Have you missed me?
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I have not posted in a few weeks. Yes, Christmas and New Year’s had an impact, but something far more profound caused me to pause.
In early December, my dear friend, Dr. Steve Greene, Executive VP of Charisma Media, mailed me a book to read entitled Deep Work by Cal Newport. Cal challenges us to eliminate distractions that steal our time, energy and focus from the truly deep things we should do. Although his academic approach was not written from a Biblical perspective, nevertheless, some powerful truths jumped off the pages at me.
I am too distracted.
I must focus on my deep work.
But…what IS my “deep work?”
Holy Spirit compelled me to stop what I was doing, go deep, and (re)discover the deep work He has prepared for me.
As I intentionally stopped and focused on Him, the first amazing revelation was the concept of a One Word Focus for 2018. Never before have I considered such an approach. Aren’t we all exhorted to develop 3, 4, 5 or more Big Rocks, strategic priorities, stretch goals…or whatever the current management fad suggests?
My One Word came very quickly.
It came to me as I was in deep communion with Holy Spirit. As soon as I heard this in my spirit, I had an immediate witness: this year, more than anything else, I am to press into the presence my Father, Savior, & Holy Spirit.
Everything else this year is secondary.
The Download Continued
As soon as “Presence” hit my spirit, the next question He asked me was, “What are the benefits of His/our presence?” I had NEVER contemplated this before.
I took my handy pen and journal in hand and began to list all the benefits of His presence including:
- Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.)
- Gifts or the Spirit (wisdom, knowledge, prophecy, healing, etc.)
- Restoration……and many, many more!
Some of additional amazing revelations included:
- An unction to categorize all the prophetic words spoken over me in the past 5 years, which led to…
- Revitalized, clear and ordered destiny map, which led to…
- Series of major actions to eliminate distraction, which led to…
- Creation of my Vision/Destiny Notebook of words, pictures, and visuals of things yet to come.
You get the picture.
One word from Holy Spirit can transform your life.
Your Weekend Challenge
Since today is Friday, your challenge this weekend is to get alone, get quiet, go deep and ask Holy Spirit for your One Word for 2018. It may not come this weekend, but keep pressing for it will come.
When it does some, please come back and list your One Word below, for it will encourage me as well as the thousands around the world who read these articles.
Like Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It!”