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God is Listening

God is listening

Let the new song arise!

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” (1 Sam 16:12-13)

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As the young teenage boy looked out on the flock of sheep he was tending, his heart was filled with pain. Once again, they had rejected him. The great Prophet Samuel was coming to their home, and he was the only family member not to be invited.

“Why do they hate me so much?” he whispered to himself. “Am I really that different? It’s not my fault that I had a different mother from the rest of them.” Pain and lonely seasons were nothing new to this young man, but he was about to enter a new season.

New songs lead to new seasons, God is listening.

After drying his tears, he picked up his instrument and began to worship. It was music like no one had heard before; it was different because it touched both the heart of God and man. As David played, the familiar presence of God began to wash over his being. Words he had never heard before began to flow out of his mouth and he lost himself in the love of God… where there was nothing rejecting him. His melodies of worship were interrupted by the searching cries of one of the household servants.

“David!” the servant yelled, “Come quickly! The prophet is asking for you! He has told your father he will not leave until he meets you.”

“Why does he want me?” David asked breathlessly.

As he ran toward home, the servant who was now watching his sheep yelled one last thing: “None of your brothers have been chosen.”

Its a story like no other, as a shepherd boy takes his first steps toward a throne… from a deserted place to a king’s palace. He would be nurtured along by an anointing; this touch of power from God, would birth courage, favor and honor.

Because God is listening!

So the next time you are considering the path which leads back into the deserted place, remind yourself that its the sound of praise that brings the chosen child to the prophetic call…

Where God is listening.

What Worship Is

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:1-7)

If you ask people what “worship” is, you would probably receive many answers related to music, church services, and singing. While worship certainly includes the songs we sing and the services we attend; this common definition limits worship to a time frame or specific activity. Instead, I believe the Bible teaches that worship is a lifestyle… an ongoing response to God in every circumstance and every moment.

Jesus made this statement to the woman at the well outside of Sychar: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”. (Jn 4:24)

The Worship Paradigm:

I have come to understand that worship takes on many forms and expressions, but it always communicates from the heart. Worship comes out of the human spirit as a declaration of truth… to say, “I value God!” Loving Him for who He is and for how He has changed your life. It becomes the compelling desire of “lovers”… to worship God from the heart. The passionate lover of God becomes undivided in their allegience… like a reservoir of love and appreciation for the King.

No Sacrifice is too Much!

While I often bring a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise for entry into His Presence… when I get there I become the sacrifice poured out for His purpose. To set my life upon the altar is no loss; but a yielded embrace to His voice, that encourages true usefulness.

Like the Prophet Isaiah, my heart is captured and I am undone. I welcome the call to go wherever He leads me.

…I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Lord, send me.” (Isa 6:8)

Creativity Connects

Creativity connects the spiritual to the natural… like no other expression!

Music doesn’t just touch your senses, stimulate thought and awaken memories. Dance doesn’t just engage your physical body in movement and self-expression. Art doesn’t just bring color and texture and image to canvas. Writing and storytelling are not just literary and verbal communication… mechanisms designed to convey thought and emotions and dispense information.

These are not just forms of creativity and personal expression either… they are gifts! These are gifts that help our ‘human-ness’ and our true ‘heaven-ness’ find one another. They awaken us to life and cause our heart, imagination, wonder, beauty, mystery, sadness, pain and joy to find one another and walk the most elegant steps of life.”

Written by: Ray Hughes

Thanks Ray – I Love It!

Tap Into Joy

“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Oh Lord, will keep me safe.” (Ps. 4:7-8).

Harvest time was an occasion for rejoicing and celebration, it was like the victory of war… the evidence of God’s favor and the assurance of provision for seasons to come. Just hear the sound of the season from the Prophet Isaiah… “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.” (Isa. 9:3).

Tapping in, by Rejoicing:

David’s prayer is that the rejoicing in his heart at the Presence of God would be like the rejoicing of others over their harvest or the victory attained in battle. David was a man who valued and promoted dancing, singing, swirling about and shouting for the purpose of releasing new sounds… sounds that aligned with heaven, sounds of exuberance and rejoicing.

David speaks of a peace that would cause his entire being to become a platform for fruitfulness. Even his rest would lead to refreshing and replenishing his life with spiritual resources. He felt safe, trusting completely in the hands of his God. This is our salvation, our joy and promise of an inner supply that will bring us into assurance and revival life. Our “new wine” is the Spirit Himself filling us with His joy. “Don’t be drunk with wine. … instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your heart“ (Eph. 5:18-19). Our harvest is a harvest of righteousness: “Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness” (Jm. 3:18).

The Heart was Made for Joy:

God designed us for joy. His Word is filled with promises of joy from beginning to end. Jesus’ personality was marked by joy. If you think of Jesus as stern and stoic, think again. Jesus told His disciples that He wanted His joy to be in them: “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (Jn. 15:11). The Word of God describes Jesus as anointed with joy even more than anyone else. “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Ps. 45:7).

Joy is God’s design, and He knows how to fill us so that our security is not tied down to circumstances. We need to tap into a joy that is eternal and supernatural and cast off those petty offenses of the past. We can value the promises of abundant life by rejoicing in all that God is doing today. If others base their joy on the natural, such as their harvest of grain and wine or victories here on earth; then their hope is something temporary and unpredictable. You and I can set our joy on the unfailing Presence of God. Let His peace rest in you and joy will break forth like the morning sun!

Agree with me in prayer and begin to rejoice in His resources… “Father, anoint me with the oil of Your joy. Fill me with the New Wine of Your Holy Spirit. That I may reflect a sound that aligns my heart with Yours!”

Keep Your Worldview Biblical

We can be taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

If we don’t really believe the Truth of God and live it, then our witness will be confusing and misleading. Most of us go through life without recognizing that our personal worldviews have been deeply affected by the world. Through a wide variety of influences, the secularization of America has created a warped view of history, morality, science and the origins of life. It affects our thinking more than we realize. When we choose to leave our worldview to chance, we will be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophies that depend on human reasoning not on Christ.

1. What is a Worldview?

A worldview is the lense from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. It’s the basis of our thinking… our ideology, philosophy, theology or belief system.

For example, a 2 year-old believes she is the center of her world, a secular humanist believes that the material world is all that exists, and a Buddhist believes he can be liberated from suffering by self-purification.

Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all we believe to be true, and what we believe becomes the driving force behind emotions, decisions and actions. Therefore, it affects our response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and economics, law, politics, art and social order — everything.

2. What’s a Biblical Worldview?

A biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. When we believe the Bible is entirely true, then it becomes the foundation of everything we say and do.

Someone with a Biblical worldview believes their primary reason for existence is to please God.

3. How does a Biblical Worldview get Diluted?

Here is the big problem. Non biblical ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly everyday through societal relationships and media, like television, music and movies. We  have become a media crazed society.

For example, most Christians would agree with 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and other Scriptures that command us to avoid sexual immorality, but how often do Christians fall into  sexual sin? Is it simply because they are weak when tempted, or did it begin much earlier, with the seductive lies from TV or movies?

4. Why does a Biblical Worldview Matter?

Because we live in a selfish, fallen world! The ideas and philosophies that govern its behavior appeal to the desires of our flesh. Our minds kinda work like a computer… our programming tends to function based on what information has been received. We often end up believing things that we have not really thought through. Without even knowing it, our lives can be shaped by the things we see and melted or conformed to the patterns of cultural norms, rather than Biblical Truth.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

However, by diligently learning, applying and trusting God’s Truths in every area of our lives — whether it’s going to a movie, communicating with our family or working at the office — we can begin to develop a deep Biblical faith that will stand against the unrelenting tide of our culture’s non biblical ideas. If we capture and embrace God’s perspective on reality and trust it with unwavering faith, then we begin to make the right decisions and find oueselves equipped for every good work. In the end, its these decisions and actions that reveal our witness for Christ. We must fight to keep a Biblical Worldview.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom 12:2)

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