Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

And Still They Sing May 12, 2017

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I am sitting here listening to and watching the birds and I am fascinated.

They just…

do the next thing

fly high

fly low

perch

look for food

feed their young

go where they need to

The don’t…

worry

save up for tomorrow

think about what others might say

notice if their feather are ruffled

get offended

Yet, they are constantly working in some way.

And still they sing.

As they fly to feed their little ones, they are singing.

As they search for their next meal, they are singing.

As they perch on a branch, they are singing.

Yes, there are crescendos and decrescendos, they seem to be loudest in the morning and night.

Oh, what we can learn from them.

Our song, our praises, should be the same, loudest in the morning at night.

Wake up praising our Savior, fall asleep thanking Him for another day to impact His world and bring Him glory.

No matter what is going on in the world, no matter what the birds are doing they still sing.

If birds, who can’t have an intimate relationship with our Father, can do that how much more should we do giving to Him. Not half-hearted praise on Sunday morning because someone offended us, or we had an argument with our spouse, but full on worship, no matter what. The Bible tells us to bring a sacrifice of praise and sometimes it is just that. I don’t feel like worshiping but I am sacrificing my flesh, because (news flash) it isn’t about me. It’s all about Jesus. And no matter what I might be feeling Jesus hasn’t changed.

So I watched the birds today and they were busy doing their daily thing I heard the words, “And still they sing.” Can the same be said of you? Of me? Can people watch us no matter what we are doing and say, “And still she sings. And still he has faith. And still she has hope.”

Let it be said of you, “And still she sings.”

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Matthew 6:26 NKJV

 

 

God Is At Work…Do you see it? April 28, 2017

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By Jeremy Bishop

This is something I wrote several years ago but it is so true still today…unfortunately. I struggle with trusting with God. Just this past weekend I was in a bad mood because I wasn’t seeing God working in my life. 

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 NLT

God is AT WORK within us.

Work, as in a verb not a noun.

When we work we are moving to attain a goal, we are not still. Even if we sit at a desk we are doing something (hopefully).

That is what God does,  He is at work, moving within us, never still, never okay with where we are but moving us in His direction, or trying to. We can get in the way, we can fight but we feel the fight don’t we? We feel it’s hard, something isn’t right. That is because God is pulling us in the right direction and we are trying to pull in the wrong direction. Oh, Lord, we are sorry, so sorry for trying to play tug-of-war with you.

I realized this morning I have gotten into a place where I don’t trust God again. I don’t trust him to give me His best, or His best won’t be enough for me. How silly, but can you relate?

My prayers haven’t really been prayers at all but more of a taunting, “I know you can change these circumstances so why don’t you do it?” Do you see something wrong with that line of questioning? I do. It’s more of a “prove-it” attitude than “I believe you” attitude.

I think about the things I ask for and I am amazed that God can and will do more than that, I just can’t even imagine (His Word tells us this). I think I have a pretty active imagination so how can you top it? Of course I am talking about the Creator of the universe so I guess He can.

Father, I am humbled and in awe of You today. Lord, work in us, keep moving us toward Your goal and if we are holding on to something that opposes Your goal we release it to You right now. We feel the release and we dance in freedom. Thank You for never giving up on our stubborn hearts. We love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Our Good Father March 31, 2017

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I have been really struggling lately with a feeling of dread. You see I am leaving tomorrow with my choir to go to Disney World and I have been dreading the trip. Can you believe that?

I have never been to Disney and I am responsible for all of these kids and a performance at Disney. It’s all a bit overwhelming for me. Every time I would start thinking about the trip I would get this heaviness in my chest.

Today that has changed.

God is so good, He totally knows what we need.

I am reading a book I will be reviewing in a couple of weeks by Joyce Meyer (love her). The chapter I read today was all about dread and how that is not how we should live our lives. That feeling does not come from Papa. It is the absence of hope and faith.

Our Father is so good to know I needed to read this today. Joyce gave so many scriptures that I wrote down and so much encouragement. I was in tears as I read her words, it was exactly what I needed and now I am excited for my trip. I get to go with my daughter and a great group of kids. All will go well because we have a good Father. He has never let me down and he won’t start now.

Do you struggle with feelings of dread? As soon as you get that feeling turn to Papa and thank Him for His joy and His peace. Remember true joy and peace come from Him not anything we can do, it only comes from the creator of joy and peace.

 

 

Living In Awe March 24, 2017

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By Jonatan Pie

I have a new song I have been singing all week. I’ve even been humming it in my classroom because it has been a rough with some students and I really need to keep Jesus in the forefront of my mind. Let me tell you, the day I started humming this song throughout my day things bothered me less. I have been able to let things go and not get so worked up.

If you haven’t heard it I hope it will bless you and if you have already heard I hope it will continue to bless you.

Click here.

 

You Might Be One Swing Away July 22, 2016

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By ANGELA BENITO

By ANGELA BENITO

This week has been a week of sensing God pressing me to pray, to not give up. I feel a desperate need to add my prayers to other believers around the world and see God rise up in power and justice.

Today as I was praying Jesus gave me a great visual of what our prayers can do. I know I often feel like I have been praying for something and nothing is changing. But the truth is you might be one prayer (or swing) away from the situation bending to God’s will. Below is what I learned today:

I asked Jesus how do our prayers make a difference. He told me every time we pray within the will of the Father our prayers go out to that situation or person.

Then I asked why don’t we always see change?

He told me that even though our prayers are within God’s will other people have free will. So even if you are praying for a marriage to be restored or someone to be healed from addictions the person we are praying for has a free will and can choose things that don’t allow us to see God answer that prayer.

However, every time we pray it’s like taking an ax to a tree, we make the tree weaker, we are chipping away at the trunk.

Jesus told me, “You’d be shocked to see how many trees are one swing away from falling and bending.”

I saw a forest of trees almost ready to fall but the people gave up and walked away. The tree only needed one more swing but the person swinging got tired but if they could have just swung the ax one more time the tree would have fallen.

The same is true with people. We pray and we pray and nothing seems to change, soon we forget about the situation or we give up and we stop. But how many times have we been one prayer away from the person being free from addiction, or that marriage being restored and we walked away. Just one more prayer could have made all the difference, but we got tired.

Just like some trees are thicker than others and will take more swings to get it to fall that same is true with people. Some people have stronger wills, or thicker heads (kidding…sort of) and will take longer to make them fall. Others are a bit thinner and will fall more easily.

I know my heart is burdened with the things the enemy is doing in this world, to families and nations. Praying for things like our country seems so big, what difference can our little prayer (ax) make. But if we all come together and take turns taking a swing soon the tree will fall and God’s power will be shown.

We can’t have the mind-set that things have to get this way before Jesus returns. I don’t think He is okay with that line of thinking. He doesn’t want to us to just watch this all happen. He wants us to show His glory to the world so more will be ready when He returns.

Will you join me in praying for our country, our world, families, children, whatever you can think of. When you get tired know someone else is picking up their ax and taking a swing.

Don’t give up. You might be one swing away from seeing your prayer answered.

 

 

God’s Heart for America July 1, 2016

american-flag-waving-14467836868ylThese are my thoughts only, something I have been sensing God pressing in on me. 

I have been feeling God’s heart for America recently. During my quiet time today this is what I wrote in my journal as I sensed God speaking to me:

I believe God’s heart is breaking for the United States. This country was founded on Him and we are slowly chipping away at that foundation. Once we do this we will crumble. A house cannot stand without a foundation, neither can a country survive without a  foundation. For the U.S. that is/was God. 

Why has the United States been blessed for so many years? Because of Papa. We have had His favor but I believe we are moving out from under that. 

We think we are claiming more independence as we make these new laws or take away other laws. In reality we are making deals with another father. The father of lies. We are land of the free and the home of the brave but we are slowly becoming the land of invisible chains and the home of Satan. 

We can only be the land of the free when Jesus is the one who founds that freedom, any other type of freedom is a lie and false. We will never be free without Jesus. I believe that with all my heart, apart from Him there is only a temporary, false freedom that ultimately will leave us in chains. 

Our hope cannot be in the next politician, that person is human as well and will make mistakes and not keep promises. Our hope can only be in Jesus, Papa, the founder of and creator of freedom, the anchor for our souls. 

This Fourth of July I hope you can  celebrate your independence from Satan and celebrate your complete and utter dependence on the One who can set your free, mind, body, soul, Jesus Christ.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8: 36 NIV

 

Trust His Heart June 24, 2016

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By Pierre Bouillot

By Pierre Bouillot

About a month ago our pastor talked about the reason many of us chose sin is because we don’t trust God’s heart. I realized this was often true with me. I doubt Him because I don’t see things moving, I don’t see things changing.

Can I still trust Him even when nothing seems to be changing, or getting better?

A couple of days ago during my quiet time He spoke to me regarding this. Below is what He told me. I hope it will bless someone else out there is who is struggling in this area as well.

I promise you if you remain obedient to Me the gifts I have for you will overwhelm you. They are so much better than any worldly pleasure. Trust Me. Trust My heart. There is no deceit in Me, but there is in My enemy. Trust My heart — receive my blessings. They flow freely to you but your choices hinder them from flowing into you. Your choices clog up your “receivers”, clear them away and trust. 

Here is a song by Lauren Daigle that speaks to this. Click here. 

Work on unclogging your “receivers”, that will look different for everyone. What will it look like for you?