Don Lynch


14
Sep 2018

Engaging the Culture

“The Church is entering a season where we will produce elite warriors, statesmen, and heroes. They will be mighty men and women. We have forward momentum and we are going to feed it. We are going to give more resources to leadership preparation than just Sunday morning offerings given to cover the bills. We are going to have to plan. Five-fold ministry has largely been replaced by event planning. I really don’t think large crusades are wrong. However, I think we do need American Idol wanna-be’s and Dr. Phil’s. There have to be some Christians out there like that—created for cultural influence—given a voice in the culture. It’s time for Believers in this nation to stop hiding under the balcony in the second service and get where they belong in the Ekklesia. And, some of us have to help them get there.” (Don Lynch)1

I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.” (John 17:14-16; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Can you imagine Christians, acting as the Ekklesia—the governmental authority of God— in every corner of the culture? Oh, we mostly work in the world now, but we largely hide our faith. We get to repent for our hiddenness.
  • Call forth the bold who will engage the culture! Call forth the creatives, the talented, and the most brilliant minds in Christianity, whom God has called into positions of cultural influence!
  • Call forth the five-fold equippers who are willing to pay the cost to disciple the culture-impactors.
  • Pray that our church-growth models will be replaced with societal harvest models.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I want to sit here and dream with You for a bit. I have been feeling this new boldness coming on the Church. Whether we are the five-fold equippers or the influencers, the Ekklesia is about to open its mouth and roar! We will be heard and seen. No more hiding out inside our church buildings. We will work together to prepare this generation for government, media, arts and entertainment, and other places where the molders of society are. We choose not to relegate those realms of influence to the devil and those he uses. We won’t just pray, we will act. We will speak. We will write. We will change everything around us, as God leads us forth into a new type of spiritual warfare. So, come on equippers, get ready. You have to be ahead of those coming up behind you or they will pass you by. My eyes can see the harvest fields, so white. Come, Lord, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Here come the Believers who are “culture-impactors”!

1 Learn more about Don Lynch here.


10
Sep 2018

Passion-sized Weapons

“If we are going to forge warriors in God’s Kingdom, we must also forge weapons that they can wield. We are going to have a generation that requires a new design, a new schematic, a new tactical design for their warfare. The weaponry is going to shift in the new era. You’re going to say, ‘I already have plenty of weapons.’ Get yourself wall displays and get ready to mount them, because God is going to put some new weapons in your hand. You are going to be like David. Once he got the sword of Goliath, you never see him with a sling in his hand again. God will give you a weapon as big as your passion!” (Don Lynch)1

The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read 2 Corinthians 10 and Ephesians 6:10-18.
  • Ask God to give the Body of Christ fresh revelation on “weapons of our warfare.” What weapons does God forge?
  • Intercede for the exchange of weapons that is coming. Pray that the Church will be willing to lay aside slingshots, so we can learn to wield the swords of the Goliaths we have conquered.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank You for Your Word! It is a treasure to my heart! As I read 2 Corinthians 10 and Ephesians 6:10-18, Holy Spirit, teach me. Show me things I have never seen before about the way You are equipping me to engage in spiritual warfare. I pray that the Body of Christ will cooperate with You in this season of Divine exchange. How can we move forward in Kingdom expansion, unless we are willing to lay down old weapons and old ways of thinking. Fill our hearts with Your passions and Your dreams! Stir our hearts to be excited to pick up the swords of our vanquished enemies! Why would we even want to try to fight with slingshots when we are given the might to lift our enemies’ swords? Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is giving us weapons as big as our passions to take down the giants of this nation!

1 Learn more about Don Lynch here.


09
Sep 2018

Leadership Blacksmith Shops

“We need to eliminate the accumulation of Believers as our definition of success. A mature leader is not one who is able to charismatically draw the multitudes, then leave them weak and worldly-minded. We must maximize the biblical definition of ‘maturity’ when defining ‘leaders’. This is so we can disciple cultures, which should be our ultimate goal in fulfilling the Great Commission. How many thousands of church leaders are out there, suffering, burn-out, sick and tired, even suffocating in the current structure? We will have ‘leadership blacksmith shops’. We often quote the verse, ‘The weapons of the enemy will not prosper against you,’ but in the verse before it, God says, ‘I’ll forge some weapons.’ We are going to become ekklesia leaders in Kingdom centers who not only forge weapons. We will forge warriors.” (Don Lynch)1

I’ve created blacksmiths to fan the coals into flames and to produce useful weapons. I’ve also created destroyers to bring destruction. No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed.” (Isaiah 54:16-17a; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Let’s identificationally repent for thinking that the ability to gather together large numbers of Believers equates to leadership success in God’s eyes.
  • If you are a pastor or leader who is struggling with your role or feeling burned out, tell God about it.
  • Decide to go back to the basics of the Word of God in defining “maturity” and  church leadership. Look and look again.
  • If you are a church member who wants certain things from your pastor and/or church experience, tell God about that. Are you willing to be a warrior in God’s army?
  • Call forth the creation of leadership blacksmith shops!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, forgive us humans for deciding what mature Christian leadership looks like. We are meant to be more like an army than a gathering of sheep on a hillside. Congregations filled with Believers left unconfronted and unchallenged to live differently from the world will never expand Your Kingdom or disciple nations. Refresh our leaders. Recommission and refocus them according to Your definition of  a “mature Christian leader”. Take us back to Your Word for our definitions. Forgive the Body for telling the leaders how to act and how to meet our needs. We need to grow up, get trained, and get engaged in Kingdom warfare. Turn our churches into leadership blacksmith shops! In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

We will create Leadership Blacksmith Shops in America!

1 Learn more about Don Lynch here.