On November 29th, THE MOVEMENT, a band of Christ-centred men from different churches led a passionate worship at Victory Church at Ara Damansara.
Co-founded by Pastor Ramesh Kumar and Bro Asaph Shavindran this January, THE MOVEMENT moves very strongly in prophetic and free-flow worship. The band of six members has since ministered in churches, evangelistic dinner banquets, and camps (Nicholas Teh from Grace Assembly PJ was unable to join this time).
THE MOVEMENT desires to fully surrender to the Holy Spirit and worship according to God’s agenda, not men’s agenda.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (John 4:23)
Rogers Sek, bassist of THE MOVEMENT shared his testimony of how God’s grace drew him back to church after backsliding for 10 years. He found that we need to be faithful in the little things given by God, before bearing bigger responsibilities from Him.
Pastor Ramesh from the Full Gospel Christian Church in Brickfields also shared a timely message on what God taught Him in times of trouble. He shared about how the disciples faced the storm when they crossed the lake in Luke 8 (expanded with permission by the writer).
#1 God is with us in the storm
Luke 8 shows us that although it was Jesus’ idea to cross the boat, a storm came and threatened to capsize the boat. Likewise, although we are doing what God calls us to do; we will still face obstacles and challenges.
However, like how Jesus was with His disciples in the boat, He is with us as well in the thick of our storm. Indeed, our God never leaves us or forsakes us. He promised to be always with us.
#2 God wants us to fix our eyes on Him in the storm
Yet, we often also forget about God when we face our problem. It is not until we have exhausted all our resources, that we come seek Him. In fact, sometimes God is the last person we go to when we have a problem.
Like the disciples, the storm takes center-stage than Jesus Himself. But what does Jesus want us to do? He says, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”
Jesus’ solution for us is to fix our eyes on Him in overcoming our storm. And fixing our eyes on Him would involve unraveling His Word. Jesus ‘was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ (John 1:1-2). Simply put, Jesus is inseparable from the Word of God. The Word of God contains every solution to all the problems we have.
#3 God listens to the whisper of a humble heart in a rumbling storm
Some of us may feel unworthy to come before God because of our mistakes and sin. Yet God hears the whisper of a humble heart over a rumbling storm.
The LORD says, “My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chron 7:14)
Another verse says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).”
Why is it so important to be humble? This is because only a humble person can receive instructions from God.
#4 God brings us into a storm only to bring us higher
After Jesus rebuked the storm, He asked His disciples, “Where is your faith?” It is an interesting question because it showed that Jesus expected them to have faith.
At this point, the disciples had already witnessed the blind receiving sight, the lame walking, the deaf hearing, the lepers cleansed, and the dead raised. All miracles happened in the human realm.
Yet, when the saw Jesus calmed the storm, they were fearful and amazed. That was the first time they saw even the realm of nature obeying Him. They asked amongst themselves, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him.”
Likewise, we may find our faith challenged when we encounter a new and bigger obstacle, even if we have seen God worked many miracles in our life before. But if God has brought you through your past problems, why can’t He do the same for you this time?
Most of all, God brings us into a storm, not to bring us down but to bring us higher. From going through the storm, the disciples learn who Jesus is. Jesus is God. And nothing is impossible for Him! Jesus showed the disciples that He is bigger than the storm! And likewise, through our storm, He will show us that He is bigger than our problem.
As a worship team, THE MOVEMENT focuses on teaching and allowing people to experience prophetic worship, encounter God, receive impartation from the LORD, and receive breakthrough where it is needed.
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