DPM Update – 2012 July #2

23 Jul

Dear Friends

Grace Unto Co-Reigning
(Check out the inspirational reading at the bottom)

House church
We’ve hosted several house churches in our home recently and were surprised by the amount of grace and life in those gatherings.  Stay tuned for more periodic spontaneous gatherings.

LA / San Diego trip
Last week we were in CA on another wild ride adventure.  Ya just gotta love God’s ways.  Jesus said, “The Holy Spirit is like the wind, you don’t know where it comes from or where it goes.”  I think He’s saying, if you’re gonna move with Holy Spirit then the name of the game is ‘flex’.  Fun, fun.

Behold Conf
It was a pleasure to join Luke and Lydia and friends in Pasadena at the Behold conf where David Brymer, Misty Edwards, Will Matthews and Lou Engle were featured. Lou was as good as we’ve ever heard him. Always great to see our kids ‘in action’… to applaud and cheer for them.

Impact church
Our dear friends Jack Lee and Annie Wang have a church in North LA of mostly Asian youth.  Our hearts have been dearly knit to them over the last 6 or 8 years with many precious God-times / family times together.  Jack and Annie are moving to Taiwan in Sept so we gave them lots of hugs and are processing with them God’s plan for Impact Church.  Your prayers for these changes are much appreciated.

Hispanic relationships
In San Diego, we have strangely and quickly become good friends with a pretty wide cross-section of the Hispanic church community.  It’s rather remarkable how our hearts have been knit with them… especially several young leaders from different churches.  I feel this ‘father’ thing for them and they’re response is unusually warm.  We hung out together in several meetings, one notable one was in a house church where Heavenly Father affirmed all of them so tenderly… accompanied with many tears.  One thing that endears my heart toward them is that they are leaders… and they’re fighting all kinds of ‘religious’ and cultural norms to find the fresher and free-er life of God for their groups.  Man, can I relate to that… which makes me want to come alongside them.  So, there will no doubt be more interaction ahead.

Worship over San Diego
On our last day, Dave and Ann Clark hosted a worship event in Balboa Park on the outdoor Spreckles Organ Pavilion stage.  William Matthews, Mark Riley and the team (including Luke & Lydia) led worship for about 1 ½ hours while many park visitors got ‘trapped’ by the worship… and just had to ‘soak’ for a while.  This is the very same stage that Aimee Semple McPherson preached to over 30,000 people in the 1920s.  Our objective was to fill the San Diego atmosphere with worship. What a privilege to be a part of this!

Life church
Tomorrow, Deb, John, Cheryl, Aslan and I are going to join our dear friends in Nevada, MO to lead worship and guest speak.  It’ll be so great to refresh the relationships that were formed during our nearly two years of pastoring there.

Kevin Dedmon meetings next weekend
For those of you looking for the ‘hot-spot’ meetings, we’d love to suggest Springfield, MO at Dayspring Church July 27-29 where Kevin Dedmon (from Bethel – Redding, CA) will be speaking all weekend.  There will be MANY healings, lots of FREEDOM, laughter… and the ‘good stuff’ that we’ve come to love.  We’ll be there.  For more info: Dayspring Church

Love and blessings

Mark and Debbie

More inspirational reading below:

Grace Unto Co-Reigning!
One of the main messages of the hour is the message of Grace!!!!  Grace is the KEY into our future!!!  The message of Grace centers around Jesus… what He did for us and His nature now in us (II Cor 5:21). It’s not by our works or righteousness (Tit 3:5) that we get anywhere in God.  It’s by Jesus’ works and HIS righteousness.

The body of Christ is transitioning from an inward focused Church in the ‘Church Age’ into an outward focused Church learning to rule in a ‘Kingdom Era’.   To do this we MUST get the revelation of Grace.

The past Church Age was about trying to save people from hell.  “Don’t you know, you’re going to hell? Do you want to go to Heaven?  You must get saved.  Come to church.”  This mindset largely centered on, “We’re sinners and need God” which was very true.  But it kept us in the ‘I am a sinner (barely) saved by grace’ mindset.  We were self-pre-occupied with our sins, unworthiness, failure prone-ness, and need for a Savior.  All of this is very true and necessary… necessary for our first steps toward Salvation and entering the body of Christ.  But we can’t just ‘camp out’ under the Cross, focusing on our fallen-ness… just as Jesus didn’t stay on the Cross, dying and dead.  He was buried, rose, was glorified and ascended to the right hand of God.  “If we be buried with Christ shall we not also be raised with Christ” (Col 2:12).  This is how God sees us… as being raised and seated with Him.  We must follow Jesus… in our heart and minds, emotions and actions… it must affect our whole reality.

In the Kingdom Era the church transitions out of sinner mentality and the ‘everything-must-happen-inside-the-four-walls-of-the-church’ mindset.  We begin to discover and understand how to co- reign (with Jesus) out in the ‘kingdoms’ of this world.  We are kings and priests unto our God (Rev 5:10)… holy nation, royal priesthood (I Pet 2:9), etc.  To rule well, we cannot be beggars, paupers, nor have a sinner mentality… not if we’re going to rule with Jesus. Beggars make very poor rulers… they focus too much on themselves.  It’s all about ‘poor’ me.  Godly rulers are humbly confident in who they are in Christ, which enables them to be able to rule well.  Of course we’re not talking about pride, arrogance or presumption… we’re talking about believing exactly what God says about us.  We’re seated with Christ in Heavenly places (Eph 2:6)… and hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).  This is where we are currently!!   We must get a renewed mind (Rms 12:2) until we have the mind of Christ on these matters (I Cor 2:16).  Then we can progress to learning to co-reign (Dan 7:27)… which is where we are ultimately headed.

Learning to rule over our own minds, mindsets and lives comes first… not by focusing on our sins, but upon Jesus’ righteousness.
Thought: Undue introspection, self-consciousness and self-preoccupation are a form of idolatry.
Truth: What we behold determines who we become.  We’re learning to be free from self and sin consciousness (because of Grace) and learning to be Jesus and righteousness conscious.

We’re headed toward co-reigning with Jesus, so we must first agree with Jesus about His thoughts concerning this.  Then we must see ourselves as living IN and FROM Heaven versus from earth…since we’re seated in Heavenly places… and hidden with Christ in(side of) God.  Our posture and perspective must become living and praying FROM victory rather than FOR victory… remember, we’re seated with Christ… He’s already conquered.

Question: Can there be any real defeat or problems when we’re seated with Him?  Can there be any void or lack if we’re hidden with Christ in Him?  Pretty big stuff here.  This truth must become the governing reality of our minds, hearts, and words… our whole life.

This is our new M.O. (mode of operation) for the coming era.  Most of us agree with these things theologically… and we can even quote these verses.  But the truth of whether we really believe them or not becomes evident in our prayers.  Listen to ourselves pray the next time we pray.  What perspective do we pray from… from earth… or from Heaven?  For victory… or from victory?  From favor… or for favor?  Do we pray asbeggars… begging God for another morsel or breakthrough?  Or do we prophesy, declare and release… like kings do?

We’re in a huge learning mode right now… and we’ve got LOTS to learn.  But this is SO good!  God’s heart is so much better than we thought!  I’m confident that what we now think is emphasizing ‘too much Grace’, will in five years become our normal and easily embrace-able Grace.  It will radically revolutionize the way we walk out our lives before God and man.  This is the KEY to having confidence to co-reign with God.

Grace and ‘Kingdom co-reigning’ messages will become much more center-stage in our near future.  Our hearts will explode with joy when we discover that this is the ‘air’ that we were made to breathe!!!

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