Pastor Trent delivered a powerful message on the truth and treasure of heaven. A fire was really ignited in my heart this morning. One thing Pastor Trent said was, Heaven exists for the unhindered worship of God by His completely perfected creation. Much of my passion and calling longs to see the church become the kind of worshipers God is seeking. I long to see the church produce passionate, contagious worshipers who are centered on Jesus alone. I long for the worship in heaven to be present on earth. I know that because of sin, that can't be until God chooses to establish a new heaven and new earth, but my passion in being a Worship Pastor is to hopefully lead people in biblically faithful worship, that moves towards the unhindered worship of heaven. The time is now, and God is seeking those that will worship Him in spirit and truth. So we CAN make strides towards the Christ-centered, perfect worship of heaven! How so? By cutting off our sin. By humbling ourselves. By fixing our eyes on Christ alone.
Heaven does not exist to make much of you. Heaven exists to make much of God in unhindered worship. I cannot wait for heaven! It is hard to be a worshiper on earth. Finally in heaven, there will be nothing to distract us from the glory of God.
So that was my morning! Then, I headed out to Elgin, IL to spend the next 31/2 days at Harvest Bible Chapel's mother-ship, at Harvest University. Tonight we had a night of prayer and praise. It was an intentional time of seeking the Lord in prayer in the areas of:
We split up in groups for prayer time in between worshiping the Lord in song. I prayed with people I've never met. I prayed with people from Scotland, Romania, and all over America. But there was a common bond between the brothers I prayed with. There was a boldness in prayer, and a firm believing in the power of prayer. Though we'd never met, it was obvious we had all things in common under the call of Christ.
Wrapping up the time tonight, the 500 or so early arrivals to Harvest U crammed to the front of the sanctuary, and we all prayed aloud at the same time, prayers of Rejoicing! I love the Lord and His people! I'm excited to see the Lord move in the next 3 days! It has been a great day!