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Faith to Surrender

In order to break the famine of lack and release the abundance of heavenly resource means we need the faith to surrender… to offer our little for His abundance! There’s a wonderful story in the Bible that exemplifies the power of merging the principles of faith and surrender. During a terrible famine, the Lord told the Prophet Elijah to, “Go to Zarephath… I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” (I Kings 17:9-16).

  • Make a note that the Lord did not command a wealthy businessman to provide for Elijah, but a destitute widow.

We enter the story with the woman facing starvation about to prepare a last meal for herself and her son. Amazingly, even though she is not an Israelite she greets Elijah with faith saying, “As the Lord your God lives. . .” (1 Kings 17:12).

God’s way to activate faith and to bring her into a supernatural provision was to require her to give over the little she had to fulfill the purpose of God. What seemed like an insensitive and even cruel command would become a new beginning, Elijah orders her to feed him first and then make food for herself and son. Although she did not know the plan and provision of God, Elijah knew and urged her into both faith and surrender. As a result a new season would begin for her and her son, God provided for her miraculously:

“The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty” until the famine broke (vs 16).

We must all at times press into the prophetic promises of God and enter this “until famine breaks” season. Knowing how to set our eyes on God even in the midst of difficult times can release a courage that looks strange to those around us… yet to whom we look is more valuable than how we look. Faith in God and surrendering to the beat of His heart will always bring the breakthrough we desperately need in life (2 Sam 5:20).

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1 Cor 2:9-10).

Reaching For Anointing

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

Pressing Toward the Goal:

Believers should be found consistently pressing forward for more of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It becomes a lifestyle! Disciples embrace disciplines that shape the way they see and hear. These disciplines, like prayer and fasting, reading and meditating on the Word of God and creating opportunities for fellowship among other believers… these lifestyle choices are the foundation of a true spiritual relationship with Jesus. They are really all about the exercise of reaching forward to lay hold of Christ – the “Anointed One”! We are letting go of our past, counting all things as loss and pressing toward the upward call of God. He has apprehended us through salvation and He wants us to become His Kingdom Agents in the Earth. This call is not an occupational choice, we are not just working for Him… we are working with Him. We are becoming a people in step with His purposes.

The Prize that is Ahead:

The Apostle Paul emphasizes this reality as he speaks to us about reaching forward to those things which are ahead (Philippians 3:7-16). There is an obvious prize in his efforts… “Christ”. He speaks of four key principles in the prize set before him:

  • To know “Christ”.
  • To gain “Christ”.
  • To be found in ”Christ”.
  • To walk with “Christ”.

As I noted earlier, the word – “Christ” is a significant title that means “Anointed One” and points to more than just a person named Jesus. Jesus carried something with Him everywhere He went… the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Lk 4:18)(Acts 10:38). By calling His followers “Christians”, all the world now assumes that we too are called as “little anointed ones”… to carry something everywhere we go. But you cannot carry – what you do not have… and you will not have – what you are not seeking after!

Carrying the Christ Anointing:

We should and we must carry the anointing everywhere we go (2 Cor 1:21)! It is the Holy Spirit’s power poured out (Acts 1:8) that breaks yokes (Isa 10:27) and destroys the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8). Yet this will require a lifestyle of reaching forward consistently for more of Christ. Its not information, but power; life transforming power. Its not inspiration, its purity and a wealth of spiritual integrity. Its not desperation, its supernatural faith and trust in a God who still does miracles. We are not working out our religious service, we are reaching forward to carry the same anointing that rested upon Jesus (Jn 14:12).

Revival Fire:

The flame that burns within our heart is fueled by that which we see through the eyes of faith! We are reaching and gaining a more excellent prize than gold or human favor. Our reaching forward is to lay hold of Christ, Himself… The Anointed One!

The Desire of the Nations (Hag 2:7)
…and the Hope of Glory (Col 1:27).

Accessing Resource

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)

You have much to say and yet you also have great need… but can I tell you that to become a disciple of Jesus means you will overflow with resources more than words. In our Training we teach you how to use the privileges given to you by God (as a son or daughter) to access heaven and get your needs met and the needs of your ministry met in the Glory Realm.

According to the Apostle Paul we see a bold declaration of Kingdom resources. We know its true, because of how Jesus taught us to seek first the Kingdom of God and all other things that we need, that is correct… all things would be given to us as a “Father’s Blessing” – provision… that is supernatural. There are riches in the Glory Realm of the spirit in Christ Jesus… can you access them? You are supposed to know the provision of the Father as a Kingdom Blessing (Mt. 6:33)… do you know this? This is basic to discipleship! And Jesus taught us to ask, seek and knock… (Mt. 7:7-12) to believe for the provision is a matter of basic family privilege (Jn. 1:12). We are called by Jesus to disciple the nations and to obey Him… not ask for money or rely upon the wealth of others.

All Things in Common:

When a disciple is nurtured in the spirit of generosity… all things come as community “all things in common” and in Communion with the Father! This was the blessing that the Early Church carried (Acts 2:42-46 & 4:32-37), because they made themselves aware of the Glory of God and nurtured themselves in the Apostle’s doctrines… Kingdom Truths. This is the same reality of lifestyle Jesus modeled and taught so often. Give and it will be given to you (Lk. 6:38 & 12:32) …with greater measure – multiplied blessings come when they are filtered through the heart of the Father.

Notice Where Resource is Located: You need to go after it in prayer!

  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3)

RevivalHut Leaders

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Tim. 2:2)

RevivalHut leaders are people of integrity! Scripture provides numerous examples of leaders and mentors, because every generation must be trained. Everyone thinks and responds differently to the information handed to them. Yet the key is to entrust God’s Truth to reliable men and women who will show themselves to be faithful. Just think for a moment about the process involved in teaching some of God’s most notable leaders how to walk in wisdom and integrity.

*Adam and Eve walking with God in the Garden of Eden,
*Abraham and Lot recovering from Sodom and Gomorrah,
*Jethro and Moses administrating in the wilderness,
*Samuel and David processing a leadership shift,
*Peter, James and John receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
*Paul and Timothy planting churches across a new frontier.

The RevivalHut Network:

This is the goal of spiritual leadership… to become a network of reliable men and women advancing the Kingdom of God. We want to impart, train and model Truth for the next great move of God! We find ourselves in good company, pulled in by our convictions about God and our call to the Great Commission. Although the vision is to disciple nations, the Bible gives no direct program of how leaders are to be developed. The reason for this is that the Holy Spirit is more concerned about heart transformation and renewed minds, than the structure of our program. I believe there is a freedom available in the heart of God, as long as it does not violate Scripture. In our Apostolic Training Centers, ministries have the freedom to design a training program that is “most effective” for its leaders. The structure may look different from place to place, but training takes place when hearts are united with God’s vision for spiritual growth.

The RevivalHut Team understands this Truth – Grace is God’s ability operating through human instruments.

Stand As the Victor

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” (Eph. 6:10-16)

When you look at the battlefield, you may be intimidated by the volume of enemies that have gathered to battle against you. You may look at your small sword and your well weathered armor and feel that the odds are against you… perhaps you see no chance of victory. However, you need to remember who stands at your side… The Victorious One!

When you see only yourself, and your skills and abilities… they will never be enough. But if you see the battle… the real battle of the spirit, with the Victor at your side: then all the authority and resources of heaven are within reach. Indeed, the battlefield will look completely different.

So today, do not place your trust in what you think you can do, but what the Victorious One has already done! Think about what He can do! Look and consider the strength of His mighty right hand, consider the passion of His heart toward you and stand up with His righteous indignation. He is against your foes and chooses to stand in holy and proven strength.

Know this – that the power of the enemy to defeat you lies in your own mind. So take your position, take every thought captive to the mind of Christ and know that you are His anointed vessel, favored and secure in His hands… nothing is impossible. This is just another opportunity to see His proven character on display. Victory is as much a “stance” as it is an activity!

Stand on that battlefield as the victor – “I have called you to be My valiant soldier!” says the Lord.

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