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 work...be 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.
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.