Passion vs Pacifism
September 28, 2008
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Passion vs. Pacifism
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him… Gen 1:26-27 KJV
Waiting on God – There is a remarkable awakening in the Kingdom right now. A first fruits is combining ministry, prosperity, and personal passion to advance the Kingdom in amazing ways. While the US is gripped in the fear of recession, bank failures and economic hardship God’s marines are seeing great opportunity and taking steps toward a very bright future. They can see through the smoke screen of apprehension sown by the enemy. Their confidence and boldness are actually increasing through the turmoil.
I want to contrast the Kingly attitude described above with a more “average” outlook that is rooted in our imbalanced theology. The lyrics to our worship songs and the tone of most of our preaching is directed at waiting on God. We stay in His presence until the cloud moves, right? My sense is that the cloud is long gone and we don’t know it.
Note: I think God is very patient with His people and we’ll turn this corner gradually. So we don’t want to throw rocks at other moves or streams. However, we do want to point to the open door and be examples of Kings that have walked through it.
Here’s the tweak to our theology. God has already given us dominion over natural things (not one another). We already have authority over demons, sickness, finances, etc. What has been missing is the realization that we are created in His image. The passion of our heart reflects God’s own heart. Most of our preaching contrasts the will of God with our carnal desires. That certainly can be true. However, most of the time our passions and God’s passions are the same. We naturally gravitate toward His plan and purposes because our DNA is came from the throne. Can God direct us? Certainly. We love to see his purposes clearly. We love to be adjusted by our Father. However, the norm for initiative is that we already have permission (really a mandate) to “take” dominion. God is waiting for us to implement the passions he’s placed in our hearts. We have access now to pull down the provisions and break through obstacles. We don’t have to wait for anything.
Making progress – Theological pacifism will leave you sitting in the pew all your life (the devil’s will for Christians – If he can’t keep us from salvation, he can at least keep us from building the Kingdom via ministry in the marketplace). The key to making progress is to see the lie behind our excuses. Here are a few examples.
1. I’m not ordained or sent by my church – I’ve got news for your. You’re not going to be! You will either surrender to Jesus ordination over your life and ministry or you will continue to sit. Let’s take it a step farther. If your initiative is so low that you have to be sent by a pastor, you probably don’t have the courage to make it through the spiritual warfare you’ll face building the Kingdom in the marketplace. Pastors equip, God sends.
2. I’ve tried and failed before – Have you failed 7 times? if so, have you failed 7 times 70. Everybody fails. The difference between becoming a King and sitting is your tenacity. Kings look at failure as a learning experience. Instead of wallowing in self pity they reload for the next battle.
For though a righteous man falls seven times , he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. Prov 24:16 NIV
3. I don’t have the finances – If you have any vision at all the finances you presently possess will not cover it. Our job is to take dominion over the finances and create them. Most of our spiritual upbringing solved financial need by taking an offering. Inherent in the offering concept is a statement – “my vision is more important than yours and you should help me pay for it.” We’re not trying to pull the plug on offerings – They are fine for priestly ministry. Kings operate on a different wavelength. Their calling is to speak to financial lack and live in a “cup running over” lifestyle. Their attitude is that I can make everything God has called me to do happen. They know there is an answer and they set out to find it. Poverty sets out to find others to fund it.
The level of financial breakthrough available to believers right now is stunning. If you have an offering mindset, it’s likely that you’ll totally miss the real answer.
Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. Gen 26:12-14 NIV
4. I don’t have any help – One of the keys of marketplace ministry is networking your vision with others who share part of it. Instead of employees with no vision imagine a staff that is motivated by the vision of the company. If God has placed a big vision in your heart, you will find that same passion in others if you look. If you ask people to help you they seldom will; if you give them a piece of the action in line with their passion they will seldom refuse.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Hab 2:2 KJV
Don’t be a holy pacifist. Implement your passion; get your hands dirty; make some mistakes. Have some fun building the Kingdom with the Father.
John & Sue (are dancing – Join us)
Harold is dancing too … with Linda
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.
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