Last Sunday morning in Hillside was one of those meetings where the word and the Spirit dovetailed in a powerful way to confirm that our heavenly dad really was speaking to us as a body and as individuals. It started with a picture from Matt Copeland that God had given him a bag of seeds. Every time he felt overwhelmed by the challenges in his life God told him to take a seed and plant it and the seed immediately grew into an overshadowing tree, bigger than all his problems. Graeme Smith picked up on the theme in worship and called us to remember that our greatest act of warfare is to worship. As we worship we minimize the devices of the enemy and drown out his lies, exalting Jesus as bigger than everything else. At the end of the worship Gary Steyn demonstrated the use of the new prophecy cards by giving Matt a word he had written before the meeting – that God was giving him a bag of mustard seeds!
None of the guys knew that the word Richard had prepared was about being seriously impressed by Jesus – rather being impressed by our own successes or failures or problems or ideas or emotions.
It is finished – when we consider the enormity and beauty of our salvation, we become impressed by his promises; by his glory & power; by his compassion as He sees, stops, weeps, touches; by the scope of his kingdom. Jesus is seriously impressive. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6).
How do we live impressed?
- We move towards him – John the Beloved who received the vision in the book of Revelation was “in the spirit on the Lords day”. That’s not just a heart attitude but an act we do – like going to Gym. We have to stop and look to see him – it might look like reading your bible or meditating or worshiping. Stop and turn aside to see the burning bush. All of us wrestle against religious familiarity – the idea that we already know him is religious deception – we need to be surprised by him.
- He moves towards us in revelation. The writer to the Hebrews tells us that “We see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Heb 2:9). We all see him – together – the Holy Spirit is the means to see a fresh revelation of Jesus every day.
- If we truly see him we should be able to fall at his feet as though dead – it ought to change us. Can He only ever say nice things to us? Sometimes Jesus can make us very uncomfortable. This is not to lose the revelation of grace that His love and favour is always towards us. But as beloved children, we make it our aim to please him – so, could he be more or less pleased?
- Jesus’ response to our repentant hearts is to “fear not”. He does not want to send us away to try harder but is desperate for us to reconnect with him.
- Recommissioning follows – he confirms what he has called me to do. I am a son, about my Father’s business.
If you would like to hear Richard’s message in its entirety please check the link HERE.
Have a great weekend being impressed by Jesus.