In one service during A4J Conference, Ps Philip shared about "Faith = Selah"
Selah simply means pause/rest in musical terms. Faith spells R.E.S.T.
You know, some of us have great expectations attending revival conferences like this. We are waiting for dynamic speakers to bring forth some POWERFUL, LOUD, FAITH-FILLED messages that will stir us up, pump up our faith and motivate us to do more!
Likewise, as a typical Church leader, I cleaned my ears and prepared my spirit to receive the powerful anointing/divine intervention/fire of revival...yadada. you mention it.
Yes, God gave me a lot of BUTs recently.
We saw Ps Philip, pulling out a PILLOW, from the hotel by the way, from his bag.
Lay it flat on the stage, and asked Ps Jonathan, his poor interpreter, to lie beside him on the pillow.
"Faith is not about pumping hard on your believe. Faith is not pushing yourself too hard to be an acceptable Christian."
Faith is rest.
Faith is being able to rest in your problems.
You are able to cast it all to God, knowing He will provide and take care of the things which you cannot see.
Then he started to sing (still lying down with his pillow)
” I wait on God to bring to pass,
all He has promised me.
And as I wait,
I rest in faith in what I cannot see.
For in His way He will provide,
at just the perfect time,
everything that’s good and right
For in His way He will provide,
to bless this life of mine.”
Tears...coming from every single cell of my being, overwhelmed me.
Some people around me were laughing at his act.
But I deeply felt what God is trying to tell me.
Ps Philip pastors 70 churches with over 40,000 members. He is radical and that brings a lot of threat to him.
But he says: "My 2nd most powerful spiritual weapon (His bible being his 1st), is....my pillow!"
The song he sang, is his all time favorite lullaby. He sings himself to sleep. He put all his problems & worries outside. His bedroom is his secret place, his intimate sanctuary where God's peace surrounds.
You are no hero if you can defeat thousand men & move mountains.
A true courageous person, a real strong man, is one who knows how to let go, and let God.
My tears literally flow throughout the service. Many times I trained myself to be a tough girl.
I am a tough girl in my family because I bear the responsibility of their salvation.
I am a tough girl in the office as I run all the tasks and make sure everything is on time.
I am a tough leader in church because I have members to take care off.
That day, God just want me to be...me.
His little girl, who is soft & fragile, knows no evil, knows no responsibility & obligation.
He just want me to dwell in His presence, knowing that He loves me more than anyone else, and knowing that I love Him too, as my Big Daddy, who can make all things right, who will carry me through.
There are times to strive, there are also times of rest.
If you feel weary, defeated, disappointed...
Let's not try to get angry at yourself being weak & useless. Let's not try to motivate yourself by pumping hard on your decreasing faith.
You deserve a good rest.
Let our Heavenly Father renew your strength and tell you that He will bring to pass, all He has promised you.