I was so frustrated! I couldn't seem to think clearly regarding a solution for a media project I had been working on. Have you ever been in a situation where no matter how many hours and energy you put into something it feels like you aren't making any progress? This is how I felt. I made the decision to take a day off of work. I spent most of the day outside walking in a park. There was no deep thoughts, no workload, and no stress. Just pure sunshine, warm air, and the sound of a gentle breeze moving through the leaves on the trees.
If there is one thing I have a bit of solid ground knowing about, it's this. The brightest and most life changing insights have often come during my darkest and hardest of days. How about you? I have found this to be true in my life and have also seen it happen in the lives of others. The bright "light bulb moments" that help us navigate those very hard days (and yes some hard weeks, months, years) occur when we humbly listen to God in quiet trust. Those two words, "Humbly and Quiet," they are real words, not metaphors or gooey spiritual blips!
Greetings, friends and ministry partners! I am so pleased to announce that I have recently completed the manuscript for what I truly believe to be one of the most needed, most comprehensive books ever written regarding the power of faith and belief, my newest release THE MIND: Beliefs, Perception, Neurons, and Sound Waves. In this newest release, I share what I truly, firmly believe to be a clarion call to the Body of Christ and to humanity at large: a need for greater understanding of the mind. Whether you've ever taken the time to fully realize it or not, you are powerful beyond belief. The same power that formed the worlds and hurled the stars onto the canvas of the night sky at Creation is the same power that now resides within your very own being.
The Lord gave me a prophetic dream for Hebrew New Year 5780 concerning the decade of "Pey" which is the Hebrew letter for the number 80, a symbol that has the appearance of a "mouth". Many prophets have been sharing that this will be the decade we must speak to move destiny and create change in the earth. In this dream, I was at the podium speaking and there was only a few people in the sanctuary and they were working in the back. These were people who care for the church and they were talking and taking out garbage. They represent the servants no one notices as they serve God humbly.
"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Hebrews 8:12 When something goes wrong, is your first thought, "Well, this must be happening to me because of the sins that I have committed"? When you have a flat tire or fall sick, do you wonder, "What sin is God punishing me for now?" If your answer to both questions is "yes," you are not alone. This kind of thinking is so prevalent in the church because many believers don't really believe that they are under the new covenant. They believe the opposite of today's Scripture and think God is not merciful to their mistakes and always mindful of their sins.
To believe that the source of overcoming is in us without Him is a deceit and a lie. Many say, "confess it," and we can, but what we confess is our FAITH. Our power is IN HIM, not "in us." No "perfect doctrine" overcomes; it is the Spirit of God in Jesus that does. We are in a fallen world and we get a foretaste of the future glory in Jesus. We are "doing time" here, but one day the sentence is up and if we are aligned right, we get free, forever. I hurt with those who hurt because I have lost my own family and friends to deaths. The older you get, the more you get to deal with it.
Three years ago this month, my wife and I packed our belongings and made the biggest move of our lives. After living in Florida for 24 years, we pulled up our roots and relocated to Georgia. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done because I'm a sentimental guy who gets very attached to people and places. Yet I found extra grace for this transition because I knew I was following the Holy Spirit. Counselors say relocation is one of the most stressful things in life—ranking right up there with the death of a loved one. It's a huge combination of stressors—selling a house, buying or renting a new house, hiring movers, leaving friends and stepping into the dark unknown. Not fun!
Love is a basic message. However, it is a message we aren't hearing from the pulpits. It is a message that needs to reverberate in our souls. Our spirit man knows love, because a key characteristic of Christ is love. However, are we allowing our soul to be love and give love? This morning as I was in worship, the Spirit of the Lord came in powerfully and a new song came up prophetically from within me. As I was singing and ministering over my team in the room, the word love came up. The Spirit of the Lord started to speak to me about love.
Does it seem like the stuff that used to work for you doesn't anymore? If you've ever tried to lose weight, you may know what plateaus are. It's when your body stops responding to what was working before. Health and fitness coaches will tell you to switch up your routine to "shock" your system so you can keep getting results. Or maybe you've outgrown your "shell." There are certain animals that have to leave their old shell when they've outgrown it in order to find a bigger one. Do you feel like you need room to grow?
We walked out of the restaurant, and as soon as I turned around a little boy was standing confidently in my path, hand outstretched to shake mine. He looked me straight in the eyes and asked me a question. "Sir, would you like to buy some cookies or snacks or make a donation to support my Scout troop?" He couldn't have been more than four or five years old and maybe three and a half feet tall, but he had a determination about him I rarely see in most grown men. I immediately smiled, delighted at the unexpected encounter and said, "Of course!"