9 October 2014 - Reinhard Bonnke's School of Evangelism - Christ For All Nations - Day Four
Daniel Kolenda: Surviving Success
Love is higher than duty and obligation.
Luke 5:2-8 - When nets break, it means that things and resources are lost forever, opportunities are lost, and even souls are lost. It shows unpreparedness to handle God's blessings. The devil aims to bring division so that he can cause your nets to break. Peter did not obey Jesus. He only let down a net, when Jesus asked to let down the nets. Selective obedience, partial obedience, delayed obedience are still disobedience.
"and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”" (Luke 5:2-8 NKJV)
John 21:1-14 - The Lord wants us to be united to prevent our nets from breaking. Bring your nets to Jesus, and they will never break.
"After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. ” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead." (John 21:1-14 NKJV)
Mediocrity is a safe place to be in your life, but success is dangerous. If you think the devil is trying to get you now, wait till you are on the world stage.
We don't just want fruit, we want fruit that remains.
In Luke 5:2-8, the disciples are in different boats (divided), whereas in John 21:1-14 the disciples were in the same boat (united).
Matthew 5:23-24 - Jesus puts huge emphasis on the importance of our relationships with others and united among the brethren.
"Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV)
Ephesians 6:11-18 - The 'physical' armor pieces of God are front-facing. The prayers of the saints are each other's rear guards. By prayer and supplications, we protect the body of Christ.
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—" (Ephesians 6:11-18 NKJV)
The pastors and evangelists cannot afford to work separately. They must be working together to achieve mighty feats for God. We must work together with our gifts, and God puts us together so that we all share in the reward together. It is not meant to be done alone.
Many people feel threatened and jealous by people different from us.
Ephesians 4:7-16 - The spiritual gifts are each different aspects of Jesus. Jesus divided up His ministry, and distributed it to different people so that we as the body of believers would work together. Together with all our gifts, the body of believers can become the measure of the stature o the fullness of Christ. We are each given grace according to the measure of our gift. Grace is the battery (the enabling) that makes our gifts operate.
"But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:7-16 NKJV)
Many people don't understand how our gifts are possible in our lives, because they don't understand that the measure of grace is given to us to fulfill God's calling.
For a pastor: Link with other people who have different gifts, connect their gifts with their church, so that the flock can benefit from a higher percentage of gifts and grace. When we partner with other believers with different gifts, we become partakers of the grace given to them as well.
Whenever we try to operate outside of our gift, we will find that it is torturous. Paul had the gift of celibacy, therefore He was also given the grace for that. The Roman Catholic Church forces all priests to take an oath of celibacy. That is a recipe for disaster because not all have been given the grace for that.
I Timothy 4:1-5 - What do you think that everybody should be doing? That's probably what God has called you to do. Realise that everyone has been called to do different things, and stop forcing them to do only one thing.
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer." (I Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV)
God's desire is to raise us up into the fullness of our individual gifting, not to become perfect carbon copies of another anointed believer. We need to fill the fullness of our own shoes, not the shoes of another person.
John and Peter had very different personalities. But in John 21, a large portion of the account had Peter's name mentioned in it. John recognised himself as "the Disciple that Jesus loved" - in that place, there is no competitiveness because he knows the love Jesus has for him. He is free to give the honor and exaltation to others because he is confident in Jesus's love for him.
Obedience is what God wants from our lives. If God has not given new instructions, keep doing what He told you before. It means that the instructions have not changed.
Point people to Jesus and we will never go wrong.
John 21:15-19 - We preach the gospel to the lost and feed the saved because we love The Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus points to what we are importance to our lives, and asks us whether our love for Him is greater than our love for these.
"So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”" (John 21:15-19 NKJV)
We will always be successful if our love for Jesus is greater than our love for what else is important to us.
Dr. Chauncey Crandall: The Miraculous in Christ =============================================
Genesis 1 - God spoke and it came into being.
"Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light....Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”....Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.....Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.....Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;.....Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”......And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”.....Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so......Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”.....Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food." (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is always waiting for you to speak the word so that power will go forth. Don't be afraid of speak the word and praying for people.
Romans 10:17 - By proclaiming the Word of God, we bring forth the Word in action.
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
Matthew 10:1, 7-8 - Jesus gave us authority in His name. When we are in a place, the kingdom of heaven is there too. As we speak boldly, the Holy Spirit does a mighty work.
"And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease....And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:1, 7-8 NKJV)
Everytime God calls us to do something, we must do it with an urgency.
We can do God's work. We're all ordinary people with an extraordinary God.
If we go to the frontline of the battle of humanity, Jesus will show up.
If we go the distance, we will see the miraculous in action.
We can pray for the duplication and multiplication of food (replace word with whatever you need) in Jesus's name.
We must free ourselves of any baggage or grudges we hold against God. Do the work of The Lord. His peace will come over you.
For those people working in the marketplace: The Lord has given us our people group. If we don't lead them into the kingdom of God, no one will.
The prayers of the saints have been rising to God for thousands of years. God is waiting for a Christian who is willing to do His work.
If we ignore the instruction of God, we will live in regret.
Reinhard Bonnke: Impartation Night
A spiritual transaction has to be made between at least two parties.
Matthew 7:2, Mark 4:24-25, Luke 6:38 - We receive with the same measure as that which we give away.
"For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:2 NKJV)
"Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”" (Mark 4:24-25 NKJV)
"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”" (Luke 6:38 NKJV)
When we give for good, we form a covenant link and partnership with the receiver.
An evangelist going can pass on the mantle of anointing to an evangelist coming. It is like a baton of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Bible cannot be copyrighted for it belongs to the Author. Only to Him do the royalties belong. All glory to the God forever.
We are not called to save money, we are called to save souls. We actually spend to save. Since Jesus gave us His all, how can we afford to be stingy?
2 Corinthians 6:11-13 - We are restricted only by our lack of openness to God in our hearts.
"O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open." (II Corinthians 6:11-13 NKJV)
God only has one kind of fire - the Holy Spirit. It is an all-purpose Fire!
Baptism means "Immersion", "to dip under". When Jesus dips you into the River of liquid Fire, the Fire goes into you - you will look like Fire, you will smell like Fire. Our whole personality and being will be saturated with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Don't miss your flame just because of unbelief. It is possible to miss our Pentecost, and that is dangerous business.
The gospel is not a questionnaire! We are not explainers, we are PROCLAIMERS! Proclaim God's Word and the Holy Spirit will come and make the Word alive.
The baptism of fire is permanent, but it doesn't always feel permanent.
We don't receive the Holy Spirit to drink coffee and eat cake. We receive it to run the race! God's power is made visible when we are in action. We don't need power to do nothing.
Let's not get caught up in drops and be satisfied by it. We should expect to swim in His fullness.
The fervent prayer of the righteous, avails much. With one touch from Jesus, blind eyes are open, cripples walk, the dead are raised.
Grab the burning baton, follow Jesus and His word. His Fire never burns to consume us. That's why we will never burn out from it.
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