Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Faith, Hope, and Love!

   And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)

When God first put on my heart to start Christian Living, it took me some time to really think about the subtitle for this blog site. Then came the thought of:

"Living life to the fullest with faith, hope, and love!"

In retrospect, it is no coincidence that I have been able to experience these exact words on so many different fronts. Those words continue to resonate true to me today. My life for now has been far from ideal, but God's hand upon my life continues to reveal itself to me as He has continuously reminded me and encouraged me to live the life He has given me to the fullest with faith, hope, and love. In spite of it all, I have been doing exactly that with the resources, time, and health He has been so faithful to provide.

Slowly, but surely, God has steadfastly been at work in my life in those three areas. My faith in Him has developed at various rates during my 22-plus year walk with Him. Were there times when I had struggled to identify Him as my Heavenly Father? You bet! After I have been brought into this world without ever seeing my earthly father, anyone reading this would stand in agreement that it would be both difficult and challenging to adopt God as our Heavenly Father from one night to the next. From a personal standpoint, it has taken me many years to not only adopt, but to accept, and yes, even celebrate the fact that a loving, caring, and personal God is my Heavenly Father.

As far as hope is concerned, this part of my life has gradually increased over the years as I continue to experience the very best God has to offer in spite of all the good, bad, and ugly things that have happened throughout my life. One thing that I have learned in regards to the role hope has played in my life is that God has empowered me with hope to be able to find upside in the midst of adversity. In my opinion, hope is the engine that allows us to be able to see the "light at the end of the tunnel". It is hope that pushes us to be the best that we can be in spite of the daily struggles of life. With that said, it is the hope that I have in my Heavenly Father that He will make the way out of no way.

My faith in God and the hope I have in Him is what has created the ability for me to love Him  regardless of what is happening or about to happen in my life...good, bad, or ugly. One thing I must make very clear: I LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED ME!!!!...:-).  This is so fascinating! He loved me long before I even started to get to know myself and my surroundings. My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to love Him in the most profound way possible! He is the lover of our souls and our entire lives! He longs to give us the very best that He has to offer! Of the three character traits that we have elaborated on, there's no doubt in my mind, heart, and spirit that love is the greatest of them all! What else is there to say?!...:-)

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Your faith, hope, and love for God?

Thanks again for reading this far my friends! I trust that God has, is, and will continue to make an impact in those three areas of your life. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)


Monday, January 28, 2013

On His Shoulders!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Is. 9:6)

In the picture above we see Atlas holding the weight of the globe on his shoulders. Quite an impressive picture...right? I used to be a die-hard Greek mythology student during my high school years. When I first heard of Atlas, I couldn't help but be impressed with the fact that this titan could actually carry the weight of the world on his shoulders, practically at his mercy.

Many non-believers most likely may continue to view the world as being on his shoulders. I hate to be the bearer of bad news to those people who still think that way, but there is only one Who has been carrying this world since the beginning of time and His name is Jesus. Yes, you heard it first! The Man that has been carrying the weight of this world since the beginning of time is Jesus Himself.

What an amazing thought! Jesus, not the muscle-bound titan Atlas has been carrying the weight of the world. The dramatic differences between Jesus and Atlas is incredibly startling! In physical stature alone, Atlas would literally manhandle Jesus. Sheer strength would also favor Atlas as well. That is as far as it will go for Atlas as far as advantages are concerned. From here on down, it will be Jesus Who is the REAL CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and He doesn't have to sign a contract to wrestle in the WWE either!

When Jesus was brought into this world, no one but Mary and Joseph really knew that Jesus would one day become the Lord and Savior of the world. He was also destined to become the King of kings and Lord of lords. That also doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the numerous names given to Him starting with the above scripture verse and the various verses throughout the Bible that also make references to Jesus under other names.

What really constitutes Jesus as the "Champion of the World" is the very fact that He didn't have to lift a single finger to bring and provide strength to all of us that chose to believe that Jesus is indeed Who He says He is. With His outstretched arms and with the most love and compassion that no one has been able to give to humanity, He has literally lifted us on His shoulders. There are millions upon millions of Christians all around the world that can actually say with complete confidence that Jesus has transformed our lives from the inside out and has provided us with the supernatural strength to be able to weather any storms that come our way. Wow! Atlas doesn't have anything on Jesus!...:-)

 I can go on and on about why Jesus has, is, and always will be stronger than Atlas. The one thing that we can rest our laurels on is that to this day Jesus is the One that has, is, and always will be given the glory, honor, and praise for the miraculous things that He has done for His own people in Israel along with His disciples to transform the rest of the world. Jesus very well lives within my heart and I'm even more passionate about Him today as I will be about Him for the rest of my life!

Thank you all so very much for reading this far! I have been so blessed to continue to write about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I strongly encourage all of you to subscribe by email to Christian Living for more uplifting, inspirational, and sometimes challenging posts that will create quite a stir in your heart and in the hearts of those in your community. May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Deceptive Beauty!

 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her allure you with her eyelids. (Prov. 6:25)

Now! Before everyone throws a fit and starts to ask me and/or themselves what this post is about, there's something you NEED TO KNOW...

NOT ALL THINGS APPEAR WHAT THEY SEEM!!!!

Did YOU get that?!....Right?...good!...:-)

That delightful little picture that you see at the top of this post is the picture of what's called the Coninae (aka Cone Snail). Without getting into an elaborate explanation of what the Cone Snail is, I want to share a small portion of what Wikipedia has to say about this animal. Here it goes:

Coninae, common names the cone snails, cone shells or cones, is a subfamily of small to quite large sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Conidae.
These are sophisticated predatory animals.[2] They hunt and immobilize prey using a modified radular tooth along with a poison gland containing neurotoxins; the tooth is launched out of the snail's mouth in a harpoon-like action. The traditional taxonomy places all of the cone snails in the Conidae. A newer proposed taxonomy redefines Coninae.

The "funniest" thing about this particular post is that the picture portrays an illusion of innocence.
An illusion of innocence is exactly what this picture represents. This picture represents deception at its very core. Inside that shell is one of the deadliest animals in the entire world called the Cone Snail. In a nutshell, the Cone Snail has the ability to be able to kill someone with its neurotoxin poison within an hour. I don't know about you, but the next time I find myself walking along the beach and I happen to come across anything that resembles the picture above, I better make a thorough inspection before picking it up.

There is absolutely nothing funny about finding ourselves in a compromised situation just because the "grass looks greener on the other side".  The enemy of our souls (satan) will always attempt (and sometimes succeed) into deceiving us with the beauty of this world only to find ourselves in a REALLY BIG hole that only God Himself can take us out of. In the same way that the Cone Snail "harpoons" neurotoxins into our bodies, the enemy of our souls will inject poison into our lives not only affecting ourselves, but all the peripherals: family, friends, co-workers, etc..etc...

The enemy of our souls will always paint a pretty picture of something and/or someone to create the illusion that the thing and/or person that we are attracted to is the right thing or person. Let's take heed my friends! We MUST approach each and every situation and person with a great deal of discernment! As Christians, the spirit of discernment is a must because not everything appears what it seems. With that said my friends, I want to encourage and challenge you to seek out God the best way you know how to better discern the "next steps" in your journey through life. You may have to make a big decision about a career move, about the relationships you have, professional and personal and the list goes on and on. The best advice to firmly establish yourself in the spirit of discernment is to seek God first and foremost in prayer. Then seek out the counsel of the godly people that are closest to you. I want to share one last scripture verse with you! Here it goes:

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov. 11:14)

Before endeavoring in anything, counsel is the key. 

I'm extremely glad that you have read this far! Please feel free to share this with friends and family so that they could use some more inspiration and the occasional challenge. I also encourage you to subscribe to Christian Living using your email as well to stay posted! Thanks again for reading and following along with me friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-D

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mind Of Christ!

     For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
                                                                  (1 Corinthians 2:16)

There was a time when I took up a free online class through a program called Setting Captives Free. It was during that time when I was studying on the Cross and Christ Crucified, when I became aware of how significant Jesus Christ has played a role in our lives going all the way back to the book of Genesis. What is especially interesting is that the ENTIRE Old Testament foreshadows the events that will eventually be happening during Jesus' time on earth from birth to resurrection.

Everything about Jesus challenges us to not be conformed to this world. This especially includes ALL the humanistic philosophies that have crept into our churches today! How do we accomplish this? Here's another scripture verse for you:

And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Romans 12:2 not only encourages us, but challenges us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. My friends, OUR MINDS is a battlefield in which there is a war being waged for our souls. In order to be a soldier of Christ, we MUST have the willingness and resolve to not only have His mind, but to also make sure that our spiritual disciplines are TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY polished so we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So friends, do you have what it takes to "make the cut" in God's Army?

God is CONSTANTLY on the lookout in His search for soldiers that have a strong mental and spiritual edge to them. Even though it pays to have a strong and healthy physique, that is not a requirement in God's Army unlike the requirements that have to be met in our nation's armed forces. As you may be able to tell by the wording of this particular article, I'm passionate about not only our nation's military, but the military of all our democratic nations. Unfortunately, our military is subject to all kinds of corruption and scrutiny of the negative variety.

Not so in God's heavenly army! His righteousness and justice prevails over all matters spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental. With that said, I want to share one final verse with you to drive home the message of what it takes to be in God's Army.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (Phil. 4:8)

Who's report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord!

May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Priscilla and Aquila!

And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. (Acts 18:2)

A special friend of mine requested that I share a small thought on Priscilla and Aquila. So here it goes!

Not only do I want to share a small portion of the historical context of the godly couple, but I also want to share the relevancy of this couple in today's society. This couple is indeed a VERY SPECIAL couple! Let's start by taking a brief look at what Wikipedia has to say about this godly couple. There are a few scripture verses to support their relevancy to us THEN AND NOW.

Priscilla and Aquila, according to Acts 18:2-3, were tentmakers, as Paul is said to have been. Priscilla and Aquila had been among the Jews expelled from Rome by the Roman Emperor Claudius in the year 49 as written by Suetonius. They ended up in Corinth. Paul lived with Priscilla and Aquila for approximately 18 months. Then the couple started out to accompany Paul when he proceeded to Syria, but stopped at Ephesus in the Roman province of Asia, now part of modern Turkey.
In Acts 18:24-28, an important evangelist in Ephesus named Apollos is mentioned as one who "taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately." Priscilla and Aquila were among the earliest known teachers of Christian theology.
In 1 Corinthians 16:19, Paul passes on the greetings of Priscilla and Aquila to their friends in Corinth, indicating that the couple were in his company. Paul founded the church in Corinth,[1Cor 4:15] including their greetings implies that Priscilla and Aquila were also involved in the founding of that church. Since 1 Corinthians discusses a crisis deriving from a conflict between the followers of Apollos and the followers of Cephas (possibly the apostle Peter), it can be inferred that Apollos accompanied Priscilla and Aquila when they returned to Corinth. This happened before 54, when Claudius died and the expulsion of the Jews from Rome was lifted.
In Romans 16:3-4, thought to have been written in 56 or 57, Paul sends his greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and proclaims that both of them "risked their necks" to save Paul's life.

The above portion talks about Priscilla and Aquila from not only a biblical perspective, but from an historical perspective as well. What kind of relevance do they have for not only the godly couples of today, but for those of us singles that have aspirations to get married with that godly man (for the ladies) and for that godly woman (for the guys)?

They are relevant to us today because they have played a VERY BIG role in Christian ministry and in the marketplace. The relevance of their role in our lives from both Christian ministry and marketplace standpoints play a very vital role in the way we are to honor God as a couple no matter where He places us. From an historical perspective, they were tentmakers. That was not only their trade, but their calling as well. It was through their trade that they were able to meet the Apostle Paul and learn from the teachings of God's Word during his visit in Rome. In other words friends, the marketplace is also our mission field. They also played a role in assisting the Apostle Paul in founding the church of Corinth.

It is quite evident from the two roles that I have pointed out that they have made an incredible impact in the lives of the people around them from both a vocational and ministerial standpoint. As a couple, I have come to the personal understanding that they were EXTREMELY PASSIONATE about God, Christian ministry, and the marketplace. Priscilla and Aquila knew how to live life to the fullest as a godly couple with faith, hope, and love. WOW! This couple is definitely an inspiration for us! This couple did most things together in a very supportive manner. I'm also very confident in the Lord that they were just as supportive of one another in many things they didn't do together. This couple was not only purpose driven, they were passion driven to do the work of the Lord at home, at church, and in the marketplace. They even "risked their necks" to save Paul's life.

With that said, let us become modern-day Priscillas and Aquilas! Why? Because there is a lost and dying world out there that is hungry for God! They also can use the incredible inspiration of a godly couple that will make a HUGE difference in their lives as well!

For all the godly couples out there, are the both of you ready to become a modern-day Priscilla and Aquila? For all the singles out there, do you aspire to get married one day to your Priscilla and Aquila?

For both questions, I wholeheartedly hope so!  

I promise to all of my awesome followers and readers of this blog that I will eventually get back to posting the christian music videos again soon! In the meantime, I need all of you to help me pray that God will continue to inspire me with inspirational (and sometimes challenging) blog posts that are relevant to our times. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!...:-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Give It Up!

             Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:10) 

In the last post, I told everyone reading this blog to GET UP. This blog post almost asks to do the complete opposite. After encouraging (and maybe challenge) all of you to get up, why would I bother to ask you to GIVE IT UP? Whenever we hear the phrase "give it up", what's often implied is that we simply surrender anything and/or anyone. For the sake of this post, what I'm going to refer to when we "give it up" is to lift up praises to God.

There have been moments when I'm standing in a large audience when I hear the phrase "Give it up to the Lord". At first I didn't quite understand what the phrase meant, but over time I have come to understand that it actually means to lift up praises to God. When we "give it up" to Him, we actually express it outwardly through the lifting of our hands, prayerful meditation, or just simply shouting out the name of Jesus during praise and worship.   The above scripture verse reinforces the fact that in order for us to "give up" ourselves, it requires that we have a VERY STRONG and DEEP spirit of humility. In effect, God will not only lift us up, but take us to places that we would never see ourselves in.

Are you ready to "give it up" to God? Between you and God, what exactly needs to be lifted up in prayer and supplication?

Without any further delay, I want to bring to all of you Give It Up by Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!! Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...:-)

GIVE IT UP BY PLANETSHAKERS

There is nothing that is better than You
There is no one who can do what You do
So come and fill me
I gotta get more of You
I gotta get more of You

Every move made, let it set us apart
Every word said, let it be from Your heart
Every day Lord, I gotta get more
I gotta get more of You

Jesus, I love You with all that I am

Give it up to the One who saved You
Give it up to the One who gave You life, whoa
Give it up to the One who made You
Give it up to the Lover of Your Soul,
Whoa

There is nothing that is better than You
There is no one who can do what You do
So come and fill me
I gotta get more of You
I gotta get more of You

Jesus, I love You with all that I am

Give it up to the One who saved You
Give it up to the One who gave You life, whoa
Give it up to the One who made You
Give it up to the Lover of Your Soul,
Whoa

Get up on your feet and praise Him
Get up on your feet and praise
Get up on your feet and praise Him
'Cause everything is all for Him

Get up on your feet and praise Him
Get up on your feet and praise
Get up on your feet and praise Him
'Cause everything is all for Him

Give it up to the One who saved You
Give it up to the One who gave You life, whoa
Give it up to the One who made You
Give it up to the Lover of Your Soul,
Whoa

Friday, January 18, 2013

Get Up!

1 Praise you the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the lute and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and pipes. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the clashing cymbals. 6 Let every thing that has breath praise the LORD. Praise you the LORD.

GET UP PEOPLE!!!

It's time to stand and march forward...onward and upward in Jesus' mighty name! Yes folks, you have been given your marching orders to not only stand up against the wiles of the enemy, but to come out in VICTORY! As long as God gives us the breath to give Him the praise, glory, and honor, we will ALWAYS be marching in victory! We are now just beginning the year 2013. It's critical for us to approach this year and every year thereafter to EXPECT GODLY THINGS to happen in our lives!

What are you expecting to happen this year friends? What kind of expectations do you have moving forward?

Without any further delay, I want to bring to all of you Get Up by Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you all my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!! Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...:-)

GET UP BY PLANETSHAKERS

With every breath that I take
I'll praise You
With every move that I make
With everything that I am
I'll praise You
Cause there is no other way

[Pre-Chorus]
We stand together with hearts joined as one
We'll give You glory for all You have done

[Chorus]
Everybody get up
If you love Him!
Everybody get up
Get up and praise Him!
Everybody get up
If you're free
And give Him the praise!

[Bridge]
You, You
Everything is all for
You, You
We're livin' each day for
You, You
Everything is all for
You, You

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Like A Fire!

                   Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: (Psalms 104:4)

I must admit! I had to really think about what to say about this verse with TONS of questions about OUR role as ministers "a flaming fire". To a certain degree, we may have figured out the role of angels as "spirits" in our lives. How do we, as ministers, become "a flaming fire" to those around us? I want to highlight  "a flaming fire" for a couple of reasons.

One reason that comes to the forefront of my mind is the process of PURIFICATION. When we think of the purification process, we think of the role of the potter in relationship to the clay. In a nutshell, the potter places the clay in the fire in an effort to mold and shape the clay into a finished product. That is how God works in our lives to purify and remove anything that will hinder us from achieving our fullest potential in Him. Reason two is that the "flaming fire" will reveal the passion we have for God and everyone that we cross paths with. Without a doubt, passion is the fuel behind the "flaming fire". Passion is what kindles the fire of motivation to make an eternal impact in the lives of everyone we come into contact with! 

How passionate are you for the souls around you my friend? Is that fire burning alive and well in your belly?

Without further delay, I want to bring to all of you Like A Fire by Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you all friends in Jesus' mighty name! Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!!!...:-)

LIKE A FIRE BY PLANETSHAKERS

[Verse 1]
Like a fire shut up in my bones
I want the world to know You are God
With a passion burning deep within
I want the world to know that You live

[Verse 2]
Let Your presence come and saturate
Every part of me make me new
Let Your Spirit come and move within
Fill me once again cause I need more

[Chorus]
Jesus I'm desperate for You
Jesus I'm hungry for You
Jesus I'm longing for You
Lord You are all I want

[Bridge]
Come like a flood and saturate me now
You're all I want
Come like the wind
And sweep throughout this place
You're all we want

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hope Of All Hearts!

                      Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; constant in prayer; (Rom.12:12)

Hope is one of those words that are "relatively easy" to acquire, but one of the most difficult to maintain because it requires that we have a steadfast spirit of patience, especially when we are waiting in the Lord for an unanswered prayer that doesn't seem to be going any further than the ceiling in our room. It is only because of the hope we have that God will respond faithfully (notice how I didn't say swiftly) that we will find the strength we need to walk through our lives everyday in anticipation of a miracle, answered prayer, etc...etc...

In short, when we can apply the three steps mentioned in the above scripture verse, we will give ourselves the BEST OPPORTUNITY to really experience God in the way we were meant to experience Him. I want to leave one more verse with all of you to further reinforce HOPE for every single one of us...INCLUDING ME...:-). Here it goes!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Expected end in this verse is another way of saying hope. What a beautiful revelation! It is so comforting and assuring to know that when we do have hope in the Lord, no matter what it is we are hoping for, we will know about it because it's EXPECTED

So friends, what are you hoping for? Is what you're hoping for in the Lord gonna honor Him and give Him the glory? 

Without any further delay, I want to bring to all of you Hope Of All Hearts by Planetshakers.  May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Here's the lyrics below! God bless you and enjoy!

HOPE OF ALL HEARTS BY PLANETSHAKERS 

The world may fade
You will remain
In the midst of the trial
You will always be, I'll sing
Our God never fails
Our God never fails

With hope and light
You reign over all
Though my heart may fail
You will always be, I'll sing
Our God never fails
Our God never fails

Praise in the morning
Praise in the evening
Praise when I'm laughing
Praise when I'm grieving
There will be dancing
There will be singing

Upon injustice we will tell of our God

The hope of all hearts
The hope of all hearts Is you
Your love never fails
Your love never fails

With hope and light
You reign over all
Though my heart may fail
You will always be all the same
Our God never fails
Our God never fails

Praise in the morning
Praise in the evening
Praise when I'm laughing
Praise when I'm grieving
There will be dancing
There will be singing
Upon injustice we will tell of our god

The hope of all hearts
The hope of all hearts Is you
Your love never fails
Your love never fails
[x2]

In darkness,
In trial, my soul shall sing
Of his mercy, and kindness
Our offering of praise
Our God never fails
Our God never fails

In darkness,
In trial, my soul shall sing
Of his mercy, and kindness
Our offering of praise
Our God never fails
Our God never fails  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This Love!

I have not hid your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation: I have not concealed your lovingkindness and your truth from the great congregation.  Withhold not your tender mercies from me, O LORD: let your lovingkindness and your truth continually preserve me. (Psalms 40:10-11)

The love God has for us goes beyond our wildest dreams!

What a comforting truth! Right friends? The above scripture verse is a perfect compliment to the music video and the lyrics because it centers God's love for us and how we respond to His love. When I saw this music video (which I ended up watching 3 times...:-D), I was in total awe of the outpour of praise coming from the crowd.

This video reveals the outward expression of praise as it shows our appreciation and declaration of God's faithfulness and salvation while revealing His lovingkindness and truth to the great congregation. As a result, God WILL NOT withhold His tender mercies and in effect, let His lovingkindness and truth preserve us! Wow! The cause and effect in Psalms 40:10-11 is simply amazing when we put it into the perspective of what is revealed to us in the video. That video is simply put...a small taste of Heaven.

As a "planetshaker", are your ready to not only give God the praise, but receive from Him in return?

Without any further delay, I want to bring to all of you This Love by Planetshakers. Here's the lyrics below! God bless you and enjoy!...:-)

THIS LOVE BY PLANETSHAKERS

This love You have for me
It goes beyond my wildest dreams
And I am in awe

This grace You've shown to me
It's made me see the light of day
And I love You Lord

There is no one like You
You alone are great
We give You all the glory
We give You all the praise

Hey hey I'm in love with You
I'm sold out for You
You are everything to me

Hey hey I believe in You
Lord I know that no one
Can take this love away
I'm gonna praise You everyday

It's time to get Your praise on

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Anthem!

     But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor.15:57)

The lyrics to the above music video say it all! The scripture verse could not provide any further clarification as well! There is NO DOUBT in my heart, soul, and mind that victory can only be accomplished through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Let us give thanks to God for the victory that has been established not only at the cross, but in the tomb as well!

I have heard about this group on numerous occasions, but have never heard of  (and much less post)
their music. I for one have become a big fan of this group not only in the manner of the way they worship the Lord, but the significance of the name of their group...PLANETSHAKERS! Little did I ever expect that I was going to become a "planetshaker" myself through this blog that I wholeheartedly know is a Godsend!...:-). Here's one more verse for you to know that victory is not only possible, but expected too!

Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the fragrance of his knowledge by us in every place. (2 Cor. 2:14)

So friends, are all of you ready to be PLANETSHAKERS? How do you intend on being a "planetshaker" for Christ?

With that said, and without any further delay, I want to bring to all of you The Anthem by Planetshakers! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!! Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...:-D

THE ANTHEM BY PLANETSHAKERS

By his stripes we are heal,
By his nail piece hands we're free
By his blood, we wash clean
now we have the victory

The power of sin is broken
Jesus overcame it all,
He has won our freedom,
Jesus has won it all

Chorus:

Hallelujah
You have won the victory
Hallelujah
You have won it all for me

Death could not hold you down
You are the risen king
Seated in majesty
You are the risen king

Bridge:
our God is risen, he is alive
he won the victory, he reigns on high

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Limitless!

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Rev. 14:12)

Limitless. The above scripture verse doesn't point out the word limitless from a literal standpoint. But, there are two key references to what we can (and will) accomplish as we serve a LIMITLESS God. 1) The patience of the saints; 2) Keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

As we submit ourselves to God, we will experience His limitless power, love, grace, and mercy in our lives as we remain patient in Him and by adhering to the commandments (law) of God and by standing (and walking) in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Revelation 14:12 speaks volumes in regards to the responsibility and role that we have to REALLY experience God's limitless nature! As we really get to know God and His limitless nature, we slowly, but surely take on that limitless personality because of the joy and strength that we find in Jesus!

How do you experience God's limitless power, love, grace, and mercy in YOUR life?

With that said, and without any further delay, I want to bring to you Limitless by Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you during your day in Jesus' mighty name! Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...:-)

LIMITLESS BY PLANETSHAKERS

I'm saying goodbye to any limitation
I'm saying hello to the God of all creation

There are no limits with you
There are no limits with you

Chorus:

You're limitless, nothing's too hard for you
You're limitless, there's nothing you cannot do
You are bigger, and you're greater, and you're stronger I know
You're limitless, you're limitless

I'm saying goodbye to any limitation
I'm saying hello to the God of all creation

There are no limits with you
There are no limits with you

Chorus:

You're limitless, nothing's too hard for you
You're limitless, there's nothing you cannot do
You are bigger, and you're greater, and you're stronger I know
You're limitless, you're limitless

Lord, you are bigger
Lord, you are greater
Lord, you are stronger
Than anything
(x3)

Chorus:

You're limitless, nothing's too hard for you
You're limitless, there's nothing you cannot do
You are bigger, and you're greater, and you're stronger I know
You're limitless, you're limitless

Sunday, January 6, 2013

You Never Let Go!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom.8:28)

The above verse is one of many verses that CONSTANTLY reminds us that God never lets go of us. He has never let go us because of the fact that He has loved us long before we loved Him. God often reminds us of our parents in that our parents would never let go of us when we are in an unfamiliar environment or around a group of strangers. In the same exact way that our loved ones come to our defense, God is the same exact way.

His constant presence in our lives reminds me of a famous short story titled "Footprints In The Sand".

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.


When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.


He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."


The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."

The short story above says it all when it comes to the revelation of God's love for us. Rest assured my friends! HE WILL NEVER LET YOU GO! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!

YOU NEVER LET GO BY  MATT REDMAN

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know you are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

(Chorus:)
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth

(Chorus)

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You


Friday, January 4, 2013

I Surrender!

And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Give the length of today's music video (10 minutes 27 seconds to be exact), I want to explain the word SURRENDER as brief as possible as I have already elaborated on surrender on a previous blog post titled "WHITE FLAG". When the storms of life come blowing against us fast and furious, and it feels that there is no way or remedy for the situation that we are currently in appears to be impossible. The FIRST AND FINAL solution is to raise the WHITE FLAG or throw in the proverbial WHITE TOWEL as a sign of surrender in effect let OUR LORD JESUS to have HIS way. Here's the last verse to further cement the idea of surrender friends!

And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto you; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what you will. (Mark 14:35-36) 

The above verse says it all my friends! With that said, and without further delay, I want to bring ALL OF YOU I Surrender by Hillsong Live. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Here's the lyrics below...enjoy and be blessed!!!!...:-)

 I SURRENDER BY HILLSONG LIVE 

Here I am
Down on my knees again
Surrendering all
Surrendering all

Find me here
Lord as You draw me near
Desperate for You
Desperate for You

I surrender

Drench my soul
As mercy and grace unfold
I hunger and thirst
I hunger and thirst

With arms stretched wide
I know You hear my cry
Speak to me now
Speak to me now

I surrender
I surrender
I want to know You more
I want to know You more

Like a rushing wind
Jesus breathe within
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

Like a mighty storm
Stir within my soul
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How He Loves!

But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom.5:8,KJ2)

Hello friends! I want to open this post by saying Happy New Years to all of my wonderful friends throughout the entire world! I also want to let you know that God has great and miraculous things in store for every single one of US! As we begin to embark on the year 2013, let us be continuously be reminded of how much God loves us. God loves us so much that He made the ultimate decision of allowing us to have a new beginning so that we can make the most of the talents and opportunities God gives us to bring honor and glory to Him as we make every effort to advance His kingdom here on earth as servant leaders of the Most High God.

On a personal note, God has loved me in such a manner that He intends on bringing out and utilizing the servant leadership skills that God has implanted in me and continues to instill in me as I continue to grow and learn so that I can in return give back to the global community, beginning with my home and the scores of opportunities that God is slowly, but surely preparing as God continues to expand my borders beyond the physical environment that I live in and make an even greater impact all around the world both virtually and physically. With that said, God loves each and every single one of us so much that He longs to accomplish the impossible in YOUR life. As a result of God's love for us, we will not only find, but experience justification by faith. Here's the last scripture verse:

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.5:1)

There you have it friends! The above scripture verse comes as a result of God's love for us! Without any further delay, I want to bring to all of you How He Loves by David Crowder Band! May God continue to bless you all in the mighty name of Jesus! HAVE A SUPERNATURALLY BLESSED NEW YEAR FRIENDS! Jesus loves you and so do I! Here's the lyrics below! God bless you and enjoy!!!...:-)

HOW HE LOVES BY DAVID CROWDER BAND

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don't have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way

He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.