Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It’s Healing Tuesday and my worship is for real. When I think of worship I think of a courtship that hits the mark. It’s a chase, a courting for as long as it takes and then the victory and then the celebration because of the victory. I am convinced that the man who would succeed in capturing my heart today would have need of the Holy Spirit to court me cause I am a daughter of the most high God and kind of particular. The man would have to consult the Lord about all the little details that would be pleasing to me. He’d have to ask the Lord how to get my attention and then he’d have to be attentive. He would do well to read my books and get a good sense of how I think and well acquainted with the causes I care about. He would have to invest time in getting to know me and to love being in my presence just because. He’d have to make such an impression on me that I would find myself talking about him and singing his praises all the time. Before long I would reciprocate and even attempt to outdo him in the area of discovering what it takes to please him and doing that often…..And so on and so on and so on. So, as I think about worship I think about a moment by moment opportunity to chase and court my God. I don’t know everything about Him so I have to read His book consistently. I have to, just have to spend time in His presence, and I have to do what it takes to get His attention and to be attentive always. I daily have to invest time in getting to know the little things that please Him. Then I have to do those things consistently. Even when my life gets busy and the demands are many I still have to, have to make time for Him. He is my King after all. Now somebody say Amen. (For courting scriptures and other matters related to successful living in Christ, why not hop over to Amazon books and bless your own self with a copy of The Way of Salvation and/or The Way of The Holy Spirit (both on Kindle ready for download now.) http://amzn.com/e/B0076ZX7W0
The world calls today Manic Monday. I hear a different sound- a sound from heaven. I hear the sound of rejoicing with great expectation. There is a sound of celebration brewing in my spirit. My heart is rejoicing with great anticipation. I hear the sound of healing and I know that my Christ comes with healing in His wings. I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus. I choose to worship Him who is my God and King on this day the world refers to as Manic Monday. How about a sweeping clean of all things in me that are not like Him and a fresh deposit of a little more Jesus. Less of me and more of Him. How’s that for an act of worship. I stand in awe and choose to worship with great expectation the one who was born to die. Imagine that. My God and King took time out of His busy day to come down here and take on the form of a servant and put on human clothes—swaddling clothes at that—for me. Wait though, even before that essential loving act of dying on the cross, He loved me enough to die daily to all those natural human reactions to the insults and injuries and the disrespecting and the assassinations of His character and the physical and the mental abuses. A little stripe here, a little stripe there daily all the way to the cross for my healing. It is by those stripes that I am healed you see. Not just at the cross but the stripes that come from humbling His self and making his daily preoccupation, making His daily meat and drink to do the will of God. It was Jesus who said “Not my will but thy will be done” in Luke 22:42 and the will of God just happened to be –die for your sins and mine. So wherever you are recognize that manic is defined as ‘inclined to madness’-is all about being frantic, agitated and frenzied. Does that sound like a fitting time of preparation for celebrating the birth of one who was born to take the stripes and die for you and me? “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 Resist the mania. Instead embrace wor-ship (the state of declaring with our lips and hips the worth of our God and King). Expect healing. Speak it. Today is HEALING MONDAY and our Mighty God is worthy of all worship, honor and praise today and forever more, Amen. (References: Malachi 4:2, John 3:30, Philippians 2:5-8, Isaiah 53:5,John 4:34, John 12:27)
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Join me on a glory fast today. The instructions are simple. If it doesn't bring God glory it won't come out of my mouth. Now, here's my prayer. Dear Lord, please give me the grace to use my tongue for the purpose you intended--to be a blessing to you and to all I meet. Help me to check myself (muzzle up) before the words that discourage or speak negatively about myself, or your creation anywhere come out. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight I pray. And at the end of this day Lord let me be guilty of praising and blessing and thanking you with all that is within me. Let somebody somewhere be encouraged because of something I said. In Jesus name I pray. Amen (It's a Psalm 50:23, Psalm 34:1, James 3:6-10, Psalms 19:14 kind of morning) Now somebody say Amen and share!