2011-10-16 Discovering the Kingdom Within

Tele-Seminar – Beverly Lewis and I discussed Kingdom impacts in an interview, “Have fun, make money and love people.” Listen to the recorded version here. Ray Edwards and I did a second interview that is just as good. Both are about an hour and give a great summary of marketplace ministry.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Rom 14:17-18 NIV

Hierarchies – I usually think of the Kingdom as outside myself: conquering new mountains, warfare, inheriting my land, etc. That model naturally esteems hierarchy and leadership. Corporate, civic, church and political organizations are always vision- and leadership-oriented… “Here is our vision, come and join us.” The whole process creates servants who are measured in terms of their ability to be faithful in another man’s vision. It actually draws away from our own heart’s desires as we mature.

Hearts and life – Serving another man’s vision is fine while we’re maturing; it’s a great learning and disciplining environment. But, after some number of years or decades, the Lord starts pointing out the desires in our own hearts and we can no longer sit in the pew or put up with the boring job. Many try to tamp down their own vision, and discipline themselves to be good soldiers. The difference between staying in the rut and finding “that which is your own” is a life and death transition for your spirit (the letter kills). We either learn to follow the writing on our hearts (Heb 8:10, 10:16) or we begin to wither away.

You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:2-6 NIV

Life really starts when we get connected with our own heart’s desires and we start to lead others on the basis of their heart’s desires. It’s a totally different paradigm – God calls it the Kingdom, and it has three distinctive earmarks: righteousness, peace and joy.

Righteousness – in the growth phase, we define righteousness in terms of our ability to be good servants and to make the master happy, whether that is God, our manager at work, or our pastor. After we begin to mature, the process of keeping others happy becomes a diet that we can’t always keep. The process of pleasing others outside the desires of our own heart eventually becomes tiring and drains our spiritual vitality. Real righteousness is simply becoming you, the way God created you, fulfilling the dream God wrote in your heart. Doing what you enjoy most and calling it righteous is both truth and an amazing religious paradox at the same time. It’s not generally taught in seminaries, schools or our corporate culture. However, it is righteousness in the Kingdom. It feels like a jailbreak when you first give your heart permission to go there. The fruit of such a life is the real proof. Wealth and ministry flow from a heart that is free to be itself in the Kingdom… like rivers of living water.

Peace – In the discipleship phase of work or spiritual growth we are learning new things and climbing corporate ladders and competing with others for promotion. Comparing ourselves with others always robs our peace. The only measure we can use resides right in our own hearts. Our hearts are at rest when we get in touch with our own purpose in work and Kingdom. Then our work and ministry feed us instead of drain us, and we concentrate on being ourselves instead of trying to copy the success of others.

Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. Gal 6:4-5 NIV

Joy – It’s a lot of fun to see your personal dreams come true. Especially when you know it’s a dream that God is sharing with you. Life becomes an exciting adventure and we have the sense of doing what the Father is doing. I have never had so much fun or laughed so easily… having fun, making money and loving people.

I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23-24 NIV

The lifestyle of competence – Feeling the righteousness, peace and joy that come from setting your heart free from rules and refocusing on your dream is a party. The next surprising result is that you become a lot better at what you do – more competent and more confident. When we really connect with our hearts, we are aligned from the inside out – We are more creative, spontaneous, and alive. We can love more deeply because we can connect others with the desires of their hearts. We see life and people more clearly and prophetically. And the best part is that anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:4-6 NIV

Want some? – Here are my suggestions on where to start.

  1. Read Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny (See our store page or Amazon.com).
  2. Get the free newsletter and connect on Face Book to stay in touch. We use Skype to talk to people all over the world. Staying in touch is a huge dynamic.
  3. Go through the coaching module and clarify your dream – we can help you if you’re stuck.
  4. Get connected with a coach or mentor who can help you take the next step.
  5. Create the wealth and convert the money into your ministry dream.

PS: the video version of this newsletter is also available.

We’re Dancing

John and Sue

Desire to Destiny is available now at our store along with reviews. Not sure what your dream is? This book will help you pull the curtain back on your future.

Newsletter – If your newsletter comes incomplete (filtered), you can always catch the latest version in our archive along with 200 others. 1800+ people from around the world get Kingly encouragement from our weekly newsletter. Invite a friend to subscribe – they will be blessed.

How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics to show how to become a King and how you can help Release Kings. Lastly we’ve created a guideline to help you take your dream to the next level by considering the elements of a business plan. See Write Your Business Plan and a Free Management Library for many other helpful resources.

French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.

Other language websites –

Ukraine http://releasingkingsua.com/

Poland http://www.releasingkingspl.com/

Face Book – I’m posting more information on Face book at http://www.facebook.com/john.garfield1

PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.

Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.

Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.

Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.

You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.

  1. The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
  2. The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
  3. The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2

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