This was the message on the first night of the Conference. The points are a little scattered and sketchy because I just note-dropped them into my notebook whenever I heard something that struck me so it can come across haphazard. Still, I tried to neaten them for easy reading and added my own thoughts along the way so here goes.
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1: 15
On the first night of the rally, we were given the message of awakening, a call to be stirred and awakened. Poncho Lowder was speaking and he defined the word “revelation” to be “uncover and awaken us to what we have never known before”.
Christianity is an ongoing revelation, a relationship of knowing more of God as He is revealed to us. It’s not just a moment of accepting Jesus into our lives, it’s a journey of living in His reality. The accepting Jesus bit may be a moment, it may be the moment, but it’s essentially the starting point of a very long race. This is a different race whereby you are already a winner just by entering into it. The catch is to actually finish this race and claim your full and complete victory. That’s how I think of it anyways. In that sense, maybe the word ‘race’ is not even accurate. You’re not competing to outrun anyone. You’re just on a road to where God wants you to be, to be what God wants you to be. When you make the decision to join Jesus on this journey and walk this path to get there, you know it’s as good as having it, of being there. Almost. You have to actually finish the walk and reach the end. It’s mayn’t be an easy walk. In fact, it’ll be really long and hard. But it’s a good walk because you’ll get to walk with Jesus and know him better. Walking with Him will take you where you need to be because you become more like Him. And that, essentially, is our end point. This is a journey where every step really counts to reach the goal. There’s more to experience than what we already know, or think we know. And this walk is the walk. I’d say it’s worth it.
One of the other key takeaways I had was on David and how he respected everything God told him to do. I liked this point on David. I really liked this point on David. David looked at everything God told him to do with the equal reverence, be it taking care of a few sheep or slaying Goliath. He just brought home the point on how if one can be trusted with little things, one can be trusted with big things because of how he did not belittle anything he was told to do. As long as God said it, even the smallest thing like caring for sheep he did with his utmost. He understood how nothing is small in the kingdom of God. If David risked his life to fight off the lion and the bear for the sake of a few sheep, he can be used by God to fight off a giant for his country. He understood and lived in the reality of God. He didn’t see the giant when he declared his intentions to fight Goliath. He saw someone who mocked and belittled the name of the living God. And that was enough for him to fight Goliath.
His calling to be king of Israel (since he had already been anointed by prophet Samuel) was also challenged by this Philistine. When we are called by God, we will face challengers. It ought to be expected. Jesus himself was whisked into the desert and went 40 days without food to be tempted by the devil after he was baptised by John. It really shouldn’t come across as a strange thing to find challenges when we feel strong and super holy after mountaintop experiences. I don’t get why some Christians complain and grumble like anything after mountaintop experiences. It’s like you never expected hardships and think that God’s here to make it easy and solve all your problems for you or something. It’s because you’re following God that the world will throw everything in the book at you. When you’re with God, you’re basically an enemy of the world. Naturally, you’ll face a lot of opposition. What God promises is not the absence of hardship but his presence, his wisdom and peace and strength to help you endure and grow under it to become more like him. If you can stand firm in the little things, then you’ll be able to stand firm in storms.
This also hit home about humility. You can’t be great if you can’t or won’t be small and weak. I bet David never thought that caring for sheep would prepare him to lead Israel or be king. He didn’t do it because he knew it would prepare him to face Goliath. He was just doing what God told him to and he did it well and faithfully. And that kind of faith stood him well against Goliath when he needed it to. Imagine if David grumbled about caring for sheep. Imagine if he had run away when the lion or bear came for his flock. How could he be used by God to lead Israel? If he couldn’t be little, he would never have been able to be great. The fact that he even did the little things he was entrusted with well without knowing the future of him being king already shows the faith this kid had. That’s admirable and it’s difficult to practise in real life but this is the kind of faith God is looking for.
The other trickles of takeaways:
Enlightened – something that was there but we couldn’t tell because there was no light. Guess who’s the light.
We are not natural beings experiencing a supernatural experience. We are spiritual beings experiencing natural life. We can go beyond just this life. Live a life of significance where you use the natural events to impact the spiritual and the eternal. More on this the next post, this bit gets me excited hohoho.
Don’t let the natural, worldly mirror define you. Don’t use your failures and your accomplishments to define you. You aren’t what you do. You are what God made you to be. Quite simply, you’re a kid of Christ. That’s your identity. I can say it and you may know it, but it takes a while to know-know it, to really believe it and live like you believe it and not forget it. Still, there it is. Chew on it some. Use the Bible as your mirror. The Bible’s God standard. If we were created by Him, it’d do us wise and good to read up about how we were meant to live, created to be.
God has plans for you. He has awakenings planned. Get excited!
Live in today’s revelation, not yesterday. This one surprisingly struck me. (In retrospect, everything did strike me as stuff I already knew but forgot and never practiced so it all comes out as new) Live in today’s revelation of God, not just yesterday’s. Yes, you may have had a holy experience yesterday. Remember it and all that you’ve learnt from that but don’t live in it. Live in today’s revelation. Keep seeking him, seek him today, seek him everyday. There’s something for you everyday. Don’t miss it. I always had the tendency to kind of ‘slack off’ my quiet time (QT) and devotions if I felt like I really put in a lot of effort for the QT the day before. It’s the mentality of ‘oh, I did so much yesterday, it’ll carry over to today’. No. No, that’s not the point, girlie. The point is to actually spend time and know him everyday. You can’t carry over that kind of thing. Yes, he is still good and will always be and he will love and remember you from yesterday but it’s not like you refill the ‘good girl’ bar and wait for a few days for it to run low before next meeting with God. It’s like…like eating. You gotta eat everyday to grow. You can’t just eat when you’re at the point of dying. Sure, you’ll live, but barely, and you won’t be able to live strong and healthy and do things. You won’t be able to grow. It’s ok to not feel awesome and beaming and super holy after QT. It’s not only those kind of QTs that count. Just doing QT will strengthen you even if you don’t think so or you don’t feel it. Be faithful in these daily, little things, y’know?
Lastly, God only has children, not grandchildren! And I’m one and you’re one! Woohoo~