Expanding The Kingdom Through Passion by Kevin Dedmon
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Many Christians pray for years that revival would come to their church, community, and personal lives. They are devoted to praying for God’s presence to come in power. They are part of prayer meetings that cry out for God to bring the fires of revival to their land. They continually contend for God “to do it again” for their generation. And on and on it goes without experiencing the breakthrough they long for.
I believe that it is time for us to experience “the more” that God has for each and every one of us, as well as in our churches and communities. I believe that this is a “Now” time for the fires of revival to spread across our land into every heart.
I believe God wants to equip, empower, and activate Firestarters to receive and release the presence and power of God in revival fashion that engulfs our nation and the world.
"God wants us to have an encounter, so that we become an encounter, so that others can have an encounter."
In other words, God wants to consume us in His fiery passionate love, so that we look, speak, and do, what He does — representing Him fully through a demonstration of signs and wonders, miracles, healing, and prophetic insights, that represent His kindness and love that leads to repentance and transformation.
So, how does one go about starting a fire that will become a wildfire that will bring about the level of revival that we desire? How do we become a Firestarter?
A fire can only start where there is enough fuel to get it going. We need wood in order to start a fire. We need resources. Too many attempt to start a fire with what they currently have at their disposal. Sure, reading Scripture, prayer, attending worship services are instrumental in providing a foundation for a fire, but we also need the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
On the day of Pentecost, the early Church was conducting a worship service, praying continually and reminding themselves of the promise of Scripture for revival, but it wasn’t until the Holy Spirit showed up that the fire started.
Sometimes that requires traveling to collect what is not ready available in the place where we live. Bill Johnson points out that, “Wise men still travel.” The wise men who searched for Jesus on that first Christmas, realized they did not have enough where they were – so they went to go get it — Him.
I’m not suggesting that you leave your church or community in search of some revival hot spot. On the other hand, I am encouraging you to go and visit a church or city where revival is taking place, collect some of their wood/resources, and then bring it back to start a fire where you live.
Places like Bethel Church in Redding, California, Harvest Rock, in Pasadena, California, Airport Christian Fellowship in Toronto, Canada, IHOP in Kansas City, Missouri are just a few of the places where you can find good revival wood to burn with.
Attending schools like Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, Global School of Supernatural Ministry, Harvest School of Missions, as well as conferences in which revival themes are taught and practiced are essential in getting the resources you need to start wild fires where you live.
The oil of joy/gladness is the best fuel for lighting fires (Hebrews 1:8,9). Cultivating revival is best done in and through God’s presence — not a program. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). It makes sense then that God is going to respond to His children who are welcoming Him with celebration, laughter, and thankfulness.
Nehemiah was adamant on this point when he told the Israelites to stop mourning and grieving in their pursuit of God, but rather, celebrate with party foods and drink. He commanded them to laugh because the joy of the Lord is where our empowerment comes (Nehemiah 8:1-13; Psalm 126).
I want to encourage you to try and get happy in God’s presence the next time you are praying for revival as though God really does want to show up and do good things in your midst. He is smiling on you, dancing around you, and enthusiastically happy to reveal His goodness by healing, prophesying, and setting people free to know their true identity and destiny.
Applying laughter to your prayers is a sure way of lighting the fire of revival.
We will never have a fire without risk. At some point we have to light the fire. God has given us the catalyst for revival, but we must do our part in striking the match. Mike Bickle once said, “Christians are oftentimes taught well beyond their obedience.” We can talk about revival until the second coming, but until we take some risk to release revival in our midst, we will never experience the fullness of God’s presence and power that we so desperately want and need.
Striking the match looks like prophesying over someone even when you don’t feel the unction or ability to do so. I can’t tell you how many times I have begun a prophetic word with, “I believe the Lord wants you to know…”, and then get the download for the rest of it.
Too many times we are waiting for the word before we step out into a revival lifestyle, when God is waiting for us to step out, strike the match, so that He can light the fire.
1. Collect as many revival resources as you can to add to your fire.
2. Add the fuel of joy, gladness, and laughter to your revival prayers
3. Take some risk in striking the match to release revival by prophesying or healing someone
I would love to hear some testimonies about how you have started some fires in your church and community. Happy Firestarting! To purchase the Firestarters program today click here!
Christians are normally either motivated my guilt or passion. Guilt says, “You have to be a Firestarter.” Passion says, “You get to be a Firestarter.” Becoming a Firestarter is not succumbing to a guilt trip, but pursuing passion – a hunger and thirst for the “Fire” of God – His presence starting a fire in us. Firestarters is not a “have to,” but a “get to.” Being a Firestarter is simply allowing His fire to grow in us everyday. It is cultivating passion. Joel Osteen observes that, “One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..” Firestarters stay hungry and thirsty for God’s goodness to become manifest in them and through them.
If we aim at nothing, we will most likely hit it. Rick Warren states that,“Without a purpose, life is a motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless.” Becoming a Firestarter is simply focusing on the fire. Firestarters are not more gifted, anointed, “holy,” or pure, than anyone else. No, Firestarters are simply pursuing the fire. Firestarters have made their purpose pursuing God’s presence demonstrated in practical signs and wonders, miracles, healing, and prophetic expressions that communicate God’s powerful and passionate fiery love.
Firestarters seek to demonstrate God’s love the way that Jesus does – through a demonstration of power that proves His love and care. Bill Johnson says, “We owe the world an encounter.” Firestarters are possessed by an encounter of God’s fiery powerful presence that releases an encounter of God’s fiery powerful presence to others around us in supernatural ways that help them.
Competency only comes through continual, persistent practice. Firestarters are not perfect, but are willing to continue to take risk in starting fires. The pathway of risk is the primary way we step into our supernatural destiny as Firestarters. Firestarters do not give up when they have setbacks or disappointments. No, Firestarters continue to learn and grow in a supernatural lifestyle. Jack Hayford once said, “We don’t fail when we fall, but we only fail when we fail to get back up.” Firestarters get back up and try again.
Disappointment and discouragement are two common reasons Firestarters are sometimes detained and derailed from their supernatural destiny. Firestarters have pledged to make the Firestarter Curriculum a lifestyle rather than just a class event. Certainly the Firestarter Curriculum is essential in providing the foundation for stepping into supernatural ministry, but pledging to persevere in spite of setbacks and obstacles is key to becoming a life-long Firestarter. Anyone can do something for a season, but Firestarters have chosen a life path. That’s what I love about people like Heidi Baker, Mother Theresa, Reinhard Bonnke, and John Wimber. They pledged to persevere.