You’re a Character
May 31, 2009
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You’re a Character
Ask For Whatever – The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and gave him this invitation: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” That question is being asked around the world right now. The Holy Spirit is urging us to ask for the desires of our hearts as a means of building the Kingdom. Jesus gave exactly the same invitation multiple times. Our ability to ask for the desires of our hearts and receive answers is the beginning of our spiritual “life and life more abundantly.”
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5 NIV
See also (Jn 15:7-8, 14:13-14, 15:7-8, 15:15-16, 16:23-24)
Why not ask? – Some Christians have learned to ask but most wouldn’t dare ask for their heart’s desires with any expectation of an answer from God. We have all made mistakes that we assume disqualifies us from such favor. We not only have the condemnation of our past but we continue to make mistakes (if we try to do anything). In fact, the more Kings are committed to building the Kingdom and pursuing their heart’s desire and the purposes of God, the more mistakes we make.
Back to Solomon for a moment. Take a look at the verse preceding his dream:
The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD. 3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. 1 Kings 3:2-3 NIV
Solomon loved God and demonstrated his love my walking in His Ways… “except.” That’s a big word that indicates God was overlooking a few things in Solomon’s character. Let’s go a step farther. I want to suggest that most of God’s hero’s were “characters.” Abraham, the father of the faith, tried to pass off his wife as a sister. David, a man after God’s own heart, committed adultery and covered it up with murder. Peter denied the Lord 3 times before he fulfilled his destiny.
Here is the reality of our lives. We often behave more like a flock of chickens than a pride of lions. I simply want to suggest that God already knows what we’re made of and He sees our goof-ups. Yet, His mercies are new every day.
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23 NASU
Our Job – What’s God priority? Well, since most of His kids are imperfect characters it appears He is happiest when we simply love Him and are comfortable asking for our heart’s desires. God loves people that won’t let condemnation dampen their love or their ability to believe. We just accept His forgiveness and realize His mercies are new every morning for a reason.
Focus – Let me share an example from my own life. When I first started sharing in a church setting, I was very self-conscious, said some dumb things that I wished I could take back, and was generally intimidated by the whole process. That’s when the Lord showed me it wasn’t really about “me.” He so loves his people He uses any willing vessel to bless them. So I simply shifted my focus from self to the people God was ministering to. That was the end of nearly all my mistakes. Even if I did make one, I just fixed it and went right on because now I knew that ministry wasn’t about me; it was about a communion between the Holy Spirit and the people He desires to touch.
In the very same way, we all have to get over our fear of failures and take our best swing. Will there be some mistakes? Of course! So what? Your alternative is to sit back and watch someone else run with your destiny. Someone will say, “Yes Lord,” and move a mountain. Why not you and I?
Get over yourself – You have a checkered past and a questionable future. Get over it. Love God and start the adventure by asking for your heart’s desires. God has a low tolerance for introverted, self-righteous Pharisees. Yet God seems to love Peter’s, David’s, Jacob’s… and you – if you step into your destiny and answer His question:
Ask what you wish me to give you. 1 Kings 3:5 NASU
Kings realize this simple premise. We have to ask big to match the majesty of God’s love and the magnitude of His purposes. It’s not about us, but God has invited you and me to to be his friend and share in a great adventure to bless the nations and love people. Dream big, ask freely, work smart, and expect your cup to run over for the sake of others.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen Eph 3:20-21 NASU
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
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.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at