Praise the Lord that we can gather together in His name! He was surely in our midst the entire conference in Porto, Portugal. The blending with the saints from Portugal, Spain, and the UK was so sweet, encouraging and uplifting and the ministry of the Word was rich and built the church a little more.
The general subject of the conference was Speaking the Word of God. Our God is a speaking God! All creation came into being by His speaking. We all know and can recite Genesis 1:26-28 but they are new words to me again. The way we are in His image and have His dominion is by our speaking for Him! We can represent God because we are able to speak as God speaks. But we don’t speak our own words… we speak His words.
In order for us to speak His words, we must come to the Word of God, even to God Himself because He IS the Word! We must become God-constituted people. So we need to pray the Word. As we pray-read the Word, we are washed, cleansed, beautified, and all the negative things in us are dealt with. “Lord make us a people who allow Your Word to dwell in us richly!”
If we are filled with the Word, our living will be different. Our living will become a prophesying life. This is what builds the church. We must believe this – our speaking for God and speaking forth God WILL BUILD THE CHURCH! The church is built word by word, prophecy by prophecy. Our speaking is no small, insignificant thing. Even the youngest and weakest can build the church. Believe it! Practice it! [sharing from the recent conference in Portugal by sister Suzette W.] [Read this portion also in Spanish / Puede leer esta porción también en español, ¡Aleluya por el pueblo que habla del Dios que habla! (Testimonio de la conferencia en Portugal)]