A gathering of hungry disciples, pressing hard at any cost to go after Jesus Christ... The first night of an informal, relaxed, Holy Spirit-led weekend... A word shared by a brother who spends much time prostrate before the LORD alone… a picture of knives of regret and pain being pulled from each person's back, one by one, by our Master’s hand… The LORD Himself seemed to be expressing… “All you’ve done, and all that’s been done to you – even though you’ve repented and been freed and healed and put it all behind you – tonight, it’s time for it all to just be swept away once and for all….”
… These boots of a small child, tossed carelessly aside, reiterate what the LORD just pointed out, “You need to go all the way back here. Become like a little child, where all that stuff is gone.”
The next evening… another strong message preached by a brother about laying everything down and following Christ the way disciples in the Bible did… Near the end, another brother got a word of exhortation to not be the “third ground” in Mark 4, where the thorns and thistles of this world’s cares, anxieties and distractions choke out the Word of God. Everyone went forward in humility, desiring to just lay it all down and pray for each other to be focused on the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of this earth…
In a very short time, several young children were weeping, repenting to God and asking parents and each other for forgiveness... Such a beautiful continuation of what the LORD was revealing the previous day.
WE MUST BECOME LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN TO EVEN SEE GOD
FOR WHO HE TRULY IS!
WE SHOULD ALL FEEL SIN THIS DEEPLY!
WE SHOULD BE THIS CONVICTED TO GET RIGHT WITH THE LORD
AND WITH EACH OTHER!
At that time, Jesus declared, "I thank You Father, LORD of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children." (Matthew 11:25)
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." (Luke 18:16)
The Body of Christ is getting a radical realization of how HOLY and RIGHTEOUS and ALMIGHTY and POWERFUL and AWESOME and GLORIOUS and WORTHY God truly is.
Time and experience, religion and tradition, and the fear of man have dulled us down and robbed us of a greater depth of relationship with the LORD for some time. The concept of weeping from the depth of our soul or dancing with all our might before the LORD seems foreign to an adult. Why is this? What have we lost in the mundane-ness of years of life on this earth? And how do we get back to being that unabashed child, with soul bared before the LORD, zealously pouring out to Him at all times, whether it be in contrite brokenness or joyous abandon to just spend time with Him?
LORD, take us back! Teach us YOUR WAY in this, along with everything else, Father! We need YOU to redeem what’s been lost! Make us more pleasing and glorifying to You! Have YOUR WAY IN US so that You may get more and more glory, LORD God!!