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A Storm is ComingI believe a storm is coming. That storm will test what we believe in our hearts – about the LORD and His kingdom. We will learn just how spiritually prepared we have become. That storm will test our houses.

It is comforting to know that I am not alone in my beliefs about the storm; nor am I alone in my preparation. Just in my community, God is raising up a good number of houses that will stand in the storm. He is preparing a people that will be a light and a refuge to those who lose their houses – perhaps even those that have no houses at all. I am sure He is doing the same all over the country.

As we explored earlier, spiritual preparation is paramount. Yes, as with any storm, there are physical/practical things that God has given us wisdom to pursue. Still, we must ensure that these are done in faith, with God’s wisdom. We must be careful to avoid ungodly fear and the wisdom of man.

So, how does one prepare for a storm? I have been thinking about this a lot lately (no surprise there); and I have been discussing the subject with everyone that seems interested. I recently met with 21 other mature Christian men to discuss what it means to be spiritually prepared. You can review the notes from that meeting here.

One of the things I have learned, and humbly offer to you today, is what I believe to be the obvious first step in building a house that will withstand the storm. It comes to us from Matthew 7:24-27. Read the rest of this entry »

In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul is praying that God would give them “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your heart being enlightened to know…”.  Paul wanted them to have an intimate, relational and experiential knowing of three things:

  1. “The hope of His calling” – Hope is not wishing.  It is a certain expectation.  His calling is found in the desires of your heart.  It is His desires to give those to you (Psalm 37:4).
  2. “The riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” – We are incredibly important to Him; a rich inheritance.
  3. “The exceeding greatness of His power towards those who believe” – This is the dunamis power of God.  It cannot be measured.  It is conspicuously missing in the church today.

It is my hope and prayer that you will come to know these things, as well.  Notice that His power is tied to the desires of your heart and the glory of His inheritance (this reminds me of Matthew 5:16).

Paul’s prayer continues to describe that power as “according to the working of His mighty power (authority)”.  Three good reference points are Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 2:13 and Luke 12:32.  The focus of God’s power is our transformation into kingdom inhabitants that will reign with Him.

Furthermore, that power is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, seated Him at the Father’s right hand, put all things under His feet, made Him head of the church, and the church His body.

This is almost too much to believe!!  We must diligently reckon the truth of this in our lives; particularly for this season.  I encourage you to resist the urge to lay this truth aside.  It belongs to you!!  It will make you free.  More importantly, it will make you a supernatural force for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.

In closing, let me remind those of you that are leaders in the workplace:  You have a greater responsibility in this.  You are to be faithful stewards of this mystery for those in your spheres of influence.  Reckon it true for yourself and you will be better prepared to help others do the same.  Let me know if I can help.

Humbly yours and forever His,

the light of GodRecently, I was encouraged to write my testimony. Like me, you may have done this sometime in the past. If so, then I am writing to encourage you to write it again. This time, write it with the understanding that your testimony is an asset for the kingdom of God – a disciple making asset. Use it to encourage others and bring glory to our Father in heaven. If you have not written your testimony, then I am writing to ask you, “What are you waiting for?”

I humbly offer my own as an example.

This is a story about the making of a man. This man’s name is Rob Streetman. Rob is not a great deal unlike many men; but Rob is unique. Consequently, parts of Rob’s story – His being made – will be familiar, and parts will be strange. Hopefully, you will be encouraged by the former, and challenged by the later.

The important thing to keep in mind is that we are all being made into something… by someone. We are all “in process”. As you will see in his story, Rob is not a self-made man; and he is most grateful to God for that. He tried that approach for a season. It didn’t go well for him or anyone else. Fortunately, The Maker is patient and persistent in His love. That is the testimony of Rob’s making.
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Multi-ethnic pile of handsMuch has been said about servant leadership; and much has been written. I would like to offer a deeper perspective. It begins with a familiar verse:

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 14:11

Most of us would admit that our success has more to do with others than with our own efforts – particularly those of us that understand the power of God in our lives. We know what it means to be proud (to exalt ourselves); and most of us agree that it is not a good thing. We know that “pride comes before a fall”; and so, we try to avoid becoming prideful. This is a good thing.

But, what about being humble? Does avoiding pridefulness automatically result in humility? Is being humble a passive activity? I suggest to you that it is not.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

It is noteworthy that wanting to be first is not a bad thing. The way we get there is the issue. Those who exalt themselves will be humbled. Those who will be last, and the servant of all, will be exalted by God. This is His promise, and the promise of His Son.

The way this happens, and what it looks like, is a mystery; and it is likely different for every Workplace Leader. However, each one of us can be confident in this important leadership principle. If you will be a humble servant of all, you will know His pleasure and support.

Workplace Ministry Tip: Assuming you have dealt with the pride in your life, look for the areas where you can humbly serve those you are leading. It is the path to exaltation in the workplace.

Let me know how I can help you in this regard; and let me know what you are hearing from the LORD. You can reach me at rob@inlightconsulting.com.

Humbly yours and forever His,

A Storm is ComingAs we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States. If this concerns you like it does me, share this. The storm is coming. Franklin Graham (Facebook post in response to ISIS murder of 21 Egyptian Christians)

Over the last month, I’ve encouraged you to force open your eyes and ears, and to decide (with the Lord) what you believe we are facing in the near future. I think it is only fair to do the same with you. I will start by saying that I believe Franklin Graham’s words are prophetic; not that we will see Christians murdered on American soil (though that is possible), but that “the storm is coming”.

It reminds me of what Jesus had to say at the conclusion of The Sermon on the Mount:

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. Matthew 7:24-27

Regardless of what the house falling or standing might mean to you, it is certainly something significant. We must prepare for the coming storm. Hearing the sayings of Jesus and doing them is the requirement for strong houses.

To assist in your preparation, I have created a list of The Sayings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. Of course, you can read them for yourself. In either case, reading alone won’t produce the faith we need. We must have His rhema (right now, spoken word). Please start seeking Him for it.

Humbly yours and forever His,

CompassA search for “disciple-making” on ChristianBook.com returns 311 resources. Just imagine, if you read one “disciple-making” book a week, it would take you six years to complete your research. At the end of those six years, you would likely discover that ten or twelve more had been written… and you might decide to write one yourself.

We do not lack for resources when it comes to the Great Commission. So what’s gone wrong? Why is it taking so long for us to complete the primary task that Jesus Christ gave to us – over 2000 years ago?

We are failing in Jesus Christ’s Commission because we are going about our assignment in a most unproductive way. It is by grace that we are given a part in God’s story. To play a part, we must see His plan from His perspective; and realize that He has His own way for getting things done. His ways, though sometimes uncomfortable, are the best ways. His ways produce supernatural results.

Similarly, discipleship without Christ will not produce a Christian. Jesus will only involve Himself in the ways of His Father. He called twelve men to follow – that He might make them into disciple makers. During the three and a half years He spent with them, He was used of His Father to do the very thing that He would commission them to go and do.

Some call it mentoring; others, coaching. The Bible calls it “making disciples”. It is the process God has prescribed for our participation in the work He is doing.

This lesson prepares the disciples of Jesus Christ to make disciples in the most impactful way – the way Jesus did it. In this lesson, we will discover just how involved Christ is when we surrender and sacrifice ourselves to disciple making God’s way. Read the rest of this entry »

Multi-ethnic pile of handsBut we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Corinthians 3:18

God is the Great Orchestrator of our lives. If He has placed you in a position of leadership, it is highly likely that you have been through at least one season of transformation; where He used the trial, affliction and/or tribulation in your life to transform you more into the image of the glory of Jesus Christ.

Most of us look back on these seasons with mixed emotions. We would rather not go through it again, but we are grateful for the work the Holy Spirit accomplished though the tough season. He did not waste our pain.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

It encourages us to know that God works all things to the good of those that love Him. He uses our seasons of transformation to make us more like His Son. Incredibly, it doesn’t stop there.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.  Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. 2Corinthians 1:3-7

God uses our seasons of transformation to equip us as disciple makers, to help others prosper through the trials in their life. As we disciple others, they in turn are prepared to do the same.

Beware: The world will say, “Don’t get involved in your employees’ lives.” This is the way of man, not God. There are no coincidences with His children. We must trust Him if we are to become transformational leaders.

Workplace Ministry Tip: It is an honor to suffer for the kingdom of God. God trusts us to use that season as preparation for helping others. This is true disciple making. To maximize our pain, in our positions of leadership, we much help others become more of the image of the glory of our Lord. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Let me know how I can help you in this regard; and let me know what you are hearing from the LORD. You can reach me at rob@inlightconsulting.com.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Suited Man with Head in the SandIf you had your head in the sand, would you know it? We are such busy people these days. We are bombarded with information, whether we want it or not.

I find it way too easy to cruise through my day without really noticing what is important. Am I the only one?

I have a strong suspicion that many of us, and many more in our spheres of influence, are distracted by the world; so much so, that we are missing much that God has given us eyes to see and ears to hear. Most of the time, this is a subconscious action to avoid bad news. Sometimes, it is intentional.

Most don’t want to see the picture or hear the story about the persecuted young girl. Most don’t want to think about the decline of society. Most would say that they have enough to worry about.

Let me share the truth with you – in love. What I have just described to you is a form of deception. The problem with deception: When you are deceived, you don’t know it. That is the nature of deception. Consequently, it is best to assume – or at least be suspicious – that we are being deceived in some way or another. It is one reason why we need to find true Christian community.

On the other hand, the Body of Jesus Christ has the ability to discern the times; and the responsibility to share the truth with others. People in your spheres of influence may not be able to hear, or understand, what you have been given to say; but, they will remember – when the time is right – that you knew something that they did not. They will want to know more.

Sharing the revelation we have been given is our responsibility as ambassadors of Jesus and agents of His reconciliation. It is being salt and light to a needy world. It is being instruments and weapons of righteousness for God’s kingdom. It is loving people with the truth.

Workplace Ministry Tip: So, I encourage you – for God’s sake – to force open your ears and eyes, to bravely search out the signs of the times, and to boldly share what you are hearing and seeing. Do so with everyone in your spheres of influence. I commit to do the same.

Let me know how I can help you be a Watchman for the LORD, and His people.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Dear Friends and Family,

It has been quite some time since I last posted to this blog – almost two months.  Believe it or not, my intention has been to write here at least once a week – to describe the adventure of starting a new ministry.  It’s ironic that during one of the most dynamic times of God speaking to me, and moving our ministry, I have not been able to put it to paper. 

I don’t know exactly why I have not had a passion to write.  Perhaps it’s because so much of God’s revelation has been personal and “in process”.  Maybe it’s because things are changing so much, that I don’t know what I will put down that will not be different the next day.  One thing is certain, running a ministry requires a discipline I never had to muster in the corporate world.  President, Treasurer, Disciple-maker, Teacher, Fundraiser – there are times it has just been hard to fit in Chronicler (is that a word?)

I know, it sounds like a bunch of excuses from someone that just can’t get it done.  I sit here tempted to go back and erase it all.  But I need to practice not worrying about … (you fill in the blank).  BTW:  Did you know that Jesus commanded us, “Do not worry”?  It was not an offer.  It did not come with a RSVP.  It was a commandment.  It’s funny; most people respond to that command with, “But how will I take care of my family?” or, “How will I plan for the future?”.  It’s as if “caring for” and “planning for” require worry.  I know that’s not what they mean, but it’s a betrayal of what’s in so many of our hearts – we worry, and we need to excuse it somehow.  Ironically, it’s easier to care and plan when I’m not worrying.  But I digress.

Communication should have a purpose.  My investment in talking would not win me the Baldwin award for quality, effectiveness or productivity.  I am wasteful at times; destructive at others.  At least when you write, you can take it back before it gets out.  Thank God for writing.  I should do more of it.  I encourage all of you to take up journaling.  It really is the blessing they proclaim.

So, what can I say today (in a post that seems to be turning cheeky)?  You know, I find pleasure in writing.  I really do; no sarcasm intended.  When the Holy Spirit is guiding my “pen”, I just enjoy His presence; and I get excited about what He is saying – the impact it might have on someone.  It’s much the same as talking when you know the Holy Spirit is using you to minister to someone.  You feel His fruit flowing out of you.

Why am I writing today?  Well, it just seemed time to start back.  I guess these ramblings may be more for my benefit than anyone else.  Of course, I may be the only one that’s reading anyway.  People get tired of waiting.  Who can blame them? 

I am going to make one significant change to my blogging discipline – I am going to drop the discipline.  I am convicted (actually in this moment) to only write when the Holy Spirit leads me.  I have a lot of ideas about what to write.  We will leave that to Him, as well.

As I close, I feel the need to ask those of you that are interested to let me know.  It’s not that I need the encouragement (though it’s a great perk), but I wonder if this is an effective avenue for communication.  As Pink Floyd once said, “Is there anybody out there?”  If so, please be encouraged to go where the Spirit leads.  It’s the best way to find adventure.

Awed by His love,

Rob

P.S.  The picture is not themed to the posting (that would be a miracle); I just liked it.

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