God Is Mindful Of You

Happy Monday friends!

This morning’s music Monday devotional is a reminder many of us need, that God is mindful of YOU.

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
Psalm 8:4

No one care more about your life than God. No man, no woman, not even yourself! That’s why it is important to acknowledge God who acknowledges us. God is always thinking about you and thinking about what is best for you. His intentions will never be unclear, or selfish like man because God loves you perfectly. Some of us can even say we didn’t know he was all we needed until he was all we had.

Whatever concerns you, concerns God. Whatever you’re worried about, whatever you’re afraid of, whatever you’re anxious about, God is there. He feels your pain. He has your best interest at mind because he is mindful of you.

To be mindful is to be alert, focused, attentive. When God is mindful of you he notices everything about your life. Matthew 10:19-30 says not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without God noticing. He even number every hair on your head. That’s how close God pays attention to you. To each and every one of us, not one of us is invisible to him.

How many of us can attest to the fact that when everyone else left us God remained?

Let us show him that we also are mindful of him through prayer, praise and devotion.

Amen ❤

 

This week’s song is Mindful by Brian Courtney Wilson

Lyrics:
All that I hope
Is to be closer, I want to be where you are
My desire
Is to be closer, I need to be where you are
You’re the lover of my soul
I will be mindful to say
That I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace

All that I want
Is to be closer, I want to be where you are
My desire
Is to be closer, I need to be where you are
You’re the lover of my soul
And I will be mindful to say

That I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace
For your Grace

I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace

I didn’t know you were all I needed
Until you were all I had
And now I know all I have in you
Is more than enough
More than enough (repeat)

I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace
And I’ll be mindful

I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through!

Dear friends,

I would be lying if I told you that I have never been hurt, broken or that I’ve never experienced being betrayed or alone. The truth is I’ve experienced that and more, but you would never know unless you asked me. Because of Gods grace there’s no evidence of my past. I’m so glad I don’t look like what I’ve been through.

Two weeks ago yesterday I was rushed in the ambulance to the hospital. Lying there at my church, unconscious for a few odd hours from overworking myself and leaning on my own failing strength. I struggle even now to share this, feeling as though I’ll be judged, looked down upon or pitied. I allowed myself to believe I looked like what I’ve been through. But, yesterday I returned to church since the incident and was greeted by some who came up to me smiling and saying “you don’t look like what you’ve been through.” With those few words I changed my walk of shame to one of victory, I certainly did not look like what I’ve been through – God’s grace covered all the scars, hurt and shame.

For every day I’m alive I thank God. Now there’s a smile where I cried.  As I was laying in the hospital bed, weak and unsure of how I looked I was forced to open my mouth and declare that God is good. Despite being in that hospital bed, IV’s plugged in, heart monitored, drugged, I could say VICTORY IS HIS.

Psalms 30:5 says “….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”   When trials and afflictions are the most severe, pressing or heavily upon us, we rejoice that we are comforted by His promises in His Word and by His presence that His light cannot nor will not be overcome with the darkness of our situations.  

So instead of looking stressed out, beat down, worn out, despondent and talking defeat, believers realize that “though we be cast down we will not be destroyed” and maintain hope eternal as we go through any fiery trial surrounding us.

I can smile today because of what I went through.

Wherever you are right now just take a minute to think about some of the things you went through, some of the things you had to endure. Yes, while we’ve been through hell, we don’t look like the hell we’ve been through.

Happy Music Monday ❤

This week’s song is I Don’t Look Like (What I’ve Been Through) by Deon Kipping

Lyrics:
I don’t look like (I don’t look like)
What I been through (What I been through)
I don’t look like (I don’t look like)
What I been through (What I been through)
(2x)

I lift my hands now (I lift my hands now)
I open my mouth now (I open my mouth now)
Everything’s new now (Everything’s new now)
Because I went through (Because I went through)
(2x)

You don’t look like (You don’t look like)
What you been through (What you been through)
You don’t look like (You don’t look like)
What you been through (What you been through)
(2x)

There’s no weapon (There’s no weapon)
That shall prosper (That shall prosper)
It may form now (It may form now)
But it won’t prosper (But it won’t prosper)
(2x)

I can smile now (I can smile now)
No longer mad now (No longer mad now)
Everything is new now (Everything’s new now)
Because I went through (Because I went through)
(2x)

There’s a smile on my face, because I know where I came from. I remember when I was depressed, now I have joy. So many times I was confused, now I have understating. At one point in my life I was so stressed out, and God gave me peace. There is a reason why I’m smiling, he is the reason why I am smiling, and I’m so glad I don’t look like what I been through

I can smile now (I can smile now)
No longer mad now (No longer mad now)
Everything’s new now (Everything’s new now)
Because I went through (Because I went through)

I am free now (I am free now)
No longer bound now (No longer bound now)
Victory is here now (Victory’s here now)
Because I went through (Because I went through)

I lift my hands now (I lift my hands now)
I open my mouth now (I open my mouth now)
Everything is new now (Everything’s new now)
Because I went through (Because I went through)
(2x)

I lift my hands now (I lift my hands now)
I open my mouth now (I open my mouth now)
Victory is here right now (Victory’s here now)
Because I went through (Because I went through)

Because I went through (Because I went through)
I’m alive today because (Because I went through)
I can smile today because (Because I went through)
Oh, because I went through

P.S If you have a pressing testimony you’d like to share, please feel free to contact me and share your “I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through” message.

 

Busy Bees to Busy Knees

The other day when scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed I came across a post from a friend and it wrote “thank God you’re busy. Many people wish they had something to do.” I sat staring at my computer screen for what felt like hours, baffled. Is this really what the world has come to? A desire for busyness? For what? To prove worth, importance? Have we started valuing our worth by how busy we are, how little time we have for others?

Many of us fall into the trap that to be busy is a good thing. It means you’re doing something with your time, making something of yourself and not falling into the issue of idleness. Webster’s Dictionary describes it as: “to lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.”

In Matthew 12:36, it means empty and fruitless. The “idle word” which Christ condemns, is a word morally useless and evil.

All in all, to be idle, many of us know is a bad thing. But the opposite doesn’t prove any better.

With an influence by Professor Bruce Hindmarsh it is clear that busyness is moral laziness. God has given us just enough time, every moment is a sacrament — these are massively important truths we need to soak in.

We are a performance-driven people, which means we are busy people. 15 hours — 2 hour of commute (to and fro), 2 for eating (sometimes skipping meals), 9 for work (school work included), 2 for Netflix (we’re all guilty of it), brushing our teeth in the car. We barely have time to pause and observe our surroundings, or acknowledge our Creator.

And God-forbid we aren’t busy. There’s then the fear that people see us as a failure. You’re not busy? You must be lazy. A nobody. We wouldn’t say it, but we behave that way, someone takes a year off school – a lazy nobody (I never directly heard that but I felt it on my break from school).

If you question where you stand answer this, have you ever taken out your phone and roamed through it in a waiting room or on the bus just to look like you’re busy? To be bored was once an inconvenience — now it’s treated like cancer: something to be treated with busyness. Some go as far as to fake a phone conversation.

We must take Jesus as our example. He was a very busy man with a God given plan. Fast-paced Jesus. Early-in-the-morning Jesus. Carpenter Jesus. Busy man, working man, preaching man, leading man. The difference lies in the fact that his busyness was in his spiritual life – he never let the mundane nature of the world entangle or keep him too busy.

Jesus takes a pause, he isn’t concerned about his busy schedule and tight deadlines on many occasions. Take his interaction with a blind man for example, “as he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth” (John 9:1). Day after day, the man sits and begs (John 9:8) — a man without a schedule, without plans… He’s not busy. Jesus did not judge this man who spent his days without a schedule but he helped, given his own schedule – he paused.

It might appear we aren’t sure how it is we relate to a needy blind man with nothing to do but we are him – we’re blind. We are born into work. Blind to the schedule we are beholden to.

I urge us all to PAUSE and revamp our TO-DO list, to change our busy bee nature into busy knees – finding ways to WORSHIP. Even if we were to get rid of all requirements for a long period of time and spend our days worshipping we’d still be far from an idle life.

TRY THIS:

  • Before you open your eyes in the morning, seek God’s face and bask in his presence. “Awake, my soul. Turn my eyes, Lord, from things that are unworthy.”
  • Before you climb out of bed and let your feet hit the floor, confess your sins and weaknesses and mentally lean on him.                                                                               “Carry me, Lord, so I can accomplish your goals.”
  • As you get dressed, beg God to cover your unworthiness with Christ’s righteousness. “Lord, clothe me with your armor, because I need your power and protection for the dark parts of this day.”
  • Before you gaze into a mirror or look at any screen (phone included), pray that he will “Show me your glory and goodness. That I will see it. And that I will reflect it.”
  • As you sip your morning coffee or fill your belly, ask him to fill you with his Spirit and the joy of your salvation. “That I would taste and see that you are good. That you would hunger and thirst for him.”
  • As the world and the day get louder and louder, remember to stop and listen for the Spirit over the noise. Learn to recognize him. “Let me hear your Lord.”
  • When you find yourself growing weary, run to God. Not to the world for a distraction, but to him. “Let me run to you instead of work when I feel weary.”
  • Don’t let a single hour go by without asking God to sustain you. Not tomorrow, not next week, but right now. Set an alarm if you have to until it starts to come more naturally. Like breathing.
  • As you climb into bed, look back and identify God’s providence.

(http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/busyness-is-not-the-problem)

“Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

Be still, your soul

This week’s song is Never Too Busy by Bryon Cage

Give Thanks

Lord I’m thankful for my blessing, everything thing that you gave, when danger was around me my life is what you saved…

Thanksgiving is more than a day off. It is more than eating mashed potatoes and gravy, watching baseball, and taking a wonderful turkey-induced nap – all of which was included in my Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving is a prevalent and imperative concept in Scripture. And although it is good to set aside a day each October to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving, the Scriptures have more to say about giving thanks than one day a year can handle, it’s an everyday event.

But it’s clear that things are changing from the intended Scriptural meaning. It is then that the real meaning of Thanksgiving dawns on us. We discover that the real feast of Thanksgiving is feasting on thanksgiving not a feast that falls on Thanksgiving.

Yesterday was day one of my Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends and in preparation I woke up and ate very little, ready for the feast that I called Thanksgiving. Yes, you read right. I fell into the trap of leaving the day of Thanksgiving to one of pure indulgence instead of one reserved for thanksgiving. It seems I wasn’t the only one guilty of this because the events of the day was one that brought bickering and feuds, no thanking anywhere in the equation of Baseball, Presidential debates, and food.

I urge us all to step away from the cliché that has become of Thanksgiving and remember that we all have something or someone to be thankful for.

What is it that you are most thankful for? Friends? Family? Shelter? Love? Provision?

There are many things we’re thankful for – our families, jobs, health, food, friends, church, being Canadian, etc. But I want to echo what the songwriter says and say that I am thankful for the cross. The cross reminds us of three great facts:

1. We have fallen natures
The cross reminds us of sin. It’s our sin that made the cross necessary. Your sin. My sin. Not just the generic “sin of the world.” It was a public act that hits and connects with us all privately.

2. Who is responsible for Christ’s death?
There are all kinds of answers to the question of who’s responsible for the death of Jesus. Some blame the Jews. Others blame Judas who sold Him. And yet, the question, “Who nailed Him to the cross,” can only be answered with us. We are the reason, He was “wounded for OUR transgressions.”

3. We can’t save ourselves
In the message of the cross, it’s implicit that not only are we sinners, but there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves. Because of our pride we believe we’re to make our own way, succeed completely by our own efforts. However, the reality reveals that while we all want control when it comes to saving our souls, the message of the cross says we’re absolutely helpless.

When I find myself living a life of “CAN’T” I remember that God took away that “t” with blood and tears, it was the cross and left us with CAN. God CAN save us.

So carve out time this week to cultivate gratitude by looking at and tasting the grace of God in Christ, not just the turkey, but in the thousands of gifts that flow to us through Christ every single day. And let’s remember to reserve Thanksgiving mainly to a feasting on thanksgiving and bring thanksgiving to an everyday event.

Happy Thanksgiving friends ❤

This week’s song is Thankful by Mary Mary

Lyrics:
Lord I’m thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn’t have to do it but I’m glad you did

Can’t pretend that what I got
I got it on my own
Every move that i made
Can’t say I never been wrong
When I fell you picked me up again
Thought I brought it on myself
I can always depend on you
Whenever I need help

Lord I’m thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn’t have to do it but I’m glad you did

The next time you go to sleep
And you wake up alright
Remember that he kept you safe
And warm all through the night
Lift your hands and lift them high
And this is what you say
Lord you didn’t have to give me
One more day

Lord I’m thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn’t have to do it but I’m glad you did

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
It’s plain to see
all that he’s done for me
I thank you for everything
I live my life
So I can let the world
know that I am

Lord I’m thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn’t have to do it but I’m glad you did

After You’ve Done All You Can, STAND

Happy Monday! A day of new possibilities. A day that sets the tone for the week.

To be “strengthened” by the Lord is an often overlooked aspect of successfully standing in the day of evil. Yet it serves of great importance. When David faced the loss of his family and possible stoning by his friends, the Bible says that he “strengthened” himself in the Lord his God. When Paul stood before the emperor after being deserted by those closest to him, the Lord stood with him and “strengthened” him. These two great figures, after doing all they could do allowed the Lord to use them as they stood, not using their own strength but that of the Lords.

This post comes a little later in the day than the norm but that’s within reason. This morning I woke, accepting a new day as it was given to me and ready to STAND through the storm, hurt, pain and rain (as it’s forecasted to rain today). Well the Lord definitely heard my prayer the night before and with another 8 hours to my day I’ve faced ALL of these.

This morning was like no other. Name calling, disputes and spats is what I had for breakfast. Not your average waffles, eggs, french toast combo. Instead, I was served a great big dish of hurt and pain with a side of storm. As I tried to swallow the misfortune I called my morning it was leaving me sick. I was physically unable to rid the taste from my mouth from that wretched breakfast. I was physically weak in the knees, trembling, waiting for my inevitable fall. I was ready to throw in the towel, allow what happened this morning to break and define me. BUT, God said in his words “take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). 

How do we prepare ourselves for spiritual battles? How do we position ourselves so that we are beneficiaries of God’s might, power, provision and protection in the face of attacks, in the face of enemies who are out to destroy us? The answer is found in Ephesians 6: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then, with the (1)belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the (2)breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your (3) feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the (4)shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the (5)helmet of salvation and the (6)sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And (7)pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” 

Although we may prepare ourselves for spiritual battles we cannot predict them. However, because we belong to Him, He dwells in us even in the unknown. When all your strength fails you, when the hope you once had has fled, when others hurt you, or you get sick and can no longer stand or fight for yourself, it is then that God gives you His strength, His agility, His boldness, His wisdom and the confidence to stand, until you finish the race.

We must stand on holy ground and that can only be done once we make ourselves available and are determined to put on our spiritual armor, to fight the good fight and to finish the race that He has set before us, then and only then will we avoid a great fall. And, if we get weak in the knees and fall He is there to meet every one of our needs, His Word confirms that. He will never leave us nor forsake us because we are His and He cares for us.

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

This week’s song is Stand by Donnie McClurkin

Lyrics:
What do you do,
When you’ve done all you can and it seems like its never enough.
And what do you say when your friends turn away and you’re all alone.
Tell me what do you give,
When you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through.
Well you just stand when there’s nothing left to do,
You just stand watch the LORD see you through.
Yes after you’ve done all you can, you just stand.

Tell me how do you handle the guilt of your past,
Tell me how do you deal with the strain.
And how can you smile when your heart has been broken and filled with pain.
Tell me what do you give,
When you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through.
Child, you just stand, when there’s nothing left to do.
You just stand watch the LORD see you through.
Yes after you’ve done all you can, you just stand, stand and be sure.
Be not entangled in that bondage, oh you just stand and endure.
GOD has a purpose, yes GOD has a plan.

Tell me what do you do,
When you’ve done all you can and seems like you can’t make it through.
Child, you just stand, stand, you just stand, stand, stand, stand,
Through the storm, stand, stand through the rain,
Stand, through the hurt, stand, yeah through the pain, you just.
Don’t you stop, stand, and don’t you bend, stand, don’t give up,
Stand, no don’t give in, you just.
Hold on, stand, just be strong, stand,
GOD will step in, stand, and it won’t be long, you just.
After you’ve done all you can

After you’ve gone through the hurt,
After you’ve done all you can, after you’ve gone through the pain,
After you’ve done all you can, after you’ve gone through the storm,
After you’ve done all you can, after you’ve gone through the rain,
After you’ve done all you can, prayed and cried, after you’ve done all you can,
Prayed and cried, after you’ve done all you can, prayed and cried,
After you’ve done all can, prayed and cried, after you’ve done all you can.
After you’ve done all you can, you just stand, oh, oh, oh, oh.

You Make Me Brave

How many of us can attest that our worship fails because we fear? We don’t feel good about our situations enough to give our praises to the Lord. This week we’re focusing on how to be brave by challenging ourselves to brave the waves of anxiety in our everyday lives by reminding us who controls the waves, and teaching us practical steps to awaken our faith while quitting our fears and trusting God in all things.

In Philippians 4 Paul is showing us how to be brave.

He says in verse 6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

One of the reasons we’re so anxious is because we’re not already thankful for what we have. So Paul says, if all you ever pray about is your needs and don’t stop to give your thanks you’ll always be anxious.

Verse 7 continues, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The peace of God. That’s what we should be after. A piece the world cannot take away because the world did not give it. Somethings won’t make sense in your life, you’ll wonder how you’ve made it, it’s the unexplainable wonder of our God. Paul was writing this verse from a prison cell. It’s hard to talk about peace when all you see are bars and irons but it’s possible!

How many of us want the peace of God? To get this peace we need not to be anxious.

Paul is talking about some pretty heavy things in Romans 8:31 when he asks, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

If God is for us, who can be against us? We need to be thinking, if God’s on my side I’m good and walk away from problems with a smile, a certain swag to each step.

In verse 32 we now read, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Now in verses that follows he starts listing things to remind us of God’s very present help, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, [39] neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We can put a blank here, fill in the blanks and make it our own. Not bankruptcy, not homelessness, not addiction, not joblessness, whatever it is NONE of it will be able to separate us.

Be anxious for NO thing.

I want you to do that this week. If what you’re struggling with doesn’t fit in Paul’s list that’s what the blank is for, get personal with it.

This week’s song is You Make Me Brave by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music

Lyrics:
(verse 1)
I stand before You now
The greatness of your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

(Chorus)
As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in

(Verse 2)
I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace
Your grace

(Bridge)
You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made
x2

(Chorus)
As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in
x2

It Ain’t Over Until God Says It’s Over

Proverbs 3:5 NIV
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”

God is so good! Not only is He good; He’s faithful. He’s merciful. He’s just. He is a loving God. He’s kind. He’s a provider. He’s a way-maker. He’s a deliverer. He’s a healer.

Today’s devotional will ignite your fire, faith, hope and your trust in God. I am here to tell you God has a plan for you.

With the first day of class several hours away it brings me to a time where I wasn’t able to eat, sleep and even pray. This past year my future was put on hold and with that my faith. I was asked over the weekend by a friend what my passion was and I didn’t need a second to tell him PEOPLE, people are my passion. I knew God had a purpose for me to work alongside people, explains my extroverted nature. All my life I got a sense of joy making people laugh, smile and feel something good. For years I was the class clown that also specialized in therapy sessions. I worked only customer services jobs that had me completely involved firsthand with people. I can say with boldness that I wake everyday to the thought of helping at least one person and sleep well only when I know it’s been done. With this being said it was my dream to not only make people happy but to be a voice to the voiceless, that desire led me to my future plans of being a Lawyer. Not being in school this past year meant I was further from making my impact on people and being a voice than I had always dreamt. With a period of sadness I refused to allow the enemy to steal my joy so I started this blog and realized that in doing that I was much closer to my future than school could ever allow. Even if the degree never came I’d still be that influence on the people that I wished.

I’ve come a long way this past year and I know my situation was NOT in vain.  The Lord wanted me to see that I was sidetracked in the end goal, the future and began neglecting those who need me in my present. This journey was not easy but God never said it would be. Even if the opportunity to resume my studies didn’t come for another several years I’m reminded that “it ain’t over until God says it’s over,” although at the time it felt as if I was down to the last count that the odds were stacked against me, that I cried my final tears, I knew God had the final say and if I was alive that was for a reason, to make an impact!

Today, I know many want to quit due to the various situations and trials they are facing in their life. However, God has blessings for you, if you don’t quit you will see His promises for your life. You may not have it all together right now but right now situations are not forever situations.

I’m speaking to those who are in a hopeless situation at the moment like I’ve come from. A hopeless situation does not mean that God has left you. Just because things don’t work out exactly how we planned them does not mean that God is not at work in your life. Our plans fail, we fail but one thing that doesn’t is God! It doesn’t matter what your situation is saying, I can tell you that God is at work in your life at the moment.

Keep fighting. Keep praying. Keep fasting. Keep progressing. Keep moving. Keep reading…interceding. Keep believing. Keep trusting. Keep trying. Keep travailing. Keep living. Keep giving.  Keep fighting until your victory is won!

I know without a doubt that God will too bring you out ❤

This weeks song is It Ain’t Over by Maurette Brown Clark

Lyrics:
I know the odds look stacked against you
And it seems there’s no way out
I know the issue seems unchangeable
And that there’s no reason to shout
But the impossible is God’s chance
To work a miracle, a miracle
So just know

It ain’t over until God says it’s over
It ain’t over until God says it’s done
It ain’t over until God says it’s over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

He never said it would be easy
But you’re a winner in the end
Jesus defeated all your enemies
Way before the fight began
But the impossible is God’s chance
To work a miracle, a miracle
So just know

It ain’t over until God says it’s over
It ain’t over until God says it’s done
It ain’t over until God says it’s over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

When people say you can’t, remember
(He can, He will)
When you don’t know what you’re gonna do,
Please remember
(He has the master plan)
He will free you from your sin
And give you peace within
So you better hold your head up high
You’re gonna win
(You’re gonna win)

It ain’t over until God says it’s over
It ain’t over until God says it’s done
It ain’t over until God says it’s over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

Keep fighting, keep praying, keep fasting
It ain’t over, no
Keep pressing, progressing, keep moving
It ain’t over, no
Keep reading, interceding, keep believing
It ain’t over, no
Keep trusting, keep trying, keep travailing
It ain’t over, no
Keep living, keep giving, keep going
It ain’t over, no
Keep fighting until your victory is won

He Deserves It

Happy Monday!

“Great is the Lord. And greatly to be praised. And his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise they works to another, and shall declare they mighty acts” (Psalm 145:3,4)

Praise God for this new week. This new day. This MONDAY. Here’s another does of Music Monday.

Exodus 34:29-35
“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.”

We know that all glory and honour belongs to our Lord but there are definitely times where our sinful nature often tries to grab all the glory and honour for ourselves. Sometimes we even give glory and honour to others instead of our loving Lord, like a friend, spouse, a job, etc. Today I’d like to remind us that the Lord is serious about his glory. “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to an-other or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8). The Lord tells us that he will not give his glory to anyone else and we must follow suit.

In the scripture above we read of Moses bringing back the two tablets of testimony from God to Israel for a second time. The first time Moses broke the tablets in anger and disgust and God’s people turned from God. They went on to worship the golden calf and acted as if they did not know God’s glory. Before Moses’ second visit he returns to Mt. Sinai to plead for God’s people. God listens and spares Israel. We read in verse 29 that the second time around Moses returns with his face glowing from seeing the glory of the Lord. This was not a normal glow, it could not be bought at Sephora or any other make-up shop it was the Lord’s glory. Although the leaders were afraid of what they saw Moses encourages them to seek this glory.

Today each one of us can go directly to God on our own. We seek the Lord’s glory directly. Our loving Lord graciously answers us and strengthens us. “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame” (Psalm 34:4,5).

After all, he deserves our praise, glory and honour and he will repay us with a changed appearance as we wear God’s glory with the “brightness” of sins forgiven.

In our lives we do not always give all glory to our Lord. Many times we fail miserably. All around us are those who desperately try to steal all the glory for themselves, instead of veiling their “glow” they show it off to all forgetting it’s the Lord they should be glorifying through their lives. All glory belongs to our Lord! May we always know and show God’s glory. Amen.

This weeks song is You Deserve It by JJ. Hairston & Youthful Praise

Lyrics:
My hallelujah belongs to you (repeat)

Chorus: You deserve it (repeat)

All of the glory belongs to you (repeat)

Chorus: You deserve it (repeat)

Hallelujah
All the glory
All the honour
All the praise (repeat)

Chorus: You deserve it (repeat)

 

Break Out!

With only minutes left of Monday I am eager to bring a much needed post on breaking out!

“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him” Matthew 4:18-22.

What do you think of when you hear the words “break out?” Some might think of a “break out” sports star that has an unusually great game or games. Some might think of a person who “breaks out” of jail or prison by escaping. Some may think of a “break out” financial move that gives someone a financial windfall (Wrather 2003-2004). Others might think of it as a physical breaking out that many go through in the stages of puberty. Often we think of it as a bad thing that’ll change a person’s life for good but I’m talking about the spiritual kind!

A spiritual break out is one thing, however, that is guaranteed to change your life for the good. Long ago Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and called out to some of the fishermen there and changed their lives forever. Peter, Andrew, James and John would never be the same after their encounter with the Lord. Those four men left their lifelong careers that they thought they would always pursue and in a moment of time became not fishers of fish but instead “fishers of men.”

These men are not the only ones to be seen breaking out spiritually. If we look at John 4 we remember the woman at the well who also had an encounter with Jesus she was forced to think outside of the box of her little world. Once she experienced the “break out,” she cared little what anyone might have thought of her as she told everyone about the Lord. Another example is in Mark 5 where the man from Gadara was released from demonic oppression “broke out” of his enslavement to freedom in the Lord’s service.

These examples can go on forever, the Bible is filled with spiritual breakthroughs or “break outs” in other words and it doesn’t have to end within the pages of the Bible. The Lord wants to write a story for you. He wants you to experience your breakthrough and BREAK OUT. You must first allow your spirit to reach a breaking so you can fully accept the Lord. What these few had in common is that they were willing to receive what the Lord had to say and not only that but they responded. We need to stop looking for a response from the Lord when we fail to respond to him and his plea. If God were speaking to you right now and calling you into a deeper experience would you be ready to respond? If you have a willing and listening heart will bring you to a higher level and you too will “break out” spiritually.

This week’s song is Spirit Break Out by William McDowell ft. Trinity Anderson

Lyrics:
Our Father
All of Heaven roars Your name
Sing louder
Let this place erupt with praise
Can you hear it
The sound of Heaven touching earth
The sound of Heaven touching earth

Our Father
All of Heaven roars Your name
Sing louder
Let this place erupt with praise
Can you hear it
The sound of Heaven touching earth
The sound of Heaven touching earth…

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down…

King Jesus
You’re the name we’re lifting high
Your glory
Shaking up the earth and sky
Revival
We wanna see Your Kingdom here
We wanna see Your Kingdom here

Copyright © 2003 – 2004 Ed Wrather. All rights reserved. This material may be used on a non-profit basis with source noted.

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

We read in John 4, the women at the well went to great lengths to stay away from people because they made it a habit to remind her of the junk in her life and ridicule her for it. She then meets Jesus who calls her out on this. Immediately after meeting Jesus she dropped her bucket at the well, ran into town and told the others to meet a man who told her everything she’s ever done. What’s amazing is that because of Jesus she confronts the very people who ridiculed her, she literally runs to them to say come see a guy who told me all about my dirty laundry. When you look at those verses you realize that what she was saying was “come see a man who told me all that I’ve ever done and it’s okay, he knows all of it yet loves me how I am.” We talk about how we can come to Jesus right now, wherever we are but when we get out in the world today we’ve got this idea that to love people like Jesus means you can’t tell them anything that might offend or threaten the relationship, we can’t get into anyone’s business even if it is to help. I’ll just tell you this, everything that Jesus ever said or did was totally against modern culture but everything Jesus ever said or did was totally for people. What he showed us is that you can love people with truth, as a matter of fact it is impossible to love people without it. We live in a time where we love our friendship more than we love our friend. we don’t want to threaten this thing that we got by telling them they might be running off a cliff soon so we stay away because we don’t want to judge anybody. However, when we look at scripture we see we can love people with truth.

This weeks song Jesus, Friend of Sinner by Casting Crowns breaks all conceptions that because Jesus was a friend to sinners he didn’t care what they did, he cared what they did, he died for what they did. Jesus never felt the pleasure of sin, only the pain of it.. literally. He knows what sin does but he was a friend to them and met them where they were, that’s why he was a friend to sinners.

Lyrics:
Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Yeah…

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah…
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet