For the past several weeks, the Holy Spirit has been having me minister on “Holy Fire – Strange Fire.” The Body of Christ needs to learn that not only is there the holy fire of God, but there is also a fire that comes from Hell itself! In the days to come, know the difference can keep you from being deceived. It is time to know the difference and how to flow in the true fire of God.
In our services each week, the presence of God has been getting stronger. The fire of God is beginning to fall on Biblical Life! This past week as I was ministering, the power of God so manifested itself that everyone in attendance thought that God had shook the building. What was being said so shifted the spiritual atmosphere of the service that you could physically feel it. As you listen to part 3 of this series, see if you can tell where it happened.
I encourage you to download these powerful messages and see the fire of God released into your life and ministry. We have placed the first three messages in our “No Travel Seminar” section of the website:
by Michael K. Lake, Th.D., D.R.E.
Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .”
Over the past decade, many people have entered the dialogue of the need for vision and vision casting. I remember a time when few spoke of it, even fewer had it and no one realized the power of it. The paradigm has changed greatly within our leadership models; therefore, vision, vision casting, and mission statements are as common place as bibles in our churches.
One of the things that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon on me lately is that there is more to seeing a vision accomplished than having a vision and having faith. To be honest, getting the vision is the easy part. The hard part is the research, study, discipline and diligent effort that must be added to the vision to see it fulfilled. I believe part of the dilemma that many of us face is that we treat a vision for ministry from the LORD the same way we treat true prophetic words. Somehow we have the misconception that if they are from God, they will come to pass . . . almost effortlessly. We think, “Hey God is in it, so everything will go smoothly.” That sounds great until you read the Bible! I cannot find one individual, to include Jesus, for whom everything went smoothly or the vision came to pass easily! Actually the opposite is true. If they heard from God, the enemy was sure to resist their efforts. Faith is not “hoping” something will happen. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and working hard with God to MAKE things happen that are in-line with God’s will and purposes.
The Word tells us:
Ecclesiastes 5:3 (KJV)
3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.
Many times we see truths from God’s Word through the lens of our current focus. As our focus changes, new truths can explode into our hearts. The first time I read this verse (when my mental lens was focused on vision), it was like a slap in the face. Everyone is talking vision, but how many are rolling up their sleeves and making the vision a reality? Are we going to be speaking a lot of words or are we going to get down to business with our visions from the Throne of Grace?
We need to view vision the same way an architect does. He may “see” a beautiful and useful building in his heart, but he never stops there. He will do the research to find the right materials, follow all the proper codes, use the best materials and then begin to draft a step-by-step plan to bring his vision to life. Once the blueprint is completed, the real work begins. The proper foundations must be laid. Every detail, down to the smallest thing, is researched and implemented with great care and determination. Setbacks are expected, as with any great endeavor. The resolve is to place the “sweat-equity” into the project to make it a reality. A great builder will also insure safety and maintenance are clearly defined and enforced.
Any visionary or builder knows that it is the day-to-day operations that can make or break a project. Yet for many in ministry, we have forgotten this truth. Faith cannot replace daily discipline and determination. Faith must FUEL the daily discipline and determination!
Later on this week, I am going to be laying out a detailed plan to bring about a vision that God has given me for Biblical Life. The end result will not only be the expansion of the seminary, but taking the powerful truths that God has placed within my spirit outside the walls of the seminary and into the homes of anyone hungry for more of God and His Word. To do this, the vision must be cast. Not only must the vision be cast, but a detailed plan must be developed. Not only must a detailed plan be developed, but it must be communicated to others that can aid in its fulfillment. Then others can receive a blessing, too.
I also pray that as you read this upcoming “Vision Plan for the Next Level,” you will be able to glean ways to develop your own detailed plan to fulfill what God has called you to do. Here are some things I have learned from the Holy Spirit in regard to bringing a vision to pass:
- You cannot do it alone. I have tried for years – it doesn’t work! Many of you have been greatly blessed by the articles and Mentor’s Tips that I have been publishing this past year and a half. If it was not for the diligent proofreading of my wonderful wife (who was a professional secretary for the government for years), many of you would still be wondering what I was trying to say. Sometimes she files correspondence that I have sent out in a hurry, and she says, “You didn’t have me proof this, did you?” We work best together. It is always a team effort!
- You must become the example of excellence and determination for the vision God has given you. You set the standard for those that will join with you to see it come to pass.
- You must always share the credit for its success. Since you could not do it alone, you cannot receive the credit alone either.
- You must always bear the blame, if it does not succeed. Leadership does not pass the blame; it accepts it and then builds a bridge to success.
- You must daily fight to see each step established. One of the most powerful statements that I have ever read was in a book by Prophet John Mark Poole. He said that many times you will have to be involved in prophetic warfare to see the prophetic word come to pass. If it is that way with prophetic words, it will certainly be that way with bringing your vision to pass!
- You must seek the face of God for His blessing on those that come along side you to work. We always seem to ask God to bless the vision or project. If we do it right, it will be blessed! Part of doing it right is to seek Heaven’s blessing on those who stood by you.
- Once you arrive, you must work daily to maintain what God has entrusted to you. This truth is important. How can God expand your vision, if you are not maintaining it? It would be like trying to build a new wing onto a building that is falling apart. Stewardship is important in the Kingdom of God!
Do you have your vision? What’s your plan to see it fulfilled? Are you working your plan, and are you maturing as it is developed? Consistency is a vital part of maturing!
If you have let the vision lay dormant because of discouragement, it is time to pick it back up, dust it off, and develop your plan (daily working it with a new fervor and consistency)! You may be like the Jewish people returning from Babylon. They had to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem with a brick in one hand and a sword in the other – but when the walls were built, blessing came!
Don’t give up hope. Your blessing and the fulfillment of your vision are waiting for you. God is waiting to confirm the Word that He has released in your heart with signs, wonders and blessings!
It seems like everything has come to a halt during this last year. Circumstances involved more than an economic recession. You may ask, “How do you know it was more than financial?” I know because I have received letters, e-mails and phone calls from students and ministers telling me that it seems like everything has stopped: church growth stopped, they stopped their studies, many even stopped praying as they used to, and many have lost their praise.
Somehow, we had become so intertwined with the world and its system, that when it paused, so did we. I believe this past year the Holy Spirit has been unwinding us from this worldly system. We are in the world, but we are not of the world. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God. We need to be so intertwined with the Kingdom where Jesus is Lord and King over all, that this world (and what goes on in it) does not affect us – rather it gives us a greater platform to point to the completed work of our King!
God is beginning to release a new fire from Heaven. This fire empowers, protects and purifies the believer. I have begun sharing about “Holy Fire – Strange Fire” with our congregation. This teaching has released such a powerful presence of God. Like the Children of Israel in the wilderness, in our darkness (night) God is releasing His pillar of fire to comfort and protect us. I encourage you to download these messages as they are released each week in MP3 at our congregational website. (http://www.biblicallifeassembly.org/library/weekly.htm – this new series started August 1.) Get in on what the LORD is doing.
With this new fire from the presence of the LORD, there is an anointing to burn off bondages and all the enemy has done to hold you back. This fire also releases an anointing for Kingdom advancement. It is now time to move forward in the LORD and not to “pause” with the world!
How has this recession affected you?
· Have you stopped your vision for ministry?
· Have you stopped your studies or postponed enrolling?
· Have you stopped praying like you used to?
· Have you lost your praise?
There is a fire from God that is starting to flow now that will propel you forward! It is not only time to pick back up the vision, but it is time to expand it! It is time to move forward again in your preparation for ministry. It is time to praise and pray again! Can’t you sense it in your spirit?
“Father, I lift up everyone associated with Biblical Life. I come against every roadblock, every stumbling block, and every hindrance the enemy has placed in their lives to stop their advancements in the Kingdom of God. I ask that you would release the same fire of your Spirit into their lives that you are beginning to release here at Biblical Life. Burn up every obstacle that is holding them back. Let Your presence be as a pillar of fire for them in their wilderness. Let it give them warmth, protection, provision, and advancement in Your Kingdom – in Jesus’ Mighty Name.”
Plans for Advancement
We have several projects going on at Biblical Life. The first is our current “Plans for Advancement” Tuition Special. If you are planning on enrolling into BLCS, now is the perfect time. It is time to advance your knowledge of the Word and advance your ministry!
Option # 1:
Enroll Using Plan B (Monthly Payment Plan): Pay the standard $100.00 with your enrollment and we will make your first monthly payment. This will give you an extra 30 days before you need to start making monthly payments on your program.
Enroll Using Plan C (Full Tuition with Enrollment): If you pay your tuition in full with enrollment, you will receive the following discounts:
· Undergraduate Programs: 35% off
· Masters Programs (up to 60 SCHS): 35% off
· Master of Divinity Programs: 40% off
· Doctoral Programs: 40% off
This special will end on September 30, 2009.
(Note: This special is good for all programs offered by Biblical Life College & Seminary. It does not include the National Chaplains Institute.)
Advancement Plans at Biblical Life
We have some exciting plans at Biblical Life that include new courses that I will be teaching here locally. What are the plans – video recording. It is time for Biblical Life to move beyond audio recordings and move to DVD. We also have plans to make these new series available for individual believers and small groups outside of the seminar programs. It will bring the transformational teachings that God has placed within Biblical Life to anyone hungry for more of God worldwide!
This is a big project and will be in three phases. We will provide a detailed plan that you can be a part of within the next few weeks. For now, it is a time for you to:
Rekindle – Receive this new fire from above!
Retool – Receive the tools and education you need to fulfill your destiny!
Refuel – Receive a refreshing from the presence of God to begin moving forward again.
Regroup – Pick back up your vision, your determination, and your momentum for Kingdom advancement!
May God bless you and pour out the fire of His Spirit upon you. May we all move forward in the Kingdom of God together to see Jesus high and lifted up in the earth!
Michael K. Lake, Th.D., D.R.E.
We have updated several new files to our “No Travel Seminars” page. They are:
- The workbook in PDF for the “Foundations of Biblical Prosperity” Seminar.
- Sessions 1 & 2 for the new "Spiritual Disciplines in the Life of a Believer” Seminar. This seminar is still ongoing. New sessions will be posted as they are available.
You can view and download the new files at: http://www.biblical-life.com/library/seminars/index.htm
We received this update from Dr. John Looper:
Dear Colleagues & Friends:
As of today, Pastor John McDonald is resting at home and out of the hospital, as they are attempting to reduce his fluid retention through medications at home.
Please continue to keep him in your united prayers for the Lord’s miraculous healing in his body and for the addition of years and ministry to his life. Also, continue to keep his wife Connie, Family and church congregation in your intercessory prayers, during this challenging time.
I’ll keep you updated as I learn more. Remember, that through prayers of faith "all things are possible to him who believeth."
Blessings to all!
Just wanted everyone to know that we are back from vacation and working hard to catch up with all of the phone calls, e-mails, grading and correspondence. We hope to have everything caught up by the end of the week.
Dear Students, Graduates and Friends:
From Father’s Day Weekend to the First of July each year BLCS closes its office for summer vacation. This is just a friendly reminder at after 3:00pm (Central Time) on Friday our offices will be closed until 9:00am on July 1.
We hope that you will take time this summer to enjoy time with your family and extra time to spend with the LORD. Incorporating times of sings and getting into the Word with your family can put a new level of refreshment into vacation time.
KJV Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.