Releasing Kings Newsletter-Kings-Break-Drought

Kings – Break Drought
March 20, 2005

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Kings – Break Droughts

Easter is an annual reminder of the power of resurrection life. We all go through seasons of blessing (rain) and loss (drought). In this newsletter I want to adjust your perspective on how to deal with drought. Just as an aside, I have a friend on a ranch in Montana (John Moore) who has a distinctly prophetic ministry and he’s making plans to break a seven year drought in the upper mid-west through prayer (you can watch this one on a drought monitor). He is an example of the level of initiative that is available to believers.

10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Phil 3:10-11

Christians grow up in Christ learning to allow carnal appetites to “die” but often lack an equivalent emphasis on learning how to have “life and life more abundantly” living in the power of resurrection life. In summary the model of our book (Releasing Kings) is this.

1.Pastors/priests have the job of making disciples with a servant’s heart in the church. Their emphasis is helping people overcome personal problems so they can be equipped for the work of ministry (which largely occurs outside the church via the great commission to “go.”) Pastors teach people to overcome personal problems so they can be exporters of God’s abundance.
2.Kings have the role of expanding the Kingdom of God outside the church.  They have “graduated” from servants or bond slaves of God to friends of God. The world, outside the kingdom, is largely in some kind of drought and it’s the job of Kings to be channels to bring the refreshing rain of God (both naturally and spiritually) to a dry and thirsty land.


Two Perspectives on Ps 68

6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. 7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, Selah  8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. 9 You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. 10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor. Ps 68:6-10


1. Servants in Drought (repent)

Now let’s assume you’re facing a drought of some kind (whether lack of rain, business, finances, ministry fruitfulness, or the presence of God… whatever). If you’re in the midst of becoming a disciple and learning to “serve” you’ll focus on the need to overcome your rebellion and repent during a drought.  You’ll read Ps 68 and see that the “rebellious live in a dry and thirsty land” and assign the phrase to yourself. You’ll naturally gravitate toward accepting your circumstance as being from the hand of God… and you’ll gravitate toward a theology that justifies drought and minimizes abundance. I’ve cherry-picked a couple of verses used (misused?) for that purpose:

10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? Eccl 5:10-11

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Tim 6:6-10

The result – You’ll feel quite holy in the midst of your drought; believing that God designed it especially for you to break off sinful habits… and you will remain in your dry and thirsty land – because you have faith for it.

Please note that I’m not discounting the possibility that we may really have a sin problem that has earned us a trip through the wilderness. I just don’t want it to be your only theological option.


2. Kings in Drought (make it rain)

What if you face drought as a King? You would read the same verse (Ps 68:6-10) and see the purpose of God is to have the heavens pour down rain and bring abundant showers.  Why?  So His weary inheritance would be refreshed and the abundant bounty would feed the poor.  Kings have the ability to look beyond their personal issues and see the bigger picture of God’s plan – He’s all about expanding the Kingdom and overcoming droughts until the whole earth is filled with His glory and watered like a garden. Kings are committed to taking the battle to every tongue, tribe and nation “and overcoming.”

Now, let’s go back to our ranch in Montana. Do you think John Moore will be successful in breaking a 7 year drought in the mid-west?  I do!  Because I believe that’s what God is committed to.  He’s just looking for Kings with enough authority to make it happen. I believe Kings carry “rivers” of living water within them that can turn any worldly drought into God’s abundance… spiritually, naturally, and financially.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:16-18 NKJV

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38  KJV


The Bottom Line

If you’re receiving this newsletter, you’re either a King or at least you want to be one.  That means God has you on the front lines expanding His Kingdom where there is no Godly influence. Odds are you’re experiencing some kind of drought, because that’s what the world is like before it’s moved under God’s influence. The drought may have been caused by rebellion (every situation is potentially different), but droughts are overcome by the assertive faith and prayer of Kings executing the plan of God. Don’t fall into some kind of introverted condemnation assuming you’re personal sinfulness is the root cause. Take up your sword and possess your land.

If you are intrigued by this topic, we you might also enjoy a free report from our website (How You Can Break Off Poverty and Embrace Prosperity).  We also recommend reading Releasing Kings to get the “whole story.”

FYI – People in Australia are already praying away drought through prayer. http://www.breakingthedrought.com/

Blessings,

John & Harold

John@Releasing-Kings.com


Kings – In a season of prayer and fasting

In the last couple of newsletters we shared a prophetic call to prayer.  You’re email responses are so instructive that I created a special web page, “You Wrote Back” to share them.  Thanks- feel free to email us.

Conference in Holland

March 28 – April 5

Harold has made ministry trips to the Netherlands for the last few years. When Releasing Kings came out they wanted to translate the book into their native Dutch language. So It’s natural that this trip have a Marketplace Ministry theme. One of the seminars has a Dutch web site at www.modernekoningen.nl. Please Keep this trip in prayer. We’re expecting God to do great things on the international scene… Sue and Linda are both going as well.

Here’s the tentative schedule.

March 30th 19.30 hrs. meeting in Anna Palona Church

April 2nd Releasing Kings / Marketplace WHOLE day SEMINAR in Almere

April 3rd. Ministering in Churches

Morning: Pinkstergemeente Almere with Pastor Ton Verdam

Afternoon: Rafael-gemeenschap with Pastor F. Obdam

April 4th. Marketplace Seminar BELGIUM

Progress – Kingly Bio’s are Up

We’ve completed the first round of interviews with Kings. These are real people that have been blessed by God in the Market Place and have hearts for ministry. Check it out at http://www.releasing-kings.com/Interviewing-Kings.html. If you have a success story, we’d like to post it by giving you a web page on our site.

Progress – A Teacher’s Guide

We’ve completed the first version of a study guide that targets those teaching the material in Releasing Kings. It includes a page of notes on each chapter, all the graphics suitable to make overheads, and a PDF file of the book with the key points highlighted that includes marginal notes, comments, and questions. This material is available for purchase on the teacher’s guide page of the web.

john@releasing-kings.com

509-308-6873

Friends Tell Friends

Harold and I have both been hesitant to “market” this book… sounds self-serving. Here’s the “grassroots” reality. God has given us a great tool to communicate a message that sets people free in an amazing, contagious, life-changing way. If you haven’t read it – get it. If you have read it – give it.http://www.releasing-kings.com/Ordernow.html

We’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback on the newsletter too… get it, give it. Reloading Seniors was powerful. Pass the link on.http://www.releasing-kings.com/Newsletter.html

PS: don’t forget to look at the free reports – show your pastor the article on marketplace ministry from the pastor’s perspective. You can simply email him this link or print a copy to give him. http://releasing-kings.com/pastors-perspective.html

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