My dear friends, it has been so long since I posted! I trust you are all doing well!
Over the weekend, my friend Jurgens and I went to Breakthru Life Church in Johannesburg to listen to Kevin Dedmon (from Bethel, Redding CA) who was a guest there. The things Kevin spoke about (which I will get to just now) reminded me about something I have been meditating on over the past two to three weeks:
As worshipers, our primary occupation is not to simply praise God, but to be carriers of His Presence.
And, that it what brings me to the comfort couch.
Since October 2013, I have been on a sort of “Sabbatical”, in the sense that I took a break from full-time ministry to spend time with my family and to complete my degree. It has been good! I’ve been able to really delve into spending time with God and focus on relationships. These things are, of course, all possible while in full-time ministry, but this was a decision made with the blessing of my leadership.
Anyhow, since I’ve been back in town, I’ve constantly found myself on the comfort couch. The comfort couch is not necessarily your comfort zone, but it is, in this instance, a metaphor for that one place you keep returning to when you don’t know where else to go. It’s as if you’re sitting on the couch, waiting for a sign to come down from heaven — an angel appearing, telling you what to do or where to go.
Believe me, having a place of comfort, or a “safe zone” is extremely important (that’s why we need family and spiritual family), but it should not cause passivity.
Isn’t it funny how we always ask people to hear from God what He wants us to do? Having a relationship with Him, fundamentally implies that you get to talk with Him yourself! I’m not saying you should not have spiritual family who speak into your life and give you words of encouragement or prophesy, but essentially, you should spend time in the Word and spend time speaking to God yourself, rather than relying on what other people are saying about Him.
Now, before this train of thought becomes entirely derailed, let me return to Kevin Dedmon. Kevin was speaking a lot about the joy of the Lord. In Nehemiah 8:10 it says, “the joy of the Lord is your strength,” however, when you look at the Greek interpretation, it says the JOY of the Lord is your EMPOWERMENT.
Nowhere in scripture does it say to PRAY for the sick to be healed. It simply says to HEAL THE SICK, raise the dead, cleanse lepers and drive out demons.
As worshippers we are carriers of God’s presence and, in His presence, there is fullness of JOY.
Kevin shared many testimonies of how he simply laughed out loud for the joy of God’s presence and how healing had come.
You know, God does not change. He is who He is. When you step out in faith, He is already there!
I prayed for a woman who suffered (yes, past tense — she is healed!) from epilepsy. It was my honest intention to “pray” (i.e. command healing to come and sickness to go), but a I was about to speak, the Presence of God hit my and I burst out laughing! I simply laughed over her. I laughed because God is good, but I also laughed at the enemy’s vain attempt to steal her life and her joy, and i laughed because I could not help being filled with JOY.
You know what the end-result was? We both left feeling encouraged and revived, and above all, we saw the GOODNESS of God in action as He performed a miracle.
This is my prayer/challenge for you:
May you be FILLED with JOY. May you be carriers of His presence and may LOVE abound in all circumstances.
P.S. I am working on picking up my blog and posting more regularly. Talk to you soon!