» With my hot coffee in hand, a warm blanket covering and puppy snuggles, I reflect and sit in awe of all Abba has shown me these past few days. A conference in Bristol, VA brewed an atmosphere that birthed revelation, fire and fellowship! «
I’m going to share 3 things Abba taught me during this conference. Good plan?
If I’m honest… my expectations entering into this road-tripping adventure were of low standard; I wasn’t expecting too much. But boy did He have other plans.
God revealed His heart to me on a few things & here’s what He wants me to share.
1. There is beauty in surrender.
The Father is SO utterly honored by our surrender because it’s our way of saying “you know best, I trust that you are good. No matter how uncomfortable or painful this is I KNOW you have my best intentions at heart”. We hold the potential to activate our faith in new ways when we constantly surrender the entirety of our being to Him. It also allows us to experience complete freedom! I thought I had been living with my life surrendered – little did I know that was under the assumption that I knew everything. That I had everything figured out. Ha. LISTEN: He is calling us deeper. A deeper level of surrender. What? How can I surrender more?
›› You’d be surprised at the gentle revealing of things within our lives that He wants to release freedom over! ‹‹
[CHALLENGE]: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any areas negatively hindering your walk with the Lord. Keep a watchful eye on things He might bring to mind. Minutes after I prayed this I was reminded of a time where I had naively entered into something and had NO IDEA it was presently affecting me.
When we surrender, we create more room for Him. That seems like a simple concept but the implications are powerful. It’s the application of John 3:30. The Passion Translation reads “He is destined to become greater, and I must be pruned.”
What if pruning isn’t a condemning thing, but one of great surrender, intimacy and growth?
2. Don’t disqualify yourself when Jesus died to qualify you.
Oh, I don’t know my Bible very well… They are so much more experienced than me… I can’t run with these people… And the big one: There are other people who can do what I can do.
LISTEN. WE (the Body of Christ AND the world) NEED WHAT YOU HAVE. WE NEED WHAT YOU CAN GIVE. WE NEED YOUR DIFFERING INSIGHT, THOUGHTS, REVELATIONS AND PRAYERS. WE CAN’T GET YOU FROM ANYWHERE ELSE.
What the Lord revealed to me when I was struggling in what I contributed to the body of Christ is this: every single one of us holds a puzzle piece; in any situation, on any scale, we each individually carry and contribute something that is significant to the WHOLE puzzle. He gave me this CRAZY idea that something might actually be MISSING when I don’t contribute.
∗Now before anyone goes crazy, let me submit to you Acts 17:25, “And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” Yes, His purpose will be accomplished with or without our participation. He doesn’t need us. He wants us.)∗
“Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, AS EACH PART DOES ITS WORK.” – Ephesians 4:15 (emphasis mine)
What if it’s
a good an INTENTIONAL thing that you aren’t like everyone else?
3. Fellowship is an indispensable weapon of His Kingdom
Pure, untainted, sanctified family.
Each member of the Body of Christ reflects and emphasizes different characteristics of our Father. And He designed it that way. We all need each other. It’s so refreshing to cross paths with believers who are passionately cemented in their belief of EVERYONE CARRIES SOMETHING.
We as a Body need to fight to protect and preserve this precious gift of family in Christ. As everything else of worth, it must be nurtured and prioritized in order to endure.
But what happens when we don’t see what people carry? What happens when we don’t see what they contribute (either to us or the world)?
Well, what if we changed the way we saw people? What if we asked Father for His glasses, so we could see His world and His people the way He does? Because I tell you what… He doesn’t have a hard time loving anyone. Why? He’s got a different perspective. So let’s ask Him for it.
Here’s a thought: Do you ever wish you had more people who cared? People who are more loving or more considerate of your needs? Maybe it starts with you. Maybe we need to sow seeds of honor, love, kindness and purity BEFORE God answers our prayers instead of excusing our lack of initiative to take charge of the field we’ve been given on the assumption that the answers to our prayers are confined to the form of a neat, tidy package. What if the people around you hold the potential to become the community you’ve been praying for? [I got news for you: They do!]
Satan loves to deceive us into thinking that something is off in the future and is unavailable for us in the now. THIS IS FALSE. I saw Tony Brazelton preach on John 4:23 and he said this: “Jesus does not put off what is available in the now. Jesus takes hold of what is in the future and He brings it into the now. Who wants some ‘now is’ in your life? Stop waiting for it. Reach out and say ‘now is’!”
Who is right in front of you that you can love on today? Who is someone who you should really show more love? Family, friends or strangers – I dare you to love them all.
I’ll leave you with this:
He is calling YOU deeper. It doesn’t matter how long or how short you’ve been walking with Him. He wants His heart to be known by YOU and if you ask for it you WILL receive it. But be ready when He tests your heart to enable you to steward His.