Immanuel. Jehovah. Yahweh. Lord. God. Jesus. Jehovah Shalom. Jehovah Nissi. Abba. Father. Holy Spirit. Something powerful happens in worship when we call out these names for the Lord. Your heart flutters. You get goosebumps. Tears may fall. There’s a level of intimacy that just cannot be explained.
Why? One may ask. Why do we melt when we call Him Yahweh? Why does Immanuel make us warm inside? Perhaps here’s why:
Our heart flutters when we call Him “Healer” because we have been sick. We cry at calling Him “Abba” because we have been fatherless. We shout “Protector” because we have felt unsafe. We are exclaim “Immanuel” because we have felt His presence to know that He is indeed with us
Our trials and obstacles have reveal just who the Lord, our God, truly is! Our pain and afflictions manifested His power for us. Our failures help us to see just how magnificent He truly is. The Name of the Lord is a strong tower because it has withstood all of our storms.
Sisters, let us not curse our struggles and tough seasons-those painful moments is where the intimacy of the Lord develops. Those moments are the unveiling of His name! Our trials stand as altars of what the Lord has done and out of that altars-we learn about the Lord in new and powerful ways. His name stands above every name because we have a personal testimony about that name.
Praise your Abba Father! Bow at the name of your Jehovah Shalom (Peace). Worship the Lord. Shout Hallelujah to the Miracle Worker.
He is the name above all names and He is worthy of our praise…
Having a rough day? Needing a reminder? How about clinging to this powerful Word?
When the enemy tries to tell you otherwise, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good…”
When you are reminded of past trauma, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When you receive disappointing news, cry out: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When that door closes, write: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When the one you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, shout: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
As you start to repeat that simple line, Heaven will respond, Angels will be dispatch, and the Lord will smell your sweet fragrant of praise. As you declare that power over your life, you will see the good that you are declaring. As you shower that scripture, your strength is renewed!
There is power in repeating the truth of God’s Word! It’s not about shouting it on street corners, it’s about whispering it with tear-filled eyes. It’s about speaking it when you aren’t seeing good. It’s about crying out about the Lord’s goodness when you are discouraged and distracted.
Find yourselves declaring: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
Fear cannot reign nor can it rule. Do you hear the Lord? Fear is not from Him. It can exist but it is not eternal. We all have something we are afraid of but it cannot have authority. Fear may be a natural response but we have supernatural power. The supernatural trumps the natural each and every time.
Let’s not give fear supernatural power, let’s not make fear an authority figure in our lives, and let’s not allow fear to sit on the throne of our hearts! Let’s be bold sisters! Let’s overrule the fear that tries to take root in our lives.
The Lord must be ruler, Master, and Lord over all of our lives. He is the One who frees us, He is the One who determine that power, love and a sound mind shall rule, and He is the One who has all power and authority in His mighty hands. Let’s toss fear at the feet of Jesus. No longer are we afraid! We are free-Hallelujah!
We don’t fear what will come: the future is in the Father’s hands. We don’t fear a repeat of our pasts: it is finished. We don’t fear our enemies: they shall be our footstool. We don’t fear Satan and His schemes: We, in Christ, have the victory!
Dethrone fear sisters! Let’s make sure that Christ alone sit on the thrones of our hearts and minds.
The silence can sometimes be deafening. It’s challenging to simply sit in quiet. The whistling of the wind, the creaks of the room, and the noises of nature can be too much to bear at times.
And we humans find ourselves enjoying the distractions and chaos on some level. Think about it: who has music playing while they are working? Who has the television going while you are preparing a meal? Who has the radio or a podcast on while attending to daily tasks?
And these are not bad things at their core, many people have had lightbulbs appear as they listen to a great podcast. Others have specific worship songs that have ministered to their souls. A good show can produce that hearty laugh that’s needed after a long day.
But the quiet place can be transformative, the quiet place can be the very place where you get the energy you need to power through to the next step. Let’s look to the Lord:
In Luke 5, just cleansed a leper. He just finished ministering-so withdrew to pray. He went to that quiet place to refuel. He went to the quiet place to receive their power He needed to move forward. The quiet place is needed and necessary for the people of God.
The quiet place can be scary. The quiet place can be loud. Oh but it is in the quiet place where you develop the mind of Christ. This place is where you get the Holy Spirit power to be an ambassador for Christ. The whistling, the creaks, and the chirps are symphonies used by the Lord to soothe our weary souls. Being with the Father in the quiet place is the sound we need to hear His gentle and wonderful voice.
Massages are considered to be therapeutic. They can help one become more flexible, help one relax, and can be a tool to alleviate pain and discomfort. With the right touch and pressure, a stuffy nose can be resolved, a stiff shoulder can move without pain, and a fussy baby can be sent to a peaceful sleep.
Christians need massage therapy. Not in the context of the world’s perception of massages but we need our hearts to be massage. Hearts become heartened for a number of reasons: trauma, failed relationships, toxic friendships, and the list goes on. We are warned about guarding our hearts because from them flow the wellspring of life. How can anything flow from a hardened place? We need some massage therapy and who better than to go to the Kings of King for His loving touch?
Oh how we need the Father to massage our tender hearts with His love and care?! A stony heart cannot be penetrated with the power of God’s Word. A heart of stone cannot produce living water. A heart of stone must be submitted to God for a heart of flesh.
The Lord wants us to love Him endlessly. He wants us to care for others tremendously. And we cannot do that without some massage therapy from the Father. Our softened hearts leads us to being submissive. A softened heart is led to repentance. A heart of flesh facilitates true worship.
Friend, you may have been harden by the ills of this world. You may have been hurt and abused. You may have experienced trauma. Turn to the Father for massage therapy!
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford
Have you ever taught a young child how to do something? When experiencing difficulty, they usually say-“I can’t do it” or “It’s not working”. As the adult, you generally find another strategy to use so that they can gain the concept. You may even simply encourage them to try again. And whether it takes once or five more times, they usually get it done.
The usage of “can’t” prohibits us. Saying that we cannot do something limits us. Every variation of cannot limits us and if we think about it, we limit the movement of God. Instead of saying, “I can’t give it up” or “I don’t have what it takes to accomplish this task”, we must switch our language to focusing on what God can do. The moment “can’t” leaves your lips, it manifests! There is life and death in the power of the tongue.
Let’s remove those limitations, let’s take the limits off! May we diminish the power of the “can’t”! May we decrease it’s power and increase the power of the Lord in our lives! The Lord can and will do that which is according to His will and His way! Let’s take our eyes off the “can’t” and put it on the “can” of the Lord! What can God do? He can do the impossible:
The moment “can’t” tries to leave your lips, submit that thought immediately to the Lord. You can lead that business. You can start that company. You can become debt free. You can be healed and made whole. This isn’t about prosperity gospel, this is about acknowledging and submitting to the power of the Lord!
Destroy the power of “can’t” and allow what the Lord can do in you and through you be made manifest in your life!
Habakkuk chose to rejoice. The prophet rejoiced even though:
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls…” Habakkuk 3:17
The prophet didn’t focus on the drought or the barrenness of the land. The prophet focused on the Lord and His goodness. The prophet chose not to focus on what’s in the Lord’s hand but what’s in His heart.
Will we rejoice? Will we rejoice when the cupboards are bare? Will we rejoice when family drama seems to be intensifying? Will we rejoice when that door closes? Habakkuk was knowledgeable of the Lord His God and His capability to restore. The prophet knew that His Father was the Creator of the Universe. He knew that the promises of the Lord stand the test of time and complexity of our situations.
Rejoice regardless dear sisters! Rejoice in the Lord in the midst of the pandemic! Take joy in the Lord and regardless of your circumstances! Have plenty? Rejoice! Have little? Rejoice! Need answers? Take comfort in the God of your salvation! It’s not about what we see, it’s about what He said-Rejoice in the Lord, always!
Your hard work is not in vain. The hard work you are putting in will produce that degree, will start that business, and will help you get healthy. Your hard work is cementing a future, the work is achieving a goal, and your work is producing change.
Work produces work. We have to ask ourselves if the work we are doing matters, for the Kingdom. Yes, working out will make us healthy-but does it matter in the course of eternity? Will the degree we receive position the generations coming behind us? Will the new business further the Gospel?
What you do, what has happened to you, must be viewed the lens of the Gospel. How does your story-the hard work, the victories, and the tragedies-affect the advancement of the Gospel? Let’s look to the Word for direction:
Will we make this declaration? The victories, the turmoil-will we declare that what has happened to us has served to advance the Gospel? Believers must see their life’s story through the lens of the Gospel! You and your degrees and trauma, your powerful and murky testimony, can be used to tell the world about Christ! This is the design of the Gospel, to use those who have been called to tell the world about Christ, with their light and life, to tell all who will listen, how they have overcome! All of who we are can advance the Gospel.
Jesus sat at the well with a woman who had 5 husbands and used her position and story to tell the world that the Messiah had come! He used a Samaritan who was with a man who wasn’t her husband, how good is the Father! Please don’t think that your story isn’t worthy enough to be a tool to point the world to our Savior.
We know you’ve been through, we know that you’ve accomplished much and we know that you’ve overcome so many trials-your beautiful and messy and complicated story can be used to advance the Gospel!
Do you find yourself on empty? (Check out our post from last week Empty Cup…) If so, we want to encourage you to fill yourself up! We best fill ourselves up by sitting at the feet of the Savior. Emptiness is associated with experiencing a drought. Emptiness can be sadness. Emptiness can mean that you are just unsatisfied. But there is good news, we can find it here:
He will satisfy you! You know how you can eat junk food but still find yourself unsatisfied? Or maybe you can have a simple home cooked meal and be full as a tick? It’s all about the content when it comes to filling yourself up!
We want the Lord! Temporary relationships, meaningless work, toxic friendships will never satisfy! Eating the things of this world won’t fill you up! There is satisfaction in Christ! There is contentment in Christ!
Feeling discontent? Feeling sadness? Feeling dry? Seek the Savior and savor His living water! His Word promises to fill us, never to leave us longing again. Cry out for the Father to fill you up! He will fill you with purpose and direction, He will fill you with love and joy, He will fill you with peace.
This isn’t a cliche, this isn’t a momentary statement, this is truth-because the Father said so! If we are not careful, this world will drain us dry! Oh but we have a Father who will love us back to life! We have a Father that will fill us up with Him!