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How Close Do You Want to Be?

How close to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit do you desire to be?

“Even now you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive.” – Jesus Calling, 5/17

This is SO true! Open up and ask for more of Jesus and believe that He is a Rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!

“Come, all who are thirsty! Come to the waters! Come receive that which money cannot give you, but is free if you would so come and ask and receive with openness to only Me,” He says. “Come, all you thirsty. Come, drink of Me!” (See Isaiah 55.)

Living for God: The Right Motivation

I want to live as a lover of God in the midst of this world. I want to live the fasted lifestyle* with my focus firmly set on Him in passionate pursuit of knowing Him and His heart.

But I don’t want to be religious or legalistic in my pursuit. I don’t want to do this for the approval of others, whether it is man’s, my own, or even in striving as if I must earn through perfection what God has already purchased for me through His Son. God’s Holy Spirit will help all who desire for the purifying of our hearts and the renewal of our minds in this. I don’t want to live out of the wrong motives. Not at all.

I want my supreme motivation to be LOVE–God Himself, for He truly is Love Himself.

I want to be a lover, not a worker; a daughter who serves knowing she is beloved, not a slave who serves out of fear of punishment.

I want to live as a friend of the Bridegroom, as His Bride who is being made ready and who He says is His beautiful delight and cherished by Him.

He has not left us as orphans who must live striving to earn our place in His eyes as ones accepted as good enough; we do not have to perform for our Father or for people. We are already loved, already accepted, and we always have been loved by God, for we were knit together in love by Him.

He longs to pour out more and more of His affection and revelation into us. Help us, Lord, to open our hearts even if we feel unable to do so, and let Your love heal us of all fear, legalism and rejection.

Deliver me and set me free, heal me of all that needs to be so I can live with the right motivation. My sole purpose is to know Jesus, for this is eternal life. Nothing else will matter in the end. It’s love, relationship… with Him.

Let me live, Lord, for You–for Love Himself–and by Love and His ways, and out of the overflow of Your heart of love. Deposit Your love in me more and more each day so I can love You more and love like You love.

We are created to be loved and to love; we are His beloved, that we may receive love.
God is Love, our Life alive, our sole Reason, our holy All ready to fulfill every need and heal every hurt.

He will fulfill my every longing, for He alone can satisfy.
He will fill every empty place, for He only has the key to my heart.

Listening:
Forerunners with Holy Violent Love by Mike Bickle (teaching series)

Reading:
What Is the Point by Misty Edwards (excellent book fit for anyone!)


*Fasted lifestyle — Voluntarily choosing a lifestyle of simplicity which limits various things in life: food, money or accumulating things, status, recognition, etc. While the rewards are primarily internal and spiritual, they are eternal (Isaiah 58; Matthew 6:18, 9:14–17; John 3:39; 1 Corinthians 2:10) –via Chicago House of Prayer

Who Are YOU?

Who we are is not what we do.

God has been showing me so much about who I am by showing me who He is. He has been showing me this outside of what I do, what gifts or skills I possess, or who I know. It’s not about those things, nor is who we are determined by our job, ministry, money, or material things. There is so much more to it, and these things are merely temporary. Who we are is far more.

I am God’s beloved. He is my Father, I am His daughter. I am royalty, and beloved. I am seen by Him as loved and loving.

I am not just a musician, worship leader, intercessor, poet and so forth. These things are what I do, not so much what I am. I may play the flute and piano, sing, write songs and blogs, pray, work a job and serve in the home as a wife, but more than anything I am my Lord’s.

Most of all I am beloved–loved of God, and a lover of God; one who is after His heart.

He is love, and His Word is truth. He defines me perfectly, truthfully and rightly.

It’s not just the time I give to singing and praying to God and for God that makes Him happy, it’s the simple fact that He loves me! If I had to earn His love through any sort of activity, it would not have mattered for Him to send His Son to pay the price for my sin and enable me to have a relationship with Him. But He did send Jesus–not because of anything I could do, but simply because He loves me and wanted a restored relationship with me.

He doesn’t make demands, He doesn’t get mad at me when I mess up, or when I don’t pray enough or say the right words when I do. He just calls me closer. Even in the conviction of my failings (sins), He doesn’t put me in time-out, but He calls me nearer because He doesn’t want sin to get in the way of our relationship or how I view Him and His love.

He loves me. Most importantly of all, He loves me for who I am, not for what I do. Most importantly I am beloved of God and a lover of God.

When people see me, I don’t want them to see a flute player or worship leader above anything else. I want them to see one who loves God and is loved by God, one who is after His heart.

So, who are you?
I hope that sharing what God has been teaching me has helped you see who you truly are according to our Father God and His love for you! You are His beloved and He loves you for who you are in Him, not for what you have done or have failed to do.

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)

This post is apart of Sunday Setlists – click the link to see others’ setlists.

Lover of God, Lover of My Soul?

A lot of believers can get uncomfortable when they hear the word “lover” in relation to God, and I have been there myself as well. However, I have been growing in the understanding of just what it means to say that we are lovers of God.

The world has absolutely ruined the connotation of the word “lover.” It has nothing to do with how one views a physical love relationship as the world sees it. It’s also not one some “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” phrase that people often say it is.

Being a lover of God relates to us as believers growing to delight in Him and His will, seeking to live for Him in all aspects of our lives. It means loving Him and His will above ourselves and our own desires, seeking to give Him all our hearts and all our lives.

Being a lover of God means loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. It means that we love what He stands for, and that we love His Word and truth. It means we love His will and seek to do it. It is living the teachings of Jesus and trusting in Him for salvation. It is seeking His Kingdom and righteousness first with all our beings.

“If anyone desires to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all.”
(Mark 9:35 Amplified)

Jesus As Lover of Our Souls

Jesus being called the Lover of our soul is also something that can make some people uncomfortable, but it is so true: God loves our souls more than anyone else! After all, He displayed His love by taking the sins of the entire world upon Himself, dying as a sacrifice to pay the price for for us so that we could live free from the debt of sin, sickness and death (John 3:16-17). So of course He loves our soul! This also is not a “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” connotation. Not at all. This is part of the Gospel and the relationship we are meant to have with Jesus, one of intimacy and true love, not love as the world knows it.

Servant of All by Misty Edwards

I wanna be Your lover, so show me how to go lower [that is, how to be humble]
For in the depths I will find You where You’re serving my brother.

I wanna be with You where You are, I wanna be with You where You are
I wanna be with You where You are, You’re the servant of all.

I’m in love with a King who became a slave,
I’m in love with a God who is humble.
You gotta go down if you wanna go up,
And you’ve gotta go lower if you wanna go higher and higher,
Well you’ve gotta hide and do it in secret if you wanna be seen by God.

Cause it’s the inside outside upside down kingdom
Where you lose to gain and you die to live.
[emphasis mine]