Friday, May 31, 2013

Bringing Your Intimate Worship to The Public


In the intimate we come to know our Father's heart. Because our spirits are seeing Him we come to know Him. Now from personal experience I can honestly say that it took me awhile to learn to love seeking The Lord without a live worship band playing, because of how involved I was in this, and without the large building we have come to call "church". When I first received Jesus in my heart I went through a series of processes and one of the first ones was my constant desire to be in "church". I'm talking about spending more than three days a week and hours and hours at "church". I had to be there because my spirit was a baby and was hungry and extremely thirsty. It was a season of separation: from all that the Lord showed me was unholy for me and from any triggers that reminded me of who I was. In fact, at first, if I wasn't there I couldn't find myself. You come to realize whether or not it's really God that occupies first place in your heart when you lose it all. God strips us of everything that we hold on to that isn't Him because He wants to be our fountain. This happened to me and I struggled, cried, and even turned away for a moment from my pure love for my Father. I couldn't sing, I didn't want to sing. 

Reflecting on this I compare my situation to that of King David's. I felt just like David in The 2 Book of Samuel when him and his team were carrying the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem after it had been stolen from them. They were so happy, celebrating their great victory, when suddenly the ark slipped and in order to break its fall one of David's men touched it with his hand causing God to kill him on the spot. David became so angry and so afraid of God that he sent the ark away to another's home because he didn't know how he could trust The Lord after that. Time past and God showed David His faithfulness. God showed David that what He did was not because He was a cruel Father. The Lord showed David how much He loved him, because he was a man after God's own heart, by proving that His people die because they lack knowledge. The Word of God shows us in the 1 Book of Chronicles that David accepts what God had done because he realized that there were laws that God Himself established in the times of Moses that he and his men had disobeyed.


Because God took me by the hand and led me into the next season of my life, which was about seeking Him at any cost, I learned to love pursuing Him without the four walls that I had become so accustomed to. That basically looked like my best friend and I spending hours and hours and days and days in my living room just expressing our worship to God with our voices and instrument. In that season I learned that where the Spirit of The Lord was there would be freedom. This scripture became real to me. My friend and I learned so much not just about music but about what seeking and finding God really meant. More seasons past and suddenly I found myself in a totally different time and place in my life in which The Holy Spirit introduced me to simplicity. What happens when the instruments and the mics are gone? He taught me the simple joy, peace, and love that flows in His presence when I close my door and forget about the noise of life to fall on my hands and knees to worship Him. Just Him and I. Because I read His Word and began to learn who He really was I became not hungry for the expressions that I utilized to connect with Him, but merely hungry for Him. I craved Him. At any cost I wanted Him. Freeze that and picture this please. That is exactly where true worship is born. Because I sought Him, He faithfully revealed Himself and then suddenly our family worship times became overtaken by The Holy Spirit, which then led to that pouring out over any place that I found myself walking through or singing at. Because now worship wasn't a word I used so lightly and singing wasn't at all anything without worship. Before I sing I worship. Before we sing or play music or do anything else we need to worship. We are worshipers first and that will clearly be reflected wherever we go. In your spirit you can perceive the atmosphere and whether or not mountains are moving and lives are changing. You don't worry first about tuning and teamwork, first worship Him alone on your own and The Holy Spirit will show up wherever you go if that is your prayer and heart's desire. He will. In order for the public to experience the presence of God those that carry the ark and know how to enter God's presence at any time must cling to the moments that they spend seeking God so that they can release that wherever they go. These are the reflections of a psalmist, of a worshiper, and of a lover of God's presence.

(Matthew 6:6) But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.




Worship Freely Tunes {13}


Someone put my heart's desire into words and transformed those words into song. I know I always say how much I love a song but what can I say, music is a big thing for me and I love this song. And so, I share. 

"Sweet Sweet Sound"- Sarah Reeves

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Venturing Through The Book of Psalms


(Psalm 23) 
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul. 
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
You prepare a table before me 
in the presence of my enemies. 
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
Surely your goodness and love will follow me 
all the days of my life, 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord 
forever.

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If there's one book of The Bible that I can't get enough of that's the book of Psalms. I find myself currently there, trying hard not to highlight every verse. Lately, as my best friend and I sing to and worship The Lord together (me on the mic and him on the guitar) I find myself flowing with psalms. My heart is storing up what I read and as I begin to release new songs in the spirit I notice that my own words have now meshed with God's word. It feels so right, so beautiful as The Word of God is being declared and released into the spiritual atmosphere. I can't quite say how long it'll take for me to finish this book but I'm definitely enjoying the journey. Yup, it's been quite a journey.

Today my day was filled with some early rising, prayer, and gardening. I went with my Mom to her prayer group "Genesis" and loved seeing The Holy Spirit show up. I'm telling y'all, amazing supernatural things happen when two or more people come into agreement. Though I was the youngest one there, there is no age in the spirit so I connected the minute I stepped foot through the front door. As my Mom preached what The Lord was putting in her spirit, some of the other members and myself prayed in tongues. There was a point when we started reading through a passage of the book of Revelations that I began to feel electric pulses gently moving up and down my arms. My eyes could not hold back my tears. His presence is so sweet. The Holy Spirit made Himself tangibly known. Toward the end of the meeting we all held hands and as I began to sing in tongues and as my Mom began to anoint with oil The Holy Spirit just completely wrecked us for His glory. Someone was about to fall over. When we are The Lord's vessels and we seek for more of Him He gives it to us. Yes there is a price to pay, but just like Bill Johnson said in his book, "More God. More! I must have more of You at any cost! If I lose respectability and get You in the exchange, I'll gladly make that trade. Just give me more of You." It's mind-boggling how God has been answering so many of my past and current questions as I read His Word and also Bill Johnson's book "When Heaven Invades Earth." This season of my life has been busy but full of revelation, restoration, and yes tribulation. But I rejoice! I've tasted and I've seen that The Lord is good so my peace is rooted in Christ and my anchor is He.

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(Psalm 32:7-8)
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs 
of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you
 in the way you should go;
I will counsel you 
with my loving eye on you.

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It's official, my Mommy and I are starting a mini-nursery. 
I'm in love!






Monday, May 20, 2013

Out In The Garden



A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.   —Gertrude Jekyll

“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”                          —Martin Luther

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”                                  —Anne Frank


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Somewhere between then and now I've developed a love for gardening, planting seeds, watching plants grow and become fruitful, and long walks. The Holy Spirit has been teaching me so much about life and how He desires me to live it. He reveals to my heart my Father's heart and has shown me what and how my Father feels. I've always said this and I will continue to stand by it: God wants to do life with us. We are His church and no matter where we go the Holy Spirit of our Lord is there to teach us something fresh and new. As my hands reach for the soil and as my feet place pressure on the shovel my spirit receives a lesson; as I struggle to protect my plants from harmful insects and as I build fortifications around my fruit plants a lesson is learned. The Holy Spirit speaks to us in any language necessary. 




Saturday, May 18, 2013

We Carry Your Name Now


In The Old Testament God's chosen people, the israelites, were assigned the task of carrying and traveling with the tabernacle in which the presence of God dwelt (Exodus 29: 42-43). During the time of David's reign God chose the city of Jerusalem as his one and only dwelling place on earth (Psalm 135:21) (Ezra 6:12). The revelation then came to David that The Lord inhabited and dwelt within the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Jesus. His name stands alone. When Jesus came He revolutionized God's dwelling place and delivered unto us all the opportunity to become that dwelling place that The Lord desired to inhabit. Jesus made the way. Jesus established that the presence of God was no longer limited to one people nor to one place (John 4:4-26). After Jesus' resurrection and departure the Holy Spirit revealed unto the children of God that we are His temple and the chosen dwelling of our living God (1 Corinthians 6:19). God chose to no longer place His name on a building but to instead place His name on His children. His name. His holy name. We carry His name now. We are the living and breathing temple that reflects God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. What an honor that a perfect God would choose imperfect people, justified by the blood of Jesus.

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I've been reading through Bill Johnson's book, "When Heaven Invades Earth," and there are a few excerpts that I have been dying to share. 

"As the kingdom of God confronts sin, forgiveness is given and change comes to the nature that had only known how to sin. When His rule collides with disease, people are healed. When it runs into the demonized they are set free. The kingdom message's nature provides salvation for the whole man—spirit, soul, and body. That is the gospel of Jesus Christ...if we seek His kingdom first, we'll find His kingdom comes fully equipped." Bill Johnson

"Everything that happens here is supposed to be a shadow of heaven. In turn, every revelation that God gives us of heaven is to equip us with a prayer focus." Bill Johnson

"If I truly receive power from an encounter with the God of power, I am equipped to give it away." Bill Johnson

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Our future:

(Revelation 22:4) They will see his face, 
and his name will be on their foreheads. 

What a beautiful day the day we come face to face with our lover, friend, and Father. On this day the confirmation will be made publicly known that He is ours and we are His. All temples will meet their creator, their master craftsman. Beauty will take on a new definition and love will be the lamp that lights up all darkness. 

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As the Lord's temple, as the place in which His holy presence has chosen to dwell our mission is this: we have been entrusted with a precious gift which is our body, spirit, and soul and we have the daily decision to make what physically and spiritually enters and what doesn't. Our first fruit and true worship is caring for our bodies on both levels so that when we spend intimate time with our Lord we have all of us to offer Him. It's a daily struggle but just remember, you don't have to pursue an event nor a confrence to feel whole or rekindled because His spirit dwells within you. When you speak His breath is coming out and this being the very same breath that breathed forth the constellation in the sky. He is with you, He is in you, and you are His reflection.
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