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Cultivating a Culture

December 6, 2019

When we were in Russia, I want to talk
about the world within us, and we were in Russia we’ve been going for a number of
years and not just myself but many of our teams have been to Russia. Tom was
there two years ago, got sick on the way home poor Tom. And we’ve been
teaching them lots of different ministry and when the question-and-answer time
came around, it was really interesting I found myself thinking through the things
we do that we don’t think about. Do you know what I’m saying?
It’s like it comes so naturally, we live in a culture but we don’t actually
think about what we do to create the culture, we just live in it. And so we’ve
been teaching them things like Sozo ministry and things like prophetic
ministry, we’ve done I think I’ve done four prophetic conferences there,
and we teach them healing ministry and as they began to ask questions,
I started to realize that they have prophetic ministry but they
don’t have a prophetic culture. They have a healing ministry but they don’t have a
healing culture and as they’re asking questions it begin to stimulate like for
the next five days in the questions and answer sessions and especially in
personal conversations with you know I’d be at lunch with like seven or eight of
the pastors and they would ask these questions like, “You taught us this and
we’ve been doing that, but this is the problem we’re having,” and I began to
realize we taught them ministry but we didn’t teach them culture.
And they would say things like, “We have prophetic ministry now, and Dano’s
been here and this person, and you were there and you know we have a person
get up in church and prophesy while I’m preaching and I don’t know what
to do now, you kind of, you ruined our church. Now I’ve empowered
all of these people to prophesy and now they’re doing these weird things and
I don’t know what to do.” And I say, “Well, to the level you empower
people you have to confront them.” And they go, “Oh, I confront them, they leave my church.” And I’m like, “Oh no, to the level you empower them you must confront them,
but you must confront them in honor. And this is what honor looks like
in confrontation, you know it looks like you believe the best about people and
you believe that they’re good people and that they had good
motives even though they did the wrong thing, they probably did it for
the right reason. And so I’m talking on this
and one of them goes, “Well, I think there’s the spirit of Jezebel and this
woman.” I’m like, “Okay, well if you name the person the name of an enemy,
you’re not going to deal with her as a daughter. You’re gonna cut her off
because you already named her the name of an enemy.” And I realized, you
know how this happens, You step back after an hour
session, you go I just explained to him an ecosystem we live in that we don’t
talk about. I’m not saying we never talk about it, I’m saying we don’t proactively
take people like, “Okay, prophetic culture looks like this.” Because we took our
prophetic culture wherever it started and we plugged it into a culture we
already have and it already fit into a culture. But they’re coming out of
communism, are you with me? And they’re very smart people and they’re very
diligent people but you don’t know what you don’t know. And so they’re coming out
of communism and they’re taking ministry and they’re plugging it into the way
they’ve learned to lead in communism and they’re trying to come out of communism
and what they need is a completely new ecosystem.

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