'Chicago! A Great And Effectual Door!' John Harris
A GREAT AND EFFECTIVE DOOR HAS BEEN OPENED CHICAGO!
1 Corinthians 16:9 says, “For a great and effective door has been opened to me, and there are many adversaries”.
Recently while traveling in Paraguay, the Lord carried me up and showed me these doors that had been opened over cities, regions, countries and nations around the world. Can you hear and see what the Lord is saying in this hour? “Who will lay aside this world, to join Me in this harvest, for My glory shall surely rest upon My end time harvesters.
Who will let themselves be REPOSITIONED FOR MY GLORY.” God is repositioning those who will move with His spirit and calling them, “My sons and daughters”.
The Lord is saying, over some of our darkest cities and regions: Chicago, Baltimore, Phoenix and more, “A great and effective door has been opened to you. Go through, go through. For my light is rising upon you. Multitutes, multitudes in the valley of decision. Arise Atlanta. Arise Washington DC. Arise New York. Come forth”, says the Lord.
John 4:34-35 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are white with the harvest!”
Even though the doors were open, while standing at the thresholds of these doors, I knew that the adversaries referred to in I Corinthians 16:9 would try to block us from going through. I asked the Lord who were our enemies or adversaries, so we could join together in prayer, gaining access to the harvest. Before He revealed the adversaries, He had me look at the door frame around the door.
It was made of beautiful pearl. Pearls are made in the flesh of an oyster. When an irritant comes into an oyster, the oyster covers the irritant with minerals transforming it into a pearl. Allow God to transform the irritations in your life into pearls. His ways are higher than our ways. Revelation 12:11 says, “AND THEY LOVED NOT THEIR OWN LIVES UNTO THE DEATH”.
Not loving our own lives is challenging for all of us. For me personally, death itself, was a Goliath in my life, which had to be slain.
He then showed me four adversaries, but not without reminding me that the Kingdom of God is within YOU and I! I then began to wrestle the adversaries. However, this battle will only be won in the unity of the spirit (together) for the adversaries are aggressive and their goal is to prevent the harvest. Zechariah 4:6 says, “ ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of THIS AGE, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
Jesus told Peter, “on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. All over the world, our gates, the gates of the church are in great need of repair. But together in the unity of the Spirit of the living God, OUR GOD, these gates will be repaired and our apostolic ELDERS leaders will sit in these gates.
The First adversary is the Nicolaitan spirit which is the spirit behind the Nicolaitans referred to in Revelation. The Lord addresses the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:6 when He says, “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also HATE.” We see in the book of Acts that Paul birthed the Church of Ephesus. Later, he had to return to teach and bring correction because of the Nicolaitans, ultimately gaining victory for the Lord, but it took over 2 years. The Nicolaitan spirit hates God’s true authority structure described in Ephesians 4. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “And He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”. The Nicolaitan spirit hates to be corrected. It also ushers into the church false doctrines, pagan worship, sexual sin and much more. Lord I pray, that we arise in unity together and drive this Nicolaitan spirit out of the gates of Your church. Have mercy, oh Lord, upon the ones who have given way for this demonic enemy to enter into the church. Lord raise up apostolic leaders like Paul, to bring correction where needed. MAY YOUR TRUTH GO FORWARD IN LOVE AND POWER. We pray Ephesians 4:14-15 over the church, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried away by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all thing into Him who is the head–Christ…”. For more information on the Nicolaitan spirit, please see the webpage, “The Letter to the Church in Ephesus” by Dennis Johnson.
The Second adversary is the Saul spirit, who is a religious and traditional demon who stands against God activating new beginnings for the body of Christ. This demon even looked old and dry, holding onto the traditions of man. Even though David was anointed King, Saul fought to hold onto his kingly position, trying to prevent David from rising up into God’s call. This is how the religious/traditional demon operates. Those of us who have faced this battle and overcome the rule of Saul, must reach back and help others come into their position and defeat the Saul spirit that oppresses them. To come past this demon correctly, forgiveness is key. Another key is love, found in Ephesians 3:8-20, please take a moment and read this scripture. Let the words penetrate your heart with an impartation of God's love and power, necessary for the harvest. Ephesians 3 is God's desire for His body.
The Third adversary is set against the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, and the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit in the body of Christ. This demonic spirit seeks to render the body of Christ powerless against the methods of the enemy. In 1 Corinthians 12 we see the nine gifts of the Spirit are given for the profit of the entire body of Christ. Unfortunately, some churches teach that the gifts of the Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, is no longer for today. This is not true! The truth is, they are ALL still in existence. God has not removed, or taken back what He gave the church to empower her. We must pray through and address in great truth and love the error that dis-empowers the church. The end time harvest will be in WORD AND POWER. In Matthew 3:11-17 Jesus was baptized by John, when the dove of the Holy Spirit descended upon Him He went fourth in power. Later, Jesus said, greater works than these YOU SHALL DO. Shall does not mean might or maybe, it means we SHALL do greater works. Let us arise and bring God's love, truth and empowerment to all believers.
The Fourth adversary is set against the establishment of the Lord's true apostolic government. Ephesians 4:11-16 says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”.
In the vision I saw the gates of cities, regions and nations that were laid waste, and actually under the control of Satan. As God's true gifts come through the furnace, refined as gold and mantled in humility, they will take their place in the gates with God given authority. Revelation 21:14 says, “Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb”. Ephesians 2:20-22 says, “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit”. Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”
The enemies method is to circumvent the development or process by which someone becomes an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor and/or a teacher. The enemy offers shortcuts to the office, the Lord doesn’t use shortcuts because they stunt the development of heart and character needed to support the office. There is a testing, for all of God's apostolic offices. Revelation 2:2 says, “And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are NOT and found them liars”. MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN. Many who identify themselves as apostles and prophets are called, but not yet chosen (not yet confirmed and ready for the position). There is a difference between the call and the choosing. In this next move of God, someone who has gotten to the chosen stage will demonstrate fruit in a variety of ways, but one particular fruit is that “They will not love their own lives unto the death. They will love Me and My people more than they love themselves, their earthly positions and earthly possessions. They will love My Statutes. Thus saith the Lord.”
LOVE AND BLESS YOU ALL,
John & Camrin Harris
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