Without Fear

They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength… They shall run and not grow weary, walk and shall not faint. Isaiah 40:31.  The tools of faith envisions forward. The tools of fear looks back. Faith conquers fear. Today, let us use the tools of faith to worship and praise without fear.

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Enemies?

They pay me evil in exchange for good; …But when they were sick I…humbled myself by fasting. I prayed with my whole heart, as one would for a friend or a brother…  Psalm 35:12-14, 28  There certainly are days when I struggle to hear God’s voice. It is the perfect opportunity for my thoughts to take a serious turn away God’s presence. In times like these I turn to the Psalms. This passage caught my eye because it reminded me of what it means to love enemies in spite of circumstance. As hard as it is on occasion, it is in fact possible and perhaps necessary (at least for me) when I really don’t want to. I understand that I can never really know who all of my enemies are. Of those I do know, I’ll start with letting the one I battle in my head be the first to go, by letting a spirit of praise takes over and unleash God’s Spirit on the rest as as well. And my tongue shall be talking your (God’s) righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

Don’t Make Me Drink It!

Jesus-in-Garden…remove this cup from me; yet not what I want , but what you want. Mark 14:27-42  God did not force Jesus to drink. Yet even for Christ, there were some things that could not be avoided; he chose to drink because God’s desire was his desire. Although the spirit of support from his disciples may have been comforting, Jesus knew that when the time came they weren’t quite ready to drink from the cup he was about to drink. So it is with us; there simply are some things we can not avoid. Our friends and family with all their good intention and compassion will have no say in the matter. Going in, when the time comes, perhaps our circumstance may be unavoidable but our praise is not. When it is finished know that God will have heard every word of praise from our mouths, and we too will arise beholding His likeness.

“there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” Praise him at all times and experience the cup of salvation and glory in his Word.

Passing The Test

“Why are you putting me to the test?…Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mark12:13-27  I like shoes! Recently, I purchased a pair of which the color and style were exactly what I had been looking for. I’d finally gotten the first opportunity to wear my new shoes and by the end of the day as I was preparing to spend my usual evening time with God I chose not to change into my slippers as I was accustomed to do. After about two and a half hours I succumbed to the realization that more of my attention was on my new shoes rather than God. I had been sneaking peeks at them as I tried to study the scripture! So I got up and readied myself for bed and that’s when I was reminded that those things that we think are necessary in this life are of no use to God! More importantly, along with our praise, worship, and thanksgiving, when we set aside time to study his Word our full attention belongs to God as well.

Let The Walls Fall

Video – Let The Walls Fall – Remember those walls I built. Well, baby there tumbling down. They didn’t even put up a fight. The didn’t even make a sound (Halo – Beyonce). Perhaps it sounds crazy, but the first time I listened to this song, I immediately thought of my relationship with God. I realize that this probably was not Beyonce’s intention (or perhaps it was) and yet it took me to a place of thankfulness and praise  for the presence of Christ in my life as the walls were in fact tumbling down without my knowing. It happens one day when you stop to evaluate where you are in life and realize that what you deemed as unsuccessful wasn’t failure at all  but a learning experience for growth. Learning to see the face of God in our relationships often requires some difficult experiences. We each have a “wall” or two in our own lives that are seemingly there to protect us when in fact they were meant to be broken down. It is then that we are able to see the glory that has been waiting for us all along, the halo that is in the one and only perfect loving relationship that God has with us. Let the walls fall, I’m putting Christ first!

Ephesians 2:14-20 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.