We've been looking at the importance of learning to receive from God. Rather than do another teaching, we want you to hear from three of our people, Hannah, Sarah, and Steve on how they learned to receive from and experience God, and how they access His presence at any time.
Tim continues on the theme of sacrifice in worship. In this session he looks at presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, and what that looks like in the practice of corporate presence. True worship that breaks through in the spirit realm involves our whole selves - spirit, soul, AND body. It’s much more than just the words we say or sing.
A great example of a corporate people taking ground together was Israel taking Jericho under the leadership of Joshua. If that was a modern day church service with the standard consumer mentality, that situation probably would have played out a little differently. Tim draws principles from this story on the role of leadership and our response, and the power of agreement to create a "critical mass" that leads to corporate breakthrough.
We're not meant to come to corporate worship randomly or unprepared. Paul said, "When you come together, each of you has a..." - each of you - not just those "on the roster". Fire falls on sacrifice, and as we all learn to step out of the consumer mentality and bring a sacrifice of praise, His fire falls and we ALL break through to a higher level in the spirit.
In part 1 of this series, Tim explains that "it's different when we're together". We can't approach corporate presence the same way we approach our individual God time. 1 Corinthians 12 - 14 gives us the clearest instructions on how to do corporate presence in a way that raises the "water level" for everyone.
In preparation for this Sunday's LifeHubs, here's 3 questions to reflect on from this season. Come ready to share and pray for each other so we can all step into the full upgrade that's available.
In this final session around "the squeeze", Tim leads us through a process of uncovering my convictions about who I am - looking at the early voices that form our view of our identity, and some of the Scriptures that need to be part of that foundation. Tim finishes by leading us into an experience of being unconditionally loved, to anchor us to the deepest reality of our identity.
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When you're squeezed, what's really in you shows. In this season, God is upgrading our internal "ecosystem" - taking ground in us so that He can ultimately take ground through us. We have a responsibility to take charge of our own internal atmosphere. Tim gives some practical steps to do just that.
This week is less about teaching something new and more about practical tips on how to navigate the ground we are ploughing in this season. The "squeeze" word came in the context of another word for 2018, which was about taking ground. This squeeze season is about God taking ground IN us first, so He can then take ground THROUGH us.
After last Sunday's word about the squeeze and the new wine, Tim takes some extra time with some practical keys on how to apply and embed this prophetic word so that we steward the season we are in well.
The ultimate culmination of the heart journey is that you live your life with your whole heart - in full colour, no apology, unashamedly who God has made you to be. There are two keys to living wholeheartedly. Tim wraps up this series with a prophetic call to the deep that is in your heart to come to the surface and be seen, that you might fully manifest the glory of God that is within you.
The heart has a language. It's a different language to the head. David teaches us this language so profoundly in the Psalms, and shows us what it is to be someone "after God's own heart". For us to do the heart journey well, the language of the heart needs to become our native language.
The heart journey is lived out in the context of community and family. The goal of a Kingdom heart community is heart-to-heart connection. The internal "structures of the heart" can either support community or war against it.
In part 1 of this series on the heart journey, Tim answers the question of why the heart matters. The church has been good at training the head, but the Kingdom journey is an experiential relationship of the heart.