Devotion on My Connection
Today’s service was very awesome, for me at least. I loved the new rawness in our worship! There some musical issues but the presence of God was there to signal His approval of our hearts! I even loved the hub-bub of settling in room that was too small. One of the folks leaned in and said, “This is awesome!” I felt like the word flowed more freely from me than it has in a long time. I am anticipating the Lord’s move more than ever. I feel like the disciples who were told to wait in the Upper Room for power and then they would know what to do. They didn’t know exactly what they were waiting for but they recognized it when it happened! It was unmistakable. It reminded me of moving from Ohio to Oregon when I was in Jr. High. My parents told me that there were real mountains on our way to Oregon and that Oregon had some huge mountains too. Where I grew up there were rolling hills and a few high peaks, but they were nothing compared to the Rockies. Every time I saw a butte or large hill I would ask Dad, “Is that a mountain?” His reply remained the same, “When you see a mountain, you won’t have to ask, you will know.” After a couple days of driving we hit the foothills of the Rockies and I said, “Those are mountains!” We wait for God the same way. We head in the direction He last gave us until we see the next big thing and then we say, “That’s God!”
Today we also heard a few people share from the group during service. I was excited to see the participation! It was wonderful to hear what God was up to in other people’s hearts and lives. I feel strongly that Jesus is getting ready to move miraculously among us so that we can be resourced to serve our community in astonishing ways. I know that God has called us to live in His new covenant way so that He can pour out supernatural resources upon our community through His people. May He choose us as we are faithful!
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28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:28-29)
We had a great first meeting yesterday! I was blessed to see so many. I am humbled by the trust the folks I love have invested in me. The awareness of the responsibility that rests on me in that trust staggers me a little. I set myself to prove worthy of that trust by seeking to follow the vision the Lord has placed on me. That brings me to the scripture I quote in this article.
When God pours out His Spirit things change! Rivers flow in the desert and great forest are produced; the lame walk and the blind see. And are you ready for it old men dream. Yes, God takes those of us who are supposed to be winding down and inflames us with a vision of how things could be. I believe that the Lord has laid a dream on my heart to see our community changed for the better. The tough times in our country are not over and we will need to band together to meet the needs that arise around us. I believe that the Lord has gathered our group to be the catalyst for exactly that. Men and women are included in the dream, every person of every economic level, young or old, as well as those from every social structure that society has to offer.
Since we have been given every spiritual blessing and come the assembly of the first-born where mistakes aren’t fatal, we can afford to attempt great things for Christ right here a home. I am looking forward to what He will do in each of us! I am looking forward to how those weaving our lives together will form the structure for the Lord to change us and our place.
Dream a Dream with me,
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Paul is sharing his gratitude for the Ephesian’s faith and sharing his prayer for them with us all. Here is Paul’s understanding of what we can experience in Christ. His heart is open to us and his expectations are high not average. He believes we have become very powerful is Christ and that we should be so confident in His love that we have great boldness to believe in great things because we work for the One who has been given the ultimate authority and because His authority is available for us to experience in Christ.
That is Paul’s prayer: Let believers have the wisdom and insight to experience all the hope in the salvation He has called us to. He prays that through this spirit of revelation our understanding of would be open to all the riches and power that has been released to us when we accepted Christ as our savior. Our inheritance is great. We need never fear poverty or need when we are in Christ. Power is ours too. It isn’t just enough power to barely make it through it is the power that raised Christ from the dead. It is the power that didn’t stop at bringing life it raised Him to the highest place is Heaven right next to the Father. We are His body and all things have been placed under His feet (that’s us). We have legitimate authority over everything but Christ.
The catch is of course that we can only experience these riches and this power to the degree that we have been enlightened to what Jesus has provided for us. My prayer is joining with Paul’s. I am praying that we will be able to experience all that has been provided for us through enlightenment by spiritual wisdom and revelation. I want to know Jesus in His entirety. I know that is what you want too.
Praying For Us All
As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 NKJV
Of course this is a favorite passage for a pastor. It gives me an excuse (like I needed one) to hang out with friends. For a pastor that is pretty much everyone I meet. I like people. The best way for us to influence each other is by interacting. Today there are many ways for us to interact with technology.
I recently read an article that quoted Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He was a “rags to riches” guy that shared his experience with a lot of people by becoming a self-help guru. One of his maxims was, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” As long as you include yourself in that group I can accept it as fairly reasonable. Plus we can’t leave spending time with Jesus out of the equation. How else could guys like Jim Rohn get out of the gutter unless they were looking for others to show them how to be different and change their beginning situation to one they want.
Likewise, Believers need to intentionally seek out those who will influence them. Proverbs 13:10, 1 Corinthians 5:11, and 1 Corinthians 15:55 caution us to evaluate who we keep company with. Not that we shouldn’t have any contact with those who aren’t exactly what we want them to be, but our deep abiding relationships should be with those who are headed towards Christ like qualities. I am asking for us to interact with each other here on this site. If you are interested in being a contributor on our site shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the information you need to connect. You will be able to post articles as well as comment those of others.
I am also asking us to meet IRL (in real life). First we all need to attend community meetings to stay encouraged in our faith and motivated to do good works (Hebrews 10:24-25). During the next few months we are going to be building the foundation that a new expression Christ in our community will be based on. You are welcome to be part of that discussion. I openly admit that I have some ideas that I really want to see built into that foundation but I also desire others to bring their contributions to the table so that all of us can have ownership in this new enterprise that I believe can change our community. I am asking that our new fellowship include house to house hospitality. Invite each other into our personal lives. Get to know someone outside of your own demographic. It will enlarge/enrich your person and your life. Along with worship, prayer, and the word this deep fellowship can sharpen our face into the image of Christ. He is the one we long to resemble.
Committed to Finding Him in You