The Dialogue Pt. 1

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I am blessed to be connected to some very powerful and true men of God.  Not perfect men, but true men, whom God has strategically placed to change the hearts of men, and to turn over the course of mankind.

I thought it beneficial to share exerts from a conversation, not identifying the speaker or speakers, but the pure sincerity and truth of the prophets God has waiting in the hills to rise up and take the stance for the Kingdom of God.  Come Holy Spirit on me

The original context of the dialogue steamed from a keen awareness that the community, not just the African American Community, but the Kingdom needing a developing and emerging wave of generals to pick up the mantle and also affect change in the course of our existence!

Speaker 1:  “We need a Prophet!”
Speaker 2:  “One that understand His call is to God first and the people second.”
Speaker 3:  “God has already sent a prophet, and a savior. We need to embrace the power  of what He’s already sent”
Speaker 1: “Yes!”
Speaker 3: “GOD said we have EVERYTHING we need to be successful in life and religion. He already gave it to us, we have to activate it.
Speaker 2: “In that, we must walk in the power of the Holy Spirit to defeat the establishment like Jesus”
Speaker 1:  “But the Holy Spirit is taboo, “mystical” at best!”
Speaker 3:  “By increasing our faith and an understanding of agape love the way God demonstrates it
Speaker 1: “activate” I say “surrender to” The Holy Spirit hasn’t been our guide for ages! We have the backpack and never call for the map (Dora)
Speaker 3: The Holy Spirit is fact. We are just scared to embrace it’s power
Speaker 1: “We want it’s power, but don’t have an appetite for righteousness!
Speaker 2: But the power lies in our faith and righteousness
Speaker 1: The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom, power and confidence to defeat the enemy, but it will also cause us to defeat and deny our flesh.
Speaker 3: We’re powerless without it
Speaker 1: It’s the combination of being selected through faith and seeking righteousness that will shine a light that is different and attractive.
Speaker 2: If the woman with the issue of blood was healed by her faith, why can’t a community with an issue of shedding blood be healed by our faith?
Speaker 1:  We have sunk into is masking and medicating problems.
Our country is not build on finding solutions, just dealing with the symptoms, and this has flowed over into our faith. We mask the problem by prescribing and taking things that make us seem healed as opposed to working to become well
Speaker 2: The symptoms cause the problems in our life but the cause (sin) is the only real cure.
Speaker 1: Wellness is faith, but it is also a decision to trust and to work towards what you believe to be true, applying the power and walking in discipline while you wait upon manifestation to occur!

(Discussion Continued)…

Join the discussion!  What are your thoughts and perceptions?  How can we Heal and Avoid Medicating?  Even more, when we will start taking what the Word prescribes, and not Self Medicating and Using Home Remedies?

 

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Not a Fan…Chapter 6

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Not a Fan.
Chapter 6
Self-Empowered or Spirit–Filled? John 16:7-8

Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that
I go away, because if I don’t go away, the Counselor will not
come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you. When He comes,
He will convict the world about sin, righteousness and judgement.
John 16:7-8

Fans trying to follow without being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit become overwhelmed by life’s circumstances. They seem to be following Christ, but then something in life goes wrong and they don’t have the power to overcome it. Instead of following Christ and sticking close to him in the storm they become discouraged and keep their distance. Pg. 89

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Power to Live or Power to Do Miracles
We need its power to do miracles because we don’t use its power to live.

Jesus says, “It’s better for you if I go”—because while God with you is good, God in you is better.” Jesus could be with his followers; but the Holy Spirit would live in his followers.” Pg. 90

For many of us, the Holy Spirit is all Comfort, No Counsel and No Conviction!

Fans Watch You Tube, Followers make Sacrifices! (Texas Bama)
Many will watch highlights from the Formation Tour on YouTube and other media outlets, but a true follower will purchase a Ticket!

Corporate Worship (Worship on one accord lead and guided by the Holy Spirit)
vs.
Corporate Worship (worship without the cooperation of the Holy Spirit)

Being filled with the power of the Spirit begins with an honest acknowledgement of our own weakness. The truth is that most of us go to great lengths to disguise our weaknesses. Pg. 93

Discipleship: Masters of Illusion
We have become masters of giving the illusion of righteousness.
If Jesus turned over tables and drove out tricksters with a hand fashioned whip, what would He to in today’s church?

The only way to be filled with the Spirit is to empty myself of me. When I empty me of me, it provides space for the Holy Spirit to fill me. Pg. 95

You will be filled, but what you take in, determines what you will be full of!
You are Full of it!

Less of Me, More of You!

No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I Corinthians 9:27

 

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more;
feed me till I want no more.

Not a Fan…Chapter 4

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Not a Fan
One of Many or One and Only?
Chapter 4
Luke 14:25-26

Now great crowds were traveling with Him. So He turned and said to them: if anyone come to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-yes, even his own life- he cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:25-26

Define Crowds? Are you a part of the Crowd? Why did you come?

There is a difference in traveling with and following!

Jesus is honest with the crowd about what it may cost to follow him. He lets them know that following him may mean offending your parents or grandparents. It may mean being cut out of the will or even cut off from the family. Pg. 57

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Cost: Admission Vs. Admission
Crowd gains admission with currency. Followers gain admission with confession.

We have watered down the cost of Discipleship, marketing healing and prosperity, and putting sacrifice and discipline in fine print.
What Jesus is describing here is more accurately understood by picturing a race for first place in your life and he is the only one on the track. Pg. 58-59
Who many contestants are competing for your heart?

Yep, that may be part of it. And if you’re not willing to choose me over your family, then you are not ready to follow, and maybe it’s time for you to go home.” Pg. 58

Common Law Disciples: Living with God without commitment!

A fan says, ‘I love you.’ I am committed to you. But let’s not be exclusive. Pg. 59
Is Jesus One or Many?
1. For what do you sacrifice your money?
2. When you’re hurt, where do you go for comfort?
3. What disappoints or frustrates you the most?
4. What is it that really gets you excited?

Trying to follow Jesus part-time or halfhearted is impossible. The relationship he wants with you requires your whole heart. Pg. 65
If following Jesus cost you everything, would it still be worth it? Pg. 66

Not a Fan, Chapter 3

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Not a Fan
Kyle Idleman
Knowledge about Him or Intimacy with Him?
Notes & Quotes from Chapter 3

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Chapter 3 is taken from the Luke 7:36-39, which tells the story of Jesus at the home of a local Pharisee, and His encounter with a woman who pressed through to wipe his feet with her tears.  This passage serves as the backdrop of the chapter, as it show to distinct encounter with Christ, one from the Pharisees and the other from the Woman.

“Like the Pharisees, many fans have given their minds to the study of God, but they never surrendered their hearts. These were men who had plenty of knowledge about God, but they didn’t really know God. “ Page 42 Idleman

“They honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me,
and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
Matthew 15:8-9

“But when Jesus comes to the house of Simon, there is no kiss of greeting. There is no washing of feet. There is no oil for his head. And these were not accidental oversights. This was quite deliberate. Jesus was ignored and insulted.” Page 43 Idleman

“As she stood behind him at his feet,
weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.
She wiped them with her hair, kissed them,
and anointed them with the perfumed oil.”
Luke 7:38 

Do you just know about Jesus, or do you really know Him?

“The problem isn’t knowledge. The problem is that you can have knowledge without having intimacy. In fact, knowledge can be a false indicator of intimacy.”
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“Instead of describing a relationship where I truly knew Jesus, I would have told you what I knew about Jesus. But when there is knowledge without intimacy, you’re really no more than a fan.” Page 46 Idleman

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain,
and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”
Genesis 4:1

“He didn’t know that the visiting rabbi sitting at his table was the promised Messiah that he had spent countless hours studying about. “ Page 48 Idleman
“It’s hard to imagine what it would take for her to walk into that courtyard. But she is so focused on Jesus that she forgets about herself. She is desperate to express the love and affection she feels for him. What she does next is reckless, it’s impulsive, it’s inappropriate, and it’s exactly the kind of follower Jesus wants.” Page 49 Idleman
“In the end the religious leader with all the knowledge is the fan, and the prostitute who intimately expressed her love for Jesus is shown to be the follower.” Page 49-50  Idleman

Who am I most like in the story?