Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Leadership Seduction Series

Deliverance from Parasites!

“He will be glorious in the presence of his respected leaders” (Isaiah 24: 23 GW)


A dictionary definition for “parasite” is as follows: - “an animal or plant that lives on another animal or plant without giving anything in return...”

We continue today with this concept of “leadership-seduction” which involves those individuals who impose their “assumed and unqualified leadership” upon others. Individuals who exercise “unwanted and illegitimate authority” over others! Not unlike the parasite in nature or society, these individuals fall into the category of “spiritual – parasite!” Without living off the lives of others they simply don’t have a life of their own! And those of us who have experienced this type of indulgence from others will be familiar with the following.

The spiritual parasite is an individual whose interference and activities in the lives of others is never fruitful. Like the opening definition says, a parasite is all about TAKE! They live off the energy, anointing and vision of others; believing that they are entitled to make all manner of “directional - suggestions” as if they were talking about their own lives! And spiritually speaking, they drain the very life source of their victims and when able to live off of these victims for lengthy periods of time, actually begin to claim “ownership!”

Most of us have experienced this in some fashion or another and know that pretty soon they want to be the umpire of every decision that is made and demand an explanation when changes have been applied without their approval! When we begin to endlessly “justify” our actions, it is then that we must remind ourselves that this person is not even in leadership! And because they need others in leadership to endorse them, they arrogantly treat others in genuine leadership positions, on a level or equal footing – in order to give themselves more power! (When people in general see that these individuals appear to have so much sway with others in leadership, they begin to treat them the same way and this is just what they want!) They try to hang out with those in leadership all the time; because it is all about “appearances!”

They want to be seen having spiritual weight; that their opinions really count. So watch out, not to give them too much valuable time; endlessly talking, because this helps them to establish their bogus “position.” We must remember, they are always “positioning” themselves & EVERYTHING is calculated. Every single conversation, no matter how “relaxed” it might seem, has a hidden agenda attached to it. We must remain alert; not easily duped! Especially since they are “masters at flattery” (seduction) with their appealing “opinions” about our particular “destiny.”

So much so, that we actually become convinced they are as committed to our success as we are! No way! In fact their plan is that our success must become “their” success. They are a parasite remember. They will take their fill and then leave. Depending on how much we have to offer; it can be a drawn out affair or a “hit-n-run” experience! Either way they are toxic! In Isaiah it says; “Traitors continue to betray, and their treachery grows worse and worse...” But in his closing verse Isaiah triumphantly states; yet “He will be glorious in the presence of his respected leaders” (Isaiah 24:16-23 GW).

Another attribute to their seductive behaviour is that they are consummate “time-wasters!” One sure sign is that they will consume HOURS of our time – yet make us feel that we have consumed hours of theirs!!! They insist on knowing “everything” and encourage lengthy explanations and justifications! After we exhaust everything – we wish we hadn’t! Why did they “need” to have all that information anyway? Once again we explained our lives away, gushing like we just couldn’t stop! [Then the accusation is that we talk about ourselves too much!! When all we did was attempt to answer their endless QUESTIONS!] By indulging them in this way, we’ve simply invited the parasite to dinner!

Another characteristic of leadership seducers: they always “disapprove” and like to make us “feel” their disapproval! Oh... it’s not in what they say – it’s in what they “don’t” say that makes us feel it! The pause, the silence, the look – it’s the way they posture that helps the impact! And it’s the questions they “don’t” ask and the information they “withhold” that has the potential to bother us the most! And no matter how lengthy our explanations – they never “satisfy!” Remember lust is hard to satisfy and in their seduction, they have an unquenchable lust for information. Knowledge is power. The more we talk, the more they hope we will “leak” some private information that they can “really” use! For those of us who are in leadership, we have to guard ourselves from becoming over familiar with those who are not in leadership. (We must be careful even with those who are! But especially those who aren’t...)

This type of individual doesn’t just want to steer people’s actions but also their thoughts; to get into their mind and under their skin. It’s a similar feeling to “possession” yet “deliverance” only comes when they are cut off (they rarely eject!) In fact its difficult to get free of their manipulation; when we attempt to bring distance at first they turn on the charm even more, and how could we possibly live without them?! But charm is the flip side of the same coin as nasty! When separation comes, so do the attempts to discredit. They have to disprove and discredit to save face.

If allowed to continue their influence in our lives, these individuals also peruse a position of “personal-spirit-guide” constantly giving out advice. However the Holy Spirit is the only “guide” we need spiritually speaking, along with genuine advice from genuine leadership!

Those who are barren cannot pass judgment on the fruitful. Remember people who consistently deny the Spirit don’t grow. They systematically refuse to “flow” with what the Spirit is doing and “always” want to suggest a better way... their way! Their “faith” is counterfeit and consists more of humanism – pride – and unbelief than anything else! They always flow cross-wise from the Spirit, even though they insist that they really know the Holy Spirit. They talk the talk – but don’t walk the walk

Even watch how they worship. Is it all about them? Notice that in “everything” these people are consumed with themselves. Not with just the normal insecurities, that others face, (yet with a willingness to overcome). No! They are completely stuck on themselves, in an unhealthy, narcissistic way. They appear to be always in a crowd but actually they are very isolated and narrow in their thinking; completely convinced they are right about everything.

Our security must be in the Lord. As leaders, these people infiltrate our surroundings usually because of our genuine desire and healthy desire to succeed. In what? In achieving what God had said to do. Without that drive nothing is achieved, just apathy and procrastination! But these people latch onto the genuine in order to bring about the counterfeit. So be strong and of good courage! When you try to eject from such unhealthy connections, be ready for a fight. But the battle belongs to the Lord and the victory is ours. The drive to achieve is good, but we must keep it pure. Amen!


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank you that in a day where treachery is on the increase – even within the Church – You are able to keep me pure. My heart, the vision that You gave me and all the encompasses the commission up on my life. Help me to keep my calling and election sure by keeping it pure. Help me to resist each infiltration by behaving righteously; moving with You in trust and not in fear. Thank You for Your ability to stay fixed on the goal regardless. Not out of “earthy-ambition” but out of “faithfulness and diligence.” Thank you that I have the mind of Christ concerning all these things. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today Father I confess that my mind is fixed on You who is able to keep me in perfect peace because I trust You and my mind is “established” and “set” on You. I am able to reach the goals that I am aiming for. I commit to remain submitted to You and to those you have placed in my life. You are greater than the counterfeit. You are my Rock of Ages. Hallelujah! (Isa. 26: 3-4)


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Friday, 25 June 2010

Leadership Seduction Series

Staying Accountable

Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went…” (Acts 13:3-4)


In order to promote Paul the Apostle, God used the established leadership with whom Paul had already faithfully served, during his years of testing and ministry of helps. In Acts it tells us, “Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, THEY SENT THEM away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went…” (Acts 13:3-4) Now the emphasis here is twofold; “They sent them...” and “...sent out by the Holy Spirit.” This means that to have “official” leadership you need the authentic commissioning of the Holy Spirit alongside “recognition” that is necessary from other leaders.

Some misguided folks think that they can go around saying “I am anointed – I don’t need anybody else and I don’t care what they think!” This sounds impressive to some perhaps, but really it’s nothing short of “stupid!” Without recognition from other leaders our own position can never be legitimized only jeopardized. It’s vital to work together with others. Having said this, it is also normal to lose any reputation before you gain one! Losing your life, before you save it! Dying to self so that the “person” can be built before the “ministry” and the ego dissolved! (Jesus had the wilderness for this process, we have a life time!)

Nevertheless when we humble ourselves God promises to raise us up. Therefore to go any distance in leadership and to gain that recognition from other “leaders” this involves humility on our part before leaders. (However this doesn’t mean that everybody who is in leadership becomes our apostle or mentor!) God never called anyone to be a lone ranger. We must never work alone. There may be seasons where God strips us back, to deal with our heart motives but even in the Adullam cave, David had a small crowd going on! (1 Samuel 22:1) Paul did travel alone at times but not all the time. More importantly he did not “operate” alone or solely under his own authority. He worked in collaboration with other recognised leaders; especially from Antioch and Jerusalem from where he was sent out.

From inception then, it’s crucial to remember that it is before God AND men that we must serve. Recognition comes from God first and then from men, but not just anyone. That’s why it’s important that other “recognised leaders” recognise us before God. Not all will of course; but there certainly should be some! Especially those who God had brought divine connection with. Without this, there is no lasting influence or authority. (Sensationalism evaporates; yet true anointing and genuine recognition can last a life time).

Certainly to begin with and on a continual basis, there must be humility and submission towards others in leadership. God did not use anyone Paul was not in submission to; instead He used an established authority that had already been set up in Antioch. God will never undermine the leadership of the Body of Christ just in order to raise up someone else into a position of leadership! So with recognition comes appointment (ordination) by other leaders, in other words “confirmation” of certain leadership qualities (Acts 5:1-11; 6:1-7; Ephesians 4:11).

However, on the other side of the spectrum there are those who want to lead without first being led. Those who have no intention of ever operating in or out from a place of submission and yet expect submission where ever they go! These types of people have to “assume” leadership, because they have not gone the proper way. Usually in fact they have no recognition except for their own imagination! Their assumptive leadership behaviour operates something like this:

They like to have influence (where possible) straight at the top. They like to “steer” where they have no authority to “steer.” They start by infiltrating a church or group where they have had little if any input, nor developed any real relationship or invested any quality time and yet insist on airing ‘unqualified’ opinions. Even their silence suggests something! They leave people hanging, waiting, and wondering; so that even when they are absent, everyone is still thinking about them; almost possessed in their thoughts; something that ends up completely controlling. A false dependency upon their opinions develops and this is dangerous.

Having successfully infiltrated and gained trust they begin to draw back! Causing a little confusion and hurt; making others push in even harder to them. People believe that they “need” their affirmation. However a big characteristic, of these unauthorised leaders is that they remain very “guarded” and “safe” about their own personal lives. They only share so much as to get you interested or impressed and then they stop. They withhold information, to make people feel that they have to “earn” their acceptance!

All the while these bogus leaders are gaining “intelligence” on everything and everyone else, because “knowledge is power” to them. Their “self preservation” goes undetected at first but then it’s realised that they “never” give anything away about themselves. They never indulge information about their own lives yet they manage to extract info from others, about everything, what they are doing, “how and why,” only to use that information to “pass judgment!” They use all information they can get as strategic “ammunition” for such times they feel threatened!

Eventually those around them feel more and more “raped” of information each time they enter conversation with them. They try to resist the urge to “gush” but always give in to the seduction, which induces the feeling of depression, like they are literally “giving their lives away.”

The seduction works so well because they give the sense that they “are really interested and want to know,” but less is always more with these people. The less that is shared with them the better! Their genuine “concern” is appealing however and they usually succeed in seducing their victim. The depth of their “concern” is revealed in time, especially when they use that information just to “prove their theories” and issue an, “I told you so…” They estimate themselves so highly and regard their opinions as “law” that they act out of extreme self-righteousness and pride. But they “fear” exposure! So they cover their tracks so carefully so that no one tells on them!!!!

Ever met anyone like this? I am sure that you have. We all have. Seduction is not always sexual. It can be intellectual, informational; anything that makes us feel that we must have what they have. But it‘s very safe for them to stay aloof, watching and judging everything from the side lines. Endlessly analysing, assessing, criticising but never doing anything. They are too afraid to really commit to anything – that might affect their safety zone or expose them in any way. They don’t ever reveal their own weaknesses – but they want to reveal everyone else’s! They feel they must “rescue” everybody by “correcting and coaching” them in the things of God! When really the greatest need is theirs! They prey on the vulnerable and its only a matter of time before the vulnerable eventually wise up!

Most importantly they cannot prove anything; they only have “words!” And yet they indulge in making everyone else feel like they have achieved nothing. Nothing worthy in their sight that is! Regardless of all the proof and genuine achievements!

When they do come across genuine success it “challenges their theology” – and they look for ways to disprove its legitimacy and to prove it wrong. They bide their time, watching, analyzing and waiting for “leaked” bits of information that they can use. After all, anyone who is not just like them must be wrong...!

This is absurd. Anyone can assume the role of “judge;” watching everything yet remaining unaffected by anything! (Anyone can do this!) People who do this don’t want to pay their own price – they’d rather reap the benefits of the risks that others are willing to take! After all, the bible does say - watch and “pray” – not watch and “judge!” In fact if you hear someone constantly criticizing others, just ask them when they last prayed for those same people! Their reaction should say it all!

Finally: all of us should be accountable to leadership – in one way or another. This stops us getting “carried away” and helps makes us more careful. We cannot be “established” alone. Submission is not harmful for us – long term its more than healthy. Covering - keeps us from being vulnerable and open to attack from the bogus and false.

Ultimately, anyone who persistently says “No” to the Holy Spirit – is a dangerous character. Remember, the misguided always want to steer others! And fruitless people always have big opinions that only measure up to their own dreams but not to reality!!


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank you that you have provided safety nets for me in all that you have called me to. I never need to be endangered or endanger others. If I walk truly with You, I will never be taken off guard. You called me to be wise and not gullible. To be strong and not vulnerable! Thank you for the true context of biblical submission; to take me “over” and not “under.” I accept true leadership and want to help provide true leadership. In Jesus Name amen!

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I declare that submission is from God. It is a working together, a harmony and synchronization that the world does not understand. Your ways are perfect ways. Time tested. You are the “Ancient of Days.” You provided authentic leadership for me, and will provide authentic leadership through me. Hallelujah.


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Leadership Seduction Series

Promoting the Lord or Self!

“People should think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God's mysteries. Managers are required to be trustworthy”
(1 Corinthians 4:1-2 GW)


There are certain individuals today who assume that they are in leadership when in actual fact they have never legitimately qualified for such position; rather born from ego and hidden agenda than the high calling of God! So how do we recognise such individuals without starting a witch-hunt!? Well they are really quite easy to spot but having said that, what is obvious to the trained eye is not necessarily obvious to the untrained and therefore spiritually vulnerable. Hopefully the next batch of “Truth for The Journeys” will enlighten some of us – as we specifically focus on this subject of “Leadership Seduction” for a while!

To begin with they are made up of the type of individuals who have for one reason or another been around the church world for many years and have a good grip on Christian “jargon” and “philosophy” yet more out of “head knowledge” and “learnt-behaviour” than of genuine “living connection” with God! In avertedly they come to believe that they have in some way been automatically chosen to be a voice to the Church! They even suppose that they have some sort of special “supernatural qualifications!” and are convinced that they have some “special insights” that we all need - along with “special authority” to bring “correction” wherever they feel necessary – even to the entire Body at large! So we must not fail to ask them, “Who are you and who has qualified you to be in such position?” Once they open their mouths they usually reveal themselves!

To keep things positive let’s look at what qualifies a leader rather than what doesn’t. According to scripture, there are two major qualifications for leadership. First of all there must be fruit; fruit of lifestyle and then fruit of ministry. Secondly there must be recognition and appointment (see Acts 5:1-11; 6:1-7; Ephesians 4:11). But first we must look for the fruits; it’s okay having a big mouth, but where is the fruit!? Here are some scriptures concerning the “fruit of lifestyle” (Galatians 5:22; Romans 12:3; 1 Timothy 3:1-f; Titus 1:5-16).

Consider our example in this matter; Paul the apostle, who went through years of “testing” once he submitted himself to the leaders at Antioch. “They must first be tested; and then…let them serve…” (1Timothy 3:10) According to this particular scripture, once the “testing” part stops, the “serving” part begins! As Paul found out, this took considerable time.

It’s remains a fact today that in God’s kingdom the way up is always down and the greatest amongst us is the servant of all. It is only the world that glories in arrogance and “ostentatious crowd-pulling” (entertaining never qualified anyone for leadership!) Someone with a servant’s heart is not showy or flamboyant but humble. This is a good sign of leadership quality. In fact, for anyone who has genuinely been called to a leadership position within the Body of Christ, one of the first things that the Holy Spirit is going to deal with is ...ego!

Yet as first mentioned above, certain individuals have the ability to “learn behaviour” that seems to be humble when in actual fact it is known as “false-humility.” Perhaps we have become so familiar with the false that we no longer recognise the true. True humility is often misinterpreted. Therefore we MUST be led by the Spirit, without Him we are spiritually dull and cannot see. We have eyes to see and yet cannot see; ears to hear but cannot hear. Only the Holy Spirit can REVEAL all truth to us and keep us spiritually alert (John 16:13).

He is the Father’s complete provision for us – so that we cannot be so easily misled. But if we choose to walk without Him, to be vulnerable and spiritually ignorant, then no one can be blamed but ourselves! Yet we are meant to be “Over-Comers” in Christ, not gullible or easily led astray, but spiritual laziness is often the cause of dullness (see apostasy).

Now let us emphasise on the fact that all potential leaders are “separated” or “set apart” by God (it is never a natural selection; as seen in 1 Sam 16: 7) and this “separation” actually means “chosen.” Jesus Himself said, “Many are called, but few are chosen…” (Matt. 22:14), meaning that not many make it through the “testing” part! Yet the few who do are successfully “separated” unto the Lord (so not everyone who claims to be a leader, is one!)

While many want the name-tag of “leadership” not many want the “costs” or “associated risks!” And while the “separating process” was never intended to be easy, according to scripture; anyone caught “shortcutting” is not legitimate! (John 10:7; Matt 7:13)

Now let’s take it a step further still. There are “offices” and “positions of service” mentioned in the bible, (1Cor.12: 28). “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that … helps….” Once again notice that during those first years in Antioch Paul did not occupy a “fivefold-office” (see Eph. 4:11) but instead served in the ministry of helps, only then did he progress to the office of “teacher” (see 2Tim. 1:11; Acts 13:1).

John Bevere in his book “Thus saith the Lord”, (p120, Published by Creation House) says, “Not only would Paul be tested in the realm of helps but in the office of teacher as well. When Paul was promoted from teacher to apostle we again see how God chooses and separates those that He wants to fill certain offices or positions.”

In Acts 13:1-2 we can see how Paul was listed along with other teachers in Antioch and how the Holy Spirit wanted them to be specifically “separated” unto Him. The appointed time had finally come, the one who had been called to be an apostle all those years earlier on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:15 had finally, after many years (possibly 14 years) of testing and loyal service, was he successfully “separated” unto God to be an apostle. First he was “called” then served in “helps,” then he progressed to the office of a “teacher” and finally the office of an “apostle.” Why? The reason: Paul was faithful to promote the Lord and not himself (see 1 Cor. 4:2).


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father today I worship you for TRUTH. Thank you that I am not dull but alert! I am not easily deceived but easily “led” of YOUR SPIRIT and not by the spirit of this world. As You seek such to worship you, here I am Father - ready to worship! Let my humility be true and not false. Teach me Your ways so that the fruit of my life style and the fruit of my ministry will not just reveal who I am but ultimately who You are. (In John 15:8 Jesus said, “Herein is my Father glorified that you bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples”) Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today the position that I seek more than any other is to be in the bosom of God; to have that “living-connection” with Him and to know Him as He can be truly known. I lay everything down – so that He alone can pick me up. The way up is down. Let Your Kingdom be truly established in my life and Your will be done (above mine) forever. Hallelujah!


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Friday, 18 June 2010

The Winners Life - Part 2

SIGNS OF A RENEWED MIND!

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ... (2 Cor 10:4-5 KJV)


First I want to give you some examples from scripture of what a “renewed mind” looks like! First our spiritual understanding is increased: (Ephesians 1:18). Two: our minds become the vehicle of the Holy Spirit and His gifts, discernment and revelation. Three: we have a changed life through understanding Truth, where we take the cleansing power of God's Word to sanctify our minds and set us free from wrong thoughts. Paul in Ephesians told us to put off the old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the “new” self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (see Ephesians 4:22-24; Hebrews 4:12). Four we have surrendered our minds completely as well as our bodies to the Lord (Romans 12:1).

I remember Ian Andrews once saying, that when he began to minister in the early 70’s, he was told to “go and preach the gospel” but by the time he had stuttered out the words “g o o d m o r n i n g” it was already afternoon! Ian prayed “Lord heal me of my stutter and ‘then’ I will go and preach the gospel for You.”

Nonetheless people were still going to Ian with all kinds of stuttering problems and were getting healed left-right-and-centre which made it even more frustrating for him. However through that process God taught Ian Andrews how to rely totally on the Holy Spirit and not upon his own understanding, strengths, circumstances or facts (a good lesson for all of us!) Yet Ian had suffered with a severe stammer for most of his life and would say to God, “Lord I’d be thrilled to preach the gospel and pray for the sick - only heal me first.”

But God had the last word on the subject and would say to him, “No! You go as you are, then everyone will know who the Healer is, that it is Me - I will heal you gradually - AS YOU GO” and that is precisely what happened! God did it! “AS HE WENT - IN OBEDIENCE!”

For Ian, it was a humbling and sometimes frustrating experience and yet he found that yielding to God was the only way forwards. And to his surprise, God's life began to flow through him as people got healed and most importantly it did not ever depend on “Ian” or how he “felt.” Pure and simple – when the people heard that Jesus took their pains and sicknesses upon Himself, they looked to “God” and were healed.

Our greatest need right now as Christians is the “Holy Spirit” – He is the only one who can help us understand the profoundness of all of these things. He alone can show us just how to go about renewing our minds. These few steps are part of the process:

a) First we must “completely” surrender our minds to the Lord: (Romans 12:1) Complete means complete! This is not a weight watchers plan that we join for a few weeks till normal life takes over – NO! This is God we are talking about – and what He does in our lives is for KEEPS. The idea is this, we give Him our minds and He gives us the Mind of Christ. It’s more than a fair deal I would say!!! In fact it is a pure act of grace.
b) Then we must submit all of our “thinking” to the Cross - (2 Corinthians 10:5)
c) We must make continual and deliberate choices where to place of our minds: (Colossians 3:2)
d) We must always read and meditate on the cleansing power of God's Word: (Joshua 1:8)
e) And examine and test the content of our thought lives. Whatever comes IN we must test: is this of God or Satan? Is it carnal - is it flesh? (Philippians 4:6-7)
f) We must immediately refuse every thought that is wrong or sinful. In God’s Word it says that we should think of things that are honest and true, the devil says we should think of things that are dishonest and untrue. (Philippians 4:8-9)
g) We must commit to think God's Thoughts: when a situation comes up, we must not deal with it by human reasoning. Why? Even Jesus explained to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things, even unto death, but Peter rebuked Him saying; “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” And Jesus turned to him and said, “Get behind Me, Satan”! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:21-23) Consider this... just momentarily. Ponder on what He said, “...you have not IN MIND the things of God but the things of men.” Now this is not hard to understand, it’s not rocket science! What we have in MIND is absolutely everything. Therefore for the serious Christian we better mind the things of God and not the things of this world.

It is not enough to think about something that needs our decision or prayer. We must think about it the way God thinks about it. God's thoughts went beyond the suffering that Jesus would encounter in Jerusalem, beyond the rejection, humiliation, the cross and the grave. In fact God's thoughts looked forward to the resurrection; the triumphant Ascension, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, to Christ’s glorious Second Coming, and ultimately towards His reign upon this earth.

h) Read and meditate on the Word: “Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8).
Finally,… brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).

Mike Murdock once said; “Winners are simply ex-losers who got mad. Winning doesn’t start around you it begins INSIDE you. SO MAKE UP YOUR MIND!”

What happens in your MIND will happen in TIME. “…whatsoever things are
• Be Informed. We must secure all pertinent information concerning our goals. “Wise men lay up knowledge…” (Prov.10:14). “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hos. 4:6). Observe. Read. Maintain an “information file.” Utilise the expertise of others. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise…” (Prov. 13:20).
• Create a Climate of confidence in every circumstance. We must speak about our EXPECTATIONS of SUCCESS, not our EXPERIENCES or FAILURES. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Prov. 18:21). We must rehearse previous achievements in our minds and remember that our “sufficiency is of God…” “In whom we have BOLDNESS and access with CONFIDENCE by the faith of him” (2 Cor. 3:5; Eph.3:11). Our position of superiority over circumstances was established when we became children of God. (Rom. 8:16, 17, 37).
• Help Others Become Successful.
Assist others in discovering their gifts, talents and dreams. You will reap what you sow. The motto of the WAY OF THE WINNER is, “What you make happen for others, God will make happen to you.” When Job prayed for his friends, his captivity was turned. (Job 42:10). When the poor widow gave to the prophet, God gave to her (1 Kings 17). “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall be receive of the Lord” (Eph.6: 8).
• Value the God-Connection:
Recognise God as a plus factor. He is NEVER a DISADVANTAGE to us, ALWAYS an ASSET. He wants us to succeed and He has “hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant” (Ps. 35:27). Read scriptures on a daily schedule. Practice the power of prayer. Make Jesus Christ Lord of your life. “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (Job 22:21) “…as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper” (2 Chron. 26:5). Finally we can say that “Life only changes when our daily priorities change.


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank you that my life can be filled with order -Your order. Order in my mind and order in my life. I treasure Your acceptance and I treasure my salvation. I know that I am imperfect and still You love me! Nothing is too great for You. In fact in every circumstance “YOU ARE BIGGER!” and I trust you in all things. I train my mind with the help of the Holy Spirit to focus on what is pure and noble and of good report. While there is nothing pure left in this world; I choose to be pure regardless; pure by Your Spirit; pure internally; pure in my thought life. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I confess that my life is in order because my MIND is in order. God is on my side and nothing is too big for Him. My thought life is not too complicated for Him. All things are possible by faith and my thought life is subject to the mercy of God. Imperfect as it is, He still loves and cherishes me. Nevertheless I purpose to CHANGE and to CHANGE from the inside out... from my mind to my body I will flow with the Lord. From this day forward. I will yield my thinking to HIM. Nothing needs to remain the same! Hallelujah!


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Winners Life - Part 1

Winning in Life through a Winning Mind

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...”
(Proverbs 23:7)


I love to see people succeed in life, just like the artist treasures his painting and the craftsman his violin, so our Creator cherishes His design! He is concerned about our dreams, goals and our ability to be happy and to enjoy life. But all said and done, none of us can truly enjoy life unless we STAY IN OUR RIGHT MINDS!

Success is being happy. Happiness is basically feeling good about our lives and our plans. Two forces are vital to happiness: our relationships and our achievements. The Gospel also has two forces: the Person of Jesus Christ, and the principles He taught. One is the Son of God, the other is the system of God. One is the life of God; the other is the law of God. One is the King; the other is the Kingdom. One is an experience with God; the other is the expertise of God. One is heart-related the other is mind-related. Salvation is experienced “instantaneously” while God’s wisdom principles are learned “progressively,” and both are essential for success and happiness.

In everything therefore we must make it a priority to protect our thought lives. Some folks like to shout about their “double portion” but have never dealt with their fanatic in the attic! In reality the same Holy Spirit will make us deal with this chief opponent first. There is no uncertainty about it, we must conquer our minds! This is a place where there can be no demilitarized zone, no middle ground. Either it belongs to the enemy or to God. When it comes to the mind there is no grey fudge. It is black or white, all or nothing. Another thing is for certain; where there is no discipline there is no Holy Spirit! He is never chaos. He is always order! Anyone who is successful today (whether secular or Christian) is someone who has mastered their minds with sheer “discipline.” From business men to politicians, sports personnel or record breakers; they set their “minds” on a goal and don’t deviate.

Sadly in retrospect many Christians are incapacitated (out of action!) because they have never learnt how to protect their thought lives. Satan bombards them with fear, hatred, suspicion depression, mistrust and a host of other mental distractions (or should I say “disorders?!”) But why does this “zone” have to be the most vulnerable area of our lives? Because happiness really does begin between our ears! The mind is the drawing room for tomorrow’s successes or failures; what happens there (in our minds) happens in time. As scripture clearly tells us “...as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) So what you “keep in mind” from day to day is really what is shaping your future – positive or negative! Making “mind-management” a MUST for any believer who seeks to be an over-comer! In fact its not hard to recognise an over-comer from an defeatist; simply someone who is self adjusting vs. someone who lives in perpetual internal chaos and confusion! And their outer world usually shows it too!

Conquering or mastering the mind can be called “renewing” the mind which is why Paul wrote to the Romans saying, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). Our mind must be renewed. God's salvation includes the mind. The late Dr. Bob Gordon said, “the mind is an actual battlefield in the experience of many people. Lack of mental discipline leads to chaos in the thought life, an inability to discern truth from error and bondage to an imagination that is able to breed negative ideas and dreams.” (Bob Gordon, Understanding the Way, published by Marshall and Scott).

In her bestseller, “The Battlefield of the Mind” Joyce Meyer also states that there is a war going on where our minds are the battlefield, the good news being that God is fighting on our side! In her book Joyce uncovers the tactics of the enemy and gives a clear-cut plan to triumph in the fight for your mind. She teaches how to renew the mind through the Word and stand victoriously in the battlefield of the mind. Our enemy uses a deliberately devised plan of deceit and lies. Attacking our minds with doubting thoughts, fear and paranoia to erode our resistance; investing any amount of time in order to defeat us.

However the Word of God has the power to cleanse our minds regardless and it is all important that we read and meditate on His Word and remaining obedient to it. We must read, meditate and speak the Word continually, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). “Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8) .

The following scriptures reveal the weaknesses of our ‘Natural mind’.
1) It is hostile to God (Romans 8:5-7) unbelievers are often “hostile” towards the gospel.
2) The things of God are foolish to the natural mind: (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)
3) The natural mind is blinded to God by Satan: (2 Corinthians 4:4)
4) The natural mind is the source of violent and evil desires: (Ephesians 2:3)
5) The natural mind is futile in its thinking and darkened in its understanding: (Ephesians 4:17-18).

Perhaps you can imagine how Joshua might have felt after he had just successfully crossed over the Jordan river through an awesome act of faith; which took him and all the people across only to arrive in Jericho to look up and see “those gigantic walls” that surrounded that great City. As a military man his mind must have gone to work strategizing, “Well if we build some ramps, we’ll come at it like this... we can make a hole and maybe get through...” But instead of “attacking” the walls, God’s instructions were to “march” around it in silence for seven long and probably hot days – surely this sounded so foolish to Joshua’s naturally military mind?!

Joshua was as natural as you or I and it would have been as much of a discipline for him as it is for us, to learn to stop thinking in his natural mind, and be disciplined enough to flow with the mind of God, especially when the instructions seemed so completely “un-natural” and out of sync with his natural instincts! And as a military figure Joshua had to lay his own strategy down in order to accept the Lord’s.

This is not always easy. But then submission rarely is! It’s based on trust, faith and relationship AND dying to self! But as we know on the seventh day when they all marched around in obedience seven times “shouting and praising” the Lord, it was then and only then - out of sheer obedience and discipline - that the walls came tumbling down. Let’s be honest, it takes a disciplined mind just to keep our mouths quiet! “For out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart, his mouth speaks!” (Luke 6:45 AMP)

Finally remember this - faith is not chatty or spontaneous - it is too deliberate! And disciplining our minds has to be a determined - on purpose – and deliberate act of our faith. Only this will get the job done, no matter how long it takes. Then and only then can we truly say that we have conquered our own minds and now have “the mind of Christ” (1Corinthians 2:16).


Note: This teaching is to be continued - The Winner’s Life Part 2 – “Signs of a Renewed Mind!”

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank you for giving me the mind of Christ. Thank you that I can live in order and not chaos. My internal world can remain submitted to you in every thought and purpose of my heart. Thank you that discipline is my friend not my foe and that without it, my life will just head in no certain direction. Thank you that I can choose the mind of Christ today above my own natural instincts. And that I can choose to live the supernatural life, that flows cross ways with the natural. Thank you that as a spiritual person and not a carnal one, I can understand Your ways set out for me. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I choose to flow in and with the mind of Christ. I choose a disciplined thought life with the help and empowerment of the Holy Spirit; my helper and my standby. I choose to submit my natural instincts for the instincts of the Spirit of God within me and not to deviate to the left or to the right of what He is saying to me now. I have the NOW Word of God in my life therefore my life has direction and purpose. In fact “all things will work together for my good” because I am called of God and called according to HIS purposes NOT my own (Romans 8:28).


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Friday, 11 June 2010

Fulfilled Arrows of Destiny

FULFILLED ARROWS OF DESTINY

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)


As a spiritual and natural father I have learnt that “children” whether natural or spiritual - must be released into their destinies and that we must not be fearful of “abandonment” but rather see that they must be shot like arrows into their destiny.

Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate (Psalm 127: 3-5).

However we can only shoot arrows that we have helped to shape! Shooting is a privilege that only belongs to true spiritual parents who have helped open their children’s windows of destiny! It is our job, as parents or leaders to help them into their future which at specific times involves being able to hear God with them and for them.

“Open the east window.” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.” Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times” (2 Kings 13:17-19).

We must always allow the young to keep growing, so that the next generations that are coming up can also be prepared to be shot into their destinies. Considering the further concept that as spiritual parents it’s important to perceive the correct timing for the eaglets to fly the nest! In the wild even the eaglets parents must recognise when their young eagle must learn to feed itself and the only way this happens is when the eaglet is pushed out of the nest! It sounds drastic but if this process is not fulfilled the result is death. Likewise for us in the church, spiritual death is the result. There are two ways the Church can die 1) No Evangelism or new birth. 2) Failure to release those who are ready to step into their destinies.

Obedience ceases when we stop hearing God for ourselves. Therefore we must learn. If this is not encouraged early on, an unnatural over dependence occurs. Many spiritual parents/leaders have brought death to their own churches, by forcing a false dependency to exist; due mainly to their own dysfunctions and fear of abandonment! Abandonment and Dysfunction are two main reasons why the Church ends up being “MY” Kingdom rather than “THY” Kingdom. Serving is good, but some Pastors have made the mistake of making their entire church servants of their own ministry rather than the other way round and finding out how to encourage them into their destinies.

How then should a leader respond when one of their members announces that they want to leave? Our response should be not to react out of rejection or hurt but to listen to the heart of the individual. Talk in context with the whole picture and try to help them understand the reason why they have come to their position of thought. Then it’s important to help them perceive whether this decision is genuine or due to some sort of demonic oppression or infiltration. The enemy also likes to sabotage people’s needful preparation by causing them to want to abort or eject prematurely! Young stallions like to buck remember!

However if it becomes apparent that as a leader there have been some genuine failings in some way, then we need to ask them for forgiveness, apologising for not doing enough to enhance them as an individual. Good leadership does not just involve issuing orders but also a good dose of humility! We lead by example remember and this also helps to humanize us in their eyes!

Then they could be asked to consider spending the next period of days in prayer, asking God to confirm the decision to leave or otherwise. This will reveal whether it was born out of a genuine personal need to be fulfilled or just pure emotion (remember there is no logic to emotion!) Either way it is paramount that the individual is assured that no matter what final decision they come to – they will not be rejected in anyway but rather fully supported and released into their destiny with prayer.

Their desire to leave must be met with blessing and not cursing! They are not of the devil just because they want to leave! Pray God’s best up on them. And make it clear that the door of the fellowship will always remain open. If not, then its, “MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY - SYNDROME!!!!” We must always remember that it is not our church. It is His church and love must always prevail. And while “theory” is good “practice” is always better! Even though not everyone is cooperative its regardless, we must make sure that from our side we always act out of maturity and not dysfunction. We must always seek to leave a spiritual legacy that will percolate like coffee in the hearts of others and continue to reverberate once all of the emotion has lifted. We achieve this by keeping step with the Holy Spirit and allowing the emotional dust to settle.

A pure heart will always check its own motives in order to keep it from acting immaturely, by keeping the best interests of others at heart and not just his own. This is the heart of a true parent and God can honour this; after all none of this is about point-scoring or side-taking but destiny. Everything must be kept in perspective.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank You today that I can act out of maturity when dealing with others and not out of my own dysfunction. Help me to keep the best interests of others at heart... secure in the knowledge that You have my best interests at heart. This releases me to function as I should and not out of hurt or disappointment. Help me to release others into their destiny. This is my aim as I fire them through the window of their destiny. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Destiny is something to be fulfilled and not just observe! Today I determine to help others reach their destiny and not just my own. The greatest amongst us is the servant of all and I choose God’s agenda above my own.



THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Liberation from Segregation

Liberation from Segregation

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28).

We all need to love and be loved that’s a fact! Inwardly we long for those rear moments of intimate heart-to-heart conversations, but often find this difficult to fulfil. For the fortunate few perhaps, we have one or two friends with whom to share in-depth thoughts. But often we are not free to love as we would like, bound by childhood hurts, irrational fears, constraints of selfishness, legalism and all the social conditioning from the world around us, helps to inhibit our freedom to love others and to be loved by them. Our ability to simply “enjoy” others is sadly but unquestionably limited.

"At the heart of the need for liberation is a longing to break free - free to love, free to be with others, to listen and cherish them. What we long for God also desires for us: to enjoy friendship, affection and community." (S Universal Affirmation, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992, chpt, 5.)

The reality is that after generations of invariable slavery, oppression, control and prejudice, people are not loving and conversing with one another as they should. In Galatians 3:28 Paul mentions three issues of liberation in the early church involving ethnicity, social status and gender:

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

During that time, not unlike this, liberation needed to take place; barriers had to be removed for love to flow between people of different races, social classes and genders. Richard N. Longenecher, discusses this in the New Testament saying that Paul makes it plain, "We are free now to converse with people of other cultures, social positions and the opposite sex. Liberation means genuine communion and ethnic, social, gender differences do not matter. That we can engage in conversation with one another without letting the differences obstruct our relationship. When open communication happens between races, social classes and sexes, we experience a foretaste of heaven. Little children, often seem free of the racial, class and gender barriers that imprison us, and we have longings for that kind of freedom ourselves to become like little children” (Social Ethics for Today, Grand Rapids, Michi Eerdmans, 1984).

Realistically of course, achieving this kind of liberation for ourselves is purely impossible by our own efforts. Simply because there is a wide hiatus between the longing to be free and the achieving of that freedom; the solution can only be that we need God to be at work in us "both to will and to work his good pleasure" (Phil 2:13).

All mere human plans for liberation become distorted and twisted by selfishness; history alone reminds us of how revolutions that begin with a longing for freedom quickly became sabotaged when the corruptions of power set in. We can make distinctions between healthy longings for freedom at the heart of these movements and then their outworking practices.

God is on the side of freedom and is opposed to oppression, prejudice and patriarchy. Therefore we regard liberation movements initially in a favourable way. We try to include them in our understanding of what God is doing in the world. But at the same time, we insist that particular longings for freedom can only be satisfied in the bigger picture of God's liberation found in the gospel.

For Paul, freedom begins in the heart and is made possible by the Spirit. Liberation begins with the freedom to engage in conversation with the three persons of the Trinity and with the neighbours we encounter. Through the Spirit there is power to overcome the bondage of the will and to be free for intimate conversation, not only with God but also across barriers of class, race and gender.

Spiritual reality is needed or all aspects of liberation, whether personal, social or political. We are all loved and forgiven because God's grace for sinners is unconditional. The opportunity to be free among other free human beings, knowing that we are loved and forgiven before we even begin - this is good news.

The beauty of this is that God is patient in His liberating of us. The apostle Paul expresses his gratitude to God in freeing him, even though he was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence.

In 1 Timothy 1: 12 - 14 we read, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

He says that he (Paul) received divine mercy because he had acted ignorantly in unbelief and that mercy overflowed into his life and changed him completely. God's search for us is most patient and merciful. One may say no to God a thousand times and still be forgiven and bathed in resurrection life!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank You that at the heart of it you understand our need for connectedness. In the beginning You said that it was not good for man to be alone. We need each other... Thank You that through all the political and social boundaries that we find ourselves trapped in, You are able to break us free! Those the Son set free are free indeed!

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I choose to remember the goodness of God, who set me free from all restrictions and the multiple tentacles of control. Through God alone have I tasted true freedom, and by His Spirit I continually surrender to the one who is able to keep me free. “...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Friday, 4 June 2010

Appropriating God's Word

APPROPRIATING GOD’S WORD

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind (2 Chronicles 9:1 NLT).


As we pray over our gifts we must do what the late Derek Prince advised and that is to APPROPRIATE THE WORD. We must ‘SAY’ something agreeable with or in affirmation to the scriptures in the process of our giving. It is AS WE GIVE that we need to employ faith; this is paramount... it took effort for the Queen of Sheba to do what she did, it was not a passing thought but completely deliberate. And giving is just one part of this... faith is the other all important part that legitimizes our gift and brings the results of our giving right-back-at-us! See it like this, faith fertilises our seed, just like sperm the egg or the bee the pollen. EVERYTHING NEEDS THAT FAITH CONNECTION IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD (ESPECIALLY IF WE EXPECT TO SEE KINGDOM RESULTS!)

One example of a prayer we could pray over our seed is this, "God, I want to be a part of this... therefore I am deliberately going to sow part of my life into this particular person’s life and ministry. As I activate my faith I also ask You father to open a doors of access that also allows the same blessings that exist on their life to flow toward me so that I too can be more effective for Your Kingdom, Amen."

Nothing happens on auto-pilot in the Kingdom of God – you have to be deliberate about your faith. Your faith alone activates the things of God. FAITH IS ALWAYS THE PREREQUISIT. Often we believe that everything about God is unconditional, but it is His LOVE alone that is unconditional, where everything else about Him is totally conditional! And the biggest condition of all is the FAITH CONDITION which is attached to everything that God is “...Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Like the queen of Sheba gave gifts in order to see things happen in her own life, we must NEVER NEGLECT to mix faith with our giving. We must never waste good seed or good gifts by failing to activate our faith alongside them. Wasted or misguided giving cannot please God.

However we must not miss one vital element here. Obviously we can’t get from someone what they are not able to give; in terms of anointing or impartation. So where we give does determine our return. The Queen of Sheba needed something that none of her peers could give her, so she drew close to the one who could, King Solomon. Again, it wasn't just a selfish desire; it was reciprocal. It was very important to her that she could better serve the people of her realm and to fulfil her role as queen. We could say that she was “equipping herself.” The same applies to us, if we need something (a particular quality) that we see in others, that will help us to fulfil our own God given role... then we too must give purposefully and receive purposefully just as she did. We must never throw anything into the wind or to chance and then call it faith! That is anything BUT.

Faith on the other hand is determined and purposeful and our giving must match that. God is not aimless when it comes to our lives, He determines that we have, “a hope and a future and an expected end,” (Jeremiah 29:11) Likewise in Romans 8: 28 we are, “...called according to His purpose.” There are no accidents in the Kingdom of God. Our giving should NEVER take on the status of an accident either. It should be deliberate, intentional and directed. Throwing things up in the air and seeing where they land is NOT FAITH but risky; even borders on being stupid...! Especially when it comes to our giving...

Yes! We must allow the Lord to convict our hearts regards giving into certain ministries. Especially from those who have fed, nourished and supplied us with revelation and spiritual blessing the most. So we can and we must partake in the blessing and anointing that is up on their lives. This is God’s plan. We sow and then we reap... it is called “divine reciprocation.” They too are part of this divine reciprocation. They labour and toil and sacrifice in order to bring you the very best that they can offer. In return they live from the Gospel. Even though the gospel is free, they live from it. For them, when they preach – they can eat!

Consider this concept also, we don’t like parking our new cars just anywhere now do we? We prefer to put them where they’ll best sheltered and taken care of. So then why should we be less attentive when it comes to our seed? It is not just a motion we go through, or a must-do on our to-do-lists. But it is a faith venture that can bring awesome returns to our lives. Our aim is not to become fat cats living in the lap of luxury in terms of wealth – but that we can become more accessible to others - which can lead to a very fulfilling and rewarding life.

Too many precious saints give without applying faith or with any revelation about what they are doing. Either that or the revelation they once had has become stale with miss-use. The effect of this is little if not any reciprocation - which only feeds their unbelief, that somehow giving just doesn’t work for them!

But proof is out there! There are innumerable testimonies that provide us with the evidence that giving works and always has. There is nothing warped or bias about Gods system of doing things. We just have to do it HIS way. The Word works for those who work it... It takes more effort than bucket plunking once a week; or simply allowing direct debits or standing orders to leave our accounts each month, without being mindful of them. We must be more purposeful than that in order to see the results of your giving. WE MUST AIM OUR FAITH LIKE A BOW AND ARROW! WITH GOD THERE ARE ALWAYS RESULTS.

Any lack of results for your giving can be due to “giving amiss” or “giving lazily” without applying faith. Its time to check and assess ourselves and to stay where the blessings are! Because the more blessed we can be - the more richly positioned we can be in order to fulfil the destiny on our lives while helping others to fulfil theirs. And having done all by faith – God is our greatest reward... “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 KJV).

Reciprocal giving should never stop us from “benevolence giving” because God will certainly have us engage in this kind of giving from time to time...! Which is just giving to give. Giving to the poor is lending to the Lord. And you can never out give God. He is no man’s debtor. Alms deeds are part of our Christian living and should be part of our giving.

Over the last weeks in Truth for the Journey we have presented teaching covering the many different aspects of money in the Kingdom of God. Therefore it is very important for us to understand the power that is available in “partnership” – a power that must be put to work! We must allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understanding and bear witness with this teaching so that both blessing and anointing can be released upon our lives. My prayer is for my partners – that they increase many fold, so that we may do this great work of the Lord together, without delay and with great joy.

Become a Partner today it’s never been easier...

You are a sower. As God puts seed in your hand – mix it with your faith and give today. See increase – your harvest of faith will never fail.

Dr. Alan Pateman


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank you that as I sow my seed to further your Kingdom I am participating in “divine reciprocation.” I can sow and expect to receive. Without this expectation, how can I exercise my faith that pleases you? Therefore I expect to receive as I sow and as you increase me I will rejoice in my position to effective for You. Amen

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I confess that You are my all in all. There is no need that You can not fill and supply. I have no doubts in Your ability to put seed into my hand. You have increased my seed and I choose not to eat my seed. I sow the seed you have given to me in order to bring a harvest not just for myself but also for Your Kingdom. Hallelujah for divine reciprocation!


THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries