It’s always good to see my girls (you count too Sean). It’s going to be a short visit, but it’s still a good visit. It is really hard to believe how fast Adair and Meleah are growing up. It seems like they have grown so much since Christmas. Adair will be running in a track meet tomorrow and I will be able to see her run the two-mile race tomorrow afternoon. I’ll spend most of the morning with Meleah and hopefully get some quality time with Jennifer as well. Then I will leave early Sunday morning. I have a full day on Sunday ending with Bobby Conner at Bethel Atlanta on Sunday Evening.
I was able to get one of the last seats on the flight down this morning. When I choose this weekend to come down I didn’t realize that it was the beginning of spring break. Oh well, at least I mad it down all right. But middle seat in the back is not very comfortable. Luckily I didn’t have a very long flight. I’m better physically, still coughing every now and then and still weaker than normal. Hopefully I will be able to be even stronger tomorrow. This being sick is still not fun.
I want to go back to what I was talking about last night. I was talking about the need to equip. empower and release people into our cities to spread the Kingdom wherever they go. Everything that I said is true, but I didn’t cover one of the most important parts. The only way to really do what we are called to do is by valuing the Presence of God in our meetings. Strong worship and giving room for the Holy Spirit to operate teach us to listen to Him and keep us from making programs and formulas. The fact is that we are equipping them to hear God and be obedient to His calling. We are empowering them to move into their true identity as sons and daughters of the King and then we are releasing them into their destiny as kings and Queens. So it really starts with worship and intimacy with the Godhead.
I long to see the day when a church service doesn’t get past worship. When people get so caught up into the Presence and the leader is so presence driven that he or she doesn’t dare to stop what is going on until the Spirit lifts. I think I have seen this once, maybe twice in my life. We in the American church are so focused on the message that we sometimes overlook the person the message is about.
So, if we are about to enter the billion-soul harvest in 2012 then we have to learn how to enter into the presence of God. We will never be able to equip that many new believers without new ideas and techniques. Holy Spirit has a plan, all we need to do is to learn how to receive and hear more clearly the strategies that He has for us.