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  • John Kim

John 2:23 “Many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name."

Today I finished a book called Power Evangelism by John Wimbur, founder of the Vineyard Church movement. His basic thesis is that evangelism is most effective when accompanied by signs and wonders. Jesus preached, but he also healed the sick, cast out demons, prophesied and raised the dead. The demonstration of the power of God often draws people into a deeper desire for relationship with Him, so we should also look to leverage these gifts in our walk with God. Once, a Methodist pastor enrolled in Wimbur’s class at Fuller Seminary. “On the verge of retirement, he had initially enrolled in the course to gain credits that would improve his denominational pension. But by the end of the term, his life was changed – he had been empowered with the Holy Spirit, and it had radically changed his outlook toward the ministry.” The pastor wrote to Wimbur, “I serve on countless committees and do an endless amount of administration. I want to minister in the power of God, but how can I if I’m always going to district meetings, financial committees, and other sorts of bureaucratic gatherings?” Wimbur’s advice was simple: “It does not matter where you are but what you are. Like Jesus, we are called to do the Father’s bidding wherever He has placed us. Instead of looking to change things outwardly, we should let God change us inwardly.” This pastor took Wimbur’s advice, and wrote back. “Now I go to the committee meetings and ask God to lead me to meet people’s needs, to show me what He wants me to say and do. Rarely does a session go by where I do not pray over another pastoral leader or committee member.” The pastor explained how when he asked people how they were and they told him their problems, he prayed over them, with excellent results. So many of us in marketplace also feel bogged down by the constraints of our work. We long for that day, somewhere on the horizon, when we can shed these restrictions and truly get down to doing God’s work. Wimbur writes, “it is important that we are where God wants us to be. Yet I am convinced that Christians frequently use their situation in life as an excuse for not being used by God right now; that they too often think that if only they were in the “right place” they could do the types of things I have described in this book.” Lord, I want more of you. I don’t need to retire from my work to win souls. I need to retire my mindset and shed lies of the enemy. I can demonstrate your power exactly where I am. I commit to pray for one new person today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • John Kim

Psalm 44:3 “It was not by their sword that they won the land.” The first year that I participated in our annual fast at Solomon’s Porch, I told my partner Ramanan that I planned to work half days and not eat for the first three weeks of the year. He thought I was crazy especially because we had the biggest and most important deal in our history right then. If it didn’t work out, it might mean the end of our firm. I explained to Ramanan, who is a devout atheist that “if you look at the Bible, the Israelites didn’t fast when it was convenient. They fasted when they were about to go to battle, because that’s when it’s especially important to demonstrate that it’s God’s power and not their own strength that brings them the victory. If we’re about to enter a life threatening battle now, it’s not the worst time to fast. It’s the best time to fast.” Well Ramanan conceded, and we won that deal, which has been the biggest win for our firm to date. Now, whenever I tell him that I need to fast he says “I still don’t agree and I still don’t get it, but it seems to be working… so go ahead.” The author of Psalm 44 writes to remind listeners that it was not the Israelites sword that brought them conquest. “But YOU give us victory over our enemies.” Over the last few weeks I’ve felt increasingly overwhelmed. We have bigger and bigger battles to face at work and at home, which lead to more demands on my attention. I feel like I’ve been squeezing in quiet time with God instead of really creating the space that He deserves. So this morning I just want to write and remind myself that it is not my sword and not my striving that bring victory. Lord, YOU give me victory. I’ve seen you do it before and I know you’ll do it again. I repent for a misalignment of priorities and I commit to put you first today. You are all I want. You are all I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” A close founder friend of mine shared that he had been falling into feelings of depression for the last few weeks. “I wonder if it’s even possible to live a life that’s perfectly poised, and unaffected by such emotions” he wrote to me. My friend pointed to the many expressions of despair outlined in the Psalms as evidence to support his view. “There ARE many Psalms that express despair, but pretty much every one of them transitions into an expression of delight and praise by the end,” I replied. “Elsewhere in scripture, the apostles encountered incredible turmoil, but they found peace, love and joy in the midst of those trials. God has not resigned us to a life of despair. God has designed us for a life of delight. He will allow challenges, but he promises victory and peace in the midst of those.” This morning I read through Psalms 34 and came across this passage confirming God’s plan for us. I prayed it over my friend, who had already started coming out of his funk and breaking through the lies of the enemy. A life with God does not lead to depression. A life with God does not lead to even a shadow of shame. A life with God leads to radiant joy and delight. Lord, I come into alignment with the truth that you have only the best in store for me. You are all powerful, and you are a loving father. When you put those two things together, how can I not have faith that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life? I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.