Releasing Kings Newsletter Whats Your Passion

What’s Your Passion
September 15, 2004
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Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace

(www.releasing-kings.com)

This Book walks you through the passion that starts when God connects your job, business, ministry, and life purpose into one package. Christian men and women entrepreneurs in the workplace, or their home business, bring a creative health to cash flow, co-workers, and customers. Marketplace ministry begins with a dream or hobby; a desire that God put in your heart – an entrepreneurial spirit that replaces the paycheck-to-paycheck mentality with a new attitude, financial health, and finally an ability to make others successful – A riveting book that will connect you with the favor God already has on your life and your ministry

On behalf of Harold and John, thanks for purchasing Releasing Kings and requesting this newsletter.  We’ll do our best to keep you informed of the latest developments.  We really believe God is opening a new door of prosperity and ministry for a generation of entrepreneurs that will expand His Kingdom.

Pass this free newsletter to others.  Anyone can sign up at the web site newsletter page.  If you send me an email and name at johnsue@3-cities.com, I can email a polite invitation to receive the newsletter that requires their response to get on the list.  One person asked me if there was an obligation in receiving the newsletter – Nope.

What God is Saying to Kings

(What’s Your Passion?)

In each newsletter we’ll try to give you a sense of what the Holy Spirit is saying to Kings right now… somewhat like the articles you see on the Elijah List emails.  We share these for two reasons; 1) to build you up with encouragement, and 2) to provide a venue for intercessory support.  In the future I would like to include your sense of what God is saying as well.  Feel free to submit them at:

http://www.releasing-kings.com/Feedback.html

I’ve been profoundly impacted with the realization that my concepts of man and God were a half bubble off.  We deal with my favorite issues in chapters 7-9 of Releasing Kings.  What we say about the nature of man is also elaborated on in a book Harold wrote, Precious in His Sight.  Here’s the crux of the matter.  If we believe “man” is inherently sinful we will be irrevocably led to conclude the desires or passions in his heart are corrupt too.  If we believe we were created in God’s image and that he can redeem whatever is corrupt and change our hearts, then we can be much more optimistic.

Here are a couple of examples:

Example #1 – This quote came in an email from a respected leader.

“One of these days a nurse will enter your intensive care unit, observe the flat signal on the electronic heart monitor, unplug the life-support system, and quietly walk out of the room. At that moment, you will find yourself in eternity face-to-face with God. One question He plans to ask you is whether you shared the passions of His heart, or whether you followed your own. How you answer that question will determine the quality of your existence for all eternity.”

Hidden in the prose is a misconception we all should learn to recognize (easily).  The Lord is showing Kings a place of finding the desires of their heart that match up with His desires.  The misconception in the above paragraph and throughout much of Christianity is that you have to forsake your own will to take up God’s will… you’re either serving yourself or serving God.  Here’s the truth: God is big enough to change our hearts so that our desires match His.

What happens if you live the either/or world of continually forsaking your own desires as carnal.  That’s a one-way ticket on a works trip.  People ignite when they give themselves permission to pursue their passion.  It’s not spiritual at all to grovel in the inadequacy of human nature… we actually deny the power of God when we do.  When we first come to the Lord, we do have to overcome carnal appetites and replace them with Godly desires.  It’s healthy to serve “that which is another man’s”.  The day comes, however, when we have to identify and pursue the passion God created us for.  If you don’t you always live from pay-check to pay-check… literally and figuratively.

Example #2 – This one is excerpts from an email exchange with a brother I admire and respect greatly – a King.  He’s a rancher that also does seminars teaching others to make their operations more profitable.

We evangelicals have overemphasized the sinful nature of man at the expense of things like resurrection life, the Holy Spirit, and everything you refer to in the book of Acts.  We assume everything we miss is a result of our personal shortcomings.  Look at this excerpt:

“I get goose bumps just thinking about what would happen to me and around me if I would allow myself to become totally filled and controlled by God’s Holy Spirit.”

I want to suggest that (in addition to being a sinner saved by grace through Jesus’ work on the cross) you were created in God’s image and that he has worked in your heart over the years to move your desires to line up with His.  We worship a God that is powerful enough to change our hearts.  He wants to give you the desires of your heart.  Your reference to allowing yourself to become “totally filled and controlled” is frankly flawed!  I’d be willing to bet you haven’t changed one thing since you wrote those words and that you won’t have made any progress at being “controlled” if I sent you another email every month for the next year.  Here’s why.  God isn’t really trying to make you more “controlled” You’re asking to be more “robotic” and God just isn’t going to do that with you.  God is trying to get you to dream more and follow those dreams… and to dream bigger.  …as big as God does.

What He’s really doing is asking you the same question He asked Solomon.

At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5

At this stage of your Christian walk, He’s asking you to take more authority, responsibility, and have more fun with the things He’s assigned you.  He’s asking you to express what He’s put in your heart and bring it to pass as a co-laborer – to rule and reign with Him now.  You’ll need the power of His Spirit to do this of course.  And, if you see the synergy between your desires and God’s desires and pursue them, it will bring even greater joy and fruit to your life.  If you keep pointing to your inadequacy at being “totally filled and controlled” you’ll continue to waste your breath.  This is a little blunt, but it’s true.  Young Christians do need that message to repent from their carnal desires and learn surrender.  You’re past that stage.  It’s time to rule and reign with Christ. Time to stop pointing to your sinfulness and act out your Godly nature that the Holy Spirit has already worked in you.  You’re a great practical and spiritual encouragement to an important segment of our society – a King.  You touch both business and ministry in the marketplace.  God has given you an important message to the ag community.  It’s time to talk about your resurrection with Christ, not just your crucifixion.  That will get you into your Book of Acts.  In many ways you’re already there… you just don’t have a theology to support it.  Anyway, no more empty promises to be more filled and controlled, OK?  It comes across like you’re worshipping your sinfulness.  You’re already filled.  If you want more results in some area, then “ask or command” and “do”.

One little example, if you would like to see people get healed in some of your “secular” meetings and you believe that it is appropriate, then invite people with a need to come up for prayer, lay your hands on them, and invite the Holy Spirit to touch their lives and heal them… be prepared for results.  You would be just as effective breaking off their poverty, leading them to salvation… or anything else you felt led by the Holy Spirit to ask for.  That’s exactly what the disciples did in Acts and you have exactly the same level of anointing at your disposal.

Your Assignment

You weren’t designed to operate outside of the passion of your hearts desire.  Give yourself permission to pursue those desires and stop worrying about being filled, led, controlled, etc.  What is not of God will be very obvious once you start.  What will amaze you is how much of God you will find in your own heart’s desires.  If you’ll pursue those desires, the energy of the Holy Spirit will fill in an amazing way.

Our Assignment

We’re in the process of putting together a study guide that will include some testimonies of kings.  Their successes, failures, vision, etc.  If you have a story that would bless others, let us know.  Jim Bryson, who helped edit Releasing Kings, is doing phone interviews with some Kings I know to get us started.  We’d love to interview and write up your story as well.  johnsue@3-cities.com

Blessings,

John & Harold

PS: don’t forget to look at the free reports – Especially the one on your heart’s desire.

http://www.releasing-kings.com/free-reports.html

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