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Change is Coming

Scripture: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

Thought for Today: “Welcoming the Crucible”

God knows the secrets of the heart (Ps 44:21). In fact, He knows us better than we know ourselves. Yet we still feel a bit vulnerable yielding our lives to change. We ask God to use us and we know changes are coming, but being in the crucible of spiritual discipline can feel uncomfortable even to the most mature Christian.

Our Resistance:

When God tests and tries our heart, there are always things that firmly resist, because they have become our safety net. We have relied upon ourselves and trusted in own strength at times when we could not see clearly. The Apostle Paul tells us that many have exchanged the Truth of God for lies by serving and the worship of things that offer no real peace (Rom 1:25). He reminds us that we have all gone astray and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). These issues represent the baggage of idolatry and must be rooted out for us to enjoy the freedom found in Christ.

Real Transformation:

As much as we would like to believe we can change, transformation is not really something we can do for ourselves. It takes the power of the One who knows us best. We can change habits and shift our focus, but it is God who changes the human heart. When we step into the crucible of prayer and fasting, we make the most important move toward God’s best for our lives. The refining process frees us from sinful behavior, renews our thinking and enables us to discern the will of God more clearly (Rom 12:1-2).

God Loves and Receives Us:

Transformation happens in the safe place of His Presence, where the Holy Spirit gains access to those things that hinder our progress. God knows what is best for us and He always acts in our best interest by treating us as sons and daughters (Heb 12:4-11). We are reminded that when we are chastened by God, it is because He loves us and receives us as a father cherishes and loves his child. Remind yourself today that God loves and receives you as His very own son or daughter.

“Why do you spend money on what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me and eat what is good and let your soul delight itself in abundance.” (Isa 55:2)

I Am Strong

Biblical Truths often seem backward and contrary to common sense… even crazy. Sometimes this is because they are stated in paradoxical ways, like the parables Jesus taught. Even when these Truths are stated in a straightforward way; they still strike us as odd, because they do not conform to worldly thought patterns we have to negotiate.

Perhaps our greatest challenge as Christians is to understand the Biblical principle of strength being released through weakness… notice the following verses.

“Consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that he might nullify the things that are, that no one should boast before God.” (1 Cor 1:26-29)

“(God) has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10)

Worldly wisdom says that power is rooted in natural resources like money, good looks and intellegence. Since these resources are limited, true power is always limited to just the few individuals with access and favor.

God’s wisdom says that true power comes from the Holy Spirit and has no correlation with prestige or riches, that are hinged to natural resources. A persons influence in this world is not some kind of license to heavenly influence. True power; as it relates to the Kingdom of God, is accessible to anyone who depends on God. Jesus was the personification of this principle… anointed as the “Christ” or “Messiah”. He was the Prince of Peace; even without religious ordination or title, yet His power was directly connected to His anointing from heaven. His perfect obedience to the Heavenly Father released His influence in the Earth.

The early Church had great power, not because they had access to money or political influences; but because they were filled with the Holy Spirit! It is dependence on God; through faith, that lays hold of real power. We must believe and place our trust in the Holy Spirit to release power into our lives.

God longs for people He can wear like a glove!

Living His life through us, is how the power of heaven comes into the natural realities we so much want to see change. By the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, He demonstrates His power, He transforms culture and makes His Kingdom visible in the Earth.

It might just sound a bit strange to boast in weakness, until you begin to participate in the transformation first hand. Then you begin to see how something as simple as prayer, praise or thankfulness, can tear down walls and crush strongholds of fear. Only when we begin to understand spiritual realities; though unseen, are more powerful than the natural, will we become convinced that… ”when I am weak, then I am strong”.

A Mercy Seat

Where His Glory Dwells

Ark of the Testimony

“Now when Moses went into the Tabernacle of Meeting to speak with Him, he heard the Voice of One speaking to him from above the Mercy Seat that was on the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him.” (Num. 7:89)

When we hear of Moses walking into the Tabernacle to speak with God, it is almost unbelievable at first. Our heart wonders of the sight… a face-to-face with the Creator of the Universe. And yet, something important comes to mind as I read and re-read this verse. God’s voice comes from a position above the Mercy Seat!

The Tabernacle of Meeting:

It is there and only there, that we find a mercy seat. It is not that way with man’s natural environment. In the world around us or even in nature, there is no seat of mercy. Yet in the Tabernacle of Meeting there is a Throne, a seat if you will, established at God’s initiative, that invites the seeker to see himself differently than the world’s perspective. The Tabernacle of Meeting was designed to be a place where God meets with man, to transform how he sees everything. It was to be where man was able to fellowship in God’s Glory, get his needs met and sense the embrace of a loving Father (Phil. 4:19).

This place offers the revelation of God’s true heart toward our deepest needs! We need this environment, this fellowship - before we have our lives put together. We need to be loved – before we are healed. We need to be loved in our rags and our wrestling. We need a place that has a Mercy Seat!

Our Father’s Heart:

To pull from the parable of the Prodigal Son… must I first hear music and dancing before I can arise and go to my Father’s house? That’s the way that it would work if Religion were my father, but my Father calls out to me in His fullness… an invitation to the orphan heart:

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters;
And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk, Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.” (Isa. 55:1-3)

Thankfully, the One who sits upon the Throne doesn’t call the white-robed crowd, but those clothed in sackcloth. I don’t have to wait for the music or the dancing. I don’t first have to receive the ring or the robe. I can come dirty. In fact, I must come hungry, seeking and poor.

In the Midst of Glory:

The Voice comes from above the Mercy Seat, where the Shekinah Glory rests above the Ark of the Covenant. Make no mistake, this is a supernatural experience that is not duplicated any other way, but standing before the Presence of God. In His Presence is fullness of joy!

Don’t wait until you’re well. Don’t delay until you can find suitable clothes. Don’t put off having this meeting until everything is just right. Come now! Come just as you are! Don’t wait for just the right robe, come in your “grave-clothes”.

  • Mercy means - You will not receive what you deserve!

In my mind, this is one of the greatest truths taught in the Bible. It is in reality the Gospel of the Kingdom! Jesus Christ has offered us the experience of a Mercy Seat… and in so doing He continues to destroy the works of the devil. (1 Jn. 3:8)

Receive Your Inheritance

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” (Eph. 1:11)

Many Christians have bought into the idea that the blessings of God – our inheritance – will not be given to us until we get to heaven. Do we really have to wait that long?

Well  – Here is the Good News…

It’s NOW! Your blessing, your inheritance is wrapped up in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Let me show you how you can receive it today. If you are facing challenges, lack in any area, addictions, fears, sickness, low finances, broken relationships, then hang on. Christ has brought you into the “Blessed Place” and made you a co-heir with Him (Rom. 8:17)… protection, deliverance, restoration, and provision. You got a taste of it when you were born again and received the Holy Spirit, but the more the eyes of your heart are enlightened, the more you begin to understand all that God has for you. We’re talking about all of the blessings you are entitled to simply because you have relationship with Christ and an inheritance in God!

Taste and See:

When you begin to walk with Christ, your belief grows and you start tasting more and more of the goodness of God and the richness of His blessings (Ps. 23:6 & 34:8). The error some make is in thinking that the more you walk with God, the more you experience the blessings He has for you. But that is the myth of religion, not the reality in Christ (Eph. 1:3-10). You have become complete in Him, from the moment you trusted Him with your future. The more you believe the blessings are yours through Christ, the more you will experience them. It’s like “believing” is the way to get your blessings out of storage. Belief or “faith” is the “key to the storehouse” (Heb. 11:1 & 11:6). Praise God!

Galatians 3:9 says, “So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.”

And what kind of blessing did Abraham receive? For starters, he was fruitful. Not just with children but with livestock, cattle, money, and land. Everywhere he went he prospered. Read the book of Genesis for yourself and you’ll see. If you have the same faith as Abraham, the blessings of Abraham will start working their way into your life. I encourage you to quit thinking you will not receive it until you get to heaven.

Its So Simple?

An inheritance is released when a person dies… Jesus died. He came to die, so that we could live in the abundant provision of His life (Jn. 10:10). That’s when you were given access to your inheritance… when you embraced His will for your life. The only reason you don’t walk in it fully is because you haven’t fully believed that it’s yours – right now for you to receive. But, you don’t have to wait till you get to heaven to possess it!

Pray this prayer based on Ephesians 1:17-20:

“Father, I am asking that You give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I can know You better. I pray also that I will have greater understanding and belief in my heart. This belief will help me to know the hope that is mine in receiving the blessings that You have for me right now. Show me the inheritance that is wait for me to possess. Please, open my eyes and my heart so I can fully comprehend how rich and amazing the blessings are that You have purchased for me. Things You have promised, but I have yet to receive; simply because I haven’t believed. I declare right now that I choose to believe and receive the inheritance that You have for me. In Jesus Name.”

Now, receive your inheritance!

Update: East Africa

I was recently asked by a close friend to give them an update on our work in East Africa. What I would hope our readers realize is that RevivalHut Ministry is moving in a variety of ways… yet its focus is clearly Kingdom Advancement through the training of leaders. Our highest goal is to equip, encourage and empower Christian leaders in the nations we are invited to enter. Specifically, today we are working in the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The RevivalHut Vision:

The primary vision that God has laid before us is the raising up of Apostolic Training Centers. These 3 year training opportunities carry enormous influence in developing a culture of Kingdom Values and Growth. We have even found governing officials freely encouraging our program, because of the spirit of unity promoted in the communities we have entered. There are now 19 Apostolic Training Centers in East Africa, most of which are doing very well and bringing a depth of character that the Church so badly needs.

Uganda:
Uganda is going though some massive drought right now and many are starving. I asked our director of Ministry (Pastor Francis Wanyama) about the issue and he said it is touching their pastors deeply. No water means high prices on food and many go without. What I hear among pastors is that they often serve others and sacrifice their own children’s needs. This is a tragic thing and we are attempting to keep the classes going even though some are telling me of lower attendance. We at least are getting them meals for the schools. The development of our second year skills training has been slow, but hopefully we can catch up in the fall.

Kenya:
Kenya is going through some transition with our new director of ministry Pastor Michael Semati. He is a good leader, a father if you will. Many of our Centers are connected with my leadership and we are having some difficulty getting them to communicate with him, but I believe this will come around with time. On July 27th there is a huge leadership conference that will hopefully draw from the three prominent nations of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Pastor Michael is doing this to draw the pastors and leadership together, because we must organize a network for the exchange of ideas. I was very thrilled to see this and am praying for great outcomes. Leadership in Kenya is showing me that they are growing in strength.

Tanzania:
Tanzania is moving along rapidly with Pastor Bernard Ogallo leading a regional Apostolic Training Center that continues to grow and plant churches across the southern borders of Lake Victoria. He speaks only Swahili so I have not spoken with him much over the recent few months, but Pastor Francis (our director in Uganda) speaks with him almost weekly. The people of Kenya and Tanzania are anxious to have me visit; because I was to go in June, but had to cancel due to my son going to Virginia. It was just going to put us in a bind financially.

Please pray for wisdom…

We have many nations calling for our program and there are so many limitations. Nations like Pakistan, India, Philippines, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Congo and South Africa. Most of our limitations center around money as you would guess, but I truly believe that as we move forward, we must continue to go at the “pace of God”.

I have never seen the hand of God as I have seen in East Africa!

In these days… we are watching miracles and peoples lives change like never before. There are more churches now being planted than our leaders can count and we are hearing from locations that have started plans without our involvement. I just continue to speak “Grace, Grace, Grace to it in the name of Jesus” (Zac. 4:6-7).

“…for it is not by might, nor human power…. but by the Spirit of the Lord” – that we are seeing any success at all.

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