There was a conference for 16-25 year olds called ” Passion”- It’s a conference that helps to encourage the next generation on how to live a life of faith in a crazy world.
Beth Moore was also one of the speakers. If you have followed my blog for awhile you’ll see that she has had profound influence on my faith in Jesus for the last 5 years. God speaks into my life CLEAR through her.
There was something she said that REALLY spoke to my heart that day-
” You can come to a conference, hear a message and say it was amazing…but amazing won’t change your life.”
Since that weekend I’ve been trying to break those words apart in how I might understand it myself.
I thought I would make a message out of it, have all these points on the WHY amazing won’t change your life…
but for some reason, I just couldn’t get it to be written.
God spoke to my heart why tonight, and I’d like to begin by sharing a well-known story in the Bible.
Before I share, even if it is your 1000 time ever reading it…take it in fresh.
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[c] but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Why I shared this story is to tell you what my response is to Beth Moore’s quote…
The reason “Amazing” won’t change your life…
IT CAN’T HEAL OLD WOUNDS.
Yes, Jesus IS amazing…this is TRUE, but think about the scene for a second.
He was on His way to heal a sick girl.
The crowds were insane. This woman with whatever her bleeding was from, she made herself PUSH through the crowds
to touch His cloak. Can you imagine for a second what she went through? Can you imagine how many times she got thrown to the ground, because others around her were too excited to see Jesus?
BUT SHE DID IT ANYWAY.
And Jesus knew in the middle of a riot of people…WHO SHE WAS…even though He said, ” Who touched my cloak.”
HE KNEW SHE REACHED OUT. She knew that just seeing Jesus wasn’t going to heal her…
Now let’s come back to the words from Beth Moore again, and I hope this is as profound to you as it was when it came to my heart for me.
You’ve been to conferences or something I’m sure that was “motivational”, but when you went home, and a few days go by…
Did you still feel as “motivated?”
If I were a betting woman I would say, I’d bet you that you started to see everything go back to how it was before,
the emotions that you brought to the conference or whatever it was…they found their way back in your heart again,
and they seem to be more painful then before you went to the conference…
Why is this so?
What Beth Moore might have been saying is that there are all kinds of things in life that can make us feel good for a little while, but unless we REACH OUT and take hold of what really was spoken, unless we actually apply it to our everyday lives…
We are going to find ourselves face down in the valley, and not able to move and more than likely terrified to take the next step.
What I’d like to suggest in this respect is that did you ever think that when you go and hear any word of encouragement from speaker, teacher, reading a book, watching a movie…whatever it might be…
Did you ever think that while you may have been learning something..
YOU ONLY WERE HEARING HALF THE MESSAGE!
Why I am suggesting this is that I believe God gives half the message He wants to share with us through the speakers,
and the other half…
We have to find out ourselves.
The other half…that’s the part we learn to apply to our lives.
I can tell you there have been SO many messages that I’ve listened to, and I would just ask God if He was trying to tell me something, and suddenly the message would be so POWERFUL…
And because we’ve talked about Beth Moore speaking, I will tell you, that I believe God adds to her sentences…
as He does with anyone…
He is the MAIN SPEAKER!
What has happened to me so many times. I could be listening or watching a message, and it was AMAZING to listen to, but when I played it back at home…it didn’t seem as amazing before.
It’s NOT because it wasn’t a good message…it was because it was a message being spoken BEYOND the message being given.
I have literally thought I heard certain things said in messages and when I play them back I CAN’T FIND WHAT I HEARD!
But like I said, its just a suggestion…I may have bad ears, I don’t know…but it can’t hurt to share that with you.
So are you like the woman whose been bleeding for 12 years?
If you are…I think today should be the day that you REACH OUT and touch what God has to offer you.
We all have places we bleed inside of us…everyone one of us.
But the bleeding can stop.
Amazing will change your life, if you take it home with you.
and APPLY it to everyday.
One step at a time, one day at a time.
It might hurt at first, you might feel like you are in a crowd of people
suffocating with heat exhaustion…you might feel like its going to take forever
to have a breakthrough and REACH far enough…
But nothing is out of reach.
Because God gave us the world,
and He wants us to live the fullness of it…
Starting on the inside.
Enjoy this video by KirK Franklin, “Imagine Me”….been singing in my head the last few days.
Hope it blesses you.
And just remember…
You can do anything. Just imagine.