Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Opening up God's Voice

by Dale Shumaker

How do we hear God's voice. I believe Psalm 5 has the answer to the process that gives us Divine direction from God and His Spirit. A direction that has Spiritual Intelligence and strategy as was common for Joshua and Jesus.

The Lord will direct our path.

In Psalm 5, when in the temple of the Lord He will show us plainly the path to follow.
7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
I feel this is crucial for what we do every day.

The key factor is ...
Being in His presence.
Then following what He says there.

It is simple to understand, harder to create a discipline.
This is where the principles of the Body of Christ come in.

As a team, entering God's presence, through worship,
taking time to hear from Him.
Then following His directions.

When we start with praise and worship in song,
then as we get ideas,
share with others,
and follow these directions that day as from God.

This is the process as I see it in Scriptures and sense in my Heart.
This I feel is the whole missing ingredient of why we see no power. This is the secret to power being expressed through us in Spirit.

I was also looking at Jesus' normal day at the office. (Luke 6,7 NLT)
18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
21 At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. 22 Then he told John's disciples, "Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. 23 And tell him, 'God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.

He lived every day walking, delivering people from what oppressed them. People sought Him out because they knew they needed something more than just the Law but the Living Power of God to deliver them.They didn't know what to call it, but they knew Jesus had it.

We have the same privilege and right of participation.
Go and live in His Spirit.
Walk in His Presence.
Go to His Presence and He will direct your paths....
And you will see Miracles!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Spirit-Powered Goal-Setting Process

by Dale Shumaker

Anybody set on a mission, in business or life, will benefit from this process. I call it the Spirit directed goal-setting process or Action process. It is Spirit directed, with Spirit inspiration and power along the way.

The Spirited-Powered Action process...
Follow the Joshua (1) process...

Know where 2 or 3 agree Jesus is there.(Matt. 18)
It's about....

Seeking God First in all things,
Set directions as God gives you.

Recording what His Spirit brings to mind.
(write the vision daily, the prophetic word by the prophets was written down)

Craft the strategy, organize your thoughts as Spirit directs.

Re-enforce it with faith, and reminders of past victories.

Use Scripture Power reminders to overcome unsurmountable obstacles
(Again, write all this down)

Speak Scripture promises affirmatively.

Share what is inspired with another.
Speak it back to each other.
Say it out-loud to each other and continue to proclaim it.

Proceed into battle with a shout, proclaiming His promises in confidence of voice.

Carry out the strategy with boldness.

Support each other,
fight as a unit and combine faith Spirit.
One in Spirit is your Power. Be one in effort, in Spirit.

Speak faith into each other.

Report what is happening and keep each other going.
Get new insights, proclaim it and go back into battle.

Keep a record of victories, and return to seek God for the next battle.

Carry your Fight Book with you everywhere, and constantly record the Spirit as He speaks to you throughout the day.

To summarize the process:
Pray it,
See it in Spirit in mind,
Confess it,
Scripture it,
Write it, craft strategies,
Share it,
Unite in it,
Boldly advance,
Proclaim it,
Support each other,
Review victories,
Constantly seek God.

Be Bold, be Strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

Expect Miracles, live expectantly !!!

With God's plan in hand, you walk with power in your step because you walk in His steps.

Make your own Spirit-powered goal system,
(build your own notebook, with your design, methods similar to your personality), and keep refining as you learn each day.

This will increase its power.

Each person's should be personalized.
Each person should have his/her own style, but the ingredients be similar.

This is your Flight Plan, your Fight Plan, your Power Plan.
Be Bold, Be Strong, for the Lord, the God over all conditions of earth,
is With You!!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A New Looking Church coming in a New Wave of Spirit

by Dale Shumaker

When Jesus came to earth the first time,
the religious community was caught unawares.
They had several preconceived ideas on how this would happen.

Today there is surfacing a move of Marketplace ministers who
do a job in the Marketplace to build the Body of Christ,
networking as a community there...
no names, no fanfare, no organizations, no designated buildings...
just those who love the Lord and want to see His Spirit in men
and women where they are. This will foster a new looking church,
and many may be caught unaware of what is going on... again.

So what will this new church of this new wave of Spirit be like.

It may not be about just a marketplace thing. I sense a move of God coming that will hit areas we haven't really thought of before, or least expect it to.
I sense a strong home, gathering place movement coming or little groups who get together will start talking about God and things and the Spirit of God will be poured out on the group.

It may be a youth thing within a general youth activity like the softball team, the jamming band at Dad's coffee shop, the social network they form to talk about life things.

It will be a God thing so sovereign, that He will do it in a way that it gets to the people where they are, in what they do. It will take over many common venues of activity.

I do see a shift from going-to-meetings to God taking-over-meetings of all kinds that already exist.... in diverse segments of society.

It takes one to catch the fire of Spirit and that spreads to others and before you know it the whole group's on fire in Spirit. Groups will lack a specific identity, being led by Spirit than being a formally organized group. The assembling of each other in micro-social units of Spirit is more the gist of it. And there is a lot of variety in the where, with whom, how that happens.

Music, worship, prayer, prophetic sharing, healing will be key ingredients. They will be taught directly by the Spirit, as Jesus said. Groups of the Spirit, by the Spirit and in tune with the Spirit... sharing what is going on in Spirit in their lives. Spontaneity and creativity will be highly characteristic.

Regular sales people will become evangelists who penetrate homes and businesses, unsung professionals and laborers will become ministers seeping through the cracks and crevices of a community and into special groups. They will be the rivivalists... the most unlikely but called candidates of Spirit to ignite the fires. As the Apostle Paul said in Acts 20, their job is their ministry platform, while their income from it is for supporting their real job of God's ambassadors.

So prayer, quiet unnoticed prayer, will be the power center for the move of Spirit and the foundation to all that comes about. Those who sense this new wave of Spirit will enter prayer on their own initiative and they will respond to direct prompts of Spirit, and do it quietly on their own.