Proper Perspective

Over the years, there have been several times I have insisted on doing my own thing and trying to fill/satisfy myself with temporary things and pleasures. After exhausting many resources, I have found, He is truly the only One who completely satisfies. I realize now that we are “eternal beings” that we will only find complete satisfaction in a personal relationship with our “Eternal God”. He is the only one Who fits and fills! Everything else is incomplete, unsatisfying and temporary.

There are some “things”  that are obviously not of God and not good for us, but I think at times it can be a challenge to identify the “good things” that are not so good for us!

The fact of the matter is, not every “voice” we hear is bad, some of them are good, such as family, church, ministry, jobs, sporting events, school and fellowship, but if we are not careful to prioritize, even the “good things” can keep us from truly following Jesus Christ. It is so easy to get caught up in just living and if we are not careful we could forget WHY He gave us life in the first place.

Could it be, that the business of life, all its distractions and the temporary satisfactions, are some of the major tactics of the deceiver in these last days? Could it be that often we overextend and overcommit ourselves, spreading ourselves so thin that we end up doing a lot of good things but are unable to give anything our all and do it with excellence?

Please don’t take me wrong, I am not trying to be fanatical in my approach and I am not against these “good things”. I actually believe the Lord desires to give His children good things, wants us to enjoy life and have fun. I know His Word says we should be “hard workers and doers of His Word” but some of us may need to practice a little more “balance” in our lives.

I often remind myself, this is not my home, I am simply just passing through. My final destination is Heaven, and my purpose here on this earth is to serve the Lord, love people and to bring as many souls  “Home” with me as I can. I realize I can be easily distracted and I need the Lord to help me to focus on what is most important to Him, because that should be what is most important to me.

John 2:17 tells us “This world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever”. So in the end, all the “stuff” ….. it’s all going to fade away, non of its going to matter. But the “soul”, it is lasting and eternal. Souls are the only thing we get to take with us when we go!

Jesus said in  John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they followMe;”. So, if I am truly going to be a follower of Christ, I must tune my ears to hear HIS VOICE and tune out the voices of this world and I must choose to follow Him.

I have a dear friend/mentor that has stresses to me the importance of “Eternity” and our need to look at “Eternity” to have/gain proper perspective. She is wise, this has made a big difference in my life, in fact I truly believe this is one of the most important things I’ve learned in the last 8 years. I know now I must first look at “Eternity” in order to gain the proper perspective in my life and make proper choices and decisions.

I often pray this simple little prayer, “Lord tune me to the rhythm of Your heartbeat, sync my spirit with Your Holy Spirit that I may know Your will and follow You”.

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Worship: Focus

womens-aglow-big6.jpgI used to struggle as a worship leader in my early Beginnings. Oh the thoughts that would run through my over obsessive brain. Thoughts  like “I am unqualified and unprofessional. What if I’m not pleasing the people or the pastor?”. I am so thankful He opened my eyes and I realized that as a worship leader/pastor I needed to simply follow His leading and worship Him.

In today’s church, there is overwhelming pressure on the worship leader to sing certain songs, sound like the professionals, do the songs like on the CDs and look the part. Oh friends, If we are not careful and deliberate the enemy can so easily get a foothold. If we do not guard our hearts, there is a danger of us falling into the trap of pleasing the people.

This is where worship can so easily become tainted, because eventually giving place to needing man’s affirmation can lead to the rise of pride and self reliance. Then before we know it, worship turns into performance for the people, rather than an offering to God.

When the Lord ministered this to me, I felt such a release and discovered the simple joy of worship. I found an amazing freedom to be who He called and anointed me to be. I now realize as I follow His Spirit, focus on Him and worship Him, others will follow Him too! He assured me if I stay in my rightful place and do my part, He will take His rightful place and do what only He can do!

Worship should always facilitate unity, that’s why it is so important to sing songs that help us to focus on Him and not on us and our stuff. When our focus and worship is on HIM, for HIM and to HIM then everyone will be in one accord, ready to receive God’s Word and respond to it. When this happens, God has taken CENTER PLATFORM and Satan needs to watch out because there is no telling what God can and will do!

Lets take a look at Acts 2:1-4,When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting…..” . I believe if we are willing to focus on Him, align with the Holy spirit, set our own needs, desires aside and unify, God will do exceedingly above what we could possibly imagine. Think about it for just a few minutes, after “Pentecost” thousands upon thousands came to know Jesus, they were saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit.