Are You Leaning On His Glory-Strength?

Earlier today I wasn’t having a great time. For what was the third time in less than a week, one of our vehicles was in the shop. I met a nice man named Napoleon at Summit Church’s worship service on New Year’s Day and decided to try out his place, Bumper 2 Bumper, to fix the bumper on our new (used) vehicle.

In the process I let little things get to me and my wife and I ended up having an small argument. Even though we got to enjoy going out for breakfast while Napoleon’s crew worked on our car, I was bothered by something. I had read Colossians this morning and I thought I was ready for the day. Fortunately my wife is a teacher and has a few more days off. She urged me to cuddle up with her later when we got home and I ended up taking a nap.

Where am I going with this?

In the passage from Colossians below we’re reminded to lean on God’s glory-strength instead of the “grim strength of gritting your teeth”.

How do we do that?

I believe that frequent worship is an enormous help because if we are truly worshiping we are reminded that we are in the presence of God and that can mean we are impacted by his “tangible” glory.

Our culture doesn’t make it easy to spend lots of time in worship. This is not about making anyone feel guilty. This is about logical consequences.

If you spend more time exercising, you will see the results in your physical health.

If you spend more time worshiping, you will see the results in your spiritual health.

Now is the time to make changes. Even our culture makes it easier at the start of a new year. Regardless of when you’re reading this, I urge you to worship God more frequently in Spirit and in Truth.

Whatever you’re doing currently, why not add The Fire & Glory Outpouring? Attend in person or watch LIVE or recorded on Youtube.

My wife and I and a couple friends are attending at Summit Church tonight in San Marcos across from Cal State and I am really ready! (Boy, am I ready!)

Check out these verses from Colossians 1!

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Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
Colossians 1:9-12 The Message (MSG)
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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.

Only 30 Times To Be Solid!

Last night was the 30th time I attended The Fire & Glory Outpouring. I’ve also watched and/or worshiped over Youtube 6 or 7 times. Some of you might have seen me live-tweeting The Outpouring when I’m in my living room. In addition, I’ve recently streamed the service live a couple times on Periscope.

If this seems like a lot of effort to put in, maybe your perspective needs an upgrade.

My friend and mentor in Temecula, California is a man named Fran Cannon. Fran is in his 70s and he told me about an upgrade in his perspective on running that happened for him decades ago. He was working (I believe as an engineer at the time) and he noticed a coworker or two leave during lunch and then take a shower before going back to work. Fran discovered that these coworkers were running about five miles at lunchtime.

Upgrade! Soon he was running at lunch as well and he realized that running five miles was doable. Sometimes all we need to do is see that someone else is capable of doing something to realize that we ourselves can do it! Roger Bannister ran the first recorded sub-four minute mile in history on May 6, 1954.

Fran Cannon tells me that soon after that several people were running the mile in under four minutes! Those runners who saw what Roger Bannister achieved then realized that it could be possible that they could duplicate his feat. I should also mention that prior to Bannister crossing that imagined barrier, many people thought it was impossible to run a mile in under four minutes.

While I’m not saying that participating in 30 – 3 1/2 hour or so Holy Spirit-filled worship services is as big a feat as being the first in history to run a four minute mile, I am saying that you can duplicate my feat. You can come to San Diego or you can participate over Youtube! Your choice!

My experience tells me that worshiping God in spirit and in truth more often will have a tremendous impact on your life just like it has had on mine. You can see where the more intense worship part of my journey started by reading my first post on this blog, Stepping Out In Faith.

I would have been very skeptical if you told me in January that from late Spring through early Fall I would join in 30 or more Glory-filled worship services about three times as long as my home church’s typical service. Yet I have done it. You see it can be done.

I urge you to ask God to help you worship him so intensely that you achieve greater intimacy with Holy Spirit than you have previously imagined possible. If you believe there is a barrier in the way of you doing this, that barrier is NOT REAL. Simply ask God for help.

Remember:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Phil. 4:13

Also Remember:

God loves you!