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I’m so glad that God is like this. He seeks us, He pursues us. He never gives up on us.
No matter how we run, no matter how we fall, He is there.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted – sorry!
I had a stint in hospital and have been busy with work related stuff. Life.
Time in hospital made me stop. You’re stuck in a bed, its noisy and unfamiliar. Time to stop is an invitation to draw close to God. It is a time for worship and prayer. A time for just being. We are not human doings but human beings and for me hospital time is a very big reminder that doing is not my mandate but being a child of God is. Relationship is more important than doing. My identity is not what I do but WHOSE I am and who I am.
This song was my anthem. Let me become more aware of your goodness, let your presence come. Let me see you more. Let me draw close.
The lyrics of this song are amazing. It is one of those songs that I hadnt paid attention to on the album but every time it came on it would make me pause and listen and feel.
It moves my heart that Chris Quilala is the one leading this song as prior to this album they had a beautiful newborn baby die at birth. He sings out of tragedy with raw faith. Every time he sings I BELIEVE IN YOU my heart stretches to grow in faith. Faith doesnt mean the absence of problems or pain but in those moments it believes that God is good, that He never changes and has all the power.
I 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!
I’m not afraid.
I’m not afraid.
Show me your glory.
I’m not afraid because Hebrews 4 encourages me to come boldly to the throne of God, where I will find grace in my time of need. In my weakness I can come. In my failing, I can come. In my sin, I can come.
I can come because Jesus has washed me clean and made me whole. His death opens the door and tore the veil.
I’m not afraid because I am invited and accepted.
I just want to live my life knowing God and make Him known.
The dream and the DOING comes out of a place of BEING. Being in the presence of God. Longing for Him. Knowing Him.
God’s love for each one of us is fierce. Not violent in a wrong way but unrelenting and powerful, passionate and purposeful. So much so that Jesus laid His perfect life down upon the cross, beaten, punished, destroyed for our sin and wrongdoing. All for love. Love so powerful. Love that finds us. Love that never lets go.
I’ve said before that my church is called The River so any song about rivers captures my eye immediately.
This new song by Jesus Culture, appearing on their new album, is fun, upbeat and one you definitely want as an earworm! Loving the acoustic version too!
It’s lyrics are a powerful reminder to me as to what God’s call is, to set the captives free, to preach good news, to know God and make Him known!
“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?