Synopsis of Revival 08/28/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker
2 Kings 2:9: 9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
Today, we are not coming as a traditional sermon. This is a word streamed directly from the true and living God.
Bishop Walker explains that he has always been sensitive to the word of God since he has been called as a Minister. He always knew there was something different about his assignment. Bishop explains that it is important that he release what God has shown him to release to the church.
Many people have missed the shift or the cloud of God and got left behind during the last shift. Look at the church you grew up in. Most of you can remember there was a season of change or dispensation. You grew up in a church that was denominationally faithful. It was a church where for example they were glad to say that they were COGIC, or Church of Christ, AME, or Baptist. This denominationally faithfulness was very strong and very evident during the 60’s, the 70’s, and the 80’s. The problem with this season was people would leave saying “that sermon was great!”, yet they didn’t know what the preacher talked about in the sermon later on. While we lived in this season, we really did not recognize the flaws in it. In fact, since we were victims of that season, we actually defended it because of denominational allegiance to or denomination. This was a season of white net hats and cloths on the communion table, but at the same time deacons smoking outside the church and musicians walking out during the preaching and coming back in when the sermon was over.
In the 90s, there was a great shift in the church. God allowed another cloud to come . Suddenly the grandchildren of these denominational faithful people were not at ease anymore. They begin searching for something else in a worship experience. They knew that there had to be something more than this to look forward to. When that shift happened, God used many great men of God. Bishop explains that he believed God put Bishop Paul Morton and other great men on the line to help usher this shift in. Suddenly people began to learn about the gifts of the spirit and women began to preach. This was unheard of in a lot of denominations such as Baptist church. Many of these denominations didn’t even have a Praise Team. Instead of having a praise team, they used to have devotion. This represented the apathy of the first shift.
When the second shift came, people had no more denominational allegiance. They wanted the word. It was painful to make that shift. You would think people would be happy that you were in church, but the truth is, people had to fight their own family because they left the church they grew up in. Even though it was painful, in the second shift, people began to leave the churches they grew up in and they began to go where they could experience God. Out of this shift came the Mega Churches. The Catholic, Baptist, AME, CME, and others all came together to worship one God. Some people were critical and began to call us cults. This criticalness was really birth out of the fear of the unknown. Regardless, churches got bigger and worship went to an all time high. That shift, is what I want to talk about tonight. Ex-Bishop Walker explains that many of his members were involved in the first shift when he first came to Mt. Zion; however, they trusted the God of a young preacher and allowed the second shift to take place. These 50+ members made the biggest shift of them all. God strategically positioned Bishop Walker to share this with the church and the world.
The second shift is about over. The problem with second shift was we created celebrities. Too many people needed too much. People would come to preach for you with contracts bigger than the family bible. God says he let all this happen on purpose. It was to let you know that this 3rd shift is not about a personality. This 3rd shift is not about how many members go to your church. It is about God’s glory.
So what is this 3rd shift about? God has released us to tell the nations of the world, what the church ought to look like. We are not going to stop growing, because this would stop souls from getting saved. Naturally as people get saved, it will add to the number of members at the church. What must happen is, the bigger we get, the smaller we got to get. It was the prophet Elijah who God did marvelous miracles by and his servant Elisha who comes at the moment of Elijah’s ending season. Elijah asks his servant Elisha what he wants from him before he leaves. We know that in the second shift, most of us answered this question by asking for prosperity. What we wanted in the second shift was tangible blessings, but in the 3rd shift, we hear Elisha saying it is not about what money can buy. You got to have something that can sustain you between the money. What we need is the anointing. Not just the anointing on you already, but we want a double portion just like Elisha asked for. The anointing of God is the presence of God on your life. It is the vehicle that God uses to bring the super-natural into the natural. It is that very oil of God flowing in your life that will allow you to tap into his gifts. As we unfold this message, Bishop tells us that God says tell the church how Elisha got it and release them to receive it.
If you want a double portion of Gods anointing you must do the following 7 things:
I. Like Elijah, confront the spirit of the enemy. Who did Elisha have to confront? In 1 Kings 19 tells us that Elijah was confronted by Jezebel in a message and it caused Elijah to flee for his life, but the Lord eventually told him to go back the same way he came and confront what he was fleeing from. Revelation 2:20 says: 20 “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.-Jezebel. -People of God, we have not come to talk about Jezebel. We have come to talk about is the spirit of Jezebel. We must confront this spirit in this season. In this spirit is the spirit of manipulation, control, and people that will cling to you taking only what they want , yet leaving and giving you hell when they can’t get it any more. There are people that show up, because they want a title. They only stand up because they want to be seen. In this 3rd shift, you will not manipulate your way through God’s house. Our destiny is in hand the hands of God, not the Devil.
Make a list of Jezebel spirits in your life. God said cut it off now. This spirit is a cancer. You can’t take cancer from one part of your body and put it somewhere else and expect to survive. In this season, you got to confront it. There is a spirit of boldness that is about to break out in this church. God said his transfer is only going to take place when you confront the spirit of the enemy.
II. Rely on God. Before Elijah was taken into heaven, he proclaimed his loyalty to God. Elijah stood before hundreds and declared that God was the God of Israel and that he done it all. It was in 1 Kings 18.26 that Elijah called fire down from heaven. Why have this season come you might ask? You got to quit putting your trust into people. You got to quit leaning to your own understanding and learn to lean on God.
Ask what the Lord wants you to do. This season, God wants people totally dependent on him. If you are going to get a double portion of God’s anointing, only God only can do it. Some witnesses will tell you if you rely on God, he will make a way out of no way.
III. Learn how to serve. Elijah served God. It was Elisha that said he would not leave Elijah’s side. This is the day that God is looking for people that will serve him and not those that are trying to work up to something. God is looking for people who will simply serve him with gladness. He is looking for people who will serve him without a paycheck. Ex-Bishop says the thing that really got under his skin is that he raised up some great guys in the second season. Some were armor bearers, but like the disciples with Jesus, they got familiar with him, and they forgot the anointing placed on his life. They forgot about why they were serving. God told Bishop Walker to put a stop to it and see who would serve God without a title. See who would come to church without a seat up front. Bishop said God just wants people who want to serve him. Ex-13 yrs ago, Bishop Walker came to Mt Zion and served a man named Dr Roberson who was Pastor at that time time Pastor. Bishop Walker explains that he would meet him at his car and grab his briefcase. He just served the man of God. If there was paper on the pulpit, he just picked it up. Bishop just focused on serving the Pastor in the name of God. There was no sound man, so Bishop would even turn on the switch on PA system himself. This experience sparked a whole other mentality for Bishop. Bishop states that because of his experience with serving, it is hard to be around people that want to be served themselves instead of having a heart to serve others. Bishop Walker asks how can he be a Bishop that is tangible and reach people, if the people who work around him are so distance? In this season, God said you will have to do what needs to be done, even if it is not part of your job description.
IV. Walk by faith. Elisha fought against Elijah’s will and he stayed with him. Just like all the great leaders of the church, God has positioned you and me to be people of faith. God has created a situation in this season so you will have to live on the word you have been talking about. The issue is now are you going to walk by faith?
Gilgal is where Elisha’s faith begins. 2 Kings 2:1: 1And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.- Gilgal was where manna (referring to bread from heaven) ceased to be given by God and the children of Israel was forced to live by their faith. -9And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day. 10And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. – For 40yrs the children of Israel lived by following God’s cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. You got to move with God’s glory instructs you to move. Stop looking at your circumstances and move where God says to move. Don’t look at circumstances, because God may be seeding for your harvest.
Manna means “man what is this?” There is no secret that your faith has been stretched in this season. God says in this season, you are experiencing your Gilgal. What God is doing today will change you forever.
V. Know what it means to be tested. Our test right now is this recession. God says the world is in a recession, but the kingdom is in a re-set. God said this is what I did: Nobody came and took the money to create this recession. God says what he done is position the kingdom to be re-set. It is not that there is a lack of money, it is just being transferred. People of God, these money problems are the wounds and scars that others had to take, because in the second season, some were trying to teach you sowing and tithing with integrity. Others tainted it and made you skeptical of the whole tithing process. Proverbs 3:9-10: 9Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.-Your barns have been emptied through this recession. Not that you are not doing your best to tithe, but you want to know why your barn is empty? It is because God needed to know that when he blessed you, who would get the glory?
The problem with the wealth in the hands of wicked is that they didn’t’ honor the Lord with what they gained. Proverbs 13:22: 22A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. – God said if you keep trusting him and tithe during the recession, he can see that you trust him no matter what. If you continue to trust God, he has got what you sowed stored up and he will transfer it into your barns. This recession was just a test. If are passing the test, it don’t hurt you to pay your tithe, because you trust God. What happened in your season of being tested?
VI. Know how to wage warfare. Elisha became a man to war in the spirit. Power belongs to God. In Joshua 6, God said this power is only coming to people that have the power of warfare. This is not about who you can cut it in the midst of warfare. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. God is not looking for people that are dependent on others. God is looking for people who can declare authority over their own lives. Demons have been running rampart in your house. This is not the time for wimps. This is time to turn to the wall and say I am a warrior. Jesus says to his disciples that the work they saw him do, greater works will they do. Ex-Bishop explains that he has been hesitant of releasing the ministry that God has released on this body (the church) and ministries that people have been called to, because of the foolishness found within the church.
God told Bishop that when he releases this 3rd season; people have to be assured that they are ready. You don’t know it yet. You have been so suppressed because of demonic spirits, you are not aware that some of you have been given gifts to operate in the 3rd season. Bishop (and other Pastors) is going to be calling certain people out and some will not believe that God has called you out. Tonight it is going to happen. The only way is to receive a double anointing is to have the next point.
VII. Must have a vision. It was on the banks of the Jordon River where God tested Elisha’s vision. Elijah said asked Elisha what he wanted from him before he would be taken to heaven by a whirlwind. Elisha asked for a double portion of God’s anointing. Elijah told Elisha that if he saw a certain event happen, then the blessing he asked for would be for him. 9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. – Elisha was told he would receive what he asked for if he saw Elijah being taken from him. Elijah was taken up into heaven by a whirlwind. Elisha saw him taken up. When he saw this, he received his blessing. When you can see it (us go to the next dimension), the 3rd shift, God will release your blessing. Be aware though, when you take part in this blessing, Satan will try to attack your life.