Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sucker Punches

Isn’t it funny that when you challenge yourself to do something, that everything that could possibly make the task harder seems to happen? Maybe funny is not the word I should use because I haven’t been laughing up till the point when God revealed to me the reason these things were coming against me.

That’s what it’s been like since I posted my last blog about Faith. I was determined to challenge myself in the area of Faith. And “all of a sudden” one thing after another was hitting me and just when I thought I was down for the count another hit came. Since I don’t believe in coincidence, I took a moment to try to understand why all these attacks have come. In the middle of my day, when I got hit one more time, I quieted myself and I heard my sweet Jesus remind me that I was committed to building my Faith. Oh silly me…of course! I decided to start a journey of building my Faith!

Just then it was as if something clicked in my mind….
Could Faith be SO destructive to the enemy’s plan that he will do whatever it takes to discourage or distract me?

And then, of course, I just got mad! Satan knows the power of Faith and is willing to fight against it anyway I will allow him to. But all that makes me want to do is fight back and “strengthen myself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6).

That’s what David did at his lowest moments, when all rejected him. No one else was there to encourage him – they flat out rejected him. He didn’t plead his case or beg; he strengthened himself in the Lord. He maintained a heart of worship.

I refuse to allow the enemy to determine my level of Faith. Yes, there are real issues at hand that I need God to show up in. Yes, they are big. But, no, I will not be discouraged or distracted. Because that is exactly what the enemy would want. And the Lord knows I am so tired of giving into what the enemy wants. That sucker has gotten too much attention.

I am going to worship my God. I am going to praise my sweet, sweet Savior! My God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3). He manifests His presence when I worship Him. When His presence is manifested, I encounter Him in all of His glory and splendor. That same power that raised Christ from the dead is alive in me. When His power is present ANYTHING can happen! My number one priority should be worshipping Him…just like what goes on in Heaven. The more I live like a citizen of Heaven, the more Heaven invades earth…and then His Kingdom comes and His Will is done!

I will cultivate a life of worship. I will grow in Faith. I will see His Kingdom on earth. My God will crush Satan under my feet (Romans 16:20).

All of my life, In every season, You are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.

So…I keep singing…and here’s the song that has got a hold of my heart…I have the version of Kim Walker singing…and it’s amazing!

Sing My Love (by Sarah McMillan)
Words could never say the way He says my name
He calls me lovely
No one ever sees the way He looks at me
He sees me holy

Words could never hold this love that burns my soul
Heaven holds me
Heaven holds me

I can’t hold my love back from you
I can’t hold my love back from you
I’ve gotta sing, I’ve gotta sing, sing my love

You would not believe the way He touches me
He burns right through me
I could not forget every word He said
He always knew me

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord
My soul makes, makes its boast in the Lord