Be yourself

I used to believe that if one truly loves the Lord, there’s only a few occupations to choose from. With that in mind, I’ve held back my many desires especially those pertaining to the arts. Like a knee jerk reaction, whenever artistic desires and inspirations would rise up within me, I’d turn the other direction, trying to avoid eye contact but still catching its glance every so often.

Yesterday as I was singing, the Lord spoke to me and said, “obedience doesn’t mean you shut down your heart, grit your teeth and do what you think I want you to do. Don’t come to me just for orders, come to me for everything. Obedience flows from a heart that is intimate with me, an outward expression of an internal reality.”

God is more than rules, dos and donts. He is not merely a one dimensional voice that constantly demands us to give more and talk less. There are definitely difficult seasons when the Lord calls us to die and lay aside certain desires, but He is not whipping us and demanding that we figure things out on our own and obey alone. If we hear that voice in our head, it’s usually us or the enemy. Jesus calls us all to come. He paid the price on the Cross for us to draw near and hear His voice, take His hand because He knows we are just dust.

Oh God, help me remember, I am just dust, in desperate need of You.

Greatest artist

What amazing things God can create out of rejected rocks, normal water and hopeless souls. What beautiful things the Lord has done with my life. I could not have imagined a better story line, with the surprising twists and turns that has given it character.

Thank You Jesus, for proving me wrong. I couldn’t have done better.

God loves because He is love

God loves me because He is love. It’s only natural that He welcomes me into His presence. He is not frustrated or weary of reminding me of this simple truth when I forget. The enemy likes to play mind games with me, trying to trap me into thinking otherwise. Believing that I’m bothering God because I’ve once again forgotten just how exactly He loves me, or the tune He always sings to me to calm my heart down. No, He is so much more than willing, always waiting to remind me because He knows how easily I forget His smile. Oh how I love running into the arms and sitting on the lap of my Father who created me because He adores me.  

Just cause….

just cause we thought a negative thought, felt some kind of unloving emotions, said something that should have been left unsaid we allow ourselves to be led out of God’s presence by a lie. What we do can never change is God Himself by our actions. He loves us and desires for us to be with Him where He is. That is why He died on the Cross. So come….let us come to Him.

We tend to make prayer the preparation for our service, yet it is never that in the Bible. Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God. Don’t say, “I will endure this until I can get away and pray.” Pray now — draw on the grace of God in your moment of need.

Suddenly….

when did the Lord began to help my fingers open and receive kind words and loving glances? Though I don’t fully understand it all: when this commenced, how my heart melted, why it’s happening all together right now…….. it’s happening, and I’m thankful.

Prayer room invaded with teens on fire for Jesus! Hallelujah! Lord raise up a burning generation for the glory of Your Son! (Taken with Instagram at International House of Prayer)

something we can’t change

“We are not meant to be seen as God’s perfect, bright-shining examples, but to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace.” -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Again I’ve allowed myself to somehow wonder back into the trap of putting myself in the center. Again, I’ve assumed that I’m my own savior and the savior of others around me. Believing that somehow by my own ability to be perfect, I can lead others and bless others with perfection? Sound absurd? This belief is actually embedded in every human being, just take a look at all the religions in the world that make man the center, the one who is to earn their way out of the wrath of their gods instead of being saved by God. 

When we let go of the hand of the grace of Jesus and all He has accomplished on the Cross, we face a life dimmed by our own sins. Fear grips us, anxiety becomes our friend, and worry penetrates into every open cavern of our hearts. But even as we struggle, toss and turn, it cannot change the fact that we stand upon the Rock of Salvation. We cannot undo what Christ has done for us. We can only grow more familiar with the truth of all that He is and all that is now ours. Help us Abba, open our eyes to see.