Let me just say this… Priscilla Shirer can feel free to get up all in my business any ole’ time she wants. MERCY! This woman is the real deal. Walking it, teaching it, being it… the real stinkin’ deal. (That’s pretty close to some ugly language isn’t it?.. but she’s that good) I have six pages of notes on her session so.. how about we go with a bullet list to prevent you from reading a book, mkay? (Okay…so it ended up being a mini book.. it’s good stuff people!!)
Priscilla started off in Galatians 5 and ran with it..
- What is it that you are over doing in your life?
- physical space, ministry, family balance
- We need to seek freedom from what we have enslaved OURSELVES to from the blessings He has given us.
- When the Israelites were in the desert, they still struggled with the mindset of their past. They had not let go of the mindset of being inslaved.
- In spite of God providing for their every need, shelter, water and manna – still the mindset of slavery existed. Hoarding, saving leftovers… it never worked.
- God gave them boundaries to the gifts he presented them with. Boundaries….
- God desires fro us to really walk in this freedom He has given us.
- Deuteronomy 5:12 – “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.”
- We have been given many resources but we only have ONE Source.
- We need margin in our lives. We need to create more breathing room.
- Is there any area in your life that you can’t stop or leave? Calendar, relationship, your home?
- What indulgence have you become a slave to?
- “I am not God and I am leaving room for Him to move.” – Priscilla
- Sabbath was a standard to living long before it was a law. (Insert 2×4 against Dedra’s head here)
- We err on the inclination to latch on to someTHING too tightly. What are you holding on to too tightly? (insert huge sigh and Oh my goodness here…)
- In Deuteronomy 5:14 – ” but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock or the sojourner who is withing your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.” ESV YOU are to do ANY (nada) work on the Sabbath…
- The Israelites were supposed to stop working, but no one one told them to shift from the slave mentality and do NO work. They didn’t understand that Shabbat means to end, cease, rest.
- Are you capable of stopping? Is your flesh so tied up in that area or item that you can’t stop? Why is it that we despise space, rest, silence, margin or breathing room?
- What is stealing your attention from fully serving God?
- Resist the urge to just continue. You can’t enjoy anything because you have too much of everything. TOO MUCH of everything…
- She took us to Exodus 16:25 – 26: “Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it , but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.”
- You’ve had enough, that’s enough; rest in His provision. Why are we working and gathering when there is nothing there?
- Do you find yourself striving for something or towards something?
- On the seventh day you were given plenty of provision for the seventh day on the sixth day…
- Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!.” ESV
- Are you blocking the sixth day provision?
- God’s double portion on the sixth day is more than what my hands can gather. What are you trying to gather?
- Stopping, ceasing, resting does not necessarily mean that it is completed/finished but that it is finished for NOW. (sigh)
- We must resist the urge to continue doing what drives us, what we are addicted to doing.
- God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. Take the Sabbath day to remember what you used to be, where you used to be and who you used to be..reflect on what it feels like to be enslaved to sin-relationally, addictions, spending, food. Would you take a moment and remember what it felt like?
- God calls us to observe the Sabbath to create in us a thankful and grateful heart. To mold us towards the inclination of remembrance and gratefulness..
- Are you a slave to anything in your life? What good is a free person who wants to go back to Egypt?
- 1 Corinthians 6:11 – “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
- Acts 7:39 – ” Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt,”
- Slaves hoard – keep gathering, don’t have enough.
- Free people give openly – abundance, holy expectation
- Exodus 16:22 – “On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses,”
- Hoarding had become foul which leads to frustration, devastation..
- Has anything in your life become distasteful to you? When you have too much you can not see clearly. Is there any margin?
- You are not God. Sabbath is to remind you to have a white margin, to be obedient to God, to make room for God, to remember where we have been, who we have been.
- Sabbath is a margin mentality where we are standing with God in agreement to cease, stop and recall, remember and look forward to what is ahead.
- Sabbath is a sign to the world that we truly are aliens and that there is peace in the midst of God’s storms.
My notes are scribbled and ugly but I can tell just recalling them for this post how urgent this message was for me. It still is today.
Priscilla went on to challenge us to create 14 minutes of Sabbath in every day. Fourteen minutes to bless our husbands.. 🙂 Fourteen minutes to stop, cease, rest and recall, remember what and look forward to what is ahead. Fourteen minutes….
How are you observing Sabbath in your daily life? How do you observe the Sabbath?
(Deeper Still Recap – Beth Moore tomorrow.. no really, I promise.. it’s already ready to go.. 🙂 )