“Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 NKJV
The Lord Who Burst Through
While in Israel, I was reminded of a story that happened in Baal Perazim, which means “the Lord who bursts through.” I Chronicles 14:11 NLT
It was there that God told King David to march forth when he heard the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees. When David moved with obedience in a previous battle he exclaimed, “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood.”
I’m compelled to encourage you to march forward. God desires to use you to defeat the enemy like a raging flood.
Spring Forth for Easter
As Easter approaches, use this time to gather your troops, prepare your team, and march forward!
Here are four tips as you prepare for your Easter Service(s):
Promote your Easter Service by inviting guests to attend.
Prepare for your Easter Service so that your guests will have a great experience when visiting.
Pray for the guests that will be attending. (Write down names of people that you know that may visit or that have been invited.)
Plan to follow-up on all guests.
In a recent Coaching Event with Josh Hannah, he made this statement, “it’s not about the numbers, it is about the names.” I agree! If we fail to get names (and phone numbers), usually there is no follow-up. If we do not follow-up, then the percentage of the guests returning anytime soon decreases significantly.
Be intentional in reaching out to the unsaved and the unchurched in your community. Put the four P’s in motion – Promote, Prepare, Pray, and Plan. May you experience an overflow on Easter Sunday!
I recently read of a well on an old farm place that in the most severe droughts survived and provided fresh cold water. Years later the well was abandoned due to the renovation of the old home and county water being provided in the area.
Recently, someone decided to uncover the old well and draw water. To their surprise the well had dried up. Why? Because when the well ceased from being used, mud begin to creep into the crevices’ and clogged up the spring of water that previously had flowed into the well. As long as the well was used there was a steady flow. It is when it was not being used that it became dry.
As long as we allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us, we will experience God’s blessings. It is often when we stop or hinder the flow that the well runs dry.
“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” John 7:38 NLT
For many it may seem that the well has ran dry. When this feeling happens to me, I examine the well, I examine my heart.
For the water to flow from the well, there has to be water in the well. I am praying for a release of God’s blessings to flow in abundance in your lives. I’m not praying for “just enough” but praying for “more than enough!”
Here are five prayer points I’m praying for you:
•That your prayer life is strengthened
•That the Gifts of the Spirit will flow as you minister to others.
•That you will be able to share the message of Christ boldly
•That there is a steady flow of His provision for all of your needs.
•That relationship with other colleagues in ministry will be strengthened
I believe that 2018 will be a year of God releasing many blessings on this ministry. I look forward to seeing these things come to fruition.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 NKJV
Everyone has a unique story to tell concerning how God has called him or her into the ministry. Throughout the Bible, we see the examples of many heroes of the faith–all of which had a unique story in which God revealed their callings. Often times, I find that many people today struggle with identifying their calling or purpose in life.
“But God does not keep secret what he wants you to do.” -Charles Stanley
Through our relationship with Him and the study of God’s Word, we can identify our purpose in life. Not all of us will have a “burning bush” experience or see the “hand- writing on the wall”. However, everyone can discover and know without a doubt the purpose in which they have been called.
In 2 Peter 1:3-4, I found these promises for those that are called into ministry.
1. His divine power has already given us everything required for life and godliness.
2. He has given us great and precious promises, which gives us the capability to escape the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire.
In 2 Peter chapter one, the writer also encourages goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love to add to our faith. If we possess these things in increasing measure then they will keep us from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
“God doesn't call the qualified but he qualifies the called.” If He has called you, he will equip you. Look for the gifts that God has given you. Seek these attributes in 2 Peter and you will continue to grow in knowledge. Discover your passions. Be obedient by serving God and serving his people.
The miracle of the “feeding of the five thousand” recorded in John 6:1-14 is a story of not one miracle, but a story of thousands of miracles on one day. Every person received at least one miracle on that day; they were able to eat and there were fragments of bread left over.
I strongly believe that when we bring our gifts to the Lord collectively, those gifts are used to accomplish the purposes of God. This is true, but this is only the addition principle. There is also a multiplication principle that God uses among his people. I also believe that this multiplication principle works in our homes and in our churches.
Often in the home, husband and wife, and sometimes children, will pull their resources together to cover the cost of living. In the church, the congregation gives on Sunday which collectively helps to provide for the ministry cost of the church. Even in our city, county, and country, we pay taxes that collectively help to cover the cost of many of the needs of our region. This is the addition principle and it helps, but we also need God’s multiplication principle at work in our personal life and in the life of our churches.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, looked at the gift in this story of the lad, five barley loaves, and two small fish, and simply stated to the Lord, “Here is a lad with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Andrew was thinking addition, but Jesus was thinking multiplication.
“When you add God to the equation, His output always exceeds your input.” Mark Batterson
With Jesus he did not need five lads each with five loaves of barley bread and two small fish, he only needed one lad willing to give his lunch to feed the multitude.
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God for the provision, broke the bread and fish, and distributed the gift to the disciples so they could distribute to the multitude. Jesus took what was given in the natural and used it supernaturally. The natural process of obtaining bread involved a time of growing, harvesting, winnowing, grinding, mixing, and baking. But Jesus bypassed the natural process to implement the supernatural with the bread, and he did the same with the fish.
I encourage you to pray over the talents that you use for Him. Even pray over your income. Sounds trivial, but I believe God desires for His people to prosper and for his ministry to prosper. Ask Him to take what you give in the natural and use it supernaturally. Don’t let what you do not have hinder what you do have to give. Give to God with a cheerful heart, and ask Him to multiply your gift for the miracles of others.
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.