Joy – Fruit of Kings
September 05, 2010
Joy – Fruit of Kings
Transition to fun – One of the greatest thrills in adopting this Kingly lifestyle is the joy of allowing myself to freely be who God created. Religion is all about boundaries and staying within the fences. Shedding the expectations of others and the fear of man releases our spirit into a new arena – it’s amazingly fun!
Christians, in general, and ministers and politicians, more specifically, take themselves way too seriously. I am personally very prone to absorb kingdom principles and Godly goals inside my competitive (and somewhat aggressive) nature and take myself too seriously. Laughter has healed my heart in a very real way. People who can laugh with me, and aren’t afraid to laugh at me, are my best friends… they keep me pliable in the spirit.
Can you see that holy and sacred and party and fun go together?
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh 8:10 NASU
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Prov 17:22 KJV
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God… Isa 61:10 KJV
Politics – One of the secondary fruits of joy is that I’ve lost my fear of man. I used to avoid political issues, if at all possible, to keep any other person from stumbling. I wouldn’t discuss sensitive topics, and feared arguments, to keep my religious identity pure and unstained from judgments… so did 10’s of millions of others over the last few decades, and our national values have eroded thanks to the “silent majority” of Christians like me. God is calling us out from under our beds. Over the last months I’ve been using Facebook to share observations on political issues that resonate with many others. Personal joy is the foundation that allows me to love people more than the issues – Now I’m free to challenge stupidity. If I’m wrong, we can laugh it off and make a correction. Political issues don’t scare me. Political correctness is just something to have fun with – a source of humor. Separation of church and state is just a toothless ploy of a roaring lion to silence believers.
Revival – I’ve lived my entire Christian life since 1970 contending for and expecting revival. We did have the charismatic renewal in the 70’s, the prophetic renewal in the 80’s, and in the 90’s we had Toronto and Brownsville. My theology expected revival through the church, organized by pastors and apostles.
We just had a national call to a third historic revival beyond anything that’s happened in our lifetimes. Did you hear it? It came from Glenn Beck (a Mormon in the media mountain on FOX news). Now that is funny. Who said God doesn’t have a sense of humor? Glenn shook the nation in the spirit and we haven’t heard a peep from our traditional channels. This voice came from left field – outside our theological and religious paradigm. Over 500,000 people gathered in the presence of the Lord at the reflecting pool to celebrate the goodness of God in our nation’s capital. Glenn (and God) managed to confuse secularists and the church at the same time. Jesus showed up in the wrong mountain!
Expect more – Our personal joy, and great moves of God that will touch nations are coming through the marketplace. The church will continue to equip, but the trumpet call for revival will come through the media mountain. Values will be highlighted in the arts and entertainment. The strength of the Kingdom to break down barriers to the nations will occur in the business mountain. Revival in youth will come through the education mountain – we will put the presence of God back in our schools. Those who have objected to religion, Biblical principles and church will be silent in the presence of God. The political mountain will serve God and the people to release captives and spread freedom instead of pushing secular, oppressive and elitist ideologies. The spirit of control and corruption will “come out” of governments. Kings will arise in every mountain, clothed with the presence, glory and power of God’s Spirit. They will be spiritual, Biblical and practically involved in the marketplace.
Finally, believers, who think everything will come through the church mountain, will continue to get surprised.
What’s next – My heart is leaping a little bit because I’m feeling breakthrough in the air… particularly in finances in this hour. Those pioneers who have been sowing and expecting, are going to see a harvest. Sowing is quietly going on behind the scenes, but reaping is just beginning.
A door is being opened to teach others to sow and harvest… to create wealth. Pastors are just starting to grasp the concept that creating wealth is an ingredient in a mature disciple. We will lay a foundation to replace poverty with industry and innovation, and we will replace the spirit of entitlements with a faith that works and creates. Abundance and generosity and joy all go together. You’ve tried serving God without money; now you can try it with a cup that overflows and see how it feels!
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Ps 28:6 NIV
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. Deut 8:18 NIV
A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything. Eccl 10:19 NIV
Why is this verse the confession of our hearts? (Afformation, an assignment to answer in your devotions)
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Ps 126:2-3 NIV
We really are dancing!!!
PS: Most regard Mormonism as a cult and outside the realm of sound Biblical doctrine for good reason. Mormonism and Islam have many of the same ingredients. That being said, the larger plan is that God is reaching into those religions and people are getting genuinely saved. Sure, it’s messy and confusing. But it’s exactly like our salvation. First we get saved, and then all the junk comes off. God’s power and presence trumps religion, and eventually leads to sound doctrine and a changed lifes. In the mean time, we just monitor the fruit and celebrate the victories… with great joy. Just imagine the consternation God is causing for those who worry about Mormon and Islamic doctrine! ….Dreams about Jesus, healings, worship, filled with the Spirit = big problems!
PSS: You may also enjoy the video version of this newsletter.
John and Sue
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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. See video #1 and video #2
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at