The bond that we already had got a little stronger and the roots of the legacy that binds the generations to come grew a little deeper through this beautiful and powerful weekend.
Beth lined out eight points, in order to be transformed from lame (crippled) to leaping, of which she delved into with her ever-so applicable, enlightening, and always with humor way, over the two-day weekend. I thought I'd share those here, along with a few tidbits of what I got out of the conference.
Beth spoke from Acts 3:1-14. I'll quote Acts 3:6, the meat of it, to give you some context:
Speaking to the lame beggar...
But Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!The eight points:
1. We are all begging for something.
We all have a need and we're going somewhere for its fulfillment.
2. Sometimes we beg for the lesser thing we need.
As with the lame beggar, who is begging for money, what he really needs are legs to walk. Yet he begs for the lesser need because people cannot fulfill the greater need. He keeps looking beyond to the next person not really looking at one of them, begging for help to satisfy the very condition he is in. Peter says to the beggar, "Look at me!"
We, too, can constantly be looking on to the next thing and allow distractions to keep us from seeing what is right in front of us. Get focused. Stop moving from one thing or person to the next. Expect more from God and live a life of focused passion in Christ Jesus.
And from Peter's perspective, we tend to sigh in our mediacrecy over what we don't have but we, too, can say, "but what I have I give you."
3. Sometimes what we need from a person is just a hand.
Sometimes it just takes a warm hand of faith from someone to see what Jesus has already done.
4. Nothing will leave us as lame as trying to make gods of people.
Beth stated that when people become idols they become ugly - because that is not what we were created for and we do not know what to do with it (look at Michael Jackson, for example). We were created to worship God alone and He alone can handle our worship.
I loved that and I love her humility. She shared that years ago she put a stop to signing books at conferences because she was so "grossed out" by people leaving their seats early to get in line for the book signing. In other words, don't you dare idolize me! The glory is in Christ alone.
5. To experience the true magnitude of our healing, we have to stop clinging and start walking.
Acts 3:7 says that the lame man walked into the temple with Peter and John, "walking, leaping, and praising God." the man clearly let go of Peter and John after they helped him up.
We cannot leap if we are still clinging onto someone's neck.
6. Those who have learned to walk are also called to talk.
7. We can't force healing on people.
8. God can use our healing to make others want theirs.
I was a little tired in the end for the lack of sleep the night before, but it was an awesome, life-giving weekend. I know what I am begging for and I'm going straight to the Source of Life for it. I am trusting God with the lives and salvation of my children to continue a legacy of passion in Jesus Christ throughout generations to come. In the mean time, I'm going to enjoy what is right in front of me and continue to determine not to miss a moment.
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