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And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

 

 

 

Revival begins in me.  It begins when I have a real life changing encounter with God, not just the day I get saved, but everyday.  Revival in our own lives is sustained when we have a daily awareness that Jesus is real and that Jesus is amazing and that Jesus is Lord – that Jesus is good and great – of who He is and what His purpose is – and that Jesus lives on the inside of me.

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tattly_tina_roth_eisenberg_yes_no_web_applied_02_grandeI just stumbled upon this article on Jesus Culture’s website. It kicks butt.

Many leaders long to see the people they serve walk in power, healing and the prophetic, especially outside the church. No longer satisfied to build a traditional ministry; they are stirred to impact their city. A passion is growing to see their regions and their campuses saturated in the glory of God, people surrendering their lives to Jesus, and the culture reflecting the Kingdom of God. But this shift in thinking requires a different set of tools, and we are compelled to seek revelation on how to make this become a reality. One of the most frequent questions I am asked by leaders is, “How can I release the supernatural in my ministry.”

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus makes it clear that one of the main keys to seeing the glory of God invade a city is a people shining their light—so those around them encounter their works. That word “works” is not referring to “random acts of kindness”, but rather, what Jesus demonstrated throughout His ministry as the sick were healed, the dead raised, the lame walked, and the blind received sight. In other words, as we manifest God’s power by laying hands on the diseased, prophesy over the broken, and radically love the lonely; our light will blaze through the darkness.

If we are going to empower people to transform their cities and campuses for Jesus, our methods must move beyond holding events to equipping lifestyles. As grateful as I am for the testimonies of the supernatural at our Jesus Culture conferences, I am only truly satisfied when I see these encounters multiply in and through the lives of the attendees when they return home. We are still learning everyday but here are a few keys.

1) Demonstrate God’s extravagant love

Healing, prophetic ministry, and signs and wonders are all extremely exhilarating. When one lays hands on someone who had scoliosis and physically feels their back straightening out, it is an amazing experience. Most importantly though, as healings and prophecy begin to flow, it is crucial we contend for love to remain the core reason and motivation for ministering in power. Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works through love. Faith to demonstrate the power of God flows through love. The Kingdom we represent is founded in love and we are called to display it not only in word—but also in power (1 Corinthians 4:20). Signs and wonders are to point people toward a greater reality—the extravagant love of God. If we don’t equip our people to ground their walk in love, healing becomes just another fad that’s fun temporarily, but with no lasting affect.

2) Teach That The Anointing Is For Everyone

The level of anointing that many of the fathers and mothers of the faith operated in like John G. Lake, Oral Roberts, and Kathryn Kuhlman is available to all who are hungry for it. My senior pastor, Bill Johnson describes it this way: “God gives certain individuals a ‘spike’ in human experience, not so they can merely gather people around themselves to minister to them, but that they would be positioned with favor to equip the saints, so that their ‘high point’ becomes the new norm.” The anointing is available for everyone… young and old, extrovert and introvert, new and mature Christian. Our people must be given the opportunity to step out in the anointing. Whether it is having them pray for each other during a meeting, on their campuses, in their homes, or in their workplaces people need frequent opportunities to experience this reality.

3) Make room

At our church we make room for the supernatural. Every service we pray for the sick. Whether it is trained ministry team or the congregation praying for one another. It might be in the middle or at the end during the ministry time, but there will always be an occasion for those in need of a supernatural encounter to receive prayer. We have this same focus with the youth ministry and my leaders and I model it and do it with the youth. We regularly give part of every meeting for words of knowledge, healing prayer, prophetic opportunities and the like.

I would encourage you to reassess your agenda and rearrange your schedule to give them as many occasions as possible to lay hands on those in need of a physical healing. The more you make room for it in their lives, the more it will happen naturally elsewhere and become a lifestyle.

4) Develop a culture of risk

Among university students, I noticed a pattern inhibiting them from experiencing the breakthroughs in healing they desired. These students passionately believed in healing but were not seeing it regularly. “Pressing in” to see healing, they were not actually “stepping out” to pray for people. They were crying out for God to move—but they themselves were not moving! There was a sense that if they persevered long enough in prayer, an anointing would fall from Heaven and they would obtain results. While I absolutely believe we need to reach for a greater anointing, we all have an anointing to minister supernaturally that is available right now. But it requires us to position ourselves to take risks. When you are faithful with what you currently have, the Lord entrusts you with more.

As leaders we are responsible to nurture an environment within our ministry that both encourages and necessitates risk. In the midst of their insecurities our people thrive when leaders come alongside and call out the greatness in them as they take risks in the supernatural.

If we as leaders are going to expect the people we serve to take risks outside the walls of the church we must give them opportunities inside the church and inside community to develop. As they learn to take risks in a safe environment their confidence grows in public. For example, train your people in healing and the prophetic and then push them to give words of knowledge or prophesy over their peers. When someone needs healing, ask people to pray for him or her. They might be scared and nervous but stand with them, and champion their courage.

You will likely find that many are afraid to fail. This is one of the main reasons why many people never see the power of God demonstrated in their life. They are frozen by the thought, “What if I step out and nothing happens?” This fear must be overcome. Strengthen them to conquer this fear. Many times the results we are seeking are on the other side of persistence. I heard one time that John Wimber prayed for a 1,000 people before he saw his first breakthrough in healing. The more we take risks and God shows up in answer to our prayers, the more we will mature into expressing a supernatural lifestyle.

5) Use Testimonies of Power To Unlock Their Potential

This is a simple but profound principle. If your people are not living in the realm of the supernatural, continually bring before them stories of the miraculous being outworked. This communicates what is possible, and if God will use one person in that way He will use them as well. Christians instinctively know they are designed to demonstrate the Kingdom; therefore testimonies reach deep inside to awaken those areas in their life. If you don’t have any testimonies within your community, then borrow someone else’s. God is no respecter of persons!

“Jesus will find you, but here’s your responsibility, to make sure that when He knocks that it is louder than any other knock in your life… The problem is that there’s a whole bunch of knocking in your life. There’s a lot of distractions, there’s a lot of knocking, there’s a lot of noise.. and you have to get to a place that when you hear Jesus knock that it’s louder than any other knock.

You have the ability when Jesus knocks to say “I have many options, there are many things knocking in my life, I could do many things… but Jesus, I choose you in the midst of all of those options, you’re the one that I want, and you’re the one I’ll respond to”

It’s the only way.. I step in the ring with God and I encounter Him, He’s crazy in love with me… and all that other stuff just doesn’t even matter anymore… I think “God I’m so in love with you! I’ll give everything for you!” —  Banning Liebscher

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“Your life from seed to full-grown tree is a process. We all like the idea of fruit, but rarely do we allow ourselves to build a root system.” Banning Liebscher

What dreams do you have for the future that you need to plant the seeds for today?

How can you best nurture those seeds?

Today I had a fascinating conversation with my 13 year old son about memory.  He told me that there are 4 types of memory.  Short term, long term, now memory and future memory.

Future memory is about vision and dreaming.  The person you want to be, the things you want to do and have.

I want my future memories to become future realities.  I want to take them out of the dream realm into the now realm.

So I plant seeds in my now.

I nurture the gifts and talents that I am graced with.

I stir up the passions and purposes of God.

I read and learn and grow and stretch so that as time passes I am becoming and being who I am meant to be.

I nourish my root system with connections and relationships, with conversations that spark a sense of determination and delight, with books and podcasts that reframe how I see the world.

I want my fruit to be rich and productive, to speak of a life lived with God, for God, by God.

I want my fruit to encourage and inspire other people into the greatness that God desires for them.

I want my fruit to be eternal, lasting, significant.

I want my life to touch other peoples lives, not for my own fame but to make His name famous.

As I see this end in mind I must nurture a life that walks with God in my today, in my now.

My now has a profound influence on every part of my tomorrow.

How are you nurturing your seeds and roots?

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Too many people are content to live a life of information rather than revelation. But knowledge alone will never inflame a sustained blaze in you to love Jesus passionately. Only revelation will do that ~ Banning Liebscher

Boom.

What a challenge.

Like the Israelites in the desert we need daily manna – our daily bread.  We cant live on yesterdays bread, on yesterdays win, on yesterdays information.

To sustain our relationship with God – just as sustaining human relationships, say between husband and wife – you need fresh communication and connection.  Fresh revelation.  Fresh love.

To walk with God it must be real every day.

Sunday to Sunday will not sustain you.  It will not feed the fire.

We are saved by grace, and we respond to grace.

Its not about working to keep our love hot, but we do need to work to keep our love hot.  Sounds like a contradiction right?

It’s not about being better, working harder, doing more, trying more.  It is finished.

But it is about receiving and living in response to that love and grace.  It’s about talking hold of the amazing opportunity we have to know God, and make Him known.  It’s about saying YES to the invitation to draw near.

Imagine a couple that said I do, exchanged rings and then walked down the aisle never to speak to each other again.

Hot love?  Fresh passion?  Real relationship?  I think not.

We have the amazing invitation to know God, really know Him.  He is worthy of all worship and honour.  The Creator of the Universe calls us to draw aside and seek Him, to find Him.   Revelation sustains us.  That wonder and awe that revelation brings stirs our hearts to love God more.  It provokes us to worship Him.  It demonstrates how real and wonderful He is.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

Yet….

Let’s put down our excuses and respond to His love.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

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Sometimes, when God places a dream right in front of us, all we need to do is be bold enough to take the first step toward it. – Lindsay Greb McPhail

Dreamers, we must build.

We must prepare to live the dream.

We must take the first step, the next step.  Be in step with the Holy Spirit who is at work in you to finish what He has begun.

We must grow into who we are called to become.

Dreams don’t develop in the comfort of waiting, they develop in the fire of intention.

Dreaming of becoming a worship leader?  Have singing lessons.  Upskill.  Join the worship team.

Dreaming of becoming a preacher?  Read preaching books.  Watch ted talks.  Write messages.

Dreaming of becoming a leader?  Volunteer.  Learn.  Listen to podcasts.

Dreaming of becoming a missionary?  Get a passport.

Be ready for that tomorrow.

Be ready for that opportunity.

Go the next level.

What are you doing today to prepare you for the dream?

 

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The first time I heard God speak I was about 4 minutes old as a Christian.  I had just got saved, in a shearing shed, and had gone back to my seat.  I was all of a sudden filled with a warmth and a peace that i had never felt before.  I felt God speak to me.  It was amazing.  and i was 4 minutes old, brand new.

 

But it’s also a learning process.  We practice hearing His voice and recognising what He is saying and what He is leading us to do.  Sometimes its not as easy and clear cut as it sounds like it should be, sometimes we can be distracted by our emotions and circumstances.

Each of us needs to learn from personal experience what it means to hear God given our unique background, personality, and life situation. They way that you hear God is likely to be somewhat different from how I hear God.   But the beautiful amazing thing is that God speaks to us.

The God that created the universe, breathed the stars out, is eternal and unshakable, all powerful and glorious – that He speaks to us, that He is near and personal, interested in our lives and doing life with us.

 

How did Hosea know he was to marry a prostitute?

How did Isaiah know he was to be a naked prophet – for three whole naked cold years?

How did Paul face the storm and shipwreck without fear?

How did Joshua know the walls would fall down?

How did Elijah know to go to zarapeth?

These are all out there examples of people who did radical out there things when they heard from God.

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5 Life Lessons You Never Learned in School

To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory. “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone. But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.

 

6 Secrets to Building an Acting Career from Michael Emerson

Theater and screen actor Michael Emerson may have uncovered the mystery to success: There is no right way. “This is one of those tricky businesses where there are a lot of intangibles and a lot of different ways of going about it.” His career may not have taken off until his 40s, but he’s making up for lost time with back-to-back TV hits: first as Ben, the memorable leader of the Others on “Lost,” and now as the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch on “Person of Interest.”  Emerson says that despite the long road, “I don’t regret a moment of my stage training;” it not only taught him how to create character and deliver lines, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic. In Emerson’s mind, the actor’s main responsibility is to deliver the words. “A lot of my work is analyzing, analyzing, analyzing the script, the text I’ve been given, the lines I have to say and thinking how they best work…how they are most real, but also the most stylized or artful.”

 

 

 

I’m not sure exactly how it works but it’s obvious throughout Scripture the Lord moves in seasons. There doesn’t seem to be a set formula, or predictable timeline, but it becomes evident as I lean into the Spirit of God that there are certain things He highlights at different times. There are things that are always on His heart, but there are seasons where He seems to be emphasizing or pointing at something specifically.Over the past few months I have felt that the Lord is continually bringing up the ones who have stepped away from Him–the prodigals–those who have walked with God before but are now living life away from Him. Of course, these people are always on His heart, but right now He is stirring me to pray and act upon it. Because we have a responsibility and privilege to take care of God’s heart, we must be aware of what He is thinking; and then we can partner with Him to see His desires fulfilled. It is as if I can see a picture of a family dinner where the family sits down to eat but some of the chairs remain empty. The Father is delighted about His sons and daughters who are at the table with Him but there is still a yearning in His heart to see those who are no longer there to come back to their seat. The meal will not be complete without them.

 

 

 

Time to Refuel – ParentCUE

It is not complicated to understand what happened.

I had simply failed to refuel my private world.

I was leading others, just not myself.

I had totally depleted my capacity, because I had neglected to nurture my personal growth.

There’s a crucial link that exists between your ability to parent and your personal growth.

We sometimes refer to that value as “make it personal”. So maybe your challenge this week isn’t to focus on your kids, but to focus on you. What are a few things that you do that help you revive, refocus and refuel your life, so you can be better at loving and leading your kids? How do you lead yourself to grow personally?

 

 

 

One Thing is Important

Any time my activity takes away from my awareness of Him I need to refocus my attention on what this life is really about. I was born for relationship with my Father. I was born to live from His Presence – His Peace, that makes everything a joy rather than a labor. Any time I’m feeling anxious or troubled it is an indication I have left His Presence and I need to reassess and realign.

There is something you get in the secret place that you can get no where else. Do everything you can to establish a secret history with Jesus.  

~ Banning Liebscher

 

 

 

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And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Joshua 5:14 v14

Joshua bowed down and worshipped Jesus.

Worship is more than singing. It’s about expressing surrender, its about wrapping language about how we feel, its about changing our perception and seeing things from God’s vantage point. The quickest way I know how to knock something down is to worship God. When faced with obstacles, make a choice to get your eyes open and on Jesus and to worship Him.

 

Worship reinforces what matters most, reminds us of truths we forget and renews our desire to live what we believe. Rick Warren

 

It reminds us that yes, God is with us.

It reminds us of His greatness and power.

It lifts our eyes beyond our circumstances to believe the unfailing promises of God.

We see it time and time again in the psalms of david.

David is doing what I call compraying. It’s a combination of complaining and praying.

David is being real with God. Calling a spade a spade.

But then instead of staying in that place of woe is me, David flips it around and fixes his eyes upon God, and begins to worship.

There are so many instances in the bible where worship preceded victory.

We have got to be a people who carve out time to encounter God. I know I say it every time I get up here, and all the time at housegroup but it is so vital.

 

There is something you get in the secret place that you can get no where else. Do everything you can to establish a secret history with Jesus. ~ Banning Liebscher

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