Day 12: God, Do You See Me?

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?Psalm 42:1-2

Psalm 42 was written from a place of agony and desperation. “God, do you see me?” is the heart behind the psalm. I’m sure that you’re familiar with that type of desperation. There are seasons in our lives where God seems silent. In fact, the psalmist compares this feeling to that of being in a drought. Maybe you’re having trouble making ends meet financially. Or maybe things at work aren’t going well. Maybe there’s discord in your home or in your relationships. Notice what the psalmist does with his desperation; rather than looking around at his circumstances and allowing himself to feel stuck, he turns his eyes to the Father and redirects the attention of his desperation. He is honest about where he’s at and cries out to the only One who is able to sustain Him. So rather than crying out for a solution to His problem - he cries out to God because he understands that He is the only one that quench his thirst.

Perhaps you find yourself in a weary place, allow me to challenge you to turn your affections towards Jesus. Cry out for more than a solution to your problem - cry out for the living God to breathe life to dead places. He is able to make rivers in the desert and ways in the wilderness! Allow your faith to be stirred and your mind to be renewed as we approach this year’s worship conference.

Prayer: Lord, though I may be weary, I know You are working for my good. Stir up my faith and renew my mind today. Amen.

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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-Briana DuPree

Day 11: Have Your Way

Matthew 6:9-11 NLT

 

“9 Pray like this: 10 Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 11 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

This verse tells us this is how we should pray. Our words should always say “your kingdom come; your will be done.” We can notice this verse says “on earth as it is in heaven;” this indicates that whatever is loosed in heaven can be loosed on earth. May our hearts desire for his will to be done at Worship Conference during all sessions. May our hearts be focused on what His will and desire is to be done during this weekend.

 

Prayer: Our father, have Your way. Your will be done. On earth as it is heaven. Whatever may be loosed in heaven shall be loosed on earth; whatever is bound in heaven, let it bound on earth. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

 

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                                                                                                                        -Mckenzie Howell

Day 10: Refresh: Give New Strength or Energy

As my heart prepares for GT Worship Conference River ’18 the word refresh enters my thoughts. Expectations for a time of refreshing fill me with ancipatoon of what God will do in this time. In this time we give to Him, set aside for Him, concentrate on Him, bask in Him. Let it be a time of refreshing.

Refresh our spirits, give us a right spirit that honors You. Psalm 51:10Refresh our hearts, let the deep of hearts cry out to the deep of your heart, the One we love. Psalms 42:7-8Refresh our families, fill our family with renewed love to serve our Lord. Joshua 24:15Refresh our passion, let us follow God whole-heartly and receive His promises and blessings over our lives. Joshua 14:9Refresh our worship, empower our song, voice, and souls to magnify You. Ephesians 5:19 Refresh our love for Your Word, grow our trust in Your Word and help us to follow it all our days. Psalm 19:7

Prayer: God, use this time to prepare our hearts for all you will do, give us new strength, new energy for You and Your work. We give this weekend to You as a sacrifice. Let it be refreshing to sour souls and our spirits. Thank you for the new work you will do in our lives.Amen.

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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-Krystal Correale

Day 9: He is Worth It All

In Genesis 22, we find the story where Abraham’s faith is tested. Abraham received a promised son from God, whose name was Isaac. In this passage of scripture God speaks to Abraham about his son. God tells Abraham to take his only son, who he loves very much, up to the mountains to sacrifice him as a burnt offering. Abraham was obedient and made his way to the mountain the next morning. On the journey to the mountain Abraham said something that caught my attention. In Genesis 22:5 he says, “The boy and I will travel a little farther, we will worship there, and then come right back”. Abraham knew that he was going up the mountain to build an altar and sacrifice his son as a burnt offering, and he used the word worship to describe this act. Abraham considered sacrificing the very thing that he loved most a form of worship.

            The word worship comes from the old English word weorthscipe which means to show worth or acknowledge the worth of something or someone. We worship God by showing his worth to us, whether it be with our words or with our actions. Abraham showed the worth of God with his actions. He proved that God was worth more than anything else to him. God was worth sacrificing the life of his only son, the promise that he waited for his entire life. He showed the worth of God by trusting him with his promise. Worship is sacrifice, sometimes sacrificing the things that you love most. We must be willing to put God first, to show that he is worthier than anything else in our lives. When we do this we are worshipping with everything that we have. In this season let us be true worshippers, showing the worth of God above everything else, because He is worth it all.

Prayer: Father, today and the rest of our days we choose to surrender and sacrifice to You. You are worth every ounce of praise and worship that is in us. Let our desperation and passion to worship you rise. Amen.

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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-Mikayla Fontenot

Day 8: Where Is Your Treasure?

 Matthew 6:21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also. (NLT)

In this section of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is dealing with wealth (treasure) and our attitude towards it. In essence, He is speaking about our perspective in regards to these matters. True worship affects every aspect of our lives, even how we view material treasures. Jesus is rearranging the order of things and He is challenging his listeners to labor and live for eternal wealth. He is introducing the idea that by our life, our choices, we can store treasure in heaven; and, in this heavenly account it is eternally protected. Why is this important? Because Jesus understood a person’s desires follows their treasure.

Have we allowed Jesus to rearrange the order of things in our life? Or, are we still pursuing that which cannot satisfy? This a change of perspective! Ask the Lord to change your perspective today. To help you start laying up treasures in your heavenly account. Remember, all of this is in the context of verse 33 of this same chapter: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” (KJV)

Prayer: Father, help my perspective to change to the way that You view things. Help me to seek Your kingdom first and that my treasure and wealth would be found in You. Amen.

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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-Pastor Gary Howell

Day 7: How Thirsty Are You?

Day 7: How Thirsty Are You?

 

When I think about the river a few verses come to mind found in John 7:37-38, “On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.”

 

I don’t know about you but during these past few months of summer I can certainly relate to being thirsty. It has been hot, humid, and dry. In my opinion there is nothing more satisfying than a nice glass of ice cold water on a hot summer day. I love the feeling you get when your body feels that first drop on your lips and then you can feel every drop going into your throat and chest, it’s so revitalizing. 

 

What I’ve noticed in life as well is there are seasons spiritually where I’ve been thirsty, extremely thirsty for the Lord. Maybe it was a tough time in my life or a season where I just felt dry and it was a struggle at times to even hear from the Lord. But then I always remember this verse. Anyone who is thirsty may come to me… It’s an invitation, a hand out extended to you and I to come to Him to be revitalized, refreshed, and renewed.

 

So how thirsty are you? Do you need a time of revitalization, refreshing, or renewal? Are you parched, struggling, gasping, hunched over, hands on your knees, running on empty? Well, Come and drink for the “River” is flowing from His heart. I read an old proverb once that read, “No matter how full a river gets it always wants to grow.” My prayer for us as we enter into this conference is that no matter how full of the Spirit (The River) we get may we continue to grow even more.

 

Prayer: Holy Spirit, let my thirst continue to rise for You. Come refresh me. Renew me. Help me to grow in my love and my passion for You. Amen.

 

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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                                                                                                                        -Vinny Correale

Day 6: Courage

As Moses prepares the Israelites to enter the Promise Land, he gives a few key phrases before God makes the way for their River crossing experience. In Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses says, “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Moses repeats himself again to Joshua when he states, with all Israel watching, “Be strong. Take courage. You will enter the land with this people, this land that God promised their ancestors that he’d give them. You will make them the proud possessors of it. God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8).

 

Courage originates from the Latin word cor, meaning heart. Courage is deep-spirited frame of mind, it’s a person whose temper is steadfast. A courageous person values their inner strength.  When Moses commanded, “Be strong, take courage, don’t be intimidated…” it was after a restoration time for the Israelites in Deuteronomy 30:6-9. “God, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love God, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live. God, your God, will put all these curses on your enemies who hated you and were out to get you.  And you will make a new start, listening obediently to God, keeping all his commandments that I’m commanding you today. God, your God, will outdo himself in making things go well for you: you’ll have babies, get calves, grow crops, and enjoy an all-around good life. Yes, God will start enjoying you again, making things go well for you just as he enjoyed doing it for your ancestors.”  Can you imagine what 40 years in the desert did to the hearts of the Israelites? After wandering for that long a little bit of animosity, strife, and I’m sure a lot of worry festered in their spirits. We know they became complainers; the scriptures tell us about it.  They tried to find their own plan, even their own gods. But our gracious Heavenly Father, speaks of His mercy toward the chosen ones.

In Deuteronomy 31:6-7 They’ve been told they’re free to love their God, with their whole heart. And not only themselves, but their children will love Him. The thick calluses on their hearts are removed. A new start? Everyone wants a new start!  So many cry for a fresh opportunity, but feel unworthy & hopeless. However, God promises He will outdo Himself!  Remorse? Gone. Guilt? Forgiven. Shame? Wiped Away. Instead We get to Live, really Live.

These affirmations occur BEFORE the River experience to the Promise Land. Deuteronomy 31:5 shares what happens as the Israelites go to the Promise Land.

“God, your God, will cross the river ahead of you and destroy the nations in your path so that you may dispossess them.” He goes before us, Friends.

 

As we’re entering the next few days preparing our hearts for a River experience, be courageous. Make heart decisions to help you get deeper into your River Experience. Be steadfast in relationships with Christ & with others.  We’re living for eternity.

 

Prayer: Lord, give us courage. Help us to stay strong and to take heart. Help us stray away from rebellion and to live a life of obedience. With you we are living at last. Keep going before us and making the path clear as we put our trust in you. Thank you for Your promises and your grace toward us. Amen.

 

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

 

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                                                                                                                        -Angie Fobes

Day 5: Buckets

One morning during quiet time, as I was thinking on the theme of this year’s worship conference, I was focusing on what it meant. I took some time to think on the key scripture which is taken from Psalm 65:9;

 

“You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so.” NLT

 

The key words for us to focus on are; “The river of God has plenty of water”

 

Right after that my mind went somewhere else and God showed me something. I saw a river; a big, beautiful, flowing river. I next saw various people from multiple directions, holding buckets, going to the river, filling it as much as they could and then walking back to wherever they came from. Each person who came to the river had a bucket in their hands and they would do the same, fill the bucket as full as they could get it - to then try their best to walk back to where they came from with this full bucket, trying not to spill any water. As I was seeing this play out in my mind I felt a little puzzled but I heard God say, “That’s what my people do. I am everything they need, and I can fulfill every need and desire but they come to me with buckets”.

 

It immediately reminded me of this scripture where God gave the prophet Jeremiah a challenging yet correcting word for the people of Israel;

 

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13 NLT

 

A cistern is similar to a bucket, in that it is a tank or container for storing water. Interestingly though, a spring consists of flowing water yielded from an interconnection of underground sources of water. A spring keeps on springing up with water! Springing up with life! Doesn’t that sound like our God?

 

I believe God is challenging us in this time, truly asking us some questions as we prepare our hearts for the worship conference;

 

Do we truly believe that God is our eternal source?

 

What in our lives might be hindering us from laying aside our buckets and JUMPING INTO GOD?

 

God is available, and ready for us to dive into Him, and I am excited for how He is preparing our spirits to truly walk in the revelation of the truth that the river of God has PLENTY of water.

 

Prayer: Father, remove anything in me that isn’t of You. Come and fill me up with your living water. Let you be my eternal source. You provide and fill every need. Thank you, Lord for blessing us with Your river of living water. Amen.

 

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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                                                                                                                        -Lisa Matthews

Day 4: Patience in the Seasons

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 28:2). These past couple of months I’ve learned that God will reward those who remain faithful to him despite of the season that they’re in; whether the season is high or low. When we follow the will of God, it’s our job to sacrifice and to live out the calling of God, and in return he will always fulfill the promises he has over our lives. Pastor Tyler always says “many of us are focused on the harvest and not on the seed; when the word says to be focused on the seed and not the harvest. “We get to a point in our lives where we do all of the prepping for the harvest and we plant the seeds that we are wanting to see grow, but then we get to a place of realization that it’s God’s job to do the rest. The problem is we want to plant the seed and also do God’s job. Sometimes God will allow you to stumble along the journey so you can realize that only God can to do Godly tasks in our lives.

The truth that I stumbled upon is that God’s wanting to bless us but he also wants us to be patient and diligent in the season. If he was to give us all of the blessings that he has for us, it would destroy us and make our ministries and dreams come to an end because it would be too much for us to handle. But in Psalms 65:9 the word says “You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so.” Be patient in the Lord and watch as the blessing in your life unfold; be a great steward of what you have right in front of you and God will bless you with the more.

Prayer: Lord, let our prayer be to always have patience and trust in You no matter what the season holds. Help us to be good stewards of everything that you have placed in front of us. Thank you for what You are doing in us. Amen.

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

                                    

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                                                                                                                        -Yarian Rosado

Day 3: Pure Hearts

Psalm 51:10-12 NIV

 

“10 Create in me a pure heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

 

We are believing for the Presence of God to overflow in our lives. It is important for us to ask God for our hearts to be prepared so that we can be the move of God the world is waiting for. Our hearts should turn to the Father and ask Him to heal & restore us so that we can show the world restoration. Relationships can turn around, marriages can be renewed, children will be saved, and there will be healing in the hearts of those that are broken.

 

May our prayer be, “Renew us, Lord so that we can be the light the world needs. Give us boldness to admit that we cannot do this on our own. Restore us, Lord. May your presence always be with us. Make us aware. Amen.”

 

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference - that they would recognize the need for us to repent and know that our hearts should be pure and steadfast.

 

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                                                                                                                                                            -Mckenzie Howell

Day 2: Wells of the Heart

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) - John 7:37-39 NLT

As I was sitting in my quiet time with the Lord, the title RIVER sat profoundly in my heart. I felt lead to open an old journal and found notes from Worship Conference in 2015. I read over a point that was given by Josh Baldwin that said: “Open the wells of your heart.” I am reminded that rivers of living water are flowing from within us. As we prepare ourselves for GTWC18 let us open the wells of our heart and allow the river to flow. Let us be bold and step into the current of the river, believing for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Letting the current take us wherever it goes, and experience the Holy Spirit in a new and fresh way. Let go and be free to dance in the river! The Lord wants us to come and drink from the river only He provides.

We can never be filled to the top, Jesus always wants to give us more and more of Him! As it says in Ecclesiastes 1:7 NLT: “Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.” So, as the sea flows back to the river, let our praise flow back to God. My prayer is for us to open the wells of our heart, letting new praise and worship flow from us to the one who provides the living water. May we be all in for Jesus, desiring MORE of what He has for us, taken deeper into the river like never before.

Prayer: Lord, we desire more of you. Whatever it looks like and whatever it sounds like. Let us jump into Your river with a passion to worship and to live for you. Take us deeper. Amen.

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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-Christina Santos

Day 1: Wide Awake

If we are honest, most of us will admit that we have experienced seasons when the moments, days and weeks seemed to slip away without us noticing. Perhaps we were absorbed by the busyness of everyday routines, or by a difficult season when mere survival was challenge enough. Regardless, we often look back on these seasons with a sense of regret and the feeling that moments were ‘wasted’.

The book of Psalms (always a great place to start when facing the shortfalls of our humanity and refocusing on God) gives expression to this tendency in a prayer by Moses. He asks God to arrest his impulse to drift through the days, saying: 

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Easy to learn, this verse has been the prayer of countless Christians wanting to awaken to each moment they have been graced with. Perhaps today, it can become your prayer, too.

As we begin this study of revival, let’s resolve to be aware of what God is doing. From the outset, let us number the days, tune our ear heavenward and determine that this season will not slip away. That we might have our eyes wide open to see that the Lord is present and active.

 

Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.

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