We had our worship group the other night and to begin with I saw someone playing the playing so I asked if anyone could and would play the piano because that is what I saw happening in the spirit. I may have been wrong in the what I saw but I stepped out in faith but alas no one stepped forward to play the piano so Jim played it and I believe in this the Lord was teaching us some valuable lessons. Jim cannot play the piano at all but he was willing to be used.
This morning I was reading in Mark 7:32-35 "There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man... Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him "Ephphatha!" (which means, "Be opened!). At this the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
I was reminded of the other night as I read the story above, would people spit and touch a man's tongue in the belief of seeing it healed? There are things the Lord is going to ask us to do that is out of our comfort zone, makes no sense and yet if we are asking to see the things that are talked of in the bible, if we are asking for deaf ears to be healed, blind eyes to be opened, legs to grow etc then we need to learn to step out on what we see in the spirit by faith so that our faith is activated through humility and allow the Lord to do what he said he can do. If we will only do what we know we can do in our own strength and ability then we will I believe not see the miraculous things God wants to do. If we are a people who believe that "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me" not because of my own ability but because of God's ability through me as an empty willing vessel then we will see those things because God wants all the glory and to do that it must not rest on man's ability or strength.
God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.......Therefore, as it is written: Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.....1 Cor 1:27- 2:5 ......my message and preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power."
The other day at our home I now believe there was a worship angel in the room and because Jim stepped out in faith our household received that gift because the next day Kate who used to play the piano and hasn't for a long time and she was not a part of the meeting just started playing the piano again and it was so nice to hear it being released again in our house. But I also believe there were others that were being challenged to move out in that arena to another level so if you are musical in any way I encourage you to step out in faith and pick up those instruments you haven't played for a while and start to practise them and be willing if the Lord asks you again to play, then play not resting on your own ability but trusting that God will give you what you need when you need it and it will be like the angels worshipping before the throne day and night.