July 7, 2010
Where do I start in trying to place God’s actions over the past week at Cornerstone into words? I’m finding it extremely hard to explain ALL that happened. I think the following adjectives would serve well, at least in an effort to summarize, what we experienced God doing: surprised, overwhelmed, joy-filled, unprepared and yet deeply grateful, reassured, challenged, moved, convicted, and faith & love increased.
I can’t speak for all of us, but I know that I went into this festival with a certain measure of feeling incompetent or unworthy. Waves of inadequacy were hitting me, to say the least. All of these, on one level, are what any of us Christ-followers should experience apart from the reassurance of His grace in our times of need. In my case, all of these feelings were coming from a spirit of condemnation, not of son-ship. I was heeding the voice of the enemy, not the voice of love everlasting. God had prepared me on Monday morning (the morning we left) through His still small voice during my quiet time with Him and through a scripture passage He had drawn my wife to (1 Corinthians 2: 1-5).
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Though I felt greatly encouraged by God’s Spirit and by this passage, I still wasn’t fully expecting what God was preparing to unveil. A part of me was still wrestling with whether God would truly accomplish anything through me/us.
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