Daily Desperate Dependence 1/2
(Please listen to Joe’s story by clicking the white play button at the top of this post. You can read the transcript of the story below.)
For the first 20 years of my life, I was a good Methodist boy. For the next 20 years of my life, I became a good Christian man. After the 40th year, I became a son. And becoming a son of the Most High God is my personal story.
So, sometime after I was 40, through a series of of great brokenness–my marriage is broken, my work, which had gone very good up until the time that I was 40, really begin to fall apart and I was not succeeding in my in the job that I had, and then my health really began to decline, and then we just had issues, issues of raising our sons, and just the different normal issues but tough issues that we faced there. So I had four areas that really broke me from my normal mode that I had been operating in, my normal Christian mode. And I was a good Bible Church Christian. I’d studied my Bible for 20 years, lots of Bible studies, lots of teaching, lots of reading. That did not seem to bring the healing and the breakthrough that we had in our marriage.
I was challenged by a dear friend who challenged me in regard to personal relational intimacy with the Lord. When you have young kids, you … it’s harder to meet with the Lord and for 10 years I had had some quiet time with the Lord, but I did not, I had ceased to be consistent in my time with the Lord. We’re ministering in church, we’re doing a whole lot of things, but I did not have a relational intimacy with the Lord that was going. And my friend challenged me and he said, “Why don’t we wake up at five every morning and start spending time with the Lord, and then we’ll run together at six?” And I looked at him, and I was just so broken from my emotional divorce and my pain that I was going through at work, and I said, “I don’t know. I don’t know if I can do that.” And he looked at me and start crying and said, “Don’t, don’t you want to spend time with the Creator of the Universe?” And I broke down and started crying. And the next morning I got up at five and that marked 288 straight days that I that I journaled. .. met with, woke up at five, met with the Lord, would run very often with him, and I began to have what I now realize were encounters with the Holy Spirit. I began connecting with the Holy Spirit, but I didn’t really know that that’s what I was doing, but I began to have a sensitive spirit.
So what began to take place was a marriage of the Word and the spirit, and I became… I loved the Word and I loved the Holy Spirit enlightening the Word. The Lord began to heal our marriage, and we had a really strong healing that took place in 1998. So about four years of emotional divorce, then some connection with each other. And then a major major healing and deliverance of the things that had blocked our marriage.
Prior to that healing in 1998, I went to a conference in Edmond, Oklahoma. It was a conference on the Holy Spirit. And what happened at the end of that conference–we drove up, two of my best friends drove up with me–they had a prophetic… a prophetic time. So they gathered people up at the front. He spoke prophetically to us and two people spoke to us, one guy named Brock who was 27 years old and another guy who turned out to be Shawn Bolz when he was 24 The young man Brock stood up and he basically prophesied. He said, “Will the three guys from Texas stand up and, and then he started prophesying about, he said he saw a house where he would see youth coming in and learn, to learn the ways of worship and intercession. And he described the house and it actually fit our house. And he went on to describe, say some names that started with G, all of whom we ended up encountering and he said, “I saw the three of you standing up” and he said, ” I saw an X on you and it was like a whole new paradigm. The person of Jesus was on you and a whole new paradigm you would be operating from and youth would be coming to learn the ways of worship and intercession.” And he said there would be hard times and would be wonderful times and there would be hard times and he said, “It’s just the way of the Lord.” So that was a pretty amazing prophecy.
And then Shawn Bolz begin to speak. And as he was speaking over me, he talked to me about some of the things that I had learned. But he said, he said, spoke something about that I would, I was like an elder at the gate, and I would be welcoming all of the, the fish, the young fish, and the unclean fish, and I would be speaking truth to them, and I would know their place in the body. I would know their place, where their place in the body would be, and I would be able to coach and teach them. So that was all very interesting.
What happened three weeks later, after I came back from that conference, was a Young Life leader in Lake Highlands area came up to me and said, “Could you … I’ve been mentoring them to some degree and he said, “Gosh, can you help me out? I’ve got a Campaigner group with seniors at Lake Highlands High School and really all they want to do in the Campaigners group is just goof around and tell jokes. And so I said, “Yeah, bring them over, we’ll talk about it.” And so the end result of that was that he brought six guys. I began to teach them and coach them on sonship, what it means to be a son of the Most High God, because that’s what I had been. By that time, I was, what was I… was probably 45 or 46 years old. But I’d had six years of learning what a son was. So they came over the first night, six of them plus the leader, and we met in this room and we played, I played worship songs by Charlie Hall and Christy Knuckles and Delirious. And that night they were, they were weeping, they were worshiping, they were, it was, it was a move of God that was that was taking place because I … there was nothing really special other than that I was imparting the sonship that I had grown into as well as the worship, the intercession, and then I added the Word because I was a Word guy.
And so that group was the first group. We met for… from November through the end of May, and then the younger brother of one of those guys who met came up to me at a graduation something party or something and said, Oh, Mr. Galinda will you start up another group? My brother has been so impacted by this. Will you start up another group? And so I said, “Sure, we can do that.” So the next year we began a group with juniors and seniors that was a sonship group. And so that group came together, same thing would happen. They went deep into the things of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit fell on on us and there were powerful things and one of the guys was a was a senior and he was an alcoholic and he we ministered to him and he got delivered from the alcoholism and he began to be so transformed people noticed . And he was hanging around with guys who were good Christian guys. So it was something that stirred the school up to say, what is he doing? Why are they friends?
I began to encounter the Holy Spirit, which literally transformed me as a husband and as a father and even as a businessman.
In January of 1999 was when we took a group of girls and guys to the Passion Conference. The kids were impacted. They wanted to bring back what they’re experiencing at Passion to Lake Highlands. And so we met there one of the nights after the worship nights there in Fort Worth. And they said, “How do we bring this back?” I remembered a silent prophetic word that the Lord had spoken to me a year earlier and he said,
“If you want to bring revival to Lake Highlands, you will need to kill the gods of Friday and Saturday night.” And I knew exactly what that meant. It was going to be tied to, okay there … we’re going to be worshiping there’s going to be intercession and the Word, and it needed to be a weekend meeting. It couldn’t, it wouldn’t be a week night like Monday Night Young Life or, or, you know, group Bible study. It needed to be on the weekend where they came. So since Lord had spoken that to me and that was and that was in my heart, when they said that I challenged them with the same thing. If you want to bring this back to your peers at Lake Highlands High School, you’ve got to be willing to kill the gods of Friday and Saturday night. And they said, “We’re ready. We want to do that.” I said, “Then our house is open. “
So that very first night, that that the kids came, there were 25 of them. I remember real vividly and they they came in, we started playing music and they were just being touched. That began, that was January 9, 1999, and it begin four-and-a-half years of youth coming to our house.
Bottom line, learning the ways worship and intercession and the Word and the presence of the Lord was so strong here at the house that they would just come. So that first year we had 30-40-50 that would come each night. Each night that we had it. Once a week, either on a Friday night or Saturday night and lives were touched, lives were being changed. And they were … it was evident that a revival was taking place.
And the Lord did a mighty work in a young man named Jeremy. He was a really troubled young man–family situation was really tough. About 10 or 15 of the kids all were gathering around and praying over him. And the next Saturday night that we that we had a gathering there were like 70 kids at our house. The next week, there were probably 125 kids. It just it grew so big that we had to move to Scofield church and there were 200 to 300 kids that would come. We ended up after that one year–that season where we went to Scofield church, we thought about going back there again. But we realized, you know, let’s just you come to our house. So there was another whatever, three, three and a half years that what had been a high school ministry was that, but then college kids started coming as well. So youth from all over the all over the place. We didn’t it was just by word of mouth. And this was really before before all the social media had really taken off. So somehow the word would get around that, that you could come to our house and experience the presence of the Lord.
In September of 2003, which is exactly six years, six years to the weekend that I had gone and this prophetic word was spoken over me that youth will come to your home to learn the ways of worship and intercession. And I felt like I heard the Holy Spirit speak and say, “This is your last, this is your last worship night. I now want you to take worship and intercession and the Word to the marketplace and to the church that we were going to at the time”, which was Northwest Bible Church. And so that was in 2003. And so that ended the, the evenings of worship with the youth. The weekly– it was every week for four and a half years that we, that we did that on the on the weekend.
And then I began to look at, okay, how do I, how do I facilitate the presence of God in the marketplace, and in the churches that I’m involved with. And so lots of other things have happened, I began to be a, what’s called a managing Chair of C 12. So I begin to have a practice that now is 30 ..30 CEOs and companies where we, we again, looked at how do we advance the kingdom of God in the in the marketplace.
In 2009, we decided to go ahead and start our worship nights back. And, and so now for 10 years, we’ve been having once a month worship nights. We don’t have once a week worship nights, but once a month worship nights where anywhere from 15 to 50, or 60 people come and we never know who’s going to come, but people still come and we we, whereas in those high school days, or those early days, we would start at eight o’clock and go till one o’clock in the in the morning. Now, we start at eight o’clock, and we finished before 11.
So if I … as I reflect, I think of the I think of here it was that I was I was trying to, to perform and do good in my life as a Christian–to be a good husband, to be a good father. And it wasn’t that I was– It wasn’t that I was failing. It’s just I was not effective. And then the Holy Spirit–I began to encounter the Holy Spirit and experience the Holy Spirit, which literally transformed me as a husband and as a father and even as a businessman.
So today, as I reflect on this story, the emotions are still blessed by what he did, what he did, and I recognize that what Jesus said. “Apart from the Father, apart from the Holy Spirit, I can do nothing.” So, my attempts as a good Christian produced some fruit and produced some good things. I’m blessed by that. But it was the operating in the son ship and the relational intimacy with the Lord that I see produced the good works that are 30 fold, 60 fold and 100 fold. Those are the good works that I want to walk in–not just my own good efforts or trying to be a good Christian man, but rather how do I walk as a son of the Most High God who walks in the power and in the strength of the Holy Spirit and advances the kingdom of God.