A call to the carriers
Many have asked me when they would be seeing something from me about my time visiting Asbury, and I have been wondering the same thing myself. It seems that each time that I sit down to write out what is on my heart, I feel the need to pause and eventually come back and delete what I had previously put into words.
The truth is that it is difficult to express in words, especially written word an encounter that marks you so deeply. I believe that each individual that took the time to answer the call and found themselves on the campus in a small town in Kentucky had very intentionally, specifically unique encounters with God.
I will say this.... God is loving a generation back to life.
God is taking a generation that has been cursed and is speaking life and potential into them. He is positioning them to know him, be changed by him and to bring him into every space that they walk into. This is the "show me" generation. There are so many counterfeits in this world, they are looking for an authentic encounter with God. Nothing less will do.
I have many words that swirl around that I hope to some day put into black and white. I am not sure that the words I have now will ever suffice. God is so much bigger and greater than the words that I can come up with. His gentle love and compassion is restoring and reviving what we have lost, what has been forgotten. God is kind and merciful, he is patient and continues to draw us as a people back to him.
He is still saying, "Seek me while I may be found!" He is answering the people whose hearts desire him over all else. I am forever changed because 10 kids could not go back to class, but stayed, leaned in and cried out to God. Ten kids turned into over 50,000 people in 13 days. I cannot wait to see what multiplication God does with that 50,000!!
I am thankful for ten kids who stayed behind, creating a call to the carriers to go out and do the same thing. If you want to see God move, give up your titles, give up your stages, give up your five point sermons and get on your face and seek HIS face. Ask him to search your heart, and respond when he shows you what needs realigned.
I will end with this. I do not pray for revival. I am convinced that seeking God, seeking his face, needing him more than anything else is what God responds to. We say that we want to see revival, in reality, we may just want a place or thing. Do you want revival or do you want a show that you can control the narrative of? God has told us time and time again that he isn't interested in those things. He wants hearts that are devoted to him. He wants us to remember our first love, the things that we did at first. He loves to pour his love onto us, as we pour our love and adoration out to him.
Next time you feel a pull like that on your heart, or a want to stay, I challenge you to be the one who stays behind, and watch how many lives can be changed.
A call to the mountain
Today I am going to take us back to Exodus. God took a people out of a land of slavery, he had a gift of a promised land to deliver them into and he wanted to meet with them in person. His presence had been leading and following them. His presence had been visible and I am certain palpable. He called them to consecrate themselves and to come and meet with him at His mountain. He wanted to speak to them.
Exodus 19:10-13, 20:18-19
Then the Lord told Moses, “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival. Consecrate them today and tomorrow, and have them wash their clothing. Be sure they are ready on the third day, for on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai as all the people watch. Mark off a boundary all around the mountain. Warn the people, ‘Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Anyone who touches the mountain will certainly be put to death. No hand may touch the person or animal that crosses the boundary; instead, stone them or shoot them with arrows. They must be put to death.’ However, when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, then the people may go up on the mountain.”
When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
The people could not bear the weight of God speaking to them. They opted to have Moses do it for them. Today it would seem that we have taken this same approach in the western churches. We look to the pastors, church leaders and intercessors and say, "You can speak to God and let us know what He says."
I believe that we are now at the mountain moment once again. God is calling His bride to come and consecrate themselves. He is asking to meet with them, to speak with them one on one. He paid a mighty price to position us to be able to do so. Jesus died to create the ability for us to be brought back into the presence of God and hear what He is saying to us. He has a word for you, individually, that He would like to share with just you. He is a personal God. Just like it would be strange to have your parent tell another person what they think, feel or see in you, so that they can then relay it to you, it is no different when it comes to the Lord. How much can be lost in the translation? How impersonal would it be to have to hear that your dad told someone else to tell you that he loved you and was proud of you? Wouldn't your heart desire to hear that from his own mouth? The plans that He has for your life can only truly be known by hearing them directly from the source. We have so many safe guards in place that we have over complicated a relationship that should be the easiest and purest form available.
He is calling us to the mountain, or maybe He is bringing the mountain to us. Some will say, "Surely we will die!" And to that I say, yes! We are called to die to ourselves, to this world, and the life we gain is so much more!! God has always desired to meet with us, speak with us individually. Are you ready to lean in and hear what he is saying??
I am a wife and a mom of two and a prayer warrior. I love Jesus and love wrestling with the Word of God and finding how my life fits into His story.