Nothing Held Back

My Song Lyrics

I have asked for what I wanted
And what I thought ought to be mine
I have poured out my desires
Yet denied Yours all this time
But right here in this moment this is my only plea
Lord, make me all that You created me to be

I wanna worship You
In Spirit and in truth
To be the kind of worshiper You seek
I’ll keep my eyes on You
Whatever I go through
And let my life be for Your glory
I’m after Your heart
With every part of who I am
Nothing held back

I have lived with loneliness
And an aching deep inside
I have cried out for Your hand
But Your arms were open wide
So right here in this moment this will be my only plea
Let Your desire find it’s home in me

I wanna worship You
In Spirit and in truth
To be the kind of worshiper You seek
I’ll keep my eyes on You
Whatever I go through
And let my life be for Your glory
I’m after Your heart
With every part of who I am
Nothing held back

And ohh…
You have set this captive free
Because ohh…
You are everything I need

I wanna worship You
In Spirit and in truth
To be the kind of worshiper You seek
I’ll keep my eyes on You
Whatever I go through
And let my life be for Your glory
I’m after Your heart
With every part of who I am
Nothing held back

The Spirit and the Word

God Letters

“You must continually be filled (Ephesians 5:18) with My fullness (Ephesians 3:19) by My Spirit and My Word which are inseparable for “the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17)” and the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Christ (Philippians 1:19)” who is the “Word made flesh (John 1:14)”. Both are the water by which you are cleansed (Ephesians 5:26) and by which you are sustained and grow (Psalm 1:2-3). Only through My Word can you discern and co-operate with the working of My Spirit (1 John 4:1-3) and only through My Spirit can you be enlightened by My Word (1 Cor. 2:14) and partake of My life (2 Peter 1:3-4).”

Funny thing is this message from the Spirit is entirely the Word and so within itself proves it’s own point.

Delight in God – Psalm 37:4-5

Mini Sermon

Psalm 37:4-5 NLT – “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit everything to the Lord. Trust Him and He will take care of you.”

To take delight in the Lord is to know Him and to enjoy His presence. This also indicates a life of obedience. When we know and obey God and find joy in His presence, then God will fulfill the desires in our hearts because they will be His desires. When we draw close to God, His desires become our own and He will work in our lives to see those desires accomplished. If we will surrender ourselves and everything we have to God and deny the temptation to try to control everything and trust in Him, we will see that He will take care of us as He, “Causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and have been called by Him. (Romans 8:28)” Our worries, fears, and anxieties are the evidence of a lack of trust in God – either in His power and control, or His goodness and love. When these kinds of doubt begin to come upon you, turn in your heart to God and say to Him, “I trust You. Help me to trust You more.” God deserves to be trusted for He is “the faithful God, keeping His promise of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him. (Deuteronomy 7:9)” and you can trust Him for He is the Lord almighty, sovereign and wise.

To delight in God also implies a personal relationship. We must pursue God for He has pursued us, as scripture says, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(Romans 5:8)” Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10) – and that means us. Not only did He die to save us and display His love for us, but He pursues a relationship with us every day. The psalmist says, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ My heart cries out, ‘Lord, I am coming.’(Psalm 27:8)” Scripture also says, “He has ordained every part of our lives. Where we would live and when we would be born so that we might look for Him, though He is not far from every one of us.( Acts 17:26-27)” May we never forget that He not only calls us “sheep” and “servants”, but also “child”, “friend”, “bride”, and “beloved”. Are we then surprised that He says things like, “you must worship nothing else for God…is passionate about His relationship with you.”(Exodus 34:14 NLT)? Or that the first commandment given and the one that Jesus indicates as most important is this; that we would, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).” If we would truly do this, how it would change everything! Obedience would be a joy and not a burden, prayer would be an amazing privilege and the constant occupation of our hearts, and we would come to Scripture with hunger and passion that we might know and love God better. Then the love, joy, and passion that marked our lives would make those around us ask, “What do you have, and how can I get it?”. God calls each of us out of our “paddling pool” of religion and into the vast ocean of a love relationship with Him. We know that such a thing is not predictable or safe, but wild and free. In order to have the courage to pursue this kind of love, we must ask the object of that love for His help. Who can doubt that He will answer such a request? The first step in knowing and loving God better is to ask Him to set to work in out hearts and lives.

May this be our constant prayer: “Lord God, help me to trust in You. Take my doubts, fears, and anxieties and remind me that You take care of me. Nothing ever surprises You for in Your sovereignty You know everything and have everything all planned out for my good and to Your glory. Light a flame of passion in my heart for You. Teach me how to pursue You and give me the courage to chase after You, even though You are ever pursuing me. Help me to know You and help me to love You. These things can be hard for me to do and understand, but I know that You are always at work in my heart and You desire this for me. Tune my heart to Your desires, that I may ask of You with confidence knowing that You will answer the prayers that You have placed in my heart for me to pray. When the shadows of doubt fall over my heart, remind me of Your word and Your unfailing love. Whisper to me. Help me to hear You. May You be more than first but also the single passion of my existence. You alone are worthy of all that is in my heart. Help me to love You as You desire and deserve – with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. For the sake of Your name and to Your glory I pray. Amen.”

You are Enough

Thought for the Day
To every single child of God:
 
You are enough – good enough, strong enough, wise enough, powerful enough, rich enough – not through anything you have done yourself but through what Christ has done for you.
 
You are the righteousness of God in Him, you can do anything through Him who gives you strength, you have the mind of Christ, you have the power of the Holy Spirit, you are blessed with every blessing of heaven.
 
You are enough.
 
So what’s left for you to prove? And who do you think you have to prove anything to? Not to mere human beings enslaved to the god of this world, not to yourself, and certainly not to God.
2 Cor. 5:21, Phil. 4:13, 1 Cor. 2:16, Acts 1:8, Eph. 1:3
So quit your striving, quit wearing yourself out with things that ultimately won’t matter. Rest in God.

What it Means to Love

Thought for the Day

Relationships are not about finding someone who will make you happy. It’s all about loving them so much that your first concern is for them, to see them whole and happy – to do all you can to keep them confident in the the Lord, themselves, and confident that they are good enough for you and all you could ever ask for. Love means finding your greatest happiness in their happiness and your highest enjoyment in seeing their joy.

What is Church?

Thought for the Day

The church is full of bench-warmers who want to be on the winning team but not in the game. This has happened because our “church services” attract and create that kind of attitude by leaving nearly all of the body completely passive. Like wise the church is “asleep” because every week she’s given a few lullabies and a bed-time story. If we want to see the radical change of the church waking up and becoming what she is meant to be then we must first make a radical shift in our thinking.

We pray for revival and but continue to “do church” as usual, yet church isn’t where we go or what we do but who we are. It’s been said that church is not a social club, but isn’t that at least closer to what it should be rather than the weekly performance it’s been turned into? How much of that performance do you even remember each week? How much do you engage with any of the people you “go to church with” each week?

I challenge everyone reading this to go through Acts and the epistles which follow, and look for every mention of what the church is and does. Then see how your idea of “church” measures up to what Scripture says. It is my ever-growing conviction that we have gotten dangerously off track. We have nullified the Word of God for the sake of our traditions (Matthew 15:6). We are in danger of worshiping God in vain, only following man-made rules (Matthew 15:9). It’s time things changed. Who’s up the challenge?

Fix Your Eyes

Thought for the Day

Fixing our eyes on Jesus is not about looking for Him in the midst of our mess, for He stands apart from it all. No, we must completely turn from everything around us in order to turn to Him. Then we will see Him and only Him and when we do then we will know His peace and the joy of His presence.

God, help me to fix my eyes only on You, turning my back on everything else in my life trusting You to take care of it all. I want You only.

I Trust You

Thought for the Day
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing. To give up control and wait on God. Through it we learn patience. More than that though, we learn to let God be in control and follow His lead even when that means doing nothing but trusting Him.
 
My prayer, “I’m not in control, God, and I don’t want to be.So when I try to take it back from Your hands, Lord, let Your Spirit remind me.’Cause even though I don’t know Your plans, I know that they are good,’cause You are good. So good to me.”
 
I do trust You.