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Posted: 03/14/2012 at 12:17pm
Worldwide Kingdom Awakening News and Views
Published by Ron & Barbara McGatlin - Basileia Publishing
In This Edition
1. Israel Came to Kadesh Barnea
2. You Are a Giant Killer
3. Top News Headlines
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1. Israel Came to Kadesh Barnea
By Ron McGatlin
There is a fresh move of God before us. The wind of the Spirit will blow upon the fires of God wherever a spark of revival ignites the spirits of those who seek God with their whole hearts.
The joy of the Lord awaits those who will make room for the Holy Spirit to fill their hearts and lives with the life of Christ – those who will unreservedly yield their lives as living sacrifices to be transformed by the renewing of their minds to the mind of Christ. The promise of empowered life by the grace of God unto righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit awaits those who will enter by faith into God’s promised kingdom life.
Failure to Enter the Promised Land
Moses led the children of Israel through the wilderness from slavery in Egypt to Kadesh Barnea at the edge of the Promised Land.
Deu 1:19: "So we departed from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorites, as the LORD our God had commanded us. Then we came to Kadesh Barnea.
The chosen people of God were free from the bondage of severe servitude as slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. They had miraculously come through the great and terrible wilderness to the edge of the promised land of freedom. Yet, they were not able to get free from the restraints of the slave mentality that was within them. Though they experienced the miracle working power of God delivering them from Egypt and through the wilderness, they were still thinking like powerless slaves and did not perceive the awesome power and love of God that was with them to strengthen them to possess the land.
Instead of going in and possessing the land, they sent twelve spies in to spy out the land to evaluate the strength of the inhabitants to see if they would be able to take it, though God had already told them that He had given them the land. Of the twelve spies ten came back with a bad report of what they saw in the land. They saw it was a fruitful and bountiful land. However, with their slave’s mentality they looked with their natural eyes upon the giants in the land and apparently disbelieved the promise of God.
The potential was there to enter into the promised life with God in the land of righteousness, peace, and joy. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, believed God and tried to encourage the people that God was with them to give them strength to take the land.
You know the story, how that the people believed the bad report and all the people turned back to the wilderness for forty years of wandering. The ten spies that brought the bad report suddenly died with the plague and only Joshua and Caleb remained. Every adult person who had received the bad report died over the next forty years in the wilderness having never entered the land of God’s provision.
The entire generation of people failed to enter the promises of God because of the ten who brought the bad report. The bad report of a few had prevented a multitude from entering the greater provision and freedom of God. Only their children who grew up in the wilderness were free from the slave mentality and willing to fully enter into the promise of the Father.
Entering the Promised Spiritual Kingdom Now
We have seen and are seeing this scenario played out again and again. A few who are unwilling or unable to be set free of their present lives of religious prideful mentalities and personal insecurities, take a look at the new land of Holy Spirit outpouring and give an inaccurate bad report of what God is doing. Thereby, at least for a season, they not only fail to enter, they also prevent others from entering into the outpouring of the Spirit of God that is bringing the kingdom of God life now to those who will receive it.
Cities and regions may be affected by the viral spreading of bad reports about the reality of what God is doing. People believe the fearful reports of the spies and never experience the fullness of the truth of the kingdom of God in their lives now.
These people may have come a long way across the wilderness from their past religious bondage or worldliness, yet they are unwilling to release the remaining traditional views from the past that occupy their “promised land” within themselves. They may have traded their bondage to religious systems for another inner bondage of believing that what they desire of the kingdom life is not available to them in this season.
They may be excitedly but erroneously looking ahead to sometime in the future when they believe God will make the kingdom life that they desire available to them or their descendents. In so doing they miss the outpouring of God’s Spirit that is now bringing the life that they desire and with their critical reports they lead others to miss it as well. Their reports tend to squelch the move of the Spirit by turning people back to their belief that what they have is all there is for them now in this season.
The Power of the Eternal Word
Those who listen only to God and seek Him at any cost are overcoming their lingering religious mentalities. They are overcoming their preconceived ideas of what the outpouring of the Spirit and the coming of the kingdom should look like. They are entering into the realm of the Spirit and receiving the spiritual kingdom of God now.
The eternal Word, Christ Jesus, is alive in them by the Spirit of God. The fire of the living Word is burning within and pouring out in prophetic truth that releases the fire of God to burn away the past and release the excitement of the life of God alive and flowing again. Only God can produce such flaming truth that in one moment ignites a real fire from heaven in us, transforming everything and bringing extreme life of God in and through us.
These become laid-down lovers of God. Their previous mind sets and preconceived notions based on natural and religious life apart from living by and walking in the Spirit are wiped away by the glory of the kingdom of God lifestyle. Their love for God and His love in them for others erase all their doubts and fears of unreservedly yielding all they are and all they have unto God to be used as He chooses.
His desires become our desires.
Natural human desires fade in the light of His glory and the presence of His Spirit that fills our spirit and soul. There is no desire to strive or connive to gain or achieve anything in this life. There is no need for more of anything temporal to be fully satisfied and filled with joy of the Lord.
The values of human social order and pretending are repulsive in the reality of His presence and provision. In God’s spiritual kingdom, the masks and fake love of insincere and deceptive human sociality with all of its lies of phony peace and empty flattery have no place in the presence of the love of God. Life is full and truly abundant whether we have much or little of this world’s goods. Our weakness becomes His strength as the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, empowers us to overcome and walk in victory over all the works of the flesh and the devil.
His love in us by His Spirit fills us to overflowing with love that is real and endures all things. The outpouring of the Spirit is an outpouring of love that leads to great faith and joyous hope that releases power to rule in righteousness. Thus, the kingdom of God is upon the earth in glory.
The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ~ Paul
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ Paul
Keep on pursuing Love. Love never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
2. You Are a Giant Killer
By Victoria Boyson
If you have a passion for God to do something He's led you to do, be assured you will have to endure the unkind attentions and accusations of others. Like King David in 1 Samuel 17, the attacks that come against you could even come from your own family, and they are painful to stand. But take heart, Jesus overcame, David overcame, and so will you.
Some of the most demonic-ridden attacks I have endured have come through my brothers and sisters in Christ. It's sad to say, but the enemy is able to use us against each other and does frequently.
The enemy will try to use anyone or any situation to cause you to drop your sword, but realize it is only a ploy to keep you from stepping into the miraculous. Truly, one of our greatest weapons to fight this kind of attack is forgiveness – it's powerful. Keep it as your shield and you will deflect many arrows.
And know this, the attack against you isn't about you, it is against the Kingdom you belong to. You are a part of something much greater than yourself and therefore the attack against you can seem relentless at times, but you have everything you need for victory – you have the DNA of a Champion living vibrantly on the inside of you. So, do NOT be intimidated when the enemy tries to reduce you – to remind you of who you used to be – for the Kingdom of God lives big in YOU.
David vs. Eliab
As David went to the battlefield to see how he could help his brothers, he was appalled at Goliath's words against his people; he wanted to do something about it. But before David could fight against the giant, he had to overcome the accusations of his own brother Eliab.
When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."
"Now what have I done?" said David. "Can't I even speak?" He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter... 1 Samuel 17:28-30
When I read the title of this chapter to my son Cole, he very kindly informed me that I was incorrect. "No, Mom," he said, "It's David and Goliath!" We have all read or heard about the story of David killing the giant Goliath, but shortly before he killed the giant, his brother attacked him verbally. And before David could face off with Goliath, he had to overcome the heated accusation of his oldest brother Eliab.
David trusted in God's power, but his brother did not. Eliab thought the doubts he had about David's character were really wisdom. He misunderstood the accusations in his heart toward David to be a gift of discernment into his brother's life. He thought he understood his youngest brother. He had known David his whole life; he had probably helped to raise him, but could not see David's heart for what it was.
Eliab misinterpreted David's confidence in God to be arrogance and conceit. He thought David was just "talking big" for the boys, and it angered him. He had lived with David his whole life and just saw a little brother who was only good enough to tend the sheep in their father's pasture. Eliab did not know that while David was in the position of the lowly shepherd boy, God was training him to be a giant killer.
But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:34-37
While no one was paying attention to David, God was training him to be a mighty man of faith – someone who would not rely on his own strength or wisdom but on God's. God taught David how to fight His way and not the ways of other men. God taught David to use faith and a sling. When the fighting men of the day tried to train David to fight with armor and a sword, it was uncomfortable for him because he was not used to it (see 1 Samuel 17:39).
God Wants to Train Us
If we are willing, God Himself will teach us and train us to walk in His ways. Many times, God uses the experiences of other men to train us, but there comes a time when He desires to get one-on-one with us (see John 16:13). He desires to take us through our trials Himself, step by step, and the more we learn from Him, the greater our capacity to be taught by Him.
Eliab fashioned himself after the warriors of the day, and I am sure in their eyes he ranked very high. He was certain that he knew what it took to fight; he was sure David did not have what it would take. After all, Eliab was the one that Samuel thought would be God's choice for the next king of Israel. The Lord told Samuel to disregard Eliab's appearance and his height, because He'd rejected him. "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).
Eliab was furious with David for even thinking he, a shepherd, could fight the giant Goliath. Eliab thought David was conceited for talking with such great faith. Eliab reasoned that since he, the oldest and biggest of his brothers, would not even consider fighting with Goliath, how could his "baby brother" have the gall to think he could fight him? He was positive that David's talk was just conceit and that his intentions were wicked. Eliab was focusing on Goliath and thought he was too big for anyone to fight, but David's focus was on his God. Eliab thought that David was thinking too highly of himself, but actually it was Eliab who thought too little of God.
Turn Away from the Accuser
Have you ever been in David's position? Your intentions are honorable and your heart is pure, but those around you misinterpret your actions. They point at your confidence in God and assume it is pride, so they decide that they need to remind you of your smallness, as Eliab did when he reminded David he was only a shepherd. "And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert?" (1 Samuel 17:28).
People like Eliab allow their mouths to be used by doubt and unbelief. They will point out every reason why you could not possibly fulfill the call of God on your life. They are positive you could never have the things God has promised to you. Eliab felt he knew David, and he was sure there was nothing special about him. However, Eliab was not there in the fields with the sheep when God was fashioning David's heart after His own and building up his faith in Him.
It was at this time that David made one of the most important decisions of his life: He turned away from Eliab and started talking to someone else.
The enemy will find those people in our lives that regard us as inferior and unsuitable for ministry and speak through them to devour our destiny. He will use them to point out our inadequacies and remind us of all the reasons why we could not possibly do anything of significance.
But God also has a voice! He can see into our future and the motives of our heart. We need to tune our ears into Him and He will encourage us to do all that He asks us to do. He wants us to break free from the person we have previously been and see ourselves walking in our destiny in God.
You Are a Giant Killer
Beloved, God sees you as a giant killer. He sees you as victorious; He pushes you to try. Close your ears to the enemy's lies and see yourself as God sees you. God wishes to use your uniqueness to enrich the Body of Christ.
God has been trying to convince you that your destiny is very great, indeed. But, at the same time, those around you see you as insignificant. Or, they may view you as anointed but cannot possibly envision what God has planned for you. It simply is not possible for them to see your destiny. Don't expect them to; it is between you and God. He desires it to be that way until He releases you into your destiny in Him.
If David had listened to his brother Eliab, he would not have killed the giant, and he may never have become king. While anticipating the birth of our destiny, we must endeavor to turn away from the opinions of man and heed the voice of God. God promised David the crown of Israel, but he was virtually unknown until he fought and killed Goliath. It was through this step of faith that God made his name known. God gave him a platform by which he would eventually be made king and fulfill his destiny. Every step of faith and every act of obedience to God will get us one step closer to our destiny in Him. If David had not stepped out in faith here, he might not have sat on the throne of Israel.
What is the Goliath in your life today? What is God asking you to do? No matter what it is, be ready for the voice of the accuser to say you cannot do it. He wants to stop your destiny. Don't let him do it! When the enemy tries to discourage you, be encouraged by it. He would not waste his time trying to discourage you unless he actually thought you would fulfill your destiny in God.
Please pray this with me: Dear Father, help me to hear Your voice and not the voice of the accuser. Change my vision. Help me see myself the way You do. Allow me to see others in light of Your grace, and help me see Your destiny in people everywhere I look!
Speaking Life Ministries
3. Top News Headlines
‘Courageous’ Film Outreach Leads 1,000 Police Officers to Christ - 3/12/2012
The movie Courageous had an incredible impact on men across the United States. “For the six weeks of the movie’s running in theaters, it ended up being No. 1 in all of North America for box office sales just promoting it to law enforcement.” In the Phillipines 4000 officers saw it and nearly 1,000 come forward to receive Christ as Lord. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39235&a mp;PN=1
Crystal Cathedral Fires Three Schuller Relatives - 3/10/2012
The Crystal Cathedral has fired three relatives of the Rev. Robert Schuller. Schuller's daughter, Gretcher Penner, producer of the Hour of Power, and her husband Jim Penner, the show's executive producer, were both dismissed. Jim Coleman, husband of Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, Schuller's other son-in-law, also lost his job as director of creative services. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39221&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Crystal Cathedral Relocates, Rev. Schuller Resigns - 3/13/2012
The financially struggling Crystal Cathedral will be getting a new name and location, the church's pastor announced over the weekend. The news comes amidst more upheaval among the church's leadership. On Saturday, founder Dr. Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella, announced they were stepping down from the church board. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39241&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
A tale of two orphanages - 3/13/2012
The best intentions of Christians providing help to the poor can on the long term prove to be counter-productive. Development projects have to be indigenous, self-sustaining and multipliable. For the same amount money 4000 or 5000 kids can be cared for in indigenious loving homes in ten years, or you could still be caring for 100 in western institutional orphanages. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39244&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Iraqi Teenagers Stoned to Death for Western Dress and 'emo' Haircuts - 3/12/2012
Muslim religious extremists in Baghdad have stoned to death at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping." A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago and stoned them to death. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39233&a mp;PN=1
Suit: NASA specialist axed over intelligent design - 3/13/2012
A computer specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is going to court over allegations that he was wrongfully terminated because of his belief in intelligent design. Coppedge, who worked as a team lead claims he was discriminated against because he engaged his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and handed out DVDs on the idea while at work. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39243&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Burdened by Debt: US Owes as Much as it Makes - 3/13/2012
The $16 trillion of federal debt is as big as the nation's entire economic output for a year. In other words, if each dollar the U.S. produced for an entire year went to the federal debt, it would just barely pay it off. The consequences are grave moving forward because not only is the debt high, there's no plan in place to change that any time in the near future. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39242&a mp;PN=1
Another attack targets Nigerian Christians on Sunday - 3/13/2012
It's been another Sunday where the echoes of a bomb shattered another worship service in Nigeria. Two weeks after a suicide bomb attack by the Islamist sect Boko Haram during a church service left at least three Christians dead, a similar blast during a church service in Jos (Plateau State) on March 11, 2012 killed at least ten people. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39240&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Critics Angered by Bible Translation for Muslims - 3/12/2012
Many missionaries to Islamic countries say it’s important for Muslims to receive a Bible in their own language—one they can understand, and one that is culturally sensitive.Three Bible translators are under fire for their role in advancing controversial Arabic and Turkish Bible translations. References to God the “Father” are replaced by the Arabic word for god, “Allah” Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39234&a mp;PN=1
'Kony 2012' Exposes Lord's Resistance Army Crimes - 3/10/2012
A grassroots effort across social media to stop a war criminal is taking off like wildfire. Kony is a Ugandan guerrilla head of the Lord's Resistance Army, which has terrorized parts of Africa for decades. Invisible Children's latest film exposing Kony and the LRA's alleged abuses has gone viral since its posting on YouTube just this week, attracting about 8 million views. Read On: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/March/Invisible-Childr ens-KONY-2012-Effort-Goes-Viral-/
Egyptian Court Sentences Priest from Attacked Church Building - 3/10/2012
A priest in Egypt was sentenced this week to six months in jail for a minor construction violation at his church building, while no one in a mob that burned the same structure down has been arrested. The ruling, and the absence of prosecution of those who burned down the church building, is persecution and a legal double standard between Christians and Muslims. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39222&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
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