TOOLS – 21 days to build praying in the Holy Spirit (Encountner the Holy Spirit)

HOLY CLUBS!!! take the 21 day challenge 

This teaching is designed to be taught in the small group of 3 over three weeks. Each take time to go over the sheet, talk about it, practice it, and then encourage each other in prayer. Then during the three weeks (21 days) take time daily to do a “21 day challenge”. This is when your large group (or your group of 3) sends scriptures/texts, for 21 days, to encourage each other to do this for 21 days. It takes 21 days to establish a pattern in your life (And then usually 21 days to break that pattern by establishing another).  Therefore take 21 days to do this–even for just 5 minutes a day–and you adn your group will grow closer the the Holy Spirit, and have a greater sense of Holy Spirit lead community.


Resting…in the Holy Spirit…inside of you



God/Spirit of Truth – “The Spirit of Truth…” (John 14:17)

Helper – “But the Helper the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send…” (John 14:26)

Teacher – “…the Father will send in My name, He will Teach you…” (John 14:26)

Testifies of Jesus – “…He will Testify of Me..” (John 15:26)

Leader/Guide – “…He the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13)

Searches the depth of the Father – “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” (1 Cor. 2:10)

Lead me not in temptation – “…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us…” (Matt. 6:13)



NEAR – The Holy Spirit is “near” you before your salvation to convict you of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8-11)

IN – The Holy Spirit is “in” you when you are born again. (Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 1:22)

ON – The Holy Spirit comes “on” us as anointing to accomplish His will. (Lu. 20:22; Acts 2

R – REST – Turn your heart towards the Holy Spirit of God inside you

We rest in Him, by TURNING to Him, and then we COME NEAR to Him. We are called to abide in the Word of God. He wants to speak to and encounter us more that we want to encounter Him (it is not our desire, which has brought us to this place—our desire for Him starts with His Desire for us; “For God so Loved…” (John 3:16). Jesus said, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (John 15:7). The psalmist said, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psa. 84:11b).

TURN and COME NEAR (to the Holy Spirit inside of us)

For example: with the phrase “Our Father in Heaven” We want our spirit to TURN, inwardly, and COME NEAR to the Lord God inside of us (God, the Holy Spirit is inside of us; the Scripture states, “From his innermost being (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water; Jn. 7:38 NAS). Then, standing before the throne of God, we want to Rest in the Lord by continuing to turn closer and deeper into God. Rest before Him and delight to come closer.

The Magnet

A magnet draws or pulls metal to itself. A force that attracts or pulls the metal to itself surrounds the magnet. When a piece of metal gets closer to the magnet that force will draw the metal close until it is connected—then the two become one. The piece of metal sticks to the magnet and then the piece of metal will begin to act as a magnet to other pieces of metal.

The story of a magnet is how we want to respond to God. The DESIRE OF GOD is a Magnet drawing us to Him. We need to TURN (let go and let God; let go of everything that hinders us from knowing God; such as negative thoughts, pains from the past, weakness or others hindrances–let them go) and then COME NEAR to God. We come near by allowing the DESIRE of God draw or pull us near. All we have to do is TURN and COME NEAR—let Him draw you away to His love.

Practically – the Goal is to come into His Presence

  1. I close my outside eyes and open my inside eyes to the Holy Spirit in side of me.
  2. I gently and meekly, yet boldly approach the Throne of Grace
  3. Then I turn closer to Him inside of me; allowing His DEISRE to draw me away.
  4. Lastly, I say the scripture slowly to God, resting in between words to allow my spirit to Connect to the Holy Spirit inside of me.


E – Encounter – ask for the Holy Spirit to give you revelation, than yield to the Truth

Next, we want to encounter the Revelation that comes from God. Ask the Father to give you revelation from the scripture. Then come closer and ask for Truth. Next, we have to “Yield” to the revelation (YIELD –this means that we humbly and lovingly submit to the God and His Words as Supreme above our ideas or the ideas of man). We encounter the revelation by allowing the Word of God to read our heart (let the Word of God touch our hearts). We allow what the Holy Spirit speaks to come and penetrate the depths of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We encounter the revelation by yielding to what God says. We submit to the word of God as above everything we could, ideas, emotions or present circumstances.


  1. I ask the Father to grant me Revelation. Let our spirit ask the Holy Spirit; we don’t verbally speak out words at this point (remember we are speaking with our spirit not our outward words). I ask Him:
    1. What does this scripture show me about who You (God) are in this scripture?
    2. What do You (God) think and feel about this scripture?
  2. Wait for the Word to come to you…there is no hurry here…the goal is to encounter God…let the Word come inside you from the Holy Spirit.
  3. Then I come closer to the Holy Spirit…again slowly I say the scripture back to His Throne, pausing in between each word; again we are not using our outward voice.
  4. Wait until Revelation comes from the Holy Spirit
  5. When revelation comes Yield to it; let the revelation rest inside you.
  6. Write the Revelation down so that you can properly steward this.

S – Strengthen – let the revelation strengthen our inner man

Then we need to be strengthened by God. Paul prayed, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 1:16). We do this by submitting to the Word and allowing the Word to come and strengthen us. We allow the Word to be our source of strength, our daily bread, which fills us and leads our life.


  1. Pray God Strengthen My heart, soul, mind and body so I can love you and others (1st and 2nd Commandment; Mark 12:29-31).
  2. Receive the Revelation as a gift from God.
  3. Slowly speak the Revelation into your heart (exactly how God gave it to you).
  4. Let the revelation “read my heart” (let the truth of God come inside your heart).
  5. Sincerely tell God how grateful you are (3 different ways).
  6. I BELIEVE—the truth by slowly saying the revelation back to Him (I do this a minimum of 3 times, but more so until the truth begins to dwell in my heart)

***Remember the goal is to be in His Presence and Believe the TRUTH of who His is and what He thinks about you and others. Speed is not that important, communion with God is.


T – Test it

We need to test the words that come to us. John preached, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). We need to be like the Bereans, who tested what was preached; “…they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:10-11). Don’t be so open minded that your brains fall out. When considering revelation, ask questions: Does your word contradict the scripture, which is the plumb line for TRUTH? Are you going to harm yourself or others? Are you drastically coming off medicine you need to function? If you are answering yes to any of these questions then please take time to and get Godly council and prayer. Please don’t hurt yourself or others.


Practical – Testing what we see and hear

  1. I ask if the revelation I just got is in the bible or the theme can be found in the scripture?
  2. I ask if the revelation draws me closer to Jesus?
  3. I ask if there was a witness of the Holy Spirit (is this Truth, wisdom from God)?
  4. Is the revelation outside of the boundaries of what I should be getting (ex. you have special revelation, about God, or what He is doing, that no one else has)?

What is real and what is not?

I don’t assume everything I see or hear is from God. I may be worthless information or the Holy Spirit actually may be speaking. I like to take time to:

  1. Share it with those that I trust and I am in relationship with. (I suggest a minimum of 2 people. One that this is an older or more experienced mentor/friend, and then a pier, maybe someone from your holy club). This allows us to be accountable to others and the Lord.
  2. Pray – if the information that I need to talk about is really important then I want to pray (receive revelation, minister to Jesus, obey, justice)

Fasting is not what we have to do; it is what we get to do !!!


Fasting is not what we have to do; it is what we get to do !!!

We fast to grow in intimacy with God and pray His Kingdom come. When we fast we set our hearts to encounters His love, and we partner with God in His acts of Justice in people lives. As Holy Clubs we should set our hearts to a rhythm of fasting where other lives will be transformed. Suggestions: fast twice weekly.

  1. First, a Bridegroom fast; this is a fast of intimacy with Jesus the Bridegeroom; longing for the presence of God (Matthew 9:15), this allows us to grow in the 1st commandment.
  2. Secondly, a Luke 18 Justice fast; asking God to release heavenly Justice into the earth (Luke 18:1-8); this is a 2nd commandment fast.

Why should I fast?

1 – Jesus fasted; Fasting is, by definition, abstaining from food, and it is part of the normal Christian life. Many believers consider this an optional discipline. Jesus said, “When you fast,” implying that fasting occurred in the regular course of a disciple’s life (Matt.6:16).

2 – Rewards; Jesus called us to fast because He knows that its rewards will far outweigh its difficulties. With boldness, Jesus emphasized that the Father will reward fasting (Mt. 6:17). This proclamation alone makes fasting very important. God rewards fasting, yet we do not earn these rewards. Some of the rewards are external, as our circumstances are touched by God’s power. Some of our rewards are internal, as our hearts encounter Him in a new depth. We fast both to walk in more of God’s power to change the world, and to encounter more of His heart to change our heart!

3- Is Fasting trying to earn God’s favor? We do not fast to prove anything to God or to deserve His favor. We fast to position ourselves to receive freely from His grace and be wholly consumed with Jesus and His will.    


1 – Schedule; set a day to fast and get some friends to do it with you. (pick a day) __________________

2 – Grow; learn what Jesus said about fasting, and learn from those that have a fruitful, biblical life of fasting. For more of this check out “tools” at

3 – GRACE; ask God for Grace. The grace of fasting is a gift to the Church. God gives grace to fast, and we will receive it as we ask for it (2 Pet. 1:2; 3:18).

4 – Long Term; we have to set our hearts over the long term not the short run.

5 – Friends; fasting goes better with friends, consider a group of three and write down their name.

_____________________________________                      _____________________________________

Friends #1                                                                               Friend #2


1 – Food; we can fast on water, juice, or a Daniel fast; no meats, no sweets, and limited portions.

2 – Finances; we give our money to build the kingdom of God.

3 – Time; it important to set aside time for God. We need to consider what we do with our time.

4 – Words; there are times when we can fast from talking. This allows us to silence the conversations around us and focus our hearts on God’s thoughts towards us.

5 – Social Media; we have to consider what we are doing with our time and how it will affect our lives. Fasting from social media will not only help our grades, but it will also build up our life in God.


We fast to experience the power of God in personal ministry – When the disciples could not set a demonized boy free, Jesus told them that kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting (Mt. 17:21). The power of john the Baptist’s preaching was connected to his fasted lifestyle (Mt. 11:18). The early church fasted twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) to experience more power. Fasting was a regular part of Paul’s life (2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27; Acts 9:9).

Many who led the great revivals practiced regular fasting. Examples include John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd, and Charles Finney. John G. Lake (1870-1935) sought god with much prayer and fasting. God released powerful miracles through him.

We fast for prophetic revelation of the end times – Daniel sought God with fasting and prayer and received revelation of Israel’s end-time destiny (Dan. 9:1-3, 20-23; 10:1-3, 12-14).

We fast for the fulfillment of God’s promises to our city or nation – The Lord has prophetic plans and promises for each city and nation. We must actively seek the Lord for their fulfillment. Daniel prayed and fasted for the fulfillment of God’s promise to release Israel from captivity to return to their land (Dan. 9:1-3; 10:1-4).

We fast to stop a crisis (individual or national) – (Individual) the mother of Samuel, being distressed by her barrenness, entered into prayer with fasting, and God answered her by giving her a son who grew up to become a prophet (1 Sam. 1:7). (National) The story of Jonah gives us eternal Hope for any city of America. Jonah warned the wicked city of Nineveh that God was going to destroy them. When Nineveh repented with fasting, the Lord showed mercy and spared the city (Jon. 3:3-9).

We fast for protection – Ezra and Esther are firm biblical examples of God protecting people that fasted and prayed (Ezra 8:21-23) (Esth. 3:13; 4:7).

We fast for direction – Throughout the New Testament, the church fasted for supernatural wisdom and direction (Acts 13:1-2).


Will you commit to pray, ask God for grace to fast, and stay accountable for 6 months with a friend? If so, have you and your fasting accountability partner sign here.

_________________________________                  _____________________________________

Your name                                                                   friend

Praying UP, IN, OUT

Praying UP, IN, OUT

The greatest crisis in the world is—the lack of the knowledge of God. The second great crisis? We don’t, by faith, believe, He is who He says He is. Therefore, we can fix this by learning to encounter the knowledge of God—by FAITH BELIEVING—and then obeying God: know, resist, and pursue. The 4 living creatures give us the pattern that will transform our lives.

First we write down the scripture, and then encounter God, by inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit to speak to us, giving us revelation of the Word of God. Then we meditate on the scripture and then “text” God the 3 to grow in holiness questions. Lastly we can pray: UP (to God as we minister to Him); IN (by faith we believe the truth in our heart so that the knowledge of who God is transforms us); OUT (we pray that the revelation of God touch the heart of our holy brothers and sisters so that we can OBEY God.

UP Praying to God in “giving prayer” or ministering to Him with our words; declaring the revelation you just got, back to God.

IN Pray that each of you will believe the Revelation that you just mediated on.

OUT for our Holy Club members, and whoever the Holy Spirit places on our heart.

Texting God

Texting God: the way to Encounter His Heart

Texting God

God wants us to talk with Him, because He loves us and wants a close relationship with us. It is very easy to talk with Him. Do you have a phone? If so do you “text” your friends. Well…it is time to start “texting” God. That’s right it is time to start asking Him questions and getting answers. How do you do that? Get our your phone and text God’s questions? No! Seriously get out a pen and paper and start to write. You can look at my example below to get a hint on how to “text” God. The goal is to connect with God’s emotions for you.

This assignment will draw you closer to the heart of God. It will empower you to ask Him what He thinks and feels about you and those around you. But you must work at it.

If you needed more proof that texting is on the rise, here’s a stat for you: the average teenager sends 3,339 texts per month. That’s more than six texts per waking hour. According to a new study from Nielsen, our society has gone mad with texting, data usage and app downloads. The number of texts being sent is on the rise, especially among teenagers age 13 to 17. What if we actually spent time texting God? What if we took that time to talk with God? What if we wrote back and forth with God? What would our heart look like?

Why do we start texting God? First, Jesus said “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”(Matthew 4:3-5). Daily Bread is the Bible and what the Holy Spirit says. Secondly, we want to lead by the Spirit of God and not the flesh (Gal.5). When we talk to God we are more easily lead by the Spirit, as we are purposefully asking, seeking, and knocking. We need to grow in the knowledge of God so that we can overcome the reign of Death, and live in the reign of Grace as a new Creation. Lastly, we have to believe what He said, and abide in His word, what better way to do this than dialogue with God, which actually is prayer.

How do we start texting God? The best way to text God is by starting with a bible verse. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the way, the truth and the Life. God did His part in making know Himself through the son and leaving the Holy Spirit as a Helper. It is our job to search Him out. We do this by asking Him questions. This is a great way to meet Him and grow in an intimate relationship with Him.

Texting 3 questions – when we text God I usually asking 3 questions to start with:

Know, Resist; Pursue:

This tool is the avenue for us to practically “Know, Resist, and Pursue” (see chapter 4). We do this by searching for:

  • Knowledge of God
  • His thoughts towards you
  • Obey

Knowledge of God “what does this scripture show me about You (God)?”

Who is God? We need to know knowledge about Him. Who God is, is the foundation of our life. We need to learn about Him start by reading the scripture, writing it down and then ask Him questions. Remember write down anything that you think God is saying. God does not always speak in BIG thunder. Most of the time it is a gentle whisper in our hearts. The question I ask first is:

Question: “What does this scripture show me about You (God)?”

Finding the what He thinks about you

“What does this scripture show me about Your (God) thoughts and desires towards me?”

In this section ask Him questions about His thoughts and desires towards you? What does the bible say God thinks and feels about us? God is true, and the enemy always lies. When we are in a hard time we usually can’t hear God. It is not because He is not speaking. Instead we need to dial our self down, turn to the Lord, and meet with Him. The lies in our life always contradict God. What He thinks about me will become the cannon shooting me into a life of holiness. I ask Him:

Question: “what does this scripture show me about Your (God) thoughts and desires towards me?”

How will my life change? “how then shall I pray/obey?”

When we encounter the “knowledge of God” our life will change. The very nature of the cross demands a response in our lives. When people interacted with Jesus they had to respond. The rich young ruler had to choose either to give it all up and follow Jesus or go back home and live in comfort (Matt. 19:21). Jesus saved the woman caught in adultery and told her to go and sin no more. There was an act of obedience that God required for her to walk free. God invites us to obey so that we can grow in intimacy with Him.


At the end of each question I ask the Lord to summaries what He is trying to say in a “Builder sentence”. The builder sentence is the main point or the summary of everything you just wrote. Below is and example. This is the sentence you will pray back to God. When we abide in the vine” we will obey God and produce much fruit. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Builder sentence as a prayer – God wants to hear our voice. When we write our builder sentence as a prayer it will be in two parts:

  1. Face of God – write down the knowledge of God that He is showing you based on the scripture. (ex. “Our Father in Heaven”… He is a good Father)
  2. What He wants you to pray – write down what He has showed you in the builder sentence. But, turn the sentence into prayer. (ex. You are a good Father; open eyes to see you).

Remember section #1 – the section about God, and to God, “Who is God”. Our prayer is just to God. We are declaring back to God who He is (this is ministry to God). The bible says, “You are enthroned in the praises of your people”(Ps.22:3). As we speak words about God we are building His Kingdom in the hearts of those around us.


Cute story:

My son asks me how to minister to God. I answer his question with a question. “How do you make me smile when you say things to me” I ask? He answers, “I say words that make your heart warm.” That’s right, I replied as a proud father! When my son tells me how much he loves me, it touches my heart in a great way and causes my heart to feel “warm inside”. When he says, “Dad! I love you. You’re the best dad in the whole world,” I melt inside. In the same way we want to speak right to God. Close your eyes and speak right to His heart. When you speak let your words move His heart with joy. Only you can love God exactly as you do. Say your “builder sentence as prayer” right to His heart.


  1. Write down the scripture verse(s).
  2. Encounter God (remember the teaching called “encountering God”)
  3. Write down the question “what does this scripture show me about You (God)?”
  4. Text God (remember not to just write down one answer fill up a half of page)
  5. Builder Sentence –write down your builder sentence. This is the sentence you will pray back to God.
  6. Builder sentence as a prayer – lastly, write down the builder sentence as a prayer (remember: Face of God; followed by your prayer)



Here is an example of “texting God”.

  • First, I write down the scripture.
  • Secondly, I encounter God.
  • Thirdly, write down the question and then I text God.

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
(Matthew 6:9)

Section #1: Q: “what does this scripture show me about You (God)?”

BA: Father of Glory “what does this scripture show me about You (God)?”

         Father: It shows that I am your Father and I am “our” Father

BA: what does that mean you are “our Father”?

Father: There is no one like Me

Father: Ask Me what that means.

BA: What does this mean?

Father: I am not like your earthly Father.

BA: How can I trust You?

Father: wait and see I will show you that I am good

BA: Father what is the “builder sentence”?

Father: I am the good Father worship Me

Builder sentence as a prayer: Our Father is a Good Father


***Remember this section is about “Who is God”. Our prayer is just to God. We are declaring back to God who He is. The bible says, “You are enthroned in the praises of your people. As we speak words about God we are building His Kingdom in the air. Close your eyes and speak right to His heart. When you speak let your words move His heart with joy. Only you can love God exactly as you do. Say your “builder sentence as prayer” right to His heart.


Cute story—ministry to the heart of God

When working with 0 to 5 year olds we have to train them to minister to the heart of God. So I always start off by asking who wants to give Jesus a hug. They all squeal and say—I do! Then I tell them to be quite—get them to silence their heart—have them close their eyes. Then I tell them we are going to sing. And let your words go straight to God and give Him a big hug. They love it. We sing simple phrases: I love You, You are God; You are strong…they love this. And they are learning to touch the heart of God.


Section #2 “what does this scripture show me about Your (God) thoughts and desires towards me?”


BA: Father of Glory “what does this scripture show me about Your (God) thoughts and desires towards me?”

         Father: That I will love you as “our Father”

BA: when you say “our” Father it sounds like you are everyone’s Father

Father: I am a Father to those that accept Me

BA: Does it hurt you when we don’t accept You?

Father: I long to be with each one of my children. I long to be with you—forever

BA: Father how do I know Your loves is real?

Father: come to Me and I will give you rest

BA: you mean I have to come to you?

Father: like the prodigal son in Luke 15 I want you to come home…there I will give you rest.

BA: Father you want me to…

Father: stop trying to do it on your own. Stop trying to provide for your self. Come to Me and let me be your Father.

BA: Father what is the “builder sentence”?

Father: I am a “Good Father” I will give you true rest

Builder sentence as a prayer: You are the good Father; give me rest


Section #3 “how then shall I pray/obey?”

BA: Father of Glory “how then shall I obey?”

Father: I want to you near me.

BA: what does that mean?

Father: I want you to walk closely with Me.

BA: Thank You; teach me..

Father: give me your time in the morning and bring your tithes and offerings into the storehouse.

BA: Help me God you know how I love to sleep, just like anyone else.

Father: I will meet with you early in the morning

BA: help me to give

Father: don’t let money rule your life, give as I lead, and I will open the windows of blessings in your life. Watch and see!

BA: Father what is the “builder sentence”?

Father: I am the Faithful Father

Builder sentence as a prayer: Faithful Father help me to rise in the morning to worship and pray; teach me to give with You.



Disciplines (7 commitments of Holy Clubs)


7 commitments of HOLY CLUBS


Commitment #1:

I commit to refuse to participate in conversations that promote or joke about immorality. If I do speak in this way, I will confess to those I was conversing with that I sinned.

Commitment #2:

I commit to confess to the same trusted friend (who embraces this covenant) each time I view pornography or have any sexual contact with someone (not my spouse).

Commitment #3:

I commit to register with the technology of choice that promotes the wisdom and safety of accountability whether or not I struggle with pornography. Accountability Software: These programs track your internet activity and send an email to the accountability partner that you choose. If you uninstall the software it triggers a report to your partner. See ($2.50 per month); (Free); (free); (free). Web Filtering Software: Programs that block sexual content including pornography, gambling, violence: ($49.95); ($49.95); (For Mac’s); (39.95).

Commitment #4:

I commit to hold any confession of my friend’s failure in strict confidentiality. If I do speak it to another then I commit to tell it to the one who confessed their sin to me. The one who breaks confidence should confess also to the one to whom he broke the confidence.

Commitment #5:

If I “repeatedly” stumble in immorality, I will show the fruit of repentance by going with my friend to confess to the leadership and then accept the boundaries they give me.

Commitment #6:

I commit to share with the leadership if my friend “repeatedly” stumbles in immorality. I will first tell my friend before sharing with a leader to convince him to go with me.

15 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 If he will not hear, take with you one or two more…17 If he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church.

(Mt. 18:15-17)

Commitment #7:

For leaders: I commit to follow the process of bringing those who ‘continue’ in immorality to the appropriate level of “discipline” instead of offering them “unsanctified mercy”.

20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all… (1 Tim 5:20, NAS)

Jesus, I commit to do this, by Your GRACE, with the friends you have given me