This prophetic word 2020 is entitled Extinction. The purpose of prophesy is to edify and build up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:3). However, there are times when it is to be as the Lord instructed Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:9-10 “to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down” which would be necessary in order to “build up and to plant”. You see, we cannot build the new thing without removing the old structure that hinders it.
This one of those Jeremiah type of words.
Do you know this brown creature that is in the photo? His name is Mr. Snuffleufagus. He was a
character on Sesame Street. He was friends with Big Bird. Big Bird would always tell the adults about his friend Snuffleufagus but when the adults said they wanted to meet him something would always come up and Snuffy had to leave so when the adults arrived he was never there. They all came to the conclusion that Snuffy must have been an imaginary friend of Big Bird’s and really did not exist.
The truth is, Snuffleufagus was real and the adults couldn’t see him. The children were the first to be come aware of his existence.
So I had a vision where I was inside a building and as I looked through the window I saw Mr. Snuffleufagus outside there looking pretty sad. I came out of it and thought to myself, what in the world is that? I asked the Lord for the meaning but He never answered so I began to think about what it could mean.
You see I hadn’t seen this since I was a child watching Sesame Street. I’m not even sure if Snuffy is still a part of the cast. I thought he was a made up creature and all that came to my mind was “laziness”. I went researching the character and found out that he was actually a woolly mammoth. It offered another clue…
Whatever this meant in the vision it is extinct. It is a Muppet – totally harmless puppet – and is now extinct. It’s on the outside looking sad and what God is doing is on the inside.
So what is extinct in the eyes of God? This journey’s back to 2017. You know, we know in part and we prophesy in part so even when God gives a prophetic word we may not get the full meaning or extent of it until it starts manifesting. 2017 was a pivotal year. It really was.
This ministry has been around since 2006 and we’ve just been plugging along and not really tracking how many people we’ve ministered to, etc. We had no real tracking mechanism in place so we didn’t know our impact. Is this important? Absolutely it is! How else are you going to know if you are effective if you have no grasp of how many people you are ministering to and the results/fruit of your ministry. Believe me, we knew we had an impact but we were tracking it.
It was in 2017 when we first realized the volume of people we served and had a real idea of the size of the ministry. This is not based on donations
received, how many volunteers or staff members (we have no staff members) but rather how many people are being impacted. We found this out after God put us in the position where our server crashed from too many people being on it and we had to upgrade our server 3 times in a 6 month period to match the servers of Billion dollar ministries. Yes, Billions but while we had the same amount of people we weren’t anywhere close in terms of money. We have no money but we ministering to many.
So, with the need for the new servers it meant that we had much higher costs, so if you were on our mailing list back in 2017 we did ask people to contribute to helping us upgrade the servers. This actually was a sign that God upgraded us.
Don’t worry this isn’t some money pitch..keep reading…I’m going somewhere here.
So, 2017 we realized the size of the ministry and it was so much larger than we could ever imagine. We had to restructure and change how we do things.
1 layer of tracking was put in place.
In 2018 the Lord specifically said when we do the Fast at the beginning of 2019 we were not to put it on the site for everyone, as we’ve always done, but people now had to sign up to be on the fast. He had us do the fast for 1 month. I thought that was peculiar because I imagined that would reduce the amount of people who would participate. But, God said do it, so we did it! The other thing He said was that I was to take a survey from the participants at the beginning and after the fast. Only 40% of the participants did the survey and here are the results:
31 People got saved
68 People Recommitted themselves to the Lord
412 People prayed to receive the Holy Spirit
300 Dreams and Visions were interpreted.
Another layer of tracking was put in place.
This was in 1 month. I also have to point out that we only collect a whopping $1,376 in donations for the year. Say what now? Yes, you read it right we only collected $1,376 for the entire year. You see we are not focused on donations we are focused on people and we refuse to make people feel obligated to give us a penny. We would still do what we are doing today with $0. #truth. For those of you who are inclined do the math of donations divided by souls saved. Remember this is only 1 month of data.
So now, in 2018 after the people got saved we felt responsible to plug them into churches so I started to find out what cities they were in and plug them in here and there. Remember, we are not a church. We are a prayer ministry.
We spent a lot of time sending articles to people who were new to the faith explain certain things to them. You know what I learned from this experience? People are not really being discipled in the body of Christ.
What ever happened to discipleship? Where are the mentors? I mean the ones you don’t have to pay.
It exposed a hole in the church to me. We get emailed constantly from people asking very basic questions and they are connected to a church, but somehow they are still not learning the basics.
Discipleship should be a mandatory part of being a Christian and getting saved in a church. Preaching on a Sunday, is not discipleship.
So here I had new believers and I was trying to get them plugged in somewhere and it was just not happening.
It put a thought in the back of my head that we needed to do something to fix this.
But, we moved to the next year. That is the fast at the beginning of this year. He told me not to do it for a month but only for 1 week,
So in 1 week:
19 People got saved
52 People Recommitted themselves to the Lord
299 People prayed to receive the Holy Spirit
530 Dreams and Visions were interpreted.
Yes, just 1 week.
Ok, so now that you have a backstory I can get to the prophetic word. Following the fast within the next 2 weeks of going to a church. They gave out their budget. I’ve just been attending this church for 3 months now. I will not be using anyone’s name in this because it’s really not about them, it is about us.
In 2018, their budget was $2.8 million but it got cut to $1.9 million in 2019 because there was a church split and half the congregation left (one of the reasons I never went there before).
So, with the $1.9 Million in 2019, $27,000 was given to local ministry and mission and 52 people got saved…for the entire year! Wait a minute, you collected $1.9 Million dollars and 52 people got saved and you only gave away $27,000 to support the community?
The pastor is standing in the pulpit presenting this and I just wept. I was sobbing and I’m sure the people around me thought what is wrong with this person. Even the pastor saw me. I’m pretty sure he must’ve thought “God was dealing with that person, or something” And please know this, this man is a good person who loves the Lord. The church doesn’t even pass a collection plate or bucket. They do not. I have to say this just in case you thought they were all about the money. They are not.
I was weeping because I just thought about how heartbroken Jesus must be. What in the world is happening??? Then I thought about the fact that this pastor loves the Lord and he’s so blind that he can’t even see this. And, I wept some more. Then I thought he works with a board of directors of 7 people and none of them see this? And, I wept some more. Then I’m sitting in a church with at least 1,000 people and none of them can see this. And, I wept some more.
Blind. Eyes to see and we still can’t see. Ears to hear and we still can’t hear.
Now before you think that for some reason this ministry thinks it is better than others or somehow more aware. Let me fill you in on a little fact…
Back in January of 2017 (yes we are back in the pivotal year of 2017), I went into another church the budget was printed in a beautiful brochure. I was so happy to see that and it said they had a budget or $1.5 Million and they gave away $222,000 to world missions and local outreach and 115 got baptized. Not saved, baptized. And we all know people can get baptized in churches they were not saved in. So I’m sure the salvation number was lower.
Here’s the thing, I looked at the budget, saw the numbers, quickly flipped the pages saw that 115 people got baptized and thought to myself “Thank God, at least people are getting saved!” And, I supported that ministry for years.
Yes, back in 2017 I thought this was OK!! You know that record that plays in your mind that says “that’s just the cost of ministry” and you accept it! I was just as blind as the rest of them.
Now, here is what God did. After He saw in 2017 that I had the information in my hand and I still wasn’t getting it, He had to create something to make me get it. So it started with the server upgrades, pull a small group of people into a fast, adding tracking, realizing how many people can get saved in a short period of time with a shoestring budget…and then I got it!!!
We have the ability to do so much with very little. We really do, once the Lord is in it and He’s blessing it. Likewise, when we are given a lot the Lord expects more. He wants a return on His investment. It’s called stewardship. Please read Matthew 25:14-30.
So here’s what’s happening:
We have an old model of the church (let’s call it Mr. Snuffleufagus). It’s reached it’s extinction. God is done with that. We loved it 20 – 25 years when all the fancy churches with the coffee, gift shops, fancy graphics and concert production set started. We got comfortable and we completely lost sight of the main thing. What is the main thing?
The main thing is the last thing that Jesus said to His disciples. If your mom, dad, grandparents are passing away and they call you over to their bedside because they had one last thing to say it would be really important wouldn’t it? So here it is…
Matthew 28:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
That is the main thing.
So when we fail to focus on the final instructions of our Savior do you know what happens? We become extinct. You have to reproduce your kind or you become extinct. If you have a congregation of 5,000 and only 52 people are getting saved each year eventually you don’t exist anymore. All we are doing is duplicating the laziness and lack of concern for winning souls.
Where in the world are the evangelists? Everybody wants to be apostle and prophet these days…where are the evangelists?
We’ve bought the LIE of “church growth”. What is the lie? Church A closes down or has some scandal and all those people rush over to Church B. The pastor from Church B starts celebrating “oh, we’ve had massive church growth, we’re the fastest growing church in the area”
Ummm, no you’re not! What you got was recycled Christians that came from another church.
In order to grow the church of Jesus Christ, people have to be saved.
It is Salvation! It is not the size of your building. How many locations you now have. How much money the church has. The size of your congregation. How many Facebook or YouTube followers. No! It is how many people got saved. That is the REAL church growth.
Biblical definition of church growth:
Those who embraced his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to the believers that day.
But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
Yet more and more believers were brought to the Lord–large numbers of both men and women.
So the word of God continued to spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem grew rapidly, and a great number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced a time of peace. It grew in strength and numbers, living in the fear of the Lord and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
So where do we go from here?
There is no way for you to un-know what you now know. If you were blind like I was in 2017, you are no longer blind.
1. Go get your church budget and look at the numbers. You don’t have it, ask for it. If you’re tithing there they have an obligation to give it to you.
2. Don’t freak out on your pastor or get too dramatic. You need to pray about your role in being a part of the solution. You can’t just drop this in their lap and walk away. You need to think about what you can do to help with this. Also, don’t just assume he or she is a bad person either. He may truly just be blind to the fact. Now after you bring it to him if you see that he’s not doing anything to rectify the situation after a few months, then you need to think about whether or not you want to stay supporting that.
3. Ask your pastor to do an evangelism class and train everyone on how to win souls. Tell him you think the numbers are too low and you really want to help in this area.
4. If you already know the evangelists in your church ask them to start doing small groups and training.
5. Help to facilitate the training.
6. If you don’t know how to talk to him or her about it, send them this post.
Using an excuse of “I’m not an evangelist” or “I don’t have the gift of evangelism” is not enough. When Jesus called the 12 He didn’t appoint some of them evangelists and others to other ministries. No, they all had to do the work of the evangelist. The scripture in Matthew 28 was told to His disciples. All of us should be doing it. I understand if you are not trained but right now I am letting you know, get trained!