Sunday, 11 October 2015
The Atmosphere in and Around You
One of my most favourite things about Woman Cry Out (WCO) is the confidence I have that God will be present and that right there amongst all the other women crying out, I will still have my own personal divine encounter with my God. There is just something about WCO that facilitates the descent of Divinity and I believe it's because there is an understanding of the importance of 'The Atmosphere'.
Like Nathaniel Bassey said, at WCO, the praise and worship sessions at the beginning of the event are not to 'kill' time waiting for the hall to get fuller. No. It's to create an enabling atmosphere for God to operate in. Meaningful time is spent in meaningful praise and worship. It's not just singing and dancing. It's much more. I can always tell that each song is prayerfully composed/chosen. You just need to pay attention to the wordings of what you are singing. They back up the theme, support the prayers and re-emphasize the messages!
Pastor B knows that nothing will happen at WCO if God is not present. The life-changing testimonies that come from these meetings only occur because God moves and God can only move where the atmosphere is right. In the venue and in our hearts. So through praise and worship, she gets us all to prepare our hearts for the visitation of the Awesome God we are inviting down with our singing, dancing and worshipping. And boy does God come down! Yes, He does! And I'm certain that like me, many women did not leave the venue with the baggage we walked in with!
So what's my point? It's this: You want God to move in your life, home, marriage, children, etc. yet all you surround yourself with is 'useless noise'. Most of the thoughts in your heart are negative. Most of what you spend your senses picking up add no spiritual value to your life. In short, the atmosphere in and around you is not conducive for God. So how can He move for you? So, what to do?
Guard your ear and eye gates jealously. What music is on your playlist? What books are reading? What TV shows/ movies are you watching all the time? Do a pie chart of all that you have spent time listening to or reading this past week. How much of it helped your inner man?
Get rid of negativity. In your homes, offices, classrooms, etc. do all you can to enable an atmosphere in which God can move. Be kind to your home staff, shun gossip peddlers at work, refrain from attending social functions you know are not beneficial to you spiritually.
See, do not let anybody make you feel ashamed about being 'overly' spiritual. Pastor B told us this and I agree. I am a spirit. Just because I live in this body doesn't mean I should let it rule over me. And just because I live in this world doesn't mean I will live like world people. Bottom line? if doing all I can to keep my heart and space atmosphere conducive for God to work in, through and for me is being over spiri, then over spiri I shall have to be. Let me close with a Saltified Pastor B quote from yesterday:
"What you don't respect cannot work for you.
If you don't respect and honour God.
If you are knowingly living contrary to His Will.
If you continue to deliberately disobey Him
His Power cannot work for you. "
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