11 Feb 2015 by Joycelyn Loh CM-
The hall of DUMC was filled with the sound of joy, praise, and worship on 23rd of January in the Planetshakers Awakening Conference night rally. The cry and hunger for God were so great during the praise and worship session that God’s presence saturated the main and overflow halls, immersing everyone deep in His Spirit.
“Emmanuel, God is with us!” says Pastor Sam Evans, pastor of Planetshakers.
Pastor Sam started her sharing on Matthew 1:23, “It is impossible for a virgin to conceive a child, yet God in His power and what He did was supernatural. And God who did this supernatural thing is with you and me.”
““Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. ” (Matthew 1:23)
Pastor Sam continued sharing that although our situations seem impossible and our environment seems impeded, God has a supernatural plan for us; they are the perfect place for God to sow His Word and His seeds of the supernatural and the miraculous!
“Jesus who walked on the water, raised the death, and calmed the storm—God who did these supernatural things—is with us. And because He is with us, He has dominion over our DNA, and nothing in the natural elements of this world could overcome us,” says Pastor Sam.
26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)
“When God is with us, miracle starts to happen. But we got to believe the word of God, and stop questioning, worrying, and getting anxious asking, ‘Is this God? Will this come to pass?’ We need to believe that God is with us!” Pastor Sams shared. Our faith in God is the admission point for the power of God to overrule the natural predicament that we are in.
“When God is with us, He is not just next to us, He is connected to us. There is a connection between God and us. God does not just want to visit us and then, go. He wants to be with us. And when God is with us, we are in the Father’s home. In His presence, we as His children are home.”
Planetshakers worship team led numerous songs in the night rally, which the congregation were familiar with. The songs included Endless Praise, Turn It Up, Leave Me Astounded, Holy, Covered, Your Presence, and many more.
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