We press on in these excellent times of gathering together! We are so grateful for the way the Lord meets us. Here are a few highlights from our February meeting!
Bethany Oakes led worship and did an awesome job going with the flow of the Holy Spirit! We took some extra time in worship before and after the message and it was truly a refreshing time to be in the presence of the Lord and to lift up worship to Him!
Kim felt that the Lord was speaking about someone feeling like they were on a roller coaster. We took time to pray for anyone who was feeling that way and Linda had an excellent understanding from the Lord: “Get off! That’s not your ride!” (If you are reading this and feeling like you’re on a roller coaster for any reason, we are praying that God would speak that same word to your heart, get off! You don’t have to ride that crazy ride! Let the Lord bring stability to your mind, your heart, your life!)
We prayed into Isaiah 55:1-3. The Lord really is the fountain of living water and He wants us to come TO Him and drink deeply. He wants to refresh and refuel His people.
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
We had a “guest speaker”! We listened to a Dana Candler message from One Thing 2016 and it was a powerful word about being fueled from Matthew 25.
-What is my reality in YOU? This was a question she asked of the Lord early in her journey with HIm and His answer to her heart was “Not much.” This seemed like it should be discouraging, but it was said with such hope that it drew her to press on in the Lord.
-His path is HUMBLE. He is the Lamb who was slain. He is conforming us into HIS image! We aren’t going to spend years pursuing Him and end up feeling proud of ourselves…the goal is HUMILITY!
-The path of following Jesus is COSTLY, but we ALWAYS gain HIM! He is the great reward!
-She referenced Matthew 25, the parable of the 10 virgins, in the context of Matthew 24. Jesus is coming back for a Bride. We want to be a Bride consumed with the affection of loving Jesus.
-We want to have an inner life of consuming love for Christ (oil and reserves of oil), not just an outer life of good works (the lamps). We NEED BOTH!
We spent time in worship responding to this message, which was a rich time. We also prayed for anyone with physical needs.
Matthew or Julie Wine