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26 Mar Removing the “If” Out of the Supernatural

Here’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what has happened a few times in our traveling as evangelists …

Let me set the scene … It’s Sunday morning and Vickie and I have just arrived at the church to meet with the pastor before the morning service. After a few minutes of visiting, I inevitably will ask about the general length of the service so that I can have a feel of my boundaries. Ready for a shocker? There have been pastors that have said something like this … “Well Billy, we are usually dismissing the service around noon or maybe 12:15 PM at the latest. But, if the Spirit is moving, feel free to take your liberty.”

Did you catch that? “… if the Spirit is moving …” If you have been around me for any length of time, you know that my brain is constantly thinking of funny retorts. Fortunately, so far, I have been successful in suppressing a lot of what I’m thinking. If there were no possible negative ramifications, I know that I know that I know that I’d reply, “Is the Holy Spirit scheduled to be off duty this weekend?” or “You mean that it’s not the norm for Him to move in your services?” or “Is there a possibility that He doesn’t want to move supernaturally?” To be the sweet Billy that you know and love, I usually reply with, “Well, let’s see what the God that is able to do exceeding, abundantly more than we can ask or think is capable of doing.”

I am sharing this post to challenge pastors and Sunday school teachers and children’s/youth ministry leaders to replace the “if the Spirit moves” with “the Spirit will mightily move”. When the “if” is replaced with the “will“, we can be assured that there will be demonstrations of the Spirit and power (1 Corinthians 2:4), “suddenlies” will interrupt sermons just as seen in Peter’s preaching at Cornelius’ home (Acts 10), and lives will be greatly impacted by the preaching of the Word with validations of the preaching by signs and wonders (Mark 16:20). TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost and this is STILL His dispensation for mighty, unprecedented, unimaginable displays of His presence and power.

If? Nope. Will? A Texas-size yes!!!

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19 Mar A Ministry Revolution – Insight #11 – The Exponential Explosion Factor

I know that the readership of this blog is very diverse. From Google Analytics, I can see that it is being read in countries literally around the world. From readership feedback, I know that the readers come from varying church/denominational affiliations and ministry involvements. The one common denominator is that the blog is connecting with people who have a passion for the Holy Spirit and long to see Him manifest His presence just as He did in the Book of Acts. You the reader have connected with my “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost” and are joining with me in making this declaration as you welcome Him into your daily walk with Christ.

I shared about the diversity of the readership to give the following explanation. This is week number 12 in a blog series that has focused on insights for ushering in a much-needed move of God in children’s ministries. And, while Revolution: Settling for Nothing Less Than a Joel 2 Generation blog series is perhaps far from being a total, complete list of needed changes, I do recognize that the readership is far more than just children’s ministry leaders and volunteers. Because of this diversity, I will end this series with this blog post and move on to subjects needed by the total readership. This final insight is …

I know that the title The Exponential Explosion Factor has piqued your curiosity. In a day where many children’s ministry leaders and workers have settled for what I call “firecracker” sound effects in their classrooms, I am calling for an explosion in the realm of the Spirit as you minister that only heaven will be able to accurately record its immeasurable results.

How does this happen? Quite simply, this insight is calling for you to pray in the Spirit. This really shouldn’t have to be included in the list of needed changes because it should be a given that consistently praying in other tongues is so much a part of who you are and is an ongoing part of your daily walk with Christ. But, we all know that often what should be and what actually is happening are two different things. There is a two-fold reason for praying in the Spirit …

#1. Praying in other tongues prepares you to minister supernaturally. We both know that there is a humongous difference in dispensing Bible information and ministering with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many teachers/leaders have settled for just giving out Bible stories and truths. But those who intertwine their spirit with the Holy Spirit by consistently, daily praying in other tongues move from the information dispensing realm into a realm of seeing the glory of God. Praying in the Spirit enables you to supernaturally connect with God (Romans 8:26-27), move beyond the limitations imposed by natural thinking (1 Corinthians 14:14), build/energize your spirit (Jude 28), and receive heaven’s timely download (1 Corinthians 14:4). I’m talking about preparing for one gigantic exponential explosion in both you and your children’s ministry!

#2 Praying in other tongues prepares the children to supernaturally receive the ministry. Just as a farmer prepares the soil before the seed is planted, children’s hearts can be supernaturally prepared for the work of the Holy Spirit as we pray in the Spirit. Praying in other tongues enables you to strategically pray the perfect will of God (Romans 8:27) about things that are mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2) and you have no knowledge (Romans 8:26). Can you see how this will exponentially change the whole dynamics of what happens in your service? You will have a supernaturally prepared person/team ministering a supernatural message to a supernaturally prepared group of boys and girls. With this Exponential Explosion Factor activated, the supernatural will be in full force!!!

Children’s Pastor, pray in the Spirit. Sunday school teacher, pray in the Spirit. Bible club leader, pray in the Spirit. Nursery leader, pray in the Spirit. An exponential explosion in the heavenlies is waiting for those who will ignite the fuse through this kind of prayer.

I’m settling for nothing less than a Joel 2 Generation. How about you? Let me hear from you about how that you are implementing these revolution insights. billy@billyburns.com

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12 Mar A Ministry Revolution – Insight #10 – Announce Coming Attractions

When I began this Revolution: Settling for Nothing Less Than a Joel 2 Generation blog series, I wanted to challenge those involved in children’s ministry to leave their current way of ministering to children and dare to take what perhaps might be previously uncharted steps so that they can see the “your” in Joel’s prophesy come to pass in their ministry and children.

“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy …” 
Joel 2:28

For many, the insights shared have called for bold, uncomfortable changes. I can appreciate the fact that doing things that you have never done before can be unnerving and scary. These insights have called for actions not taught in most children’s ministry or Sunday school conferences. Which brings me to one of the most gutsy actions that will help usher in a mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit.

Yep, you read it correctly. Announce coming attractions. This insight won’t be one that requires a lot of explanation. It’s really quite simple. I am challenging you to hear from God about what is to be ministered and then confidently use your voice at the beginning of the service/class to announce/foretell what the Holy Spirit will do during that service. Announcing coming attractions is merely revealing the Father’s heart and intended purpose for your service.

Was I correct when I told you that this insight will be gutsy? Perhaps too gutsy for some because of the fear that comes with the “what if this doesn’t happen” thoughts. I’ll readily admit that this isn’t for the faint at heart. But, I remind you that God is a God who says what He means and means what He says. You can rest assured that the Father would not give you a message and not have an intended purpose for that message. If the Father would tell you to minister on the subject of healing, wouldn’t He intend for boys and girls to be healed or learn how to pray for others to be healed? If He told you to teach/preach about salvation, wouldn’t He intend for children to become born again?

What will happen in doing this? Making this declaration will …
* Build faith in those ministering. (Remember, faith comes by hearing.)
* Create anticipation in the children for what God will do.
* Serve Satan notice that his territory is about to be powerfully invaded.

Voice the heart and intent of God. The supernatural is awaiting the sound of your voice.

Have these insights been a blessing? Have they challenged you? Next week, the final blog post in this series Ministry Revolution Insight #11 will be The Exponential Explosion Factor.

 

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05 Mar A Ministry Revolution – Insight #9 – Establish the New Norm

I’ll say it loud, I’ll say it strong … I LOVE THE HOLY SPIRIT. Where did I get this deep love? I am simply reflecting the love for the Holy Spirit shown by my pastor Brother B.B. Hankins during my childhood and teenage years. Week after week, I saw his love for the Holy Spirit displayed as he worked together with Him in our services. It was the norm to see and hear from the Holy Spirit. I’m sure that you can readily see how this would impact my life.

Why am I writing this A Ministry Revolution blog series? Because I so desperately want today’s boys and girls to see this love put on display as they sit under your ministry. In this environment, they will be given the opportunity to capture your passion just as I captured B.B. Hankins’ passion. This blog series is calling for a revolution, a change in the way that we are doing children’s ministry so that we can see the promised “your” found in “sons and daughters” in Joel 2:28 and “children” in Acts 2:39 happen in this generation.

With that in mind, here is the next insight to help bring this to pass.

This insight won’t take too much explanation. But, before I share the insight, consider this powerful statement.

“If you want to know how the Spirit acts now, just read
how He did act when He had full possession of the Church.
The Book of Acts is a blueprint by which the Holy Spirit
wishes to work throughout His dispensation.”
~ F.F. Bosworth “Christ the Healer”

Quite simply, this insight is to challenge you to read the Book of Acts over and over again, follow this New Testament blueprint, and then establish what you’ve read to become the new NORM in EVERY area of your children’s ministry. I am calling for leaders to offer to their children what Brother Hankins demonstrated for me as a child/youth. I know this to be a fact. We can’t create this passion and relationship in our children if we treat the Holy Spirit as a guest who occasionally drops by for a planned, brief visit. It must the NORM for the Spirit to show His presence week after week as He powerfully speaks through you, manifests His gifts through you AND the children, and confirms the Word through signs and wonders.

The new way of ministry isn’t weird. It isn’t wacky. This new NORM is 100% NEW TESTAMENT. Anything less than what we read about in the Book of Acts must be considered ABNORMAL.

Are you getting anything out of these insights? If so, please forward these to EVERYONE working in your children’s ministry and to other children’s ministry leaders and workers in other churches.

Next week, our Ministry Revolution Insight #10 will be Announce Coming Attractions.

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