You probably don’t know me. In the grand scheme of things, I’m not anyone special. Just some Christian girl from a small town in Wisconsin. I hold no official church position. I’m just a girl who feels an overwhelming presence inside of me to share the glorious things God has shown me. Things that He is already putting in place!
Last night, our town hosted a Gospel night. This is an annual event where a handful of Christian worship teams get together and give a concert to glorify Christ. The teams consist of people from all different denominations and backgrounds. The beauty of it was that for one night, we all put aside our swords and united together for the sole purpose of worshipping and glorifying Christ. No one got caught up in nit-picking the organizations we belonged to, the beliefs we hold, and no one poked fun at the difference in how some worshipped quietly while others were more exuberant in their worship. We were truly one body .. the body of Christ.
It never ceases to amaze me how when we focus on finding Christ in the situation, we can really see Him. I seen Him last night. Not just in the group as a whole, but in individuals. The teenager playing guitar as his grandfather sang gave me hope for my own wayward teen. Jesus was there! And Jesus peeked His head out in the little woman who stood behind a wall of stern insecurity telling us, the audience, that she would remind us to stand for the last verse. I smiled as she then bravely squeezed her accordion to the glory of Christ! I saw Jesus again as a group of woman wrestled with a faulty sound system having to start over and over again and finally, observably nervous, moved forward belting out their best voices all for the sake of honoring Jesus.
I don’t know what your conversion was, but mine was similar to what Saul had. While many had told me about Christ throughout my years, it was a personal encounter with Jesus that stopped me in my tracks and changed my direction forever. Despite my need to know, ‘who was right,’ Jesus put a man and woman in my path who would teach me that it was Jesus I needed to focus on listening to. I am so thankful for that! I feel grateful that I was allowed to grow and not just learn about, but truly experience Christ. I feel grateful that God put people in my path that took the time to not only teach and nurture me about the importance of knowing Christ’s ways, but also allowed me the room to grow, make mistakes, and the grace to recover from my many falls.
I’m grateful for the voices that God has put on the pulpits I have sat before. I’m thankful for the men and women of God who have spent personal time seeking the Lord because I have always come with a spirit of expectation to hear from God and I have never been let down! I am thankful that God has used not just those on stage, but those in the audience to speak to me. I am thankful that God has shown me the miraculous. I’m thankful that He has taken the time to show me that the same miracles that happened in apostolic times are happening now! I’m thankful that I was witness to my father getting delivered from drinking and smoking and coming out of a coma speaking of how he had been talking with Jesus! I’m thankful that my little brother, who was skeptical of tongues being from the devil, called me and excitedly told me how not only did he speak in tongues, but that he prophesied!
I’m thankful that Jesus approaches people today just like He did back then … on an individual basis. Yet, at the same time, He’s able to reach all of us simultaneously through the same message. How does He do that?? He amazes me! I’m thankful that He has shown me that He is orchestrating a beautiful symphony and drawing His church together.
I’m thankful for all the wonderful people God has put in my path. I’m thankful for the godly husband God put in path to lead, guide, and protect me from mostly, myself. I’m thankful for my Pastor and his wife and their faithfulness to follow Christ’s ways. I’m thankful for their willingness to step in and offer a course correction only when it’s necessary, instead of trying to control my every move. I’m thankful for the organization I’m a part of. Not because I feel we are the only ones with truth, but because I recognize a group of men and women who understand that organizations are created to support Christ’s church.
I’m thankful for the voices of authority that have spoken from their pulpits. I’m thankful that the messages I keep hearing are consistent with exactly what I saw last night! A message of grace, mercy, and unity in the body of Christ! A message of letting Christ take the lead. A message that God is raising up individuals and giving them the strength, wisdom, and boldness to step out and act on the very gift that Christ has put in them! A message that we as a church, are being drawn together in unity and that Jesus is the focus!
Jesus is coming! There is no doubt in my mind! Right now, He is drawing us. He is raising us up … we, His bride. He is tearing down strong holds and breaking down barriers that have prevented us from truly being one up to this point. He IS raising up the five-fold ministry. He is raising up intercessors and laying on the hearts prayers that will be prayed … and answered. He is giving out visions and dreams of meetings that will take place, just like in apostolic times. He is preparing hearts to receive messages of understanding and opening doors that before, seemed impenetrable. His spirit is being poured out and people are experiencing miracles, signs, and wonders just like in apostolic days! He is sending forth men and women of God and giving messages that will be heeded. His message is being heard. His message is being acted on. His bride is being raised up and the gates of Hell will NOT prevail against her.
Last night was just a glimpse of what is to come! I have to laugh a little because maybe you don’t do this, but I know I do. I’ll put all this pressure on myself to ‘build the kingdom of God’ and to ‘get it just right.’ It’s times like this when I have to just smile and shake my head because I realize, Jesus really is pretty good at putting things together .. even above all my silly pressures and attempts to help Him. Ha! Oh, that’s right! Almost forgot for a second … He is God! 🙂