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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!

A Saturation Point

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)

What is a Saturation Point?

Lord show us Your Glory! The Church was birthed in the rain… under an outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s Anointing! Peter speaks into the rain with a saturated message and 3,000 people get saved (Acts 2:40-41). Can I just say that it isn’t really about how clever our sermons might be or how well we are programmed. Its all about whether we have reached our saturation point. If we have a lot of God in our midst, then a lot of things take place!

The Movement of the Holy Spirit:

Today there is a prayer movement, a youth movement, a praise and worship movement and a renewal movement… all being stirred by the Holy Spirit. God is shaking the nations, from large groups to home groups and from street corners to college campuses… there is a fire being unleashed with authentic supernatural encounters. In some of the most dangerous places of the world the Holy Spirit is moving in power and might. Its not really that unusual… as recorded in the book of Acts (Acts 8:4-8). God has always been up to something… if there was an openness to the Holy Spirit. Testimonies are being communicated to our ministry here at RevivalHut that boggle the mind. Groups of young people gather to pray for the sick, ordinary people willing to ask God to do the impossible and chasing about the countryside for “seasons of rain”. We are watching the nations arise with a greater thirst than ever before!

Jesus shouts “Is anyone thirsty?” (Jn. 7:37-39)

Like the Days of Elijah:

Ordinary people are listening with anticipation… as those who are waiting for the abundance of rain. On the platforms of many churches the professional clergy overlook the obvious while those with no formal pulpit are hearing thunder in the distance. It feels like the days of Elijah, when the Prophet’s heartfelt petition was met with a cloud the size of a man’s hand. I believe we are in for a deluge… and its time for all of us to display our thirst. Like dry and empty vessels, we need an outpouring that will completely fill us up. There have been seasons when we have experienced the sprinkles that brought renewal, but its the day of total saturation that will lead us into revival. The longing of my heart is for the Body of Christ to reach its saturation point and come alive with the rain of Heaven.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 2:4)

Contrast Of Our Day

“Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you.” (Isa. 60:2)

We stand at a critical juncture in World history. The Holy Spirit is visiting His people with power as darkness continues to increase. The light is getting brighter as the darkness is becoming darker. The onslaught of demonic activity is increasing in our classrooms, boardrooms, courtrooms and bedrooms. These are critical moments for the Church of Jesus Christ and the Nation of Israel, to rediscover their understanding of the Truth and begin to walk as Children of Light. The Spirit is speaking clearly and many are responding to the voice of God with wholehearted commitment. The greatest revival in history is soon to come… and yet, it is darkest before the dawn. Our hearts must remain full of faith.

The Enormous Contrast:

We know from looking into the Word of God, that a great awakening is soon to sweep across the nations. We look with confidence to God’s promises to pour out His Spirit on all flesh. It is God’s will to empower His people and enable a generation to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to all nations. What a privilege to live in this awesome hour of history!

  • “It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams… I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy… before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” (Acts 2:17-20)
  • “This gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Mt. 24:14)
  • “I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne…” (Rev. 7:9)

The Spirit is speaking directly about the amazing contrast or “clash of kingdoms” that will be experienced, while a move of God emerges in the midst of world crisis. We are experiencing even today, in our generation, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit; while at the same time darkness is covering the Earth. There is no denying this reality. These are the early days of the great end-time outpouring of the Spirit, spoken of by the Prophet Joel and the Apostle Peter. In this last days move of the Spirit we will see a release of the miracles seen in the book of Acts and judgments (plagues or curses) similar to the book of Exodus… combined and multiplied on a global scale.

We have never seen days like these before… yet there will be a remnant of believers arise in strength and power (Rev. 12:9-11)

The Ministry of Forerunners:

Today’s Church must awaken the sleeping Saint! We are warriors waiting for strategic plans for the final conquest of our day. The Church’s voice… our voice must prepare believers for the coming revival of increased knowledge of the glory of God… while we resist the encroaching forces of darkness. There is a great need for the prophetic voice of forerunners! Those who will speak with clarity into the confusion and disorder. Forerunners do three powerful things that engage the remnant…

  1. Forerunners announce the coming of Jesus… as well as the contrasting signs of these last days.
  2. Forerunners advance the Kingdom of God… proclaiming the power of Jesus as they win the lost, heal the sick, help the poor and walk in holiness.
  3. Forerunners abide in love… positioning themselves to receive more from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God for personal transformation.

Forerunners must hear what the Spirit is saying to them in this hour and act on it. It is time for them to live in a new depth of obedience and responsiveness to the Holy Spirit. Even in this hour, the Lord is now calling some to embrace a season of rigorous preparation that will equip them to effectively proclaim their message in the midst of the coming pressures. The contrast is most real when the light is most brilliant!

“…called out of darkness – into the light!” (1 Pet. 2:9)

Faith in the Earth

I believe God wants to bring a fresh revelation of peace to the World. There are however two major themes that run through Scripture… light will get brighter, while the darkness will get darker. God does some of His greatest works when all the Earth seemed to be asleep. It makes sense to me for the Holy Spirit to release such an outpouring of God’s Glory that all could see the goodness of the Lord in these days of confusion and desperation. But if He did this, would we recognize it?

It was Jesus who asked the question… “will I find faith in the Earth?” (Lk. 18:8)

A Fresh Vision of the Lamb of God: (Jn. 1:14)

No question, in order to release revival in any part of the world, there must be a fresh vision of Jesus… and a corresponding faith in the Earth. You might ask, “so what does that look like?” Here is a good example from John the Baptist. He understood that faith requires preparation. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). It was John who prepared the path for the Lamb of God to come into view for the nation of Israel (Jn. 1:6-10). The prophet Isaiah tells us that John needed to… “make straight in the desert, a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3-5). So we find the powerful impact John the Baptist makes by passionately baptizing thousands of repenting hungry Jews at the Jordan River. One man was releasing a radical shift in the way people would see and feel about their future. Faith was to follow their experience in the waters of baptism. His revelation was enormously valuable… you have to change the way you think. Living with faith means a death and rebirth of heart perceptions. What an amazing reality… to carry such influence within your heart and release such impact in the Earth.

Making straight in the desert, a highway for our God!”

The valleys would need to be exalted and the mountains made low. The crooked places needed to be made straight and the rough places made smooth. And why? “For the Glory of the Lord to be revealed” in such a way that everyone would see it! Today, this is our mandate – the Glory of the Lord!

“For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!” (Habakkuk 2:14)

Kingdom People are designed to carry the Glory of God and create shifts in the atmosphere. Shifts that release faith in the Earth. Jesus tells us to pray for the Kingdom to come and the Father’s Will to be done, in the same way that the Kingdom is a reality of Heaven… “on earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:10). John was a voice crying in the wilderness saying… “prepare your hearts, repent of your ways; for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. The Kingdom is at your finger tips and all you have to do is believe to receive it. Can you catch this revelation… believing engages the spiritual revolution we are after – God is after!

The Key is the Sign of His Glory:

John was not looking for just any man when he looked for Jesus. He was looking for the One in whom God had spoken previously in the secret place of John’s heart. The Lamb of God would be recognized by the fact that at His baptism the Spirit would come like a dove and land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice peace coming into the world by way of the Glory of God. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” to land… and for God’s Glory – once lost – to be recognized again.

“…to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

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!

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