Sacred Spaces 309 – Some things I have learnt recently
10 October 2011
I went to Global Leader’s Summit on Friday and Saturday. (See here: GLS)
I learnt a few things. Here are some of those lessons:
how sweet that sound
there was a trumpet player in the worship band at the conference. i loved it. the trumpeter added the right amount to the offering of music. in the slow parts that smooth addition and in the more upbeat songs, a blast of passion and joy. i was reminded of psalm 150, where the psalmist writes about using many different instruments in worship. and it ends with the greatest instrument; “let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” we can all bring something… why would we keep ourselves from expressing by song, that God is good!
i came across this verse recently: “above all else guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” (proverbs 4: 23). too often we live from our heads and leave our hearts behind as if they’re not important. however they are! Jesus urges us constantly to live from our hearts.
just a little more.
(you need to picture this with me)
in one of the talks at the summit, the guy speaking asked us to raise our hands up as high as we could. Sitting where we were, we did so. then the guy asked if we had done that and if we had put our hands as high as we could. we all nodded or said yes. then he said; now raise your hands just a little higher…and we all were able to do so. what’s the deal there? why did we not put them as high as possible in the first place? made me think; are we simply just holding back too often… and can we give out even more? yes we can!
from erwin mcmanus
what a great speaker! (look up his podcasts and books.)
he said something that really stuck out for me (although his whole message was so inspiring); he mentioned: if as a human he could see that the bible was true in what it said about humankind then he would believe what it said about God is right too. i thought… wow, what a good approach for those who are searching the faith. you see if we are honest and we look at the scriptures and we look our very lives now; we see how right the bible is in what it says about humans? it’s very right! the human condition is captured so well in there. so then if we believe that, then we can now believe what the word says about God. heck yes! i really liked that simple and profound approach…
my heart breaks
“break my heart for what breaks Yours” (hillsong – hosanna)
we have had meetings with other youth leaders in town lately and I have been so moved and sadden that in a town of 3000 teenager; maybe among all the churches in town, we are reaching about 200 teens. the rest (that’s 2800) don’t know or care for the love, life and grace of Jesus. makes me so sad. Jesus is incredible. Jesus is potently real and yet others are dying not knowing Him.
i was then reminded in my spirit; i felt God would say something like this to me: “you know, you humans you love these young people really well. I see that. yet I love them far more that you could ever!”
that was comforting.
yet I ask all of you (who have got this far in the sacred space) to please pray for teens all over, where life may find you… people need this life changing grace and love of Jesus.
digging ditches (preached by steven furtick
2 kings 3: 15 – 20:
“but now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”
20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
the people had to dig ditches without knowing if it would rain.
they had to act in faith.
they had to be prepared beforehand.
question is, where in your life and ministry do you need to dig ditches even though you don’t see the rain clouds?
did you notice
that all the sentences started with lower case letters. call it poetic license or writer’s freedom or maybe it can be a simple reminder of humility. God is Glorious. God is Gracious. it’s in Him we find life and forgiveness and freedom.
i also confess; recently on facebook i saw that a friend had put “god” in lower case. it bugged me a lot. i would hate to come across judgemental. because then i am just like the religious leaders of Jesus’ times. however I remember telling my youth (and church) just as a simple act of worship in our texts (smses) or sentences we can give God glory in just remembering to write His name in capital. just another simple way of bringing worship to God in the everyday stuff of our lives. does that make sense?
feel free to share what you have learnt with me. because this is the school of life, and Jesus is the best teacher… the One who goes to the cross for us… and brings on resurrection! Amen!