“God Still Loves His Backslidden Children” Praying Through the Book of Hosea

Hosea 1:1-2:1

We desperately need revival in America and around the world. According to the scriptures, before revival comes we must humble ourselves, pray, seek his face and repent (2 Chronicles 7:14). Before corporate revival comes to the church and then spreads to the nations, there must first be massive numbers of people experiencing individual revival. Personal revival must spread exponentially.

This means intentional cultivation of humility, intercession, intimacy and repentance in our lives and church must become the focal point if we expect real revival to visit us and our land. If repentance that brings revival is our goal, then there is no better place to start than the book of Hosea. Hosea calls God’s backslidden people to return to the Lord. Why don’t you join me on a prayer journey through God’s book written to his backslidden children.  Let’s start with this prayer of confession and repentance.

Prayer

Father, forgive me for being an adulterous wife to You.  Forgive my unfaithfulness.  Make me faithful to You.  Lord redeem my legacy and my offspring.  Lord, don’t discipline me for my sin and don’t punish my nation for it’s sin.  We are bloody with violence and aggression.  Forgive us and show us love.  Save us not by our strength, but by Your strength.  I want to be a part of Your people.  Bind me in close to You.  Draw my family, friends, neighborhoods, communities, states, provinces and nations close to You.  You deserve a people.  Make us Your people. Make us like the sand on the sea shore.  Make us Your great nation. Let us act like what we are – Your children.  Unite us!  Heal our divides!  May we rise up in the land and may we love one another. May it be done in Jesus name!

Hosea 1:1-2:1

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoas king of Israel:Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’ When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lordsaid, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

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Part 7-To Fill-up Empty Out

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.                                     Matthew 5:6

If there is any area that the survival thinking robs humanity of the most, it could be in the area of emptiness, hunger and desire.  The end game of the survival instinct is continued existence – survival.  The natural outgrow of this principle is apathy.  When all the thresholds have been met for survival, then the goal becomes to maintain.  The maintenance-mentality soon becomes mindless apathy.  Life has now kicked over into autopilot.  We have our rations, and we can now power down.  Apathy and maintenance are not the pathway to true life.  We must embrace the path of hunger if we are truly going to live.

Emptiness and hunger do not lead to starvation.  Hunger leads to motivation.  You are not motivated to eat until you are hungry.  If a person is not hungry for excellence, then there is no motivation to improve. If they are not hungry for success, then they will not succeed.  If they are not hungry to create, then other things will become a priority. If they are not hungry to solve problems, then they will not solve problems.  If a church is not hungry to grow, or meet needs, or have a community impact, then they will not.

We all know the natural order to this.  The cycle goes like this: hunger leads to eating, eatings leads to being filled.  The sensation of being full wanes which leads to hunger, and the cycles starts again. There are a few variations to this process. When a person eats good things, then their metabolism speeds up, giving them more energy, and making them hungry sooner.  When a person eats bad things, then their metabolism slows down, giving them less energy and making them fat.  The fatter a person gets, the more hungry they become.  The brain tells their stomach that they need to consume enough food to provide energy for the body, but also enough calories to maintain their fat. Ironically, no matter which path a person chooses, they are going to have an increased appetite. Our bodies illustrate this truth to us everyday.   To get full, you must be empty.

The same principle is true on multiple levels mentally and spiritually.  The nature of what you feed yourself, whether good or bad, is going to increase your longing for it.  If you have been feeding on the bad, then you will desire more of the bad.  If you have been eating the good stuff, then your appetite for the good will increase.  This is true, but it is not my main point.

The reality is when you eat mentally and spiritually the more hungry you get.  This cannot happen naturally due to the limitation of our stomach to hold food, but it is true physically over the long term.  Yet mentally and spiritually we do not face these limits.

Due to there being no limits the more one eats the more hungry they become instantaneously. This leads to the bizarre state of being hungry and filled at the same time. The more hungry you are for God, the more filled with God you are.  Being filled with God makes us even more hungry for God.  The more hungry you are for knowledge, the more filled with knowledge you will be, which intensifies the hunger for knowledge.

Hunger leads you to what you are hungry for.  When you are hungry for answers, then you find answers.  Hunger blesses us because it forces us to ask the correct questions.  If you are not hungry, there is no reason to seek.  If you are not seeking, you will not ask the right questions.  The right questions lead you to the right answers.  When you are naturally hungry, you ask, “Where can I get food?”  It is your emptiness that leads you to fullness.  If you are satisfied, then there is no motivation, and without motivation there is no satisfaction.

You never get full until you get empty.  You could paraphrase what Jesus said like this, If one hungers for righteousness, then they are going to ask, “How can I get righteousness?”  When you ask the correct question you will find the correct answer.  Jesus was so confident in this truth and in the hardwiring of humanity; if one asks the right questions, then they will find the right answers.  And in this particular case, Jesus knew that if one asked how they can be righteous, then they would find him. They would find his grace.

Hunger leads to the right questions.  What are the right questions? How do I find what I am looking for? How do I feed my hunger? The right questions improve our life.  Outside of random, but positive accidents, nothing can be improved in life without us asking how each area can be improved.  How can I improve my business?  How can I get a promotion?  How can I increase the quality of my life?  How can I feed all of these kids?  How can I afford to take a vacation? You never get there without hunger.

You pair this with the mind and the spirits ability to never reach capacity, then this leads to a state of being starved and filled simultaneously.  When you think about this you know it to be true.  The most knowledgeable people you know are still the most hungry for learning.  The most spiritual people you know are still the most hungry spiritually.  In the Crazy Kingdom, when you’re full you’re starving and when you’re starving you are full.

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A Prayer Against Hurricane Irma and Other Storms in the Atlantic

 

I don’t know about you, but I serve a God that parts seas, calms storms and walks on water. This hurricane is nothing for my God. Why don’t you join with me in prayer and faith as we pray and speak against this hurricane. Nothing is impossible if we believe! Believe and agree with me and let’s stand and watch God move!  Let’s pray this prayer together!

Father, Your the God that parts seas and stills storms. You’re the creator of all things and nothing is too hard for You.  You’ve given authority and dominion to us, and we stand in that authority. (Matthew 28:18-19).  Through the name of Jesus, from whom our authority is derived, we tell Hurricane Irma to go back out into the sea. We declare this hurricane is losing its power. It’s heat and energy are being scattered. In the name of Jesus we strike down every demonic and natural force that’s driving this storm towards us.  She’ll not make war against our nation, economy or homes.  She will not kill, steal or destroy (John 10:10). I pray this will be the most underwhelming news story in media history. I declare nothing will come of this. No lives will be lost.  No homes will be destroyed.  Your kindness is bringing our nation to repentance (Romans 2:4). Everyone will make the connection between the death of this hurricane and Your miraculous hand. Your obvious intervention will be recognized, and Your fame will spread from coast to coast. Your name is being glorified as Your church is rising up in her authority.  We tell the storm to be still and settle in peace. We not only pray this for Hurricane Irma, but also Hurricane Kaita and Jose.  We speak this in the name of Jesus and for the glory of Jesus.

 

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Part 6-To Be Happy Mourn First

 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4

Most of human behavior revolves around this survival curse.  Yet most people want to escape from this reality.  This is the root of our cultures idolatry of fun. This survival curse must be covered, medicated and escaped from in our lives. In light of this the world says, “Be happy at all costs.” If alcohol makes you happy, then drink to your hearts content.  If illicit sex makes you happy, then you should not restrain yourself.  There is no need for restraint in anything that makes us happy, and rescues us from the rut of survival.  So popular culture says jump in with two feet, and if it be drugs…hanging out with friends…partying…medication…porn…another bad relationship…TV…entertainment…busyness…work…achieving, then so be it.  Whatever brings you delight is to be pursued.

This race to escape from our human dilemma is futile. We want a deep seated happiness that radiates from within, not a superficial bandaid that only distracts us from reality. Yet the only way to find this deep seated happiness is to stop and face the condition we are in. This is the call of repentance that we hear from John the Baptist and Jesus.  The call to face our sin.  The call to mourn our condition, and then turn from that condition. Humans instinctively run from mourning and repentance.  We know we are flawed.  The transformation from superficial happiness to a deep joy within must go through the door of mourning. We must stop and face who we really are.  Alcoholics Anonymous says it is the point when you realize you are an alcoholic. You are not just having fun…you’re a drunk.

True happiness comes when you face the truth, mourn the truth and deal with the truth.  Until you look in the mirror and face the pain, and mourn the truth you will never change.  Some need to look in the mirror and say,  “I am a bad parent.”  They need to mourn it, and then say, “I am not going to bounce from relationship to relationship any more trying to fill the void in my life.  I am going to focus on my kids.”  A person needs to go through that same process of facing all hindering behavior.  I have made bad decisions, but no more excuses.  Face who you are.  Do you need to say: I am a liar; I am a slave to the opinions of others.  The truth is the most painful thing you will ever face.  But the truth is the only thing that will set you free.  It is not until you realize that you are a bad parent or an average parent that you can become a great parent, and that brings great joy.  It is not until you own your hypocrisy that you can make adjustments, and that coherence of life and thought brings real joy.  It is not until you realize that you are not doing well at your job because you are lazy, that you can make a real change.  The truth hurts.  Feel the un-cushioned force of the truth.  Mourning is the key to change.

The call to mourn also beckons you to dig deeper than just your behavior. You also have to face the injustice inflicted upon you in the past.   Many times our actions are rooted in the pain of injustice.  There might be more to the problem of overeating. The problem could be that you are medicating the pain of rejection from a parent that walked out on you.  The reason you are looking at porn maybe because you are afraid of intimacy, because the last person you shared your heart with rejected you or used that information against you.  I am not saying that all bad behavior is rooted in a dysfunctional past, but the call to mourn says, “If it is, then you need to deal with it.”  If you want to be free then you have to face the fact that: my parents never loved me; the abuse is affecting my behavior; I was taken advantage of.  The list could go on and on.  Facing the past leads to freedom from the past.  So how does one cure the pain of injustice afflicted upon them?  You can’t fix the past, but you can stop running from it.  You can face it, then mourn it, and then healing comes.  The survival instinct says to run from the pain.  It says to run from the darkness of pain.  Yet Jesus calls for us to face it, to mourn it, and let the healing process take root.  To mourn your lose is the only way to find freedom from the past, and this leads to genuine happiness. Happy are those who mourn.

Mourning is the pathway that helps us to step into a larger world.  Mourning things outside of our control places us on a path to greater joy than we can ever imagine.  It is paradox again.  We force ourself in a direction that is counterintuitive.  There are all kinds of injustices that you can mourn: sex slavery; children with parents in prison; teen pregnancy; etc.

When you mourn issues larger than yourself, then the blessings that come into your life are manifold.  This mourning releases compassion.  This compassion stirs up love in our hearts.  This love and compassion connects us to God, motivates us to act positively.  God connection and positive action releases the anointing of God’s Spirit into our life.  This brings a supernatural dimension into our life.  We have a supernatural flow of energy, purpose and miracle working power. This provides a high to life that can only be understood when one has experienced the connection to a larger purpose.

When one takes this mourning to God through prayer this is what the Bible calls intercession.  The issue that one is mourning becomes catalytic in connecting to God.  This connection to God  awakens people to the life they were created for.

We were created to glorify God, know God, and relate with God. When we mourn larger injustices we step into a combination of joy, peace and purpose that brings an inward satisfaction that awakens us to why we were created.  The Bible calls this, “Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” This holds true until God brings us another cause to mourn.  Mourning starts the process that leads to love, compassion, connecting with God, and the anointing.  These make us happy. Thus, blessed are those who mourn!

 

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A Prayer Rejecting a Self-Focused Life

Jonah 4:5-10

In the busyness of life the sad state of the lost often tumbles to the back of my mind.  Unfortunately, I sometimes have a cynical attitude toward those without Christ- either viewing them as a lost cause or even as the enemy, but this is not in line with the heart of Christ. I am sad to say that there have been moments when I could see myself reflected in the pages of the book of Jonah. Let’s go before Christ believing that He will deliver us from the disdain of Jonah.

Prayer

Father, so many times I am more concerned about my own comfort than the state of the people who don’t know You.  You are faithful to attempt to teach me compassion, but I am often like Jonah- unwilling to learn from Your voice and from the prompting of Your Spirit.  Make me malleable in Your hands, help me to get my focus off of myself and place the eyes of my heart on the people who need You.  Help me to learn from Jonah.  I can’t condemn him because I am so much like him, but with the help of Your Spirit, I believe I can be an effective evangelist just like Jonah. I believe I can develop in me the heart You were attempting to work in him in Jesus name, my sanctifier.

Jonah 4:5-10

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.  But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.” But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.  And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

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Part 5-To Experience It Honor Others Who Have It.

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”                                     Matthew 10:40-42

 

When a person is running the rat race of survival, they are in competition with the ones that are ahead of them.  The survival racers alway keep track of those who are ahead of them and they always know who is behind them, especially those who are close behind them.  Understanding the pecking order of the world is important if one is a survivalist.  The survivalist longs to be on top of the food chain.  Jealously is fuel to the survivalist. Jealously gives the motivation to keep competing.  Jealously is the consolation prize for the first and second runner up. Jealously is the salt in the wounds of the defeated.  Jealously is the longing for someone else’s experience.

Jesus comes along pointing to the way of the Crazy Kingdom.  In the Crazy Kingdom experience is not hoarded, experiences are multiplied. In the Crazy Kingdom if one person experiences something, their experiencing it is the key to someone else experiencing that same reality. The survivalist says, “I am going to push them out of their spot, their experience, because it is only when they are displaced that I can experience what they are experiencing.”  Experiences are limited.

But in the Crazy Kingdom nothing is limited.  One person’s success is the key to another’s success.  One person’s experience is the path to someone else experiencing that same reality. Jealously is the counterfeit of honor.  Jesus taught us about how honor works in the Kingdom. Jesus said, we had to “welcome a prophet as a prophet…”  Why must we honor a prophet as a prophet?  If they’re a prophet, then they’re a prophet, what difference does it make about our attitude toward them?  The issue is if you want to experience what the prophet experiences, then you must honor him for what he is.  You see, the prophet’s reward is revelation.  If you want revelation from God or from the prophet, then you must honor the prophet.  If you want to share in his experience, then you must honor the person that caries that experience. When you honor the man, then you are honoring the price he paid to get to where he is.  Honoring the path puts you on the same path. Honoring the person positions you to receive from them…to learn from them…to receive impartation from them…to acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit within that person.

Jealousy is honor in reverse. When one is jealous they desire the experience of another, but the nature of jealously prevents them from sharing in the experience they desire. Honer is the kingdom path to shared experiences.

When Jesus’ hometown folks did not honor him, then they could no longer experience his miracles. Miracles don’t flow up to the proud, they flow down to the humble.

This principle that Jesus taught extends beyond the realm of the prophetic.  Jesus qualified that he was teaching a heavenly principle by giving different applications to the same principle.  If you welcome a righteous man, then you get the righteous man’s reward. What is the righteous man’s reward?  Righteousness!

If you want to experience what another is experiencing, then don’t be jealous of them-honor them.  When you honor them, then you share in their experience and you receive from their gift. The path to their experience is a process.  To receive from their reward is immediate.  When you honor them their path is highlighted for you.  You can follow in their footsteps.

This is not only the key to receive from those above us; it is the key to receive from those under us. The people that follow our lead have gifts, abilities and talents.  It’s only as we acknowledge and honor the gifts they bring to the table that we can receive the full benefit of what they bring to the table.

You must receive a mentor as a mentor to receive a mentor’s reward (training).  You must receive a pastor as a pastor to receive a pastor’s reward (care).  You must receive a life coach as a life coach to receive a life coach’s reward (perspective and solutions).  You must receive an administrative person as an administrative person to receive organization and order in your life. The principle holds true no matter if one moves the principle up or down the ladder.

Most of the time honor is going to be more than simple respect. Honor will require you to give yourself to the person by some means or another.  You must pay a personal trainer, life coach or nutritionist if you are going to receive their reward.  Honor may mean you travel to a conference this person is teaching.  Honor may require you to purchase a book they are selling or downloads from their website.  It may require you to tithe or to sow into their ministry.  It many require you to purchase their lunch or dinner. Honor demands giving by one means or another.  Even if you do something small like a cup of cold water, this will influence what reward you are going to reap from their life.  Jesus said even little acts of honor will bring the reward from their life into yours.  Remember, in the Crazy Kingdom if you want to experience it, then you must honor it.

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A Prayer to Love the People We Serve

Jonah 4:1-4

If you’ve ever served people in obedience to the Lord, then you understand there’s an ebb and flow to the love of God that we feel for the people as we serve.  Sometimes serving is our greatest joy and at other times it’s a labor of love at best.  As we serve, there’s a danger zone we must learn to guard against.  The danger is this. We can love God and develop a disdain for people. Jonah, through God’s coercion, found himself obeying the command of the Lord with his actions but not with his heart. This is unacceptable to the Lord.  The Lord expects us to obey as his command to serve others with an attitude that is saturated in his love.  If we ever find ourself in a place mentally, emotionally and spiritually where we love God and dislike people, then we must repent.  Let’s pray this prayer to stir up our love for other people.

Prayer

Father, as I serve You never let me lose my heart for people.  Jonah was one of the most powerful evangelists in the Bible, but he didn’t have a love for the people You loved.  Lord, I tremble at Your word.  Give me Your heart of love and compassion for the people You love.  If these people are my enemies, then let me love them like Jesus loved his enemies.  Fill me with Your love in Jesus name, amen.

Jonah 4:1-4

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.  He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

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A Prayer of Intercession for the Great Cities of the World

Jonah 3:5-10

According to the United Nations, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050 it’s expected that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. To read more about this, then click here.

This is an incredible opportunity for the church.  We need to pray that God will rock the major cities of the world.  An outpouring of the Holy Spirit that touches a major world city can change the course of history. Jonah, with all his sin and rebelliousness, is one of the few people in the Bible that saw an entire city shaken by the power of repentance.  If God did it then, he can do it now.  Join me as we pray for the major cities of the world.

Prayer

Father, Nineveh proves that citywide awakening is possible.  So Father I intercede for the great cities of the world.  I pray You will send them prophets and evangelists that are as effective as Jonah.  Prepare the cities of the world to turn to You in repentance, fasting and seek Your face.  Father, spread the fame of Jesus around the world and may the banner of Jesus be lifted above all the major cities of the world.  May these cities be the center of righteousness for their nations.  Lord, as the majority of the world’s populations now live in cities (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Urbanization Prospects, the 2014 Revision), this gives us the opportunity for revival to spread faster around the world.  So set the cites of the the world ablaze for you, in Jesus name.  (You may want to pick out some of the major cites of the world and pray over them specifically.).

Jonah 3:5-10

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

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Moving From Survival to Kingdom Living

Part 4-To Receive It Give It Away

 

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”                                            Luke 6:37-38

The drive to survive compels people to hoard everything like chipmunks hoarding nuts in a tree.  If ones goal is to survive, then it is logical to store reserves.  The laws of mathematics states, if one wants to accumulate more reserves, then they need to add to their reserves, and certainly don’t divide it. Therefore, people will hoard whatever brings them security.  This survival mindset drives people to acquire.  If one wants money, then they need to put it in a bank account or stuff it under the mattress.  If one wants friendship, when they find a friend or a group of friends they shouldn’t let anyone else in. Protect the reserves. This survival instinct to hoard is rooted in a fear of lack.  This fear of lack fuels the fires of hoarding, greed, ruthless ambition and theft.

A person can survive with that mindset, but they certainly cannot LIVE.  The kingdom of heaven does not function on survival mode.  The Kingdom overflows with life.  The Kingdom overflows with love, creative power and abundance.  If you want more of something, then you must give it away.  If one is going to tap into the creative power and the abundance of the unlimited kingdom, then one must act in love.  Love always gives.  Love is not the priority of survival, but it is the priority of life, a true life link to the Kingdom of heaven.  When one understands they are operating by kingdom principles it brings confidence that the resources of the kingdom will be at hand.

Just like the fruit was at hand for Adam and Eve in the garden. They knew if the resources were not there, then the resources could be created.  If it is not there right now, then it will bloom in season.

Many understand that God wants us to be generous, and many more understand that the way of love is giving, but few understand how to receive kingdom resources.  The way to reach ones hand into the Kingdom is to create flow.

How do you get started?  You initiate!  You make the first step. You give.  That’s why you must forgive to be forgiven.  In the kingdom you make the first step because there is unlimited grace.  If you want less of something, then you withhold it.  It simply takes you out of flow.  God is the creator, and a river is flowing from His throne.  It is flowing into all the kingdom, and when you initiate, then you create flow.  Jesus said out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.  Jesus is saying that you become a source of flow.

Jesus also tells us this works in reverse.  You don’t want to be judged, then you stop the flow of judgement out of you.  You don’t want to be condemned, then you rein in the condemnation.

If one wants to increase something, then they need to start giving it away.  Everything you do can become an investment that brings the flow of the Kingdom into your life. If one needs more money, then they should give more away.  If a person invests their life into a life-giving church, then they will reap a higher quality of life.  If someone wants more time, they should give time away in service to others, then they will reap that time back in living longer.

The same is true for you! If you want your business to operate in abundance, creative power and the blessing of the kingdom, then offer more than is expected to your customers.  Offer your customers greater quality than they have ever dreamed possible.  If you’re tired and worn-out, then you need to exercise.  When you give away energy, then energy will come into your life.  If you want friends, then give away friendship and it will return your way.  If you want your kids to care for you when you are aged, then invest into your relationships with them now.  I am not talking about providing for them or taking them to the movies.  I am not even talking about lecturing them about life or giving them platitudes about how to be successful.  I’m not even talking about reminding them to wear their seat belt or look both ways before they cross the street.  I mean you talk to them, spend time with them, hug and touch them or whatever it takes to earn the right into their hearts.  Do this continually while they are children, teens and young adults.  Make their new marriage easier rather than being a curse to it.  Then one day when you get old, they’re going to care for you with compassion.  If you don’t, then you’re going to land in a cheap nursing home on the bad side of town.  What you sow is what you reap.  You will be provided for, but with no relationship attached to it.

Why?  Giving creates flow.  Giving gets things moving. You initiate flow for the positive or for the negative.  When we are in flow, we are acting out the image of God within us. We are running on the operating system that we were made to run on.  The operating system that brings us life.  This raises our human potential.  This brings creative flow into our lives.  This connects us to an invisible kingdom that has no lack, and is filled with abundance.  This pulls us out of the curse of survival and into real life.  Life is about giving. The more you give, the more you live, and in the Kingdom this generous life is rewarded with more resources to be generous.

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A Prayer for a Willing Spirit and an Eagerness to Obey

Jonah 3:1-4

Prayers don’t have to be long to be effective.  If you pray this prayer, inspired by Jonah’s willingness to obey, consistently, then it will change your life.

Prayer

Father, help me to learn the lessons You teach me just like Jonah learned his.  I desire to be willing to obey, and eager to do what You are saying.  Give me a willing spirit in Jesus name.

Jonah 3:1-4

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

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