March 29, 2009
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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 show how to become a King and how your can help Release Kings.
Conference – Our next conference is in Sebring, Florida May 8-9. It’s close to both Tampa Bay and Orlando so it’s an opportunity to see the great state of Florida… as a King. See the details on our conference page.
Knowing when to change – Have you ever stubbornly hung on to your direction when all the signs we’re saying “dead end?” Hind sight is always 20/20. We can look back at wrong decisions and wonder how we missed the obvious hints to make a mid-course correction. I’m occasionally amazed how my hopes and bias can cause me to be deaf and blind regarding the signals flashing in front of me. Whenever I enter a situation with a sense that I know how it’s going to turn out, I’m prone to miss the signals that everything is actually headed in a different direction.
You’ll be encouraged to know it’s not a new phenomenon. The Bible terms are “stiff-necked” and “hard-hearted”. The result affects our ability to hear and see. We effectively stop “learning” from circumstances, other people, and the Holy Spirit. Listen to God explain it.
11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. 12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry. Zech 7:11-12 NIV
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Matt 13:14-15 NIV
16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. Deut 10:16 NIV
51 “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51 NIV
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Acts 9:5 KJV
Doing what the Father does – One of the keys to staying young in spirit and in tune with change is to “do what the father does.” There are different times and seasons in the Kingdom. The cloud occasionally moves and so does the emphasis. God is the same yesterday, today and forever in character but what He’s doing changes all the time. You may ask, “Why does God change his direction at this point?” Good question. God is relationally interactive. His interaction with us adjusts to changes in circumstances and the decisions we make.
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: Ex 13:21 KJV
He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. Ps 78:14 NIV
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 NIV
In Christ – The concept of being “in Christ” simply means we’re cooperating with what the Father is doing. Whenever the emphasis changes we can “hear and see” and make the adjustment. The Holy Spirit is faithful to pull us into every move so we don’t get left behind in an old decision. We not only do what the Father does, we carry an anointing to do greater things. It’s not just copying the details, it’s understanding the directions and taking new initiatives in harmony with God’s direction. We’re not just doing what we’re told; we’re asking for “whatever” and operating in a new level of authority and fruitfulness. Listen to the dynamic that results in “greater things.”
Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing , because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. John 5:19-20 NIV
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:9-14 NIV
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 15:14-17 NIV
Guidance Theology – One theological strain of “doing what the Father does” is waiting for the Holy Spirit to show us the details of every move. God does show us the big picture, but he normally waits for us to insert some initiative to “ask whatever” regarding the details. If we expect God to guide us on the details, this faulty theology translates to an inability to make mid-course corrections. We get the dial tone when we pray.
If we think God led us into something, we’ll stay on that course until He leads us in a different direction. What happens if He’s not guiding us at that level of detail? Easy, we just stay on the old course; deaf and blind regarding the obvious signs until we shipwreck. I see that mentality in business a lot – especially from Christians. God expects us to pick up on the general direction of His Spirit and make wise decisions to implement our involvement. That’s the message of proverbs: General guidance and specific wisdom.
Childlike – Learning how to do new things isn’t normally a function of the Holy Spirit. He leads us in new directions, but learning new things to implement the new direction normally comes from the wisdom of a mentor. Many believers are either too proud or too spiritual to ask for help from a wise mentor. In business and investing, successful people love to share their insights. They usually take satisfaction in helping others become successful. We have to adjust to being child-like to follow their example. You can graduate from sitting in church to being a King in the kingdom with a ministry in the marketplace when you become child-like enough to ask for help. Amazingly simple, isn’t it?
He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 18:2-4 NIV
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
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.
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