Archive for December, 2011

21 Days of Fasting

January 1-21 2012. Join RevivalHut Ministries for 21 days of Prayer and Fasting; Seeking God for breakthrough in the Nations!

Prayer and Fasting is probably the greatest avenue to awaken our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. God is always speaking to us as a nation, a ministry and as a people. The key to listening is sensitivity. Only those effectively hearing God are effectively responding to Him.

National Breakthrough:

When breakthroughs are needed, we should fast and pray! God is watching and listening. He makes Himself vulnerable to the hungry heart by leaning in to the seeker and responding quickly to the ministry of prayer. I am convinced that nothing so captures His attention as a group of tenacious intercessors pleading at the Throne of God for breakthrough in the nations.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people… If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chron 7:13-15).

Ministry Breakthrough:

Our Lord Jesus said fasting would be necessary for His disciples when He was no longer with them in person. “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Mt 9:15). Notice Jesus is giving the impression that the disciples would need to fast in order to pull information out of the spiritual realm after He was gone.

The early disciples remembered the words of Jesus and made fasting a vital part of their spiritual lives, especially when breakthrough was needed. The outstanding work God accomplished through them speaks for itself. They could easily hear God speak to them through prayer and fasting and so their activities in ministry were more effective.

Just imagine the scene as those disciples were worshipping and fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke with amazing clarity. “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them“. So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them into ministry (Acts 13:2-3).

Personal Breakthrough:

We must recognize the value of fasting and prayer, as we consider our own heart toward God. Many times in my life, I have seen wilderness experiences turned into opportunities for promotion, simply because of fasting. Turning sorrows into joy and mourning into dancing, must not be left to chance or opportune times. We must move into our responsibility as stewards of our spiritual destinies, because we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Prayer and fasting will separate us from spiritual laziness, where we stop expecting God to bring success and lay it at our feet. Jesus told His disciples that when they prayed and fasted, God would reward them publicly… openly (Mt 6:18). I have watched God move with Kingdom resources when I gave myself to fasting.

“Even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13).

Press On In!

If indeed, we are “In Christ”…  

It is like being ushered into a multi-level home that we are free to explore. It has many fascinating and interesting rooms, many hidden passages, and exciting possibilities to experience. We, who have become the heirs of salvation are invited to enter into all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge… In Christ. Not just stand in the doorway of Eternity!

Move In! 

Let us move beyond the entrance of our Spiritual Houses in Christ. We want to move into the “unsearchable riches of Christ”. Pressing on in, like we own the place… after all it is our inheritance. We have crossed the Red Sea into a land of promise. Should we not go forward and take possession; the believer’s enjoyment on Earth… Freedom! Manna is good, but there is a Promise Land “flowing with milk and honey” yet to be possessed. Giants? Yes! Enemies? Yes! But faith in God and trust in His promises, will secure us our victory in the battles we face. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we must move into our living quarters.

Don’t Settle for Observation:

Looking into the Promises of God is not the same as possessing spiritual victory. We must not allow our hearts to be filled with unbelief; but by faith, we must move beyond your comfort zone into new unclaimed spiritual territory God has destined for us! We will experience answers to prayer and glorify the Father. We will see the fruit of being the faith filled disciples of Christ and experience supernatural joy, “unspeakable and full of glory!”

The Mystery is Revealed:

In Ephesians one, we see that a Mystery has been revealed. We have been chosen “In Christ”, we are the redeemed “In Christ”, we have an inheritance “In Christ” and we have been sealed “In Christ”. Its time that we walk In Christ and experience the very life of Christ. If we are complete In Him and hidden In Him, then we should have no excuses for a life apart from Him. There is nothing that can be added to us when we are In Christ, for In Christ dwells all of the fullness of the Godhead, bodily. Pressing in means laying hold of all that Christ has purchased for us. Its territory that if we never possess, we will never know its promise nor hand it off to those who follow our example.

The Declaration of God

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

If you are a Christian, God speaks these amazing words over you: “You are My beloved Child, in whom I am well pleased!” He doesn’t speak these words over you, because you’ve earned them. You could never do enough to earn these words of love. God speaks these words over you, because of who Jesus is - for you.

A Father’s Love:

When God the Father spoke these powerful words over His Son (Mt 3:17), it was a day of affirmation that set the tone for His public ministry as the Messiah. It was more than significant, it was supernatural. I would like to propose that what was true of the Messiah, is true today of His people. God loves… immensely. 

A Faithful Son:

Jesus was the faithful Son who always did the will of His Father. Never once did He disobey or disappoint Him. All of Jesus’ activity, from the birth in the manger to His death on the cross were a fulfillment of the Father’s love in purpose, pattern and passion. As our Savior, Jesus obeyed the Father for us… so that the same words that were spoken over Him on that wonderful day, could be spoken over us in our daily routine, everyday. Living as a Christian involves learning that everyday, God our loving Father thinks of each one of us as His beloved Child in whom He is well pleased.

Enabling & Empowering:

Recognizing the spiritual impact of the Father’s declaration, enables and empowers the heart to dream and reach for the impossible. Those things that once caused us to stumble, begin to position themselves as stepping stones. We must learn to live in the reality of God’s loving pleasure and find a sense of freedom where troubles no longer control. Its the Father’s affirmation that encourages us to deal with the difficulties of life with confidence and humility. Mountains bow down and storms no longer threaten our progress. Clearly, one of the most wonderful priorities of the Holy Spirit is to place within the heart of every Child of God a responsive cry… “Abba, Father”! (Rom 8:15)

My Bible

My Bible is a book of history, science, poetry, human frailty and faith. I love it, ‘cuz its fascinating and character building, while it still helps me answer the questions that challenge me most in life. Perhaps the most important reason I love my Bible is because, it is a love story that reveals the heart of God through the person of Jesus Christ… His Son.

This Book Is Unique:

How incredible would it be to have 66 books, all written over a period of 1,500 years, by more than 40 authors, in three languages and on three continents, carrying the same basic message? This book is a miracle waiting to be opened every time I look at its cover. Rather than contradicting one another, the writers reveal a supernatural harmony from Genesis to Revelation. It makes my heart race every time I open it.

Inspired by God:

The Bible was written by people (2 Pet 1:20-21) under the inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16). It speaks to me, because God exerted His supernatural influence on the writers. In other words, God was the real author and men were His writing tools. There are many proofs of this truth, but perhaps the greatest proof is the accuracy of Biblical prophecy. Over a thousand Old Testament Scriptures were fulfilled just when Jesus came to the Earth as the Christ, the Messiah.

My Bible Gets Used:

Studying the Bible is essential for Christians. The Bible itself, instructs us to, “Study to show yourself approved unto God as a workman who can rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). Its the Truth that matters. I make it my goal to immerse myself daily in God’s Word, like the Bereans who searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11). I find the revelation that comes out of the Word of God to be transforming and encouraging to my daily experience as a Child of God. My Bible gets used more than anything in my life, because of how it makes me feel. The Bible speaks to me, as if I were sitting at the feet of God, Himself!

  • I am wiser, because of the principles given there. 
  • I am richer, because of the treasures hidden there.
  • I am stronger, because of the power discovered there.
  • I am saved, because of the love that is offered there!

House Invasion

Blessing and Favor

Blessing & Enlargement

“Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house He was staying in, but He couldn’t keep it a secret.” (Mk 7:24)

If Jesus has come into your house you won’t be able to keep it a secret. It will get out. You won’t be able to conceal it, at least not for long. That’s because He will never come into a house and leave things the same.

Houses are His Specialty: 

Jesus was constantly going into houses, to eat, to talk, to connect and to rest. Yet those houses were never the same after His invasion of grace and glory. The lies were uncovered. The sin was forgiven. The battles were settled and the priorities were called back into order. Why? Because He is the ultimate life-changer, the Author of the Good Life… and its in the house where life happens.

Working Inside Out: 

He transforms stuff by Spirit invasion. Ideas like visitation, habitation, fullness or outpouring seem to communicate the difficulty in keeping our Christian faith secret. The neighbors seem to sense something is happening next door. I almost chuckle when I hear people tell me that their faith is “personal”, because its almost like having a new puppy in the house… it gets into everything.

But the good news about Jesus is that He is able to do what He does without making a mess. In fact, the house gets restored from the inside out… strong and beautiful. Some destiny may have to be re-negotiated and some dreams, re-evaluated from a heavenly perspective, but something glorious emerges. Once inside the house, His blessing and healing touch are released into every crevice of who we are and soon become visible on the outside. His Presence is the kind of change that cannot be hidden for long.

People will Notice:

Take some time today to ask Christ to invade your house, every nook and cranny of your being. Make sure He knows that your heart is His home and your family is His possession. His love can do what nothing else has ever been able to do in your house! Is there some area of your life; a personal disappointment, family relationship or life transition where you have felt overwhelmed or confused? Give Him an all access pass to your house and an invasion will begin.

Jesus is interested in your house, today! 

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” (Lk 19:2-5)