Monday, August 27, 2018

My Legacy Trail... the Body of Christ as One in Christ

By Dale Shumaker

My goal in life is to take what I have learned
and know and put it at a place where others can
benefit from it too.

I wanted to accomplish this by the time I
turned 70 years old. Then, if the Lord gave me more
years or He hadn't returned yet, I want to share it with
others and assist others in what I see as most
essential in living... much like when Solomon wrote
Ecclesiastes.

The most important attribute in Spiritual
life is prayer.
"My Temple, my body, is His place for Prayer."
Matthew 21:13
We have direct access to God's Spirit through
our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:22

It has been my desire to see the Body of Christ
work as One unit under the direct orchestration
of the Holy Spirit. All these factions of the Body
of Christ, we call the church, have been a
concern of mine. Thousands of denominations
and groups are doing their thing in absence of
communication with each other.

There is a remnant, I feel, of true believers within
all groups and those not in formal groups.
Ones who seek God truly from their hearts.

I have seen Spiritual progression go something like just below.
It's something available to all of us whether part of
a formal group or not.
Informal connections based on relationships are more
powerful, than organizations of connection. Where a
true love exists among each other, there the Spirit
flourished.

My goal is to help people live a Spiritual life,
of which can be done part of or not part of a
formal group.

God many times uses dramatic, traumatic, desperate situations to
lead us to call on Him. Because of a life urgency, eye-opener we
go to Him for help. We look to His Word, The Bible, for guidance,
and call out to God to help us.

"But in my distress I cried out to the LORD;
yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me
from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears."
Psalm 18:6

From that He impresses on us a mission.
We see that we are really here for a Divine
purpose, of a Divine calling. We then see
this as very important, maybe too important
for us, so we again call to Him for help.

"Truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do
the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do,
because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name,
this I will do, that the Father may be glorified Son."
John 14

It grows and then we see others as more
important in what they do and we begin
praying for others, helping each other, especially
those on a mission too.

Our own life becomes secondary to the life of others.
The true grit of Intercessory prayer begins
taking hold in our lives.
We then genuinely become servants of all.
Mark 9:35

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind regard one another
as more important than yourselves; do not merely
look out for your own personal interests, but also
for the interests of others."
Philippians 2:3-4

We come to a place in life where we see
our life to be a life with others.
It's not so much about me anymore. It's about Him,
His desire for others He fulfills through me.
The Body of Christ emerges, as we care about
each other, help each other, and become One in
Spirit.


As 70 approaches me this fall, I set a goal to
give to others what I have learned in my lifetime,
and have it at a place where others can benefit from
it too.
I feel I have accomplished that goal.

My efforts to establish my trail of legacy
began in 2005, in May,
when I started a blog, Jesus is Us, a view of how
the Body of Christ works but in a contemporary
approach. I used the pen name, "Geffry Fields,"
because I felt what I wrote would be seen as
controversial by many traditional churches.
It was written throughout the summer of 2005.

The Spirit Savvy Business, November, 2005, came along to
help those in business to apply Spiritual principles to business.
It was later expanded to include our life, business, our mission.

Our whole life is His life for His ways and His Mission. In August
2011, I also published on this blog an online summary of

In July, 2012, the Spirit Savvy Network
website was launched. And the keynote base for
it, Living Your Magnificent Mission, was linked to it in 2015.

For those in a God-called mission I now make myself
available to come alongside you in
prayer and the wisdom I have learned
throughout life. For anyone, I make myself
available who chooses to Live Your Magnificent Mission.

God has a calling on you, a mission for you, and something
very important for you to do. While alive, my desire is to be there
for you as you progress in what God is calling you to do.

A timeline summary and links for the above:
in Jesus is Us starting September, 2012.

...A comprehensive resource for helping you
in your journey of living your life in Spirit
for His purposes through you;
your life in partnership with His Mission.

We, the true Believers in Christ, are all part of
His Spirit Savvy Network;
we each have an important mission to live out:
and we are empowered by prayer in our secret closet,
and by praying for and helping each other.
Through Spirit we all interchange with each other
as orchestrated by Jesus, our conductor.

My Legacy Trail...

....

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Is it sooner than we think?

By Dale Shumaker

As a child I grew up in a Pentecostal church.
I heard this over and over again... He is coming
soon. When we hear something over and over
again we tend to be less sensitive to it and
relaxed about it.

We don't know when our life ends. I
realized this when I had a near-death
experience. I know life can end
suddenly. Quickly, unexpected. A
sense of urgency has been with
me ever since.
"When people are saying,
"Everything is peaceful and secure,"
then disaster will fall on them as suddenly
as a pregnant woman's labor pains begin.
And there will be no escape.
1 Thess. 5:3

This week the suddenly of the end was
on my mind.Things can change quickly.
God lets things happen in a blink of
the eye speed.

I tend to be a weather watcher. I have
told people another vocation I might
have chosen is being a meteorologist.
I find the weather intriguing, and hard
to predict. You must monitor it constantly
to see the trend it is taking.

Thursday was one of those unusual days.
In the beginning of the day, it was to
be a normal hot summer day. Then in the
middle of the afternoon I saw a severe
thunderstorm watch was issued for my
area. In a few hours this big blob of a
storm showed up on the radar heading
directly toward me. It looked intense.
But by the time it
get to north Springfield it began
breaking up. It started suddenly, then
ended suddenly.

Then I saw another line in western Missouri
forming and seeming to intensify as it
got closer. It again split as it got to
me and the worst went west of me.
Those there had many trees uprooted and
damage to personal property. It was
a powerful storm, moving quickly with
gusts of winds hitting 80 mph some
places.

The most tragic part it headed south
to over Table Rock Lake. A Ride the
Ducks boat got surprised by it
when crossing the lake. It was reported
17 people perished as the boat
sank from the high wind and high
waves, over 5 feet they said. The boat was
not designed for such a fierce storm.
They had near hurricane strength winds.
The storm came up suddenly
and unexpectedly. Those in the area said
it was the worst they had ever seen there.

It caused me to reflect on what the
Spirit was saying to me all week. Be ready,
He will come suddenly. It seems peaceful
and safe but then destruction will come.

I know tornadoes come up
suddenly. You must be ready and prepared
because when they come up they come
up quickly and a person must act quickly.
It's too late to prepare then, you must be
prepared before.

Remember the Parable of the Ten Virgins:
4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along
with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time
in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out:
‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
13 “Therefore keep watch,
because you do not know the day or the hour.
Matthew 25

It seems the world is moving toward
safety, peace, prosperity. What this will do is
cause us to fall into a mental, spiritual lull.
We will think all is fine and lose sight
of this is when Jesus will come,
and it will be quickly.

"Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, 
to repay to each man according to his work.
Rev. 22:12
Be ready, stay at work.
Keep your lamps full of His oil.

In prayer, we get discernment for all
things. As we grow in prayer, our
sense of what's just ahead sharpens, it
gets even more keen. We can sense it
and identify it.

is it prepares us to be ready continually,
and stay at work on the Mission He has
given us. Stay in the Word, stay in Prayer,
and stay at the work He has for you.


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