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Update Bungoma Kenya

Hi Pastor Ron.

We appreciate what the Lord is doing through you and RevivalHut Ministry. Many nations are coming to know who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Even now we are full of joy especially through the teaching and testimonies in this part of Kenya. Bungoma leaders and pastors who attended the teachings say the following after talking to them:

  1. they were equipped with the teachings
  2. their congregations have increased
  3. they now have spiritual food for the flock
  4. they are receiving the first certificates, ready to start the next level
  5. they have witnessed the Glory of God.

We just want to inform you that we shall put our resources again into this work and spare no limit to time for these teachings… the second lessons. For Christ sake we shall sacrifice and believe for advance to the Kingdom of God. That is what we always do. We have sent a signal to the regions to which we have teaching points (locations) that soon manuals will be out and students are very happy.

Great Leadership in Bungoma, Kenya

We know your busy schedule – time and funds may not allow you to visit nations frequently, because the demand may be very high. We request you come for conference and promoting to see what God is doing… at a time when you are in Kenya. We will go on without you coming to start because of financial complications, but we love you and need to stay in touch with you. Maybe, God willing may just come at a latter stage when all lessons are through and when everything is okay.

Our hope is to train in all ways in second teachings. You said something about artisan work, like dress making, carpentry and marketable skills… do you still carry this vision? We have space and rooms that have electricity, we can use them after registering with the government. Many are ready to move at the “Pace of God”.

Finally we want to say that we benefited through the teaching in many ways… First – those who come invited for teaching received Christ and are our church members. These have given us hope and strength, it is an increase and impact in the region. Second – we are becoming equipped ministers of the Gospel of the Kingdom and we desire more of God. There is no limiting God and the teachings of Jesus, even other pastors say so. With great joy, friendship grows much living in God’s House.

Sister Beatrice & Chris

The Integrity of Truth

“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ” (Eph. 4:15)

We must speak the truth in love! In trying to win the approval of others I hear so many stories. Stories that might be exciting and fun to listen to, but lack integrity. What is not truthful, does not qualify as a testimony! By that I mean the story goal might be very virtuous, in that we want our listeners to be moved to change their direction in life… but when facts do not line up, God cannot bless our efforts. The reason for that is obvious I think… it wreaks of manipulation, and therefore it is not the truth spoken in love. We must value the integrity of truth! Remind yourself of the goal again… “that we grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ”!

Truth is Vital for Belief!

One of the most important reasons truth matters so much, is that we are telling a bigger story than our own! Notice the following testimony from a soldier who was at the cross when Jesus was being crucified. Notice the testimony fulfills Scripture! Its less about the one testifying … and more about the King of Glory. Read it and then I will share some thoughts about this interesting moment.

“Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who were crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN. And again another Scripture says, they shall look on Him whom they pierced” (Jn. 19:32-37)

An Eye Witness Account Carries Seed for the Future!

This testimony was no simple observation, it was an eye witness account of a “kairos” moment in history… a seed for future fruitful belief. Something was clicked into human events that God would make sure carried more weight than just a nice story line. God was making a significant point, that although Jesus was dying like a ruthless criminal; this was no ordinary moment in the handling of human justice. This man was innocent and the testimony of His innocence reverberated all the way through Biblical history and discourse.

The Prophetic Significance:

During the days of Moses and the Exodus of the Jews from Egyptian slavery, a prophetic act was performed during the last night before their deliverance.  Blood from an unblemished lamb was to be placed on the door posts and lintel of the houses where they ate and when the death angel passed over the houses of the Children of Israel… they would be spared. Interestingly, they were to eat the lamb without breaking any of its bones (Ex. 12:46)(Nu. 9:12). In order to preserve the truthfulness of this event the Jewish people commemorate and remember all that took place through a Passover Celebration every year. They tell the stories and remember the significance of the blood that was shed, even in the way they prepared their unblemished lamb for the feast… not a bone shall be broken.

It Testifies of the Authenticity of Christ – The Lamb of God!

The true Unblemished Lamb gave Himself for the sins of the world. He died to bring deliverance to every believing heart. He died without any bones broken, and fulfilled the Scripture through the mouth of a soldier who observed His crucifixion. It speaks to the honor God gives to the innocent! Even David would later tell us that God will deliver the righteous from all affliction. Although God would place our sin upon Christ in His death on the cross; He would not allow any bones to be broken in the process (Ps. 34:19-20). It is because He was innocent, that this testimony becomes a powerful point of our believing.

The Grip of Sin is Broken – And the Testimony of Christ is True!

Restoring A Safe Place

“I will restore or replace for you” says the Lord, “the years that the locust has eaten… the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame. And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:25-27)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Although the past is irreversible and overwhelming at times… God is the restorer of broken dreams and shattered lives! He has declared a New Day available for all of humanity! God has laid a foundation of hope in Christ – He is saying we can be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)… and our old ways can be in the past! There is a new beginning waiting for us, filled with new chances, new opportunities and new expectations (Isa. 43:18-21). God will wipe away our rotten past and restore that which was lost, stolen or destroyed by sin, brokenness or the devil.

Restoration begins by Believing!

As the Savior of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ has done all to rescue us from the things that diminish or destroy us. If we can but believe – hope opens the door! There is a restoration coming into our spirits, minds, bodies, relationships, and other aspects of our humanity. Believers can be delivered from oppression (Acts 10:38) and rest in the safety that effects spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being (Mt. 11:28-30).

Come, you weary, broken and lost and find a place of safety in His loving care for you.

Hope is a Destination!

Run into the arms of your Father in the Spirit! There you will have plenty and be complete, satisfied and whole. He wants you to know the truth and the freedom of walking in His Presence! It is His joy to reveal His heart toward you! He is a Father… like no other. He will not allow His people to be orphans or feel ashamed anymore. This is a profound truth that no one else can claim.

Let Him speak this into your heart today… “I the Lord am your God and there is no one else!”

Earnest Love

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet. 4:8).

Earnest love is uncommon! It requires a commitment to sacrifice and servant-hood. Sometimes we think, “if we commit to really loving others, we might fall short or lose face”. I would suggest that you will find yourself in both situations. Love requires us to get overextended and even feel like we fail from time to time… because God’s love calls us to become vulnerable. Someone along the way will take advantage of us. But if you are like me, you are in no danger of loving too much, but loving in moderation. Moderation is hypocritical and evil in terms of keeping love real and spiritual.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” (Rom. 12:9-11)

Our Moderate Love:

We must avoid loving by measure or calculating the cost in our minds. The Gospel of the Kingdom is about pulling our resources from another world. We love others based upon how God loved us, “moderate love is too small to be from God” (Lk. 7:47). I like how Jesus put it, “As the Father loved Me, so have I loved you – abide in My love” (Jn. 15:9). Jesus tells us that He loved us, in the same way and with the same passion as the Father loved Him… and that we could abide in that same flow of supernatural love. Being in Christ means you have the capacity to love without limit… and without hypocrisy.

You might have been loving and kind before you were in Christ. But you were selective in your love… way too guarded. Now you know just how much and how consistently God has loved you, and you have received it. Therefore, having received His love (Rom. 5:5), you have it as a resource in your life… everyday. So living “in Christ” means you can rejoice in the love you have and release it to others with a fervent heart. According to His great mercy, God has loved and embraced us as we are, so that we could be born again (1 Pet. 1:3) and live by a fresh power flowing through us by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Trust Him and obey Him… and watch His love flow through you – to others.

God has a Better Way:

He will give you a love that goes beyond the old patterns. You are a New Man and you have been equipped with new purpose (2 Cor. 5:17-21)… A purpose to love others as Christ has loved you. When we merely restrain ourselves from anger or malice toward one another… it is not enough. We must show the beauty of Christ and love one another with all we have. Its our calling… to love earnestly. The Apostle Paul said some amazing things about true spirituality and becoming great in the Kingdom of God… and it is all about love!

1st) Your position in the Kingdom is not what makes you great! “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:1-3)

2nd) Your gift in the Kingdom is not what makes you great! “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” (1 Cor. 12:27-31)

3rd) Your ability to love and serve others is what makes you great! “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

And the greatest news of all is that in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. We can hold onto the reality of love as an anchor to our soul. The Apostle Paul said, “I am persuaded… that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:37-39)

Bitter Roots

Bitter Roots Rob Us of Grace

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Heb 12:15).

What comprises these “bitter roots?” They consist of traumatic experiences of pain, distress, disappointment and brokenness that encourage feelings of bitterness. These feelings may begin in a moment or extend to lengthy seasons in our life, but their impact release root systems that grow and bear fruit. Without good resolution to that trauma, these bitter memories can keep a person continually torn up with pain and emotional scaring.

Roots grow beneath the surface:

Surprising emotional outbursts and difficulty making wise decisions or keeping intimate friendships are signs that bitterness is growing inside like a poisonous root system. As it grows it becomes toxic for both the heart of the person enabling the struggle and those who are in their proximity.

Hurt people, hurt people:

Amazingly, a person can love Jesus and live as a devoted Christian and still have bitter roots of hurt and ugliness controling their emotions, attitudes and behaviors. It was for this very reason, the writer of Hebrews wrote that we “see to it” that we don’t miss out on the grace of God due to some poisoning, toxic bitter root.

The Spirit and the Word offer freedom!

These bitter roots embedded within the soulish mind, for the most part; require assistance from God and deliverance from lies. Yet, when uncovered by the Truth of God’s Word and the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit;  miracles are achieved in the life of the hurting Christian. Jesus encourages us to abide in the Truth (reality from God’s perspective) and the Truth will set us free (Jn. 8:32).

Let the Word read you.

I encourage folks to read the Word of God carefully; not as a book of rules, but as a loving expression of God’s grace and power… revealing His heart toward us. I like to feel as though the truths of Scripture are “reading” me. Rather than trying to get information, I want transformation by the renewal of my mind and heart. The Holy Spirit trains us how to take a bitter root to Jesus, so that nothing will block our full experience in God’s grace. Freedom is achievable and transformation leads us into fruitful expressions that bring strength internally and pleasure to those who come in contact with us.

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