September 26, 2009
Ukraine – I’m off to the Ukraine with David Tinney and Poul Dalgaard for 10 days just before Thanksgiving. Since 2001, David has done over 100 business seminars in the Ukraine so he knows his way around. We’re translating Desire to Destiny into Russian so we can have it available to help release Kings. If you have a business concept that would work in the Ukraine, let us know. Our goal is to turn the theology into practice and network new opportunties.
Learning Seasons – One of the central tenets of Releasing Kings is learning to flow with our own heart’s desires – yes it’s Biblical. We all go through seasons when the thing we focus on seems to move away from us instead of closer. In fact, the shortest distance to our goals is often the long way around! Most of us have been taught that our carnality leaves us with a natural tendency to pursue selfish interests. That’s certainly possible. We really can end up on the wrong team… actually resisting God’s plan.
But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:39 NIV
“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” Luke 20:18 NASU
I want to suggest that God has done a work in our hearts that normally has us in a position of desiring His will. Most of our issues in receiving and giving the blessings of God center around an understanding of timing, seasons, and methodology in the Kingdom. Let’s talk about them.
Methodology – Faith is all about doing that which is beyond our natural strength. We sow in the natural; we are faithful, diligent, hard working, consistent, patient, etc. But, there really is an ingredient of the Holy Spirit in everything we do. So while we labor in the natural we always keep one eye on the Kingdom because we expect the Lord to multiply our efforts. We must have goals and work toward them but we often travel a circuitous route to get there because of enemy interference and the intervention of the Father. Life isn’t all that predictable.
Said another way, “We have goals and desires but they are really second in importance to seeking the Kingdom.” Everything we desire is added, but it often comes via an indirect route of seeking the Kingdom first. Finally, the things we desire are really a subset of what God desires for the Kingdom.
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:28-34 NIV
So what is specifically different about our methodology? We live and work toward our goals, but we hold our plans to obtain them loosely because the Lord is often opening new doors or upgrading our desires to something better. We are like the lilies that naturally grow toward maturity with little effort or worry. We are the good soil that naturally produces the will of God. We work with diligence, but we don’t sweat or fret. In fact we delight in great expectations of success and fruitfulness. In failure we resurrect, in shipwrecks we catch a plank to shore, amid obstacles we create solutions. We live in the real expectation that we will naturally gravitate toward bearing fruit in the Kingdom.
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain — first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29 NIV
Timing and seasons – The first level of being Kingly is to understand the times and seasons of what God is doing and flow with those… we get in rhythm with God and dance to the music that’s playing. Instead of resisting the present theme we learn to flow with it. For example, individual believers are destined by God for a great work. It can be frustrating to have a glimpse of the future and to content ourselves in preparation, waiting for a battle that has yet to begin.
The second role that Kings play in times and seasons is “changing them.” Mary is my favorite example.
When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” …This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. John 2:3-11 NIV
When the wine ran out, Jesus’ timing for his ministry was still in the future. However, Mary had enough pull with God to change that, and Jesus’ ministry began with her request. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? We do flow with what the Father is doing to build the Kingdom. But he also flows with us. Listen to the heartbeat of how the Kingdom works…
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Ps 84:11 NIV
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 14:12-14 NIV
The Kingdom is built at God’s initiative (we know that). But it is also built at our initiative. We’re just learning the significance of that. God delights in Kings who work with him to build the Kingdom – He even lets us lead once in a while.
It’s like teaching your teenager to drive. They read the driver’s manual then get behind the wheel under dad’s watchful eye. Then they pass the test and get a license. Then they drive themselves. Who among us didn’t dent a car after we got the license and supposedly knew how? It wasn’t the end of the world, was it?
It’s time to hear the music, get the rhythm, and drive the car! Jesus gave you the license on the cross.
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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.
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.
Facebook – I’m starting to post more information on Facebook 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 and government in addition to the church.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at