Made A Way

This young man is 15 years old, praising God with a song with lyrics that describe a testimony every single follower of Christ can attest to. Think about those difficult circumstances in your life, even the ones you thought got the better of you – Are you still standing? Are you still living and breathing and covered with God’s grace and mercy? That is because He made a way for you, even when we turn our backs on Him – He still wants the best for us all. Only the love of God can make that possible, only He can move mountains and cause walls to fall and we have no idea how He does it, but aren’t you grateful? Are you not humbled? Are you not blessed??

This young is pouring out his heart to God, and we may not know why but we have every reason to be like him. We have every reason to give God all the praise and all the worship.

You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because You made a way
You made a way

Deuteronomy 10:21: He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

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Akekho Ofana Nojesu (There is No One Like Jesus)

The song says:
There is no one like Jesus
I have traveled everywhere
I have looked everywhere
I have searched everywhere
There is no one like Him!

You don’t have to understand the language to feel the power of the praise of the people of God! See how they dance and move and shout to God? Aren’t they having a great time praising God together? We should strive to have the same or better praise and worship experience no matter who we are, where we are, or the circumstances we face! God deserves the all the glory and the honor and the praise! Don’t let the rocks and stones cry out in your place, praise God now and always. Selah!

Psalm 150:1-6 “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!”
Ephesians 5:19 “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

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The Lord’s Prayer

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer and this week our focus is on becoming better praying Christians. It is always good to remember the importance of setting the atmosphere around you as well as in your mind so that your prayers are heard.

Last night in Bible study, Pastor Charles read from Matthew 6 and reminded us of the importance of our posture when coming before the Lord in prayer. Pastor reminded us to be purposeful and genuine, to set up our prayers to be heard by the Lord. Today in your worship, meditate on the words of this song and prepare your heart to pray words that are thankful, humble, powerful, and intentional for your life, your purpose, the church, the community, and the kingdom of God.

Let the group know what you are praying for so that we may all add it to our prayer lists in agreement with what God has in store for your life and for others through you! Amen.

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I’m Yours

I’m  Yours – William McDowell

“Whatever You ask of me, I surrender!” How pleasing is that declaration to God? And how true is it in your relationship with Him? Are you willing, in every aspect of your life, to surrender to God? What does that look like? The bible says:

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 6:13 “and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

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By Myself

By Myself – Deon Kipping

The song says we can’t make it without God! By ourselves, it won’t work. But God is our ever-present help, all-powerful and righteous. Let us praise Him, trusting Him in all things! Amen.

Hebrews 13:5-6: “5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”[b]

Psalm 27:9: “Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.”

Psalm 37:40: “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”

Psalm 115:11: “You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.”

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:13: “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

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My Worship

Worship Wednesdays

Worshipping God should be a continuous act, a sacrifice of praise, and today we encourage you to NOT BE SILENT! Cry out in those moments you need to, remembering the God you serve is greater than your circumstance! He’s greater than your doubt! He’s greater than your troubles! He’s GREATER THAN YOUR FEARS! The best advocate for change in your circumstance is YOU, no one can worship God for you!  You may not be able to change it right now, but you can your attitude and give God all the praise He deserves. If you woke up this morning, you are blessed and God has a plan for your life. Tap into the power you have as a child of God! Say to Him today, HERE IS MY WORSHIP LORD! ALL OF MY WORSHIP! Selah! Be blessed!

“My Worship” by Phil Thompson:

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Prayer of Discipline

Lord, You have not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power, love and of self-discipline.
Everyday I will pray and meditate on Your word,
hiding it in my heart so that I might not sin against You.
I crucify this flesh with its passions and desires,
living according to the Spirit so that
My mind will be governed by life and peace
I pray for love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, making my spirit strong.
Strong to run the race so that I may obtain the ultimate prize.
Through discipline I subjugate my body so that I will preach to others with certainty
Making disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them
To obey everything You have commanded
Chastening may be painful now, but yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
For those who have been trained by it
Godliness is profitable for all things, and I have the promise
Of that life that now is and that eternal life which is to come.
For if I live according to the flesh, I will die
But if by the Spirit I put to death the deeds of the body, I will live
I pray not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed
By the renewing of my mind, that I may prove
What is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
For I am the light of the world, and I pray that my light may shine before men,
That they will see my good works and glorify You in heaven. Amen.

Pray.

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James 5:15-16 “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
What do you pray for daily? I once heard a preacher ask this question in reflection of prayer, and it stuck with me:
If God answers your prayer, will it change your life or will it change the world?
What is your ultimate goal in prayer? Is is always about you, your situation, your family – and do you have a heart that is compassionate for those you’ve never even met?
The scripture says that the fervent – hot, on-fire, constant, burning – prayer of a righteous man can do many, many things. And knowing God, they will lead to miraculaous, never seen before events that reaffirm belief in the power of our Savior.
And as the Lord is always just and thorough, the scripture implies the importance of a righteous man by reminding us of the need for forgiveness. We should hold each other accountable for our lives and if we sin, confess them so that we may be forgiven.
Christ healed the sick while he roamed the earth, and so must we if we are striving to be like him. We can accomplish all of this through prayer.
So lets vow to come together and pray not only for our own circumstances to change, but that our cup will overflow in ways – as promised in the Bible – that will CHANGE THE WORLD.
I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it. Amen.