Posts Tagged ‘dancing’

Pulling On God’s Heart

“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 worshiping 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).

Tap Into Joy

“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Oh Lord, will keep me safe.” (Ps. 4:7-8).

Harvest time was an occasion for rejoicing and celebration, it was like the victory of war… the evidence of God’s favor and the assurance of provision for seasons to come. Just hear the sound of the season from the Prophet Isaiah… “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.” (Isa. 9:3).

Tapping in, by Rejoicing:

David’s prayer is that the rejoicing in his heart at the Presence of God would be like the rejoicing of others over their harvest or the victory attained in battle. David was a man who valued and promoted dancing, singing, swirling about and shouting for the purpose of releasing new sounds… sounds that aligned with heaven, sounds of exuberance and rejoicing.

David speaks of a peace that would cause his entire being to become a platform for fruitfulness. Even his rest would lead to refreshing and replenishing his life with spiritual resources. He felt safe, trusting completely in the hands of his God. This is our salvation, our joy and promise of an inner supply that will bring us into assurance and revival life. Our “new wine” is the Spirit Himself filling us with His joy. “Don’t be drunk with wine. … instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your heart“ (Eph. 5:18-19). Our harvest is a harvest of righteousness: “Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness” (Jm. 3:18).

The Heart was Made for Joy:

God designed us for joy. His Word is filled with promises of joy from beginning to end. Jesus’ personality was marked by joy. If you think of Jesus as stern and stoic, think again. Jesus told His disciples that He wanted His joy to be in them: “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (Jn. 15:11). The Word of God describes Jesus as anointed with joy even more than anyone else. “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Ps. 45:7).

Joy is God’s design, and He knows how to fill us so that our security is not tied down to circumstances. We need to tap into a joy that is eternal and supernatural and cast off those petty offenses of the past. We can value the promises of abundant life by rejoicing in all that God is doing today. If others base their joy on the natural, such as their harvest of grain and wine or victories here on earth; then their hope is something temporary and unpredictable. You and I can set our joy on the unfailing Presence of God. Let His peace rest in you and joy will break forth like the morning sun!

Agree with me in prayer and begin to rejoice in His resources… “Father, anoint me with the oil of Your joy. Fill me with the New Wine of Your Holy Spirit. That I may reflect a sound that aligns my heart with Yours!”

Pass the Blessing On

Last week the Glory of God became evident once again at meetings in Uganda.  Ron was sharing with a crowd, his personal testimony of how God had healed his orphan heart.  As he was finishing up the message he heard the Holy Spirit tell him to finish the message and then sit down.

During many sessions the ministry time around the altar would last for an hour or more, but there was a distinct difference in what God was wanting to do on this day.  So, Ron finished the message and then closed.  As soon as he closed, his interpreter Pastor Fred, began where Ron left off.  Pastor Fred began to call the people forward to experience the fierce love of Daddy God. It was a powerful time! The people were experiencing the love of the Father in a whole new way and Pastor Fred was pouring out heaven’s resources as a man carrying a pitcher of living water. The ministry time went on for a couple hours and then ended of course with an explosion of praise and dancing.

This really is how the Kingdom works.  Listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and being aware of when you are to lead, and when you are to pass it on.

I have a dear friend and when we pray in a group together and she is finished, she will say, “and I pass the prayer along”.  I’ve also been in groups where we would hold hands in prayer and when you were finished praying you would give the hand of the person next to you a light squeeze to let them know that they could continue where you had stopped.

Pass It On

Jesus was such a great example of this….he laid his hands on the disciples and sent them off in groups of 2. “ When they returned they joyfully reported that even the demons obeyed us when  we used Your name” (Lk 10:17). Jesus was all about passing the blessing on!  He desired to impart the Kingdom and expand it anyway He could.

Pastor Jimmy:

Ron has also been able to set up the Apostolic Training Centers in this way. Even though Pastor Francis Wanyama is the host for Ron’s trip in Uganda, Ron has been able to connect with Pastor Jimmy Wandera.  Pastor Jimmy has been teaching at a Bible School near Busia, Uganda for about 12 years.  He has spent most of the last 2 weeks driving to wherever Ron was speaking and gleaning what he could.  During that time Pastor Jimmy shared with Ron that the Training Centers were something that he had dreamed of seeing and being a part of for the past 12 years.  He will be a key leader for the Training Centers in Uganda.  

As we pass the blessing on to others and allow them to partner with their Daddy God it opens so many more doors than if we try to do everything ourselves. That’s the other cool thing… 

 Sometimes when you pass the blessing on you are helping someone else fulfill their dream.

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).

Praise Him in the Dance!

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Praise Him with the Dance

Praise Him in the Dance

Moments in the Glory:

There just are no challenges big enough to stand in the way of a dancing army. Its a release of joy in the power of the Holy Spirit. Watching these Kenyan worshipers display their deep love for God shakes off the inhibitions and makes me want to join in. I can still feel the energy.

Celebration is Excessive:

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His Glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.” (1Chron 16:23-25)

Let God Define Your Expression:

Expressive celebration of our Lord Jesus is not only tolerated, but encouraged! We love Jesus and we must let it show! Remind yourself that you did not join a Religion, but a Divine Romance! Psalms 150 tells us to, “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His heavenly dwelling; praise Him in His mighty heaven! Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness! Praise Him with a blast of the trumpet; praise Him with the lyre and harp! Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with a clash of cymbals; praise Him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Sometimes you just gotta dance!

 ”God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn 4:24)

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