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Letting Go (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 22)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

Today I had another one of those days when I heard something while having a discussion with someone.  The interesting thing is this time I had a serious shift internally when I heard what I heard.  Today it wasn’t so much information, as it was the Lord both speaking something to me and using that word to change my inner man based on what I heard.

I have a friend who is in a different stage of life than I am.  My friend has very little commitments and because of that has lots of stories about what he is able to do with his time.  My dream for my friend would have been that he could have joined us on our journey as a house church but that hasn’t really worked out.  In addition to that, my friend seems to be more and more living for the moment.  Sometimes I’m annoyed by that.  Sometimes I’m bewildered.  Sometimes I grieve, because at least from my perspective, he may be loosing out on some eternal rewards.

Regardless, today I was talking with my friend. I’ll call him Scott.  Scott was telling me again about some of the things he’s doing with his time and how great it’s been.  Then Scott asked me how things have been in my life.  And as I opened up my mouth and began talking, I heard the Lord speak to me that it’s time to release Scott.

To be honest, I have no control over what Scott does or doesn’t do nor did I ever pretend to.  So when the Lord spoke to me that it was time to release Scott, I gave Scott back to the Lord.  I gave the Lord all of my concerns about him.  I also gave him the hurt that I had carried because Scott couldn’t be more involved in where we’re going.  I basically made Scott the Lord’s responsibility.

And, while nothing tangible happened from that point, I feel like I was able to enjoy Scott more after that point.  My love returned in a new way for him, and I think that may be the most important thing that came out of this encounter.  I can love Scott without receiving anything from him now.  And that’s the way it should be.

How has the Father spoken to you about people in your life during this challenge that has changed your relationships with them?  Has it helped?  How did the relationship change?  Let us know in the comments section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

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The Word of Knowledge (Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness, Day 21)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

The day had an interesting twist to it.  It seems the longer I spend listening to Jesus, the more I can actually hear His voice when I’m dealing with people in real life situations.  Today that emerged as a word of knowledge.  I had caught up with another believer that I really like.  I had just finished asking him about this ministry of his that I love and wish I could do more of.  I genuinely love to hear about the type of ministry this guy is doing.  He then turned and asked me how the house church was doing.  I began to talk to him about house church, but almost immediately Holy Spirit spoke to me.  “Keep it short, he’s just asking to be polite,” was the phrase that came to me quickly.

So I did. And while I didn’t poll my conversation partner later and ask him whether he was really interested in our house church or not, I did get the general sense that what I heard from Jesus was true.  What’s great about this is not that I didn’t spend a long time talking about something to someone who didn’t care.  What is important is that I’m beginning to know things by the word of the Lord while I’m talking to people, just like Jesus (Luke 6:1-11).  This will be key in the days ahead even if it’s just over a silly thing right now.

How has Jesus been speaking to you while you are with others?  Tell us in the comment section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

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Missing God (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 20)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

So the win today was how miserable I was.  That’s right, I was miserable and I think that means I’m winning.  You see, yesterday was tough.  The reason yesteray was tough was because I missed my time listening for the Lord’s voice.
Today was only different because I managed to eak out some time with Jesus before bed this evening.  And while I had a busy, productive, full day, I was miserable because I hadn’t had time to listen for the Lord’s voice for more than two days.

How is being miserable a win?  Well, in my mind it’s good that I’m becoming used to listening and hearing Jesus.  The fact that I’m miserable when I’m not doing those things means that I’m becoming dependent on what He says and doing what He says is becoming my source of strength. And, for those of you who are worried, I’m not falling off the bandwagon, I’m just trying to find all the fruit I can, even when the days don’t work out like I plan.

So, today miserableness is my fruit.  It’s not pretty, but there it is hanging on the vine.

Have you found yourself noticing a difference when you don’t get time with Jesus?  How is that changing your outlook on your time spent listening? Let us know in the comment section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

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Dropped Balls and Seeing In The Spirit (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 19)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

Today did not go how I expected nor did it go how I would have liked.  What went wrong today? Well,for the first time in about 19 days I did not get any time in front of Jesus listening to His voice.  Don’t get me wrong.  Our church gathered together to worship.  I did spiritual things today.  I even accomplished some things that I heard earlier in the month (more on that later).  Nonetheless, today I dropped the ball.  I missed time waiting, hearing, and listening.

How could such a thing happen? To be honest, a need came up.  The jury is still out on whether I should have filled the need or whether I should have waited for the Lord to open another door.  Sometimes the enemy to good listening is all of the legitimate needs that are going unmet.  My friend Mary can tell you a little bit more about that from her perspective.  All I know is that I stepped in to fill the need and used up any time that could have been used for waiting on Jesus.  I’m not even filled with condemnation over the fact that I missed the time today, more than anything I just really miss it.

However, the fact that I missed time waiting and hearing does not mean that nothing else happened.  Today I also was able to get together with the first couple and share the things the Lord has been speaking to me about.  First of all, our time was great.  We really enjoyed time together.  And then, when things turned to more serious conversation I could really feel the Lord present, guiding the conversation.

At one point in the conversation something new happened.  As we were talking I began to see an issue “in the Spirit.”  It’s not something I can describe with words.  All I can say is that I saw an issue that was about to come up in conversation floating in front of me.  Normally, I would not have brought the issue up.  But when I saw it, I knew that when it came up I would have to address it.  Sure enough, two minutes hadn’t gone by before the chance to address the issue came up.  Having seen it “in the Spirit” I knew that it needed to be addressed and I did.  And, I have to say, it was good to address it and helpful to everyone involved.  I think the Lord really moved at that point in the conversation.

So the good news is even though I missed some time today, the Lord is still with me.  All of the time I’ve spent listening the past few weeks has carried me.  Not only that, He is more faithful than to just abandon me because I got busy and made a few bad choices.  The result? Despite the worst day of listening so far, I may have managed to be obedient.  Pretty good for a bad day, huh?

How have you experienced Jesus leading you even when you haven’t done the best job at listening through this journey?  Tell us in the comment section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: September WallPaper Calendar by DewDreams

Learning to Focus, Learning to Love (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 18)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

In some ways, today was a rehashing of something the Lord spoke to me about yesterday.  While I was waiting on the Lord, the Lord started to talk to me about how scattered I can be sometimes.  And in the midst of Him showing me How scattered I am, He said, “You’re scattered because you want to know about everything going on around you. You cannot focus because you want to show your sense of control through your understanding.”

He then began to break down the difference between love and knowledge.  Of course we all know that knowledge puffs you up, but love builds up others (1 Corinthians 8:1). But He began to show me that this constantly searching and grasping for understanding begins to make a person proud and give them a sense they are powerful.  Then he showed me the nature of love and how love is focused.  Love isn’t in a hurry and it can linger with someone beyond the initial “information grab” that allows a person to feel like they’ve grasped a person or a idea.  Carnal knowledge will create a Christianity that is infinitely wide but very shallow.  But love will push a person to linger in the presence of the Lord and even in the presence of others, creating depth beyond what many of us know.

So today I’ve been trying to focus on things more simply and not be in such a hurry.  I’ve been trying to love and linger beyond my initial understanding of a person or a concept.  And I’m beginning to enjoy lingering in the presence of the Lord in a different way than I have before.

So…no fruit in anyone else around me today…but I’m seeing some change in me and that’s a big win.

What changes are you seeing happen inside of you as you listen and obey?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: September WallPaper Calendar by DewDreams

Confirmation (Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness, Day 17)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

I love it when God speaks about something.  I love it even more when God is committed enough to an issue that He speaks to you about it multiple times.  While God doesn’t always speak twice on a matter He is serious about, His repitition can be a clue that we are on the right track (2 Corinthians 13:1).

This morning, after repenting, I woke with a dream.  In the dream, Couple B, whom I mentioned buying a book for in a previous post, had their home overtaken by people I consider national leaders in the house church movement in this country.  In the dream I was worried that Couple B  would be horrified and angry about the intrusion.  However, as things progressed, it became clearer that these national house church leaders were not a burden like I had initially thought.

So as you can imagine, having this dream, I felt like I should probably get back on the ball and have a conversation with Couple B.  You know, the one I decided I was going to have about two weeks ago. The dream seemed to me to be indicating that taking a plunge into an organic church might be messy, in the end it may be rewarding. The crazy part was that when I got home that evening, the book I had ordered for them about the exact same topic had come in the mail.  Coincidence? Only if there is no such thing as God.

These are the sort of things that are beginning to happen more and more.  God speaking, a little hear, a little there, and then confirming what He has already said in subtle but important ways.  Part of it is I’m watching for it more.  But a large part of the change is I’m certainly more connected.

How about you? How is God speaking to you and confirming what He has said in this time? Leave us a note in the comment section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: September WallPaper Calendar by DewDreams

Small Desires (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 15)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

One of the things I’m learning on this journey is that some times the silliest, smallest desires of my heart touch something that is on the heart of the Lord.

Yesterday I was listening to a book that is totally about restoring Jesus to first place in the church.  In the midst of the author’s description of Jesus, I found my heart stirred to read a passage from a book that I had picked up a few years back that quotes Napoleon’s thoughts on Jesus.

After going back and reading the passage, I felt compelled to share the passage here on the blog.  Unbeknownst to me, my blog post got picked up and retweeted by the author of the first book I was reading and over the course of the day it became one of my most viewed blogs of the whole year.

What do I want you to take away from all of this? Listening to Jesus is not a sure-fire way to make you popular and successful.  In fact, rarely is that the case.  However, I do believe that if we follow the voice of Jesus (even when it comes to us cloaked in the desires of our hearts) that we will be able to influence the church (and beyond) to treasure Jesus rightly and follow Him.  This was a little sign of this for me today.

How have you experienced Jesus leading you through the desires of your heart? Do you have  a tough time distinguishing between Jesus’ desires and your own?  How have you resolved that problem? Let us know in the comment section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: September WallPaper Calendar by DewDreams