Love you all, praying for you!
God reminded me… Today is July 1st. The first few minutes of the 2nd half of the year - one of the four critical times of the game. In the locker room at half-time, all coaches encourage their players on what they did well in the first half. They make adjustments on how to neutralize their opponent’s plans and strategies. But the most important thing they do – they have their team get back to the basics. Block and Tackle. Defend and Rebound. Praying that you will review PiVAT Yearly, that you would ask the Holy Spirit – the Coach God gave you, to reveal any adjustments you need to make, and to remind you of the basics. Praise God, He sent the Holy Spirit to come alongside you. That's like a coach who can be on the floor or on the field with you! He will lead you step by step. He will lead you into all truth, and show you things to come. The Holy Spirit brings victory every time, in every situation. Praying that PiVAT Before Dinner, PRISM throughout the day, and your Daily Call – is your Blocking and Tackling – so you hear and understand the will of the LORD for you – for today. So you know His heart, Who He is, and His love for you... So you overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony! But one other thing God reminded me that you'll need in the 2nd half of this year. In this life – you can’t do it alone. This life in Christ – is a team sport, not an individual one. Praying that God will lead you to walk in meaningful team relationships. Praying that you will seek the LORD and ask if He would have you begin a PiVAT Small Group on the weekends – either one hour long with 8-10 Daily Callers, or a 6-pack – the same PiVAT Small Group for just 30 minutes with 6 people – sharing PiVAT for the week, and praying for each other. This is so critical – not only to you – but to them and the body of Christ! It’s the environment that enables the things in the New Testament that God designed for the body of Christ gathering together. PiVAT, PRISM, and your Daily Call – are so important – they position you to hear, obey and overcome. But that PiVAT Small Group – with other obeyers – there is something that happens when you see what God is doing and so obviously speaking to other committed obeyers – just like you. When God shows up, every single person is encouraged and completely amazed. Some things in life – you just gotta be there to understand, words can't explain. Praying that God will bring you into this powerfully encouraging venue – so that the impact of your daily obedience and testimony extends far beyond your spouse, family and Daily Call Partner – but it encourages others – to want what God is doing in you! He loves them. He has good for them just like He has good for you. But you'll be surprised, you will probably find yourself also wanting what God is doing in them. Testimony stirs things. Obedience releases God's blessing, because it positions us for His Grace to flow. But obedience is also contagious! Obedience with a group of obeyers – brings exponential blessing! It’s what God designed the body of Christ to do - to sharpen and encourage each other in real life! God said we are to provoke one another to love and good works. That means prompting each other to obey Christ and walk in what He has for us! Provoke isn't telling people what to do – it’s showing them what obedience, fruit, and the blessing of God that follows – looks like! That PiVAT Small Group is a breeding ground, and a training center for God to fulfill purpose in people’s lives. Your faithfulness can be a huge influence and encouragement to them. Praying that God will draw your hearts to invest in it.
God was showing me today – to get back to the four basics. Four Foundations of Obedience. Praying that this week as God leads, the Holy Spirit would draw you to go back and review His Word in these critical areas. PRISM Topic – God Has Good For You – This is the start of everything. Not only is God good, He has good for you! Today! From here on! The first thing the devil did to Eve, was to try and make her question God’s Goodness, or goodness for her. Why would anyone want to obey a God that isn’t good? He is good, He has good for you – you can trust Him! Second Foundation: Relationship Topic – God’s Way Or Man’s Way. Literally everything in life that you could think or say or do, there is God’s way of doing it, and man’s way of doing it – and what seems right is man’s way. But God’s way is better than man’s way – like heaven is higher than earth. Third Principle – Relationship Topic – Love is Obey – this is what love is. We love God by doing what He commands. Jesus was unmistakably clear on what love for God is – and He demonstrated it himself through His relationship with His Heavenly Father. Finally Relationship Topic – Time, Thoughts & Money. This is what obedience looks like in real life – it’s what you obey with! Praying that this week, in these first few minutes of the second half of the year – God will lead you to review and internalize these foundational truths – so you can walk in the joy of the obedience He has – so He can lead you in all the GOOD that He has ordained for you this year. That you will finish strong, and that your obedience this year – will position you for what He has for you next year, and the years that follow. As you walk in the joy that obedience brings – God will surely fulfill His purpose for you. You can trust Him. No life is better than the life He has planned for you. Can’t wait to see what He does!
Love you all,
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