In the last weekend I had the privilege and great joy to be able to minister prophetically, together with several others, to David Lyon – a newly recognised apostle of Jesus Christ, at the Living Rock Church at Stoney Stanton, UK. The pleasure of God was evident. The church was filled with love and joy. Heaven sanctioned this historic event. I am so thankful to God who enabled me to be present and take part in recognising and receiving this ministry gift of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Early this summer I got an email from my longstanding covenant friend and apostle of Christ, Keri Jones. He asked me if I could weigh this matter for him: David and those working with him were convinced that he was an apostolic ministry. He also asked some other fellow ministers to do the same. My first thought was that I am not qualified to weigh such an important matter. I soon realised that he was not asking for my opinion. I was simply asked to take it to God and listen to the answer of the Spirit. And I knew that he would be at peace with whatever the Spirit said.
It did not take long before I got this answer from God: I have called him and commissioned him for a time like this. He will serve my purpose in his generation. Recognise him, lay your hands on him and bless him. You will impart to him a fresh anointing and he will be enlarged. As you release him into this ministry both of you will be blessed, but more important it will bring blessings to my people and advance my Kingdom.
Heaven is rejoicing for the covenant community has received the new ministry gift. David Lyon has been recognised as an apostolic ministry. I am honoured to be able to take part in this event. I feel humble and joyful at the same time.
At our Norwegian Bible Week, Light and Salt, this summer we did the same thing: recognising a new apostolic ministry in our midst: Jan Sigve Hystad. I have known him since he was a boy. Now he is his fifties, and he has served God faithfully for many years. Our Norwegian apostles, Noralv Askeland and Terje Dahle, and the team working with them have weighed this before God. The elders and the leaders in the South Western region of Norway, where he is stationed and working, also weighed it before God. We are all hearing the Spirit saying the same thing: Recognise him, lay hands on him, release him and bless him, for he is a ministry gift of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was a great day when we together with the covenant community could recognise and bless him at the “Light and Salt”. We ministered profetically to him and his wife, Astrid Elin. Heaven clearly sanctioned the event and rejoiced in the fact that we received this ministry gift from our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am so thankful to the Lord that I am seeing this with my own eyes: The Lord gives us new apostles! Hallelujah, what a joy! Now we need to constantly lift up all the apostles and the other ministry gifts of Lord in prayer. They have been given a very demanding ministry. They need the wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I know that some Christians do not believe in the reality of apostles today. I am not going to argue with them. I believe that the New Testament is teaching that we need apostles and all the other ministry gifts of Ephesians 4:11 until we all reach unity of faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ. I receive the ministry gifts of Christ with great joy and thankfulness, what others do is none of my business.
Whether we live or die we make it our life’s passion to live our lives pleasing to him. One day we will all stand before the throne of Christ making an account of what we have done with the truths he has shown us. Each of us will be truly recompensed for our actions done in life, whether good or worthless.
Therefore we commit ourselves, and all believers into the hands of the Lord.