God bless you in Jesus name. We hope and pray you are blessed by todays message which is about submersion in the presence of God.
Last week Nicky and I had the pleasure of speech coaching one to one with a client with whom I had worked with a few years ago as a Business Coaching client. We shall call her 'Amanda''. Amanda is a 'sponge'! I don't mean this in a negative sense. I mean that when she takes on a project, she will totally submerge herself in it. Amanda will drain you dry for information. Clients like this are so easy to work with. In fact all we worked on was Amanda's structure, her opening and her conclusion. We had no input on her content or delivery.
On the day of her speech we sent Amanda an encouraging text. There I was sitting at my desk when my phone rang. I picked it up. "Hello........" My ear drums where then blasted to pieces with the screams of joy and elation. They had told her that she was the best speaker they had ever had and that they would be inviting her back. Oh, and they would be recommending her to a number of other organisations! That's why she was so excited!
I would like you to focus on Amanda for a second. Now was Amanda's success on that day because we are such amazing coaches that we can turn anybody into an amazingly talented speaker? I would love to say yes, but it is a no. Is it because the audience were above average listeners? Well, that does help, but it is a no.
'Amanda' came to us with a hunger, a desire to be a blessing to those she had a message for.She came to us with an open heart and an open mind. She did not just agree with everything we said. She would weigh it and if she agreed with it, she would totally submerge herself in it and like a sponge, she would suck up all the information she could. She took us for every penny she had spent, which is awesome. Then Amanda applied it with action. The results........ she totally connected with her audience and blessed them. She inspired them and made an impact in their lives. Amanda was totally blessed and she was a total blessing .....
So lets look at that in comparison to our relationship with God......
What happens when we come to God hungry? With a deep hearted desire to hear Him and fellowship with Him?
Proverbs 3:5-6 says Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart......In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.
We need to rely on our father in heaven. What happens when we worship with Abandoned hearts? We need to be totally open to what God wants to say to us. When we do hear God it is such a blessing isn't it? If you are not sure if it is God or if it is right, weigh it up with the word of God. Go back to the bible. I really want to encourage you to totally submerge yourself in the presence of God. Allow the Holy spirit to soak you! Become a sponge to all that God wants to say to you. Spend time with Him. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and then finally......... act out what God has said. Take action, apply it and then you will see God move in an amazing way. You will be calling God on His 24/7 prayer line and screaming with elation to Him for His amazing wonder.
Prayer " Father, I pray that you will allow me to be totally submerged in your presence, to be totally soaked in the Holy Spirit. I pray that I will never stop hungering for you, craving for you. I want to hear you and feel you so clearly that I have no doubts that it is you when you speak. Help me to know your voice and your guiding hand. Give me the wisdom and courage to act out all that you want me to do. In Jesus name I pray, Amen."
Have a blessed week.
Rob and Nicky Snow
At ‘Free Your Voice’ ministries we predominantly focus on testimonies. Why testimonies? They are personal and nobody can argue with them because you have lived them and experienced the power of Gods love and amazing grace. As a member of the worship team, testimony is a great tool for you to use to help put across what the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart in worship or for a particular song.
Here are our Top Ten Tips for delivering short powerful testimonies.
1. Connection. Make sure the testimony you have to give has a connection with the song or message in your worship. For example if you are singing a song about ‘Gods power’ and your testimony is about ‘your healing’, they tell the testimony of ‘Gods power in your healing’. This will help keep the flow of the worship and assist in keeping your congregation connected to God and in that amazing place of His love.
2. Timing. Wait for the appropriate time to share your testimony. Timing is everything. If you can see God is really doing something with His worshippers, wait. If The worship is in full flow and people are singing out in the spirit, then let it flow. If the worship is ‘up tempo’ and coming with power, then wait until the worship has come to a place of calmness. Maybe lead into a soaking section and then deliver your message of Gods grace, love, power, healing or whatever it is your testimony conveys.
3. KISS. Keep It Short Saint. Don’t allow your testimony to go on for too long. A powerful testimony can be told in under 2 minutes. In worship this should be your target. How can we tell a short testimony with passion and power? We can do this by including the important details (I woke up with a shooting pain down my right let / God clearly spoke to me and He said………) and removing the not so important details (I was in Tesco or was it wallmart? My husband and I had popped into the store to get some crisps as he loves salt and vinegar….) Keep it simple saint.
4. Structure. In our workshops we teach 2 of 4 structures which are available on out 4 CD box-set. Any speech teach or preach needs structure. For a short powerful testimony we can simply structure it like so. Open with a 40 second story of the problem. Then tell a 40 second story of how you pressed into God and how you searched His heart in the situation. Finally tell a 40 second story of Gods miracle, His testimony, His love, His grace,His amazing mercy. This is important because your testimony is what God is ‘doing’ in your life, not what He has brought you out of.
5. Who gets the glory? It is so important that we keep sight of our ego and that God gets the glory in our testimony. The flesh can be strong and sometimes we can fall into ‘look what God has done for ME!’ Take the ME out of your testimony and make sure God gets the glory.
6. Clarity. Be clear in your head what you want to say before you open your mouth. You wouldn’t start singing until you knew the song you were singing or the opening lines. Giving testimony is the same. It is far more powerful to open with “We serve such an awesome God, a God who can and does heal! Two weeks ago I was working in the garage…….” That is so much more powerful than “I want to share a testimony with you. Okay where do I start? About 2 -3 weeks ago I think it was, I was in the garage……” Take a few seconds to think about what you want to say.
7. Keep a log. Everywhere I go I keep a small note pad. Any time I hear a powerful testimony, I will make a note of it. Every time I experience Gods grace or His awesome power I will make a note of that testimony. My wife and I now have a little book full of testimonies. Occasionally we will read through them and jog our memories. There will be occasions when the Holy Spirit prompts you in the area of His amazing love, healing or grace and worship takes that focus. If you have a log of testimonies to Gods greatness in all areas, not only does it build your faith level, it also gives you testimony for every occasion. It gives you the tools so God can use you in a more powerful way.
8. Pray. Testimony comes out of relationship with God. Many of us are aware of Gods hand and guidance in our lives once we have been saved and we are in relationship with Him. However, although His hand was upon us before we were saved, often we are totally unaware of this. So if we seek first the Kingdom of God, seek a relationship with God, seek intimacy with our heavenly Father, then we will hear His voice more clearly. Out of intimacy with God comes testimony. Relationship enables Him to use us in a more powerful way.
9. Keep your eyes open. As worship leaders we can often get so into the spirit that we close our eyes and soak in the presence of God. When leading worship or sharing your testimony it is important that you keep your eyes open. This gives you awareness of your surroundings so you can see what God is doing. With testimony you can see who is listening and who is connecting with you. If you are sharing your testimony and people are listening with dropped jaws and wide eyes asking for more, then you can follow that and lead them into prayer or a new place in worship, so keep your eyes open and have awareness.
10. Practice. Practice telling short powerful 2 minute testimonies. Visit our website and play our free game ‘Be Prepared’. Be Prepared™ will help you to be prepared for those unprepared moments. This game is great to practice on your own or with your friends. It will help you to develop your public speaking skills so that the next time you need to deliver a powerful unprepared 2 minute testimony, you will deliver with passion, power and purpose. Simply visit http://3yourvoice.co.uk/MinistryHome.html
We really hope that these tips bless you and enable God to help you take your worship to a whole new level.
Rob and Nicky Snow
(Free Your Voice)
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