2 Mobilizers of Presence In Your Life in 2018

A time-oriented blog article

Every year I pray for one word to hold on to that He wants the year to be about. This year God has used my two year old son, Oliver, to give me the word that God wants to speak into for 2018. I’ve been so convicted in the moments when I’m with Ollie but I’m not really “with” him. He immediately notices and with love and longing in his voice to REALLY be with me he says, no, more like proclaims, “no phone papa” and in that moment, God speaks to me through my two year old son that I’m trading precious memories that will last forever for meaningless glances at an electronic device that I will never remember. In 2017, a tragic accident happened to my nephew and he lost his breath for so long he almost died. Afterwards, he said “There are no phones in heaven.” Funny statement at first but convicting and one could say prophetic for me and the generation at hand investing extraordinary amounts of time in heads bent downward staring at digital fleeting data.

Personally, I’m convicted that I’m trading precious memories with God, family and friends for meaningless time on my phone and social media. I do not want this to be my legacy I leave for Christ among people in my life. We, I, my family and the Mobilize Ministries community I lead are launching 2018 mobilizing presence in our lives in two ways. I encourage you to invite friends and family to do this with you in the timeframe you choose:

1.  Fast with family and friends from social media and cell phones. I’m tired of my cell phone and social media playing such a huge part of my life sacrificing time with Jesus and people. My family and community connected with Mobilize Ministries are fasting from these two relationship distractors January,13, 2018. In fact, click here to go to the Facebook event you can invite people to to fast with you. Regardless the date, I encourage you to pick a day and experience this blessing with God and friends. Are you with me? No phones and no social media to experience intentional relationship. Make your intentional plans with a friend or more this week before Saturday, or the date you choose, and also schedule time with Jesus. Your day of presence will provide the pathway to experience this blessing: “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

2. Start your 2018 with Jesus with friends reading the life of Jesus. Recalibrating our hearts and minds to the heart and mind of Jesus, every year we, the growing community I lead, read through the life of Jesus in the four Gospels. Click here to join us through the Bible app, Youversion. This year we are observing how Jesus intentionally was present with each person He was with and how He mobilized individuals in their personal ministries. Luke 8:1 is a main verse for this community, Mobilize Ministries, as we see Jesus “being with” the disciples. Our prayer is to be mobilized through Jesus’ life to truly be present with people we are with on a daily basis.

How do you think fasting from social media and your cell phone would bless your relationship with God and people? What opportunities do you have to experience and model the presence of Jesus with people in your everyday life?  Comment below. Let’s continue this conversation. Invite people to experience presence by sharing this blog article with this hashtag, #mobilizepresence.

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#Bono: Who Is Front And Center On YOUR Platform?

Prayer led me to meet Bono.  It was only for a minute but in that minute I got to thank Bono for letting God use his life, his platform that Jesus is front and center on to inspire my life to be a platform for Jesus.   Here is a video of renown musician, Bono using his platform to teach about Jesus Christ…

Originally posted 2014-11-17 07:55:22.

Are YOU REALLY Sorry?

Breakthrough In YOUR Identity

I rolled by a laundry mat at 11:00 p.m. and saw a hanging sign that read… “Sorry, we’re close.”  I thought, you don’t have to be sorry, it’s 11:00 at night!  What am I going to do? Come back tomorrow and say to the employee, “Hey, I walked by at 11:00 last night with my dirty laundry… you should’ve been open.”
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That sign has a phrase I could’ve had around my chest because I have said that phrase most of of my life, “I’m sorry”.  This phrase was so common out of my mouth that I started repeating it for all types of situations I could not control, for things that were not my fault and for things that were, as if that is a reason to speak over my whole identity that… “I am sorry.”  
In my journey with Jesus in my 20s, I began to have older guys befriend me and disciple me.  I use to be sorry for everything, for existing, then someone started living life with me, speaking into me who I am in Christ.  The first two verses of the Navigators Topical Memory System is anchored in knowing who you are in Christ:
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
In Christ, you are a new creation!  The old is gone! The new is here! You’ve been crucified with Christ!  You no longer live. BUT, Christ lives in YOU!
The Webster’s Dictionary defines Identity as “a person’s conception and expression of their individuality.”  A secular view of Identity is how you conceive yourself; therefore, express yourself. Here is a biblical definition that is even more poignant:  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”:   (Proverbs 23:7a KJV).  One day in a quiet time, I wrote this in my journal: 
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells me I am in Christ.  Galatians 2:20 says to me Christ is in you.  When you put your faith and trust in Christ, He becomes your identity.  Are you trying to “find yourself” or trying to answer the question “who am I?” Look to Jesus.  
  • Do you ever wonder who you are?
  • What Bible verses remind you who you are?
  • Think of someone you can meet with this week to discuss and memorize a Bible verse about who you are in Christ.

Feel free to continue the conversation and comment below the blog entry.

Originally posted 2014-07-28 01:00:10.

How To Overhaul Your #ToDoList

Mindshift From Human Doing to Human Being

“How are you?”

It’s interesting to think about the very common response I receive when asking this.  It’s almost as if I asked “how busy have you been?” or “What all have you accomplished lately?”  I’m talking about myself too.  Over the years, I’ve been on a learning curve of realizing that I am not a human “doing”, but a human “being”.   Your accomplishments or your view of the lack there of is not the answer to how you are. If anyone could blow someone away with what they’ve accomplished, his name is Jesus.  In fact, John said in his gospel: “Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25).”

Jesus had all types of opportunities to accomplish and show off His accomplishments. Here is one of those opportunities and observe and ponder His response: “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray (‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:15-16‬).”  Don’t you love how in this moment, He knew that He did not have anything to prove to people through doing? But, He withdrew from the stage just to be with His Father.  What confidence and security in Jesus’ heart for Him to respond this way!  Why does He respond that way and where does He get this confidence and dependence of resting in His Father in Heaven.

I believe the answer is found in how Jesus’ Father set Him up for life and ministry. Jesus’ Dad spoke identity into Him when He was baptized: “The Holy Spirit descended on him.. like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased (‭‭Luke‬ ‭3:22‬).’”  God showed His Son how pleased He is with Him through simply His identity, a beloved son.

 Jesus gave you and me a similar identity that we can live confidently and restfully from: “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

Be encouraged to rest in Jesus and live from your sole identity of being a child of God through your faith in Jesus.  Let’s don’t seek after approval from our achievements that will never fulfill.

What if we had a “Who I am” list along with our to do list to remind ourselves who we are in not based on what we do?

Only Jesus fulfills you: “In Christ, you’ve been made complete (Colossians 2:10).” Let’s live confidently that our self-worth is in Christ alone.  Let’s trash the approval cycle and thrive from the rest and identity we receive in Christ.  The next time you receive a “How are you?”, live freely to share your heart, how you really are.  Let’s leave our achievements on our resume and lets live from a heart rooted in who we are in Christ: “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7).”

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Originally posted 2017-02-06 05:02:00.