Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about. I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth. Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins. Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.
I am sorry for all my sins and turn away from them. Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use. I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations. I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.
You are now Lord of my life.
JESUS IS COMING SOON! HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?
Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.
Take me home now please.
it's amazing what praising can do
"praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament! praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals! let everything that has breath praise the Lord." psa 150
so ends the psalms of the bible, proclaimed by believers and atheist alike, to contain some of the most beautiful prose ever. talk about hearing whispers of God, these contributors had intensified hearing. not only are the psalms full of warnings, judgement and prophecies, they are filled with some of the most beautiful and worshipful words ever penned. this is the intimacy Jesus desires with each of us. no, it shouldn't just happen once or twice a week, often under an obligatory sense of duty even then. praising the Lord means we do our best to give Him all the adoration and approval He is worthy of. we do it continually. if not in words then in our actions. every living being has the purpose of giving God praise.
we bring praise to the Lord when we choose to glorify Him, thank Him, adore Him, honor Him, and obey Him, to name a few. praise is a genuine response to the singular goodness of God. He alone is worthy of all our worship. praise should not be motivated by a hypocritical desire to look more "spiritual"; instead, true praise is motivated by seeing and experiencing God's goodness to us and others and by learning the ways of the Lord.
why do we praise God? first of all, He is our Creator. we praise Him for His salvation, provision, protection, love, faithfulness, kindness, and goodness, just to name a few. praise is not suggestive. praise does as much for us as it does for Him. God inhabits the praises of His people. it is mandatory and it is pleasing to our Lord.
if you ever want to get His attention, praise Him for all you're worth. i was praising Him just this morning for waking me up again; for giving me one more day to share His goodness and beauty with someone. there are all the a multitude of "little" things we so casually take for granted.
psalm 34 begins with "i will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." continually; and yes, there are times that means it must be made sacrificially; as an offering to God, a sweet smelling aroma, an aroma of love. we have to remind ourselves of the faithfulness of God in the moments when it feels darkest. when we offer the sacrifice of praise to God out of obedience, soon enough we will start to believe it again as well. we do not deny our pain or trauma; rather, by praising the Lord, we are choosing to remember that He is there with us in the midst of it.
i think of the story about footprints in the sand. i think it would be good to repeat it here. although fiction in nature, man believe it to be scriptural, based on deuteronomy 1:31
one night i dreamed a dream. i was walking along the beach with my Lord. across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. for each scene, i noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.
when the last scene of my life shot before me i looked back at the footprints in the sand. there was only one set of footprints. i realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. this always bothered me and i questioned the Lord about my dilemma.
"Lord, You told me when i decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. but i'm aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. i just don't understand why, when i need You most, You leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
never, never ever, never never ever ever will He leave us. it is only us who leave. our faith in God does not preclude us from experiencing hardship and sadness. the reality is that we all go through ups and downs in our lives. even as iron sharpens iron, trials bring an intimacy; an open wound of our heart through which Jesus might more easily enter. He is all and He is enough. sometimes God walks beside us, and other times He must carry us. notwithstanding, He will never abandon us. "yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil; for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." psa 23:4
we have the assurance of God's faithfulness. what God has done before He can do again. "let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." heb 10:23 our God is always worthy of all praise. yes, and it's amazing what praising can do.
Agents of the Matrix
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." 2 cor 4:18
Perhaps some of you have never watched the matrix movie. It is a story about living in a computer generated world, keeping everyone asleep and even entertained, to keep them from awakening to the truth. It was paroled by "agents," who possessed extraordinary powers to manipulate their immediate surroundings, including superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, agility and durability. They were guardians within the computer-generated world of the matrix, protecting it from anyone or anything that could reveal it as a false reality or threaten it in any other way.
The fact is, we are all living in a matrix of sorts; a matrix called time. There is a true realm, a parent realm that exists outside of time and space. It's where all the true power resides; where the true nature of things may be exhibited. The choice in the matrix was either to escape or let it continue as is. They had to choose either a red pill or a blue pill. Our choice is good or evil, light or darkness, life or death. The "agents" surrounding us may well be called fallen angels or demons. Yes, they really do exist. Jesus knew they did and He addressed them personally. Denying it will not dilute their influence.
“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world." John 17:16 Because of our Lord's work of redemption, we too can claim we are now not of this world. We have been reborn from flesh to spirit and now we too must learn to operate in the spirit. While preterists would tell us all future prophecies have already happened, the cessationists would have us believe all spirit manifestations passed away once the canon of scripture had been closed; that God no longer spoke or moved as before.
They have become pharisaical, emphasizing the letter of the law and no longer the spirit of it. That is not in any way trying to diminish the necessity of the bible. All things must line up with scripture and not be contrary. We cannot ignore the spirit the word carries with it. “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth." Isa 43:19 “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63 We too must draw the life, out of His words. They only remain words until the essence or spirit is drawn out of them. That's why I usually don't normally read “wordy” translations that have pre-applied their own interpretation. I like to go wherever the Spirit leads.
I am always amazed at the fact children of satan have no trouble in believing in his personage and power while the children of God always tend to limit His. Yes, we believe God is sovereign and can do anything but we almost stand in shock if something supernatural happens. We would almost stroll by our miracle instead of possessing it. They pursue it and possess it. They expect it. “Then peter said, 'silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I give thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.'" Acts 3:6 kjv He had the power. Not just Peter but all of christendom. We have the true power. Not a name it and claim it, but a believe it and receive it. We have limited too much to our natural understanding, therefore restricting the supernatural, and that's where christians need to be living.
They boastful proclaim claim, "God can do anything" while uttering but all things "supernatural" passed away with the disciples. “Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" 2 Tim 3:5 We want to wrap God up in the neat little box of our mind where we can "manage" Him. When our Lord walked here before, He was only limited by our unbelief.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, it is said He "gave gifts to men." Eph 4:8 Jesus doesn't "take back" what was so costly earned and freely given. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He said, "most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." John 14:12 That's spoken with added emphasis.
Shakespeare wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." The emphasis here should be on "dreamt of", as Hamlet is pointing out how little even the most educated people can explain. Yes, the over-educated would explain it all away. "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight." Luke 10:21
I believe we are swiftly moving to a time when the supernatural will become undeniable, even commonplace. Many will gaze in wonder at things being done. The only question I have is, “What will they be gazing at?" Will they be enthralled and amazed at the deception the devil is offering up or will it be the mighty working of God. Are we going to again "limit" our God by our unbelief?
The enemy has his "agents" and they are feverishly working to hand out confusion and ultimately deception at his orders. He thinks, “I will usurp God." Yes, he will enter the temple of God, proclaiming his self as god. As that day approaches and darkness and deception surrounds, we must let our light shine in that darkness. I tell you, "do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 2 Kings 6:16 Only believe! “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40
These are the days. These are the times. Even as Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem and the waiting cross, we too must set our face, determinedly to go wherever the Spirit leads, regardless the cost. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." rom 8:38-39
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