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Are you In-Tune?

June 28, 2011 — 1 Comment

In 1995 I was sent to Kiev, Ukraine, with YWAM, as a missionary. In our first week there we found an apartment to move into for our stay. It was customary to have the church leader come over and pray over the new home or space. It can be compared to what we do in the US called a house-warming or house-blessing. We decided to invite the assistant pastor, of the church we were working with, over for dinner.

That night as we were preparing a typical meal of eggs, potatoes and ham there was a knock at the door.

It was the assistant pastor.

“Come on in” we said after a brief hug.

He stepped in and instantly froze. We were surprised of course by the abrupt interruption. He didn’t move and judging from his blank stare seemed to be engrossed in thought. The he looked at us.

He said in Ukrainian…”something is wrong here”.

He slowly walked into the apartment and towards the bedroom. He then proceeded to get on his hands and knees and reach under the bed. When his hand came back out again we were amazed to find him holding an occult book of some sort.

I was floored. Actually my whole team was.

I was at a loss for words and in awe of the power of the Holy Spirit.

How could he do this? Was this man was so in tune with the Holy Spirit that he could sense when things were not of God in a room

This story is a perfect example of how vital it is to stay connected with the Holy Spirit.

In 2 Corinthians 13:14, it says:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, amen.”

Staying connected with the Holy Spirit also gives us a third party. A tuning fork if you will for life that keeps Christians united to the same key. This is the importance of Christian Community. If the same Holy Spirit that leads me leads you as well we can walk together in agreement.

Getting in tune with the Spirit is a daily process. A few steps to this are:

Identity – getting rid of your old identity and finding your identity in Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Prayer – Continuous prayer and putting God’s will first in your life

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Sacrifice – setting aside your own life

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

Listening – too often we pray and never listen to God speaking or answering. Distractions can get overwhelming and it is simple to say “be still” rather than to actually be still.  The Spirit can help quiet the noise.

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Questions to ponder:

How in-tune to the Spirit are you these days?

Have you ever been able to hear from the Spirit like the assistant pastor could?

Which of the 4 steps do you need to work on and why?

An excerpt from a book I am writing with Adam Fagan-Kela and Jack Osteen

New England has recieved the moniker “The preachers graveyard”. It is a very broken area of the US and it is continually amazing to see how little people seem to care.

Well it’s no secret to those who read my blog that I and others have been working really hard to change the idea in this community that the church can’t come together.

It started with a few pastors meeting and praying and the excalated to 6 of them and all the youth pastors meeting separatly. These are regular meetings monthly with the expressed purpose of praying and talking about unity.

We have as leaders noticed something as of late though. We are all dealing with similar issues and we are being attacked spiritually on the same “plane”.

Now I already made a note about how at my church Lifepath Church we decided to postpone the youth ministry for the summer. After a meeting with the local Youth pastors we realized they were wrestling with the same issues and decisions and we all committed to a summer of prayer together.

The pastors also committed to monthly gatherings for the congregations , going from church to church, for 6 months. We came up with the not so over used, but highly effective name 1Prayer.

Fast forward to last night.

Let me preface this real quick. Inviting people to pray is almost like asking people to go to the dentist. It’s uncomfortable and scares the crap out of people so people don’t go. Most churches prayer meetings are small and full of just women.

Last night we had our first 1Prayer meeting at Graceway Church of Christ. 8 Churches were represented. In RI where I am the churches are not huge. Between 6 churches we have around 1000 members total. This first multichurch prayer meeting had an attendance of well over 100 people.

I need to make the readers of my blog realize how insane that is. Aquidneck Island where I live before last year may just have been the mecca for all things disunity. Church hopping and sheep-stealing became an epidemic and fear within the churches grew to a level that is just sad to think about.

God has been speaking something new to the church. Something new that may sound surprisingly old.

“It’s MY CHURCH”

Last night at prayer pastors got up and repented before the congregations for holding back the move of God because of thier own bitterness and fear. Many tears were shed and walls were broken down.

We realized he have to fight for EACH OTHERS LAND. Not just our own. So we united as one church lifted the pastor and the church that we were in. And the Holy spirit shook the place like I have never seen in a multichurch meeting.

There was an overall sense that This night WILL go down in history as the catalyst of change in New England.

I will end with this… If you are a Christian in RI (and everywhere) and you are not moving forward. You are sitting on your hands. Jesus is calling you to rise up, to show up and to join the Army of the Lord.

Misty Edwards song says somthing that we need to hear during this time:

I can hear the rythm of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Cause He’s doin a new thing, so we’re singin a new song

He’s not a baby in a manger anymore
He’s not a broken man on a cross
He didn’t stay, in the grave
And He’s not stayin in heaven forever

People get ready, Jesus is comin’

Once again I’m gonna shake everything that can be shaken
Once again I’m gonna break everything that can be broken

Are you ready, are you ready for this?

A friend of mine on the net (twitter, IM and blogging) is going through some insanely tough times right now. Pray for him and his wife.
On top of everything he received some horrible messages from people.

Let me say something..this world is messed up. And Christians, of all people, should not be trampling on others when they are down.
John is a great guy. He does great work for the kingdom. He has a beautiful family.
And sadly they have been met with horrible tragedy this week. He needs Gods peace, grace, and our love.
So unlike some other people that have sent him messages…Don’t be an idiot. Extend the hand of Christ instead.

Please go now to human3rror and pray for their family. It all starts with this post.

Inaugural Prayer

January 21, 2009 — 1 Comment

What an awesome prayer yesterday.

We need to as the church follow Rick Warrens example and pray for our country and leaders even if we disagree.

Christ is still on the throne.

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An internet friend and accomplice in my music ministry sent me an urgent message at like 2 AM this morning.

please pray. my mom is in critical condition on life support. in the cardiac care unit of one of the best hospitals in the world.”

So PLEASE PRAY for JUSTLORI.

I will let you know more as I hear it.