Are you waiting for revival or are you building Kingdom?

by Joel Ramshaw (2013)

We are used to seeking revival but Christ never taught us to seek revival he taught us to build Kingdom. Revivals are temporary and fade out as fast as they came in. Revivals are based on man's leadership and when that man fails the revival fails with him. A perfect example is Lakeland. Rather than being about God and his power, the revival was based on a one-man show with Todd Bentley. This when the man fell into sin, the sheep were scattered. Revivals often start off with Kingdom message and power but end up being mixed with human activity or tainted by the demonic such as happened in the "Toronto Blessing." So they end up dying time after time.

Daniel 2:34-35, " Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."

The stone "cut without hands" represents that God is the one shaping the kingdom, and not man's hands. The Kingdom becomes a mountain and fills the whole earth. This does not sound like the typical revival which lasts a few years and then dies. The Kingdom is permanent. We need to stop seeking the next 'revival' to excite us and start seeking the full on Kingdom establishment.

Mark 4:5, "And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away."

The "stony ground" in the parable of the sower represents what the modern system of revival is doing with God power. God sows his seed into the meetings bringing his power, revelation and wisdom, and a revival springs up quickly but it has no power to stay just as the seed sown on stony ground grows quickly but lives only a very short time and dies just as quickly. Its because it has no root and no foundation.

So how do we go from  a revival mindset to a Kingdom mindset? We can start by finding God's unique destiny for each one of us, rather than following megapreachers and letting them monopolize God's power and revelation. God has something special he wants all of us to operate in. Our spiritual gifts, our callings, and anointing. Another reason is when the fivefold operates independent of each other. An evangelist can build a temporary revival but it fails when they are not closely connected with the Apostle and Prophet who must lay the foundation (Ephesians 2:20). And when they is no integration with TRUE pastors who will raise up people in the calling God has for them, not just speak positive and encouraging words. The Kingdom relies on all the fivefold working in harmony, whenever one gift dominates the rest the move of God will quickly die out.

Kingdom is based on obedience and connection with God, revival is based on the temporary display of God's power.

Are you waiting on the next big revival or are you going to find the place God has for you to build the Kingdom?

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