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For His Purpose

Releasing the purposes of God East Africa

Releasing the purposes of God in East Africa

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn. 3:8)

Woven into the context of Christ’s purpose for being manifest in the flesh, is an incredible revelation… sinning is in agreement with the devil’s plan for your life! In contrast, the alternative that Christ offers… is freedom from sin and freedom from the deceptive works that the devil continues to release in the earth. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for the release of heaven’s authority and power… “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). As we pray then, we are actually praying for heaven to touch earth… to break the power of sin and free us from the residue of its effect on our lives.

Think about it – when Jesus came He brought His world into focus, so that it could be understood and stand in direct contrast to the devil’s schemes. Jesus was offering us freedom and empowerment to influence the world in which we live. He demonstrated the Kingdom of God on earth every time He touched a leper or healed a cripple! His example expressed God’s goodness, love and power; through signs and wonders, miracles and supernatural manifestations. This experience of Kingdom life (Acts 10:38) was meant to be training and basic discipleship for believers to do the same on earth today (Jn. 14:12). This was the purpose and we must embrace it!

A Kingdom Mandate:

His purpose is our destiny… and we must be clear in our understanding of His heart. I believe it is safe to say that there is no sickness in heaven, and therefore; it no longer has free reign to rule over the “People of Promise”! Also, there is no poverty, depression, disease or hopelessness in heaven. What this means is that we have a real Kingdom mandate to proclaim. A new day, free from the oppression of the enemy has arrived… if we (as citizens of heaven) can see it and pursue it in faith. God’s message of Christ’s victory must be released in the nations and a new discipleship must take place. Jesus commissioned His followers with these words: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8)(Mt. 28:18-20).

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

His Purpose is Our Model:

I remember when I became a new Christian – I was told what “not to do”. I was taught that I needed help… as a “sinner” I needed to be “perfected”, before I could be of use to God. In hindsight, there was too much emphasis on me, my ability, and my religious performance. According to the Apostle John, Jesus had a purpose that He accomplished in my life and it was sufficient. His purpose was to “…destroy the works of the devil”. The word purpose in Greek is the word “tupos” and it means “model or imitation”. The truth is clear, that when Jesus was destroying the works of the devil; He was demonstrating a reality of the Kingdom for us to imitate every day. When we are given an assignment by the Holy Spirit, it is with purpose and we are being called to imitate Christ… “to destroy the works of the devil”. In fact, this is one of the ways in which we are able to give Him glory – by imitating Him!

Identifying with Kingdom Purpose:

Satan is evil – we must stop imitating him. However, he is always targeting us with lies that kill God’s purpose (Jn. 10:9-10), as he did Eve in the Garden. He is attempting to cause us to doubt our identity in Christ. If we believe opposite of who we are, (i.e.; sons and daughters of the King and made in His divine image), we become powerless to fully imitate God. Why is that? It is because when we doubt our identity in God, we also doubt our ability to be demonstrators of His power. The two go hand-in-hand. In fact, knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!

Let me repeat that word… “knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!”

Be Different

This short teaching was sent to me by one of our pastors in Nairobi, Kenya and I wanted to pass it along. Perhaps it will encourage you today as you ponder your position before others. God has made each of us unique in our ministries… based upon more than just skills. You are anointed for greatness as a Kingdom Agent in the Earth – so allow yourself to experience the peace of God as the “blessing” God has called you to be.

  • Joseph was a wonderful model of realizing destiny in a world of identity confusion! Although he had experienced some wounds from rejection and false accusation, he was able to find God’s destiny through his unique journey. Joseph said, “God sent me before you (speaking to his brothers) to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharoah and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gen. 45:7-8)
  • Daniel was a powerful example of character when everyone else looks to conform to the world. The Bible says, “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Dan. 1:8)

Thank you, Apostle Patrick Makokha. I am proud to be your friend in ministry!

Remind Yourself: There is a Special Person Inside You!

A. Joseph & Daniel were different: If you read their stories, it is easy to see that they stood out from others in the crowd because of their commitment to God. Their character and in their communication were keys in opening the doors of destiny for the future. Although they were often misunderstood, or even hated at times; they discovered God’s heart!

B. Being different is socially unacceptable: The secret to popularity is conformity. The world tells us that to get along, you must go along. This is the siren cry of the world. Everyone wants to fit in, everyone wants to be accepted.

C. Being different is OK: While the world calls us to conform, the Bible gives us a far different message. The Bible warns us against conformity! “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2). This passage literally means, “Do not let the world press you into its mold.”

D. Be different, because you are different: The main reason why you should be different is because you are special and uniquely formed in your mother’s womb. God made you an individual, with your own DNA; and you do not have to conform to the crowd. There are those who aim to please whatever crowd they get around. They worship with the saints and they grovel with the sinners. This ought not be so! Think of Daniel, at the age of 17, he took a stand that was the equivalent to social suicide. He chose to be different. As a result, God was able to bless his life and get great glory from Daniel.

E. Recognize your anointing in Christ: Its the anointing that will break you free from ruts, niches and molds. These are the traps the devil lays to contain your unique anointing (Isa. 10:27). The only person you have to please is the Lord! If you are living your life in a manner that brings pleasure to our Heavenly Father, you will become great in the Kingdom of God. Remind yourself of this truth often and stay loyal to who God has designed you to be. God has His eye upon the loyal heart and His goal is to show up strong on their behalf.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chron. 16:9)

Defining Revival

“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psa. 85:6)

Revival in Hebrew is Chayay {khaw-yah’-ee}. It means to be quickened, to be made alive, to be restored to life or health, from sickness, from discouragement, from faintness, from death! It refers to a spiritual reawakening from a state of dormancy or stagnation in the life of a believer. In other words, revival in the heart of a believer is to be awakened from spiritual slumber or even revived and raised from spiritual death! It encompasses the resurfacing of a greater love and passion for a Holy and Righteous God than they usually have ever experienced. Revival moves beyond the heart of nominal, complacent Christianity and is usually marked by a life that is lived in holiness because He is Holy.

Initiated by the Holy Spirit:

True revival is always initiated by a prompting of the Holy Spirit! It creates an awareness of something missing or wrong in the person’s life that can only be transformed by a Holy God. In turn, the person must respond from the heart, acknowledging his or her need. Then, in a powerful way the Holy Spirit draws back the veil the enemy has cast over the truth, allowing that person to fully see themselves in comparison to God’s glory, majesty and holiness. Obviously, such comparisons bring great humility and repentance, but also bring an awareness and awe of God in relation to His great love for them personally and His truly amazing grace. For the believer, unlike the original conversion experience that brings about a new relationship to God; revival represents a restoration of fellowship with God. It always takes them to a new place, a new level, a new depth of intimacy and love with God. After salvation, the first tactic of the enemy is to distract you with the cares of this life or busyness of new ministry or even a religious lifestyle. We can become weighed down with the cares of life, rituals of religion, even ministry, and we soon find ourselves just going through the motions… thereby losing our first love. It’s then that we no longer experience the joy of serving Christ. True revival initiated by the Holy Spirit helps restore that first love, passion and intimacy towards Christ.

What it Produces:

Revival stimulates an aggressive hunger and passion for His Word and a desire to be with those of like precious faith. It is a convicting awareness of personal and corporate sin, a spirit of humility, and a desire for repentance and growth in righteousness. Revival invigorates and always deepens a believer’s faith, opening his or her eyes to spiritual truth. It marks a new beginning of a life lived in obedience to God through intense worship, prayer, fasting, repentance and the reading of God’s Word. Revival breaks the fascination, deception and power of the world in which we live, which blinds the eyes and hearts of men. (Isa. 44:18)(2 Cor. 4:4).

True revival from the Holy Spirit generates both the will and power to live as agents of transformation… to be in the world but not of the world.

Building

If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. (1 Cor. 3:12-13)

Three nails, driven into the flesh of a Perfect Man. The foundation of our faith and work is Jesus Christ. There can be no other foundation in true Christianity. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Our works are not the foundation – nor our traditions, our doctrines, or any other thing. True Christian faith is intended to be different from mere religious duty. Other religions are typically founded on works or laws that must be followed and obeyed in order to reach God. Christianity is grounded in the amazing reality that God loved us so much that He opened a pathway through Jesus Christ for our salvation. While certainly works should follow our faith, those works are based on the work God has already done on our behalf.

The Faith Dimension:

Be careful how you build, because you want true beauty to be evident. When God tests the quality of our faith… He wants us to succeed! He wants our faith to be real and growing more pure everyday. Success means that our faith has a purity that will stand in the final Day… the Day when Jesus returns for a spotless Bride. To be refined by fire is to allow that which is pure and beautiful, the “treasure” to come forth, as having come from the sure foundation of Christ.

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 1:6-7)

Ruling

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26-28)

The Paradigm of Creation:

When God created man, His wonderful plan was defined by three Divine realities… 1st  God’s image, 2nd a sense of relationship or likeness and 3rd the command to take some responsibility over the environment. This responsibility is called dominion, rule or stewardship; yet it came down to managing the Garden of Eden in a way that pleased God and served their personal needs.

“The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!” (Psa. 110:2)

We, as the Church of the Living God; we are the very “rod” of Christ’s strength, called as Kingdom Agents out of Zion! We need to rule in the midst of the enemies of Christ Jesus! The activity of ruling in the midst of enemies should be embraced like a military assignment. A victory has been won in Christ… and now as followers, we are to advance the dominion of our King. There’s been a transfer of authority and ownership in the land and we must run off the present-day squatters. “Dis-possessing” spiritual squatters is the essence of spiritual warfare. Its what Christ did by conquering sin through the Cross of Calvary… yet possessing our victory is a challenge that calls us much higher than casual Christianity. We must press forward and reclaim all that the kingdom of darkness has acquired through lies and deception.

The Spoils of Christ’s Victory – Our Abundant Life!

Unforgiveness is a squatter, bitterness and envy are squatters, competition, jealousy, pride, fornication, sorcery, heresies and uncleanness of all kinds… are squatters upon the promise of God’s work in our lives. These deceiving spirits lie and establish false ownerships. They communicate through intimidation and manipulation. Your history is not your destiny! According to the Word of God – Jesus came to give us life and the kind of life that is growing more abundant as we mature in our faith journey (Jn. 10:9-10).

Speaking – Faith & Courage!

Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony. God’s destiny is not far from our reach, it just gets obstructed by the hindrances the enemy sets in our path. Deuteronomy 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance. He says, “Now the Word is near you; even in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

He is speaking here of the opportunity to move into all that is promised in the “Promise Land” through obedience and speaking God’s Word over our environment. Its the activity of faith… and its the assigned obligation of all who aim to release the Glory of God. In this day; we must have Kingdom advancement for the obtaining of every mountain, every valley and every realm of spiritual dominion. We must rule in the midst of our enemies!

“Rada” – Ruling as Kingdom Agents:

This is our mandate, to “Rule” – Rada {Hebrew} in the midst of the enemies! We are laying hold of all that Christ has obtained and possessed for us. We are fruitful and multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it as Kingdom Agents advancing the Victory of God in Christ. We are not as those who shrink back, retreat or settle into a position of ease. It is our destiny to advance, because we have an anointing for increase and an assignment to make the very creation itself see its future in the light of God’s Purposes. And if God has established this pattern from the Garden of Eden, He will be with us.

Even as the Apostle Paul proclaims – “If God be for us, who can stand against us!” (Rom. 8:31)

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