I love to take a brisk walk first thing in the morning while I listen to worship music, meditate and hear from the Lord. Exercising is very important. We should maintain our bodies, which is the temple of the Lord. This morning after my walk, I noticed the Spirit of the Lord nudging at me with this verse: “But Godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6). You know bodily exercise does profit us but the bible compares physical bodily exercise and Godliness together and measurement equals: bodily exercise profits little while Godliness with contentment equals GREAT GAIN! Nothing compares to the peace and blessings that we gain by maintaining our character and growing in our relationship with God and with others.
So go ahead, burn that treadmill up, tone those muscles, dance, do whatever it takes to maintain your physical body but do not forget to maintain your Godly character and be content.
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Today during lunch I visited a local restaurant. As I stood waiting on my “to go” order, I noticed one of the employees. Oh I have seen this particular young lady on many occasions in the past in this restaurant, but today, God’s Spirit began to drop a prophetic word down on the inside of my spirit for this young lady. Now, there was no way that I could stop her in the middle of a busy lunch crowd and minister the word to her, so I just began to pray under my breath a prayer for her and if God sees fit, I know He will open a door for me to give her this Word at a later time. Now as I proceeded to my car and to drive off, I thought on the Word. It was “Build your hopes on things eternal. Keep building and I will deliver you and give you your heart’s desires”. I pondered and I wondered if I would ever speak this word to her or perhaps I would post it online for someone else to be encouraged by it. Just then, I was prompted to grab the Word for myself! As the tears started rolling down my face, the Holy Spirit began to minister even more to me. You see, in order for us to build our hopes on things eternal, we must first know what is eternal and what is temporary. The Spirit spoke to me even further and said that it goes deeper and far beyond a definition. We must learn by experience what is eternal, which is God’s word, verses what is temporary, such as our afflictions, troubles, trials, heartaches, etc.
Today, I invite you to grab hold of that same prophetic word, and build your hope on what God has already said to you specifically and also on His written Word each day of your life! Keep your focus on Him and He will place desires in your heart and make sure that they come to pass! I thank God for the “God Encounter” that He gave me today.
II CHRONICLES 20:21-22: 21And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever.
22And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
WOW! What an important task that the singers were given in our text this morning. The singers actually were “positioned” in front of the army when King Jehoshaphat and the people faced national disaster against three other groups of people. Can you imagine this? What this means is that praise is powerful and can be used as a weapon of warfare! This is God’s idea. We must use every weapon that is given to us to fight our battles. We must be ready and “positioned” as choir members, soloists, and worship leaders. One more very important point that is sometimes overlooked is that the word says that the singers began to sing and to praise! Singing is a form of praise, so why does this verse say that the people began to sing and to praise? The word “praise” in its Hebrew meaning in this particular verse means “tehillah” which means a “laudation.” In other words, they were not just singing in a dry, solemn manner. They were very cheerful and loud! They added clapping!
Singers, never forget that you have a very important part to play in worship service but you also have an excellent tool for warfare! Are you using your tool?
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Hello my fellow worshippers. This morning the Holy Spirit is reminding me that when God looks at me, He actually looks at me through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ! That means that we are counted worthy of His Kingdom and our calling when we have a healthy mindset of who we are IN CHRIST JESUS! (II Thes 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:)
So the thin line is this:::::: the Holy Spirit reveals to us our identity in Christ and we are to have bold confidence in the cross alone. We are only worthy through the cross of Christ. We are not to be “coward soldiers”, but at the same time we are not to walk in pride. God hates pride and gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. (James 4:6)