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Transforming Culture

Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Mt. 28:18-19)

Have you understood your mission… as a quest to disciple nations!

RevivalHut Ministry is connecting Christian leaders, who will plug into a 3 year training program… to an unfathomable adventure in Kingdom Pursuits. We call these spiritual incubators – Apostolic Training Centers. They are not just Bible Studies, but a life course… like a journey that molds raw humanity into true disciples of Christ. There are so many important transitions that must be made within our mindsets and our personal convictions in order to fulfill the mandate of Jesus, who said “pick up your cross and follow Me”.

I would like for you to consider your fellow Christian brothers as leaders and part of your team… a Kingdom Team! You will not be in competition for anything, but looking to advance the Kingdom for the benefit of all the churches in the region, as well as all the people within reach of those congregations. We are aiming at transforming the culture… beliefs, activities and governing structures must be looked at through a new and fresh perspective – through the Biblical Truth revealed in Jesus.

7 Mountains of Influence:

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.” (Isaiah 2:2)

We promote the idea that all societies emerge and define themselves by 7 platforms or spheres of influence…

1) family, 2) education, 3) government, 4) business, 5) the arts & entertainment 6) media & communication and 7) religion.

If our goal is to transform culture, then we as God’s Kingdom People must be disciplined and authentic; as well as being lead by the Holy Spirit. We need to see ministry as part of every sphere of society and we need to make an impact. We need Kingdom minded Business People, Entertainers, Scientists, Government Officials, etc. – and we need to gain ground in the arenas of the spirit by ruling well in the midst of the opportunities God offers us.

So the key is to know God and understand that He created these models of influence and understands how they should function properly from His perspective. We must be trained in spiritual truth so that we can obey the prayer of Jesus (Mt. 6:10) praying, believing and demonstrating Kingdom Impact – “that His Kingdom would come and His Will would be done on earth as it is in heaven”. We believe the Bible speaks directly to us and unlocks the truth of how God’s People can become His disciples and walk in His Glory, ruling well and releasing cultural transformation.

And we are watching it happen in regions all over the world.

The Strategies: Psalm 133

Some of the steps that are important are 1) developing networks of visionary Christian leaders, 2) gathering these leaders for prayer and training sessions, 3) encouraging one another and celebrating achievements as a team and 4) honoring one another as fruitful laborers in the vineyard within our reach. As Psalm 133 proclaims to us… that is where God commands the blessing! In the midst of anointed Kingdom minded Leaders – united for the purpose of advancing God’s agendas in the Earth.

This is the basis for the RevivalHut Network. This is the priority that sustains revival fire and a passion for cultural change. Our hope is to empower leaders to see themselves differently, yet consider that God sees ministry in all arenas of life not just pulpit ministry, like those who preach as pastor or teacher. We invite ladies and men, we encourage business people and educators and develop passion for the community we serve, because we believe the Church must become the unified force for change in the Earth. Its not about how many people come to our churches, but how many leaders are influencing the culture for the Kingdom of God. Yes we see wonderful Church growth, but even more we see practical changes being made in society.

“…teaching them to observe all the things I have committed to you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20)

Prophetic Preaching

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent Me.” (John 7:16)

Jesus consistently preached under the anointing of God, as we see in the above verse. Yet the key to being prophetic is that Jesus’ message carried the weight of supernatural creativity, breakthrough and fulfillment.  A prophetic preacher may use the gifts of teaching, exhortation and prophecy in a variety of ways; but the power of the message itself, will shift the atmosphere (Rom. 1:16-17). That is what makes it prophetic!

“And take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Eph 6:17)

Prophetic Preaching contains a ‘Now’ Word:

The prophetic gift is employed to make known the thoughts, purpose and intent of God. Prophetic preaching has a sense of immediacy. In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘rhema’ primarily refers to the spoken word that carries power in its ‘utterance’, whereas ‘logos’ primarily refers to the written word, the logic of God or His thought process. Prophetic teaching and preaching releases the rhema of God’s “Spirit-breathed”, current Word. It is designed to reveal the Father’s “Now Word”, making known something that if believed would come forth. It answers the question, ‘What is God’s Word to us in this season?’

Example: The Apostle Paul said, “the word is near you even in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith that we preach” (Rom. 10:8). He goes on to say that if you act on it by confessing and believing, you will be saved… You will be transformed!

What happens in prophetic preaching is that we are drawn into an experience by the conviction of the Holy Spirit as well as the will to believe and step into its power. It sets a Kairos moment… the opportune time for change and transformation. Prophetic preaching opens doorways into heavenly blessing, revelation and assignments.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Cor 2:13)

Based on Spiritual Revelation:

Prophetic preaching is inspired by the Holy Spirit through the means of revelation. The word ‘revelation’ in the New Testament Greek, apokalupsis, means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure’. In other words, God is revealing something by His Spirit that is not known by natural means… its a mystery. There is often a call to action or a need to respond and activate the Word received by the hearer. This is why we place a high priority on seasons of prayer or altar times, to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts when the atmosphere has been shifted in a room or auditorium. This may be to align one’s heart or actions, to pay attention to a timely warning or submit to guidance. When we do not position ourselves for God’s present or future plans, we often miss our opportunity. The consistent results of the prophetic instructions of God are for transformation and breakthrough.

Notice these two examples:

  1. “The children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do… and all their brethren were at their command” (1 Chron. 12:32)
  2. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Mt. 7:28-29)

Prophetic Preaching Carries Authority:

This authority is not based upon the preacher’s gift, but on the basis of being entrusted with a message from God Himself. Throughout Scripture, the instruction given through a prophet brought breakthrough for God’s people. This included strategic guidance in a time of warfare (2 Chron. 20:14-17), a word of action in crisis (Gen 41:25-46) or a specific declaration of breakthrough (2 Kings 7:1-2). Prophetic preaching is of great value when a shift is needed to bring the Kingdom of God and push back against the darkness that floods our vision.

Empowering the Church:

“Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.”  (Acts 15:32)

The outcome of prophetic preaching, just as with all prophetic ministry, is that the Church and its leadership is built up, strengthened and empowered. (1 Cor 14:3-4)

Anointing and Increase

“Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’” (Luke 4:14-19)

“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

Jesus was anointed by God… indeed “God was with Him” in increasing measures by a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. His example is designed to be our model of spiritual discipline. It was Jesus’ experience even as a youth to increase in His favor with God and man (Lk 2:52). Yet even in the transition of Jesus into His Earthly ministry, we can see a direct connection between a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and His increasing anointing (Lk 5:12-13)(Lk 6:12)(Mk 9:29). This reality is both inspiring and instructional.

Notice how God moves Jesus into His public ministry:

  • He is baptized in the river Jordan, where He is filled with the Holy Spirit and hears the voice of His Father from heaven (Lk 3:21-22).
  • Immediately (it would appear to me) Jesus establishes a posture of prayer and fasting as He is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil (Mt 4:1-2).
  • While in the wilderness, Jesus feels the challenges of the Devil, the hunger in His body and the threat of wild beasts. He becomes aware of the ministry of angels as well as the strength given by the Words that proceeded from the mouth of God (Mk 1:12-13).
  • He experiences increase in the anointing and breaks through the challenge victorious, because the Devil left Him until a more opportune time (Lk 4:13).
  • Jesus would return to Galilee in the increased anointing and power of the Holy Spirit bearing evidence with signs following, because people give Him glory and praise for His teaching ministry (Lk 4:14-15).
  • Now that the temptation was over His ministry would begin with a journey to Nazareth and an announcement of how He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach, heal, bring deliverance and freedom to the captive heart (Lk 4:16-19).

Defining the Anointing:

The anointing is God being “with us” or God’s Glory manifest upon our lives. Glory is defined best as God’s “Weighty” Presence or abiding spiritual power made known through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. I have often said the anointing is God’s hand of favor upon our lives for the advancing of His activity in the world around us. We see this in how Jesus carried the anointing. He went about the Judean countryside advancing the Kingdom of God, because the anointing was on His life. God was with Him, empowering and leading Him, breaking the grip of the Devil and advancing the activity of His Father’s heart.

Why Prayer and Fasting:

Prayer and fasting increases our ability to know and sense the supernatural Presence of God, by awakening our spiritual senses and diminishing our emphasis on flesh desires. His power and His Glory begin to increase as we meet with God and experience fellowship in an unhindered way. God’s will and His ways become more recognizable when we are sensitive to His heart. I would describe the anointing as an actual physical experience whereby we feel the internal warmth of His Presence upon our body. That is why it increases as we pray and fast. By yielding our hearts in greater measure to the Holy Spirit’s activity we can welcome and value the anointing and make room for increase in our lives. It is like a signal that God sends to us saying that He is with us. He is showing Himself to us and approves of what we are saying or doing (Jn 14:21)(2 Cor 1:21).

There is nothing so important to our Christian walk than our faith in God (Heb 11:6)! It pleases Him when we step out in ways that give Him greater opportunity to reach the world through us. It is my desire to encourage prayer and fasting so that we may increase in the anointing of God and be more effective as Kingdom Agents in the world around us.

We are ambassadors for Christ {The Anointed One} as though God were pleading through us… Be reconciled to God! (2 Cor 5:18-21).

Jesus Our Sufficiency

...you will dream about!

If there is a glaring truth found in our ministry, its that without Christ we are completely lost. Yet with Christ we are a “basket case”. And that is good news, when you’re holding one of Jesus’ baskets.

Let me explain: Today I was reading the story of where Jesus feeds 5000 weary followers (Mk 6:35-44) and a comment jumped off the page. “…they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.” After feeding on five loaves and two fish, the disciples are now standing with more than they began.

This is the story of Jesus- Our Sufficiency!

In this story are hidden three of the most profound lessons of ministry:
1st) The needs always exceed the resources.
2nd) I am always inadequate for the task Jesus has for me.
3rd) Jesus is always sufficient in every challenge we face.

We are learning how to trust the Lord. The needed finances always exceed the finances we have. The hurting people always exceed the number of people we need to minister to them. Almost every leader God called felt he was just not ready, adequate or capable: Moses, Gideon, Jeremiah and David, to name a few. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God…” (2 Cor 3:5). We must recognize that in every task and challenge we face; God has given His Son, Jesus to be our sufficiency, our supply, and our resource.

Baskets Speak:

Our confidence is only as strong as the power at work inside of us. We each need more experience with Jesus to prove the sufficiency of His will and power toward our circumstances. ”Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Eph 3:20). There is just no way to limit your asking and thinking when you stand with a basket full of sufficiency.

Miracle Zones:

The disciples in this story discovered that they stood in the miracle zone. I think they were a “basket case”, picking up the fragments in amazement and  knowing that they started with less than they ended with. Twelve baskets full of fragments has to speak to your heart. If Jesus was their sufficiency for inadequate food; what could He do with their imaginations or their unseen dreams. He was the Resource of miraculous provision and they were holding baskets that challenged their perceptions forever.

This is the testimony of ministry that sees Jesus as Our Sufficiency! This is what every disciple must discover!

Heavenly Solutions

The most incredible moments in life are often those that come by surprise. Its not so much that I find myself unprepared as much as… some moments just sneak up on me as new information.

I like the Bible story about the man who comes to Jesus for the healing of his son. His son had dealt with an issue of epilepsy for many years and it had often caused enormous trauma to the whole family. Unfortunately the father had to settle for the ministry of some of Jesus’ faithless disciples. Jesus was up a mountain being transfigured before Peter, James and John (Mk 9:2-13). As the mountain top experience comes to an end; the three disciples, with Jesus come down the mountain to find an argument over the healing of this boy. Those remaining 9 disciples hadn’t accomplished much, so they began to argue about theology with some local scribes.

Isn’t that just like so many of the church services we have been to… we are prepared to meet with God and all we find are the empty words of men who hold onto faithless theological discussions. Jesus made the most accurate statement, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Life problems must be answered… with heavenly solutions!

Life problems must be answered… with heavenly solutions!

We must never settle for talking about solutions… How often we explain the “stuff” of God, (the miracles, the healing of sickness and the authority to cast out demons) rather than host an invasion of the Spirit into the impossible situation?

Jesus now has the father in front of Him with a question… a question that I believe was not in his mind until he was presented with the frailty of human reasoning. He asks Jesus, “If You can do anything – have compassion on us and help us?” Without hesitation Jesus addresses the impossible situation with the touch of Heaven and the boy is made whole. But there is a surprise for the disciples and for us as we peer into this story from the outside.

Solutions require us to carry something! Note: Some things can only be accomplished through prayer and fasting (Mk 9:29).

  • First: We all need a fresh spiritual revelation that helps us see our situation with discernment… notice this was an unclean spirit and Jesus called it “a deaf and dumb spirit” as He rebuked it and cast it out (Mk 9:25). The revelation leads to the correct response. We know that revelation is given as we tune into Heaven… thus the need for prayer and fasting.
  • Secondly: When faced with life issues, we are always called upon to rise to the occasion and believe for God’s perfect solution to the problem. Although we may have a great amount of knowledge about how it all works; God is looking for those who can carry the glory and release it into the impossible.

The “Faithless”:

What we forget sometimes is that we carry heavenly solutions to life’s biggest problems. To rid ourselves of the harsh label as the “faithless generation” requires that we become a people who release what we carry. Earthly problems offer us an invitation to move with God’s supernatural compassion, authority and power… Heavenly solutions! God wants to bring freedom, but has given authority and power to us to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Lk. 10:19). We must shake ourselves free of faithlessness, so that we experience more of the solutions Heaven offers to human frailty. Its the Promise of God’s Heart…

“On Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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