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New Teaching: Witchcraft, judgment, conflict and eradicating a victim mentality

This is a MUST listen teaching! I share remarkable stories that make it clear that we must embrace conflict and judgment!

A shocking shift hit us last night at Revival Church!

Listen to the series Fire: Fervency & Friction:

I’ll include my notes from the entire series below.

Here some bullet points from last night’s teaching:

  • You have to know that ministry that is born of God and prophetic in nature is designed to bring friction!
  • People will love you until you don’t give them what they want and do give them what they don’t want!
  • Since ministry is all about change, friction should be expected, and if you are adverse to friction, you are not ready for ministry!
  • So many are content with just learning more and more who they are and what they get as Christians, and their goal is to attempt to live in this happy, positive realm.
  • Teaching that attempts to reveal who we are in Christ without resulting in a revelation of what we do for Christ has miserably failed.
  • When the world was crying out for relief, Jesus brought conflict! Friction! What greater friction could there be when Jesus was on the cross? The nails as they were driven through his flesh-friction! The hatred and mocking-friction! His closest friend, his Father, turning his head—friction!
  • Nehemiah was fervent and he initiated friction…and the fire returned.

imageFire: Fervency & Friction

I.                    A call to provoke

a.       A goal is to be the most fiery, fervent, passionate body of Believers in Detroit—not because we are trying to build the Revival Church brand, but because we want to simply live according to the Biblical norm!

                                                               i.      We want 1000 people who are burning, on fire… praying non-stop, moving against resistance, taking dominion!

                                                             ii.      A remnant is rising up, bold prophetic messengers who will fear God, preach the cross, call to repentance & emphasize the reality of Hell.

                                                            iii.      This will result in a great provocation!

                                                           iv.      A key problem with communicating reform in the church is that most presume it will enhance the familiar, not eradicate it.

1.      What this means is that our comfort and what we like is at risk of demolition!

2.      We are the initiators of this great reform!

b.                              When we have a great understanding of who we are in Christ, we will not only stop fearing conflict, but we will joyfully seek to initiate it.

c.       There’s simply no way we will be able to stay silent! Carriers of fire are constantly provoked!

                                                               i.      With a spirit of great love and deep concern for those in darkness, our confidence in the power in our lives will result in action!

                                                             ii.      That provocation, that friction, that fervent spirit will result in an atmosphere of fire, of awakening in our generation!

                                                            iii.      Our goal as a prophetic people is not primarily to make people feel good! It’s to bring the trouble that’s hidden under the surface, to the surface for the sake of freedom.

1.      The great counterfeit won't come to you as a counterfeit. He'll come to you as the Holy Spirit. Howard Pittman

                                                           iv.      A spirit of religion doesn't restrict personal freedom, it emphasizes it…and violently reacts against anything that would threaten it.

1.      A spirit of truth will cut, prune, trouble…before it liberates.

2.      That’s why it’s so resisted… until someone hits rock bottom! That’s why calamity has to come to a nation before repentance is shouted!

3.      It’s time to violently shake the sleepers, and warn the wicked, and trouble the church!

4.      Ephesians 5:8-14 (ESV) 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

5.      In a spirit of great humility and love, we must expose darkness, and that requires that we are OK with friction.

6.      Though many of you are entertained by my Facebook posts, I really do have a mission in mind.

a.       As a prophetic messenger, my intent is to provoke people by the Spirit of God to a fresh level of discernment.

b.      On Facebook, Twitter, on my blog, in these audio teachings, on XPmedia, etc. my only goal is to fervently create friction that results in fire in people’s lives.

d.      Now, clearly, we talk a lot about fire around here, and that’s by design.

                                                               i.      To create a fire you need the right conditions. I’m going to talk about two of them:

1.      Fervency

2.      Friction

e.       When you rub two sticks together, you have to get the sawdust that is created heated up to 800 degrees before it will start glowing.

                                                               i.      Below 800 degrees it will give off a little smoke, but little else.

                                                             ii.      We cannot afford to be a ministry of smoke.

                                                            iii.      Anything that prevents the sawdust from reaching 800 degrees will interfere with fire making.

                                                           iv.      Interestingly, the finer the sawdust is, the lower the temperature necessary for it to ignite. Fervency + friction = fire.

                                                             v.      Problems:

1.      If you don't have enough muscle power then you won't be able to raise the temperature high enough. Remedy: teamwork. Have someone else help you.

2.      If the structure of the wood is such that it disintegrates before it reaches 800 degrees then it is a wood that should not be used.

3.      Volatile substances such as water or resin in the wood. Evaporative cooling will prevent the sawdust from reaching the critical temperature.

4.                              Someone said: What makes me feel even better is getting a group of people to contribute towards the starting of a fire. I can think of no better way to bond a group of people.

5.                              Someone else said: Starting a fire is a sacrament.

II.                  Fervency

a.       Don't let the best you have ever done be the standard for the rest of your life.

                                                               i.      It’s time to urgently go after the dream!

                                                            ii.      Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.” “Every great movement in the annals of history,” said Emerson, “is the triumph of enthusiasm.” Hegel propounded the same truth. He said, “We affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

1.      We can’t be so focused on personal experience that it’s to the detriment of personal accomplishment.

                                                            iii.      Romans 12:11 (ESV) 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

                                                          iv.      Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV) 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

1.      Make the best use of our time!

2.      24/7 church of urgent, fervent fire!

                                                            v.      Isaiah 59:17 (ESV) 17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.

1.      Jesus put on zeal!

2.      There is a reason to burn! To be fervent! To have an urgent spirit!

b.      Nehemiah 1:1-3 (ESV) 1 .. one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

                                                               i.      What should the response be??!

                                                             ii.      Nehemiah 1:4 (ESV) 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

                                                            iii.      Nehemiah hit his face and cried out and repented.

                                                           iv.      If we are looking for personal comfort, we will actually resist the brokenness and grieving that will result in a fervent response!

                                                             v.      “The desire for comfort can be your enemy. If the source of your comfort is not The Comforter, false comfort will eventually destroy you.”

                                                           vi.      If moving in the spirit doesn't include a yearning for holiness, it's not the Holy Spirit we are moving in. We must strive for holiness!

                                                          vii.      Hebrews 12:14 (ESV) 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

c.       We must be always on…always alert. Fervent. Striving. Rending our hearts.

                                                               i.      The word “strive” in the Greek literally means to fight, to contend, to labor fervently.

                                                             ii.      We must strive, be fervent! Urgent!

                                                            iii.      “God has called us to be the sworn enemies of sin. We are to wage war against it and strive to give it no opportunity in our lives.” ~ William Wilberforce, Real Christianity

                                                           iv.      There is a fervent, striving spirit that we must get used to in our lives.

                                                             v.      The culture is a sinful, destructive culture, and we have to fight against it!

                                                           vi.      No more simply seeking out comfort and relaxation! We must go hard!

1.      The code word for ‘pursuing Jesus hard' is “legalism!” Don't be intimidated by these false arguments. ~Mike Bickle

2.      A false grace message will result in a lack of motivation to respond in wholeheartedness. ~Mike Bickle

3.      Charles F. Kettering of General Motors once said that he didn't want any fellow “who has a job working for me.” Kettering wanted a fellow whom a job has. The job must get the fellow, not the fellow get the job. That job should get hold of this young man so hard that no matter where he is the job has got him for keeps. That job should have him in its clutches when he goes to bed at night. In the morning, that same job should be sitting on the foot of his bed telling him it's time to get up and go to work. When a job gets a fellow that way, he'll amount to something. —Donald Grey Barnhouse

4.      Even entering rest requires fervent striving!
Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV) 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

5.      Rest only come as we allow the breaking, refining process to hit us.

6.      Deliverance story… the man manifesting, both me and him striving, warring… until he was free. Daniel for hours until freedom came.

                                                          vii.      We also have to be fervent regarding our salvation!

1.      Luke 13:24 (ESV) 24  “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

                                                        viii.      Our missions require striving.

                                                            ix.      We so often hear the expression “the voice of an angel” that I got to wondering what an angel would sound like. So I did some research, and discovered that an angel's voice sounds remarkably like a person saying, “Hurry up!” Until the time I took over, research had been blocked because it was based on the delusion that the voice of an angel would always be beautiful. The words “Get up” are rarely beautiful, never less so than at 7 a.m. Yet that is what the angels always say when they talk to men, as reported in the Bible. I can't think of anything an angel ever said but “Get up and hurry!” An angel comes to Peter in jail and says, “Rise quickly.” An angel says to Gideon, “Arise and go in this thy might.” An angel says to Elijah, “Arise and eat.” An angel appears to Joseph in a dream, when Herod is slaughtering the infants, and says, “Go quickly.” An angel appears to Philip and says, “Arise and go.” Really, the angels are monotonous talkers! They always say the same thing—”Arise, hurry!” But so is a fire bell monotonous. It might be a good idea to allow an angel to occupy the pulpit on Sunday. —The Christian Century

d.      Cover to cover in scripture we see stories of fervency, of war, of battle, of advance.

                                                               i.      To know God requires that you know him as a fervent, aggressive God!

                                                             ii.      If our understanding of God is limited to knowing him as “Daddy,” we are missing the wonder of his fearful shock and awe.

                                                            iii.      When the people cried out Hosanna for Jesus to save them, to comfort them, he gave them a crisis—the cross.

                                                           iv.      He was fervent in his perfect expression of love!

                                                             v.      This is why a foundation of our strategy includes deep groans of intercession!

1.      There’s an urgency in the spirit that will awaken as we allow God to groan through us!

e.       1 Timothy 4:6-10 (ESV) 6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

1.      Wesley: Train thyself up in holiness of heart and life, with the utmost labor, vigor, and diligence.

2.      Life Application: “Training” emphasizes the point that spiritual development does not happen by chance. An athlete is focused and committed, constantly training, refusing to let up, always striving.

a.       I’m fervent for many reasons…one of which is that I know I am not guaranteed Heaven. I can’t even imagine not being with the one I’ve fallen in love with! We need to fervently exhort, to call each other higher!

3.      Hebrews 3:12-13 (ESV) 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

III.                Friction

a.       When you go hard for God, when you fix what others don’t see as broken, when you threaten other’s comfort zones, there will be friction!

                                                               i.      You have to know that ministry that is born of God and prophetic in nature is designed to bring friction!

                                                             ii.      People will love you until you don’t give them what they want and do give them what they don’t want!

                                                            iii.      Since ministry is all about change, friction should be expected, and if you are adverse to friction, you are not ready for ministry!

b.      The gospel means conflict and confrontation, and all who stand for righteousness will be resisted. DR  Michael Brown

                                                               i.      If a key motivation for you is to be liked and for resistance and friction to be at a minimum, it will require disobedience to God to accomplish that.

c.       Mission Manitou

                                                               i.      Friction will find you if you advance against the enemy, if you advance the Kingdom of God.

                                                             ii.      Mission Manitou: God called us to transition from ministering to people to ministering to God.

1.      This was resisted like you will never know!

2.      The people who expected to be the center of our attention rose up against us and brought some serious wounding to Amy and myself… God bless them!!!

3.      But, most revealing was how the enemy reacted!!!

I’m sending this to a few men and women of God who walk in great authority.  We are undergoing a significant attack, and I’m doing my best to draw as much attention from churches and intercessors to this city as possible.

A pastor actually told me, “Manitou Springs is a God forsaken city.”

Not so… but, it has been greatly forsaken and forgotten and feared by so many believers in this region.  We are standing strong here, but are in desperate need of reinforcements.  The mission is both at great jeopardy AND at the brink of unbelievable advance.

Since we’ve moved into our new Mission Base, and have begun 24/7 intercession, the enemy has reacted harshly and quickly.  I have received many emails over the last 3 weeks from people in Manitou Springs and as far away as Egypt.  Everyone from the “worshipful master” of the Masons to the earth spirit pagans to the twelve tribe cult has contacted me.  A city council member visited us as well.  It’s been prophesied many times that a huge season of demonic resistance would hit us.  We’re in the beginnings of that season, and we are vulnerable.  We need much help and intercession.

Here are some snips of emails I’ve gotten lately:

  • Today I am inspired by you to organize people myself.  You have wakened the giant.  May Lilith find a way to show the way.- Child of Lilith
  • If it's a “spiritual war” you want, you'll get one, as we WILL defend our home.  You begun a battle you cannot possibly hope to win.  I look forward to crushing your little assault beneath our collective, spiritual boots.
  • I do not want your prayers, and neither do any of the other people.  Yes, you have the freedom to do so, but it is not wanted.

These emails are just the beginning, and they are the result of nothing more than 24/7 prayer.

4.      Are you ready to take Detroit! Are you ready for the fight? 24/7 prayer must happen now! We need a property now!

d.      Story of “I’m going to get one more senior than her.” (a witch for 22 years)

                                                               i.      Many opposed the vent including a witch and a satanic priest.

                                                             ii.      A spiritual conflict was about to cause problems, and freedom!!!!

                                                            iii.      During prayer- God is going to visit people in the city.

                                                           iv.      At the vent, someone came to me and shared a strange word that “heads are going to roll.”

                                                             v.      Right after that, someone else had a word that was shared
publicly “God wants the heads, specifically in the local ranks of witches.”

                                                           vi.      A senior witch of 50 years had a visitation of Jesus!

1.      I’m writing my next book, The Coming Church, and one of the key changes to the church is a loss of the fear of man and apostolic teaching that causes as much trouble as help.

                                                          vii.      So many are content with just learning more and more who they are and what they get as Christians, and their goal is to attempt to live in this happy, positive realm.

1.      A revelation of God will always result in a revelation of our own wretched condition—and this is good news!

a.       We want this conflict!

b.      After Isaiah sees God, he sees himself!

2.      Isaiah 6:1-4 (ESV) 1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

3.      Isaiah 6:5 (ESV) 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

a.       If you want to see God, get ready for conflict!

b.      Get ready to be commissioned!

c.       Get ready to receive your assignment!

                                                        viii.      Teaching that attempts to reveal who we are in Christ without resulting in a revelation of what we do for Christ has miserably failed.

1.      Titus 2:11-15 (ESV) 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

a.       Renounce! Zealous for good works! Declare! Exhort! Rebuke!

2.      And, what we do for Christ will cause great trouble!

3.      We are called to be peace makers, not peace keepers!

4.      That requires conflict and friction.

5.      What you are called to do will threaten what others are trying to do.

6.      This is the spirit of religion. This is what causes churches to resist one another! This is what causes jealousy!

e.       Nehemiah 4:1-3 (ESV) 1   Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”

                                                               i.      Resistance! Mocking! Anger! Rage!

                                                             ii.      How did Nehemiah respond? He prayed for friction!

                                                            iii.      Nehemiah 4:4-5 (ESV) 4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. 5 Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.

1.      Jameison-Fausset-Brown: The imprecations invoked here may seem harsh, cruel, and vindictive; but it must be remembered that Nehemiah and his friends regarded those Samaritan leaders as enemies to the cause of God and His people, and therefore as deserving to be visited with heavy judgments. The prayer, therefore, is to be considered as emanating from hearts in which neither hatred, revenge, nor any inferior passion, but a pious and patriotic zeal for the glory of God and the success of His cause, held the ascendant sway.

f.        The next five words are brilliant: Nehemiah 4:6 (ESV) 6  So we built the wall.

                                                               i.      Nehemiah 4:16-17 (ESV) 16 From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, 17 who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other.

g.       We must be in conflict and building!

h.      The greater you advance in God, the more threatened the religious will become!

                                                               i.      Nehemiah 6:1-3 (ESV) 1 Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. 3 And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

1.      I talked with one of Sid Roth’s guests and he said the greatest and most fierce demonic resistance explodes out of people when he deals with the false grace message. The walls we are called to build, to restore the biblical church, will result in a ferocious demonic assault.

                                                             ii.      It happened with Jesus too!

1.      When the world was crying out for relief, Jesus brought conflict!

                                                            iii.      Friction! What greater friction could there be when Jesus was on the cross? The nails as they were driven through his flesh-friction! The hatred and mocking-friction! His closest friend, his Father, turning his head—friction!

                                                           iv.      I teach in my book Covens in the Church on resisting spirits against the move of God.

1.      One of the steps, under the direction of God, is to pray for judgment.

2.      Shaking! Building in Manitou! Fiery prayer revealed the dissenter. His motives were soon revealed.

3.      A pure spirit of love will agree with judgment and friction… if I would have done nothing, people under my care would have been poisoned!

IV.                Conclusion

a.       Now get this… here’s the goal: The fervency and the friction will result in a fire.

                                                               i.      Nehemiah 7:1 (ESV) 1 Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed…

                                                             ii.      Leviticus 6:12-13 (ESV) 12 The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. 13 Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.

b.      Nehemiah was fervent and he initiated friction…and the fire returned.

New small group, False grace interview & new powerful teaching

Listen to a message that rocked Revival Church last night! Fire: Fervency & Friction

It’s time for a bold, prophetic and provocative spirit to arise in the church again!

Most people avoid conflict, which results in a tepid, unchanging church. We must have a violent spirit as we wrestle against unholy spirits of the age.

I’ll include my notes below. You can listen to the teaching here: media.johnburton.net/6401006

FALSE GRACE INTERVIEW

imageAlso, I’ll be interviewed THIS THURSDAY at 8am on the topic of the false grace message. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/A-l_b_IAt5U

You can find more info about the show here: http://www.facebook.com/pastorsprewell 

SMALL GROUP AT JOHN AND AMY’S HOUSE

The first Saturday of each month, Amy and I will be opening our house to anybody who wants to discuss how to fulfill their ministry, how to grow deep in the Lord and how to have fun doing it! We’ll have food and a lot of fun!

Just contact us if you’d like to come! john@johnburton.net

The first group will be Saturday, February 2 at 6pm.

FIRE: FERVENCY AND FRICTION

Here’s my notes. The series continues this Sunday at Revival Church at 6pm!

Fire: Fervency & Friction

I.                    A call to provoke

a.       A goal is to be the most fiery, fervent, passionate body of Believers in Detroit—not because we are trying to build the Revival Church brand, but because we want to simply live according to the Biblical norm!

                                                               i.      We want 1000 people who are burning, on fire… praying non-stop, moving against resistance, taking dominion!

                                                             ii.      A remnant is rising up, bold prophetic messengers who will fear God, preach the cross, call to repentance & emphasize the reality of Hell.

                                                            iii.      This will result in a great provocation!

                                                           iv.      A key problem with communicating reform in the church is that most presume it will enhance the familiar, not eradicate it.

1.      What this means is that our comfort and what we like is at risk of demolition!

2.      We are the initiators of this great reform!

b.                              When we have a great understanding of who we are in Christ, we will not only stop fearing conflict, but we will joyfully seek to initiate it.

c.       There’s simply no way we will be able to stay silent! Carriers of fire are constantly provoked!

                                                               i.      With a spirit of great love and deep concern for those in darkness, our confidence in the power in our lives will result in action!

                                                             ii.      That provocation, that friction, that fervent spirit will result in an atmosphere of fire, of awakening in our generation!

                                                            iii.      Our goal as a prophetic people is not primarily to make people feel good! It’s to bring the trouble that’s hidden under the surface, to the surface for the sake of freedom.

1.      The great counterfeit won't come to you as a counterfeit. He'll come to you as the Holy Spirit. Howard Pittman

                                                           iv.      A spirit of religion doesn't restrict personal freedom, it emphasizes it…and violently reacts against anything that would threaten it.

1.      A spirit of truth will cut, prune, trouble…before it liberates.

2.      That’s why it’s so resisted… until someone hits rock bottom! That’s why calamity has to come to a nation before repentance is shouted!

3.      It’s time to violently shake the sleepers, and warn the wicked, and trouble the church!

4.      Ephesians 5:8-14 (ESV) 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

5.      In a spirit of great humility and love, we must expose darkness, and that requires that we are OK with friction.

6.      Though many of you are entertained by my Facebook posts, I really do have a mission in mind.

a.       As a prophetic messenger, my intent is to provoke people by the Spirit of God to a fresh level of discernment.

b.      On Facebook, Twitter, on my blog, in these audio teachings, on XPmedia, etc. my only goal is to fervently create friction that results in fire in people’s lives.

d.      Now, clearly, we talk a lot about fire around here, and that’s by design.

                                                               i.      To create a fire you need the right conditions. I’m going to talk about two of them:

1.      Fervency

2.      Friction

e.       When you rub two sticks together, you have to get the sawdust that is created heated up to 800 degrees before it will start glowing.

                                                               i.      Below 800 degrees it will give off a little smoke, but little else.

                                                             ii.      We cannot afford to be a ministry of smoke.

                                                            iii.      Anything that prevents the sawdust from reaching 800 degrees will interfere with fire making.

                                                           iv.      Interestingly, the finer the sawdust is, the lower the temperature necessary for it to ignite. Fervency + friction = fire.

                                                             v.      Problems:

1.      If you don't have enough muscle power then you won't be able to raise the temperature high enough. Remedy: teamwork. Have someone else help you.

2.      If the structure of the wood is such that it disintegrates before it reaches 800 degrees then it is a wood that should not be used.

3.      Volatile substances such as water or resin in the wood. Evaporative cooling will prevent the sawdust from reaching the critical temperature.

4.                              Someone said: What makes me feel even better is getting a group of people to contribute towards the starting of a fire. I can think of no better way to bond a group of people.

5.                              Someone else said: Starting a fire is a sacrament.

II.                  Fervency

a.       Don't let the best you have ever done be the standard for the rest of your life.

                                                               i.      It’s time to urgently go after the dream!

b.      Nehemiah 1:1-3 (ESV) 1 .. one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

                                                               i.      What should the response be??!

                                                             ii.      Nehemiah 1:4 (ESV) 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

                                                            iii.      Nehemiah hit his face and cried out and repented.

                                                           iv.      If we are looking for personal comfort, we will actually resist the brokenness and grieving that will result in a fervent response!

                                                             v.      “The desire for comfort can be your enemy. If the source of your comfort is not The Comforter, false comfort will eventually destroy you.”

                                                           vi.      If moving in the spirit doesn't include a yearning for holiness, it's not the Holy Spirit we are moving in. We must strive for holiness!

                                                          vii.      Hebrews 12:14 (ESV) 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

c.       We must be always on…always alert. Fervent. Striving. Rending our hearts.

                                                               i.      The word “strive” in the Greek literally means to fight, to contend, to labor fervently.

                                                             ii.      We must strive, be fervent! Urgent!

                                                            iii.      “God has called us to be the sworn enemies of sin. We are to wage war against it and strive to give it no opportunity in our lives.” ~ William Wilberforce, Real Christianity

                                                           iv.      There is a fervent, striving spirit that we must get used to in our lives.

                                                             v.      The culture is a sinful, destructive culture, and we have to fight against it!

                                                           vi.      No more simply seeking out comfort and relaxation! We must go hard!

1.      The code word for ‘pursuing Jesus hard' is “legalism!” Don't be intimidated by these false arguments. ~Mike Bickle

2.      A false grace message will result in a lack of motivation to respond in wholeheartedness. ~Mike Bickle

3.      Even entering rest requires fervent striving!
Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV) 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

4.      Rest only come as we allow the breaking, refining process to hit us.

                                                          vii.      Luke 13:24 (ESV) 24  “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

d.      Cover to cover in scripture we see stories of fervency, of war, of battle, of advance.

                                                               i.      To know God requires that you know him as a fervent, aggressive God!

                                                             ii.      If our understanding of God is limited to knowing him as “Daddy,” we are missing the wonder of his fearful shock and awe.

                                                            iii.      When the people cried out Hosanna for Jesus to save them, to comfort them, he gave them a crisis—the cross.

                                                           iv.      He was fervent in his perfect expression of love!

                                                             v.      This is why a foundation of our strategy includes deep groans of intercession!

1.      There’s an urgency in the spirit that will awaken as we allow God to groan through us!

e.       1 Timothy 4:6-10 (ESV) 6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

1.      Wesley: Train thyself up in holiness of heart and life, with the utmost labor, vigor, and diligence.

2.      Life Application: “Training” emphasizes the point that spiritual development does not happen by chance. An athlete is focused and committed, constantly training, refusing to let up, always striving.

a.       I’m fervent for many reasons…one of which is that I know I am not guaranteed Heaven. I can’t even imagine not being with the one I’ve fallen in love with! We need to fervently exhort, to call each other higher!

3.      Hebrews 3:12-13 (ESV) 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

III.                Friction

a.       When you go hard for God, when you fix what others don’t see as broken, when you threaten other’s comfort zones, there will be friction!

                                                               i.      If a key motivation for you is to be liked and for resistance and friction to be at a minimum, it will require disobedience to God to accomplish that.

                                                             ii.      So many are content with just learning more and more who they are and what they get as Christians, and they simply attempt to live in this happy, positive realm.

                                                            iii.      Teaching that attempts to reveal who we are in Christ without resulting in a revelation of what we do for Christ has miserably failed.

1.      Titus 2:11-15 (ESV) 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

a.       Renounce! Zealous for good works! Declare! Exhort! Rebuke!

2.      And, what we do for Christ will cause great trouble!

3.      We are called to be peace makers, not peace keepers!

4.      That requires conflict and friction.

b.      Nehemiah 4:1-3 (ESV) 1   Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”

                                                               i.      Resistance! Mocking! Anger! Rage!

                                                             ii.      How did Nehemiah respond? Hey prayed for friction!

                                                            iii.      Nehemiah 4:4-5 (ESV) 4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. 5 Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.

1.      Jameison-Fausset-Brown: The imprecations invoked here may seem harsh, cruel, and vindictive; but it must be remembered that Nehemiah and his friends regarded those Samaritan leaders as enemies to the cause of God and His people, and therefore as deserving to be visited with heavy judgments. The prayer, therefore, is to be considered as emanating from hearts in which neither hatred, revenge, nor any inferior passion, but a pious and patriotic zeal for the glory of God and the success of His cause, held the ascendant sway.

c.       The next five words are brilliant: Nehemiah 4:6 (ESV) 6 So we built the wall.

                                                               i.      Nehemiah 4:16-17 (ESV) 16 From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, 17 who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other.

d.      We must be in conflict and building!

e.       The greater you advance in God, the more threatened the religious will become!

                                                               i.      Nehemiah 6:1-3 (ESV) 1 Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. 3 And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

1.      I talked with one of Sid Roth’s guests and he said the greatest and most fierce demonic resistance explodes out of people when he deals with the false grace message. The walls we are called to build, to restore the biblical church, will result in a ferocious demonic assault.

                                                             ii.      It happened with Jesus too!

1.      When the world was crying out for relief, Jesus brought conflict!

                                                            iii.      Friction! What greater friction could there be when Jesus was on the cross? The nails as they were driven through his flesh-friction! The hatred and mocking-friction! His closest friend, his Father, turning his head—friction!

IV.                Conclusion

a.       The fervency and the friction will result in a fire.

                                                               i.      Nehemiah 7:1 (ESV) 1 Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed…

                                                             ii.      Leviticus 6:12-13 (ESV) 12 The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. 13 Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.

b.      Nehemiah was fervent and he initiated friction…and the fire returned.

Church Nightmares: We need a Gordon Ramsay style reconstruction in the church

Examine ten clear points the church must consider as we prepare for Kingdom advance.

The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line!~Leonard Ravenhill

capture-00000087I always feel a bit strange when I cry most every time I watch the TV show Kitchen Nightmares. Then, the light came on. Gordon Ramsay is a prophet in waiting, a man who, in the natural, brings order to disorder in dying restaurants. He is doing in secular culture what prophets are called to do in the spiritual. He is doing what Leonard Ravenhill is talking about in the business realm and its time for us to see it in the church realm. That prophetic reality results in tears for me—and a yearning for action—now!

I’d encourage you to watch the entire teaching on this topic (it was a spontaneous prophetic message that God rocked me with Sunday night during worship as I was getting ready to preach).

I‘d recommend reading a similar article: 10 Threats to Revival.

CHURCH NIGHTMARES

  1. A CRY FOR HELP—Historically, when a cry for help sounded God sent a prophet. Judges 6:7-8 (ESV) 7 When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, 8 the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel.

    In Kitchen Nightmares, the restaurant owner is usually in a very desperate situation so Gordon Ramsay is summoned to help.
  2. THE ANALYSIS—In every episode I’ve seen, the restaurant owner is convinced that they are on the right track, and simply need some expert guidance and a little enhancement to see things turn around. For those who watch the show, you know that this is the place where things get ugly. On the first day of a several day process, Gordon Ramsay enters the restaurant, meets the owner and then sits down to order a meal. Without fail, the owner and the chef are absolutely convinced that the food they are serving is wonderful. At least an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.Without fail, Gordon Ramsay samples the food and is horrified. His unique and expert perspective grants him the ability to immediately determine whether the food is good or bad—an analysis that is contrary to the analysis of the owner and the chef. It’s immediately clear, after just a few moments, to Gordon Ramsay why the restaurant is failing, though the ownership, after hours, days and years of analysis is confused and clueless.
  3. OFFENSE & CONFLICT—Gordon Ramsay then goes directly to the kitchen and shocks the staff with his brash and direct approach. He is often extremely upset that he was served food of such a low caliber. He has accused them of lying to to the patrons by offering one thing on the menu and delivering something totally different on the plate. People’s faces show shock and anger as Gordon attacks ‘their baby’…their food, their dream, their way of doing things. Similarly, prophets, who are called to analyze situations and sound alarms for radical change, are often resisted vehemently when they touch the dreams and efforts of pastors and people in the church. Offense can spike and division can come if honesty and humility don’t reign. The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men. He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.~Leonard Ravenhill
  4. On the show, at this point of the process, people are radically offended, often in tears, shocked beyond measure and second guessing their choice to invite Gordon to help. They usually want him gone—and fast.

  5. THIS IS NOT AN ENHANCEMENT—As I stated previously, the restaurant owners on the show, and also pastors and leaders in the church, are expecting their endeavors to be affirmed and then enhanced so as to yield a better result. The reality? The mission of Gordon Ramsay and the mission of prophets in the church is not one of enhancement. It’s near total deconstruction and complete reformation—or nothing. What is presumed to be untouchable is touched—and torn down—without apology by Gordon. Staff is fired, food that has been served for years is removed from the menu, the owners are rebuked for their poor leadership, and on and on.In less than a week, Gordon Ramsay comes in and enhances nothing, but reforms everything. The décor is modernized, old equipment is replaced with new equipment, staff is reassigned to new, better suited duties and everything becomes instantly better.In the church we see the same issues. Leaders are often so set on the way they are doing things, on the vision of yesteryear, that they simply want their comfort zone of ministry to be affirmed and enhanced. Churches open their doors wide to consultants but slam the door hard to prophets. One brings enhancement and affirmation while the other shuts everything down in favor of developing a brand new wine skin.
  6. EXTREME MEASURES—More than once Gordon Ramsay has shut down the dinner service with a full house of hungry customers. He had the staff send them home due to breakdowns in the restaurant. The staff is usually embarrassed and furious. The risk of losing people through such a method is extremely high. They usually feel that Gordon, at that point, actually destroyed their business instead of helping it.What the owners determined was an acceptable way to run a business was actually so below the bar that Gordon Ramsay closed the restaurant for the safety of the patrons.I believe it’s critical to allow God to shut down programs and even entire churches, at least for a season, for the sake of a full deconstruction and reconstruction of systems, policies, functions and vision. Yes, many people will leave, but the resulting structure will be able to fulfill its mission.
  7. NEW IDENTITY—One of the most powerful moments comes when Gordon’s crew spends the entire night ripping out the old décor and refurbishing the entire restaurant. Everything changes. Gordon has gone as far as changing the name of the restaurant and hanging a new sign outside! He changed the restaurant from specializing on one type of food (sea food, for example) to another (burgers and shakes). The reformation went as deep as the very core of the vision that the restaurant was initially developed from. The prophet breathes the rarefied air of inspiration. He is a “seer” who comes to lead the blind.~Leonard Ravenhill
  8. NEW ASSIGNMENTS—Gordon Ramsay is an expert at analyzing people’s strengths and weaknesses. He reassigns people according to their passions and abilities. The chef may become a bus boy. A waitress may become the manager. The owner may be asked to stay out of the way and let more gifted people lead.We must see this happen in the church as well. Prophets and apostles are experts at bringing order to disorder. The pastor or leader of a church or ministry may not be gifted with this level of revelation, and it will make sense for them to give way to those who do.
  9. SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT—Gordon, when he arrives, assumes control to an offensive degree. But, he also invests himself, his time and his money. Thousands of dollars are put into new equipment, the new branding, food, remodeling, etc. More than once he has actually hired a world renowned chef for thirty days to help the restaurant stay on track after he leaves.We can expect this in the church as well. Prophets and apostles are often willing to cancel other appointments and ministry assignments to come to a city to help with the reconstruction.
  10. HUGS, TEARS AND THANKS—Every single time owners and staff—that absolutely hated Gordon and wanted him to leave almost before he arrived—end up thanking him passionately, usually with tears in their eyes. Gordon did what they could not do because of his unique calling and gift mix.Gordon Ramsay has such a tender heart and desires deeply that every restaurant owner would be prosperous and successful. You see him truly developing real friendships with people who once despised him.If pastors will trust the offensive and threatening process that prophets and apostles will call for, at the end of the day, they will thank them. Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the Lord,
    he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

    Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, “No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected.” The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his “brand name.” ~Leonard Ravenhill

    The prophet is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.~Leonard Ravenhill

  11. RETURNING TO OLD PATTERNS—Time and again it’s proven that those who revert to their old ways, and forget everything that Gordon Ramsay set into motion, end up failing. Some of the shows are devoted to visiting restaurants that Gordon had been in previously. Often, he’ll find the restaurants closed and the reports from the old employees he tracks down are always the same—the owner reverted back to their old way of doing things.On the other hand, those who stuck with the new menu, who embraced the rebranding, who fired employees who should not be there, and who ensured the employees who remained stayed in their newly assigned roles reported great financial gain and and a restaurant that’s packed every night. Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV) 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I’ve stated many times in recent years, and have written in my book 20 Elements of Revival, that the reformation that’s coming to the church is going to be extreme and everything we hold dear is at risk.

Another key point to understand is that every church in the nation is included in this massive reform. It’s easy to think that God is referring to the dead, dry, religious churches when he speaks of reformation. The reality? The most Spirit-filled, fiery churches are those who must be reformed first, so they can move ahead in the spirit of a forerunner and model the extreme change that’s coming to the rest of the church world.

What do you think?

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