Feb 19, 2016
God is a God of promise. His Word, the Bible is full of His promises to mankind. He has to be faithful to Himself by being true to His Word. In Numbers 23:19 we see "God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not a human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? " So when doubt attempts to distract you from your God given dream of your life's purpose, remember, His promise has purpose, so you must purposefully praise your way to attain it.
There was a season in my life where I was discovering the power of true praise and worship of the Living God. I was called to a place of growth in this area where I could actually encounter His Presence and consequently grew in Him exponentially. At the same time, there was such an attack on the promise of God concerning my destiny. It felt like I lost my breath, as if hit in the stomach with a baseball bat. I was tempted to quit after doubting God with all of the confusion and weariness from intense harassment. But rather than give in to all of that, something rose up within to believe in The One who promised. So, what did I do? Warfare. I spoke to the mountain of oppression (believe it or not that did try to entangle me), I said "Move!" I had instant breakthrough. I praised: I kept my mind on the promise: I worshipped, I remembered the promise: I studied the word of God: I remembered the promise: I forgave, resisting bitterness: I kept my mind on the promise. I refused to bow to fleshly responses. I grew in the things of The Spirit: I remembered the promised. I was on a great quest to know Whose I was, to know God, and therefore to know who I am. I kept my mind on the promise God gave me and I did not give up in the fight. I had to listen for the voice of Truth and I grew even more in Him and became very thankful for this experience, for God worked it for my good (Romans 8:28).
Look at Hannah as a biblical example in the first three chapters of the book of 1 Samuel. Remember Hannah became the mother of Samuel, who was used in establishing a new order of Kingship in Israel. He was a divinely ordained leader resulting in Israel’s protection and blessing once they devoted themselves and lived obediently to the covenant. Samuel was recognized as prophet of Jehovah, and the Bible says in 1 Samuel 3, "for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord" and "the Lord let none of his words fall to the ground." Samuel was a prophet, but he was also in the fight, he was a warrior; cleaning up some things for the kingdom that were left undone; and yes, he used his sword for some of the clean up. Samuel, this gift of God given through Hannah was powerful. So I ask you Whose Idea was Samuel? God’s. Was it because Hannah cried so much that she got the consecrated child? No, but the hunger and desire to live out her purpose and live right before God could only help her cause. Hannah’s hunger grew and she passed some tests before God opened her womb to release Samuel, a prophet destined by God. I almost think that God had the idea first. What say you?
Needless to say, Hannah endured some 'stuff' but stayed in worship. There was a strategic attack of the enemy. She endured rivalry (the Bible refers to Peninah as her rival). Year after year she encountered envy, jealousy, bitterness, competition, harassment, agitation and depression. How do we know she overcame it? I don’t read that she got in a cat fight or that she had a pity party and stayed in bed watching reality TV and YouTube to escape reality (I know, I know, YouTube had a ways to be developed back then but you see my point :). What did Hannah do? Set out to worship. Notice, while setting out to worship, she was attacked - attacked while she worshipped. She continued to go to the temple to give her sacrifice, worship. That very place in her life where she received the criticism is the very place she received her answer. God arrived in her worship. I could very much relate to Hannah and her situation. Now, what I find fascinating is the fact that she received her answer and gave birth to her heart’s desire, the gift of God (Samuel) and SHE GAVE THE GIFT BACK! What is the relevance in this? The gift in you is for God and His purposes, however, you get to enjoy it because when you get to the place of finally delivering the thing that you have travailed over, contending for all these years (which is what "Fighting the Good Fight" means), through all of the ache and pressing, you get to finally rest and be yourself and enjoy the gift because you are fulfilling purpose. Hallelujah!
There is power in purpose and power in the promise of God. We have to press through with our praise. So you better be getting on your way! Are you sitting next to anyone right now? High five 'em and tell them "I'd better be getting on my way!" Praise Him! Worship God. Power comes in worship. Don't forget, because He descends in worship, your rival may attempt to take out your worship. You worship. Your gift has something to do with the day you are in, like Samuel. He came right on time. Israel needed him, Hannah stayed true to her vow and gave up her son for God’s service after all of those years of desire to have a child, she still stayed true to the vow she made in worship. God trusted Hannah to bring forth Samuel. Note that Peninah did not get Samuel! She got benched!! God trusted Hannah and opened her womb right on time!
Worship and watch change happen. You may not get the thing you are believing for but you may get that and then some. Out loud can you say “That and then some”? As Hannah would go to the temple every year, she brought her son a new coat. The Bible says in 1 Sam 2:19-21, "Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "GOD give you children to replace this child you have dedicated to GOD." Then they would go home. God was most especially kind to Hannah. She had three more sons and two daughters. The boy Samuel stayed at the sanctuary and grew up with God." Can you say “That and then some!”?
Hannah lived her purpose. She didn’t quit. She made room for God to bring forth great purpose out of her life. This story reminds me of something I saw in my yard on an early spring morning. I saw a leaf from the previous fall that had covered up great potential on fertile ground. But instead of staying down and buried under what was dead with no value, a beautiful flower rose up under it and went right through the sturdy oak leaf, wearing it like a necklace so to rise to its place of purpose! So let it be with you. If your potential has been seemingly buried under dead issues of the past, doubts, insults, accusations, hindrances and problems, do as this flower did, as Hannah did: Worship God! So rise up, believe God and get your promise! You were meant to live your dream!
Romans 11:28-29 "For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn."
1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy."
Proverbs 13:19 "It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not turn from evil to attain them." Tell yourself "I’m no fool! My dream is coming true!"
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Dec 3, 2012
As a new Christian, 17 years ago ;), I loved the song Oh Happy Day. I was a DJ, and a pal DJ/producer from Hollywood played his dance mix version at an outreach dance-rave that I served at - I absolutely loved the song and fully enjoyed releasing a praise-dance every time I heard it. Later in the year, the song was performed by a gospel choir at my wedding after we were pronounced husband and wife - Oh Happy Day! The Lord knows how meaningful that song is to me and just today, while playing Christmas programming on satellite radio, Oh Happy Day is aired. What? A Christmas song? It was an early present to me by God, I just know it! I have been seeking Him for certain things, and earlier He gave me a scripture to tell me He was holding my right hand (Isaiah 41:13) and then I hear my all-time favorite song! Is God with me? Yes. I know that just because of a song randomly playing on the radio? Not necessarily, but His Word says that He is indeed with us. Jesus promised that to us, saying "...even until the end of the age" He would be with us. When things happen that seem peculiarly coincidental, speaking personally to us, often it is just a sweet reminder that we are on His mind. He is good like that. I know for me, it brightens my day and causes a skip in my step. Oh Happy Day!
Nov 7, 2012
As you live, move and have your being in the Lord, it's okay to embrace the romance that comes with this beautiful relationship throughout each day. It doesn't have to be reserved for a "date night", modeled by relationships with people. Allow the joy of this romance to sweep through you during your day, invigorating your thoughts and fueling inspiration. A day dawning in praise pulls His Presence toward you. That's where it begins. Prepare to be inspired. Take note of the exchange. Watch the impact it will have on others at some point. A beautiful ministry can flow from such a valuable romance.
Nov 6, 2012
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Once in church service, there was a time of ministry for men at the altar. I had a vision of a chain becoming weakened in one link. The saying, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link" came to mind.
You know, in the spiritual realm, you can weaken - or as I like to say "de-fortify" a link (that is not a real word, apparently) - by not giving in to and fortifying (making stronger, reinforce) the habit, pattern, or stronghold. Many times, you will hear teaching about what you have to do to get freedom from a habit or stronghold, but often you can experience victory by what you don't do. A stronghold in the mind, a "logismos" or belief system, can be built up by thought patterns to the point where something like a strong tower erects itself and becomes a fixture.
You can pull a stronghold down according to 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, which is a wonderful, proven avenue to freedom, but you can also pull down strongholds and "de-fortify" them by not reinforcing and nurturing them, and by preventing them from building in the thought realm. For instance, if a pattern starts to build with the mind wandering into vain imaginations, straying from truth and from the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), then refuse to go there and bring your mind back to what you know to be The Truth of God's word. If you refuse to give in to something that is tempting, then resist it and bring your thoughts back to the center of God's Will.
You can re-train your mind and the stronghold can be broken as you "de-fortify" the rebellious thoughts that would like to build a deceptive tower. Don't feed them. Don't feed the habit. Neglect it and fortify your mind by girding it up with the Truth, the mind of Christ, and the helmet of salvation where you hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of God's heart. Keep your mind on God, and then the peace will come (Isaiah 26:3), as well as liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Then you can be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7
Oct 24, 2012
The death of Jesus on the cross was payment for our short comings, our sin. In order to be made right with a righteous God, one must make this sacrifice personal. Jesus did this in YOUR place. In MY place. Yes He died for the world, but it really is for each individual person who believes and receives the gift of life Jesus paid for. Make it real. Make it Yours. To gain eternal life with God The Father, Jesus is The Way (Period).
“Lord, I recognize my need for forgiveness. Thank you for dying for me, for taking my sin upon you. I believe you rose from the dead and sat at the right hand of God. Please come into my heart. I make You my personal Lord, my personal Savior.”
There will be a marked difference as you receive Jesus as your Savior, because His Spirit will literally live in you as you turn from your sin, to Him, confessing Him as Lord. Remember, the grave couldn’t hold Him. How about that?! He rose from the grave WITH ALL POWER, preparing a way for us for eternal life in heaven. Something to shout THANK YOU about. Now embrace the joy this life brings. Blessings in abundance. Peace surpassing understanding. Love like you’ve never known. Freedom. Crazy grace. Joy ridiculous and assurance lasting. Live this new life. Live on purpose.
John 11:25, Romans 3:10-12 & 23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 8:11,
Romans 10:9-10, and 13, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 3:17