- Beyond Revelation and Impartation to Results
January 31, 2010
Beyond Impartation and Revelation to Results
Impartation – We all get saved by revelation and impartation. That’s how we receive the Holy Spirit, divine healing, and gifts of the Spirit. That’s how Paul did it in Romans 1:11. Sudden change in our lives is real and exciting. Worship, the prophetic, the presence of God, quickened verses, personal revelation, dreams, miracles… experiencing God brings sudden and permanent change. Ask Jacob after that encounter with the angel. Ask anyone who is saved. Ask yourself. We’ve all been blessed to experience those quantum leaps – we love them so much, we wish everything came that way!
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— Rom 1:11 NIV
From motivation to results – My roots are in a prophetic version of the charismatic movement. I, and my brothers and sisters in this stream, appreciate encounters with God. And, we think we’re pretty cool… on the frontiers of the Kingdom, releasing Kings, etc. So as I’m traveling around the Ukraine in November and Russia in 1995, I was always pleasantly surprised to arrive at some remote outpost and find a Baptist church that had been there for years; God’s sense of humor I suppose.
As valid as impartation, revelation and God encounters are, there is more. You see, those things are the foundation. God-experiences can motivate us and change us but they do not, in themselves, produce fruit. I wish someone could have laid hands on me for an engineering degree. I was saved and spirit-filled and they wouldn’t award a degree until I took four years of calculus, chemistry, and engineering mechanics.
I got the revelation that I could be a King, but finding the right investments and learning to trade has taken several years before results began to show up. The revelation and impartation came at conferences that thrilled my heart with “motivation” but the implementation felt like going to college and required “work.”
Fruit – The results or fruit of impartation, revelation and encounters with God are the beginning; the foundation. But, the results “feel” like they come about as fast as grass grows ~ that’s about how fast fruit grows, come to think of it! Here is a list of stuff that doesn’t come in a moment through the laying on of hands.
Rom 5:3 perseverance, character, hope
Gal 5:22 love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
2 Pet 1:5 goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love
Now listen to Peter explain how we get to fruitfulness, effectiveness and productivity in the Kingdom:
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive… 2 Peter 1:8 NIV
Get it? – Impartation and revelation get us started, but things like integrity and persistence and wisdom and mentoring get us across the finish line. How did Jesus disciple? He laid the foundation with an impartation. All twelve disciples were saved in a dramatic encounter similar to our own salvation experience. After that, discipleship (then and now) goes a little slower – something like this:
- The master tells us how (we ask questions and get confused)
- The master shows us how (we say that looks easy enough and can’t wait to try)
- The master watches us do it (we screw it up, give up, and try again while the master “patiently” points out areas to improve)
- We do it by ourselves (and check back with the master periodically for adjustments)
- We do it by ourselves and prosper
- We become masters ourselves and start to disciple others
- Return to step one
Becoming Kings in the Kingdom – There is a level of revelation and impartation that can help you get launched down the exciting path of your personal destiny in the mountain of your calling. Too often when things go wrong we want to get prayer, have a revelation or go to another conference and encounter God when, in reality, we are simply at step 3 in the process of getting to our results. I want to suggest that God himself designed the discipleship process and He is not likely to let you skip third grade. If he does, be sure and write me back so I can adjust this newsletter!
The “one thing” – We believers miss out on results for one primary reason. It’s not because we need an encounter with God – although we have in the past and will again in the future. The one thing we most often miss is finding a “master” that will mentor us in the area of our vocational and marketplace ministry calling. Your pastor / apostle can get you started, but if you want to be plumber you have to serve as a journeyman under a real plumber who shows you how. Wherever your dream and the will of God lead you, find the mentor who has done it before and can show you how. Impartation, revelation, pastors, apostles, and prophecies will not replace that person in your life. He or she is a gift of God that can take you to real results… you enjoy what you’re doing, it blesses other people, finances flow in abundance, you know how to turn money into ministry to bless the nations, and you can’t wait to show someone else how to do it.
Small Groups – Sharing and praying with other Kings on a peer level is a great way get help on your Kingly journey. It’s even sweeter if a mentor is present and you share a common discipleship process. We’ve shared some personal experience at this site: Start Your Own Group.
Caution – I see believers make two mistakes in this area.
1) We get the revelation and never implement it. If we never pursue our heart’s desire we eventually lose the “revelation” to become a King (Mk 13:12-15)… ever hearing but never understanding.
2) We jump into a business, investment, or career change based on revelation and don’t wait for the wisdom that comes through a mentor. We do have permission from God; we don’t have the wisdom to be successful. If we don’t find a mentor, shipwreck is usually the consequence. Revelation and impartation via sermons will motivate you, but it takes a mentor with experience to lead you into implementing your dream to get results and become profitable.
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 show how to become a King and how your 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 the open 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.
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.
3.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.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at