Just Show Up!

I am someone who likes to have a game plan, especially when it comes to our worship services. I have primarily served churches where I had to submit information to musicians early in the week and have an order of worship to a secretary by Thursday. Not anymore! Overcomers does not function like that. While I plan ahead, pray, and study, things can change if God says otherwise.

This week, I had a song set planned along with a message. I was getting ready to send the song set to the young lady who assists me with the music, and God would not let me do it. I knew this time to not put up a fight. I asked God about the message. God spoke within my spirit and said, “Just show up, and I will show you what to do.” So that’s what I did.

We arrived at 10:00 am to set up for our 11:00 service. I was going through the laptop and came across a song. God confirmed that is how we needed to start. Then, I knew that I needed to share what God was teaching me about the need to pray more and depend on Him. We spent time thanking God for a few different things, prayed, share what God is teaching us, and then I spoke from the book of Acts.

God reminded me how the church in the book of Acts was not scripted. They didn’t have bulletins, worship orders, light shows, song sets, and all the other things to which we feel bound. They lived in authentic community and saw the power of God Before their very eyes. May we be flexible and attentive enough to know what God is saying and do it without hesitation.

ADDENDUM: Maybe you are reading this and don’t know where to start. You are struggling as a parent or spouse and need help. You are trying to overcome an addiction and don’t know the first step. Joyce Meyer often says “Step Out and Find Out”. You will be a slave until you step. Bondage or freedom? I choose the second.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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