Last weekend I attended the Create Conference in St. Louis, MO (my future home). I had such a great time, and the presence of Jesus was tangible. I was able to glean wisdom from people like Hope Snider, Nicole Crank, Real Talk Kim, John Gray, and Wendy Treat. BEST!!!!
For the last year or so, I've had this dissonant struggle between praying for what I think I need and praying God's perfect will. My best friend, Kasey, and I have had so many discussions about what is good and what is God. Sometimes there are some good options, but I've decided to chase after God's best and His perfect will.
The last session of the Create conference was with John Gray. If you don't know who he is, just do yourself a favor and watch this. He is one of the funniest people on Earth, AND he is SO POWERFUL! I don't have the ability to communicate it; just look him up.
One thing about John Gray is that he cultivates a spirit of worship. There is always such a reverent and sweet, yet powerful, spirit of worship when he enters the room. (That tells you a lot about what he does in his personal life. You can't make that up!) Before John Gray began teaching, he led us in an extended time of worship. He went from OLD SCHOOL hymns to straight up COGIC YOU BETTA WORSHIP to a really beautiful, cherished worship experience. He began to sing, "Good, Good Father" by Chris Tomlin.
He got to the part of the song that says, "You are perfect in all of Your ways," and I had the biggest come to Jesus moment.
- having no mistakes or flaws
- completely correct or accurate
- being entirely without fault or defect
- satisfying all requirements
- lacking in no essential detail
Come on! The God you serve meets all of the definitions above! So many times we think we know best. We question the steps that God has asked us to take and the things that He asked us to do. BUT WHY THO? If God tells you something, you can rest assured - it's perfectly perfect. We should jump at the chance to be obedient to God. Why? Because we know that when we are obedient, we are residing in His perfect will.
A few weeks ago, Pastor David Crank preached a word on being encapsulated. The truth is that if you trust God... if you choose obedience ... if you follow His perfect way... He will be your shield, and you will be encapsulated in Him. You will be on the path to knowing and loving God deeper, and you will be on the perfect path towards goodness and favor. And not because we're good, but because He's good and literally perfect!