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Power of Persuasion: Part 3

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

  • “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:37-39)
  • “I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Tim. 1:12)

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:31-32)

The Truth shall make you free… free from sin – free from ignorance – free to find a confident place to rest your hope! This Power of Persuasion is the Believer’s platform of reality. In things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, our life is directly tied to a knowledge of the Truth! Remember “Truth” is reality from God’s perspective!

Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge! You cannot live in what you do not know! As the Bible clearly indicates – a knowledge of the love of God and a confident assurance in Christ’s ability to do what He says… brings us deliverance and strength! Ignorance causes all kinds of confusion and division… even destruction among those who are content to live in it. Confusion, division, and disagreement abound… even in religious circles. I would even go as far as to say, Christianity is experiencing its greatest challenge to date… the weak efforts to disciple its followers. The Body of Christ seems unwilling to find its footing on Biblical foundations. God’s people are divided, because they are spiritually blind and Biblically illiterate. The Church promotes hundreds of different denominations, wearing different names, worshiping in different ways and teaching different doctrinal beliefs. It is important that we consider why there is so much confusion, disagreement, and division… because God does not approve of this reality.

The Words of Jesus have not changed. He said, “I will build My Church” upon Himself – the Rock of Revelation… that is that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Mt. 16:18). Jesus is seeking a people who will become “one” in spiritual knowledge and unity (Jn. 17:20-23) and once again walk in the Glory of God!

So What’s Going On Today?

Does the Bible contradict itself? Is it impossible to understand? Do people fail to study diligently enough, resulting in ignorance? Are the problems caused by following man-made creeds and authority instead of following the Bible? The answer to all these questions is… What did Jesus say?

  1. The Key is to Know Him: To become persuaded requires an encounter and some experience with God and His Son Jesus, the Christ! (Jn. 17:3)
  2. Next Make Room for His Words: To become persuaded means there must be a renewing of our mind! (1 Cor. 2:6-16)
  3. Finally Willingly Trust in God: To become persuaded takes an enormous amount of faith – faith comes by hearing …the Words of Christ! (Rom. 10:17)

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Col. 2:8)

We need to understand that its not a new problem! Even in Christ’s day, the People of Israel had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge (Rom. 10:1-3)… and the Sadducee crowd found themselves in error, because they did not know the Scriptures (Mt. 22:29). Its amazing how passionate we can become and be completely wrong in the arena of knowledge. We must know Him and have a knowledge of the Truth, in order to exhibit the kind of character that pleases God and the kind of power that makes a difference in the world. We must be continually growing in our knowledge of the Truth so faith will increase and the Holy Spirit will feel welcome to guide our steps.

Here is the Apostle Paul’s word: “I Press Toward the Goal”

Because there is a Prize… “And it becomes the Power of Persuasion”

Its God’s voice calling me upward in Christ Jesus!

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Phil. 3:12-16)

Highlight Nairobi Ministry

Pastor Patrick Makokha Bwire (center of picture) is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly, a multifaceted Ministry in Kawangware Slum Nairobi Kenya. He is an ordained pastor, anointed to serve and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His fellowship is filled with people who believe in the love of God and the demonstration of His power.

” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)

Patrick was born in Busia District, Western Kenya as the first child of a poor family. Despite the many challenges of poverty, His hard working father was able to put him through both primary and high school while instilling the discipline necessary to excel in life. He was brought up by a God fearing grandmother after his mother passed away.

His salvation followed many years of involvement in Satanism. He prayed for deliverance, yet walked through many weeks of demonic attacks. In despair he committed himself to prayer and fasting, asking God to help him and deliver him from the oppression. He trusted in Christ and even at a young “spiritual age” the Lord began to speak to him. During a season of fasting he began to feel that he had seen enough and “the devil must go in Jesus name”. It was in this season that the Lord spoke to him directly through Psalms 144:1-2…

“Praise be to the LORD My Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is My Loving God and My Fortress, My Stronghold and My Deliverer, My Shield, in whom I take refuge…”

With this word in his heart, he knew that God would teach him how to overcome all the forces of the devil! As a result of God’s power and faithful training in spiritual warfare, deliverance and healing did come. Today he leads a young and vibrant apostolic ministry with a deep commitment to the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). Thanks to his determination to serve the Lord, God’s power broke through – and He continues to manifest to this day. Truly God has a great destiny in store for this brother and his work in the Nairobi slums.

  • As a Teacher: To teach boldly the truth of God’s Word and preach liberty for the oppressed.
  • As an Evangelist: To bring souls into the Kingdom of God and also revival to the Nations.
  • As an Intercessor: To teach people how to pray for Kingdom Advancement through annual conferences entitled ‘The School of Prayer.’
  • As an Apostolic Leader: He has raised up a congregation and established an Orphan/Vulnerable Children’s Project for infected and affected children with HIV/Aids at the church. This ministry has a feeding program that is catering to children from Kawangware slum and the surrounding regions. Also the church has initiated a widows project for those living with HIV/Aids as Adults.

Recent Affiliation:

We are proud to highlight the work of our brothers and sisters in Nairobi, Kenya. New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly is making a difference and Pastor Patrick is moving forward in the face of all challenges. Through this ministry, God is reaching into the slums and bringing hope and deliverance to many families. They have connected with us here at RevivalHut Ministries to begin laying ground work for an Apostolic Training Program. Pastor Patrick has a passion to pioneer ministries that will disciple and train the next generation of spiritual leaders. Our hearts are blessed by his excitement and we ask for your prayers as we offer ourselves to the open doors we see before us.

God is up to something good!

Passionate Hope

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:5)

Hope does not disappoint, because God loves us passionately. His heart is filled with good thoughts toward us… and beyond the pressing weight of life, there still remains a purpose, a plan, a destiny of significant meaning. Our lives are in His hands. Hope does not fail us when we lean into it. Its more than just a spiritual principle, its a platform that allows passionate love to stir us toward our future. You see, hope is what gives us our faith. Believing is nothing more than stepping out on a hope.

 The Meaning of “Hope”: (1 Cor. 13:13)

Hope is a way of seeing based upon an inner confidence. Even though hope is often connected with faith and love, it helps us to know the difference.

  • Hope Concerns the Future (Rom 8:23-24)
  • Faith Concerns the Past and Present (Heb 11:6)
  • Love Concerns the Present (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

While the modern meaning of the word “hope” implies merely wishing for something which may or may not happen, the Greek word used in the New Testament was a word which implied absolute certainty. There was no vagueness or uncertainty connected with this word.

The New Testament meaning of the word “hope” is: The inner attitude of joyful and confident expectation and anticipation that everything God has promised in His Word will come to pass.

An Inner Attitude:

We all have inner attitudes, right? Some are rather difficult to get past, but hope moves us into faith, because of the inner attitude it releases. It does an amazing work in us by giving us a way of mentally viewing and responding to life. When God’s passionate love is bubbling up on the inside of us, then hope begins to rise. Inner attitudes are created by love’s activity. This is a wonderful work of the Holy Spirit.

Joyful & Confident:

Who doesn’t want to be joyful and confident? We all see positive and visibly victorious people who seem to overflow. They inspire joy and optimism. They shift the atmosphere when they enter a room. Joy is infectious, because it flows from hope. Feeling positive is a fruit of the hopeful believer, knowing they are loved by God and confident in the stability of that passionate relationship. Nehemiah said that the “joy of the Lord was his strength.” (Neh. 8:10)

Expectation & Anticipation:

Hope wells up inside… stirring and seeing from a spiritual place. Passionate love has been poured into our hearts and now we see clearer. In fact, our seeing becomes almost pregnant in hope. It lets go of old and stale perceptions and embraces something undefined. This is expectation and anticipation in full measure. Its the motivation that hope emboldens. When the Holy Spirit begins to release the Father’s passionate love toward us, our plans begin to shift and our hearts lead us into a way of seeing that goes beyond understanding or human reasoning. Hope invites us to expect goodness and anticipate favor as a foretaste of things to follow.

Everything God has Promised in His Word will Come to Pass:

Hope is the platform for faith in God (Heb 11:1). What the Bible says about our future will happen. We can count on it! But counting on something, means getting beyond the past contradictions and difficult experiences of life. When struggles have stolen our ability to hope, God’s love breaks through to heal the brokenness of our wounded spirit. Believing needs an emotional motivation that comes from a spiritual transformation. Love captures our heart. Love is the substance that engages our ability to hope again. God so loved the world that He gave His Son to die. He proved His love and the Holy Spirit pours that passionate resource into our hearts. Like putting fuel in a car, we get filled with the potential to activate faith and believe what has been promised by God. Passionate Hope does not disappoint, because the Holy Spirit activates it by filling us more and more with the love of God.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb 6:19-20)

Battles We Face

Meeting at the Altar

Meeting at the Altar

We must focus on just one thing – the eyes of Jesus!

Today, these are the battles we face in the ministry of reconciliation. The battle to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the rejection we experience. The battle to press forward when things look daunting and others are pointing fingers. The battle to resist the fear of men’s faces when they consider you a fraud. And ultimately, the battle to find your identity in Christ and believe that you can do all things by His power. Most people do not understand the cost of a life well lived in Christ.

Here is what I wrote recently
to a fellow
warrior in Kenya…

I am with you my friend… I’ve been where you are and often find myself wrestling with these same problems. People who call themselves “Christian” yet their hearts are far from God. They flatter God with their lips, but turn on His servants with bitter words and secret meetings. There seems to be no fear of God and no desire for holiness. They redefine their behavior to suit themselves and they have no hunger for the Words that proceed from the Mouth of God. But you must be different! You must continue to look into the very eyes of Christ, Jesus!

The Glory that Covers:

This is your opportunity to discover the Glory that covers (Ps 91:1-2). Remember that Jesus was in the wilderness fasting, when the devil came to Him, but there were other wild beasts Jesus was contending with (Mk 1:12-13). Remember the Garden of Eden, the Serpent was more cunning than any “beast of the field” (Gen 3:1). Beasts represent faces that challenge us, taunt us and try to overwhelm. Your greatest battle is always going to be the fear of man. Jesus warns us of their faces. But there is a Glory that covers and shelters you from harm. It is found beneath His wings, in His Presence and as you look into His eyes (2 Cor 4:6). 

The Battle is over the Word!

What you carry is the Word of Life and although it represents the love of God, it stands as a dangerous threat to Satan’s kingdom. One very important Truth we must remind ourselves:  Tribulation and persecution arise BECAUSE of the Word (Mt 13:21)! Why? 3 Reasons: 1st) The Word comes as a seed and every seed must be cracked open. It requires some kind of crushing force in order to release its potential. 2nd) The flesh resists things that require faith. Change is never easy, even when we can prove it to be the best. 3rd) Your anointing is still finding its platform of influence. The battle with the faces of men will never cease, but in time you will discover the Glory that covers you in the midst of it all. The battle is the Lord’s! 

Realize that the greatest work God will ever do THROUGH you is what He is doing IN you.

I admire your tenacity my brother… do not forget its all about the heart of the Father. Soak in the Holy Spirit’s love for you and keep your heart soft toward people.

Defining Home

One of Jesus’ disciples came and asked a very interesting question of Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered with this statement: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (Jn 14:22-23)

Obviously, “home” is more than just an address. Jesus seems to say, home is the best way to define fellowship in God’s Kingdom. Its the place where hearts rest secure in the knowledge that: 1) Love is within reach, 2) Trust is without risk and 3) Presence is the highest value. In a real world, where it can feel overwhelming just to wake up each morning, Jesus tells His disciples of a place called home.

Love is within reach:

While I was in Kenya my greatest quest was to make the love of God as tangible as possible. I wanted to walk in such a way that hungry hearts would see a resource made available to fill their emptiness. Preaching and teaching was not enough to reach the deepest spiritual need. Somehow I wanted to see God crush all that had bound a people to the orphan heart.

At the top of Mt Elgon, I was deeply moved by the action of nineteen widows.

Blessing Widows

  As we ended our second session of the day, the altar was opened for prayer and these precious ladies came to forgive a neighboring tribe that within the past 24 months had brutally killed their husbands over land rights. I watched as the fresh wounds were re-opened, tears gave way to surrender and God’s love began to come within reach of their brokenness. Nobody moved, except God as He washed away the bitter pain of loss and confusion. I was witnessing a courage of supernatural magnitude and all I knew how to do was bless it. This was the moment I was looking for; a sight that I hope I will never forget, where forgiveness opened the door for God to demonstrate His goodness and love.  

 Trust is without risk:

Everyday in Kenya, I made a goal to document a significant moment in a journal.

love with skin on

 I’d like to share a moment from one of the first few days. As I sat with Pastor Wycliffe’s brother (Alex), I noticed one of the little boys pulling up close to me and rubbing my arm as if to feel the difference between white and black skin. I would be told later that it is common for skin to be a curiosity for the children, because typically white people have more hair on their arms than do black people.

 This fact was far from my thought process however, for in this moment I was moved by the desire to experience someone else’s skin. So much activity was being done to make me feel welcome that this struck me as a gesture of warmth and trust. It was as if this little boy was allowing himself to experience my friendship and trust my acceptance through the connection of “skin”. My skin was serving as a bridge for trust to be experienced and develop.

Immediately my mind shifted to Christ’s sacrificial gift of His skin. It strikes me as significant that God’s Only Son would put on skin and dwell among us. His skin received the abuse, the spitting, the bruising, piercing and whippings. It was His skin that carried the marks as a bridge of trust and without argument He gave it willingly to capture my heart. His risk makes my trust feel as though it is easy to offer. But if my heart gets distracted by this world’s loves then I lose focus on who really risked it all.

I must stay connected to the skin of Christ if I am to understand this place Jesus called ”home”. It really is a place where trust has had the risk removed. The Apostle John said it best when he told us, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be (to carry the risk) the propitiation (substitute) for our sins.” (1 Jn 4:10) Like this little boy who allowed trust to break past all risks; so also, we must appreciate the opportunity we have been offered to experience trust where Christ carried the risk.

Presence is the Highest Value:

Each day in Kenya carried its own wonderful surprises and challenges, yet one such surprise made me recognize more deeply the greatest joy that “home” offers… God’s Presence is the highest value. On the Monday following our visit to the Broderick Falls, Pastor Wycliffe took me to the hospital to pray for his ailing great grandmother. She was in her early 90’s and had been ill for about three months. I was not prepared for this experience, in that there were people everywhere, all were black and many were in very deep need of physical help. I could feel that I stood out with my white skin and goofy pastoral smile. As we entered the female ward, it was obvious that there were two in many beds and those around them, although family and friends, they had little to offer. I prayed for Pastor’s great grandmother, but that was not enough, so we prayed for all of those in the facility. We went from bed to bed offering hope and the message of God’s love found in Jesus Christ. When all was completed we noticed the countenence of both patients and family were lifted and appreciative of our prayers and encouragement. Hope was being restored, because God’s Presence was made available.

Jesus makes it clear that the goal of God’s mind is to come and establish a place of residence in the human heart. He wants to live within us in such a way that we will experience the same oneness that Jesus had with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amazing things happen when God begins to visit and visit He will, if we will make room for Him. 

Jesus tells us that this is how He defines “home”… a place where Father, Son and Holy Spirit come to take up residence.