Follow Him – Abolition Summit Session 4

Steve’s Top7 Takeaways of the Exodus Cry (  Abolition Summit – Session 4 where Kirk Bennett spoke about listening to God and the Isaiah 61 call to reach out to those in need.

[Book of Isaiah, Chapter 61]

 “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.”

TOP7 Takeaways   I enjoyed listening to Kirk Bennett and here are a few of the notes and takeaways that I got from the abolition summit session with Kirk.

Follow Him – Session 4:

1 Walk the Walk – We have to do more than we say.   Kirk said, “If we pray but don’t do, that is hypocrisy; but if we do without praying, we don’t do what He is doing”

2 Justice – “Justice is not an abstract noun. Justice is a Man [Jesus]”. Also a big takeaway from some of his stories and words were that justice should be joyful.  Jesus has joy in freeing his people. Kirk told some amazing stories of freedom in Africa because bold women were acting for Justice not in their own strength but by being connected in the Spirit. This protected them greatly also.

3 Jesus not just physical freedom – In the Bible it says the reason that Jesus releases the prisoners is so “they may worship Him.”

4 Small Prophecy – God gives us small words and prophecy and not the whole thing because we would try to do things without him. It is too much for this blog post but new testament prophets vs old testament is quite different. All are to ask for gifts of prophecy in the new testament and in the end times, he will pour out his spirit on all flesh, including dreams and visions.

5 No Prayers too Small – Even what seems feeble and small to us, God loves and listens to and honors.  Kirk told a wild story about a small house of prayer in Portland OR that was in the same building with an adjacent wall to a strip club.  Long story short, the strip club went out of business and a secret tunnel and enclosed room was discovered in the nightclub.  The landlord ended up allowing the house of prayer to take over the whole building without debt and gave them sound equipment.  They have now shown the Exodus Cry Nefarious film on the wall where they took down the strip poles.

6  Why am I blogging 🙂 – We are so busy trying to organize things and do them and then God to bless them. He may bless some of them because they are what He is doing anyway but most He wont bless.  He wants us to spend time with Him.  He wants us and He will give us the jobs to do.If something works it is from him, if it doesn’t it wasn’t Him. Makes me wonder why I am blogging at 2 am LOL. It may be better spent just spending time alone with Him.

7 Follow Him no matter what – In Matthew 4:18-19 His justice movement came when He came to earth.  He said Follow me.  The new disciples didn’t ask where he is going as far as we know.  They just quit their jobs.  We are trying to organize our spiritual life.  It doesn’t work. He messes up your plans. You think its Satan but its Jesus.  God loves us too much.

Kirk said, “You get your voice in the wilderness.  Amen we should go to a conference. No. God is saying Amen you need to go to the wilderness. God is taking us back to our roots. Follow Me. Follow me.”

Are you ready to walk into the wilderness to better hear from God?  Not a bad idea.  I may just do that…:)

LORD, Thank you for all your blessings in my life.  Help me to better hear from You and to pay attention to those words, visions and dreams you give me so that I may do YOUR WILL & not mine.  Help me to take the wilderness steps I need to do to hear your voice more clearly through all the static of the secular world that weighs me down  Let me follow you wherever you go, let me walk in the Isaiah 61 anointing to preach the good news and do acts of justice to your splendor.  Your servant, Steve

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Jesus the Supreme Abolitionist – Abolition Summit Session 3

Steve’s Top7 Takeaways of the Exodus Cry Abolition SummitSession 3 where Stuart Greaves spoke about the justice heart of Jesus as the supreme abolitionist raising up a new underground railroad movement to end human trafficking. 

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out,  or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. “  [Isaiah 42:1-4]

Thanks Audra Lynn for ushering us into worship.  Stuart Greaves (Int’l House of Prayer IHOP Night Watch leader) spoke with authority on Isaiah 42 justice.

Steve’s TOP7 Takeaways

Exodus Cry Abolition Summit – Session 3:

  1. Jesus the supreme abolitionist – Behold Him & and cry out for His hand of justice. Set the captives free & open prison doors. [Exodus 2 & 3; Acts 5:19]
  2. New Abolitionists God is raising up an end-time underground railroad. Prophets and deliverers will be at the core upholding the glory of the Lord & receiving divine help.
  3. Watch & pray and do not fall to temptation – Spirit is willing but your flesh is weak. [Matthew 26:40-41].  Prayer & fasting will be central to this movement.
  4. Capture the servant heart – beware our selfish hearts and prideful hero attitudes when working in the justice movement. Tenderizing our hearts.
  5. Wisdom and gentle spirit –  Carry a gentle spirit like God.  One ex-trafficker and abuser of slaves,  is now writing and singing songs for God.
  6. God’s word – Don’t go into  battle without being steeped in revelation of God’s word.  Getting a girl out of slavery is the easy part. Restoration requires anointing in the Spirit.
  7. HE WILL NOT FAIL  Isaiah 59 (his heart is shattered and broken over the injustice in the earth) He knows everyone and every heart and he sees the human trafficking as the fastest growing industry on earth yet He is confident. There is not an ounce of discouragement in His soul. This should give us great HOPE.

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” [James 1:26-27]

Prayer:  “Lord, wake me daily to desire to be with You.  Steep me with revelation. Give me  wisdom and discernment so you can use me as an instrument of deliverance for women, boys and girls trapped in this horrendous bondage. Break me of desire for accolades of man and anything done in my own strength so I rely on you.  Place your children on my hearts that I will cry out night & day for your hand of justice to free the captives and open prison doors.  I also pray for Damascus type conversions of the perverted abusers that they may be used by You to free even more from this industry.”  Your servant, Steve  

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Countercultural Dreamer – Abolition Summit Session 2

Steve’s Top7 Takeaways of the Exodus Cry Abolition Summit – Session 2 where Lou Engle spoke about listening to God in our dreams and living counter culturally with prayer, fasting and walking out with acts of justice regarding human trafficking.

When you fast… your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matt 6:17-18)

TOP7 Takeaways   Thanks to Lou Engle, a true man and servant of God that actually walks out what the bible says and inspires me to listen more intently to God and then actually follow Him.

Countercultural Dreamers – Session 2:

  1. Mediocrity – We live mediocre lives while all this shocking human trafficking and abuse is happening all around us.  Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone?
  2. Shed Shame – It’s time to break the fear of men and time for millions of men and women to come out of shame about the abuse they received at the hands of those around them.  The abusers use shame to keep it hidden.  It is amazing how many people that have been abused by a parent, a neighbor or a trusted friend and not just women but many men. And when they share it beyond their family there is such freedom and heart healing that begins as people surround you with love and compassion without judgement.
  3. Watchmaker – We all can play a part in ending human trafficking. Only the watchmaker knows the purpose for each and every little cog and sometimes it is the seemingly insignificant cog that rings the bell.   So step in and help in any way.
  4. Consecrate Finances– Consecrate the money He allows you to have to use it for His purpose other than what you need for your family. You really can’t take it with you. Think about it. What will you feel better about, a car, a big TV or helping to save a young women’s life???
  5. Prayer + Fasting – Activism without prayer will eventually drain you and you will become like the beach you are trying to save whereas prayer will refresh your well of water. Recover a sense of fasting because angels and demons are at war.  Nehemiah in the Old Testament wept and fasted for months, then suddenly doors opened.
  6. Tears – Lou said “Pay attention to your tears, as it points to your destiny”.  God is groaning through us.  This issue of wounded and abused children makes me weep…
  7. Countercultural Dreamers. Lou talked about being a countercultural dreamer where we follow the ways and leading from the Spirit, which will be counter to cultural norms. Also talked about how important to pay attention to what God tells you in your dreams. The LIFE movement with the Red Tape is an example of someone who listened and obeyed God’s dream messages. That night I prayed for God to give me an important dream. I don’t want to discuss it here yet but it was significant regarding the some end times scenarios.

Prayer:  “Lord, I pray that you will give me strength to continue to consecrate myself more and more to your ways so that I may do your will to rescue these women from evil. Give me a compassionate heart to weep for what you weep and to not live a life of blessing and mediocrity but that I will use your blessings to further Your Kingdom.  Your servant, Steve

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Deliver me from me – Abolition Summit Session1

Steve’s Top7 takeaways from the Exodus Cry Abolition Summit Session 1 where Corey Russell spoke about Moses’ deliverance from himself so that God could use him to deliver His people. 

 “And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I KNOW their sorrows.” Exodus 3:7

God awakens  “our calling” and then can shut the door to move the call from the head to the heart.  We have to face our inabilities of trying to do His call in our own strength.  Moses was on fire to deliver his people from slavery but God let him wander for 40 years in the wilderness until he was emptied of himself. When he was 80, tending sheep & not his mission, God  knew he was ready.  Moses saw an angel of the Lord in a burning bush and because he chose to look God’s direction and he was ready to rely on God, he was used. [Exodus 2:11-15 & 3:1-7]

Matt Gilman led us into God’s presence through worship music. Corey Russell (IHOPU teacher) spoke about Moses’ deliverance ministry and its lessons to the end time church. I can relate to Moses and how God will call you and then your heart gets ripped open to show you the things that you need to change in order to be prepared for being a deliverer.

Steve’s TOP7 Takeaways [Exodus Cry Abolition Summit – Session 1 Corey Russell]:

  1. God is patient – Don’t worry how old you are, it took Moses 40 years to empty himself but it may not take you as long (or it might LOL)
  2. Behold what you want to become – Lock your gaze on God’s fiery eyes.  Fear God and strive for holiness.  Set your eyes on what he loves.  The entertainment industry is dulling the spirit of the church and making us ineffective for Him.
  3. Rely fully on God – We can’t do our calling in our own accord.  We are ineffective in human and religious zeal. Live vertically more than horizontally.
  4. Go to the wilderness – God uses this to deliver us from ourselves, false ideals, fantasies, tolerance of immoral, false grace messages, impatience, selfishness & pride.
  5. Cry out in Prayer – It transcends time and distance.  God doesn’t come when He sees the sorrow. He comes, when His people cry out to Him.
  6. The harvest is ready now but the laborers are few – Sexual victims are crying out now for justice but they need God’s people to be ready to deliver and disciple.
  7. Ask like Moses did – Who am I to be sent? Who are you God? How will you use me. How will God use you?  PRAY & ASK HIM TONIGHT!

“Lord, I pray that you will lead me through the wilderness to teach me to empty myself from me and to teach me to rely on you.  Convict my heart when I watch or support things that teach a moral code that is not of you. Prepare me to be an effective voice, intercessor and deliverer of your children trapped in sexual bondage.”  –  Your servant Steve

One Thing

One Thing 2011 Conference in Kansas City Missouri USA

This year’s young adult conference drew a crowd of about 25,000 to Kansas City Missouri to do One Thing…to gaze on the beauty of the Lord.   This year’s theme focused on Jesus as our Magnificent Obsession.   It was so refreshing to just praise Him and bask in the knowledge that He knows each one of us personally from the time He knit us in our mother’s womb to knowing and searching our hearts every day.  He longs to be with us and to hear our voice and he loves to love us if we only let Him.  

In the busy life of work, raising families and just all the distractions and things that can become idols especially in a wealthy hedonistic society (money, entertainment, sports, never ending electronic and social media, etc) we have forgotten the One Thing.  King David said,

“… this ONLY do I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” [Psalm 27:4]

The more I seek Him and the more I realize His father’s heart toward me, the more I fall in love with Him even more and need Him even more…

Thank God for all those that stood up at One Thing and consecrated themselves to seeking Him instead of the worldly pleasures.  I pray they remember this week and put on the armor to deflect “all” the arrows of the evil one.