First Estate is the result of an instruction received from the Lord back in 2010.
The instruction was simple... “I want you to facilitate round the clock prayer for the Free State”
(Free State is the province in South Africa where I reside.)
Interestingly, my home town Bloemfontein is a birthing city.
Three major political parties that have influenced our nation, were birthed in this city. The current government (ANC), the previous government – the National Party as well as the Communist Party were birthed here.
Having walked with the Lord for over 30 years, I knew that Fathers 'simple' instruction would firstly become a major challenge, secondly that 'simple' inevitably meant much bigger than what the first glance revealed, and thirdly, that I was in for a process that would stretch me (and my patience!) I was amazingly prophetic on all three counts!
In our small city of Bloemfontein, I oversee a small prayer academy called 'Povertybreaker Prayer Academy' where I train on average 30 students per annum in the various disciplines and protocols of prayer. Like all co-labourers with Christ, as I labour with Him in the lives of the students, I too am in a learning process!
The students at Povertybreaker, have played an integral part in birthing First Estate and I celebrate and affirm what they have sacrificed for the fulfilling of this mandate.
I am profoundly indebted to these major teachers that have influenced me over the last five years – in preparation for First Estate – Holy Spirit, the patriarch Abraham, Kings David and Solomon, the Apostles James, Paul, Natasha Grbich and Robert Henderson and businessman Arthur Burke of Sapphire Leadership Group.
The immense power of 'words'
At the start of each year I place my students on a 40 day fast. They are to fast 'negative speech!' It works like this, every time you say something negative, you start again at day 1.
In three years... no-one has managed to get beyond 10 days!!!
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. (Emphasis added)
Our mandate at First Estate is to get the 'scattered over the whole earth' to speak 'whole, wholesome' words over God's creation in answer to creations indictment against us in Romans 8, and the fulfilment of Genesis 1:28
May you be - being – blessed, so that you can be – being a blessing!