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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!

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But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 1 Corinthians 12:18

 

As i was reading my bible this morning this ONE THING jumped out at me.

 

i am positioned for God’s purpose and pleasure.

my form and function are designed by God for His pleasure and will.

who i am.

where i am.

what i am doing.

my family.

my giftings.

my personality.

all of my life.

 

i am positioned by God in His family and His kingdom as He has seen fit.

He is wise above wisdom and sees outside of time, so He knows the best fit.

He was happy and satisfied, willing to do it, delighted, prepared, pleased to set each member in their own specific placing.

 

there is a place for me.

God has made a place for me.

i belong.

 

 

do you know where you fit? 

Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanour, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.  1 Timothy 4:11-16

 

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SPEAKER: Tricia Lovejoy – Using our Spiritual Gifts @ JustONE Virtual Conference at LEADING AND LOVING IT

 

teach other people with our lives

using spiritual gifts

guarding our character

remain faithful to the call that God has given us

 

Romans 12:6 – in His grace God has given each of us different gifts for doing things well

a unique ability to do certain things well

 

be content with the gifts that God has given us

we can look at other peoples gifts and want what they want

and we can be tempted that our gift and our life isn’t special or useful

 

change the way we think about who we are and what we have to offer

we may never stand on stage and lead worship

but we may have organisational skills that benefit our families, our church, our ministry

(***my goodness organisational skills are such a gift that i appreciate!  i love people that can organise!)

 

our spiritual gifts are meant to add value to the people around us

God did not give us spiritual gifts for our own benefit but for the benefit of others

 

why do we have them?

why does God give them to us?

 

Ephesians 4:11-16 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 

it helps the other parts grow – this is the WHY – so that the church is healthy and whole and built up in love

 

when we use our gifts we have the ability to lead our churches to spiritual maturity, creating churches that are healthy, growing and full of love

lets use our gifts

if we have the gift of leadership use it to influence people into godly living

if we have the gift of faith lets help people stand strong in their loyalty to God in the trying times of life

if we have the gift of organisation lets make the ministries of our churches better, more effective, more efficient,

if we have the gift of encouragement, lets use our words to inspire confidence in young believers or challenge other people to use their gifts too

 

look for the needs within your church and then discover fresh ways to use your gift mix to meet those needs

 

think outside the box about how and where you use your gifts

don’t negate the gift that God has given you and limit how He can use you

maybe you’re not an extravert so being on a greeter team is a scary thing, but if you have the gift of administration you can organise the details of the team

maybe a room full of children is the scary thing, but you may have the gift of leadership and can recruit volunteers

 

don’t neglect your gifts

use them

build the church

celebrate the way that God has gifted you

be a living example in using of gifts – it will inspire others around you to step out in their own gifts

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The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.  1 peter 4:7-11

 

we are all gifted.  God has wired us with gifts and “things we can use” and “things we can do”.  personality.  strengths.  gifts. 

the motivational gifts in romans 12 fall into 2 categories: speaking and serving – which when you mash it with 1 peter 4:11 is AWESOME

 

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.  Romans 12:6-8

Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 NLT

 

prophesy, teach, encourage as though God was speaking through you.

serve, give, lead, show mercy with all the strength and energy God supplies.

 

ministry is: being active in the gift God has given you

 

often we get a revelation on the mountaintop but that gift is to be used in the valley and the desert.  (oooooh that is good!)

we get the revelation at a conference or at a camp or in an awesome service… but we use it in the everyday and in the hardplaces where its not all pumping and glorious…  we have to press in and remember that we’re called and empowered and gifted and the WHY we are.  to bring streams of living waters to the desert.  to bring life where there is no life.  to bring light to the darkness. 

 

we have a choice: we can get critical or get pumping

we can get negative and grumpy or we can get active and use the gifts God has given us

 

eg: you have the gift of encouragement.  God surrounds you with people that need encouraging (aka broken hurt discouraged grumpy negative people)

eg: you have the gift of leadership so God puts people in your life who need guidance and direction because their lives are a mess

 

 

3 things we face when we start activating our gifts

 

1. unappreciated

2.  misunderstood

3.  discouragement

 

1. unappreciated: we start off using our gifts and people are like “yay” and encouraging us, but then we become “part of the furniture” and people don’t encourage us or give us praise for what we do

There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it.  Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. Ecc 9:14-15  awwww someone needs to give that man a hug and a gold star

find your security in Jesus. serve Jesus for Jesus’ sake.

if you don’t live by the praise of men you wont die by the criticism of men.  Bill Johnson 

don’t do it for the audience but do it for the glory of One.

 

2. misunderstood:  be prepared to be misunderstood.  dont be weird and bitter, work on your communication and keep a heart right with God

 

3. discouragement:  success is the ability to go from one failure to another without losing enthusiasm – winston churchill

“failure is not the end of the world” peter morton

david strengthened himself in the Lord – at ziglag

the things that are lies can seem like realities when we are in the cloud of discouragement.  remember that God wants to bring LIFE through you and your gifts and the devil wants to kill steal and destroy.

 

 

 

great practical challenging inspiring message by Peter Morton @ the River this morning on activating our gifts and living in the end times… 

 

A spiritual gift is given to each of us…’ 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT

Yeah, so the brainy set may be able to finish the whole Maths exam in the time it takes you to fill in your name at the top of the paper. In Art, they might be imitating the brushstrokes of Picasso whilst you’re concentrating on colouring inside of the lines. Or they might already be showering off from a brisk cross-country run while you’re still tripping over your shoelaces at the start line.

True success is not measured against the achievements of others. No matter what you do, there’ll always be a Stephen Hawking or a Usain Bolt, someone who is better than you. Success is more accurately measured in terms of God’s purposes for your life. What has God assigned you, personally, to do? ‘A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church’ (1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT).

Jesus said He was successful because He accomplished the work His Father had sent Him to do (see John 17:4). And Paul could say at the end of his life, ‘I have finished my course…’ (2 Timothy 4:7 KJV). By this standard, success may mean putting dreams of chasing fame and fortune on the backburner. It’s being prepared to remain unknown and anonymous to the majority of the world but being famous in the eyes of God. Autographs and mansions are all very well, but they can’t take the place of divine purpose.

SoulFood: Heb 11:17 – 13:25, Mark 7:1-13, Ps 88:1-9a, Pro 11:24-26
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International www.ucbmedia.com Copyright © 2011 alt

 

 

this was the Word for Today on the radio today and SO SO SO fit with the discussion we were having in housegroup tonight about the call of God and PROCESS and destination and transformation that i thought it was so worth sharing! 

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