The Name of Jesus

Jesus means “Savior”.  Pastor Charles has been speaking to us from John 3:16. The Bible says in John 3:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

In our praise, let us always reverence the Name of Jesus and the meaning and power behind it. He is the Son of God who was sent not to condemn the world, but to save it! And all we have to do is believe and come into the light of that salvation. Selah!

Nara ekele mo (Thanksgiving)

What shall I render to Jehovah? For he has done so very much for me.

Where is the thanksgiving in your praise? How often do you reflect on your life and just think, God has been there for me in ways no one else can or will? It is our Father’s will (1 Thessalonians 5:18) for us to give thanks in ALL circumstances, even the ones that don’t make much sense to us at the time. But remember all the times God has brought you through difficulty or given you direction in a tough time. Remember that God has a perfect will planned for your life, and all He asks in return is for you to join in covenant with Him and obey His word. He teaches us how to love and forgive, and gives us the greatest gifts.

What more, then, can we do but praise and worship Him with thanksgiving?

The song says:

He’s done so much for me
I can not tell it all eh
Nara ekele mo (Take my thanksgiving)
If I Had ten thousand tongues
It still won’t be enough Jesus
Nara ekele mo (Take my thanksgiving)
Chukwu na gwom o ria le (God that heals my disease/sickness)
when You heal You heal completely
Nara ekele mo (Take my thanksgiving)
Chukwu mara obim o (God that knows my heart)
isi ikendu le (Living water)
Nara ekele mo (Take my thanksgiving)

Let us make this our confession this morning as praise and worship our God!

All Things Get Better

This song opens up with a question of what God sees in us. How can God see what goes in our lives and in our minds, and still love us? How can we make mistake after mistake, and He will forgive us? How can we face judgement on a daily basis from the those around us who we do see, but have faith that God sees beyond that?

You are filthy and unworthy of the love of God. You have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, you don’t deserve love. You got yourself in your situation and God is not going to rescue you. You are depressed. You are poor. You are a liar. You have little faith! These are the lies the Devil tells us, but the Bible says:

1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”

Ephesians 1:4-5 “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will”

Romans 8:29-30 ”
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

Matthew 26:28 ” for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

This song reminds us of a powerful truth: “Not one mistake can undo grace. Your love is forever.” No matter what lies the Devil is filling your head with, remember the God you serve is already victorious over death and sin, that salvation is a gift freely given and that God is waiting with open arms! Praise God for all He has done and know that your worst days are behind you, all things will only get better! Selah.

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Everything

Everything. This song is an anthem for the true believer.

What is your commitment level to God? He is fully committed to you, with arms wide open He is always there to comfort us. His glory is great and His grace and mercy is sufficient for us. Jesus came to earth and executed the ultimate mission for our salvation. God is continuously operating in His power and purpose.

Our purpose as followers and believers is to worship Him.

The bible says:
Isaiah 43:7:”Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Revelation 4:11:“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Hebrews 13:15:”Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Romans 12:1: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

How many of us give God everything? How many of us can truly say that in everything we do, in our praise and worship, in prayer, in our daily lives, that we give EVERYTHING to God? Every Sunday, do you worship God in Spirit and in Truth? Do you pray continuously? Do you reflect on yourself to make sure you are doing these things? Do you have someone you are accountable too?

Today, let us this song inspire you to give more of yourself to Him, and see what God will do. Selah!

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Speak To My Heart

In this time as we are praying to God and asking Him for guidance for the ministry, let us also reflect that desire for direction in our worship lives. God sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and our comforter after Jesus’ departure from earth, so let us lean on Him. The song says:

“Speak to my heart, Lord, give me your holy word
If I can hear from You, then I’ll know what to do
I won’t go on, I’ll never go on my own
Just let Your spirit guide and let Your word abide”

John 16:13 says “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

Hold on to these promises in your time of prayer, whether it be for the ministry or your personal circumstance, and know that God is in control. Amen.

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Psalm 23

This worship song is a reworking of Psalm 23, which we all know:
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord. Forever.”

In times of loneliness, let us remember that the Lord is indeed our shephard and ever present help, our comforter in times of distress. He is with us forever and His Holy Spirit has been sent to dwell with us here on earth always. We can find peace in the knowledge that God is always with us and we have a reason to sing hallelujah to our Father who art in Heaven, but never leaves us alone. He is our comfort, He always holds us close. Hallelujah!

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Praise Him

We all know David was a serious worshipper. David said:
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!” – I Chronicles 16-31-34

Let us take moments today to remember the greatness of God, and praise Him for all that He is to us. Thank you, God for being our provider, for being with us, for being our shelter, for being our peace. Thank you, Jesus, for being our salvation! Let us take time today and praise Him as the song says, in spirit and in truth. Selah!

Changed

“Old things are passed away
All things are new
I’m not the same
Yes I’ve been changed, Yeah
It’s true I found my life in you
All things are new
I’m not the same
Yes, I’ve been changed.”

In Tuesday Night Bible Study, we’ve been reading Acts and Romans, discussing the importance of the birth of new church after Jesus Christ’s resurrection and ascension to heaven, where He poured out His spirit to guide the believers in the spreading of the Gospel.

We discuss the importance and necessity of the Holy Spirit operating in a true Christian’s life. What are the signs that you have the Holy Spirit? Is it a feeling? Or is it something more? One clear evidence that should be visible in the life of a believer who is guided by the Holy Spirit is a change in character and temperant. Christian should be going through a process to become bearers of the fruit of the Spirit. Our worship should reflect the transformation in our minds and the dying to our flesh every day.

This song is a declaration that yes, you have been changed. You are not the same and that is only made possible by the Holy Spirit!

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Falling On My Knees+You Are Here

This song is short and simple:

“Falling on my knees I bow, bow down…..I can see clearly now, here on my knees.”

The purpose of worship is to align your heart, mind, body, and spirit in the presence of God. Why is this important? Because we don’t know everything. We can’t see the future. At times we think we’ve got everything all figured out just to have life slap us in the face and tell us to think again.

But we are not ordinary people. We are the children of God. We are the salt of the earth. We must worship in that identity and humble ourselves to a spiritual posture of worship that is submissive to the will and understanding of God.

We are not meant to figure everything out on our own. The Bible says:

Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a] direct your paths.

Some things you’re not going to see clearly or understand fully until you give it all to God. Take a few minutes today to worship God and put yourself in a position to receive what He has for you.

This song has a follow up which also works to usher in an atmosphere of worship:

 

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Free Indeed

Happy Independence Day, America!

The power behind worship is that it is a choice. No matter your circumstances, you can choose how to respond to your situation. You can choose to be miserable during hard times, or choose to let go and trust God. Ultimately, you decide whether to live a life in bondage or be a free child of God. Worship is an act of your will.  This song simply says:

“I’m free indeed, in Christ I’m free indeed. No chains are holding me, its who I choose to be…I choose to be free!”

The bible says in Romans 8:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son…Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our freedom, and Jesus died for us out of His love for us, that we may not be held in the bondage of sin but have freedom and everlasting life through the gift of salvation. All we need to do is choose Jesus. Choose to live a life of obedience to the Word, renouncing sin out of our lives. All we need to do is willingly lift up our hands in worship, declaring that in Christ, we are free indeed! Selah.

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