Five Days Starting Tonight!

Real quick. I’m going to take a quick nap before I hustle down to The Fire & Glory Outpouring One-Year Anniversary at 7 pm.

Read last night’s post for more information.

There are 11 opportunities for worship (counting Summit Church’s Sunday morning service) during the next 97 hours. Here’s a preview of Shawn Bolz from a Fresh Awakening last year. At about 1:48:00 Jerame Nelson introduces Patricia King who introduces Shawn Bolz.

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!

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!

God Showed Me Jamie Gates Through Pedro Enriquez

If you’re like me you want to know that you’re being directed by God when you actually ask God for direction. I’ve asked God to make it more clear. Readers of my blog know that I’ve seen God moving in my life more powerfully this year.

Check out my April posts if you want to see recent origins of what’s happening now. (Of course, you can trace this season of my life back to John Guenther, a lover of God from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, recommending that I read The Cure by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol & John Lynch.)

Today I’ve had something very interesting happen to me. While some family and friends are out sharing Jesus with people in the streets, stores and malls, I’ve been home resting and letting the Lord minister to me. I took some time to lay down when I got away from the internet. I intended to actually sleep, but after a time of rest I felt God nudging me to get up.

Sometimes God is showing you something truly unexpected. I’m figuring out how to listen to him. We’re told in John 10:27-28 about Jesus’ sheep hearing his voice and receiving eternal life from him. I’m learning how to effectively hear his voice (though not in an audible way).

Again, if you’re a reader of my blog you know that one reason I started it is that God gave me a brand that I’m bringing to the world. I’m thinking about who I want to print my prototype shirt and I was asking God about it. I’ve wondered who he might want me to use if I actually care to ask him. He was getting my attention and I was asking him if it was really true that my sense was correct.

My sense was that God might be telling me that I shouldn’t use the place I visited the other day. The Lord knows I don’t know all about them, just that they’ve been around for decades. I wondered if I should try someone else in the same area or a guy I used to tutor with that I haven’t thought about recently.

Then the Lord put a face in my head. Pedro Enriquez is a man I know from my time tutoring at Reality Changers (RC) and we’re connected on Facebook. He used to be in charge of the Solana Beach section of RC. I know Pedro to be a faithful man of God, but I wasn’t sure about a connection to t-shirt printing.

Soon after arriving at his Facebook page I realized that God had something different than t-shirts in mind for me today. Holy Spirit has been reaching me powerfully through tears recently and this was no exception. I saw Pedro’s post of Jamie Gates speaking at TedX PLNU (Point Loma Nazarene University) and I felt that this video was what God wanted me to see even before I pressed play. I realize that some people might be skeptical of this situation, but as I believe I’ve heard Patricia King say:

“Your knower knows.”

In this process God also gave me a great post for Saturday, October 29, 2016. He gave me other stuff today, but that’s for another time. I strongly urge you to watch NOW and allow God to bless you by showing you something good and unexpected.

God loves you!

Hanging Out With Jerame Nelson, Miranda Nelson, Patricia King, Darren Stott, Shawn Bolz & Todd White

They say that when you hang out with people a lot, you become like them. While I don’t literally go down to get a burrito with Jerame Nelson or Starbucks with Todd White and I’ve never been on a plane with Miranda Nelson or in front of a dedication stone with Shawn Bolz, I do listen to their preaching and teaching.

Jerame Nelson is famous for preparing a sermon and throwing it out to follow the lead of Holy Spirit. Jerame and his wife, Miranda, have a ministry called Living At His Feet (LAHF). They are the leaders of The Fire & Glory Outpouring. In a way, I’m going to follow Jerame’s example with today’s post to Your Support Matters.
[ I changed this paragraph right before I went back to bed a little after 4 am today. If you guessed that I even changed the title of this post as I wrote it, you would be right. 🙂 ]

Today I was going to write about a couple things, but I heard Todd White when my wife was watching a video on Facebook. I really like this story quite a lot and I decided to change what this post would be about because I heard Todd speak.

You have over 200 videos to choose from with Jerame & Miranda Nelson at The Fire & Glory Outpouring. You could start with a hot August night like maybe, August 26th, 2016. You could watch the videos that bring you up to the the middle of October. (I assume it will take you a little while to catch up.) Along the way you’ll hear from Darren Stott, Patricia King and Shawn Bolz, as they were special guests at the most recent Fresh Awakening. Of course, you’ll see and hear Jerame & Miranda as those who attend or watch regularly do. Over 500,000 people have watched from 149 countries and 40-something states this year.

When October 12th rolls around you could watch LIVE and get prepared for The Fresh Awakening which starts October 13th and it will rock your world. Special guests Mahesh Chavda and Samuel Robinson will be there along with Miranda & Jerame Nelson. There might even be a special guest on the 12th. My wife and I and her sister and our nephews were at The Fresh Awakening last time and Darren Stott from Seattle Revival Center preached the night before.

This will be the third Fresh Awakening that I’ve attended. My wife and I live across the freeway from Summit Church in San Marcos, California where the revival (The Fire & Glory Outpouring & The Fresh Awakening) is being hosted. That’s providence for us right there. Check out The Fresh Awakening by clicking on this sentence.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a little Shawn Bolz who I think is amazing. You might hear that quite often when people describe all these people of God. The natural world might say that if everybody’s amazing then nobody is amazing. A philosophy professor might agree. A friend of mine named Myra says that “that’s not the way it works in God’s economy”. It’s really quite ok for all of them to be amazing. You may even find a favorite or two or three or four. Hopefully, you’ll hang out with these amazing people.

God loves you.