Hi there, my name is Richie Seltzer with Revivalist Culture, and I want to welcome you to God Today. I’m going to read to you out of Jeremiah chapter one, verse five. Here’s what it says,”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
I remember when my wife was pregnant with our first child, it was a little girl. She heard the Lord speak to her that this child will be a mixture of anointing between like Heidi Baker and a Chris Overstreet. Both of them are heroes of mine, both of them fire-breathing evangelists. They love to win souls. And I remember just that from my heart, just already loving that God was speaking to my wife, that this would be part of the identity of this child. It helped us to pray for her in the womb. And I remember, while she was in the womb, I used to sing a song to her, and the song I would sing to her was something like, “Lord, you are more precious than silver, more costly than gold, more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares to you.” I would sing that song over her in the womb, because it was one of the first songs I can remember singing acapella right after I got saved that I felt the presence of God. And so from that day forward, anytime I would get afraid or anytime I just wanted to turn my heart to the Lord, I would go back to that first time of hearing and feeling His presence through worship. And I would sing that song.
So I’ve been singing over the child in the womb every night because I wanted the child to grow up even in the womb, familiar with the presence of God. And what I didn’t realize at the time is that at some point in time, that baby in the womb develops the ability to hear even within the womb. So every night my baby was hearing my voice, hearing me sing over her. So fast forward. My wife had a book called Supernatural Childbirth, love the book, love the concept of the book. The book’s all about, you know, pain in childbirth came with the Fall. And that was the curse of, you know, Eve falling, but that Jesus became a curse on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to be under any curse anymore. So those who are in Christ, shouldn’t have to bear pain in childbirth. That’s the premise of the book. Seems theologically right. And my wife, because she didn’t want to have a painful childbirth, she took that and she ran with it, man. I mean, she had that book with her every day. She was preaching from that book, man. She was a supernatural childbirth evangelist, believing to have a painless childbirth. And sometimes you can have a belief and, and really think that you’re gonna have something a certain way and it not turn out the way you think. And so she was believing for that. And the day came for that baby to come out. And let me tell you, it was a lot of screaming going on, a lot of pain going on. I mean, my wife had had this whole plan put together: “Hey, if I started getting afraid of feeling fear, you put on some Jenn Johnson, and I’ll start worshiping and focus on my focus points,” which would be Jesus. And I remember at one point she’s screaming and in pain and I’m like, “Hey, you want me to put on some Jenn Johnson and worship?” She said, “No, I don’t want you to put on Jenn Johnson. You did this to me.” And she’s pulling on my shirt and scratching my arms. And it was just wild.
It was a wild experience and glorious all at the same time. And all that happens, and the baby comes out and my daughter is screaming and crying. And for the first time probably feeling cold and afraid and went through that whole process. And she’s got her eyes slammed shut, cause they got lights in her face and she’s probably afraid. And I remember, I made sure my wife was okay and they brought my baby into this little bed and they’re cleaning her off and I went in there and she’s screaming and crying, and I started singing, “Lord you are…” the same song. The moment that she heard my voice, she stopped crying and she strained her little neck towards me, and she opened up her eyes. That was the first time my eyes saw hers. I can’t describe to you the love I have for that little girl in that moment. I knew without a shadow of a doubt, I would die for that baby. She did nothing for me except poop, eat, and sleep, but I’d give my life for her.
I want you to know that God knew you before you were even in your mother’s womb, and that He loves you because He loves you, because He loves you, because He loves you, because He loves you just because He loves you today. May you experience the love of God as a Father today in Jesus’ Name, Amen.