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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!

The Gospel of Power

Free to Dance!

Preaching in Kenya Africa

The Apostle Paul wrote: “Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.” (1 Thess. 1:5)

We are to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom like Jesus did; not just with words, but with the dynamic power it carries. God’s message is not dependent on the speaking skills of men, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom is to release more that just eloquent sermons, but to experience the power of God that transforms the world around us. The concern is that we would allow our preaching to rest upon the wisdom of man rather than the power of God (1 Cor. 2:1-5).

This is how the Apostle Paul describes his ministry: “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done, by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.” (Rom 15:18-19)

Evangelistic strategies must not rest on gimmics or elequence. This is not just the suggestion of the Apostle Paul. It was what changed the atmosphere of unbelief throughout all of the culture of Jesus’ day. He came to bring a Kingdom that would crush darkness as it advanced in the Earth.

  • Jesus went about proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people (Mt. 9:35).
  • God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38).
  • This was the purpose for which the Son of God was manifest, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8).

We must lead people to Christ through the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. Our need is to preach the Gospel as Heaven’s Message to mankind and welcome God’s intervention as the One who confirms His Word through signs and wonders. He will do it as He said He would (Ps. 107:20)(Zech. 4:6).

“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” (Heb. 2:3-4)

This is what God does! He uses miracles to testify about salvation. A message that only speaks to the intellect is an incomplete message, because the call is to set the captives free from sin and the works of the devil. A Kingdom message offers power that brings good news to the poor and advances freedom and healing to the sick. Miracles become tools for evaangelism and explosive advancement against the strongholds in a region. People are longing for breakthroughs in their daily lives. They are looking for the answers and solutions to their problems. We can demonstrate the heart of God in the power of the Gospel. But we must stop being ashamed and begin to believe what God has clearly promised. Righteousness and the evidence that salvation has come is revealed by faith (Rom. 1:16-17).

Boldness Includes Miracles:

Miracles are so important to evangelism that when the apostles were dealing with opposition, they prayed for more signs and wonders. ”Enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness. Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:28-31) Immediately the Lord answered their prayer. The building shook violently and they were once again filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with fresh boldness.

Filled with the Holy Spirit:

Notice, the evidence came when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. A powerful message included a powerful experience with the Holy Spirit. When we wait for the Holy Spirit to anoint us, God will respond by stretching forth His hand to heal and perform signs and wonders.

Don’t Settle for Fluff!

My point really comes down to this, signs and wonders do not belong in the margins. They are plainly part of the Gospel of the Kingdom. They were a part of how Jesus preached and told His disciples to preach. It is what He pointed to when He communicated the Great Commission and told the apostles to go make disciples and teach those who would follow their message, to observe all the things He had commanded them. The signs and wonders challenge our comfortable preaching styles when they rely on fluffy content and fancy illustrations, but they make the Gospel truly relevant.

In order to effectively preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, it must carry power… the kind of power that sets people free from the works of the devil!

Good News!

This was written by one of my favorite prophetic voices here in the USA, Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding Ca. I loved it and wanted to pass it on to my readers. We must preach as Jesus preached! If we believe that God makes people sick to develop their character than Jesus sure messed up God’s plan by healing them all!

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“There is a big difference between preaching the gospel to the poor and preaching a poor gospel! Here are 7 signs of a poor gospel;

1- A poor gospel identifies with people’s pain, but has no power to deliver them from it.

2- A poor gospel loves the sinner, but can’t transform them into a saint.

3- A poor gospel has compassion for the sick, but has no gift to heal them.

4- A poor gospel loves heaven, but can’t bring it to earth.

5- A poor gospel embraces humility, but resists being exalted at the proper time.

6- A poor gospel loves generosity, but doesn’t understand the principle of reciprocity.

7- A poor gospel embraces the cross, but resists the resurrection life it provides to live powerfully.

The poor gospel isn’t the gospel Jesus preached! He preached the GOOD NEWS of the Kingdom… where nothing is impossible with God! Do I believe in a prosperity gospel? You bet… because it is the only gospel that has the power to transform us into the image of Jesus and destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8)(Acts 10:38).”

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To be blessed is to be empowered to prosper and increase in the things of God. We must understand that true prosperity is not about humanity’s trinkets, but about the Kingdom of God having influence in the Earth Realm… on everything that concerns us. If the power of our message is unable to set captives free, then we have an inferior message to the one Jesus preached. It all began when Jesus stepped into a pulpit in Nazareth to declare those wonderful ministry launching words…

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor… to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk. 4:18-19)

Latest Update: Kenya

Hello Readers…
It is good to pray this morning about what God is about to do in the land of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania! Very soon we shall see Him raise up an Apostolic Training Center to establish a platform for resources to be dispersed into the region. The goal is to equip and empower Church leaders, train teachers and orphanage workers and offer help to widows in distress. These are times of preparation and prayer. It is with great joy that we lock arms on the ground with literally hundreds of people who are ready to step into position to offer hope and opportunity. We are expecting many wonderful testimonies among the congregations as the Will of God is made more visible by the Holy Spirit. It is very exciting, indeed!

God is moving quickly. We now stand at a unique moment, where heaven is touching earth and we get to watch a transformation emerge. It will be great and difficult… But our joy is in Jesus, using the lives of those who will walk with us in this vision. This shall become a ministry platform that God will confirm in all of us. Those who give and those who go rejoice together.

Something God is speaking into my heart is, “Focus on Purpose”. Focus on the priorities of God and not on the wisdom of man. Jesus carried five primary goals while He ministered among His 12 disciples:

  1. To preach the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven! (Mt 4:17)(Mt 4:23-25)
  2. To destroy the works of the devil! (Lk 4:18-19)(Acts 10:38)(1 Jn 3:8)
  3. To declare the Father’s Glory! (Jn 1:18)(Jn 17:22-23)(2 Cor 4:6)
  4. To give His life to Redeem man from sin! (Mt 20:28)(Lk 19:9-10)
  5. To release the Holy Spirit! (Lk 3:16)(Jn 7:37-39)(Jn 20:20-23)(Lk 24:49)(Acts 1:8)

It is an awesome privilege to commit ourselves to these principles as we set up offices and leadership in the region. God has given us incredible favor to create functional relationships and partnerships among already established Christian Leaders. These folks are living where most of the real resources are needed, right in the heart of those toughest areas to reach. I am blessed and honored to work together with seven key leaders who are humbly giving themselves daily to minister among the poorest and neediest.

I spent an hour this morning just worshiping and thanking the Father for my wonderful friends in the region, who serve as powerful Ministers of God ready to turn a nation upside down for His Glory. Let us not miss our moment of consecrated celebration. Its a commitment of covenant partnership that God will offer favor and hold us accountable, as we honor His Word.

I was taken to a Scripture in Hebrews yesterday (Heb 11:2) where God says that faith is what the ancient fathers were commended for. We will not be commended for our methods or our preaching style, we will be commended for our faith. I heard God say into my heart… ”

“Real faith is reaching into somewhere that is invisible, grabbing hold of something that is unseen and holding on until it becomes… believable, tangible and visible.”

 We see nothing today but a dream within the heart, but we must reach into that dream with our faith and be convinced of its reality in the heart of God. Then we must hold onto the prophetic purposes that God would want beyond our personal glory or efforts. Then as we see it come into the natural realm for fruitful harvest and blessing, we must prepare for the Father’s pruning for greater impact.

Honoring the New Day

Honoring the New Day

This is the New Day we heard God speak about before I ever stepped onto the airplane this past spring and entered the land of Kenya. God was dreaming and He saw in the Earth some loyal hearts ready and willing to serve. By drawing us together He gets to enjoy His dream breaking into this world. Its bigger than any one of us, bigger than the ministies we have served and bigger than our imagination, but it is completely possible in God! We place our trust in Him and we commit to follow His heart.

 Release Your Holy Spirit, Lord- like never before. We are waiting…

Blessings my friends, Pastor Ron Bateman

God’s Will is Overflow

Wells of Salvation

Fountains of Revival

Knowing the will of God is essential for our discipleship… yet “knowing” needs to be followed by obedience.  Clearly we are told to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:17-19). There is spiritual power produced in us when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and it makes us effective in ministry to the world. We overflow with living water and splash on all we come into contact with. Peter alluded to “joy unspeakable and full of glory”, when he described the impact this experience has upon a person’s life (1 Pe 1:8).

 Paul’s conviction was that this overflow of power was the will of God for all people.

 So many believers are missing out on the greatest blessing of the Christian faith… becoming a “witness” for Him (Acts 1:8). By receiving and walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, we come under an anointing of power that overcomes the captivity of sin and breaks the chains of satanic assault.

Jesus carried this same anointing (Acts 10:38).

There is healing for diseased bodies, restoration of broken relationships and the recovery of lost destinies in the Promise of the Father (Acts 5:16). As God’s Children; who find their hope in the words of His mouth, we must see the Promise and run to the atmosphere that offers outpouring. God’s Promise still remains, “I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and daughters… your young men and old men… menservants and maidservants… they are all going to prophecy, see visions and have dreams” (Acts 2:17-18). Our hearts are not hardened by the mysteries of things we do not understand, but our eyes are fixed on His purposes. For He came to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8) and has left with us a mandate that if we will walk in obedience, He will crush Satan under our feet (Rom 16:19). 

More Lord everyday, for Your will is overflow! 

  If you haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit, then don’t let the Devil rob you of your inheritance in the Kingdom of God. Pray for it until you receive  power from on high! This is not just for preachers… everyone in the Body of Christ needs the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

 In the early Church even those who waited on tables needed to be men “full of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:3).

  Peter said, “Look at us, we have no silver or gold; but what we do have we give to you… rise up and walk” (Acts 3:4-6). This boldness was released because of a fullness within. Peter and John flowed from the platform of the will of God into the purpose of setting captives free. They knew that God’s will for their lives was to overflow with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

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