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Every Christian should be grateful for, and be willing to share, their testimony of God’s mercy, grace and faithfulness. I like the idea of developing our testimony in a form that can be shared in the workplace (e.g., brochure, post card, and video). I believe God will multiply our investment in such a kingdom offering.

As you are developing your testimony, I want to encourage you to consider something more than the testimony of your past. Consider that the promises of God for your future are as real and true as anything He has done in your past. Much of what God has done for you is still being worked out in your life. You are a work in progress.

This may sound strange to you. It may be different to the point of uncomfortable. I encourage you; allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you in this. I believe you will find that the promises of your “future testimony” will be even greater than the ones of your past – as powerful as that testimony has been. Here are a few verses for your consideration and meditation:

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans 5:10

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Corinthians 3:18

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 37:5-6

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
1Corinthians 2:9

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. John 14:12

The promises of God are the destiny of those that believe; and that is the first key. Faith (believing) comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. God has many words for you; words of destiny and promise. Are you hearing? Are you investing the time necessary to know His voice?

Once the promise of God is heard, faith will rise up in your heart. At that point, the faith must be worked out; because faith without works is dead. This is the second key. This means living in the truth of the word you have heard. It means doing what the Master has said. Are you a bondservant of Jesus Christ? Are you willing to do whatever He would say to you? Have you committed your time to His will for His kingdom?

God bless you with the grace to invest your time wisely; that you would hear and do the sayings of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Rob Streetman – President, inLight Consulting, Inc.

Old Watch MechanismThose that find the will of God in good works walk in the empowering grace of God – the supernatural power and resources of the kingdom of heaven. They experience the God glorifying work of Matthew 5:16; and the “more than” works of John 14:12. In good works, the signs and wonders of the kingdom bear witness to the gospel of His grace (Acts 14:3).

This is the normal Christian life; for every child of God, and for those called to lead them. It is a tragedy that so many have chosen to settle for less. The purpose of this series is to encourage, edify and equip Marketplace Leaders (and those in their spheres of influence) to search out, discover and walk in such an adventure.

In Part 1, we learned that the “good” of good works is far more important that the “works” themselves. In Part 2, we began searching out the Scriptures that describe good works and the challenges we face in our attempts to walk in them. Here in Part 3, we will conclude with an exploration of God’s provision, our preparation, and His ultimate intention for good works.

God’s Provision for Good Works

Have you ever considered that Jesus could have died, been buried and rose again in less than a week? That is all the time it would have taken for Him to accomplish what many believe to be His only mission. So why was He about the Father’s business for more than three years? It is simple: Because death, burial and resurrection was not His only mission. Read the rest of this entry »

MapMakerCover-smallI am blessed and excited to report that The Map Maker is now available on Amazon.com (the Kindle version will be there in a few days). I am blessed that God allowed me to be a part of this work. He has been the author and writer; I have been the writing instrument. When you read what He has to say, you will realize that it was His good work. I encourage you to praise Him for it; and check out The Map Maker website.

I am excited because I have a real sense of what The Map Maker will do for those that will accept His invitation to join Him in the adventure. There are many truths that will make His children free. They will find new excitement and joy in ministry. I know, because I have been there. In a real sense, The Map Maker has been that adventure for me.

In the Fall of 2006, God revealed the desire that He put in my heart for this season. The conversation went something like this:

“Okay God, I give up. What do you want me to do?”

“What is the desire of your heart?”

I turned to my heart and asked, “What is your desire?”

“To help Christian Leaders find joyful, Spirit-filled ministry”, was its reply.

“That’s it”, said my Father, “That’s my purpose for the next season of your life.”

Immediately, God began to speak to me about this new adventure. One word in particular became the framework for The Map Maker.

To find joyful Spirit-filled ministry, Christian Leaders must surrender to God’s purpose, sacrifice for God’s plan, and submit to God’s power.

This word has been the story of my life for the last eight years. I can tell you from experience that surrender, sacrifice and submission are well worth the reward of finding Him in His purpose, plan and power. I would do it all again. I might do some things differently, but the transaction has been greatly weighted in my favor.

The Map Maker has been created to help Christian Leaders find and enjoy the adventure God has planned for them. I am sure your adventure will be different from mine. We serve a dynamic, “don’t box me in”, God. Like most adventures, there will be a mixture of excitement and fear. I pray that you find an abundance of the former; and learn how to deal with the latter.

It is the glory of God to hide a matter, and the glory of kings to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2). Jesus spoke in parables “because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 13:11). The Map Maker will lead you on a treasure hunt. You will be encouraged to search out the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and to be faithful stewards of the treasures you discover (1Corinthians 4:1-2). If you seek the knowledge of God with your whole heart, He will fill your adventure with sweet anticipation and a wonder that will not disappoint.

Helping Christian Leaders find joyful, Spirit-filled ministry has been the desire of my heart for eight years now. More importantly, it has been God’s desire for you since before the beginning of time. The Map Maker is a product of that desire. There are no coincidences for God’s children. God has orchestrated events so that you, too, might discover the desire He has deposited in your heart. He fully intends to give you that desire – for His kingdom, name and glory.

Your servant and His forever,

Dear Family and Friends,

Many things are best understood in the experience of that thing.  Most of us know that God heals.  He is our Great Physician – our Jehovah Rapha.  But do we really know that until we have experienced it?  Alas, many have had the opportunity, only to give doctors and medicine the credit.

Did my doctor do great work?  Yes, he did.  But he did not heal me.  There is only one Healer.

I have learned, and posted, many lessons while riding… a bicycle.  I intend to post some more.  Today, I just want to share that I have learned – no experienced – that God heals.  Now, just to be clear:  I have experienced this before.  I am 54, after all.  But, you know what, experiencing God’s healing power – to know God heals – is an experience that is truly worth the pain, no matter how many times you experience it.

So, let me share with you that I am back to riding the distances and hills that I was riding before I broke my hip – less than six months ago.  I was told that it might take 12 months to get back to my pre-accident capability.  I am not all the way there, but God has me way ahead of schedule.

I thank you all for your prayers and loving care.  Most of all, I thank our Great Physician for this wonderful adventure.

Your servant and His forever,

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25

Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Matthew 11:11-13

The challenges Marketplace Leaders face are very real. Most Christians spend most of their waking hours in the Marketplace. It should not be surprising that God has begun a movement there – strategically placing His people in positions of authority and influence. But, as Jesus warned, “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Satan has ruled the Marketplace for far too long.

The Lord has been given the necessary authority and He has promised to be with His disciples. No challenge is too great for Him. But He will not do it without those He is training to reign with Him. As leaders in the Marketplace, we must become “doers of the word”.

Being “doers of the word” requires commitment and reckoning; and it assumes a beginning – taking that first obedient step. As a concluding word for the Marketplace Challenges series, I would like to share a few truths the Lord has blessed me with over the last few months.

Begin here and you will avoid deceiving yourself; you will not forget what kind of man (or woman) you are; and you will be blessed in the work you do. In the process, you will become a violent one that takes the Kingdom by force. Read the rest of this entry »

Did you know that the name of Jesus is a power unto itself? Healing comes in the “exercise” of His name (Acts 3:1-16; 4:10). Think about it. What would life be like if we had access to the kind of healing power Peter and John exercised? Signs and wonders would actually follow the mention of His name!!

In John 14:12-14, Christ prophesied that we would do greater things than He did – whatever we ask in His name? Clearly, “His name is power”!!

I believe this is true. I really do!! Really.

So why is this not a normal, everyday occurrence in my life? Is it in yours? I’m convinced – and convicted – that the answer can be found in Philippians 2:9-11:

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I believe this verse is very clearly saying that every time I hear the name of Jesus my knee should bow and my tongue should confess that He is Lord. Whether this is to be taken literally or metaphorically, the mention of His name should elicit a response from the center of my being. I should reverence that name far above all others (Ephesians 1:21).

Is it possible that the power of that name, as it is exercised in my life, is proportional to my reverence for it? In other words, is the authority of Jesus’ name for me proportional to my willingness to submit to its authority over me?

I eagerly confess to you and Him (in the hope of 1John 1:9) that has not been the case for me. I do not have the reverence for His name that I should. Oh, how could I be so blind to such a simple thing, for so long? But…

Praise God for the grace of His conviction!! Praise God for the grace that is, even now, stirring up a passion to reverence His name like never before. Praise God!! Praise God!!

And praise the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!!

His grateful servant and yours,

Rob

It has been more than 15 years since Beth and I first learned of the “exchanged life” found in Galatians 2:20:

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by [the faith of] the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

It was a mystery at the time – one of those truths you hope to eventually understand and live out. I am not so naïve to think that I understand it fully, but time and some recent revelations have me substantially closer. I would like to share these for your consideration and response (it’s in community that we hear from the Lord). Read the rest of this entry »

God Speaks Again

Early in the morning on the day we were to find out about the Chestatee Farms “museum”, the Lord awakened me to come meet Him in prayer. The moment my knees hit the floor, the Lord said, “I am not going to give you the house. I am going to give you more. But you will have to trust Me with this one.” And so, we were very excited (and not at all surprised) to hear that we lost the bid. But what was the “more” about? How was that possible?

The Lord encouraged me that the “trust me with this one” meant letting go of finding a home with acreage (like we had with our burned house). This freed us to begin looking at homes in subdivisions. Our Realtor was very patient with us in this change of direction, but probably a bit confused and concerned with our insistence on looking at “more” sized properties (we weren’t brave enough to tell him about the “more” message). Read the rest of this entry »

Preface

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22).

This is a story about a family that was burned out of their house, and the journey God orchestrated to bless them in their tribulation. It is a story about a tragedy that was turned to adventure – through the supernatural grace of God. More than anything, it is a story of God’s unfailing and extravagant love!!

There are many types and degrees of tribulation. A house fire is a dramatic event that draws a lot of attention. However, we want to recognize that it does not compare to losing a spouse or child, getting cancer, losing your business, or many other difficult situations that befall the human race.

The “level” of our tribulation was established by God to manifest His glory and transform us more into the image of Christ. Others are honored and trusted with greater, and lesser, tribulation. Our hearts go out to those whose trials go on for years – even lifetimes. It is our prayer that these, and others, will be encouraged by our testimony of the Father’s faithfulness and His extravagant love.

While this story is not intended to be a spiritual lesson, we pray that others will learn from our experience. We know that the wisdom and revelation we were given in the journey is to be applied elsewhere; and not just for ourselves. In fact, God has given us a message for the church. We have titled it “Navigating a Crisis”, and offer it to anyone that is interested. For ourselves, we are still applying the lessons learned – being taught through its application in some new experiences.

As a last word of preface, let it be known that Beth, Sarah, Matthew and I have not “deserved” or “earned” anything that we had before the fire, anything we now have, or anything we’ve been given during this journey. Even the “right” decisions we made are a result of the Lord’s grace in teaching us how to hear His voice, trust Him, and obey His instruction. Read the rest of this entry »

As we continue to pray for God’s supernatural move in our lives, it is important to search out this matter of intercessory prayer. The Holy Spirit is trying to teach us something that is beyond our current paradigm. He wants us to understand how to take hold of what has been promised. It is a part of the maturing He is doing in the church during this season.

So let’s look at the questions many of you have been asking: “Why isn’t God answering our prayers for my mother’s healing?” “Why won’t He heal my marriage.” Or, “Why won’t He deliver my son?”

The following are some basics that will help us break through to the victories God has prepared for us. They will be glorious!!But know this: There is a price to pay.

  1. Correct Our Focus. As someone recently put it, we limit God when we focus on the object of our prayer instead of on Him. The focus of intercession should always be on God’s glory. If His thoughts and ways are so far above ours, then the work He will do to glorify Himself will likely be above the limits of what we think He intends. The price: Our agenda.
  2. Ask According to His Will. 1John 5:14-15 promises:

    Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

    Too many of us have settled for “your will be done”, instead of knowing His will and praying that it would be done. “Your will be done” is a general prayer that returns a general answer. Nothing wrong with it, but it is seldom what God is looking for in intercession for, and from, one of His own. Regrettably, we find ourselves too busy to hear what God would have us pray. Waiting on God in prayer is a discipline we must develop. The price: Our time.

  3. Become Pliable in Our Prayers. Psalm 37:4 promises that God will give us the desires of our heart if we delight in Him. Most of us know that the desires He gives are His, and not ours. But how do we acquire them? By delighting. Yes, but what does that mean? It is vital to our prayer life that we understand that the Hebrew word translated as “delight” in this passage is not the same as in other Psalms. Here it means “to be soft” (like a lump of clay in the Potter’s hands; or the Bride with the Bridegroom). Our knowing His will in a matter is directly proportional to our willingness to let Him work out the hard places (of unbelief) and rigidness (of personal rights). The price: Our desires.
  4. Get Clear to Hear. The fervent prayers of righteous men and women avails much (James 5:16). God has grace to work through and around our immaturity, but He resists the proud, and He will not respond to those that are resisting Him. I have been taught that the first step of intercession is right standing with God. Forgiveness is a big issue here, too. The righteous man stands right with God and with the brethren. The price: Our rights (with God and over others).

So now, let me ask: Is it possible that the things God shows us (e.g., in dreams) are more opportunity than promise?  I have too quickly looked at them as promises that are without cost to myself (He will either do it, or He won’t).  I now find myself considering the magnitude of what God has prompted us to ask for (say, in the healing of a loved one).  I confess that I am hesitant to consider (much less ask God) what it will cost me for their healing.  But knowing it is for His glory, I am encouraged to pursue His will for me and them. I am willing to pay the price.

In closing, I encourage you that laying down your life is your reasonable sacrifice. In this situation with Scott, we must ask ourselves, “Are we willing to pay the price this opportunity requires to see God’s glory?  Are we willing to step beyond taking Him for granted, and engage Him, for His glory, in this situation?”

Dear Father, give me grace to find Your way in the distractions, and grace to overcome my own self-centered pity.  Give me a single-eyed heart, focused on You.  You know the weaknesses of my heart; deliver me from all unrighteousness, and save me completely.  In Jesus Christ’s name, reveal the cost each of us must consider. Use this opportunity to extract from us all that You are due for the price You have paid for ___________ (you fill in the blank).

Your servant and His,

Rob

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