2011 Theme: Make GOD Greater!
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:” Exodus 3:14 KJV
Letting GOD Be: Do you recall a time or times when you had such an extraordinary experience with GOD that the place where you had it, the person you were with or the situation surrounding the experience was made synonymous with the experience that you felt those things had to be in place in order to have the experience again? Doing my undergraduate studies, a group of my college mates and I were under watch care while attending a university. Even though all of us had grown up in church, confessed Christ and many were preacher’s kids: We had developed many memories but none compared to the worship services we had while at this church. Leaving and letting go was very difficult. We experienced “behind the veil” praise and worship, Biblical teaching, genuine fellowship, effective service and great leadership. We were under the impression that once we left college and this particular city, that we would easily find these same attributes at any other church. Our search ended up either partial or empty. We instantly compared every church we visited or joined with this particular church. We were restricting GOD’s nature and placing limitations on His authority.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
Spiritual Manifestation: After a recent visit to the church, I realized that those attributes were still there but something was different. The same Spirit, but new season. My expectation disappointed me so that I could receive new manifestation. I have been expecting the same experience from GOD which has allowed me to be stuck in a season, although the season was good, it was just that; a season. GOD spoke so clearly to me while revisiting the physical place. We can appreciate the past while accepting progression. GOD has declared that He is the great I Am; no restrictions, no limitations. He is omnipresent. The same GOD that has been the GOD of our great experiences and expectations is and will be the GOD beyond our expectations and manifestations. We have to let Him be who He has already declared He is. The awesome GOD that we serve is trying to do a new thing! The only thing in the way is us. When we get stuck in our past, whether good or bad, happy or sad, we have to allow the declaration of authority to become active and manifested. It’s called living in the now zone. It doesn’t matter who wants to stifle praise. It doesn’t matter who does not want to set the atmosphere. It doesn’t matter who your critics, spectators, haters, liars or blockers are. Disregard who is stuck in the past or religious tradition that restricts or shadows GOD’s glory. Let GOD be…..and He will become greater and your search will be over because nothing will ever compare to the presence of GOD when He collides with the spirit of an authentic praiser! Make GOD greater!
With Love in the Spirit,
Evangelist SJ Hastings
Mental Health Tip: A support system is a component to mental health and wellness. Many in the African American community have found spirituality, faith as an avenue to healing and wellness.