Tag Archives: God’s Kingdom

The Importance of Worship and Prayer

Everything we do must be saturated in worship and prayer. We worship our God because He is worthy of it. Christ Jesus is worthy of worship-filled hearts given fully in relationship with Him. We are called to make Him the priority in whatever sphere of influence He calls us, living a lifestyle of intimacy with Jesus.

All else is secondary to this relationship, whether intercessory prayer, good deeds or His Kingdom’s expansion. Truly all else we do for God that has any life must flow from intimacy with Him and exalting Him to the highest place in our worship. Continue reading

Uniquely Made for Your Calling in the Lord

Each of us has been uniquely made by God, intricately woven by Him. Each of us have a unique personality, and a calling that has unique facets unlike another’s.

I can’t live out your calling and you can’t live out mine. Even though we may even have the same calling in name, we are all unique in how God made us in so many ways and in how we will walk out the furthering of His Kingdom on the earth. Even where the Lord calls us geographically or our place in life is unique.

We are all passionate about different facets of His ways and none of these are higher or better than another, except LOVE, which is what we are ALL called to. Don’t let anyone tell you that the way you live out your calling for God must look just like someone else’s. Go to God, ask Him to show you who He is, who you are in Him, and your destiny in Him as He designed it to be. Then go live that out in partnership with Him.

He has “co-missioned” the unique you to do greater works co-laboring with Him.

My Testimony

I personally have had to struggle when hearing about certain callings and used to feel such guilt and condemnation because the way I was walking in God did not look like how they were walking. One day during this season of my life, God told me personally and unexpectedly, “I have given you all My gifts through the SONG.”

I have never forgotten that. He continued to speak to me that He was going use me in this way to bring healing, salvation, and deliverance to people as I heard the song of the Lord and sang it to the people. Until He brought restoration to me, the prophetic flow in my life was completely shut down through this struggle.

Sometimes I still get triggered in this when I hear preaching about evangelism, healing and related things in the form of going to the streets or stores. I still have to pick myself back up at times and remind myself that God uses me as His vessel to release His heart through song to heal people’s hearts and bring deliverance. He even once told me that the part of His Body that represented me was His heart. More and more He is solidifying my calling in Him and bringing greater layers of revelation and understanding in this.

Know that you’re not alone in your struggle as you walk out your salvation and calling. Keep pursuing God, asking Him the questions, expecting the answers, and seeing how He teaches you to walk in the unique calling He has placed on your life so that you can co-labor with Him in making the earth and its people look more like Heaven every day.

To Single Daughters/Sons of God

“There is a kind of man who curses his father
And does not bless his mother.
There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes,
Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
There is a kind–oh how lofty are his eyes!
And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords
And his jaw teeth like knives,
To devour the afflicted from the earth
And the needy from among men.

(Proverbs 30:11-14 NASB)

Daughters of the living God, I beseech you:
Stay away from men such as these! As you await the godly husband the Lord has planned for you, trust God and know His Word! Fix your eyes wholly on Christ and let God guide your every step! Throw yourself into the only relationship that will satisfy–your relationship with Christ! A man worthy of a woman of God is one who is wholly focused on Christ alone.

Sons of the living God, I beseech you:
As you await the godly wife the Lord has planned for you, trust God and know His Word! Throw yourself into the only relationship that will satisfy–your relationship with Christ! Fix your eyes wholly on God, and He will take care of the rest, bringing a godly woman focused on the Lord into your life.

“…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and He will give you everything you need.”

(Matthew 6:32b-33 NLT)

Amazed by His Spirit’s Leading

I have a God story to tell today. :)

If you are familiar with the song Dance With Me, you know that the song comes from Song of Solomon and refers to God as “the Lover of our souls.”

Before we sang it this morning, our contemporary service worship leader had something to read to our congregation. As he began reading, I started to think that it was sounding awfully familiar and emotion began to flood my heart. I had written it! It was posted on my blog!

It turns out that our worship leader had no idea that it was my writing as inspired by the Lord. Later on, I shared with him and another friend in the car about how it blessed me that God used something I had written. It was then that he remarked that he didn’t know I’d written it, and  had “stumbled” upon it via a search engine.

I was blessed, humbled and loved on by God as part of this post was read to our congregation, and that God would use it in my very church, without myself or the other worship leader knowing it beforehand. What unity that is–totally a God-thing, uniting with our hearts! How amazing our God is!

I am greatly blessed that something God’s teaching me could be used by Him for others. It was just… that God would use something like that, the mere outpouring of one’s heart. I am humbled. And I am praying that God will bring us closer and closer to Him as a church, as His beloved children!

Early service:

  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Neale/Coffin, Plainsong adapt. by Helmore)
  • The Savior Is Waiting (Carmichael)
  • I Need Thee Every Hour (Hawks/Lowry)
  • Choir: All the Earth Will Worship (Bible/Fettke/Kingsmore)
  • Offertory: Holy Spirit, Rain Down (R. Fragar)

Contemporary service:

  • You Are Good (Houghton)
  • Rain Down (Martin Smith/Stuart Garrard)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Dance With Me (Chris Dupree)
  • You Won’t Relent (Misty Edwards)

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God Believes in You

This post is apart of Sunday Setlists.

Some highlights from the message today:

  • Our God is a God of second chances! Just ask Jonah, and countless other Christians here today!
  • Hearing testimony through a song written and song by a woman visiting our church today who’s come out of addiction, and also a man who is a Katrina hurricane survivor.
  • God believes in us more than we believe in ourselves!
  • If you’re alive, it isn’t too late, no matter how far away from God you’ve gotten. He is a God of second chances!
  • God is in control of every single circumstance in our lives!

I think today God was doing some powerful things, though unseen to our eyes. God is working for sure.

Early service:

  • Lead Me to Calvary (Hussey/Kirkpatrick)
  • At the Cross (Hudson/Watts)
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)
  • I’m Forever Grateful (Altrogge)
  • Choir: Calvary Is the Sea (Alexander/Clark/Wood, arranged by Sterling)
  • Ladies Ensemble: We Are the Body of Christ (Brown/Hampton)
  • Response: Cleanse Me (Orr/Maori melody arranged by Douglas)

Went speechless today especially after all of the songs reminding us of God’s love for us and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Almost couldn’t pray prior to the offering time. Wow, God, I can’t believe You even care about me. I’m so not worth it–none of us are–but dang, You love us so!!

Contemporary service:

  • Mansion (Springer)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Everybody Praise the Lord (Brewster)
  • Send the Fire (Booth)
  • Show Your Power (Prosch)
  • ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Kirkpatrick/Stead)
  • What Only You Can Do (Edwards)