Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
“For who is God except The LORD? Who but our God is a solid Rock? God arms me with strength; He has made my way safe. He makes me as sure footed as a deer, leading me safely along the mountain heights. HE PREPARES ME FOR BATTLE! You, Oh God, have given me the shield of YOUR salvation. Your right hand supports me. YOUR GENTLENESS HAS MADE ME GREAT! You have armed me for battle.” Psalms 18:31-39. “I will bless The Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know The Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for HE IS RIGHT BESIDE ME! No wonder my heart is filled with joy and my mouth shouts His praises. MY BODY RESTS IN HIS SAFETY!” Ps. 16:7-9 “The Lord Lives! Blessed be my Rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!! HE IS GOD.” Ps. 18:46 The victory is already won! So rest in Him. Have a great day. I’m praying for you.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
Guilt or Faith?
It is clear enough, isn’t it, that we are sinners, everyone of us, in the same stinking boat with everyone else…Since we’ve complied the long sorry record as sinners and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, GOD DID IT FOR US. A pure gift! God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world…having faith in Him sets us free and clear. Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us… The fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and simply embracing Him. FAITH IS THE KEY. God made something out of Abraham when he was nothing…because he dared to trust God. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway. Because of his faith, God declared him righteous. God will declare us righteous too if we just believe!”Romans 3-5(The Message) Faith in Christ erases all guilt. Have a great day. I’m praying for you
“Oh, what a wonderful God we have. How great are His riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His methods! For all have sinned… Yet now God in His gracious kindness declares us NOT GUILTY. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know they are good for us-they help us learn and endure…Let God transform you into a new person by changing the WAY YOU THINK. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble and always prayerful. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us.” Romans 5,8,12. (NLT). God is able to make you strong! I’m praying for you.
THE SPARROW AT STARBUCKS
This is a very good example of a “God-incidence.” (Similar to what many people call a “co-incidence”). Most will appreciate the difference between the two terms.
If you take the time to read this story, you will be glad you did.
The SPARROW at STARBUCKS – The song that silenced the cappuccino machine.
It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square. Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it’s enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth. For a musician,
it’s the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I’m told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right.
Apparently, we were striking all the right chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig – I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the ’40s to the ’90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.
After the tune was over, she approached me. “I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?” she asked.
“No,” I replied. “We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?” To my delight, she accepted my invitation. “You choose,” I said. “What are you in the mood to sing?”
“Well. … Do you know any hymns?” Hymns? This woman didn’t know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. “Name one.”
“Oh, I don’t know. There are so many good ones. You pick one.”
“Okay,” I replied. “How about ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’?”
My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, “Yeah. Let’s do that one.” She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing, “Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come?”
The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to its conclusion.
“I sing because I’m happy; I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”
When the last note was sung, the applause crescendoed to a deafening roar that would have rivaled a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall. Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din, “Oh, y’all go back to your coffee! I didn’t come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get something’ to drink, just like you!”
But the ovation continued. I embraced my new friend. “You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!”
“Well, it’s funny that you picked that particular hymn,” she said.
“Why is that?”
“Well,” she hesitated again, “that was my daughter’s favorite song.” “Really!” exclaimed.
“Yes,” she said, and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual… “She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week.”
I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. “Are you going to be okay?”
She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. “I’m going to be okay. I’ve just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs and everything’s going to be just fine.” She picked up her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone.
Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it.
God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it’s no stretch for me to imagine that he could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting him and singing his songs, everything’s going to be okay.
The next time you feel like GOD can’t use YOU, remember, Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was
a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David had an affair and was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Peter denied Christ, The Disciples fell asleep while praying, And Lazarus was dead!
No more excuses now!! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger. May God Bless you today and everyday as you face any storms that come your way!
Who is God?
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my Savior; my God is my rock in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my Salvation and my stronghold, my high tower, my Savior…In my distress I cried out to The Lord; yes, I called to God for help. He heard me. My cry for help reached His ears…He reached down from Heaven and rescued me…He led me to a place of safety; HE RESCUED ME BECAUSE HE DELIGHTS IN ME…O Lord, You are my light; yes Lord, You light up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an Army. As for God, His way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection…For who is God except THE LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?” 2 Samuel 22:2-51. Who is God? He is mine!
Have a good Sunday. Worship our Savior.
Don’t live like you are the worst. You are His best.
“Once we were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. But then God our Savior showed us His kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us new life through the Holy Spirit! He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. He declared us not guilty because of His great kindness. And now we KNOW that we will inherit eternal life.”Titus 3:3-7. “So we should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. We should behave like God’s very own children…For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us we are God’s children.”Rom. 8:15-16. “For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death…The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you! HE LOVES YOU. I’m praying for you.