Praying in the Spirit

Background

Late last year as we were finishing up with our Angel Tree gifting, one the ladies that was helping us engaged me in small talk.

She said that she can not come talk to us until she has finishes with her morning prayer.

I really did not want to ask her what time she wakes up, our long she prays for me, and the routine she goes through.

I just nodded along.

Boundaries

My hesitation was not without merit.  I had gossiped about her earlier.

I had spoken to another team member that I hope she is taken good precautions due to the fact we travel a lot in groups of one, to people homes and just meet with them in bares.

My colleague told me that she is good and that these are her people.

I just smiled again.

Thinking to self, that does he think that for the fact I show up in our place of worship as Corporate, I care less.

Or that I am less relate-able.

Thoughts

As I was turning in my sleep this morning, I woke briefly to the thought of a lady that I met one morning during my daily commit.

Just another person trying to go to work.

I asked how she was doing and she shrugged.

We had a good full conversation.

God we have

That is the God we have.

He brings to us, to our thoughts, to our momentarily jerking while sleeping that we should remember each other.

We should prayerfully inquire as to whether the other is better ably navigating the struggles of life.

Praying in Spirit

Spirit of God

I really like the fact that my mind can not engage the Spirit of God.

All I can do is think of her incoherently.

Ask God to please be her Jehovah Jireh; The Lord who provides.

Not Know what to pray for

Scripture

Romans 8:26-27 ( Link )

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.

For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.

And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.…

Outline

Here is what Apostle Paul has to say :-

  1. Romans 8:26
    • The Spirit helps us in our weakness
      • He says we are weak
    • We do not know how to pray
      • Do not know
    • Spirit Intercedes
      • Holy Spirit is the one interceding
    • Groans too deep for words
      • Groans that surpasses our word craftiness
  2. Romans 8:27
    • Searches our Heart
      • Usefulness is predicated on a clean heart
    • Mind of the Spirit
      • Engages what the Spirit is hearing from God
      • Jesus said he will not speak of himself, but what he hears from God
    • Spirit Intercedes for the Saints
      • Spirit is taking over on behalf of the Saints
    • Will of God
      • Ensuring that the will of God is communicated to God on behalf of the Saints

Teach us what we should say to him

Scripture

Job 37:19

Teach us what we should say to Him; we cannot draw up our case when our faces are in darkness.

Outline

  1. Job 37:19 ( Link )
    • Elihu said to Job, teach us what we should say to Him
      • Since Job knows so much, let him be the teacher
    • We cannot draw up our case when our faces are in darkness
      • How does one lawyer up while confronted with the reality that he is in darkness

Scripture

  1. Pray in the Spirit
    • Ephesians 6:18 ( Link )
      • Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.
  2. The Perils of the Pilgrim
    • Psalm 10:17 ( Link )
      • You have heard, O LORD, the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their hearts. You will incline Your ear, to vindicate the fatherless and oppressed, that the men of the earth may strike terror no more.…

 

Sermons

  1. Ray Stedman
    • Ray Stedman – Man of Faith Series – How Prayer Works
      Link

Sermon In-depth

Ray Stedman

Ray Stedman – Man of Faith Series – How Prayer Works

  1. God
    • Prayer begins with a proposal of God
    • Prayer never begins with Man, it begins with God
    • God is always the one who proposes
  2. Acting upon a promise of God of what God wants
    • Warning
    • Proposal
    • Conviction
  3. Right of friendship
    • I will not keep this from Abraham
    • Called out of Grace
      • Favored position
    • Taught out of Grace
      • Doing Righteousness
      • Walk in righteous
  4. Language of Accommodation
  5. God’s Stewardship of Time
    • As soon as God had finished talking to Abraham, he returned to his place
    • God prayed in Abraham and set the limits of the conversation
  6. Prayer’s Provision
    • Joy of Partnership
    • Appropriate the Heart of God
      • Mercy and Compassion of God
      • Take a bit for ourselves the richness of God
    • Focuses the Power of God on an individual person or place
    • Affects the timing of God

Listening To

  1. Jason Upton
    • Jason Upton – Never Alone Martin (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
      Link

 

Damon Thompson / 2019 – Summer

 

Videos

  1. First Wednesday | Damon Thompson
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Celebration Church
        Published On :- 2019-April-8th
        Link

In Depth

First Wednesday | Damon Thompson

  1. Divine Restriction
    • Out live you
    • Out last you
  2. Long Path
  3. Release you from anxiety that can not endure the burn
  4. Spirit of God came upon
    • Where are Samuel and David ?
      • Saul had the same access to Samuel
      • When Saul the Political Spirit tried to attack the Prophetic Spirit
  5. Isolation Issue
    • Distance from God
      • Spiritual Warfare
    • Solitary Confinement
    • Go find a Father
  6. Fall into the Governmental Realm
    1. Created by a spiritual father
    2. I am going to have a take care of this myself
  7. Had he stayed their?
    • Saul and Jonathan could have ruled forever
  8. Split
    • Has long as you do not stay in Spiritual Authority
    • Properly respond to Spiritual Authority
  9. own
    • Own everything about you that is lawless
  10. Samuel took David
    • Samuel took David to go live with him
    • On the heels of becoming King, he went to live under Spiritual Authority

 

God and His Children – Discipline

Background

I am catching up on Francis Chan’s message during the recent “Altar Conference” in Fresno, California.

Francis Chan

Francis was speaking out of Hebrew 12.

God Disciplines His Children

Hebrew 12:4-6
Link

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

 

Quick Point

  1. Speaks of resisting sins
  2. Encouragement
    • It is the Father speaking to a Son
  3. Discipline
    • Do not make light of the Lord’s discipline
    • Yet, do not lose heart
    • Lord’s discipline is borne out of Love
    • It is borne out of his acceptance of you as his son

 

Guidance for the Young ( Proverbs 3 )

Anchor

Hebrews 12:4-6 is anchored on Proverbs 3:11-12

Proverbs 3

  1. Proverbs 3:1-2
    • My son, do not forget my law,
      But let your heart keep my commands;
      And peace they will add to you.
  2. Proverbs 3:3-4
    • Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
      Write them on the tablet of your heart,
      And so find favor and high esteem
      In the sight of God and man.
  3. Proverbs 3:5-6
    • Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths.
  4. Proverbs 3:7-8
    •  Do not be wise in your own eyes;
      Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
      It will be health to your flesh,
      And strength to your bones.
  5. Proverbs 3:9-10
    • Honor the Lord with your possessions,
      And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
  6. Proverbs 3:11-12
    • My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
      Nor detest His correction;
      12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
      Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
  7. Proverbs 3:21-26
    • Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
      And will keep your foot from being caught.
  8. Proverbs 3:27-30
    • Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
      When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
      28 Do not say to your neighbor,
      “Go, and come back,
      And tomorrow I will give it,”
      When you have it with you.
      29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
      For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
      30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
      If he has done you no harm.
  9. Proverbs 3:31-35
    • Do not envy the oppressor,
      And choose none of his ways;
      But His secret counsel is with the upright.
      But He blesses the home of the just.
      But gives grace to the humble.
      35 The wise shall inherit glory,
      But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

 

Referenced Work

  1. Francis Chan
    • Francis Chan | Session 3 | The Altar Conference 2019
      • Profile
        • A sermon by Francis Chan on the second day of The Altar Conference in Fresno, California.
        •  The Altar Conference 2019
      •  Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- The Altar
          Published on Jun 21, 2019
          Link

The Altar Conference / 2019

 

Videos

  1. Francis Chan
    • Francis Chan | Session 3 | The Altar Conference 2019
      • Profile
        • A sermon by Francis Chan on the second day of The Altar Conference in Fresno, California.
        •  The Altar Conference 2019
      •  Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- The Altar
          Published on Jun 21, 2019
          Link
  2. Mattie Montgomery
    • Mattie Montgomery | Session 1 | The Altar Conference 2019
      • Profile
        • A sermon by Mattie Montgomery followed by an altar call on the first night of The Altar Conference in Fresno, California.
      •  Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- The Altar
          Published on Jun 13th, 2019
          Link
  3. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson | Session 2 | The Altar Conference 2019
      • Profile
        • A sermon by Damon Thompson followed by worship on the second day of The Altar Conference in Fresno, California.
      •  Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- The Altar
          Published on Jun 19th, 2019
          Link
  4. Derek Carr
    • Derek Carr | Session 3 | The Altar Conference 2019
      • Profile
        • A sermon by Derek Carr followed by an altar call on the second day of The Altar Conference in Fresno, California.
      •  Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- The Altar
          Published on Jun 24, 2019
          Link

 

In depth

Derek Carr

Derek Carr | Session 3 | The Altar Conference 2019

  1. I am not going to interrupt what God is trying to do
  2. Keep pressing
  3. Keep pressing in
  4. Don’t come face to face with the Living God and walk away with more information
  5. DO not come face to face and walk away with more information
  6. The feast set before us is you Jesus
  7. You are not going to interrupt me, you stay, you do what you have to do
  8. That song, the evidence is all around you
  9. I can not deny his presence in this place
  10. If nothing else happens
    • What he has done to my heart
  11. I felt the father’s heart for his people
  12. Nurturing the path with people around you
  13. The spirit of religion will tell you what God has done and will do
  14. Raise your hands if you physically healed
  15. Oakland Raiders quarterback cannot do that
  16. heather, wife, she is from Fresno
  17. I do not lust because I love her as she is God’s daughter
  18. Do not settle down for anything than God’s best for your life

 

Speaking Loudly to God

Standing In Line

Standing in line picking lunch for the family earlier today, I met a man with a cross on his neck.

I asked him about his walk.

Cross Around Our Necks

I figure if you have a cross around your neck, you better have a good story.

Nothing New

He looked at me and said No, this is not a new story.

It started has a kid.

Grand Mother is a Jehovah Witness.

He is Catholic.

Just last week, he had his son baptized.

Over a girl

A few weeks ago, one of his good friends posted on Facebook, how he was going to end it all.

The friend and his girl were having problems.

He said this is a big man.

And, he has been training him for MMA.

He got him in the gym the next Tuesday and he promised they will go walk the lake afterwards.

Girl Issues

He broke his friend down.

Girl issues are peachy.

Having to worry about paying mortgages, striving for your young son to be financial independent is a bit harder.

Losing

Losing Money

He said to me, I can have that conversation as I have lost and not found.

Years ago, he was planning on going to the DR, Dominican Republic.

She later became his wife, but she was his girlfriend then.

They had visited San Francisco and got in a big fight.

He went out mad at the world.

Later he found out that he had lost over $3400 cash he was throttling around.

Losing what wasn’t yours

Later that week during Church Services, the man of God said he had a Word about someone who has lost money.

The story was about a rich man who showed up in heaven will a train of God.  He was asked why he brought so much with him; as heaven as enough Gold and Diamond; as is.

The Word is that losing is not letting go of what wasn’t yours.

 

Epiphany

My new friend looked at me and said my life turned around in 2004.

I saw God face to face and he asked me to draw a line.

No more game playing.

 

Speaking Loudly to God

And, so each day he boldly wakes up and knows he is able to speak loudly to God.

No discouragement, No ambush.

Just Clarity.

 

Listening

Listening to ….

  1. Church of Truth
    • Church of Truth – Not in a hurry ( 2018-Jan-7th )
      Link
  2. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson – Authority of Intimacy – Call to the Altar
      Link

Lyrics & Words

Church of Truth

Not in a Hurry

  1. Hurry
    • Just to rest in your nearness
    • I am starting to notice, you are speaking
    • I am not in a hurry
      • when it comes to your presence
      • when it comes to your voice
    • I am learning to listen
      • when it comes to your presence
  2. Get Rid
    • Get rid of the Failure
    • Get rid of the Lie of the enemy
  3. Spirit of God
    • When the Holy Spirit fills our lives, it fills us with the Spirit of God
    • It allows us to see into the Spirit World
    • Everything that is promised you, is promised you in the Spirit World

Damon Thompson

Damon Thompson – Authority of Intimacy – Call to the Altar

  1. Keep praying
  2. Peoples souls are in jeopardy, hanging in the balance
  3. Quit playing around with outer Church Christianity
  4. Conviction coming tonight
  5. The Love of God is coming to arrest
  6. Holy Spirit is coming to convict, righteousness
  7. God’s goodness is here tonight
  8. Issues of sin are separating you

Clear Word

Background

I like the fact that life happens and there are spiritual verses that we can use to reason through it.

I am hoping that this is a testimonial post.

 

Ravi Zacharias

Speaking the Truth

4 months or so ago, I was laying down after a hard day’s work and one of my wife’s cousin was going to call as were scheduled to have a phone conversation.

I did not know how to handle and manage that conversation.

It is not always easy been a champion of people; being an encourager.

And, so I was meandering.

But, then I again looked at the list of hits on our blog site and saw someone had clicked on one of Ravi Zachariah’s video.

I watched along, as well.

Less than a few minutes in, God’s word leapt to me.

Speak the truth to this person; no fluffs nothing.

Apologist

For a time there I took in all apologists that I could chew on.

My short list included :-

  1. RZIM
    • Ravi Zacharias
    • Michael Ramsden
    • Nabeel Qureshi
  2. Biola University
    • J.P. Moreland

But, lately, I am far more in to God’s presence ( Damon Thompson ) and Spiritual Warfare.

And, so I was surprised that when needing emotional clarity on how to speak to my wife’s cousin, God did not under girdle it with one of Damon Thompson’s words.

But, a straight up word from Ravi.

The words was get yourself together, tighten up your mind, and I, God, got this.

As an aside, Damon Thompson has spoken about taken in all of Apologetics that he could get his hands, on as well.

 

Wife’s Cousin Clear Word

She confessed where she was lacking.

My time with Stephen Ministry meant me not having to have her say more.

God’s ministry is not what we get, it is what we allow him to give.

It is proportional to that person’s faith, preparedness, and space they have created from the silly things and associations in life.

 

Outline

Family, we have to be cognizant and have internal honest conversations.

The list should include :-

  1. Promises
    • What promises are we back peddling on
  2. Traps
    • What traps are we setting for others
    • And, not realize that we are caught in the same trap
      • If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself ( Proverbs 26:27 )
  3. What is in it for me?
    • While in college, my college room-mate got in the habit of calling his uncle and asking for money
    • Finally, he realized that his uncle always switches things around and says I was just going to call your myself

 

Personal Take

I was involved in a good and long conversation this week.

He shared with me his take on why we have fallen leadership.

Again, Ravi Zacharias’s word bailed me out.

When one has a life of dissonance, eventually it will fall aside and apart.

Yes, there is incompetency.

But, also there is a life where people hold to failings and seek political advantages.

It takes a clear word from God and the gift of discernment to see through falsehoods.

Of course, we all need words of wisdom, words of knowledge.

These things are used to build communities; interconnect us through gifting.

They are used to reveal falsehood among brethren.

How ?

Bro, how can God use you, when he can not get a clear word out of you.

Pastor Paul LeBoutillier :- Priscilla, Aquila, Apollo, and Paul

Background

Pastor Paul LeBoutillier delivers a power sermon on how the church needs worker such as Priscilla, Aquila, Apollo, and Paul.

Scripture

Acts 18:24-27

Link

Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures.

He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.

He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia ( Corinth ), the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.

Acts 19:1-7

Link

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples

and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.

On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

There were about twelve men in all.

Videos

  1. Calvary Chapel Ontario
    • Acts 18
      • Acts 18 – The Gifts of Apollos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Calvary Chapel Ontario
          Published On :- 2015-March-1st
          Link
    • Acts 19
      • Acts 19 – Part 1 The Power of the Holy Spirit
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Calvary Chapel Ontario
        Published On :- 2015-March-8th
        Link

 

Additional Material

  1. Calvary Chapel Ontario
    • Acts 18 (Part 1) Concluding Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Calvary Chapel Ontario
        Published On :- 2015-March-1st
        Link