I'm convinced many people have songs, poems, books, words of truth birthed by Holy Spirit within them that they don't know how to release and reveal. In other eras letter writing and church programs gave ordinary saints a way to speak what the Lord was doing in their lives.
Many a weary pastor has sighed when I would remind them of Acts 5:42 "And DAILY, in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ." Jack Hayford comments on this verse, " Both public services in the temple and small group meetings in private homes were employed for the nurturing of believers."
In this last post showcasing Theresa Johnson, head of The Voice of Christ, I pray I give honor for the rare gifting I witness in this mighty woman of God. As I am digging into her book, The Scribal Anointing, I see the recurring message in her book lines up with her workshop emphasis: What is God saying to you?
As I mentioned earlier I have pursued writing training and direction for many years. I've joined critique groups. Many times I've left feeling inferior and frustrated. I have one huge bookshelf filled with writing help books. In Theresa's workshop I felt empowered. In her book, The Scribal Anointing, she writes, "So many conferences, workshops and seminars focus on getting published, editing, copy writing, printing, promoting an image and/or marketing your book. Earnestly, there is a place for this knowledge and understanding in the body, but there is a greater need to cultivate the spirit man of the scribe.He did not come to entertain you, but to set the captives free!"
I returned from her worshop with an even greater commitment to write what I "hear" God saying to me.
Maybe my form is lacking. Maybe you think my grammar is primitive. Maybe I'm missing the marketing trends with my title. Somehow that pales when I re-read Pilgrims' Progress by Paul Bunyan, or words of Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century simple monk, in Practice the Presence of God. Heaven opens up to me through these simple men's ordinary words blessed by Holy Spirit.
But I must admit that my experience in publishing in the secular market pressed me to seek ways to "hear" God as a Christian writer more than wanting to learn marketing and writing techniques. Every conference has given me a needed truth, but "Scribal Anointing's" teaching matched my needs in perfect sync. God has graced Theresa with teaching influence to empower the struggling writer to dare to seek God and risk rejection and failure as they answer God's call to write, speak and proclaim their heart cry.
Listening to people's testimonies for years I personally believe every Christian has at least one book, one song, one picture, or one poem in their hearts. God has called some of us to write some books and songs. I recall hearing Florence Littauer in a CLASS workshop say that God doesn't want us to die with His songs in our hearts that no one has ever heard.
I don't want to die with God's treasure locked inside me. I want to hear your song, read your book, and delight in the message of your poems. In 2009 we have fallen into a troubling pattern: only Superstar Christians are published or holding the mike. That does not line up with anything I read in the Bible or I sense in my private worship.
I believe Theresa Johnson is one of God's leaders in this time to open up His words in His saints all over the world. God's simple saints will shine from hill to valley with hope and life in Jesus Christ.
Earlier posts showcasing Prophetess Theresa Harvard Johnson:
Fame & Recognition Trap
Get Over Yourself
Legacy of Faith In My Family
Scars Show Warriors' Worth
Surprise at Writing Conference
Visit Theresa's websites to learn more and get your own copy of her books: