Friday, September 17, 2010

If You Can See It - It's Not Faith

A lot of people would say that out of the all the 5 senses - 'Seeing' would be the most 'influential' and 'powerful' in terms of how we make decisions and go about how we pursue our lives.

Back when I was at film school, our Camera tutor, Editing tutor and Sound tutor would all tell us that 'Seeing' isn't everything'. We found out that it really didn't matter how amazing the video was, if the audio was bad, it would be perceived pretty.....umm bad...

Improvising a way to battle the wind by taping the boom mike to an umbrella ;) 

But I quickly realized, as a follower of Jesus Christ, that with Faith, the same rule applies - 'Seeing' isn't everything'...Which was something that God had always challenged me on...

In Hebrews 11:8, it says “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going”. Can you imagine us going out and NOT KNOWING where we are going?

Welcome to the life of faith. There is only so much you can plan, discuss, strategise, and set up for, then you simply must take a step of faith and you will find out that you don't really have a clue where you are going - it really is one step at a time.

Just over 2 months ago I had the privilege to go on a all expense paid missions trip to the land of Vanuatu :) where I originally got asked to make a few videos and document the trip BUT then later also got asked to worship lead over there as well as put on workshops and help Matah Keru Church form a worship team. All I can say for now is that this took a whole heap of faith and in the end it payed off! , during that whole trip I defiantly experienced an overflow of God! .....God just wouldn't stop talking during my devotions.... (more from the trip will be shared in future posts! feel free to check out my videos )

"Know your ending!!" - Nick Ward 

...quoted by one of New Zealand's top scriptwriters, who told us that if we didn't pay attention to anything he said, is to make sure when you're writing a story, is to KNOW YOUR ENDING! ....If you believe in Christ, in the end, victory is yours ;)


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Worship That Moves The Heart Of God

Psalm 51:15-17 

15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise....16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings....17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

An Act Of Worship Is Not Enough

Our worship must involve a MOVE of our own hearts. 
Not just  a move but a EXPRESSION of our own hearts.
God is not after a heartless, forced act of worship. It's really about opening up and an awareness of our need of Him and His grace. 

God’s Heart Is Moved By Us

Heres an awesome analogy I read the other day that made me go whoah...

Imagine God receiving our worship, like a dad who receives a picture from his young son. A picture of a cat, that comes out looking nothing like a cat, with a use of colours that will never and have never been seen amongst the feline population. BUT when you go into that dad’s office, up on the wall, with pride of place, sits that very picture. An inaccurate, slightly tainted attempt, received as if it were fine art. 

God’s wisdom by far exceeds the wisdom of the world. He sees beauty where we do not. 
God has the best vantage points.

Where To From Here?

We must continue to move well beyond viewing worship as 20mins of singing on a Sunday morning. God wants all we are....Are we in or are we out? He is looking for worshippers who will come in spirit and in truth, people desperate to meet with Him with a willingness to sacrifice and also with a MOVE and EXPRESSION of our hearts. 

It's all about making sure God is the subject and in the focus of our worship, desperately seeking His will and His purposes.