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I am SO excited! In less than 60 days, we will have our 4th worship and prayer night called Just Jesus Night! The Lord moves in such a mighty way through the power of His Spirit on these nights and it is so beautiful praise God.
I am thinking of the last Just Jesus Night we had. Here I am in the first seat in the front row. I had my beautiful cousin start the night off leading our first song. The plan was for me to go up after the second song which was going to be led by my good friend and brother.
The Spirit of God is moving already in the first song my cousin was singing (I was not surprised by this) and suddenly, I feel someone come next to me and kiss me on my cheek right where my eye meets. I had to step back to see who it was (ugh because it wasn’t Mr. Robinson…rri-i-i-ght) and I found it was my dad, yes, my biological father coming in to worship night during the first song…. which means he was late lol.
I was so excited to see him. I knew he was coming but I didn’t know when. I asked my dad right while my cousin was in the middle of singing (wrecking the house through the fire of God) where was he sitting. He advised he was sitting on the third row. I replied with confusion and a little frustration asking “the third row?” And I am paraphrasing…. “why are on the third row dad? Come sit here in my seat, I am leaving, I won’t be staying here so you can take my seat right now.” Mind you, there was worship going on at this time, so I was talking fast and assertive, so we can make this transition without incident and a whole lot of further distraction for me. I was also talking this way because I was trying to get my worship on myself before it was my turn to get on the stage. I was so excited when my dad took my seat I moved immediately leaving some things including my handbag right there. I looked back thinking I should go get my things, but I said to myself never mind, I don’t need it.
By this time, it was time for me to hit the stage and as I am standing on the side of the stage waiting to grab the mic, I heard so clear (I also wound up sharing this that night) ….to give up your seat for God. And as quickly as I moved out of the seat to give to my natural father, that is how quickly we should move out of God’s way, so he can have HIS seat and His rightful place in our lives. Jesus His son needs to be enthroned and everything not like God needs to be dethroned. I left my bag, I left things I thought I needed at my seat. But the kiss of my Father was so precious and so powerful, nothing, no bag, no water, absolutely nothing mattered. It was a great feeling to know my father was there. This is how we need to be. Letting God get close enough to kiss us with His presence and leave everything at His feet that is not authorized to go to the next level with us. There is a platform He has for you for His glory only and you cannot get there taking extra things that do not belong.
Taking my handbag would have looked quite awkward. It would have shown I did not trust my father or that my bag would be in His way. That is another thing we do, we take our baggage because we do not trust our heavenly Father, or we think our stuff is too much for Him. His word says to take my yoke upon you and learn of me for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
When Jesus met the woman at the well, she dropped her jar after her encounter with Him, which symbolizes dropping her baggage leaving everything broken at His feet. The woman at the well in this story I am mentioning was getting water and was probably taking that water back for her and her boo…. that wasn’t her boo in the first place. You see how Jesus kindly shut that down?
I encourage you today to let the kindness of God lead you to repentance. Let His kindness lead you to drop everything…. Alllll your baggage…. And leave it at His feet. Give up your seat for your heavenly daddy. Fellas this is not a “female” thing. Fathers in the natural kiss their sons on the cheek too. And so does your heavenly father. You are not exempt.
Can you identify where God is seated in your heart…your life? God does not belong on the third row of your life. Move quickly…. drop it all….leave everything and give daddy His seat.
Prayer: Father you are so good to us. You are a good good Father. You are such a faithful God you are. I honor you today for who you are and all of your glory. You are the great I am and there is nothing too hard for you. I give up my seat for you right now. I dethrone everything ungodly and enthrone you now on the seat of my heart. Help me to trust you with all my heart and not to lean on my own understanding. Help me to acknowledge you in all my ways. No baggage is worth taking with me. I leave it at your feet right now. I declare you are Lord over my life. I release it NOW.
Psalm 55:22 (AMP)
22 Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 John 5:21 (AMP)
21 Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols— [false teachings, moral
compromises, and anything that would take God’s place in your heart].
Matthew 11:29 (AMP)
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.
*PLEASE JOIN ME FOR OUR 4TH JUST JESUS NIGHT FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH. DETAILS LISTED ON MY WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE. WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU! *