341A great example of living missional I know of is Jaeson Ma, a pastor at large in LA. He lives his life on mission, he does what others talk and blog about doing. He is living out the mission of Jesus.

Every day Jaeson does acts of love for stranger and people he knows alike. Things like buys a meal for a homeless person, pay for a motel room for them. Buys a tank of gas for some in need. He prays for the sick, blind and deaf, and they are healed. Gives clothing to the needy. And with everyone of them he shares the gospel. He feeds the hungry, cloths the naked, take in the stranger, give sight to the blind.

Every day he shares the gospel with others, on the streets, in a restaurant, or from the stage of an event. Last year he was part of an out reach in Indonesia that drew over 35,000 people a night, that is unsaved people in the most populated Muslim country in the world. He preaches the gospel

He plants churches, he has planted over 200 churches in the Us and in Asia such as South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia.

He travels to Asia monthly, places like China, S Korea, Indonesia, he goes and plants churches, preaches the gospel, holds massive revival, he teaches in churches. As he puts it he lives in two time zones, California and Asia. He goes into the world with the gospel.

He is also a artist, he writes and sings, so he takes the word of God to others in both song and words (preaching). As well as he just produced a movie (1040) about Christianity in the New Asia. About what God is doing in Asia, Jaeson both performs in the movie.

Jaeson has been an encouragement to me in my walk, to live Missionally, he inspired me with his 365 Days of Love, to do like wise myself this year. He is truly one who lives Missionally, on mission, he does not not talk about doing it, he is doing it. Read his blog here.

missional-livingI have read so many blogs about being Missional, heard so many people at conferences that talk about being missional. But yet the vast majority of them are not living Missionally.  Too many who are not living Missionally criticize those who are. And too many talk about it, tell others to live Missionally while not living it themselves. And that is so wrong, people should be leading, teaching by example, if you are not doing it then you need to get busy and live that way if you want to talk about it.

In light of that, this is what I now ask people who say they are living Missionally, who write and speak about living Missionally. Because I ask these very questions of myself.

How may people did you share the gospel of Jesus with today? This week?
How many came to the LORD while you shared the Gospel with them today? This week?
How may people did you baptized this week? (it should match the question above)
Who are you currently discipling? (you meet with daily long term as did Jesus)

The above is the great “mission” given to every follower of Christ in Mat 28:19, Mark 16:15 and in Act’s 1:8.

All of these are Jesus’ marching orders to His followers, the mark of a follower of Christ, at the core of Jesus mission for us. It is imposable to be on Jesus’ mission unless you are doing these things, this was/is His mission on earth.

Next I ask:

Are you feeding the hungry? Did you today? This week? How did you personally do it?
Are you clothing the naked? Did you today? this week? How did you personally do it?
Are you giving drink the they thirsty? Did you today? this week? How did you personally do it?
Are you visiting, lay hands on and pray for the sick? Did you today? this week?
Are you taking in strangers? Did you today? this week?
Are you visiting those imprisoned? Did you today? this week?
Are you setting any captives free? Did you today? this week? How did you?

This is what Jesus said if you do not do the things above: Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Mat 25:31-46 Jesus did all these things daily during His life,  so He is saying if you are saved, you too will do them, continue His mission.

I believe all of those are the basic requirements to live Missionally (and according to Jesus the actions of someone whom is saved), living on mission is to be living on the mission of Jesus. So unless we are doing them and doing them daily,  we are not on His mission,  living Missionally according to Jesus. Yes there is more to living on mission, Missionally, but these are the core, must be doing things.

In summery, I believe the only way we can claim to live on mission, to be living Missionally is if our life is fulfilling Mat 28:19, Mark 15:16 Acts 1:8 and Mat 25: 31-43. So I will ask you the same questions I ask myself, how did you live those out today? This week?

So before you write a book, blog about, speak at a conference or tweet about being missional, I will ask you to answer the above questions first. Before you tell others to or how to, or criticize those who are living it out.

As for myself this is how I chose to live on mission, to live Missioanlly, by imitating the life of Jesus, being obedient to His commands (like the ones above), to continue His mission with my life as I see in scripture.

3-20-10Got my new passport in the mail today, I had let it expire not having any need for it. But after having been lead by a burning desire to get it renewed and what seems to have been the leading of the Spirit to get it, I have it and am free to move about the world again.

The very day I applied for it I was given two words from the LORD that where related to me getting it, it could be used to enable the fulfillment of the words given to me. (read here)

I prayed over it and claimed Is 2:8 over it: “Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” I even wrote it on a stick note and attached it to my passport.

I also claim Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” and that is my plan for it.

I want to fill up every page of it with places that I have been, places that I preached the gospel, planted churches, feed the hungry, clothed the naked and set the captives free.

I say to the LORD as did Isaiah: “Here I am LORD, send me!” I am ready to Go!

03-17-10A pastor in LA that I am acquainted with has been a great encouragement to me twice this year in a big way. I have take up following he’s lead in two ways for this year, the first was in Feb when I begin my 365 Days of Love for this year. And after watching him live this past Sunday speak as a gust at a church I have recommitted to giving the first fruits of my day to God. I get up an hour earlier to spend an extra hour in prayer.

But this is me just waiting before the Lord, not coming with a shopping list, this is me just Loving on God and Him loving on me. Prayer by definition of the Hebrew is waiting – listening – action. And that is just what I do, I started on Monday morning, an hour of just waiting, listening for God to speak and then taking action on what ever He says.

Pray and Obey that is, I wait, love on Him, bask in His love for me, and listen to His voice. What ever He says, I am will to do, set my agenda for the day to His for me.

After just the first two days what a difference it has made in me and my days. I recommend that everyone get up an hour earlier and spend it on your face before God, just loving on Him and waiting on Him, nothing more. I put on the live stream from the IHOP prayer room in the back ground so I have a steady stream of worship surrounding me.

This is not to replace other times of prayer, but rather an addition to, the giving of your first fruits of the day. As Jesus said “could you even watch with me one hour?” Matthew 26:40

Can you, can you give even just an hour to just sit and love on God, and wait on Him daily? What could possibly be more important that setting before God and loving on Him and letting Him love on you? Nothing I can think of for me anyway.

Woke up covered with the presences of the Holy Spirit after spending last night in radical worship & prayer with the body at IHOP.org. God’s presents was so heavy on me, His Spirit filled my thoughts and my very being.

The Spirit was moving on everyone in a big way last night. The Spirit was working in me in a big way, a time of repenting in my heart, a time of renewal in my spirit. A time of weeping and morning followed with a time of rejoicing and celebration. A time of Dancing with shouts of joy and laugher before the Lord.

I find that always happens on the mornings after the last thing I do is spent the night in God presence, gather with the body for fiery worship. A night in passionate worship and prayer. Immersed in His presents and His word. If you do that you will wake up covered in His presence and if you start your day off in radical worship and prayer, you will walk coved in the fire of His presents all day long.

It is amazing how we can find the time to spend 2 hours watching a movie or TV show before bed, but can not spend 2 hours in worship and prayer. The more time I spend in passionate worship and prayer, I want to spend even more time in worship and prayer. Like the scriptures say “Taste and See That the Lord Is Good” and once you do, you can’t get enough of His presence.

What is the difference today between the  men in the upper room in Jerusalem 2000 years ago that tuned the world upside down and the church today?

They believed in and walked in the Holy Spirit and All His power and gifts. And lived out what they believed, they where obedient to the commands of Jesus to Go, and did all he told them. And so they turned the world upside down.

Any follower of Jesus can do the same thing today, all they have to do is be filled with the Holy Spirit. And Go in all His power and gifts and you too could turn the world upside down. But you must believe the same Holy Spirit that was in them, that raised Christ from the dead is the same today. And will equip you with all the same power and gifts that He did them 2000 years ago. Everything you read about the Holy Spirit and His gifts are just a real today and yours for the asking, everyone of them. And that the commands of Jesus are just as valid, Go!

Just another simple thought for the day.

When can you tell a church is effective with the gospel, being missional? When its full of repented prostitutes, drug dealers,  adulters and other repented sinners.

When the captives are being set free from oppression, depression, substance abuse, pornography, human trafficking, and the other things of this world.

After all that is what the gospel is all about.

Just a simple thought for the day.

0305204123Another night of worship,prayer & fasting. Another Incredible encounter with God, the Spirit was moving in great power. Received much prayer and prayed for many. Had a great time of dancing before the Lord, so much joy in the Lord during the night. After a few hours of incredible worship and moving of the Spirit, a party broke out. There truly was a celebration of the Lord, with joy, laughter, and dancing. I could see the smile on God face as His people rejoice before Him with gladness.

Psa 150:4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

It was so incredible, hundreds on the floor before the alter of God dancing with great joy, even the aisles where filled with people. All dancing with God,  for close to an hour the dancing continued none stop.

During the times of worship one of my favorite times of worship is the time allotment when the instruments stop playing and the worship leader call for everyone to sing out their own praises to God. For everyone to sing our own songs to the Lord, shout out the praises in our hearts for God. It’s everyones time to love on God with their own words.

Over a thousand voices individual crying out praises and songs to the Lord. Lifting up Jesus in their own words. For nearly an hour individuals corporately praising God. That is such an amazing sound to hear, just me loving on God with my heart felt praises, joining my voice, my song, my praise to over a thousand others in worship.

It always make me envision and get a sense of what it must have been like in the days of the Temple. When all of Israel gathered for worship. Sense of want it must sound like in heaven with the host of angels singing praises to God 24/7.

2 Samuel 6:14 “.…and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD…”

2 Samuel 6:16 “…..And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might,..”

And like King David, I too was found dancing before God, as we all where, partying with God.

0226185619Was at IHOP.org awakening for a few hours, I really came to understand the verse that says to God a thousand days are as one with Him. I was engaged in worship that took me into the throne room, I was overwhelmed with the presence of God for what seemed like hours. But at one point I opened my eyes and it had just been for just over an hour that the worship begin. In God present time does stand still, and the more I am in it, the more I want it. What was a few hours in worship and prayer seamed like a day, and I left wanting more. To go deeper and longer.

So thankful that both I have a place of 24/7 worship that allows me to gather with passionate loves of Jesus for worship and prayer any time I want. But also for the movement of His Spirit and the work is is doing right now. Awakening the students there, calling them to a greater encounter with Him and the power of the Holy Spirit. Making them radical lovers and worshipers of God.

2-27-10In my 365 Days of Mission today I had Church while at the gym, while working out a fellow believer and his wife showed up to work out. And I engaged them in the word, sharing and talking about the Lord. Talking about the amazing things he is doing in my life. And they shared what He was doing in their life. And we gave praise to God for what He was doing. We talked about current events going on in the world and how it was fulfilling biblical prophecy. I proclaimed the promises of God about the end times and the coming of Jesus in light of resent world events. The coming King of Kings and His rule over the new earth. We gave praise to God and lifted up Jesus and His coming. And all this done in ear shot of a host of others working out at the gym.

We had church, yes church at the gym, church can and is to happen everywhere and any time two or three gather together in Jesus’ name (Matt 18:20). Because Jesus is there, but we must chouse to engage Him, invite Him in our conversation, chouse to left Him up before others. We could have had the normal how you doing, how’s work, talked about TV shows or politics. But instead I chouse to have church, to talk about the Lord and proclaimed Him and what he was doing.

I would encourage everyone to do the same thing, where ever you are, and you encounter another believer, to have church. Have church every time, every where you are. Having church should be a daily activity. I think my gyms name is very appropriate, 24 Hour Fitness, because Church 24 Hour is the true hours of church.