Revival comes with a price. Are you willing to pay the price?
Just want to take this opportunity to blog about a stay-over workshop I went last Friday to Saturday, called “Simply Worship”. It was a workshop meant to equip musicians and lead worshippers in preparation for revival, and I’m really honored and thankful to be there in the workshop, because the presence of God was so strong in that place. There was no way I could doubt that He showed up, and I’m assured once again, that God is crazily extremely awesome!
During the camp, God brought my focus back to the heart of worship. Before the workshops began, I was reading the foreword in the booklet, and it stated, “Worship is not just about technical skills, neither is it a performance. It is not about us in the first place but about bringing the congregation into the presence of GOD and deep into the Holy of Hollies.” It really spoke deep into my heart, and I believe it was the foundation of setting the right attitude before worship. The heart of worship should just be to please the Father and the Father alone, and at the same time, bring the congregation deeper in love with Jesus.
The workshops were really awesome. The technical parts of singing were covered (since I chose vocals). I learnt how to use models to choose songs, team dynamics, using various tools like visual aids (I was quite surprised that visual aids could be used! Haha…) and how to work with my worship team. The spiritual parts of worship were also covered, like the heart of worship (the fact that the number of instruments and skill level you are in doesn’t matter, etc.) and the power of praise. One verse that stood out, which I thought was also the theme verse for me during the entire workshop was John 4:24, that “We worship God in spirit and in truth.”
For day 1, during the sessions where we had to break out into vocals and instrumentals, my vocalist instructor (who said after the camp that she doesn’t like teaching HAHA) told us that, besides the song that was indicated for us, we also need to select another song. Initially I was like thinking to myself, “Huh so many Christian songs how to choose?” Because I was also too tired, I asked God to help me select a song. Then, when I was sleeping, I dreamt that I was leading worship at a white place, and everyone was singing the lyrics of divine exchange! And for day 2, we broke into our teams and we had to decide our role, on whether to be the lead or the co-lead. And I took the lead and decided to trust that the dream is from God.
I will frankly say that initially, when I was given the role of the lead worshipper, I was super nervous because I had stage fright, and I needed to ask God to help me overcome this. I really thank God, that during the practice sessions with my band, the instructors helped me a lot by giving me practical advices, care for my band members, and God also assured me to go with His strength. He reminded me, “Joy, you draw close to My presence first. And as you draw closer to Me, I’ll use you to draw people nearer to Me – into the Holy of Hollies.” During the last worship rehearsal of Day 2, when the instructors were not around, I just decided to whack and not be bothered by my fears anymore, and halfway, when I was singing, I had a word from the Lord, and when I spoke out a few words, I became so overwhelmed by His presence and love, and I started crying. I didn’t know why initially, but later I knew it was the Lord - He was overwhelming me with His love for His people.
Before the real thing came (later I’ll elaborate), everyone was just worshipping the Lord, and He visited us! The Pastor shared that He was touched by God while a dude was praying over him and the both of them roared in the Spirit, and the female Pastor gave a shout of triumph! It was like a Rodney Howard Browne (RHB) revival service, and there were breakouts of Holy Spirit manifestations! Everytime when we feel the tangible presence of Jesus, it should bring us back to reveal the character of God, and bring us into deeper revelation and intimacy with Him.
The massive one that really hit alot of us who were there, and I’m still overwhelmed till now, is the part after I prayed for a fellow brother-in-Christ (The Lord led me to pray for him). I was invited to join the circle when a brother and 3 sisters-in Christ, and we were joining hands, praying. Halfway through, I felt led to pray for the sister whom was beside me and I was holding her hands, and I felt that the Lord was totally taking over because I didn’t even need to prepare what words I should say (normally when the Lord leads me most of the times it’ll be like that), and she began weeping in the Spirit. Then I felt such a great intensity of heat upon my hands, and when I didn’t hold their hands anymore, I felt sweat all over my hands mann! The room was air conditioned, but I felt the fire of the Lord! Holy laughter broke out thereafter too! I lay down on the floor after a while, and coincidentally a sister who lay down with me felt the same thing – that we were lying down on green pastures! Praise the Lord!
And here comes the REAL thing, when our band had to be on stage and present the 2 songs. The instructors later decided that we should present only 1 song. Before I went up the stage, I prayed and told God to take center stage, and I knew that it wasn’t about me but Him and Him alone. And when I was up the stage, I was singing halfway and I felt the fire of God on the stage and my hands were trembling under the power! Now this was the tricky part for me: How do I stop my hands? (Haha) I managed to stop for a while so that I can show the hand signals, but, after the whole worship session, one of my band members told me she thought I was under the power of God and was not doing the free worship hand signal! Haha it’s super funny, but I really thank God that He gave me a vision, and the words to speak out to the congregation! (One thing I learnt too was to structure my sentences and not speak too much hahaha sorry sorry)
Thank God for those 2 days mann! And I believe these are precious encounters that you and I can experience with Jesus everyday! All you need to do is to hunger and desire for more of Him, and God will surely fill you up! Know that, when God touches you, it’s not for you to get a feeling; we get to know God better through our encounters with Him!
I learn that God is a fun God, and He loves to dwell with His people! Thankful for a God that loves me dearly so much! :D
How much are you willing to desire and hunger? How desperate are you to see revival come? I won’t settle for anything less because I know I can expect more from a Big Daddy God. There must be more than this! Come, Jesus come. In you beautiful timing, come… #seasonforbreakthroughs
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Ezekiel 37:27 (NIV)
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Psalm 84:10 (NIV)