Friday, August 31, 2012

Personality Quiz: How's Your Relationship With God doing?

Just wanted to share with yall a little quiz I made. This one's more for the ladies but fear not my guy readers soon you will get a quiz just for you made by a very good friend of mine. Be sure to check it out and find out what kind of relationship you have with God. Where are you spiritually? Guess no more! Hope yall enjoy and let me know whatcha' think! God bless.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

In The Stillness We Come To Know God



God does amazing things when we give Him the right of way. When we stop in the natural and our hearts slow, and our mind quiets down, God can speak and be heard. I've recently been reading the Book of Samuel and let me just say that it is definitely one of my favorites. These true events in particular I just had to share because I know that as worshipers there are times when quiet is not an option. I've already talked about resting in the Lord all the days of our lives, in every moment, but this post is more about responding to those moments of stillness that we do have in our lives. These moments are the times when God is really trying to communicate with us. Sometimes we might not even know that it's Him because we haven't gotten accustomed to perceiving His presence and discerning His heart's words. Painting the picture of the scene: Samuel, merely a young boy, has gotten used to His spiritual guide, Eli, teaching him how to minister before the Lord. At this point, Samuel had never really had a personal encounter with God even though He served the Lord; However, Samuel was in the right place at the right time. Meeting God isn't like a blind date because God takes His time, patiently loving on us until the day comes when we turn around and finally see Him...finally fall in love with Him who first loved us. This precious moment was just about to take place in Samuel's life because he was finally still and all was quiet. In the natural and in the spiritual...all was still.

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(1 Samuel 3:2-11) One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel! ” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

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My advice to you, my fellow worshipers, is to start fighting for those quiet moments. For a while silence your phone, turn off the T.V, sneak away from the hustle and bustle, and literally be still. Even when we express our worship to God through music make it personal time where you just stay quiet for a bit. Let your fingers rest. Gently set the mic down. Let God's presence take you away into that secret place where it's just you and Him. There, He will say the words that you've been waiting to hear: "Yes, it is me." In that stillness, in that silence we come to really know God.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Transformed Heart Transforms Worship



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(Deuteronomy 30:6) “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!

Like my grandma always says," No matter how many times other people try to make my recipes they will never taste the same because I make my food with love, special for my family." Nothing beats making something or doing anything out of love. In the same way, all that we do to bring honor and glory to God should be done out of love. Christ paid a huge dept for us that we could never repay but the only way we can say, "thank you," is by doing what we do for Him out of love. If we have to wash the car or sweep the floor, let us do it out of love; If we are given the privilege to worship God up on an altar, then let us do it out of love; If we are going to preach, then let it be out of pure gratitude and passionate love for the One who saved us and gave us the ability to do so. If we don't know how to do this then let God change our hearts and our generation's hearts so that we may learn to truly love and really live. Now that God has transformed your heart, let Him transform the way you worship Him.

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(Deuteronomy 12:8-9) “Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please, because you have not yet arrived at the place of rest, the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession.

When we don't have direction from God, we do what we do. By this process we come to make mistakes and end up doing as we please. God doesn't want us to wander aimlessly, He wants us to hear His voice of truth so that it can be like a lamp unto our feet, showing us the path ahead. Being able to believe in what is not yet seen (faith) comes from hearing the word of God. When we read His word we learn what His voice sounds like. Then  from this comes conviction, the hunger to know more about Him who loves us so deeply, and the strength to live for Christ who chose to live for us. Like I always say, anybody can die for another person but only those who are in Christ die and like Him, choose to live. I don't want to do as i please...I want to make God smile. I want to touch His deserving heart. Something tells me that you do to. I challenge you to cling to Him and seek Him so that He can change your pattern of worship. He wants to be our rest: Not our calm before the storm, but our calm during the storm. God has something special in store for you and for me that we will receive when we arrive at His place of rest. A relationship with God will keep us near to Him so that we can hear Him and know His plans for us. In this way, He is our one and only rest.

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(Deuteronomy 12:30-31) do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’ You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods every detestable act that the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to their gods.

Like I had said on my past post, God wants to give us something new. We don't have to watch music videos on T.V to get ideas because our God is the creator. I mean He put "create" in creative. Nothing that this world gives for their audience could ever compare to what we can do to worship God.  We don't need their customs, traditions, or words because we are the children of the God who created the stars and calls them by name. We worship the God who designed and runs the human body: He makes a heart beat, blood flow, and formed each nerve and cell. If we were to uncover Hollywood's actors and singers what would we find? If we were to truly let the "glass masquerade" fade what would we uncover? Let us be inspired by God and live to make Him known. If my God is creative then so am I and He has given me the ability to create marvelous things. Let's get closer to Him so that He can reveal to us that which we do not know. But let us never loose focus on what truly matters. Who cares how the Beatles sing and play or how Katy Perry dresses? God wants to give us something new. Like my Mom said, "It's time to stop eating from the old bread." If you are going to do something for God then let it be Him who inspires you. Let it be the Holy Spirit who places in your heart new and fresh ideas. God has placed all the creative genius from His heart and mind into you, but all you have to do is delight yourself in Him. If we must be passionate or mesmerized, let it be by God.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Worship Freely Tunes {3}


I hope y'all are having a lovely Friday. The music video I chose for this week has got to be one of my favorites thus far. Hats off to Christ for the Nation's Album "Responding." I know this song in Spanish because I saw Rojo perform it, but thanks to YouTube now I know they have it in English too. Woohoo! I totally recomend you get this album and get in some Bible reading time while you listen...My heart is singing right now. Please enjoy and be sure to tell me whatcha think!

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Meditation: We are the pleasing sacrifice that the
Lord wants to consume in His holy fire.

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Christ For The Nations: Consuming Fire

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A New Sound Resonance


Resonance- A quality of richness or significance, especially in evoking a response or strong emotion; the intensification and enriching of a musical tone by supplementary vibration (vibration of something beyond the original sound source).


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Recently I've been meditating on how God wants us to worship Him. What makes Him happy? What touches His heart? This was and continues to be my personal prayer with him. Sitting down and talking with my dad after dinner we both agreed upon one thought: The Lord reveals to each person how He wants them to worship Him. It's not about watching T.V, however much of a great invention it might be, and getting ideas and then copying them. It's not about flipping through the next cover of teen vogue and picking the image we want to carry out. Just because God isn't verbally telling us direct instructions doesn't mean we should pick what we see and like without consulting Him. God wants to give us a new image, a new look, and a new sound. I will never judge a fellow believer for taking a worldly song and turning it into a spiritual one because I don't know what kind of personal revelation or calling they have received from the Lord. I can only speak for myself and for those that have a similar revelation. God has spoken into my heart that He wants a new sound from me. Like I have been taught, all music belongs to God and was invented by Him but the devil has distorted the sound. God has shared with me how much He wants me to flow out of a new sound, something never heard before. I feel these words--captivating, powerful, breath-taking, holy, resonance. Focusing on worshiping God through my music I strongly hold tight to the fact that the Lord is breathing life into this generation, into me, to produce a never-before heard sound. How to live, how to sing, how to dress, these are all inspirations that the Holy Spirit wants to provide us with. We don't need to copy or add onto someone's hand-me-down sound, we need to know the secrets that lie in God's heart and ask Him for them.

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(Isaiah 45:3) I will give you hidden treasures,
riches stored in secret places, so that you
may know that I am the Lordthe God of Israel,
who summons you by name.

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(Romans 12:2) Don't copy the behavior and customs
of this world, but let God transform you
into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know God's will for you,
which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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This world needs to be shaken up by more than an album, it's crying out for a generation ready to give off what the Lord has personally placed in their hands. When we display a new song, a new image, then we truly transform what is around us because what we have from God is meant to be more intensely profound. It's time to let His new sound resonance shine because God is not a God to stay in one place or in one dimension...He breaks barriers and pushes us toward the plans He has set for us. May you and I give life and show others His new revelation, His heart's true desires.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Worship Freely Tunes {2}


Well my friends and worshipers it's about that time of the week again. I truly must say that this song is amazing! As Christians we can have the most precious or life-changing revelation but without LOVE, it all just falls short. We can Worship God with all our heart and soul, but without love it's all just noise. I can't even express how much this song moves me. I hope yall really enjoy...let me know whatcha think!

(1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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For King and Country: The Proof of Your Love


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