2014: The Year of the Open Door

ImageHappy New Year!  It is hard to believe 2013 is over and in the books.  We have begun a new year and we are even planning now for 2015!  Some very exciting news is on its way!

2013 was filled with a number of opportunities, one of which being the move to Raleigh.  We had a few weeks to get in and settled before hosting Throne Zone Carolina.  We were able to squeeze in a family vacation before Judah started his new school, and then our schedule booked solid for the entire rest of 2013.  We saw numerous people who were hungry for the presence of God come to our services and events experiencing their personal “God-Encounter” that transformed their lives forever.  As we continued to press forward, doors began flying open to us like never before; some were a surprise, and some were long overdue.  Nonetheless, Michele and I committed to each other (and to our spiritual covering pastors and ministers) that as God opened the door, we would walk through them.

As we listen to various ministers and prophetic voices, there seems to be a unified voice declaring that 2014 is the year of the Open Door.  What should be a message that sparks anticipation and excitement often becomes one that Satan uses to insight fear.  Instead of seeing all the opportunities that are ahead, we often feel as if we are standing at Pandora’s Box rather than our door of opportunity for Kingdom Advancement.  If we are not careful, we will allow the lies of the enemy to stop us in our tracks.  Rather than moving forward in faith, we remain paralyzed by fear and remain the same at this time that God desires to be a new beginning.  God does not want you and I stopped in the doorway to our destiny.  He desires for us to walk through that door into the destiny He has prepared for us to walk in.  Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that He has great plans for our lives that will produce lasting results and rest for us.

Even though Satan is not able to read our minds, he does have the power to influence our thoughts.  Most of the attacks from Satan are launched against our thought process and effects our emotions which in turn effects how we respond to opportunities set before us.  Satan knows that if he can paralyze you with fear, you will never walk by faith into this New Year of favor and blessing.  So, we must watch out for the subtleness of the enemy that will prevent us from walking through this year of the Open Door.

PAST EXPERIENCES
Satan will often begin by reminding you of past experiences that did not end well when you attempted to step into a new season.  Perhaps you stepped out too soon, or not soon enough, causing the experience to become a painful learning experience.  But those painful memories are not designed to block us from walking through a new door.  Rather, God wants us to use those as learning experiences; learning the timing of the Lord, learning how to leave one season and enter into another, learning “what-not-to-do” moments and ultimately allow those past experiences to help build our character and integrity.  We can never change our past.  All we can do is learn from our past and make sure that we do not make some of the same mistakes we did in a past season.  Instead, our past experience will help guide us into this new season.  Rest assured, this new door will be filled with learning opportunities, but we must not allow our past to prevent us from our future.

THE UNKNOWN
For many, the unknown is so frightening that many will simply choose NOT to walk through an open door because it leads them into unknown and uncharted territory.  God wants to release into you and me a sense of adventure, trusting that with Him as our tour guide, nothing can hurt us.  With an open door, it requires that we have a spirit of an explorer rather than the spirit of a settler.  Explorers chart unknown pathways in search of a better future for their families and those who will come behind them.  Settlers rely on the pioneers and explorers who have made the journey into this new territory, and they simply follow their plans.  Your willingness to TRUST HIM will not only lead you to a new destination, but make the way possible for others to follow in your path so they too can have a better future and live in greater blessings.

Right now, some of you have opportunities set before you that you are contemplating.  For some, it is a new job.  For others a new school, a move/relocation or maybe even a change in career.  Don’t allow the fear of not being in control to immobilize you.  Trust that God is opening doors as you pray for His will to be done in your life.

CHANGE
Some people simply do not like change at all.  I must confess that the older I get, I understand some of that.  However, if I never allowed Michele to change the decorations in our home, I would never see her masterful skills transform our home into a Christmas Winter-Wonderland.  If we never moved any furniture, I would never be able to clean some of those spots where my vacuum is not able to reach and dirt has collected.  We are creatures of habit, and we simply do not like change.

Isaiah wrote in 43:19 that God will do a NEW THING.  That means that it has not been done before, or that we have never realized this new thing before.  God wants some things to change!  But why?

I believe that God knows if some things in our lives do not change, we will stagnate.  Rather than being the influencers in society, we will become the influenced ones.  That is not God’s plan for our lives.

1 Peter 2:9 (The Message)
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference He made for you- from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

Salvation requires change.  We chose to accept that challenge of change and transformation when we invited Jesus Christ to live within our hearts and become the Lord of our lives: when we surrendered our will to His, when we changed our path to walk with Him on His.  And look how that turned out!  Don’t fear the change when He initiates it; rather walk through that open door.

Please don’t think that Michele and I have mastered all of these items!  Just when we think we have learned the lesson, He shows us something different causing us to realize this walk of faith is ABOUT THE JOURNEY MORE THAN THE DESTINATION.

God truly desires you and I to walk through this Open Door that He is setting before us.

For the Duncan family and His Call Ministries, it is walking through the doors opened before us in 2014.  This year, we have 4 doors open to take Throne Zone to Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Oklahoma.  All four events are confirmed and on our website.  Ironically, all four locations will be hosted in Churches.  Churches who are hungry for the presence of God and willing to open their doors allowing us to bring what God has entrusted to our care.  We are a little overwhelmed with all this, but we believe this is one of those doors that are opening to us.  And while we are developing these 4 locations, there are four more areas that we are coordinating for 2015 in Atlanta, Boston, Texas and Colorado.

As if that were not enough, God began speaking to our hearts regarding registration for the Throne Zone.  We have been very faithful stewards shaving the budget to keep it affordable for families.  But there are some who simply cannot afford a registration fee, plus hotel and meals, yet their heart is crying out to drink at the well of worship.

In the past we have raised our budget through registrations, offerings and other streams.  But THIS YEAR, we believe God has challenged us to raise the budget not through registrations, but through gifts and donations- whether before the conference begins or through offerings raised during the event.  We believe that God wants us to encourage people to understand how their financial gifts are part of their worship, and we believe this will only enhance the overall worship experience while removing any possible obstacle that a registration fee would impose.  There is a budget that we must raise, but we believe God is asking us to trust Him.  So what does that mean?  No fee for registration although registration is still required.

With all of these FEAR FACTORS, there is the opportunity to shrink back and do things the way we have always done them, but that is not the door HE is opening.  When we walk through this door, it will release both you and us from the past and launch us into this next season of all He has planned for our lives.

I speak a lot on John chapter 4 (Samaritan woman at the well) from the context of worship.  But if we continue reading this scripture, we will see that this woman was used to spark a revival.  It required change, it required trust, it required many things from this woman.  Because she was willing and obedient, God used to her to become a mouthpiece to advance the Kingdom of God.  After Jesus finished ministering to all the people, he said something that I want to leave you with this month:

John 4:35 (Amplified)
Do you not say, It is still four months until harvest time comes?  Look!  I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields and see how they are already white for harvesting.  Already the reaper is getting his wages [he who does the cutting now has his reward], for he is gathering fruit (crop) unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together.

For in this saying holds true, One sows and another reaps.  I sent you to reap a crop for which you have not toiled.  Other men have labored and you have STEPPED IN to reap the results of their work.

This is the word I want to leave you with…..STEP IN!

Step in through this Open Door to all God is calling you to.  In this season, you may be a sower, or you may be a reaper.  According to John 4, in this new season, both will receive the reward.

What is holding you back?

STEP IN!!!!!

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Worship F.I.T. for the King- The Conclusion

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2013!  I believe that this year will be one that causes us to reflect, yet propels us into new dimensions of God’s presence.  The BEST is yet to come!

For the past two months, I have been sharing on the subject, “Worship that is F.I.T. for the King.”  I have shared that the “F” deals with Frequency- how often we worship, but also asking if we are tuned in to the frequency of Heaven.  Are we focused and tuned into the worship that transpires around the Throne of God in Heaven as described in Revelation Chapters 4 & 5.  If not, I challenged us to tune into the sound of Heaven and release that sound upon the earth.

In December, I shared that “I” must not deal with “ME” focused worship, but on the Great I AM.  More specifically, when we realize the access that God has given us to the very Throne Zone Dimension of His presence, we must be “INTENTIONAL” in our worship services to press past the praise zone, continue through the worship zone, and enter into The Throne Zone.  As worship leaders and worshipers, we must not settle for anything less than The Throne Zone and God’s Glory.

Now as we enter into this New Year, I want to share that the “T” must deal with “TRANSFORMATION”.

The theme of our upcoming 10yr Anniversary Celebration of Throne Zone is “Honoring the past…..Embracing the future…….Anticipating His Glory.”  I believe this is our theme not only for the conference, but what God desires for this coming year.

As I share with many congregations, and will share in a unique way on Thursday Night of Throne Zone (which you do NOT want to miss), as we enter into the worship zone- our worship shifts from being horizontal in its expression and begins to shift vertical.  It is during this worship zone where we are being drawn by the Holy Spirit closer to the Throne of God.  It is also in this place where we begin to see ourselves as God sees us.  He sees our sincere hearts, He sees our hunger for more of Him, He sees our insecurities and shortcomings and every other component within our lives.  Knowing what transpires in this “Worship Zone”; many people choose to conclude their journey because they grow uncomfortable and desire their worship experience to be more celebrative than confrontational.  Yet, this is a very strategic step in our journey to The Throne Zone.  It is a step that cannot be circumvented.  You cannot enter to The Throne Zone through a shortcut somewhere…..there is no other way.  Amid all the clatter being broadcast on TV, radio and the internet, there still remains only one way by which man can be saved, and that is through the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary.  Of course you and I know this very well, but the world is sending mixed signals and many believe the lies being propagated by the world today.  Therefore, it is imperative for us to honor the past.

When we honor the past, we remember the past victories that we won, and we remember how they were won.  We remember what God did for us and how He rescued us from some of the worst moments of our lives- whether that be in sin, or a life-threatening moment- but something happens when we stop and are intentional in remembering.

When we remember and acknowledge the work that Jesus Christ did in our lives, we can then look ahead and know that if He was faithful to bring us through our past victories, then His is MORE THAN ABLE to preserve us and help us overcome the challenges and temptations that lie ahead.  And because we remember His past provision & protection, my faith becomes strengthened and I can begin to move forward and Embrace the Future.

But, if we choose to stop in that Worship Zone and not allow the Holy Spirit to do within us what He needs to do, we prevent the Holy Spirit from bringing TRANSFORMATION into our lives.  This prohibits us from moving forward and therefore will inhibit us from entering into the Glory God is releasing in the Earth. 

This TRANSFORMATION will transform us spirit, soul and body.  It will cause us to change the course and actions of life we are pursuing when He challenges us.  I do believe in GRACE, but I do know that when we say YES to God, there are things we must turn loose of that will hold us back and prevent our access to the FULNESS of HIS PRESENCE, and prohibit us from entering into The Throne Zone.

When we truly have an encounter with God, we will not act the same.  Moses didn’t even look the same.  He had to wear a veil over his face because it shined so brightly.  The woman who pressed through the crowd stopped bleeding immediately and resumed life healed and made well as a testimony.  The man who lay by the pool at Bethesda changed the location of where he stayed once Jesus came and healed him.  No longer did he need to hang out at the pool waiting for his healing. 

Too many of us have established relationships from hanging out at the pool that we want to stay after we have been healed because these are the only friends we have made.  But transformation causes us to pick up our bed, walk into the unknown future, and forge new relationships sharing what God has done for us.  This is TRUE TRANSFORMATION.

When we experience TRANSFORMATION in worship, it will give us a new focus & clarity on this next season of our lives.  We can embrace the future and ultimately anticipate His Glory.  He desires to position you and me in our correct places of authority so we can be ready to be “RELEASERS OF HIS GLORY” in our lives and ministry.

This Transformation is not always changing sinful behavior.  Transformation may deal with strategies and business plans.  God is having me speak to many marketplace ministries and entrepreneurs regarding these downloads that God wants to give them in The Throne Zone of worship.  I believe He is giving business plans, marketing strategies and clear revelation how to move into this next season.  I believe He is doing that in your life, your business and your ministry.  That is why I am passionate about getting people into that Throne Zone dimension.  If they can tap into that dimension, people will discover their place, get in their place, operate in their God-orchestrated place, and therefore walk in favor, blessing and exponential results.

I am asking you to prayerfully consider partnering with us for another year.  As we share this vision, it will take financial resources to accomplish this vision, and I would like to be able to count on your monthly support as we move ahead.  Therefore, I have enclosed another partner card for you to pray over.  I will collect your cards at our reception.  We are also asking God for 100 additional $25/month partners to join us at this year’s conference.  We will be asking new partners to join us during the Friday night service, and then provide a reception for new partners following the service.  Please help us pray.

Our mission is sure, our vision is great.  We can only move forward with your help.  Remember, what you do for others, God will cause to be done to you.  As you bless this ministry, God will raise up others who see your vision and support your vision.

2013:  Honoring the Past……Embracing the Future……Anticipating His Glory!

The Decade of God’s Glory

Happy New Year!

It is difficult to believe that we have already entered into a new decade.  It seems as if it were only last year when we were at the 2000 New Year’s Eve service-gathered in prayer and worship-yet wondering if the power would go out when the clock struck midnight.  There was widespread concern over the “what if” scenarios that Y2K presented as we embarked upon this new Millennium.  And “9-11” were only the numbers we were trying to make sure that our children knew to call in case of an emergency.  So much has transpired over the past 10 years that has reshaped America.  Yet, God is speaking that this is a new season, and it is a new day.  So, as the church, what do we expect this new decade to look like? 

I am convinced as I watch the events of the world unfold before our eyes that we are embarking upon a new season in the spirit of God at warp speed.  And all the hell that you and I have been fighting during 2010 is merely a process preparing us for the greatest days for the Church as we prepare to see the Glory of the Lord revealed like never before.

II Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

I have a plaque hanging in my office that says, “The years tell us what the days never knew”.  And what that means in the life of a Christian is that the experiences we have come through shape and mold our paradigm of life, and prepare us for something greater that lies ahead.  I believe that the church has come out of one season of glory, and we are transitioning into a New Season of God’s glory, but we are stuck in that “to” segment of transition.  And unfortunately, this is the place where not everyone survives and makes the transition into the new season.

For many, we relieve the past.  We coin those moments as the “Glory Days” and we exert much of our energy trying to relive those days.  We set our eyes on those things which are behind of us rather than to lay hold to the future that God has called us to press toward.

We do not intentionally mean to look back to the past.  It is either because our faith is weak, or because we feel as though we are growing older and lose the energy and passion which inhibits us from looking to the future.  We use phrases like, “it is time for the next generation to rise up and begin to lead the church”.  In essence, we forfeit the race.

I want to encourage you- and myself- that we must be relentless in our pursuit of God’s Glory.  We must not forfeit our destiny!  We must not keep looking to the past Glory Days, but we must realize that what we experienced in the past only pales in comparison to this new season of Glory- a season where the Glory of the latter house is far greater than the former.  A season where Habakkuk 2:14 will be fulfilled:  “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

You say, “Keith, I have heard this for the past 20 years.  Why should I believe it now?”

My response to you is that we must be like the Sons of Issachar who knew the signs of their day, and the signs of God’s agenda.  We must not only know what is on the heart of God, but we must be spiritually mature enough to see what is happening in our world.  Then you can see that we are on the brink of breakthrough.

You see, there is a great surge of demonic manifestation and fascination with the supernatural that the world is being exposed to.  You don’t have to go to a huge library or School of Theology to discern this.  All you have to do is go to your neighborhood movie theatre to see what is playing.

When I was growing up, the show “Bewitched” aired.  Now as my son is growing up, the Harry Potter series attempts to get this new generation interested in the supernatural.  Then Disney put out a movie entitled “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” starring Nicolas Cage.  The commercials on that movie made it seem to be a humorous and harmless movie.  However, when you check out the movies for this month you see that Nicolas Cage is now starring in “The Season of the Witch”, which –in my opinion- is not a cute and harmless movie.  Just watching the previews you can discern the onslaught of demonic manifestation and witchcraft.  And if you stay tuned to more previews on the TV, you begin to see other films coming out early this year like, “The Rite” whose subtitle reads, “The making of a Modern Exorcist”.  All you have to do is Google “Movies for 2011” to see a lineup of the movies being released, and it is easy to see where American’s are spending their money.

We must remember that demonic manifestation is the opposite (or what I like to call the counterfeit) of the original.  What is the original?  It is a manifestation of the Glory of the Lord, an invasion upon the earth by the angelic host of Heaven that surrounds the Throne of God! It is when people become not possessed by demons, but consumed by the Glory of the Lord.  And it affects everyone who comes in contact with that person. 

This is the beginning of God’s glory being released upon the Earth. 
This is your season.  This is YOUR DAY!

I believe that this will be the DECADE of GOD’s GLORY!  God is looking for someone who is not afraid to submit their total being to His will for their lives.  He is looking for someone to simply say “YES” to HIS CALL. Will you be that one who will fully submit your whole self to God so that the destiny within you can be not only realized, but released upon the Earth?

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard the things that God has in store for those who say “YES” to Him.  Your best days are not behind you.  They are in front of you.  And the Glory of the latter house will be greater than that of the former.

For this ministry, we believe that 2011 will be a year of teaching, training and imparting as never before.  We are actively scheduling Friday night and Saturday training sessions teaching various models on worship, and how we can prepare for this release of glory.  We are asking churches to let us come in 3 times throughout this year to teach three separate models.  The first model is to establish a baseline for worship.  The second model deals with leadership and the third model deals with Kingdom Principles.  These models involve two hours on Friday night, and 4 to 6 hours on a Saturday.  Maybe you are interested in bringing this to your local body of believers; contact Michele for more information and details on these sessions.

We continue to expand the Throne Zone in 2011.  We will once again host the Charlotte Throne Zone in August of 2011.  We will have more information on that next month at our Throne Zone in Virginia Beach.  We would love for you to be a part of that conference and help us dig the well in the Carolinas.

We are also attempting to utilize the internet as much as we possibly can to raise up worshipers, making preparations for the coming Glory, and becoming an agent of change that will effect a shift in cities and regions.  Our first step is by releasing a monthly video blog.  This will help us to learn the new technology and utilize it to its fullest.  The sooner we learn this technology we will transition into a weekly video blog.  You can follow us on www.youtube.com/keithduncantv and at www.keithduncan.wordpress.com.

Additionally, we are releasing a new Instrumental CD that has an evangelistic appeal.  I will have more information on that next month, as well as releasing our new worship CD entitled, “Welcome In”- which is the most anointed CD we have ever released.  Both CD’s will be available on iTunes and on other digital distribution platforms, as well as the actual CD sales through His Call Ministries.

Your faithful monthly support is valued greatly.  You are making a difference.  By faithfully sowing your seed into the fertile soil of this ministry, you are helping us to prepare the way for HIS GLORY by raising worshipers and leaders who are passionate for the presence of God.  You are helping us to raise up a new generation of worshipers and worship leaders who are not seeking fame and fortune-although that is the by product for some- but they are focused on the purposes and plans of the Father, and how to release His Kingdom upon the Earth as it is in Heaven, just as Jesus prayed to the Father while in the garden.  And for sowing your seed faithfully each month, Michele and I say THANK YOU!

We believe God for your destiny and for the fullness of God’s plans and purposes for your life, and we believe that you will be established in 2011.  We love you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Digging the Wells of Worship,

Keith Duncan
His Call Ministries
www.HisCall.org