- Priscilla Shirer at Hillsong Conference 2011, photo by Hillsong Church
When Priscilla walked up the stage and delivered her first message in the very first night of Hillsong Conference 2011, she totally blew me away. She spoke with authority and charisma, and I remembered leaning forward for the rest of her message (which caused a bit of backpain afterwards).
Drawing from John 11, she was reminding us of the basic – people may gather in the church, do praise and worship, and preach the Gospel; but if “God is not there”, it is such a vain.
We need the presence of God.
I remember her saying that Christianity without the presence of God is the same as going to Starbucks and finding there’s no hot coffee in store. Or you want to imagine more and think of Burger King not selling burgers. Or Dunkin Donuts without donuts to sell.
If you think that it’s ridiculous, the same thing goes with worshiping without the presence of God.
“Jesus is everything that you need,” she said. “Once you have experienced the presence of God, you want a little bit more, and everything else is ruined.“
Such strong words coming from her mouth.
And how true is that. I remember experiencing the presence of God, and everytime I’m yearning for more, more of His spirit to fill me, and I don’t want to be declining in my experience, but to be upgrading in the level of my relationship with God.
“Our ministry is supposed to be pointing out to Jesus, and not ourselves. It is when they hear you, and they follow Jesus,” says Priscilla Shirer.
For some, this is exactly what they do. But for the others, they want to gain recognition for themselves and less on Jesus. Each and every day I asked myself, “Do I want to write these posts for the name of Jesus to be heard? Do I want these writings to touch others and share my faith? Or do I want to be known as a good writer, for my name to be known?” It’s a hard question, and sometimes, I’m not sure if I’m being truthful or not. I need to repent everyday.
Priscilla went on, “Let me ask you a question, are you destroying the presence of God in your ministry? Are you focusing on yourself? Well let me tell you something. Sometimes, we think that we are ‘Jesus’.”
Priscilla Shirer shared this during her sermon, it’s so powerful and I really want to share it with you.
“In Genesis, He’s the breath of life
In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He’s our high priest
In Numbers, the fire by night
Deuteronomy, He’s Israel’s Guide
Joshua, He’s salvation’s choice
Judges, He’s Israel’s Guard
In Ruth, the kinsmen’s redeemer
1st and 2nd Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles He is Sovereign
In Ezra, He’s the true and faithful scribe
In Nehemiah, the re-builder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms He is our morning song
In Proverbs, He is our wisdom
Ecclesiastes, He’s the time and season
In Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream
In Isaiah He is Prince of Peace
In Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, the call from sin
Daniel, the stranger in the fire
Hosea, the forever faithful
Joel, the spirit’s power
Amos, the strong-arms that carry
Obadiah, the Lord our Savior
Jonah, the great missionary
Micah, the promise of peace
Nahum, our strength and shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He brings revival
In Haggai He restores that which was lost
IN Zachariah, He’s our fountain
And in Malachi, He’s the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wingsAND THAT’S JUST THE OLD TESTAMENTIn Matthew Mark Luke and John, He is God and Messiah
In the spirit filled book of Acts, He is the reigning fire from Heaven
In Romans, He is the grace of God
Corinthians, the power of love
Galatians, freedom from the curse of sin
Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servant’s heart
Colossians, He’s God and the trinity
Thessalonians, our calling King
In Timothy, Titus and Philemon, He’s our mediator and our faithful pastor
In Hebrews, the everlasting courage
In James, the one who heals the sick
In 1st and 2nd Peter, our faithful shepherd
In John and Jude, He’s the lover coming for His brideAND in the Revelation, in the very end, when it’s all over, said and done, when time is NO MORE. He is and will always be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, son of Man, Lamb of God, The Great I am, Alpha and Omega, God and Savior, He is Jesus Christ the Lord, HE IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED!”