The Fear Bubble Is About To Burst
December 21, 2008
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The Fear Bubble is About to Burst
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:6-7 NIV
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Cor 2:12 NIV
Turning the Corner – We usually get predictions about what God will do in the next year right after Christmas. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and articulate what God is emphasizing in the coming year. Most of the context of these prophetic declarations is centered around what God will do. It’s a relevant topic and we should flow with the theme of the Holy Spirit in the hour we live… revival, marketplace ministry, learning to multiply, etc. These are all themes we could emphasize for 2009.
If we view God as sovereignly directing all the traffic then we are cast in the concrete of waiting for his intervention. The reality is that God does have a direction and he will intervene in some areas of His choosing. However, He’s primarily committed to moving through you and I via our free will the power that is already at work within us to establish His Kingdom on earth. The other half of this issue is what you and I have decide to do! That’s where the fear / courage dynamic plays a big role; whether we’re willing to step into the fray and make a difference or hold back in timidity and wait on God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Eph 3:20 NIV
Change the Channel – The news sells TV time and newspapers based on a fear dynamic of publicizing bad news. You can get a contagious dose of fear everyday through the media. One of the enemy’s chief tactics is to blanket Christians with a spirit of fear that will immobilize personal initiative. Your dream, your creativity, your ability to multiply finances and free yourself for ministry is the primary means God is using to build the Kingdom. He could do it all Himself. He’s just chosen not to… He’s chosen you.
There are three ways you can throw timidity off your life and take on the nature of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Replace fear with a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. Let’s discuss each.
A Spirit of Power – One of the most encouraging experiences is to lay hands on a sick person and see your prayer have an immediate impact. We really do carry the power of God in our prophetic words and through our actions. God not only uses what we say and do, He magnifies it with His touch. We can offer a simple prayer for healing or encourage to another person and that’s good… but we always watch for what the Lord does through our words and actions to multiply the outcome. I expect to see some kind of manifestation in terms of results. Not because I’m such a genius or have such great faith. It’s because results just happen so often. When I see sick or discouraged people, I know there is something inside me that will change their situation and I’m not afraid to jump in. The Holy Spirit works through us in power to bless people, multiply finances, and convert money into missions. It’s a fun dynamic. There’s nothing more personally satisfying in this life than to cooperate with God to bless people and build the Kingdom.
A Spirit of Love – The second experience that continually shakes us is the realization that all ministry is a byproduct of loving people. We’re just sharing what we’ve experienced. God overflows our cup with love and we simply pass along some of the excess to others. We are not pacifists, but we know the ideology behind things like terrorism will ultimately be defeated by love that allows people to embrace a new truth or a new reality. We’ve already experienced that transition when we got saved. Our opinions all melted in the face of a personal experience with Jesus.
A Spirit of Self-Discipline – Timidity is what causes us to shelve our dreams and postpone our goals. A spirit of self-discipline is choosing to make a plan and implement it. I keep a prayer diary and a list of goals for each of the major categories of God’s dealings… My relationship with the Lord, my marriage, our ministry to Release Kings, our financial and business endeavors, and our kids and grandkids. I hold all those things in prayer and I discipline myself to have specific objectives for each. All the answers to prayer go in my prayer diary along with the requests for the next level of breakthrough. The Lord and I adjust the plan and goals whenever necessary to keep it current. Here are a few personal samples from my own list:
The Lord – I want to improve my intercession and prayer by responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I want to be in-season and in-tune continually.
Marriage – My next goal is a new ring for Sue. It’s more spiritual than it sounds. Home improvements and vacations with the kids are high on Sue’s list. She started a nursing business in 2008. Part of my job is to help make her dreams come true. She often just needs the space and little encouragement.
Our ministry to Release Kings – We have many goals in this area. One is to start a small group on a monthly or quarterly basis that can serve as a pilot to encourage and release Kings. I need that personally. Another goal is taking our message to foreign nations. Releasing Kings is being translated into French and we are considering going there as well as Africa and China when the time is right. A third goal is to network with other individuals and organizations to spread the message, multiply the finances, and do the ministry. There are many other key people and ministries in this stream. We want to help promote them into the next level of effectiveness. Interviews on our web site are one means of doing that.
Finances and business – We’re sowing in investments continually to “live well on 10%” and create a template for others to do the same… so we can all convert money into ministry.
Hobbies and having fun – I’m going to get a higher resolution pocket camera to take on pack trips to the mountains to enlarge pictures of the scenery, the horses, and the friends. I just turned a montage of Glacier Peak in the Cascades into a 2 X 6 foot picture that will go on our living room wall. It’s a reminder that I can load up a saddle horse, go to the mountains and see some beautiful country; a huge, personal blessing that I don’t take for granted.
Kids and grandkids – I’m like a bull dog believing for our four children and four grandchildren to extend their faith to learn how to multiply finances and convert money into ministry so they can have as much fun as Sue and I. I’m contending in prayer for the fullness of their destiny in Christ and watching for practical opportunities to open new doors for each of them.
If you keep a prayer diary and list of goals for a few years the progress is amazing. I use an Excel file to keep a list of dreams for each of the above areas and the goals that go with each dream. I like to leave some of the completed goals listed as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. My prayer diary is just a handwritten notebook with dated entries. God really does exceed our expectations.
Courage is contagious. 2009 and beyond will turn into an ever increasing jailbreak of Kings turning personal initiative into great exploits for God. Join the party; burst the fear bubble.
John Garfield www.Releasing-kings.com
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.