FOLLOW GOD FULLY
Over the Easter weekend, 320 delegates assembled at the Hayes Conference in Derbyshire.
The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as we gathered in Father’s presence. The weekend’s theme was ‘FOLLOW GOD FULLY’ and we were blessed to share with visiting Pastors, Roy Lewis and David Shosanya.
On the first evening, Pastor Kenny set the scene and reminded delegates that the “…heart of the Father would be revealed, as the name of Jesus was revered and power of the Holy Spirit released…and that His Kingdom (on Earth) will reign!” Armed with this knowledge, delegates prepared hearts and minds for worship and praise - the following extract is a brief summary of our time of fellowship.
The first teaching session was led by Pastor Roy Lewis, who invited us to study Caleb – whose ministry is endorsed by God at least three times (Num 4:24; Num 32:11-12; Deut 1:35). To ‘Follow God Fully’ we, just like Caleb, must have an understanding of who we are in God and, just as Caleb knew it enough to repeat it (Josh 14.9) we need to know the truth about what God says about us.
Caleb stood out from the other Israelites because he had a different spirit and followed the Lord wholeheartedly. It was not about what he DID, but about attitude and what he could see – when others could not! Caleb was a realist (he saw what was there) who refused to be overwhelmed by what he saw because He knew that God was with him and had equipped him for the task ahead. This is just
as applicable to us today - following God fully is a total life package, it is not only about how we live or about what we know, but what we are - not action but ATTITUDE.
Pastor Kingsley Blake continued the teaching sessions and made reference to the following scriptural texts Num 13:23- 14:1-10 (cross-ref Deut 1:6-8).
Caleb and Joshua, having heard God, stood with what He had said - they took Him at His word! Following God fully means that you become so in tune with His word that anything contrary will not resonate – see Ps 119:105.
When God speaks He expects everything to line up with what He says. God is the source so, He speaks at a specific frequency (the source frequency) and everything must come into line with what He says (2 Sam 22:14; Ps 18:13; Jn 12:28-30) - God’s voice must be adhered to. Joshua and Caleb were so tuned in that they resonated with God. If you are out of tune, however slightly, it displeases God and if we are to ‘Follow God Fully’, our confession must resonate with His word.
Simultaneous teaching sessions were held by the Junior Church where our youth also had the opportunity to explore the weekend’s theme. Once again, a feast of praise was prepared and presented by our youth for all to share giving us a further glimpse into God’s plan for the lives of our sons and daughters.
Pastor David spoke candidly about his vision for a vibrant youth who know God fully and are not ashamed to own Jesus as their Lord following which, lives were rededicated and families embraced in the love of God - it was a joy to behold and to Him be all the glory.
On Sunday morning, Pastor Kenny Ogunji resumed the third teaching session by referring delegates to Num 26:65. To follow someone is an indication that you may be lost, or that person has an admirable character and, bearing this in mind, Pastor proceeded to lead us through a study of some of the character traits of people that followed God fully.
They all recognised a ‘calling’ on their lives (Ex 6:6-8; Num 13:2, 6; Eph 1:4); had a ‘different spirit’ (2 Pet 1:4-9);
displayed ‘courage’ (Num 14:6-9) and all had a ‘heart given entirely over to God’ (Num 32:12; Prov 23:26).
For further study, why not consider :
a) Josiah and his subjects (2 Kings 23:3, 25);
b) Caleb and Joshua (Num 32:12);
c) Judah under King Asa (2 Chron 15:15);
d) King David (Ps 19:69);
e) Jesus (Gal 1:4; Eph 5:2; Tit 2:14)
f) Apostle Paul (Phil 3:7-10).
Finally, Pastor Lewis reminded delegates that, to follow God fully, we have to lay aside excess baggage i.e. background, and memories that will so easily weigh us down and, in order to fulfil our God given destiny, we have to let go of the past. Scriptural references include Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Mary – all of whom had a chequered history but were all included in the royal line of Christ’s genealogy.
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“But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it” (Num 14:24)