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In this word by Bob Hartley, you can see the different levels of leadership, understanding, and Hope that God is bringing to the Church.
As you read this, you'll discover how the LORD is being systematic in building His Church and His Kingdom.
I felt very encouraged as I read through this to see the amount of sophisticated planning (for lack of other language) that God has put into the future which we are now entering.
Be encouraged in HOPE as you read this!
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Seven Leadership Shifts Are Coming
A Time for Hope Reformation
I dreamed there would be a time to come together to "build out the Hope Reformation that would bring certain shifts to the leaders in the Body of Christ."
In this dream, I saw the buildings of revival and prayer and there was some divine activity that was good and needed and foundational for what God was doing on the earth. But then, I approached this giant hole in the ground.
In this hole in the ground, I saw many, many leaders building out the Hope Reformation that God has initiated on the Earth. As I observed, I saw that there were 5 Piers that many leaders were to give themselves to building out. I knew it was time to call the leaders for building out these 5 specific Hope Piers. But, some would be tempted to say, "That's nothing more than a hole in the ground."
The 5 Hope Piers
These 5 Piers I saw these leaders building out were: Hope Adoration, Hope Hearing, Hope Healing, Hope Centers and Hope Reformation.
As I looked into this 20-story deep hole, I observed 5 Piers being driven deep into the ground going down to the bedrock, which is Christ. And these piers would produce massive impact upon the world. There would be those who would rally others to the hole as well saying, "It's more than a hole in the ground." These good shepherds had understanding of the importance of building out deeply these 5 Hope Piers.
When I was younger, my whole family packed their bags and went cross country to the Grand Canyon. When we arrived, my grandmother (God rest her soul), as soon as she saw it said, "Let's go home. That's nothing more than a hole in the ground." I knew in this dream that some would be tempted to say the same about these "5 Piers of Hope". (Photo via flickr)
I saw that these 5 Hope Piers would lead us into a Hope Reformation. Many cities and nations would come to know God's heart and ways in this Psalm 67 time. He has spoken to us about 7 distinct Leadership shifts of the Hope Reformation, which will effectively launch people to become Hope Reformers in all of life.
7 Leadership Shifts Coming
The 7 Leadership Shifts that God has spoken to us will come about as a result of building these 5 Hope Piers:
• 1st LeaderShift: The Time Capsules Have Opened.
It's the time where we are going from seeing a few faces to seeing the many wondrous Faces of God. We are going to encounter the God of all of life and not only the God in the corner of the Church. God spoke to me saying that we've only encountered 1% of what He wanted to give us in this lifetime. He wants to show us His smile again in all areas of life. He told me: "You don't have to fight for the smile you've already been given."
• 2nd LeaderShift: The First Reformation to the Second Chamber
In the first Reformation we learned we were saved by grace, and in this 2nd reformation, we are learning how might we live: in Hope. We know that His love secures our hearts, but Hope advances the heart.
• 3rd LeaderShift: Clergy to Every Man and Woman a Reformer – Micah 4:1-4:
In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
I saw that it was time in the Kingdom for the understanding of "every man a reformer". Martin Luther taught us that every man was a priest unto God. (Photo of Martin Luther via Enwikipedia)
Many of the prayer leaders taught us every man a pray-er. John Wimber taught us every man a minister. Everyone could play. Bill Johnson and others taught us every man a revivalist. But now is the time for "Every man a Reformer."
• 4th LeaderShift: Season of Warfare to a Season of Building
It's a time where we're to go from the shadow of the mountain to the sunlit fields (Psalm 56:13). I heard the Lord say that: it was a time to build and have fun while doing it. There had been a time where, like David, the focus was on fighting the Lord's battles; but in this Solomon/Jedidiah generation we are going to be able to build with wisdom and bring reformation to nations. There was a wisdom way to build with fun that He was laying out before us.
• 5th LeaderShift: The Church Age to the Kingdom Age to the Reformation Age
The Lord spoke this phrase and that we had begun to see a healed and expanded view of the Church to the Kingdom age, where there was a demonstration of miracles and power. But, in this time, many had still limited the Kingdom perspective to God's activity on meetings and people. As God would move us into the Reformation age, there would be a healed and expanded view of the Kingdom where leaders would see God's face and His ways penetrate all of society. It would truly be Revival unto Reformation.
• 6th LeaderShift: Hopelessness to Hope
It would be a time in the Body of Christ where God would bring forth a new nature of Christianity rooted in the goodness of God. We'd go from hopelessness to hope. Much of the expressions of Christianity had changed over the last generation, but the nature is still leaning towards misery-Christianity rooted in despair about the times. God would unveil a trump card showing His great hopes to His people for cities and nations.
• 7th LeaderShift: Charismatic Hearing to Reformational Hearing
We'd go from hearing in the Church that is primarily hearing in meetings or small groups which has been fantastic, and move to a "hearing that is Reformational" where we can hear how Papa wants to build with us in all of life. I saw it was a time for the revelation of how our Father not only wants to love us but also wants to develop us.
Conclusion: All of this will require a re-focusing on Papa's face and a hearing heart to build as He's told us. We are to be a people that won't cheat on devotion and hearing His heart.
Deeper Waters Ministry
Bob Hartley is the founder of Hartley Institute/Deeper Waters Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob served as a pastor at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle before entering the marketplace in 1983, with a vision to see the marketplace redeemed and cities established that value and love the person of Jesus. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Hartley Group, a "Hope Center" for the marketplace, consisting of Hartley's Executive Cleaning, Swift Chemicals & Supply, Prize Properties, and H&H Management in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob is a frequent speaker to youth, churches, businesses, and national leaders throughout America and the world. His quest has been to bring the Kingdom of God into every arena of life and give spiritual tools and equipping to those seeking to know and love God in the midst of their everyday lives. Currently, Bob resides in Kansas City with his wife and four children.
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