Keep Going

Tonight I’m very tired. I’ve blogged on and off for around 15 years and this will be the first time that I’ve blogged every day for an entire month.

When you’re tempted to quit or accept less than your best you can call on God for help. As you practice this it becomes more familiar. You can sense that you’ve “been here before”.

One way I’ve been practicing keeping going or pressing on is at The Fire & Glory Outpouring. At least a half dozen times I’ve been there when I was really, really tired and I’ve found that you can still stand up to worship. (Sometimes I’ll sit and in a little while I find that I have more energy to stand up again or at least continue worshiping without falling asleep!)

In fact, I’m tired enough right now that I can’t quite remember where I was going with this. As I write I’m listening to an audio program titled “Developing Your Seer Anointing” by Jerame Nelson.

What I’m experiencing more and more is that listening to audio like this or christian music that I really like helps me persevere. So you can make choices to help you keep going.

On the other hand, if you give up at the first sign of resistance or if you make a habit of saying “I’m too tired” to continue, you can become familiar with how it feels to simply give up.

Sooner or later you will say to yourself (something like) “I’ve been here before. I know what this is.”

If you want to say that about perseverance (instead of saying it about giving up), please remember that you can always ask God for help to keep going. Always!

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Ephesians 6:13-18 The Message (MSG)

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
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God bless you!

Bold Belief

Here’s another quick post for your edification. What do you feel is an important message in this passage?

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Mark 2:2-5 The Message (MSG)

A Paraplegic
2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
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God bless you!

Shawn Bolz’ Special Message

Here I am about seven hours after Shawn Bolz finished preaching last night and I am somewhat tired, but I’m excited! I honestly think his message was likely the best sermon I’ve ever heard! The reason I’m so over the moon about is that I believe he shared a huge part of “how to” about our faith.

Do you ever feel like you’ve been told what you’re supposed to do but now you have to figure out how? I’m going to watch Shawn’s message again, but what I heard sounded a lot like HOW TO DO the things we’re called to do in FAITH.

Another way to look at the “how” is to say that he gave us “keys” last night. I’m PUMPED! [ I may LOOK groggy, but am definitely highly encouraged. 😉 ]

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Matthew 11:30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
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In My Humble Opinion (IMHO) – Yoke just got EASIER and burden LIGHTENED!

Shawn Bolz is introduced at around 2:19:20.

God bless you!

What’s Your Philippians Opinion?

Until I typed those words I hadn’t noticed how amusing they might sound.
(I’ll give you a minute while you hear someone with your favorite accent ask that question in your head.)

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Philippians 3:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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After reading that, what should we do? I think it’s fairly simple.

Press on. As in, persevere.

Sometimes things are happening that make pressing on seem like a big challenge.

What then?

You have probably heard that we’re not supposed to complain.

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Philippians 2:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
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I believe there is definitely one exception.

Complain to God if you need to complain (petition). He’s ready to hear what you’ve got to say. Be honestly yourself with God and be honest ABOUT yourself with God. He’s got your back. And He’s always ready to give you more of the peace that passes all understanding when you seek Him.

What you and I have to do is remember to do what is says in another section of Philippians. We have to “press in” by worshiping, praying and otherwise seeking intimacy with God.

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Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Keep pressing on. Keep “pressing in” with God.

Press On. Press In. Repeat.

Like on the back of a shampoo bottle.

That is all.

God bless you!

A Stunning Level Of Attention

If I could find a way to make sure that you watch this Shawn Bolz video I would do so.

My hope is that the quote from “How to Receive a Prophetic Word”, which is the title of this post, will make you curious enough to take the plunge.

Many of us are busy AND we can’t let that get in the way of being intimate with God and learning about Him and from Him.

You’ll be glad and blessed that you watched Shawn Bolz. I suggest starting 35 minutes in for a quick introduction from Patricia King if you are mostly interested in hearing from Shawn.

That’s my pitch.

God bless you!

Shawn Bolz To The Rescue

Last week I got sick and I thought I was getting well and yesterday and today it seemed like it simply moved from my head to my chest. If you’re like me you aren’t as productive when you’re sick. You just want to get healed now and get back to regular life.

Though I have only known about Shawn Bolz for nine months I am almost constantly amazed at his prophetic gifts and I’ve watched several of his videos. He has been blessed and is really in touch with the heart of the Father. He’s very experienced and humble and knows who he is in Christ.

One thing I hear over and over from different speakers is that we need to be ok with people coming after us going beyond what we do. Of course, that includes our children both biological and spiritual. [Don’t judge yourself if you don’t feel you have any spiritual children. Seek more intimacy with Holy Spirit. Worship God in Spirit and in Truth (and with passion)!]

After watching part 1 of Shawn’s “Fathering and Mothering” videos I soon stopped thinking so much about being sick. Then he pointed to an example of a man named Julian Adams who is doing what so many people say we have to expect. Julian Adams is “passing” Shawn Bolz’s gifting in the prophetic and he’s a decade younger than Shawn.

This is wonderful news.

Instead of just hearing those words and letting them fall to the ground, I decided to start checking him out and I suggest you do as well. I think Julian’s (and his wife’s) Facebook page is a great place to start to find out about him and his ministry.

Now it’s time for dinner and then part two of Shawn Bolz’s “Fathering and Mothering”. (I feel better already.)

Part one is below.

Almost forgot, Shawn is coming to The Fire & Glory Outpouring’s One Year Anniversary in a couple weeks. Get in line early!

God bless you!

[It says Session 2 below. I think it’s a typo. Session 2 is longer at 1:55.]

Are You Leaning On His Glory-Strength?

Earlier today I wasn’t having a great time. For what was the third time in less than a week, one of our vehicles was in the shop. I met a nice man named Napoleon at Summit Church’s worship service on New Year’s Day and decided to try out his place, Bumper 2 Bumper, to fix the bumper on our new (used) vehicle.

In the process I let little things get to me and my wife and I ended up having an small argument. Even though we got to enjoy going out for breakfast while Napoleon’s crew worked on our car, I was bothered by something. I had read Colossians this morning and I thought I was ready for the day. Fortunately my wife is a teacher and has a few more days off. She urged me to cuddle up with her later when we got home and I ended up taking a nap.

Where am I going with this?

In the passage from Colossians below we’re reminded to lean on God’s glory-strength instead of the “grim strength of gritting your teeth”.

How do we do that?

I believe that frequent worship is an enormous help because if we are truly worshiping we are reminded that we are in the presence of God and that can mean we are impacted by his “tangible” glory.

Our culture doesn’t make it easy to spend lots of time in worship. This is not about making anyone feel guilty. This is about logical consequences.

If you spend more time exercising, you will see the results in your physical health.

If you spend more time worshiping, you will see the results in your spiritual health.

Now is the time to make changes. Even our culture makes it easier at the start of a new year. Regardless of when you’re reading this, I urge you to worship God more frequently in Spirit and in Truth.

Whatever you’re doing currently, why not add The Fire & Glory Outpouring? Attend in person or watch LIVE or recorded on Youtube.

My wife and I and a couple friends are attending at Summit Church tonight in San Marcos across from Cal State and I am really ready! (Boy, am I ready!)

Check out these verses from Colossians 1!

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Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
Colossians 1:9-12 The Message (MSG)
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God bless you!