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Episode 10

Jenn Johnson: The Invitation From The Lord Is To Simplify

Obey when you hear Him speak.

A Call to Obedience and Simplicity: Insights from Jenn Johnson

In a recent episode of The Walk podcast, worship leader Jenn Johnson of Bethel Music passionately shared insights and challenges centered around the themes of obedience to God’s voice and the importance of simplifying our lives. In a world filled with chaos, opinions, and distractions, Johnson’s message resonates with a call to come closer to God and live with intentionality.

Obedience to God’s Voice

Johnson starts by expressing gratitude for God’s guidance and the revelation found in Revelation 4: “Come up here, and I will show you what to do next.” In a time marked by political tensions, the pandemic, and social issues, she emphasizes the need to seek God’s perspective. Johnson shares how various leaders, including Darlene Zschech and CeCe Winans, independently received the same message from Revelation 4, highlighting the unity in God’s voice amidst external divisions.

The Challenge to Look “Crazy” in Faith

Drawing inspiration from biblical figures like Noah and Moses, Johnson challenges listeners to embrace a faith that might make them appear unconventional to the world. She emphasizes the importance of quick obedience to God’s voice, citing personal experiences where obedience, even when it seemed illogical, led to profound outcomes.

The Concept of “Hineni”

Johnson introduces the Hebrew term “hineni,” translating to “Here I am, send me.” She encourages believers to adopt an attitude of saying “yes” to God before even knowing the specifics of His request. The goal is to make one’s faith and response to God’s voice so quick and unwavering that there is no hesitation in obedience.

Simplicity in a Chaotic World

The second half of the podcast delves into the theme of simplicity. Johnson reflects on the impact of the pandemic, both globally and personally, prompting a reassessment of priorities. She shares how the Bethel Music team’s latest album, aptly titled “Simple,” embodies this concept. Johnson urges believers to simplify their lives, whether in relationships, media consumption, or daily decisions, focusing on what truly matters in their walk with God.

Navigating Social Media

Using her own experience with social media as an example, Johnson addresses the challenges posed by the platform. She emphasizes the importance of intentional living, suggesting followers assess their online connections and unfollow anyone hindering their spiritual journey. Johnson’s call is not one-size-fits-all but encourages believers to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in simplifying their digital lives.

Prioritizing Mental Health and Well-being

Lastly, Johnson addresses the crucial topic of mental health. She underscores the significance of guarding one’s thoughts, being intentional about what enters the mind, and aligning with God’s perspective. Johnson advocates for a deliberate approach to various aspects of life, promoting emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

Jenn Johnson’s reflections on obedience, simplicity, and intentional living provide a timely and relevant message for Christians navigating the complexities of the modern world. Her call to listen to God’s voice, embrace a faith that might seem unconventional, and simplify life aligns with the timeless principles found in scripture. As we face the challenges of our time, may we, like Johnson, respond with a resounding “hineni” – “Here I am, send me.”

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Who is Jenn Johnson?

Jenn Johnson is a co-founder and President of Bethel Music and Bethel Music Worship School, headquartered in Redding, California. She is also a musician, a songwriter, singer, speaker and author. Jenn has been an integral part of 16 albums by Bethel Music that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. Jenn has written and been a part of several anthems sung by the global church such as “Goodness of God”, “You’re Gonna Be OK”, and “God I Look to You”. Jenn is the founder of “Lovely by Jenn Johnson,” a lifestyle brand intended to inspire, equip and engage women of all ages to thrive. She has written her first book, All Things Lovely, which released in November of 2021. Jenn, along with her husband Brian, reside in Redding, California, with their five wonderful children, Haley, Téa, Braden, Ryder Moses, and Malachi Judah.

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