Leadership Blog

17 Jul It Makes Me Wanna’ Dance!

I don’t know about you, but I have already composed my “why” list of questions that I will ask immediately after I pass through heaven’s gates. Here are just a few of my questions …
* Who in the world decided that it was okay to place calories in our foods?
* Why couldn’t Captain Kangaroo live forever and still be on television today?
* Why is it impossible to eat Cheetos without the evidence being left on your fingers and lips?

I know that these aren’t probably important to you. But here’s one last question that perhaps you have pondered …
* Why didn’t God put this or a similar disclaimer at the beginning of the Bible? WARNING – This book contains content that is guaranteed to cause uncontrollable outbursts of joy, insupressible displays of excitement, unrestrainable undignified behavior, and boisterous vocalizations not common for the typical church-goer.

I came across one of those disclaimer-worthy comments this past week as I was enjoying my daily time in the Word. Here it is … (Get your dancing shoes on!)

“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty,
and floods upon the dry ground:

I will pour my spirit upon thy seed,
and my blessing upon thine offspring.”

 Isaiah 44:3

When I read this verse, I got beside myself with excitement. God said, God said, God said (I’m not typing just to provide exercise for my fingers), God HIMSELF said that MY children and EVERYONE that has a drop of my blood (my heritage) flowing through their veins WILL have His Spirit poured upon them and WILL receive His blessing. This came from the God who cannot lie. (Numbers 23:19). Just typing this is causing me to get excited all over again!

I’ll stop right here and leave the rest of response to you!!! (This would be a good time to release some of that joy and excitement!)

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10 Jul Want to Flow in the Gifts of the Spirit?

Quite often in our Ignite & Unite Conferences and Holy Spirit Rallies, I will ask this question … “How many of you would love to flow in the gifts of the Spirit?” Without exception, the room will be filled with those desiring to be used of God in this manner. It is so exciting to see that these believers want to be used of God to edify the Body of Christ. But when asked the follow-up question “Do you know how to flow in these gifts?” it is rare to receive an answer. It’s no wonder why we aren’t seeing the gifts of the Spirit in operation in our gatherings. Those in our congregations simply don’t know how to step into being used of God in His spiritual gifts.

Let me share one of the best observations about being used in these spiritual gifts.

“I have found in my own life that the more that I pray and worship God
in tongues, 
the more manifestation of other gifts of the Spirit I have. The less
I talk in tongues,
the less manifestations I have. Speaking with tongues
is the door into 
the rest of the spiritual gifts.”
~ Kenneth E. Hagin “Why Tongues”

Amen and amen. But, lest you misunderstand what Brother Hagin is saying, let me add this one cautionary note. Brother Hagin isn’t saying that God is counting the time spent praying in the Spirit as the qualifying factor for opening the door for you to operate in a spiritual gift. It’s not a once you hit the benchmark ## hours of praying in tongues that you suddenly become worthy of operating in His gifts. What Brother Hagin is saying is that the time invested in communing with the Father through the Spirit creates a sensitivity to His promptings and leadings thus opening the door to the supernatural manifestations of the Spirit. The greater the sensitivity, the greater the flow. The less the sensitivity, the less manifestations of these gifts.

Don’t you love the simplicity? To the one desirous of spiritual gifts, this simple revelation of praying and worshiping God in tongues will launch them into a realm of relationship that they have never before experienced and bring about Book of Acts ministry demonstrated through their lives. The door is ready to be opened. Pray and worship in the Spirit.

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03 Jul Smile! You’re the Focus of God’s Picture!

I don’t know about you, but when I am included in a group photo, the very first person that I look for when I see the picture is myself. At first, I forget about all of the others in the picture. In fact, I really don’t care what the others in the picture look like because my primary focus is on me. (Now, don’t get some cocky, hotty-totty attitude. Whether or not you will admit it, you do the very same thing.)

Evidently, God knows about our “me” mentality. In reading the Word, when God takes a “picture” of a crowd, we find over and over again God making a promise and immediately directing the attention and pointing His finger to you. In other words, in God’s estimation, you are standing out in His picture.

Here are just a few examples of you standing out in His “picture” of the sending of the Holy Spirit … (note – the capitalization is mine)

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give YOU another Comforter, that he may abide with YOU for ever …” John 14:16

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with YOU, and shall be in YOU.” John 14:17

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach YOU all things, and bring all things to YOUR remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto YOU.” John 14:26

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto YOU from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which procedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”  John 15:26

There are just a few of the Holy Spirit snapshots. And, I might add that the “you” in each picture sure looks great. It’s no wonder why He made you the focus of the picture. You look simply marvelous!

Now that you’ve located yourself in God’s pictures, go share these pictures with others and be sure to tell everyone that you’re the one that God Himself is pointing to and announcing that powerful things are in store for this all-important person!

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26 Jun What God Expects When You Minister

Want to know God’s expectation for every pastor, children’s/youth ministry pastor, Sunday school teacher, and mid-week Bible club teacher? It doesn’t take paragraph after paragraph to tell His purpose for you stepping into a ministry opportunity. Smith Wigglesworth said it best …

“Now, beloved, I am out for men. It is my business to be out for men.
It is my business to make everybody hungry, dissatisfied.
It is my business to make people either glad or mad.
I have a message from heaven that will not leave people as I find them.”
~ Smith Wigglesworth “Faith That Prevails”

Nothing more needs to be said!

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19 Jun Heaven’s Prayer Elevator Operator

The Holy Spirit constantly finds a way to amaze me. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was just 10-years-old in a Royal Rangers meeting and here it is ** years later (I’ll leave it to your imagination just how old that I am) and He is still revealing things about His personality and desires that I have never seen before. For example, early this morning I was awakened with Him talking to me and giving me an illustration that made me all the more thankful that I have a relationship with Him.

Here is what He showed me. One of the Holy Spirit’s many assignments and unofficial titles is the Prayer Elevator Operator. In His speaking to me, He showed me that there are different levels (floors) of prayer. For example, we start on the Ground Floor, also known as the Perfunctory Prayer Floor. You know what I’m talking about. This type of prayer is when you mindlessly rattle off a bunch of religious words that you feel obligated to say … the prayer over your meal, the prayer at an early morning prayer meeting that you have to attend, etc. We have all prayed this type of prayer, right? The Prayer Elevator Operator showed me that as the Prayer Elevator moves up a few floors, we arrive at the Limited Knowledge Floor. Again, we’ve been to this floor many times. On this level, we say words like, “God, you know what is needed” or “God, you bless them right now” because we are clueless about what is needed. Then, we can get back on the Prayer Elevator and move up a few more floors until we arrive at the Biased Prayer Floor. It is on this floor that we pray with our prejudices and quirks. Perhaps you have heard that there are three sides to every story … your side, my side, and then the truth. Too many times, we have heard only one side of an issue or problem which makes us want to call down fire from heaven on a person or situation. With these biases, we can totally miss out on what God wants to do. Have you been on this floor before? The final floor that the Prayer Elevator Operator showed me this morning is the Perfect Prayer Floor. It is on this floor that we as believers bypass our mind (understanding) and allow our spirit to connect with the Holy Spirit. As we pray in other tongues and at times groanings, we begin to present the perfect will of God to heaven’s throne and things start happening. (Romans 8:26-27)

What I’ve shared isn’t original with me. The Holy Spirit gave this to me. So, please, please, please share this with as many believers as possible. It will revolutionize their prayer life as they allow the Prayer Elevator Operator to transport them to a whole new realm of powerful, effective praying.

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