torsdag 5 februari 2009

Relationen mellan välsignelse och gott förvaltarskap

from the desk of Bill Johnson...

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion (Ps. 84:5-7, NKJV).

What do we have access to in this life? The key to that discovery is this: Most of what you need in life will be brought to you; most of what you want, you will have to go get. The process of the pursuit is what matures you into a person who can correctly steward what you have cried out for once you receive it.

Many are asking for something new but haven't stewarded what they have already been given. How do you get more of anything in the Kingdom? Faithful in little, faithful in much. There will be no radical increase of anointing until you develop and steward what has already been given to you in an embryonic state. Gifts are free, maturity is expensive. Faithfully using what you have been freely given positions you for increase.

Sometimes when we are looking for great breakthrough, we can pray past the anointing for a miracle. Many are married to the process of lengthy prayer but fail to recognize the anointing we have been given. We are crying out for a greater outpouring like Azusa Street, but what happened to the water of the last outpouring? It went under the mountaintops, came down into the valleys, and soaked into the soil on which you are standing. Be assured that the driest place in your life has water right underneath it because it is impossible for God to put you in a place outside where water is out of reach – the Kingdom is at hand! There is something about refusing to believe God would ever put you in a dry place and living with a burning conviction that says, "My God is good! He would not put me in a place where I have no access to water." He may put you in a place where by appearance everything is dry, but in that place of weeping (the Valley of Baca) you are capable, through godly stewardship of what has been given to you, of turning it into a spring. You will find that God has hidden the water of the last outpouring right under the soles of your feet.

Something happens when you refuse to give in to a lifestyle of loss but recognize the tools and blessing you have been given in the moment. The normal Christian life for us is making an adjustment and saying, "I was not born for loss and to be stolen from. Yes, I was born for war, but I was born for victory in that war. I refuse to believe that God would put me in a place where I have no access to the refreshing of the Lord." Take that stance, and you will have the strength to pursue those things that God has for you. In your dry place you will find refreshing springs of water.

Bill and Brenda (Beni) Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church, Redding Califorinia.

Bill is a fifth generation pastor with a rich heritage in the things of the Spirit. Together they serve a growing number of churches that have partnered for revival. This apostolic network has crossed denominational lines in building relationships that enable church leaders to walk in both purity and power.

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