Monday, February 27, 2012

We Were Created for God's Glory!

Colossians 1:16 "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him."

As this verse teaches, we were created for God's glory! We are to worship Him with our whole life! This being said, we will soon start to sing a new song to praise our Lord called, "Glory to God Forever", written by Steve Fee. Take a look at my favorite lyrics from the song that reflect the fact that we are created to worship Him:

Creator God You gave me breath

So I could praise Your great and matchless name

All my days, all my days

So let my whole life be a blazing offering

A life that shouts and sings

The greatness of our King

It is my prayer that as we sing this song in coming weeks that the Lord would see in our lives the blazing offering of our whole lives in worship to our Great God! He truly does have a great and matchless name! If you would like to see the lyrics and hear the song..and maybe even sing along to the song, pause my "playlist" and scroll down and push play to the YouTube video featuring the song. May God truly bless you!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

He Renews our Strength!

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
– Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

What an incredible refreshing promise that God gives us in this verse from Isaiah 40:31! God is our hope....He renews our strength! He lifts us up on wings like eagles. We just need to wait upon the Lord in all things, as we walk with Him. As we wait upon the Lord, we should be in prayer.

At this time I am listening to another song that is popular to sing in our church, Lincoln Brewster's version of "Everlasting God". If you have ever heard this version of the song, at the end, there is a little girl that is quoting scripture from Isaiah 40. Not only is the song a powerful message, the scripture is more-so....of course it's from the Word of God!

You may be reading this, struggling with illness, financial difficulty, a loss of a loved one, depression, job loss, etc. Maybe you're exhausted with day-to-day life. Please know from scripture, the TRUTH, if we hope in the Lord...he will renew strength! He can and will lift us up on wings like eagles! Praise the Lord!

Place your hope in the Lord Jesus Christ and the hope that He offers. A new life. A new beginning. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Our Great God!

I am here to say that our God is Greater! What do I mean by this? Recently we started to sing a newer song in our church written by Chris Tomlin called "Our God". In the lines of the chorus, it goes like the following: "Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other."

These words are truly biblical and inspiring to our Christian walk because of the fact that God is greater! He is stronger! He is higher that any gods that we have struggled with! If you have ever struggled with putting anything before God in worship, please know that He is greater! If you may be struggling with any hang-ups, addictions, sin in general that's trying to take over as a god....little "g"....Our God is stronger! Solomon saw the greatness of God when he was preparing to build the temple. Take a look at 2 Chronicles 2:5-6a

"And the temple which I build [will be] great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him?" Solomon was EXACTLY right! Who can contain our GREAT God?!!

Another example of this is written by the Psalmist in Psalms 135:5... "For I know that the LORD [is] great, And our Lord [is] above all gods." I am SO thankful that we serve the LIVING GOD! My prayer is that you serve Him too!

You see, Satan is prowling trying to get us to serve him. He loves to distract, deceive, destroy...the horrible reality... he wants us to serve other gods before our Mighty God....BIG "G". However, we have a promise that is written in 1 John 4:4 - "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." Aren't you glad that our God is greater than he who is in the world? Again....Our God is greater...stronger...and higher

The other powerfully biblical part of the song that we sing in church, "Our God" written by Chris Tomlin, is in the bridge:

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against? And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against? What could stand against."

Wow! This whole section of the song is based on the verse that comes from Romans 8:31...and what a promise it is! Romans 8:31- "What then shall we say to these things? If God [is] for us, who [can be] against us?"

I am so thankful that as a child of God through Jesus Christ, He is for me. My prayer is that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He wants you to be his child and be for you! He is our Great God!

I could go on and on about the biblical message of the song, "Our God", and explain the miracles of Jesus Christ at the beginning of the song, but, I'll leave that to your Bible reading. God bless you. It is great to worship with you.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Let's Rejoice In the Lord in this New Year!

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" -Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Wow! It has been a long time since I have entered my last blog post! Time really has flown by! I have been watching the news in our world, I know it can easily depress a lot of people. I'm not saying that keeping up to date with current events is a bad thing, it's just, we as Christians need to remember that nothing compares to the promises that we have in Jesus Christ, the Good News!

We read, watch, and listen to stories like our failing economy, death, destruction, starvation, greed, etc., but the Bible tells us that no matter what we may be going through, we are to look to the Lord Jesus Christ and rejoice! When we look around us in this world, as Christians, we need to remember that everything is temporary. Just like a lot of bumper stickers that I have seen, NOTW, we are "Not Of This World".

In the book of Philippians, Paul wrote to encourage the Philippians to rejoice even though they were facing hardships. They faced hardships, and so do we. Thank the Lord that living in this fallen world is as mentioned above, temporary. You see, we have a hope in our salvation, in the Good News that God is faithful and that He never changes!

My prayer is this....that as we live and grow further into 2012, that we may be filled by his joy that will strengthen our hearts! Let's strive by the Holy Spirit to rejoice in the Lord always! I guess I will say it again....REJOICE!