2012-01-08 Choosing a Path Of Life

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.

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps 16:11 NIV

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matt 7:13-14 NIV

The road less traveled – There are two paths in life, servant and King. The starting point is to realize that your heart is already scripted for one of them. We cannot easily make a mental decision to change paths without changing our hearts at the same time. 90% of what we do, regardless of intellectual or religious intentions, comes right out of the script already written on our heart or subconscious. In our culture, we are very inept at changing our hearts. No one has shown us how. The result: servants focus on their own needs and plow through life in any job they can find to meet those bare necessities; living paycheck-to-paycheck until they retire, and then from pension check to pension check until they die. Servants wait for others (especially God) to tell them what to do, live in mediocrity, and miss “abundant life.” Pursuing a dream and defining their own heart’s desire simply isn’t in the script. Their world is rules, traditions, the expectations of others, and spiritual-sounding principles. They choose the broad way… still going to heaven, just not enjoying this life.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John 15:15-17 NIV

Kings – operate out of an entirely different script. They are seeking the Kingdom first in a way that “adds all these things.” They are willing to define, plan and pursue the desires God has written on their hearts. They do have personal dreams that map into a larger Kingdom plan that God is orchestrating. Kings build a bridge between their dreams, vocation, ministry, skills, finances and Kingdom purpose. That’s the way the Kingdom works! Kings hear God through the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and wise counsel… so do servants. The difference is that Kings also hear what God has written on their hearts, and they are willing to ask for those dreams; servants won’t dream or plan or ask or act. The distinction is initiative.

Heart’s desires – The gospel that leads to the path of life is simply learning to allow your heart to pursue the desires God placed there. To be honest, most believers have never heard this version of the good news. Our discipleship process has produced obedient servants who are not in touch with their own hearts, and are unable to get in touch with anyone else’s either. Relationships are shallow, and our lives and aspirations are surrounded by poverty and little fruit. The battle front for abundant life isn’t really fought on the field of external behavior; the war is really waged in the heart of every man and woman. The crux of abundant life is, “can we define the Kingdom purpose in our hearts in a way that motivates us for a lifetime?”

We watch over our hearts to nurture those dreams and desires in practical ways that cause hearts to manifest fruit from a cup that overflows with love for people, ministry, and wealth.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Prov 4:23 NASU

Getting started – Having worked with people on the concept of Releasing Kings for years, I’ve come to one important realization. It all starts when we put pen to paper and write down our dreams, and make a plan to bring them into reality. The substance of faith and initiative doesn’t really begin until we move dreams and desires from our heads and hearts onto a piece of paper. We’ve developed a coaching module to facilitate that process, and it’s easy; it works extremely well. What is extremely difficult is getting a servant to change the script, transition to King, and start writing and planning and choosing a life with a cup that runs over.

I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Deut 30:19-20 NIV

Your dream is worth some one-on-one time with someone who can encourage you and help you to make it real. Your destiny is worth it! Putting your dream first is putting the Kingdom first. There really is a place where your heart and God’s heart overlap. That’s where “life” begins.

  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. Networking is a huge Kingdom dynamic.
  3. Listen to the sound… 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.
  4. There are two newsletters that summarize key elements of Releasing Kings: Have Fun, Make Money and Love People and A Kingdom Primer.
  5. Go through the coaching module and clarify your dream – we can help you if you’re stuck.
  6. Get connected with a coach or mentor who can help you take the next step.
  7. Create the wealth and convert the money into your ministry dream to build the Kingdom.

PS: The video version of this newsletter is available on the Link.

We also have some Power Point slides that go with this theme that you might find useful.

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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