Monday, May 22, 2017

A New Thing … the Jesus way

by Dale Shumaker

"I am doing a new thing," proclaims the prophet Isaiah. He exhorts us to not keep thinking about the older things and things of the past (Isaiah 43:18, 19). God is putting something together completely new. It was introduced by Jesus and then elaborated on by His Disciples. Here's how I see it.

Jesus came to earth to share a new idea. As the prophet Isaiah said, “I am doing a New Thing.” Jesus had a plan that would be hard to conquer in the future. As the recognized leader of His day the way to eliminate a leader's vision was to eliminate the leader. That was the goal of His opposition of the day. They didn't want the new thing or change anything they were doing. They wanted to keep things as they were. This is true even to today.

Jesus was introducing a fail-safe plan, no one could destroy. When the shepherd is killed the sheep will scatter. True in natural terms, but Jesus' plan was beyond that. When He was killed, of which He knew would happen, He came back with another Higher plan, that was invincible. He would put His power in all the people who believed in Him, by sending the Holy Spirit on all people who believed in Him. This is hard to defeat. They were an intertwined, Spiritual unit. There is not one specific leader; it is a compilation of One in Spirit.

Now, instead of having a lone leader someone can knock off,
He put His Spirit in a group of people. If one is disposed of, everyone shores up ranks and nothing is lost. As a group, there is not just one guy to focus on or get. The ranks continually shored up. The mission is not disrupted by a loss, obstacle, or unexpected change in people involved.

As One as a unit it is hard to find the one person in charge. Why? It is Jesus Himself now in Spirit among them and in charge.. He is the leader for all, in Spirit. It is a great plan. So of 100, 1000, 10,000 people there is not a single, figurehead leader. They as a unit form to be Jesus Christ in Spirit on earth. The leader is Jesus in Spirit, from Heaven, now among us.

Kill the shepherd and the sheep scatter… won’t work. Jesus the Shepherd in Spirit protects and empowers the flock as a whole.

This dynamic formation is invincible. It's many as One, not centered on one human leader that if defeated his followers scatter. Many as one in Spirit merely shore up the ranks, Jesus as a group keeps advancing.

Today, most all leadership training is about individuals in a leadership position. The most remarkable thing about the Jesus’ leadership concept is it’s a united group as One in Spirit. It functions with people in different roles, gifts, abilities, in syncopation with each other… like an orchestra.  All in harmony with each other. Jesus in Spirit is the orchestra conductor.

A new thing.

So this brings us to the power of a Spirit Savvy Network. It's about 2 or 3, 20 or 30, etc. as a unit. Not one leader, only Jesus in Spirit as the leader, and with re-gifting, the mission does not skip a beat in advancing even when one is lost, eliminated, or leaves. This Power is above any power on earth, and evil forces anywhere.

It's a dynamic cell of Spirit which can be replicated in a business, in a mission, in a venture which is driven by a God, Spirit-inspired mission.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Living in Spirit… a way to get there

by Dale Shumaker

Here are three thoughts on how to live by the power of God as part of our lives. Random thoughts written at different times.

We live through life with questions about life. Some we never really get a great answer for, but we come to certain conclusions. One of the biggest questions is why I am here, and what am I here for? I have come up with a scenario that I think many will find useful. And I believe this is what all this is about. I was somewhat creative and come up with life as a Spirit Savvy Network. Thus I refer to this as the identity of what we are here for.

Precedent in the natural can become dangerous. To repeat something because that is the way we did it before, becomes a tradition. We have done that a lot in the progression of church over the last 2000 years. When we look at the original pattern, it was almost opposite of today's. It's all really pretty simple...
We start with a person, invite them to join us in following Jesus. We meet others doing the same, and share in helping each other. Then as this chain of connection grows, we celebrate with each other.

My natural tendency is to think about what could be. And what we could do to get there. I function well with people with a vision, an idea of what could be, and finding ways to get there.
I have never functioned well in cookie-cutter marketing plans... do it this way and you will succeed. I quickly would lose interest in them.
That's why I pioneered the Spirit Savvy Network. It's what could be and it could be better, and less cumbersome to what we have now. Spiritual growth is a simple process, but it takes discipline and diligence to see it blossom in our lives... and anyone, anywhere can do it. Here's my simple plan.


This simplifies everything, and any one, two, or three... can do it.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Mission Advances, Magnificence Expands

By Dale Shumaker

This is how things progress when we move into mission. As laid out in Living Your Magnificent Mission, it starts small, with just one person choosing to live directed by God's Spirit, growing in Spirit personally, then joining with another. It continues to expand as these small cells of Spirit connect with others. And it grows to become a Magnificent Mission.

When the mission is established and a Spiritual base is established and maintained on a daily basis, greater advances in what you are about begin. As the network, of the initial two or three becomes a bond in Spirit, other networks doing the same start connecting. They form a web that continually grows in strength and size. The size is not one big group but many small networks networking with other small networks. It's a Spiritual network. They communicate and work together in their mission... enhancing each other's mission. The dynamic of Living Your Magnificent Mission becomes more evident. Here's how the last two elements come together that boosts the mission.

Our bodies have electrical currents. When two people touch hands, sometimes there is a spark of static electricity. Some credit this electromagnetic current in our body to what we call vibes... we get a good or bad feel when with certain people. When people gather of the same mind, we say sometimes there was an electricity there.
God's Love is much like electricity. When a small group, 2, 3, 4, is in harmony (bonded by God's Love), it is much like an electrical power grid.  A power grid stores very much energy.

In God's Spirit this power is love. When love combines through each other, with a mission focus, a Spiritual power grid is formed. This connection in love and harmony has great Spiritual Power.

So cells connected with other cells of God's Spirit greatly increases its potential power. The power multiplies (in multiples, e.g., 3 X 3 X 3....). This is the secret to great Power in the Spirit... cells in harmony in Spirit connecting like a network to other cells of the same Spirit. Greatness comes out of great love for others working together. This is an unconquerable power.

Our Giftings come to us in three ways. One way is we are born with certain gifts that stay with us all our lives. Others come to us through education and experience. We learn something and do it well. Then there are Gifts of the Spirit.

When living our mission, many Gifts are sent by the Spirit to get done what needs to be done, and show up when needed in a timely way. Some are a one-time thing, others stay with us. When we form bonds in the Spirit with others, more of the Spiritual Gifts surface. Two or three in agreement compounds Spiritual Giftings...there's more of them and they are of great power.

As we live in faith God provides, Supernaturally, the abilities or character as needed for the completion of His Mission through us. Spiritual Gifts surface we can't explain. The most exciting way to live is living in His mission.

It remains my contention that the power in the Body of Christ will be small cells of people, likely unknown pockets of two or three (i.e., a small group) but tightly-knit together in Spirit, who connect with or network with other similar small cells.

The strongest will be the smallest, but very close in relationship who know each other well. They have strong bonds of love, powerful in Spirit (an analogy would be a Spiritual version of the Navy Seals on a combat mission).

These small cells networking-in-Spirit will be the big thing. Most will be unknown or not recognized generally speaking, but precise and potent in the mission they set out to do. This is the power in the Body of Christ equipped in Gifts of the Spirit and with Love abounding among them and toward others.

So what does this look like... see "Scripting the Movie" section (the very last section) of

Because of their love, it created a unity, a bonding as if they were One. Jesus last prayer was about us being One as He and the Father are One. Love creates close will-die-for relationships. When being One in Spirit magnifies and intensifies, the mission advances Supernaturally and expands magnificently. Whatever we set out to do, with one, two or three, as One, our mission has a Magnificent Power. We live magnificently our Magnificent Mission.

One final thought. Vocation and mission are many times two separate things but with a mission being fulfilled through a person's vocation, or lifestyle. Sometimes vocation and mission are one in the same, although in the marketplace the vocation is many times the vehicle through which the mission is expressed. God uses us where we are, in a Magnificent way.



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Monday, March 20, 2017

By Cultivating Agreement Connections, Spiritual Force Increases

By Dale Shumaker

When it comes to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven through one's life there are three places a person may be. A person knows his/her mission, a person may be in transition to another mission focus, or a person may be working at determining what his or her's is.

In all cases the foundation of mission, knowing and understanding it,  begins with faith, then adding deliberate effort every day to renew the mind to be a Spiritual mind (mind of Christ), including hearing God's directions He has for you... all need to be developed to their fullest as well as interconnected. The next two areas, below, help in the process of mission advancing and/or discovery. When done with another doing the same, it sharpens the Spirit to run in a refined way in our lives. This relationship with 2 or 3 or a small close group, when cultivated, increases in power as the relationship increases in its closeness and bonding.

Examples when this happens can include those who were in the same dorm during college for 4 years, those in the military in the same unit in combat operations, a company of the top three working through a crisis together over several years. When the relationships are cultivated through experiences as these they form a strong bond. When those in mission cultivate close, bonding relationships, power, creativity, doing things you could never do alone unfold. His Spirit shows up.

Power is created when two substances or particles unite or fuse into one. This happens in lightning... a negative combines with a positive, producing a powerful surge of electricity. An atomic explosion is caused by the fission of two atoms. Creation comes from a male and female becoming one.
In physics, nature, biology the principle applies for energy, creation, dynamic response.
In Spirit, the same thing happens. Jesus expressed this... when a sinful person fuses (losing its original form into a new one) with an intermediate source, Jesus, merging with a Holy God (the Holy Spirit indwells) life-transforming power is released. Two people (like this) agreeing ignites a Spiritual response that creates what is agreed on, Super-naturally. This is how we become empowered to see remarkable responses, occurrences. It happens when two, three unite in prayer, a cause, or purpose... a magnificent mission.

This brief Scripture is one of the most powerful if practiced in all we do... especially applying to all relationships... family, at work, managers, leaders, all places we go. "...clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Col. 3:12
In mission partnering, prayer partnering, it exponentially affects the dynamic of Spirit in all we do. Two become as a hundred in Spiritual impact. When Jesus said love one another, these are present. Prayer is the Power that feeds the cultivation of Spirit and bonding of relationships in Spirit.

Mission is formed and reformed like the eye wall of a hurricane. Each time becoming stronger, and in many cases redirected.

The eye wall is constantly rebuilding and reforming. It breaks down (gets wider and oblong) and then reforms again, each time increasing in power.

The smaller the eye wall and more perfect it is as a true circle, the stronger it is. The more close-knit and connected the Body of Christ is, the more powerful it is. The eye wall of the hurricane does this over and over again in building strength... forming the eye wall, breaking down, and reforming over and over again. We do that as our mission grows, expands and adjusts in direction.

As you progress through the building blocks of Living Your Magnificent Mission, you continue to keep recycling constantly again and again through steps 1 through 6... much like the hurricane's eye wall. Your Spiritual force is constantly increasing.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mission Impossible... Faith, Renewing the Mind, Spiritual Intelligence

By Dale Shumaker

Most every mission seems impossible in the natural... beyond what we think we can do. We think it would be incredible if it would happen but too incredible to believe it could actually happen. So, in many cases we live thinking of it, and being in awe of it in our minds, but thinking it is beyond possibility.

It takes faith, renewing the mind to believe and acquiring exceptional intelligence, that only God's Spirit can give. So many may look at life only in the natural, but God, when He brought us to earth, wants us to live beyond that... in His Super-natural power. The beginning of all things seems to be a paradox. We start humbly. In our humility and trust in The Spirit of God's power through us, only then, can we go beyond what we ever could think. When it is God's vision and mission through us it does humble us. We think how it could be, how could it be me doing it. Humility is the launching pad as we trust in God for it.

Mission advances through this humility. When a person humbles himself, turns from his own ways, we then can see what God has made us for. Mankind has two problems... we think higher of ourselves than we should in that we are very self-centered, or we think lower of ourselves than what God is planning to do through us. The key is turning to His ways, not ours.

To deny one's self and take up the cross (cause) God has made us for (Luke 9:23; Matt.16:24), be humble as a child (Matt. 18:4...unless we change and become humble), then greatness is expressed. It's by God's Spirit not our own (Zech. 4:6), then greater things happen.
The meek, who rely on God, inherit the earth (Psalm 37:11; Matt. 5:5). Our mission  begins with a change of heart... God first, me second. The mission advances through humility, meekness and reliance on God's unmatchable Power.

All things are possible for those who believe. With faith the impossible becomes the possible. And we can count on God's Power through us to do it.
"Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father"... this old hymn keeps going through my mind. He is faithful, mercies new every morning (Lam. 3:23). Faith is believing in the unseen world to bring about what we hope to be in the seen world. Jesus said, when I came back to earth will I find faith (Luke 18:8). He rated our Faith in Him of very high value. We live by faith, what we hope for in our imaginations, and not by what we see in our circumstances (2 Cor. 5:17). Then the impossible, is possible (Matt. 19:26). To live our mission takes faith.

Instead of watching the Super Bowl this year, as millions did, I opted to watch the movie the Gospel of Matthew. Why... I decided on long-term benefits than a short-term thrill. Temporary experience compared to an eternal growing, joyful experience... with no losers, only winners. Football was my love in the past, but I switched allegiances, to pursing building the Kingdom of Heaven... on earth as in Heaven. I devoted my time to building His Mission, that His Kingdom come in earth as it is in Heaven.

Everything we see, hear, feel affects our mind, and is planted in the subconscious mind. All exposures create a foothold. To live by the Spirit of an eternal paradise, now and on forever, it takes taking control, conscious control, of what is put in our minds. It needs to be fed what stirs His Spirit Virtues Continually. One way is to constantly saturate it with Biblical-based information... reading, reciting it as fact, and living it in all areas of life. It's Knowing Jesus, talking Jesus thoughts, and living as Jesus lived.
The mind must be renewed, daily, constantly. To live Jesus, we must be Jesus created in our mind, constantly replacing non-Jesus data.

Excellence without love is of no value. Performance without having relationship serves no purpose. Paul the Apostle says you can do all these things( prophecy, have faith, give to the poor), but without love have gained nothing. Jesus said if you do all kinds of wonderful things for My cause, but don't have a relationship, know Me, He will say depart from Me. (1 Cor. 13:1-3; Matt. 7:22-24)
When love and relationship combine, much is gained and rewards are great. Yes, be excellent but have love as the driving force, and do great works but live in relationship with the Lord. To know Him, listen to His suggestions of mind, and let His love flow from Him through you to others is the way to live. Living with Spiritual Intelligence is living this way.

I heard two interesting forecasts recently. People will get tired of lies and made up stories and truth will be of greater value and importance. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
And the other was hearing God's voice. As God spoke to the prophets in the Old Testament, we will, with distinct clarity, be able to hear God's voice. "My sheep hear my voice." (John 10:27)

I hope for the first, but am convinced in my Spirit being able to Hear God's voice, His Spirit speaking to us, will be evident and at a High Level.
What we call prayer, ever so simple, is a personal conversation: we hear God's response, acquire His Intelligence. What an incredible thing... to actually hear the All-powerful, All-knowing One of the Universe actually give us direction, and know His Power is behind what He tells us.

All these tie together in living out our mission on earth as designed in Heaven... faith, our belief to move mountains, changing the way our mind thinks, to have the mind of Jesus, and constantly acquiring Spiritual Intelligence that knows everything.

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