Category Archive: spiritual power

Praise the Lord for a Breakthrough!

Hey Friends,

If you read this blog very often then it means you are either my mom or you care deeply for the Church of the living God! That means for most of us we care for the Church. We want it to be healthy, grow, and see major life transformation. I truly believe this about you. My question is, “How deeply are we looking into the spiritual side of the Church?”

For several months some people I trust at Faith Promise had told me something was wrong. We  prayed, studied, brought in consultants, and did everything we could to find the problem. We probably spent more time in the natural than the spiritual. In the natural we had plateaued. Our growth was stagnant at best. When the Church is not growing I am not a happy camper. Healthy things grow, especially the Church. We looked at every system and strategy we had. Nothing seemed to help.

Then out of nowhere God broke through! We lurched forward by hundreds and are 25% over the same time last year. What happened? God happened! We had a breakthrough in the heavenlies. Spiritual war is real and hell is out to stop all of our ministries. Hell hates the Church. We must destroy the works of the devil.

What happened? I wish I knew what the Lord did, but I don’t. I’m so excited that He did! The Church is moving forward. People are being saved. There is a new excitement in the air. That cannot be produced by our clever planning or promotion. Only God can create revival, save souls, and heal broken hearts and lives. He is at work and I just want to join Him in His marvelous ministry. He can do more in five minutes in His power than we can do in a lifetime without Him.

Where do you need a breakthrough? Our God can! I pray He moves on your behalf in any area you or your ministry is blocked. It is the devil’s job to dam up our lives and ministries. We have greater power than he does. Let’s ask the Lord to send revival and break the devil’s dam in your life and for the Holy Spirit to flow freely. Praying for your victory in Jesus’ name.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

30 Days of Sabbatical! I’m Back

Hey Friends,

Well, it sure has been a long time since we hooked up here, I’m back! It is great to be with you. If you prayed for me I really appreciate it. I sought the Lord like never before. It was a great time with Him and with Michele. I thought I would give you my reading list as you might want to read some of these great books.

1. Heaven is for real. What a great book and an easy read. It warmed my heart for heaven and for the goodness of God. An elder at Faith Promise, Mike Fritze not only suggested it but he bought me a copy. What a way to start my month with the Master.

2. The Autobiography of Reinhardt Bonke. I loved the book even thought it was no easy read, it was close to 800 pages with very few pictures. I was stirred as I read it about the supernatural power of God and a fresh burden for souls. I was blessed by reading the book. It is not for the “Baptist” at heart as Bonke is Pentecostal. I loved it.

3. Win, by FranF Luntz. This is a secular leadership book. I could not put it down. It was great and challanged me on many levels. I really enjoy Luntz at an author.

4. Whisper, by Bill Hybles. This book was about hearing the voice of God and having the guts to obey. I love to reay Hybles and this was as good as usual. I was challaged in my prayer life and discernment towards His voice. Bill is a brilliant leader and man of God.

5. Hinds Feet in High Places, By Hannah Hurnard. This is an old book that I read years ago and grabed it as I left the office. I started it Sunday morning and could not put it down. It is an allegory of walking with Jesus, and I love it.

I would recomend any of these books to you. God used each one of them in a special way in His plan for me. What you read is vitaly important in your spiritual growth and advancement. It is the will of God for you to grow.

It is great to be back with you, and get ready for a great ride.

Praying for you,

Pastor Chris

 

Too Big For My Britches!

Hey Friends,

Does anyone else remember your mother telling you, “You’re getting too big for your britches?” I sure do, and I think maybe the Lord has said it to me. Let me share and maybe it might help you. First, thank God for His grace and presence and infinite mercy in my life.

I have been in the ministry for almost 30 years and I love it. I am energized and excited by it. For the first 25 years of ministry I listened to a lot of preaching and I went to every conference I could get to. Early on, I even paid my own way because I had no budget, but my hunger to learn kept me doing whatever it took. I’m not sure what happened, but in the last few years I have not listened to as much preaching. I usually listen to leadership messages. (I’m a leadership junky)

A few weeks ago I had Robert Morris preach a message at Faith Promise. WOW, it was amazing. I felt myself encouraged and motivated to do some things as the Lord was speaking to me. The next day I sensed the Spirit speaking to me about listening to more messages. You can never get too full of the Word.

For the first 25 years of ministry I was on the front row at every conference I could attend. I arrived early and stayed late. I could sleep when I got home. I took copious notes and was impacted in more ways than I can count. I am eternally indebted to those men of God who poured into me and didn’t know who I was. A young hungry sponge, seeking more of the Spirit and Word. Can you say hungry? Are You?

In the last few years I have started to go to conferences to network and hook up with friends. Not a bad deal or motive, but why was I not on the front row anymore? Did I know it all? Could nobody help me? Was I not hungry? Had pride crept in unwanted and unaware?

This past week I went to the C3 Conference in Dallas. I sat on the front row and took notes and the glory fell. I received revelation for myself and for my ministry. I saw things I needed to change in me and in the church. As I sat and listened, the Lord spoke and I was moved. I felt fresh Wind and fresh Fire. Michele and I wept and prayed together…Awesome. We got home last Friday night and in my quiet time Saturday morning the Word was alive and powerful. It was like fire came off the pages. Pour it out on us Lord!!!

My walk has been redeemed and my mind renewed. I have fresh energy to go forward in the Name of Jesus.

That is why I felt called to start conferences in a hard day to do conferences. We all need a fresh Wind of the Spirit to blow. We need encouragement and anointing from others leaders. Pray with me for the upcoming LIT Conferences in Nashville and Knoxville.

Look out @faithpromise –  the glory of the Lord is about to fall like rain.

Hope this helps.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Personal Growth Plan (5)

Hey Friends,

I know that if I write a blog 5 days in a row on the same topic, readers drop off like dead flies. There are more important things than numbers of readers and stats! Your personal growth remains at the top of our list. I was having lunch this week with Jay Strack. He is a great leader and preacher. He has preached to millions and has a heart to reach people and help grow churches. He made a statement that stuck out to me: “When all is said and done, there is a lot more said than done.” A true statement to say the least.

Let’s use that thought with regard to our spiritual growth and potential plan. There is a lot more talk about spiritual growth than actual growth. It is easy to read blogs and books about spiritual disciplines, formation, and growth than actually doing the hard work of Holy Sweat! We all want it and our intentions are as pure as the driven snow. But rolling up our sleeves, getting out of bed, opening our journals, memorizing the Word, spending time in silence, solitude, meditation, and pursuing God with a passion, well, that is a different story entirely. We all know this to be true by personal experience!

God, I believe, longs to walk with us like He did with Adam in the garden. That is why He created us. He gets pleasure out of a relationship with us. I am begging you to carve out time and a plan for your walk with God in 2011. With God you will be more productive, joyous, victorious, peaceful, and happy. In 2011, please place yourself in a position that you are bless-able. Our Father loves to bless His children.

Develop your plan, deploy your plan, determine to do your plan. Don’t let the devil or anything else keep you from your potential in the presence of God.

I’m believing with you that 2011 will be your greatest year of spiritual growth yet.

Pastor Chris

 

Personal Growth Plan (4)

Hey Friends,

If you were to rate yourself on your spiritual life, how would you rate yourself? On a scale from 1 to 10 how close are you to Jesus? Where would you like to be on the scale? This is not an event but a process. Spiritual growth is the result of disciplines developed over a lifetime. Most of us want it right now and we give up. I wonder how many people have bailed just before a breakthrough?

We are called into a passionate pursuit of the Presence of God. The only way to do it is the daily disciplines. We would all love to pray a prayer and automatically be a spiritual giant, but it just doesn’t work that way. We have to commit to the process if we are serious about growing. I want to ask you again to develop a plan and put it into place. Commit to a daily time and doing your plan.

If you don’t have one, what will you do? Without a systematic approach to Bible study and all of the rest of the disciplines, what will you do? If you are determined and dedicate yourself to the plan in 2011, by the end of the year you will be closer to a 10 on the spiritual scale. It is time to quit wishing or just hoping you grow.

Take responsibility for your growth. I have heard many people blame their spiritual standing on their pastor or other spiritual leaders. When we stand before the “Bema Seat” of judgment there will be no excuse. I want to challenge you to get it in gear and get going and growing. If you haven’t read last Tuesday’s blog, I encourage you to read it. It is the most important blog this week.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Personal Growth Plan Template

Hey Friends,

This is part of the appendix for the book, “The Plan of Your Life.” This is a tool to help you develop a P.G.P. for your walk with the Lord.

Quantify the spiritual disciplines below so you can measure them. They can be measured by differing amounts of time or pages…

The number one command in the Cannon is: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and all your mind.” That sounds like a lot of effort. The purpose of this plan is to help you accomplish God’s heart and your desire; to obey the first commandment.

Jude 20-21: “But you beloved, building yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”

 BIBLE READING  Ps. 19:7-8:  “The Law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

                 ________________ (pages or chapters, daily or annually)

 My recommendation is to read the entire Bible annually. Options: App____________ , read straight through, Bible reading record, Chronological Bible, One-Year Bible  (Straight-through reading is not recommended for the novice, as it is easy to get bogged down in some of the Older Testament.)

 BIBLE STUDY  2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17:  “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the Word of truth.” “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

                 _______________ (amount of time, topics, books to be studied, studies)

 You may choose topics of interest, character studies, book studies, word studies, Small Group Bible studies, prepared studies, e.g., Beth Moore, Precepts, etc.

 SCRIPTURE MEMORY  Ps. 119:11: “Your word have I treasured in my heart, That I might not sin against you.”

                 _______________ (# of verses annually)

 Use areas of growth you need: evangelism verses, prayer promises, faith (I would suggest the “Roman Road” to salvation: Rom. 3:10, 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10,13.)

 MEDITATION  Ps. 104:34; 119:97-99: “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me I shall be glad in the Lord.” “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.”

                 ___________________ (amount of time)

 Daily in the Scriptures, Names of God, doctrines, attributes of God, memory verses, etc.

 SILENCE  Ps. 46:10; 62:5: “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth.”  “My soul, waits in silence for God only,  for my only hope is in Him.”

                 _______________(amount of time)

Structured listening to God,  listening to the Holy Spirit, discerning the Will of God, reflecting on issues, reflecting on events, reflecting on your day, problems, or the future.

 SOLITUDE  Ps. 27:5; 31:20: “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.”  “You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.”                

                _______________(amount of time)

 When, where, rest, bask in His presence and His glory, receive His power.

 PRAYER  I Sam. 12:23; I Thes. 5:17:  “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.”  “Pray without ceasing.”                       

                ______________(specific amount of time)

Create a list of family, friends, co-workers, spiritual leaders, political leaders, church family, harvest of souls, revival, ministries, missionaries, etc.

 FASTING  Mt. 6:16:   “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting.  Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”            

                 _______________(# of meals, days, seasons)

I would recommend starting with one meal and working your way up: one day, three days, seven days, longer. Plan for prayer times during the fast. Study Isa. 58 in preparation.

 EVANGELISM  Acts 1:8:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”    

           _______________(# of people you will share the Gospel with this year)

 Create a list of people to pray for and share with:

 FAMILY                                         FRIENDS                                                               CO-WORKERS

_______________                    _______________                                        _______________

_______________                    _______________                                        _______________

_______________                     _______________                                        _______________

BOOKS READ                 _______________(# of books for the year)

Consider topics, areas of interest or growth, areas of strengths or weaknesses (I recommend one out of every ten books be a positive attitude book), areas of professional proficiency, areas to stretch you.

 CDs, DVDs, PODCASTS, BLOGS  Prov. 4:23:  “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”              

                 _______________(# listened to)

 Leadership, sermons, worship (Enroll in U. of A. – University of Automobile – by making the best use of time in the car and travel.)

 SERVING  Jn. 13:14-15; I Pet. 4:10:  “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”  “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”   

               _______________(amount of time)

 Inside the church, out in the community, with the poor, visiting jail or prison, areas to which you feel called.

 MISSION TRIPS  Mt. 28:19-20:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  

             _______________(Trips annually or when do you plan to go?)

 LIST AREAS IN YOUR SPIRITUAL WALK THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT:

 “Your personal plan should reflect all of the disciplines and the areas in which you want to grow.

 “Your life is like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow.”  ~GOD

I know that this is long, but I pray it is a great tool to aid your pursuit of God.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

A Move of Great Power!

Hey Friends,

Just a note to thank you all for praying for this past weekend. In case you were not there with us, I thought I would share with you a little of how awesome the weekend was. As you know, we were praying for a weekend of miracles. Well, we got what we asked the Lord for – miracles, that is.

We had over 4,000 in attendance and I have never seen the church more charged up, especially for a huge offering. A record attendance for a huge offering says a lot about the church. People came so excited and trusting in the Lord to perform miracles. I have never seen such faith in all of my ministry. People lined up to get in the sanctuary early. It was amazing!

During the service we prayed for healings, jobs, favor, and many other things the body needed. God showed up and He showed out. We had 24 people saved and baptized. Tears flowed and joy filled the hearts of so many. We set up an email address for the people to share the miracles God did: miracles@faithpromise.org.

I am so grateful to God for how He moved at the prayer and fasting of His people. I am so honored to lead such a great congregation. I am truly blessed in more ways than I can count. This weekend we got a glimpse of what the Lord can do when we come together in agreement and in faith. Tomorrow, I will post a thought about synergism.

Are you leading a group of warriors together to make a great difference? That is what the Lord is calling us all to do. It is my prayer for all of us that we get to see the power of God before we bow before His throne in heaven. The power is ours if we come together.

Let us lead the people over whom God has given us stewardship to win the spiritual war.

This is the call of spiritual leadership.

Love,

Pastor Chris

 

The “REAL” World is Hyper-Negative!

Hey Friends,

We Christ-followers are STUCK in this natural world for just a short period of time. We are bound by the laws of nature that God invented for us. We are not, however, limited by this hyper-negative environment we exist in. We are told that 9 of 10 businesses fail and that we will fall prey to the same standards. We are told there is not much hope for ministries in the milieu we find ourselves in. BULL!!!

What the world doesn’t get is our God! We have faith in the Eternal One who holds all the cards! He owns all power, victory, ability, and authority. We are the King’s kids and as such, have power they don’t understand.

I Corinthians 2:14 says, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”

We are not limited by this world or its wisdom. We serve a higher power and have a higher calling. That means what the world says does not have to determine our outcome or ability. Sometimes, “The real world isn’t a place, it’s an excuse. It’s a justification for not trying. It has nothing to do with you.” (from REWORK)

As leaders in the Kingdom, we must be careful that we don’t let the world set our course. We are saints in service of the King of forever! As I study the church in America, it seems we are letting the world have too much to say in what we say!

We still need the prophetic voice of God in our generation! We can do it with love and compassion, but we still need to say it.

Together we can make a difference.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

What Got Poured on You?

Hey Friends,

There is a word I love and that is ANOINTING! I love the word and all it means. It means different things to different groups or individuals. As I think and meditate on it, I believe it to mean the “smearing” of oil. In the Older Testament, oil, which was symbolic of the Holy Spirit, was poured on leaders. Both kings and priests were anointed or had oil poured on them for service to God.

Psalm 133:2 says, “It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes.” If you look at different leaders, they were anointed with different amounts of oil. Some had flasks of oil and some were anointed with a horn of oil. There is a distinct difference in the amount of oil for some leaders.

Can I just tell you, I want a 55-gallon drum of oil dumped on me by the Spirit of God! I ask daily for the anointing of the Lord. The “anointing breaks the bonds” that people are chained up with. A leader that is anointed has great power of God and he or she can be used to accomplish great ministry and life change. This anointing is not for you, but it is for others.

So, what were you anointed with – a dab or a drum? How much do you want? Is this something that you consider? Is this something that matters to you? I can promise you the leaders in the Bible got this and desired the drum. A man or woman anointed by God can be used greatly and that is what I think God wants to do with each of us.

Psalm 92:10: “But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.” How about you – can you say that with the Psalmist?

Today, I challenge you to ask for fresh oil and anointing and see what God does.

Just a thought,

Pastor Chris

 

Easter is Edging Closer

Hey Friends,

As spiritual leaders we read the Bible often, or at least I hope we do. I find myself wondering and wanting more of what I read, don’t you? I read Acts and long for the power of Pentecost and the miracles of the apostles. But do I want to do what they did to get what they got?

Do I want the power of Pentecost, but what about the prayer of Pentecost? Ten days in the upper room before the Spirit of God fell… I haven’t been in many prayer meetings like that, have you? We want God to move like in days of old, but to do the things of old, are we too busy? Will our activity accomplish more today without the prayer and fasting? We know the answer, don’t we?

Easter season is almost on us. At Faith Promise it is a huge outreach season for us. We will have Sacred Storm on Thursday through Sunday, March 25-28, then celebrate Easter on Friday through Sunday, April 2-4. We will have about 12,000 people for those two weekends. But what will happen that will last forever? What miracles can we expect?

Do we pray for the dramas and messages and music to be ready? Is it for the people to equal out at 1,000 in each service? Or do we pray for a harvest of souls that only God can accomplish?

The worship team is seeking God like never before. They have called for a 21-day fast. I have called the entire church for a 7-day fast leading up to Sacred Storm. You can choose when to start, but let’s seek the Lord for a powerful move of the Holy Spirit.

Pray that God will save over a thousand between the two weekends! How’s that for Pentecostal power? Together we can see the Lord move.

What are you expecting the Lord to do?

Just a question…

Pastor Chris