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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The HUB 2013 | Battle for the first fruits - Steve Oliver
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Welcome to the HUB. This is preparation time not only for
the months ahead but for the years ahead.
In the last two years God has been preparing Regions Beyond
and our sphere of influence has been spreading.
Is 55Surely you will summon nationsyou know not, and nations you do not know will come running to
you, because of theLordyour God, the Holy Oneof Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”
begun to happen as the family is forming. For what’s been formed it’s time to give birth
29:11 – Ch 30
One and a
half year we have gathered people looking into RB. We are living in significant
times and don’t want to miss the moment. God has trusted us with so much. We
have a great responsibility. We have fought hard for right theological
understanding and values. Let’s not lag behind. It is also time for great
humility and sensitivity which are crucial for our success.
to win some of our battles. We need to take our own ground as some others have
story is about a battle for the first fruits
because of bad choices found himself in a difficult place and it almost derailed him. It’s working through difficult situations that he finds his strength with
God and finds his way back to God and finds great breakthrough.
lessons for us to learn as well. We are setting the course and the
ramifications are significant.
In 1992 I
heard about the nations an stepped forward. The rest is history.
will be battles in the establishing and the building of the apostolic sphere.
There will be hardships and the enemy will not give ground willingly. We will
need to be bold and courageous. We see that God comes to the rescue.
finally returned to his family and they see smoke rising. – no family, only
destruction. We see Jesus praying for us in Jn 17 and in the Lord’s Prayer –
“deliver us from evil”.
Dave Devenish. “It’s a biblical pattern- entrance into
new areas will often be costly” Mysterious sickness, depression, converts
turning on their faith, opposition, extended family pressure, visa issues etc. We need to engage in frequent and continuous prayer because we are coming face
to face with opposition. We need to be prepared for this We are all being released
into the purposes of God.
6 David was greatly distressed because the men wanted to stone him”
required robust leadership. The blame games started and he is under pressure.
We all need to step up in robust leadership.
David seeks God and then he has to go back to them and talk to them. Imagine
how he did this. Leadership can be taught. There is an impartation for this. Moving
from a local church to a vision for the nations takes robust leadership.
turns to the source of his success. He finds his strength in God. M. Eaton
calls this “A moment of spiritual restoration “He hears the voice of God again.
The greatest thing is we can do as a church together is to hear God together.
Let us never drift away from this.
has faith in his God given community. i.e David’s community had grown . In this
time of pressure they are now a “stoning bunch”. In 1 Sam 20:2 in the cave they
were a “discontented bunch”
never blamed his people. We need to find fresh faith- that we value every one
God gives us.
12:22 The eye cannot say to the hand….
this. God loves to show his glory through the unschooled and those who “ are
not”. This is what we are about and what counts : We can do all things through
Christ who strengthens us.
not turn on his people. Let this mark our lives.
enjoyed divine intervention. In the battle for the first fruits this is key.
Look to God to break in on our behalf
God stories – to break in. We cannot take on all that God has called us to if
we are only going to be pragmatic and organizational. We need to allow god to
break through. We need to be a people of the Spirit and hear God.
6. For David faith is not in the size of his army
but in His God.
allow David to develop values. Some will go ahead, some will stay behind. But
whatever we do, we do together. We will know times like this when values will develop
in us. It developed/shape a value in David which became a lasting ordinance. Ch30:24-25 The share
of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who
went down to the battle. All will share alike.”25 David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to
7. David modeled
a generous “I am here for your success” leadership style.
have been his moment but what was not on his mind. It was God’s people and not
his own success.
don’t do things God’s way we who will hear what we have to say?
takes the plunder from town to town.
Van Rhyn reminded us at the last TOAM that the new phase has to be about generosity. It is easy for us to hoard
always be a generous people and be mindful of what’s happening the world over.