Praise and Worship: The Revelation Song

I love when the praise ad worship team at my church sings this song. What an awesome song.

Lyrics:

Worthy is the,
Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to Him who sits on
Heaven’s Mercy Seat
[Repeat 2x]

[Chorus:]
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You…!
Yeah!

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and
Glory and power be
To You the Only Wise King,
Yeah

[Repeat Chorus:]

Filled with wonder,
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus, Your Name is Power
Breath, and Living Water
Such a marvelous mystery
Yeah…

[Chorus:]
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come,
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And – I – will – adore YOU…

[Chorus (Repeat at a cappella)]

Come up lift up His Name
To the King of Kings…
We will adore YOU Lord…
King of heaven and earth
King Jesus, King Jesus
Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya!
Majesty, awestruck Honor
And Power and Strength and Dominion
To You Lord,
To the King, to King
To the King of Glory

[Chorus (Repeats)]

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Morning Prayer

All this week, I’ve been waking up at 7am and praying with my mentor. I wanted to share with you something that came up in prayer this morning: “Your life doesn’t have to be perfect, for God to use it for his purpose.” 

This phrase is loaded! Think of all the disciples and prophets that went before God and walked with him. None of them had perfect lives, but God used their lives and brought purpose. Peter wasn’t perfect, he denied God and yet God still was able to use his life for a greater purpose. Even John the Baptist, his head was chopped off, but his life had purpose in God. David wasn’t perfect either, but God used his life for a greater purpose as well.

When I heard that in prayer this morning, I thought about everything I’ve been through in the last 3 years and how much of it God has allowed me to come through. Not because he had to allow me to overcome it, but because he’s using what I went through for his purpose. My life by any means is not perfect, and no one’s life is truly ever perfect. Of course God works on us daily to help perfect his word in us, but because we’re human, we’re still capable of missing the mark. But in spite of us missing the mark, God is still faithful.

God isn’t looking for us to be “perfect” Christians. He’s not expecting us to live a life free of problems and no troubles. (If Jesus went through, then we’re going to go through) But he is looking for us to live a life of His purpose.

Devotional Scripture: John 17:1-3; 20-22

Food for Thought

Just wanted to share with my readers, a simple “food for thought” text message I sent to a few of my friends: 

Don’t get get mad when God gives you over to your ways and allows “you to do you.” Know that God can’t ever go against our free will. He has already set before us the choice of life and death and has told us which to choose. Any choices or behaviors made outside of His will cries out for his judgement against our behavior.

 Devotional Scripture:

Deut.30:15-20

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

The idea of making Godly choices like my life depends on it, has really been sticking with me the last week. Even this past Sunday my pastor talked about repenting from our sins, turning our minds, running for our life towards God and never looking back. 

The more I allow God to groom me, even in the small areas of my life, the more I understand that our life must be devoted to Christ. Everything we do is unto him and for his glory. God is life and anything outside of him and His will , will ultimately lead to your own destruction. Although the troubles of this world may be temporary, God and my salvation are eternal.

Anything looks Good when you’re Hungry,It’s Better to Choose when you’re Full

I was reading over some of my older church notes and I came across something I’d written almost 3 years ago:

“Anything looks good when you’re hungry. It’s better to choose when you’re full.

Meaning, anything looks good when you’re spiritually empty. When you’re empty you start to look for anything to fill you up, even if it’s outside of God’s will. You begin to make choices and decisions out of your own strength versus allowing God’s truth to guide you.

Spiritually empty people can’t make sound decisions meant to be made by people who are whole in Christ.When you’re spiritually empty things can begin to get distorted. That’s why it’s important to me that I’m constantly reading the word daily. I have to make sure to keep God’s truth in my face and on my mind. The constant renewing of the mind. When you’re spiritually empty it’s also easier for the devil to present you with something that looks good, when in reality it’s not. You’re more likely to fall for deception when you don’t have enough truth in you to fight against it. This is what the devil counts on. He counts on us not reading our Bible, or going to church to get enough truth. He’s waiting to feed off of our spiritual ignorance. He’s counting on us not having a sense of discernment.

When you’re full on the other hand, you’re able to make better decisions based on God’s will for you. Instead of making choices out of your own strength you’re able to use God’s truth as a guide. When you’re full you’re also better able to block deception that comes from the devil. Being full in Christ helps you to make more life based choices. Choices that further your relationship with Christ. When you’re spiritually empty you’re more likely to make choices that lead you closer to death and your own fleshly desires outside of God’s will.

So remember every choice we make either push us closer to life or death with Christ. It’s a matter of where we’re making the decisions from. Are we making choices based on our own minds and strength or are we making choices out of truth based on God’s word?

The Lord made it plain and simple when he speaks about choosing life in Deuteronomy 30:19-20. God is our life, anything outside of Him and his will is death.

“It Doesn’t Take All That…”

Let me just start off by saying that I had a wonderful church service where God revealed some things and opened my eyes to a lot of the spiritual warfare that was occurring in my life and I didn’t even know it! To say the least, God is faithful in all that he does.

Today I come before you with a post that I’ve been questioning God on for years. I have a spiritual mentor in my life and I’ve gotten to know her family and I’ve watched her in her walk and there’s no doubt this woman and her husband are saved. No question at all, everything about them is Jesus ALL THE TIME.

Now, for a while I  battled with this. Because I would be like, “Ok, I get you’re saved but it doesn’t take all that.” Anyone who knows her and her husband, they are some radical Christians. They are all in, Holy 100%. (They’re not perfect, but they’ve been in the walk long enough and you can tell.)  So, I laugh at this now, because it was almost something I didn’t initially like, but then at the same time I knew deep down inside I wanted to have the same fire for God. It was just a matter of me not wanting to be looked at as “weird.”

It’s taken me a while to warm up to it and finally accept, that’s just the way my mentor and her family are and there’s nothing wrong with that, by any means. And even though I had reached a place where I was like, oh yeah that’s “normal” for them, I still kept telling myself: well I know I’ saved and for me it doesn’t take all that. (The lies we tell ourselves saints!)

….hmmmm….. but WAIT!!

God got on me good today in church. My pastor was speaking about principalities and how the devil will stop at nothing to take you out and destroy your purpose in God. The devil doesn’t always move quickly, he plants small seeds and watches things as they grow. He’s willing to wait, years if he has to. He’s that strategic.

SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN, IT DOESN’T TAKE ALL THAT!!?? Does the devil say that when he strategically plots against you??!! If the devil is willing to go the extra mile to slowly seduce you away from God’s will, then why don’t we put that same amount of effort into making sure we do WHATEVER it takes to stay saved and in God’s will. Even if this means you have to chase after God like you’ve lost your mind! Even if it means looking like you’re “weird” from the outside looking in.

So for all those people who have said: “oh it doesn’t take all that to be saved”..you don’t know what God has to do to keep people saved. Trust me. If any of us really thought about how crazy and off we can be when we not in God’s will, some of us would probably chase after God harder than we currently do.

I know for me, I’ve always been quick to say that I need God to keep his truth in my face constantly or I’ll easily forget. I mean seriously, sometimes it takes nothing for my mind to wonder right back into the same trap. So now I realize that if I’m going to successfully face spiritual warfare, it does take all that (and some!) and I have to learn to be more aggressive in my walk. Lately I’ve been too relaxed with my walk, not realizing the devil had been slowly seducing me away and making me think I was okay when I really wasn’t. I was probably closer to being taken out than I thought I was. Again, I must say God is faithful.

For a while I think my biggest thing was that if I became that “radical”, people would look at me funny. That just as I’ve said to myself “it doesn’t take all that”, someone else will watch me and say the same thing.  I was scared of the scrutiny so to speak. Part of me still wanted to be accepted by my friends ( most of who are unsaved anyways..). I simply wanted to be saved and “normal.” I didn’t want anyone looking at me different because I was saved.  However 1. there’s nothing normal about being saved and 2. when you become saved, you’re supposed to be different. How else will God be able to tell the Christian from the “common sinner”? Your lifestyle is supposed to be different. You can’t be saved and still try to fit in with the world, it defeats the purpose. Today my pastor said: at some point our destiny with God must become more important than affirmation. Why am I so concerned with being accepted when God has a greater purpose on his agenda for my life?

I close by saying, know where you are in your walk with God. You know what you have to do to make sure you’re continuously walking in his will.