Sanctifying a City


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I started my day with this thought….

If a believing spouse can sanctify a household, then what can a church do for it’s city?

1 Cor 7:14 “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.”

Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians was to encourage believers with the knowledge that their entire household would live under the covering of the blessing that was theirs due to being made holy through sanctification. That even though a spouse or child had not yet received salvation they would still be beneficiaries of the blessing that rested on the life of the believer and that the believing spouse would not be in danger of living under the curse of sin because his or her spouse had not yet been saved. Paul says : “otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy”the word “unclean” means to be “ceremonially unclean”  In the Old Testament this simply meant you were not allowed to participate in the giving of offerings and therefore disqualified to be a recipient of the blessing that came as a result of offering a sacrifice in worship to God. Now under the new covenant when one spouse is saved and filled with the Kingdom of God the entire household becomes indirect reciepents of the results that come through a life of sacrifice and worship. Although the entire house may not yet be saved they are made holy (sanctified) and positioned to live under the blessing and favor of God.

When God revealed His plan to Abraham concerning the destruction of Sodom Abraham begins to convince God not to bring destruction upon the city for the sake of the righteous that may be living there. In Genesis 18:26 Abraham begins to ask God not to destroy Sodom for the sake of fifty righteous men, God answers this way: “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes” The word “spare” means “to lift up”. God eventually agrees to sparing Sodom for the sake of ten. The reality is that if there had been ten righteous within the walls of the city the entire city would have been “lifted up” and saved from destruction. The righteous lives of a few would have benefited everyone in the city. In the book of Acts Philip travels to the city of Samaria where revival breaks out. Multitudes were being healed and saved and a church was birthed. The result was that there was “great joy in the city”. The city became a recipient of joy because of the release of the Kingdom of God through one believer.

If a believing spouse can sanctify a unbelieving household and validate them as clean and deserving of the blessing and favor of God then how much more can the household of God (the church) sanctify a city and position the city to become recipients of the grace of God? Jesus said that we are “the salt of the earth” salt was used more as a preservative in biblical days than a seasoning. Much of the church attempts to only be a seasoning to the culture around them attempting to only add flavor to their communities. The intention of Jesus for His church is rather that we would be a preserving agent for our city. That because of the presence of the church the society around it would profit from the wisdom, favor, and grace that rests upon the people of God in that city. Thus sanctifying a city and validating it as clean and deserving of the blessing and favor of God.

Romans 2:4 says: “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” The word “goodness” here refers to the nature of God, but it literally means “fit for use”. The sanctification process makes one “fit for use”. Through the act of sanctification God deems one “fit for use” and thus begins to demonstrate His goodness to them by placing His grace upon them in the hopes that repentance will take place. Whether it be an individual or a city I believe God is looking for any excuse to render them “fit for use” and allow the blessing that rests upon believers to rest upon anyone around them so that whole communities are preserved by the church and given an opportunity to “taste and see that God is good”.  The city of Samaria experienced sanctification and the result was a supernatural release of Joy that saturated the entire city. If a spouse can sanctify a household, and a church can sanctify a city then perhaps a believing city can sanctify a nation! Be blessed.


Unlocking the Greater Gifts

Unlocking the Greater Gifts

Unlocking the Greater Gifts

Unlocking the Greater Gifts

The instruction from the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth was that they would “eagerly desire the greater gifts” (1 Cor 12:31). It appears from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that the church there had already achieved a certain level of experience in the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Paul’s challenge to “eagerly desire the greater gifts” indicates that even though they had some experience there was still an even greater level that they could attain to.

No matter what our experience with the Holy Spirit has been up to this point we should always live with the understanding that there is, and always will be more. Even Jesus who produced, and experienced extraordinary miracles challenged his disciples to do “even greater” things than what they had seen first hand with Jesus. There is a pathway to the deeper things of the Spirit, and there are some keys that are necessary to unlock the “greater gifts”.

The Kingdom of God has been referred to as an “upside down Kingdom”. In other words the culture that exists in God’s Kingdom and the culture that exists in this world are polar opposites. God’s Kingdom really isn’t “upside down” it is right side up, the world has been operating upside down since Adam fell. In this world many who climb to the top often do so at the expense of others, but greatness in the Kingdom of God always comes at the expense of self. When Jesus’ disciples we’re arguing as to which was the greatest it’s interesting that Jesus never rebuked them for wanting to be great He instead instructed them on how to achieve greatness by becoming the “servant of all”. Servanthood is key to unlocking the greater gifts and true servanthood is rooted in humility.

Paul wrote in Philippians 2: 5 ”Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus’ level of exultation was equally matched to his level of humility. Jesus received the highest name because he humbled himself to the lowest place. Paul’s instruction to us is to think just as Jesus thinks. Humility by definition is “the act or posture of lowering oneself in relation to others, or conversely, having a clear perspective and respect for one’s place in context”. It is a unique paradigm that genuine humility gives way to genuine greatness and It is only through humility that we achieve significance in the Kingdom of God.

1 Peter 5:6 ”Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time”.

Peter, who is quoting from the Old Testament directly connects humility with promotion.

Consider the life of Moses. Hebrews chapter 11 tells us that Moses purposely chose to remove himself from Pharos’s family to be identified with the Israelites who were living as slaves. It wasn’t until Moses was living as a shepherd tending someone else’s sheep that the call of God comes. Moses is arguably the most influential leader of the old testament  not only does he deliver the Israelites from slavery he also becomes their leader and the representative of God to them for 40 years. God used Moses to perform signs wonders, and miracles. Moses instituted God’s law, and wrote the first five books of the old testament. Moses regularly had face to face encounters with God that were so powerful it caused his skin to glow with the glory of God. All the experiences that Moses had were the result of a decision that Moses made to humble himself.

Numbers 12:3 “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” This verse in Numbers states that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. It was Moses who wrote that. Some Bible scholars have argued that if Moses really was humble he would have never wrote those words. In reality the Holy Spirit wrote those words through a man who was humble enough to allow the Holy Spirit to make that declaration over him. False humility will always cheapen itself to a lower standard in an attempt to look like the real thing. It’s really pride trying to look like humility. Real humility knows who it is and will have the scars to prove it. Moses was the most humble man on the planet at that time, and because of his humility God exalted Moses to the highest position available at that time.

In Romans chapter 12 verse 3 Paul writes that we each have different gifts, and that those gifts come as a result of the work of grace in our lives. The greek word used for gifts in this instance is “charisma” which comes from the greek word “charis” and is translated “grace”. What we refer to as “gifts of the Spirit” in reality might be better understood as “gifts of grace” that come through the Spirit. Grace is the gift, grace is known as “God’s undeserved favor” God gives us grace to enable us to be transformed into the image of His Son. The goal therefore is not to produce “Spiritual gifts” but rather to be like Jesus. That’s not to say that Spiritual gifts are not to be produced, but to understand that the Spirit works through us by the gift of grace to make us look more like Jesus. Jesus worked miracles everyday after the Spirit descended upon Him at the Jordan river and Jesus made it clear that “signs would follow those who believe” and that we would do even “greater works” than Jesus did. What Jesus was describing is impossible without the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on an individual’s life made possible through grace. In Acts chapter 3 Peter and John heal the lame man at the gate Beautiful. When Peter sees that the people are amazed by this miraculous event he responds by saying: “why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” Peter understood that this miracle was produced as a result of the Holy Spirit’s power working through the grace that was on their lives.

1 Peter 5:6 which was quoted earlier indicates that exaltation is directly linked to humility. In Luke 14 Jesus told a parable that further illustrates this. He Said:“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.” We are often inclined to seek higher positions, but the pathway to a higher position starts when we purposefully take the lower position. Promotion is directly related to humility just as Jesus states in Verse 11 when he said: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Peter and John discovered in Acts chapter 3 that supernatural power draws attention. The question is who will profit from it? We must learn to take the lowest place even while we are displaying the greatest power.  Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 12:7 “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” In this context one person serves all with the manifestation of the Spirit that is on their life. Taking the lower position is using the power of God as a tool to serve others and not as a tool for self promotion. Promotion will come when we allow everyone else to “profit” from our gift.

James 4:6 says: “But He gives more grace. “Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” If the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us through grace then its easy to conclude; The greater the grace, the greater the gift. Therefore “greater gifts” occur when we step into a greater level of grace. 1 Peter 3:18 says “Grow in Grace…” The Greek word here can also be translated “increase”. We step into grace through salvation then it is our job to steward grace in such a way that we receive a continual increase over our lives. As grace increases our gifting’s will expand to new levels which opens the door to even more gifts. Paul’s invitation to unlock the “greater gifts” is made possible when we position ourselves to receive more grace by humbling ourselves with whatever level of grace we currently have remembering that gifts of grace only enable us to serve others. Humility is the key that unlocks the limitless supply of grace from the Father. When He sees that we have handled a gift of grace well then He is most willing to give “more grace”.  Which is why Jesus said in Mark 9:35 “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” As you “eagerly desire greater gifts” let your desire be to operate the gifts of grace out of a true spirit of humility that “does not seek it’s own” but strives to serve others with the gifts you currently posses knowing that greater gifts are being cultivated.

We should not assume that because an individual manifests a gift of the Holy Spirit that they have mastered humility. We never judge by the gift, only by the fruit.

5 Flowing into 1

Ephesians 4: 11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith…”

I believe in what is referred to as the five-fold ministry. Paul makes a specific distinction between the five ministry offices that are given to the church from Christ Himself. I once heard a great analogy that paints a good picture of the purpose of these five. Each of your hands has five fingers. Your pinky is symbolic of the Teacher. If you make a fist and strike it on a table the pinky is the first to hit. The Teacher is the foundation on which the other four rest. The Pastor is represented by the ring finger. The ring finger symbolizes the relational covenant. The Pastor carries the heart of Christ for His church. It is the Pastor who cares for, and tends to the bride of Christ. The Evangelist is likened to the middle finger because it has the longest reach of any of the others. The Evangelist is called to reach out and gather in. The first finger is also known as the “pointer finger”. The Prophet likewise is a prophetic voice to the church that points the way. The Apostle is like the thumb He empowers the others to do something that they never could on their own. He carries a commission, and imparts that commission to others. They are all in place to work together to accomplish a common purpose.

These ministry offices are given to the church by Jesus Himself. There are specific assignments for each of them but there is one factor that is necessary for them to achieve all that they are designed for. Let us discover what that is.

In the fifth chapter of the book of John there is an intriguing event that takes place at the pool of Bethesda. John records it this way:

“1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,[a] having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.[b] 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.” (NKJV)

Bethesda Is known to mean “House of Mercy” it is also translated “Flowing Water”.
Here at this location we are told that there are “Five Porches” these porches were simply coverings in which an individual could find shelter. It is under the shelter of these porches that a “great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed” laid waiting for a supernatural event to occur. The angel was only able to stir up the water enough for one to be healed. Their hope was that they would be the first to enter into the water to be the one healed at the stirring of the pool. It is apparent that there existed among the sick a spirit of competition. Instead of coming to the aid of one another they each look out for themselves. Everyone there is expecting to be healed, but as the sick man stated to Jesus “there is no man to put me into the pool”. The atmosphere that existed at Bethesda reminds me of a large portion of the church today we have expectation without experience. Perhaps the only reason Bethesda became a gathering place for the sick was due to the expectation of a supernatural occurrence that would immediately change their life, unfortunately only very few would enjoy the experience. When Jesus arrives at the pool He is unknown to the people. They did not know what we now do, which is that Jesus had the ability to heal them all. We know He could have done that instead His attention is drawn to only one. One man who has waited thirty eight years for an experience that would supernaturally change him would now discover that there were limitations under the five porches but there are no limitations in Christ. Jesus heals the one man with one simple command “rise, take up your bed and walk”.
I find myself asking the question “why only one?” most likely there were hundreds if not thousands of people who needed what Jesus had. Jesus only heals one. Could it be that Jesus was afraid of what a mob of sick people might do if they discovered in that moment that He was the healer? In a story that seems to have many multiples there seems to be a greater emphasis on the singulars. There are five porches and a great multitude, but only one angel who heals one person at a time, and one sick man who is healed by Jesus. What if instead of trying to figure out all the questions we have about this encounter we look at the imagery that is created by this story. Before we do that lets look at another similar event.
Acts 5:12 “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” (NKJV)

What a display of power! The New Testament church is thriving and amazing things are taking place. I believe that the experiences of Acts chapter 5 should also be our experience today. That just as they were impacting a city as well as the surrounding region so too the church should be experiencing that today only now at an even greater level. However for the most part it is not. The church today has much in common with those who gathered under the five porches of Bethesda. We have multitudes who are in need of a supernatural encounter but very few who have experienced it. We are still living under the covering of the five porches.
The Pool of Bethesda consisted of two pools surrounded by five covered porches, or colonnades. There were four around the perimeter and one through the middle separating the two pools. They were all there but they were separated much like the ministry offices of Ephesians 4 are today. At the moment we exist under a structure that does not support the fluency for them all to function as one. At Bethesda every man was by himself and for himself. Just as the sick man pointed out “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” (NKJV) This is the reason that at Bethesda we see the singular attitude that lead to so few encountering the power of God. There was one angel, one stirring, and one individual healed. When Jesus who was known for healing “all” arrives even He only heals one. My simple observation is this “That the more singular the ministry offices of the church are the more singular our results will be.”
Paul wrote in Ephesians four that it was “He Himself who gave” Therefore we must understand that these ministry offices are given to us out of who Jesus is. Jesus is the Apostle (Hebrews 3:1) He is the Prophet (Luke 24:19) He is the Evangelist (Luke 4:18) He is the Pastor (John 10:11) and He is the teacher (John 3:2). The five fold ministry positions represent the fullness of who Jesus is. They are meant to represent and reproduce the whole Jesus to the body of Christ. Just as Paul stated in verse 13 the purpose for the five who are given from “Himself” is that we attain to “the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. It would be difficult to understand the “fullness” of Christ without a full view of who He is. The five belong together just as every finger on your hand belongs there. And the body of Christ needs to be touched and ministered to by the five not just one, or three but the fullness of the five.
I’d like to propose that the five porches of Bethesda represent the five-fold ministry offices of Ephesians four and that the imagery we draw from the events occurring at the pool is that when the five-fold ministry offices are structured in such a way that there is no direct interaction between them we are then drawing from an inferior model that cannot reproduce the level of supernatural ministry that we see in Acts five and therefore will not impact cities and regions with the full demonstration of the power of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. I’m certainly not saying that a church cannot experience the supernatural without the five. I am curious however as to what we may be missing out on when the five are out of place.
When the spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost the Bible states in Acts 2: “1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” (KJV) I cannot tell you how many times over the years that I have heard this verse recited as the primary reason for the release of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. That they were all finally unified enough for Him to come. We often neglect to include the events of chapter one with the outpouring of chapter two. It is in the first chapter of Acts that Peter recognizes a piece missing from the puzzle. That is an Apostle is missing from his place. After already praying, and already being in “one accord” Peter has a revelation that the position left vacant by Judas needed to be filled. They draw straws and choose Matthias. I would argue that the outpouring came because of positioning and not because of agreement. After all according to verse 14 of chapter 1 they were already in agreement. It wasn’t until the twelve were assembled together and in their proper place that the greatest move of the Holy Spirit mankind had ever experienced was released.
I have had the privilege of being in full-time ministry for nearly fifteen years. Over the last few years I had seen some of the greatest miracles and moves of God than at any other time in my life. In those moves of God I have noticed one reoccurring theme. When there are multiple ministers ministering in one place there is a greater level of anointing, and a greater release of the supernatural. One of the most powerful meetings that I have ever been a part of occurred at the church I was pastoring. I had invited two evangelists to come minister for the weekend, as well as another pastor who was a friend of mine. One of the evangelists that were coming was bringing a friend of his who is a prophet. We had five services together over a weekend. I’ll never forget the Saturday night service. My pastor friend was scheduled to speak and during the course of the evening the other evangelist shared for a minute, as well as the prophet, and then I closed the service. As I stood the presence of the Holy Spirit filled the room so strongly I knew some great things were about to happen. That night we saw several healed, but I’ll never forget the level of prophecy that was in operation. That night I gave some of the most accurate prophetic words that I have ever given. When the dust settled and all of us who were ministering compared notes we were all taken back by the level of anointing that entered the room that night. In fact one of the ministers remarked “I think we all got an upgrade tonight”. The Apostle John wrote In Revelation 19:10 “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”. If this is true and if the five-fold ministry offices of Ephesians four represent the “fullness” of Christ then wouldn’t it be safe to say that they are also the “testimony” of who He is. When the testimony of Jesus is present it releases the prophetic utterance necessary to build up the body of Christ. This is one of the main purposes of the five-fold ministry. Just as Paul wrote in Ephesians they are given by Jesus “…for the edifying (building up) of the body of Christ”. Since that time of ministry I have continued to notice that when there is more than one ministering there is always a greater level. This is why even if I’m the only minister I always make sure to have my wife beside me when we are ministering to an individual. I’m not saying God won’t move through one person. I am saying I’ve seen what He will do with two or more!

Bethesda means “flowing water” I believe God’s desire is that the five porches of Bethesda flow into the one porch represented in Acts 5. “And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.” They were all in place and because of this the city and region were witnessing the greatest move of God on the earth up to that time. At the pool of Bethesda under the five porches only one was healed. Here under Solomon’s porch “All” were healed “16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.”
The five must flow together. This is how they were designed, and this is how they function best. I believe that we are in a season when not only is God strategically placing people in locations, but He is also bringing together strategic alliances that know how to bring heaven to earth.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour” Ecc 4:9

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


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


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?



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.


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