Nathan and I got to spend the weekend with some wonderful folks from Virginia and Tennessee. We were gathered together for the Presbyterian Mission Conference and what a great time it was! The groups graciously invited me back to be their keynote speaker this year and I definitely had a great time being with them once again!
We worshipped together several times with me doing some music and then me sharing about Mission Possible: Holy Ghost Protocol, a play off of Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible movie. I encouraged the groups about God’s call to be people who “go” and who live “on mission”.
As the weekend progressed, we had a couple of people pace their faith in Christ on Saturday evening with almost the entire group (about 75) taking a stand on their chairs and jumping off, symbolizing their leap of faith to trust God with their futures.
Nathan shared some of his testimony also during the weekend reminding everyone that here are people who struggle with lots of hidden addictions and pain and need people to love them into God’s kingdom. He encouraged everyone to let God use their story. Over the weekend, Nathan also turned 18!! Yay for Nathan.
As the weekend came to a close we wrapped up knowing that God had truly met with us as we heard some stories of how God had been changing people, inspiring people, convicting people and calling people. It was definitely a great weekend. Thanks to everyone for your prayers! Continue to pray for all those who heard God’s call and command to go…They have chosen to accept their missions…May God bless them all!
It is important to pay attention to all of your senses. God has given us these senses to discern the reality we live in and the the decisions that are best.
As a follower of Christ, we certainly have to live by faith, there is no doubt about that. However, God has also given us senses that we are to use in helping us in our faith-life. Certainly God may call us and even command us to do things that seem illogical and non-sensible but there is much to be said about using the God-given senses in making good and wise decisions. Even though we have these senses, we still must submit them to the Lord as He leads us by His Spirit, which is our “sixth sense”.
Sense everything. Touch. Taste. Smell. Hear. See. The will of God.
How much do you rely on your senses to make decisions about faith? Is this good or not? Can you call it faith if it is “sensed”?
How does God want to use your senses in affirming faith decisions?
How do your senses get in the way of your faith actions?
Do your senses accelerate or impede your faith decisions?
How can you trust God more with your senses?
How can you lay aside what makes “sense” and follow Christ more closely?
How much do you rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you?
O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ Mark 12:28
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13
26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said,
“See, the smell of my son
Is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed;