Over the course of the year, I’ve heard a few sets of messages that moved me deep in my core and spurred large-scale change in my heart and life. All were shared at my school, during the two-day conferences we had each semester. We would cancel all classes for those two days to invest in our spiritual growth, and it helped me not only stay sane during the school year, but transform my life indefinitely. I would definitely like to share my notes from those messages with you. They won’t be as well-organized or cohesive as the messages themselves, as they’re simply the things I wrote down as I listened and processed, but there are some incredible truths within these. I hope you hear something from them that you needed.
This set was shared by Pastor Alex Michel on the second day of the fall semester conference. His emphasis was emotional health and spiritual healing. [You can read the first set from Pastor Alex here.]
- God forgives you so you can change, not so you can simply stop feeling guilty.
- Experience your pain; stuffing it away is running from it.
- Grief is not just for death. Let yourself feel loss.
- Compassion = feeling another’s pain yourself. It helps us walk alongside them.
- Romans 8:17
- Good pain = dealing with reality; is redemptive. Bad pain = repeating old patterns and avoiding the suffering it would take to change them (wasted pain).
- Grief is the toughest pain. You have to voluntarily enter it.
- Ps. 34:18, Ro. 12:15, Job 30:25, Matthew 5:4
- Grief is a choice to honesty face losses so that we can experience resurrection. To have new life, first you must die.
- Our culture hates anything that makes us feel weak.
- Feeling better does not equal becoming better. Don’t settle for false peace.
- If you don’t grieve, you carry losses that are still living.
- Creating ideals out of pain is dangerous, because you see that as the salvation.
- Dealing with it does not equal swimming in it forever. See it through, but don’t set up camp.
- The process of grief:
- The loss itself
- Protest, not wanting it to be true
- Despair/depression, giving in
- Sadness, loss, and grief proper; walking through it
- Resolution and resurrection
- Be real about it, not defined by it.
- We need love, comfort, and support from people in our grief. We also need time and room and something structured.
- Grief puts it on the hard drive instead of the ram. Minimizing it doesn’t help, either.
- Ministry is not greater than people.
- There will be people in heaven, not ministries. Invest wisely.
- Matthew 23:13-15, 23-24
- What makes God upset is when you neglect people.
- Putting ministry first leads to weariness. People are messy and hard, but they are what matter and therefore what fulfill.
- “My people don’t need messages, they need a word from Me.”
- Acts 1:8
- Don’t ask for the gifts of the Spirit if you don’t intend to serve people.
- Luke 22:42
- “Be filled” is continuous. Continuous filling.