Monday 25 February 2008

Kingdom People

Glory to God!

This past week has been wonderful! It has been a time of growing in fellowship with one another. On Saturday evening the women got together specifically to build relationships, to pray with one another and to encourage one another. This was an important step in the life of KLF to put into practice what the Lord is teaching us about concerning loving one another and laying down our lives for one another.

As we weren't able to meet at TPLF yesterday, we used the opportunity to meet in two homes. Both groups had a great time worshipping together, praying together, breaking bread together, sharing the Word together and eating together. The Lord is teaching us to have and maintain a Kingdom mind-set as opposed to a church mind-set.

  1. A church mind-set sees the church as an organisation rather than as a people.
  2. A church mind-set has its identity in the denomination or name of the church rather than in one's citizenship in heaven.
  3. A church mind-set passes its responsibilities on to the church as an organisation rather than living out of one's identity and responsibility as a believer.
  4. A church mind-set separates the spiritual and the secular rather than continuously living with Divine consciousness.
  5. A church mind-set is possessive and gives what is comfortable rather than recognising that we are stewards of everything we are and have because we belong to God.
  6. A church mind-set has its focus on the world and on the Kingdom rather than only on the Kingdom.
  7. A church mind-set seeks to bring people to the church rather than bringing people into the Kingdom.
  8. A church mind-set seeks to do good works to please God occasionally rather than being obedient in order to release the Kingdom for God's glory.

Being a Kingdom people means:

  1. We live in the Kingdom of Light. Col 1:13,14; Eph. 5:8,9
  2. We are citizens of heaven. Phil. 3:20
  3. We are in this world but not of this world. John 17:16
  4. We live for one thing: the Kingdom. 1 John 2:15-17
  5. We give everything for the Kingdom. Matthew 13:44,45
  6. We fix our eyes on the Kingdom. Col. 3:1,2
  7. We live according to the Kingdom. Rom. 8:5-15
  8. We live to release the Kingdom. Matthew 6:9,10

The Lord spoke to our other group about being a Kingdom people of faith. A people who are led by the Holy Spirit and who work with Him rather than doing things in their own wisdom. The example was given of Abraham and how Ishmael is the fruit of trying to fulfill God's promises in one's own wisdom rather than trusting in God's wisdom, the fruit of which was fulfilled in Isaac. As a Kingdom people of faith we are called to trust in the Lord every step of the way and to rest in His promises; not rushing ahead and not laging behind!

We are seeking the Lord as to what the next steps are for KLF and we are exploring the possibility of renting a house in Frankfurt that will be both a home and an ideal meeting place for the church for mid-week meetings. Our large meetings and conferences will be held at TPLF or other locations. This new possibility is exciting as it emphasises God's call on KLF to build a true spiritual community - a people who selflessly share their lives with one another for God's glory.

Quote of the week:

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42-47


Monday 18 February 2008

The Grace of Giving

Glory to God!

Yesterday 5 people became covenant members of Kingdom Life. We praise God for wonderful men and women of God who have sensed God's call on their lives to be part of what God is doing in and through the people of Kingdom Life. By making a covenant with KLF, these people have:

  • established the call, the covenant and their commitment in spirit
  • expressed their agreement in soul (mind, heart and will) with the values, beliefs and vision of KLF
  • committed to exercising our unity in spirit and purpose through action (body)

We praise God for continuing to establish us as His people and for binding us together in spirit, soul and body!

The Lord is taking us deeper and deeper into the River of Revival and we sense the Lord leading us into waters that cannot be crossed but only swum in (see Ezekiel 47:5). This is uncomfortable because it means we become completely dependent on the current of the Holy Spirit, which is exactly where He wants His people to be!

We are seeing through revelation that our being led into deep waters is the same as our entering into Divine Capacity; the God-given ability ro receive all from heaven to release all on earth! Looking at 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 the Lord showed us 6 Kingdom principles that form the foundation of learning to release the Kingdom of God on earth.

These are the 6 Kingdom principles that mark a Kingdom people:

  1. They take initiative motivated by God's love (2 Cor. 8:3; 9:7)
  2. They give unconditionally and not based on their circumstances (2 Cor. 8:2,3; 9:7)
  3. They give out of joy because they have received the fullness of spiritual blessings (2 Cor. 8:2; 9:7)
  4. They sow in the natural to receive in the spiritual (Malachi 3:6-12; 2 Cor. 9:8-11)
  5. They give for the benefit of others (2 Cor. 8:4-7; 9:11)
  6. They give for the glory of God (2 Cor. 9:11-15)

The Lord is showing us that our lives in the natural reveal what we receive in the Spirit. He is also challenging us to sow in the natural to release a harvest in the Spirit so that others are benefited and the Lord is glorified. This is the way to Divine Capacity that has been demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ who gave up His life for the benefit of others for the glory of God! (1 John 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:9) Hallelujah! The Grace of Giving is therefore all about receiving the abundance of Heaven by faith and releasing it on earth through obedience so that others are blessed and God is glorified! This is how God's people release Heaven on earth!

Giving releases the Kingdom!

Quote of the week:

"The principal hindrance to the advancement of the Kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without 'hilarious' giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is 'hilarious' giving there will soon be revival!" O.S. Hawkins


Monday 11 February 2008

Divine Capacity!

Glory to Abba, Father!

This past week has been another awesome and exciting time with God! The Lord is revealing more and more of Himself to us in our meetings.

Yesterday the Lord spoke to us about Divine Capacity - the spiritual ability to receive and to release God's love (Eph. 3:19). Looking at 1 John 4:7-21, the Lord showed us that if we truly know Him, we will love like Him since He is love and as He is, so are we in the world.

Looking at the parable of the lost son (Luke 15) the Lord showed us the nature of His love and how we can choose to enter into that love or stay outside (15:28). We then looked at the account of Jesus being anointed by a sinful woman in Luke 7:36-50 that describes someone who has entered into Divine Capacity because she received God's love by faith and released the abundance of that love on earth.

She gave everything on earth because she received everything from Heaven!

Yesterday evening we had another soup kitchen for the poor and needy - another wonderful opportunity to release a generous spirit which is the fruit of Divine Capacity! We are excited about how people are responding to God's love; how people are "softening"; how trust is developing and how relationships are being built. The people have told us that they love it when we come and are eager to know when we will come again. Yesterday another man gave his life to Jesus and many are asking questions about the Lord! Hallelujah!

We praise God for His revelation to us and how it is affecting our lives and the lives of others for His glory!

Quote of the week:

"From the fullness of his grace we have received one blessing after another." John 1:16

"Freely you have received, freely give." Matthew 10:8


Thursday 7 February 2008

Watchmen on the Tower


Once a month many pastors and church leaders in Frankfurt and surrounding area gather together to pray for one another and the city of Frankfurt. The Lord is breaking denominational barriers and uniting the Body of Christ in spirit and purpose so that Frankfurt and Germany will see an awakening and the Church will be revived! Here are some pictures that were taken this morning of our prayer meeting on top of the EuroTurm in the heart of Frankfurt. May the Lord unite His people for His glory!

Wednesday 6 February 2008

Covenant Membership

Praise the Lord!

This past Sunday we had our first "covenant Sunday" when six people became covenant members of Kingdom Life! We believe that covenant membership is about:

Unity in the spirit:
  • Establishing one's spiritual covenant with Christ and one another
  • Establishing God's call on one's life to be part of the local Body
  • Establishing one's commitment to one another to live in fellowship

Unity in the soul:
  • Expressing one's unity of mind, heart and will - i.e. expressing one's agreement with the values, beliefs, vision, passion and purpose of KLF

Unity in the body:
  • Exercising one's unity - i.e. devoting one's time, energy and resources to the Body very practically (Acts 2:42-47)

We believe that becoming a covenant member is about establishing in the natural what is already taking place in the spirit. A covenant is because of relationship and not for relationship! One doesn't become a member to begin one's commitment to the local Body but rather, one makes a covenant with the local Body to establish what is already taking place in spirit, soul and body.

We are excited about this significant step in the life of KLF as we recognise it as being the beginning of God's promise to establish KLF this year! Hallelujah!

Quote of the week:

"The Church is to be a body of people living in covenant unity with their Lord in heaven; and in covenant love for one another." Colin Urquhart