Corey Russell: Hunger for the Word

I finally got to hear Corey Russell teach on Saturday night at FCF, and as expected, it was amazing. He spoke on hunger for the Word, and I was keeping notes as best I could, so here’s what I got:


God calls, commissions, and crucifies forerunners, like John the Baptist.

Jesus said John was more than a prophet (John 11).

People who live as more than prophets, whose lives exude glory even if they never preach, are signposts for a transition in the Body of Christ.

When God is ushering in big transitions, he takes (often young) people, molds them with immersion in his Word, and uses them to prepare the way of the Lord.

Revelation of the Millennium delivers us from the American Dream and gives us the Eternal Dream.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”

This is the hour to pray for Israel.

God uses eschatology to fuel present day labour.

Zechariah had eight visions in one night—we want that!

God is going to increase the spirit of prophecy.

We need vision because vision gives you fuel to embrace the hardship in order to get where you want to be.

Hunger for the Word comes in four stages:

1. Duty.

Get to work! Read it over and over.

2. Delight.

You will grow to delight in the Word, like Psalm 119.

3. Deliverance.

You will be delivered from faulty paradigms– ways of thinking about the things of God.

4. Demonstration.

You begin to manifest what’s gotten into you.

How to read the Word:

When you receive impartation/revelation from something that happened in a corporate setting, it will become just a memory if you don’t immediately get into the Word and pursue it.

1. Slow down and listen!

Don’t try to master the material, rather be mastered by the material.

Stop picking your favourite parts of Jesus, rather come underneath the authority of the Word and let the Spirit dictate the conversation.

2. Pray in the Spirit.

Praying in tongues is like a flashlight—it will reveal mysteries.

3. Repetition.

Read it over and over.

4. Visualise.

Use your imagination to enter the scene.

5. Ask questions.

Who, what, when, where, why, how? How does this connect to that?

The more questions you can ask, the more revelation you get because you are interacting with the material.

6. Sing it!

Singing the Bible is like praying twice. It’s getting into your spirit.

7. Share what God gives you.

Give and more will be given to you.

There is a difference between knowing truth and feeling truth. It gets into your spirit and suddenly it’s all new.

You’ve known it all your life, but suddenly it’s making you cry and moving your emotions, because now it knows you.

8. Fast.

Fasting breaks down your defences to truth. It’s about vulnerability.

Three seasons of Mary of Bethany in response to the Word:

1. Luke 10 – Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to his Word.

Do you stand (in pride) before the Bible and use it, or will you sit and let it move you?

Fall in love with the Word (Jesus) who speaks the Word!

2. John 11 – Mary’s brother Lazarus dies and is raised. Mary’s words move Jesus’ heart!

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”

Mary said the exact same words as Martha, but because she had a different quality of connection with Jesus, she got his tears instead of a theological treatise.

The Word got into her and she got on the same frequency with Jesus.

Mary actually got to partner with God in raising Lazarus.

Deep cries out to deep. Mary’s deep was crying out to Jesus’ deep.

3. Mark 14 – Mary breaks her alabaster flask over Jesus’ feet.

Jesus defends her for the second time. (The first in Luke 10.)

The disciples wanted to be seated at Jesus’ right and left side, but Mary wanted to be at his feet.

Mary understood that Jesus would die. She had a revelation that the disciples still didn’t get yet.

Instead of getting offended at the idea of a suffering Messiah, she decided to partner with him in bringing it about by anointing him for burial.

This is the forerunner spirit with sacrificial love.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Megan (@girlwithasong)
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 14:50:57

    “We need vision because vision gives you fuel to embrace the hardship in order to get where you want to be.”

    Mmm, yes! I’d never thought of it in those terms before. But it’s so true. Wow, it sounds like you’re learning an incredible amount there! So awesome. (:


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