This is the word I received from the Lord for TMCI for 2018
This going to be a year of explosion. The Holy Spirit will bring forth new revelation in your life. We will experience explosive growth spiritually and numerically. The Lord says, “Go deeper in Me and I will bring you to a higher plain so that I can give you new revelation. You will be able to see beyond the horizon with your own eyesight and will see with spiritual eyesight what I have for you. But you must pay the price of time and effort to know Me better. Much I have for those who will go deeper in Me. Much more for those who truly take the time with Me, so I can speak to them in that still quiet voice. Those who go deeper in Me will go farther this year in the spiritual and physical areas of their lives. I am ready to explode your ministry so that I may be glorified for what I accomplish through you. Go deeper and I will empower you for great and mighty works. Go deeper and know that I am God, and nothing is impossible with Me. Go deeper and I will reveal the secrets of the kingdom to you. Go deeper and reap the benefits of My blessing and empowerment. Go deeper and receive the renewed anointing in your life. Go deeper and I will give you the desires of your heart because your heart will be filled with My desires. Go deeper and you will see the salvation of the Lord in all that you do.” Thus says the Lord.
A Little Kneeology…Ephesians 5:16 (Voice) “Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times.”
This morning I had some very specific plans so I got up early so that I could get some breakfast, a quick cup of coffee and get on my way. The day was already full of busyness as I had so much to wrap up, and also to get ready for the big rally in Galveston. As I entered the living room my little toddler granddaughter, Laila, reached out her arms and said, “Hey, Pawpaw!”. Taking her in my arms, she kissed me and snuggled up in my neck and beard. I sat down with her and we spent two hours loving on each other and watching Elmo, making the most of that **living and breathing moment**.
I know Paul was speaking of taking every opportunity to witness to others about Jesus but he was also, in my opinion, speaking about taking advantage of every moment to enjoy life and one another, as well as to do good. As life’s moments are not able to be re-lived, except in our memories, it is so important that we take every opportunity to enjoy life because there is, without doubt, opposition from the enemy and the world itself.
It was once advertised, “LOST: yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward offered, for they are gone forever.”
I know that we have been told that we are to stay busy until the Master returns, but I also know in the spirit of Jesus it is important just how we stay busy. I have come to evaluate busyness, with the Lord’s help, by a standard of asking myself one major question, _“In comparison with, and in the scope of eternity, just how important is this particular matter or task?”_
In other words, will my fretting and worrying, being so busy with a matter or task make any difference in mine or another’s eternity? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why would God make flowers if He didn’t want us to take time to smell them and notice their beauty?”
I am sure that a great deal of the busyness that we allow to smother us is just that, busyness, the kind of stuff that the world wants to distract us with. and the result of what we have deemed to be important for our own agendas. I guess some of that wisdom that comes with age is the realization that a lot of what we once thought was so important and robbed us of precious opportunities was not of the Lord’s design.
As I am writing this note I could not help but listen to Dolly Parton sing “Precious Memories” and as she sang the words, “Precious memories, how they linger”. I pray that each of us will realize the value of each moment and let not one get lost in the busyness between sunrises for they will be lost forever.
Thank you Lord for the precious moments. Amen.
NOTW, Bro. Mike
Bishop Bob Coulter: PRAY FOR OUR NATION:
These next 3 months are crucial for our nation
Forces of evil continue to battle for position of power in this nation. They are hard at work to hold their ground and promote chaos among the leaders and people of this nation.
We must have the same resolve as the enemy has. We must be willing to pay the price for the soul of this nation.
Many Christian are praying that God will change the United States. I have noticed that when God moves to change the circumstances, He raises up a leader He can use. Rom 13:1 tells us that it is God who raises up leaders. Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God (NKJV)
Then we are instructed in 1 Tim 2:1-3 Therefore I exhort first that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior (NKJV)
But sometime however a leader needs extra help from the people. For example, Esther was willing to go before the King, but she called her people to prayer and fasting.
Esther 4:15-16 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”(NKJV)
The question is how much do you want reformation in the USA? Are you willing to pay the price?
This year, next year, and all the years to come, it is critical that we learn to listen and walk in the Spirit. We need bold Christians to make a difference for Christ in this world. God has called TMCI to make a difference, not only here in the United States, but throughout the world.
We must boldly pray and boldly speak out against the evil in this country.
Last year, we prayed and fasted for our nation on Mondays at lunch. I invite you to join me as I pray and fast for our nation once again on Mondays at lunch time (at whatever your lunchtime is) starting October 2 until the end of the year. I feel urgently in my spirit that the next three months are crucial in the life of our nation.
Earnestly praying for our nation,
Bishop Bob Coulter
A Little Kneeology….. Genesis 50:20 (NASB) ”You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result”.
Last week, Tuesday morning, my daughter Michelle, who manages the missions side of Rushing Wind went out to open our shower trailer for use by the homeless only to find out that the power cord had been cut, sawed off.
They had removed about 25 feet of some very expensive wire that powered the a/c, water heater, lights and fans. We had to turn away several people over a three-day period due to an inoperable shower. But when the word hit the street, immediately the local television station responded by doing a spot on the local news and twelve electrical companies also responded.
The company that did the work did not charge us a dime and not only repaired it but added security lighting that was badly needed as well. Each company told us that if we ever needed anything to call them. I must admit that when we first discovered the vandalism, I was upset. However, the Holy Spirit told me to sit and chill.
One of our clients said, “I bet you would like to just have five minutes with whoever did ya’ll wrong, huh?” It appears I had been asked that question several times during the next couple of days in one form or another. I even had several describe what would happen if the street people would find who had cut the wire because it was hurting them. As I was sitting and thinking about the whole mess, his words and like statements echoed in my mind.
I then asked myself, “What would I do with those five minutes?” My daughter asked, “Dad, what are you feeling?” I replied by telling her that if I had five minutes with whoever, I would share Jesus with them in hopes that their heart would be changed. I would not wish them harm but a transformed heart. One person said that they did not understand why I didn’t get angrier and asked why I was taking it so calmly? I replied that my anger and subsequent action would have interrupted God’s plan. I explained that the Holy Spirit told me that God had a plan to take what was meant for evil against His work and use it as an example of how He would use it to display goodness in the hearts of men (the responders) and for His glory.
It witnessed to me that far too often we allow our flesh, anger and revenge, in this case, to interrupt God’s plan. It is my hope that the offender will see how God used this situation to demonstrate His glory and it all be used to change their heart.
I give praise to God that His Holy Spirit hobbled this “ol’ hoss” with an anointing of wisdom. He deserves all the glory. Amen?
A Little Kneeology…..1 Corinthians 3:3 (NLT) “ for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?”
Paul speaks of a tool of destruction used on a regular basis by the enemy to destroy ministries and their leadership, that of jealousy.
I am reminded of a good example of how jealousy between ministries can be detrimental. In our community, some of the churches got together and invited an awesome youth evangelist to come to one of cities in our region along with several Christian bands and other speakers. The crusade drew youth from communities beyond expectations and the numbers of responses for Christ were fantastic every night with the altar call lasting for a couple of hours. Contact cards were completed for follow up. A few weeks later as I attended a meeting of the ministerial alliance in that community, I asked how the follow up was going? One of the pastors responded by saying we are trying to figure out who gets the cards. The problem, as it seemed, was if the youth who responded were going to join a church, shouldn’t it be the one who sponsored the larger part of the event? I choked! My response was that I didn’t care where they would go just as long as they would be going and that they would come to know Jesus. Two years later no one knew where the follow up cards were. Jealousy has won its victory.
The enemy wins every time we allow jealousy to interfere in our ministries and what is supposed to be a unified effort to introduce people to Christ Jesus. I have always found that churches and ministries that are jealous for their own are full of fear and a sense of security. They are certainly not content and are focused on what they consider theirs instead of the Kingdom. When the enemy detects envy, jealousy, and greed, guess where he is going to attack. Those who are jealous for their own seem to lose focus of the actual ownership of the ministry. We must guard against such envy and jealousy by developing a strong union in purpose with other ministries in the effort to not only tell others about Jesus, but to show Him in our actions as well.
I recently told a friend that I would not want to have the only church in town, as not only would it be such an over whelming experience, but I know that I could not care for the needs of everyone.
Recently, the Lord gave me a word saying, “It not about needing more churches but the churches uniting in their effort and being instruments of the Kingdom.”
I truly believe that TMCI is a splendid example of that word as it is composed of many ministries that are independent but connected in the effort to bring Jesus to people and the people to Jesus.
May we all find our peace in unity and our identity not in our ministries but in Christ Jesus. Amen?
NOTW, Bro. Mike
The war for the soul of this nation continues. The church must not sleep. Many prayed fervently for our nation before the election. We must maintain that fervor. Extreme elements are trying to steal the progress we have made as a nation.
My prayer today for this nation is Ps 59:1-3 Deliver me (our nation) from my (its) enemies, O my God; Defend me (our nation) from those who rise up against me (it). 2 Deliver me (our nation) from the workers of iniquity, and save me (our nation) from bloodthirsty men. 3 For look, they lie in wait for my (our nation) life; The mighty gather against me (Our nation), NKJV
Folks, the corruption in high places is rampant. Our new president promises to drain the swamp; but the resistance from the firmly placed establishment is fierce. The only way we will have justice is for God’s people to pray fervently for our nation and speak out against the evil they see.
So, let us pray that Congress will see the evil and corruption around them and repent and do something about it. Let’s pray that our congress will put the people’s interest ahead of their own. Without our prayers and God’s help, the administration cannot prevail in its reforms. Let us pray that justice will be done and that this country will once again honor God and the rule of law.
Remember James 5:16 The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV)
We must not stop praying for our nation. It is the prayers of the saints that will win the day.
Matthew 6:10 (NLT) “……. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” As Jesus answered the disciple’s question as to how to pray, He emphasized the need to pray for God’s will to be done, but what is God’s will? To know His will requires us to invest a certain amount of intimate time with God, in His Word and through prayer. This brings up the question, “How often do you pray to know God’s will versus just praying for your will to be done?” I wonder for those of us who are involved in various ministries just how often do we really spend time in asking the will of God for His ministries to which we have been called to manage? By the same token, if our lives have been surrendered to God, how often do we ask His will for our lives? We are quick to convey our will and needs in our prayers to the Lord, but how often do we meditate on the will of God, how often do we ask what is His will for our lives, or even for the day? I am reminded of a recent conversation with a pastor that was telling me all the plans he had for his new church and ministry. After about twenty minutes of blowing and going, I asked, “Have you asked God what is His will for His ministry that He has given over to you to manage? His reply was, “Oh, I know what has to be done because I have planned this all out for a long time and know exactly what I want to do.” Consequently, that is most often the case with most, our will and plans, our ownership of that which we really don’t own at all. “On earth as it is in heaven” speaks of God’s sovereignty, His will throughout and over all creation and especially those who are defined by His name. It speaks of an attitude of spirit and heart, an attitude of obedience in living out His will in our daily lives as people of the Kingdom. Being within His will is the key to a genuine in an intimate relationship with God, the desire to remain in His will in all that we do and are about. Amen?
“What Me Worry?” The legendary Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine led off each issue with the slogan. Those of us who are a bit older will remember. However, it seems it would do well for us to adopt the saying as Christians. As Christianity is a faith walk in the supernatural, believing in a supernatural God and acts in the supernatural, why then do we lack belief that He will act in the supernatural for us when it comes to our needs and concerns? It seems rather weird that we would have a supernatural conversation (prayer) with Him asking for needs to be met and then worry that they won’t be. I sometimes wonder if our doubt comes from our knowledge of our unfaithfulness and the lack of confidence in His Word. Our witness to others of His faithfulness and provision to nonbelievers seems to fall short when as they observe us worrying for our needs or fretting over so many worldly issues. Our witness speaks of the sovereignty of God over all creation but then folks observe us in such a state of anxiety, having a counter effect of our message. As the world worries about so much and ever so much that they have no control over, they are hungry for the reality of the message that God is in control and He alone is our hope for each day’s concerns. The witness of worry indicates that we are torn between loyalty to this world and God’s promise of provision. James speaks of it as a wave ebbing forward and then backward. As faith grows from one experience of the provision of God to another, doubt and worry witness to the lesser. Worry and fret are tools of the enemy that not only have an effect on our witness but also distracts us from the work and tasks that we have been called to complete for the Kingdom, as well as consuming our energies. Our prayers should speak of trust and thankfulness for our provision, demonstrating faith, not worry. Faith conquers worry and weakens the hold of the enemy. Let us find peace in the supernatural provision of His promises. Amen?
NOTW, Bro. Mike
My topic today is Staying Spiritually Strong. There are times when I struggle to keep my spirituality up; when old habits or (dare I say) old sins start clouding my mind.
All of a sudden, thoughts I have not had for years come flooding in and I am taken aback. Something happens, those old hurts come back, the resentment rises up, or maybe a stronghold in my life that’s been under cover; something I have not really dealt with.
The enemy comes in saying mockingly, “How can you say you are a Christian with those thoughts or those actions.” He tries to intimidate you, by asking how a holy God can use you or answer your prayers. The enemy is always trying to get you to break your intimacy with God.
He will try to put doubt in your mind in order to separate you from the love of God. He tries this when you are unusually tried and frankly many times after you had a major event where God used you mightily and you are emotionally and physically drained. An example of this is found in I Kings 18 where Elijah had a great victory when he killed the prophets of Baal and prayed rain back to the land. Immediately in 1 Kings 19 Satan, through Jezebel, threatened Elijah’s life and, because he was physically and emotionally drained, he believed the bad report and ran for his life. In fact, he got so depressed he asked God to take his life. Ministry can be tough, but we must not let Satan’s lies stop us.
He will bring things across your path to discourage you. We must immediately counterattack with the word of God. Remember 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV) and 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)
We must continue to make our personal relationship with Christ fresh daily. Let us seek God with greater passions as Ps 42:1-2 says. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (NIV) We must always be thirsty for God’s Word and a relationship with Him. Without drinking in His Presence and Word daily, we will become very weak and expose ourselves to Satan’s tricks.
A hunter shared the following information with me. The hunter will many times look for the path the animal is taking to the water hole and try to ambush and kill it along the trail before it gets to the water. Satan is like that hunter; he will try to ambush along the way as we seek God and his Word for our lives and ministries.
Here are some ways he will try to ambush you: He tries to trivialize your ministry. How many times have you heard people say “Oh they’ll never change. You are wasting your time and energy”? But if God called you to the ministry, He has a purpose for you and you will succeed under His guidance. God calls us to be obedient to speak forth His word. He has given us sheep will hear our voice as we speak His words. Many people do not respond to the gospel message because the wrong shepherd is speaking. God places us where we will be most effective in ministry. So, just because someone else was not successful in an area, does not mean you will be unsuccessful.
Satan will try to tell you that you are not making a difference. What most people in ministry do not realize is that people are watching you and listening to you. So how we react to a situation speaks louder than what we say. People will watch you for a long period of time until they are sure you are real. A lady, who is now joining TMCI, told me, “I have watched you for a year and now I know this is an organization I want to belong to. Satan tells us our ministry is too small to make a difference. I have discovered that God is not in the number business, but the discipleship business. Many ministries talk about how many members they have, but God did not tell us to make members, but disciples of Jesus Christ. So a small ministry that minister one on one sometimes produces more fruit than larger ministry. I know of one minister who never had more than fifteen or twenty in her church, but she has released over one hundred people for ministry because she took the time to disciple and mentor them. In God’s eyes no ministry is too small. Remember Jesus spent most of His time with twelve and a lot of that time with just three.
If you have been around long enough, you have heard me say, “Satan will get you to do a lot of good things that are not God things.” What do I mean by that? Most of us are mercy motivated and want to help people. So when someone sees our gifting and asks for our help, we run to help them and then we run to help another person and frankly it makes our flesh feel good. But, if what we are doing is outside our vision statement, we must not do it. Stay focused on what God called you to do. Many times we steal ministry from someone else by stepping in too quickly. This is especially true with new converts who are trying to get their courage up to serve and they think, “Well I might try that,” but then you step in and steal the opportunity from them. Give them some time while you pursue your calling.
Another trick that Satan tries in order to steer you away from your calling is to offer you a big ministry that is outside your calling.
You must always be alert that you do not get outside the anointing on your life. Satan does that so you will fail and the ministry you were called to will falter. One of the biggest way Satan tries to discourage you is to bring a religious spirit across your path. This includes those who would say, “You do not have the education; you do not have the ability, that will cost too much.” Unfortunately these can be close friends or associates who are trying to keep you from moving on in Christ. They are comfortable where they are and they want to keep you there. One of the hardest things you will have to do to move on with God is to leave some friends and associates behind. The question God will ask you is. “Which is more important My relationship with you or your friends and associates. Remember, it’s not what you want, or what your friends, relatives or associates want, it’s what God wants to do in your life. If you obey God’s calling on your life, you will have great success in the Kingdom of God.
Other thing, I found out is that God does not want our ability, but our availability. He, through the Holy Spirit, will equip us to do what he calls us to do. I also discovered that God never gives us all the resources before we start. What He wants you to do is step out by faith and he will supply your need as you go. Once you take the first step the resources start to flow, because you stepped out in faith.
In today’s atmosphere in our society, it is easy to get discouraged and believe that you are not making a difference, but you are. I have an advantage in reading the monthly reports. God is working in many areas, and He is using you to make a difference. Since last September God has used TMCI ministries to lead over 30,000 people to Christ. You are making a difference. So continue to speak to your sphere of influence and walk out your salvation before all people and God will give you many divine appointments.
Let us continue to walk by faith and ignore Satan’s lies.
Bishop Bob Coulter
Whether you are just starting a ministry or trying to fine tune your vison for the future, you may be looking for a tool to assist you. Hab 2:2 says: Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. (NKJV)
For many years in leadership seminars I have used a tool called a master planning worksheet. I have attached a copy for you to use.
This tool shows where you have been and helps you to focus what you must do next to fulfill your vision. At first glance, it may seem tedious but if you persevere it will help clarify where you are going and what your next step should be.
I have included an explanation of each column which I pray will help you through the process. Also attached is a video that explains the process.
In the first column “Needs” you list the needs that you feel deeply burdened by and are uniquely qualified to meet. There is space for eight needs but I encourage you to write no more than three. Examples of needs are a deep burden for the homeless, for the sick, or for youth or children. Be specific: do not write general needs such as saving the world or our community.
In second column “Purpose” answer the questions: Why does my ministry exist and what does God expect of me? Each ministry should have a purpose statement which leads to understanding of your heart when others read it. For example: TMCI purpose statement is “The purpose of The Missionary Church International is to grow God’s Kingdom on earth by helping men and women fulfill God’s calling on their lives giving them a 501 (c) (3) Charter (USA only), ordination, prayer covering, encouragement, and equipping at regional and annual meetings and on the internet.”
In the third column “Milestones” list the significant things you have already accomplished, one of which is your willingness to step out and be used by God. This “milestone list” will remind you of how faithful God has been in the past.
TMCI can look back and see how God opened doors in Liberia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Mexico. This backward glance gives us confidence and expectation of God’s hand in establishing works in other countries.
In the fourth column “Resources” list the assets God has given you to accomplish His will.
TMCI has been blessed with a talented team to accomplish what God called us to do.
In the fifth column “Roadblocks” list obstacles that might keep you from reaching your full potential. This serves as a reality check. Anytime you begin to do what God has called you to do, you will have opposition. Many times it is a religious spirit saying that you are not educated or qualified or “we do not do it that way.’ Identifying Roadblocks will not stop you, but will prepare you to overcome or avoid them.
TMCI have had road blocks that we had to work through, but with God’s grace we have overcome.
In the sixth column “Ideas” list what you aren’t currently doing that you might consider for the future. Have fun, let the Holy Spirit reveal to you the possibilities in your life and ministry.
In the seventh column “Objectives” identify the areas where you should concentrate your energies. Identify at least three, but not more than five. Trying to do too much will make you ineffective in all areas. What you do must be done at the right time and with perfection to have a real impact. For example: TMCI’s objective is to help at least one hundred more new ministries get started this year.
In the eighth column, the suggestion is to write your long range goals 5-10 years. I suggest you ignore this column since most ministries renew (fine tune) their vision after five years.
In the ninth column write your intermediate goals: 2-5 years. There is space for six but you may have only one, two, or maybe three. The important thing is that you write where you want to be as a ministry in 2-5 years. Be specific: express these goals in a way that can be measured.
In the tenth column write your short range goals: 1-2 years. In this column state where you want to be in relation to your 2-5 years goals.
Lastly the eleventh column is your immediate goals. List the steps you will take in the next 90 days to move toward your 2-5 years goals. These must be goals that can be measured, so you can keep yourself accountable and keep moving forward. After the first 90 days, you set up your next ninety days and continue that sequence until the 2-5 year goals are meet. This eleventh column isvery important. A lot of people talk about long range goal, but never start any steps toward them and therefore never succeed.