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Disciple Shift

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” – Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” – Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” – Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (Jn. 1:47-49)

Although I have been a Christian for over 30 years, I am still coming to terms with what it means to have a Kingdom perspective. It is not a religious worldview. It is the worldview of being a royal son of God. I want to see myself the way Christ saw Nathanael, as a man without guile or deceit, as a true spiritual disciple waiting for the King. I have come to understand that mental barriers are bigger than natural barriers when it comes to stepping out of the shadows of orphan-hood. Jesus has seen us, knows us and is calling us out of the shadows and into the Kingdom of His love and power. It is time to make the “disciple shift” – and truly learn from Him!

A Disciple Called Nathanael:

I love the story of Nathanael (John 1:43-51). In order for Nathanael to follow Jesus, he had to undergo a change of perspective. He had to shift his thinking from a traditional Jewish worldview to the Kingdom perspective that Jesus demonstrated and taught. Yet, not only was Nathanael successful, but he would experience the greatest move of God of all time. He became a passionate disciple of Christ and Apostle in the Early Church. He listened to the teachings and experienced the ministry of Jesus, watched the healing and participated in the miracles. This was the Kingdom of God with power and it was rushing in to sweep him up into a lifelong commitment of fresh perspectives. I believe that Nathanael’s story can be seen as a prophetic picture of where the Church needs to go today… from religious tradition to Kingdom discipleship.

Four Key Shifts:

  1. From Servants to Sons: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (Jn. 1:12)
  2. From Future to Present Kingdom: “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (Jn. 1:45)
  3. From Human Reasoning to Spiritual Reality: ”Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (Jn. 1:46)
  4. From Broken Dreams to Open Heavens: “Nathanael answered and said to Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! Jesus answered and said to him, Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these. And He said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” (Jn. 1:49-51)

A Triumphant Reality:

Shaking ourselves free of the former perceptions of tradition and religiosity causes us to rise from the shadow of Nathanael’s fig tree and become Kingdom Disciples. Jesus tells His Church to once again “Come and See!” We are not of those who shrink back to lame formulas without power, because we are Kingdom People (Heb. 10:39). We have shifted the way we think, because we have experienced the love of God and been washed in the Blood of Christ Jesus. He has made us kings and priests to God the Father (Rev. 1:5-6) and our experience with the Holy Spirit has clothed us in the Glory poured out at Pentecost (Lk. 24:49). We do not need to live with only the dreams of the past or hopes of a future move of God. We can live in a present move of God!

These things are available to Kingdom Disciples. We do not need to wait for revival, but we do need to change the way we think. Revival is here – we live beneath an open heaven! This is our triumphant inheritance through Christ!

Valiant Laborers

“And the Word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.” (Acts 13:49)

“Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.” (Ps. 149:5-6)

We mount our assault on the portals of hell and against us they shall not stand! The valiant of heart are those whose laborers are noted by courage, passion and alignment to the Word of God. These marks are the standard where soldiers emerge and warriors take shape. Indeed, the character of heaven is revealed in no better way than when God’s Saints are clothed in the power of the Holy Spirit and accompanied by angels. The advancement of the Kingdom of God is a violent overthrow of the works of the devil! It requires God’s anointing and the character to follow His heart!

No matter how we define a move of God in our day or in the days of the Early Church… we must not miss the prophetic reality of following God’s heart. One of Luke’s purposes in writing the Book of Acts was to tell the real story of the remarkable growth of God’s Kingdom. Amazing things took place in the years that followed the birth of the Church. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit clothed the Apostles with power to become witnesses in the world (Acts 1:8). Although, persecution and struggle shaped their character, never do we hear the cry of retreat. This was the work of God! Humanity’s greatest discovery was how to be filled with the Holy Spirit… and walk as carriers of the Glory of God!

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel (or any servant of God):
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,”

Says the Lord of hosts. (Zech. 4:6)

A Valiant Vision:

To see entire regions waiting, cultures and people groups ready to be reached with the love and power of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Our call, requires a company of valiant laborers with fresh eyes… with a vision to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:18-20). We must be found teaching and building bridges of opportunity for generations to walk in God’s destiny for their lives. Should we not stand willing and ready to risk it all for the purposes of God’s heart? Yet in order to risk it all, it will require a vision of how God sees and what God wants to accomplish.

The Prophet Habakkuk said it this way: “For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

God is Speaking!

These are New Days in almost every culture of the world, and the sound of a spiritual trumpet has gone forth. Many with an ear to hear have already begun to assemble. To some its a whisper and to others a shout, yet there is no mistaking its purpose in this season. Its God’s invitation that is being proclaimed on the battle field and in the vineyard. Our Father has a voice that echoes on every high place… causing the nations to give birth. He is calling the weary, the lost and forsaken. His sound summons the alien to come sit at His Throne (Heb. 4:16). And from this motley, misguided lot; He will redeem and restore and revive. This is the day of the harvest, a season of in-gathering as in the time of first fruits. And the valiant rejoice in the pleasure of God. They celebrate with heaven in what is witnessed in their generation, because it was birthed in the Father’s heart long ago! (1 Pe 2:9-10)

Father, Your Valiant Laborers Stand Willing & Ready!

New Levels of Faith

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” – Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” – Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” – Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (Jn. 1:47-49)

Faith requires fresh perspective… unobstructed vision and values. Although I have been a Christian for over 30 years, I am still coming to terms with what it means to have a Kingdom perspective. It is not a religious worldview. It is the worldview of being a royal son of God. I want to see myself the way Christ saw Nathanael, as a man without guile or deceit, as a true spiritual disciple waiting for the King. I have come to understand that mental barriers are bigger than natural barriers when it comes to stepping out of the shadows of orphanhood. Jesus has seen us, knows us and is calling us out of the shadows and into the Kingdom of His love and power.

A Disciple Called Nathanael:

I love the story of Nathanael (John 1:43-51). In order for Nathanael to follow Jesus, he had to undergo a change of perspective. He had to shift his thinking from a traditional Jewish worldview to the Kingdom perspective that Jesus demonstrated and taught.Yet, not only was Nathanael successful, but he would experience the greatest move of God of all time. He became a passionate disciple of Christ and Apostle in the Early Church. He listened to the teachings and experienced the ministry of Jesus, watched the healings and participated in the miracles. This was the Kingdom of God with power and it was rushing in to sweep him up into a lifelong commitment of fresh perspectives. I believe that Nathanael’s story can be seen as a prophetic picture of where the Church needs to go today… from religious tradition to Kingdom discipleship.

Four Key Shifts:

  1. From Servants to Sons: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (Jn. 1:12)
  2. From Future to Present Kingdom: “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (Jn. 1:45)
  3. From Human Reasoning to Spiritual Reality: ”Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (Jn. 1:46)
  4. From Broken Dreams to Open Heavens: “Nathanael answered and said to Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! Jesus answered and said to him, Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these. And He said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” (Jn. 1:49-51)

A Triumphant Reality:

Shaking ourselves free of the former perceptions of tradition and religiosity causes us to rise from the shadow of Nathanael’s fig tree and become Kingdom Disciples. Jesus tells His Church to once again “Come and See!” We are not of those who shrink back to lame formulas without power, because we are Kingdom People (Heb. 10:39). We have shifted the way we think, because we have experienced the love of God and been washed in the Blood of Christ Jesus. He has made us kings and priests to God the Father (Rev. 1:5-6) and our experience with the Holy Spirit has clothed us in the Glory poured out at Pentecost (Lk. 24:49). We do not need to live with only the dreams of the past or faint hopes of a future move of God. We can live in this moment, confident of a present move of God! These things are available to Sons and Daughter, who have hearts that respond to the breath of heaven!

Wait for revival no longer… its in the heart of God’s Child! Revival is here – our triumphant inheritance through Christ!

Valiant Christianity

“But you, O man of God… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11-12)

To be a Christian is to be a warrior! The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world… it is a battle-field. Neither must he rely upon friendship with the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war.

To fight for the Truth!

We fight for righteousness, holiness, and purity. We fight for holy convictions. We fight for peace of mind in a crazy world. We fight for love and joy. We fight for our right to pray. We fight for truth and doctrine. We fight for revival. We fight for a move of God. We fight for our Lord Jesus Christ! We fight for our God!

To fight for the Cause of Christ – His Church!

We fight for our families, our heritage and legacy… children, Grandchildren. We fight for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. We fight to see people saved, healed, delivered, and filled with the Holy Ghost. We fight for the Kingdom. We fight for advancement. We fight for the ministry. We fight for the hope of the Church.

To fight against sin.

We fight against worldliness. We fight against compromise. We fight against heresy. We fight against spiritual dullness, deadness, dryness and decay. We fight against backsliding, gossip, bitterness, and strife. We fight against an invasive world system. We fight against religion. We fight against a form of godliness that denies the power of God. We fight against wasted time, wasted energy and wasted anointing. We fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

“To fight the good fight of faith!”

The Apostle Paul said at the end of his life, “I fought the good fight of faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Imprisoned, deserted and often betrayed; the one time persecutor of the Church, was carrying an eternal perspective. He was saying… “I have never backed up, backed down or backed off. I have never hidden the Truth! And now I am ready to hear the reward of valiant Christianity… Well Done!”

Friends we may be weary, bruised, and bleeding; but we must not stop fighting until we hear – “Well Done!”

Willing and Ready

“And the Word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.” (Acts 13:49) 

One of Luke’s purposes in writing the Book of Acts was to tell the real story of the remarkable growth of the Church. Amazing things took place in the years that followed the Holy Spirit clothing the Apostles with power to become witnesses in the world (Acts 1:8). No matter how we define this move of God in the Early Church, we must not miss the prophetic reality of Kingdom Advancement. There are regions waiting, cultures and people groups ready to be reached with the love and power of the Gospel of the Kingdom. And our calling is to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:18-20), teaching and building bridges of opportunity for generations to walk in God’s destiny for their lives. Should we not stand willing and ready to risk it all for the purposes of God’s heart?

 The Prophet Habakkuk said it this way: “For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

God’s Invitation:

These are New Days on the African landscape and the sound of a spiritual trumpet blast has gone forth from the heart of God. Many with an ear to hear have already begun to assemble. To some its a whisper and to others a shout, yet there is no mistaking its purpose in this season. Its God’s invitation that is being proclaimed in the vineyard. And the laborers carry a fresh clarity of passion in their steps. The prayer that sets the tone of our commission is simple: “Father release Your Power and Let Your Kingdom Come – Let Your Will be Done, On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

God is Hearing & Responding!

Our Father has a voice that opens the regions… gathers the nations and calls for the alien to come sit at His Throne (Heb. 4:16). This is like the time of ingathering, like the Old Testament day of first fruits. We shall rejoice and be glad in what we are witnessing in our generation! (1 Pe 2:9-10) 

The Laborers Stand Willing & Ready!

Are You Hearing the Sound?

Come join us in the adventure of a lifetime… see it for yourself. http://revivalhut.com/itinerary/

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Email from Apostle Fredrick Ochieno of Nairobi, Kenya:

  • Praise God, I hope you are good in the Lord. How is the ministry? We are praying for you and your ministry, that the good work the Lord has begun across our land shall continue with increase. Our God, He may bring to accomplishment! Pastor Zedekiah, our mutual friend in Kampala, Uganda has been asking me if we have been communicating. He understands our working together will be of great inpact in the Kingdom. I want to break through all silence by saying - God has a great plan for us! I need you Man of God to help our ministry. There is something God wants to do through you to train our leaders and help us fulfill our ministry here in Nairobi – Kenya. Thank you for your faithfulness and we shall be ready to move with you in opening an Apostolic Training Center in this region.
    Be Blessed Apostle Fredrick Ochieno

My Response:

  • Hello Apostle Fred;
    Great to hear from you and know of your communication with Pastor Zedekiah. I love where God has placed key people to advance the Kingdom of God. It is a great joy to work with precious like minded brothers who understand the destiny God has for their lives. I agree with you in the fact that God has a rich inheritance established in the Glory Realm for each of us. It becomes our right and privilige to move in faith and embrace the resources He has made available. I speak blessing over you and your family and your ministry in the land of Kenya. May you live in grace and sense the closeness of His promise. We shall see His hand at work in these days.
    We have been very busy with things in Uganda as we now have four new churches planted out of the Apostolic Training Center that was opened this past March 2012. God is moving so fast… just this year we have seen 15 new congregations open in the RevivalHut Ministry network. God continues to raise up leaders and train for advancemnet in the fields. It is His doing as we see Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania bearing fruit to the Glory of God. I am anxious to get back on African soil, but right now we are waiting upon God’s timing and listening for His direction. Please continue to pray for us and use the teachings on our website to encourage spiritual growth. If they are helpful to you – share them freely. www.RevivalHut.com We believe God is up to something big in all of East Africa. Join us in this adventure and we shall bless each other with our communications. It is a New Day!
    Blessings Pastor Ron Bateman

Response email from Apostle Fred:

  • Praise God – Man of God, I hope you are good in the Lord. I am grateful for allowing us to partner with what God has started in the Apostolic Training Centers through you. Pastor, I have discussed the issue with our regional church leaders, and we have agreed to start immediately the program as from next week… every Saturday from 5-7pm, and sunday from 4-6pm Kenya time. As I said, we are giving church hall to be used in this program and God will do something powerful among us. Pastor, we look forward to receive manual as you promised so I can prepare for the classes next week. I hope to hear from you soon. Greet your family and brothers in the Lord.
    Your Ministry Partner,  Apostle Fredrick Ochieno

Swing wide you heavenly gates and prepare the way for a new generation of radical lovers… The fields are ripening and the harvest is truly plentiful!

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