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Here is the second part of the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSME2aD9u64

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Here is a link to my You Tube video: Grace Manifesto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmqHjvFdgz0


You might be thinking: “Don’t worry, we cry out to God all the time at our church pleading for Him to pour out revival or at least be with us/show up at our next service.” The cry of the old Testament prophets were sincere, heart-felt and God inspired. They would get “burdens” on their hearts to intercede for groups of people in order to stay the wrath of the Lord. They could effectually “buy more time” for the people to stop their wicked ways to avoid judgment. The prophets were also used by God to convey a variety of messages or warnings to the people. You see, these people didn’t have a “main line” to the Father the way that we do, and needed a person that heard from Him to effectively communicate. The problem is that people still try to use Old Testament models to bring about change in the New Testament church.

The silliest thing to do, is to try to “pray in revival” as if it has been God who has been withholding anything from His children. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Rom 8:32) Knowing the heart and will of the Father will cut short a lot of these “all – night storm the gates of heaven” prayer sessions that people feel compelled to hold. The truth is that God has put all of heaven’s resources at our disposal. If only one single person in any prayer group would take the time to discover who they are in Christ, what they have, and be bold enough to use it, entire churches and cities would be transformed. There is so much untapped “revival” within every believer.

I understand the hearts of these misguided prayer warriors. They truly want to see a mighty move of God in their churches, but are mistaken as to how to bring it about. They will cry out to God from a position of an orphan instead of a son/daughter. An orphan has no sense of belonging within a family. When you have doubts and insecurities about the willingness of a father figure to bless you or just “be there” for you, you will timidly beg requests. You will feel quite blessed just to have the occasional visit from the father, but not expect a tangible healthy relationship. A son/daughter, however, is secure in their place in the family, and doesn’t doubt the willingness of the father to provide for them or “be there” for them. They have no problem running up and into the lap of their father and making demands on his love, goodness, or time(through fellowship). The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Rom8:15). The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. Gal 4:7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.  And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.(NLT)

We’ve been adopted! We are children of God- and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ(see Rom 8:17). The great mystery of the ages has been revealed in us- which is: Christ in you! the hope of glory. We don’t have to beg God to revive the life-less parts of His body(the church). Don’t you think He wants see us walk in the fullness of our redemption that was purchased for such a high price at Calvary? Do you want to see a mighty move of God in your congregation? then MOVE! Our Father has equipped us and commissioned us with all the tools and anointing to do the exact same works as Jesus, and even greater works than those! Won’t someone believe that! That is the cry of the New Testament Prophet. We’ve been waiting on God, and all the while He’s been waiting on us. Nothing will build your confidence more than knowing that when you minister to people, you are acting in agreement with the Father’s heart, and manifesting His will, with His power. My cry is for the body of Christ to regain it’s identity as Sons of God. Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. Phillips translation: The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

When you speak the Word by following  the Bible- which is the Father’s plan, you can rest assured that the Holy Spirit will back you up with His power flowing through you. Establish your heart with God’s righteousness- which is righteousness by faith, and rest in the finished work of Jesus so that you can have confidence before God and man. Recognise and embrace your sonship with the God of Love, and stir yourself up knowing that every time you move, God moves. Become the “move of God” that everyone has been trying to pray in. Read John 14:12, believe it, and act on it- Sons and Daughters of God!


The church in America is often refered to as the “sleeping giant.” I’d have to agree, but bashing the church and pointing out flaws will by no means empower the church to rise to the level Christ intended. Our country is hooked on anti-depressants, our hospitals are full, and people are living in poverty. The preaching and teaching of the True Gospel with power is the answer to all our problems. If the church could get to the place where we absolutely expected signs and wonders to follow the preaching the Word, then our Gospel would rapidly spread to the ends of the earth. False gods and man-made religion would be ignored due to the undeniable contrast of a Living God flowing mightily through His people. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).  People have yet to see the Church fully represent Jesus the way He walked on this earth. We have done a decent job modeling the good works that can be done in natural strength, but the time is at hand where we will walk as He did in His supernatural strength. How do I know? Because the Gospel of God’s unconditional love and Radical Grace is finally working its way into mainstream Christianity. It is only on a firm platform of faith-based righteousness that we can confidently expect to see consistent results. I believe the Church will get there, but until it does, thank God for the Rogue Disciples.

Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.”  For he who is not against us is on our side (Mk 9:38-40). This gives us the picture of the Rogue Disciple. He’s a bit of a rebel- in that he operates just outside of the mainstream. Surely he was within earshot of Jesus as he expounded on the Kingdom of God. Surely he was close enough to watch Jesus perform the many mighty works. He had to have faith in that mighty Name to see demons cast out. However, he chose not to put his name on the “church roll.” Today’s Rogue Disciple could be described as someone who is doing the works of Jesus – fulfilling the Great Commission, but not plugged into the popular and accepted religious systems. He/she’d be a person that chooses not to follow in line with the “do-nothings” or “do-littles” who are always talking and forever waiting on God to do something. This Mark 9:38 man didn’t need acceptance or approval from any religious group. He didn’t wait to be commissioned from man, but rather put faith in the name of Jesus. Paul asks in 2Cor 3:1: “Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? He goes on to say, “Our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the New Covenant…” I’m not saying this man was right not to follow Jesus with the rest of the Disciples, but I can sure make a valid case for the modern-day Rogue Disciple.

Rom 3:4 says Let God be true but every man a liar. That scripture is supposed to be applied regardless of the size of the man’s church or reach of his ministry. Jer 17:5 Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. How many dead people have you heard about being raised back to life in America? Smith Wigglesworth from England was said to have raised over 20 people from the dead. Matt 10:17 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Could you see why a young person would find it unwise to go to the same school, follow the same instructors, and operate under the authority of a church/organization that has failed to produce the same results that Jesus produced and certainly hasn’t tapped into the even greater works? I know we shouldn’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and how important unity is among believers, but if the Church isn’t getting the job done….. Ideally, we can surround ourselves with like-minded believers or co-laborers, but this is not always the case in every town/city. My point is, we shouldn’t judge the small store-front churches with humble beginnings, because there’s a good chance some Rogue Disciple has stepped up and decided to boldly dare to believe the Word of God. These will be the ones that turn the religious community on its head, and allow God to flow through them with His truth, love, and mighty power. These “outcast”, “rag- tag” groups are growing with an understanding of who they are in Christ, what they have, and how to use it. This is the “Radical Grace ” crowd, folks. We’re not going away, and God is confirming the Word of His Grace with signs and wonders following. Judge us by our fruit.


As a Christian, your life should reflect the fact that you serve a living and powerful God. There ought to be a clear distinction between the results you get, and the results your heathen friends are experiencing. Paul put it best when he told the Corinthians that he could not speak to them as to spiritual people, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. He said he had to feed them with milk instead of solid food because they were still carnal and behaving like mere men (see 1Cor 3:1-3). If you are living life more focused on the natural: what you see, feel, taste, touch, or hear, instead of the spiritual realities – the truths of God’s Word, you are living like a mere man/woman. My purpose is not to condemn anyone, but to encourage everyone to live a life of supernatural results. If you’re life’s not supernatural, its superficial. Surely God has called us, and equipped us to walk this earth as vessels of His Spirit with divine purpose and power. Rom 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Examine yourself – test yourself. Can you think of an area of your life that’s not experiencing life and peace? If so, chances are, you need to change your thinking to focus on spiritual truths in that area. It takes practice, and it is by reason of use that we are able to exalt the Word of God above every natural circumstance. Truly the shift from superficial to supernatural starts with renewing your mind.

Here’s my point: we’re never going to get to the “these signs shall follow those that believe..” or, “the works that I do, you will do…” of we don’t rise above this plain of natural thinking and reasoning that is based on our five senses. Really, it all boils down to truly believing the Word above personal experience, emotions, preachers (even the ones on t.v. in shiny suits appearing in coveted time slots), friends, family, or your own “stinkin thinkin.” Because of the finished work of Jesus, God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Eph1:3), and given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge if Him who called us (2Peter1:3). We need to believe that all of the blessings have been deposited into our new born-again spirits, and work them out into this natural realm by faith: thus, supernatural results. Someone needs to shatter the mold of what it means to be a “normal Christian.” I personally reject the status quo of what the church has been offering lately. We all have access to the same Book, revealed by the same Spirit. Who’s gonna believe it- all of it? Who’s going to take God at His Word and rise up? Have you read the Great Commission? Did you notice what’s attached to it? “And these signs shall follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mk 16:17-18). Guess what folks, “normal believers” should be getting supernatural results. How? By what power? Look at verse 20: The Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.

It must be noted that it is not until a believer is endued with the power from on high, by receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that they can walk in the fullness of His power. Jesus did not do any miracles before the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and remained upon Him( Jn 1:32). Although Jesus sent out the Disciples before the Holy Spirit was given, the Holy Spirit did not remain with them until after they had tarried in Jerusalem, and He fell on them all. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:17). Those of you who have received (attention all tongue talkers) remind yourselves that “God does not give the Spirit by measure” (Jn3:34). That means you have received the fullness of His power. What kind of power is this? Resurrection Power! That means power over all forms of death; power to speak life into dead things – restorative, creative power. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20). Why would God give us raising-the-dead power? To fulfill the Great Commission. Shouldn’t we use the same tools Jesus and His disciples used? It doesn’t matter if you always “feel” like you have this power in you. If you have received the baptism, you have received power that does not come and go, but remains. When Peter and John came to the blind man at the temple, Peter said”Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Every Spirit-filled believer has the same power. Believe it, and act on it!

Finally, like any of the gifts, or anything supernatural, it must be motivated by love. Even faith works by love. We can and should be moved by the same compassion that Jesus was moved by. He wrought many miracles after being moved by compassion. Remember this: God’s compassion has resurrection power in it! Look how Jesus was moved with compassion and wept after seeing the effect Lazarus’ death had on his family. I believe He also wept just seeing what a horrible effect death had on the human race. So what did He do – He showed everyone what He meant when He said, “I Am The Resurrection And The Life! Let me end by quoting Paul: “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” (Phil 3:10).