Posts Tagged ‘Lord Jesus’

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).

Unfolding Mysteries

...and some unfolding knowledge

Mysteries require focus

Jesus told us that one of the most important responsibilities of the Holy Spirit, is to take the words that Jesus spoke and make them relevant to us. He would reveal the spiritual lessons through relationship and experience.

The Apostle Paul said, ”In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give, than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

You might ask, “…when did Jesus say that?”

Many sayings were part of what theologians call the oral tradition of Jesus’  teaching ministry. Paul alludes to this by saying “remembering the words the Lord Jesus, Himself said”. I believe there were many words spoken by Jesus that were not written down in the Gospels. The Holy Spirit can draw from these words and teach us things that expand our understanding of spiritual truth. The above passage is a great example of this principle, yet we would never want to miss Paul’s thoughts on the issue… its an unfolding mystery.

Allow the mysteries of the Kingdom to unfold in your heart.

Words that sit in the Spiritual realm are life imparting and do not have to be recorded in the Bible to be true. Even John admits that not everything Jesus did was written down. We must remain cautious of what we hear; but the mysteries of the Kingdom are unfolding even in our day, by way of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (Jn 20:30-31 NIV)

The testing ground for this kind of revelation is important, because John said test every spirit (1 Jn 4:1) and Paul said test everything (1 Thes 5:21), because we want to hold to the truth. If it passes the test and is of God, then we would not want to miss the lesson, right? Here are the 2 criteria I use for judging oral tradition:

  1. Do the words confirm Truth consistant with the teaching ministry of Jesus?
  2. Do the words minister spiritual life to the hearer?

The Bible records that Paul knew Peter, and James personally (Acts 21:18 ), Paul stayed with Peter for fifteen days (Gal 1:18-19)(Gal 2:9). Paul also lived at a time when there were 500 eyewitnesses to the resurrection, most of whom were still living (1 Cor 15:5). He also spent time with Mark and Luke who wrote two of the Gospels (Acts 12:25) (2 Tim 4:11). So it is well within the thought patterns of most people to speak words about one another and third party individuals, like Jesus.

Amazingly we get to hear one of these comments from the pen of Luke as it was spoken by the Apostle Paul. The words most likely relate to Jesus’ teaching about how a generous person opens the door to increased blessing. Can you hear the heart of Jesus in the above teaching of Paul as we can hear it in the two passages in Luke’s Gospel?

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Lk 6:38)

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” (Lk 12:33)

No question Jesus would say to us, “Its better to give, than to receive.” What we must learn to wait upon, is the unfolding of the mystery. The Holy Spirit will release revelation and resources to be generous even in the midst of need. There is more than enough, if we will patiently rest in His promises.

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).

A Bethel Awakening

Dear Friends;

Myself & Adam Maina

Myself & Adam Maina

How are we doing in our intimacy with the Lord Jesus? There is a wonderful promise with a condition in John 14:21.

 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If Christ our Lord and Saviour, our Father God and the Holy Spirit are not manifesting themselves in us as per this promise, let us give ourselves no rest till this is so. God’s Manifest Presence in our lives makes each of us a ‘Bethel’… a portal of God’s Glory.

Bethel Offers Access:

With this access we heal the sick, we raise the dead, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, move in supernatural wisdom. Words of knowledge are our everyday experiences. On our account God is able to withhold judgement on the land and through our testimony He will release His Kingdom of Grace and Power. 

Arise from Sleep:

There is a high cost for carnal living and we can ill afford it. Is it possible that God would make us vessels for supernatural purposes while we waste our destiny with the world? This is our day for a Bethel Awakening whereby we rise up from our sleep and cast off the lukewarm covering of night. The Bible has said, “Wake up oh sleeper rise up from the dead and Christ will shine on you” (Eph 5:14) and “Arise shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isa 60:1). 

Fire Fighting Prayers:

Most of our prayers are about the consequences of lukewarmess. I like calling them fire fighting prayers. If a house catches fire and you call the fire station, there will still be considerable damage by the time the fire is put out. If we can be honest, all of us have fires burning right now inside our flesh (brokenness, unforgiveness, debt, family conflict). Dawa ya moto ni moto… Swahili for its time to put out the fire! 

Get Hot for God!

Let us get hot (Rev 3:15) and start living out of the resources of Heaven and these fires which are holding us hostage and delaying us from being available vessels for God’s use will be extinguished.

How would you like God to send an angel with real cash to burn that fire of debt. If you have a problem with this possibility then you have a problem with Hebrew1:14?. Let me testify here that God has put money in my pocket and similar amount in my bank account among other angelic and third heaven encounters.

Let us remind ourselves again that there are no sale-days in heaven. The price for ‘hot’ living is always travailing prayer and separation to spirituality in Christ. How about taking leave for ten days to seek His face in the ‘upper room’? How about this verse- ‘For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace’ Rom 8:6 (KJV)

So what is to be ‘hot’. We have many examples in Scripture. I suggest to you Peter, whose shadow healed the sick, Paul, with third heaven visitations, Elisha, who was so anointed that his dead bones raised the dead. This is the time to set our hearts abaze for His purposes in the Earth.

In His pursuit for A Bethel Awakening.

written by my dear friend; Adam Maina

Praise Him in the Dance!

http://youtu.be/ADWKZrzyobw 

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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