2015-09-25 Why Take Initiative and Risk?

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Brochure for next Conference in the Netherlands.

Before we can run off and change the world, our hearts need to know why. Our concept of what God expects from us and what He is like makes a huge difference in our level of creativity and enterprise. Obedience is not the trademark of spiritual maturity; it is an important ingredient in our foundation, but expecting God to tell you what to do for a life time totally misses who He really is and how He relates to people.

When He gives us new revelation of truth, the lights come on and there usually is some kind of response involved. Obedience is where it starts. Dwelling in God’s presence, His word, and prayer are all great ways to stay in Him and pick up on the new.

Jesus also dwells in our hearts and He has written His desires there, as well. Maturity is balancing revelation with practical wisdom and facing the reality that God wants us to make some wise decisions without being told the details. So, I have a direction for my life. I’ve given God permission to direct me at any time and in any way (and He does, more than occasionally). I’ve given myself permission to make prudent decisions, pursue the desires of my heart, and take lots of initiative… in Jesus Name. I can see what the Father is doing (Jn 5:19), He has already shown me His business (Jn 15:15), and I don’t have to keep asking what to do (Jn 16:23) to walk with Him.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Eph 1:17 NIV

2015-09-22 Initiative

We go through three stages, arriving at spiritual maturity.

The obedient child – The first thing we learn after getting saved is that God is totally for us and its rewarding to cooperate with Him. It keeps us out of all kinds of negative consequences and starts us down a path to life and life more abundantly. It really feels good to do something right and see it bear fruit. Trying to live a lifetime in obedience only, eventually turns to a lifeless form of rule-keeping. God expects us to move on to the next stage and stops talking to us… religion is all that’s left.

The Faithful son – The next step is working with people to do something great – often in a church setting. We learn excellence in spiritual gifts, service and supporting a larger vision. We’re faithful in another man’s vision. This stage teaches another level of maturity and responsibility. It’s fun to work with people who are serving God and doing something great. We can’t understand what’s going on when the organization or the leader fails and we get thrown off the truck like an unwanted turnip. It’s really God opening a door to another level. Like an eagle, our nest is dismantled and the only choice left is to fly.

The lion king – Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords for a reason. That’s the level of our calling. We have some land via the Old Testament analogy or some talent via Jesus’ parable. God positions us to multiply an initiative and allows us to steward it on our own. Most people don’t have a theology or a language for this stage of initiative, creativity, boldness, tenacity and warfare. But it really is the only way we can function in the Kingdom. It’s not for the faint of heart!

Here are a few of the ingredients:

Promotion – God makes our name great. Kings are fruitful and visible. It’s normal for people to be drawn to us and the things we’re doing. We do give God the glory in personal worship, but the primary altar for this level of maturity is that we have given God permission to make our names great for the sake of the Kingdom – Many will simply hide behind a false version of spirituality and miss this step. We are not called to be monks… ours is to be fruitful, multiply, bless nations and go into all the world.

Resurrections – Saying “yes” to Kingdom is also signing up for warfare and the kinds of trials that deepen us. There is no such thing as untested Kings. The natural course toward spiritual maturity takes us through painful failures, lonely burials and then glorious resurrections. Spiritual maturity carries the fragrance of brokenness that only comes from walking through deaths and resurrections.

A Fathering heart – the platform of success coupled with the depth of brokenness positions us to bless nations, one person at a time. The thrill of operating out of our own heart’s desires is both the key to the Kingdom and the basis for helping others reach their Kingdom dreams. Pulling others into the desire of their own hearts instead of imposing an agenda on them is the genuine stuff of leadership. It inspires love, loyalty and freedom. Those we touch go to even greater levels of creativity and exploits… because we’ve taught them how to take bold initiatives and wise risks while walking with the Father.

Dealing with Risk – Revelation and wisdom both have a degree of risk. We know in part and prophesy in part. Before we can engage in the prophetic, we have to deal with our heart’s fear of imperfection. Wisdom is the same. We’ve all taken personal initiatives that shipwrecked. Kings are well acquainted with making mistakes, yet they are still bold as lions. Why? They can feel the Father’s heart and the stirring in their own heart. Sitting is not an option. A few failures aren’t enough to discourage them. Kings learn from mistakes and become wiser because of them.

This is the crux of becoming a King… finding the balance between wisdom and revelation… initiative and waiting.   Let your wise, practical spirit of wisdom flow. Let your future begin and shape it the way it should be.

Suggestions:                                                                                                                                              

Podcast #1 and Podcast #2 – fun interviews with Steve Reiter and John Ramstead

Books – Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny

Education Tools – David Nycz Interview http://releasingkings.com/david-nycz/

Heart Plan in Europe – HeartPlan.eu

Rediscovery of the heart – recommended resources and Releasing the Lion ebook

More – http://bibloscope.com/content/kaleidoscopic-views/our-spiritual-initiative

 

I found dialogue with a friend on this topic so helpful that I’m sharing it:

John,

The one question that this always begs of me is: Why did Jesus say, I only do the things I see My Father doing?  That implies much more day to day involvement from Father than your phrase “… to direct me at any time and in any way (and he does occasionally)”

Also, regarding the graphic, I would contend that Revelation is definitely not synonymous with Obedience.  Revelation is the Aha moment. It is actually the Initiator of change and Wisdom is more the Implementer of change

Wayne

Excellent points Wayne…

I think “doing what I see my Father doing” is not any-minute guidance. It can be, but it isn’t always.

It’s the same revelation of Jn 15:15… that we know our father’s business in a general way and take the initiative to cooperate with him.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. John 15:15 NIV

Other verses suggest Jesus had all power and authority… and gave it to us… to use at our initiative.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  Matt 28:18-19 NIV

I agree with your point that wisdom implements revelation. It just also implements the common sense of moving forward without the specifics. This is the crux of becoming a King… finding the balance between wisdom and revelation… initiative and waiting.

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Ian William Gould September 26, 2015 at 12:05 am

Hi John

Your newsletter has spoken directly to my heart and at present I am writing a page for my website which touches upon my life has been in three stages, I have not touched upon however that my spiritual journey which started in my third phase as also been in three stages which your newsletter sums up perfectly.

You know how you have those aha moments when your reading something as if they are your own words, that is how I felt reading the newsletter.

In knowing what my heart is where it is and how to get to it, knowing that I am loved by the Father and that my Lord and High priest Jesus is alive living and active, that He is alive for my life, Has given me the freedom to be wrong.

In my past I was gripped with fear in being wrong, that all I did had to be perfect for me to be loved eventually paralysed me from ever achieving my full potential, I was crippled and held in bondage and because I could never achieve that level to which I aspired, I ended up despising and hating myself and by association hating others around me.

The Lord Jesus set me free and I am now in a position at work where my total commitment is to bring the glory of Gods kingdom, I am the vessel through whom He can work and I do it with the freedom knowing where other people are in their hearts and that through me they can see a difference that will make a difference.

I so identify with the three stages of spiritual maturity that you talk about and believe a light has been turned on through you by the Father, how to bring that message to those caught up in religion and trying to do their own thing in their intellect and soul and not through the Spirit of the special one.

Thank you.

Ian.

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John Garfield December 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

thanks For writing Ian… always appreciate the feedback. Blessings

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