Releasing Kings Newsletter-Kings-tree-of-life

December 04, 2005


A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life

God’s People Hear His Voice – One of the delightful discoveries I had as a pastor was learning how well Christians can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Every Sunday or during every class I would try to share something fresh with an anointing. Sometimes I was successful, sometimes partially, and sometimes out of step. When my words came out I could tell whether God was speaking or whether is was just me. What surprised me was that I could also tell that everyone else knew just as quickly whether is was God or me as well. My words either resonated with what the Holy Spirit was saying or they did not. Everyone knew the difference. Years of Bible College and study were no substitute for “Ears that can hear.”

Back to the Garden – I’m hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 13:12 and its resonating with his people. Kings are sensing the permission of God to ask Him for their longings and they are receiving answers. Many have known the sickness of hope deferred. But now the Holy Spirit is wooing them back to the garden, to fellowship, to the tree of life (Jesus) and to the fulfillment of their heart’s desires.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.     Prov 13:12

When we reread Genesis 2:9, we are reminded that Adam and Eve were not restricted from the Tree of Life. They apparently had the opportunity to eat and live forever. In a very practical sense God is restoring that part of our relational vitality with Him. The process of Kings “overcoming” is returning to Jesus, the Tree of Life (see Jn 10:10).

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Rev 2:7

Is there warfare around this process?  Most certainly! The enemy does not want you to enjoy your relationship with God; you might start bearing fruit. Here’s how practical it gets. God wants you to experience the joy of asking for the desires of your heart and experiencing the joy and life that comes from His answer.

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24

Breaking Poverty – A Poverty spirit is largely a belief that your heart’s desires are corrupt and that you’re unworthy of answered prayer. To break that spirit we have to go beyond asking for spiritual thing… and settling for needs. We have to ask for the level of abundance that goes with the perfect will of God. We have to ask at the level of God’s promise and contend for all of our inheritance. We have to ask for the desires of our heart to catch the fullness of what Jesus has done for us.

The Ability to Produce Wealth – I want you to see the connection between finding “life” and wealth. You see, we used to think life was salvation (it is). Then we found life in worship (there is). Then we learned that Jesus had the meat of ministry in Jn 4:34 and we found the life that comes from ministry to others (it’s true). I want to take you to another level. Life also includes the thrill pursuing our heart’s desire. In a real sense it’s being entrepreneurial – finding our way toward this amazing marriage of His will and our will. You not only get to pursue your desire, you get the time to do it, and you prosper financially doing it. It’s all part of his covenant. Here’s a little secret. Your ability to minister to others really starts when you find your own heart’s desire “and” the prosperity that goes with it. Then you’ll produce Kings; before then you’ll produce servants. We can only impart what we have.

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 8:17-18

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. Prov 8:17-21

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. 2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Ps 112:1-3

Magic wealth transfer – I’m uncomfortable with the emphasis on “end time transfer of wealth.” God does judge sin in a way that transfers wealth from the wicked to people that are righteous. In fact, the parable of the talents and minas include stories of God transferring wealth away from disobedient Christians to the faithful.

...a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.  Prov 13:22  (see also Eccl 2:26, Isa 60:11, Ps 49:10)

Producing wealth to expand the Kingdom is like the will of God. If you don’t want to do it, He will find someone else who is willing. I want to suggest this concept of transferring wealth is a minor component of the wealth that will be “produced” by healthy Christians who are willing to be entrepreneurial. We’re coming out of an era where the marketplace was considered sinful. Commerce, interest, and capital have all been tainted as evil somewhere back in our church tradition. The poverty mindset is still “too spiritual” to allow us to become entrepreneurs and actually make money and break out of the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. A poverty theology remains passive and believes God to move money from the pockets of sinners into our pockets. I wouldn’t recommend waiting for wealth transfers from the wicked to show up in your checking account or trying to exercise faith for it either. Make a plan and work toward your desire.

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Prov 10:4

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Prov 13:4

Producing Wealth – The “Keys to the Kingdom of God” are the power Christians are being given to appropriate the resources of heaven. God’s people are being given amazing favor for creativity, new inventions, new opportunities, new directions, new levels of influence, and new levels of power. It’s not recycled wealth being transferred from sinners; it’s brand new from the throne room. God’s people are trading in their passive poverty for initiative. We’re learning to work smarter instead of harder.

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:19-20  NASU

We’re like teenagers asking Father for the keys to the car. The only thing wrong with that analogy is that we’re not 16; most of us way past 16 and the keys have been available for the asking for quite some time. Thank you Jesus. You didn’t give up on me. You kept on knocking… asking me to give my poverty mentality.

Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.


John & Harold     (are dancing – Join us)

Conferences – The Last trip to the Netherlands was a real eye-opener! I greatly underestimated the value of our book, the impact of the message on individual lives, and the value of live conferences. I witnessed the power of God being unleashed in the hearts of men and women by simply explaining the theology and experience behind releasing their heart’s desire to expand the Kingdom. Seeing the lights come up in the hearts of God’s people feels like sponsoring a jailbreak. One of my goals is to equip others to help us share the message in conference formats before we get overwhelmed with the momentum of what God is about to do. If your church or organization is ready, we can help you start a fire… a big one!

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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.


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.

We’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback on the newsletter too… get it, give it. Reloading Seniors was powerful. Pass the link on.

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.

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