Apr 28 2017

Now What?

One common question we receive while introducing believers to Holy Spirit is “what do we do now?” It’s so important to learn about the gifts of the Spirit and be trained on how to hear and recognize God’s voice. We love to teach on these topics. We love to watch someone who has never seen a miracle, pray, and see a miracle occur in front of their eyes. We love to see the reaction of someone who recognizes God’s voice for the first time. But once they leave the safety of a training environment, they need a way to continue practicing what they have learned. The problem we run into is that so few churches are actively pursuing and utilizing the gifts of the Spirit so, while it’s easy to train someone, it’s not so easy to keep them in a place of continual spiritual growth. There has to be another way, and there is. Here’s the deal, this is more than just a weekend training. It has to be a lifestyle of walking out our true identity. Do you want to know why movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Twilight are so popular? Because we were made for a supernatural lifestyle. Supernatural stories speak to us so loudly because it is part of who we are! The difference, of course, lies in who we serve and where the power comes from. God created us to represent him on the earth and he released supernatural gifts to us so that we can give others the encounter they need; an encounter that will shift them into their destiny. We can’t be successful without the gifts of the Spirit but the gifts also can’t be relegated to the inside of a building. We have to take it outside, into the places where people are hurting, and bring them the healing and restoration that they crave. So, when I hear someone say, “what do we do now?” My answer is simple. Freely you have received, freely give (Matt. 10:8). Go, give away what Jesus have given to you. You may be looked at as foolish or crazy by some people. Don’t worry about that, just honor and love everyone you meet, and when the opportunity is there, introduce them to Jesus through signs and miracles. It really is that easy. Now, let’s go change the world.

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Apr 14 2017

The time is now

We have an antique German clock that we picked up when we lived in Germany about 15 years ago. It’s the style that requires manually winding to keep it running and a manual swinging of the pendulum when it is first wound to get the clock ticking. We don’t really use this clock. It sits in the dining room and is more of a display item than something we use to keep track of time. In fact, it is actually surrounded by fruit and snack baskets and I’m not even sure the last time I saw it because there is so much sitting around it. An interesting thing happened on Palm Sunday. The clock started ticking all by itself. It hasn’t been wound since the last time it was moved which was probably about 2 years ago but, we suddenly started hearing the ticking sound that morning. An unwound clock doesn’t start ticking on its own nor does the pendulum start swinging on its own. Someone had to get it started again. It doesn’t take much discernment to realize that there was some significance to this. I pulled out the winding key to see if it was ticking without being wound and found that all three of the winding points were fully wound. So, we looked at the time on the clock. I was curious if it had been set to the current time and we found that it was set to 6:38, which was not the current time.
Something we started doing a few years ago when we regularly notice the same time on the clock is to look up bible verses that correspond with that time. There’s a website, http://apps1.sterling.net/bible/BibleBooks.cfm, that someone designed for this so I went out there and plugged in 638. It came back with a handful of verses, a few of which made sense to us. I felt like the Lord was saying that now is the time. So many people have in a waiting pattern while things and people were aligned to move into what God has prepared for this next season. We have been in this place where we are laying foundations for what we know is coming next and feel like this is a sign that the time is now and that the seasons are shifting. Grab hold of this; the time is now!

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