Saying I’m a Mess Is Only One Option

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Sometimes I feel like I’m walking through a wardrobe of coats and I can’t see anything. I want to stumble out of them into a whole new world like they did in Narnia. I wish I could see in the spirit realm so I can see what God sees.

Instead, He allows me to sense the battle. I think about how I’ve been tripping through the coats: touching temptations, tasting my foot, testing boundaries, talking about trials. Panic-stricken, I pray, Help me, God! I’m a mess! He simply responds, “I have given you a sword.”

First, I have to pick up the sword God has given me.

Next, I have to learn how to use it.

Finally, I need to know it well enough to fight victoriously with it.

When I can wield my sword, it becomes my liberation. [Tweet this]

 

The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). Love, instruction, commandments, truth, warning, judgment, wisdom, knowledge, strategy, and victory are found in the written Word. This is God’s verbiage. I want to talk like my Father talks.

I want to speak this way so that 3 people hear it:

1. God. God hears it and sends it and change happens. Isaiah 55:11 is certainly a powerful verse! I can’t see into the spirit realm, but what I say goes into the atmosphere and there is either life or death in the power of what I speak (Proverbs 18:21). So I need to speak truth.

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 ESV

2. Enemy. I submit to God through this kind of verbalizing and the devil hears it and flees (James 4:7). Jesus gave me power over him (Luke 10:19), and he is defeated. The “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” doesn’t apply to him! He runs from the one talking like God.

3. Me. I hear it and my faith rises (faith comes by hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17). It’s like a boomerang; faith is going to come back every time. When I hear truth, my thinking is aligned with it. When my thinking is aligned, my words come in line, and my actions follow suit.

God doesn’t want me to misuse His grace or believe lies the enemy whispers, so He begins to speak to my heart. He reminds me to pick up my sword. He invites me to come and know His Word – His promises – His commands – His truth – and it makes me free.

It’s not easy to get into the habit of speaking His Word when trouble comes. I may not feel like it. I may have been listening to the lies of the devil. Or I may not even agree at first! But I do it through obedience.

I don’t declare I’m a mess. Instead, I learn to speak what God says about me, because that is what is really true. God’s Word works. It doesn’t return void. Instead it changes me or my situation. Because there is power in what God speaks. That’s the better option.

When I speak what God says, it changes me or my situation. [Tweet this]

 

What about you? What does your verbiage look like?

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When You Worship

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[Part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]

Did you know God wants you to know Him better than you do now? Songs have been written to say “it’s all about You, God,” but God’s song is all about you (Zephaniah 3:17). Because He loves you and me that much.  When I consider that He created mankind with a free will to love Him in return I get excited.

He’s not like all the people on this Earth that have walked away from you over petty disagreements or impatience that you weren’t getting it right at the time (whatever the “it” was). He’s completely present in your life all the time.

He doesn’t give a time limit.

He doesn’t clock out at the end of a shift.

He doesn’t sleep.

He’s always desiring to be with you. He knows you through and through, but God wants you to know Him better.

You can know God better by coming to Him in prayer, worship, and studying His Word. Through these connections, your heart is open to receive from Him, and you come into a posture to hear His voice.

When can you come to God?

At any time. You probably already know that, but for this series on worship let’s see when you can specifically come to Him in worship. Notice the bolded words:

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 ESV

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 KJV

In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. Psalm 44:8 KJV

My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. Psalm 71:8 ESV

God has these verses in the Bible to say, Hey, I want you to come worship Me. Let Me be in your entire day, every day, for the rest of eternity.

The relationship between God and you…it’s an ongoing exchange…when you come to Him. Worship Him with all you do, and lift your voice in worship throughout your day. Not only that, be intentional, and set time apart to just spend time in worship. You know what’s going to happen? He’s going to show you His glory!

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” – C. S. Lewis

In the Old Testament, Joshua was a man who was mentioned as one that would not depart from the tent (Exodus 33:11). In the New Testament, a widow didn’t depart from the temple (Luke 2:37) because they both knew just how good it is to be in God’s presence! David understood this, too. He said “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4, ESV)

So what do I do now?

  • Read. My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:2 (ESV)
  • Reflect. What hinders your times of worship? In Psalm 69:30-31, David has been crying out to God. He has been up to his neck in trouble. He’s been dealing with sin, enemies, rejection, and bullies. (Can you relate?) But he says, despite all this, I will praise God! He knew this pleased God more than an animal sacrifice.
  • Pray. God, even when I’m disgruntled, thank You that You’re faithful to bring refreshing as I turn my focus back to You. I want to know you more intimately. Thank You that You never leave my presence; help me to never leave Yours.
  • Worship. The next 30 seconds are God’s. Go!

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