Facebook has this wonderful new thing called “On this day”, which shows you what you posted on this day all the years you’ve been on Facebook. I love looking back on these memories, for I can see growth in myself. I can also see the shift from when I posted primarily all original thoughts to sharing what others had to say. This is not a bad thing, but something I want to keep an eye on. I don’t want to be a parrot, I want to be a voice!
I post quite a bit on my personal Facebook page, but I don’t always share everything to the blog community. But this struck me as something that needed to be shared again.
11/24/14 “As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about how awesome a responsibility it is to take others into the Presence of God in worship. Not only is it a responsibility, but an honor and privilege to be used in such a way. Had anyone asked me 10 years ago if I saw myself being used the way God uses me, I’d have told them to hush up and keep moving! God truly has a sense of humor. He took little me from the back, put me in the front, opened my mouth and set me free. Don’t get it twisted – the last thing I want, ever, is attention. I struggled with this for many years, but I have learned a few things along the way I’d like to share.
1) God is God, His purpose for you is always the best. Stop fighting it and surrender. I promise, you’ll feel so much better!
2) You cannot stand in the Presence of our Holy and Mighty God and NOT be changed! If you are still exactly the same as you’ve always been, you’ve not been in His Presence. It’s that simple.
3) When I meet Him in the secret place, I desire for others to experience Him the way I do. It’s AH-MAZING! I guarantee that!
4) To desire His Presence over perfection, performance and posturing is the most important thing. His Presence is perfection.
5) There is no wrong time to worship the Lord, there’s no wrong time to praise His name! All creation tells of His Glory, why shouldn’t we?
6) Worship is ministry. We minister to the Lord, He ministers through us to others. Allowing room for spontaneous and prophetic worship is one of the many ways His Spirit encourages and edifies the Body, while at the same time healing the hurting and broken hearts. When we worship in one accord, watch out, great things happen! And when we listen closely, we’ll hear Him singing over us!
7) Pursue God. Pursue Him with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength! Pursuit of God strengthens us for His Purpose and enables us to be a vessel He works through.
8) Pray unceasingly. Cultivate a thankful and compassionate heart, seek heavenly wisdom in all things. Decrease yourself so that He may increase. Humility still goes a long way despite what this world says.
9)There is no substitute for God’s Word. When it is in your heart, the overflow will manifest where you pour it out. Strive to pour out what God has put in you, others need what you have. Give it.
10) We really only have an audience of One. God is the only one that matters. We should not seek approval or validation from man – our identity and worth should not come from who they think we should be, but who God says WE ARE.”
“I was not made to be afraid. Fear has no power over, nor any place within me. I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Perfect love drives out fear, therefore terror in the night cannot touch me. I am covered by love, hidden in shadow and protected by wings. I am Papa’s and He is mine.”
Fear is not your portion, do not let the perpetrators of terror dictate your life.
“I am a warrior. I walk in the opposite spirit from that which attempts to attack me, and one of the weapons in my arsenal is the fruit of the Spirit. When my enemy seeks to destroy me with contempt, I will react with kindness and love; when he tries to knock me down, I will respond with self-control and gentleness. Sends him running every time.”
You are a warrior!
“I am uniquely me. Papa has made me one of a kind, there is no other. His hands created me for a specific purpose to be fulfilled with the specific talents and gifts He has given me. No one else can do what I can do; oh, it may look similar, but it is not the same. Since Papa has made only one me, I am an amazing, wonderful, spectacular, fascinating and sassy person! I am ME!”
Go be YOU today! The real you, not the one you think you should be. 😉
Do the Needful
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs (Matthew 6:32 NLT).
Years ago I worked as a property tax research specialist for a company who did outsource work for a well known nationwide mortgage company. Their customer service department was outsourced as well, to a non-US based company. English was not the first language and there were times when this was evident when deciphering the tax research required from the notes left. There was one customer service rep who never typed anything more than “do the needful” in a customer’s account, ensuring we covered every base since we did not know what needed to be done or the reason the customer called. Research cases from this particular rep always took longer than necessary because there was no direction in the account notes.
There are times in our prayer life when we have a need, but are unable to articulate it explicitly. These are the times when we simply say “Papa, do the needful!” I am grateful He does not need direction when it comes to this kind of prayer, aren’t you? He knows what we need, when we need it and how best to meet that specific need.
Let’s Pray: Dear Papa, thank You for knowing our needs before we are able to express them. Your knowledge of our heart’s cry brings us comfort in those moments when we can do no more than say “do the needful”. You are the faithful giver of peace in all our situations, and we are so grateful for Your hand in our lives. Because of You, we do not have to worry that our prayer will be answered, we know it will. Thank you, Papa! Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: No matter what your need is, Papa does not require direction in meeting it. Trust Him to provide what you need and thank Him for it!
“Heaven and earth collide at the sound of my praise for it is one of the powerful tools in the box Papa has given me. It accompanies worship, love, grace, kindness and peace. These are the tools that build relationships, set things in motion, and pierce the hearts of those who are looking for Papa and don’t realize it. Papa has given me all I need, I simply have to use it.”
Use the tools Papa has given you and begin to build.
I’ve been thinking a lot about religion. Many people associate religion with Christianity. True Christianity is not religion, although I can see how the two would become synonymous since many who call themselves Christian preach religion. There are differences between the two.
Religion complicates the gospel. It is binding and requires conformity to a standard. Religion requires work and sacrifice. It is showy and seeks constant approval. Religion does not assist, it turns away. Religion has a long list of do’s and don’t’s.
True Christianity is simple. It is liberating and requires no work, just rest and trust in God. The only sacrifice in Christianity was Christ’s because He paid for EVERYTHING ONCE and FOR ALL. True Christianity is humble and joyful, willing to jump in, to serve, to assist, to wash feet and wipe tears. True Christianity does not give a list of do’s and don’ts, it simply encourages us to BE.
Religion preaches on sin, sin nature, sin habits, sin obstructions, sin, sin, sin. It is focused on sin. It condemns people for all the sin in their lives, looking down upon them, informing them of life in hell, all the while intimating that Christ’s work on the cross was not enough because to be free from sin, certain criteria and works MUST be met – that it is a product of man’s hand to continually free ourselves from sin. Religion puts only a select few seated with Christ.
True Christianity preaches FREEDOM from sin. It is not focused on sin, it points out the love God had for the world and how love paid for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE on the cross in order to bring about reconciliation. It liberates, encourages and places everyone in their proper seat with Christ. True Christianity speaks life and love to a world in need.
If all we preach is sin, no wonder people want no part of what they consider religion. But if we preach freedom from sin, informing people of the seat they have in Christ for the work He has completed, we will see the fruit evident in every corner of the world. Challenge the religious spirit, preach liberty!
Colossians 1:19-21 NLT “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
“I am blessed with more than enough. This is how love spreads…when we share our blessings. Papa has unlimited resources, and my enemy has a very small and tight budget. Spending out of Papa’s bank brings increase.”
Papa has a blessing account for you to spend.
“Papa loves me. His love is the heartbeat of my soul, the go-go juice in my spirit, and the gravy for my bread. His love is the reason I can love, and I’ll tell ya- once you understand the depth, the width and the breadth of the love that Papa has for you, there is no way you can walk with your head down.”
Pick your head up, Papa loves you!
“Papa has given me everything I need to succeed. As an heir to heaven, all that it has is mine to ask for. Because of Christ, I am able to do all things and nothing is impossible. My Papa loves me and I’m content in that love.”
All of heaven is yours, just ask.