February 18, 2015
A Letter From Diane Jackson
January 30, 2015
On Behalf of the Entire Streams family,
I want to thank each of you for the prayers and outpouring of encouragement we’ve received over the last year. After recovering miraculously from cancer surgery last summer and returning to the activities and ministry work he loved, we found out a few months ago that the pleurisy and inflammation John Paul was experiencing in his lungs could be a sign of something more serious. Despite the heartfelt prayers from those closest to him and many of you around the world, my husband, John Paul went to be with the Lord peacefully at our home this morning surrounded by family and loved ones.
John Paul Jackson was survived by his wife Diane, son Micah Jackson, son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Jennifer Jackson, and three grandchildren, Lauren, Tyler and Brett.
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E-Letter: Peace and the Prophetic Gift
December 31, 2014
Written by John Paul Jackson
I meet a lot of young prophetic people in different places around the world. They are gifted men and women who can discern God’s voice, and I often hear them say similar things:
“If the church would just do this . . .”
“If the pastor would just do that . . .”
“If my father would just do this . . .”
“If my boss would just do that . . .”
They see the issues more than they see what is going well.
As prophetic people, we have a wonderful gift, but when we “tune” it to finding other people’s mistakes, we can become sin hunters who sometimes end up missing what God wants to do.
Prophecy is not meant to tear people down. It is meant to build people up. It is a constructive
element of the Kingdom, not a destructive element.
Many of us are uncommonly good at perceiving other people’s sin, and if we’re not careful, we get pulled into a cycle of negativity, where the negative is somehow more interesting to us than the positive.
The problem is that we become what we think! We become what we take in and what we see. And when our lives are focused on the negative, we lose our peace and don’t understand why we no longer receive as much revelation as we used to.
The peace of God is our phone line, if you will. Without peace, we don’t hear His voice. Without peace, it is difficult to see Him at work in people’s lives. The measure of peace we have in our lives reveals our understanding of the bigness
Revelation comes from peace. If we want to hear God more and in greater, deeper ways, we need to learn how to walk in His peace and break the cycle of prophetic drama in our lives. We are prophetic—being aware of sin comes with the territory. But what we choose to do with that revelation will either help build the Kingdom or help tear it down. It’s up to us.
A Safeguard for Your Gift
The Bible very clearly tells us how we are to think:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
— Philippians 4:8
When he penned those words, the apostle Paul did not include any conditions. He didn’t say, “Think on good things unless
you’re a prophet. But if you’re a prophet, you can think about anything you want.” I’ve seen real revelatory gifts wasted because gifted men and women became focused on the negative, ended up losing their peace and quit.
Seeking the peace of God is not just a good idea—it will keep you from burning out. Philippians 4:8 is a safeguard for your gift.
Look for the Plans of God
The point of the prophetic gift is edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). The prophetic gift exists to help other people find their way to God’s heart. It exists to take the weak and make them strong, to help the strong grow stronger and the great greater. That is how the Kingdom of God advances.
Therefore, when we focus on the negative in someone else’s life, we actually tear down
His Kingdom. It is not as if God is surprised by the sin we see in other people. He knows exactly what is happening within them, just as He knows what is happening within us. God has good plans, even when the people in those plans are making bad choices. He is waiting for them to repent and accept His ways. His plans still exist for them, and He longs for those plans to be fulfilled.
It is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). That doesn’t mean we can’t bring correction when correction is due—but it does mean that we get to bring the love and kindness of God into each and every situation.
No matter where we find the captives—in the Church or outside of it—we are called to set them free and build them up, not tear them down. We are called to seek peace and demonstrate the heart of God on the earth.
In so doing, we avoid negative cycles in our own lives and see the Kingdom come in power and redemption.
E-Letter: The Deep, Deep Well
Written by John Paul Jackson
Intimacy with Jesus is based on depth, not on width. How long
you’ve been saved doesn’t play a significant role in your destiny with God, because long or short, the pay is the same (see the parable of the vineyard workers in Matthew 20). Intimacy with Jesus is about closeness and true understanding. It is about relationship. How well do you know Him?
Some of us tend to fall in love quickly, while others have a harder time with commitment. It can be much easier to take a puddle and simply make it wider,
not deeper. Digging a well requires work, dedication, desire and sweat, but widening a puddle is easy.
The problem is that a wide puddle won’t get us anywhere. We could stand in it and not get wet, because there is no depth. We need to be wells, not puddles.
What produces depth in our relationship with God? What brings our hearts to life and really teaches us how to live every day with Jesus? Here are a few things I’ve found helpful.
How to Dig a Well1. Repentance
Repentance can be a scary word for some people, but it shouldn’t be. The point is not, Wow. Look at how badly you’re failing! You are such a sinner.
The point of repentance is not our sin; it is living a lifestyle that allows us to be close to Jesus at all times, because He is our choice in this world.
We want Jesus, even if it means we need to bend
, change our ways or let go of things we used to enjoy to become more like Him. Godly sorrow produces repentance, and true repentance produces vehement, unyielding desire (2 Corinthians 7:10–11). If we don’t have a desire for the Lord, our “repenter” probably needs a checkup.2. Humility
Humility is like reading glasses. Only when we look through the lenses of humility do we see ourselves clearly and realize how much we need Jesus.
Without Jesus, we have nothing good. We can’t even take credit for our love for Him—every
good thing we have comes from His hand. The apostle Paul says that even our faith in Him is a gift (Ephesians 2:8). It is His faith giving us faith.
The moment we set our hearts to understand and to humble ourselves before Him, our words are heard (Daniel 10:12).3. Spiritual Disciplines
When I practice spiritual disciplines, I see more of the supernatural. It begins to operate in my life at incredible levels. But when I don’t practice spiritual disciplines, the supernatural seems to drop.
Unfortunately, some of the Church has started to believe that practicing spiritual disciplines is a form of religious bondage. “That’s legalism,” people say.
Yes, it is possible to make your relationship with God about rules and legalism. That is a trap to avoid. However, without spiritual disciplines, you will have nothing but a wide puddle. Prayer, fasting, studying His Word, making Him a priority in your life—these things produce depth
within us. Too many of us are happy with puddles.4. Waiting for God
“Yes, the Almighty will be your gold
And your precious silver.”
— Job 22:25
Here is my definition of what it means to delight in God: Delight is a satisfaction in God so complete that we lose desire for anything that disturbs our contentment in Him. That doesn’t mean we never experience hard times, but even in hard times, we can be content.
How do we learn to delight in God and find our contentment in Him? We spend time with Him. Some people call this waiting
for Him, and often it looks like certain spiritual disciplines—sitting in His presence, seeking Him out, making Him a priority in our lives. The point is to be with Him and get to know Him more.
Great peace comes from delighting ourselves in the Lord. We realize He is our treasure.
The Power of Desire
Psalm 145:16 says that God opens His hand and satisfies the desire of all living things. That is who our God is. That is His promise: He is the Desire Satisfier.
It is in the delight stage that we obtain what we have wanted all our lives. As we delight ourselves in the Lord, He becomes our gold—He becomes what we desire, and in turn, He gives us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). We find our souls fulfilled and content, and the well grows deeper and deeper.