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The Stubborn Heart

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mk. 9:23-25)

It has been my experience, that literally thousands of people struggle with unbelief. Real barriers stand between their desire and the reality of God’s Will! Like this father they hear the words that Jesus would love to heal, deliver or bring hope; but they are stuck. They know the truth that if they could just believe, nothing would be impossible… but there is no believing, no receiving and no “heart” at all. There is just the nagging reality of hopeless effort, tears and shameful discouragement. And worse yet for many, they construct a new theological platform of resolve… “I will choose to not believe any longer, because it just leaves me hopeless!”

The Spirit of Unbelief:

The inability to obey the instructions of Jesus and trust in the Promises of God, often leads to this frustration. We want to please the Lord and experience all that God has said, but something in us resists faith. We find we “cannot” believe even when we want to. This can be due to a “spirit of unbelief”. Lies, deception, fears or offenses can find their dwelling in the heart and be controlled by a demonic spirit that paralyzes the heart in unbelief. This spirit is real and dangerous, it is pervasive and advancing across the landscape of Christianity and it lives in the midst of the “Church culture”… where all is not fine in paradise!

Authenticity:

I receive many emails and calls about this issue and I find it a bit shocking that the problem is so wide spread and growing. Yet in my opinion there is a root cause that we must uncover and shine the light of truth upon… people are living superficial lifestyles. They rarely stop and contemplate the meaning of their existence. To ask the simple question, “WHY!” is not blasphemy, nor is it going to lead us into deception. Perhaps it would even offer a lot more authenticity to our journey!

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7… “Ask, seek and knock… and the door will be opened!”

Authentic communication with God – opens the door of relational truth. Things that are difficult for us to understand, come into the light of His wisdom and love. God is a “father”, He knows how to take care of His children and He is faithful. He is anticipating our needs to be vocalized and to come streaming into His Presence (Heb. 4:16). The Apostle Peter, who seemed a lot like us; said you and I need to be “casting all our care upon Him, because He cares for us” (1 Pet. 5:7). He cares for us… and He knows all about our issues of faith. This idea that we can avoid our problems and they will just go away… well – that is the greatest deception of all! They do not go away, in fact they produce the fruit of disappointment, which I spoke of earlier. We tend to create and believe a false perception of God’s heart toward our reality.

So – here’s the point…

  • Stop living without meaningful communication with God!

Spend time telling God of the frailty of your faith, the brokenness of your heart and the weakness in your perceptions… ask Him “why?!” and then wait… wait… wait… for the doors to open! They will, my friend they will… they will open wide and the King of Glory will come in. Who is this King of Glory… He is the Lord Strong and Mighty! (Psa. 24:7-10)

Priority: Kenya

Wycliffe, Allan, Me, Hesborne

Wycliffe, Allan, Myself, Hesborne

Much has been discussed over these recent months about the future plans of our work in the land of Kenya. My heart has been engaged in prayer and I cannot help but focus upon the needs of my new friends on the other side of the Globe. There have been a number of emails and encouraging phone calls that confirm an alignment of hearts and minds toward greater impact in the region. What strikes me most about our relationship is how it feels so natural and positive. The pastors and their families have done something in my heart that I cannot describe in words. They are beautiful, welcoming and authentic lovers of God and I am longing for more of their fellowship.

Sharing our food together

Connecting for Kingdom Purpose:

 I am connected to the wealth of grace we share together in Kingdom purpose. My visit to two orphanages helped me wrap my heart around the needs of a poor, yet happy atmosphere where children were present at every table. Understaffed and underfunded these facilities carried no lack of compassion or creativity. Families have been so ravished by poverty and the HIV/Aids epidemic, that so many of the children have lives without attachments or meaningful relationship. My heart could only take in so much at times and I needed to just stop asking the question, “Why?”. Pastor Wycliffe Khaemba would explain to me, ”many of these children just live with us here.” 

Children in Webuye

  “This is home!”

 Not a house or facility, not a school or an academy… “this is our home”, he would say to me. Its a place that nurtures grace and favor. As God offered His loving embrace, they passed it on to every child in the area. At one of our visits in Webuye, we planted a tree in celebration of our commitment to provide an atmosphere that could be called “home”. Home for almost 300 displaced children between the two locations (Webuye and Eldoret). More than just meeting daily needs, you could watch as leaders tenderly rubbed a child’s back to encourage, held a hand or wiped away a tear. These are vivid expressions of the Father’s heart made available in their own journeys of trusting Jesus with their lives.

Making Disciples:

Certificates Of Completion

One of the most difficult realities  in any effort to rise above poverty is the constant reminder of broken dreams… dreams of a brighter future for the next generation. Jesus gave us the great commission to truly enable those who want to better their lives. He commanded us to go make disciples by feeding a hunger that is very natural, the desire to grow as a whole person in Christ. It births an appetite for an unlimited potential, because nothing is impossible for him who believes. Making disciples is all about creating learners, who although they are changing and growing in knowledge, they are looking to leave a legacy for those who will come behind them. Watching the smiles emerge as pastors and church leadership received their certificates of completion made an impact on every congregation in the region. Success encourages success like nothing else can and it helps pastors believe the percieved lid that held them back can be removed. In many of these areas pastors are the key to the community peace and the future opportunity for growth.

Can We Serve?

Absolutely, we at RevivalHut Ministries are at this very moment deepening our bonds and establishing a platform for the future. Our cooperation and resource distribution will be a huge lift to a flourishing commitment to excellence. These pastors are not just interested in success, they want a revolution in their communities. A revolution of hope!

Our Opportunity:

As close to a thousand souls were swept into the Kingdom in the Malaha Market of Webuye and nineteen widows forgave the murderers of their husbands in the Mt Elgon Region, so also our God is offering us an open door. The Holy Spirit is establishing an Apostolic Training Center for developing leaders, gathering orphans and distributing resources to widows in distress. Nothing quite like this is being done with such an emphasis upon releasing a Culture of Honor. Our desire is to come alongside with resources and training that will enable a fresh company of disciples to breakforth into God’s future.

Hand in Hand

I feel compelled to lock arms with my brothers and sisters across the Globe and want to invite my readers to come along. It looks as though I will be returning to Kenya for three weeks at the end of September. Already $1200.00 has been given toward the trip. Please pray and believe God with us as we gather our team of key leaders and continue to uncover the vision of the Father’s heart.

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