Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. – Jer 29:7

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Your sacrifice as leader

I was speaking to an elder about my opinion that it SEEMS to me that the good time we have in Gods Presence on Friday nights at the Revival Meetings is directly linked to the hard time I have during the week.

I laughed, he laughed and then he pointed out that (on the Day of Atonement) the priest sacrifices a bull for his own sins and a goat for the congregation.

Lev 16:14-15 Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the [a]mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the [b]mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 “Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people.

In fact he pointed out that the leader sacrifices THREE bulls for himself and just one goat for the people.

That really struck me. Its certainly what I am experiencing. We spend 7 hours together in our Revival Meeting, but I spend far more time than that in prayer and declaration during the week.

Im passing that on to you. If you lead a Revival Meeting your sacrifice (of prayer, declarations of scripture, faith, loosing and binding) during the week will be far greater than the sacrifice of the group at the meeting.

In our group we are blessed that people are seeing their own role and their own destiny in this and they are making their own sacrifices during the week.

It shouldn’t be all about the leader… BUT… throughout the bible God always appointed a leader (Adam, Peter, Abram, Paul, John, King David). But if many people step up and share the burden then the breakthrough will come far quicker.

In time the people in this group will take what is (going to happen) to their communities and it is important that this understanding of multiplication is built into our DNA… our culture.

You build things into the culture/DNA by verbally repeating it, regularly, but not annoyingly. You also build it in by letting people see you do it.

For example if you honour other people for their input, they will also honour other people when it comes time for them to take the good news to their community.

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7th meeting summary

Last night we had our seventh meeting. We had done very very little prayer for revival, but some prayer for one another. I felt we need to begin to actively pray for revival. But I have compassion as I watch people trying to find who they are in Him, or find their place in such a very diverse group.

I continue to feel that loving one another is a key part of this revival. You shall know them by their love for one another. So God is strongly in favour of us building one another up. In fact I feel that as new people join the group we need to loose and bind into Thai life and restore them through Jesus Christ.

But not the IDEA of restoration, but the actual REALITY of lives restored. Actually CHANGED lives.

I felt led to search for the words “the power of testimony” on YouTube and I knew I would end up with a Bill Johnson teaching. I ended up with three very short clips which I showed to the group.

After playing the clips I was astonished to see that Bill Johnson’s teaching mostly mirrors what I have been led by the Holy Spirit to believe. I honestly had no idea!

What Bill Johnson calls testimony I call faith. I don’t agree that we should prophecy anything but we need to release what has been released in Heaven… on His cross and in His resurrection. I think self discipline in this is a good thing. Besides, there is no limit… He did EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE all that we can ask or think or imagine! Focus on what we can loose or bind from Jesus Christ because apart from Him we can do nothing

I think that hearing what I have been explaining being spoken by another leader was helpful for people. Having it explained from another viewpoint was useful to embed the PERMISSION that we often need to actually DO what the bible says to do.

Having heard about the power of testimonies we listed the testimonies that we have had in 7 weeks. When BillJ says testimonies I prefer miracles.

1. Legs spontaneously healed while she was in the group
2. Persistent back pain healed with prayer
3. Food miracle witnessed by all who ate that night
4. One of us got a job, a better one than she had lost
5. One of us was about to have her house auctioned off in two working days but got her house back
6. Emotional miracle where one of us is being restored
7. One of us had deliverance from a demon that was tormenting him over night
8. One of us had a persistent cough which had lasted for many months but it reduced after prayer and then was completely gone a few days later
10. Legs hurt on a run healed

There may be more, but I can’t remember them at this time.

So different

We are so different to *my* experience of church. (Maybe not yours, but mine.)

Instead of crying out for God to move, instead we acknowledge He has moved on the cross, totally and fully, it is finished, and we as sons of God release that.
The problem in everyones life is their neither they nor anyone else is releasing what Jesus Christ did. There is a lot of waiting, crying out, believing, worshipping, titheing, all kinds of things. But we need what He did to be RELEASED so that His work on the cross IMPACTS people and actually CHANGES their lives.

I remember God once saying to me “dont beg”. Indeed. Just receive, release, proclaim, change the atmosphere by receiving what has been completed on the cross.

There is still lots of room for prayer that is in the style of relationship… talking to God. This type of prayer doesnt get replaced.

We are different. In fact Im now used to spending 7 hours together and having 1-2 hours of worship… it boggled my mind (when in church) we sang only 4 songs!!!?  We were only just getting started!!! 

God was present. I had massive electricity. The heat on me made me sweat. And they stopped. Aaaaargh.

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