God’s Image is Your Authority

God’s Image is Your Authority By Apostle Ricardo Butler

God’s Image is Your Authority

God’s Image is Your Authority By Apostle Ricardo Butler
God’s Image is Your Authority By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By Apostle Ricardo ‘ Reason’ Butler

The Image of God IS Your Highest Calling

 

(This post and many to come were first scheduled to be part of a book that I was working on called Done Unto His Image: The True Keys of the Kingdom Since I am no longer releasing the book I am going to share what I did write so far re-edited for blog format. There was no use in letting these transformational yet controversial truths go to waste. So why not share these Kingdom Teachings.)

 

I love the definition of sin in the Greek. I don’t love sin! lol! But I love the definition of the what the word means in the Greek. The word “sin” means, “Properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin:–for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.” (Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance).

 

I love the first definition, “to miss the MARK as so not to share in the PRIZE.” Where have we heard this? Oh yea! Apostle Paul said,

 

“I press toward the MARK for the PRIZE of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14).

 

It’s safe to say that sin means, “to miss the mark as to not share in the prize of THE HIGH CALLING IN CHRIST JESUS!”

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Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early
Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

By Dr. Tim Early

 

{You may want to grab a hot cup of Green tea and biscuit before

reading this article} Go right ahead, we’ll wait here for

you right here … smile

 

Gratitude is an attitude! Your Attitude can determine your

altitude! {Attitude of Altitude}

Kingdom saints are to walk out the life-giving nature of the

Beatitude! {Matthew chapter 5}

The Beatitude {not Bad Attitude} is another way of saying

“Blessed Attitude!”

 

In 26 years of marriage to the same lovely this year’s end and 33 & 1/2 years of ministry to the corporate body of Christ, I have rediscovered with renewed interest the significant importance of mutual respect and reciprocity, covenant community, well-defined lines of open communication, honesty and maturity in right relationships, true accountability structures with seasoned ministries, and leadership initiatives modeled by example, precept, and demonstration.

 

Over the past decade, I have taken considerable notice how that many levels of relationship were born in the work of the ministry through acquaintances, casual, close, to intimate, or the 4 main categorizations {if you will} of relationships.

 

Many ministry relationships have a weak premise and a peculiar way of thinking {Your perception is your reality}, assuming that the real players in aligning to any network of ministries were the ones who gave above all others the most extravagant financial support to the leading officers of the institutional church, sprawling organization, ministerial alliance, apostolic team, international network, spiritual/ministry father, etc.

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12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ

12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ By Apostle Ricardo Butler

12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ

12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ By Apostle Ricardo Butler
12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Paul Rebukes Peter on the Circumcision Issue

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

“Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. Here’s the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That’s how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that’s been pushing the old system of circumcision. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade.

 

But when I saw that they were not maintaining a steady, straight course according to the Message, I spoke up to Peter in front of them all: “If you, a Jew, live like a non-Jew when you’re not being observed by the watchdogs from Jerusalem, what right do you have to require non-Jews to conform to Jewish customs just to make a favorable impression on your old Jerusalem cronies?”

 

We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good.

 

Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.

 

What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

 

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” (Galatians 2:11-21, The Message).

 

For today’s Apostolic Lessons & Lessons for Apostles from the Book of Galatiansthere are 12 MAJOR issues that every Apostle, Apostolic Leader, and Apostolic Minister/Ministry NEEDS TO STAND UP ABOUT!

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I.M.A.G.E (Impartional Ministry Activating God Endlessly) By Apostle Tim Early

I.M.A.G.E (Impartional Ministry Activating God Endlessly) By Apostle Tim Early

I.M.A.G.E. (Impartational Ministry Activating God Endlessly) By Apostle Tim Early

I.M.A.G.E (Impartional Ministry Activating God Endlessly) By Apostle Tim Early
I.M.A.G.E (Impartional Ministry Activating God Endlessly) By Apostle Tim Early

By Apostle Tim Early

 

 

The first great Commission of Genesis

 

The first great Commission of Genesis 1:26, 28 involves the image of God, the precursor and prelude for true DOMINION and HIS divine influence in the earth. Here, God spoke with Himself, or as we say in our assemblages abroad, “God Talks to GOD!” The same holds true with you and me in speaking of His dimensions, portals, and realms of unlimited glory in us, as the Emmanuel Principle is GOD for US, GOD with US, God REVEALED in US! It is God inside minded, and God Manifested! Romans 8:19 It is the same principle of Isaiah 37:16 as “the Lord dwells above the mercy Seat” of the 3rd Dimension between the Cherubim, and there, a glory is manifested and released through the true union of God who, in earlier reference, “Talks to GOD!”

 

It is the same principle in Luke 1:41 when Elizabeth heard the Greeting of Mary that the baby inside of her leaped. Bear in mind, both were to conceive of the Lord, Jesus and John, and between both women you had in principle “GOD Talking to GOD!”

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Apostolic Hubs, Kingdom Embassies, Antioch Churches, Ministry Centers and More **NEW BOOK**

Apostolic Hubs, Kingdom Embassies, Antioch Churches, Ministry Centers and More **NEW BOOK**

Apostolic Hubs: 106 Truths about Kingdom Embassies, Antioch Churches, and Ministry Centers By Apostle Ricardo Butler
Apostolic Hubs: 106 Truths about Kingdom Embassies, Antioch Churches, and Ministry Centers By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

 

I wanted to quickly let you know about a new book I’m working on, which is the 4th book in the Urban Apostles’ e-Book Series.

 

It’s called Apostolic Hubs: 106 Truths about Kingdom Embassies, Antioch Churches, and Ministry Centers Book Release Date OUT JULY 18TH, 2016!

 

Apostolic Hubs: 106 Truths about Kingdom Embassies, Antioch Churches, and Ministry Centers is a Study/Devotional Apostolic Book with the goal to help new and emerging five fold ministry leaders, especially those who are apostolic and prophetic understand what the purpose, function, and destiny as well as perhaps your role and responsibility as a leader to both lead such a team or serve on such a team in submission to more seasoned leadership so that you will be able to transform a local church, a network of churches, and even a house church movement to unify and be mobile in your city or region for greater effectiveness (doing the right things) and efficiency (doing things right) in advancing the Kingdom, Glory, and Image of the Father—Christ IN you; the hope of Glory!

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Between Elijah and Elisha (Father/Son Relationship) By Apostle Tim Early

Between Elijah and Elisha By Apostle Tim Early

Between Elijah and Elisha By Apostle Tim Early

Between Elijah and Elisha By Apostle Tim Early
Between Elijah and Elisha By Apostle Tim Early

DEDICATED TO THE GENERATIONAL BLESSING THROUGHOUT THE EARTH

 

By Apostle Tim Early

 

Oftentimes when people site the importance of divine or covenant relationships between spiritual/ministry fathers and sons, their focus is chiefly on how gifted one another is between each other, when in truth many lack understanding of the Spiritual Chemistry of the Appointed relationship. When the relationship between father and son {no gender here} is given priority of purpose, the son does not merely minister out of their great gifting or illustrious anointing but now minister out of their SONSHIP. When the Father discovers the son and the son acknowledges the father, there is no place for competition but rather proper recognition of the father and son in the appointed or divine relationship.

 

All that is given to take place or shape is purposed by God to activate destiny in the son becoming begotten into a more lively hope in fulfillment of divine expectation as appointed of the Lord through this divine relationship. The son remains a son even in the absence of the father, and the father maintains to carry the son further on into the divine progressions of the Lord that will only edify the relationship, bring glory to the name of the Lord, and to help the son to receive inheritance as no one can beget themselves.

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3 Things that Apostles Can Do to Get Their Messages Accepted in Local Churches

3 Things that Apostles Can Do to Get Their Messages Accepted in Local Churches By Apostle Ricardo Butler

3 Things that Apostles Can Do to Get Their Messages Accepted in Local Churches

3 Things that Apostles Can Do to Get Their Messages Accepted in Local Churches By Apostle Ricardo Butler
3 Things that Apostles Can Do to Get Their Messages Accepted in Local Churches By Apostle Ricardo Butler

The Jerusalem Church Receives Paul’s Message

 

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

 

“Fourteen years after that first visit, Barnabas and I went up to Jerusalem and took Titus with us. I went to clarify with them what had been revealed to me. At that time I placed before them exactly what I was preaching to the non-Jews. I did this in private with the leaders, those held in esteem by the church, so that our concern would not become a controversial public issue, marred by ethnic tensions, exposing my years of work to denigration and endangering my present ministry. Significantly, Titus, non-Jewish though he was, was not required to be circumcised. While we were in conference we were infiltrated by spies pretending to be Christians, who slipped in to find out just how free true Christians are. Their ulterior motive was to reduce us to their brand of servitude. We didn’t give them the time of day. We were determined to preserve the truth of the Message for you.

 

As for those who were considered important in the church, their reputation doesn’t concern me. God isn’t impressed with mere appearances, and neither am I. And of course these leaders were able to add nothing to the message I had been preaching. It was soon evident that God had entrusted me with the same message to the non-Jews as Peter had been preaching to the Jews. Recognizing that my calling had been given by God, James, Peter, and John—the pillars of the church—shook hands with me and Barnabas, assigning us to a ministry to the non-Jews, while they continued to be responsible for reaching out to the Jews. The only additional thing they asked was that we remember the poor, and I was already eager to do that.” (Galatians 2:1-10, The Message).

 

For today’s Apostolic Lessons & Lessons for Apostles from the Book of Galatiansthere are a few key things I want apostles, apostolic ministers, apostolic marketplace leaders, and apostolic people emerging in apostolic leadership to see and learn about this passage.
Paul speaks about “making full [and fool] proof” our ministries and to fulfill it (see 2nd Timothy 4:5 & Colossians 4:17). This is specifically important to any claiming to be apostles.

 

The first thing I want you to notice is …

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