The Shofar Man's Newsletter Volume 6 - Part 5
Who Is Your Company ???
Who is your company? Your company is incomplete with out You!
On Friday night at the Flint Gathering I touched on this scripture.
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. Acts 4:23
The apostles had a company, a group of people that they related to, a group of people with a like heart and a like vision.
Definition of company: A company is an association or collection of people that share a common purpose and unite in order to focus their talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve a specific goal.
A few weeks before the Flint Gathering the Holy Spirit impressed on me that we would have many people coming to the Flint Gathering that did not have a company that they could relate to. That many have been so hurt by religion that they have disconnected and have no company to be a part of or relate to.
Because Carla and I have been used by God to introduce new things to the church, we know first hand what it is like to be rejected or hurt by the church.
As equipping evangelists there was no room for our gift in the frame work of most local churches. Most local churches operated as the one man band and the only accepted gift was that of a pastor. Many senior ministers were threatened by our gift and shunned us.
It was not easy but we always stayed connected to a local church or local company.
If being the unwanted gift of the equipping evangelist was not hard enough, God really made things interesting when he put a Shofar in my hands and gave me the name The Shofar Man. This led to another level of rejection and gave a lot of church people another reason to not want us around.
This was followed by Carla starting to dance unto the Lord, which was followed by the using of flags to worship the Lord.
This led to another level of rejection and hurt as we were asked to leave a church because of Shofar, Dance and Flag ministry.
What we have learned through this is there are many many many wounded saints that have no company and have disconnected from being in relationship with anyone .
The following are some of the gifts that seem to often be misunderstood or rejected.
If this is speaking to you we feel your pain and more importantly Jesus feels your pain!
Jesus wants to set you free of that pain and connect you to a company of people that you can relate to.
During the Flint Gathering God healed many many people that were broken, hurting and disconnected.
Today God has told me to share this again! Today God wants to heal and connect some people!
No one is to be an Island to themselves! Everybody needs somebody!
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
People need people. Family needs family. God created us that way.
Every Christian needs to be a part of a Company. We all need encouragement.
In fact, to be healthy we need to be a part of more than just one company.
We, Carla and I are a part of a Local Company in Indiana. A group of like minded believers with a vision for City-Wide Church and reaching the lost in our city.
We are also a Part of a Regional Company with Northwest Indiana / Chicagoland Regional Unity Gatherings. A group of North West Indiana Regional 5 fold Ministers and believers with a vision for Regional-Wide Church and reaching the lost in our region.
In addition to that we are a part of a National Company called Unity A Call To Action - City Wide - Regional Wide Church. A group of 5 Fold Ministers and people from all over the United States with a vision to establish Unity and City Wide Church in cities all over the United States.
Also on the national level we are a part of a company I will just call a Family.
Internationally we are a part of Gideon's Army - Shofars Around The World. A group of like minded, like hearted people that God has called to sound the shofar wherever he tells them to go.
Internationally, we are also part of a company called Church Beyond The Box. A group of people from all over the world with the passion and vision to establish 5 Fold Ministry Churches and Apostolic Training and Sending Stations.
Lastly, but most importantly we are a part of the World Wide Body of Jesus Christ!
No one company has it all or knows it all. That is why it is very important to be part of more then 1 company.
Being a part of all the above Companies has allowed us to experience a diversity of gifts and beautiful Jesus filled people from around the world. God has and is using many of these people to help shape and sharpen our lives and ministry.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverb 27:17
Our involvement in a Regional, National and International Company does not take the place of, or excuse us from being a part a local company in our community.
Unfortunately, many that have been rejected or hurt by the church have distanced themselves from being a part of a local company and use their involvement in a National or International company to justify not being involved in a local company. If you have been wounded and have no local company, press in today, allow God to heal you and connect you with a local company.
In some cases, we have been misunderstood and mistreated by the church with out cause.
In other cases, some have operated with a rebellious, controlling spirit , thinking its all about me and my gift. Its my way or no way, I am right and everyone else is wrong. In this case, the person has no room for any kind of authority in their life and have no company because of their own actions.
In either case God wants everyone to have a company and God wants to heal everyone from their past hurts.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. Isaiah 10:27
Lord Jesus, create in me a clean heart, help me to have the right Spirit. In this day Lord, remove that heavy burden of the past. Take away that heavy load of hurt and rejection. I forgive those that have hurt me and I ask your forgiveness Lord when I have operated in the wrong spirit. Lord give me a new beginning, Lord give me a local company and other companies of your people that I can connect with.
Saints, pray for all that are receiving this email.
Saints, if God brings a person to mind that needs to hear this message send it to them.
God wants his people Free and Connected!
There are many people that get these email updates that relate to us as one of their companies. Your not alone. You can to!
Thanks for praying!!
Jim and Carla Barbarossa