Posted by: yeajlee | November 30, 2010

God’s nearness.

Something I recently wrote for Rock Harbor. Steve had asked if I could write what I saw from my vantage point. 

Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes” – Oswald Chambers

Have you ever experienced one of those moments where you knew without a shadow of doubt that God was present and that you met with Him? Last night was one of those moments for me. I remember getting chills down my body at certain moments during the service knowing that God was in our very midst. For those of you that were also at the 7:30pm Rock Harbor Fullerton service this past weekend you know exactly what I’m talking about. It was an epic night where God showed up and showed up big.

Looking back at the night I’m not sure which moment I loved the most.

Was it the moment when Keri and Steve initially sensed the spirit at work and leaned into it by changing the flow and course of the service knowing that God was up to something big?

Was it the moment when Steve shared the verse Genesis 28:16 – “Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it’” and sharing that he did not want this to mark our church and me getting chills because prior to the service a few of us had prayed specifically during the expectant pre-service prayer time against that very thing. We had no idea what passage Steve was speaking on but we sensed the spirit leading us to pray that the people who walk through our church doors would leave this place knowing without a shadow of doubt that they met God and that they would leave changed. We prayed that they would know that they were on holy ground and that God was in this place tonight.

Was it the moment during response time when Steve asked people to come forward if they wanted to be prayed for and seeing just the immense number of people respond that our prayer team needed help due to being understaffed? Life Group leaders and RHF staff needed to be called upon to help pray. God had heard those prayers prior to the service. We had prayed that God would convict hearts and draw people to their knees and in my two years at Rock Harbor I have not seen such a response. I saw so many filling the front of the auditorium prostrated on their knees and in tears responding to God.

I loved each of these moments and was reminded through them that when you leave room for God to work and allow Him to come in and have His way with us, He will show up in a powerful and unforgettable way.

Rock Harbor Fullerton, I look forward to more epic nights like this where we get the privilege of experiencing His very nearness.

May we be a community who are expectant,

Yeaj

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