Friday, July 22, 2011

What God desires from His children

The love of God is so beautiful and it's real. He loves us SO! It's because of HIM that we can even love others! Tonight, I had the assignment to lead the weekly prayer call we have for the intercessory prayer ministry from my church. I had my nice little agenda for the night planned out and everything. As we began to praise and worship the Lord, I felt that He wanted us to continue. 30 minutes past by, 45, then an hour. I then heard Him say: " You are in my presence, I love my children to tell me how they feel about me". I shared this with everyone on the call and we began to just confess who He is to us and how grateful we are for Him in and through our lives. I mean, where would we be without Him??!

We were so blessed by what GOD did tonight, I had to throw my little pre-planned agenda to the side and let Holy Spirit have His way! God's plans are far greater than any plan we could think up ourselves. He's an exceeding and abundant God! Then He began to just bless us with words of affirmation, promise and His power! It was Awesome!

Even after I got off the call, I kept thinking about what He shared with me about being in His presence. Then I had a quick vision of God inviting us into this beautiful house; His house. He was smiling so big when He opened the door! He welcomed us into this beautiful home. On the inside of His house there were so many beautifully wrapped gifts in there. We were overwhelmed once we got in there. His hand was out the whole time. There was one person that entered into the house and they went straight for the gifts, after the initial greeting with God, she went to the gifts and beginning grabbing as many as she could! She did not even look at God, then she began shoving them in her car until her car was overflowing. After this she backed out of the driveway and zoomed off with all these beautiful gifts!

There was another person who walked into God's house and she initially seemed to look at the gifts then quickly remembered whose house she was in. She then went back, took God's hand smiled with Him, then sat down and talked with Him and the gifts were laying all around them; but she focused on Him!

I wonder how many times, we have entered into the presence of the Lord, just to ask all of our requests and receive, receive, receive. Of course God will bless us, He has many gifts for us on earth and in heaven. But more than anything, once in His presence He desires intimacy and fellowship with Him. In that vision, those gifts did not go anywhere when she was spending time with the Lord, they were right there laying around waiting to be opened. But her priority was to spend time with Him and put Him first above all other things.

Let's make it a point to seek His face, before we seek His hand!

***Remember more Worship S.A.T. videos are coming up. I'm so excited! Here are some of our upcoming topics:

~Prophetic Song and Dance (August)
~Sexual Purity: Couples Edition
~Praise and Worship Dance for men
~The Ephod: Hearing God's Voice

Monday, July 18, 2011

It starts in the heart!

Okay, so I know this is a praise and worship blog, but I have to be obedient to what the Lord has been placing on my heart. Praise and Worship is SO much more than an act, God desires us to live it! That's right, to live praise and worship. Hallelujah!

One of the ways we live it is to offer ourselves fully to Him. Romans 12:1 tells us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices Holy and acceptable unto Him for this is our spiritual act of worship! One of the ways that we offer our bodies unto Him is through purity before and after marriage. This goes for both guys and gals!

We see the work of the enemy daily. We know that he comes to kill steal and destroy! He wants to steal God's beautiful purpose for sex: for a husband and wife in marriage to enjoy the pleasure, joy and beauty of sex. But the enemy has perverted it, misconstrued it's original purpose and try to make it seem like something that is not as intimate as it is!

Oooohhh, but how my heart is filled with so much joy because nobody or nothing is greater than our God! He's raising up a remnant of men and women who will continue to stand for righteousness even though it is no longer the norm! HALLELUJAH! I believe that as we pray, teach and live our lives as a living sacrifice unto God; we will marriages restored, sexually active teens making a commitment to God of sexual purity and even the pornography and evil in the media and music loose it's power over our children, men and women!

We can no longer be passive, although it's comfortable but it's time for our children to be filled with the spirit of the true and living God. They need examples of men and women, who did things God's way and reaped the promises and rewards! Because you know, there are blessings to obedience. It starts in the heart! God's promises are true you know! He has blessed me to first hand see the RESULTS of many couples/marriages who did things God's way on their way to marriage and God rewarded them exceedingly and abundantly! I believe that He will do the same for you and me if we believe. He is not respecter of persons!

I love to see our children and youth praising and worshiping the Lord, but as we teach them to outwardly worship Him, we must teach them the importance of purity as well and how to trust God with their lives; in every area of their lives!

Let me share with you some precious promises God's word gives us for sexual holiness:

~ God promises that sexual holiness leads to abiding joy! Proverbs 5:18 "Rejoice in the wife of your youth". God's joy is not the same as pleasure. Pleasure flees pain, while joy transcends pain.

~ God promises that sexual holiness leads to genuine satisfaction touching all levels of sexual union. Proverbs 5:19 "Husbands who guard sexual purity in marriage will be satisfied. David testifies to this in Psalm 103:5

~ God promises that sexual Holiness is honorable. (1 Thess 4:4, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 6:20).

~ God promises that sexual holiness leads to pure allure. It creates power to attract a marriage partner worth having! Song of Solomon 4:9, 4:12.

God bless you praisers and worshippers!!!

*** Coming soon for the Worship S.A.T. series:

~Prophetic Song and Dance! (August)
~Sexual Purity: Couples Edition
~ The Ephod-Hearing God's voice!
~Praise and Worship Dance for men!
~ And more!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Stop and smell the Roses He give you!!!

There is a shirt that I had at one time, that I used to wear to lounge around in. It said: "Stop and smell the roses he gives you". I never thought much of it until I was out at lunch with a friend and she shared with me, what it meant to her when she saw it. She said, "Everyday God gives us beautiful roses, He loves us so much and does beautiful things for us daily because we are His children! The bible says He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17) ! WOW, What a love!

I wonder how many times we took for granted those beautiful roses He gives us daily by just passing by them and not acknowledging them or thinking that we wanted a different type of rose from what He has given us or comparing our bouquet to others. I know were times that I didn't show how thankful I was for the beautiful roses He's given me DAILY. 1 Thessalonians tells us to give thanks in all things, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus!

A rose could be anything that friend that's always there or that spouse who is faithful yet we don't appreciate them like we used to. A rose an annoying child that always wants our attention, a job that we are tired of being at. A rose can be anything!!!

Just because the rose or flowers He gives us may not look exactly like what we THOUGHT it would or should, He knows what we need, when we need it and why we need it. Let's make it a point to smell the beautiful roses in our lives that He gives us!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Single Season- There's a purpose in it! (P2)

Okay, so yesterday I shared some of my testimony and what I have learned through the years as being a single young woman. So, God has placed mentors and pastors, parents and friends that have been SUCH a blessing to me on the way and throughout this season. One thing is that this is not a death sentence or God is not trying to make us have a miserable life! No, no, no. He has a purpose in everything and He has a marvelous plan. This is just a chapter in the book. So let’s get into scripture right away!

Let’s start with the first marriage in the bible: Adam and Eve (1 man, 1 woman this is God’s design for marriage, no exceptions). When Almighty God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it, He spoke the world into existence and said it was “good”, until…..

Genesis 2:7 “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being”.

So this clearly tells us that when God formed the man, he breathed HIS breath into the man which gave him life and the man became a living being. My brothers and sisters, this means we are LIVING in this season. We are not dead or in a dark box until marriage, but we are living because we have the breath of life in us that God himself has breathed!

Genesis 2:18 “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him”.

Okay, so this is another scripture that has so many interpretations. God’s word does not have to be difficult. And this is not to say that if you are single that “you aren’t good” or anything like that. God formed us and knew everything about us, we were created to desire companionship and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that period!

Genesis 2:19-20 “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.”

Okay, all of this happened BEFORE God put Adam into a deep sleep and made Eve from His rib. But it is after God says that it is not good for the man to be alone. God decided to make a helper suitable for Adam, because He did not want his child, His creation made in His image to be alone.
However, we notice that BEFORE God brought Adam and Eve together, He had some work for good ole Adam to do first! Adam had the assignment of naming all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. Now, ya’ll, I doubt very seriously this only took a day. Do you know how many animals of the field they are or birds of the air!!! Thousands, if not millions. I don’t know how many other than a lot! There was something God had for Adam to do before he became one with Eve.

So you know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And you know that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts and as high as the heavens are so are His ways above our ways. And you also know that there is a SEASON for every for everything right. And you know that God really does make everything beautiful in His time! Could it possibly be, that the Lord has a purpose in your single season? Could it be that, in this season He has an assignment, a work for us today BEFORE we get married and become one with our mate? YES!

Romans 8: 28-30 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

God has allowed me to cross so many paths with brothers and sisters who God has blessed exceedingly and abundantly and has fulfilled His faithful promise of a mate to them, what have they said they were doing when they met them? ..............Serving :-)

God has a plan and a purpose and an assignment for us now! And it’s not for us to sit around and wait for certain events in our lives to happen before we serve Him and work for Him! My brothers and my sisters, God has a marvelous plan for your life and He predestined you to do it! A specific task and as you seek Him, He will show you. His hand is already on your life. Don’t wait to walk in your purpose, serve God now. Ask Him for strength and joy and He will give it to you!!! He knows that everyday won’t be easy, just call out to Him, He will answer!

I know it's hard, I know that sometimes it appears to be to much for you and sometmes it seems unfair. But, God cares about you SO much. So much that He would allow us to experience tests that hurt sometimes, so that we can be shaped and molded into who we need to be to be used by Him. This way, when He fulfills His gracious promise to us we will be in position to receive. I believe it!

Part 3 is coming up!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Single Season- "Lord this aint easy!"

*** Disclaimer: when I googled images for waiting I found this pic. I thought it was SO funny becauses sometimes this is how it feels, but if you ask me this is a picture of how NOT to wait! Lol.

I have to admit. One of the hardest, if not the hardest

things for me in my 20s has been my single season. I used to not even talk about it, because of the way it made me feel. As a woman (or man) that desires to be married and is of marrying age, it’s easy to feel burdened and pressured by what others say or what the norm is around you. Most, if not everyone desires companionship and it’s a good desire (just ask God He says so)! With ups and downs and even disappointments in relationships that we thought would lead into marriage and when you see others around you receive the very blessing or answered prayer, you have been praying for; it’s really a test of Faith.

God has laid on my heart to write a few blogs about this, as I know I am not alone in this. There is nothing new under the sun and God allows us to experience everything we do for and with a purpose.

I truly believe that if you have the desire to be married, that God will grant you that desire in HIS time. Some may disagree, but I can only share what the Lord has shared with me and that is if you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart (for this is His word)!

Let me share some of my testimony with you: Recently within the past 6 or 7 months, I realized I was previously living my life basically waiting to get married. For example, I would say things like “I’ll do this when I get married, I’ll wait to start that when I get married, I’ll only feel comfortable doing certain things in ministry until I get married”. Now hear my heart, I truly believe and honor the way that the Lord has set order in marriage, with God first, the man being the head of the house and the woman being the help meet. I think it’s beautiful. However, waiting on God does not mean sitting around in my bedroom, with the lights turned off in sackcloth and ashes waiting for my king to arrive! (Or like the women in the picture on this post) LOL. I laugh now, but this really is how I used to think: “If I’m not in a relationship something must be wrong with me and I need to find someone to get in one with quick, so that others will see that I’m wanted”. Or the famous one that the devil has tried to throw my way several times: “Lynnea, something must be wrong with you, that’s why you are not married yet”. Or “Your doomed now, your 28 and you’re not married, you mine as well throw in the towel”, The devil is a liar and there is no truth in him! He will have you so focused on your situation and not on God that it consumes you and you can’t even focus on doing what the Lord has called you to do in this season! Besides, God sent His only son Jesus Christ thousands of years so that I (and you too) could be redeemed and set free and HE IS THE King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Hallelujah!

Actually, if we seek God during this season and ask Holy Spirit to reveal things to us about ourselves that need change He will. God has shown me things that had to be dealt with that would had been a problem in a marriage relationship. Just like the children of Israel, God does not want us getting to our promise with a slave mentality!!! Then we would just mess that thing up, no thanks I plan on being a helpmeet, not a hurtme wife!

I just want you to know, if you are out there brother or sister and you are discouraged about relationships and wanting to be married or being single in this season, take heart God knows and He cares about you SO much. He wants to bless you, but He wants YOU first. He wants to be your first love! Click here for part 2.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Worship Warfare!

It is time! It is time to Worship, it is time to take our Worship to another level!!! Did you know that Worshiping the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is a weapon of warfare? Oh yes it is!!!

It’s easy to go through everything else before we finally decide to put our concerns and worries and questions to the side and just worship the Lord. Praise and worship is so much more than singing a fast or a slow song. I admire David so much because he is known to be a worshipper, but what is he known as in the bible even more: a man after God’s own HEART! You wanna send the devil fleeing? Resist him by praising and worship the Lord! To worship God we have to have His heart, to have His heart we have to know Him.

Sing, Dance, cry out, shout praises, tell God who He is to you, speak His word back to Him, use that sword and activate the FULL ARMOR (Ephesians 6:10-18), give Him thanksgiving and praise, rejoice in Him, intercede for others, lift up your head oh ye gates!

I don’t know who said that the devil is dumb or stupid, but it’s simply not true. I’ll tell you what he is, he’s sneaky, he’s evil and is seeking to see whom he may devour:

1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”

Notice Peter tells us to be self-controlled and alert first, so this means we have to be proactive. We have to go and be on watch for our families, communities and nation. That’s really why we have to make it a point to spend time in praise and worship unto the Father, so that we will know what to pray for, where His heart is and how to intercede for others. That's why David won so many battles, He was a man after God's own HEART.

When we worship the Lord it is SO POWERFUL! Shackles fall off, curses are broken, healing and deliverance take place. Worshipping God is so powerful I believe it will restore our children's’ innocence, mend broken marriages, allow the lonely to receive love and give love, end sexual immorality and restore purity in our nations, end the laws from being passed in New York, California, D.C. and wherever else and restore GOD’S institution of marriage, bring men and women out of the crack house, children will leave gangs and walk into the arms of Jesus, leaders and pastors will return to holiness and have a heart for the things of God. Hallelujah! I believe it!

My brothers and sisters now is the time!!!