5 – Walking With God

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1. Why do bad things happen to good people?
2. What is the reason why you are where you are in your life and in your walk with God right now? What kind of person do you need to be to to advance in God?

Exercises.
For these two it is very important that you actually do the exercise discussed on the tape. Directions here below:

Worship Exercise:
Many people, who have been Christians even for a long time, have difficulty really encountering God’s love through Worship. This exercise is designed to help you breakthrough.

  1. Get a notepad.  .Put on one of your favorite slow worship songs on repeat.   Sit in a comfortable spot and turn the worship music on.
  2. Turn the worship music on and start to focus on God’s love for you.   Push every other thought out of the way.  Anything other thought comes to your mind to distract you, write on the piece of paper.   You can take care of it later.  Continue this process until  there is nothing else to think about except how much God loves you.
  3. Now come back and describe how the process went for you.   Were you able to experience a breakthrough in worship?  Or were you stuck?  If you were stuck, explain what you were stuck on.

Tongues Exercise
Having the ability to speak in tongues and actually doing it as part of a victorious lifestyle are very different things. The goal of this exercise is to help you break barriers to using tongues effectively.   If you have never spoken in tongues, please reach out to someone on the ministry team for help.

  1. Get in a place where you can be loud.
  2. Start speaking in tongues.  Most people generally speak softly as if they are afraid of someone.  Your goal is to increase the force and volume until you are speaking as if someone is afraid of you.
  3. Increase the volume.  Bring force from down within your stomach, not just your throat.  You should increase until you are very forceful, like shouting.  The key thing here is to fully engage every aspect of your being.   You are a victorious warrior for God.
  4. Continue until you feel a release.  After a while you will feel that something has broken or has gotten easy.
  5. Now sit down and receive the love of God.
  6. Repeat if you would like.  .

Now describe how the experience went for you.  Were you able to get the breakthrough?

To complete the course, call one the instructors and discuss your overall experience, including these exercises.  Then send an email to team@thegonetwork.net and request access to the next course.

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  1. Why do bad things happen to good people is a very common question. I do love your answer… there are no good people. We deserve hell, but He gave us life!

  2. Until hearing this message, I still wondered why bad things happen to good people. Then this message made me see the answer differently than I had before. There really are no good people, the only thing good in us is God. I think a lot of times we feel like God owes us something, but He doesn’t because He has already given us everything. I liked how the message described our walk with God. We are in charge of our walk with God. If we are stuck, then it is up to us to get out of it. God is waiting on us and we have as much God as we want. If we truly wanted more of God then we would do something about it instead of just talking about it. Speaking in tongues is important because it is much deeper than a normal prayer. It is a way to release things in our life and activate something in the spiritual realm. We don’t always know what we need to pray for, but the Holy Spirit does.

  3. 1. I learned that there really are no good people. This teaching really broke it down for me in a different way. It made perfect sense. This is something I struggled with for so long. I asked that question over and over. My friends asked that question. It was an excuse for them to say… see… God is evil cause He lets bad things happen to good people and vise-versa.

    2. Passive, busy, distracted, etc… Unfortunately, I can keep going with excuses. It is something that I’m well aware of and definitely working on.

    In order to advance in God is very simple, yet hard to do for most. It is all about making HIM the number one priority in life. That’s something I have failed to do and I take full responsibility for it.

    3. It’s interesting, I’ve been worshiping the exact same way as you guys described for the last couple of years. That’s when I get the joy tears and God just takes over. The hardest part, however, is to get all the crap out of the way and fully relax. Once that happens, it’s pure joy and relaxation. All the pressures of the world just leave and nothing else matters.

    4. Speaking in tongues is important because the devil doesn’t understand it. It is direct channel between us and God. I learned that speaking in tongues with agression helps us get through areas in our lives that we can’t get through with the mind.

    Sometimes I can’t even pray with my mind. Just so overwhelmed with stuff… That’s when I pray in tongues and get that heaviness off of me.

  4. It is so true that as you stated there are no good people, it is interesting though that if we ask around most people think of themselves as “good”. They reason that if they are responsible, pay their bills, have a job, and don’t hurt anyone, that makes them “good”. I think that it is only when we are able to see ourselves for what we truly are that change is possible. I remember in 2008 when I got saved I thought that being saved was awesome and that I was good to go. One time I heard my pastor at the time talk about how he prayed David’s prayer “show me my sin” and I liked it so I started praying it. Well..I think the Lord was ready to show me (there was a lot to show!!) After a couple days I had a dream in which I was at the bottom of a rocky mountain and an angel came down and stretched his arm to take me up to the top, at the top there was a light so bright and I understood it was God. Upon standing in His presence I fell down and my eyes were opened to my sin. I could not take it, He was so Holy, and I so sinful, I covered my eyes and I woke up. Since that moment I have been so grateful of His grace and mercy, and I knew, that I knew that I needed Him to transform me. It is this awareness of who we are that allows us to reach out for Him. That dream is part of the reason why I am where I am today, desperately seeking more of God, desiring to know Him intimately. For a long time I wanted what He had for me, I was focusing on the signs, on what He could give me.He opened my eyes to that and asked me to love Him for Who He is and not for what He does. That has been my focus for the last year and a half. I do that by being completely open to Him. Following the lead of the Holy Spirit as to what area He wants to touch or change in my life. There aren’t any areas of my life where He is not allowed. He has full access to my heart, and usually if there is a blockage somewhere, He will expose it and we deal with it. Some issues are hard to face, some I did not know were there, but always He is there walking me through them by the hand.
    I liked how you did the exercise for worship. I love to worship, but sometimes it has been hard to enter in His presence during worship. I am glad you explained it so well that we need to set aside all of what is hindering us and how to actively do it to be able to receive.
    Until four years ago I had never even heard that tongues existed, so it was all new to me. Now it has become an important part of my life. I started with a couple of syllables that I used to repeat over and over, I felt funny that all my friends who had been christians for a while had these “cool” tongues and I was stuck with mine. One time during a meeting Kimberly Daniels asked who wanted more, I jumped out of my seat and cried out to God for more. Following that I was praying with four syllables lol. I was happy I had more! so I prayed every day for months until as I was praying one day I started speaking in a language with longer words and it even had an intonation. Being an interpreter I could tell I was speaking some kind of language. Now, there are different tongues that I use. Some for intercession, some for spiritual warfare, birthing things in the Spirit, declaring and establishing things in the Spirit, singing. I say this as an encouragement that there is more to have by using what we got.

  5. There is no such thing as a good person. All have sinned and have fallen short. We were created in the perfect image of God, but we messed all that up in the Garden of Eden. Therefore, as Christians, this is why we are predestined to be conformed back into the image of God: Jesus Christ. This is our goal: to become more like Jesus every day. An individual is responsible for whether or not they are moving towards that goal. Speaking in tongues is a gateway to moving in spiritual gifts. I can’t really explain this, but I feel like it’s all about stepping out and moving according to the measure of faith one has. Tongues is usually the first step.

  6. 1. Why do bad things happen to good people?
    One aspect is that we live in this world in which the devil is the lord, this is the reason we are going to have trouble. Another aspect is that sin in our lives, as well of lack of renewal and transformation, gives access in our lives and we fail. I guess the worst is our attitude, when we try to justify things, ignore signals and not take responsibility of our own actions/mistakes.

    2. What is the reason why you are where you are in your life and in your walk with God right now?
    I got distracted doing ministry…this takes me to recognize that I have neglected the right order in priorities…if I did, is because I let pride to sink in…hard to say, but liberating to have recognized it. PTL!

    What kind of person do you need to be to to advance in God?
    Well, I know that I’m my Father’s daughter and that I’m accepted in the Beloved. See myself redeemed and that He designed me with certain characteristics to be able to fulfill His purpose in my lifetime on this Earth. Knowing all this is one thing and to keep up with it is another completely different story. Renewal comes as I do not conform to the pattern of this world in every area of my life and that is a process. For this process to take place, not only I have to be willing, I need to have the right attitude and to keep up with it. [Building up a little bit with a past teaching on Foundations, hunger and thirst of righteousness helps a lot!] In some areas has been easy and fast, in some others has been taking me a while. This is the reason I demand of myself to be true and real to “myself” even before I can be true to God, and as consequence to others. Meditating about it, I think this is the aspect in me that I have seen helps me to move forward.

    WORSHIP
    Now come back and describe how the process went for you.
    Were you able to experience a breakthrough in worship? Yes!
    Or were you stuck? No

    TONGUES
    Now describe how the experience went for you.
    Were you able to get the breakthrough? Yes

  7. WORSHIP and TONGUES EXPERIENCE
    As I started to shot down activity around me, my attention went towards the presence of my Father. I let myself in with thanksgiving and received His welcoming with tender love. I approached to Him more closer and poured out my heart meditating and acknowledging my flaws and shortcomings, remembered Scripture, the passage where Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. I glanced in my thought to the moment Peter and Jesus talked about what is going on. It seems that I want to make sure that I do not have a similar reaction like Peter had. I know my feet need cleansing as I’ve been walking in this world, the dust of the flesh also needs to be removed. Yes, I’m at the feet of the cross laying those things that I do not need to keep. I think about the sacrifice of Jesus while there. I received forgiveness. Inner strength started to raise up within me, I can perceive it, it is liberating, it is joyful at the same time that tears are coming out. The cross is fading away as I started to sing along the song “Bless the LORD of my soul” at the top of my lungs. By the time the song ended I was worshiping in tongues…I cannot find the words to describe this, probably “wow!” can give you an idea of what was going on. By the time I was finishing with the song I started to move into prayer and intercession. There was a back and forth between praying in the understanding and in the spirit. My tongue took off and then was a moment of silence, I listed what my Father had to say. I finished with some more worship.

    What I can say is that I was lost in His presence.

  8. So I did the worship exercise. I turned on the music and had my notepad ready. I though this would be a super easy exercise, but it was actually was a bit challenging to get my mind 100% focused on one thing. At first I thought that the music was distracting. I can never fully focus on something when music is playing. I always have one ear glued to the song’s lyrics. Nevertheless, I managed to force myself through that distraction. I began to remind myself how God loves me. I was thinking about all the scripture I could remember that spoke of his love. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” So I kept reverted back to the finished work. How Christ saw all my sins and imperfection before the foundation of the earth, and still predestined me unto the adoption of sons. I thought about how true love is often vulnerable, and Jesus was vulnerable for us. He stepped out on a limb for us by coming down. People who step out on a limb don’t know how things will go down. It could be good or bad. For Christ, he knew it was going to be bad–even thought it’ll be good in the end–and he still did it. While on earth, he was also vulnerable when he called out to us. He would rise in a festival and shout to the crowd, ““If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink!” Surely some ridiculed him. Yet, love is what it is: vulnerable. And even at his death, he was treated as nothing. He was the same God that was at Mount Sinai; even beasts had to be stoned for merely touching the mountain over which he resided. Yet, if the Passion of Christ is remotely accurate, Jesus was treated worse than a beast. And all of it was for us. He did it to reconcile us back to himself. He could have easily destroyed the entire universe and created something completely different from scratch, and might have had fun doing so–being the creative being he is. Yet, he went through all this stuff not because he had to, who could force him to do anything? He did it because it pleased him to predestine us for the adoption of sons. So basically, that is what was going through my head. It’s amazing what can come to one’s mind when he simply directs his mind on one subject.

  9. Bad things can happen to good people because we are in a fallen world. There is no one good no not one. We are in a fallen world subject to various attacks , curses, sin. demonic, whatever. God still works all things for good to those who are the called according to his purposes.
    I am where I am in my walk with God and in my life today because of the amazing grace of God active in my life and His wonderful keeping power! I have been praying in tongues for years since God blessed me with a supernatural experience when I got the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
    I need to continue to be aggressive in the things of God. Prayer, Bible Reading, praying in tongues, being led by the Spirit of God, and sensitivity to His Spirit. That includes walking in humility and obedience…and I can do it with the help of God. Let God be true and every man a liar!( Romans 3:4.) I

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