Posts Tagged ‘Kingdom Purpose’

Restoring Purpose

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)

What is defining your life? Are you positioned to fulfill your greatest purpose and could you reach your destiny from this place… at this time? Perhaps you are far from where you hope to be. Its okay to have seasons of uncertainty, but to have no sense of direction is a very dangerous place to find yourself.

Take a moment and imagine yourself from God’s perspective. God has thoughts about you… He has made Himself available and torn down the walls of separation between His love and your heart. He has a plan for good that should never be missed through ignorance or selfish ambition. The purpose of God is always for your good, your peace and your victory in life.

If your dreams have been stolen or your goals have drifted off course, then you must make every effort to hear the promise of God… “I will restore to you the years that the locust have eaten” (Joel 2:25).

What is God Doing!

I believe God is restoring purpose in these days! Now is the time to ask the Lord to release the winds of change over your life… to clarify your focus and shift you back on track with your destiny in Him. Its well within the reach of your voice, but you must call upon Him for the shift to occur (Jer. 33:3).

The primary reason we must call upon God is because we need to be able to see spiritually! So much of life is hidden and difficult to understand… we are limited by experiences, hindrances, selfish ambition and trauma.

Jesus said to Saul of Tarsus, on the road to Damascus “its hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 9:5).

A Better Plan!

What He was trying to tell this confused and misguided man (a persecutor of the early church) “Stop this foolishness… cause I have a better plan for your life”. Jesus was calling out to Saul to become the Apostle to the entire Gentile World. Notice, Jesus took the initiative, because experience was leading Saul more off course all the time. Restoration is a process of recovering Kingdom purpose! Hearing the voice of Jesus really matters… because when God’s thoughts are understood, than we begin to see spiritually!

This same person would later write, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).

God Given Identity

Your God-given identity will answer these 2 questions…

1st) ‘Who has God created me to be?’
2nd) ‘What has God called me to do?’

Your Identity is Prophetic…

Its God’s intended purpose to bless and prosper you as His Child, His friend and His Ambassador. Our identity speaks of who you are, but more than that… of who you are becoming! It unlocks your imagination and awakens your dream and hidden purpose. Its a key for opening the door to where you should invest your heart for the most satisfying life God would want for you. Our Father wants you to be secure in His love and He has created every individual to be great! Yet many Christians are uncertain or conflicted about their unique, personal identity.

Some signs you may have an unclear sense of identity are:
•…a lack of personal confidence or self worth
•…difficulty accepting both your strengths and limitations
•…being affected by fear, doubt, rejection or envy
•…other people’s opinions are setting your course
•…feeling out of place or unfulfilled

Setting Your Course:

To various degrees, many of us need strength, clarity or even healing in vital areas of our identity! If there is anything the devil can do to confuse or distract you from your God-given identity… he will do it! Its really important that you shake off the enemy’s lies and set a fresh course for the Promised Land (Ex. 3:17). The land “flowing with milk and honey” is just over the hill if you know which hill to climb. That’s what a God-given identity will do for you!

9 Clues to Your God-Given Identity:

Here are 9 clues to help you explore who you are uniquely in God. If identity is a struggle for you, I encourage you to take some time to journal or pray about the points you particularly relate to.

1. Your Family Identity

‘Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…’ (Jn. 1:12)

Before you can fully comprehend your personal identity, you need to grasp who you are in God’s household. You are royalty, adopted by the King. You carry the family DNA and attributes. You are Blessed, Loved, Chosen and Qualified to reign in life… you are the Father’s Son or Daughter. You are Righteous in Christ. What does God’s Word say about who you are as a son or daughter of God?

2. Seasons of Fulfillment

Can you look back on your life and recognize times and seasons in which you felt the most fulfilled, the most alive? I call these events or seasons, “kyros moments”… where God comes near and gives you hints of your potential and points toward your destiny. This is not just about relationships, but settings – times and seasons where God is showing you your heartbeat or rhythm. What were you doing during these times, and most importantly, what aspects of your personality and passion were emerging and being revealed?

3. Prophetic Personal Insights

What has God used to speak to you personally about your life? What prophetic descriptions, about who you are; have resonated with you? Perhaps you have personally experienced the feelings when something spoken really resonated in your heart. These words may have a prophetic anointing upon them for you to pray about and consider as God continues to speak truth through the Bible. The Old Testament is full of prophecies about Jesus and He was able to see Himself in the book. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and God will speak into your life from time to time. The key is to see the prophetic voices around you as part of God’s discipleship. What words and names describe you as a person? How does God see you?

4. People Who have Believed in You.

Throughout your life’s journey, God has brought significant people across your path. These are the ones who have believed in you. These people have been gifts from God to nourish your identity and help release your potential. Who were they and what were the marks of Kingdom purpose in you, that they brought out or uncovered for growth? What did they see in you? These are often hidden, or under-developed areas about you that you may have doubted or dismissed.

5. Trials that Have Brought out the Best in You

‘For You Oh God tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.’ (Ps. 66:10)

What tests have you undergone that ultimately brought out something good or strong in you? Can you identify the positive attribute that manifested in your life? How would you describe it?

6. Identify Tragic Events

‘No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah…’ (Isa. 62:4)

Moses killed a man and fled Egypt… his identity was to be a deliverer, but at that time he was labeled a murderer. The enemy hates our identity and the image of God upon you. He aims to kill steal and destroy (Jn. 10:9-10). One of the ways the enemy does this is through strategic events that damage our identity and self-worth. The Bible calls this the “wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:10-12). Personal failure, circumstances or mistakes can injure your sense of identity and so can the abuse and rejection of others. If this has taken place in your life, God’s plan is to restore your true identity. What mark or label have you worn too long and need to cast off? Has an event or person hurt you or attacked you? You are not under the dominion of sin or evil words, but hidden in Christ and under the careful watch of angels. Now that you are alive in Christ, those marks of oppression are often hints to your calling in Christ. What is the opposite of your most tragic experience? Could this be the true identity that God wants to redeem in your life?

7. A God-Given Name

‘The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.’ (Isa. 62:2)

In Scripture, a given name was frequently synonymous with identity. In some cases, God re-named a person as a sign of their identity and destiny. For example, Jesus renamed Simon, Peter… meaning rock (Mt. 16:18). Sometimes today parents provide their children with a prophetic name that speaks of their identity, but this is not always the case. Is there a name that you have been given by God or others that you believe is prophetic for your life and describes who you are?

8. Who are you When Fearless?

If fear and doubts were not an issue, who would you be? What attributes would be displayed in your life? What is the best version of you… courageous and full of faith. Never surrender your heart to the opinion of others or listen to people’s version of what you should be? Be yourself!

9. What is Your Unique Sense of Passion and Purpose?

Your interests and the things that you are passionate about are an important part of who you are. You may even have a sense of destiny or feel a call of God upon your life. This is a valuable clue to your identity. Gideon’s destiny was to lead the Israelites in battle and lead the nation to God. God addressed him by his identity, ‘mighty warrior’ (Judg. 6:12). Abram’s destiny was to birth a Messianic lineage. God named him ‘Abraham’, which meant ‘Father of a multitude’ (Gen. 17:4-6). Do you have a sense of your purpose, or have you seen a glimpse of God’s call on your life? Working backwards, what does this say about how God sees you and who He has created you to be?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)

Priority: Kenya

Wycliffe, Allan, Me, Hesborne

Wycliffe, Allan, Myself, Hesborne

Much has been discussed over these recent months about the future plans of our work in the land of Kenya. My heart has been engaged in prayer and I cannot help but focus upon the needs of my new friends on the other side of the Globe. There have been a number of emails and encouraging phone calls that confirm an alignment of hearts and minds toward greater impact in the region. What strikes me most about our relationship is how it feels so natural and positive. The pastors and their families have done something in my heart that I cannot describe in words. They are beautiful, welcoming and authentic lovers of God and I am longing for more of their fellowship.

Sharing our food together

Connecting for Kingdom Purpose:

 I am connected to the wealth of grace we share together in Kingdom purpose. My visit to two orphanages helped me wrap my heart around the needs of a poor, yet happy atmosphere where children were present at every table. Understaffed and underfunded these facilities carried no lack of compassion or creativity. Families have been so ravished by poverty and the HIV/Aids epidemic, that so many of the children have lives without attachments or meaningful relationship. My heart could only take in so much at times and I needed to just stop asking the question, “Why?”. Pastor Wycliffe Khaemba would explain to me, ”many of these children just live with us here.” 

Children in Webuye

  “This is home!”

 Not a house or facility, not a school or an academy… “this is our home”, he would say to me. Its a place that nurtures grace and favor. As God offered His loving embrace, they passed it on to every child in the area. At one of our visits in Webuye, we planted a tree in celebration of our commitment to provide an atmosphere that could be called “home”. Home for almost 300 displaced children between the two locations (Webuye and Eldoret). More than just meeting daily needs, you could watch as leaders tenderly rubbed a child’s back to encourage, held a hand or wiped away a tear. These are vivid expressions of the Father’s heart made available in their own journeys of trusting Jesus with their lives.

Making Disciples:

Certificates Of Completion

One of the most difficult realities  in any effort to rise above poverty is the constant reminder of broken dreams… dreams of a brighter future for the next generation. Jesus gave us the great commission to truly enable those who want to better their lives. He commanded us to go make disciples by feeding a hunger that is very natural, the desire to grow as a whole person in Christ. It births an appetite for an unlimited potential, because nothing is impossible for him who believes. Making disciples is all about creating learners, who although they are changing and growing in knowledge, they are looking to leave a legacy for those who will come behind them. Watching the smiles emerge as pastors and church leadership received their certificates of completion made an impact on every congregation in the region. Success encourages success like nothing else can and it helps pastors believe the percieved lid that held them back can be removed. In many of these areas pastors are the key to the community peace and the future opportunity for growth.

Can We Serve?

Absolutely, we at RevivalHut Ministries are at this very moment deepening our bonds and establishing a platform for the future. Our cooperation and resource distribution will be a huge lift to a flourishing commitment to excellence. These pastors are not just interested in success, they want a revolution in their communities. A revolution of hope!

Our Opportunity:

As close to a thousand souls were swept into the Kingdom in the Malaha Market of Webuye and nineteen widows forgave the murderers of their husbands in the Mt Elgon Region, so also our God is offering us an open door. The Holy Spirit is establishing an Apostolic Training Center for developing leaders, gathering orphans and distributing resources to widows in distress. Nothing quite like this is being done with such an emphasis upon releasing a Culture of Honor. Our desire is to come alongside with resources and training that will enable a fresh company of disciples to breakforth into God’s future.

Hand in Hand

I feel compelled to lock arms with my brothers and sisters across the Globe and want to invite my readers to come along. It looks as though I will be returning to Kenya for three weeks at the end of September. Already $1200.00 has been given toward the trip. Please pray and believe God with us as we gather our team of key leaders and continue to uncover the vision of the Father’s heart.