During a time of prayer and intercession over my ministry and ministry leaders around the world, the Lord showed me in a vision of pastors and leaders of ministries with a suitcase in one hand, and a list of instructions or training manuals in the other. Some leaders were facing one person. Others were facing a group of people. The suitcases showed the words: New Assignment, Next Levels, Persecution, Heaven. Some pastors and leaders gave the person or people they were facing the copies in their hands before they walked away. However, others turned and walked away with both the suitcase and instructions still clenched in their hands.

The Lord revealed through this vision that He is prompting pastors and ministry leaders to both 1) continue to run the race and be a living legacy of the ministries God birthed in their hearts, 2) be ready for shifts and changes as He is calling you higher, and 3) through His guidance and strategy, prepare those who will take the baton of ministry and torch of revival to keep the ministries alive and growing.

While many pastors and leaders are effective at training and sending off, and it is certainly essential to do so, it is also as vitally important to train and find the next person or group who will carry out their ministries when they are gone. As we contend for revival and share the Gospel in these last days, some will be persecuted, imprisoned, and martyred. Some will have new Kingdom assignments on earth. Some are being moved to new levels of ministry. Some will be taken to Heaven.

God is calling pastors and ministry leaders of the pure and faithful Church carrying these suitcases to not neglect to seek and equip those who will continue to do the work God started through them for these ministries. These churches and ministries should not die or disappear when these changes occur! We need to seek Him for His plan to select, train, equip and delegate those who will continue our ministries if we are to new assignments or called Home.

In the vision, those who were obedient and handed the lists and training manuals to others knew the importance of keeping the churches and ministries alive in their absence or departure. The ones who refused and walked away allowed pride and self-sufficiency in their hearts, as if these churches and ministries belonged to them and not God. We see in God’s word what happened when there was a not a godly leader, prophet or king who was equipped to carry out God’s plans after godly leaders left or died. The next generation was lost, wicked and destruction occurred. Those who look to their own strengths and abilities and do not prepare for their successors are setting up their churches and ministries for the same type of destruction.

Pastors and ministry leaders: Are you developing and preparing your replacements to carry out God’s legacy through your ministries? While we leaders should always run our race with everything within us and always have faith that God will keep us here as long as possible, we should also be prepared. We do not know how long our Kingdom assignments are on this earth. Only God knows. If you were to leave this earth right now, have you prepared your replacement? God does not want what He started in you to die with you.

Throughout God’s words, we see examples of leaders who equipped their replacements, even when they did not expect to ever leave.

Numbers 27 shows us that Moses did not expect to not be allowed to lead the Israelites into the promised land, and did not initially seek out a successor but when he was told that he would not continue on leading and would be taken to Heaven. Moses did not want the people to not have a godly leader and wanted God’s purpose fulfilled. God showed that him Joshua, who was by his side training in God’s ways, would be the one to continue to lead His people. Moses then delegated God’s leadership mantle on Joshua.

I Kings 19 shows us that Elijah thought he was the only true prophet left on the earth, but God showed him there were others who were still true followers, and called him to train and equip Elisha to carry the leadership mantle.

Acts 16 and 2 Timothy 2 show examples of how God gave Paul strategy to identify, train and equip Timothy for the ministry until the end of his race on earth.

However, the best example of ministry delegation is Jesus! He knew He would eventually leave the earth, but spent time in prayer, listened to the voice of His Father and selected, trained, equipped and delegated the 12 chosen disciples to carry out God’s plan on the earth. “After this, Jesus went up into the high hills to spend the whole night in prayer to God. At daybreak he called together all of his followers and selected twelve from among them, and he appointed them to be his apostles” (Luke 6:12-13). He poured Himself into them as a leader while fulfilling what God had for Him to do on the earth. He prepared them for his departure and set the example for them to follow when they would one day leave the earth and would need to train, equip and pass then ministry mantle on to others.

Sadly, there have been many churches and ministries that have died or became ineffective for the Kingdom because there was not a leadership succession plan. Without godly leaders to carry the mantle, doors of sin, compromise, death and destruction unraveled much of what God accomplished through the leaders who looked to themselves, and not God working through them. When leaders have thriving ministries, platforms and followers and are passionate to do the work of the Kingdom, Satan loves nothing more than to try and bring deception that it is them doing the work and not God’s power through them. Just like a shepherd needs to find a replacement to protect their flocks in the event they have to leave, so leaders and ministers must do the same for the flocks God has entrusted to them in this season.

Effective leaders seek God to identify their successors and prepare them. Here are six ways you can prepare your successors in these last days:

1. Seek God’s strategy on what person or team He calls you to train, equip and entrust and the Holy Spirit on who will be teachable, faithful to the call and ready to lead.” A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher”. ( Luke 6:40)

2. Remove all pride and self-sufficiency and remain humble. God gave you the mantle and platform and He can take it away if you make the ministry your works and not His. “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:3)

3. Seek the Holy Spirit to write out His training plans and preparation for those who will care for the flock God entrusted you with in your absence or departure. “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

4. In these last days, dedicate time for training and shadowing those who will carry the voice of Truth as you have. Like Paul did for Timothy, invest the wisdom, ability and strategies God gave you for others He has called to continue your church and ministry so that the Truth will continue to spread throughout the earth. For the time is coming when they will no longer listen and respond to the healing words of truth because they will become selfish and proud. They will seek out teachers with soothing words that line up with their desires, saying just what they want to hear. They will close their ears to the truth and believe nothing but fables and myths. So be alert to all these things and overcome every form of evil. Carry in your heart the passion of your calling as a church planter and evangelist, and fulfill your ministry calling.”( 2 Timothy 4:3-5)

5. Be prepared to let go, delegate and move forward when God calls you to new levels, to pass the mantle, or is calling you Home. “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2)

6. Do not let your church or ministry end or die with you! Jesus commissioned his apostles to complete his work and train others. When it is time, leave a living legacy and pass the baton to those who God called you to prepare! “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” (Matthew 28:18)

God is not saying to stop leading and ministering! He is saying prepare the next leaders as He prepares you for your next levels! Be ready for if and when He calls you to something new or to brings you Home to prepare for Christ’s return!

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Updated: Jun 5, 2020

During a corporate time of prayer with my church, praying for peace over the cities throughout the United States of America in the midst of recent tragedies, protests and riots, I had a vision, and the vision was a promise and a warning from the Lord for the Church and the platform.

In the vision, I saw the steady rain of peace falling from Heaven to earth. It started as a steady flow from Heaven, but it was growing stronger and stronger and heavier until the whole earth was saturated with the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ! This peace was washing away the debris, the dirty and the distractions. It was a beautiful and refreshing site! However, there was also a cleansing and exposing simultaneously taking place, separating true believers from false believers and the sleeping Church from the awakened Church!

There was then a flood that was flowing across the churches throughout America separating those who were sleeping and were not ready from those who are awake and prepared.

The Lord showed in this vision that there are churches and ministers that are operating in deception, pride and in fear, and that when the flood comes through, if they do not repent and remain in deception, fear and pride, they will not reopen.

Those in ministries with large platforms and congregations that think that their fans, followers and titles and their pleasing man versus pleasing God mentalities are going to continue to elevate them higher and wider will find their platforms crumbled to debris. Their numbers may be large but their fruit is in short supply, and God will not be mocked.

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

The Lord is giving this prophetic warning and promise right now a warning to a sleeping church to wake up! A warning to pastors operating out of fear and manipulation and selfish desires to become right and to turn and to repent while there is time! There will be a day where the doors will be closed, and the day is quickly approaching.

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:4-8

However, the churches and ministers who carry the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Gospel of peace and truth without fear, and with simple obedience will usher in the revival that is coming as this flood approaches, and that the platforms of those who are true believers of Christ who are willing to speak the truth and not compromise platforms will see a supernatural increase of opened doors. Do not look at fans, followers, numbers or accolades for measurement. Be faithful with what is given, and the Lord will bless, honor and use those who seek the peace that only comes from Jesus in supernatural and abundant ways.

There is a promise and that promise is for the remnant. That promise is for the Church without compromise, for the believers who are willing to stand up for truth and obey God!

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

Just as in the parable of the talents, when the talent was taken away from the one who hid out of fear and greed, unwilling to use what God gave him and took for granted what he had, and was given to those who did everything God required, who took what the Lord gave them and multiplied and was not fearful but went out and did what God called them to do, so shall it be when the true ministers and servants of God are separated from the false ones. The distractions and chaos of those who thrive on popularity, fame and fortune will bow down to the name and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The peace of Jesus brings clarity and light to every heart, so use this precious time to repent, reset and rededicate hearts back to the Prince of Peace while there is still time.

I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. Revelation 3:11

This is the time, my brothers and sisters in Christ! Who will take courage and believe God's promises and heed His warnings? Who will call and embrace His peace forth from Heaven and allow it to cleanse and heal?

The Father is waiting, the rain and flood is coming, and that is the promise and the warning for the church and the platform.

Dr. Meg Hart founded Restored Women in 2015 and Restored Global in 2018, both ministries birthed into her heart from God as a result of the great revelation, redirection and restoration she experienced through Jesus. She is an ordained pastor through Global Ministries and Relief Inc. She recently published her first book, Falling in Love Again: Redirecting Your Earthly Rejection to Eternal Restoration.

This article originally appeared at restoredwomen.com.

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This past week the unthinkable happened to a family I know. A drunk driver lost control of a vehicle and plowed into their young daughter’s bedroom. The room was completely destroyed. Seconds before this happened, they called their daughter to come to dinner. She instantly obeyed and left the room seconds before the vehicle hit her room. Because she instantly obeyed her parents and did not ignore their instructions, or say, “I’ll be there in a few minutes”, her life was spared. Instant obedience saved their precious young daughter from being a victim of this unexpected tragedy. Her room could be replaced; her life could not. Her instant obedience to her parents made the difference between life and death.

We as believers can all learn a great lesson from this. As we approach the end times, God is sounding an urgent alarm for the body of Christ to wake up and instantly obey! No more excuses. No more ignoring the call. No more “I’ll do that later” or “There’s plenty of time”. God is calling the Church to repentance, holiness and instant obedience. No more “partial” obedience. As my senior pastor Dr. Jamie Morgan always says, “Partial obedience is disobedience”.

Partial obedience to God led His people into bondage, slavery defeat and destruction time and time again. Throughout the Bible we see where Satan deceived people into not fully obeying God.

1. Partial obedience drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and introduced death into the world. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)

2. Partial obedience kept Moses and the first generation of Israelites delivered out of Egypt out of the Promised Land. For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Joshua 5:6).

3. Partial obedience led Lot’s wife out of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah but into a pillar of salt. “But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26).

Partial obedience is sin, and sin leads to death.

However, we also know that those throughout the Bible who obeyed God fully and quickly were saved and used by Him in the darkest hours.

1. Despite persecution and not one indication of the pending doom about to unleash on the earth, Noah instantly obeyed God, and built the ark. And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him. “(Genesis 7:5) Noah and his family were spared.

2. Despite feeling of dread and grief, Abraham instantly obeyed God when He asked him to sacrifice His only son, and his son’s life was spared. “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (Genesis 22:16-18) Abraham became the friend of God and the father of nations.

3. Despite years of betrayal, Joseph instantly obeyed God and was able to save the world from starvation. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20) Joseph became second highest in command of all of Egypt.

4. Despite fear of losing her own life, Esther instantly obeyed God’s voice through Mordecai, and approached the king to expose Haman’s plans to destroy the Jews. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish”. (Esther 4:16) Esther, and her people were saved from total destruction.

5. Despite what seemed impossible in the natural, Mary instantly obedient to God. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Through the conception of the Holy Spirit Mary gave birth to the Savior of the world.

6. Despite being so anguished He sweated tears of blood and asked that the cup of death be passed from Him, Jesus instantly obeyed God to endure the cross. In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:7-9) Jesus saved mankind from eternal destruction.

Instant obedience is not based on feelings.

Many throughout the Bible felt heartache, fear, hopelessness and hopelessness. They suffered persecution, hardships and unfair treatment. However, they decided to obey out of their love, commitment and reverential fear of the Lord.

The time is now to listen to God’s voice and do whatever He says whenever He says it. There is no more time to waste on foolish and selfish worldly desires. The spirit of Antichrist is running rampant throughout this world, and God is looking for His people to shine brightly through the darkness and speak louder than the voice of compromise and distractions. It’s time to redeem the time God has given us, “for the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Followers of Christ who currently have one foot in the world and one foot with God have a critical decision to make­­--complete and instant obedience to God, or complete and blatant disobedience to God. Both yield eternal consequences. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

God is pleading with to His people to repent and obey because of His great love and desire for fulfillment of the very specific and predestined calls that He intended for His children to fulfill for His Kingdom.

There is not one person in this entire world who is exempt from obeying God fully. If Jesus did it during His time on earth, and His Holy Spirit is now living inside of His followers, there are no excuses.

Those who instantly obey will experience new levels God’s glory and power to fulfill their call in these last days to gather the harvest.

God in His mercy and grace is warning His people to listen to His voice and instantly obey! The Holy Spirit will give you the strength, courage and ability to carry out what God has called you to do! If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love”. (John 15:10)

Just as like the precious little girl who was spared from the destruction of the drunk driver because she instantly obeyed, may all in Christ be willing and ready to obey God and those he placed in spiritual authority over us in this critical hour.

Dr. Meg Hart founded Restored Women in 2015 and Restored Global in 2018, both ministries birthed into her heart from God as a result of the great revelation, redirection and restoration she experienced through Jesus.

She is an ordained pastor through Global Ministries and Relief Inc. and holds an EdD in Performance Improvement from Capella University

She is the proud mother of one daughter, Mackenzie, and serves at Life Church in Williamstown, New Jersey.

She recently published her first book, Falling in Love Again: Redirecting Your Earthly Rejection to Eternal Restoration by Amazon.com Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1705397336/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_7fhSEb11KA6S6

This article originally appeared at restoredwomen.com.

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