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.

 

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

Let Your Words Be Few

Words play a large part in our world. Words can get us out of trouble or make us a bed in destruction. If only our worship was as extensive as our words or we valued words the way Our God intended. We see the great use of words displayed in our God, the Bible tells us that the universe was created by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3) and that he holds it together by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3).

Even given the Lords extensive words and teachings I was made aware of the importance of the size of the Bible by a friend who asked, “Have you noticed how small the Bible is?”

The definitive book intended to gather and guide from the all powerful, authoritative,  accumulated written record of God is tiny. There are sixty-six “books” with some only a few pages long.

To help put this into context here are rough numeral estimates of popular books or authors (DesiringGod):

  • William Shakespeare: 960,000
  • Harry Potter: 1,084,170
  • The Bible: Only 750,000

Numbers like these simply make us pause and wonder why God chose to use so few words.

Our wonder grows larger when we consider that the average person can speak 20,000 to 24,000 words a day and Jesus, the Word that became flesh, can only be quoted a few odd times. There was more he could speak but he guarded his mouth, speaking carefully, only when it brought teachings or deliverance.

It can be argued that the one voice that we hear throughout the Word is Satan’s, he has filled the airwaves, cyber-waves, print-waves, brainwaves, and every other wave of human communication with lying words (DesiringGod). He is the father of lies (John 8:44). He is working to exponentially increase words, and in doing so, to increase the snares of human transgression. After all, it is our words that are our greatest enemy. Our words, when used out of context or without the consent of the Father exposes us to dangers. The human tongue is now considered a world of unrighteousness.

Many of us are guilty of speaking out of turn, using hurtful words, or putting in our “two cents.” But we also need to speak less. When speaking to God, perhaps we need to take more seriously these few words of counsel:

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few”
(Ecclesiastes 5:2)

We see in the Word that Jesus limited himself to speaking only what the Father gave him to speak, he could have said more at times but held back, what does that mean for us? If you’re anything like me you use words as your weapon. Physicality’s don’t interest you as much as words when it comes to defending yourself or getting your point across. Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do or had others define you untruthfully? What was your response? Did you respond? Jesus didn’t. He didn’t need to. Not because he didn’t have the words to respond or didn’t know what to say but because of the importance of keeping words few. I challenge us this week to be “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and to “let no corrupting talk come out of [our] mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). Some things aren’t worth a response if not given the direct say from God.

Our God is a speaking God. He is not silent, “listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). We would do well to listen more and speak less and when we do speak, to only speak what he gives us the say.

Let your words be few but your worship be LARGE just by listening.

This week’s song is Are You Listening by United Pursuit feat. Brock Human

 

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

You Covered Us

Happy Music Monday!

Is it just me or did this past week fly by? The allure of the weekend is definitely there but there’s something about Monday’s that gets me giddy. Lets make this week a great one filled with good vibes and the Word. May this weeks post reside in you all for this week ❤

A while back there was an article published outlining a burned bird in a forest fire. A ranger who found this bird literally petrified in ashes at the base of a tree was desperate to help. He gently moved the bird with a stick and when he did, some baby chicks scurried out from under their dead mother’s wings. We see an example of this loving mother, aware of the fire about the descend upon them, carried her chicks to the base of the tree and gathered them under her wings. Inside of flying to safety to save herself alone she covered her chicks with and wings and saved them instead of herself.

This story reminds me of Jesus and how He covers us with His wings. Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.” He died to that we could be forgiven and have eternal life. The promises of God’s word remind us that His covering did not stop with Jesus’ death and resurrection.

We also see his covering when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they became aware of something they had previously had no realization of – God’s provision. When they sinned they became aware of God’s provision because that’s when they realized they were naked. Genesis 2:25 reads, “The man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Now there is shame. Why? Suddenly they are self-conscious about their bodies. Before their rebellion against God, there was no shame. Why then the shame? Because the foundation of covenant-keeping love collapsed. And with it the sweet, all-trusting security of marriage disappeared forever. Keeping love between a man and a woman is the unbroken covenant between them and God—God governing them for their good and they enjoying him in that security and relying on him. When they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that covenant was broken because they went against God who was the foundation of their own covenant.They now needed help with their nakedness and God even given their sin and broken covenant swooped in and covered them. Genesis 3:7 says, “Then the eyes of both of them  were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

Along with the covering of our nakedness He covered us with His blood. We see the use of covering with blood on many occasions. Exodus 12:7 says, “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” On this night wherein they were to go out of Egypt, each family was to kill a lamb. This lamb was to be eaten in the manner here directed, and the blood to be sprinkled on the door-posts, to mark the houses of the Israelites from those of the Egyptians. The angel of the Lord, when destroying the first-born of the Egyptians, would pass over the houses marked by the blood of the lamb: hence the name of this holy feast or ordinance. Their safety and deliverance were not a reward of their own righteousness, but the gift of mercy and covering.

We are not covered by figs and leaves like Adam and Eve were. We are covered with His blood, righteousness, mercy and grace. Like the bird with her chicks, Jesus spread his wings and is still spreading them to shield us while also bleeding and dying for us! It’s not because of anything we did that makes God cover us for in Romans 4:7-8 (NIV) he said “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”

For He made you worthy so set out this week and forever to live under HIS covering, not covering up but being covered.

This weeks song is You Covered Me by R.A Vernon & The Word Church Praise Team

Lyrics:
I don’t wanna sing the latest song
I don’t want to percolate the crowd
I just wanna make you smile
I don’t care who thinks I’m right or wrong
I don’t care who tries to calm me down
I just wanna praise you now

You covered me in the midst of it all
You love me
Gave me another chance
You saw my needs when others saw my faults
You forgave me

I don’t have to listen for my name
They don’t have to walk me down the aisle
I just wanna make you proud
Should I make the hall of fame
Or they save a special seat
I just hope that you’ll be pleased

You covered me in the midst of it all
You love me
Gave me another chance
You rescued me I was going to fall
You saved me
(So in my life)
In my life Be glorified Be glorified (Repeat)

You get the glory
You get the praise
You take the honour
(I just want to say) thanks (4x)

(I’ve come back to say)

Thank you
Thank you Lord
Thank you (For everything you’ve done) (4x)
You get the glory You get the praise You take the honour (I just want to say)
Thank you (4x)

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.

Pulling Me Through

 

Do you hate to wait? Do you grow anxious in waiting for a situation to turn around?

Anxiety holds our hearts bondage. Impatience is an acute strand of anxiety that can mesmerize and trap a soul. It usually starts slow and then the innocent desire increasingly becomes a torrent of want: “I want it”… “I want all”… “I want is all now, RIGHT NOW!

As ferocious as impatience can be it usually starts off innocent from waiting on a text message, a spouse, a child, or even a job.

When God Says “Later”
We need to recognize that no matter what, NO MATTER, God will pull us through. He’s currently doing the pulling. We just have to understand that the pull sometimes takes time, we must understand when God says “later.

When God says “later” he’s turning up the emotional volume knob to reveal what our heart’s actually saying.

Delayed Gratification
We don’t know if we’ll get a “yes,” “no” or maybe a “later” until after the fact. But what we do know is that no matter the situation or the answer, God is making a way. It’s important that we use this wait time to:

1. Increase faith
Firstly, if God didn’t want a deep and affectionate relationship with you, he would give you everything you wanted immediately. He would never subject you to any of the injustices of the world and placate you with pleasures of this world. For those who know our God, that is unlike him – not unlike him to bless, but unlike him to appease. God did not send his Son to satisfy our temper tantrum. He wants us to wait. He wants us to trust. He wants us to believe.

2. Instill appreciation
Secondly, immediacy can depreciate the value with which the recipient receives the gift. Exercising patience is an investment in future enjoyment and complete appreciation for the waiting process.

3. Engrain permanence
Thirdly, in order for some gifts goodness to last it requires time to implant and grow; like a seed needs lots of water, sun and time to make a strong, lasting tree!

“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalm 40:2

God has the power to help the weakest and enough grace to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. The psalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, and praying. This is applicable to Christ and his agony on the cross. But those that wait patiently for God do not wait in vain. Christ is the Rock on which a poor soul can alone stand fast. Where God has given stedfast hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walk and conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as well as peace in believing and he wants to do the same for you. Multitudes, by faith beholding the sufferings and glory of Christ, have learned to trust in the mercy of God through Him.

It might not look as though your situation is changing but just know he’s in the process of pulling you through!

This week’s song is Pulling Me Through by Todd Dudlaney

Lyrics:
Lord its been you
Through all I have gone through Lord it was you

Chorus: Through all i have gone through Lord it was you
Lord it was you x2

It was You , It was You that now pulling me through

It was you, Lord it was You pulling me through

when I stumbled, when I cried when it felt like I wanted to die

when my friends turned and they walked away
you were right here right here to stay

It was You It was You pulling me through

It was you, Lord it was You pulling me through

Yes, when I stumbled, when I cried when it felt like I wanted to die

When my friends turned and they walked away
You were right here, right here to stay

It was you, Lord it was You

He’ll never walk out on you
No never, no never (lead x2 chorus x4)

I’m a witness that He’ll never, no never x2

Oh ohhhhh ohhhhhh oh oh ohhhh oh ohhhhhh x3

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