In the last post I made mention that future updates would be coming concerning our International Assembly.
Here is the first of many: Our international presbytery meeting was a time of very long hours, many prayers and much deliberation. After going through the entire process that has been developed for our guidance, we came to a place we have never been.
What was this place? Well, I’m glad you asked. We were at the point of going to the International Assembly to share that we could not agree on the individual who should serve as the General Overseer for our church. It was at that point that a real sense of heaviness settled upon the entire international presbytery.
One by one, different ministers spoke of the heaviness and we again went to a time of prayer. At one point in the evening, somewhere around 11:30 p.m. the call to repentance and forgiveness was given. Brothers went to one another to make right any hurt feelings that may have arisen between them.
Then, there were Scriptures shared and the reading of what seemed to be a word from the Lord. The whole atmosphere seemed to be rich with the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
One of our brethren from Asia spoke up and shared the name the Lord had given to them, a second minister placed a chair in the middle of the room and shared how the LORD was going to fill the chair. Then almost as if moved in unison, leaders began to gather around Bishop Sam Clements, who was kneeling in prayer. As I approached him he looked at me and said, “what should I do?” My answer was, “you need to stand up.” I did not know that one of the other ministers had gone to him and whispered the same thing in his ear. You see, the Lord establishes every word by the mouth of two or three witnesses. (2 Corinthians 13:)
The rest, as they say is history.
There was a great time of rejoicing nearing 1:00 a.m. as Bishop Clements wife Linda was brought into the room to stand alongside her husband for prayer and anointing. Later, the selection of our new North American Presbyter, Bishop Tim Coalter was made with a very quick process, as the North American Overseers deliberated. We were feeling great!
Now, the rest of the story.
Our International Assembly started off with a high level of anticipation and great excitement. The worship was wonderful as was the preaching. There was much honest debate conducted over the business sessions but there were isolated incidents that seemed as though our enemy, the devil was trying to cause difficulties.
I won’t go into all of that right now, but suffice it to say that great conflict ALWAYS comes AFTER great VICTORY! That is the reason we are exhorted by the Scriptures to take on the whole armor of God, so that we may withstand all of the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:13-17)
We must always be ready for the battle, because it is coming whether we like it or not. We are not defeated, but rather we are victorious through the Lord Jesus Christ!
So, I leave this post with a reminder from the Scriptures: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
Remember, “Great is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)