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The Intention-Attention-Determination (I.A.D.) Dynamics of Kingdom Productivity

 

Intention-attention-determination dynamics of Kingdom productivity

The Intention-Attention-Determination (I.A.D.) Dynamics of Kingdom Productivity

In the modern world, there is a dichotomy in our lives that has become a paradox for those that desire to become productive in their studies, ministry, or life in general. Our world is filled with distractions. These distractions have become a lifestyle for many: from the need to having everything reduced to sound bites to our unrealistic belief that we can multitask like some organic supercomputer. The result of our distraction driven paradigm is that we are constantly seeking to become more productive; yet, true effectiveness in our chosen endeavors of life vanishes in our flurry of activity like the early morning fog of autumn.

There has to be a better way! We need to step outside the den of Babylon and learn to walk in the quietness of the Kingdom. God’s Word admonishes us:

Psalm 46:10a

Be still, and know that I am God:

The Hebrew word used for still is raphah (raw-faw’), which means, “to sink, to relax, to withdraw.”[i] To begin the process of knowing God, we need to withdraw from the noise and confusion of the world, learn to sink into His presence and His Kingdom, and to relax in it.

It is only from the position of the peace (shalom) of God that we can learn to be productive in our Father’s business. It is in His quiet and restoring presence that we can establish the I.A.D. of Kingdom Productivity.

Intention

Intention is a powerful thing; yet, few of us truly establish what our intention is regarding anything in our lives. The hectic pace of Babylon has us in survivor mode. Each day, we just want to make it through and survive until the next. We run through the paces of life from one event or problem to the next. Yet, all the things that we aspired to do seem to be left undone. That is the reality of the Babylonian effect upon our lives: constantly running but never accomplishing anything.

True intention is established when we step away from the world and fill our minds with the peace and presence of God. From this supernatural calm comes God-ordained intent for our lives and ministries. God-breathed intent becomes purpose, vision, and empowerment. True intention begins to cut away all of the distractions that the spirit of this world uses to overwhelm us with: ineffective activities that divert us from our true purpose and Kingdom vision.

In a moment of Kingdom peace, the Father may have established the intent in your heart to receive the training you need to become thoroughly grounded in the Word of God and more effective in your ministry. However, shortly after enrolling, the noise of life in this world caused the intent to fade. Once the intent fades, the anointing to empower it subsides as well.

Attention

Undivided attention is more than focusing momentarily on just one thing. The art of focusing your attention must also include the removing of distractions; it is the clearing away of things that do not pertain to your intention. This concept is embedded in a parable taught by Jesus called, The Sower and the Word. This parable is found in Mark 4. For brevity’s sake, I will go straight to the interpretation Jesus provided to His disciples.

Mark 4:13-20

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other th[ii]ings entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Contained within the Word is God’s intention for your life: whether it is to bring salvation, renewal or blessing. Every tactic of the enemy, as revealed in this parable, is to divert your attention away from what the Word’s intention was and on other worldly things. For some, the Word never gained their true attention. The attention that God desires flows from your heart rather than your head. Spiritual ground that is properly prepared (or good ground) receives from the quiet peace of the Kingdom, and then the heart gives undivided attention to what God has sown within it. If you properly understand this dynamic, when the pressures of this life, offenses, or the cares of this world attempt to distract you, the attack only drives the intent deeper into your heart.

We must become selective regarding what deserves our attention. Our attention must be reserved for our intentions in life: especially those that are assigned by God. Our attention is a precious commodity. What we give our attention to can either empower us or drain the very strength we need to make a difference in this life.

Determination

We must add a third element to intention and attention: determination. I have already shared how the taskmasters of Babylon seek to keep you away from discovering your true intent and how Satan will seek to steal it by diverting your attention. Determination is seeking to stay true to the original intention of God for your life. Thus, giving the true intention the attention it needs is paramount for Kingdom progress. We need to understand that there is a war raging daily to kill the intention of the Kingdom in your life before it takes root. Determination in the face of adversity drives the roots of intention deeper into your heart and establishes conduits of attention within your soul. Once the intention is established through attention and determination, a Kingdom resolve is formed to maintain the intent until God’s desire reaches maturation in your life and ministry.

Final Word

The Spirit of Babylon pervades nearly every aspect of life and causes a paralyzing case of spiritual Attention Deficient Disorder (A.D.D.) that destroys Kingdom productivity and purpose. The only antidote to spiritual A.D.D. is the quietness of the Kingdom that establishes Intention, Attention, and Determination (I.A.D.) within our lives. Only as we move from worldly A.D.D. to Kingdom I.A.D. will we see true advancement in all areas of our lives.

About the Author

Dr. Michael K. Lake is the chancellor and founder of Biblical Life College and Seminary. He serves as a Bishop on the International Board of Directors for the Restoration Fellowship International. Dr. Lake is the host of the Kingdom Intelligence Briefing podcast, is the author of The Shinar Directive: Preparing the Way for the Son of Perdition, and a contributing author to the best-seller, Blood on the Altar: The Coming Christian vs. Christian War.

 

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[i] Strongs # H7503. Strong’s Enhanced Lexicon.  BibleWorks for Windows 7.0.  BibleWorks, LLC, Norfolk, VA.  Copyright © 2006.

Biblical Life Deep Waters Podcast – Episode 3

bl_deep_waters_logoIn this episode Dr. Lake builds upon the foundation he established in Episodes 1 & 2 regarding a Year of Jubilee.  Did you know there is great prophetic significance in the Feast of Lights (or Hanukkah)?  Learn the connection with both the first and second coming of Jesus with this Feast and how it can relate becoming like Obededom – to have the blessings established upon your home and all that pertains to you.  Isn’t time your claimed back you joy, victory, and destiny in the Kingdom?

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Biblical Life Assembly: http://www.biblicallifeassembly.org

Biblical Life College and Seminaryhttp://www.biblical-life.com

Biblical Life Publishinghttp://www.biblical-life.net

Restoration Fellowship Internationalhttp://www.restoration-fellowship-international.com

Biblical Life Mentor’s Tip for January 2012

The Power of Core Valuesbible1

By Michael K. Lake, Th.D.

It has been said:

“The man, who will not stand for something, will fall for anything.”

Although the origin of this axiom is unknown, its truth is manifest in the lives of men throughout history. In fact, I am seeing its truths being manifested today throughout the Body of Christ in the Western world. You see, there is an epidemic of biblical illiteracy in the Church in our Western culture. Somehow in the Protestant movement, we have transitioned from being a people that would give up their lives for the right to read the Word of God to a people that are dying spiritually because we refuse to read it! What a spiritual paradox this places us in.

What the aforementioned axiom tries to express is the truth that if a man has not developed a code to live by with real dedication and conviction, he will run after every new thing filled with folly that the world will throw at him. This explains one of the reasons that the Church today is consumed with being a part of every new fad, gimmick, or philosophical idea that is embraced by the world. This is a sign of the immature believers that Paul warns us about in the Book of Ephesians:

Ephesians 4:14 (KJV)
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

In the times in which Paul lived, the word “doctrine” had a different meaning than the one we attribute it to today. Hebraically speaking, “doctrine” is what you live. It is your manner of life. The world’s way of living is like a storm whose waves will eventually carry your ship to the deadly rocks of a shipwrecked life. God has a better plan for you than this! He has a destiny for you, but that destiny can only be reached when you live by the core values He expresses in His Word.

Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We have been trained by the Greco-Roman influence in the Church to despise the “Law” of God. Yet the Word, in countless verses, promises blessings and prosperity to those that meditate in the “Law.” Are we missing something here? Let’s look at the Hebrew word translated “Law” in verse 2:

Law: Strongs #08451 towrah {to-raw’} or torah {to-raw’} [1]

Meaning: 1) law, direction, instruction 1a) instruction, direction (human or divine) 1a1) body of prophetic teaching 1a2) instruction in Messianic age 1a3) body of priestly direction or instruction 1a4) body of legal directives 1b) law 1b1) law of the burnt offering 1b2) of special law, codes of law 1c) custom, manner 1d) the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law.

First with the Torah, and then throughout the entire Old and New Testaments, is the instruction of God. Within this instruction are divine core values that are essential to walking in the Kingdom of God and staying free of the siren’s song of this world. When we read and meditate on the Word of God (Genesis – Revelation), we begin to see, understand, and implement God’s core values in our lives with devotion that serves as part of our worship to Him.

It is God who defines what is right or wrong, clean or unclean, holy or unholy. It is His instruction, when consistently applied in our lives, that places us in strategic positions for advancement, prosperity, and blessings. His principles are also safeguards to keep us on course and from the rocky shores of ungodliness.

Yet the world has done several things to throw the Church off course:

  • Biblical Illiteracy
  • Progressive Philosophies

The first takes us away from the only source of true core values to live by. The second teaches us concepts like:

  • Situational Ethics (i.e., do wrong, if you think you can get away with it.)
  • Relativism (i.e., there are no absolutes.)
  • The End Justifies the Means (i.e., lie, cheat, steal, and kill for the greater good.)

The list goes on of these philosophies birthed in the darkest corners of hell itself. The world is being positioned strategically to welcome the anti-Christ with open arms. The only antidote is a return to a life of devotion to Christ that includes a passion of His Word and living by His principles as an expression of our worship of our Creator.

We need to realize that when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God’s Law was written on our hearts. The prophets of the Old Testament looked to our day with wonder:

Jeremiah 31:30-33 (KJV)
30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

How much is Jeremiah 31:30-33 connected to New Testament believers? Verse 31 is where we get the concept of the New Covenant or New Testament. These verses are the prophetic foretelling of the New Birth that Messiah would one day come to give. Part of that New Covenant was that God’s Law (Torah or instruction) would be written on our hearts – in other words, encoded into our spiritual DNA are God’s core values expressed in the Torah.

This is why the Apostle Paul instructs us to walk in what the Holy Spirit encoded into our spirits at the New Birth:

Galatians 5:16-17 (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

When we live by the flesh (i.e. ways of this world), we are living in violation of what the Holy Spirit has encoded into our spirits (or hearts). When our actions are not in line with what God has written on our hearts, it produces frustration, inaction, and ill-effects. Let’s look at these verses again in the Complete Jewish Bible:

Galatians 5:16-18 (CJB)
16 What I am saying is this: run your lives by the Spirit. Then you will not do what your old nature wants. 17 For the old nature wants what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is contrary to the old nature. These oppose each other, so that you find yourselves unable to carry out your good intentions. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, then you are not in subjection to the system that results from perverting the Torah into legalism.

Can you see now why it is so important for a believer to meditate on the Word of God to learn God’s core values and to begin living by them? It is the only way to live “by the Spirit” and to gain victory in our lives. No wonder the Word continually promises blessings and prosperity to those that meditate in the instructions of God!

The year 2012 needs to be a year in which you return to the full counsel of God’s Word, spending time meditating on the principles you learn and then beginning to make them a part of who you are and how you live. As you do, you will discover:

  • Greater faith: your spirit and soul will be in agreement.
  • Greater results in prayer: powerful prayer is a product of a right relationship with God and a system of living that is in agreement with His Word. (Your heart can believe what you are asking for.)
  • Strategic Positioning: your biblical core values will place you at the right place and at the right time for miracles.
  • More open doors for Heaven to move in your life.
  • Fewer open doors for Hell to invade your life.

A better life and a brighter tomorrow await you when God is the One who provides your core values to live by!

© Copyright 2012 by Michael K. Lake, Th.D. All Rights Served.


[1] Strong’s Enhanced Lexicon. BibleWorks for Windows 7.0. BibleWorks, LLC, Norfolk, VA. Copyright © 2006.


Graduate in the Spotlight

chad_kottkeChad Kottke served in the U.S. Air Force for ten years, and worked in construction management for eight years after leaving the military. He has earned a Masters of Divinity in Hebraic Heritage and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Theology from Biblical Life College & Seminary.

Chad recently published his Master’s thesis through Biblical Life Publishing. Here is a summary of his book "Restoring Biblical Foundations":

God gave the church a sure foundation in the Scriptures, but various doctrines throughout the centuries have taken away from or added to the truths of Scripture. Restoring Biblical Foundations returns to two foundational aspects of Scripture – covenant and Torah – to examine what God says about each one.

The covenant section is a review of seven Biblical covenants that God has made with man. These covenants are shown to complement one other as they come together to form the covenant that Jesus the Messiah has made with His body.
The Torah section develops principles about the Torah from nearly two hundred passages of Scripture. These Biblical principles are used to build an extensive definition of Torah, and to show that the Torah is a necessary part of a believer’s walk.

Chad’s book should be available at Amazon.com by January 15.


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