Word Of Knowledge – Encouragement

Less than two years ago I don’t think I was aware of the phrase “word of knowledge”. This post is a way to make readers aware of the phenomenon and see me receiving on video. You’ll see me in my bright green “Kauai” Red Dirt brand shirt. I believe I have received at least 20-30 “words” in the last twenty months.

This is my simple explanation of what I believe it means. A word of knowledge or simply “a word” is when a person is so able to receive information from the Lord because of their level of intimacy with Holy Spirit at a given moment in time that God gives them information to share with someone else about that person. Shawn Bolz is known for being really experienced at this and usually really accurate. There are definitely lots of others who have lots and lots of experience.

You may ask, “What’s a word of knowledge for?” and one answer that I give is this: encouragement! We have a friend living with us right now who has a whole network of people he can ask to pray for him and many will give him a word of knowledge as encouragement that he is moving in the right direction. He received confirmation that God wanted him to move to the San Diego area last year.

Last year I gave a word to a woman on Facebook in a group where we practice giving words of knowledge to each other. When you read that post you’ll see that I received a word from two people I had never met about how accurate my word was for the woman! It was AMAZING and very encouraging to me. You can see from the exchange that at least one woman said that God interrupted her while she was giving someone a word so she could find me online and give me encouragement. As I said, we had never met AND the two people are even from a different part of the world!

Even as I looked back at the post I was encouraged by the very end of it because I love to sing and she told me to:

🙂 Sing brother; sing ♪ ♫ …

Recently I received a word through a friend of our roommate friend which told me that the Lord loves to hear me sing. Very encouraging!

Watch this snippet of Ivan Roman at the Fire & Glory Outpouring giving me words of knowledge on November 1 this year, the day after the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. He starts with me at 1:59:15. If you prefer you can start around 1:57:00 and see what one of the interns received from Ivan. Or, you can catch some of Ivan’s preaching before he moves into words of knowledge around 1:30:55.

Please make a note of these times or you will find yourself looking at a video that’s over 2 hours long. That’s fine if that’s what you want. I encourage you to make time to watch the whole video sometime soon.

God bless you!

Here are TWO songs of the day by Ryan Stephenson and We Are Messengers

Press On.

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Small Beginnings

Since I came back from Pasadena in April of 2016 I have new habits. One (or two) of these habits is asking Holy Spirit how much to give. I do this when we make an offering and often when I encounter a person living on the street or in a recovery program or someone who is traveling and may not have a place to stay.

I have taken a few guys to lunch and even prayed with people who accepted Jesus or rededicated their life to him! I’ve done this alone and with two friends, Mike and Richard, in Oceanside, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Monrovia, Pacific Beach, Pasadena, Palm Springs and Kauai!

In trying to give some help I’ve offered rides to the Fire & Glory Outpouring and made plans with more than one person. One man let me drive him to the revival a couple times, but he had some mental health issues and it became difficult for him. Another told me where to meet him last night and yet he didn’t show up.

A homeless woman who made plans with me to move her stuff didn’t show up on two separate occasions. Twice I invited two different sets of friends to help us with the project and both times she wasn’t at the storage facility. Yet another woman seemed excited and grateful for the opportunity to attend revival and she fell asleep and forgot to be where she told me to meet her.

I have known people who tried one project to help the homeless and when it didn’t work out the way they hoped, they simply decided to stop trying.

If you’re doing something for God that you had hoped would be more successful faster, keep going. Learn what you can and see how you can improve what you’re doing, but remember, God may have outcomes in store that you don’t expect.

Good things are happening if you care to notice. My two brothers-in-Christ got to know each other while I was out looking for the woman who didn’t show up. Last night I know a man was blessed by our brief interaction even as the man who was going to meet me somehow didn’t make it.

One verse I’ve learned about during the last 20 months goes something like this…

“Do not despise small beginnings…”

Check out the full verse at BibleGateway.com by clicking the link:

Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

Don’t give up. Keep praying and keep going.

Press On!

Here’s the song of the day:

Smiling Sheep

Last night was the second night in a row of Bobby Conner preaching at the Fire & Glory Outpouring and night 493 of the revival (and session 201 for me!). Bobby shared more of his personal testimony of God keeping him alive. (I’m pretty sure he’ll be back Sunday night the 26th, but check with Fire & Glory.)

We were invited to come up front and worship and I often see things “in the Spirit” when I worship now. Last night was no exception. One of the things I saw was a smiling sheep which was a representation of me. I am reminded of Psalm 121:8 (NASB) which goes like this:

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Jesus is the good shepherd and we are the sheep of his hand. The verse above seems written in the same vein, with Jesus being the shepherd and you (and me) being the sheep.

John 10:11

11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Psalm 95:7-8

7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His [a]pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Today, [b]if you would hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts, as at [c]Meribah,
As in the day of [d]Massah in the wilderness,

[ All passages are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) ]

While reading the quotes above I noticed Psalm 95:8 and included it because I think it’s a great gem of a reminder. To me, this reminder is extremely important.

Essentially: If you would [want to] hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.

The song of the day is [are you ready for this!?]…ta dah!…
Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way”!

As always…

Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 (NASB)

Spend More Time With God

Today I intentionally spent hours in the presence of God. I know God is immanent (everywhere), but I mean paying attention and listening for God as well as reading the bible and praying [again, praying includes listening].

After having a good conversation with a friend from Tennessee who’s more experienced in gifts like the prophetic I drove to Solana Beach to get a haircut at my favorite place, the Cove Barber Shop.

On the way I felt the Lord nudge me with “Do You Love Me?” and I can even sense that it was the version from the movie, “Dirty Dancing” by The Contours. I discovered The Blues Brothers version first and both are below.

Here’s something to consider:

Is Holy Spirit singing this to the church? Keep in mind that if God is singing the lyrics they would be sung with perfectly pure intentions, unlike how humans often sing them.

Press On, Brothers & Sisters, Press On!

Triple Surprise

At this moment I’m listening to Shawn Bolz and I highly recommend you listen to this! When I heard Deuteronomy I knew I wanted to include it in this post AND THEN, Shawn shared two more verses. Here are the verses and the Shawn Bolz video:

Deuteronomy 8:18

Ephesians 3:20

Habakkuk 2:2

You may notice that The Message translation adds a verse. My best guess is that Eugene Peterson felt those verses need to be linked. I hope you also like the way Shawn Bolz reads the verses as I do.

Press On, Sisters & Brothers, Press On.

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!