Soaking is not a new concept, but we are rediscovering it after so much of the modern life and contemporary noise has invaded
our church meetings and our church life.
In the wake of the Renewal, came to us a fresh revelation of the Father's Heart of God and the 20th century Church has been impacted
forever. And so we have learned to just stay put, open our hands, close our eyes, and receive prayer, experiencing the most amazing and deepest of changes: forgiveness, healing, renewed strength, visions, commissions, confirmations, affirmation from the Father...
Taking time to simply be quiet for a few minutes in a day could demand planning and discipline. But what if we would
simply "show up" and be silent before God, letting Him pour over us His affection, letting Him reveal our own hearts
to ourselves, and as we do, finally learn to become familiar with God's language? In turn, we could just respond by whispering, "Father, I am here to be with you,
I let go, I give you, I will do, work in me, heal, save, restore..."
I use the term "SOAKING" as being that which we do when we lay down before the Lord, our main goal being
to meet with Him, people praying over us in a non-interfering way, the sound of soothing music pouring over the room as anointing
is being released and experienced.
It has come to our attention more and more that people DO experience spiritual visitations and visions,
and this changes our previous position concerning that. We still caution concerning seeking conversations with angels, or 3rd
heaven visitations "at will." We are wanting to bless those who seek healing and comfort from the LORD, and hope that through the
anointed music here, lives will be impacted in a godly way, and hearts will be revived and kindled with passion to trust and love
THE KINGDOM RULES!
Although it seems that ministry times are on the fringes of our weekly meetings, it has been my experience that those times
may be some of the most precious moments in our assembling together. They are packed with a blessed mixture: people share their needs in vulnerability,
others offer compassion, time and attention to pray for them, and the anticipation of faith draws them all to a place of meeting with the LORD in a way that
brings about noticeable and sometimes dramatic changes in people's lives.
To me, soaking is to be understood and approached as one way among many which translates our longings into an act of worship and
abandonment, something we can practice to bring us to a place of utter abandonment to God. As in faith, so in passion and devotion.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Elisha asked for a musician (minstrel)
to be brought in his presence as he was about to inquire of the LORD for the king of Judah:
"But now bring me a musician." Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
And he said, "Thus says the LORD:..."
We also read: "Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to
Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him" (1 Samuel 16:23). Saul was plagued by a harrassing spirit and whenever David
would play the harp, the annointing would subdue the evil spirit.
We believe that God has given gifted artists to each community of believers.... for a reason.
Please also encourage your local artists. Seek them and bless them. They need your support as much as you need their gifting. We are not to worship the
anointing in anyone, but rejoice when the LORD speaks through other means than words... which so often fail us...
Blessings to all,
Andre & Kimberly Lefebvre