Celebration Worship

This is one of my favorite praise and worship songs that I’ve had on heavy rotation for the last month. Very simple words, but very powerful message and reminder of where all of our help comes from.

 

Lyrics:

You are my hope, in You I am redeemed
You are my strength, come alive when I am weak
You are my very present help in time of need
You are my song, and forever i’ll sing

Better is one day here, in Your presence
Nothing compares to this love
My soul longs, yes even faints, for Your glory
Holy are You God

You are my hope, in You i am redeemed
You are my strength, come alive when I am weak
You are my very present help in time of need
You are my song, and forever i’ll sing

Better is one day here, in Your presence
Nothing compares to this love
My soul longs, yes even faints, for Your glory
Holy are You God

Better is one day here, in Your presence
Nothing compares to this love
My soul longs, yes even faints, for Your glory
Holy are You God

What joy, what strength
My hope is found in You alone
Holy are You God

What life, what love
My hope is found in You alone
Holy are You God

What joy, what strength
My hope is found in You alone
Holy are You God

What life, what love
My hope is found in You alone
Holy are You God

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising Your name
Blessed are those whose strength has been found,
Whose hearts are set on You

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising Your name
Blessed are those whose strength has been found,
Whose hearts are set on You

(Better is one day)

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A Moment of Realization…

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Here’s a reality check for the close of 2014:

 Via Nai’s Vision blog: Overwhelming Love & Gratitude

God’s love was my fuel for 2014. #amen

I thought this post was a great reminder that God’s love has been the gel that has held many of us together all year long. Through thick and thin, through ups and downs; God’s love holds strong. In 2015, it will be no different. Here’s to experiencing more of God’s love in 2015!

Feeling the Pain of Selfishness

I recently experienced truly feeling the pain of my own selfishness and seeing what selfishness looks like from God’s perspective.

I  had a situation where my flesh got weak and wanted what it wanted. Prior to this, I had been doing well in my walk with Christ. Had a few hiccups, but nothing major. I was truly doing well in simply maintaining my salvation. However, I stopped reading my word as much, and slacked up on praying and praise and worship and so my flesh started to feel the weariness. I found myself delving back into “old habits.”

In the process of going back to old habits, I end up using someone. I pretty much used them to satisfy my flesh and then I detached myself from the situation. After I got what I wanted, I pretty much distanced myself and tried to move forward. However, the God in me kept nudging me to apologize to this person. I realized on some level, I had used this person and it was wrong to lead them on to think the door was open again for us to have a relationship.

So, I called the person, apologized and in the midst of apologizing and being honest about what I had done, I felt like crap. This was one apology I did not feel good about at all. As a matter of fact, it really made me examine my selfish acts and how I had caused pain to someone else’s life because I wanted to be selfish. While I was concerned about soothing my flesh, I essentially opened up an old wound for the other person. Of course this wasn’t my intentions, but anytime we’re selfish we’re bound to hurt someone else or cause trouble that doesn’t necessarily have to be. And it really sucks because I’ve been on both sides of this story, so I know to be on the other side ( being the person who gets used) is not anything nice to have to feel.

So here I was thinking that by being open and honest it would make things better between me and the other person.  But I felt like I had dug myself into a hole and opened a whole can of unexpected worms. While on the phone with the person, the Holy Spirit was beating me up! I heard him say loud and clear: Well, what did you really expect. Acknowledging you’re wrong is only half the battle. Besides, there’s no way to sugar coat what you did and now you have to face the reality of it.  When you’re selfish, you’ll always be seen as the bad guy and there’s no way around it.

God was really dealing with me trying to “save face” and keep my reputation in tact. The point is, once God says to let someone go you can’t let them go and keep your reputation in their mind. On some level they may just consider you to be the bad guy. But what they think of you at that point should no longer be your concern.

And for so long I’ve always tried to sugar coat things for people whenever I do have to be the bearer of bad news. But God has challenged me to cut it straight, even when it hurts either party involved. Even if me speaking truth makes me look like the bad guy. In this instance the question becomes do I love my reputation more, or the life I’m supposed to be living for Christ?

Now, every time I want to go back and use this person I will definitely think twice because I don’t want to be the one constantly hurting someone because I want to be selfish. (Seeing as I’ve been used before I should probably have a lot more sympathy.) I’ll basically become a stumbling block to him and then God will hold me accountable. It’s not fair for me to intervene in what God wants to do in his life because I’m trying to use him to satisfy my desires. Needless to say being selfish will cause you to act out of character just to please the flesh.

Likewise, what if God chose to have his selfish moments with us? If he decided not to sacrifice his only son and instead let us get what we rightfully deserved as sinners? But his love for us was greater. And it’s love that helps overcome selfishness.

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”Philippians 2:3-4

xoxox

#Releasingmydesires

FIGHT!!!

I was listening to this message by TD Jakes this morning and it was truly a great reminder and a good note of encouragement to continue to fight for what God has promised for your life. This year God has spoken a lot of things over my life and after hearing this message, it was a great reminder to get back on my horse and keep fighting for what God has spoken.

In recent church services we’ve also talked about “God not being slack on his promises…so that none should perish” (Paraphrase). And this has also hit home with me, that my “Yes Lord” and my ability to keep fighting for what he’s spoken is always connected to someone else God wants to reach.

The idea of “fighting” has been a constant theme in my life all year long. It seems to be a constant thing God keep reminding me of. Over and over in the big and small things God keeps saying to fight. I thank God for being faithful and always showing me who he is in all things.

Please let this message be an encouragement to you, even as we enter into the new year ahead. Fight! Fight with God’s purpose in mind and for the sake of allowing God to get the glory in all that you do.