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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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!

Holy Spirit Agrees!!!

While I was driving to Trader Joe’s this afternoon I heard Zach Williams’ “Chain Breaker” and told the Lord that it’s a nice song. I felt he said, “Yes it is!!!”

Here is Zach Williams’ “Chain Breaker”:

If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life
There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker

We’ve all search for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
And there’s a better life
There’s a better life

If you believe it
If you receive it
If you can feel it
Somebody testify

© 2016 Anthems of Hope (BMI) / Upside Down Under (BMI) / Be Essential Songs (BMI) / Not Just Another Song Publishing (SESAC) / So Essential Tunes (SESAC). All rights admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

More Prayer Is Beneficial

If you’ve read my most recent posts you might be wondering, “Did Charlie just take two months to spend more time with God? What a huge commitment!”

The answer to that is No and Yes. I want to be truthful and say that I have been worshiping God a little more often in the last couple months. The last almost two weeks has meant even more time spent with the Lord and the last few days have been pretty intense. Actually, fervent would be a better word. I don’t want to get into a fervent-off with anyone, but I am definitely more fervent than I was 13 months ago!

Below are a couple of potent prayer passages from BibleGateway.com that I find practical and powerful in everyday life:

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

James 5:16-18 The Message

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message

As I write this I just noticed that both passages come from Chapter 5, verses 16-18 in both James and 1 Thessalonians. Maybe these will be easier to memorize in tandem because of the chapter and verse being exactly the same.

Prayer makes a difference and more prayer makes even more difference!

Our son’s moving back in today and there’s a lot going on, so I’ll be back later this week.

Keep praying, Brothers And Sisters!

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