We are invited to receive revelation from our mysterious God.

Paul says to the believers in Colossians 1.9 that he is praying for them.  He reveals his specific prayer. He prays that they would “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”  This is the will of God for us.  Are we “filled” with the knowledge of His will. Sometimes I have to confess my will gets mixed up with his will.  His will comes in our lives but having spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding.

This takes  effort on our part.  We are taught that pursing Christ does take some effort.  There is a lot we don’t know about God.  He has shown us so much in Christ, but without some thought, prayer, reading, study, and investment of time, God can remain a mystery to us. A mystery to great to begin to grapple with.  But if we begin to learn and grow by seeking him, we will know him deeper and more accurately.  We are instructed to seek the Lord, by Jesus, David, the writer of Hebrews:

Matthew 6:33 (NASB95)“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.

Seeking the Lord to know him and understand Him is paramont in following Him with joy.  Understanding in Col. 1.9 is the Greek word “sunesis” which means to “comprehend”.  How do we seek Him?  We search. Search for Him in our lives, in His Word, in listening to His Spirit. This takes effort and time.

Paul says he is praying for “spiritual” wisdom and understanding. “Spiritual” is referring to our inner life, our inner spirit. That the wisdom and understanding is not just intellectual, but experiential as our spirit seek Him in the spirit-man, then we gain comprehension and wisdom, which means we understand and then live accordingly to our spiritual understanding.

As we “seek” the Spirit of God reveals the Godhead to us.  We gain understanding through revelation and our effort of seeking is putting us in a state of desire.  This is an exciting daily adventure.  Seeking and receiving have to be part of your daily life.  Those who really comprehend the spiritual mysteries of God, do so  by taking some time and effort to pursue the Lord.  Read, study, pray, meditate, practice silence and solitude and listen with your spirit and then the revelation of God’s Spirit to mankind begins.

Want to know the Lord more? Want to be closer?  Seek and Receive. Pray He takes you deeper into His heart, to comprehend spiritual truth by experiencing the presence of God personally.   You will begin to know Him more, comprehend spiritual truths, and then walk in them. Be filled!  Christ is inviting his people deeper and closer.

I close with these biblical invitations to you and I.  Will we say yes?

John 7:37–38 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

The Baby Birds are Gone, God is Not

I was at the church this morning, doing some things and getting ready for the weekend gatherings. I noticed the little birds that were up underneath the car port  were now gone.  They got strong enough to fly away.  I then thought of Rick’s message on gratefulness.  I thought of how many people over the last 20 years have been nurtured, made strong, and have “flown away”.  Some of our young people have entered into full time ministry , and mission fields. I thought of many of them, and I was thankful.  I saw some other things on my walk.

  • I saw the empty quiet building which a few days ago was full of children every morning learning the Word of God, and trust in Jesus.  I walked to the front and remember dozens asking Jesus into their heart on Thursday.  My heart is so thankful for all the volunteers, leaders, and Pastor Matt and Mandie Reinhart. I pray these children will follow the Lord, and their parents will help and lead the way.
  • I walked on our new floors and remembered how many hands made it possible, so thankful for servant hearts.
  • I watered our beautiful flowers, thankful for Deb and Harry Welch, planting and caring for them. I prayed for her healing as I know she has been sick, and am thankful for their life, that God brought them to Compelled.
  • I put up the building plans for the Toledo Campus build out on the wall. So thankful for a church that is missional, and for what the Lord is going to do as we will have 3000 more sq. ft. for children’s ministry, and for Jennifer Perkins who has agreed to be the Children’s Ministry Director there! Praise God. Thankful for Pastor Tim and Amanda’s leadership, and for the faithfulness of Curtis and Iris Klotz and so many others! God is moving in so many lives there.
  • I put up a certificate on our Global Outreach Missions board that we were 371st in the nation for Assembly of God churches in missions giving. That is out of 12,000 churches!  Wow!
  • I looked out the window at the playground God provided. I believed for years for one for the children and young families, he gave it to us. He took care of us…..again.
  • I stepped into my office and looked at the pics of my family that line my walls. I am so proud of my children and thankful to God for who they are, and who they are becoming. Grateful for Justin, that God put in our lives. Said a simple pray for continued guidance, and protection from the enemy on their lives. another prayer of gratitude flowed without words from my heart.
  • I watched Jeremy Whitmill, fixing the drain and door on his Saturday morning off, he made time for the Lord’s work to help his church. I am grateful that we really love, love, and serve.So many  like him, make ministry here fun, enjoyable, and a blessing. We truly value serving.  Our Father sees it all.
  • I got something off my wife’s desk. I thought of our 29 years of marriage and ministry. I thought of all she does for Compelled, quietly, behind the scenes, unnoticed by most everyone, except the one who has His eye on the sparrow. What he sees in secret will one day be rewarded.   I thought back on the sacrifices she made so we could plant Compelled, and the church could be strengthened. I thought of her ministry to our children, who are now young adults that love the Lord. I am thankful for her beauty,  love, patience, and joy in which she lives out every day. I am grateful to have her by my side in life, as best friends, parents, and ministry partners.
  • I went out and washed off my brother Steve’s memorial stone. I stood choked up as I thanked God for His life and his persistence in helping my life, and showing me Jesus. I am honored and humbled to have his fingerprints on my life and ministry.  I pledged to “be about the Father’s business” on this earth, as he would encourage me.  I relish the day we can eat some blueberry pancakes, have a rasberry mocha together, catch upon the years we missed with Pat, and live in eternity with Christ.
  • I thought of God’s goodness to me, of his great mercy on my life. I am so undeserving to spiritually lead, be adopted into His family, and to have Him live in my life.  I bowed my head in humility and thankfulness for Jesus, whose death and resurrection brought me forgiveness of my sins, the guilt of my sin, the punishment, consequences, and the deliverance from the ways of this world and self-destruction without Him.  What a wonderful Savior I know.

Yes, I had quite a morning of revelation, and my heart is full of God’s Spirit. Yes, the birds are gone, but the ministry here is not, and neither is the power and presence of the Lord.     I heed the word of Samuel the prophet to Israel in 1 Chronicles 12.24

“Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.”

Selah……………………….Pastor Nate



Some things Father spoke this week

Here are some things Father has been speaking to me during this week of prayer and fasting.

I am pretty excited over the participation this week of prayer and fasting.  Dozens of people participated every day in our 3 prayer times, each day.  I know more people have fasted then ever before and many people for the very first time.  I am amazed at how many fasted for the five days.  I go Sunday to Sunday, and am looking forward to eating tomorrow after church but I am also enjoying the benefits of Fasting and prayer.  I wake up every morning at 5:30 totally naturally and have spent some serious time with Father this week.  He has done a lot, some can be put into words, and some things cannot.  I want to share a few things, but many things I cannot.  Here are a few for me.

  • He reminded me of us overwhelming love and grace on my life (sounds basic, but is critical).
  • A thankfulness for my salvation, my life, my church, my family, my journey.
  • Father said he was going to impart to me more of his compassion this year.
  • In our 17th year of ministry since planting the church, He said this was going to be a year of depth and harvest.
  • I must give greater time preparing for my speaking ministry in the Word, in prayer, in study, and in solitude.
  • I need to be more of a “Mary” and not a “Martha” so I can give attention to my speaking ministry.
  • I am to finish my discipleship book.
  • We are to press forward in faith for the Toledo Campus. He will grow it and provide the finances needed.
  • Raise up and bless more leaders.
  • Pour into my family and not put in so many hours in the church (there is more, but no to share). Lots of things.
  • Speak my convictions clearer with authority.  You’ll be hearing details on this.
  • Keep a prayer element on Wednesdays, gatherings.  The more the body prayers for each other, the more they will care for each other.
  • Keep woodcarving and don’t feel guilty about enjoying this, as the Lord gave me this for “wholeness”.
  • I am to Believe God for greater things, and not “shelf” my dreams when I wrestle with fear or doubt.
  • Many things about my leadership, Compelled, certain ministries,  and even people I am to target to raise into leaders.
  • Be more thankful and keep my eyes on what Father is doing. There is more He is doing, and I am missing it, as I am thinking down the road often, and don’t see the joy of the present.
  • Trusting Him “Issues”.

What has God been sharing with you during the week of fasting and prayer?  Please comment. It feeds my soul!!!

Journey through Luke’s Writings, Expecting Revelation, want to join me?

Over the next few weeks I am going to study Luke’s writings, which include His Gospel and Acts.  I am not doing an exegetical study, but more of a “Holy Spirit show me” type study, where I am going to go slow, read prayerfully, observe people, and emotions, and see what the Lord does. I’ll look up some words and follow in the Greek to grabs some verb tenses, but not overly deep.   I felt strongly directed last week to begin this, as I have finished 1 Cor. and will finish Isaiah in my personal reading.  I will not share the whole study of course, but I will let you in on some revelation I intend to receive from the Lord. I feel like I will gain some new and fresh insight and the Lord will unveil and show me some of His truth. I challenge you to join me.

If you are not currently reading anywhere specific in the Bible, or you are not really reading the Bible? Why don’t you join me?  Comment to join me and I will publish and reading and studying key, with some Bible Study and Journal pointers to be sent to you.

The Necessity of Revelation

Wednesday night I am going to teach a Bible Series on “revelation”.  This is not the book of Revelation, but how God “reveals” His truth and word to us.  I know there are a lot of “revelation” that Christians speak forth. Some are amazing, some are  biblical insight, some revelation is just wacked out.  But I DO Believe we need revelation.  It is a necessity for the believer. We need more revelation from God. We need insight, understanding, direction, in every that God has provided it.  It is my opinion the average Christian does not think much about the revealing power and nature of God! We need to or we will not grow, not be passionate, not be filled, not hear the voice and direction of God. We need more and fresh revelation in many ways.  Here are some topics I will be teaching.

  • What is true Revelation?
  • Can we have extra-biblical revelation?
  • Who judges incorrect, unbiblical, and false revelation?
  •   Ways to  receive more revelation?
  • What is the difference between general, corporate, and specific revelation?
  • Ten  Block to  fresh revelation.

We being Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm. Bring your Bible, Notebook and be ready to receive revelation and insight from the Lord.

It’s time for greater, fresh, and more consistent Revelation

Time for some more!

Wednesday (August 7th)  I am going to start a teaching series through August on “The necessity of Revelation.”  God wants to reveal His heart, his ways, his plan, his truths to his people.  Are we receiving as much as God wants to reveal?  I say “no”.   God has more for us.  He has corporate revelation for a church body, general for everyone, and also specific, just for an individual. He speaks to us today.  Get your Bibles, bring your notebook and we are going to become receivers of God’s revelation.

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