Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Magnificent Mission vision ... why it's invaluable

by Dale Shumaker

What if the world crumbles around you? What if we don't have liberties to meet freely as a Believer in Jesus or hold a Bible study? What if even now you just don't feel the Spirit of Christ exists in your life and you don't feel its strength and power?

For questions as these I created this guideline on how to live in Spirit and its power, and for it to be a real functioning part of your life. Even today with the freedoms we have, many say they don't see the Spirit of God as a real power in their lives. And many wonder how does all this really work?

There is a Spiritual formula that outlines how. It's in the New Testament of the Bible, explained by Jesus and elaborated on by His Apostles. And it is not that hard to do. Here's a short version...

it just takes you living your life as a mission,
living stubbornly in Faith in God,
renewing your mind through constant exposure and digesting His Scriptures,
and maturing in attaining His Spiritual Intelligence through conversing, interacting with His Spirit (which we commonly call prayer).
Then connecting with someone else who does the same.
Staying in collaboration, constant contact with another person sharing what God is showing, inspiring in each of you, and directing you to do. When you get His answers and direction, then move in a confident faith in His Power with you.
This simple process grows, matures, expands... and it can start with only one other person.

As each person connects with another, then another and it grows out like a web, a Spirit Savvy Network.

The Spirit Savvy Network is another way of identifying what the Bible refers to as the Body of Christ, The Church, The Way, The Believers.
Whether in good times, challenging times, devastating perilous times, what was laid out by Jesus and the Apostles works in any situation, condition and climate of the times a person is living in.

To go into more detail, the course and guidelines on how to do this is at Living Your Magnificent Mission, a free online resource.

How may it play out in the marketplace, in our lifestyles?

Christ in Spirit is not limited. Those in relationship will experience His Presence and His companionship in a walking-the-streets way. Every day activities will have His Presence within it. Compassion and unselfish interests will be prominent. Kindness to others will flourish, and Love will have a natural foothold on everyone's life. ... the blocking and tackling of Spirit.  The Bible speaks, answers from Prayer materialize, friends as one are Spirit empowered, honesty in life prevails. It's simple, but dynamic when practiced daily. Life joys blossom. Stress is less. We all can do it... rich, poor, smart, slow... we all can do it.

These components create the Spiritual apparatus for a "Re-freshed, God-freshed" Spiritual Community with Jesus Christ Himself, In Spirit Among Us, to guide the whole thing. The truth of the Scripture comes true... we can do all things through Christ, with His Strength. With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Philippians 4:13, Matthew 19:26)

What may seem as impossible will through faith, Scriptural transformation, directives through prayer, and connection, will turn the impossible to possible.

When cells form and are in Spiritual harmony in business and the community, the Spirit lights up.
When this happens, we will see America revitalized, become a Spirit-driven nation like never before. It will energize the magnificent Mission God has assigned to you.

In whatever you do, if you meet with at least one other person, even by phone, and pray before you start the day, get God's direction and keep each other in prayer during the day, and communicate back and forth throughout the day, a power goes to work beyond yourself. You will see the power of the Spirit working around you and each other.

When applied within a business, it may go like this:

Meet for prayer and God's direction first,
then share with each other what you see His Spirit directing you,
lay out your plans as Inspired by the Spirit,
communicate and support by praying for each other throughout the day.
This will ignite a keener manifestation of God's power.

Those established to build up the saints as expressed in Ephesians 4:11-12 will be transplanted into the business day-to-day operation:

"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,  for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-12)
... to reach the stature of the fullness of Christ.

In applying this to the business world,
the biz leader, who trains and mentors others, is like a pastor,
the entrepreneur is prophetically gifted. ... seeing what could be.
Those with sales skills are evangelists,
and managers are teachers. ... who can counsel and redirect lives.
It's all there, described in the New Testament which can be reproduced in the marketplace, within an organization, through a business core and other day-to-day activities.

With Spirit as the core emphasis, all you do is develop these Spiritual skills in lifestyle, and a mission, build faith, renew the mind, seek Spiritual Intelligence, connect with another and cultivate a Spiritual relationship.
As you do, you will see the Spirit drive, mobilize and empower everything. So with Spirit as the core it creates a new dynamic that makes everything function at a Super-High level, with greater depth and stamina.

So then,
a Spirit Savvy Network is functional in every life circumstance... everyday living, an organization, a business. It happens when the principles in the New Testament are put in motion as described by Jesus and the Apostles. It's a life functional system. Even though the world does not practice this hardly at all, it is the greatest power on earth for all who use it. And it only takes a few to start... one, two, three who are One in Spirit, principle and mission.

When things are bad, it's how you survive. When things are good, it's how you thrive in living life in your Magnificent Mission.


Monday, September 26, 2016

The Power Factor behind Living Your Magnificent Mission

by Dale Shumaker

In Living Your Magnificent Mission I strongly propose that we have three disciplines... first to have a strong focus on what our God's created mission is, wrapped sternly in faith,
Then practice these three disciplines...
being astute in the Spiritual principles in the Bible,
versatile in all aspects of prayer,
constant interaction in God's Presence with a
close tie to a personal prayer network.
This is the power cell of living in Spirit in all we do.

"Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." (Eph. 4:29)
This Scripture is the core of what I am about. It is what we may call a core value. All I do has this as its center. It's the Spirit behind the Spirit Savvy Network and Living Your Magnificent Mission.

We live to encourage others in what God has called them out for. We live to spur on those of faith around us. I help to equip, train, spur on those who live to build the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven through their lives in what they do.

When the Scriptures say "when two or three are gathered together, I (Jesus) am in your midst" one author points out the true Greek meaning of gathered together is "led together". It reflects Romans 8:14 that as many are led by the Spirit are Sons of God.

Two or three in agreement (Matt. 18:19, 20) gathered or led by the Spirit as One is the key to Spiritual power in prayer, mission, purpose. Spirit is not limited by geographical location, it extends beyond natural physical location.

Two or three who agree in Spirit is a nucleus of Spiritual Power. As two or three come closer, become One in Spirit, all that can be created is created.
Harmony, love, intimacy of mind and Spirit produces the exceptional. ...the Two or Three Agreement Principle.

That's what makes the two or three agreement principle so important in Living Your Magnificent Mission...
We are born for His Mission... live it and we change the world.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Unity in Spirit Electrifies a Group

By Dale Shumaker

Our unity in Spirit is what makes Prayer very potent.

When we are around those who do not follow the ways of the Spirit in what they do, it neutralizes a great amount of  power in Spirit available to us. In groups, organizations, a business where we meet for a functional purpose, when the agenda is not Spirit-led, Spirit is weighted down.

This is crucial. I now avoid groups without a Spirit-led process in how they do things. The power of the Spirit is not mobilized. We live in a life or death pivotal time. It's urgent we don't neglect this principle of Spirit in all we do in life and work. It's imperative we do not compromise this principle.

Is this too ideal? ... that we turn to Spirit first in all our life and vocational affairs. To me this is why we do not have the ideal of Spirit prevalent in most of the activities we are part of, and unfortunately even many church activities.

When we look at 1 Corinthians 11, 12 and then 13, we see how we are to function in all our meetings... whether 2 or 3 or larger. The Gifts of the Spirit manifest when there is the same Spirit in all involved. When His Spirit is having interchange in Spirit with another of the same Spirit,  the Gifts in the Spirit show forth.

When not, the Spirit is sterilized and stymied yielding only what the natural can yield.

And I see the model presented in 1 Corinthians 11 and 12 as an ideal working business venture model. Today's business has mixed spirits. When one person is of Spirit and another not of Spirit, it disengages the power potential of His Spirit. Consequently, smaller business cores can more powerful... Being One in Spirit can be obtained.
Only then, when there is unity of Spirit, actively in motion, we then see the Greater Works in motion. The Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 blossom.

And remember the power of prayer partnering.
If under attack in spirit, we can call on one other Believer and we know the Holy Spirit is there to intervene.

Be in prayer and stay close to praying partners.

Also ... a personal reflection I wrote two years ago.
It came up in a Facebook memory. I still feel it today...
"I have spared you for a show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth." (Exodus 9:16) We each live in that purpose, a mission He as called us out to fulfill, with His Spirit guiding us, in our earthly lifetime, within our vocation, business pursuits, this is our purpose, His Purpose. We are mission-ary entrepreneurs building the kingdom of God throughout the Marketplace.

"Pray for each other"(James 5), "2 or 3 agree"(Matt.18) i.e., praying, networking in prayer. When this is done in the marketplace and as One in Spirit, a Spiritual network, like a web, will cover the marketplace/community with His Spirit. Pray for each other in cells of 2 or 3 linking to others doing the same. That's Power. Then we will see His Power envelope us, throughout the marketplace.

The process, when mastered, I outlined in Living Your Magnificent Mission will accomplish this. We need to live the discipline of life in Spirit like special forces’ soldiers prepare for a special mission.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Spirit Exceeds Man's Knowledge

by Dale Shumaker

When on a mission driven by the Spirit, it exceeds or propels the best of what man can offer. For example, two highly recognized business bestsellers, TED Talks and Born for This, have excellent information from a knowledge of man's standpoint. When you include the Spirit, all this information can be transformed to a higher level. Here's what they say and then what the Spirit does which takes it into a much greater realm.

First, what the books say...

TED Talks by Chris Anderson, the official speaking guide to public speaking, outlines what makes a great speech on TED, the famous video series of timely talks. They focus on an 18-minute power talk formula.

In presenting a great talk the first step is building the idea. With a relevant idea create a throughline, that is what's your point and how does everything tie together. It's to say something meaningful and having all points like a thread bring them to one whole idea.

Simply, every speech has an
Introduction--getting settled and what will be covered
Context--why this issue matters
Main Concepts and tying them together to the main point
Practical implications--what this may look like when applied
Conclusion--bringing all points together.

You build your throughline using
Connection--make it personal
Narration--using intriguing stories
Explanation--explaining a point through concepts
Persuasion--provide reasons to change a mind forever
Revelation--insights that take your breath away

Are you passionate about the subject? Does it inspire curiosity? Will it make a difference to the audience? Is the information fresh? Credible? And can you explain it clearly so others can walk away and use it?

TED Talks is indeed an excellent guidebook to have on your bookshelf when preparing a talk, presentation. It includes additional principles of media and communication.

Born for This by Chris Guillebeau leads you through how to find the work you were meant to do.  The perfect career has these three interlocking, overlapping components.
Joy: what you like to do
Money: what supports and sustains you
Flow: what you are really good at

Of major attention is the art of skill transformation.
Make a list of what you do well. ...every area of life, education and work. Write down at least one thing you hate doing and aren't good at.

Improve your writing and speaking ability.
Learn to negotiate.
Improve your ability to follow through and follow up.
Become comfortable with useful technology.

Be an active listener. Tell people back to them what they told you in your words so you know and they know you got it.
Be a master problem solver. Everyone is looking for solutions. Be the one to give them.
Be the best at following up and following through on a timely, accurate basis.

Guillebeau continues on how to apply this to various careers that best suit you where you can excel and be a notch above others in your area of endeavor.

Now, what the Spirit does...

All this information is good information from man's perspective. Although with the Spirit it goes to a completely other level.  The Spirit can touch a person's heart and convict them of what you are saying is important. It is the Transformer of a person's life. The prophets in the Bible were known for this. Moses, Elijah, Paul, Peter all lived in the Spirit which did remarkable things through them. They influenced people beyond what any natural man could do.

God has a mission for us. He uses some of our abilities but the Spirit provides additional abilities beyond the natural. Some refer to these as Gifts of the Spirit. Things like acquiring Spiritual Intelligence of Divine origin and knowing things that only the all-Knowing Spirit could tell us.
Our careers, vocations in the Spirit are set by God and He gives us Super-natural skills to get them done, beyond what a man can do in his own efforts.

For more on Gifts of the Spirit see...

All the above are helpful. Although with the Spirit in our lives, which Jesus said He would give freely to those who ask, we can do incredibly more than we can even think or imagine.