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Stormy WeatherWhat would you do if you knew a storm was coming? Would you stick your head in the sand? Would you run? Be honest with yourself: What is your tendency when trial and tribulation are clear to see on the horizon?

Now, let me ask you: What do you hope your response will be? Again, be honest with yourself; and write down your answer. Seriously, write it down.

I recently met with a young entrepreneur who has his eye on the horizon – with understanding of the coming storm. It surprised me to learn that he was in the midst of a new business startup. So I asked him, “How do you find the energy and optimism required to build a successful business in these troubling times?” His answer is the inspiration for our next two preemptive responses (you can find the first two in part one of this series).

Preemptive Response #3: Reckon it to be true that nothing in this world can prevent God from accomplishing what He has planned for the one that has surrendered to His purposes. Psalm 37:4 promises that God will give us the desires of our heart, if we are soft toward Him. Job recognized that no purpose of God shall be denied Him (v. 42:2). Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called to His purpose. Reckoning is a powerful practice. It is accounting what God says is true to be true for us. This is not a positive reinforcement technique. It is more than the power of positive thinking… because the power is not in our thinking, but in the thing we are thinking about: The truth of God.

Preemptive Response #4: Live for eternity like you are dying soon. My young entrepreneur friend is also the father of two young boys. As much as he wants to leave a financial legacy for them, he is much more interested and focused on leaving them a spiritual legacy. He has found more joy and peace in the adventure, by focusing on God’s bigger plan. He has discovered how to have more impact for God’s kingdom by living each day with purpose, as if it were his last. This is a mindset that we must fight to obtain and protect.

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about renewing the mind through reckoning and living out of God’s greater purpose. It would be a blessing to supply you with the resources God has so graciously provided our ministry.

Humbly yours and His forever,

Rob Streetman; President, inLight Consulting, Inc.

I have two sisters – Nan and Jenny. They each have a husband – Bobby and Jason – my brothers-in-law (and brothers in Christ). They have eight children among them – Andrew, Rachel, Rebekah, Hannah, Lydia, Joshua, Jane and Jacob. Beth and I have two children – Sarah and Matthew. Ten children – all grandchildren of Bobby and Nancy Streetman – my Mom and Dad. I am so proud of my family. They love the Lord so very much.

But the purpose of this post is to communicate how particularly proud we are of the ten children – and how thankful I am for the Christ in their hearts. I am proud (and excited) for them because they have responded to the Lord’s prompting to give a portion of their Christmas bounty to someone in need. They have decided to combine the money that would have been spent on presents from their Aunts/Uncles; that it would make an impact for God’s glory and kingdom.

That’s it – two gifts per child. It doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of things. But to those that will receive their love (His love), it will mean more than we can imagine. To the Lord, their sacrifice carries a sweet aroma.

He is already doing something more with their example. Others are joining the cause. Yes, love is contagious. There is now enough money to create three fish ponds in a third world country. We almost have enough to dig a well in India. Imagine that: Providing clean water for an entire village; all from the obedient hearts of ten children.

Christmas has come!! The King has come to the stables of our hearts. But they are no longer stables, but the dwelling places of Love. Oh, what God might do if we all would love like children.

Thank you Andrew, Rachel, Rebekah, Hannah, Lydia, Joshua, Jane, Jacob, Sarah and Matthew. Thank you for the blessing of your sacrifice.

Merry Christmas,

Your Aunts and Uncles

NOTE:  This is my first post since March.  Thanks for rejoining.  The house fire story is in the works.  In the meantime…

ClocksTime is an allusive thing; and so is its understanding.  After all, God is the Timeless One, so it makes sense that time is difficult to firmly grasp with our minds.  Have you ever thought about a time period (e.g., graduation or last year’s vacation) and it seemed like forever ago? But in the next moment you think from another angle and it seems like it was just yesterday?

This seems to happen more, the older I get.  Anyway…

We are given limited time to accomplish things.  It is the reality of raw time.  But, time belongs to God and it is a part of what we call eternity (eternity is both unending and of immeasurable quality).  With this understanding, we can consider time from God’s perspective. For example, with eternity in mind, we can believe that tests, trials and tribulations are minor compared to the glory that is to come (in this life and the next).  Assuming God’s perspective also encourages us to trust Him to redeem the time we have – and even enlarge it – as we consecrate it to Him. I can testify that He does this enlarging – it’s very cool!!

My daughter Sarah spends a lot of time studying and a lot of time in class – she’s in the Nursing Program at Columbus State University. As she gives this time to the Lord, for His glory, He can take and enlarge it to His purpose.  This is a supernatural handling of time and is only possible as we give it to Him.  Most people want to control everything – particularly their time.  Ironically, this limits their time to a natural thing that eventually controls them.

In a recent devotion, Bill Gothard suggested that we ask two questions about our activities: 1) Will this activity count ten years from now? 2) Will it count for eternity? He goes on to point out that twenty minutes saved each day for one year add up to three forty hour weeks. For Sarah, sitting for hours in a classroom is not a waste of time.  It is what she has been called to during this season of her life. However, watching Dr. Who episodes probably doesn’t have the same eternal value. In fact, I would argue that TV is eternally worthless – even wasteful – for all of us. 

In conclusion, I would add a third question to this consideration of our time investments: 

What else could I be doing that would be of eternal value? 

As they say, “Time is money.”  Let’s say I have $20 and find myself in a Dollar Store.  If I am wise, I will ask myself, “Self, would it be better to spend this $20 on something of quality that I really need, or on 20 cheap things that I just want.”  Better yet, if I am wise in the Lord (remembering the parable of the talents), I will first ask the Lord how I can best invest my $20 into His Kingdom. 

So, why don’t we think of time the same way?  How can I best invest the next 30 minutes into the Kingdom?

Well, now it’s become a “duh”!!  Of course I would rather invest my time in the Kingdom!!  Why would anyone be so STUPID to invest in anything less?  DUH!!  DUH!!  DUH!!

God help me!!  Why, oh why, are the DUHs so difficult to see in the course of my day!?!

Your humbled servant and His,

Rob

hearing-from-godChildren, Family and Friends,

If I could give you any gift this Christmas, it would be to learn the voice of the Lord.  We should all be passionately pursuing this ability – “Seek and you will find.”  There is a place where God speaks to us intimately – “Knock and the door will be opened to you”.  God wants to give us this gift more than we want to receive it – “Ask and it will be given to you.”

John Eldredge, in Waking the Dead, puts it this way:

You don’t just leave sheep to find their way in the world. They are famous for getting lost, being attacked by wild animals, falling into some pit, and that is why they must stay close to the shepherd, follow his voice. And no shepherd could be called good unless he personally guided his flock through danger. But that is precisely what He promises to do. He wants to speak to you; He wants to lead you to good pasture. (Waking the Dead , 102–3)

As a stocking stuffer, let me share something I was reminded of this week: Christ is not just Jesus’ last name (like Streetman). In the Hebrew culture, all names mean something, and what “Christ” means should affect our celebration of His birth. The Father chose His Son’s name carefully. Little baby Jesus (“Jehovah saves”) was also named the Christ.

Christ means “Messiah”, “Anointed One”. He is the One anointed to reign. When the wise men came seeking Him, they came looking for a king. Herod killed every male child in Bethlehem because he was threatened by this King (even as a baby).

Jesus Christ humbled Himself to be born in this dangerous world… to be King!! And if you have bowed your knee to this Christ, and given your heart’s throne to Him, then THE GIFT IS HERE!!! If not, then today is the day of salvation; receive Him as your King and Savior. Join the celebration!!

 

Celebrating the birth of our King,

Rob

Brethren,

I have spoken here before about the authority we have been given.  It is authority “for”, not “over”.  When Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, He was not just giving a lesson in good fellowship, but defining the very character of authority in the Kingdom of God.  He said that He did not come to be served, but to serve.  Authority is not about making, or convincing, people to do what you want.  It is about serving them without thought for our own lives.  Even secular corporations are recognizing the power of “authority for”, though for different reasons (e.g., productivity).

But there is another purpose of authority; a purpose the secular world will never understand – because it is a purpose played out only in the supernatural realm.  The authority purpose I am speaking of is authority “against”.  Go with me to Ephesians 6:10-12:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this dark age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.

The “power” mentioned in the first sentence of this passage is the “power to rule”, or “Kingdom authority”, of God.  It is the same authority that Jesus gave the 12 disciples when He sent them out – the authority over demons and diseases.  He sent them out to teach them authority against.  It is this authority that we are to be strong in.  NOTE:  This is not a request or an invitation; it is an imperative statement – a command.  

I recently had the opportunity to pray backstage at an evangelistic outreach to teenagers.  It was exciting to be part of a little band of intercessors being strong in the power of His might.  We were praying in authority “for” the children gathered, and in authority “against” the evil forces that would distract and discourage them from hearing the Good News.  In essence, we were praying for the dominion of Christ, our King, to be established in that location.  And it happened!!!!  Over 500 children and adults made decision for Christ.

So, I encourage you, brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might; for He is exceedingly mightier than we can imagine.

Having a strong day in the Lord,

Rob

Dearly Beloved,

Last month, I wrote about a miracle that God was orchestrating around the life of my nephew, Joshua Allen.  Joshua fell from a third story window onto a concrete pad.  Not only did he survive, but he is enjoying life today like the accident never happened.  Along the way, God did many things to show His compassion and strength.  You can read the whole story by clicking here.  As promised, here are my reflections on a few of things we learned along the way.

  1. God is still in the miracle business.  It is one way He shows us His glory.  He also uses it to get our attention, draw us closer together and increase our faith.  Please don’t let Satan, the world, your flesh, or some well intentioned teacher convince you otherwise.  Think about it this way:  Why would God limit Himself to miracles in the first century when He knew we would need to see His mighty hand at work in these perilous times?
  2. God is preparing the church in America for an outpouring of grace.  There are many indications of this (e.g., prayer houses, city transformations).  What I like to call “the Joshua Miracle” has brought this home for my family.  I believe God intended it as a message to my fellowship; and for anyone else that witnessed it.  There are no coincidences for God children.  Now is the time to ask God what He wants to do in and through you.  He is no respecter of person.  He has plans to use each of us for His glory.  Transformation is a command (Romans 12:2).  Pray for Him to allow repentance of our unbelief and idolatry to the American Dream.
  3. God really is impossible to figure out.  I don’t know why He allowed Joshua to fall; and I don’t know why He chose to save his life.  I do know that asking Him why is not as profitable as asking Him how He wants me to respond.  What part can I play in giving Him glory?  How can I serve Him by serving others?  These are questions I could have asked even if Joshua had died, because He has overcome death, and promises to work all things to the good of those that love Him and are called to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  This raises a key question for each of us in this day:  Do you trust Him with everything?

In the end, it all comes down to trust, humility and obedience – motivated by love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  I believe with all my heart that the Christians who pursue these things will find themselves in a relationship with God that includes His miracles on a very regular basis.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.  (2 Chronicles 16:9)

 Dying to experience His glory,

Rob 

Dear Dreamers,

There is something wrong with the church in America.  If that comes as a surprise to you, then I strongly (but tenderly) suggest you get your head out of the sand.  The statistics are irrefutable:  Divorce and abortion rates the same in the church as in the world; 65 – 87% of college freshman, who were raised in Christian families, are leaving the church; the total dollars spent by the church in America divided by the number of baptisms – $1.55 million.  The question is no longer “Do we have a problem?”, but “What can be done about it?”

Personally, I have not given up hope in God’s grace and mercy for the church in American.  I believe that His eyes are still roaming, to and fro across this Earth (and our nation), looking for those in whom He can show Himself strong.  I just wonder how much more He will tolerate.  It is time for decisive action; action that will not come from the corporate church, but from each individual and family. 

The answer is radical, but simple.  So much so that I pray you will not think too much about it, but rather take it to the Lord and ask Him if it is true for you.  Only His revelation will give you the courage and resolve to follow it through to the end.  Are you ready?  Have you committed yourself to take this to the Lord – with your “Amen” in hand?  Okay. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Children of the Miracle Maker,

 

My family has experienced one of those miracles that most only get to read about.  The miracle began last week, when my nephew, Joshua Allen, fell from a third story window onto the concrete below.  He landed on his head.  He survived – the beginnings of a miracle.  Let me take you there. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Sarah and Matthew,

Satan is out to kill, steal and destroy.  He is prowling around, looking for those whom he can devour.  He is constantly attacking ministry leaders.  He doesn’t play fair.  Like a terrorist, he is not interested in who has to suffer – children are not protected by a code he respects or follows. 

Why is it that so many “ministry kids” find themselves in so much trouble?  Because the LORD has called their parents into the fierest part of the battle; and we (your Mother and I) have announced our intentions to wade into it for our King.  As we move ever closer to the heart of God, we (and you) become more important targets of the Evil One.   Who knows, perhaps one day we will be on his most wanted list. 

Our desire is your protection; and there is only One who can provide it.  So, let’s rehearse Ephesians 6:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

dscf0880.jpgThis armor is Christ.  Our prayer is that you will intentionally put Him on every day.  We mean for you to pray each day that He would do this for you.  Something like, “Dear LORD, I choose to put on your full armor today.  I put on Your belt of truth – You are the Truth.  I put on the breastplate of righteousness – You are my righteousness…”  You get the idea.

dscf1076.jpgAs each of you start new seasons in your lives, you will have many opportunities to make decisions that will affect your future.  Our advice is to trust the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5,6).  We will continue to pray for your protection.

Dying for His glory,

Mom and Dad

523256256_6c61919e40_m.jpgWell, it’s been some time since my last post.  This writing stuff is quite the dilemma for me.  When I have time to write, there seems to be nothing worth writing about.  When there is something worth writing, I am so consumed that I don’t have time.  I would like to say, “when it rains, it pours”, and excuse myself.  But, I’m afraid it has more to do with discipline.  There, I’ve said it!  I guess part of it is a desire to write something “good”.  Oops, another confession – my fear of man.  See, this writing stuff is dangerous.  You never know what you might say. 

I have this odd feeling of bearing my soul to a vacuum.  Is there anybody out there?  The LORD has given me quite a bit to say, and He has been up to quite a bit in this ministry, so I want to get the word out to those of you that have supported and loved us.  Your encouragement has been sweet and beyond measure. 

Starting a new ministry has been easier and harder than I expected.  I have learned a lot about myself and the LORD.  He is an awesome and fearsome God.  In our best moments, we wonder why anyone would refuse Him and His awesome love; and why anyone would dare to cross or contend with so fearsome a Being.  Any yet, we find it easy to do both at the worst times.  We are a strange people.  Read the rest of this entry »

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