Invite Holy Spirit

You can always invite Holy Spirit into what you’re doing.

That’s what I did before I started typing today.

Loving God with all your heart has practical aspects to it. It’s not simply a set of beliefs. In fact, it’s not a religion.

My nephew and a friend started creating t-shirts a few years ago with this message:

Relationship Not Religion

We as Christians can’t just believe that Jesus is who he claims to be in the Bible. If we look closely, we will see that even demons believed that the Jesus of the scriptures was and is the Son of God. They believed, yet they did not follow him.

The passage below is Mark 1:21-28 (NIV) from BibleGateway.com:

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Just under a year ago I met a young man named Gilbert in front of a 7-11 in Pacific Beach (a community of San Diego, California) and ended up praying with him. He accepted Jesus as his Savior and promised to give his life to Jesus.

Because I’ve been practicing “hearing” from Holy Spirit more intently the past couple years I felt a nudge to turn left on Garnet Avenue that day. I remember the exact day because I was going to meet family at Comic-Con and it was the day I absolutely knew (for the first time) that I had finished reading the entire Bible. That was July 21, 2017.

How do I practice “hearing” from Holy Spirit? I read the Bible more. I spend more time in prayer in my “secret place” and I invite Holy Spirit into what I’m doing.

God loves you so much that you’re likely to have a hard time believing HOW much.

He wants to spend time with you and just like other relationships, you will grow closer by spending time together.

Be intentional about spending time with God.

Praise Him.

Worship Him.

Invite Him to spend time with you!

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Brian Simmons In The House!

What a conference we’re having at The Fire & Glory Outpouring at Heart of God Church in San Diego, California! Elisha Revolution is calling this the Word & Spirit conference. Thursday night Charlie Robinson from Canada spoke and for me, Charlie is someone I can listen to preach longer than just about anyone. He helped us bring in 2017 at Summit Church in San Marcos by preaching for around four hours! If you’re on Instagram you can find his son, Sam Robinson as @VoiceOfRevival.

Last night Brian Simmons, The Passion Translation translator, preached about the importance of the bible and today his emphasis was on Holy Spirit. I urge you to watch last night first. You can catch the Friday night preachers at 1:22:00 with just the very tail end of worship or start at the beginning if you don’t want to miss all that worship. If you’ve come from Instagram I need to correct my mistake as Friday night was Night 592 of Fire & Glory, not 593, which will be in about an hour after I finish typing this post.

This morning was part two of Brian Simmons and you can still catch some of the flavor of worship with the final(?) song at 40:00.

Of course, you can watch past revival nights (or “episodes” as I sometimes call them) by searching Fire & Glory Outpouring on Youtube or by visiting ElishaRevolution.com.

In case you’re wondering, I’m just an enthusiastic worshiper of God. I’m not a volunteer or staffer of Fire & Glory. I discovered this revival a little over two years ago when I came back from a conference in Pasadena that really turned my heart (and head) around and gave me a renewed fire for Jesus, Daddy God & Holy Spirit.

The time to join us in revival is now! God bless you!

I Can Post By Phone? Music!

Let’s see how this turns out when I post by typing with my right index finger. (New adventures every day!)

If I go with my wife to The Fire & Glory Outpouring tonight it will be MY Night #231. Last night I watched on Youtube from our living room and it did feel like Jerame was talking to me when he said those of us nearby should make sure and attend LIVE tonight. So, that’s the plan!

If you’ve been checking out my Instagram page – @pressonworldwide – or you’re just interested in some quality encouraging music, I have posted 50 “Songs Of The Day!” so far. Just scroll through my Instagram account and find some awesome music to inspire you as you watch videos on Youtube.

Part of who I am is an encourager. I see part of being an encourager is giving people tools to encourage themselves. The music I recommend on Instagram will encourage your faith in God. He’ll take it from there AND, He’ll take care of you.

God bless you! ☆ Press On!

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Sharing Your Story Matters

This morning I got coffee at The Blue Mug in Escondido as I often do. While I was there I ended up talking to a couple guys who are starting program for youth. I believe it will be connected with the police department when it’s up and running. It sounded like they’re hoping to have it open by December.

Because I overheard them talking I asked them about their project and soon I was sharing about Reality Changers, where I volunteered once a week during the school year as a tutor for seven years. Reality Changers has had really great results with students who want to go to college and I thought the two organizations might be a good fit to team up.

At some point one of them asked me about myself and I shared about my spiritual experience with God over the last two years or so and how much my life had changed because of what I’ve been through.

Just as I related in the very first posts of Your Support Matters, I shared about attending Power & Love in Pasadena in 2016 and also discovering Todd White and his experience in being born again for Jesus while he was high on the dance floor. I also shared about Jerame & Miranda Nelson of The Fire & Glory Outpouring and ElishaRevolution.com whom my wife told me about when I got back from Pasadena in April that same year.

My wife and I now attend church AND we regularly attend revival. We’ve gotten used to this style of living and every so often there is a revival conference we’d like to attend. That’s what we did last week at Skyline Wesleyan in Rancho San Diego.

This conference was titled “Come Holy Spirit” and it lasted from Wednesday night through Saturday night. The final two speakers were Jerame Nelson and Todd White. So I related a story that Todd White, the final conference speaker, told about a man with a house that has ten rooms and his encounters with the devil and Jesus. This was truly a story with a lesson and not someone’s real life encounter, though I’m positive that a lot of people can relate to the symbolism of the story.

When I got done telling my account of Pasadena two years ago and our life since and Todd White’s story and how it seemed that hundreds of people went down to the stage to rededicate their lives to Jesus on the last night of the conference, one of the men asked me for my card and I think he’ll be in touch. I know he saw my enthusiasm and I’m curious what he’s going to ask me about. Does he want me to speak to the youth or volunteer or?

As I was getting up to leave, my coffee buddies might have been surprised at what they heard as they caught the finishing minute of my story. On my way out a woman who overheard a good portion said something like, “God bless you.”

You never know who might be affected when you’re bold enough to share about your faith. Some days you plant seeds and some days you harvest. Just keep sharing!

Follow Me On Instagram!

I’m typing away at the tail end (hopefully) of the flu. Last night I watched the Fire & Glory Outpouring for the 95th time from home. I’ll be watching from my living room this weekend and I don’t want to give anybody what I’ve got right now.

Remember, you can watch this revival by searching Fire & Glory Outpouring on Youtube OR ElishaRevolution.com. I urge you to come see Jerame & Miranda Nelson or one of the guest preachers when you’re in the area. Plan your travel to include some time for revival!

A brother told me about progress he was making on Instagram and loaned me a book on how to do it right – Instagram Secrets. That was 15 days ago and it looks like I’m doing pretty well with over 600 followers and some who interact frequently. Come take a look!

Follow me on Instagram: @pressonworldwide

I think it’s time for a nap.

Here’s the song of the day (video with lyrics) by Lauren Daigle!

Isn’t God Good?

Tonight is Night 541 for The Fire & Glory Outpouring and this is the 84th time that I’ve watched from home. Our dog, Bones, is laid out between my legs while I recline on the couch and type with my right hand and hold the laptop to my chest with my left. Jerame Nelson asked the question above and my answer is a resounding “Yes!”

I can’t stress enough that if you feel it’s to far to travel to Heart of God Church in Rancho Bernardo (a community of San Diego) or if you’re really too busy to make it, you can watch the revival LIVE on Youtube. You can also watch at ElishaRevolution.com.

Today I had a great time writing and talking about my recent experiences with the love of Jesus at Perks Coffee House in San Marcos. (If you’re reading this, send me a text! You know who you are!)

My computer’s acting up so I’ll wrap this up with a couple great songs of the day. (Plus, Fire & Glory is done with the offering and now it’s time to listen to Miranda Nelson preach!)

God bless you!

The Call – I Still Believe

Danny Gokey – Masterpiece

More Joy In The New Year!

Happy New Year! 2018! Wow!

I urge you to add a great new habit (If you already do this, well, that’s wonderful!) to whatever you’re doing in this new year.

Today I’ve been listening to a lot of music and I want to share one of my tips so you can experience more joy this year. Ready?

Listen To More Music MORE OFTEN that reflects the uplifting words we find in the Bible. Don’t miss out on the benefits of this habit!

What I’ve noticed during this time of revival in my life is that I listen to some songs less often because I’m filling my life with more of the great (and sometimes awesome!) faith music I’ve been discovering at the Fire & Glory Outpouring, church services, christian radio, Youtube and elsewhere.

If you’re like most people you’ve listened to a lot of secular music and some songs stick with you over the course of your life more than others. One of my favorites is “Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads. I still like the bands I like such as Talking Heads, The Beatles, R.E.M., The Cars, The Who, Marvin Gaye, The Pretenders and lots more.

BUT, I see a greater depth to christian music these days than I’ve ever seen before and I feel encouraged and uplifted more often when I listen to these contemporary artists. I never expected to find Lauren Daigle’s great song about dry bones!

In addition to Lauren I’ve recently I’ve found myself listening about 80% of the time to christian artists like Crowder, Plumb, Kristene DiMarco, REND Collective, NEEDTOBREATHE, Steffany Gretzinger, Kari Jobe, Micah Tyler, Jeremy Riddle, Mandisa, Toby Mac, Big Daddy Weave, WorshipMob, Switchfoot, Andrew Hopkins and others.

My list also includes numerous artists through Bethel Music and Hillsong (some of whom were mentioned above). Bethel Music has some wonderful instrumentals as well and sooo much music. Hillsong? I’ve heard people say something like “Hillsong was Bethel before Bethel was Bethel.” What about Andrew Hopkins? Andrew Hopkins is at Summit Music, which is the label connected to Summit Church in San Marcos, California. He also leads worship regularly at The Fire & Glory Outpouring so it’s possible that I’ve heard Andrew Hopkins more than anyone in the last couple years.

We now have our TV set up so that we can watch Youtube on it and that is definitely a blessing. As I write this the lyric video for Point To You by We Are Messengers played as well as All My Hope by Crowder featuring Tauren Wells and Worship Mob’s cover of So Will I (100 Billion X). What a great change to our viewing habits!

You can do fun stuff like find songs of adoration. Worship Mob is doing that below. After So Will I are two more songs of the day. Because this post has been difficult to get done I’m ending it here.

Happy New Year! God Bless You!

Press On!