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Tuesday, July 21

SUIT UP! ... Focus-Lead-Overcome

SUIT UP!... is what we clearly received from The Spirit of The Lord as we were praying for The Body of Christ -our "Teammates"- one morning recently. We asked The Holy Spirit for reassurance of our Father's plan in our lives as members of Jesus Christ's Family, especially during this time when many people are feeling uncertainty, confusion, and fear. We waited on The Holy Spirit until we noticed a Scripture passage become brightly illuminated, a word of prophecy that our Father spoke through our brother Isaiah in Isaiah 54:10-17. In those verses we find a message that dovetails beautifully with the one The Holy Spirit had given us a while back, emphasizing our need to... RELAX (take me to Pressin'IN TowardTheMark Blog Whoahh Horsey...!).
Isaiah 54:10-17 reads, "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith The LORD that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, [and] not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children [shall be] taught of The LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, [but] not by Me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of The LORD, and their righteousness [is] of Me, saith The LORD."
As we step into the fulfillment of our Father's promises and plan for our lives during this great season of opportunity to bring "cool water" into the "desert places" of people's heart and life, we want to first remind you that you are covered in our daily prayers. And now, after all the seasons of praying and preparing to perform our key role in this "final harvest of souls", we want to proclaim this as a most strategic time in all of our lives! Each one of us has a responsibility to "seek FIRST" our Father through our Lord Jesus Christ, by the Wonder-full Holy Spirit's lead, to work side-by-side with The Holy Trinity, stepping out in faith to fulfill our function in the Body and Family of God, making each step count as we make our way to the finish... all for our Father's Glory in the mind, heart, and lives of everyone around us and in the world. Let's go!
Being a diehard participant in the high-strategy game of football, I can comparatively relate this exciting movement in the spiritual realm to the textbook ending of a high-stakes football game in the natural realm. At the end of a hard-fought game, more often than not we found ourselves in a tight contest, knowing we have only a few plays left to lead our team to the season-ending championship, with the fourth quarter final play closing in. After each player's exhaustive work, sacrifices, fortitude, focus, and persevering drive to be part of the successful team as a whole, our coach in each exciting situation gave a speech that pushed us forward in our charge for strength, determination, and stamina to win. The coach's "final pep talk" would go something like... "OK guys, I don't need to remind you of what's at stake here. Everything that we've worked for is riding on these final few minutes. I want you to FOCUS like never before. I want every man to FOCUS on his job, and his job alone. As those guys come at you, I want you to push them over backwards. And don't be concerned with what the guy next to you is doing; You do your job, and you do it with everything you've got, knowing in your heart that WE WILL WIN this thing! Now Go!"
In the words of famous football coach Vince Lombardi, from his famous speech on what it takes to LEAD: "The difference between a successful man and others is not in the lack of strength, nor in the lack of knowledge, but rather, in the lack of will. The real difference between men is in energy. It is in the strong will, the settled purpose, the invincible determination. But remember that the will is the character in action. If we would create something, we must be something. This is character. Character is higher than intellect. Character is the direct result of mental attitude. A man cannot dream himself into character; he must hammer and forge one for himself. He cannot copy someone else’s qualities; he must develop his own character qualities to fit his own personality. We should remember, too, that there is only one kind of discipline, and that is the perfect discipline. As a leader, you must enforce and maintain that discipline; otherwise, you will fail at your job. Leadership lies in sacrifice, self-denial, love, fearlessness, and humility. And this is the distinction between great and little men."
As we in The Army of Jesus Christ find ourselves in this final push just before the great trumpet sounds, we must take our thoughts captive, practice self-control, ask The Holy Spirit to meet with us in the pages of God's Holy Word, hydrate by the Living Water of His Word, and FOCUS on what He LEADS us to be honored to fulfill in our own calling as we encourage others in theirs. Remember who we are, and remember Whose we are! Though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has won "the war" for us already, we have isolated skirmishes left to overcome before He, The Great Conquering King, returns in ALL of His Glory, with The Mighty Host of Heaven at His Side. Now it's time for all of us to put our ALL in the fight to finish our job, to work with pure Focus, Fearlessness, Love, Discipline, and every single thing we've got in us that God has given to... press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! Now Let's Go!
The proper context for all of our thoughts, words, and deeds will be found in God's Word, through The Person of Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit's tutelage as we meet with Him in The Gospel Jesus Christ preached. For it is only as we put on the mind of Christ that we will be able to be transformed into His likeness -- both in our function and finishing for the prize, which is the reward of walking *with* Him.
From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for loving us, teaming with us, and being ALL IN on this final harvest of the souls for the Kingdom of God. By our praying for one another and being intentional to sow our individual life experiences, talents, time, and seed into our reach toward the goals God has given, we will benefit, together, in the fruit and inheritance of our Father's Kingdom that will abound to each of our accounts in Heaven.
Once we are in daily pursuit of becoming ONE with God, our wisdom and understanding *in Him* changes everything! Always remember that, because it is then that, "Your focus on working *with God* will lead you to overcome worldly obstacles, and to inherit rewards that go far beyond your greatest expectations!" Watch and see!!!

Print this message and read each line repeatedly 'til it becomes permanently imprinted on the tablet of your heart.
If you have yet to invite Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, or if you have allowed something or someone to come between you and God, now is your time to get right with God. Right there where you are, pray this prayer to God, then relax and watch what God does...

          "Dear Father God, in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and The LORD of all lords, I lay my life at Your Feet. I come before You, confessing that I am a sinner, and I ask for You to forgive me of all my sins - those that I know I have committed, as well as those that I am not even aware of.  I ask that You come into my heart and be my Lord. I lay my life, and everything in it, at Your Feet, and ask that You please take me and begin to change me to be like YOU. I ask that You redeem the time that has passed, and allow me the opportunity to become exactly what You have predestined me to be, from before the foundation of the earth. I commit my life to You now, and thank You for receiving me as Your own. In the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, I pray, Amen."  And AMEN!!!

            WELCOME HOME!

            If you have just prayed this prayer, we want to congratulate you for making the greatest decision that you'll ever make! By accepting Jesus Christ, or rededicating your life to Him, as your personal Lord and Savior, you have begun the wonder-full process of being grafted into the family of God, and we welcome you "Home" to God's Family. We would also like to invite you to contact us so that we can send you information that will help you begin growing in your relationship and daily walk with God. We would encourage you to begin attending a Holy-Spirit-filled, full-Bible focused church right away.

            We advise you to begin reading The Holy Bible daily, whether you understand it or not. Always remember, God's written Word in The Holy Bible is LIKE NO OTHER BOOK that has ever been written! When we rendezvous with The Person of The Holy Spirit as we read what God has written there, it becomes stored in our heart for The Holy Spirit to access it to bring to our remembrance.  You will find that the Scriptures will become applicable to whatever you are going through, at any given time!

            There are wonderful Bible teachers on television and on the radio that can, especially early in your walk with God, help you to begin receiving good teaching, and encouragement, right away. Although very informative, these programs are never to be a substitute for close relationships with people who love and serve God. At times, the transformation process that you have now begun will be difficult, and you will be tempted to go back to your old ways of living your old life. It will be during times like these that hanging out with strong Christian friends and mentors will be crucially important. There really IS strength in numbers! (Selah)

            And remember, no matter what, Keep PRESSIN' IN! Learn and grow in ONEness *with* The Lord and Savior.  You might consider using our book  LETTERS FROM THE FRONT, the special collection of keys to defeating hindrances that have kept many of God's servants from walking with the confidence and authority that Jesus Christ died to provide for us! Twelve life-changing chapters include:

Sin Makes Ya Stewpit!
The Cart's Before the Horse
The Crisis of Eroding Integrity
The Fruit's on the End of the Limb
Too Quick to Compromise
The Rarest of All Breeds!
Please...Stop Stinkin'
Three Keys to God-Pleasing Faith
Let It Go
Understanding the Fear of The Lord
Into the Secret Place
Give to Give

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