What Surrounds You?

A friend of mine posted this photo of a tree in New Orleans.

As I was looking at it, I immediately heard in my spirit, “Be careful what you surround yourself with…it will become a part of you!”

I’m sure that this metal support was put around the tree to help it grow. But, as we can see, there came a point where the metal began to become a part of the tree itself.

The tree is still growing, but we can see that the metal is affecting the integrity of the tree. It’s not meant to be a part of the tree structure – but because of it’s close proximity on a continual basis – it has become part of it.

I hear the Lord saying that we need to be aware of what we surround ourselves with! What are we allowing to transform us? God or man?

Do we surround ourselves with the Truth of God’s Word or do we surround ourselves with manmade truths and opinions?

As in the photo, we can still grow and continue our lives apart from God’s plan…but our lives will not display the beauty and purpose of our creation.

Brothers & Sisters! May our lives be a life of holiness, beauty, and truth in the Lord and not be marred with things of the flesh that will negatively affect our growth.

What surrounds us on a daily basis? What are we allowing to become a part of our lives…a part of who we are?

[photo credit: Will Griffis]

THRONE ROOM

“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I just discovered the song, Throne Room, recently. The minute I heard it, I was transported in the Spirit to the awesome splendor of being in the Lord’s presence.

I am a worshipper! I may not be the most accomplished singer (even though I’m in the choir at church) but my spirit, soul, and body engages in deep worship that surpasses singing…that surpasses simply saying the “words.”

I am an expressive worshipper! I use that term meaning my body joins in when I sing songs of worship. My hands raise in Adoration to the King of kings; I humbly bow in the majesty of His presence; and sometimes I fall to my knees with face covered when I am faced with the splendor of His presence…

There are times when I see myself dancing before His Throne. This happens often when I am drawn into deep worship. I see myself clothed in a white flowing gown. I see myself dancing in complete abandonment – not having to worry about what others may think. My thoughts are only on Him…and I can feel His attention on me as I pour out my love upon Him through dance.

I am aware that the Throne Room is full of activity with angels and saints – but all of it is dimmed in comparison to the One that holds my attention.

Lord! I am overwhelmed that You see me amidst everything going on! I am overwhelmed that You love me in spite of all my weaknesses and mistakes! I am overwhelmed at the Love that I can feel flowing within me and over me as You receive my dance of worship!

Brothers & Sisters! As you listen to the song of worship below, I encourage you to not only listen – but to enter in! Let go of those things that would hold you back. Pour out your love of our Lord with body, soul, and spirit. He is worthy of our focused, undiluted, worship. May we join together and worship Him in spirit and truth! He is looking for that kind of worship – for those kind of worshippers. (John 4:23)

Are you who He is looking for?

SPIRIT OF TRUTH

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”  John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

Thank You, Holy Spirit, for being our TRUTH!! Thank You for showing us what is to come! Thank You for helping us to see beyond what our physical ears hear and what our physical eyes see! May Your Truth arise!!!

LIVE UP TO GOD’S TRUTH!

“…we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.” Philippians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

As I read this today, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Am I living up to…am I walking in the truth that I have received?”

I know that Jesus has redeemed me. I know that He says that I can do ALL things through Him. I know that He says I am MORE than a conqueror. I know He says I can do greater things than He did while He walked this earth in human form.
So! I have to look at my life and judge as to whether my life is an example of the truth I believe. When people see me, do they see what I believe displayed in my actions? Do they hear what I believe in my words? Am I truly living up to the truth I believe…or am I living below that truth?

Ahhh Lord! Help me to live up to Your truth! Faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:17). I desire to LIVE Your truth – not just speak it – not just believe it – but to ACT upon it!! May my life be raised up to meet Your truth! Amen!