One of the impacts of sons going to the council is getting exposed to the Father’s heart. God’s Kingdom gives us a balance between the desire of my heart and the desires in God’s heart. Father is concerned about the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4), but there are also other fish to fry in business and nations.
Reformation is vertically integrated, and when we get in the council, we “See” all three levels:
- Personal, Family, Finances, Health, My Dreams
- Business, Mountains
- Nations, Cities, Cultures
Servants want to get answers (crumbs) from God for their finances, business, family, health, influence, ministry, etc. Their God is a bit like Santa Claus. They have not experienced Heaven. They want the experience of receiving things from Heaven and the experience of God’s presence coming to them. Servants want God to serve them, and He does at that stage of maturity. Like watching our own toddlers growing up, we all eventually become a lot less “me” focused.
Sons have experienced going to the courts and Council of Heaven. Once we get a glimpse of what Father is doing, all our priorities change instantly. We see life through Father’s purpose instead of just our own. The “Eureka is that Father’s purpose and our purpose are the same things! What is in our Father’s heart, is often written in our hearts. After seeing in Heaven, it’s natural to put the Kingdom first (Mt 6:33) – and when we do, everything is added. There is never an issue about what’s important. There is never a problem “being myself.” I’m prioritizing what is in my heart, knowing it’s also in my Father’s heart (or) I’m prioritizing what is in God’s heart, knowing it’s also in my heart. The definition of righteousness is being on the same page with Father! Righteousness is not static, it’s not all spelled out; sons move when Father moves because they can see what He’s doing in the council.
Acts 17:28 – ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ NIV
Prayer morphs from everything I want or need to an awareness of what is on Father’s heart and what He’s doing. Jesus had a very simple philosophy of co-laboring with His Father. Whatever was on Father’s heart was also on His. So, when I compare my shopping list of things I want to Father’s, it’s easy to adopt His and change our frame of reference to Heaven. I’m not losing my shopping list, I’m putting it in the context of Father’s shopping list.
John 5:19 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. NASU
John 15:5-8 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. …This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. NIV
Time morphs – When I’m praying for “my” list, I want them “now,” and I find delays frustrating. But when the curtain is pulled back on the bigger picture, I have a perspective on the larger strategy. I am one part of a much larger battle. The personal delays are usually related to the events in the nation and the Kingdom.
Circumstances morph – Yes, I may get laid off over Covid, but it’s not a defeat; it’s an assignment in resisting the devil’s influence on nations. When God prevails over the international political climate, I will be dancing regardless of my circumstances. In fact, that simple truth of putting the Kingdom first and seeing the big picture is what liberates the answers to my personal needs!
Matt 6:31-34 – ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. NIV
I morph – Life has a steady stream of events that can challenge us. If we see them in the council and respond to them in cooperation with our Father, we grow in stature through every trial, every victory, and every setback. The council is where I see the Father’s heart, get heaven’s perspective, and put my life in the context of a larger strategy. The revelation of sonship is that life isn’t just about me! There are many things Father is doing, and the biggest thrill is doing them with Him. Yes, I enjoy personal success, being creative, contributing value, and receiving the applause of men. But nothing beats co-laboring with my Father and hearing Him say, “Well Done!”
Ps 84:7 – They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. NASU
2 Cor 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. NKJV
Conversation Morphs – My prayer life is no longer rattling off my list of wants and needs. It’s a conversation in the council where I can hear Father’s heart and volunteer to respond to His desires. Instead of expecting Him to answer all my prayers, I’m volunteering to be the answer to His prayers. That’s what has revolutionized my prayer life; being present in the council and listening instead of talking! The conversation expands to include hearing from the Seven Spirits of God, a whole new dynamic.
Doing what He’s doing is a thrill: Being part of an army of Sons bringing Reformation to all three levels of my world (personal, business, and nations).
Success Morphs – I no longer measure my life in terms of my own success. I want to achieve great things, but more than that, I want my Father’s purpose on earth to be established. When that happens, everything else will be taken care of. I want to be a lover, a doer, a warrior, and Father’s son; one of many brothers of whom Jesus is the first.
Rom 8:28-30 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. NIV
What About you? – The purpose of Heaven for each of us is already written in our hearts and can be seen and heard in the Council. When you seize this opportunity, your business can shift from a Christian business full of servants to a Kingdom business full of sons who make a difference. We help individuals and businesses get their prophetic purpose in writing and then make it happen on earth. Taste and see! Here are some appetizers to sample:
- Nail your Purpose Field Guide (A place to start clarifying your heart’s desires)
- Intentional Reformation Intro (A diagnostic you will enjoy along with our purpose & Values)
- OnlineHeartPlan.com (Our web site, Courses on Zoom)
- The USA Book (proof we can get our arms around the books of people, businesses, and nations)
Cutting Room Floor
Q – Just a personal challenge [again!] with the concept and verbiage of “going to the council.” It seems so opposite to the beauty I have glimpsed of living with God’s indwelling presence. I get it – our words will always be incomplete for expressing our relationship with Jesus. But “going to…” first speaks to me that God does not indwell me – He is somewhere else. I work hard to continually pull down my imaginations that God’s presence is somewhere other than abiding in me, conjoined to my spirit.
A – I don’t see going to the council competing with Christ in you. It’s both. I think the way it’s been taught, “God indwelling in His people” leaves us with nothing more to do but discipline our intellectual belief – for most, it’s not an ‘experience.’
Being present in the council is a discipline and an experiential delight that allows us to bring stuff back from heaven… including anointing, indwelling, words, strategies, etc. “God dwelling in us” is part of the picture, just not all of it. Christ in you is our hope of glory. The council is where I get that experientially, not just doctrinally. I don’t feel particularly rigorous on this point. In my own experience, I’ve just grown weary of trying to convince myself of doctrinal realities and calling it faith. The experience of the council; seeing and hearing Father, Son, and 7 spirits are more real, more fun, and more effective in helping others “taste and see.” From a doctrinal perspective, I see God’s council as a strategic part of what sons do; including what the firstborn son did.
- On success – what happens when we discover we are part of the Father’s success for us, our family, our business and our nation? I’ve discovered that by going to the council and discovering what He wants and doing what we see Him doing is FAR more satisfying success wise than just seeking my on plans etc. Prov 8:14 – You will find true success when you find Me for I have insight into wise plans that are designed just for you.
- Regarding satisfaction – Psalm 103:5 – You satisfy my every desire with good things. (Passion). Prov. 19:23 (Passion) – When you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of God, here’s what you’ll experience: Abundant life, continual protection and complete satisfaction!
Several questions regular attendance in the council answers:
- What if Jesus is worthy of more in our lives than a Christian spin on the American dream?
- What if we were created for a much greater purpose or something much greater than this?
- What if we were created, not to advance ourselves but the Father’s kingdom?
- What if we were created for much more that we are currently experiencing pursuing our on personal desires, satisfying our wants?
- What am I going to do with what I’ve been given?
Col. 3:1-2 – See yourself co-raised with Christ. Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in Him. relocate yourselves mentally. engage your thoughts with throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand. Becoming affectionately acquainted with throne room thoughts will keep you from being distracted again by the earthly (soul-ruled) realm.