Saturday, 23 March 2013

a visit by Metro Life

Good morning friends and family.  It is 9 am.   As I sit here listening to the birds chirp, I am reminded that it is spring in the northern Happy Spring! I didn't plan on being here in the house typing up a blog post this morning.  Right now, the rest of our church is meeting for a special time with the prophecy team of Metro Life Church from Orlando.  Pastors Aron Osborne, Mike Nash, and Chris Jessee are here along with a few couples and one teen to share with us on the gift of prophecy this weekend.  Last night we had our first session, ending around 10pm.  We are hosting Chris Jessee in our home and thanks to Skype, we were able to chat with his sweet wife Stephanie as well late last night.  We went to bed at about 1 am, and then were woken up at 4:30am by a sick girlie.  Poor girl.  None of us got much sleep last night, so I am praying for God to strengthen both Keith and Chris and my other girls as they encounter the morning session today. 

As I enjoyed the worship time, listened to Aron's message, and engaged in the follow-up prayer time for many in our church last night, I was excited to "taste" what the Lord would do this weekend.  And now, here I am...home caring for my girl instead of engaging in today's meeting.  I know God has a purpose in this.  To be sure, I will be praying for this group and the meeting today as I stay at home, making sure my daughter is cared for. 

Last night Aron preached on Ezekiel 37, the story of the Valley of Dry Bones.  He likened us, in a spiritual way, to the dry bones Ezekiel prophesied to.  One particular concept that affected me was the fact that although at one point the bones had sinews and flesh back on them, they still were not alive until they were given breath.  And this is a picture of us without the Spirit of God.  Without the life of the Spirit in us, we may look like God's people, yet be very much like dead men.  "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army."  Ez. 34:10  Later, God tells Ezekiel to prophesy more to them, including this phrase, "And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live..."  v.14.  This was so amazing at the time for many reasons, but especially because Israel was used to only experiencing the presence of God inside the Temple, not inside of themselves!  A new day was going to dawn for them, and this is the day in which we live...where the Holy Spirit of God indwells us, filling and empowering us.  This is where Aron "left us hanging" last night...stirring us up to want a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit so that this morning, we could talk about the use of the spiritual gifts that result from being filled with the Spirit.  I am thankful these meetings will be recorded so I can benefit from them later.  May God do "exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or think" this weekend and in the following days.  Thank you for your prayers for Kingdom Life Church!

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