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.

Remember Intimacy With God

No matter how busy you get and even if you’re involved in some really great stuff, keep seeking intimacy with Holy Spirit.

Here are verses and a song to remind you:

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Psalm 42:1-2 Living Bible (TLB)

42 As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him?
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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.]

Now What? Worship God!

Today is the day after Christmas, 2016.

Are you ready to move ahead or will you wait until January 2, 2017? (There’s all that football and maybe family and MAYBE recovering from the night before on New Year’s Day.)

Will you move ahead while keeping that Christmas Spirit all year long?

We have access to the TRUE Spirit of Christmas if we want it.

Of course, I’m talking about Holy Spirit.

Do you want more of the Holy Spirit in your life, that is, more INTIMACY with Holy Spirit? You CAN have that greater intimacy.

I have a strong suggestion.

Worship God more. In Spirit and in Truth.

This year has been quite a year with Almighty God for me and my family. Things REALLY picked up in April. After Power & Love in Pasadena I shared songs that encouraged my faith.

What I’ve found throughout the year is that I’m learning to love NEW songs that I hear in worship and on the radio (Thanks, Air1!).

Through worshiping God at the Fire & Glory Outpouring AND my home church (Solana Pres) and even watching worship on Youtube I have been stretched by God in my capacity for worship. I asked God to stretch me when I first entered this revival back when it took place in Rancho Bernardo.

Since I asked God to stretch me in worship what I’m about to say may not come as a big surprise, but maybe you’ve never thought of it before. I know I have.

I have wondered over the years what it would be like to bring in the new year worshiping with other believers. That’s what my wife and I will do this year.

Join us and Jerame & Miranda Nelson and a special guest or two at Fresh Awakening at Summit Church (that’s where Fire & Glory Outpouring moved months ago after Rancho Bernardo).

Of course, if you can’t make it to Summit Church in San Marcos you can watch on Youtube!

Again, I urge you to worship God in Spirit and Truth more often.

One way is through music and singing. (Yes, I do listen to more than just Crowder.)

Here’s a gifted helper, Lauren Daigle, to assist you in worshiping God.

I Just Wrote 1500 Words!

Not in this blog post!

Were you worried? 😉

This morning I felt the Lord nudge me to get up. It was just before 5:30.

Soon I realized that he wanted me to write. He knows my desires.

Some time in the last 20 years I decided that my favorite verse is Psalm 37:4. (By the way, I feel that if it’s your favorite, you ought to have it memorized, right? So, if it’s not memorized, it naturally follows that it’s not your favorite.)

Here it is:

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

I was very happy when I read those words years ago. (Maybe that’s another way to judge your favorite verse as well!)

I believe He was showing me that one of my assumptions was incorrect.

What is that assumption?

That I can’t write unless it’s really quiet or some soft instrumental music is playing AND THERE ARE NO INTERRUPTIONS.

If you’re like me then at least part of the time you like free stuff. When we got Kindle I checked out some of the free book titles and read “Sydney Smith” by George William Erskine Russell in the fall of 2014. Wikipedia says that Sydney Smith was an English wit, writer and Anglican cleric. He was born in the 18th century. Here are a couple Sydney Smith quotes I found on Google this morning:

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.

Sydney Smith used to write at a little desk in the same room while his wife was having sometimes lively conversations with groups of women with whom she socialized (and ministered?). I was amazed at the clergyman’s ability and I don’t think I’m quite there yet, BUT this morning I got up and wrote while helping my wife get ready for school a little and having some conversation with her at various times.

Some of you might be wondering why I think this is a big deal.

Well, for starters I wrote 1500 words in under 90 minutes!

For me to do that with distractions from wife, life, doggies and computer glitches is well, a miracle.

WriteNonFictionNow.com says that the average length of a nonfiction book is 50,000 words. I sort of knew this but now that I’ve written so many words in an hour an a half I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

Even if I were only to write 1500 words once every day that means 33-34 days!

Why do I believe this has happened for me?

I’ve been worshiping God a lot more frequently since April, but especially since July. Last night was probably night 52 for me at The Fire & Glory Outpouring and I’ve been worshiping God at home more. Of course, we attend regular worship services at our home church, Solana Beach Presbyterian (Solana Pres).

Put simply – more intimacy with God. If you prefer, I’ll say it this way – more intimacy with Holy Spirit.

As I learn to listen for HIS still, small voice I become more practiced at hearing him. I believe the bible talks about this.

Here’s John 10: 27-28

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

I’m not going to attempt to unpack these verses right now, but I do find them comforting and challenging.

I want to hear His voice and I’m (very) regularly seeking intimacy with Him.

Maybe it’s a lot like what I told our son about soccer when he was growing up.

When you practice and keep practicing, you get better at it.

I urge you: Go, and do likewise!

Spend Time With Jesus

This year I’ve had some wonderful experiences in my faith life. You only have to read previous posts to find that out or see where that is implied. The last couple of days have not been awesome for me and I think I figured out why.

This is an online blog. What’s printed here goes out to the world. I don’t promise to tell you every little thing about my life, but I will share that sometimes things are off with me. I want to keep sharing about real life faith. It’s not because my candidate didn’t win in the election
[ That was DAYS ago! 😉 ].

Here it is:

I’ve spent a lot of time online and not enough time with Jesus. I believe it’s that simple. (OK, maybe the extra caffeine today didn’t help!)

Please remember the account of Mary and Martha in the Gospel of Luke today and every day. And, remember it especially tomorrow on Thanksgiving.

God bless you!

Luke 10:38-42 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Martha and Mary
38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with [a]all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

When You’re Tired, Press On

Right now I’m feeling tiredness slipping into my body. We need to be extra careful when we’re tired while driving (Hello truck drivers, soccer moms and dads, students, taxi, uber and delivery drivers and all the rest!) or doing something else with physical hazards. Earlier today I was poking through ice with a butter knife and made sure my other hand was out of the way. (I have found that it’s also a good time to really pay attention to what’s coming out of my mouth!)

Fortunately, I mostly have to concern myself with spelling and crazy cursor jumps that can erase paragraphs in under a second. (If it’s never happened to you, well, God bless you.) 🙂

Many of you are very aware of the need to “press on” in spite of being tired. Back in the 90s my wife and I were living apart for a time and I worked really late Saturday nights and then got up at 5:45 am to pick up our son and take him to church with me. I knew there was a time coming up in the afternoon or evening that I could have a rest. Even the worst case scenario was probably that I could hit the pillow at 10 on Sunday night.

What I’ve found is that when you can look forward to a time of rest at some point, it’s easier to press on. Many new parents find themselves sleep deprived and it’s like that commercial says: Dads don’t take sick days.

Another big help is encouragement. That old song “Home On The Range” contains the lyrics “Where seldom is heard a discouraging word”. Hopefully, Your Support Matters (this blog) is a source of encouragement for you.

Recently I’ve found a lot of Christian music that’s very encouraging. It might be my attitude (which I believe stems from more frequent, intense worship & greater intimacy with God in recent months) has shifted and that’s given me a healthier perspective about Christian music. It could also be the case that more Christian artists are writing from a place of true intimacy with God. Whatever the reasons, I find myself listening to Holy Spirit-inspired music much more often.

What may also be true is something like the 80/20 rule (or better yet, 90/10?). If you’re listening to 80 or 90 percent Christian music (songs that YOU find inspiring & Spirit-filled), you may find a difference in your attitude versus 80 or 90 percent secular music. I want to be absolutely clear that I am not saying you MUST do this. You could try an experiment and see how it works for you.

If you think back to how I started this post, I was talking about pressing on when you’re tired. Of course, if you have the opportunity to rest when you need it, take it!!

When you’re in a position where you must press on in spite of being tired, you may find it easier if you’ve been living in an encouraging environment. You may not have as much control over your living environment as I have right now. I understand that. But, you may have some control over “taking in” encouraging music, words or videos.

Here are some suggestions:

1) Pray honestly and intimately as a son or daughter of God

2) Read the Bible, especially Psalms

If you look closely you’ll notice that Psalms ARE prayers, so I see it as doubly good or a “double portion”.

3) Read Faith Books (RFB!) like:

A) The Cure

B) Mahesh Chavda’s The Hidden Power Of The Blood Of Jesus

You might win Mahesh’s book here.

C) David Herzog’s Glory Invasion

D) Patricia King’s Help, God! I’m Broke!

You might win Patricia King’s book here

4) Read my faith blog, Your Support Matters (YSM)

5) Listen to what I call faith music.

A) Read previous YSM posts and you’ll find lots of songs.

B) If you have Amazon Echo, ask Alexa to play Crowder or play Christian music

C) There are great radio stations online now like Air1.

So, to sum up…

I suggest you plan ahead by getting rest when you can so it’s easier to PRESS ON.

If you’re not getting enough rest, you can “gird” yourself by having an encouraging, faith-based atmosphere in your life by reading and listening to uplifting & Holy Spirit-inspired music, words and other media and sources. ALMOST FORGOT! AND, worship God intimately and often, alone and together with other believers. Some people call this “living a worship lifestyle”.

Here’s some media to remind you to Press On.

Always remember that God, the Creator of the Universe, loves YOU!