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Ten Commandments For Change

While coaching many leaders through seasons of transition, I’ve used these basic ten commadments for change!

1. Be respectful of things accomplished in the past and the people who accomplished them.

2. Separate ideas from people. Ideas are expendable people are not.

3. Remember that anything that is for Christ and His Kingdom is for us

4. Value criticism and use its potential. Let it make you better.

5. Count the cost. Do a thorough analysis of the potential impact of the change you are about to make.

6. Honor your present commitments.

7. Maintain an optimistic attitude.

8. Practice expanding your imagination. Think outside the box.

9. Communicate, communicate, communicate with your team. Be creative and inclusive with your communication even at the risk of redundancy. People process information differently. Use all five senses if possible.

10. Be determined. If at first you don’t succeed… try, try again.

As leaders we are agents of change and often find it rather easy, but remember that 70% every social group process change as loss followed by pain and anguish. So, discipline yourself to follow the ten rules above and you will increase your effectiveness during seasons of change.

 

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Three Ancient Words That Could Change The Way You Do Ministry!

I have always been fascinated with words and concepts. They are my stock and trade. Words are powerful. They are a gift that allows us to relate to each other with understanding. And understanding is the grand achievement of all communication from advertising to preaching. Without understanding, no objective that requires more than one to accomplish it is attainable. And understanding is also the hinge for wisdom. There is a reason the scripture tells us in Proverbs chapter 4, “Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Words are important!

Ideas are words on steroids. When we combine words into sentences that communicate ideas, we can teach concepts that can be embraced by others.  As we do, we begin to see a community emerge with certain values, norms and tendencies; a society. Here we see words become more than just a message, they become a people. They become who we are over time as we embrace the ideas that they produce.

A Word About Values…

Jesus said that we are to be the “salt of the earth, and the light of the World”; to be game changers and global influencers. To do this we must build a community of influence. I believe that it is accurate to say, “Its not that God has a mission for His church in the World, but rather that He has a church for His mission in the World”. Christian Leaders then must become social engineers. Our goal is to build a community with missional purpose and the power of influence.  Therefore we must introduce words that produce ideas and concepts that move the society we are building in a deliberate purposeful direction. These words become the channel for communicating what is important to us as leaders, our values.

Our values are the purposeful part of our ministries. They are what make our particular ministry unique.  While as Christians we all value similar things, we each have unique emphasis and intensities. I have always taught that values answer “the why do we exist?” question, while our vision statements should be a simple summary statement of these values. Our mission statement answers the “what are we going to do?” and our strategic plan answers the “who, where, when and how?” questions. So the message we must constantly communicate with our members is “what are our values?” and “why do we exists?” Our values define our culture, establish the spiritual mores that govern our community, and give purpose to our activities.

Three Words:

Well, today I have three words for you that will help you understand how to effectively communicate your values and create a culture of power and purpose, a culture where your values are more than wall decorations and your mission statement is more than a filler page in the church brochure. They are ancient words from the arena of Philosophic rhetoric (don’t run yet, give me a moment).

In rhetoric there are three ideas that Aristotle used as tools of persuasion to effectively communicate an argument on a particular subject. They are Pathos (Emotional), Logos (logical) and Ethos (Character). I have found them helpful not only in the area of speech (art of persuasion) but also in understanding the process of community (church) development and transformation. Yes, the pattern Aristotle identified works for speech, but it also can be used to sustain an idea within the society until the people become the message themselves. Utilizing this pattern in a ministry setting can create a powerful ministry brand that is built around the central message of our values.
A Word About Brand…
Advertising experts define “brand” as “all the response generated by your presence in the marketplace.”  It’s more than a logo and a color scheme. It is the feelings, ideas and reputation your presence has created and sustained within a group or culture.  And this can be positive or negative. From a church/ministry perspective when your brand is positive, it becomes purposeful and powerful.  When you add a strong “persuasion factor” that is clearly communicated, understood, easily experienced, repeatable and sustainable, your influence can create great gravity, giving it the power to draw and hold on to those who come.

So let’s look at each of these words and let me coach you on how to use the concept to create the community that you want.

Pathos in the Greek originally meant “suffering”. It came to mean “experience” that touched the emotions. In rhetoric it is the appeal of a message that connects to the emotions of the hearer and produces influence or persuasion.  It is the portion of the message to which the hearer can relate. It ignites their passions because they have shared the experience described by the speaker or can relate to it through their  imagination.

From a church growth perspective I define it as the common experience and passion shared by those who come to your church and are exposed to your value system. It is one to which they can easily relate, and that also connects to their emotions in a positive way.  Hillsong, the famous church in Australia, places a high value on worship. And has, to a large degree, built their global influence on a consistent worship experience that attendees have when in a Hillsong service. They have also exported that around the world through various media outlets, through students they have trained and ministers they have produced.  It is an astounding global ministry brand with tremendous gravity.

Our second word is Logos. In the Greek it means “word or reason.” It is the root word for logic or logical. In rhetoric it is the explanation of an idea through a rational, systematic form of logic that produces a persuasive argument for the speaker. It is the expression of the rational logic behind the idea.

As we offer our Bible based values in a relevant, clearly communicated way, our own set of word ideals and values begin to develop in the hearts of people who are members of our community. Over time our members begin to share a common language and lexicon. “Value Words” and phrases emerge that are frequently used and immediately understood by members. They start to become the message themselves. They begin to speak to others what they have heard us speak to them. At this point our ministry is multiplied as well as our impact and influence. Now instead of one voice communicating the message, we have many. And a movement is born with salt and light potential.

It takes both a strong Pathos and a strong Logos to build a ministry brand that will endure and create gravity over the long haul. And both our experience and our words should express our value system in a consistent manner. It is about balance here. Too much emotion and your ministry will lack credibility and substance; too much word (reason) and it will become cerebral and overly analytical.

Ministries who have a strong word connected to an emotional experience tend to grow rapidly and effectively. They effectively communicate a clear message delivered at the heart level.  It will leave a lasting impression and one that people will share with others.

This seems to be the key to growth. The members of your church and ministry must be adequately stimulated emotionally to be motivated to share with someone the great spiritual things they are experiencing at your church.

This brings us to our last word, Ethos. Ethos defined in the Greek simply means “accustomed place”. It has come to be defined as the guiding beliefs, ideals or principles that characterize a community or ideology. It is what a particular community is known for, its reputation. For a company, it is the brand. In rhetoric it is the credentials and reputation of the speaker that provides persuasive power to his message.

For our purposes here I define Ethos as the sum of both Pathos and Logos. Ethos is the result. When we create a common experience that is tied to the emotions and build it upon systematic truth that is compelling, people are moved to act decisively and with conviction. They begin to share our system of values at the heart level. They become a society, a community. The general reputation, attitude and the atmosphere it creates becomes our ethos. Ethos becomes the credibility that gives us persuasive power to influence others.

Many churches today lack an authentic ethos because they have allowed themselves to be defined by someone else’s values, or have simply looked for something that will work, because it works, without it being born out of who they really are and what they are passionate about.

These three words represent concepts that when properly managed can serve as a simple road map to creating a ministry brand that is exciting, contagious and sustainable.
Now Let Me Coach You:
Focus On Your Experience…
The Pathos (experience) of your church / ministry starts with the values that drive your vision and identity. These values must be communicated and then experienced in service settings. The experience of these values must be strategically planned and emotionally charged.  Getting the chemistry right is critical. I’m not talking about emotionalism for the sake of emotionalism, but rather connecting a message to the emotions of those present in a way that the experience leaves them inspired and ready to act. You should not only manage the message but also the environment. This includes the people who lead the service on stage as well as the atmosphere created by the lighting, sound, and music. This common experience (your pathos) should be one that reinforces your values; is consistent, inspiring and exciting. As it is experienced over and over again, your members begin to become synchronized with the experience. It becomes more and more a part of them. They take ownership of it. It becomes your ministry Pathos.

If you’re not strategizing and then managing the emotional stimulation of your ministry settings you should.  Ask yourself these questions:

Do our services inspire and excite the emotions of those present in an appropriate and strategic way?
Is there a place in the service that allows for a clear emotional connection?
Is there a passionate “values” theme that is consistent in our ministry settings?
Do each of our ministry activities re-enforce our values and beliefs on an emotional level?
Do we have an effective team of communicators who can interpret the experience for the audience in a way that inspires them to act in a decisive manner?

Your Logos… From a church growth and development perspective, your Logos are the ideas, values and vision  expressed in words that stimulate the mind to draw a conclusion. While your ministry experience (Pathos) stirs the emotions of your members, your Logos stimulates the mind with a reasonable logic that persuades them to believe, want to be a part and to act. Emotional experiences without reason will loose their impact over time. But when we connect an idea to the hearer in such a way that it becomes a shared value, the motivation becomes internalized.

Your values, vision and strategic plan should make sense. They should be clearly communicated consistently and creatively. Look for opportunities to reenforce them during services through testimonies and media. And remember only about 15% of communication is verbal. The rest is through the other four senses. Stimulate them all if you can. Your values should be seen, touched, etc.

When trying to define your ministry Logos, listen to yourself. Listen to your words and ideas… and ask:

What are the ideas that keep coming up again and again in our services?
What themes and messages am I so passionate about that I frequently preach, and could be considered as a life message?
What ideas or concepts would best define what is most important to us?
Finish this statement: “People who know me know that when it comes to church I ________________________…”

Now Your Ethos… Managing your (ethos) reputation and credibility has never been more important than it is today.  You already have a reputation and are continuing to build it whether you know it or not.  The part you control is the experience that people have when they attend your services, and the tools and manner you use to communicate a clear message of your values and vision. Make sure that what you control is excellent, honest, consistent and current with your values and identity. Tell people what they are going to experience and why. Don’t over sell, but don’t under sell either.

Your media, advertising and marketing efforts should be constantly examined against the template of your values as well. Make sure that what you advertise is what the people are going to experience when they arrive.

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Three God Facts That Change Everything

Sermon Series Notes:

Romans 1: 18-21
A Big Question: Why is there anything but God?

1. God Wants To Be Known.
God needs nothing outside of Himself to be God. He is self existent; He is God all by Himself. Our being, even the World existing does not make Him more God than He already is. he did not need us… So why bother. Why create anything else?

After much thought and study, I have come to the simple conclusion that God wants to be know, to express Himself. How did I come this conclusion?

1st He revealed Himself in creation by and through what we call Natural Revelation. Probably for the same reason that an artist wants to create and design. Except God as an artist wanted to not only create a masterpiece on a canvas that He could admire, but He wanted to create a work of art that could admire him back.

2nd He inspired a book to be written about Himself, the Bible. We call this Specific Revelation.  Hebrews 10:7: “Behold I have come in the volume of a book it is written of me…” In one volume with 66 books written over 2000 years by some 40 authors. Its a book of fulfilled prophecy. David said in PS 119:105 “ Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.” It is a Lamp for light on demand and a light to dispel darkness.

3rd He revealed Himself through personal revelation in the form of a man named Jesus Christ. John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.” He knew that we could never understand Him in another dimension and that we because of sin could never become like him. So the only way was for Him to become like us.

God was so committed to expressing Himself that he left His fingerprints on all of creation, wrote a book about Himself and finally become a man and introduced Himself to us in person.

God Fact #2 God Wants To Be Trusted
In Hebrews 11:6 we are told that “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  Notice… must believe that “He Is”. We must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder. In other words, that He is interested and active in our lives… God wants us to trust Him but He knew that we could not trust what we did not know. So He first revealed Himself to us and then began to teach us to trust Him. And if you believe He’s there, why wouldn’t you want to trust Him?

A call to faith is a call to action. By faith Able offered, Enoch walked, Noah built, Abraham obeyed etc…

What is your action statement as a result of your faith?

God Fact #3 God Wants To Be Loved.
Matthew 22: 35-40. The greatest commandment is not the great commission. The greatest commandment is to Love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and strength. with Everything… is the standard. Not holding back…
Love awakens something inside of us…

The scripture says that while we were yet sinners Christ died… John says the God so loved the world that he gave… We are moved by love and so is God. What lessons do we learn about love from the scriptures?

Love awakens, Love gives, Love goes, Love covers, Love serves. Love was the reason from the beginning… Why did God reveal Himself in the first place? Because He knew we could not trust what we did not know and we could not love what we did not trust. It had to be a progression…
Knowing, Trusting, Loving!

God wants your heart most of all!

But God, in His wisdom, knew that we could not Love what we did not trust, and that we could not trust what we did not know so He first reveled Himself so we could learn to trust Him because we could then love him back! He loves you today.

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Leadership VS Management

It has been said, “When it all is said and done, more gets said than done.” I guess this has been the frustration of millions of leaders since the first tribal chieftain held the first campfire council. It has been my experience that Leaders as a rule have plenty of vision. We love to dream. But learning to take a vision and manage the process toward its completion is something else. So it is all right to ask, even shout the question, “How in the world do you get a vision from the drawing board to the boardroom, and from there to the people who are going to be benefited by it?” The answer is found in the partnership that must be made between Leadership and Management.

Leadership can cast a vision, motivate, even inspire, but management must put the action, materials, and manpower into motion to produce the desired result. Leadership and management are not the same thing, and I think we have yet to understand that in ministry. Therefore, small ministries with big dreams seem to be the best that many can produce. In ministry today we often have truckloads of vision and spoonfuls of management skills. As a result, our impact is negligible at best and destructive at worst, leaving us with our leadership numbers in decline. Why? Because when a visionary leader fails to partner with people who possess management abilities, he quickly overheats and burns out as a result of the flaming passion for his vision and no mechanism by which to bring it to pass.

Leadership and Management…

While both leadership and management are executive functions, leadership is about where you are going, management is about how you get there; leadership is about progress, and management is about performance. We must have them both to achieve, and they must work together and not against each other. How? I’m glad you asked.

The process of leadership in an organization normally involves several steps, including:

  • A foundational set of guiding and defining values.
  • A clear vision that answers the “why do you exist?” question.
  • A mission that answers the “what are you going to do?” question.
  • A strategic plan that answers the “how and when are you going to do it?” questions.

The first three are essentially leadership responsibilities. But the fourth, the strategic plan, is the step where management becomes urgent to the process. It is the strategic plan step where people must now engage in purposeful action if success is to be achieved. Here the process ceases to be visionary and abstract, and now becomes measurable. Here the subjective becomes objective and it is time for management to step in and execute. This is the pivotal place where leadership must shift to management, and management must put the nuts and bolts together to make the vision vehicle run down the road to achievement.  Often it is in this step that ministry vision comes apart at the seams because visionary leaders are often poor managers. If you are a visionary leader you must recruit managers who can assist you in implementation.

The challenge of ministry management…

In business the vision of a company is a type of vehicle. It is a vehicle made up of supply and demand, leverage, margins, and materials combined to produce results, and ultimately upward movement in the bottom line. This nuts and bolts metaphor is a good analogy in most arenas, but not in ministry. There is a difference between getting the job done in the secular and getting the job done in the sacred. While I’m preaching, we must have management type people. We must train them with a ministry mindset and keep them filled with the Spirit. I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush here, but often management types bring with them their own set of challenges. Management people tend to be more analyst than leadership types. Therefore they tend to be fairly detail oriented, can be possessive, territorial, and lack the people skills needed to motivate the troops. That may be OK in manufacturing, but not in ministry. Let me explain.

For example, in businesses like manufacturing, if there is a problem with the leadership or with production, the assembly line or in sales, you can take the system apart, isolate the defective component and fix it. Then you can put it back together and get going again. But you can’t always do that in ministry. Why? Because when we talk about ministry we are really talking about the Body of Christ. In other words, it is a living thing. Everything relates to something else. I tell pastors all the time, ministry is more like medicine than business. We must always remember that when a doctor treats a patient he is well aware that everything he does affects something else. Treat one area and the other areas experience the pain, or even the side effects of the medication. And often while treating one illness we can create another.

In all, the relationship between visionary leadership and executive level management can be a challenging one because we see things through different lens. The first, progress  (forward movement through change); the second, performance (systematic operations and maintenance of the status quo). It can be very difficult to be constantly moving into new territory while performing at a high level. But if both are committed to the vision and understand the real value that each brings to the team, balance can be achieved. When it happens it is a beautiful thing.

Four Coaching Tips For Leaders & Managers:

  1. Communicate the vision and the passion for the goal! Focusing on the same goal helps, even if you see it from different perspectives.
  2. Collaborate: consistent communication is the first priority in every effective and productive relationship.
  3. Celebrate wins together, carefully highlighting the part each role played in the success.
  4. Cooperate: Practice looking at goals and systems through the lens of the other team member’s perspectives. Understanding is critical to cooperation.

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Kingdom Things I Learned In A Dream

There have been moments in my life when faced with great dilemmas or situations that I have received wisdom and direction through dreams. And I also have experienced rare, but incredible moments of spiritual warfare in dreams. I know this may sound strange, but there have been moments in my life that as I slept at night my spirit man was busy working in the realm of the spirit. My wife Cathy has been awakened as I rebuked the enemy, interceded for someone or was forcefully praying in the Spirit. I’m not trying to create a new doctrine, I’m just saying that is how God speaks and uses me sometimes. (That’s probably because He can get more done with my carnal nature asleep and out of the way.)

Well not long ago I had just such a dream. And in my dream I received a word of wisdom regarding the Kingdom and the power of the seed.  In my dream a Pastor friend had called and asked for my thoughts regarding the Kingdom of God and the power of the seed, specifically. The story in my dream was that he was working on an upcoming series and needed some ideas. As we began to talk I realized that I was saying things that I had never taught and had never heard anyone else teach. God was bringing revelation to me through the medium of a dream. In my dream, I spoke about the Kingdom of God in the context of the Lord’s Prayer recorded in Matthew chapter 6. Several things came to light in our conversation.

Jesus said, “Your (God’s) Kingdom come Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” In my dream I told my friend, “God wants to introduce His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. If this were not the case, Jesus would not have told us to pray for it.” It is God’s plan. Therefore, God’s plan must become our petition. I told him that the Kingdom of Heaven is not just a place  (and I do believe in a literal Heaven and Hell for that matter), but it is a principle to be practiced. What is Heaven? Is it defined by pearly gates and golden streets ? Or is it simply stated, a place where the will of God rules without resistance?

Jesus seems to equate the coming of the Kingdom with the will of God. In my dream I told him that the Kingdom of heaven was defined by the will of God. The expression of the coming of the Kingdom is when the sons and daughters of God begin to practice heaven, or the will of God, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus said that we should make that our passion and prayer.

Jesus seemed to be almost obsessed (if I can say that about Jesus) with the will of God. He says in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in Heaven.” In Matthew 12:50, He says, “For whoever does the will of My Father is My brother, and sister and mother.”  In John 4:34, Jesus says, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” In Hebrews 10:7 the writer speaks of Jesus and says, “Behold, I have come in the volume of a book it is written of me – To do your will, oh God.”

I stressed in my dream to my pastor friend that to Jesus the Kingdom of Heaven equated to the will of God, and that our prayer should be for that will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Two things that I learned from my dream:

  1. Heaven is more than a place, it is also a principle to be practiced. And as I am practicing the will of God, I am becoming a conduit for and ushering into the earth the Kingdom of Heaven.
  2. That the principle of heaven is the will of God. Heaven is defined by a place where God’s will rules without resistance.

Since that night, my almost constant prayer is, “Oh Lord, I have come to do your will and finish the work you sent me to do.” This is the greatest and highest purpose for man; to do His will and finish His work.

This dream has caused an adjustment in my thinking because I often, without meaning to do it, downplayed the will of God and our responsibility to seek it. “Well,” I would sometimes say,  “God will bless you in any effort if your heart is right and you desire to please Him.” And I generally believe this is true. But after my dream I found it difficult to totally contrast that position with the example of Jesus.

He made it abundantly clear that He only did what the Father instructed Him to do, would only say what the Father instructed Him to say. He himself spent great amounts of time in private seeking and personal surrender to remain in the will of God.  Case in point, in perhaps the most dramatic moment in the New Testament, during His agony in the Garden, He won the victory over the devil and hell when He said, “Not My will but Thine be done”! The will of God is not a take it or leave it kind of thing. It is the principle of heaven. When my will is in control, it produces hell on earth; when His will is, it produces Heaven on earth.

How do I find the will of God? Where is it and how do I practice it? This was a really interesting part of the dream.

Now the seed part…
The seed is the carrier of the will of God and the Vehicle of the Kingdom.

Jesus also used constant metaphors of the seed as it related to the Kingdom of God and Heaven. But why the seed? The concept of the seed is a Biblical picture of the coming of the Kingdom. In my dream I explained that the will of God was downloaded into the seed and then must be sown in the earth. And this was the God chosen method through which to introduce His Kingdom on earth. Everything that God wants to do on earth He puts in a seed, fills it with His will (the Principle of Heaven), and then places it in the hand of a man or woman to be planted, in the time and location where He wants it to grow. Man’s role is to be a steward of God’s will in the form of a seed. From our finance to our family and ministry objectives, they are all seeds filled with God’s will. We don’t own the seeds, we only steward them. It’s not our will that fills them and makes them grow. It is God’s. God is the owner and giver, and as such He alone has rights to their purpose. We as stewards have only responsibilities.

Jesus is a great example of this. Jesus was the seed carrier of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Paul calls Jesus the “seed to whom the promise was made” (Gal 3:16). Jesus was filled with the will of God, and He even called Himself a seed. In John 12:24 He says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit,” speaking of Himself and His death on the cross.

God embeds His Kingdom will in a seed but it must be sown, practiced. When it is sown in faith it will produce a multiplied harvest in time. But the seed must die. Why? Because it is the corruptible container of the incorruptible. When it dies it releases the incorruptible will of God inside. What kills the seed? It dies as it is sown. The sowing of the seed produces the death of the seed and allows the outer shell to be broken. And how do we sow the seed? Faith. In the Scripture the Bible talks about the process of sowing the seed in three phases. It speaks of (1) seed, (2)time and then (3)harvest.

The seed phase is where the seed is sown. It is the act of obedience when I take what God has given me and as a responsible steward I sow it in the field that God has assigned me to. It is writing the check, making the call, making the decision. The emphasis here is not just on doing something, but doing the right thing, the thing for which you are called. The key word is Obedience!

The time part is where the seed dies. It is in this phase the corruptible part of the seed surrenders to the will of God (the incorruptible part) that is inside. The Apostle Paul teaches this principle in 1st Corinthians chapter 15. In context He is speaking of the human body and what it will be like in the resurrection, but we see the sowing and reaping principle explained as well. He says in verse 36, “…what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.” In Verses 42-44 he goes on to say, “…the body is sown in corruption but raised in incorruption”, v43 “it is sown in dishonor but raised in glory. It is sown in weakness but it is raised in power.” In verse 44 he tells us that it is sown in one form, but raised in another:  the first, natural; the second, spiritual.

The time part is where faith takes over and begins to work on the seed. In my dream I called it the “death of faith”. I explained, “Faith feels like death to the flesh. I have never done anything by faith that felt good to my flesh!” “Faith kills the corruptible part of the seed so that the incorruptible part can be released.  Sowing the seed as an act of obedience, but in the time phase faith is in control. Faith breaks down the hardness of the outer shell, neutralizes the corruptible nature with its strong controlling desires, and allows water (The Holy Spirit) to get to the inner incorruptible will of God to bring life to it and release it to grow. This was so encouraging to me. Even in the context of giving and tithing. When you tithe, even though you know it’s right and proper, yet the feeling of loss that you have when you write the check tells you that it is working. Faith is doing what it is designed to do; breaking the outer shell of your me-o-centric carnal nature that wants to be in control, and is killing your flesh so that the will of God can come into your finances!

And then the Harvest… In the seed is the principle of Heaven, the will of God. When it is sown and it endures the “death of faith”, the corruptible part of the seed, the outer shell, is broken and discarded so that the incorruptible part, the will of God that is in the seed, can germinate. With the limitations of the flesh out of the way, now the spiritual side of the equation kicks in and the life in the seed begins to grow. But with one exception, now instead of being one unit solely existent in the form of the flesh, it is transformed into a multiplying, fruit-producing engine of the Spirit. Natural limitations are lifted, and exponential potential is released. Formerly impossible situations become not only possible, but expected. God’s will is now being released into the life of the situation, Heaven is coming to earth. Jesus‘ prayer and ours is now coming to pass. God’s will is being done on earth as it is in Heaven. With the flesh dealt with, God’s will is released without resistance and a Kingdom Harvest begins to multiply more and more, moving through the process of production into a state called fruitfulness by God. And it looks something like this: first, simple reproduction, then multiplication, and then abundance. God’s will is expressed in an abundance of that which pleases Him. In fruitfulness, potential is maximized and experienced. Jesus said in John chapter 15 that “in this is the Father glorified, that you bear much fruit.”

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