I was just doing something singing “Hallelujah, Salvation, and Glory”, then I had a flashback to being in church on Sunday. The choir was singing that same song, quite beautifully too. The lady next to me was praising and speaking in tongues. I felt happy for her spirit. Then I heard another woman somewhere in the back, praising, shouting, and possibly crying. When I heard her, I thought to myself “she must be going through”. Right after remembering that, the Holy Spirit taught me something.
I don’t have to be going through something in order to give my Lord a crazy praise. I don’t have to have gotten something to have a crazy praise. But simply because of who God has been and who He continues to be in my life I owe Him a great crazy praise! For all the times He was good in the midst of the process. All of the situations when things “could’ve been worse”. For my sanity. For the problems I have not had. For peace and happiness I do have. Just because He IS. I can let out a crazy praise !
It’s funny that the Holy Spirit showed me this. Just yesterday I listened to John Gray talk about having crazy faith and a crazy praise. Isn’t God timely?
Am I the only one who’s ever been in a situation that has called for this to be said, “it’s their fault I’m even in this mess”. I try to take accountability for my actions and where they lead me. My mistakes and what they’ve hindered me from doing. However, there have been times when I really did zip, nada, nothing only to end up stuck in some mess anyway.
I’ve been reading from Ephesians this week (my fave book) and would like to share one of Paul’s prayers with you.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:16-21 NLT
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I want to tell you guys about two of the most important days of my life:
- The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, officially, I guess, in terms of being saved, as it’s put, because I’ve always had a relationship with God.
- The day I got baptized.
I crack up laughing when I think about number 1. It might not be funny to you guys. IDK.
Don’t get trapped into the idea that it’s good to be alone. I’m not talking about when you take some much needed “me time”. I’m talking about shutting people out, pushing people away, and cutting people off. The enemy has a way of making people feel like they need to isolate themselves. I know for me, this would manifest in thoughts such as “they wouldn’t understand”, “they probably don’t care anyway”, or “I can deal with this by myself, as usual”. Those were all lies.
For me, this isn’t only about whom, but what. I’ve experienced anxiety thinking about people in general. From those who threaten war to local people filled with racial hate and violence. I’ve had more anxiety thinking about my purpose. My career goals. The calling that God has put on my life, which seems far greater than I can do. Thank God for His presence in my life, because I know I am not alone. That’s where my peace has been coming from. That’s what has been calming my anxieties. He is my light and salvation. I have been given His peace. I cast my anxieties on to Him because I know He cares for me and is working things out in my favor. My purpose seems big but I know He who has called me according to His purpose will complete all the good and amazing works He began in me. He is greater than any force and anything in this world. He is my refuge. I know He will never leave nor forsake me, therefore I am confident and know the I will do all things through Him because He is my strength.
I really came here to post this song but I had to get that out. Before I start crying, here it is. Enjoy!
I will remain confident in this I will see the goodness of the Lord