Posts Tagged ‘Transition’

Fully Persuaded

“Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Rom. 4:21)

This is an exciting time for many as change brings new opportunities and a fresh season in God. Our energy and sense of purpose are intensified when we feel like God is handing us a new assignment… often it feels refreshing. Yet – I want to encourage you… set your face like flint and be fully persuaded in your “promise”. You need to understand that as you are moving into new places, new levels of conscious decisions are required. God says, “All things become new”. Not all that you have understood up to this point will be of value in the next season and not everyone will share your new found joy. Some of your former mentalities and relationships might even try to oppose or stop you if they can!

Leaning on Others:

As we are serving the Lord in our daily assignments, ministries and lifestyle choices, we have learned to lean upon others and others learn to depend on us and watch us as we move forward. They’ve learned to depend on our character and become comfortable with how we work or how we respond to life in transition. Something is always changing, but in Christ all things are established for our peace and consistent increase. Beyond the expectations of others, is the Highest Calling we know – to lean on God! In effect, we can bless others more when we bear evidence of a life that is fully persuaded by what God is saying… fully persuaded by what God is doing… and even fully persuaded when we are unaware of where it will lead us! I often have to remind myself to never set my heart by the opinions of man.

Move in the “Now”:

When the time comes for a change many find it hard to believe that it is the will of God for you and they may even speak against it. Those who do not speak faith words are not to be listened to. You are wise to surround yourself with people who pray and find their greatest hope in God. They believe in your success and pull blessing into your path. Every time they speak your name in the Throne Room of Heaven, something is happening for your good in God’s purpose. It’s at this point that you will discover who is on the Lord’s side! Lean forward into your “now” moment and allow the momentum of grace to shift your thinking and your living. You have never been here before and you will only know the direction by hearing God’s Voice.

I say: BE FULLY PERSUADED and HOLD YOUR COURSE – for the Lord is calling you up and out to a new place where He can enlarge your influence! (Mic. 2:13) Your King, Jesus will pass before you!

To Lean on God

“Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Rom. 4:21)

The question for every heart is… “will you believe, will you become persuaded?” Reasons might fail and facts might lie, but God will not allow you to stumble and fall from His grip, if you are willing to be persuaded that He has power to do what He has promised! Never give up and always remind yourself that you are being trained to do only one thing… to lean on God! What you will discover is that its the greatest adventure of your life.

New Opportunities:

This can be an exciting time, as change brings new opportunities and a fresh season in God. Our energy and sense of purpose are intensified when we feel like God is handing us a new assignment… often it feels refreshing. Yet – I want to encourage you… set your face like flint and be fully persuaded in your “promise”. You need to understand that as you are moving into new places, new levels of conscious decisions are required. God says, “All things become new”. Not all that you have understood up to this point will be of value in the next season and not everyone will share your new found joy. Some of your former mentalities and relationships might even try to oppose or stop you if they can!

Leaning on Others:

As we are serving the Lord in our daily assignments, ministries and lifestyle choices, we have learned to lean upon others and others learn to depend on us and watch us as we move forward. They have learned to depend on our character and become comfortable with how we work or how we respond to life in transition. Something is always changing, but in Christ all things are established for our peace and consistent increase. Beyond the expectations of others, is the Highest Calling we know – to lean on God! In reality, we can bless others more when we bear evidence of a life that is fully persuaded. Our influence becomes most effective when we are fully persuaded by what God is saying… fully persuaded by what God is doing… and even fully persuaded when we are unaware of where it will lead us! I often have to remind myself to never set my heart by the opinions of man.

Move in the “Now”:

When the time comes for a change, many find it hard to believe that it is the will of God for you and they may even speak against it. Those who do not speak faith words are not to be listened to. You are wise to surround yourself with people who pray and find their greatest hope in God. They believe in your success and pull blessing into your path. Every time they speak your name in the Throne Room of Heaven, something is happening for your good in God’s purpose. It’s at this point that you will discover who is on the Lord’s side! Lean forward into your “now” moment and allow the momentum of grace to shift your thinking and your living. You have never been here before and you will only know the direction by hearing God’s Voice.

Your King, Jesus will pass before you! (Mic. 2:13) The Lord is calling you “up” and “out” to a new place where He can enlarge your influence!

Building Altars

Scripture: “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:20-22)

Thought for Today: “Altars – in transition″

In our text we see the ultimate transitional moment in Noah’s experience with God. And what does Noah do – he builds an Altar! A Place of worship, prayer and surrender.

There emerges from any of our journeys 2 points of view. First God’s Big Picture …and… Second Our Perception. When you and I are about to enter a new season in our lives or ministries, there can be some transitional issues. Transition is simply the journey from point A to point B. Yet how well we move through transition has a lot to do with our focus.

Why Build an Altar?

Altars maintain our focus on God. God has called us His workmanship and has created us for good works (Eph. 2:10)… works that He will be faithful to complete if we allow it. I want to encourage the activity of building altars that please the heart of God. Not only is there a clear pattern of relationship with God, but supernatural power gets released from altar building.

3 Things Come from Building Altars:
1st) The soothing aroma pleases God!
2nd) We find ourselves in a place where we hear His heartbeat!
3rd) A fresh new day is embraced!

Altars Align the Heart:

Align your heart with Christ as you enter new seasons by building altars through prayer and fasting. Deepen your commitment, your covenant and your character by building altars that allow the Holy Spirit to show you God’s view of the season. While the Earth remains, there will be seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night. None of these things will cease, but all of them have the potential to become seasons of revival if you and I will focus our faith on God.

Altars give us an anchor… cling to Jesus and a fresh new day will emerge. (Eph. 3:7-16)

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.

Flow of Destiny

“You will decree a thing and it shall be established for you!”  (Job 22:28)

God is asking us to respond everyday through the eyes of faith… to see spiritually. One of the most unique things happened the Sunday prior to my first invitation into Africa. I preached a prophetic message that became significant to us all. The message was about promotion and it followed with a supernatural declaration…

“Today is Your Promotion Day!”

In my spirit I could sense the Holy Spirit saying, we were entering a season of promotion and the fellowship would see itself through different eyes after this moment. Boom! - A Holy Spirit transition was released!

Declare Something:

Sometimes you just need to declare something… something that is in the heart of God and part of your own personal mission in life. God’s word is already settled in heaven (Psa. 119:89), but you need to establish it in the earth where you have authority. Everything changes after that moment of prophetic declaration and everyone in the fellowship this particular Sunday, felt the shift that took place.

The Effect:

That Monday, one family was offered a promotion into a ministry position they had been looking into for two years, another individual received three new clients and on Wednesday I was invited by a prominent pastor to preach in East Africa. There was more, but suffice to say – assignments were being handed out and everyone in the place who believed for their destiny to advance… received!

This was no ordinary promotion, it carried a Divine flow of destiny. The Holy Spirit had been brooding over this fellowship for over a year, waiting for the Word of the Lord to shift the alignment of people’s vision. God, Himself was declaring a New Thing and we were engaged to receive. There was no time spent questioning the validity of God’s heart, only a surrender of our plans. 

Remind yourself, at the same time a shift is taking place in your destiny, a brooding Holy Spirit is preparing a people for breakthrough somewhere else in the world.

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