Monday, February 14, 2011

Ministry Update - February 2011

THE CLASH OF KINGDOMS - AN INTRODUCTION

I am a product of the Jesus People Movement. In 1972, I came face to face with biblical Christianity. It did not compromise or cater to my self-serving lifestyle. It was radically relevant. Soon after, I joined a ministry called the Agape Force and moved near Keith Green, Leonard Ravenhill, Winkie Pratney, and David Wilkerson in East Texas. For sixteen years, I enjoyed the privilege of helping ministry teams and centers throughout the United States. I witnessed the transforming power of the gospel shake my generation.

During this time, God deposited a passion for revival that has never left. This passion led my family and me to move into the urban core of South Minneapolis in 1998. There, we began Bethany Urban Development. Our focus was on rescuing heroin addicts, homeless alcoholics, and refugees trapped in false religions.

While living in this at-risk neighborhood, I became acutely aware of the spiritual darkness oppressing those trapped in the city. I became obsessed with a desire to see God's Kingdom come to the places of greatest need. As a result, we started a prayer coalition consisting of key church and ministry leaders of the area. We saw many positive results, but a prevailing darkness seemed to thwart any major breakthroughs.

Finally, in our desperation, God led our ministry to do something so simple but so profound. He said, "I do not want you to pursue prayer as an activity or an event. I want your prayers to become a lifestyle." His words led us to nightly prayer sessions that became the focus of our ministry. These prayer times led to many miracles and spiritual revelations. As a result, we began to disengage from this world's system. We felt more in rhythm with His heart than ever before. We had a greater sense of our spiritual destiny.

In John 16:13, Jesus describes the ministry of the Holy Spirit: "He will tell you what is yet to come." God does not want His people to be caught unawares. He knows where He is going and what is coming. I believe God is currently preparing all His followers for a life different from what we have known.

Just like the Children of Israel before they entered the Promise Land, so we are being called into a season of preparation and consecration. The Lord is getting us ready for the greatest spiritual harvest in history but it can only happen when we receive a clearer understanding of Him and the ways of His Kingdom.

THE HEZEKIAH SYNDROME

King Hezekiah was a man who did "what was right in the eyes of the Lord" (2 Kings 18:3). Because of his earnest prayers, God delivered Judah from the Assyrians and even delivered Hezekiah from a life-threatening disease. (see 2 Kings 20:4-6).

Shortly after his illness, King Hezekiah received an official delegation from Babylon. He was more than happy to show these envoys his royal treasury, thinking Babylon possessed no threat to his kingdom. Nevertheless, the local prophet, who walked in communion with God, saw the unseen danger: Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the Lord: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord" (2 Kings 20:16-17).

Tragically, Hezekiah responded to the threat with self-serving indifference. "'The word of the LORD you have spoken is good," Hezekiah replied. For he thought, 'Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?'" (2 Kings 20:19). In other words, Hezekiah was preoccupied with maintaining his comfortable lifestyle.

The kingdom of Babylon is still around, and I believe it poses an even graver danger to the Church. Part of its strength comes from our miscalculation of its current and future intentions. In many minds, the danger is simply minimized or ignored. We have often chosen coexistence over confrontation. As a result, Babylon is carrying off our biblical values and replacing them with its own.

True Christianity places people into strategic positions. True Christians will see things others do not. They will clearly mark their boundaries, lifestyle, and values. They will demonstrate a superior way of living through their words and deeds. Like the prophets of old, their eyes and ears are in tune with God's. They see things in the heavenlies and they pull them down to earth. They are locked into His plans and purposes regardless of the cost. They are a voice in the wilderness that is penetrating this world's system with the transforming power of His Kingdom.

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2, 2011

The Clash of Kingdoms is the third and final installment of the Warrior Bride Series. It is written for those who want to fulfill their spiritual destiny more than living a comfortable lifestyle. It is for those who want to discover the keys to true spiritual transformation. It is for those who want to be a voice and not an echo in this generation.

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