We touched His glory this weekend at a Releasing Kings conference. Like breaking the alabaster box and releasing the fragrance, we released some of His glory from within the saints. We’ll never know the full ramifications until heaven. My heart is full and satisfied that we did what the Father was doing. We’ve been given the privilege of pioneering a new facet of His anointing and presence and power. It is worship in my heart, and I can offer it to God with tears of gratitude… that we got to pull the curtain back and see the riches of His glory in the saints. Pretty amazing! We saw mighty men and women in Hermiston. I was amazed at the open doors of opportunity to influence their community some of these folks have. We just tossed a match into the kindling. Something viral is about to take off.
Now we just hold the seed sown in prayer and encouragement and coaching until it produces the dream in His precious saints… Thy Kingdom come (now) in earth as it is in heaven.
…the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, Eph 1:18 KJV
Viral phenomena – Viral is an asymptotic increase. When organic nitrates ignite, the reaction / burn rate is so fast that we usually describe it as an explosion (Dynamite). When fissionable material reaches a critical mass, a chain reaction begins that can fuel a reactor or make a bomb. In biology, viral can refer to the rapid spread of a disease. On the internet, it can refer to the spread of an idea or article. In economics, marketing, and sociology the start of a trend that goes viral is called a tipping point. “Viral” has become a way to describe how thoughts, information and trends move into and through a human population.
We have seen the same phenomena in church and we call it revival. The presence and power of God reaches a tipping point and multiplies and spreads through a culture.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7 KJV
But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied. Acts 12:24 NASU
Viral Kingdom – There is something new happening. We’re seeing servants become friends and Kings (Jn 15:15). “Static” defines a servant following the dream of another person. But, when he adopts the dream as his own or follows the desires of his own heart, that servant becomes a King and goes viral with self-motivation. That’s when believers become contagious. They tap into their own mountain, their own desires, imagination, revelation and creativity. Then, they get really excited and fruitful in terms of results, productivity, finances and ministry. They find a place in life where their heart’s desire, their ministry, the will of God, their vocation, and their finances all are all aligned with the Kingdom. In short, they find their purpose in life… that God had written right inside their own heart.
Making Viral Disciples – I want to suggest that revivals and reformations are symptoms of viral people. Yes, they are fueled by God, but it is our responsibility to get fueled up. It happens in about three phases of discipleship usually occurring in our churches.
- About one third of the church is busy getting saved, sanctified and healed. We often think of a church majoring in this area as a hospital.
- The next third is being equipped for involvement in ministry, usually inside the church or in church-sponsored initiatives. We think of churches majoring in equipping as training centers.
- The last third are people ready to define their dream, enter their mountain, go out and do something in the Kingdom. We haven’t had a category for Releasing Kings, because we haven’t been doing that in churches until recently.
How? – What we typically see at our conferences are mature believers who have been raised in church or have attended church for decades. They are often not in the first two categories, and they are a little bored with just living to fill a seat or a ministry slot in church. They do have dreams, but their theology, tradition, and practice hasn’t supported the desire God placed in their heart for the Kingdom. Most of us have failed at a dream enough times to carry a vow or heart boundary that says, “This is too good to be true” or “It may happen for others, but it won’t happen for me.”
Helping mature believers move from servant to King and get excited about their own dream is exactly how we create viral disciples who are excited about the Kingdom and are contagious with enthusiasm. The real goal is to make disciples who can create wealth and convert money into ministry in their own mountain. We touched that realm in Hermiston. It’s holy ground. We saw numerous examples of God preparing people to have a significant impact in the community. “The riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints” is real. We saw it happen.
Jesus said he would build his church (ecclesia). He didn’t invent that Greek word. Jesus borrowed it from the contemporary culture. Ecclesia, according to Wikipedia, was the ruling class of wealthy people who managed the affairs of the state. “Church” is a term for the leaders in the Kingdom Mountains of our culture. When we make disciples of new believers, viral, Kingdom disciples is the target. And we are just fine starting small, right where we’re at. God works through little people and small beginnings to do big things. There really is something “great” in your heart… put there by God. We are all called to change our image from small to “King” and to allow Him to make our names great. Habitual Hobbits is not an option in the Kingdom.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Cor 4:7-8 NIV (and 1 Cor 1:26-31)
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree… Matt 13:31-32 NIV
You can do it too? – In the steps below, we’ve outlined 7 things you can do to tap into your mountain. The tool that I like most is our coaching module. It will help you find your own heart’s desire and implement it in a practical way. One of the biggest keys is writing your heart’s desires and plans on paper. Put your mind to work on that project and, when it’s in writing, use your mind to discern that it really is God’s plan, too.
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.
- Read Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny (See our store page or Amazon.com).
- Get the free newsletter, 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.
- List 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. Attend a conference if you can.
- There are two newsletters that summarize key elements of Releasing Kings: Have Fun, Make Money and Love People and A Kingdom Primer.
- Go through the coaching module and clarify your dream – if you’re stuck, we can help you from a coaching standpoint.
- Get connected with a coach or mentor who can help you take the next step.
- Create the wealth and convert the money into your ministry dream to build the Kingdom. God has already written something vital and unique in your heart.
PS: The video version of this newsletter is available on the Link.
John and Sue
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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 –
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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