Archive | October 2006

Voice of Truth

Read Psalm 138:7 today

 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
       you preserve my life;
       you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,
       with your right hand you save me.

Sometimes I have two very different voices I hear in my head whenever I have trials and tribulations going on in my life.

The first one is the voice of truth; it tells me that God loves me, wants the best for me, and wants to take care of me. It tells me that regardless of how I feel about a situation, I can know — because of promises that God makes over and over again in scripture — that if I just invite God into a situation, God will give me whatever I need to take care of whatever is going on. This voice is the voice of my faith, the voice of truth, and it is where I want to stay all of the time.

BUT

The other voice is the voice of my fear, doubt, and depression. It tells me that nothing good can come from my bad situation, that everything isn’t going to be okay, or that while God could definitely change things if God wanted to, I often doubt that God will.

I am learning, when these voices compete for my attention, that I can change which one I decide to listen to; notice I said “decide”. It becomes an act of will, regardless of feelings, to believe God’s word. I’ve heard that feelings aren’t facts, and in truth, this has been my experience. I have to pray “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”

The part of my faith that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life: Comforter, Counselor, Friend. Jesus told us before he left that he would send us a Helper. As I grown in my faith, I’m learning that the Holy Spirit is the voice of truth that I’m hearing. That other voice is just me, in the flesh. Even when I don’t know how to pray, or what to pray for, I can know that the Holy Spirit is helping me more than I can know.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26 (NIV)

Which takes me to something else I’ve heard before;

I can’t, God can… I think I’ll let God…

This is Casting Crowns singing Voice of Truth:

 Voice of Truth

Voice of Truth

Still

hillsong – still

 Psalm 91 4-7

It is so easy to withdraw from our friends, family, work, and even church when we feel discouraged or depressed. We want to hide our emotions and barricade our sorrows. How easy it is to go back to bed and pull the covers up over our heads!

We are typically taught by our society that we should not hide from the world — especially in such trying times. (Dr. Phil or Jerry Springer, anyone?)

Yet, here is God offering us shelter and a place to hide!

Take an even closer look, and note that it is under God’s wings where we will discover protection and courage.

Reading this Psalm brings the lyrics for Still, one of our worship songs, to mind:

Hide me now under Your wings
Cover me within Your mighty hands
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm.
Lord, You are the King over the flood.
I will be still and know You’re God.

Are you looking for comfort? Searching for strength? Retreat to the wings of God where you will unconditionally find love, grace, forgiveness, and peace.

Thought for the day: Quiet yourself to receive God’s nurture and protection in your storm.

And I Quote

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 The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. For I have accepted God’s idea of me, and my whole life is an offering back to Him of all that I am and all that He wants me to be. 

Friday!!

The weekend looms quickly ahead!

I am blessed , so blessed, I have just been thinking so much of what the Lord has been doing in my life….you know at the group meeting last night, we shared some things between us that had a negative effect on our past but doesn’t mean they have to forge our future…God is great isnt He?

I mean, without the knowledge of His will in our lives, we would just plod along and make no sense out of our lives at all. I have learnt that I have not gone through all that I have for nothing. I am amazed daily on how many encounters I have with someone who needs to know there is Hope in their situation, in their lives, whatever…and God in His infinite wisdom chose me to share that with them!!

Well, here’s to another day, another chance to serve…thank you Jesus

                  

Here I am To Worship

Lift Up Holy Hands All Ye People    One thing I know and that is God loves us to worship Him, he dwells in the praises of His people. I woke up today with this song oozing from out of me, in fact I cant stop singing it!!

God is so good..

Here I Am to Worship

Tim Hughes

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with YouHere I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in Heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

http://www.worshipmusic.com/wtd20358.html

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I loved this when I came across it coz it was the kind of stuff I was asking during my time doing the celebrate program. How I longed to hear words and affirmations like this, I can’t describe!!

I just know that my God loves me now and I am HIS!! Whoo Hoo

Chambers Broken

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CHAMBERS BROKEN

Everyone has a heart that
Needs someone to care.
All the good times and bad times we need to share.

When God creates us, our hearts and souls are so pure,
Through the trials and strife,
The heart begins to look like war.

We build chambers in our hearts
With levels of hurt.
This hurt is little, it goes up high;
This hurt is greater, we’ll bury it deeper,
Organizing our turf.

Soon the chambers become tighter.
We squeeze to make room for another hit.
Not realizing we should take these hurts to our heavenly father,
These hurts in our hearts we allow to just sit.

Soon we turn our thoughts within,
Think thoughts of defeat without a chance to win.
Without unloading these hits we take every day,
The enemy soon pounds into our heads – there is just no way.

We turn to whatever it is that consoles us,
Food, drugs, alcohol, anything – just don’t make a fuss.
Back ourselves in a corner, disappear from view,
Make our own private hell and just let things stew.

The enemy has you convincened you’re not important enough to care.
You just wander around consumed with the obessions – just let
people stare.

Then you pick up “the Word”
And realize that someone has always been there.
He died on a cross so that your life He might spare.

A love like this you cannot even take in,
Never realizing the power to win has always been within.

He says His yoke is light,
We are to give Him every burden to carry,
Not understanding this,
Our heart full of chambers will just terry.

But if we just realize
All we have to do is ask Jesus into our heart,
The Holy Spirit will work His way into every chamber,
Show us the way to get a new start.

Look in the mirror,
Maybe you don’t like what you see,
But look deeper within the heart and know
‘God really does love me.’

With this knowledge that God will never leave you,
Let him destroy all those chambers
And let Jesus show you all that he can do.

~~ Sharon Lambkin ~~