Abiding Unlocks Heaven In Me

I can’t create revival by trying really hard. Want proof? Look at every church that ran into the ground from burn out and division. Our striving isn’t nearly enough to unlock revival. It’s in our abiding that heaven comes.

Here’s what Jesus says about the fuel for revival: “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” As we seek the heart Christ and abide in him we receive the power and authority to do the impossible. It all starts in the presence of King Jesus.

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Nathan LainComment
2019

Here we are in 2019 with a charge from the Lord. Instead of spending all of our energy trying to create a product or market a message, we are looking for hungry hearts to join us in family. It’s an open invitation to anyone who is ready for more in their freedom and faith. We may experience moments of breakthrough but the freedom of life in Christ is best sustained in community.

This year we’ve decided to set aside our aspirations and visions of success. We have dedicated a year of our time to simply gather together and grow in our love for Jesus. He is the man we are here for. He already wants to pour out more love and blessing than we could know.

This doesn’t mean that we are unplugging for 365 days… quite the opposite. Instead of leaning into programing, recordings, and likes, we are leaning into each other. We are leaning into a deeper revelation of Jesus. Together we are a culture-moving community dedicated to the expansion of freedom in the body of Christ.

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Living In A Promise

For most people reading this, there is a promise on your life that you have yet to see fulfilled. Maybe its a career path, a future spouse, a ministry opportunity, or growth of character. Whatever it is, the temptation can be to spend too much effort seeking after the expressions of this promise. In this we can easily rush the process that God has prepared or we can give up too soon.

When we follow the example of Simeon we will surely see the promise of God fulfilled in our lives, but with the faith and foundation that God desires for us to possess through the waiting.

The point is not so much that Simeon earned the right to see baby Jesus by being righteous, devout, and connected to the Holy Spirit. Its sort of the opposite. Simeon responded to the promise by faith. This response turned into a lifestyle that all people could identify in him. It became his reputation!

Lord, let us say YES to your promises today and hold tightly to your presence, live devout and righteous lives, and anticipate the beautiful fulfillment of your word.

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Bread & Drink — Nourishment of Christ

I find that communion with the Spirit is an overlooked element of our faith — yet its possibly the most critical “action-based” aspect of spiritual development in a broader sense. This is one of the reasons that I value worship and corporate prayer so highly. In this practice we model for others how to commune with the Holy Spirit.

Freedom comes through the Spirit. He had just explained to the crowd that it is only through his flesh and through his blood that people could have eternal life. The disciples had a hard time receiving this. They said it was too hard to understand.

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"Who You Are" - New Single Release

The song finishes with a flourishing wave of the character of Christ. Not just singing that he has these characteristics but that he is full of these attributes and in fact they are who he is by nature. The point of these words leads us to recognize that it’s not just because of some chance event that we are saved and free, but because of the very nature of our God. He is full of overflowing love!

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Practicing His Presence

It’s as simple as recognizing his voice and obeying. We begin to carry this presence and revelation of the Spirit to one another. Our interactions through worship and fellowship begin to be supercharged with purpose as we see God moving all around us.

We should desire to have eyes open to the Kingdom of God so that we can see even the slightest expression of His presence. Through our confidence in Him, we have the foundation needed to see the power of the gospel manifest in our communities.

So invite him in.

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Leave your problems at the door.

This isn’t the “easy route”

It’s easier to leave your problems outside to be happy for a little bit and pretend like everything is okay. Bringing things into the room gets messy. You have to be vulnerable and allow yourself to be broken. But when you do, there’s allowance for something absolutely beautiful to happen. Healing and love enter in. The Holy Spirit comes in and transforms your heart and fills you with strength and assurance.

God desires genuine, intimate, relationship with you. And we can’t experience that by only giving God the highlight reel. So bring it all in the room. Lay it at His feet. And witness your God bring healing and be glorified. Let His love filter into that brokenness and make you whole again.

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