Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Love Letter from God...

I came across this video today as I was preparing to write....I think someone needs to hear and be reminded of this today.

(scroll to the bottom of the page and pause the music player)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Filled With the Mention of Your Name

"The nations will fear the name of the LORD".
Psalm 102:15

There was a time when the people of God had such reverence of Him, such fear of Him, that they wouldn't even speak His name. They wrote His name without vowels so it was unpronounceable. 
His Name was holy 
His Name was awesome 
His Name was to be feared
Last night at prayer meeting we sang Revelation Song. In the last verse there is a line....
Filled with wonder 
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your name...
And I couldn't help but wonder...when did we lose the wonder? When did we become so cavalier in our thinking, in our our worship? We know longer recognize the awesomeness of His name alone.
Jesus, Your name is power...
Breath...and living water
Such a marvelous mystery
Each of us face battles... 
His Name is the power we need to be victorious
Each of us face days that leave us weak and lifeless... 
His Name is the breath of life to us

Each of us walk through dry and barren deserts... 
His Name is living water to refresh, restore and cleanse us.

Maybe if we regained that wonder... that awestruck wonder, we would see more victories; have more breakthroughs; experience more miracles! 

And He shall be called...
Advocate; Lamb of God; The Resurrection & the Life; Shepherd; Bishop of Souls; Judge; Lord of Lords; Man of Sorrows; Head of the Church; Master; Faithful & True; True Witness; Rock; High Priest; The Door; Living Water; Bread of Life; Rose of Sharon; Alpha & Omega; True Vine; Messiah; Teacher; Holy One; Mediator; The Beloved; Branch; Carpenter; Good Shepherd; Light of the World; Image of the Invisible God; The Word; Chief Cornerstone; Savior; Servant; Author & Finisher of Our Faith; The Almighty; Everlasting Father; Shiloh; Lion of the Tribe of Judah; I AM; King of Kings; Prince of Peace; Bridegroom; Only Begotten Son; Wonderful Counselor; Immanuel; Son of Man; Dayspring; The Amen; King of the Jews; Prophet; Redeemer; Anchor; Bright Morning Star; The Way, the Truth & the Life
Jesus Christ

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lift Up Your Eyes...

Tuesday night before prayer meeting I was sitting in church reading my Bible when a gentleman I know came and sat beside me. He asked what I was reading and I told him Psalm 121. I told him I have been doing a study on the desert (I am actually thinking of a new book) and this particular psalm came to my mind. He asked me to read it...
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the LORD,
       the Maker of heaven and earth.
 He will not let your foot slip—
       He who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, He who watches over Israel
       will neither slumber nor sleep.
 The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
 the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.
 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       He will watch over your life;
 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

The first thing I realized in the chapter is that if the Lord made ALL the earth that means he created the desert. The hot, dry, barren, lonely desert. The place where there is little life or water. I have recently driven through the desert on a road trip and it is truly a lonely, desolate and monotonous place. 
Sometimes our spiritual lives get that way. We become dry; the road becomes monotonous; our lives can seem barren with no fruit. And we feel all alone. The nights are dark and treacherous; the days are long and scorching. But He will not let our foot slip, and His hand shades us from the sun and the moon.
As I continued to read, this friend stopped me asked what I thought the psalmist meant when he said, "...nor the moon my night". We know we need shade from the sun during the day, but the moon at night? I have to admit I was confused myself with that one. But as I read through this scripture again today, I had a thought...scary, huh?
On a dark and lonely highway, in the desert, with a full are in plain sight. There aren't many animals in the desert, but there are some. The light from the moon would leave you in clear sight of perhaps, a hungry coyote. But the hand of God shades us from the moon.
One thing I have learned about deserts is that they have monsoon seasons. The rains will come...the dry ground will produce fruit. And so will we. As we continue to walk with God and trust in Him, He will bring the rains again.
The repeated phrase in this psalm is "the Lord watches over you". No matter the circumstances, whether you are in the desert place or on the mountain top, remember...
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       He will watch over your life;

the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.