Revival Leads To David Herzog

What does this title mean?

I’m amazed how one thing leads to another. I’ll even skip the stuff leading up to this year.

Consider:

Upon returning from Power & Love in Pasadena I learn of the Fire & Glory Outpouring from my wife. After attending the revival more and more often I learn of what Jerame & Miranda Nelson call “Fresh Awakening”. When different speakers come to preach I notice one man is funnier than anyone else. He seems to have what you might call a humorous anointing. His name is David Herzog.

After experiencing worship with David I later decide to buy the Jumpstart! Supernatural Health Bundle at a huge discount.

Listening this morning to the first session I hear David Herzog mention Psalm 148. This will not be the last time I mention this psalm. I will share five translations with you today.

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Psalm 148 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 148
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
2 Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
3 Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
4 Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
5 Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
6 He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
8 fire and hail, snow and clouds,[a]
wind and weather that obey him,
9 mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
12 young men and young women,
old men and children.
13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14 He has made his people strong,
honoring his faithful ones—
the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 148 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

148 Alleluia. Ye of heavens, praise the Lord; praise ye him in high things. (Alleluia. Ye in heaven/Ye in the heavens, praise the Lord; praise ye him in high places.)
2 All his angels, praise ye him; all his virtues, praise ye him (all his hosts, praise ye him).
3 Sun and moon, praise ye him; all stars and light, praise ye him (all the stars of light/all the shining stars, praise ye him.).
4 Heavens of heavens, praise ye him (Heaven of heavens/The highest heaven, praise ye him); and the waters that be above (the) heavens,
5 praise they the name of the Lord. For he said, and things were made; he commanded, and things were made of nought (he commanded, and everything was made out of nothing).
6 He ordained those things into the world, and into the world of world; he setted a commandment, and it shall not pass. (He ordained those things forever and ever; he gave a command, and it shall not pass away.)
7 Ye of the earth, praise the Lord; dragons, and all depths of waters. (Praise the Lord, from the earth; ye dragons, and all the depths of the waters.)
8 Fire, hail, snow, ice, spirits of tempests; that do his word. (Fire, hail, snow, ice, and the winds of the tempests; that all follow his command.)
9 Mountains, and all little hills; trees bearing fruit, and all cedars.
10 Wild beasts, and all tame beasts; serpents, and feathered birds.
11 The kings of earth, and all peoples; the princes, and all judges of earth. (The kings of the earth, and all the peoples; the princes, and the judges, that is, the leaders, over all the earth.)
12 Young men, and virgins, eld men with [the] younger, (Young men, and virgins, old men, and the young,)
13 praise the name of the Lord; for the name of him alone is enhanced. His acknowledging be on heaven and earth; (praise the name of the Lord; for only his name should be exalted. For his glory is above the earth, and above heaven;)
14 and he hath enhanced the horn of his people. An hymn be to all his saints; to the children of Israel, to a people nighing to him. (and he hath exalted the horn of his people. So let there be a hymn to all his saints; to the children of Israel, to the people who be the closest to him/So let there be praises from all his saints; from the children of Israel, from the people who be the closest to him.)

Psalm 148 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 148
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights.
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
praise Him, all you stars of light.
4 Praise Him, you highest of heavens,
and you waters that are above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for He commanded, and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree that shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures, and all you depths,
8 fire and hail, snow and mist,
storming wind fulfilling His word,
9 mountains and all hills,
fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds;
11 kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth;
12 both young men and maidens,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for His name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a victory horn for His people,
praise for all His saints,
even for the people of Israel near Him.
Praise the Lord!

Tehillim 148 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

148 Praise Hashem. Praise Hashem from HaShomayim: praise Him in the heights above.
2 Praise ye Him, all His malachim: praise ye Him, all Tzivos Hashem.
3 Praise ye Him, shemesh and yarei’ach: praise Him, all ye kokhavim of ohr.
4 Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above HaShomayim.
5 Let them praise the Shem of Hashem: for He commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath also established them forever and ever: He hath made a Chok (decree) which shall not pass away.
7 Hallelu Hashem from ha’aretz, ye sea creatures, and all tehomot:
8 Eish, and barad; snow, and cloud; stormy wind fulfilling His Devar:
9 Mountains, and all hills; etz pri (fruitful trees), and all cedars:
10 Beasts, and all cattle; remesh (creeping things), and flying fowl:
11 Malchei eretz, and all people; sarim (princes), and all shoftei aretz:
12 Both bochurim, and betulot; zekenim, and ne’arim:
13 Let them praise the Shem of Hashem: for Shmo alone is excellent; His hod is above Eretz and Shomayim.
14 He also exalteth the keren of His people, tehillah (the praise) of all His Chasidim; even of the Bnei Yisroel, an Am (people) close unto Him. Hallelu Hashem.

Psalm 148 King James Version (KJV)

148 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.
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God bless you!

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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.

God Will Bless You

Saturday night we had amazing worship as we frequently have at The Fire & Glory Outpouring. I’m not going to share all the details except to say that you should have been there! Many of you have been to concerts and events that you really enjoyed. I certainly have!

One time my friend, Stuart, urged me to go see Fleetwood Mac with him the day after Thanksgiving. I drove quickly to his house in San Clemente and we drove to L.A. and the concert was fantastic! Any other year of my life I would have said that was the concert of the year. Not that year. That year I was doubly-blessed because in September my wife and I went with him and his daughter to enjoy Paul McCartney in Petco Park in San Diego.

After that event I said that seeing Paul McCartney live was not just my greatest concert experience, but the greatest event I had ever attended. That changed in Pasadena in April of this year when I attended Power & Love! I’ll even be bold enough to say that even if you are so conservative in your faith walk that you are concerned about a secular concert, pray and see if God gives you grace to see Paul McCartney and then go! He’s so incredibly talented. God has given him real and lasting gifts and talent and people who see him play live are in for a real treat! In fact, a “treat” is not a big enough word to do justice to the experience.

All that aside, now I know of at least two or three events (not including astonishing family stuff like the birth of our son, also named Stuart) I would put above that incredible Paul McCartney concert. As I mentioned above, one was Power and Love in Pasadena. Another was Saturday night worship at The Fire & Glory Outpouring (Revival!) in San Marcos, California at Summit Church. If you’ve had truly powerful worship experiences then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, well, keep pressing in with God.

Before Saturday night we experienced Friday night. At the end of the evening I was standing in line to buy a book and a DVD from David Herzog, the guest speaker. (If you get a chance to see David, take it, because he is not only a great evangelistic speaker, he’s truly funny.) I felt the Lord nudging me to buy the books and DVD of the lady in front of me. I asked Holy Spirit if it was Him and not just my mind and if he really wanted me to do this. He told me, “I will bless you.” So, I told the woman, who my wife and I had met weeks before, that God was telling me to buy her stuff. It didn’t cost that much and it’s consistent with what’s been happening lately. God’s been teaching me to be more generous and more obedient. The next night was the wondrous worship I mentioned.

This next part is really inspirational and emotionally moving to me. As everyone was starting to leave the same lady who was in front of me in line the night before stopped us and thanked me for buying her the David Herzog items. She told my wife and I that something changed for her. I believe she said that something “broke open” for her after I did that. Something was better between her and God (and I guess, life) because of my generosity. I could see that she was feeling encouraged. That generosity was because I’ve been listening for God and because I obeyed him. I didn’t know these things were going to happen. I should also mention that soon our son called to tell us he got the better of two jobs he wanted to help him on his path to becoming a doctor.

Last night I practiced giving a “word of knowledge” to a couple people online in a group where they let you practice usually one day during the week. I asked for feedback because I’m new at it and the man I chose said that my word about him and his evangelistic anointing was pretty close to right on. Remember, I don’t think I had heard the phrase “word of knowledge” before April.

There was also a woman online who requested a word so I decided to practice some more. Another woman chimed in to give me feedback before the first woman got back to me.

Here it is with different names:

Me (Charles Hicks-Moore)
Please give feedback as I’m new at this! God loves your heart for the poor and you are a light in your community. God loves your example of perseverance and God wants you to know that he has beautiful events for your life ahead.

Rita Lagos
Charles Hicks-Moore – GOD bless you charles for stepping out in faith! GOD wants you to know “you are an encourager”! All it takes is the “one” mustard seed! keep the faith and GOD bless you brother 🙂 …

Me
Thank you for encouraging me! Encouragers need encouragement, too! I hope this blesses you. https://youtu.be/Plngh8SkkA4

Betty Christian
Charles Hicks,: you are so right. He’s said he’s got some surprises for me. All what you’ve said is correct. Bless you.

Rita Lagos
Charles Hicks-Moore – I was giving a word to someone else when the LORD interrupted me and sent me to message you! And to ‘like’ your word to this sister as a confirmation that; that in fact was the LORDS word for her! Bless you brother 🙂 …

Me
Thank you both, sisters! This is so awesome! Bless the Lord! God bless you both mightily so you will be mighty blessings to others in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ! Lost souls will see God working in you, see signs & wonders and believe in Him. 🙂

Rita Lagos
Charles Hicks-Moore Sometimes just a word or a sentence is enough to sustain someone when the word is given! As you continue you will be fine tuned by the holy spirit, who will dance all around you! Now its time to worship for he is good 🙂 Sing brother; sing ♪ ♫ …

God blesses us. He has definitely blessed me and my family over the past few days!

God really loves you!

God will bless you.

(Sing along with Passion/Crowder as they sing How He Loves!)

All About That Grace

When you are stepping out in faith it’s very important to remember grace.

Dictionary.com has seven definitions and I believe they are in the order of how often society uses them. That means #1 is the most popular usage – sort of like a Google ranking.

What I’m talking about today is God’s grace.

Definitions 3-4-5 are the meanings I’m interested in, especially 5.


Grace
noun
1.
elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action:
We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice.
Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity.
Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.
2.
a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment:
He lacked the manly graces.
3.
favor or goodwill.
Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.
4.
a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior:
It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school.
Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness.
Antonyms: animosity, enmity, disfavor.
5.
mercy; clemency; pardon:
He was saved by an act of grace from the governor.
Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve.
Antonyms: harshness.
6.
favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.
7.
an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied:
The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days’ grace before the policy lapses.
Compare grace period.

When I’ve heard it defined by a preacher, grace is usually defined as “unmerited favor”, which means we didn’t earn it.

Here’s a verse that I hope helps:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Because it’s so easy to make mistakes as human beings I am infinitely grateful for grace. That brings me back to the opening sentence and stepping out in faith.

Some people believe or someone has told them to believe that you have to be so incredibly careful not to make mistakes (or sin) that they simply refuse to leave their worship or prayer “comfort zone”.

What if I’m not supposed to pray for myself? Should I really have an expectation that someone would be healed by prayer in this day and age? Am I being too bold when I pray and command someone be healed in the name of Jesus? Is it really ok to lift my hands in worship? Is it ok to just lay on my bed and talk to God or do I have to be on my knees? How can I be really truly honest with God if I’m not always sure I’m honest with myself? We don’t have the office of prophet in our denomination so are we listening to crazy people?

What if I find out that God wants me to visit San Diego and later I find out I’m wrong? Is Lectio Divina really ok? Is there something wrong with me that it kind of freaks me out to listen truly for God’s voice? What if my blog is not a perfect reflection of Christ’s love? What if less than a hundred people make comments? How will I know I’m reaching people and not wasting my time?

While I do believe it’s important for Christians to understand if the person we are learning how to pray (or other spiritual practices) from is truly following Jesus, surely we can rely on God’s grace if we don’t do something exactly the way Grandma thought we should. We can also check with more than one strong man or woman of faith if we choose!

Even if you have questions, I urge you to trust God. (Some things are hopefully more obvious. I taught my son not to mess around with stuff like Ouija boards because so many people don’t realize that there are spiritual realms. Some things are not a joke and certainly I have never heard of a Christian teaching that God wants us to use Ouija boards. Stay away from them. Do be encouraged, though, by reading verses like 1 John 4:4-6.)

We can also ask Holy Spirit to guide us. Even if it’s new to us, as Christians, we really have access to Holy Spirit. If you’ve sincerely asked God to forgive your sins and asked Jesus into your heart, he has come in. He always says “Yes!” to your heart invitation.

We need to pray for God to lead us into action. When we pray we need to leave time for God to answer. If or when we don’t hear anything, we still need to be taking action in our lives.

When my wife told me she thought it would be a good idea to attend Power & Love in Pasadena in April, I asked two men from my home church with whom I study and pray regularly if they would look at the website and tell me their opinion. They both gave me a thumbs up along with my wife so I felt I didn’t really have a good reason to stay home.

I stepped out in faith in April and all of a sudden I found myself in a style of worship and praise that is more intense than what I find in my home church. I feel encouraged to “press in” to this charismatic style of worship and I continue to attend my home church and love with God’s love there in Solana Beach.

It’s also important to keep in mind that lots of people, churches and denominations have restrictions that God doesn’t require.

Many of you will be surprised to find out that I know someone who was raised in a church where they believed it was ok to sing to God, but they weren’t allowed to use instruments!

If we had a contest to see how many restrictions churches place on Christians that God doesn’t require, I’ll bet we could come up with at least a hundred. I remember a lady I met who only wanted to tell me how her church was right to worship God on Saturday.

(Keep in mind, I didn’t even ask her about this. SHE brought it up.) She didn’t talk to me about the love of Jesus or intimacy with God or salvation, etc…but she wanted to make sure I knew that people at her church gathered to worship God on Saturday because it was the correct day!

I urge you to expand your comfort zone in worshiping God. Remember, those who raise their hands for Jesus or those who worship Jesus less loudly than you are not the same as people who would enthusiastically teach you about Ouija and other occult practices. Why not visit each other’s Christian churches? Worship the Living God together at both your churches. If the One, True God is there does it matter if we’re singing Crowder’s Come As You Are a little (or a lot) faster?

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.

Psalm 34:8

It’s All About That Grace.

God loves you!