Blessed are the persecuted

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Righteousness is much more than just doing right. Righteousness is the nature and character of the Father. Righteousness is living out of the heart of God. When our actions are righteous it is only because we are doing what the Father would do. When Jesus declared that He could only do what He saw the Father doing (John 5:19) He was revealing to us what true righteousness looks like. When Jesus healed the blind, He did it because that’s what the Father would have done in that moment. When Jesus had mercy on the woman caught in adultery, He did it because He was responding from the righteousness of His Father. When Jesus fashioned a whip and drove the merchants from the temple, It was the appropriate righteous response. When Jesus knowing He would be rejected declared in His own home town that He was the anointed one, He did it because it was righteous to do so. Jesus was not persecuted because He was doing what was right. He was persecuted because He was producing the heart of the Father in whatever situation was put before Him.
Wherever the heart of God is reproduced the Kingdom of God will be manifested. When the Kingdom is manifested the results are often supernatural. The Pharisees did not hate Jesus just because He did good things, they hated Him because the good things that Jesus did were producing supernatural results. Jesus instructed us to seek first God’s Kingdom, and God’s Righteousness knowing that that the manifestation of those two things would lead to persecution. But the persecution is for our benefit because when the righteous are persecuted it produces a violent resolve to live from His nature and see His Kingdom manifested.


Contending for Breakthrough

If you’ve ever prayed for the sick and they were NOT healed, if you’ve spoke to a mountain and it did NOT move, if you’ve ever prayed and did NOT receive an answer then this message is for you!


Tongues and the Supernatural

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I love praying in tongues. I will never forget when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at a youth camp in Illinois. I have made praying in tongues a regular part of my prayer life. There have been seasons in my life where I have spent more time praying in a Heavenly language than praying in English. I love what Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth when he said; “I thank my God, I speak in tongues more than ye all.” 1 Corinthians 14:18 KJV. It’s obvious that the Apostle Paul was a southerner. What is also obvious is the emphasis that Paul is placing on praying in the Spirit. In verse 4 Paul makes it clear that when we pray in tongues our spirit is being “edified”. The Greek word here means “to build a house”. Praying in the Spirit is vital to your growth. Jude writes “But ye, beloved, building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Jude 1:20. Praying in the Holy Ghost builds your faith as well as your spirit. I believe that a consistent prayer life that is centered around praying in tongues is vital to walking in the supernatural. Here is why. When we pray in tongues according to Romans 8:27 we pray according to the will of God. Jesus instructed us to pray for the will of God in the earth. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as in Heaven” Matthew 6:10 KJV. When we pray in tongues we pray directly to God “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God” (1 Cor. 14:2,14, NKJV). Praying in tongues releases the will of God into us so that we will release His will into the earth. Walking in the supernatural is simply bringing the realities of Heaven into the realities of the earth. Being sick with cancer is a reality. However it is also a reality that cancer does not exist in Heaven. As a citizen of God’s Kingdom I’m able to draw on the realities that exist in that Kingdom in order to bring radical change to the realities that exist in the earth.
Remember that you and I according to Ephesians 2 are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places right now. I’m not waiting to get to heaven I’m already there! And because I exist there I see, and hear from that place. Tongues is the bridge that connects the language of my spirit to the language of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) with the hope that I will speak in the earth what is being spoken in heaven.
Our tongue is the most powerful part of our entire being, when I align my speech with His will the result is supernatural! “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21)


What NOT to do when praying for the sick!

Working on a short instructional book on praying for the sick.

Here is a preview of chapter 1.

Chapter 1 Do NOT mind your own business.
 
   I remember being in Wal-Mart one day shopping with the family. We entered the bread isle and there on the floor someone had dropped a loaf of bread. The store was fairly busy that day, and I watched one person after another step over the loaf of bread and move on as if it wasn’t there. My children say it often; “It’s not my mess” the conclusion is if I wasn’t directly involved then I am not responsible. Even in the church I’ve heard this phrase uttered by a parent or two, who I’m sure thought it was the right thing to say at the moment. After all if their child didn’t make the mess then why should they be asked to help clean it up?
The lesson here of course brings us back to the loaf of bread. No I’m really not responsible, and it really is none of my business. I don’t work for walmart, why should I care about a $2.00 loaf of bread?
Obviously the nature of our Father stands in stark contrast to this way of thinking. I for one am glad He didn’t teach His Son to mind His own business, and to only clean up His own mess. If I can’t stop to take care of the little things how can I ever be trusted with what I think are the big things? I believe in the eyes of our Father they are on the same level. A loaf of bread really is no big deal, but if I won’t take the time to bend down and clean up a mess that isn’t mine, I’ll never stop to touch someone who’s life is in a mess, and who’s life is none of my business. At least not with the right attitude and heart. I may from time to time do a good deed, but I’ll make sure someone sees it, or hears about it. The rubber meets the road when there is no one around to appreciate it, much less to even see it.
As a believer minding our own business is never an option especially when it comes to praying for the sick. When we mind our own business opportunities pass us by! Not to long ago I took my kids to Burger King to get some food, and play on the indoor play ground. Actually my wife had an appointment and I have found that indoor play grounds were invented by husbands who’s wives have appointments. While we were there a middle aged couple brought their grandson in to play. There were plenty of seats around but it just so happened that they sat right next to me. Their grandson and my four children began to play together, they were having a great time and the couple and I exchanged smiles while we watched them play.
I wasn’t trying to overhear their conversation, they were just seated so close that I could hear nearly every word. As they talked about various things the subject came up about the husband having difficulties sleeping at night. That sparked my interest so I began to listen a little more intently. The husband began to explain to his wife that his back pain had been so sever lately that even medication wasn’t working, and thus he was unable to sleep because of the pain. And here it is when we either rise to the occasion and clean up a mess that isn’t ours, or just mind our own business and allow another opportunity pass us by. these are the moments that build faith, confidence, and hope if we rise to the occasion. These are also the moments that change lives, glorify our Father, and expose His love. Only if we aren’t minding our own business!
Some time went by and the couple was preparing to leave. As they turned to leave I said to them “I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation, I’d really like to pray for your back before you leave”. After giving me a brief stare down he agreed, after a short prayer the pain left his back. Suddenly I had a word of knowledge, my left thumb at the first knuckle started throbbing with pain. I asked: “do one of you have something going on with our left thumb?” The wife said: “that’s me”. She had injured it, and had been suffering with some nerve damage. After praying for her they were on their way. I watched them as they got to their vehicle. She was checking out her thumb, and he was checking out his back. Both of them received healing. 
God desires partnership with us, Paul said that we are “co-workers with Christ” that means that I have as much responsibility as He does. If I don’t move, He can’t move. If I’m minding my own business then I’ll never mind his. My job is to put myself into a place where he has to work. I can’t heal the sick, but He told me to heal them. My hands can’t heal the sick, but He told me to touch the sick with them. I do my part, so He can do His. Paul said it best when he said: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20. Jesus did not mind His own business, in fact He made it clear that He was only about the Fathers business (Luke 2:49). If we have truly died with Him, and His life is now being lived through us then shouldn’t the life of Christ in us resemble the life of Christ that we see in the Gospels? Shouldn’t we be experiencing the same miraculous ministry that Jesus did? I would argue that one of the reasonswe don’t is because we are simply minding our own business and not putting ourselves into situations where He has to show up. Maybe we didn’t make the mess, but now as Christians SEEING the mess makes us responsible for it. Every day Jesus was cleaning up a mess that wasn’t His, and touching people who’s lives were a mess. I believe one example of this can be found in the book of John chapter 9 “1 And as [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man which was blind from [his] birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus’ disciples are asking “who made this mess?” The reason they believe that someone is to blame is because blindness was a part of the curse found in Deuteronomy chapter 28:28. In this portion of scripture God gave Moses a list of consequences for the Israelites if they were guilty of disobeying the law. The disciples would have not only believed that someone caused the blindness, but that this blind man actually deserved to be blind. It’s easier to ignore someone who’s in a mess if you believe that they deserve the mess that they are in. Jesus’ answer however makes it clear that every mess is an opportunity!  Verse 3 “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
It doesn’t matter who’s mess it is God wants to clean it up, and He wants to use you to do it. But you’ll never put yourself in a position to do anything if your looking for the person who made the mess, or worried about getting into a mess that has nothing to do with you. Jesus once again makes it clear that He wasn’t here to mind His business but the business of the Father. Verse 4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” The Fathers work was to heal the sick. To demonstrate His love to people who did deserved the mess that they were in. To clean up their mess even when He didn’t make it. To not mind his own business, but to be nosey, uninvited, and 
 
Scriptures to study: Mathew 5:16, Mathew 6, John 10:32, Acts 10:38, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Peter 2:12
 
 

Foundations

Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, 20 because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.

The Church in Ephesus stands out among all other New Testament Churches.
Think about this….
The letter to the Ephesians is the only letter of the New Testament which contains no correction from the Apostle Paul.
It was in Ephesus that the culture for miracles was so prevalent that Paul raised the dead there, and performed “unusual miracles”.
In the book of Ephesians the phrase “In Christ” is used by Paul no less than 35 times, more than any other N.T. book. And Ephesians gives the most in-depth look at the nature of the “Body of Christ”.

I would argue that the church in Ephesus was at a level beyond any other N.T. Church and the primary reason for their elevated status can be found in the verses above. Their foundation was built on the Apostles and Prophets with Jesus as its cornerstone. Apostles create culture, prophets speak life into the culture, and Jesus is the culture. This church had a foundation that created a culture whereby Heaven was being established in them, through them, and around them. We know how important foundations are. In the natural world foundations are never seen, although they are the most important part of the structure. In the Kingdom of God foundations are celebrated, decorated, and seen (Rev 21). Jesus taught in Luke 6 that every house needs a foundation, and every foundation must be built upon Him. Jesus also shows us in this passage that it is possible to construct a house that exists without foundation. Though it may be erected and even thrive for a time, eventually it will be destroyed.

I’d like to propose that what we need is not more “churches”, but rather groups of people who know how to establish Kingdom foundations that support the structure of Heaven and therefore establish a culture that transforms the world around them!

A culture where the presence of God, and our pursuit of His presence is the highest value.

A culture where we not only pursue God but also pursue people, and extend to them the highest level of honor regardless of their social standing, or background. Recognizing that they were created like God, and within them is greatness, purpose, and destiny.

To create a culture that holds spiritual fathers and mothers in the highest regard, and that rallies around them, supports them, and receives from them.

A culture where Believers are encouraged, equipped, and propelled into ministry. Where every person plays a part and knows that their position is valued, and needed.

I propose that we create a culture where Holy Spirit empowered ministry is cultivated and practiced. Where the supernatural is experienced, and expected. And where miracles are commonplace, and celebrated.

A culture that makes disciples who disciple nations until the Kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of our God.

The foundation that we lay is the culture that we will create.

Our foundation:
1. The highest value for the presence of God.
2. The highest value for people.
3. The highest value for spiritual leaders.
4. the highest value for equipping believers.
5. The highest value for Spirit empowered ministry.
6. The highest value for missions.
7. The highest value for a Kingdom Culture.

What does your foundation look like?


Greater than John?

 

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Mathew 11:11 “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

So how are we greater?

John the Baptist only preached one message Mathew 3:1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Johns message was an invitation to enter into another Kingdom through the act of repentance. Repentance is much more than just turning from ones sin. It is the putting off of one system of living, and the putting on of another. Repentance is the complete replacement of one identity and pattern of thinking. It is the act of stepping into your “new creation” identity and being “renewed in the spirit of your mind”. It is no longer aligning your way of thinking according to the pattern of this world, but rather taking on the thought life of another Kingdom. Johns message of repentance can be literally translated “Change the way you think because the Kingdom is available to you!” As Jesus stated in John 3:3 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot SEE the kingdom of God.” John’s ministry was centered around the act of repentance, he preached repentance then baptized. John was giving us a complete picture of what repentance is. The “born again” experience comes through the act of repentance, and water baptism. According to Jesus it is what allows us to begin to “see” what another Kingdom is seeing. When you are born into a kingdom, any kingdom you become bound to live according to the structure, and values of that kingdom simply because you are a citizen. When we are “born again” we are birthed into the Kingdom of God, therefore we adopt the structure, and values of His Kingdom. Thus we change the way we think so that the ways of heaven become our ways. We no longer “see” with our natural eye, but now we see through the eye of the Kingdom. And because our view now is not from the perspective of earth, but from the Kingdom of Heaven the things of Heaven become available to us on the earth. So that the sick are no longer sick, the lame are no longer lame, and the dead are no longer dead because I no longer see the limitations that exist on earth, but rather I see the unlimited possibilities of heaven! John preached the full message, but only demonstrated one aspect of it which was repentance. Johns ministry according to scripture was to “prepare the way” John wasn’t just preparing the way for Jesus, he was also preparing the way for the Kingdom that Jesus would later demonstrate. John was laying a foundation for Jesus to step up on. John painted a picture of repentance, Jesus would paint a picture of the Kingdom.

Jesus only preached one message: Mark 1:14 “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” From the sermon on the mount to the upper room every time Jesus taught on any topic it was always in light of the Kingdom. Jesus states that “the time is fulfilled” the time in which He is referring to is found in Daniel 7:21 “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Taking on our sin was only 1/2 of the primary purpose of the cross. The other 1/2 was to dismantle the kingdom of darkness, and establish a new Kingdom in the earth. 1 John 3:5 & 8 tells us of the two fold purpose behind the manifestation of Christ. Verse 5 says: “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins”… But John didn’t stop there, he went on to say in verse 8 “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Every kingdom produces according to its own structure, and values. “The works of the devil” that John was referring to was simply the effect of the kingdom of darkness upon mankind. The kingdom of darkness like any other kingdom has structure to it. Ephesians 6:12 gives us details into that structure. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” The kingdom of darkness also has its own set of values which is stealing, killing, and destroying. When you combine structure, and values “works” are then produced. The Kingdom of God has a structure to it also, the centurion from Luke 7 understood its structure. The Kingdom of God has values as well which are based out of love, and the Righteousness of God. This is why we are given the instruction to “seek first the Kingdom, and His Righteousness”. Kingdom is the structure, righteousness is the value, and according to Jesus when you combine the two “all things” become available to you! Jesus came producing the good works of the Kingdom, and subsequently began to dominate over another kingdom. Acts 10:38 says: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” The good works of Jesus had a devastating effect on the works of the devil, and because of that Satan sought to kill him. The death of Jesus on the cross would prove to be the most catastrophic event that the devils kingdom would ever experience. The cross stripped the enemy of his power, turned us into Sons of God, loosed the Holy Spirit & the Kingdom of God onto the earth. The very thing that Satan attempted to destroy became more numerous, and more powerful through the cross, this is why the bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:7 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Glory was crucified in order that we would receive glory, and then fill the earth with His glory! One preacher said: “if Satan would have know what was really going to happen at the cross he would have killed everyone that was trying to kill Jesus!” The “gospel” is good news because the Kingdom of God only produces good works that destroy the works of the devil. Jesus’ message varied from That of Johns in that Jesus added the element of belief, belief in the good works of the Kingdom of God. Jesus displayed the works, then told us to believe the works. Jesus demonstrated so that we would have an example, then He instructed us in belief so that we would perform. This is why He stated in Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. “Signs” are the works of the Kingdom, belief is the only way they operate. Everything that Jesus did, and everything that He taught was done as an invitation to enter into the realities of another Kingdom. Entrance begins with repentance as John taught, and once you enter that Kingdom belief is then required to perform the works of the Kingdom as Jesus taught. Perhaps one of the most powerful scriptures concerning the works of the Kingdom comes from Jesus’ statement in John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Make no mistake about it the “works” that Jesus is referring to here is the miraculous demonstration of the Kingdom of God on the earth. John the Baptist preached the Kingdom, and demonstrated repentance. Jesus preached the Kingdom of God and demonstrated the Gospel. John laid a foundation for Jesus’ ministry, Jesus laid a foundation for our ministry!

Jesus’ disciples were instructed to do only two things “And into whatsoever city ye enter….. heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.” Luke 10:8-9. Healing the sick is one part of the demonstration of the Kingdom. Remember it is a Kingdom of power, therefore power must be displayed. The apostle Paul understood this when he wrote “For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.” 1 Cor 4:20. Jesus’ instructions were simply ‘show them the power of the Kingdom, then tell them about it’. This is why Paul also wrote in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” Even Paul’s ministry resembled the instruction that Jesus gave to His disciples in Luke 10. Paul went on to write in Romans 15:19 “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” Paul associated the demonstration of power, with the gospel being preached “fully”. He understood what the disciples understood, that the Kingdom must be preached, and demonstrated. Everything that Jesus taught, every time He cast out a demon, all the miracles, and every healing, all of it was done as an example for us. Jesus’ ministry set the stage for our ministry, He is the model. Jesus modeled intimacy with the Father, He modeled faith, He alone is the model for Kingdom style ministry, and living which includes the demonstration of the realities of that Kingdom and it’s power. Everything that Jesus did while on the earth was done as an invitation for us to enter in and experience, only Jesus raised the bar for us when He stated that we would do even “greater works!” John the Baptist was a great prophet. Jesus said in Mathew 11:11-11 “he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” How are we greater than John? The answer is clear…. John preached the Kingdom but only demonstrated repentance. Repentance is the entry point into the Kingdom. John was preparing the way, showing us the way, making our path straight. Now that we have entered into the Kingdom we not only get to experience it, but also demonstrate its power. We, like John preach the same message, the gospel of the Kingdom. But unlike John we have the opportunity to “fully” preach the gospel by putting its power on display for everyone to see!

Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Mathew 5:16.

Now go and produce greater works!


Cultural revelance

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Mathew 11: 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[e] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

If the Church desires to change the culture around them then it MUST produce the culture of another Kingdom. Signs and wonders are given to the church for that very reason. Jesus said: “if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Luke 11:20. Signs and wonders are simply the reality of the culture of Heaven being exposed to the culture of the world that we live in. Think about this….. Sodom is considered to be the most wicked of all Old Testament cities, So wicked in fact that because not even ten righteous men could be found in it God destroyed it by raining “fire and brimstone” upon it (Gen 18). In Mathew 11 Jesus makes a profound declaration that states if signs wonders & miracles had been performed in Sodom it would have repented. What Jesus is saying is that the most sinful culture of the bible would have surrendered their hearts to the King of another Kingdom had that Kingdom been represented and displayed before them. That the culture of Heaven would have taken over their culture of wickedness. This is the reason why Jesus taught us to pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in earth AS IT IS IN heaven”.
The Church owes the world a demonstration of another Kingdom
in the hope that the world will embrace the King of that Kingdom!

Pastor Ken.


One Generation

Jdg 2:7 “So the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel….Vs10 “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.
11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals;”

When the leadership generation of the church stops producing and proclaiming the supernatural works of God the generation that follows will leave the church to find supernatural fullfillment somewhere else.

This is why David wrote : Psa 145:4 “One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.”

This generation isn’t intrested in religion…..
They deserve an encounter with the Holy Spirit.


It’s not JUST about Heaven.

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When we reduce the message of salvation to say that the work of Christ on the cross was simply to get us into heaven we write off the other aspects of the gospel, and in reality only present 1/3 of it’s total objective.

John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” 

Greek for saved is “Sozo” it means:

To save, to keep safe, to rescue from danger, to save one who is suffering from disease, to heal, to make well, to save from evil, and to deliver from the penalties of judgement.

Sozo is the complete restoring work of the cross, it saves us body (healing), soul (deliverance), and spirit (forgiveness). Salvation doesn’t just provide for us in an eternal since, it should also have a powerful effect for us in this life as well. Sozo includes healing, deliverance, and protection for us NOW, not just in the life to come. Heaven is my destination, but my purpose here is to receive now, and manifest now the complete work of Christ. 

1 Timothy 4:8 …but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

“Jesus didn’t die just to get you into heaven, He died to get heaven back into you!” – Dan Mohler


What is Possible?

In 1954 Roger Bannister sent shock waves throughout the sporting world by becoming the first human to run 1 mile in under 4 minutes. In 1945, 9 years prior to Bannister’s record a man by the name of Gunder Hägg set a record of 4:01.6 this record stood untouched for nearly a decade. Although Bannister’s feat was an amazing accomplishment what resulted after was perhaps even more amazing. While Hägg’s record stood for nine years, Bannister’s only stood for 46 days. In the 9 years that followed Hägg’s record athletes and physicians alike began to doubt that the human body was even capable of running fast enough to achieve anything less that 4 minutes in a 1 mile race. Instead of 4 minutes becoming a goal it actually became a barrier in the minds of the runners simply because they were being told it couldn’t be done. For 9 years no one came close to achieving anything less than 4 minutes however after Roger Bannister proved it could be done anything near 4 minutes suddenly became to slow. By 1957 16 other runners had also broken the 4 minute barrier. Today the record stands at 3:43.13 set in 1999 by Hicham El Guerrouj from Rome and one day even that record will be broken.

Because we were created in the image of God we were designed to display His Glory, and to do great things (Mat 5:16 & Col 1:27). As Jesus was demonstrating the Kingdom of God and reestablishing it in us through the Holy Spirit he encouraged us with these words “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”  Jesus exemplified Kingdom living and everywhere He went the Kingdom was manifested, so much so that even John the disciple said that there wouldn’t have been enough books in the world to contain all the works that Jesus did. Jesus demonstrated what was possible, then charged us to contend for greater things.

The sporting world now refers to it as the “Bannister Effect”. Because one broke through, it paved the way for many. The Kingdom of God operates through the principal of breakthrough (Luke 18:1-8, Gal 6:9, Heb 11:6). I’ve heard it said that “the Kingdom is both now, and not yet”.  There must be an effort in the life of the believer to press into the Kingdom to obtain what they have not yet experienced knowing that what they have experienced up to this point is not all that is possible. Like Gunder Hägg, Jesus achieved what seems unattainable.  We can choose to view it through the eye of impossibility, or become a Bannister who chooses to press into greater things, and as a result paves the way for others to follow.

“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Mark 9:23


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