Wow brothers, last night was POWERFUL.
We finished off chapter one and pressed into what it means to be FULLY ALIVE and acknowledged yet again that we were born into a war of heavenly proportions whether we like it or not.
It was awesome for me to experience the heaviness of the days burdens lift off as we pressed into the reality that we have both an enemy who wants to destroy us and an all powerful God who is for us and rediscovering that WE CHOOSE WHOSE VOICE TO FOCUS ON.
If we are listening to the hopelessness and condemnation of the Enemy then we are going to be filled with depression, fear, anxiety and hopelessness.
If we are listening the God’s promises and acknowledging the miracles He has already done in our lives by getting us this far and the immeasurable joy that He gets in our being FULLY ALIVE then we have no other option that to be filled with hope, praise and worship.
We can celebrate in the midst of the hardships, this is what it means to be FULLY ALIVE
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Continued blessings in Christ,
What affect would it have on your day if the first thought that went through your mind when you first opened our eyes in the morning was “God I know you are with me and that me being FULLY ALIVE today will bring you great joy and glory.
But with that we also must acknowledge there is an Enemy who will stop at nothing to undermine us living that out today.
As so many have eloquently said in so many Holy Spirit filled sermons that I’ve listened to…
THE BATTLE IS IN OUR MIND
Much like being in a raft paddling upstream – there is no such thing as “taking time off”. If you stop paddling for even a moment the current rapidly takes you backwards.
Each and every day we must awaken with the Hope of Christ “Fully Alive” within us and drop any naivety that “maybe today the enemy won’t hurl shells at me”.
Be intentional about armoring up each and every morning and be expectant that the glory of God through our living FULLY ALIVE will surely come to pass.
PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD
Ephesians 106:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [e]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm
We are going to jump into “man fully alive” and “the war” in week three (May 18) this week – you don’t want to miss this!
Blessings in Christ,
In the retail world they would call our first meeting of Waking the Dead a “soft opening”.
We didn’t dive into the book yet other than to step into some of the introduction but we did spend significant time sharing a bit of our stories, our desires for this journey and expose the challenges faced in relationships and character development.
If you missed the first week fret not – most were still waiting for their copy of the book to come in; if you haven’t ordered yours yet do so asap and check out the WTD page to download a copy of the first weeks Questions & Reflections. Next week (May 11) we will be diving in to Chapter One.
My prayer is that every man will enter this season with high expectations that God will show up in a mighty way, marriages will be restored, strongholds and agreements will be broken, and each man will come to realize the role and power of the Holy Spirit that qualifies each to step into the battle for relational restoration and soul reclamation.
Press on men!
I love this new season brothers!
As our Thursday group pressed into the Wild at Heart material and Fellowship Monrovia finished up the James Series and we anticipate the coming Waking the Dead journey I continue to feel my heart drawn more towards living in the freedom and boldness Christ purchased for us.
We are given the authority to cast out demons and heal the sick, we are co-heirs with Christ given the same Holy Spirit that raised the dead. We may not be able the manifest that in the physical realm but our battle is not of this world but instead spiritual in nature against the enemies of our own soul and relationships.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places
It is to that end that I woke this morning with an old friend – the desire and willingness to step into my blog. I’ve written in it for years however it has been months since I’ve been in a space to slow down and process my own journey of redemption and press into the joy of being transparent in my own struggles within that medium.
If you are even remotely interested then check out my journey of redemption blog-site and the latest entry entitled Mental Masturbation.
Blessings in Christ,
Hey bros. Our Thursday group has been meeting for more than 2 years now and the contact lists have become quite outdated.
To help refresh our current active group participant list we are going to migrate into a new WhatsApp group.
Over the next couple weeks we will be intentional about providing plenty of opportunities for people to RSVP for the new group. Once we have the migration complete we will remove wild at heart and Thursday discipleship groups.
Watch for the notices and make sure and notify Craig or George that you would like to stay connected with everyone in WhatsApp.
Iron sharpens iron!
Wild at Heart helped men get their hearts back.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” That’s the offer of Christianity, from God himself.
Just look at what happens when people are touched by Jesus―the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life. In other words, to be touched by God is to be restored. To become all God meant you to be. That is what Christianity is supposed to do for you―make you whole, set you free, bring you fully alive.
But Jesus also warned that the path to that life is narrow, and few people would find it. You’ll notice few have. Waking the Dead will help you find that life, see the fierce battle over your heart, and embrace all that God has for you.
There is so much more. Do you want it?
Pick up your copy of John Eldredge’s book and join us starting Thursday May 4th as we step into the next chapter of our shared journey of redemption
And if your extra-inspired also grab a copy of the companion workbook as we also have the option of stepping into the material a bit deeper than just reading it.
Both are available on Amazon as a set for as little as $13
We don’t want anyone to miss out on this next season, if cost is an issue reach out privately to Craig or George and we’ll be happy to cover the cost.
See you there!
Do you know?
Have you ever wondered?
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
If you want to know what God’s will is for your life you must first know how He created you. What are your natural abilities that light your soul on fire and have the greatest impact for the kingdom.
Come join us and For Freedom Outreach in May for this 1/2-day Seminar/Workshop
SPIRITUAL GIFTS SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
MAY 20, 2017 WITH DR. WALT RUSSELL
FOOTHILL VINEYARD CHURCH – 100 FOOTHILL BLVD., SAN DIMAS, CA 91773
8AM – 8:45 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9AM – NOON SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP
COST IS FREE BUT YOU MUST PRE REGISTER AS THIS IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE WHO REGISTER!