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Me, my wife Christina, and friend / co-writer, Chuck Bethany, headed towards the electronics department like it was Christmas morning. It was a surreal experience and we are grateful to God!
I want to take the time over the next few days to accurately give my accounts of the Release Party. I was so blessed to have 1200 people to experience the night with including close friends, artists and family. More to come, so stay tuned!
You know God is speaking when you begin to hear the same recurring theme over and over. For me, this morning, it has come via TV, book, & Word of God. I was watching Pastor Jentezen Franklin last night and he was speaking about the fact that God is motion sensitive. He used an illustration of the CLAPPER that can turn the lights on or off when you clap your hands. It was simplistic yet a powerful revelation. This morning my devotional’s title, by Pastor Stephen Hill, was “I will if you will”. It talked about how God is looking for us to initiate the conversation or move into what we believe to be Him. There are over 8,000 promises in the Word and most of them are conditional. They are based on what we do or don’t do, say or don’t say, believe or don’t believe and so on.
The God DNA inside of us is built to take dominion. That means we instigate or provoke what we desire to do or see take place. I was reminded of the 3rd law of SIR ISSAC NEWTON’s (despite him being a hereitc) that also proves true in the spirit. ” For every action, there is an equal and opposite REACTION”. Typically, we allow it to flow in reverse. Something happens, then we REACT. As kingdom citizens, we are to cause change, not be overpowered by reacting to the dominating opposition of our soul. There is a statistic thrown out every now and then that states that we only use a portion of our brain and that there is limitless potential that we have yet to tap in to. I believe it is the same way concerning our authority and ability to move and live in Christ. Wouldn’t it be a shame to know that we only used 20% of what God has given us?
Psalm 37:23, in the amplified version, reads this way….. “The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].” If you notice the capitalization on HE, it says HE busies HIMSELF with his every step! WOW! That means God is busying Himself as we began to move and live in Him! Don’t have a “wait for the check in the mail” mentality. God is on the sidelines watching us to see how He can facilitate our next step! He loves us. When we draw close, He draws closer. When we knock, ask and seek, He is on the other side waiting. Invite the Lord’s assistance and get MOVING.
Why has the church, for the most part, taken such a passive disposition when it comes to the extraordinary that God DESIRES to do in our lives? We of all people should be EXCESSIVE in our expectation!!!! Above and beyond! More than we could ask! On top of! In addition to! Greater than! Multiplied! Aggressive and proactive in our FAITH! We don’t accept NO!
I would like to recommend a book to those that consider themselves “GO-GETTER’s” or want to start! It is powerful. The title of the book is “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson. You can purchase the book online here at Amazon.
I like to put it like this….the NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO is just the squeaky sound of the hinges of God’s YES door swinging open! Some people will say no-thank you. I say “NO?”-Thank YOU! MY YES IS COMING! Be persistent and relentless today!
There’s a growing concern that I have that is infiltrating our worship teams across the country. It’s what I’ve labeled ‘Needy’ Worship. When I first started leading worship in church back in 1999, my pastor told me “you can’t take people to a place you haven’t been.” Most of the time, unbeknownst to the one leading worship, much is revealed about the person’s pursuit for God and whether they’re experiencing true intimacy with Him privately. I think our perception of worship has much to do with the environment we were raised in or maybe even a mentor that was a great influence that we thought were ‘really doin’ it’. I have a library full of books on the topic of worship and think that they are important in development and understanding true worship. It’s educational and inspiring but simply put, Worship is taking everything I am and focusing it on everything He is.
Our job is to create a worship experience that points men to Him, not placing attention on our needs, waking us up this morning, shoes for the baby, putting food on the table, etc. Those are all cliché’s that brings an internal focus on Me, Me, Me. I am surprised to hear when people say that they ‘entered in’ on songs that are not even slightly God-centered or worship related. Certain songs simply move them in their soul and sadly they associate an emotion as experiencing God’s presence. His word tells us that He’s already taken care of all of our needs and to worry over temporal matters is actually disobedience and sin. WOW. Our attention should be focused on His holiness, His deity and honoring Him with our affection because He is God. God is not looking for vocal calisthenics, stunts, eye squinting or even tears. Actually, James 1:27 says that our outward acts of worship should be for us to visit and to care of orphans and widows and to keep oneself uncontaminated from the world. When’s the last time you heard that? He looks for those that will ‘small up’ themselves and acknowledge Him as God and make Him famous versus us magnifying our ‘issues’. Our praise and worship segment of service is to SERVICE HIM. Let it be a vertical experience. I promise you, He will visit more often when He’s at the center of attention.