I want to ask our readers to pray with us about my upcoming trip into the nation of Kenya. I leave today to speak for a Conference (Dec. 12-15) in Eldoret under the leadership of Pastor Lucas Maina. You might recall his testimony of three years ago hearing me preach, receiving prayer and God turned his ministry upside-down… his congregation grew from 30 to over 1000 people in just this short time. But better yet, almost all of this growth was due to door to door evangelism… new converts! God totally transformed Pastor Mainas’ vision for ministry. He once believed he was the builder of his church, but now he has learned to let go and allow Jesus to build the Church and Lucas is busy advancing the Kingdom, one soul at a time.
I believe it is time to give the nation of Kenya to God!
God is Speaking – A Now Word:
Last week I had a vision of angels carrying torches and lighting the fires of revival in many places across the nations of Africa and on into the world. I believe it is time to pray and cry out to God for revival fires in every city and every hungry heart across the Earth. Yet as I go into the Continent of Africa and step onto soil that is rich with prophetic history – I am struck by the sensation that the time is Now! These are days of great expectation in every nation I enter.
Pray for Fresh Fire:
May the Lord kindle fresh fire upon us individually, on our churches, and in the nations. May the former days of outpouring be eclipsed by what God does in our time… and with our voices. Let us lay hold of our future and not let go until the Lord gives us His supernatural fire. Let us push back the spirits of apathy, unbelief, witchcraft, and religion and release the fire of God’s Spirit. We are seeing a release of signs and wonders, and healing miracles out in the bush, among the gathering villagers in churches and cities. Its now – that we begin to stretch forth the nets and offer God the bountiful gift of a harvest of souls from East Africa. Let us claim entire tribes, families and cultures for the Kingdom of God. May that fire kindle a new call to missions and a fresh energy for the work that they are doing.
Cry out with us here at RevivalHut Ministries, for visitation and fresh fire in our day in the nations of East Africa. So many are giving their lives, their finances and their voice to the work… and although God will spend His best for the least, nothing is wasted when placed in His hands! We still believe in the original blue print – and the power of the Holy Spirit!
Zech. 4:6 “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
Acts 2:2-4, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Ps. 90:16, “Let us see your miracles again; let our children see Your glory at work.”
And all the Saints said – AMEN!
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green; and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jer. 17:7-8)
This river is a fascinating and powerful theme that we see running throughout all of Scripture, from the opening chapters of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation. Beginning in Genesis 2: 8 we get the first picture of this river. The Scripture says, “The Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the East [this is Paradise on earth] and there He put the man whom He had formed. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden.” When we get to Revelation, we see that tree of life again. This river that flowed out of Eden was designed to water the garden, and it divided to become four rivers that would flow throughout this entire region of the earth.
So, in the Garden of Eden, God creates this river to make a Paradise for man, lush and beautiful, and fruitful. As we see it running through Scripture, it is a picture of God’s Presence and God’s Glory for the sustaining of blessing and abundance.
It’s interesting that we read, “Our God is our refuge and strength… therefore we will not fear… there is a river [singular] whose streams [plural] make glad the city of God” (Ps. 46:1-4). So that is the river of God, a river of God’s provision, a river of His Presence that flows out from His heart and into every part of the City of God, reaching the People of God. The Church, established by Jesus Christ receives its resources by having its roots by the river. It flows out to where you live, to where your family calls home and your community rests secure. One river, that’s the Presence of God; but then it divides, distributes, and flows out to all the places in need of refreshing.
- To the family who lives out in the cornfields of Iowa, the river of God has a stream that goes out there.
- To the man who works on the stock exchange in New York City, the river of God is flowing there also.
- To the woman who longs for more in the slums of Calcutta, the river of God has made a path.
- To the child who waits in darkness along the streets of Kampala, the river of God is winding through the shadows.
We read in Psalm 1 a description of the man who delights or spreads out his roots; in the law of the Lord… meditating, listening and embracing God’s voice. It says, “He’s like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Ps. 1:3). Here we see the refreshing, life-giving supply of God’s River that comes to the thirsty. How? …through His Word. Through meditating day and night on the Word of God, the Holy Spirit begins to flow. That is how you get the river to flow and bring refreshing to all the dryness of life.
“They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house. And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures (delights). For with You is the fountain of life. In Your light, we see light.” (Ps. 36:8-9)
“You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water… You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows, You make it soft with showers, and You bless its growth” (Ps. 65:9-10)
These verses speak of an abundant supply, a sufficient supply of God’s grace and precious resources. Sometimes we feel like the river of God is just a little, tiny trickle running through our lives. Sometimes we have even felt as though the river has run dry, because we have found ourselves in drought, barren and weak. But, we must go to the Scripture and be reminded that God gives us abundance, as we drink from the river of His delights. With Him is the fountain of life… and there is no dryness there! Meditate upon these words… God visits the earth and waters it; He greatly enriches it and this river of God is full of water – for your soul!
Listen, I’ve got some desperate circumstances in my life right now, and some of you do, too. I want you to know, there’s no lack to the river of God. Its full. Its always full. Its full when I’m empty. Its full when I run dry. Its available and flowing with fresh resource. And that river of God can run through my life by faith every time I have a need… if I will just set my roots by the river.
God is saying, “You want to be fruitful? You want to avoid spiritual barrenness? Then get planted by the river. Set your roots by the river of God!”
This is such an important topic that when I found this article, I just had to re-post it for my readers! I want to thank Micael Grenholm for his willingness to speak to the claims of this book.
The Kundalini Myth
Posted on June 10, 2013 by Micael Grenholm
Andrew Strom is a Christian who believes that large parts of the global charismatic movement is demonic. In his video Kundalini Warning, as well as in the book with the same name, he claims that false spirits have invaded ministries like Catch the Fire (the “Toronto Blessing” church), IHOP, Bethel Church, Morningstar, and more. These false spirits originate in the Hindu kundalini cult in India, Strom argues.
Now, you expect some strong evidence to support these radical claims, don’t you? Perhaps Strom have discovered some documents proving that before the Toronto Blessing began, pastors John and Carol Arnott went to India to receive kundalini teaching from a guru. Or perhaps Strom have made an interview with Bethel Church’s pastor Bill Johnson and found out that his greatest inspiration is Lama Rama Ding Ding from Uttar Pradesh?
Nope. On the contrary, none of these ministries have ever preached kundalini teaching, nor have they had any association with Hindu groups whatsoever.
So how does Andrew Strom then know that the spirit through which these ministries experience miracles isn’t the Holy Spirit but a kundalini spirit? The answer is of course: YOUTUBE VIDEOS! In Kundalini Warning, Strom shows us recordings from a kundalini meeting, where people according to him behave just like charismatic Christians. The guru lays his hands on people, and they start to shake, laugh, cry and praise the gods. Thus, when John Arnott lays his hands on people and they start to shake, laugh, cry and praise God, it is the work of the devil. If they are quiet, say amen and go and drink coffee afterwards, it’s the Holy Spirit, I guess.
The underlying assumption to Strom’s theory is that the Holy Spirit and evil spirits produce totally different “manifestations”, and thus you can discern the spirits through looking at these “manifestations”. If the kundalini Hindus had behaved totally different from charismatic Christians we would have known that they have another spirit, but since they behave similarly we know that it is the same demonic spirit. Can’t argue with that, can you? After all the Bible says:
“By the manifestations you will recognize [the false prophets]. Do people laugh when the Holy Spirit is present, or shake in His glory? No, that is the work of the devil.” (Matthew 7:16-17).
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that doesn’t make you behave strange is from God, but every spirit that causes weird manifestations are not from God.” (1 John 4:2-3).
No, of course it doesn’t. Manifestations are never listed as a sign for discernment. The Bible says that we should discern the spirits through looking at if they elevate Christ or not. “No one who is speaking by the Spirit can say ‘Jesus be cursed’, and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’, except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:3).
Whether people laugh or shake is irrelevant, what matters is their teaching and their fruit. And the people at Catch the Fire, IHOP, Bethel Church and Morningstar preach the full gospel about Jesus Christ, and their fruit is thousands of people saved and renewed in their faith. To say that these Jesus-loving Christians are involved in some Hindu cult is simply ridiculous.
Many Christians have bought into the idea that the blessings of God – our inheritance – will not be given to us until we get to heaven. Do we really have to wait that long?
Well – Here is the Good News…
It’s NOW! Your blessing, your inheritance is wrapped up in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Let me show you how you can receive it today. If you are facing challenges, lack in any area, addictions, fears, sickness, low finances, broken relationships, then hang on. Christ has brought you into the “Blessed Place” and made you a co-heir with Him (Rom. 8:17)… protection, deliverance, restoration, and provision. You got a taste of it when you were born again and received the Holy Spirit, but the more the eyes of your heart are enlightened, the more you begin to understand all that God has for you. We’re talking about all of the blessings you are entitled to simply because you have relationship with Christ and an inheritance in God!
Taste and See:
When you begin to walk with Christ, your belief grows and you start tasting more and more of the goodness of God and the richness of His blessings (Ps. 23:6 & 34:8). The error some make is in thinking that the more you walk with God, the more you experience the blessings He has for you. But that is the myth of religion, not the reality in Christ (Eph. 1:3-10). You have become complete in Him, from the moment you trusted Him with your future. The more you believe the blessings are yours through Christ, the more you will experience them. It’s like “believing” is the way to get your blessings out of storage. Belief or “faith” is the “key to the storehouse” (Heb. 11:1 & 11:6). Praise God!
Galatians 3:9 says, “So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.”
And what kind of blessing did Abraham receive? For starters, he was fruitful. Not just with children but with livestock, cattle, money, and land. Everywhere he went he prospered. Read the book of Genesis for yourself and you’ll see. If you have the same faith as Abraham, the blessings of Abraham will start working their way into your life. I encourage you to quit thinking you will not receive it until you get to heaven.
Its So Simple?
An inheritance is released when a person dies… Jesus died. He came to die, so that we could live in the abundant provision of His life (Jn. 10:10). That’s when you were given access to your inheritance… when you embraced His will for your life. The only reason you don’t walk in it fully is because you haven’t fully believed that it’s yours – right now for you to receive. But, you don’t have to wait till you get to heaven to possess it!
Pray this prayer based on Ephesians 1:17-20:
“Father, I am asking that You give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I can know You better. I pray also that I will have greater understanding and belief in my heart. This belief will help me to know the hope that is mine in receiving the blessings that You have for me right now. Show me the inheritance that is wait for me to possess. Please, open my eyes and my heart so I can fully comprehend how rich and amazing the blessings are that You have purchased for me. Things You have promised, but I have yet to receive; simply because I haven’t believed. I declare right now that I choose to believe and receive the inheritance that You have for me. In Jesus Name.”
Now, receive your inheritance!
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” (Jn. 3:8)
Recently it occurred to me that I had become a little dull in my pursuit of the supernatural acts of God. I was not hearing the sound of the wind. I recall David hearing the sound of the wind in the tops of the mulberry trees – as a sign of God’s angelic activity (2 Sam. 5:24). It’s not that I didn’t believe in God’s power, I truly did. I have watched the Holy Spirit shape my sense of expectation since 1980 and seen God do what I could have never imagined.
Sometimes I just become driven to succeed and dry in my spirit. Having the right doctrine or the most effective answer… is not enough. I need the experience of hearing the sound of the wind! I think that part of my problem is that I inadvertently set limits on what God will do. Oh, I might have verbalized it a little differently if you ask me, but sometimes I want God to fit into my agenda. Constraints and boxes are easy to embrace when things are based on my limitations, rather than experience with the Holy Spirit. In the midst of ongoing ministry, I somehow loose that sense of awe and wonder.
What I’ve Discovered:
If you’re going to really flow in the power of the Holy Spirit, you’re going to have to think differently. You… actually – I must relinquish my rights and give God the freedom to do whatever He wants. I know that might sound crazy, but there is nothing to fear in Christ. God will never contradict His character or His Word. At times He might stretch our perceptions, but He will speak with clarity so we have a place to land in His heart. And that’s where I want to be… in His heart!
When thinking about how God operates, I often turn to this familiar passage from the Gospel of John. In it Jesus declares, “the wind blows wherever it pleases”. In that little phrase I find a key that I allow to settle in my mind… “wherever it pleases”! And I will let it shape the way I pray… “Father let me hear the wind of Your Spirit, so that I am moving in sync with what pleases Your heart”.
This reality of God’s pleasure is something I am learning to value above everything else. I am just beginning to become a student of God’s emotions. It’s something I want to invite you to experience as well.