Sunday, February 12, 2012

Victories!

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Something is moving. Something is changing. It's Heaven on Earth, my friends--God's Kingdom on earth NOW as it is in even, as Jesus called us to pray!

I was brought to tears today when I was getting caught up on the WorshipArts devotional blog. I'm starting to tear up again as I write this. God stopped me in my tracks. This is not a job to take for granted or treat just as work. This is a true ministry and God is moving in powerful ways. People's lives are being changed--and God is using me, and especially my husband, as a venue to call people into deeper relationship with Him.

I almost didn't write this post. I don't want to toot our own horn. This isn't about us and "our" ministry. This is about what God is doing. Similar to Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:12 (Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart.), I want you to know this is coming from a sincere heart in awe of how God is moving.

WorshipArts focus is personal devotion this year. It's about cultivating a secret place with God through faithful and daily prayer, scripture reading, and worship. Check out what some of the students (ages 13-18, mind you!) have said:

"My bible reading went really well this last week. i had trouble putting my bible down! God really showed me how this week, through my bible reading, just how much he loves me. i mean, I've always known that God loves me, but i really never realized just how MUCH he loves me."

"For the first time in a long time, I feel like I am chasing after God, and he just might not be running away from me." 
"First off, I've been working on [reading the Bible & praying everyday for a week] for this week and even though I haven't done the full seven days yet I'm just going to say that I'm not stopping after seven days! It's been an eye opening experience for me. Just a week or two I was complaining that all I got from God was static, and then I started [reading and praying everyday]. For the past week I've been in between excited that God spoke to me, and trying not to freak out over what He told me." 
"I have applied the 7 days longer prayer time and woah God spoke in my life just because i have been making time for him. IT ROCKS to put it simply" 
"The deeper I let God fill me in my secret place with Jesus, is the more I am able to pour out...I'm definately not the woman I was before; but I'm also definately not the women whom I was born to be. But I know that the secret place with God is continuing to draw me closer."

"Prayer has brought so much peace and certainty in my life, during this past week or two. I used to struggle with prayer, I felt distant...listening to what God has to say, has helped me praise Him in spirit and in truth. Now I can hear. Words can't describe how much of a blessing it has been."
If you've been struggling with putting God first, stand in the power of these testimonies! These youth are winning battles and victories for God's kingdom and they are plowing the way for us to stand in greater victory in our own lives! Press in my friends, press in!

2 comments:

Kiersten said...

Thanks for this encouragement, Tori! Devotions have been a big struggle for me lately and it's good to hear these.

Kelsey said...

Just bought a new prayer journal. Gonna try to do it every day for a month. Thanks for the encouragement!

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