Psalm 24: 7-10 The VOICE
City gates—open wide!
Ancient doors—stand back!
For the glorious King shall soon pass your way.
Who is the glorious King?
The Eternal who is powerful
and mightily equipped for battle.
City gates—open wide!
Ancient doors—stand back!
For the glorious King shall soon pass your way.
Who is the glorious King?
The Eternal, Commander of heaven’s army,
He is the glorious King.
As I was praying this morning, God began to reveal fragmented pictures. I saw the words NEW & GREATER, but I also heard noisy, jumbled, clanging cymbals. We are entering a new year, and there is the excitement of the new things God is doing, but we also must pay attention to how we speak about these new things. Our speech must be filled with love and our actions must be driven by love. If we are not careful and mindful, we will sound like noise to the hearer. I don’t know about you, but noise is not edifying, nor is it tolerable for very long. I always want noise to stop!
What if I speak in the most elegant languages of people or in the exotic languages of the heavenly messengers, but I live without love? Well then, anything I say is like the clanging of brass or a crashing cymbal. What if I have the gift of prophecy, am blessed with knowledge and insight to all the mysteries, or what if my faith is strong enough to scoop a mountain from its bedrock, yet I live without love? If so, I am nothing. I could give all that I have to feed the poor, I could surrender my body to be burned as a martyr, but if I do not live in love, I gain nothing by my selfless acts (1 Corinthians 13: 1-3).
Back to Psalm 24 above – I also began to see the color purple and hear ROYALTY IS HERE! I felt such a sense of awe and reverence. God is reminding His people that King Jesus is our King and that He is also Holy and Worthy of worship and praise. I was also reminded of something the Lord said to me many years ago – we will not worship and revere who we do not trust. Do you fully trust God? When you begin to worship, is it from a place of trust that He is fighting your battle, that He is working on your behalf, that He is FOR you?
As we usher in the new year, let us worship the King from a place of reverent trust, seeking to bask in the beauty of His Holiness. Not to ask Him for anything, but just enjoying who He is!
Been thinking about something. Yep, I’m gonna share it with you whether you want to read it or not. The wonderful thing is that you can just scroll on by my post and not be edified. The choice is yours, really.
I’m not putting you on.
On to my thought…
Christian-ese, you know, that language we all speak to sound super spiritual? Come on, you’ve heard it, you’ve used it, you know you have! Well, have you ever listened to yourself when you talk to non-believers? Guilty! I have caught myself numerous times sounding very snobby because I speak Christian-ese. I can tell you, our jargon does not usher people to the feet of Jesus.
My point is this, we really have to pay attention to how we talk to others, especially non-believers. We throw them off and turn them off with our spiritual speak, and often we push them away. You want to have a conversation with a non-believer? Get real with them. Avoid the super spiritual dialogue and meet them where they are. Buy them coffee, lunch, dinner, take a walk, and LISTEN. Stop pushing them away by beating them over the head with your 10lb invisible bible.
People feel the way they do about Christians because for far too long we have tried to have people reach us up on our pedestals instead of climbing down and helping them climb up. How quickly we have forgotten the place where Jesus met us! Love is an action word and speaking love to others requires acts of love.
Jesus never turned away anyone who came to Him, and He never condemned them either. He met them exactly where they were and after His interaction, they left changed. Let us strive to be a people who meets people where they are and when they leave, they are changed.
You are now free (momentarily) to go about the rest of your evening.
The Old is Not Fine, I Want New Wine!
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say” Luke 5: 37-39 NLT.
As I was reading this Scripture, the phrase “The old is just fine” struck me. We often talk about new wine when we speak of new things God is doing, but I believe we forget about those who want to keep things the same. I’ve been thinking about the religious spirit over the last few weeks and I believe this spirit is the reason so many refuse the new wine, or rather, new moves of God’s Spirit.
The religious spirit thrives in areas where people refuse to embrace change. This spirit convinces God’s people it is form, function and familiarity God desires and emphatically raises its voice against those who believe God does, in fact, do new things. This spirit tells believers there is nothing to be gained in switching things up, that the way things have always been done is the way it should always be done. It cries loudly against prophetic utterances and boldly resists the flow of the Holy Spirit.
Understand I am not speaking about the people who are hesitant and cautious of change. There is always some type of hesitancy when change is in the air, but most people will gradually accept change. Especially once they know the reason for the change and how it will affect them. What I am speaking about is the blatant opposition to any move of God that is not within the defined borders of what a “move of God” is supposed to look like. You may even have seen this spirit in operation without realizing it.
I don’t know about you, but I want, I crave and I am going after the NEW WINE!! My prayer over the last month or so has been for Jesus to wreck me for this world. For me to see more clearly from higher heights and deeper depths. I want the Presence of God all the time, and I want to be used however He deems fit to usher in His next move.
Revelation 21:5 “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Isaiah 42: 9 “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.”
Isaiah 48:6-7 “You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them. They are created now and not from the beginning; and before this day you have not heard them, lest you should say, “Of course I knew them.”
May your new year be filled with new wine, the abundance of God’s grace, strength to persevere and may you see higher heights and deeper depths. Blessings to you in 2015!
“I have been given a new day, filled with new mercies and the great faithfulness of God! I will give the Almighty God of Heaven my praise, singing new songs to Him and declaring His glory among all the earth!”
Sing a new song today!
“The Eternal One is mine. He’s all I need. I have promised to keep Your words. I sought Your blessing wholeheartedly. Show grace to me as You promised. I carefully charted out my paths to align my steps with Your decrees. I did not procrastinate and hurried to follow Your commands. The wicked have entangled me in their nets, but I have not forgotten Your teaching. In the middle of the night, I wake to thank You because Your rulings are just and right. I am a friend of anyone who fears You and of those who follow Your precepts. The earth is filled with Your unfailing love, O Eternal One; teach me to observe what You require (Psalm 119:57-64 VOICE).”
Walk today knowing He is all you need!
Merry Christmas Eve!
“The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name. Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because He is with me in those dark moments, near with His protection and guidance, I am comforted.”
Walk hand in hand with your Shepherd today!
“It is well with my soul. Because my God is bigger than anything I face, I can truthfully say it is well, everything will be alright! There is nothing too hard for God, and no mountain so tall that He cannot bring me over it or around it. With God, ALL things are POSSIBLE!”
Walk in the possible today!
Three words kept repeating themselves as I drove to work this morning. Power. Position. Presence. Over and over, realigning as they repeated until they were in this order:
The Lord is speaking something quite amazing and simple. When we seek His PRESENCE – to come up higher, dive deeper, dwell with Him, commune intimately with Him – then He POSITIONS us. Like a master chess player, He puts us right where He purposes us to be. What this looks like is not the same for every person – remember, we are a unique portion of a whole, but we each have a specific POSITION. It is in this position where we are given POWER. Power does not look the same for each person either, we are not clones of each other, but different facets of our Father. We are made in His likeness, in His image, but we are not cloned.
Because the words kept realigning themselves as I listened, I realized that many of us are out of alignment with God. Many of us search for position first. This is because we’ve been taught that we must be in the right place to receive power or Presence. Oh, how we have strayed by believing this! Position does not guarantee the presence or power of God, nor does it make us more effective in our purpose.
Some of us seek power first. We believe power gives us the ability to do what we think we should be doing. This is why there are so many “uncalled” leaders and people in the wrong ministry area. Ooh, did I just say that? Yes, I did. Throughout the Body, there are many trying to function in places they are NOT called to be in. This is one of the reasons for weak or failed ministries and why we often see religious tyranny within ministries.
There are some who seek the Presence first, but want power before position and lose sight of the journey. This is a dangerous place, and one that often breeds a hard heart toward the things of God.
Church, we must come back into proper alignment. Scripture gives examples. Joseph was intimately acquainted with the Lord, yet he was sold into slavery and ended up a servant in Egypt. Yet, everywhere he wound up, he was giving a position of power. God’s Presence in Joseph’s life Positioned him to be Powerful and ultimately led to the growth of the Israelite people. Had God not positioned Joseph in Egypt the way He did, the Israelites would have compromised themselves in Canaan and not become the people God desired them to be.
David was another. He was described as a man after God’s own heart, and he was continuously in the Presence of the Lord. Because of this, he was anointed as King. However, it was years of Positioning before he stepped into Power.
Christ, who ultimately is the One we should strive to be like, came from the Presence of the Lord and walked among us. Even while He walked the earth, He was in constant communion with our Heavenly Father. While we do not know the details of His childhood, I believe this was His Positioning period and when He was in Position, we know He walked with Power!
Wake up, stand up, get into alignment with what God is doing! Seek His PRESENCE, let Him POSITION you and walk in POWER!
“So now, may the God of peace make me His own completely and set me apart from the rest. May my spirit, soul, and body be preserved, kept intact and wholly free from any sort of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed.”
Walk blessed today!
Forget not His benefits (Psalm 103:2b).
I have been thinking of this particular Scripture all morning. What a beautiful call to praise and worship! There is something powerful in our praise and worship of God. It is not only a weapon of our warfare, but it unlocks and opens doors of abundance. These doors include us and also those we pray for, who draw close to God. And, by abundance, I do not necessarily mean financial wealth, although it can sometimes be included in His benefits. The benefits of God are only limited by the box into which we put Him.
Some of His benefits include:
Mercy that lasts forever.
Protection and security.
Water for the dry.
Rest for the weary.
Hinds feet in high places.
Ability to walk on water.
Help for unbelief.
The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. When we immerse ourselves in giving God all praise and worship, there is no way we can forget His benefits. He is FOR us, and His Spirit is IN us! He is the eternal God, the One who was, who is and who is to come! The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End! As we remember His benefits, we find in ourselves a delight in Him only, thus enabling Him to grant the desires of our hearts.
When our hearts are sold out to the One who knows our hearts best, we are enabled and empowered to see farther, dream bigger, be bolder and take larger leaps of faith. You see, when we meditate on the benefits of God, we release Him from the box!
Psalm 103: 1-5 VOICE
O my soul, come, praise the Eternal
with all that is in me—body, emotions, mind, and will—every part of who I am—
praise His holy name.
O my soul, come, praise the Eternal;
sing a song from a grateful heart;
sing and never forget all the good He has done.
Despite all your many offenses, He forgives and releases you.
More than any doctor, He heals your diseases.
He reaches deep into the pit to deliver you from death.
He crowns you with unfailing love and compassion like a king.
When your soul is famished and withering,
He fills you with good and beautiful things, satisfying you as long as you live.
He makes you strong like an eagle, restoring your youth.