Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seeing Believing Saying, adding Spirit

By Dale Shumaker

The Power of the Brain
the Power of the Spirit

Neuropsychology compared to the Spiritual way. Similar, both powerful, but the Spirit is more advanced.

From neuropsychology, which I studied  quite extensively in the 90's, I learned how powerful the mind is.  When we constantly see the results we desire, keep telling ourselves it will happen, and say out loud the results we desire, it works into our subconscious where it forms an incredible human power cell.

Those who practice and master it  say they have greater results in what they want to accomplish. As one said, the mind is like a magnet. It draws into our lives what it dwells on. This can be good and bad, depending on what we dwell on with emotional intensity.

One key activity is visualization... to keep playing a movie in the mind of what we hope for and desire. We naturally daydream, so control daydreams to be the outcomes in life as we prefer to have it.  That is seeing it as happening as we desire in our imagination first, and not focusing on what we see as dire circumstances. What we imagine, with intensity, emotional desire, comes about.

Add positive self talk. That is we keep telling ourselves a positive potential of everything that happens.
All delays are just that, it will happen but not just yet.
Obstacles are temporary, and setbacks can lead us to something even better.
Talking positively to ourselves, and not criticizing ourselves or others, but being our own best encourager and keep telling ourselves what we see in our mind and believe...
it will happen.

Another key component is affirmations. Write positive statements of the outcome as you wish, and put them in the present tense as if they have already happened. Read them and say them constantly. What our mind hears us say it tends to want to take us that direction.

So speak positive, desired outcomes for every circumstance, what we hope for, and desire. Put a positive spin on all we say, in how we talk about things. Some have called this declarations.
What our mind hears us say it will obey.

The formula is visualize it as already in existence.
Use positive self-talk to condition the mind for making it happen,
and then affirm/declare it as if accomplished,
claiming it as done with confidence in your voice.

From a neuropsychological standpoint, those who do this say they accomplish what they hope for. Those who practice this, master it,  say they have seen awesome results in what they wanted to be, attain or accomplish.

There is a higher dimension to this.

The brain is powerful, although the Spirit is even more powerful. Add the Spirit and we go up to a higher level, almost literally out of this world.

Now, we can stay at the mind level, which is amazing in what it can do when applied positively.
Or we can go up to a much Higher level...
adding what can be done through the Spirit.

First, God says have faith in Him to make it come to pass, which is having the God of the universe working with us but above the power of our mind.
It's called Faith.

Faith is what we hope for to the level as God can do. In Faith we see it already done, and live as if it already exists. We Believe this because the ultimate power of the universe, God's Spirit, is doing it.

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval." (Heb. 11:1, 2 NASB)

We then speak to ourselves as God sees us.
We do not dwell on thinking of past failures, mistakes, our shortcomings, or thinking there's no way I can do this, or it can happen.

(We don't say in our mind, "I am just not good enough," instead we say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.") We live in the Holy Spirit and speak His Words of hope in our hearts.

We cultivate this through meditating on the Scriptures and talking to God about it happening, how it will happen, and what it will look like, and the excitement we have for it when it comes into place.

When Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, He was discussing with the prophets what was coming into place and what the Kingdom would be, what He must do for it happen. When our minds are constantly reciting His promises in our thoughts, constantly reclaiming in our minds who we are through Christ in how we talk to ourselves, it transforms the mind to be His Mind.
We know it will be done through His Power.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Rom. 12:2 NASB)

Next, saying it out loud with Scriptures. Use the Word of God to reinforce what the outcome will be. We proclaim it through the power of His Spirit. His Word is on our lips and we tell others about it continually. And we express belief in what God promises, His Spiritual Principles, in all our speech.

Jesus frequently quoted the Scriptures in response to somebody, something. We recite the Scriptures out loud in an affirming, declaring way.
("As you have believed, let it be done for you.” (Matt. 8:13, Holman)
"As we believe, it will be done.")

Say it out loud in prayer and when we talk to others. Saying it in light of God's Mighty all-powerful, all-loving Spirit working through us.

"Repeat them again and again.... Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up." (Deut. 6:7 NLT)

In Spirit it's Faith, meditating on His Word, and speaking His Promises.
In Spirit, it's mind power working in concert with Spirit power, with the Spirit as the mind’s director.

Sin is when we rely on our mind, and we don't include or let the Spirit direct it, to be inclusive in it.
When we value our thoughts, above God's Thoughts and Power through us, it is sin for us. It's the...
"If it's going to be it’s up to me" mindset
His Power works Mightily through me.
It's that we do God's mission,
and His will through us.

So it's
Seeing, Believing, Saying
at the Spiritual level,
through the Spirit.

This is part of the building blocks I have in Living Your Magnificent Mission. It's a powerful process when done well, as a discipline, as part of us. It's important we live out our mission, and follow this as we do.
"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Matthew 7:21


Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Power of "Many with a Few" connected

By Dale Shumaker

Many with a few connected yields a great power.

I was pondering this thought. As I did, my thinking went down this road.

What we see now is a few with many, but what we will see in the near future is many with a few. As I pondered this, I saw each of us have a few that we are close to. We bounce ideas off each other, help each other, and pray for each other.

These few are connected. But then each person has a connection with others outside their close inner circle of friends. It expands out like a web of small cells connecting with others. This keeps expanding, and can go indefinitely.

(It's been said we are 6 people away from anyone in the world. It's called "6 degrees of separation." Some have said the last two elected U.S. Presidents were aware of this and used social networks strategically which had great impact on them winning the election.)

Spiritually, Jesus encouraged this. He related the Kingdom of Heaven on earth as being like a vine. Intertwining and helping each other.
As a few... two, three, four... connect with others in groups of two, three, four, and they each connect with small cells of people, they become like a vine that weaves with other vines and it forms a strong web. Jesus advocated that this is the most powerful force when applied in Spirit.

I recalled on the farm there was a fence row that was covered with a vine. It had sweet smelling honeysuckle growing out of it. The fence row was completely covered with this vine. I tried one day to pull it away from the fence row, and it was so intertwined I couldn't pull it off the fence. It would give, stretch out, but I couldn't pull it away from the fence.

Jesus likened Himself and us as a vine and branches.
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches" (John 15:5).

As His Body in Spirit on earth, we are to be like this vine.
Today I see some fellowships who have a great preacher and many come. It is a "few with many" scenario. What I see in Spirit is in the future it will be "many with a few"... but all intertwined like the vine, spreading out everywhere. As a Spiritually unit, connected and intertwined, we have great power and have an ability to connect to any resource in the world, Spiritually, materially, practically.

"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and
I are one... And may they be in us so that the
world will believe you sent me" (John 17:21).

This prayer for us being One is our most powerful force in the Spirit, as Jesus asked the Father in Heaven that this be protected and developed in us all. The vine overlapping and intertwining can reach all places on the earth, and penetrate places seemingly not penetrable.

Have you ever noticed a crack in cement where a vine was growing through it. This is what we will become. We will go places many aren't able to go. We can break through areas that seem too hard to break through.

What seems like a wall that is strong and can't be penetrated we will break through the cracks in the wall. ...especially through prayer.

All of the "many with a few" can be connected, through the Spirit, overlapping like a vine. It's effect is it will spread everywhere, with great strength.

Just as I couldn't pull the intertwined vine from the fence row, the Body of Christ interconnected cannot be severed by difficulties, or lose its power. Woven together like this its power is increased, regardless of size.

You cut a tree at the stump and the whole tree falls down. The many branches high up fall to the ground and die... leaves die and never come back, and it doesn't bear fruit.

With a vine, it doesn't happen that way. All the branches are tied together with each other.

So you see from this effect in nature. When applied Spiritually each of us with a prayer cell, of maybe a few, who intertwine with others doing the same is a powerful force, an invincible force.

It doesn't seem big like a tall tree with many branches, but it is very strong and penetrates many places, and is a lot more massive than can be imagined.

The "few with many," what we seen now in the world, will give way to the "many with a few," intertwined in Spirit.

This is the unique design of the Spirit Savvy Network, aka, Body of Christ. This is how the Spirit works in power constantly reproducing within itself.

It is applicable in all things... life, business, mission. Especially our mission for Heaven coming to earth as in Heaven.

See this explained in detail at Living Your Magnificent Mission.


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.