tHiS CrAzY WoRLd - some thoughts about now.
Please be ready for that if you should read this... and get to hear me preach.
Now getting back to the churches... I have visited, Saddleback, Willowcreek, Hillsong, Crossway,Enjoy, Bayside,Edge, Southside, Rhema, Salvo churches too many to number, but in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, USA, and of course Australia.... and there is one thing that every single church I have been in, has in common... and that is that they all preach Jesus.
They all worship Jesus.
They all serve Jesus.
and they all profess Jesus as Lord.
Hillsong church produces some outstanding music,
and this song is one of them...
He is still here. His mercy and kindness no one of us can fully fathom,
I mean who can fully get the all loving, all forgiving character of God ?
He is gentle, patient, faithful, gracious, patient, and loves us warts and all.
He knows us, our failures and short comings, our rejection of Him
and our disobedience towards Him.
He also is well aware of our ignorance towards Him.
Our self reliance and seeming lack of need for Him.
He knows about our hidden sin, and our secret doubts and concerns.
He knows about our disbelief and our lack of faith.
He knows it all, and the weirdest thing..
He still loves us like a parent loves their
own child, even more so.
and when the church is against the church, it was not and is not His plan.
There is this story in Acts 26 about Paul having a debate with King Agrippa.
Without going into it, too much, Agrippa says to Paul..
do you think you can convince me in such a short amount of time ?
Paul's response is gold... whether long or short...I pray you will have what I have (Jesus).
(something like that)
Am I trying to convince you, my blog reader, of anything ?
well YEP... a couple of things...
Firstly the church is the bride of Jesus, so let's get pure and holy and ready for that day
when He returns, for He is coming back for us. And that means that our focus must be on HIM
not each other.
Secondly, we all fall short of what is required to be with Him, but He is in total love of us anyway.
so let's trust Him with the stuff that is messed up in our heads.
and Be still and know that He is still in control.
Over these past few weeks I have faced up to some pretty big giants around me in ministry and
the battle that is Christian service.
and each time I have played this song after those heavy discussions and
just felt God say to me...
Be still Gaz... I got this.
And He does, for me, and for you also.
watch the giants in your life fall as you rest and wait upon HIM.
what do you actually have to lose by trusting Him with the tough stuff ?
Short time or long... like Agrippa, It's time to take a shift in our thinking as the modern church
and start working together in building the Kingdom of God,
One Life at a Time.
starting with my own first.
Be Still !!!