2019 UChurch Fast – Last Day
“If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!…. “Believe me, dear woman, the time has come when you won’t worship the Father on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart. Your people don’t really know the One they worship. We Jews worship out of our experience, for it’s from the Jews that salvation is made available. From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4: 13,14,22-24 (TPT)
I trust your week has been good – and for those able to deny yourself some of goodies during the fast, may every new bite remind you of the awesome gift of taste buds! This week has been amazing despite the loss of food stimulus. Besides some wonderful moments of personal downloads, the huge bonus has been the incredible insights that have come during the corporate times together. As the week progressed, it became evident, that God had many things to say about us as a community. I was hopeful he would, but I honestly was not expecting it to be as incredible as it was. Borrowing from C.S. Lewis, I was surprised by Joy!
This week I have had the joy and privilege to be present at three different corporate prayer times with many of us from the UChurch community (one of the those empty nester bonuses!) . The nights all had one thing in common; a bunch of peculiar kids of his came together to simply listen to ‘Our Father who is in heaven’ – no expectation of receiving prayer for person needs. A corporate time to gather to hear what God has on his heart regarding this community, and boy did he ever have things on his heart. God spoke to us through a number of people and a myriad of ways that weaved itself into a beautiful tapestry. On one of the nights I saw Angela on her laptop capturing everything being shared (thanks Angela, you did this every night, and I believe He knew He could download way more knowing we could go back and read it again). I had assumed it was 3-4 pages worth for that particular night, but I was shocked as Angela let me know, it was 13 pages. That was just one night.
It is no wonder the enemy of God works to subtly dissuade God kids from gathering together in a posture of prayerful listening – he knows that once Gods people experience an environment where they hear directly from the heart of God, there is no going back. Having direct communication connection with the God of universe is incredible. Jesus told us, “I only say what I hear my Father saying, and I only do what I see the Father doing”,and that posture changed humanity forever. When many sons and daughters, His family, the church, who are progressively being transformed to be like Jesus are experiencing the same reality, “We only say what we hear our Father saying … We only do what we see our Father doing”…. Wow, it’s huge… this is what He wants for all of us.
As the three evening times concluded, I would attempt to write out what some of the things that were shared were for those who are not able to come. The plan was to keep everyone informed, but it became obvious, to send everything that was shared, even the high lights would have taken another 20 more emails! As I sat asking him what did he want to say about what was said, it became clear, the spirit was leading me to write was not the content but the context. He wished to remind us the method (hearing his voice) is the message for us right now. When we as individuals are in transition, or when we as community are, the priority is to press in, get in his lap and let him lead us by his presence. As Paul told the Galatians, if we are is children, and indeed we are, we are led by His spirit. The God of all creation, the alpha and omega, the maker of us all, our Father who spoke the universe into being, wants to speak to us. Not just to us as individuals, but as a community. What Jesus declares 2,000 years ago is true today… for us personally, and corporately.
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can bear. But when he the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:12-13
If you have ever had someone share a prophetic word to you that ‘read your mail’ so to speak, do you remember the “oh my” factor? Sometimes we could hardly believe it – “God knows me that well!?” I find it life altering personally. We know the bible says that, but when our heart experiences it, it leaves a massive impression… but lets ramp this up a notch. Have you ever had a word from God for someone else, and when you shared it (perhaps even wondering if it was good), they were gob smacked asking “how do you know this!?” You answer, “I don’t, God does, he gave me this for you”. It’s amazing – in those moments you understand the truth of that verse, it is better to give than receive. What is happening in those moments is what happens anytime a group of people posture themselves to hear God.
What we call prophetic words, is simply hearing, seeing and sharing what is in the Fathers heart for his children. It’s awesome…. But lets ramp it up another notch.
What would happen if we took Paul’s exhortation to heart ever time we gather….
Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (listen and share what God has for his children)…… the one who prophesies [who hears and shares the Fathers divine will] speaks to men and women for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation. – 1 Cor 4:1,3 (AMPC)
I double dog dare you… gather some peeps before any gathering with brothers and sisters and take some time to ask God what he would like to share with His community. Imagine what a gathering would be like when it is more than one or two people sharing what God is wishing to say. Paul never wrote this to the speakers of Corinth, but to all who had ears to hear!
What is God doing in the UChurch community of His kids… He is transforming us by his love to be just like him – his number one aim that we would discover who we truly are that we would know this love. And it does not stop there… these stale hearts get renewed like new wine skins. Fresh new wine pours into us and changes us, and then it pours out to a world around us.
When people feel the urge to ‘come home” to him, God does not desire that the meet the older brother, but that they would meet the love of the Father, and that is the living water in us.
He has shared lots of words, some we will have heard at the gathering this morning, others will continue to flow. This is a wonderful transition time, where we are being prepared. Transitions are never an easy thing, but as if we stay close to him, make love our #1 quest (to receive and give), and earnestly seek the capacity to hear his voice, not just for us, but for everyone, the transition bumps, turns and changes will be all right.