Tag: Relationship

24
Sep

I Invite You!

Pastor Steve

I Invite You!

Empowering the Giant Within

SozoLife Conference

with Rev Steve Scroggs

BREAKTHROUGH CONFERENCE

at IMPACT CHURCH,

593 Neeses Highway, Orangeburg, SC 29115

With Pastors Rick and Shelia Watts

SCHEDULE

free conference, with a love offering taken

Friday – September 29 – September 30, 2017

The Day of Atonement

Friday 6:00 PM

Session One – Breakthrough – Demolishing Depression

How to face the giant death and win! Ecc. 12:6-7; Luke 16

Active Training – State Management – Circle of Power

Friday 7:30 PM

Session Two – Breakthrough – Empowering Your Soul

How to face your storm and win! Jer. 1:5; Matthew 14:22-33

Active Training – Mental Focus – Speaking Life

 Saturday – September 30, 2017

Saturday 10:00 AM

Session Three – Breakthrough – Heaven On Earth

How do I Live Heaven on Earth? Ezekiel 47; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 14:15-21

Active Training – Write Eternal Vision, Purpose, Mission, Goals

 Saturday 12:00 Lunch

Saturday 1:00 PM

Session Four – Breakthrough – Choosing Your State

How do I live as a son or daughter in my Father’s Kingdom?

Revised Book Available at Conference

The flow of the Vine – Genesis 3; John 15:1-15; Philippians 4:1-9

Saturday 2:30 PM

Session Five – Breakthrough – Putting it All Together

The Reason to Argue – Isaiah 1:18; Romans 8:2; Romans 12:1-2;

Active Training – The Process of Spirit Empowered Breakthrough

21
Jan

Choose Your State Change Your Life

Let the Rays of the Morning Shine on You

It’s a beautiful morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. As I walked onto the deck I saw the rays of the sun streaming through the trees. In that moment, I felt the breath of inspiration wash over my entire being. This is a state of being I call inspiration. Choose your state change your Life.

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15
Jan

Meditation: the five phases

Meditation: The Five Phases

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them;

that thy profiting may appear to all.[1]

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It was a bright day in Statesville, North Carolina. As I sat in the living room of my mentor and friend, I asked him a question. “How do I get the truth from my head to my heart?” He put his finger on his forehead and then on his heart, he said, “Keep thinking and speaking the truth over and over again until you know it is coming from your heart.” In other words, meditate. In my book, Learn the Language of the Spirit, I have a chapter about meditation: the five phases. Meditation walks a parallel path to relationship.

The ancient practice of Biblical meditation is not just a state of mental or emotional stillness, but a continual focus on the name, personality, word, and ways of God. When Moses interacted with God in face to face meditation, he descended Mt. Sainia with his face glowing like a brilliant sun. When God engaged Joshua, preparing him to lead Israel into the promise land, he gave this instruction,

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.[2]

Since relationship is the ultimate goal of God throughout the universe, the process for nurturing relationship unlocks a natural pathway for meditation. Do you remember the beginning of your most satisfying relationship? I think you will agree with these five observable phases that produce a mutually satisfying bond. The sequence may differ, but this pathway charts a course for meditation.

Phase One: Adoration

The first phase in relationship and meditation is Adoration; the romance of seeing life through a fresh set of eyes. This inspiration cycles with a new person, a new mystery, and a new set of stories that inspire. Partakers share a state of near-constant bliss, and invest time to know one another. The psalmist David said,

 I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul follows hard after thee: thy right hand upholds me.[3] 

Through the focus of Adoration on God, praise will fill your mouth, and a new glory will enter your life.[4] The Father made your soul to process through meditation.

Phase Two: Adaptationstairs up into heaven

The second phase of meditation moves across the Adaptation of your life to the one you love and pursue. In a personal relationship this is about control. Every time you meditate, you will see a facet of His personality that challenges your status quo, and calls you in. As the newness of inspiration wears thin, the reality of life settles in with the disciplines required for meaningful interchange. Adaptation merges God’s life into the human life through agreement. King David chose meditation and scripted his adaptation in the book of Psalms.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. …I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.[5]

As you adapt to Him, you will discover that He created you to be like him. He is a dreamer and gave you the dreams you possess. He glorifies you so you will glorify him.[6]

Phase Three: Submission

Submission, the choice to handover your control to make decisions to the one you love, is the third phase of meditation. For the first time individual motives will be challenged. As the meditation deepens, God reveals his purposes, as well as your minor disagreements, the belief system arguments, and the self will motivations. This once tender loving, and effortless relationship evolves into a power struggle.

Meditation tunes your soul spirit experience to the frequency of heaven. Therefore, you will recognize that God is love and has your best interests at heart.[7] The psalmist cried out,

I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to your word unto your servant. …Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause; but I will meditate in your precepts.[8]

Through contemplation you learn to appeal to authority and develop the negotiation skills of bargaining, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Phase Four: Ascension

In phase four, the heart ascends from the position of evaluation to a desire for connection. At this juncture, you recognize the link between what you learned in your family of origin, and how that imprint colored your interaction with God. As your perspective matures and you see your loved one with new eyes, a sympathetic re-awakening emerges. David experienced this,

I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? You are the God that does wonders: you have declared your strength among the people. You have with your arm redeemed your people… Selah.[9]

As you encounter the Word and Spirit in meditation, an invitation to the throne of grace appears. God becomes more than a truth to study, or a being to read about.

Let us therefore Come boldly unto the throne of grace…[10] You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.[11]

As you focus your attention and affection on His presence, you will experience the realm of His Spirit, [12] and walk as a child of light.[13]

Phase Five: CommunionLearn Language BookCoverImage

The fifth phase in meditation is face-to-face communion. Communion integrates the needs of self with the needs of another. You maintain an equilibrium between individuality and unity. You take responsibility for your own life and provide support for the one you love. Conflicts will arise from time to time, but as a result of the struggles from the previous stages you resolve them quickly. King David meditated on this reality.

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.[14]

As you integrate your heart, soul, mind, and strength with the presence of God,[15] communion emerges with a passion that enraptures the soul. Earthly treasures become shadows in the love of his magnificent glory.

Conclusion

The brightness I sensed that day in my mentor’s living room was God’s excitement for His children coming to him in meditation. God’s favor was not affirming the shadow of the ritual, but the reality of the relationship. Meditation requires time, focus, and discipline. Those who walk in the Spirit and absorb his love will be his sons and daughters, and will share the secrets of eternal truth.[16]

 

 

 

[1] 1 Timothy 4:5 KJV

[2] Joshua 1:8

[3] Psalm 63:6-8

[4] Psalm 1

[5] Psalm 119:9-16

[6] John 17:1-5

[7] Romans 8:28

[8] Psalm 119:75-80

[9] Psalm 77:10-15

[10] Hebrews 4:16

[11] Psalm 16:11

[12] Revelation 22:17-19

[13] Ephesians 5:8

[14] Psalm 119:14-16

[15] Galatians 5:16-26

[16] Romans 8:1-6

30
Oct

A Strategic Warfare Strategy

papaSkyA Strategic Warfare Strategy

Peering into Satan’s command center

I didn’t see it coming. These were my friends. They didn’t see it coming either. Many years ago a pastor’s son and one of the staff member’s daughters entered into a relationship as two adults over the age of twenty. The relationship was consensual, but the pastor’s son was blamed.

For the next few months the staff member began to sow discord and dissension in the hearts and minds of the people on his team. “You can’t talk to the pastor because he never listens…” “I question his integrity if he will not hold his son accountable…” And, “What does the Bible say about a man whose house is not in order?” are some of the phrases used. It was a number of months before the Senior Pastor was brought into the problem. When the staff member encountered the pastor, it was a surprise to the pastor when a no-excuses-command to publicly discipline his son in the church surfaced.

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23
Nov

Does God want you in Meditation?

Meditation

…the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. – King David

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It was a spring Saturday. The aroma of fresh cut grass filled the air. It was still morning and I was wiping sweat. I was 14 years old, had just finished mowing the lawn. My family lived in a 1920-something two-story white farmhouse, built on a knoll called Holly Hill, at the end of the road that bears the family name.  I lay back onto the porch. The warmth of the sun pulled me as I take a deep breath. As the energy of the sun’s light penetrates my skin a thought surfaces, “If God is light and eternal, can I meditate on his infinite glory and power.” Time seemed to slow as I began to imagine light. I absorb the warmth and sense comfort. I collect the energy and grip strength. I feel the rays

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10
Sep

The Signs are Here! Awakening!

The signs and wonders in our midst. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. Isaiah 8:18 KJV “’Signs, signs, everywhere are signs. Can you see the signs?’ is what God was saying to me. God is asking the Church, his body; can we rightly discern the signs of the times and understand them?” Is what John Harris greeted me with as we were sitting down for coffee. Then he said, “I had a vision, I saw two major earthquakes hitting the US, both as a result of our government turning its back on Israel. We must repent for the sins of the USA. We must stand in the gap and ask the Lord for mercy, grace, and life. As a nation, we have been given much, more than any other nation in history. To whom much is given, much will be required. I have also seen this country go into great revival, but in this vision we were also in a place of humility on our knees before the Lord. As we were kneeling in prayer the Lord elevated the church to a high place, a place above not beneath. There were coliseums full of people being saved, healed and delivered. I could hear the testimonies Continue Reading..