Last night a few people from 2 churches gathered around the Musicians at their instruments at RED and sang in unity "The Lord has Given Us Freedom, Given Us Freedom, Given Us Joy"
As we sang that I felt an amazing Joy like a bubbly spring of water rising up. THe Joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10 says: "Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
In the story before getting to this verse, the people had asked the Prophet Ezra to read the Laws of Moses to them. They eagerly sat around the Prophet and Elders who helped them to understand the scriptures. As they heard the Words written in the Scrolls they wept with conviction and in worship they bowed down with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah then told them what we read in verse 10: "Do not be sad, instead rejoice for the JOY of the Lord is your strength."
I believe last night I saw, yet again, a beautiful picture of God's freedom. As we worship and HEAR the word of the Lord we are brought to humility and then the Lord fills us with Joy which strengthens us to continue the journey set before us.
May you continue to hunger after God's amazing presence and that your JOY may be full!! Worship Him and see the Glory of God.
In spite of a few glitches here and there Encounter weekend 2013 was a huge success. We saw people getting healed and delivered from sickness, sins, the past and un-forgiveness. The sweet presence of God was there all weekend Guiding us. 12 people were baptized in water and all of them experienced the Freedom of God.
We are set free to set others Free. We are healed to help others heal. We are forgiven so that we too can forgive. This is true FREEDOM. Whom the Son set free is free indeed.
I encourage all who attended to maintain this new-found freedom. There is nothing too hard for God. remember that Praise is your weapon. Determine to live a lifestyle of Repentance before the Lord. Look to fulfill the Great Commission and always remember to live in the Spirit; Live in God's presence, it's where we breathe, it's where we survive. He is but a breath away. Call on Him and He will answer.
Pastor Nate and I are proud of each of you as you leave your past behind and move into the future lighter than before.