On the 14th of September, one of Gods’ Generals David Yonggi Cho died. The only thing that came to my mind was, ‘Dimma you did not connect to the grace upon his life before he died’. To be honest, I didn’t know if I was thinking that he would still be around for a long time. He founded a Pentecostal church affiliated with the Assemblies of God on Yeouido (Yoi Island) in Seoul, South Korea. With about 480,000 members, it is the largest Pentecostal Christian congregation in South Korea. When it comes to church growth, leadership and administration, he has that mantle as far as the body of Christ is concerned.
In the past few years, most of Gods’ Generals are being called home and their mantles are left behind on earth. The implication is that mantles and graces are being transferred but the question is this, ‘Is our generation in position to steward the mantles and graces left behind? There is an urgency for Christians to discern that this dispensation is in the middle of prophecy. There is a need to step up and discern what God is doing in this season.
What is our responsibility as these graces and mantles are left behind?
Be a student of history: Start from reading all the series of God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon and take note of how God mightily used them to birth revivals that transformed nations and territories.
Build capacity: This is a time to build spiritual, emotional, intellectual and financial capacity for what God is about to entrust us with. This is not a time to be lazy and lukewarm. Pay the price to build capacity.
Study the principles of the kingdom: Commit yourself to intense studying of the word. Spend quality time listening to word based messages as well. Do not relegate the knowledge of God’s principles to the background.
Continuous fellowship with the Holy Spirit: This is a time to stay in God’s presence. Do not compromise anything for His presence. Insist on having an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit through fellowship.
Take action: what has God been laying in your heart to do? Take action and do them. Don’t wait till you have figured everything out. Also, do not expect God to trust you with mantles and graces when you ain’t doing nothing. The grace is given whilst on the job. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”. This is a good time to get into the field.
Connect: Genuinely connect to those graces and mantles by honoring them sincerely, reading/listening to their resources, volunteering to serve them in any capacity, prayerfully and financially partnering with them. Let honor be your heart posture.
There is no need praying for the mantle of massive church growth if you are a minister when the mantle of Gods’ Generals David Yonggi Cho is very much available. It did not die with him! There is no need fasting and praying for the mantle of faith and generational wealth, when Kenneth Copeland and Bishop David Oyedepo is very much alive. It is wise to connect to the grace of God upon their lives, don’t expect God to release a special mantle for you. All the mantles and graces you need are already released on earth, your job is to connect to the individuals carrying them.
As Gods Generals are being called home, let’s rise to our duty post and take the responsibility of modeling Jesus to the next generation. It is our duty to educate the generation coming after us the ways of God. if we choose to be neutral in a time as this, the enemy will introduce a god whom our fathers did not know to our children. We don’t want to raise a generation that has no regard for the God of our fathers.
With mantles and graces, comes a huge responsibility. Stay in alignment!