Love you all, praying for you.
How often do you feel inadequate, unprepared, under qualified, just not feeling it, like someone else could do this much better? And what does that have to do with anything? Irrelevant. God says – Just Obey. And watch what I DO!
Bridge City Church today, Praise God. We prayed for 3 Things: #1 That God would bring humble people. Willing to do something they’re not used to. #2 That God would put them with the exact Daily Call Partner of His choosing, not ours or theirs. #3 That God would speak. (Not through us… but directly to them through their first PiVAT, PRISM, and Daily Call)
Amazing to watch and see and hear what God does; to watch God pair the right people, hearing how God spoke to them and each other… Like the crazy things He does when He tells you what you need most from Him – in PiVAT, and then gives it to you in PRISM - Exactly what you need! Yep, happens all the time! And we saw Him do it again! When God tells you to do something, just show up. Pray. And watch what He does. Please pray for these dear obeyers at Bridge City Church. That God would do it again and again.
God spoke to me recently. I’ve never met a pastor that didn’t want his church to grow. I’ve never met a ministry leader that didn’t want his ministry to grow. I’ve never met a family leader that didn’t want his family to grow. All three want the same thing. But not all three define it the same way.
Does more children mean the family is growing? Yes, but… A growing family doesn’t just mean growing more children… It also means children growing more… becoming mature in responsibility, in work ethic, in attitude, honoring those in authority, in diligence, in intellectual, spiritual, financial and moral development. What good does it do you – to have more kids – if your kids are not growing? (your 13-year old, still sucking his thumb)
So how do you grow your church, or your ministry, or the ministry you serve? Some Pastors think – If we just had a better building, or a better band, or a better brand, or better coffee, or better media, better advertising, better visibility, better… Yeah, but does that mean you’re growing? Or just attracting more 13-year old thumb suckers? (God loves them too, but… what does God have for you? Here’s a secret: If you grow, you grow. What? If you grow, you grow.
John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me, draws them. So how does He draw? (so you grow) John 12:32 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me. (“all people to myself” – the people you have, and the people who will come). Who’s talking? Jesus. So how is Jesus lifted up? (so He draws, and you grow – all of you – in every way)
#1 Worship. Bowing at His feet, Lifting up His Name in Praise! “Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD” Worship lifts up the Name of Jesus. Praise lifts up the Name of Jesus. But not just in church (does praise lift Him up from the earth)… Every day in your home, your room, your car, your prayer closet… Praise! Lift up the Name of Jesus – from the earth and He will draw you closer to Him, (you’ll grow), and use you to draw others. (your church will grow) If you grow, you grow.
#2 Testimony – your testimony lifts up the Name of Jesus. He draws, you grow. Your testimony is always the testimony of Him (It lifts up His Name). His Name: ; is everything of His power and authority… and everything that He does, did or will do, past present and future. Your testimony of what he DID and REVEALED yesterday (through your PRISM time with Him)… Not only do YOU overcome with your testimony, Every Daily Call – your testimony of Him is adding to His Name. It’s lifting up His Name from the earth. And He draws you closer and others closer to himself. If you grow, you grow.
#3 His Word increasing in priority - If I be lifted up. And He is the WORD. If the WORD is lifted up – He draws, you grow. How do you lift up His WORD. Anytime PRISM (His WORD) increases in priority in your life – you are lifting Him up (from the earth) – and He draws you closer. Every time. Anytime you help someone else increase the priority of His WORD in their life (lifting Him up from the earth) He draws, they grow. And everyone that you or they… share your testimony with (what He did and what He revealed from His Word – Jesus the Word) is lifting Him up). He draws, they grow. Your Daily Call is designed to do this. Heb 3:13 Exhort one another daily… If you grow, you grow.
So from God’s Word, you can know for sure. Any church, ministry or family who increases Praise in their life (worship) - Lifts Jesus up. God draws and they grow. Any church, ministry or family who increases their testimony (of what God did as they’re learning to obey, and what God revealed through their PRISM time with him). This is the testimony of Jesus. Testimony of Jesus lifts him up from the earth. God draws, and they grow. Any church, ministry or family whose members increase the priority of the Word in their life; (when PRISM becomes a habit, taking a higher place in their life). The WORD, Jesus is lifted up. God draws, and they grow. Nothing will grow you like your Daily Call. It keeps you lifting Him up daily (from the earth). So He draws, and you grow. And He will lead others to you – so they lift Him up – so He draws and they grow.
Praying for each of you. That your praise lifts Him up. That your Testimony lifts Him up. That PRISM becomes a priority – and lifts Him up. So He will draw you, and all men to himself… So you grow and you grow. So you grow more, and more grow with you!
Love you all,
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