MORE!

So often we get caught up in what God can give us, or how God can bless us. But after hearing the song “More” by Lawrence Flowers and Intercession, I realized I could be giving God a lot more. I realized there were small things I could easily do to invest more time in my relationship with God. Something as simple as spending more time doing my devotion, or praying more. The more we give to God, the more we grow in Him.

To give God more, requires that we surrender all areas of our life to God. Even in reference to my last post, we must be fully persuaded about God’s way for our lives. In the last few weeks, this message has been constantly popping up; to either give God more, or to love him more. In order for me to do so, I must constantly remind myself that all of me must die, and I must willingly surrender to the Lord; even through tears of confusion and my fear of fully trusting where God is taking me.

When I write these post, it never just applies to my readers. I’m putting it out there as a reminder for myself as well. In some area of our life, we all can give God more. God has been too good and to faithful for us not to. I encourage you to take time out within the next week and spend time asking God how you can give him more.

Lyrics:

Oh the worshipers in me wants to be free
From the cares of life that seems to be weigh me down
Oh the worshipers in me needs consistency
to lift my hands and you give praise when no ones around
Oh the worshipers in me wants to break free
from the intellectual mentality
Like when i should be up, not seated in my seat
i should be lifting up my hands and giving you praise and glory
lord, i should be giving you more
more
I should be giving you more

Chorus:
Oh the worshipers in me wants to be free
From the cares of life that seems to be weigh me down
Oh the worshipers in me needs consistency
to lift my hands and you give praise when no ones around
Oh the worshipers in me wants to break free
from the intellectual mentality
Like when i should be up, not seated in my seat
i should be lifting up my hands and giving you praise and glory
lord, i should be giving you more
more
I should be giving you more

I wanna give my best to you
I wanna do what you asked me to
I wanna go wherever you say
just say the words and I’ll obey
I wanna live that life that’s real
and I wanna serve you lord forreal
for you deserve all this and more
so i give u more
more
I give u more
More

You deserving of more (repeat several times)

I GIVE YOU MORE (repeat several times)

I surrender all, I surrender all,
all to thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

Fully Persuaded

Romans 8:35-39 (New Living Translation)

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord

This has been my devotion for the last two days. Paul was fully persuaded that nothing could come between himself and the love of Christ. This passage of scripture reminds me that everyday I have to ask myself: Is there anything I’m allowing to come between my relationship with God? This can be a challenge, because I’m sure, there’s always something, and it doesn’t have to be anything big. It can be something simple.

But the challenge is there and I must remind myself to give God his place as the head of my life. Nothing should be more important than my relationship with the Lord. Nothing, or anyone should take my attention away from trying to please God in my daily walk. I know that this passage of scripture may seem elementary, something we’ve all heard or read before but sometimes it’s important to return to the basics. Loving God may seem basic and simple, but you’d be surprised that not enough people love God like they say they do.

Even the past few Sundays, my pastor has been talking about loving God more for who God is.  What it’s like to truly love him more than anything of this world and outside of our own fleshly desires. During these services and in the last week or so, I’ve discovered that there are certain areas of my life where I don’t love God enough. The more you work on loving God, the more vulnerable you’re able to be in your relationship with him. This doesn’t happen over night.

I know for me, there were a lot of walls I had built that God had to tear down; even in the last 2-3 years. Even today, there are walls I have up and I’m fighting because I know that I should trust God in all areas, but it’s a stronghold for me in some areas. It’s one of those things where I have to pray for God to bend my will; and it can be strong. Going back to my devotion, it is just a simple reminder to not allow anything to separate me from the love of Christ. If I have these walls up, then it limits me in fully receiving God’s love in all areas of my life.

I extend the challenge to my readers. Think about areas where you may not be giving God full access. This is the area where you can work on loving God more and allowing him to come into that area and give you the healing only he can give you.

Praise and Worship: Forever Jones “He Wants it All”

This is a simple song that reminds me to allow my flesh to die daily; in ALL areas of my life. Over the years as I have gotten closer with God I’ve shed off a lot of things that I used to do. I know there’s been growth. But even today, I know there are still areas of my life I haven’t completely given over to God. This song always reminds me that I need to allow God to be completely sovereign in my life. My prayer is that I allow God to soften the areas of my heart where I hold back from him, so that I can learn to trust him more with ALL my heart.

#HappyNewYear My first post of 2013