Fellowship – The Key to Everything?

Kell and Monica
I love Kell Bales’ heart for God.  I asked him if I could post this word, because it’s really that good!  This speaks directly to the heart of home groups and “doing life together”.
Fellowship – the key to everything?
By Kell Bales, Shift Forward Fellowship, San Angelo, TX
You have probably read or heard the Mark Twain saying, “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog” — I feel it signifies that it is not always the physical size that matters, but the condition of the heart in the given situation.
I have recently taken this saying, and put my own spin on it: “it is not the size of the group in your fellowship, it is the size of the fellowship in your group.”  Let me explain.
Shift Forward Fellowship was birthed a little over three years ago and is primarily comprised of about 10 to 15 regular attendees from several churches.  It is not a church in the conventional sense (we are the Ekklēsia however); it is simply a group of like-minded individuals, seeking after the presence & the heart of the Father. It is a fellowship designed to increase our relationship, share how to root our identity as sons & daughters, and walk out the fact we ARE seated in Heavenly places.  Miracles, signs, & wonders flow out of this atmosphere of His presence.
The Lord put on my heart about three years ago, we are entering in what I would essentially call “The Relationship Age.” Many say that we are in the Kingdom Age — which I completely agree — a Heaven-on-Earth movement (Matthew 6:10), shifting our paradigms from linear thinking (inside a box) to exponential, wide open, unrestricted application (what box?).  It is a vertical relationship with Daddy in Heaven through his son Jesus Christ and enabled by the Holy Spirit, while we simultaneously are horizontally relating to His creation here on Earth.  Just as scientists have recently discovered that light is both a particle and a wave — discovered through quantum mechanics — these particles & waves exist in perpendicular planes simultaneously … just as our relationships should.
As my relationship grows with the Lord, the more and more simplistic it becomes.  It all boils down to the condition of the heart — are you walking in (agape) love?  In multiple verses, the entire gospel is wrapped up into two commandments: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind … and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39 NLT).  Interesting, that as they are applied simultaneously, we see this light wave/particle metaphor come to life – perpendicular planes of love!
In order to carry out these commandments, it takes relationship — relationship with our Heavenly Father and relationship with His creation.  Although I can unconditionally love my “neighbor” as I was originally created to do, how much more exciting is it if I start a relationship with them?  Loving your “neighbor,” but never fellowshipping with them would be boring and we could be missing out on so many neat opportunities.  Just imagine if you literally lived next door to the greatest “xyz” ever – maybe a favorite sports player, war hero, long-lost relative – yet never knew it.
I feel fellowship is key to unlock many of the mysteries that exist today — mysteries of Heaven and of Earth.  I want to encourage the smaller fellowships today: Do not be concerned about the size of the group in your fellowship … focus on the size of the fellowship in your group! The word says, ask, seek, knock!  Step into the “Relationship Age” today – seek healthy relationships, carve out time to fellowship with one another, and #ShiftForward!
Kell & Monica Bales currently live in San Angelo, Texas, and are the leaders of Shift Forward Fellowship.  SFF is an apostolic fellowship where they let the Holy Spirit do what He does best – point to the Love of the Father.  Even though it’s a very small group that meets in the basement of the church where they both currently serve (both serve in children’s ministry & Kell occasionally tickles ivories on the worship team), Daddy is sending incredible global Kingdom builders to “sleepy ‘ole West Texas” to help fan the revival fires … why?  Because Kell & Monica simply said, “yes, Jesus, here we are!”  SFF: Revolutionary Revelation – Real Encounters – Real People – Real Results … in Real Time!  ¡Fuego!

Why the Miracles, Signs and Wonders?


Why the Miracles, Signs and Wonders?

I believe that the signs and miracles we are seeing is to normalize them and at the same time to create a hunger for more of the supernatural, more of God’s power that He originally bestowed on us.  It is also to make us used to seeing miracles and know they are real, so as to train us up to KNOW that we can work them for the future. 

Make no mistake, there will come a time when we will be required to heal the sick, raise the dead, multiply food, transport, disappear in a crowd, and even walk on the water.  I believe that the end time army of God will be able to do all of these things, and more. 

I believe we are being trained in these works now, such as “sending our spirit” (2 Kings 5:26); strong and accurate words of knowledge (2 Kings 6:12 and 2 Kings 8:12); and finding that which was lost (2 Kings 6:6-7).

The key is to listen for God to tell us what He wants us to do and say, what to proclaim and what to declare; where to go, when to go, and when to stay.  Get tuned into God’s voice.  Spend time with Him.  Listen to what He says, through any outlet that He wishes, whether it’s TV or another person or the Bible.  Don’t limit Him.  And don’t doubt!  Have faith and use it! 

Ask Him for the gift of miracles!  Nothing will create a believer out of a non-believer quicker than a miracle.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” (Jn 14:24)

The Manifestations of the Promises of God are Coming into View!


My husband and I are staying in a waterfront lake-house for the next few days.  To get here, we drove for two days from Texas to Ohio, spending half a day in Nashville.  After driving for the next eight hours, we arrived late at night.  It was dark, and we couldn’t see it very well, but we knew the lake was right outside the window.  The moon was gorgeous in the sky, and there was a reflection of its light on the waters.

The next morning, I walked out into the living room, not expecting it to be so incredibly bright!  The big picture window blasted sunlight into the room. The lake was in full view, peacefully still and shining in all its natural beauty!  There were several adult geese and a bunch of babies swimming in a row, immediately in front of the window.  As I stood looking at this glorious scene, it hit me:  THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE COMING INTO VIEW! 



The promises have started to manifest!  They have started to come true. We have been excitedly awaiting for this trip for months now.  We have worked on every detail, constructing it right down to our housing and food.  Time was all that separated us from it, and now, it is finally here!

In the same way, there is construction being done on the dam that contains the lake.  Because of this construction, there is a chain link fence that separates all the lake houses from it.  It is designated a construction zone.  We can SEE the lake through the fence; we can SMELL it, we can even HEAR it – we just cannot TOUCH it from the exact spot where we are, in this particular house.

This spoke to me!  The lake symbolizes our promises – they are right in front of us!  We can see them, we can smell them, some can even hear them.  We just cannot touch them – YET!  And that is a mighty big YET!!  However, the lake has come into view, and so have our promises from God!



Hanging on the fence are construction signs: “DANGER: Authorized Personnel Only” and “EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ONLY”.  Both of these signs speak to AUTHORITY!  All of us at this level are AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL, so enter in!  However, for some of us, our specific promises are still under construction.  Some promises require us to use our authority to remove the obstacles – the fences — that are keeping them from manifesting in the natural realm.  Regardless, there is only a very thin veil, a “see-through” fence, between all of us and our promises!  They are on their way!  Use your Authority!


Your Personal Protective Equipment is an OFF-FENCE-IVE weapon!

There is another sign that says, “PPE REQUIRED BEYOND THIS POINT”.  PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment.  For us as God’s people, this means SHIELDS UP!  SWORDS UP!  Get that hard hat on – the helmet of truth! Get your protective gear on, and don’t take it off!  Your Personal Protective Equipment is an OFF-FENCE-IVE weapon!  Use your PPE constantly, and consistently!

In between the fence and the lake is a dry dirt road, maybe only 20-30 feet across.  Each day, there is a water truck that comes and sprays water on it to keep the dust down.  This water truck symbolizes the Holy Spirit coming daily to water the word in you!

There is only this one, last, little stretch of desert highway, this one little patch of dry, dirt road that stands between us and our lake of promises!  Do not grow weary in well-doing, because in the end, we still win!  YOU STILL WIN!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Gal. 6:9).

Beyond this “fence” are promises that are as yet still dammed up, behind a fence.  Some are still under construction, and require us to use our authority and our spiritual weapons to pull them into the natural realm, and our lives.  However, God is faithful to complete the good work that He has begun.  He is manifesting His promises into the NOW!

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you,”(Phil. 1:6).

Watch for it: His promises are manifesting right in front of our eyes!  They have come into view!


Be blessed as you receive yours!

Edie Bayer




OHIO, ILLINOIS and INDIANA TOUR with Jo Ellen Stevens, Nelson Schuman, Angela Stolba, Debra Holt and Taffie Biesecker

Friday, Saturday, Sunday June 16th -18

Accessing the Secrets in the Secret Place

Edie Bayer with Kelli Keeton, Nelson Schumann and Darryl Bayer

East Gate Glory,

2585 E Main St., Lancaster OH


Tuesday, June 20th And

Thursday – Saturday, June 22-24th

Lifestreams Ministry Center

Debra Holt (217) 454-6200

1681 N 22nd St

Decatur, IL  62526


Wednesday, June 21, 7:00PM

Accessing the Secrets in the Secret Place

Edie Bayer with Jo Ellen Stevens, Kelli Keeton, Nelson Schumann and Darryl Bayer

New Life Assembly of God, 698 N 10th St, Noblesville, IN 46060, USA


Sunday June 25th, 10:00 AM

Spirit and Life Church

4994 E Baker Woods Ln, Decatur, IL 62521

Phone: (217) 330-8473

Weds June 28th – Sunday July 1

Los Angeles and San Diego

Apostle Angela Benjamin Fox and Obelia Gaines

Harvest Time Church

10022 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA


July 16th, 10AM

Saved by Grace Ministries

Fischer, TX

Pastors James and Shirley Dudley