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Reviving our Culture

Reviving our culture with the Gospel of the Kingdom can feel like a task for the super Christians of our world. We have been given the authority and power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, but our confidence often gets shaken when we see the faces of our neighbors. It seems like we talk more about reviving our culture than we practice touching those within our reach.

Kingdom Authority:

You and I have been given a mandate to set people free from torment and diseases (Jn 14:12). We are called to do what Jesus did… destroy the works of the devil. Its the authority to move the resources of Heaven into the Earth, where real needs can be met with compassionate love. It does not need to be flashy or charismatic, to be creative and effective. Its the authority to serve.

The Truth is Practical:

As with most Kingdom principles, the truth about our authority is bound to the truth of practical love. Any truth in the wrong hands can become dangerous, but in the hands of a humble servant, the world is radically effected. Love is the great equalizer, because it is what makes the Gospel of the Kingdom carry its effect. Becoming servants to this world and serving in practical ways within its culture, is the key that opens doors of possibility.

Royalty is my Identity – Servanthood is my Assignment:

There it is in a nutshell! You and I are being fashioned for this. We are becoming Kingdom Agents with a real identity bound to the King of Kings, but a practice of washing feet in the world around us. Before God I live my life in intimacy, but before man I live my life in servanthood. Before the powers of hell I am a ruler, with no tolerance for the works of the devil. Before God I stand triumphant, a Son of Righteousness, strong and faithful. Yet before men I stand in compassion, aware that all men are prone to wander, to weakness and to frailty (Mt 9:35-39).

Begin with Invasion:

Today I want to encourage myself… and you as well, if you would like to take this challenge. Walk across the street and serve your neighbor. Just this week I have been challenged with this commission, because our neighbor passed away suddenly. I sat wondering what I could do? I heard the Lord say, “Give your neighbor a cup of cold water”. God was saying to me, “Stop thinking and go revive the culture across the street!” I am realizing that reviving a culture is done one step at a time.

Who is Your Neighbor?”

I like the answer Jesus gives to the rulers of His day (Lk 10:30). “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves.” 1)My neighbor is anyone the thief has robbed. “Who stripped him of his clothing.” 2)My neighbor is anyone who the thief has left naked and shamed. “And wounded him.” 3)My neighbor is anyone the thief has wounded and left bleeding. “And departed, leaving him half dead.” 4)My neighbor is anyone the thief has left half dead.

My culture is mine to revive, so I am challenging myself to stop for the one within reach. As a Kingdom Agent, I have authority to serve!

Found Praying

The Holy Spirit came to a godly man living in Damascus named Ananias. The instruction to Ananias was to go to Judas’ house on Straight Street, lay hands on Saul and restore his sight. Of course, Ananias knew of Saul’s reputation and realized this was going to be dangerous. Yet, here is how the Holy Spirit speaks of Saul of Tarsus to Ananias: “behold, he is praying” (Acts 9:11). The Lord was saying, in essence, “Ananias, you will find this man on his knees. He knows you are coming and he will be found praying. He even knows your name, and why you’re being sent to him. He wants his eyes opened.”

Saul was Desperate:

When did Saul receive this inner knowing? How did he receive this vision, this pure Word from God? It came through fervent prayer and supplication. In fact, I believe the Holy Spirit’s words to Ananias reveal what moved God’s heart about Saul. Saul had been shut in with God for three days, refusing all food and water. All he wanted was the Lord. So he continued on his knees all that time, praying and seeking God.

Prayer Changes Everything:

Yes, prayer does indeed change us, and that is surely one of God’s purposes for it. But the Bible says that prayer can actually change things that seem impossible. Like a man named Saul of Tarsus becoming a mighty Apostle to the Gentiles.

Co-Laboring:

Have you ever asked or wondered why pray? Why does God choose to work this way? Why not just do everything Himself? Why include us? I believe the answer is very simple, “co-laboring”. When God’s people can be involved in His work and experience a flow of grace through prayer, they will be drawn closer to Him. Perfect example of this, is Ananias. God didn’t need Ananias to go to Saul and pray for him. He could have done it without Ananias… but He didn’t. And the amazing testimony is still effecting the world as Christians read the New Testament letters of Paul.

Maintain Your Prayer Life!

Next time you pray, say to yourself: “This prayer could change history!” As intercessors, God has ordained that we pray (1 Tim. 2:1). He intends to change things through my prayer, and He has ordained my voice to impact the world for His purpose… to bring about Kingdom results.

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jms. 5:16)… it changes the impossible!

Feeling Desperate

God will meet you there

Feeling desperate and alone

Desperation is one of the most confusing and dangerous feelings a person can have. It’s dangerous because anxious, despairing people often do things without thinking about the long-term consequences. This sense of panic can cause you to make bad decisions. It can trick you into thinking that if you don’t act in the immediate, you’ll never have another chance.

We don’t want to focus our attention on Satan, but desperation must be one of his most effective tools. This feeling of hopelessness can detour people off God’s path and intimidate them into taking paths of fear and destruction. By the time the truth is realized, we’ve lost months, maybe years of our lives that we can never get back. So how do you defend yourself against this problem of desperation? What can you do as a Christian, to conquer the feelings and the desperate state of mind?

The Great Exchange:

Let me begin by reminding you that God loves you and has a plan for your life that He invested in about 2000 years ago. When the Heavenly Father sent His Only Son to die on the cross, it was in order to demonstrate His love and passion for you and I to become His children. It may sound odd, but His ability to know the end from the beginning, enables Him to creatively connect His love to us and our fulfillment of His purposes. Every day of our lives are written in the prophetic books of Heaven and His hope is that we will step into that prophetic flow, move in sync with His heart and find a faith empowered life… abundant and free. When we lay aside all that hinders us from hearing God, He opens up a pathway that makes following His will a joyful experience. Jesus said, “Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden… learn from Me, by becoming yoked with Me and I will give you rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29). In essence we can lay aside our desperation and exchange it for the peace that passes our understanding. Yea God!

Its that Simple?

Realize that desperation is a spirit and must be resisted. What the Bible tells us is that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us and as we then resist the Devil, from this secure position he will flee from us (Jms 4:7-8). This really does work, in that you and God together are a mighty force that totally intimidates the Devil. Recently I spoke to our fellowship about the Devil’s fall from Heaven at a speed of 182,000 miles/second. Imagine that fall! How do I know this, well Jesus said He personally witnessed the fall of the Devil and described it as… “like lightening”. Then in the next verse we read that Jesus has given us authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Lk 10:18-19). He has delegated authority to us for a life of fruitful abundance and has no plan of our delay, defeat or distractions. We must find the strength that comes from His Spirit and walk in victory over all fear based hindrances.

More than Conquerors!

The greatest hope of all is the knowledge that we are more than conquerors in Christ. Because His lives we also are alive in Him. Because He has conquered sin for us we overcome sin in this life. Because He has defeated death in His mortal body, we are fully equipped to face death every day and arise in the strength of His resurrection power. Yes, we are more than conquerors, because He has conquered the things that come against us, to cause feelings of desperation. Therefore, we rejoice in tribulation and bless those who curse us, we love and do not hate, forgive and believe the best. And we recognize more than anything that we cannot fail, for we have not come to represent ourselves. We are His Ambassadors, citizens of Heaven and friends of the King of Kings. He is and always will be Lord of All, which means there is no place remaining for feelings of desperation.

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