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Five Paradigms

We are connected by *Five Pivotal Paradigms for Transformation.* To see what we have never seen, we must do what we have never done, or else we will continue to see what we always see. Embracing these five paradigms is the first step of a long and glorious journey. Transformation, ch. 3 1. The Great Commission is about discipling nations, not just people. I am a discipler of nations, and a model for people. 2. The marketplace (the heart of the nation) has already been redeemed by Jesus and now needs to be reclaimed by His followers. I walk and work in confidence that what I do will make an eternal difference. 3. Labor is the premier expression of worship on Earth, and every believer is a minister. I am equipped by God with unique gifts and talents designed to shine light where there has been darkness. 4. Our primary call is not to build the Church but to take the Kingdom of God where the kingdom of darkness is still entrenched in order for Jesus to build His Church. I am called to do things in a way that will bring the will of God in heaven to my earth every day. 5. The premier social indicator that transformation has taken place is the elimination of systemic poverty. I seek to dislodge systems within my sphere of influence that keep me and others poor, spiritually, relationally, materially and motivationally.

Prayer Evangelism
We walk out these paradigms through a lifestyle of connecting the problem to a divine solution. We know it as Prayer Evangelism. Prayer Evangelism, ch. 2 Bless: Speaking peace to people and to the systems that are around us. I cannot change what I do not embrace. Fellowship: Listening to find out where the pain and brokenness is. I cannot fix what I dont know is broken. Minister: Talking to God about someone elses problem. I connect mans need with Gods resources. Declare: Letting it be known that the kingdom of God is near. I confirm that the power and presence of God is in the neighborhood.

STRONGHOLDS: THE 40-DAY TREATMENT


Perhaps God has convicted you of double-mindedness. Now you are able to see the stronghold in your life, and you want to tear it down. Let me encourage you not to give up. Persistence is the opposite of instability. I suggest applying the 40-Day Treatment. Determine what the will of God is and begin to hammer away at your wall of arguments, for 40 days (the significance of this number is all throughout scripture)! If your children are

not walking with the Lord, confess Gods promises regarding your childre n. If pastors in your city are divided, proclaim Gods view on the matter. If your marriage is on the rocks, confess Gods Word regarding marriage. Use Gods words like a sledgehammer, and hit those situations repeatedly (see Matt: 4:4,7,10; Eph. 6:17). Never give up. Do it, day in and day out. Memorize pertinent Scripture and quote it out loud! A pastor friend of mine in the San Francisco Bay Area told a story that illustrates this point. He told how a friend of his who was remodeling his home hired a contractor to demolish a cement wall. He watched as the contractor hit the wall with a sledgehammer. One blow, 2 blows, 3 blows, nothing happened. Then 10 and 15 blows, and still nothing happened. He continued30, 35 blows, and still nothing. Finally, on the 36th blow, the wall developed a horizontal crack. On the next one, a spiderweb pattern of cracks appeared. On the 38th blow, the wall cracked all over. At that point, the contractor put the sledgehammer down and picked up a small hammer and a chisel, and, little by little, he brought down the wall. This is also how a stronghold must be destroyed. That formidable stronghold you are looking at may seem to be made of solid granite. However, the Word of God is powerful. The gospel is the power of God (see 1 Cor. 1:18). Choose Gods Word over the circumstances. Confess the Word of God. Every time you do it, you are applying a sledgehammer blow to that granite wall. Keep doing it. Sooner or later, the first crack will appear. After that, it is only a matter of time before the whole thing crumbles. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (2 Cor. 10:4). Everything opposed to the will of God must come down.We must be set free, totally free, in Christ. Are you already destroying strongholds in the innermost part of your soul? Go for it!* *Excerpt from That None Should Perish, pages 174-175.