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Seers and Doers

Seers and Doers

By John Garfield
All about Releasing Kings via the www.OnlineHeartPlan.com and www.Seers-and-Doers.com
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America is not Divided
God has a plan. So do we!
13:47
October 5, 2020
Finding Some (or) Losing None
The blog is here - http://releasingkings.com/2020-09-27-finding-some-vs-losing-none/ ROI - Return on Intimacy God wrote a plan in the heart of every person on earth. People come with their own guarantee of success in their metron. If we help them find their land and stay in their metron, they will be fruitful beyond expectations. It’s not the genius of my leadership or marketing; it’s a principle of the Kingdom – the way God wired all of us.
13:47
September 27, 2020
How to Delight Yourself In the Lord
See it in heaven, Bring it to earth
09:02
September 13, 2020
The Believers Hero Journey
Sons go through stuff... It's normal. If something goes wrong, we assume we're wrong somehow and experience "shame." Deaths and resurrections are normal pathways for God to reveal His glory in His sons. Not pleasant, but afflictions will lead you to your purpose if you let them/Him. Jesus "endured" the cross for the joy set before him and despised the shame of it all. Purpose is what pulls us through disease, discouragement, and difficulty.
11:29
August 14, 2020
Sons are Courageous
People are being invited to make a difference in nations. Get the flavor of the mentality behind this move. Join us at www.OnlineHeartPlan.com 
08:49
August 10, 2020
8 is New Beginnings
Just when we thought Covid-19 would destroy the world's economies and injustice would divide our nation, we are seeing they are diversions from the enemy that distract us from what the Father is really doing. Reformation is in the wings, and it is a season to celebrate it and contend for it.
10:55
June 15, 2020
Even the Winds Obey
Who hopes for what he already sees (Rom. 8:24). We don't have to hope the flu season is over. We don't have to hope the economy doesn't end in world-wide depression. Sons can see what the Father is doing in heaven and bring it to earth – do it with Him, just like Jesus did (Jn. 5:19).
11:12
April 8, 2020
A theology for Conspiracy Theories
Strategies need to be discerned.
07:10
March 25, 2020
Hearts not Herds
http://releasingkings.com/2020-02-22-hearts-are-not-herds/
11:18
February 23, 2020
Making Friends with Failure
The blog is here http://releasingkings.com/2019-12-28-making-friends-with-failure/
13:05
January 2, 2020
Tribe - The Culture of Fathering Dreams
The show notes are here http://releasingkings.com/2019-12-07-tribe-the-culture-of-fathering-dreams/
11:42
December 8, 2019
Where is my Open Door to the Kingdom?
The blog is here http://releasingkings.com/2019-11-10-where-is-your-open-door-to-kingdom/ Where is the door, and what does it open? Jesus said it’s the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Get it? “Heaven” – That’s what sons do. They “go” to their Father’s house.
12:39
November 11, 2019
How you can Tell a Transformational Story
People who tell us stories are engaging. People who tell us our story are leaders
10:58
November 2, 2019
Communion – Shared Purpose
We usually translate communion as remembering the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood in the context of our personal forgiveness. We think of the drinking unworthily as coming to communion carrying unforgiveness against other people. We check this box by extending forgiveness other people before we take communion. We think of the bread in terms of participating in His Body – we check that box by going to church or being part of a small group. Not so fast – “bread” implies something much deeper. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:23
September 21, 2019
A Spirit of Enthusiasm
Plastic smiles – We all know the rules, and we all know how to put on a happy face when the rules get broken. We also know what our hopes and dreams look like and we know how to hide the pain of their demise under the same happy face. The happy face looks about the same even when things go right. The only problem is future. Most of our hearts are well trained to expect mediocrity or worse. We can’t get too enthusiastic because that’s not the reality of our personal history. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
08:36
September 7, 2019
How To Be Known in Heaven
We’ve heard a lot over the last few years that our identity is in Christ i.e., that we know who we are by understanding what Jesus did for us and can do through us. It’s all good, but few have a practical grasp on what that means. Most people interpret Christ in me as the flagship of God’s ability to work through us and empower us – Also good, but our hearts translate it as though the Father is doing the works or Jesus has finished the works and I don’t need to show initiative or have a plan. That would be too independent! The truth is that we are all known by what we do. I was raised on a ranch in Montana and worked for a career as a chemical engineer. You can’t know John (anyone) unless your aware of what he does. The same is true in the spirit. We are known in heaven by what we do, not just what we’re called to do or think, or preach, or prophecy. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
09:36
July 6, 2019
10,000 Instructors
We are in a season where God’s people understand that His will can be found in the desires of our hearts. That’s how we define a King (connected to his/her heart’s desires). Traditionally, doing God’s business was always presumed to be sacrificing my will and picking up the cross of His will, laying down my life, dying to self, surrendering, emptying, more of you – less of me, etc. That mentality presumes an evil heart and sets us up for a lifetime of religious self-sabotage that drains our spiritual vitality. The Kingdom of God is within you (so is the Father, Jn. 14:10). We’re created in God’s image with specific unique gifts and talents for a specific assignment in the Kingdom. We’re already wired for our destiny. When we connect with what God has written in our hearts, we find a natural synergism with Jesus’ Kingdom, and we enter a new realm of fellowship with our Father. Servants try to motivate, discipline, and hold themselves accountable to operate outside their hearts. We may start there as babes in Christ, but real maturity is finding the Father’s heart overlapping our own heart’s desires. It’s fun, it causes us to feel alive, and we can grow from one glory to the next for the rest of our lives into greater levels of fruitfulness. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:47
July 1, 2019
Online Heart Plan Endorsements
We’ve developed two online courses to bring prophetic and practical clarity to your purpose, vocation or business and a success path to seeking the Father in the courts of heaven and the council: The Heart Plan will help you fish your purpose out of the deep waters of your heart and get it in writing: OnlineHeartPlan.com. Watch the free videos. You can take this class anytime or wait for the next round, and we’ll go through it again as a group with weekly zoom calls (Starts September 6). Start by reading Releasing Kings. Seers and Doers – Seers-and-Doers.com will help you communicate with your Father and the Spirit of Wisdom in a practical way. Start with Seers and Doers via Amazon.com. These are the stories that came out of the first Heart Plan Online Course. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
06:15
June 17, 2019
From Excuses to Decrees
We are all adept at making excuses. Excuses have power because they are rooted in some aspect of truth or reality. They often stem from spiritual accusations. When we verbalize them, they sound prophetic in the same way accusations have a prophetic tone that is spoken over us, not just by us. Excuses are the spiritual language of those under the captivity of a victim mentality (that’s how they think). But I want to suggest it’s deeper than what we think. We are under a covenant from a prior compromise. The accuser doesn’t just throw out accusations randomly (he has a legal basis), and we don’t make excuses by accident (we’re stuck in unbelief and accept them). Inside the excuse, there is a thread that goes back to generational compromise that is undone in the Courts of Heaven. We don’t have to accept excuses! Sprinkling in a better attitude and a positive confession doesn’t address the root cause of excuses and accusations. That is accomplished in the courts of heaven. Num. 13:33 – And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. KJV Num. 14:6-9 – Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.  NIV Amos 2:9 – I (the Lord) destroyed the Amorite before them, though he was tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed his fruit above and his roots below. NIV Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:09
June 14, 2019
Identity Comes from What We Do
Knowing your identity has been all the rage for the last few years because “who we are” is the foundation for what we believe and do. Although it is true, it’s not the whole story. Who you are (identity) is partly shaped by what you actually do. The theological and practical debate is well framed in the different translations of one verse; Luke 2:49 – Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? NIV Luke 2:49 – Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? NKJV In one camp, we are instructed to be like Mary instead of Martha and rest at the master’s feet and enjoy His presence (be in His house). Either He will do the works, or the works were finished at the cross. Us doing works is painted as a bit carnal, beneath the dignity of those who are truly spiritual. In the second camp, we are invited to co-labor with Him. It even goes one step further: intimacy is rooted in co-laboring with Him! You are my friend if you do what I command (Jn. 15:14). Great works and exploits are celebrated as fruit in this camp. They have jobs and businesses and a vision to bring heaven back to earth. Sons contend for nations. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
09:23
June 8, 2019
From Children to Sons to Heirs
Over the last month, I’ve been part of a tribe of people moving from children who have entered the Kingdom to sons who inherit and possess their calling spiritually and practically. They have distinct ministry gifts, yet they prosper in businesses or vocations. Moving from God’s child to God’s son to an inheritance that belongs to you is a natural Kingdom progression of maturity. Right now, we don’t just need to bind enemy activity; we are displacing enemy rule by standing up in our calling. The Father is placing sons in positions of influence to bless nations. It’s a season in the spirit to volunteer. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
09:46
May 31, 2019
Drawing the Plan Out of Your Heart
One of the keys to the kingdom is knowing God works through voluntary sons, who in turn work out of the desires Father wrote in their hearts (Jer. 31:33-34; Heb. 8:10-11). There is a distinct authenticity that is readily apparent in sons connecting with their hearts. Plus, it’s fun! The blueprint for our kingdom assignment is both in our hearts and God’s heart. I’ll find the same thing in both places. Is it easy to figure out what that is? No! Most people struggle, and many give up and never connect with either their hearts or God’s heart in a way that causes their life, ministry, and vocation to become an integral story that produces fruit and leads to an intentional objective. Many sincere believers spend their lives wandering and wondering through an unexplainable wilderness, bouncing off life’s blessings and tragedies in an unpredictable, cosmic game of ping pong. It doesn’t have to be this confusing. Jer. 29:11-14 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord NIV Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:59
May 12, 2019
www.Seers-and-Doers.com
We’re just wrapping up the beta edition of www.OnlineHeartPlan.com. The biggest and most pleasant surprise was getting to meet new people and helping them articulate their book or the desires of their heart (their dream). It morphed into a tribe of people with intersecting relationships who love and support one another. That course can be taken online anytime, but we’ll go through it again with another group doing Zoom calls starting in September. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
09:15
May 5, 2019
Choosing to be Wholehearted in Business
We’ve all seen sales personalities who are overly exuberant. We’re never sure we can trust what they say, but we admire their enthusiasm and results. Are they that energetic all the time or are they bipolar and crash in private? Do they believe what they say, or is it just a pitch? Sometimes we wish we could have some of their enthusiasm. Personalities and DISC profiles aside, we’re all called to be excited about God and love Him with all of our hearts. We love worship when it’s alive, and we’re all deeply moved by the presence of God. It’s not hard to be wholehearted when the Holy Spirit is tangible, and the prophetic atmosphere is electric. Our hearts do leap during those times. The problem is on Monday morning when we go back to work. We feel like Joseph checking back into Potiphar’s prison after a weekend pass. Now is a season of Kingdom and reformation. There is a place where the other six days are six times more exciting than Sunday, or a conference or a spiritual high. Our enthusiasm doesn’t have to be a vicarious experience that depends on an atmosphere someone else creates! Here’s how you can choose to be wholehearted in your mountain. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:26
April 21, 2019
Rethinking Spiritual Warfare
Several nights back I woke up with a vision for a couple who are good friends. I got up to capture it about 1 AM before it evaporated and pushed save to see if I still believed it in the morning. I passed it on, and it did encourage them. Since then it felt like there was a more general application, so I just changed the names to John and Sue. Take a look. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:40
April 14, 2019
His Council is Home
Yesterday, in the course of a conversation with a friend about business and life and reformation, I mentioned courts and council as great kingdom tools. This morning the Lord tweaked me and said, “The council is not just a tool, it’s your home.” The highlight of 2018 was learning to appear in His Council, activating seer gifts and taking others there too. It was amazing to see the welcome mat out for this invitation to the courts and council in Europe this fall. Six times we took groups into the courts and council, and people loved the experience of it. It feels like the good news of the Kingdom, and everyone is forcing his way into it (Lu. 16:16). Amazing! Yes, this is a shameless plug for Seers and Doers. It’s a “must read” I recommend for everyone. The book includes a dozen videos to help experience it. 2019 has an exciting next step we’ll discuss in a minute. Ps. 84:7 – They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.  NASU As I think about 2018 and the experience of entering His Council, the concept that God (and all creation) has been waiting for us to appear before Him in Heaven came like an assignment. It’s how the Kingdom works. Appearing before God in Zion is what Sons do. We ascend, see what the Father is doing and saying, and bring back the goods. It’s not passive; it’s participating in a conversation; feeling the freedom to ask questions; embracing the initiative to collaborate and co-labor. It’s alive! Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:44
December 31, 2018
Happenings in Europe
The Lord did some amazing things on this trip to Europe. It started in Denver at Terry Tyson’s house with a group of businessmen and women. In Berlin, we met Beverley Watkins and prayed for Europe with 20 people from seven nations (Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, SA, and the USA). In the Netherlands, Marcel and Annemieke hosted me, and we met with people in Maassluis, Eindhoven, and Amsterdam. Here’s a summary. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:52
October 18, 2018
Connecting My Heart
“We are in an era where the forces of feudalism know this is their last shot at maintaining power.”  David Brin The “manor lords and serfs” narrative has long been a cultural fact of life from the middle ages to modern corporate, political, and social hierarchy. The “Serf Mentality” is necessary to sustain oppression. The David Brin quote is secular and prophetic at the same time. It points to the next reformation and the freedom God’s Kingdom brings to cultures and nations. It’s a bottom-up, heart-driven process. People can be liberated from oppression, but if their serf mentality is not changed, they will find another tyrant like a moth drawn to the flame. As Serfs, we can be our own worst enemy. Wars, revolutions, and elections will not save us. Worse yet, we carry our serf mentality into our relationship with God and assume He loves worshipful allegiance, self-depreciating humility, and sacrificial obedience. Our Father is looking for sons to relationally populate His council in heaven and displace principalities on earth i.e., heroic overcomers who can do exploits and triumph in warfare. The Kingdom is much more about collaboration, cooperation, initiative and co-laboring than we thought! 2 Cor 3:17-18 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. NIV I hear the stories of many businessmen trying to explain their success in terms of sacrifice, “God told me to do it.” It sounds spiritual like we’re really connected with God, but it’s often a cover for a disconnected heart. The serf offering of sacrificially doing what our heart doesn’t enjoy is not a sustainable path to life. Obeying a list of instructions is not a good reason to do anything. We must know our and our Father’s why, and our initiative has to flow from our own heart as well as our Father’s heart. John 15:15 – I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:27
September 24, 2018
From Serfs to Surplus
Note: I wrote up two courts and council prayer sessions to go with this blog. The first is my own courts of heaven session – Courts of Heaven for Serfdom. The second is a Council session with prayer for others called Recovering Spiritual Masculinity. I think you will enjoy both. One of the most exciting things about becoming a Seer and a Doer in heaven is that our Father not only shows us what’s in His heart, but He reveals what’s in our book and the resources we can bring back to earth to make it happen. As a disciple of the Kingdom, a son, you have the keys to unlock a personal storehouse overflowing with everything you need to accomplish your and your Father’s purpose from wisdom to healings to finances. Said another way, as sons we have access to an inheritance that belongs to us. We have a Father who expects us to use it. Matt. 13:52 – And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven (Has keys) is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” [emphasis mine] NASU Gal. 4:1-7 – What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. . . 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. NIV Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:21
September 16, 2018
What You See Is What You Get
Now that Seers and Doers is out, I’m asking the Lord “What’s our strategy for helping your people see?” The answer was simple and motivational, “What you see is what you get!” The courts, trading floors and the council all function through a seer gifting. That’s the threshold for bringing heaven to earth – we see what’s available in heaven first and manifest it on earth second. The broadest definition of a Seer is someone who has something spiritual revealed to him as a vision or dream. Others limit seers to the gift of discernment in the sense of seeing demonic activity. This Kingdom gift is for everyone and is best defined as those who can see what their Father is doing so they can do the same things. The second distinctive of a seer is that it’s someone with the initiative to go look instead of passively waiting for it to happen to us. John 5:19-20 – Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.  For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.  (ESV, emphasis mine) Paul prayed for the same seer release in the eyes of our heart for three specific reasons. Eph. 1:17-19 – I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know (1) the hope to which he has called you, (2) the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and (3) his incomparably great power for us who believe. (NIV, emphasis mine) Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:43
August 26, 2018
Videos for Seers and Doers
Link to this page – http://releasingkings.com/2018-08-03-videos-for-seers-and-doers/ We made a dozen videos to go with each chapter and appendix of Seers and Doers. The links are live in the Kindle version of the book. This list of links is for the hard copy readers to have the same access. Bonus (Live Testimony)                https://youtu.be/Ft1oHR4QJfI Marcel’s review                              https://youtu.be/G7H5bTt2gpw Author’s Note                                  https://youtu.be/QXUfOFZE05c 1.0 Kings and Priests                     https://youtu.be/G6UZuqcwQIc 2.0 On Earth as it is in Heaven    https://youtu.be/rh8HHHOYAxM 3.0 The Divine Council                  https://youtu.be/mUG7zTiEa4I 4.0 Seers and Doers                          https://youtu.be/VrsgtbikU88 5.0 We Are Going up to a Mountain        https://youtu.be/4YcUCyCKSqk 6.0 From Sinai to Jesus                    https://youtu.be/xb9aNgah2_w 7.0 Getting Started in the Council          https://youtu.be/w0LvuRjEEDg App A Intro to Journal                        https://youtu.be/WWcwbwc9aQI App B Questions and Answers (1)           https://youtu.be/Alt_pV6-hsA App B Questions and Answers (2)          https://youtu.be/9hmH9Eir7jM Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
00:10
August 3, 2018
Q&A for Courts and Councils pt. 2
We're answering common questions on the Courts of Heaven, Trading Floors and God's Council. Recommend our latest book "Seers and Doers" Blog is here http://releasingkings.com/2018-07-22-... Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
14:39
July 23, 2018
Q&A for Courts and Councils
I attended Harold Eberle’s Worldcast conference that included a round-table discussion which was interactive, respectful and healthy. We touched on some fair questions that deserve answers. I asked most of them myself in the past and now I’m starting to hear them multiple times. They are usually intellectual / theological and ask the larger heart question of “why do I need to do this?” I decided to collect them and provide a simple answer. If you think of additional questions or come up with better answers, please add them. Please don’t worry about offending me—you won’t. I came away from the conference with several impressions: There is a door open to the council . . . the real definition of ecclesia is those who go there (Mt 16:18-19). Courts and trading floors lay a foundation (walking in a spirit of repentance or purity), but we have to go on to books and a lifestyle of being present in the council and delivering the fruit (binding and loosing). There is a place for preaching and teaching the fundamentals, but the real need is stories of delivering the goods from heaven to earth . . . especially from the other six mountains (it’s an experience that works more than a truth or a theology that preaches). We have to stop trying to get other people to be priests, prophets and seers for us. Business people have to be pulled into this realm to fully inherit their place in the Kingdom. Becoming a seer is everyone’s assignment / invitation . . . it’s for everyone more than a gift for a few. (just like baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing, prophecy, etc.) There is a missing piece, i.e., 10’s of thousands want personal mentoring to navigate all this. How is a practical challenge. It’s a leap to go from a book or conference or video to an experience of seeing in heaven. The mentality of the pastors tended toward: 1) how to manage / whether to permit it, 2) the theology of whether it’s true, 3) how to preach it and explain it . . . How to experience it themselves was the deeper question . . . some will now and all will eventually. Two things I tried to refute: There was one sentiment expressed that this was just for intercessors (false) some people have a seer gift and the rest of us don’t (false) Minds were scrolling through the standard list of reasons of why I don’t need to do this (intellectually). The questions that were raised are interesting and representative and are addressed below. The only thing wrong with this Q&A approach is that it suggests the gateway to courts and councils is through our heads. Answers to intellectual questions miss the point of the longing in our hearts. Logical answers to tough questions are not enough to convince anyone, but those who have tasted the experience of it still need answers for their “minds,” as we all do. I had all the same question. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
12:06
July 22, 2018
Seeing Your Future Self
Our hearts build our identity around pictures and movies that replay whenever we think about who we are and why we’re here. We have role models or heroes that inspire our own unique gifts and callings. In our youth we usually follow the examples of those we admire. There is a place in the council of heaven to see and collaborate with your future. Our Father can pull down the movie screen and show our future self. It’s time to do that. We even play a role in determining our future; it’s not completely scripted! Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:09
July 13, 2018
Going Up to a Mountain
Our premise (and experience) is that the Keys of the Kingdom (Mt 16:18-19) is ascending to Heaven’s courts and councils to “see” what is already bound and loosed so we can play our Kingdom role on earth (very practical). Let’s look at the context of Jesus’ promise (cf. Heiser, Chapter 32). Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi (Mt. 16:13) and asked His disciples this question, “Who do men say that I am.” The disciples, and anyone with a Jewish background, know that this location is near Mt. Hermon. They also know the history of this particular mountain. It was the spot where the original divine council met to decide to go after the daughters of men, and also where they fell. This thought isn’t found in the Bible, but it was common Jewish knowledge from other popular literature at the time. And they were, in all, two hundred and they came down on Ardis, which is the summit of Mount Hermon.  And they called the mountain Hermon because on it they swore and bound one another with curses. Enoch 6:6 In Old Testament times Mt. Hermon was know for Baal worship. During the Greek and Roman period it was a center for worship of Greek fertility Gods and was known as the “Gates of Hell.” (see link). That’s the context for Jesus making this statement: Mat. 16:18-20  – I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.  “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.   NASU Jesus redemption is the answer for us, but it’s also the answer for the fall of this divine council and the invitation for us (as sons of God) to repopulate that council and displace powers and principalities over the nations. All creation is waiting in eager expectation for these new sons of God to be revealed and liberate the world from bondage and decay into the glorious freedom of sons (cf. Rom. 8:18-24). Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
13:53
June 16, 2018
From Sinai to Jesus
There is a huge Kingdom invitation in this season for God’s people to appear before the Lord in heaven. We’ve been discussing it in Gateway to Kingdom and Seers and Doers. At the same time there is resistance, fear and hesitancy in our hearts. Some say it’s a level of mysticism that is not healthy or Biblical. Others say is a special gift that I don’t have. Other hearts expect their 5-fold minister to do it for them. So, I just asked the Lord, “Why do we resist an invitation to your throne? . . . and to your courts and council?” Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
12:06
June 15, 2018
Seers and Doers
Please read the introduction to this blog at Gateway to Kingdom. It gives the background. Why See? – God is teaching His sons to: 1) ascend, 2) see, and 3) loose what they see. It’s part of our Kingdom mandate to make a practical difference on earth. Our tradition is that God’s presence and anointing comes to us, but this shift is all about us appearing before Him in the courts and councils of heaven. Many are hearing this invitation to play their role in a reformation of nations by connecting the dots with their own “seer” gifting. You and I are invited too. It leads to “doing” what the father is doing. It’s not doctrinal or demanding. It’s a transforming experience with Jesus that is alive and fun! For a season, some will write this off as mysticism (just like tongues, prophecy, healing and deliverance). But one day the fruit, the overwhelming acceptance and the Biblical basis will be too much to criticize and then we’ll all be seers and doers. Father is inviting us to “come up here” and “appear” before Him and “see” what He is doing . . . Now! Rev 4:1 – “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” NIV Ps 84:7 “They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion.”  NASU John 5:19-21 – “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.”  NIV Matt 16:19-20 – “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” NASB Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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June 11, 2018
Heaven – Gateway to Kingdom
My kingdom theology is going through a new release. Here is the background on this contagious evolution. It’s probably like your own. God seems to update all of us in the same season. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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June 9, 2018
Putting the Kabosh on Obstacles
There are seven promises in Revelation 2 and 3 to overcomers. The Greek work is nikao, which means to subdue. Gen 1:28 immediately comes to mind where Adam is given the commission to multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it. In Hebrew subdue is kabosh. Rev 2:7 –  “to him who overcomes will I give” . . . 7 things. G3529 (nikao) = Subdue Gen 1:28 – “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it” (kabash) Subdue = H3533 (kabash) tread down, conquer, subjugate As sons we have a Father who wants us to put the kabosh on enemy strategies first and then give us some amazing promises second. I want to know how! Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:43
May 6, 2018
Overcomers Invitation to God’s Council
Most of us were raised with a concept that God is High, Holy and He resides in heaven to sovereignly reign over ant-like people who continually struggle with problems. Since I viewed God as distant, I never fully grasped the impact of these concepts of proximity with Him: John 15:15-17 He calls us friends instead of servants, and makes known the Father’s business Eph. 2:6 God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms. 1 Cor. 3:9 Jesus did what he saw the Father doing and we are called co-workers Rev. 3:20 He knocks on our door and offers to eat with us – conversation! Rev. 4:4 John saw 24 other thrones around Jesus and the Father Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:25
March 4, 2018
Overcomers Buy Gold
Have you ever noticed there are two tracks in the Kingdom, the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering? The life and life more abundantly track sounds like a recent podcast I listened to. The interview was conducted around a business ministry “model.” I’m a serial entrepreneur who began with nothing and now I’ve started multiple businesses and investment funds. I’m on numerous boards and I’ve leveraged my success into ministries that help other businesses and investors become successful. I’m busy all the time, fruitful, wealthy, generous and wise. I’m sought after for advice, visible, acclaimed, celebrated and connected at influential levels. God has blessed me. The second track is simply the antithesis of the above: Lord, I feel unused, wasted, set aside, and hidden. My resources limit my dreams. The desires of my heart go wanting. My investments and my life are best characterized by mediocrity. For sure, no one is calling for my advice. I feel like a billboard for theft; God’s example of weakness! The two tracks, or examples, are both evidenced in the Bible. They can also represent seasons in our lives. Most of us experience both . . . victories and valor; defeats and delays. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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February 25, 2018
Overcomers Set a Table
When Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks, the offer is that “I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). Our hearts are equipped with a table we set for communion and communication with Jesus. Servants invite Him in to sit on a throne so they can obey; friends just take up the offer to eat together so they can collaborate. It’s wisdom to set a table because Jesus is coming to eat with us, not rule over us. Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. Prov 9:1-2 NIV Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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February 19, 2018
How to Open Your Book and Find Your Why
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Ps 139:15-16 NIV Once we get saved and receive the Holy Spirit, a hunger to find our Kingdom purpose is birthed. It starts with becoming a servant who can obey. It continues as we become students of His word and exercise our gifts. It peaks when we become His friends who collaborate and co-labor with our Father. Now we’re free to undertake initiatives because we know our heart and our Father’s heart are on the same page. The Lord is pulling the curtain back on a generation of young lions who are hungry to play their role in this coming reformation. They are excited, they have volunteered before the Lord, and their hearts are all asking the same question, “What can I do?” Jesus wants to answer that question Himself. Finding your personal why and opening your book is not easy, but it is very possible. If you want clarity on your purpose in the Kingdom and your role in this reformation, here are some practical steps to get you there. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
09:32
November 10, 2017
I Am Both King and Priest
We just got back from two weeks in the Netherlands with Beverley Watkins and a quick visit to Warsaw to catch up friends. Marcel van den Berg helped us pack that time with conferences, small groups and individual appointments. It was way more exhilarating than exhausting and we really had a lot of fun. The Lord always clarifies things for me on trips like this; I get ministered to more than anyone else. This was the roadmap for the trip. Here is what I experienced: Young Lions – There is a spirit of prayer over the Netherlands and we swam in it. This nation is called to be a gateway to Europe and we found dozens of young lions who got the vision for the next reformation. We opened the Netherland’s book and contended for it. God has already positioned them in places of influence. We left a network of relationships that will be self-sustaining and I believe they have the horsepower to intentionally take steps toward the next reformation. Beverley – I had lots of time with Beverley Watkins ministering together in the courts of heaven, teaching and in rich fellowship. It was really fun! This trip was an experiment to see if we could marry the concept of Releasing Kings and strategic prayer in the courts. We saw it work at both the individual level and the national level and it all distills down to this simple point. We are being invited to be both priests and kings to accomplish what God has set before us. Let’s define these two aspects of “one” personality: Kingly – are people in touch with their hearts and pursuing personal destiny in their mountain. They carry Identity, initiative, boldness, wealth creation and the heart of the Father. Some of these “kings” are pre-saved, yet God has already positioned them in influence and calling. Priestly –  can hear God daily and are naturally prophetic and seers… they can see in the spirit! When they encounter obstacles, they can navigate the courts of heaven to see the root and deal with it. They have access to their book via Jesus and they can hear the accusations of the enemy and they know how to respond to both to set the atmosphere of Kingdom. We are no longer adding intercessors to business as a separate person or function. Business men and women are being invited into their own spirituality. In the same way, those strong in revelatory gifting’s and traditional church ministries are being invited into the culture and into wealth creation. Traditional revival around meetings will come and will still be fun and powerful and full of God’s presence “and” there will be an anointing to carry it into our mountain and bless nations. The real goal isn’t revival, it’s reformation. We are discipling nations and we started by opening the Dutch Book and finding the network who will carry it. God is answering the deepest cry in each of our own hearts, “What’s my role? Please send me too!” You and I are being invited to Kingdom – co-laboring with our Father to implement a reformation that will bless nations. We are both priest and king, just like Jesus. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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October 19, 2017
Intentional Reformation (2)
God’s people are in an amazing transition right now to embrace our mandate to disciple nations. It’s not business as usual and it’s both exciting and confusing… because this promise is so big! “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; …and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:2-3 NIV He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance… Ps 2:7-8 NIV Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… Matt 28:18-19 NIV So… I just asked Jesus, “Lord, how do we transition to discipling nations? What are you saying to your people about this?” You can ask Him the same thing. It’s fun, and our Father loves to talk to His sons about this asking. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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September 1, 2017
Adding Nations to Your Purpose
Why Purpose? – It doesn’t matter if I’m a millennial living paycheck to paycheck or a retiree traveling the world, life without a purpose beyond “self” is empty. For believers, the irony of life in the Kingdom is that when we seek “things” they (and our purpose) drift away from us. But, when we put His Kingdom “purpose” first, everything else gets added. Each of us has a purpose or book (Ps 139:16) in two dimensions: the first is our individual purpose that God has written in our hearts and the second is the Kingdom purpose of our nation. Knowing both is a lot of fun… it puts our life’s direction on steroids. My purpose – Releasing Kings is all about connecting people with the Kingdom purpose God wrote on our hearts. The transition from servant to friend and King (Jn 15:15-17) happens when I give myself permission to pursue the desire or purpose in my heart. I become who God designed me to be. More here and here. Jesus delights to share the Father’s heart with us, so that we know “His business.” I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15-16 My life starts to make sense when my family, vocation, ministry and heart start to align around a common theme. My history (good and bad) is a tapestry that weaves the past, present and future into a Kingdom purpose. It’s a joy to make that connection. My life’s greatest thrill is to connect with my Father’s heart and co-labor with Him and see the results. That’s the message of Releasing Kings. We help people make those connections with their heart, history, vocation, ministry, mountain and calling. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:32
June 11, 2017
White Guilt and the Courts of Heaven
This is an amazing and wonderful time in God’s Kingdom and in American History. New victories are appearing every week and the curtain has been pulled back on levels of corruption in politics and the press that are liberating for all of us. God Himself is doing something that approaches another reformation to be followed by another “enlightenment / industrial revolution”… a renaissance in cultures around the world. It’s an intense season of spiritual warfare and political contention, yet the Kingdom is being unveiled and the glory of God is more visible than ever. We are on the eve of something wonderful that we have not planned or anticipated… it’s beyond all that we could ask or imagine! Our hearts, as Americans, are thrilled. The calling on the United States is to be the light and the glory for the world. It’s our privilege to bless nations and peoples. Economies are going to get blessed and, as the US rises into her calling, all nations will rise as well. We will touch poverty in the natural and set captives free in the spirit. Sanballet will chirp and accuse, and Shimei will throw rocks, but God will prevail. It’s a season for David and his mighty men to walk in the grace of their calling. I hear this verse: As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matt 10:7-8 NIV Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
10:15
February 12, 2017
The 3-Legged Stool of “Connecting” With Kingdom
One of the most exciting things happening right now is that people are being invited into the Kingdom. Both believers and unbelievers are being chosen first and sanctified second. People of all faiths and of no faith are being invited into this place of being ourselves and co-laboring with the Father at the same time. Finding the synergy and fellowship in your own mountain cuts through every religious barrier and unites people around the themes of their heart instead of the politics and denominations in their head. We’ve had people saved in a business conference because of this compelling invitation from the Father to join the party that is Kingdom – they heard the music and said, “yes Lord” and they long to know how to be connected to God’s Kingdom and experience even more. Can you see why it’s called the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” It’s good news. 3 Ingredients of Kingdom – Most of us are a little fuzzy on what Kingdom really is and how we can be part of it. It’s really an invitation to become yourself, and to connect the desires of our own heart with the desire of the Father’s heart and to see the fruit of that synergism in our vocation. It takes three things: Industry, Initiative from our heart, and Intercession to pull the curtain back on our “why.” Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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January 14, 2017
Poland – Two Voices Pt. 1
The key to the Kingdom is centered around becoming comfortable in our God-given identity. There is an authenticity and an authority that comes when we connect with the desires of our heart. Instead of trying to discipline ourselves to rise up to some external expectation, we relax and find the grace that God has over our lives and simply walk it out. We love ourselves, other people and God much more when we turn this corner. It’s a child-like innocence and simplicity that is willing to ask for the desires that God wrote in our heart. “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matt 18:3 NIV Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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May 31, 2016
Poland – Two Voices Pt. 2
Last week we summarized the theme of the Holy Spirit from our trip to Poland here… We, and nations, have a book that contains our destiny (Ps 139:13-16). Kingdom is learning what’s in that book, choosing it, fighting for it and inheriting our land. The warfare takes on a courtroom setting: the accuser of the brethren is the prosecuting attorney (Rev 12:10-11), the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy and our defense (Rev 19:10-11), and our Father is the judge. Enemy accusations usually have an ingredient of truth that must be put under the blood of Jesus’ forgiveness, and then we have to speak what Jesus is saying about us. What is written in our book is so precious and exciting that we seek it first and then “live” for it! They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Rev 12:11 NIV It’s not that hard to hear the accuser raise issues over our lives. Now we know what to do about them. The next question for leaders and prophetic people is, “What do I do when I hear an accusation against someone else that is legitimate?” The choices are confronting them, exposing them or praying for them. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
11:57
May 5, 2016
Intercession For Kings
Kings are courageous, entrepreneurial, self-starters who bless the heart of God with their initiative. While much of Christianity is passive, God has some sons and daughters who carry His favor and do exploits. We all feel the wind of His Spirit blowing in the direction of blessing nations and inheriting our mountains. It works when we are connected with our own hearts and tap into what God wrote there. Religion has always been trying to be something we’re not; Connecting with your father’s heart is always becoming who we are. Kingdom initiatives that work and bear fruit have roots in the heart of God. For example: • Great movies (art and entertainment) that inspire hearts and make lots of money typically tap into Kingdom themes and say something prophetic that God is already speaking to people – it moves us. • Great businesses bless people and nations by providing something that’s needed (ministry). • Great schools release creativity in people who become themselves and go out in the world and make a difference… from the heart. • Great leaders and governments always increase the liberty and freedom of people to enhance their culture and economy. Find blogs and videos here: http://releasingkings.com/category/blog-entries/
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February 16, 2016