HIGHER GROUND – APRIL 2006

I.  SIGHT UNLEASHES STAMINA

“I lift up my eyes to the hills, My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth, He will not let your foot slip,
He who watches over you will not slumber.”
Psalm 121:1-3

Christians today are besieged with numerous demands on their time, resources and talents. Faced with such competitive pressures, how does a Christian remain current and consistent to God’s expectations – to impact nations and to catalyze movements?

Are we geared to serve the nations? Stress, burnout, self agenda, sin, comfortable theology  are all indications that we are nowhere near a global church with a mission in the end times.

 Uttered statements such as, “I need to concentrate on developing my career”, “I am not called”, “I need space / time-out”, “I am not ready” show a people barely getting by or just trying to keep their heads above the water. The work of the Kingdom of God is under heavy siege.
Quitting the call seems profitable.

HIGHER GROUND offers the concept of sight that unleashes stamina.

“Stamina” is derived from the root word,” stamen “, which means “thread” in Latin and “a standing, a base” in Greek. By this definition, stamina is a life force to energize a movement towards growth, productivity and health.

Stamina brings about endurance, strength to hold up under pressure or crisis. It is seen as a proactive, dynamic divine substance imparted to us by God.

The key to igniting this resource is sight.

Sight is a component of the spirit man that is acquired from God as opposed to natural sight. Pathways in the spirit realm which are not previously seen are opened up.

Sight encompasses the following insights:

  • empowers the way we think or posture.
  • is a perspective gained beyond our culture, church, denomination or ethnicity
  • sparks an internal dimension, distinguished from physical strength.
  • reflects a spirit of optimism in the face of difficulties
  • increases the ability to incorporate loss and
  • carries the momentum to move forward and
  • the heightened desire to build God’s purposes in the midst of challenges.

All these are not myths. Elijah was such a man, “just like us” James 5: 17

We review the events in 1 Kings: 17 – 22

Elijah experienced paranoia, felt that he alone remained as God’s servant. He suffered physical exhaustion, self-pity, became depressed.  He lost his focus, became angry and disappointed with the leadership. He went through a spiral of emotional “highs and lows”. Kept on the edge of uncertainty, he felt empty with no fresh word from the Lord. He isolated himself and went into hiding. He prayed that he might die.

Sounds familiar?  Elijah was a man, “just like us.”

In spite of his human frailties, God honored him. Elijah accomplished great exploits against all odds. Even death could not hold him.

What did God see in this man?
God saw in him a quality called sight.

Yes, in all his humanness Elijah had an ability to continually recalibrate his sight. This enabled him to advance powerfully in his environment.
It was Elijah’s acute sight which released increasing levels of stamina to accomplish his destiny in God.

Let us see this correlation between sight and stamina.

A. 1 Kings 17: 1-2, 2 Kings 3 -14.  “before whom I stand.”

  • Elijah saw every power in heaven and on earth as under the sovereignty of God.

    As a result he was bold and courageous to confront Ahab’s government.  1 Kings 17: 1
    He prayed earnestly and this affected weather conditions.
    James 5: 17 – 18

    He was outnumbered by 450 to one at Mt. Carmel and yet proceeded with his plan to demolish the power of false worship systems.
    1 Kings. 18: 22

B. 1 Kings 17: 4 “And it will be that you shall drink from the brook and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
 1 Kings 17:9 “See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”

  • Elijah saw that God would provide supernaturally even though

    “unclean “ birds and Gentile peoples came to replenish him.

    His new locations were barren. Yet he went and did according to the word of the Lord, defying natural reason. He developed a capacity to sustain during times of crisis.

C. 1 Kings 17: 8 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon
(a Gentile community) and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you, “

  • Elijah saw that God’s redemptive plan included all peoples.

    Elijah arose and went, executing a cross-cultural mission in a
    frontier area.   

D. 1 Kings 17: 17-24   The widow said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to kill my son?”

  • The widow’s accusation made Elijah see that more than a personal attack on himself, God’s name and reputation was at stake

    Elijah overcomes doubts and personal pain through a larger sight of    
    God’s purpose. God was stretching Elijah for a bigger challenge.

E. 1 Kings 18: 41 – 46 Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain.”

  • Elijah saw the onset of rain (a new season) even though there were no clouds or thunder.

    Eventually when there was visible evidence of a cloud, Elijah under the power of the Holy Spirit ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot, breaking physical and time limits.

F. 1 Kings 19: 11 – 18 “…. but the Lord was not in the wind,…but the Lord was not in the earthquake… but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire, a still small voice.”

  • Elijah saw God’s presence beyond the dramatic manifestations. He kept recalibrating his sight for accuracy.

    Elijah’s accurate sight of God’s presence led him to execute strategic assignments that would impact another generation. He embarked to develop his successor, Elisha.

G. 2 Kings 2: 3 “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”

  • Elijah had caught sight of immortality where he will overtake death and ascend to the right hand of the Father.

    Elijah’s sight of the finish caused him to move forward, overcoming one hurdle after another throughout his life.

    A man “just like us” proved that Col. 1: 28 …. every man perfect in Christ
    is possible.

II. JEEVAN FRONTIERS

There is an architecture in the Spirit which we have been called to build.
 
For He was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder was God.”  Hebrew 11: 10

The design comes from God and He wants us to acquire sight to capture that design. Sight has different levels. Without a continuous adjustment of our sight, we may carry old wineskins that hinder building the city of God.

Apostle Paul who referred to himself as a wise master builder (1 Cor. 3: 10) warned us to take heed how one builds. Therefore, sight determines the infrastructure of our ministries and our building will be tested.
(1 Cor. 3: 12 – 15)

God is shaping Jeevan Frontiers through the past 10 years. To the degree that the Spirit of God has revealed His intentions to us for the
nations, to that degree we are laying foundations.

Our Vision : …. “So that we may present every man perfect in Christ.
To this end we labor.”   Col. 1: 28

Our Mission :  Advancing the kingdom of God across all sectors of the 20/30 window and Asia. (North India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh)

Our Strategy:

  • Mobilization
  • Discipleship
  • Community Initiatives
  • Economic Development

Our Core Concepts:

  1. We are a kingdom community of builders called to nation building efforts.1 Cor. 3: 10
  2. Functioning in apostolic-prophetic dimensions is significant for our     foundations.  Ephesians 2: 20
  3. Discipleship is critical in catalyzing a people movement. 2 Tim 2: 2
  4. We are sons and daughters sent to the nations.  Psalm 2: 7 – 8
  5. From all walks of life we are kings and priests given grace to impact the earth.   Rev. 11: 3
  6. The preeminence of the work of the Holy Spirit that guarantees our execution of the mission.  Acts 1: 8
  7. We have a finish –   a lifestyle of progressive maturity.  Col. 1: 28

Jeevan Frontiers lives in this sight. We are building in un-chartered territories of our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the world. This out-working of “sight and stamina dynamic has practical applications for us.

Some Practical Applications:

1. Be deliberate
We must make intentional choices in our short term and long term endeavors of life. This means re-prioritizing our goals.

“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it.”  Matthew 11: 12

2. Be time conscious
We must be constantly aware of limitations and make the best use of time. Be realistic and see to work cooperatively within such limits. When people are focused on the present rather than the future, their plans become subjective rather than strategic and eternal.

“Teach us how short life is that we might become wise “.  Psalms 90:12 (TEV)

3. Be accountable
It refers to respecting and working within guidelines, upholding JF values and standards, taking responsibility for his or her actions. Remaining open to evaluation and multiple perspectives contributes to stamina.

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure,”
Proverbs 11: 4

4. Be resourceful
We must make conscientious on-going efforts to invest in the kingdom of God. We have  God- given resources which  include time, money, stamina, knowledge, skills, quality relationships and talents. Instead of sitting on His investments, find ways to multiply them in the kingdom of God.

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears let him hear.”
Matthew 13: 8 -9

5. Be surrounded by positive people
Engaging in like-minded and meaningful relationships sustains our longevity in global missions. Ongoing consultation and peer support help us to overcome distress and disillusionment.

“These were the chiefs of David’s mighty men – they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it all over the land.”
1 Chronicles 11:10

6. Be a student
Different cultures, unfamiliar environments, difficult personalities all demand that we have a posture of a student – one who continually learns. A know-it-all approach is detrimental, resulting in emotional swings, shortcuts which displays a weakened witness.

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God, my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.”  Psalm 25: 4 -5

7. Be flexible
We need to be responsive and cooperative with others whilst simultaneously remaining steadfast to our vision, philosophy and operational standards. Give and take without giving in is a good practice.

”How good it is when brothers dwell in unity!

For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life evermore.”
Psalm 133:1 – 3

8. Be a “frontier” person
Such a person has a tendency to seek out challenges to explore and to expand one’s capacity. In the midst of demanding work they catch sight of functions that are fulfilling and significant in the kingdom of God.

So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out. I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. “  Joshua 14:10-11

III. FRONTLINES

  1. Kingdom of God versus Terror network

    Varanasi blasts, political messages and rising communal tensions in the past 8 months are creating polarizations in the Hindu-Muslim communities across Uttar Pradesh, a North Indian state. In the midst of tensions, last month Jeevan Frontiers had a training camp empowering our Muslim background brethren. God displayed what a kingdom community would look like – love, acceptance, power of God, destiny and teamwork. There was a longing in their hearts that God had filled.
    We praise God for His healing presence

    • Please pray for JF efforts to build a credible partnership with Muslim communities.
  2. Different Strokes

    The Congress Party of India hopes that their party chairman, Sonia Gandhi’s charisma will hold sway over women voters. Meanwhile, JF saw the potential of women filled with the Holy Spirit as powerful vehicles for community transformation. Empower Esthers ( JF training camp) held last month ministered healing and destiny to our women co-laborers.

    • Please pray that our women co-workers like Esther in the bible will continue to shine.
  3. Servant Kings

    Anti-monarchy drive by opposition parties has put the kingdom of Nepal at the threshold of a major changeover. King Gyanendra has stepped up a security around his palace fearing for the safety of his family. Another breed of servant kings in JF Nepal has kept moving forward in spite of the volatile situation. A 20-year old tailor re-positions himself to set up a shop in an un-reached area.

    • Please pray for that boldness as our servant kings break new grounds.
  4.  Drawing a future

    Jeevan Frontiers’ vision is not restricted to one engine alone. Hebron Corporate, Jeevan Frontiers’ business arm, networked into 3 cities of North India last month, March 06. God led us to key relationships that would now have to be consolidated through a clear marketing strategy.

    • Please pray that progress continues along the right track.
  5. Overcoming fault lines.

    India’s home to a billion people of diverse faiths, practices and mindsets. Fault lines exist between Hindus, Muslims and Christians. They manifest themselves in injustice, economic and educational in-equalities.

    The church of Jesus Christ has a divide too between the true form and the counterfeit. Our advance in Orissa and Haryana has met more resistance from religious sources within the church than the Hindu fundamentalists. A preoccupation with position, emphasis on the separation between the clergy and laity and external changes without internal values are some obstacles that our builders in the field face.

    • Please pray that we move in wisdom and strength of the Lord as we break into entrenched positions.
  6. Many Pakistans within Pakistan

    There is the Pakistan of the elite, unaffected by decades of political instability, the Pakistan of the businessmen who are thriving in the stock exchange, the Pakistan of the bureaucracy and military and the Pakistan of the extremists. President Musharraf faces a dilemma. Will Pakistan move towards moderation or fall prey to jihads?

    • Please pray that the diversity of Pakistan will display the manifold wisdom of God.
  7. Hundred thousand songs of Milarepa

    Milarepa was a renowned sorcerer and composer of songs in Tibetan Buddhism. In the later years of his life, he retreated to caves where after intense meditation; he acquired the power to transform his body into any shape and to fly across the sky like a bird. Last month, a JF team entered the neighborhood of Milarepa’s cave in Tibet. Dispensing medicine and distributing Christian tracts, we prayed for the Tibetan community. The Tibetans long for a new song.

    • Please pray as we begin outreach into this remote part of Tibet for  the power of the gospel to set the captives free.

Simon Mahendran

Jeevan Frontiers….. a synergy of  kingdom initiatives across the  20/30 window, Asia.
(North India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal).

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