In less than a week our annual HIM (Harvest International Ministry) Global Summit Conference will take place at HRock Church, in Pasadena. People from all different nations, with diverse backgrounds and professions, will be gathering together to celebrate what God is doing in the way of salvations, restoration, healing, freeing from bondage, and the transformation of culture, across the globe. The theme of the conference is revival and reformation across the seven mountains of culture and society. To that end, we will be teaching and equipping people to make an impact, advancing the Kingdom of God, in their particular spheres of influence.
In a previous post, I explained what Revival is and what Revival isn’t, because while we hear the word “revival” a lot, not everyone has a clear concept of what it entails. Likewise, when many hear the term “reformation” they don’t exactly know what it means, although they may have a loose idea of what’s being discussed. I contributed to and compiled a book of essays written by friends and leaders in the Body of Christ, called The Reformer’s Pledge, which does a good job of breaking down what reform looks like and how as “reformers” we can actively and practically advance the kingdom of God in our generation. Several of the contributors to The Reformer’s Pledge will be speaking at this year’s Global Summit Conference, such as Bill Johnson, Cindy Jacobs, James Goll, Lou Engle, Lance Wallnau, and Chuck Pierce.
what is reformation?
“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
Today I appoint you to stand up
against nations and kingdoms.
Some you must uproot and tear down,
destroy and overthrow.
Others you must build up
Jeremiah 1:10 (NLT)
The Lord gave Jeremiah a mighty vision and call — to uproot and to build. In Jeremiah 1, the Lord shares with Jeremiah His plan to tear down crooked earthly kingdoms and establish the ways of His heavenly Kingdom. This is a picture of Biblical reformation. Reformation may begin in the church (often referred to as the “Religion Mountain”) and come from the church, but it doesn’t stop there. True reformation establishes the ways of the King and the Kingdom outside of the church and impacts all of society, such as the mountains (or spheres) of government, family, education, media, arts and entertainment, science, technology, and commerce. To be clear, all of these mountains of culture are the Lord’s, He is the first and ultimate artist and Creator, Advocate and judge, Teacher, Father, and more. As Kingdom reformers, we are called to redeem these spheres of influence back from their distortion, which has taken place because of sin and corruption.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.
Psalm 24:1-2 (NLT)
In The Reformer’s Pledge each essay begins with a pledge, a written commitment to God’s reforming process and Kingdom advancement. Afterall, Jesus is the greatest revivalist and reformer in all of history! In my own pledge, I share one of the most poignant things that the Lord had revealed to me shortly after I had given my life to Him, in 1947; I was called to “a ministry of love.” In truth, I believe that all true reformers must be moved and motivated by the same love and compassion for God and His people that motivated Jesus.
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Matthew 9:36-38 (NKJV)
In whatever sphere of influence you have, whether that’s your children, your church, or your company, let love motivate you to bring heaven to earth there. May my own pledge, below, be a starting point for you to add your commitment and pledge to advance the Kingdom, wherever you are.
As a lover and disciple of Jesus Christ, I am called to be a reformer, world changer, and history maker (see Acts 13:36). As a reformer, I pledge to advance His Kingdom, fulfill the Great Commission, and live for the glory of God. By His grace, power, and authority, I also pledge…