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Ignite Greatness

Igniting Greatness

Igniting Greatness

We have been commissioned to develop a culture that ignites the greatness in others. Many of us have had negative influences that seemed to suck the wind right out of our sails. Yet no matter how destructive these forces may have become, God has great plans and royal destinies for His people. It is our finest hour when we are able to create pathways for people to find their journey to the Palace. 

Memories Vs. Dreams:

A friend of mine once said, “When your memories are greater than your dreams, then you are already beginning to die.”

Imagine if you were raised in a palace where everyone around you spoke to you about your destiny to become a king one day. Who would you be today? How do you think those expectations would effect your dreams? If you knew you were destined for greatness and could not fail, how would that shape your thoughts? …your living? …your personal risks?

Living the Life:

The Lord has told me that it is not too late to think like Solomon… to use God-given wisdom and believe in the greatness inside of me. Even if the role models of my life were negative and stole the joy of my childhood, I do not need to remain an orphan (Jn 14:18). I am a Child of God, which means I have a royal destiny (1 Pet 2:9-10). I follow Christ as my example and hear the Holy Spirit calling me into my true identity. As I begin to act like royalty, issues that felt like mountains in my life have become mere stepping stones to future promise. It feels good to overcome the obsticles that once hindered me.

A Culture of Greatness:

As the Royal Priesthood of God, we are called to develop a Kingdom Culture in our homes, churches, communities and nations that brings out the best in others. We do this by seeing and treating people as God created them to be. Our knowledge and love for others must come from our intimacy with God. We are no longer His slaves, but friends, walking by His side as kings and queens of His court. Being born into a Royal Family means we co-reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God. The culture we reflect is based upon the relational character we enjoy with our Heavenly Father. Jesus gave us the example of releasing a culture of greatness by doing what he saw the Father doing.

The Key is Honor: 

Honor expresses value in others. It is one of the greatest attributes of nobility in the entire Bible. When the Kingdom of Heaven rules the heart, honorable behavior comes naturally. We give honor to people, not just because they deserve it, but because we are honorable citizens of the King. It is the standard or condition of the heart, not just the product of a good environment. It eliminates the need for control and manipulation, because it empowers with God-given purpose. People are great, because God created them in His image and for His glory. When we carry honor in our hearts, people can feel it and they respond to it, because it ignites the greatness inside of them.

A Bethel Awakening

Dear Friends;

Myself & Adam Maina

Myself & Adam Maina

How are we doing in our intimacy with the Lord Jesus? There is a wonderful promise with a condition in John 14:21.

 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If Christ our Lord and Saviour, our Father God and the Holy Spirit are not manifesting themselves in us as per this promise, let us give ourselves no rest till this is so. God’s Manifest Presence in our lives makes each of us a ‘Bethel’… a portal of God’s Glory.

Bethel Offers Access:

With this access we heal the sick, we raise the dead, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, move in supernatural wisdom. Words of knowledge are our everyday experiences. On our account God is able to withhold judgement on the land and through our testimony He will release His Kingdom of Grace and Power. 

Arise from Sleep:

There is a high cost for carnal living and we can ill afford it. Is it possible that God would make us vessels for supernatural purposes while we waste our destiny with the world? This is our day for a Bethel Awakening whereby we rise up from our sleep and cast off the lukewarm covering of night. The Bible has said, “Wake up oh sleeper rise up from the dead and Christ will shine on you” (Eph 5:14) and “Arise shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isa 60:1). 

Fire Fighting Prayers:

Most of our prayers are about the consequences of lukewarmess. I like calling them fire fighting prayers. If a house catches fire and you call the fire station, there will still be considerable damage by the time the fire is put out. If we can be honest, all of us have fires burning right now inside our flesh (brokenness, unforgiveness, debt, family conflict). Dawa ya moto ni moto… Swahili for its time to put out the fire! 

Get Hot for God!

Let us get hot (Rev 3:15) and start living out of the resources of Heaven and these fires which are holding us hostage and delaying us from being available vessels for God’s use will be extinguished.

How would you like God to send an angel with real cash to burn that fire of debt. If you have a problem with this possibility then you have a problem with Hebrew1:14?. Let me testify here that God has put money in my pocket and similar amount in my bank account among other angelic and third heaven encounters.

Let us remind ourselves again that there are no sale-days in heaven. The price for ‘hot’ living is always travailing prayer and separation to spirituality in Christ. How about taking leave for ten days to seek His face in the ‘upper room’? How about this verse- ‘For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace’ Rom 8:6 (KJV)

So what is to be ‘hot’. We have many examples in Scripture. I suggest to you Peter, whose shadow healed the sick, Paul, with third heaven visitations, Elisha, who was so anointed that his dead bones raised the dead. This is the time to set our hearts abaze for His purposes in the Earth.

In His pursuit for A Bethel Awakening.

written by my dear friend; Adam Maina

Rejoice Always

“Rejoice in the Lord always – and again I say, rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)

 

This incredible statement inspires me like nothing in all the Bible, because it was communicated out of the wineskin of real Christianity. At the time this was penned, the Apostle Paul had become a prisoner and sent to Rome as a revolutionary in the midst of the culture. He spent his days and nights under house arrest chained to a Roman soldier. I am amazed at all this hero of faith endured for the advancement of God’s Kingdom on planet Earth. I have become convinced it was because he was able to say, rejoice…always!

Rejoicing:

To rejoice means to exhibit joy; to release your joy so it is evident on the outside of you. The only way rejoicing can be sustained over any period of time is if it is motivated by something internal. Rejoicing is a supernatural reality that comes from the Holy Spirit.

Bubbling from Within:

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would cause a bubbling up of living water from within our “belly” (Jn 7:37-39). Our human spirit would become animated by a heavenly resource… joy. The Apostle Peter wrote about a ”joy unspeakable and full of glory”, experienced when through believing, we begin to fellowship in God’s love (1 Pet 1:8-9). The Old Testament wall-builder Nehemiah tells us that this joy of the Lord that comes up within us, ”…is our strength” (Neh 10:8). Its the power we need to bear up under the weight of problems and trials of faith. The Holy Spirit’s power makes us witnesses on the outside based upon a strength from the inside. Praise the Lord!

Rejoicing Releases Power:

The Prophet Isaiah declared that our joy and rejoicing actually draws water up out of the wells of salvation (Isa 12:2). When we who are saved recognize all that God has done for us through the promise of the Holy Spirit, then joy becomes our bucket. It taps into the wells of salvation in the seasons of drought and unlocks the inheritance that fear has left hidden. You see, God has not hidden our inheritance from us, but has positioned it for the serious seeker to find.

Rejoicing Produces:

Rejoicing makes the struggle of our faith produce something of substance. Trust, patience, endurance, loyalty and best of all testimonies, all come from wells that are deeper than our natural eyes can tap into. Rejoicing offers us spiritual eyes. Eyes that see miracles before they are visible. It breaks us free of limitations by lifting our vision to the bigger picture and loftier purpose. It offers ”the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7).

True Influence:

We tell God that if we had more strength we could do this or that for Him, but do we realize that God is fully capable and in no need of our help. He is looking for worshipers, those who will love Him and labour from the position of delight. Those who welcome His Presence will become filled with His joy. All the work of God is bound to our believing (Jn 6:29) and all the will of God is fulfilled when we live in thanksgiving (1 Thess 5:18). Jesus said over and over again that He wanted His joy to be in us and our joy to be full. So, however sacrificial or significant we might hope our influence would be, it will not move the heart of God as much as the sound of rejoicing in the midst of our journey. So rejoice in the Lord always… and again I say rejoice!

A Soul’s Thirst

What do you long for? What is it, that would really bring you joy? More than just happy to experience something… I’m talking about a deeply satisfying joy that would last a lifetime.

David longed for God:

 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and glory” (Ps 63:1-2).

David’s desire is obvious. Notice how he describes his longing for God, as a soul thirst. Kneeling in the Judean desert, he reflects on the barren, parched conditions around him and said in effect, “This is the condition of my soul without God’s Presence”. This is what woke David up in the morning and kept him seeking the Lord throughout his lifetime. He longed to be with the Lord more than anything in life. God alone would satisfy his thirst. 

Spiritual Health:

Passion for God indicates spiritual health, because it knows what to do with its brokenness! You see knowing what to do when your soul is thirsty is of greater significance than any other issue in life. Natural things may offer temporary relief, but deeply felt emotions like fear and betrayal are connected to spiritual realities. They embitter the heart and defile our perception. Passion is the only remedy, passion that has become motivated by a supernatural revelation of God.

Some Context: 

David is out in the desert, most people believe this is when he was on the run from Absalom. And the psalm speaks about David’s soul longing for God, thirsting for Him like a body on the edge of death, longs for water. Many of his people had turned on him. His own son had turned on him. The desert is where he was physically, but it was also where he found himself spiritually. On the run and far from his home, his city – Jerusalem and the Tabernacle. He could feel the crushing of his peace and the loss of his joy.  But he was a worshiper and he had knowledge of a sight in God’s Sanctuary. Notice the phrase… 

 ”So I have looked for You in the Sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”

David is saying he had seen God’s power before and in this moment it would once again become the strength of his journey. God makes Himself vulnerable to the thirsty soul. David had a history with God as a shepherd boy against a lion and a bear, as a youth against a giant named Goliath and as a sinner against the greatest enemy of all, flesh. None of these could match what he had experienced in the Sanctuary – in His Presence. Such knowledge… God’s power and His Glory satisfies the soul’s thirst once more.

Giving Us Glory

“And the Glory which You gave Me I have given them that they may be one just as We are one: I in them and You in Me. That they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (Jn 17:22-24)

All who believe in the Gospel of the Kingdom are included in this prayer. We are being invited to experience the supernatural fellowship that transforms the way we see ourselves and the way others see us. Jesus prays here that we would be one just like He and His Father are one. The Father is in Him and He is in the Father. He invites us to be in Him as evidence, so that the world would believe in Him. This fellowship is the best testimony any of us could have and its available by way of His Glory. Listen carefully to what Jesus said:

“I have given them the Glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.”

I always thought that unity came from all of us coming together and working at getting along, pretending to like each other in the name of Jesus. We just have to put our differences aside and unite around a common cause. Isn’t that what the world describes as unity? However, Jesus makes it clear that it’s the Glory that can change us and draw us together in Him. Its the Glory that creates the oneness He is after. 

Glory Causes Unity:

He gave us His Glory so that we would reflect His perfect oneness and as a result we would be united with each other. I want to propose that there is something about experiencing God’s Glory together that knits our hearts in spiritual unity. The closer we get to the fullness of God’s Presence, the more God’s Glory begins to manifest and the easier it is for us to become one in the Body of Christ. This is what makes Church – Church.

Beholding the Glory: 

Amazingly, Jesus asks His Father to bring us to where He is so that we could behold the Glory, God gave to Him. In the Old Testament, we see that the people of Israel would not even come close to God’s Glory, but now we see Jesus asking His Father to show us the Glory! God allowed Moses to see His Glory, but only as he was able to catch a glimpse of His backside. He would see God’s Goodness from the cleft of a rock (Ex 33:18-23). A protected place. Yet now as soon as we find our fellowship in Christ, we are given access to behold Glory and reflect perfect oneness!

Yearning for God’s Glory:

My heart has been stretched beyond its ability to return to its original shape. There is something about the tangible Presence of God that clothes us and transforms our vision, passion and unity. The Body of Christ is only the “Body” as it beholds and reflects this mystery of the Glory. It was designed to be clothed in Glory and yearn jealously for this covering, so all the world would know what makes us one (Jms 4:5). Human effort is insufficient to make us one. Its found in the Father giving us His Glory… the habitation of God by His Spirit (Eph 2:22).

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