Leading up to each re:surgence gathering, our community always waits expectantly, praying for God to move and anticipating how He will show up. And without exception He is always good and always delivers. Our gathering on June 18, 2011 felt significant because not only did God show up powerfully, but there was a stronger sense of hunger, alignment, and focus amongst our team and our community. There was a resolute commitment on the part of all who were there to actively steward what God was releasing. The common thread of active and aggressive love flowed through each part of the night.
As God began to stir up hearts in pre-service prayer, he was impressing that everything returns to His love. That His love is not only foundational but that the depth and power and purpose of it are beyond what we currently comprehend. His promise over the night was for a deeper revelation of His love. He placed in our hearts the tenacity and the zeal to pursue that promise by not just resting in His love and enjoying the sweetness of His presence, but pressing deeper and being more active.
This was felt in the night’s worship, where the atmosphere was not just heavy with the presence and glory of God, but also with a supernatural grace to surrender and abandon and seek His purpose above all else. A desperate call that echoed Jesus’ heart ‘not my will but Yours’.
Again in the same vein, Danielle Strickland’s message was a call to action. An awakening. The heart of her challenge was this: I know what God saved me from. I want to know what God saved me for. What is His love FOR? We want God’s love and anointing power, but to what end?
And so she began with the inception of Jesus’ active ministry:
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ ”
The Holy Spirit, God’s power, God’s anointing comes upon us when we are obedient and prepared to use it for His purposes. It comes when we prioritize His leading above our own comfort and the opinions of others and go when he calls us to the wilderness to hang out with religious freaks and losers. In your life, this might not be a guy wearing camel skin and eating locusts in the desert, but we all have a wilderness we’d rather not go to and people we worry might tarnish our reputation.
Fortunately, the Father’s approval sets us free from the fear of man. When God the Father declares over your life “You are my son, my daughter, my beloved. In you I am well pleased and find delight,” what the person sitting next to you thinks doesn’t seem to matter as much. When we know that He approves and delights in us through His love, we are no longer captive to the opinions of others but find freedom to follow Him, freedom to love those that can’t love us back, freedom to bless those that spit in our faces. It’s the freedom to do what Love is for.
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” We need to receive the Father’s love and understand our identity as Beloved Sons and Daughters in a way that compels us to be humble and vulnerable in the world to serve others as Jesus served us. Because right now we do a lot of taking communion, but not a lot of washing of feet.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Love is for something and for others. The Lord spoke powerfully through Danielle, and many felt a sense of activation and responded at the altar. Although the meeting was drawing to a close, many continued to press in, as there was a heavy sense of demarcation. The community worshiped and prayer together knowing that from that moment forward they would be living out Love FOR others in more tangible and lavish ways.