Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Morning Conversation: A Love Revelation

I think a lot. Especially while I drive on my way to school. If you were to be in the seat next to me you would see and listen to me pray, sing, worship and converse with God. That's my time. My ipod is as high as my ears can take though my spirit can handle any level really because He's on fire. Well, anyways, on my usual (or not so usual) drive today as always I stepped into God's presence (yes, all while driving and no I did not have my eyes closed...so not recommended at all!) and we just started talking like we always do. While I verbally talk He listens and then I listen as He begins to respond in whatever way He chooses. Every day is different. He always keeps me on my toes waiting for His romantic surprise. And today I said,"God you had it all but still you chose to create me...us all. Why?"

(Long pause)

"Because of love. You longed to love me...you longed to love and longed to be loved. I know people say that you don't need it but that's not how love works anyway. One loves not out of need but out of love. The need to love comes after. And I love you because you loved me first."

How can loving another come out of love? 
Love is the fountain and therefore anything 
we do comes out of that fountain. So to 
love we need to be loved and only God 
can fulfill that. Only God is that portion 
and perfect complement.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

His Glory Rained Down



And then came Sunday. I drove off to church. I warmed-up. I prayed. I did a mike-check. Met some new people. Worshiped my King. Our service is called Tardes De Gloria (Afternoons of Glory) and that's exactly what we all witnessed. We felt God's glory rain and pour out over us. Some missionaries and prophets from Oklahoma came to pay us a visit and from the moment I stepped foot inside the church I could perceive something new, something big coming our way. Sunday after Sunday after Sunday all of us have been seeking and pursuing the Lord's presence, Worshiping and poring out songs before his throne and we finally saw and felt the overwhelming overflow of our Father's glory. It was unbearable. So unbearable that at one point I just left my mike and went over to the corner of the alter to just break down, kneeling before my God. The only living God was there but this time we just FELT Him push through us and walk among us spiritually. Our eyes could not see it but our spirits were so out of our control and completely under His control. I mean, not one person was left out...everyone drank on their own because that's what the service is all about. Getting into God presence individually as one to drink from the well. Each and every single person just making the most of the three hour or four or how ever long it takes to get satisfied. We sing and praise and worship until we burst with uncontainable life. Each person received a prophetic word from The Lord. When we finally finished the first part of our time of praise and worship (approximately one hour and a half) The man who came to release the prophetic word over our service and congregation introduced himself and gave the word out:

(Jeremiah 9:23-24) 
This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,but let the 
one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
 for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

Because we've been seeking God we found Him. It's all about His presence. After the word, which was amazing because God was just speaking, the prophet and my pastor began to prepare for the altar call and the second round of our congregational worship. I was drinking out of my water jug and reaching for my mike when I heard the prophet say, "bring me that young lady." I was sort of confused because of the spiritual Ephesians 5:18 drunkenness I was experiencing. The man walked up to me and began to release the prophetic word. Most of what I can remember him saying is that I was being given a fresh anointing because I had the gift of prophecy and that The Lord wanted me to begin to release that. He said that I would hear God sing to me and that all I had to do was repeat that because God wants to speak to the church through me. I was just receiving it, over joyed, knowing that the Lord confirmed to me something that I've been acting on that His Spirit has taught me but now God gave His public approval before the whole congregation. My heart was so full because it's been a long walk and God has seen me pushed aside but He made that man walk up to me first. It's like when you have a boyfriend who's parents are talking bad about you and then he sticks up for you. I felt my groom publicly exalt me for being humble in the secret. This place though is something special filled with people who have been rescued from the darkest depths and now seek more and more to walk in the light. We stumble but we no longer fall through the power of The Holy Spirit. I'm only 19 y'all but trust me when I say...it's been a long...long walk. Through the desert and up the mountain but it's brought me closer to my God. I can't even describe anymore how I feel because it's too much to contain in words to the point where I can honestly say that words would do this experience no justice. Talk too you all soon.

Speechless...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Worship Freely Tunes {12}


It's a two for one! When I saw both of these videos instantly I was like, this is too too good not share all at once. So...I'm sharing! This first video is a little snippet of the first night of Bethel's Spring Tour in Miami. Since my last post covered Spontaneous Worship this clip is a perfect example. Amazingly anointed! I love both of these videos because it's just about forgetting about the lyrics and bursting forth with a song from the spirit. Check it out, soak, and enjoy!

"Spontaneous Song"- Steffany Frizzel & Will Matthews


"What Does It Sound Like"- Steffany Frizzel & Jeremy Riddle

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Random Snippets: Spontaneous Worship, Self-Discipline, Song Choice



///Spontaneous Worship///

(Psalm 33:3)
Sing a new song of praise to him; play 
skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.

(Ephesians 5:19)
speaking to one another with psalms, 
hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and 
make music from your heart to the Lord, 

This was something I did but that I didn't know what to call at the time. When I led worship at a church at age 18 the Holy Spirit really became my teacher. I could feel Him so near instructing me how and what to sing. Suddenly between songs He would just take over and new lyrics would burst forth without me even thinking. The Pastor called it "prophetic worship" because sometimes I would prophecy through song but the band and I would just say, "lets flow." I compare these moments to a stream of running water because there was no stopping what the Holy Spirit was doing and it was a continuous overflow of new songs. It wasn't until last year that I first heard the term "Spontaneous Worship," when discovering Bethel Church in Redding, California. The Spirit connected me to something that I'd never heard of. He thught me what made Him happy. During our congregational worship times it's great to get a perfect sound and to have beautiful voices on cue but...the Holy Spirit could care less about that if we're not letting His voice be heard. He knows what's in the Father's heart and if we're ignoring Him in our churches then we'll be stuck in an old revelation when God always has a new one to give. Spontaneous Worship isn't something you practice because it comes from soaking in God's presence and worshiping him in spirit and in truth. It's a new song that isn't rehearsed that bursts from The Spirit's heart, to yours, and then to those around you. Many churches don't allow this because they seek an "order" but God's order looks nothing like ours. I encourage you to let the Holy Spirit move the way He wants to through you. There have been musicians, pastors, and singers that I have worked with that just don't want to have anything to do with this because they seek their version of perfection, just like there's those who's spirit's discern what comes from God and respond to the atmosphere. The Lord has given me prudence to know when and where but my heart's desire is that first off, as worshipers, we can all plug into what the Spirit of God is doing. David constantly talked about singing a new song to The Lord in his Psalms because he knew the difference between sitting and writing to moving and reacting at the time at hand. He didn't have time to write during a battle between the Philistines but he could begin to praise his God right where he was by sing out, "Praise be to The Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war!" You'd be surprised to know that many of the songs that you hear now started off as spontaneous songs during a worship service or during a car ride. So I encourage you to let your spirit sing on stage and off. Let the Holy Spirit move through you, let Him be your teacher.


///Self-Discipline///

(2 Timothy 1:6-7) 
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift 
God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has 
not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of 
power, love, and self-discipline.

You have been given the power by The Holy Spirit to discipline yourself. It doesn't matter how old you are because God's Spirit is given to anyone who responds to His call. Whether you sing, play an instrument, dance, or minister all together discipline is something that we all need to enforce in our lives. Discipline is what has now accustomed me to vocalize each time before I sing to maintain healthy vocal chords and what helps a guitar player play certain chords and memorize a musical scale. If you're like me going through preparation, through a psalmist school, or a ministry school then you know this: you will only learn what you practice. Without making yourself practice, your gift will never reach it's full potential. God always has more to teach us but we've got to be responsible and apply what has been taught to us.

*Discipline- training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character

Take advantage of all the training being thrown at you.


///Song Choice///

Just like there are numerous stars in the sky, there are numerous songs out there to chose from. We each have our own style when it comes to the way we choose music: some of us popcorn choose (so not recommended), others go check out popular songs and go for that, some choose songs that they like or that they think the congregation/audience will like. So what's the best way? I love this topic, I love talking about this. Here are some tips that I've learned and that I've been taught, so I share!

  1. Pray. Ask God what He wants to tell His people. Ask Him how to guide his people because each service is different and God will always have something new and specific to say.
  2. Observe. When you get to the place that you're getting ready to sing, play, or perform at look at the people. Are they sad? Borred? Fired up? If the congregation or crowd looks depressed then you want to gear more toward starting with praise songs that will get them meditating on God's power or faithfullness. If the congregation or crowd looks on fire already (which is every worship leader's/minister's dream) then take them deeper with praise or worship songs that reflect giving more of ourselves to God or songs that bring everyone together to cry out to God as one.
  3. Message in Action. Now that you've prayed and God has reveled to you what He wants to say and you've observed the specific crowd, act on it. Though you may not understand why, the Holy Spirit knows exactly why so just be obedient and you'll see the fruit.
  • I think song lists are a good guide but once we cling tight to it's order we tend to brush off anything that's not on the list. So be prepared to let the Holy Spirit surprise you and your obedience will have its reward.
  • Don't choose songs because you love them. You need to be in constant connection during the week with God so that the days you give you truly give. Choose the songs that the people need.
  • Respect the authority no matter what, even if you know better because God's anointed are protected but just like David was anointed he also recognized King Saul's anointing by refusing to take revenge out on him. Pray for your leaders but if their vision is truly not matching up with what God is constantly revealing to you then decide whether or not you want to continue with a vision that you don't share. Can to be together if they are not in accord?
  • Express your worship to God with your music and gifts as if each time were the last time here on this earth.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Psalm: Your Words, My Words


(Psalm 119:54) Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.

Awww yes...this verse...this verse made my day. I have two ultimate favorite Psalms out of all of them that I love and Psalm 119 is one of them. This Psalm in particular is a compilation of the psalms of various authors. The one message that each author shared was a description of what the Lord's decrees, words, laws, mean to them. To one they were sweeter than honey, to another their security, salvation, and joy. I sat during my break between my first and second class reading this and felt peace. Like I was on some beautiful quiet island sipping a nice cold glass of sweet tea.



Serenity.
Calm.
Selah.


       

///Now I'm typing before I head on over to Psalmist
School and I find myself thinking: What do the Lord's
decrees mean to me? How can I describe in my own
words what His words have done in my life?///


  Psalm of Deyanira

  Lord, your words shine like
  the stars in the sky within my
  heart. Though endless, they
  are eternally engraved within
  my thoughts. This is why I
  am always thinking of you
  wherever I go and why I
  can't sleep without speaking
  with you. You alone make
  me whole and your words
  make me completely
  complete. Continue to teach
  me as you have, for you
  alone have given your all for
  me. You Lord have been my
  teacher, ever present in my
  life since before I breathed
  my first breath. My love is
  yours forever and ever.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Random Snippets: Anointing, Power, The Key



(Isaiah 61:1) 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

    because the Lord has anointed me to 
proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners


This verse goes on and on and it is beautiful. The truth is beautiful. Jesus repeats this verse in the book of Luke, filled with the Holy Spirit. The anointing of God is the difference between heaven and earth. The anointing of God manifests His glory. I rarely talk about this but I feel the need to share. When I barely began to sing at church at age 15, church members would come up to me after and tell me that they heard angels. At age 17 when I began to help out at another church by leading worship I got so much feedback but the one thing I remember is the guy sitting next to me after the service during prayer whisper, "Was that you singing just now, because I heard a different voice...do you know that you have an angelic voice?" He couldn't comprehend what he had heard but he was in awe, as was I because I was just softly humming to the piano's melody. It's been something that has always followed me to this day. Angels. The angel of the Lord encamped around me. The anointing of God was given to me. To the girl who wanted nothing to do with God. In God's eyes I was special when I hated myself. In whatever I do His anointing is over me. When I sing I don't care about pretty because I already know that anything anointed by God is beautiful. Sure I've learned and continue to learn the vocal techniques but the Holy Spirit has an out of my order type of order. If He tells me to start releasing a certain sound instead of lyrics I obey and I see His ways unfold before my vary eyes. As worship leaders, artists, sons and daughters of God our heart's desire should be the Father's anointing over us. Let that be our prayer.


Jesus came from heaven to earth to redeem our lives and to place in our hands the very same authority that His Father gave Him. Like an inheritance Jesus passed the power on to the new sons and daughters of God. We have all been given this authority.

(Luke 10: 17-22) 
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, 
“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and 
scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; 
nothing will harm you. 
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, 
but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, 
said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, 
because you have hidden these things from the wise 
and learned, and revealed them to little children. 
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. 
No one knows who the Son is except the Father, 
and no one knows who the Father is 
except the Son and those to whom 
the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Just imagining this scene is amazing to me. To envision Jesus laughing and smiling at His disciples as He witnessed the joy they experienced in releasing the supernatural power that the Holy Spirit had poured over them. I imagine Jesus smiling in His throne each time we exercise that same power. When you and I sing or play an instrument we have the power to submit all principalities of darkness beneath our feet. Anyone scared out there? We live in this world but the Word of God tells us how there is a supernatural realm invisible to the natural eye that is more real than what our eyes see. It's where the angels battle, where demons are submitted and stomped beneath our feet, and where God inhabits. When you release a word you are impacting both worlds. It's not about singing a simple or extravagant song. Seeing God's glory here, His kingdom being established on this earth, is what I yearn for. To see the woman in the back row crying out for help during the Worship Service have a divine encounter with the Lover of her soul. To witness the teenager on the verge of suicide fall to her knees as the angelic melody, inhabited by God's Spirit, sweeps over her. To take part in bring a people closer and closer to the living God. You and I have been given this authority. Some believe that the times of miracles and the supernatural power of God is over and died along with the disciples. That's a lie. We are in the third era. The time of The Holy Spirit. The time of the One who raised Christ from the dead and baptized people upon people with the gift of speaking in tongues. Is our God not unchanging? We serve the one and only LIVING God. And because of Jesus you have the power that the Holy Spirit has poured out on you. Don't hide it and don't bury it because God has given it to you for a reason. Whether you're up on a stage or not remember the power that has been vested upon you. Just a single word, phrase, utterance, or sound can alter the spiritual atmosphere and transform lives.


David entered the presence of God whenever he wanted to because he learned how to each time he spent time seeking God. The seeking impacted his daily living. As I talked with my friend Lizzie I began to peel further and further the layers of David's way of living. I want to tune into that. David's genuine love and passion for His living God impacted lives. While His brothers were busy looking gorgeous, David was given a beauty that cam from obeying the Lord. His walk involved killing lions and bears to protect his flock, defeating giants, governing a kingdom, fighting battles, chasing off spirits with his music, and freely dancing in public. I say again, David's genuine walk with the Lord impacted and still impacts lives. If we're not genuine nothing will ever change. People were impacted by David being David. And David was a lover of God's presence. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the Son of God and how God would "place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opened no one could shut, and what he shut no one could open. Jesus has handed us the same key.

(John 14:12-14) 
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the 
works I have been doing, and they will do even greater 
things than these, because I am going to the Father. 
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the 
Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me 
for anything in my name, and I will do it.


You and I are here on this earth and in this time and season for a specific reason. What are you doing with the authority that God has given you? Pray over all things for God's anointing because that is what separates us from being average. We were made to walk in the supernatural today. 

Worship Freely Tunes {11}


The cry of my heart...speechless. Enjoy!

"Spirit Break Out"- Kim Walker Smith

Saturday, March 2, 2013

///All Things Work Together For My Good {1}///

Packed my lunch and ate before class on Thursday.

My Intro. to Addictions class project this semester is to journal on an unhealthy behavior that I want to change. Instantly I thought of Romans 8:28 and smiled. God always knows what He's doing. Push. He pushes me to go further. My challenge is to start and maintain a healthy regular exercise routine. I've had my ups and my downs but my main problem isn't that I don't like exercising because I love it so much, my problem is time management. God is really helping me with this because with school, ministry, and a whole bunch of other stuff adding more to my list of to-do's is crazy. That's how God gets the glory in my life though..He leads me through things that I could only do with Him by my side. It continues to be an awesome journey and so far I am oober over excited to report that I have lost over 20 lbs! I'll share my exact number after my next appointment. Some yummy healthy recipes too. I challenge you to get healthy. Make the change with God's help, strength, and guidance. What pushed me was God tugging at my heart strings and saying that He didn't want me to do this because He loved me less as I was, but rather because this weight was keeping me from being 100% free before Him. I want to jump as I praise God and feel free!!! That's my fitspiration right there. I challenge you too...take care of your temple because God gave it to you. Blessings!

I love running at night right before I go to bed.
My playlist is a plus.



Friday, March 1, 2013

Random Snippets: Preparation, Fire, Love


“If we want to be transformed we first need to be informed and to be informed we need to be instructed.”
             —Kris Vallotton

We all must go through stages and seasons of preparation because without learning periods we would be walking through life thinking that ignorance is bliss. I am the first to stop right there and admit that it is abso-tu-ta-lutely not. It's scary and frustrating when we don't know what to do and when we don't have the answers. It's like trying to put together a brand new desk by looking at a picture because we're too lazy to read and follow the instructions step-by-step. Guys, girls, friends nobody on this earth taught us to enjoy the preparation because our human and carnal nature just wants to survive and live life by jumping through hoop after hoop. I've learned to enjoy the calm seasons and the wacky-out-a-control seasons also. For a while it's like we're either in a desert with no one around to support  or befriend us, or like everything is getting too hectic to stand. In particular, I want to address the seasons of solitude. Us and God and nobody else (so it seems). Literally, it's like where have all the Christians gone? It's a season of preparation. I asked God a while back what was going on with this and why I felt this way and He simply answered by giving me this image in my mind: I was a Porcelain Doll inside of a wooden hutch with glass doors, protected and hidden. I asked The Lord what this meant and I just felt Him say, "You're that doll and right now that is exactly how I have you because when it's time for you to move I'll take you out but until then I'm protecting you because I'm going to teach you during this period of time." Preparation. Enjoy the learning process and take close notes because you will need them later on for what God has begun to do with you.


Someone once said that my generation had fire but no foundation. Well that was my spiritual cue to get even more fired up. You see the events and the retreats are great but they flame out while true passion for God just cannot because it only takes one taste of His water to never thirst again. I will continue my preparation but at the same time I know God is using me to lay down the foundation for His temple. That temple is every one of us because the Word of God tells us that our bodies are the Temple of The Holy Spirit. We are The temple. The hardest thing is to start up a fire but once you get it really going there's no stopping it. The first song I actually sang in church when I was little was, 

///Oh this little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine///
*~*~*
///Don't let Satan blow it out
No, I'm gonna let it shine///
*~*~*
///Let it shine///

If the fire is already there then now all I've got to do is fan it so that it can't be blown out. God is using you and I to lay down the foundation in the hearts of His children. We're going to bridge the generation gaps. My generation will not only have the fire (which is *extremely important) but also the foundation that is God's Word. When someone is in love though, nobody has to make them do anything because they will do it out of love. That's also what I've been called to do. I'm like the wing-woman, the third wheel bestie, the match-maker. I'm that vehicle that God uses to lead others to Him, to encounter Him, and He does the rest. He does the wooing and the candle-lighting. To accomplish this we need to let The Holy Spirit prepare us and mold us. If getting into God's word is hard for you then don't ask God to help you like reading ask Him to make you fall more and more in love with Him. Because love is what God is all about and that's what our worship to Him is born from. Love is like a burning flame that cannot be easily put out.

(Song of Solomon 8:6-7) 
Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm; 
for love is as strong as death,

    its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

It burns like blazing fire,
    like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
    rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
    all the wealth of one’s house for love,
    it would be utterly scorned.



Some questions for you:

Do you have someone who mentors you?
Who can you be an example for?
Is it enjoyable for you to get into God's word?
Has God been revealing His heart to and for you on a deeper level?
Does your Worship (intimate and congregational) reflect Solomon's 8:6-7 verse?
What questions do you have?...

Worship Freely Tunes {10}


Happy Friday and 1st day of March!!! Since you're already here, enjoy a new tune and stay awhile  I really really like this song. Let's just say I like it enough to be screaming as I drive to school in the morning. Yup, other cars better watch out with the glory cloud around my car. Anyways, have a listen because I'm pretty sure y'all will like it. God bless!


"With Everything"- The School Of Worship

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