The pain in His process

The Lord has been teaching me about the hammering process of refining metal into useful tools. I’m sure most of us have heard all the verses in the Bible about refiners fire,  the purification of Gold and the potter who works the clay.  I have had my seasons of refining and purification through Holy Spirit and the seasons of life.  Refining is a never ending process (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Recently I have been reflecting on the season I am and asking the Lord where I am at in His hammering process. As we have felt the blows of life, I have often felt like I was the one being hammered and blasted to be shaped into something useful. The Lord begin highlighting the importance of the anvil in the process.

The anvil is the most valuable tool in the hands of a blacksmith. It is the resistance that helps shape and refine the soft hot metal. Due to its dense and heavy form, it can handle the continual blows of the hammer and the overwhelming heat of the furnace without losing it’s shape or form. Often times the anvil is unnoticed in the finished product, but without out, there is no refining process.

There are season of being refined, and there as season when God will use to help shape and refine the culture around us. Sometimes we are the gold and silver, other times we are the anvil. Obedience is our only responsibility.

No matter the pain of your season, hang in there and lean into the Lord. He is faithful to complete the work He has started! Thank you Lord, that the pain in your process brings comfort and peace and not just consequences! Teach us to abide and remain rooted in your love (John 15).

O Lord, we have passed through your fire; like precious metal made pure, you’ve proved us, perfected us, and made us holy. – Psalms 66:10 (passion translation).

 

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All of Heaven Responds

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Last week I returned from an AMAZING trip to Athens, Greece. We took a team wild eyed, fiery worshipers in the the middle of the Euro refugee crisis. We worked with different organizations that do everything from food distribution to basic skill classes. We even got invited to teach an English class, and we taught them about the swirl. HAHA.

We had no idea the quantity of refugees that flood through Athens in route to other Euro countries. It was ground breaking and a catalyst for more worship missions teams in Athens.

Each day our team would spend a significant amount of time worshipping and praying. From red light districts to house of prayers, we made it our missions to honor and exalt the beauty of Jesus. He will receive His reward in the Nations, nothing can stop the gospel.

The nations are so receptive to the Gospel. It was so easy. It wasn’t dark. People legitimately want to hear of Jesus. Muslim or Greek Orthodox, it didn’t matter. Holy Spirit was ready and more than able to encounter people.

When you live and minister from a posture of adoration, all of heaven responds in the never ending song! When you recreate the environment of the throne of God you get the full effective of His presence. Ministry is fruitful because Holy Spirit is in full activation. 

I was so encouraged (and convicted) to spend more time on the beauty of Jesus. Everything else falls into place. Jesus is perfect theology, and the best starting place. In Him, we live and move and have our being.

 

 

 

Every Captive Set Free

In a few weeks we are flying across the world to work in a refugee / IDP camps. We’re bringing our guitars, ukuleles and the hope of the gospel to the hard and dark regions of the world. We will sing our songs, dance, release joy and the beauty of the man Jesus into those broken refugee camps and over the nation and middle east region.

I believe more and more that worship is more powerful than any sword or military force in the world. See, when Paul and Silas began to sing while CHAINED and LOCKED UP, not only where they set free but the also the ENTIRE PRISON. WORSHIP SETS EVERY CAPTIVE WAS SET FREE. That’s what happens when we bring worship into war zones and the presence into prisons. We make the earth look a little bit more like heaven, and the Kingdom comes and people get free.

That’s what this is really all about. We are partnering with the Lord and His plans on the earth. We get swept up in the beauty of His Son and the revelation of His heart. There really is no better way to live.

I want to encourage us all to really gain heaven’s perspective for what is going on in the the world right now. We have the power to unlock cities, regions, nations and people groups and launch them into the purpose and plans of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

We aren’t praying from a place of fear, little-to-no authority or political correctness. We are praying while being seated in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). The narrative of culture is only one perspective. We have been given full access to the presence of God as kings and priest through the work of Jesus (Rev. 1:6). From North Korea, to Charlottesville, to Iraq and every place in between, let us not speak from the place of our pain or our fear, but from the place of Heaven’s perspective.

God give us your perspective for the nations, the lost and broken, the marginalized and the oppressed. Holy Spirit, use us as an instrument of your power to bring restoration. Let us see what you see. Let us feel your heart. Thank you for the work you have done in us, that we might offer the some work to others.

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“Lord make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love.Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy. O divine master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,to be understood as to understand. To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned .And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen” – St. Francis

 

For more information on the trip visit Light A Candle.

The Earth Will Be Filled

Our life has been sort of crazy recently, lots of things going on, (can’t believe its August) crazy travel schedule, back to school and little sleep! BUT our hearts are full of so much JOY! We are so pumped to be alive and living in the BEST DAYS we’ve ever known.

A few weeks ago, I got asked to lead a trip to Iraq. Through some back and forth emails, sketchy wifi face time calls and lots of prayer we locked the trip in! Most of the trip will be covered financially, but we are raising some funds to cover some logistics of flying with instruments and supplies across the world. I sent up a simple go fund me page to a link if you want to support the trip that way, or you can give through our non-profit for tax deductible giving.

Here is the go fund me link or to give by online through the WSPF or by text see the photo below or click here. Make sure you use the designation ‘missions’ for the trip.2. Engagement Slide.png

We are so pumped for this next season of ministry! We would love to talk about the Iraq and what we’ll be doing over there! Shoot us a text, email or call and lets get coffee!

 

 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14

50 Days

Starting May 18 we are launching into a 50 day fast leading up to The Sound 2017. Each day we will be fasting, praying and worshiping to encounter God’s heart for this generation.

I invite you to join in the fast with us! Together can we touch the heart of God for a release of anointing and power of Holy Spirit to be poured out over San Francisco. We are still in need of a few financial partners for this trip in order to purchase our airline tickets for our crew! The Lord is so faithful.

My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.” – Malachi 1:11

 

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