by Rev. Kenneth Harbaum
It is my prayer that this article finds you victorious and full of joy! As you know, I, along with Rev. Wayne Gardner, Tom Haynes, Corey Overholtz and Scott Robertson just returned from our annual outreach in the country of Kenya.
This year’s trip was by far the all-time best. The participation and excitement from the national pastors and church leaders was at peak level as they gathered together to hear the Word of the Lord. In the Kisumu Conference there were approximate 250 people in attendance, out of that number were about 120 preachers and pastors. For two days I poured out my heart, dealing with different areas of ministry to help keep us properly aligned according to God’s divine master plan. It was time to challenge, yet encourage.
We also spent a day in Nairobi with Bishop Apindi at his ministry in the Korogocho Slums. There we met with about 30 pastors and leaders sharing some of the same type of leadership material that we taught in Kisumu.
Also, we sponsored a 3-day open-air crusade, which was one powerful time. Rev. Wayne Garden preached 2 of the 3 nights and Pastor George Gache preached the other. The Spirit of God moved in a mighty way in the meetings where approximate 200 people were born again and many received some form of healing and deliverance in their lives.
Over the next few minutes, I want to take the opportunity to share with you some of the things I shared with those in Kenya.
Going into the conference, my heart’s desire was to bring an extreme awareness of being aligned with God’s plan and purpose in these last days. Over the past several months I have been pouring out my heart concerning the condition of the world and how important it is to stay in alignment with God and His Word. God is doing, and will continue to do, great and might things during the end times. I fully believe that we as the Body of Christ will witness an outpouring of His Glory like no other time before. Knowing this is true and that it is God’s desire to make it happen, I ask myself, “what must be done to see it manifest in our lives?” I believe that answer lies in what I am about to share.
The first thing God’s people must get a true revelation on is concerning our true identity in Christ. Though coming into alignment with God is my main thought, it first begins with our identity. The Word says in Matthew 16:13-16, “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.“
What is being revealed is the true identity of Christ. Regardless of who others say that He is, it’s important that we know who He is. The world can tell us who we are but our true identity is in Him! If we get confused about this, we will never advance to the next level in our walk with God, therefore keeping us from moving into a greater alignment.
This is so necessary because it puts us in position for God’s glory to overshadow us in these last days. I did a study on the word Overshadow and came across some interesting definitions. Here is some words that define overshadow: to outshine; surpass; eclipse or cover, hide from view, cast a shadow on, make disappear. The word that got my attention was the word Eclipse. Eclipse is defined as: the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another b: the passing into the shadow of a celestial body.
In our solar system we experience something called an eclipse. For this to happen there must be an alignment with the proper planets to produce this event. Remember, an eclipse is the passing into the shadow of a celestial body.
When God’s men and women move into alignment, the greater, God, will then overshadow us and cause an eclipse of His Glory to overshadow our lives.
In the book of Acts chapter 2, the Church was born. During the next 2 chapters, we find them going through persecution by the religious leaders of their day. During which time the Body of Christ came together in extreme unity one with another. The Word declares in Acts 4:32, And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. This kind of unity moved them closer to God’s divine alignment and positioned them to be Eclipsed by His glory!
Remember Acts 5:15 which says, “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.” Here is my thought: there isn’t any ones shadow that is able to heal, no, not even Peter’s. What I believe happened is this, even though the Church was under strong persecution, they stayed in unity and this positioned them in a divine alignment. Once all things were aligned, there was an Eclipsing of God’s Glory. It wasn’t the shadow of Peter; it was God’s shadow that over shadowed Peter’s shadow. It was God’s shadow that overshadowed the sick and healed them. Glory!!!
When we get into alignment with His Word and with one another, we will also experience the eclipse of His glory as He overshadows us.
What ever you do in life, wherever you go, make sure that you purpose to know who you are and stay aligned with His Word! Amen!