Moving From Survival to Kingdom Living

Part 2: Repentance in the Red and Black

 

The most common accounting terminology speaks of being in the red or in the black.  When an account is in the red, it is overdrawn.  When an account is in the black, it has more money than zero.  It has a surplus so to speak. Bill Johnson, Pastor of Bethel church in Redding, California coined the terms repentance in the red and repentance in the black.  Most religious folk usually just think of repentance as repentance in the red.

John the Baptist primarily dealt with repentance in the red.  Repentance from sin.  You know…turn or burn…get the sin out.  When someone sins, they go in the red with God so to speak. They are overdrawn. As one repents they come back into the black.  We understand John’s preaching of repentance, but don’t understand its link to the kingdom.  The drive to sin in many ways is linked to the survival curse of humanity.  The desire to steal is rooted in survival. I do not have enough; I need yours.  Greed and hoarding says, “I might need this later on.”  Coveting says, “I want what you have because I might need it to survive.”  Murder… “I am threatened by you.”  Breaking the sabbath… “I need that extra time to labor or I might not survive.”  Unbelief says things I can’t see don’t help me survive. Lying… “this new set of facts make my survival easier.” The list goes on and on.  I need your wife…I need to control you… I need more food at this meal…I need more sleep…or I might not survive.  The cure for sin is to change our operating system.  To move from survival to life.  To change the way we think.  That is why repentance is accompanied by the message of the kingdom.  A new way of life calls for a new operating system.

Jesus added to John’s messages.  He added “repentance in the black” to the message.  There is more to repentance than just changing how we think about sin.  Repentance continually modifies our thinking to kingdom thinking.  Once we are out of sin, we need to know how to truly live life, raise our families, expand our businesses, enhance our relationships, manage our resources, wield our influence, carry out our ministries, deploy our gifts.  The call of Jesus is not only to change our thinking about our sin, but to change our thinking about every aspect of life.  He calls us to do this violently and forcefully within the context of our own life (Matthew 11:12).  This violent and disruptive change in thinking I’ve dubbed as mind spinning.  Jesus invites us to spin our minds around how to really live.

Jesus beckons everyone to conform our operating system around the reality of absolute life in contrast to mere survival.  Jesus calls everyone to live out of the image of God that was placed upon man at the creation.  This new operating system returns ones thinking to the pre-fall state of the garden. Without this “repentance in the black” ones thinking will fall back to fearful survival and existence.

You can change your thinking (repentance) and center your mental processes on the eternal Kingdom that is within hands reach and is coming in power on this earth.  For the full impact of this Kingdom to truly be revealed you must repent, not solely from negative behavior (sin), but from the base desire to just survive.  You must change your thinking to how this Kingdom affects every area of your life. This continual mind spinning is repentance in the black.

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A Prayer for a Willing Heart

Prayers Through Jonah Part 1

 

As we get ready to pray through the book of Jonah, I want to address one important issue.  Many people believe this book is like a fairy tail.  They don’t think it’s believable.  People don’t get eaten by fish, and if they do, they don’t live to tell about it.  Or do they?

In February, 1891. the whaling ship Star of the East was in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands, and the lookout sighted a large sperm whale three miles away. Two boats were lowered and in a short time one of the harpooners was enabled to spear the creature. The second boat also attacked the whale, but was then upset by a lash of its tail, so that its crew fell into the sea. One of them was drowned, but the other, James Bartley, simply disappeared without trace. After the whale was killed, the crew set to work with axes and spades, removing the blubber. “They worked all day and part of the night. The next day they attached some tackle to the stomach, which was hoisted on deck. The sailors were startled by something in it which gave spasmodic signs of life, and inside was found the missing sailor, doubled up and unconscious. He was laid on the deck and treated to a bath of sea water which soon revived him. At the end of the third week he had entirely recovered from the shock and resumed his duties… His face, neck and hands were bleached to a deadly whiteness and took on the appearance of parchment. Hartley affirms that he would probably have lived inside his house of flesh until he starved, for he lost his senses through fright and not through lack of air [1].

Prayer

Father, give me Your heart. When I see the great cities of the world and the wickedness of mankind, let me be moved with compassion. When I hear Your call to go, I desire to run in obedience.  Give me a willing and compassionate spirit.

Jonah 1:1-3

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

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A Prayer for Closeness with the Father

Habakkuk 3:19

When the Lord has given you a heart to seek his face, if your pursuit is rooted in your own strength, then you’ll hit a wall. Your pursuit of His face must be empowered by His Spirit and grace. The activation of this empowerment is rooted in hunger, faith and determination.  This prayer based on Habakkuk 3:19 seeks to mix all of these ingredients.  I hope this prayer encourages you to seek His face. If you want to pray all the way through the book of Habakkuk, this click here.

Prayer

You’re the God that empowers and strengthens. You will give me the capacity to climb to the heights in You. I’m going to the mountain of the Lord (Psalm 15). I will live a life in Your presence and I will seek to see things from Your perspective. I am seated with You and I’m governing with You (Ephesians 2:6). I’m declaring based on the authority of Your word that I’m living a life close to You in Jesus name, amen.

Habakkuk 3:19

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

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The Five Step Prayer Model

Simple Steps To Help Move in Supernatural Healing

Praying for the sick can be very intimidating. Yet it one of the things Jesus has called us to do.

And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Mark 16:17-18

Some people make this overly mystical or weird.  Others just pray for the sick as a courtesy, but don’t expect anything to happen.  Yet Jesus commands us to pray for the sick while expecting supernatural results. The gift of healing is for businessmen and preachers, artist and teachers, mechanics and welders. One of the components of being bold is having a simple model to follow.  This is what I am offering you today.

This model of praying for the sick is an adaptation of what I learned from two  men of God that I have received training from: Randy Clark and Mark Rutland.  I have found this model to be very effective and fruitful.  I have consistently seen healing and miracles using this process. Why don’t you read through it and step out in faith.

Step One: The Interview 

Briefly interview the person requesting prayer. Be attentive and gentle. A loving attitude on your part will do much to reassure the person that he or she is in good hands. Ask him or her what the physical need is, but don’t get bogged down with too much detail. For example:

“What is your name?” (A question or two to put the person at ease.) “What would you like prayer for?”
“How long have you had this condition?”
“Do you know what the cause is?”

Step Two: Command Healing

Some people are uncomfortable with this, but this is the biblical method of dealing with sickness, disease and injures.

The Bible Way

“I am willing. Be cleansed.” (Mark 1:41) 

“Little girl, I say to you ‘Arise.’” (Mark 5:41) 

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” (Acts 3:6) 

“Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” (Acts 9:34)

Command: A command addressed to a condition of the body, or to a part of the body, or to a troubling spirit such as a spirit of pain, or infirmity, or of affliction.

Examples:

“In the name of Jesus, I command this tumor to shrivel up and dissolve.”

“In the name of Jesus, spine, be straight! Be healed!” 

“In Jesus’ name, I command every afflicting spirit; get out of Sam’s body.” 

“In the name of Jesus, I command all pain and swelling to leave this ankle.” 

Step Three: Prayer Ministry

First, audibly ask the Holy Spirit to come. You can say simply, “Come, Holy Spirit!” Or, “Come, Holy Spirit, with Your healing power.” Or you may prefer a longer prayer. Then wait on Him for a minute or two.

Tell the person receiving ministry that you will be quiet for a minute or two, so that he doesn’t become confused about what is going on.

An Attitude of Receiving 

Ask the person not to pray while you are praying for him. Here again, be gentle and loving.

Sometimes a person may find it very hard not to pray. Don’t be hung up on this. Pray for him anyway.

Ask the person to let you know if anything begins to happen in their body, like heat, tingling, electricity, a change in the amount or location of the pain, etc.

If the presence of the Holy Spirit becomes evident, as by the person feeling heat or tingling or some other manifestation, continue waiting on Him until He finishes what He wishes to do at that time. When the manifestation has ebbed, check to see if healing is complete. If it is not complete, continue your ministry.

Remember: always pray or command in the name of Jesus!

You cannot use the name of Jesus too much! The power is in His name. Some who have anointed healing ministries sometimes simply repeat “In the name of Jesus”, over and over as their prayer for healing.

Thank God for whatever He does. You cannot thank God too much!

Pray Specifically

When you minister healing, seek to deal with the specifics of the condition if you know the cause, as well as with the symptoms. For example:

“Father, in Jesus’ name I ask you to heal the cones and rods in the retina of this eye. Father, in the name of Jesus, cause the scar tissue to dissolve and leave this eye. Oh God, restore the sight in this eye, in the name of Jesus.”

“In the name of Jesus, dear God, I ask You to heal this pancreas. Father, in the name of Jesus I ask You to touch this pancreas with your healing power and cause it to function normally. Cause it to produce insulin as needed and cause all diabetes to be cured and complete health restored. Release Your healing in the name of Jesus.” 

Be Persistent 

If you try one kind of prayer or command and get results but not complete healing, continue. Explain why you are continuing to the person receiving prayer or he may wonder about the repetition. Be persistent!

If you try one kind of prayer or command and get no result after a few times, try another kind! Be persistent!

Your Style 

You need not necessarily pray aloud all the time. If you wish, tell the person that you may pray silently at times. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He may give you some guidance you would otherwise miss.

It is often very helpful to pray with your eyes open, and observe the person you are praying for. Look for signs that God is at work in his body: fluttering eyelids, trembling, perspiration. If you see something happening or if the person reports a change in the pain or increased sight or other progress, thank God for what He is doing and bless it. Continue to pray in the manner that led to the progress.

If you are not accustomed to praying with your eyes open, this will require practice! However, it is worth the practice as it sometimes helps you see what God is doing.

Use your normal tone of voice. Shouting or praying loudly in tongues will not increase your effectiveness.

Step Four: Testing & Repeating

Ask the person to test the area of pain or do something they could not do before. Get them to check and see if the pain is still there. If it’s still present, then pray again.  If it’s partially gone, then pray a few more times until the pain is completely gone. Also encourage them to not fake anything.  We only want genuine results. The authenticity will open doors for other ministry and ongoing relationship. High pressure will make people feel manipulated and they’ll leave your presence with a yucky feeling. Persistence is important.  I usually experience a miracle or the beginnings of a healing on the fourth or five time I pray for people. When the healing manifest, then be sure to thank the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit.

Step Five: Post-Prayer Suggestions 

After praying, consider the following: Encourage the prayee’s walk with the Lord.

You might share a scripture verse. For some people, scriptural passages are extremely meaningful and encouraging.

If he is not healed or not completely healed, don’t accuse him of lack of faith for healing or of sin in his life as the cause. Take responsibly for the miracle not happening. If you leave a person feeling condemned, then you’ve ended your encounter with the person on a demonic note. Refuse to aline with accuser of the brethren.

Encourage the person to get prayer from others if there is little or no evidence of healing, or if his or her healing has not been completed.  Sometimes healing is progressive and sometimes it occurs only after a number of prayers for healing have been made.

Love! Love! Love! 

As a minister of healing, do everything in love.  I hope you found this helpful, but I really hope you try it out soon.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see tons of results at first; faith builds every time you pray.

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A Prayer of Determined Praise

Habakkuk 3:17-18

We’ve all had difficult times in life. We have all experienced moments where we think, “God, where are you?” It takes a determined faith to praise the Lord in these moments, and this is the faith that Habakkuk is encouraging us to have.  Let’s pray this prayer together that’s based on Habakkuk 3:17-18.

Prayer

Lord, my praise to You and my faith in You is not dependent upon my circumstance. It does matter if I am broke and there is no sign of provision in sight, I will still praise You.  I will still trust You. You are worthy of my praise in the good times and in the bad times, and Lord I praise You right now! Hallelujah!!!

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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The Three Life-long Stages of Spiritual Development

Part 3 - Responses and Snares Within Each Stage

 

In my first article on the phases of spiritual growth we looked at each phase itself and in my second article we looked the similarities of each of the phases.  Today were looking at how to respond to each stage and what snares can potentially trip us up.  If you’re just joining I suggest you start from the beginning by clicking here.

Our Response in the Thankfulness Stage

Remember, this is the starting point. The place we first engage grace. The place where God initiates.  In this place we’re rejoicing because the Holy Spirit is doing everything, there are times in this stage things just appear easy, which makes us feel like we’re pretty awesome!

Our response in this stage is to just receive. Our goal is to gobble up as much of the free stuff as we possibly can. We need to take in and exploit everything the Father is offering to us!  Don’t be eager to leave this place.  Certainly don’t rush it. The temptation is to hurry up and exit this phase due to the fact we believe we can conquer the world. Why should the world suffer when there’s such a mighty warrior here to save it? It’s easy to feel that we can save the world when the Holy Spirit is doing everything for us.

Nevertheless, when he delegates a tiny fraction of kingdom responsiblity to us in the next phase, it’s easy to believe the weight of the world is on our shoulders.  So in light of this, don’t be so determined to get into ministry or your personal vision so fast that you jump into problems and spiritual battles you’re not prepared to fight. Just chill out and receive.

Snares in the Thanksgiving Stage

This desire to rush the journey is the first snare that can trip us up in this phase. It’s real easy to pick a fight with a giant, when you’ve never even killed a lion or a bear (1 Samuel 17:36).

The second snare in this phase is falling back into sin. You’re not far from your old lifestyle.  The appetites for sin are still relatively accustomed to being fed.  Old habits are broken, but not forgotten.  This can be compounded by the ease of early grace.  The easiness of it all predispositions us toward pride, and pride greases the stairs for your fall down the staircase (Proverbs 16:18).

The third snare is the Joseph syndrome.  At this early point in the journey, the Father has divinely called you out from among the crowd. The Holy Spirit is hooking you to Your call by giving you an early taste of the things to come. He’s revealing your potential to yourself. You’re tasting the power of your gifts in their future and more mature state. One suffering from the Joseph Syndrome believes they’re so awesome that the sun, moon and stars are ready to bow down to them right now (Genesis 37:9). Lacking the maturity, experience and wisdom of a more seasoned disciple, they show off their pearls of revelation to anyone who will listen (Matthew 7:6).

The problem with the Joseph syndrome is everyone wants to throw them in the pit. Their pride and arrogance, that is hidden from them, is apparent to everyone else. While their older brothers have been baking in the sun watching over the sheep, there’re not quit as entertained by their inexperienced little brother’s self revelations of grandeur, even if they are from God.  If you know a Joseph don’t throw him into the pit. Just be silently content that God’s providence can help him find it himself.

If you’re suffering from the Joseph syndrome, it’s probably impossible for you to see it right now.  However, if you can, just sport your multicolored coat and thankfully know you’re not mature enough to work the fields like your older brothers. Be quietly gratified knowing you’re the Father’s favorite and ponder the word in your heart like Mary; don’t tout it like Joseph.

Our Response in the Praise Phase

In the praise phase you must respond to the Holy Spirit by embracing what he’s giving you. You must embrace the vision, calling and identity he’s placing upon You, while at the same time accepting the responsibility that accompanies these things.  In this stage you’re learning to be a manager in God’s kingdom. You’re growing into a person that’s co-laboring and co-reigning with him. You embrace the call along with the heavy responsibility that comes with it.  You are offering the sacrifice of praise, but also releasing the shout of praise in times of victory.

The Snares in the Praise Phase

The snares in this phase of your life-long journey are disillusionment and discouragement. We get disillusioned with God, with people, with other disciples, with leaders and the church as a whole. None of the above act in a way that is consistent with our expectations. They certainly don’t align with our assumptions of what “should be.”

Nevertheless, the redemptive potential of this place is powerful.  This is the place of character formation.  Though at times fruitful, it can be mundane. As we press through this stage we learn the value of friendship with God solely for the sake of the relationship.  He totally breaks us of seeking him for the purpose of seeing our dreams come true. We learn to seek him for the purpose of knowing him. Whether in success or failure, he becomes our prize apart from our circumstances. Many times as we remain faithful, vision fulfillment occurs in this season, but this is not guaranteed.

If you find yourself in this place, press though discouragement and disillusionment.  Don’t drop out of the race.  Don’t settle for being a good citizen, be a kingdom warrior that fights until victory is secured or until you die trying.

Our Response in the Friendship With God Phase

The third and final phase is the place of mutual friendship with God. In this place Father, Son and Holy Spirit is your best friend, which may have been true through all the phases, but now you have the maturity, experience and enough history together to be his friend as well.  Your response in this place is to choose to sit at his feet. Your focus is now interaction within his presence, not the vision or the call. Success or failure is irrelevant. He is the prize.  Knowing him with clarity and mutual transparency is the goal.

Snares in the Friendship with God Phase

The snares one faces in this stage is dependent on how things faired in phase two.  If one doesn’t believe they fulfilled their calling, as they interpreted it, there is a temptation to fall into bitterness, to live in a place of perpetual grieving and inferiority due to the fact that they didn’t reach their goals.  The people who have fallen into this trap rarely desire to press into his presence.  They feel betrayed by him.

If this is you, you must embrace the kingdom reality that you’re “being calling” trumps your “doing calling.”  You must embrace this passionately or you’re in danger of missing your whole life purpose.  Your purpose is not to be a machine that produces results, but to be a person that knows him. Remember this! The greatest commandments reap the greatest eternal rewards. The greatest command is to love him, so give yourself to his feet and let eternity pick the winners and losers.  If you choose his feet, then eternity will prove you wise.

The second snare in this place is wrongfully choosing more success over the humility of being at his feet. Maybe phase two was really good to you.  Whether by the sovereignty of God or by the wise use of your talents you bore much fruit. If this is you, there’s a danger of becoming success greedy. It’s hard to transition from being the visible head into moving to his invisible feet.  Even if you choose more success, then you must be aware in the economy of God’s kingdom, you’re not eating at the head table, but your eating at a buffet of lesser servants.

Unfortunately, many people who choose more success don’t attain it. Many times people overstay. How many people do you know that the business they own or the church they pastor would be much stronger if they retired three years earlier?  They can’t seem to let go. They don’t realize their time is up.

If this is you, then you must choose the humility of sitting at his feet. Your experience, counsel and consultation will be so much more valuable if you end on a strong note, especially if you offer this from a place of friendship with God.  Don’t be deceived into believing your value to the kingdom is based on your results for the kingdom. Your value to the kingdom is based on who you have become and the depth of your relationship with the Holy Spirit. As your physical strength diminishes and you find yourself unable to maintain the pace you’ve engaged in the past, then this provides the greatest opportunity of your life up until this point.  You now have the opportunity to deepen your friendship with the Father by drawing on a rich history lived with him.

No matter where you are on this journey, make a point to run to the end.  God speed my friends.

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A Prayer For Awakening Among the Lost

Habakkuk 3:2 & 5-16

It goes without saying that we need a spiritual awakening within our nation.  We need more than a revival among the saints, we need an invasion of the Holy Spirit among the lost.  Only the Holy Spirit effectively convicts sinners of sin and draws them to salvation.  For the fate of our nation to be changed, this awakening must take place among the masses not just the few.  Awakening can only happen by prayer and intercession. As we’re praying through the book of Habakkuk, we find a passage that serves as a great outline in praying for the lost.  Will you join me in prayer as we seek God for a mighty awakening to sweep the land?

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for the day You showed up in wrath. You judged sin at the cross. You destroyed the power of the Devil. With the Devil’s own spear and with His own plan You destroyed his kingdom. You placed every plague and pestilence on Jesus.  You poured Your wrath on him. When You arrived You had judgement in one hand and deliverance in the other. You delivered Your people and Your Messiah at the same time. You rescued him from the grave and You justified us while doing it (Romans 4:25). You are amazing and I love You with all my heart! Lord, I somberly understand that You will judge the peoples of the Earth and You will judge the people who steal Your land. In light of this send awakening among the unbelieving people’s. Draw them to the cross. Bring them into Your fold. Lord, remember mercy!

Habakkuk 3:2 & 5-16

Lord, … in wrath remember mercy…Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed—but he marches on forever. I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. Were you angry with the rivers, Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters. I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.

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The Three Life-long Stages of Spiritual Development

Reflections on Psalm 100 ~ Part 2

In my last article we discussed the three stages of spiritual development that occur over the course of ones lifetime.  If you haven’t read that article, then you’ll need to click here. My goal for this article was to examine how to respond to God and life in each stage of development as well as examine some snares that can trip us up in each of these stages as we journey into our calling, but that is not going to happen today. I got a little side tracked. So look for that in my next article.

In this article I want to state a few observations about the similarities within each stage of spiritual formation along with some responses that need to be embraced during them. So let’s get started.

1. Embrace where you are.

No matter what phase of spiritual development you’re in, you need to embrace where you are. For example, if your in stage 2, and the Holy Spirit is pressing vision into your spirit and mind the natural by product will be a longing to see that vision fulfilled.  In many cases, depending on your personality type, there will also be a correlating drive to accomplish and excel.  This vision and this drive is birthed by the Holy Spirit, don’t buck it.  Embrace it. You understand the goal of stage three is intimacy and deep mutual friendship with God, but one can’t skip to stage three. I’m also not saying a person can’t have an intimate relationship with God in this stage, but what I am saying is if God is filling you with vision, then act on your vision. If you’re in stage one, then know that things are easy right now and rejoice in that. Don’t feel guilty, there will be plenty of trouble waiting on you in phase two. No matter where you are, embrace where you’re at.

2. Lengthen and Deepen Your Vision.

You also need to be aware this will require resolve over the long haul.  Most people drop out of the race because their vision never extended beyond the next curve. When we talk about stages and phases of spiritual development we’re not talking about months and years. Where talking about a minimum of decade in each stage and sometimes three to four decades depending on how long you live. The greater the ambition to leap ahead, generally results in longer delays. Believe me, I am painfully aware of this reality.

You must understand that you’re setting your vision for the course of a lifetime.  Who do you want to be in the Lord, when your eighty and ninety? What legacy do You long to leave behind when your lying on your deathbed? Who do you want to be in heaven?  What eternal rewards do you long to accumulate?  Most leaders excel at expanding the width of their vision, but most leaders don’t excel at expanding the depth and length of their vision. You must do this.

3.  Understand your “being calling” trumps your “doing calling.”

You also must keep in mind, especially if you’re a reader from the Western World, that ultimately the callings on our life is not what God has called us to do, but it’s what God has called you to be.  There is a “doing” piece of the puzzle, but the thrust of the work of the Holy Spirit is focused on what God has called you to become.  I know it’s not what we want, but it is the absolute truth.  If this is the truth, then we might as well cooperate with the Holy Spirit. We are called to be like Christ. We were expected to reflect his image from the beginning. You must remember the Father revealed himself as the great I AM, not the great I Do.  Assignments are important, but you must understand the call “to be” trumps the call “to do.”

Actions are important, but God is looking for actions that are aligned with who we are.  It takes a long time to discover our identity and accept who we’re to become, then it takes the rest of our life to align who we are with the words we speak and the actions we take. The Holy Spirit is developing you to such a degree that everything that flows from You, flows from the essence of your being. The Holy Spirit is perfecting the congruency that flows from your life. It’s easy to get pulled into the paradigm trap of success and failure thinking, especially if you view your calling in terms of successful actions and results. Understanding your “being calling” does lessen the sting of apparent failure, but it doesn’t eliminate it. So in times of success or failure, zero in on who has God called you to become.

4. Each phase has seasons within it.

We also must understand that each phase of spiritual development also has rotating seasons within that phase.  So it’s possible to be in the “thankfulness stage” and have a winter of the soul. It’s also possible to be in the “Friendship phase” and have a season of Spring where we’re tilling the soil for a new endeavor. But one must understand that just as the seasons change during the calendar year, the seasons change within our phases of spiritual formation.  No matter where you are on your journey there will be: Springs where you’re sowing into vision and dreams; Summers of fun, labor and gathering fruit and produce; Autumns of abundant harvest; and winters of depression and cold.  We’re not promised a continual summer until heaven, where the trees produce fruit twelve months of the year. Whatever season you’re in just know it will change, it’s the nature of living on this side of eternity.

I promise in my next article in this series I’ll talk about how to respond to God in each stage of development and we’ll examine some snares that can trip us up in each stage as we journey into our calling.

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A Prayer for a Visitation of God’s Presence

Habakkuk 3:3-4

Humanity’s greatest need is to experience the manifestation of God’s presence. Yet so many times our ambitions and lesser desires distract us from seeking what is truly important for ourselves and the world around us.  Let’s respond to the words of Habakkuk and cry out for the presence of God.

Prayer

O God, send Your presence! Let Your glory fill the sky. May there be such a manifestation of Your presence that Your praise fills the whole planet. May Your Shekinah glory be so visible that it hurts our eyes just like the sunrise does in the morning. May Your miraculous power be at work! Your power that has been hidden put it on full display. Let the world know Your power. Let Your church pursue Your power. Visit us with Your presence in Jesus name, amen. 

Habakkuk 3:3-4

God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.

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