Praise the Lord for His fresh speaking in His recovery across the world! I have had the privilege of attending not just one conference by two conferences these past two weeks! On the 5th March 2011 I attended the conference in Oporto (Villa Nova de Gaia), Portugal, where the general title of the conference was “Falar a Palavra de Deus” or “Speaking the Word of God”. One week later I attended the conference in Pretoria, South Africa, where the general title was “A Need for a fresh vision of the Lord’s recovery for the increase and spread of the Lord’s testimony”.
At the conference in Oporto, I enjoyed to see that if I want the prayer in Eph 3:17 answered I need to be practical and I need to eat. So how do I become practical and how is eating involved? Well, in Eph 3:17 the apostle Paul prays that Christ may make home in our hearts. How can the Lord make home in my heart? Simple. It is by the word of Christ dwelling in us richly (Col 3:16)! If I want Christ to dwell in me, if I want Christ to move further into my being, I need the word of Christ to increase in me. Therefore, I need to eat more of Him as the word into my being by regularly pray-reading His word until His word dwells richly in me! Thus when His word dwells in me, He will make home in my heart, because He Himself is the Word (John 1:1, 14).
At the conference in Pretoria I enjoyed two matters:
- Firstly, I enjoyed that it is the will of God for me to know, experience, enjoy and be saturated with Christ, therefore I need to “let no one” delude me, carry me off, judge me or defraud me of enjoying Him (Col 2:4, 8, 16, 18). God has an enemy and he will do anything to prevent you from enjoying Christ!
- Secondly, if you want your enjoyment of Christ to increase in you, you need to speak! You need to prophesy! When you prophesy, you are building up His church (1 Cor 14:4, Matt 16:18) which makes Him satisfied and as a result you are satisfied. When you are in the will of God, you will be satisfied!
Therefore don’t keep the word of Christ (which is dwelling in you [Col 3:16]) just for yourself, but speak it forth to others (1 Cor 14:26b) so that the church may be built up (1 Cor 14:12) and He may return! [sharing from the conference in Porto(PT) and in Pretoria(SA)]