Our Colour Journey began a few months ago when a saw a FB post.. someone selling 2 Colour tickets !!! I automatically thought of gong with my sister.. and bought the tickets without even asking her… LOL. whoops !! It was evident that God wanted us there as he opened all sorts of doors that day to allow us to go… cheap flights, accommodation options and care for my kids while I was gone, all sorted.
Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, only a couple of weeks prior to colour, I saw yet another ticket, just a single this time, available for sale on FB. I automatically thought of my friend Jude, who I had talked with after Colour last year about going this year. Financially, had this ticket come up even a week earlier, Jude wouldn’t have been in a position to purchase it, as well as flights & accom etc etc. However, God is GOOD and had sorted out a financial situation in their lives just in time for Jude to be able to attend !! Just another Colour miracle !!
So, after great anticipation, we headed to the airport last Thursday for our lunchtime flight. Stomach turning turbulence was not fun… probs the worst I’ve ever experienced… but we arrived safely and met up with Jude before heading to our fantastically glamorous (LOL) lodgings.
Taking the 5min walk from our digs to the Sydney Entertainment Center.. cough cough… The Qantas Credit Union Arena.. LOL. was full of excitement. As I’d never been before, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.. but let’s just say… It didn’t disappoint !!!
The opener was like being at the best concert you have EVER been to. Seriously, you know how you go to big name acts at huge concerts and they often sound really different from their recordings? Well, the Hillsong vocalists sound EXACTLY as they do on their recordings… Amazing sound !!
So, now.. onto the teaching…. the MEAT !!
Session 2, Day 2 (I must have been too excited to take notes for session 1 which was Bobbie Houston… sorry Bobbie…. I do remember it was a great night of teaching though.)
Beth Moore… Let’s just say – My most favourite Bible teacher. A love of Bible Study was really awakened for me in 2011/2012 through first doing Beth’s ‘Esther’ Study, and then onto Daniel, Jesus the One and Only… and a whole lot more. I’m now doing ‘Stepping up – A study through the Psalms of Ascent.’
1. Every believer is enormously gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit . Verses throughout the book of Jude. (A short but fascinating read.)
2. An unguarded anointing is an accident waiting to happen. (The story of Samson) Judges 14:5-6… but really the whole book is a great read.
Caution – An addiction to the rush instead of a desire for God. Not something I have experienced to a huge degree, but it’s quite easy to see how it would happen. For example… It was a huge ‘high’ to be at Colour.. the entire time was a buzz.. I can see how it would be easy to go for the ‘show’ while not leaning in and receiving.
Judges 16:4, 7-14 – onwards. Delilah – the enemy with his flirt on. Loved that terminology.. so true.. It is easy to think that the enemies schemes are always of a nasty nature (well, they are all deep down), but he quite often use quite appealing methods to entice us, distract us etc.
3. We are not just vessels of the anointing… We are stewards. What will we DO with what we have been given?
Our best friend needs to be humility. We can miss our calling by our stupidity…. So true !!!
Conceit can supply a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. 1tim 3:6 & 6:4. Judges 16:15 -19. 2 Tim 2:22 – 26. GET BACK UP !!!
Session 3 – Brian Houston
Heart of a giraffe. 11.5kgs. God wants to expand & stretch our hearts. I didn’t write much down from this session, but this giraffe heart thing fascinated me !!
Session 4 – Sisterhood session !! This had the AMAZING ‘Happy’ opener !!! Soooo good !!
Following this, there was a ‘lounge room’ set up on the stage for a discussion time with Bobbie, Lisa Bevere, Julia A’bell, Robert & Amanda Feguson, & another chick which I’m sorry to say I can’t remember… I’m thinking she was from Cape Town though ??
The 4 ‘c’s of bible reading – Consistent, complete, careful, Christ centered.
SOAP – S – Scripture O – Observation A – Application P – Prayer
Read The Word out-aloud . Developing a love for God’s word ! KNOW the word of God.. Be in the word of God .. Pick up on His inflections etc. (Loved this as I have begun to experience & recognise this over the last few months.)
Set, possibly name, your devotion time/place. Make it a choice !! Choose to pray
Choose to be in The Word. (You version – have it audibly speaking to us.)
Choose to be encouraging/happy/uplifting .
Get The Word in so we can send The Word out when needed… To others, into the atmosphere.. Against the enemy.
A possible prayer to pray when opening The Word.. “Lord, open my eyes to your truths. ”
Fire overcomes fear !!
A relationship with Jesus will help you to know your Father’s will. Know people ! Know yourself ! (Reminded me of the quote from Sun Tzu that David Thomas modified..“If you know God, the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”)
Preaching !! John 4 : 29 … I LOVED this take on it !!! The story of the Woman at the well !!
1. Involve the word ‘come’ invitational response !!
2. “Come see a man..” Focus on Jesus !!
3. “Who told me..” .. John 10:10
4. Tell your story ! “He told me everything I ever did.”
5. “Could this be the Christ?” She posed the question. John 4.
Session 5 -Lisa Bevere !
God loves us uniquely .. Definition of unique … Without rival !!
Look INTO the word, not just at it !!
Session 6 – Lisa Bevere
Embracing all that God/the cross has done for me is the best thing I can do for God.
We are anointed with the Holy Spirit with Power !
I am a weapon in my Fathers hand. .. Light in the darkness.
God speaks TO us so He can speak THROUGH us !
Panel discussion @ Sisterhood session on Saturday… I had to leave halfway during this session to seek medication and a sleep to get through the dreaded monthly issues. :0( This is what I took down before leaving.
We are all leaders .. We can’t help but communicate what we see & hear.
FB, Instagram, my blog etc.
Loving all !! No matter the circumstances , all are leaders .
The Mary & Elizabeth relationship.. We are all an Elizabeth to someone .. And a Mary to someone. This was impactful to me… realising that not only do I need Mentors for my own walk, but I need to be a mentor to others coming along behind me.
Build a relationship.. A personal relationship.. More than email & txt.
Session 7 – Beth Moore – last session . I in no way will be able to articulate how mind blowing this session was… but just know.. IT WAS AWESOME !! She has a way to open up a scripture like no-one else can. Passages that you’ve read a million times and think you are familiar with are opened to show yet another tangent or message not previously seen.
Exodus 15 – In stanza form .. Why ? First time ‘song’ is mentioned in scripture.
Exodus 14:10 .. A ‘what have you done to me?’ moment .
* Nobody appreciates deliverance like those who have nearly been destroyed.
“Who is like you God !!!”
Enemy said “I will defeat, I will fight, I will … , I will…, etc etc”
Exodus 6:6. I AM The Lord !! God’s far more powerful … I will, I will, I will etc etc”.
The enemy was trying to counterfeit these statements with his own “I wills “. Good luck with that buddy ! God said “I THINK YOU WILL NOT !!” Get your angry on !!! Tell the enemy “You will NOT!!”. Predict the enemy .. Expect his ways.
Miriam the prophetess… She danced, she sang !! (Vs 21).
‘Miriam’ meanings – Bitter, Gods gift, defiant, beloved ! Which of these meanings do we want to be?
All that Miriam had been through & seen prior to her singing by the Red Sea. She was approx 94 at this time. Amongst these terrible times .. Miriam & all the other women had their tambourines with them. (Go figure . LOL)
* Faith takes her tambourine !! (Awesome possible wall decal for my house right there.)
See disaster, or a struggle ahead ? Get out your tambourine… For celebration at the victory !! Complete faith in God to bring you through anything !!
Be ready with your tambourine to celebrate even when it looks impossible !!!! LOVE IT !!
I had purchased a tambourine on ebay before this particular night was done. :0)
I also purchased Colour tickets for 2015, for both myself & my gorgeous daughter, as I’d been thinking right through the conference how much she would LOVE, and benefit from it !!
OK.. that was a lot…. possibly not always making a lot of sense to others.. but it was my notes, and it makes sense to me LOL.
Highlights of the trip – other than the impartation !!
* The atmosphere – How they achieve such a loving, intimate, individual feeling in the room of 17000 women. Spirit Filled no doubt !!
* Hearing said 17000 women sing ‘How Great Thou Art’. OMGoodness !! Soooo good !!
* Sharing the time with my sisters, both my related one.. and my LH sisters in Christ !!
& Yes, after traveling home first thing Sunday morning, this is how I spent my day….
Blessings Peeps !!! xox