September 09, 2016

releasing the Kingdom naturally "as you go"

For years, this blog has been about testimonies of God breaking into to the lives of the people we meet who get healed, who God speaks to through a prophetic word or something else supernatural.  Just yesterday the Lord opened three doors to minister as we were working out at a gym and then eating dinner at a restaurant.  The first was a woman with a wrist brace on.  Just asking her what had happened, opened the door for my wife to pray.  It was Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which we have seen on numerous occasions.  The fact that we have seen it healed many times was shared and then she prayed.  Nothing more was discussed, but the Kingdom coming in Christ’s Name was proclaimed.  She wasn’t willing to take off the brace and check it out, but Desert Princess assured her that she would notice a change.

The next place was a restaurant where we have prayed for many of the staff through the years.  Our server was one of those women and she wanted us to pray for her mother who’s dealing with kidney failure.  We got to pray and our server was so touched that she couldn’t hold back tears.  It is truly so easy to bring and communicate God’s love and concern.  We have no idea at this point what happened in regards to the kidney issue, but it was such a blessing to be conduits of God’s concern into the daughter’s life.  

As we were leaving, another employee began sharing with us about the traumatic flight he had arriving into this muslim country.  He had only been here four months and the flight was forced to land in India along the way due to extreme turbulence.  People were injured.  It was his very first time on a plane.  He was traumatized still and could hardly share about the experience.  We asked if we could pray to break off the effect and impact of that trauma and he welcomed that.  We prayed and took authority over that experience and saw God’s Kingdom come upon him.  He testified that he “felt different” after the prayer.  He also asked us to pray for the way they are exploited (working more hours than they are contractually obligated to without being paid overtime).  We did and he was so appreciative as we left.

Releasing Christ’s Kingdom is our privilege wherever we go into any and all situations that we know Christ wants to and can impact.  I challenge you to live your life today with this same intentionality and “as you go” be Christ to the people who you meet – do so naturally.

September 06, 2016

a 'True Perspective'

this post represents some unrefined thoughts about how/why we as Christians seem to get so easily derailed in our spiritual lives. I really have to thank Dan Mohler for it has been his teaching that has helped me (and our community) to see some things that many Christians miss on a regular basis.

recently in worship, the Lord gave me a picture that helped me to articulate in some ways a summary of what Dan Mohler has taught us and more importantly a summary of what the New Testament teaches as truth.

How is it that the Apostle Paul was able to learn "the secret" of being content in ALL circumstances? (Phil 4:12).  He was under "house arrest" when he wrote Philippians.  He knew beatings, abandonment, being in desperate need, etc. (see 2 Cor. 11:20-32 for a list of those hardships). In other words, his life was marked with suffering, both physical and psychological. And from multiple sources, both human and demonic.  In the midst of that type of life, that ended ultimately in his own martyrdom, he boasted about being always content.

Fast forward 2000 years, and we can think of how, if we are honest, our circumstances all-too-often dictate our spiritual well being.  I can't even begin to count how many Christians I have known through the years who have due to circumstances, wandered away from the faith: an untimely death, a broken marriage, losing a job, financial struggles, being hurt by "the Church", unanswered prayer, etc.  Circumstances dictated their contentment, or lack thereof.

The Apostle Paul knew most of those realities in his life and yet somehow his faith endured in the midst of all the shakings, all the hardship, all the problems.  What a challenge!  Oh that we would "learn the secret" that Paul learned.  And I should emphasize the word "learned" because it implies a process - not an automatic state.

The picture the Lord gave me during worship was that of a massive ocean liner of incalculable value - an unsinkable vessel that will reach its destination with 100% certainty.  Through faith in Christ, we have been invited onto this vessel and into relationship with its owner as our eternal inheritance.  We can endure the storms, not because they won't be constant, but because of the nature of the vessel in which we now live.  It is the indestructible nature of the vessel that enables us to overcome any and all circumstances we will face.