I assumed that I could reestablish the missing pieces.
My dream was to see the power of what we knew, infused by what we were discovering. I am convinced that I am not alone in my thinking. After all, what we have known was wonderful, and now adding in the missing links should produce even more, right?
Well, I am so sorry, as you could guess, that didn’t happen. For some reason, one plus one did not equal two. It produced far less then what was dreamed. Everything we did to promote our newfound insights and the excitement attached to them only fell flat. Something was missing, something was wrong, and the skeptics were so helpful to point it out. So you are not alone, and your fears are confirmed. It’s not working for all of us.
Help From Above
Here’s the good news, fears lead to insights when submitted to “The” proper system analyst. The very One that leads us to these newfound insights, or previously misunderstood insights is the same one that can straighten out the kinks. You are not missing it, and the skeptics are not right. You heard from The Lord!
I have said, “the biggest obstacle in this movement are those who are just ahead of us. ” They are either spending their time setting up roadblocks or holding understanding captive. They have arrived, but just five minutes ahead of us. I can’t blame them, after all. Most of us in ministry had been teaching doctrine over the actual black, red, and white letters right in front of us. You don’t want to put anything out there just in case you are wrong again.
I think it would be easier to correct your course in a moving car as opposed to a parked one. I became desperate to see the dream of the true intents of The Father in operation. I needed to identify what was missing. While I was meeting with a group of “new to the movement” people, I started listening to see where I could sow into them. I was hoping to somehow add insight to their journey. Instead, The Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) used them to identify some components that I had missed. They had been right in front of my face all along, and I just hadn’t seen them yet.
Defining The Problem
Before I explain those components, I need to identify the problem. The problem is rooted in the act of taking one culture and adding it to another culture without understanding The Father’s desire. That is why one plus one does not equal two. New wine goes into new wineskins (Matthew 9:17). Just because a flavor of wine has existed before doesn’t mean it won’t blow out the old skin. What I mean is this, most of us in this “movement” are longing for the old wine. We found the recipe, and we are ready to recreate the wine. In our excitement, we take the old recipe’s new batch and put it into an old wineskin.
What Are The Components?
So what are the components of the old recipe so we can places them securely into a new wineskin?
Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
I see three components at work here; (1) Community, (2) The Ruach ha Kodesh, (Holy Spirit) at work, and (3) Active evangelism.
I know, you thought it would be a paved parking lot, a coffee bar, and great kids programs. Seriously though, these three components are the re-newed wine in a new wineskin.
Kim and I have experienced one or two components in a lot of places. Three of the components in a very few places. But where all the parts were working, there was great fruit. The key to continued fruit is when these three components continue to stay at work.
Acts 2:42, 44, 45, and 46 are a beautiful picture of community. Honestly, most immediate families couldn’t pull this kind of stuff off, but the early church did. I think community is the most rewarding and yet the most challenging component. The only way it can work is if all involved are all involved. Being halfway in leaves others suspicious, and it wears out the leadership.
Trust is the glue that holds community together. Most of us came from a place where we blindly trusted pastors and leaders. Then our spiritual eyes popped open, shining the light on looming questions in the back of our minds. We found our way into groups of likeminded people, all searching for that, re-newed wine. Unfortunately, some haven’t trusted anyone or anything since. We could not devote ourselves to an apostles’ teaching because we are too busy trying to prove them wrong. Sorry for the rant, but we have to learn to trust again!
I love Acts 2:46, “continuing with one mind”, now that’s trust. Think about this, not only were they receiving teaching from the apostles but also from the teachers in the temple.
Acts 2:46 Holds another key to community. Not only did they meet in the temple but from house to house. If we look at this deeper, you will begin to realize that they were probably meeting on Erev Shabbat (Friday night), renewing their covenants with their families and their communities. Real deep fellowship takes place on Erev Shabbat. So the first key would be doing the Erev Shabbat meal with portions of your community.
The next key would be meeting in the temple as a community. Corporate worship taps into the other components and enables the community to grow in truth and strength. Let me just say that when all of the components are evident, people want to be together. FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, would supersede other activities, you know the ones that pull you into violating the Sabbath. Communities missing even one of these components have a rash of “donkeys in the ditch” week after week, no FOMO.
Just a little sidebar on why I use the term this “movement” is because we, in this “movement,” can’t agree on what to call ourselves. If I say Hebraic Root, Messianic, One New Man, Christians that read the front of the Bible or straight up Jewish, the walls go up. We use to swallow camels, and now we choke on gnats.
I have always said, “We can’t reproduce what we can’t define.”
Holy Spirit at Work
Acts 2:43 “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.” That would definitely be The Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) at work.
For some reason, The Ruach ha Kodesh takes the biggest hit in this “movement.” Why? I know that the move of The Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) has been an area of suspicion. The definition of a skeptic is a lack of education beyond what is known to a person. Plugging our ears or talking loud and fast has been some people’s best defense, keeping knowledge at arm’s length. You can’t be wrong that way, but you can’t learn either.
I like to educate people about The Ruach ha Kodesh this way…
Can you imagine being in the upper room, you just saw your rabbi put to death. He led you and taught you step by step. He wanted you to go wait for some “Holy Spirit,” but all you can think about is your need for the rabbi. Just to be able to converse with Him again. Then suddenly you hear His voice, you say, I can hear you but where are you? You’re Rabbi says I am in you. That is why I needed you to be filled with The Ruach ha Kodesh, now let’s get on with the mission.
Who wouldn’t want that? Plenty of people, unfortunately. I have found it to be true that a good portion of individuals with controlling mothers have the most issues with The Holy Spirit. The Ruach ha Kodesh is considered the female attribute of the Godhead. Believe it or not, the relationship with your mommy can interferer with your connection to The Spirit. Release her and get connected.
Another aspect tied into holding The Ruach ha Kodesh in suspicion is typically those individuals have a problem with tithing. They may be givers, but they can not trust a church or fellowship to make financial decisions. They will give to a project or for a specific need but not in the offering. It’s a control issue, feeding into a trust issue.
I have seen The Ruach ha Kodesh moving so powerfully in the “Three-Component” groups. Transformation, healing, infilling, relational restoration, and even mighty deliverance. Don’t cut this portion of the Godhead out. We need every piece.
Acts 2:42-46 is where evangelism lives. Let me explain when community and The Ruach ha Kodesh are at work evangelism becomes the byproduct. People buy into what works. When a community of people is so connected that needs are being met and there is a sense of true love for each other, people want in.
Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Most groups in this “movement” have stoped up evangelism due to the buy-in price. Let’s face it, it’s a big leap, burn your Christmas tree, no more bacon, keep the Sabbath day holy? We can be timid and even hold out. Don’t do this. We heard the truth, it resonated in our spirit, and we jumped off the edge. Yeshua was not looking for everyone, just those who had ears to hear and eyes to see. People that are “tinder” hearted will catch on fire easily, because they are also usually tenderhearted.
Let me make it clear we “Eagle Rock Ministries” do not have this figured out. We have had all three components from time to time but not for quite a while. A body rarely has all three parts at work, but it is impossible to achieve if you don’t know what is needed. Community, The Ruach ha Kodesh at work, and evangelism are the winning combination.
In Isaiah 11:1 and 2, we see the pattern of the three components again.
Isaiah 11:1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding (Community)
The spirit of counsel and strength (Holy Spirit at work)
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord (Evangelism)
As we strive to walk in these three components, we will see fruit! Take a survey of your ability to walk in these. It is your responsibility, not the pastor or leaders. It’s yours. Work at how you react to your community, are you contributing, loving, and caring? Is the Holy Spirit at work in you? If the Holy Spirit is at work in you, it will rest on those around you. Take authority over your atmosphere, and “the” atmosphere will change. Are outsiders drawn to the community you’re a part of? It’s a telltale sign when people are attracted to your group that the first two components are working well.
Kim and I want to see you free and powerful. Take this challenge seriously and see what changes in you, causing a difference in the community around you.
Shalom Aleichem, Pastor Brendt