Pressing Through Pride

These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
(Acts 2:15-16 NLT)

Sunday we had several visitors.  That’s a big deal for a small church in Arizona in June. As I watched the congregation during worship, I noticed that most of our guests seemed engaged: singing, the occasional clap, even a smile!  Then, at the end of the musical worship time, came the dreaded moment of quiet.  I saw my wife looking at me with that look that means, “I have a tongue.”  Oh no!  What will the visitors think? Do they know what this is? Are they gonna freak out and run from the room? At that moment, I had to decide whether to be bold and let God move, or let my fears drive me.  The tongue was given, I had the interpretation, and God’s blessing flowed to encourage and strengthen His people. The intimidation that comes from the perceived opinions of strangers is one of the biggest blocks to allowing God to move in our midst.  Let’s press through!

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