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A Commission for 2014

During my 2 week vacation I took a very intentional and somewhat painful break from technology including television, web surfing, Facebook, texting, email etc. It was much needed and gave me some great insight into myself where I have come from, where I am right now, and where I believe the Lord is taking me these next few years.

One of the keywords the Lord seemed to be placing in my heart through various devotions I have been reading, and conversations with friends is that the Lord is calling me and really all of us to “Purify”

Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

This scripture has come up repeatedly as the old hymn that we would sing in church.

I read a quote by Pastor Tom Lane about Gateway Church  talking about how pure the start of something is will determine it’s trajectory and ultimately the success of a thing. (paraphrased)

Then talking with a friend he quoted Joshua 3:5 and it hit me straight in the face!

Joshua 3:5 – Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”

You see what this all means to me is that I am going to work on the impurities, distractions, vices, opportunities, relationships, etc. that are causing me to lose focus to the PURE vision that God has given me.

You see I am an opportunist to the core! I want to take over the world! I can’t say YES enough to helping people, dreaming with people, launching new ideas, AHHHHH! I love it all!

So for 2014 my goal is simple to allow the Lord to purify the way I walk, talk, work, relate, communicate, and connect.

 

 

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‘Entrepreneur’ is not a job title. It’s the state of mind of people who want to alter the future. – Guy Kawasaki

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Watch and Pray with Me

WILL YOU WATCH AND PRAY WITH ME?

Matthew 26:36-46

Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken awayg unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”

As I have meditated on this scripture all week on how Jesus felt. He was in emergency mode! He realized His time was coming up and He was going to need His “A” game. The weight of His call was overwhelming to Him and as He has asked His inner circle to watch and pray with Him He was hoping they could understand the urgency of the times they were in. Jesus went to the Father with His urgent requests while the disciples fell asleep. He came back 2 times pleading with them to discern the times and ENGAGE! The third time Jesus came back He said well the time to watch and pray is over so go ahead and relax or sleep or whatever because now what we were contending for is upon us. The time to watch and pray was over it was time to walk it out.

Why these verses have been poking me for a couple weeks now is we are in the same spot again as believers. The Holy Spirit is stirring believers to watch and pray, but so many are side tracked with their own agendas and are not discerning the times we are living in. We desperately need to watch and pray in every area of our lives. We should not be responding to people without first being in a habit of prayer.

Now is the time!! I have been fasting since Monday and I am asking all of my friends to join with me in prayer, fasting, and watching (discerning) what the Lord is saying.

This is not business as usual folks! We are in desperate need of Jesus! We cannot continue to operate in the same manner we have been operating in.

If you feel like the Lord is stirring in your heart to watch and pray with me please comment, email, call me and let me know.

I am looking into doing a series of conference calls in the coming weeks to pray together. I am also looking for people who would host a watch and pray meeting in their home, church or business around this nation. We will help you put that together

Call me, text me, email me – But more importantly partner with us to watch and pray and seek the Lord together that is our only hope!!

Concerned about the state of our federal government and President? Start a watch and pray group

Concerned about how to love those who dont agree with your veiws? Start a watch and pray group

Looking for direction on what God is calling you to do? Start a watch and pray group

Feel anxious about where the state of this nation is? Start a watch and pray group

If you are in crisis financially, emotionally, physically? Start a watch and pray group

Remember the Jesus says in Matthew 18:20 – “Wherever two or more are gathered together in my name I am there with you”

These groups do not have to be elaborate, planned etc.

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Supernatural Provision #1: God can work with what you got!

I don’t know about you but I am tired of business as usual. I am wanting to see God in every area of my life especially my business. And I am thankful for all that He has provided for me and my family and the resources we have been able to steward into the places He put in front of us. For the past few months I have been having a growing sense to believe God for more specifically within my business practice. Not just more money but more of Him in my life. I am wanting to understand the full meaning of “Provision” as he sees it. This first story I am highlighting is such an awesome display of how God can take just a little something you have whether it be an idea, finances, talents, gifts, or anything else you are willing to submit to Him for supernatural multiplication! As we read this amazing story here are some key ingredients that stood out to me.

1. The woman realized and vocalized her needs to the Lord.
2. When asked what she had in the house she didnt hold anything back.
3. She was obedient to go do the work Elisha asked her to do which was gather as many pots as she could. I mean think about this He said gather as many vessels as you can not just a few. This took faith to believe in itself because she probably looked foolish going and asking everyone to borrow their pots.
4. She followed the instructions and actually got to watch in amazement as pot after pot the oil kept flowing into them.
5. She came back to the man of God willing to do whatever with the oil the Lord requested.
6. Was able to pay all her debts and made so much money her whole family was able to live on the rest.

2 Kings 4: 1-7
A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.

 

What gifts, talents, resources do I have in my house that the Lord is asking me to submit to Him so He can multiply them into a supernatural business model?

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Starbucks, Gay People, and Jesus

Dear friends who identify yourself as a disciple of Jesus I am once again saddened today as I read through facebook posts this morning and see the back and forth on defining marriage, human equality, and the cheesy gimmicks that many churches and leaders are using to get people to come to church this weekend since we know that Christmas and Easter is the time that we get the most people to show up. Do we not realize that the real marketing of your church is how you love people? Do we not realize that people are looking for authentic community not a good show.

I am saddened today because the Bible clearly states in John 13:35 – Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

We cannot even agree on how to love one another let alone reach out to a world that is watching and hoping that the “Good News” that we keep talking about is really going to be the “Good News” their hearts are crying out for.

As believers in Jesus we are not citizens of this Earth. We have been sent here as Ambassadors of the King. To represent all of the things that our Kingdom has to offer.

Phil. 3:20 – “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”

We are not here to tell people who are not followers of Christ how they should live or not live. (1 Cor. 5:12) My dear friends we will never see Christ’s love manifest on this Earth when we spend our time defending what we think are the principles that we believe everyone should live by. Jesus did not defend himself when He walked this Earth and He doesn’t need you to defend Him now.

Our job in a nutshell is to continually point people to Jesus. But when we rise up against people’s lifestyle choices, companies, administrations people cannot see through us to the only one that can change a human heart.

Show me in the Bible where Jesus has commissioned you to tell people the way they should live their lives if they are not believers?

Show me in the Bible where Jesus has commissioned you to rise up and speak so poorly against the President and this administration?

Romans 13:1-3 says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.”

WE ARE MISSING THE POINT OF OUR EXISTENCE ON THIS PLANET!

I challenge you today to think before you speak!

Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.”

I challenge you to review what your pattern of speech has been especially on social media.

What are you talking about? Do you focus on what is wrong with this nation? Do you focus on what is wrong with people who don’t know Jesus? Do you post lots of inspirational and motivational quotes that although I enjoy many times too but have literally no real power to change your life? In fact the only reason most of those people who have left those great motivational quotes for us to enjoy were only able to speak like that because of their devotion to the Word of God.

I challenge you to get into the WORD OF GOD today! And start declaring God’s Word over your life, your family, and those you come in contact with.

I challenge you ministry leaders to not create friendly speeches but equip and encourage the saints with the only thing that has the power to change anything.

God’s Word is powerful because it is inspired by God. Holy men of God wrote His Word as they were moved and carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)

“All Scripture is God-breathed (inspired) and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

God’s Word is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through you today to show the Love of Jesus. No one said it was going to be easy. That is why it is called Discipleship. We must develop disciplines in our life that are honoring to the Lord.

To anyone who is not a believer in Jesus that may have read this post today. I am sorry that those who have called themselves followers of Jesus have made you feel judged and made you feel as though you needed to defend yourself. I don’t need to agree with you and you do not need to agree with me but I will never back down from the one thing I know God Loves You So Much!!! And although church people have not always done a great job portraying this truth that is called the Gospel I promise you it doesnt make it any less true. Please come to Jesus today and I promise you will gain all the acceptance and love you will ever need from Him. He is waiting with open arms, and a big smile on His face to get the chance to be with you today. You don’t have to have everything figured out, look a certain way, or do certain things, you just have to come with an open heart to receive His love and to receive the work He has done on your behalf on the cross. God is not holding your sins, wrongs, faults, short comings, mistakes against you. Just come.  I LOVE YOU

 

 

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