Friday, April 18, 2014

**Mandisa: "Born For This (ESTHER)" - Official Lyric Video

We so often say as Christians we want to walk on the water with Jesus but then don't want to do what He asks when the time comes. It costs. And not everyone is going to like it or us. But we are born for this! 
I love the lyrics of this song. Here's just some of the words:

"There's a time to hold your tongue
Time to keep your head down
There's a time but it's not now
Sometimes you gotta go , uninvited
Sometimes you gotta speak when you don't have the floor
Sometimes you gotta move,
when everybody else says you should stay.

No way, No, Not Today!"

Open Up The Heavens - Meredith Andrews - Lyric Video

*Trust God's Heart

If you can't detect God's hand in your circumstances, then trust His heart... Gam zu l'tovah (גַּם זוּ לְטוֹבָה): “This too is for the good.” Whenever I am confused about life (which is often), I try to remember what God said to Moses after the tragic sin of the Golden Calf: "I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my Name, 'The LORD' (יהוה). And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy" (Exod. 33:19). God’s character does not change: the LORD is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” The meaning of the Name, however, cannot be known apart from understanding the heart’s need...

A week is called shavu’a (שָׁבוּעַ) in Hebrew,

A week is called shavu’a (שָׁבוּעַ) in Hebrew, from a root word sheva (שֶׁבַע) that means seven. Seven is the number of holiness and completion, and the first verse of Torah has seven words (בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ). In six days God created the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and set it apart as sacred (Gen. 2:3). The holiday of Shavuot (שָׁבוּעוֹת), or "weeks," marks the "Jubilee of Passover," which occurs after we count 7x7 (49) days from the day following Passover until we reach Sivan 6 (which this year begins Tuesday June 3rd at sundown). Since Shavuot occurs on the 50th day after Passover, the Greek translators of the Torah called it "Pentecost" (πεντηκοστή). Shavuot marks the goal or climax of Passover season, commemorating both the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Sinai as well as the giving of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Messiah (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Distress and development go hand in hand

"Distress and development go hand in hand. Sometimes we get so hung up on our distress that we don’t allow God to develop us."

Living in the land between

Living in the land between

Sometimes we find ourselves in a season of waiting on God without fully understanding the reasons. Author and pastor Jeff Manion says God has a specific purpose in every season of waiting. He helps us explore the characteristics of The Land Between by exploring Jesus’ last night with His disciples. Listen as we talk about approaching a difficult season and the growth and intimacy with God that can result.

The Song That Prophesies What the Next Season Looks Like

The Song That Prophesies What the Next Season Looks Like

Bethel Music

The songs of one season often prophesy the realities for the next.
Consider this for just a moment. Over the past few years, songwriters have been receiving fresh, powerful downloads from heaven.
There are a handful of worship anthems from this season that have an unusual grace on them. Examples include Hillsong United’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and, most notably and recently, “You Make Me Brave,” from Bethel Music’s forthcoming album of the same name.
I have no doubt that Amanda Cook’s powerful and prophetic declaration of worship was birthed in the throne room.
You can watch the official YouTube video of “You Make Me Brave” right here.
What Is a Song Birthed in the Throne Room?
So, what is significant about a song birthed in the throne room? It is a prophetic blueprint for a reality that the Holy Spirit wants to release to and through the church. There is true power released into the earth when the words of heaven rest upon the lips of the children of God. This is not positive confession ideology. Rather, it is living in a place of deep intimacy and connectedness with the Holy Spirit, where we hear what He is saying and align our words to mirror His.
It is one thing to write songs about God; it is another thing for a songwriter to have his or her ear so tuned in to the heartbeat of God that this individual actually starts to hear the sounds, decrees and statements of heaven.
Jesus said that His words were “spirit and life” (John 6:63). This reinforces the fact that something truly supernatural is released when our words align with what God is saying. Songs can be a powerful way of placing the statements of God on the lips of mankind.
I sense that “You Make Me Brave” is a statement heaven so desperately wants to grace the earth with for such a time.
It’s Time for a Courageous Church to Arise!
The time has come for the body of Christ to be brave. Bravery does not ignore circumstances or pretend away fear; instead, bravery stares fear down and still presses onward toward the impossible. This is because kingdom bravery is sustained by a fixed gaze upon a Person, the champion of heaven, who is the song’s central emphasis.
“You Make Me Brave” fuels a courageous church, as it contains line after line of God-centric worship. It begins by focusing on the greatness of God and the humility we experience in His awesome presence.
The sweeping lyrics continue on to declare God’s goodness toward us, His beloved: “You are for us/You are not against us.”
Finally, the song culminates in a bridge that arms worshippers with a powerful declaration about God, their identity and their prophetic destiny to see impossibilities bend low before Jesus: "You make me brave/You make me brave/You call me out beyond the shore into the waves."
It is certainly beyond coincidental that some of the most powerful songs of this season focus on believers rising up and stepping into the waves or walking upon the waters.
What does this all mean to me?
A Powerful Revelation Is Being Released Through Worship
Interestingly enough, worship songs are becoming a key place where the body of Christ unites rather than divides. Retailers that might not carry books about the supernatural, signs and wonders, miracles, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and other such matters, do sell worship albums that were birthed in environments and cultures that are grounded in such values.
I believe the Holy Spirit is seizing the ever-expanding avenue of worship to ignite fresh fires in the hearts of believers across the denominational spectrum. Through worship, the Spirit is ushering us all into the manifest presence of God and giving the church prophetic instruction on the new normal that is beginning to adjust the expression of modern Christianity.
What believers experience in the raw presence of the Holy Spirit in the midst of worship is ruining them for any form of mediocre or complacent Christianity. Hunger is stirring in their hearts for more. They might not be able to clarify exactly what is awakening within them, but they are starting to say a resounding yes to this summons to walk boldly beyond the shores of “normal Christianity” and step out into ocean of impossibility.
It does not matter what position a denomination or church took on the Holy Spirit’s power, gifts or presence; Jesus becomes our model for what is normal and available.
It does not matter what some book, teaching or conference says about whether or not believers today can walk in the Spirit’s power; the Bible becomes our final blueprint for what is accessible for all kingdom citizens.
It does not matter what measure of hopelessness, impossibility, circumstance and darkness seems to be encroaching upon the earth; our eyes are fixed on the champion of heaven who made a way for all to enter in and experience His eternal salvation, unconditional love and powerful presence.
I still plan to write a formal review upon the formal release of this worship recording. However, I had the privilege of previewing most of the songs while watching the worship live on and wanted to prepare you for something extremely significant.
The album is currently available for preorder on Amazon.
Larry Sparks is the author of Breakthrough Healing (Destiny Image, 2014). He is a conference speaker, blogger, columnist and host of the weekly radio program Voice of Destiny ( Featured in Charisma magazine and on CBN’s Spiritual Gifts webcast, Larry is also founder of Equip Culture—a ministry that equips believers with the tools and resources to live victoriously through the supernatural power of God. Subscribe to his blog Follow him on Twitter @LarryVSparks.