Isaiah 12:6 A Reason To Sing

Gray bird singing

Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:6 

Singing is something that people will do to share what is on their heart. It can be sharing a sadness, an anger or a great joy. It can have a powerful impact upon those who are listening, because it is something that is from the inner heart.

When someone is having extreme joy about something, they can burst into song about it. Some may come up with their own words, while many will sing a song that says what they are thinking or feeling at the moment.

The singing heard in musicals is what drives the story along. It brings in every type of emotion available. It can set the mood of the situation or destroy it.

Isaiah tells the people to sing to the Lord. The purpose of this singing is because of what He has already done and to let the world know what He has done.

Every believer has at least one thing that they can burst into singing about. One thing that is so great that they should not be quiet about it. That is their salvation, their forgiveness of sins.

No one deserved anything from God but death. Yet, God chose not to give death, but to pay the price for sins and to give life. This alone is enough to cause one to burst into singing and shouting for joy as though he had won the million dollar lottery.

Along with salvation and forgiveness of sins, God has also done many other things, if a person takes a moment to think of them. All these things are what the world needs to hear. It is being His witness. When the world hears one singing with joy, they will stop to listen, because they do not have that joy, they do not know the joy of salvation.

Take some time to think about what God has done for you. Think about the salvation God has given you. Think about the other blessings God has provided you in the middle of toil and suffering.

Allow these things to bubble up in your heart and burst forth in singing songs of praise and joy to God so that they whole world may hear about it. Do not hide these things in your heart, but sing it out and  allow others to hear and know of God’s great deeds in your life.

I pray today that you will know the joy of God’s salvation provided to you; that you will know what God has done for you; that God will place a song of praise on your heart; and that you will sing of God’s glory and power to this world. 

Deuteronomy 4:9 Don’t Forget

Forget me not flower

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teacher them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

Remembering things is something that is needed to be done. It helps remind a person where he has come from and things he should or should not do. Looking back on one’s life will help one see the choices that were made, some that were disastrous and others that were successful.

Over time, there has been groups of people who strive to deny things that occurred in the past. They try to deny or ignore things that were negative in their lives. There are people who try to deny the holocaust or the slavery done in America. They try to rewrite the history books to deny these things.

Since Jesus walked on the earth, there are many who try to deny Jesus. Since the beginning of mankind, there are people who work hard to deny the existence of God.

God told the Israelites to be careful to remember everything that they had seen. Not only were they to remember them, but they were to pass the stories on to their children and grandchildren.

Every believer will have stories to tell of God’s provision or hand in their lives. Many will begin to forget about what God had done, when things get tough in life. Those who do remember, will find strength and hope in God, because they remember how God has already met a need in the past.

Forgetting the things God has done opens the door to doubt and fear. Many believers fear things happening, because they forget what God has already done and can do.

Take time to think about all the things God has done for you in your life. Take time to share that information with family and friends. Do not allow yourself to forget how God has worked in your life.

When the time comes that you are going to go through a tough time, and it will come, stop and take the time to remember how God has helped in the past. This will give you hope for your future. It will remove the fear of the situation, because you will see God is still at work in your life.

Don’t forget what God has done!

I pray today that you will remember the work of God in your life; that you will share what God has already done for you; that God will remove fear of difficult times; and that many will come to God through your testimony of His work in your life.

God’s Amazing Provision

My oldest daughter, Brittany (age 22), has a story of God’s miraculous provision in an amazing way. I want everyone to be encouraged that God still does miracles and is a faithful provider today. Here is her testimony:

May 26, 2016 was a day I will not soon forget. I am a house cleaner, and have been for the last 5 years. I love getting to be with families. This day, however, the house I was cleaning started flooding from a severe storm going through the area. Water was pouring, and we had been bailing water for an hour or so. I went out to go get a sub pump to help rid the house of water.

We knew the roads were bad some places, but had been told it was fine in our area. I went out, careful to watch around me how the roads were behaving. At one intersection, I saw it would be too bad for me to go through, so I turned around. In the middle of my turning around, a flash flood came from the left and swept me and my van forward a few hundred feet. I was then stuck in a middle of a flooded street with the water up over my tires.

I immediately realized I was in trouble, so I turned off the car, and called the police. A fire truck came and saved me, and we picked up my car later. A few mechanic friends looked at it, and said it looked to be a goner. Our last option was taking it to our regular mechanic. He called me after a day and told me it was totaled. The repairs would be far more than the car was worth.

I knew then that God was going to have to do something BIG. Living in a family of 10, being in ministry, and working full time demanded a car. I started saving, and wondering how God was going to work everything out. I had decided years ago to not incur any debt, on anything. Which sounds crazy, but I knew it’s what God called me to do.

Below the surface, in my prayer closet, and to a few friends, I shared how deeply I wanted the Lord to provide a car. I, personally, have chosen to not go into debt, especially for a car.

I can’t tell you the countless people who told me it was impossible. How I needed to sign a note, and that’s just the way it was. Emails, calls, private face to face “chats” encouraging me to do the normal thing and get a payment. It was wearing on my heart, for sure. But, I KNEW without a doubt what God wanted me to do.

Thankfully, a few loyal souls encouraged me to continue saving and waiting on the Lord. Their faith bolstered mine, and we prayed for God to come through. In December of last year, I had made a financial plan to be able to save and buy a $3-$5k car. In January, I wrote down a dream that the Lord would provide a car, and I put it up in my war room (prayer closet)

A couple weeks ago, God told me to write down a list with specific things I wanted in a car. What were my desires, the things I honestly had not told ANYONE else, the things just for His ears and His hands to work on? So, I wrote them out, itemized in my prayer journal.

Did I feel silly? A little, yes. I told the Lord that hope deferred could kill me (Proverbs 13:12) He told me to wait and TRUST Him, because He is good. Period.

I have been standing on the truth of Psalm 31:19 all year. Like it’s my lifeline, the one thing keeping me sane. “How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.”

Over, and over, and over again I have quoted that verse. To walls, to the van I was borrowing, to myself in the dead of night when everything told me my prayer was impossible, when I was crying, when I was laughing, when I was with friends, everywhere I quoted it.

One day I received a call from someone, and the person wanted to know if I had a car yet. After some time, this person told that someone had a car picked out for me and I needed to go sign some papers and pick up my new (to me) $10,000 car. This person had a check ready to pay for it in full, no debt on either side. Within two hours I received the call, and drove my car off the lot.

Yes, you can read over that sentence as much as you want. It’s still sinking in for me as well.

God made a way where there was NO way. There was NO WAY I could have worked out this deal. NO WAY that I could have made everything work out. THAT was HIM. My bullet points in my journal were checked off, because He knew what I wanted and what I needed.

My word for 2016, which was decided last December, is Praise. I have been looking at Hebrew words, and there are 7 different ones for praise. Each serves a unique purpose. Halah is the one that the Lord imprinted on my heart yesterday. It means to be clamorously foolish before the Lord, to rave upon the Lord. It’s loud, it’s unorthodox, it doesn’t fit into the American boxes we tend to force “polite praise” into. For the things of God are foolishness to the world (I Cor. 1:18-25).

Halah is the name for my car. I didn’t think I was going to name it. But, honestly, it’s not mine, it’s the Lord’s car, and that’s what He wanted.

Thank you to those who uplifted me when I was down. A month ago, I wasn’t sure what God was going to do. But, you helped me see past the circumstances to see glimpses of His glory.

To those who told me it was impossible, thank you. That now tells me how BIG God is. I hope that everyone sees this and realizes that MY GOD, can do ANYTHING He wants to. He isn’t zippered in by proper behavior, and an agenda that everyone can read and follow. He is FREE, and invites us into that freedom.

To those who are going through a difficult time, let me share some advice. There is no secret sauce to receive blessing. There isn’t a formula to receive His attention. It takes 100% surrender to Him to receive blessing. IT WON’T BE EASY. There are STILL difficulties in life. But, wow, He takes care of His children. Their SOULS prosper because He is a good, good Father.

If you don’t know Him and His goodness, I pray for you. That you would see this car as a miraculous sign that there is a God and He cares for you. He sees every broken piece of your heart, and He longs to have a relationship with you. It’s simple, you confess your sins, accept Him as Lord, and invite Him to walk with you DAILY as Lord. Let Him be your light and hope in dark times. I promise, He will take care of you.

Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To HIM be glory forever. Amen.”

Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Revelation 12:11 Don’t Shrink Back

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

In his vision John sees that Satan had been hurled down. Satan is the accuser of all believers and is now taken out of position of power. When this occurred, the believers had triumphed over him. It was not in their own power but in the power found in the blood of Jesus and by their testimony and not fearing death.

Being the accuser, all Satan had to do was accuse a person of sin, and God would have to bring that person to death. Sin brings on death. Since every person could be accused of sin, every person had to die.

When Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood He destroyed Satan’s greatest power–death. Jesus removed all sin and all accusation by His blood.

Along with His blood, every believer needs to have a testimony. They need to speak out loud what Jesus had done for them. Satan will continue to try accuse believers of what they have done wrong. They need to remind him that those sins have been removed.

As a believer, you should now no longer fear death. Death has no more power over you. Satan and the world wants you to live in fear of death. They want you to love your life here on this earth and fear death.

Although life may be great for you right now, death has something even greater. This life is only temporary and is filled with problems. Death removes all the problems and is for eternity. Death opens the door to life eternal.

Triumph over Satan by going out and giving your testimony as to what Jesus has done for you. Your testimony can tell others what Jesus can do for them also.

Do not fear the persecution and troubles of this world when you God leads you to be His witness. Tell others about Jesus and strive to bring them back from a path that leads to death.

Don’t shrink from death. As a believer, you have the greatest treasure any person could want–life eternal. Go, now, and tell others about what you have and what they can have.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know that God no longer accuses you; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that you will not fear death.