Friday, May 11, 2018

300 Mighty Warriors - a lesson in obedience

When I first woke up this morning, still lying in bed Abba started to talk to me about Gideon. Well not Gideon so much but about the 300 mighty warriors that were chosen by God to give victory to Israel and ultimately to God. These men were the top 300 picked out of the original 32000 that showed up for battle, these men were instinctive warriors it was what they were born for. They were all in for the fight willing to follow a man that Abba found essentially hiding in a dumpster scavenging for food for his family, the guy that responded to God by reminding that he was the smallest and weakest man in all of Israel. But Abba looked beyond that into what Gideon was made for and called that forth.

While I was pondering this dynamic I was reminded of way back in school when the gym teacher would pick the two least athletic kids in the class to be team captains not realizing that one of them was a born survivor and strategist. He showed me that guy was Gideon and he was now the leader of these mighty warriors and notice there is no mention of them questioning or scoffing at his directions. These 300 mighty men were prepared to go to war against an army of over 100,000. And in their very first battle engagement they were armed with trumpets, pitchers and torches. Not the usual warrior faire going into a massive battle. This initial engagement actually caused so much confusion that the enemy started to kill each other then they fled and the the 300 mighty warriors were released to go and do what warrior's do and because they were working in their calling and because they were obedient to the directions from the Lord they gained great victory and freedom for Israel.

A couple of things that stood out to me in this whole thing are:
• God will call who He needs, when He needs them to step into their destiny despite their current situation. And sometimes that person becomes the unlikely leader of a movement that will set people free.
• God has made us all with special, unique gifts to function in the world, to do battle, to heal and ultimately to love.
• When we are obedient to Him we will always be blessed. Sometimes that obedience will cause us to do something that is uncomfortable but He provides us the strength and the strategy to get it done.  Fear is not a factor.

For more context read Judges chapters 6-8

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Multiplication... Because He loves us

One of the things that we have tried to teach the young adults that we have worked with, and others, is that Abba is always talking to us and showing us new things. The key is that we need to be paying attention, watching and listening. 

This morning I had one of those moments. But first, I need to confess something. One of my favorite places to pray is in the shower. I put worship music on and enjoy the short time of not being interrupted, also it is a good time to pray for cleansing for anything that may have attached to you or that you may need forgiveness for. At times showering can be a prophetic act. But for me it's also soothing and allows me to clear my head of the days busyness. Another thing to consider is it probably the one time of day where you are the most vulnerable.

So, I was in the shower and I grabbed my bottle of body wash and started to squeeze some out onto my washcloth. I squeezed a little extra hard because I knew I was at the end of the bottle, I even had a new one next to it just in case.  But then way more came out than I even thought was left in the bottle, in fact there is probably enough for another shower. I said to myself "Dang, that was way more than I thought." That is when Abba said "I don't just supply or multiply when you are in need, sometimes I do it just to bless the ones I love." He also said that He "will always bless obedience."  I then had the thought that I had my back-up plan in place (the new bottle), but He wasn't concerned about my plan when He had one in place that was better. 

Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
He then reminded me of other times where He had blessed me similarly. On of these times was when I was in Bible college and we lived almost an hour away from the school. During this time things were tight financially, and there were multiple times when He took me 30 miles on 10 miles worth of gas, sometimes in traffic, because the gas was about $.30 cheaper near where we lived.

He also reminded that by nature He is a God of multiplication. Every living thing that He created on earth was created with the ability to multiply. In fact, one of the first commands He gives man is in Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it..." He also multiplies His gifts, blessings, grace and love. And when we take what He has given us and blessed, then it will be multiplied in our hands as was also give it away. It is how we partner with Him in the expansion of His Kingdom. An example of this is when Jesus and His disciples fed the 5000+. Jesus blessed the bread and fish, then gave it to His disciples to distribute. The multiplication miracle happened in their hands through faith and obedience, and there was even enough leftovers to fill 12 baskets for them.
Matthew 14:16-21 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So, they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

All this to say pay attention, Abba is speaking and showing us things all the time. And be obedient when He asks you to step out in His strength to multiply what He has given you for others.

Friday, May 26, 2017

On my way to work this morning the sky was brightening through the clouds and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw part of a rainbow.  I have always liked rainbows, as they remind me of the promises of God. Anyway as I looked back to see the rainbow it wasn't there. In my head I said to myself "bummer".  Then I heard Abba say, "do you really still need a sign to know that I am faithful to keep my promises?" To which I was first convicted, but then answered "no not really, but sometimes it's nice to get a little reminder." After I answered to be honest I was still hoping to see a rainbow, however what I got was much better.  I had a peace come over me and felt Abba say "Don't worry I got you". He is so awesome!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Walking as Children of the Light

Really felt like a reminder was needed today.

With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:17‭-‬32 NLT

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Location location location, or not

So for several nights I have woken up with John 4:20 in my head. I finally remembered to look it up while I was awake enough to actually read it.  As I read it and the following couple of verses it was very apparent that Jesus was making a point about worship. With Him the system of worship was about to change and change drastically. He was making a statement about worship being more about how than where. The established system of going to the temple to have a priest intervene on your behalfwas coming to an end.  The curtain that only the priests could go behind was going to get ripped open, in fact later in the new testament we are given a new position we are called "A Royal Priesthood ". Our system of church in some instances has reverted back to reliance on our relationship with God to have to go through a priest or a pastor, that was not God’s intent, never was was. He wants us to be able to come to Him directly our only Mediator being Jesus. He wants us to worship in spirit and in truth, and the location doesn't matter, your denomination doesn't matter. What matters is your passion and pursuit of a relationship with Abba, through Jesus and guided by Holy Spirit. It should become such a part of our identity that we can have open dialogue with Him no matter where we are or what we are doing.

John 4:20‭-‬24 NLT
So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.  But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.  For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mountain tops

Amos 4:13 For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth—The Lord God of hosts is His name.

When I was in Bible College there was a  lot of talk at one time about striving for the mountain top, like the mountain top was the goal.  Abba brought me into a vision we went from a lush green valley, through the hillsides and meadows and then to the top of a high mountain. Sitting down He said look around you what do you see? There was dirt, rocks, ice and a little snow, but no life. He then had me stand and lookout and the view was incredible, you could see for miles in any direction. He then explained to me that the mountain top is a temporary destination not the end goal. You work to get to the top it is a good place to rest, regain perspective and get the vision for the next part of your journey.  But ultimately we are called to live where the life is not just where you have a nice view of it. You the snow and ice that accumulate on the mountain top eventually melt and run off down the hillsides and into the valleys the overflow brings life.  So when you are in the valley or on the hillsides seek life .

Sunday, April 24, 2016


It has been a while  (about 2 years) since I've seriously written anything or posted on my blog. It wasn't due to lack of want to honestly couldn't put my finger on any one particular thing that kept me from it. But the one word that comes to mind is complacency.  Over the last few weeks a friend of mine has been used by Holy Spirit to nudge me. Apparently the nudging worked. 

I think many times when we hear the word complacent or complacency, especially in Chritiandom, we assume that someone has "backslid", or has walked away from God. But in reality it can set in even while you are in the midst of opportunities to minister to others, even if you have a semi regular time of prayer and worship.

For me sometimes it starts by falling out of my rhythm. For one reason or another  (travel, vacation, work, busyness) we get to where we start to lose traction, become easily distracted or lose motivation.  It's kind of like when you you haven't been to the gym in a long time and you know it's going to hurt for the first couple of weeks and you really have to push yourself to fully engage. In Revelation 3 it says:

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.  Revelation 3:15-16

To me being complacent in my walk with Abba, means I am no better than vomit that needs to be spewed. And when I start making my way back to the hot side, the enemy loves to remind me of that, this is why you need to be extremely careful of your self talk. The enemy loves to remind you of those negative things you say about yourself and tries to distract us from the voice of Abba, Himself saying "come to Me, My child I have been waiting for you." We need to deny the voice speaking lies and lean into the Voice that is drawing us in love. We need to remember that we have been given resurrection power through Holy Spirit and that power doesn't bring us back from death but also from a complacent life. It's like you don't need to have   full ressutation, but some oxygen and an inhaler that can open things up and get the flow going like its supposed to.