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Monday, December 27, 2004
Understanding the reason for this amazing season -- Hillsong teaching -- Phi Dooley
I went back to Hillsong tonight as I'm gonna take quite a break from church after today.
During the worship I saw this vision of a lady in labour pain. She's tempted to walk away from this pain, but the reality is, this pain is going to bring about the callings of God into her life. I wrote another post about it below.
Phil Dooley raised two question in his preaching.
1. What is it that your seeking?
Jeremiah 29:11-13 Are you gonna seek Him only? Have you made your decision to step into the destination that the Lord has for you?
Luke 10 is about Matha and Maria. Matha is distrated from what's really important. Distractions can be good, but not right. We're to seek Him for what we're called to do.
2. What words are you speaking in this season?
Two words are to be spoken at the end of the year: Good-bye and welcome.
Goodbye needs to be in Japanese, which means goodbye forever.
Welcome (not Hello) suggests invitation and embracement.
We're to welcome the year 2005, the year of Jubilee.
Welcome is a powerful proclamation.
Then Phil talks about the craziness of the sale season after Christmas. Everything's on sale, with discounted price. But we can't live Christianity like that. To follow Jesus is gonna cost you. Are we prepared to pay the full price? Do we want the best for our lives? Phil had a friend who bought a mountain bike with 2000 dollars. It was on sale, marked down from 6000 dollars. But during a trip, this bike split into half.
Passion is only gonna get you so far, but commitment will take you all the way through.
God has great dreams for us. We need to change the way we think and engage ourselves with actions. We need to step up to the calling and declare that the year of 2005 is a favourable, acceptable year for me.
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