Archive for February, 2012

Relationships: The Catalyst for Revolution

February 7, 2012

During a recent home gathering, Brad Rasmussen, a brother in the Lord, shared a timely word regarding relationships in the Kingdom. It confirmed what I had come to understand—that our main purpose for gathering in the name of Jesus is to strengthen, encourage, and edify one another among whom the Lord has knit-worked us in Kingdom relationships.

I asked Brad to write out his experience that I might pass it on. I believe it is a right-on word for all who are interested in walking the highway of holiness.

Brad wrote:

To bring a bit of perspective, let me start the story in the fall of 1998. Kira and I were particularly zealous and found ourselves in constant prayer asking the Lord to bring revival. Many at this time were enveloped in a similar quest.

It was a fall evening in Ocean City, New Jersey. Kira and I lived in a basement apartment three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean where we walked the boardwalk almost daily. After walking, I settled into our small living room and began to seek the Lord. At that time, I clearly felt the Lord say the following:

“Brad, stop praying for revival. I am not interested in reviving your dead, religious practices. Pray instead for revolution.”

At the time, I did not fully understand the meaning of this directive or the profound impact it would have on our lives. As I began to seek the Lord for further interpretation, it became clear that the revolution He spoke of was most meaningfully summarized as “an absolute change.”

Fast forward to July of 2004. The Lord had impressed on our family to travel across country to reconnect with friends and family we had not seen in many years. Unexpectedly, we found ourselves in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 4th weekend. As we meandered downtown, we came across a huge festival happening at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, home of the Gateway Arch.

It was an impressive gathering complete with music, food vendors, entertaining street artists, and a high flying aerial show over the rolling waters of the Mississippi River. But, nothing was more intriguing or impressive than the Arch. The Gateway to the West. Having driven through downtown St. Louis a handful of times, I was always interested in the Arch from a distance. Now, perched next to the structure, I was awestruck. At that moment, something spiritually meaningful began to develop.

I lied down flat on my back at the epicenter of the huge Archway, taking a moment to absorb the grandness. I closed my eyes and there, at the threshold of the Arches National Monument, the Father spoke these words:

“Brad, you stand at the threshold of my revolution and the catalyst of this revolution will be relationships.”

With those words, our entire life changed. It was as if the Lord refocused our entire value system and placed relationship at the top of the spiritual priority list. As I reflected on this word, I realized this was another installment of the message the Father had spoken years earlier in our tiny, ground level apartment.

This revolution would create an absolute change in the way we relate to God, His People, and His Creation. Relationships would be the catalyst for a revolution that would take us away from our dead, religious practices and into a new revelation of genuine, caring, honest, and intentional relationships. We have spent the years since in a meaningful journey to allow His Divine connections to form relationships that will remain throughout eternity.

Let the Adventure Continue!