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I am convinced now more than ever that the reason I am alive and still on this earth is because our God is an awesome God and also because from the time I was born people were praying over my life. Some people prayed specifically for me because they knew the situation I was in, while others who did not know me had an impact on my life that they may never realize. Some are prayer warriors and intercessors, some are evangelists and church planters but most are normal people who shake your hand, smile and say those simple words, “I am praying for you”.
Our purpose in this place is to pray for and love on folks. Sometimes it may be a tough love but it is not our job to convict (See John 16). There are certain things that we are commanded to do and it is not a long list. In Matthew 22 Jesus tells the people there are only two commandments and both of these commands contain the word love.
As you go about your day pray for everyone that comes to your mind. There are many examples in scripture of people who prayed constantly (1 Thessalonians 5 , 1 Samuel 12 , Colossians 1 ). In addition if you have the chance to speak with people first you should listen more than you speak and second when you do speak make it words that are uplifting and edifying. Plant those seeds. With time and the power of the Holy Spirit they will grow and flourish.
Some of my friends and I have been talking, off and on, over the past two years about writing music. We have done a little bit here and there but after yesterday’s sermon from Pastor Mike it is time to take action. Here are some great ideas from Adam Russell over at indigenous worship about songwriting. I hope that when we look back at 2011 this time next year that we can say it was a year we started to take action. Be Intentional!
My friend Pastor Scott Hobbs has a wonderful post about the “new” things God has for us. While I was reading and meditating on his words and the words from Isaiah I was struck by the fact that sometimes these “new” things can pass us by and we won’t even notice them until it is too late. In many places throughout the Bible you will find the words “seeking”, “watching”, and “waiting”. These are all things we must do as well as be in constant communication with God so that we will not miss these new, wonderful, and exciting things that HE has planned for us. Don’t miss it!
why do we worship?
because our God is an awesome God and even though the best we can do is nothing but filthy dirty rags to Him we are made Holy in His sight but the blood of His Son Jesus!
I will continue to worship with everything I have not because I feel that He will “like me more” if I do but because He is worth it. It is not something I have to do, it is something I get to do.
I will worship the Almighty God. The Creator of Heaven and earth. I hope the others will see the fire and have the desire to come along with me but if they don’t that is their choice.
This is a great sermon by a guy named Pete Wilson. He delivered a wonderful story about Joseph and how God is in control but sometimes the details, as we see them, can be a little scary. Please check it out here.
Thank you Mike for sharing this. I hope more people find this article, read it, and take it to heart. You will conform to God’s plans He will not conform to yours.