Once I was teaching a conference in the Maasai tribe in Kenya. There is a modern day revival with the Maasaia. Twenty years ago they had not heard of the Name of Jesus. Today they are getting saved daily. They are the people with the big ears, big earrings who sometimes drink cow blood and milk. My interpreter at this conference was translating for me from Maasai to English. Later he told me that one of his arms had been in pain, but as he translated for me, the revelation coming out of the teaching, healed his arm.
Eph 4:12 For(INTO THE FELLOWSHIP) the perfecting of the saints( mended, repaired, furnished and equipped) for(INTO) the work of the ministry,(INTO THE MINISTRY AS PERTAINING TO GIFTINGS, MINISTRIES AND CALLINGS) for the edifying of the body of Christ:
He gave the five-fold ministry as gifts. To bring all of the members of the church to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ so that we may come into the unity of the faith.
Through them all of the members should be made capable of performing their several parts in order that the whole church may be built up in its completeness.
This is for the purpose of furnishing every believer for their particular service and their particular contribution in building up Christ’s body.
It is the view to the full equipping of the saints.
Only then can the fullness of the glory of God be brought.
Perfecting: to mend as mending the holes in a fisherman’s net.
Matthew 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
To outfit, equip, repair.
The equipping is to put every believer into the particular work of his or her office or ministry.
It is the endowment of believers in any local assembly with all that they spiritually require to become fully equipped and successfully carry out their ministries and callings.
Believers must be mended, repaired, furnished and equipped, and then be raised up so that they can bring forth the glory of the Lord through their ministries, whether in their local assembly, or in the mission field. This is the function of any local body.
This is why I say that the church should operate much more as a school, and much less as a place where pew sitters come to hear a sermon.
This believer now, who has been equipped for his or her particular ministry can now in turn supply their specific contribution to the building up of the body of Christ.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
In verse thirteen the Greek word “unity” is defined as unanimity. This refers to harmony that has been created through agreement on spiritual issues.
For us to achieve practical unity as believers upon on earth, we must reach a point of spiritual unanimity. This is an issue of the spirit. We must become one in spirit. I believe that unanimity of the faith can be only achieved through believers that have allowed the cross of Christ to touch and transform every part of their lives. As the cross of Christ kills off what is of the old nature, the Lord Jesus is revealed and created in the believer.
Unanimity or unity comes about because there is the “One and Same Man Christ Jesus” created in all of us. Unity among believers is really unity into the revelation of the same Person Jesus Christ dwelling in each of us.
“unto ( or into) a perfect man.” This is why is says that the church is man. Who is this perfect man? This man is no one else than Christ Jesus Himself. The word perfect describes a fully-grown man. Unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ is the description of what makes this man perfect.
The measure of the height or stature of the perfections of Christ is this perfect man. The church, made up of believers must represent this perfect man. Until we arrive at, or attain to. All members must come to their proper unity and maturity.
Participation and peak efficiency in ministry brings us into a mutual vision and understanding of our faith in Christ or the particulars of our walk with Christ. Our comprehension and oneness in the particulars of our walk with Christ brings us into an oneness of revelation of the Christ.
The glory of God is displayed through the efficiency and activity of each members, obedience and ministry before God.
The person of Christ is revealed in the local body and this brings us into a and accurate knowledge of the son of God
The fullness of the knowledge of the Son fills that body with all of His fullness.
As the fullness of Christ is revealed and we come to know and understand, we all grow up into the maturity of God. A perfect man is a full-grown man. The church as a full-grown man can fully bring forth the glory of God and subsequent revival.
The culture might change, but people and God remain the same.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
- He that comes upon, hits upon, and holds on to his own selfish life for his selfish gain, shall bring himself to ruin, destruction, uselessness and misery through his corrupted self. He that ruins, destroys, and wastes away his sinful existence for the sake of the Lord shall discover, recognize, acquire and real life from the Lord for himself.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Matthew 26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
- We see that Jesus commands His disciples to “Follow Him” in the above scripture. This is defined as a union in traveling the same road. It is an oneness with the pattern of Jesus’ life, His ministry, and even of His death, if necessary.
- Look at the illustration of Peter’s denial of Jesus in comparison to Jesus’ command to deny ourselves. As you will notice, it is exactly the same word! Can you imagine how vehemently Peter with every fiber and atom in his body angrily disavowed that he knew, or had any relationship with the Master? This should be our same attitude in denying ourselves for the sake of our Lord?
Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send (apostolic sending) my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
- Which shall prepare: Literally who will lay down all the needed gear, utensils and equipment at another’s disposal.”
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
- First John two and fifteen is an example of what I call a “proportional scripture.” In other words, to the proportion that the love for the things of this world fills the limited space of our heart, is to the same proportion that the love of God has no more room within that limited space, and must leave.
1Cor 9:24 Know ye not that they which run (to run and spend my strength in attaining to something) in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.(to possess and make my own).
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery (the agony of athletic competition) is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
- Our Christian lives should abide in the exhilarating agony of strenuous athletic discipline. If we are experiencing boredom as believers, we are missing out on part of Christ’s destiny for us. Every great work of God has been executed on bended knees. Every great work of God takes between one to five hours of prayer daily
26 therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
- Our faith must contain a clear perception of God’s vision for our lives. “Without a vision the people perish.” We must not walk obscurely, as those who do not know the voice of God. We must not trash the air aimlessly with those things that Christ has not called us to, no matter how noble or praiseworthy they might be. Our time must not be wasted by the missed discernment of God’s will; too much is at stake! Our punch must be sure; we must strike straight and not spare.
27 But I keep under my body (To beat the body black and blue, or get a black eye), and bring it into subjection(make my body a slave to the Spirit of God) lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (a reject , reprobate, and one who failed the test that God put before them.)
- The love of God and the love of the world are opposed to each other. Either you love one or love the other. What the world values, Christ abhors. What the worldly man esteems as of great value Christ says, “get the behind me Satan!”
1Cor15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured (To labor with strenuous zeal, to the point of exhaustion) more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
- “Spiritual burn out” is always inadmissible. It is the product of all labors for the Lord initiated by us, and not the Holy Spirit. Yet our lives should be consumed with the Lord and His work.
Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
- Therefore I neglect and no longer care for what is behind me. I stretch myself out and towards, and run swiftly after what is before me. The direction being, the mark of the goal of the high price of unbroken fellowship of Christ’s resurrection life, and the hope of His calling for me.
1 Tim 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
- Greek: I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who endued me with His power (only as He found me dependable.) The gift of His power was given to me as He found me worthy of trust. Once that the trust and power were there God placed me into my ministry.
1 Tim 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
- Greek: Do not become careless about the spiritual gift, which was given to you by (the Holy Spirit) through prophecy and the laying of hands.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
- Meditate- Care for, attend to, and keep practicing “the things that we have discussed”
- Give thyself wholly to them – Literally “to become one with them”.
- Paul tell us throw ourselves fully, or become submerged and consumed with the things that lead to godliness, purity, charity, spiritual gifts, and so forth.
- That thy profiting Literally “pioneers cutting a way for an army”
- Every Christian is called to a blaze a new pioneer trail, through which the Lord can effectively travel, in accordance with their unique calling. There are now pew sitters, and no room for mediocrity in God’s kingdom.
- May appear to all – Will become evident to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
- Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine Fasten your attentions to, observe, and attend to yourself first, and to your doctrine second. This doctrine is what you teach. It must be in accordance with the truth of the scriptures and your life must line up with it.
Continue in them – Be sure to remain in these things!
These are pictures of my wife Mary in 2006, In Narok, Kenya during the inauguration of a new church building. These are Maasai girls whom Mary is sharing Jesus with. Editing these pictures reminds me, of how “ Fuddy Duddy” Americans have become about God. This nation is ultra-careful not to offend anyone except God, Himself, who it readily offends in the most dishonoring of ways. I don’t know about you but I want to be like these African girls. Whoever wants to follow Jesus, like they want to, let him do it, whoever doesn’t, that’s fine as well.
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These pictures were taken of yours truly in Narok Kenya in 2006 during the inauguration of a new church building in Maasai Land, where a modern day revival takes place. The only “Person of Interest “ is the Holy Spirit.
If revival is not about what the holy Spirit wants, it wont last.
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I just got back from doing a weekend seminar in Simba (Lion), in the east- central part of Kenya at “Oldonyio Lenkai Church” (Maasai for – Mountain of God), pastored by Samuel Kinaya. It truly was a weekend filled with God’s love and goodness. This church is situated near a hill called Mountain of God where years ago Maasais discovered a circular homestead on its top. They said that this was the home of God.
When Pastor Samuel invited me several months ago for these meetings, I had no idea that it would be in Maasai Land of Kenya. The Maasais are a traditional African tribe in Kenya and Tanzania. Most of them live without power and water. They believe that all the cattle and grass belongs to them. Some of the non-Christians drink milk and cow’s blood; others are hunters that have killed lions, in a society where women do most of the work.
A phenomenon began in Maasai land eight years ago. A revival commenced then that today is still flourishing in a land that knew nothing about Jesus Christ. In Simba, every Maasai household has at least one believer. Maasai women are being respected as ministers of God where only a few years ago they were almost slaves. There is a new generation of Maasais that are being freed from ungodly cultural traditions. Maasai churches are popping everywhere.
I arrived at Simba Thursday evening. The pastors came in bicycles to pick up my bags. Pastor Samuel told me that it had rained every day. As we began to walk the two-mile trek to his home pouring rains fell on us for 45 minutes. By the time that we arrived, I was drenched to my wallet and cell phone.
His home, like many Maasai homes, has no power or water. In addition there is not even a toilet hole in the ground. His, is God’s bathroom in the vastness of mud, grass and bushes.
Mary and I are used to taking bottle water, toilet paper, pillows and blankets, flashlight, and a mirror for our seminars. I remembered my crisis in Tanzania doing Number Two and the Tanzanians not understanding my Swahili. Pastor Samuel told me that if I ran into this problem they would take me to a friend’s home probably about two miles away! Needless to say I prayed and begged God that I would not have to go Number Two until I got back to Kitengela on Monday.
Thursday night in the reprieve of the rain many people from neighboring homes came to meet me and get prayer. In the intimacy of a small kerosene lamp we prayed and prophesied to everyone.
As I went to bed in my tiny room the pouring rains commenced again lasting until early morning. In the middle of the night, lo and behold, I woke up with a strong urge to do Number Two. I argued with God on my bed and told Him that I had asked Him not to allow this to happen. The urge just grew stronger. I took my flashlight; put on my mud caked shoes and woke up the pastor who proceeded to open the metal door for me. As I began to tread into the mud-flooded fields the rains suddenly and absolutely stopped! I came back from my small ordeal totally dry and with a notion of confidence that by the mercy of God I was conquering my fear. As I went back to bed the rains began again. One hour later, I woke up again, Number Two beckoning again. Armed with toilet paper and mud logged shoes I woke up the pastor again. When I got to the door, God stopped the rains once again! Dry as a whistle and brimming with confidence I went to the bush and back to bed. The rains would not restart for another one hour. In the silence of my bed I heard a man violently coughing, yelling, coughing and yelling. It sounded as if he would die. I woke up the pastor a third time to find out that this man was a drunkard, the husband of one of the ladies that I had prayed for earlier. I was told that every time he got drunk he would get like this. That night I knew that I had to talk to him about the Lord.
Friday morning we were met with a cup of tea and the presence of a young man who walked miles in the muds of Simba. His baby sister, four days of age, laid dying. The pastor was to walk with him and pray for the baby. God suddenly gave me Acts 19:11,12.
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
We got a handkerchief, prayed for it, anointed it with oil and gave it to the pastor who proceeded out the door. Friday afternoon, when I got to church, I found out about the miracle that happened. When the pastor got to the baby’s home, he found her with eyes closed and barely breathing. The handkerchief was placed on her face. She began to breathe and eventually opened her eyes and was healed. The mother who had cancer in both of her breasts, in pain, and unable to nurse, placed the same handkerchief on her chest. The pain left her and she began to nurse! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
Friday night several pastors came to visit us. In the dim light of the kerosene lamp as we talked a man was brought to me. He stared with a big smile on his face. This was the man who I had heard violently coughing the night before, by the name of Turasha. We proceeded to his home where I narrated through an interpreter how God had saved me and delivered me twenty-eight years ago from alcoholism and drugs. Turasha gave his heart to the Lord that night. His wife rejoiced and spoke to me the only English word she knew; “Thank you.”
Saturday evening at Oldonyio Lenkai Church during the teaching, the clouds and thunder came once again. People scampered out of the church to dash miles back to their homes. God had me say in a loud voice, “Lord, I bind these rains in Jesus Name until these people are able to get home!” Though the skies stayed black and threatening it did not rain for three hours! We saw the same miracle Sunday night.
That evening as we walked home under a moon covered by clouds, we took another path due to mud. As we neared the pastor’s residence we met an area filled with big rocks hidden under grass and mud. The men of God located every rock before I got there, held my hands and guided me around them. This process lasted for twenty minutes until we had made it safely across. God later gave me this scripture of Psalms 91. Such is His love for us.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Sunday, the meetings began earlier. The Lord had me only minister and not teach. Most of these people have never gotten a word of prophecy. God had us begin with those that were in need of healing. We had the privilege of seeing many instantaneous manifestations of healings. A number of people came forward that had severe pains in their arms, sides of their bodies, and legs. In every case the pain instantaneously left them. One lady suffered from deafness in her ears. The Lord spoke, “Ears open up in Jesus Name”. In my hands I felt her ears open up. One pastor talked to her in a very low voice close to the back of the church, She could hear! Hallelujah. Another man came with bloodshot and aching eyes. The power of God went like a gush of fire into his eyes as he fell down to the ground. Upon getting up all of the pain was gone though his eyes were still red. A few hours later as we were getting ready to leave, his eyes were clearing up. Yet another woman came and complained of such weakness and tiredness that she could not pick up heavy objects, even her own child. After prayer we gave her a heavy wooden chair that she picked and swung around for a minute or so without fatigue. Later I spotted her actively dancing during worship.
Others brought us articles of clothes belonging to sick loved ones, which we prayed over and anointed with oil.
There were many wonderful prophecies. One which stood to me was for a lady whom I prophesied to “ I see you writing a letter with a pen”. She said to me, “I cannot write or read! We decreed that God was going to open up a door for her to learn to read and write.
Monday morning as I was getting ready to pack and go home a mother brought a four-year-old girl by the name of Purity to us. She looked like she was dying, as she lay motionless with her mouth wide opened. On top of that every 10 minutes she would be gripped with a violent seizure. We found out that at the age of two she had been given an injection of quinine because of malaria. Since that time, she had remained in this weakened and semi vegetative state.
We had words about a spirit of death, witchcraft, and the effects of the quinine and malaria. Everything was broken and we then felt that God now would heal her. The mother then fed her little spoonfuls of rice, which Purity struggled to eat, but swallowed a bit. Still very weak, I had Pastor John pray for God’s infilling her with His glory. As he opened his mouth, Purity began screaming. There was an absolute look of terror in her eyes. I was reminded of the little mute boy that we had prayed for in Chuka earlier in the year. The look of fright on that boy was the face of a terrorized demon that was being cast out. Purity had that same look. It was the panicked face of the spirit of death as he lost his grasp on the little girl. At the moment that the demon left, Purity’s face was transformed from one that had death written all over it to a little girl who is still sick and weak. As the mother put little Purity on her back for the walk home I knew in my spirit that God was to heal her gradually. Truly a glorious weekend filled with the love and goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.