No Christian is safe when his soul is lazy, and his God far from him

Birds of Prey

Satan does not attack a Christian who is living near God. It is when the Christian departs from God, becomes spiritually starved, an tries to feed on lies that the devil discovers his moment of advantage.

The devil may at times stand foot-to-foot with the child of God who is active in his master’s service, but the battle is generally brief.

Empty pursuits are dangerous to renewed souls. Every false step invites the devil’s attack.

The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest state. As the closest to the sun gets the most heat, the closest to Christ has the most joy!

CREDIT: (All excerpts taken from Truth for life – Alister Begg & Charles Spurgeon morning and evening devotions 6.13.18)

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7 Hebrew Words That Will Make You Get Your “Praise” Right

It’s rare to hear things that inspire awe these days, but recently I did @ a Chris Tomlin concert I attended in my hometown of Atlanta. I hope this blesses you as it did me. Our English language can at times be very flat/limiting. Example: we love pizza, and we love God. But we all know there’s no way God and Pizza can even begin to compare. There are different levels and types of love (agape–the highest form of love, the God kind of love), (Philadelphia—brotherly love), (Eros— desire, erotic kind of love).

Now back to the Word(s) that literally took my breath away! Made me truly appreciate the Hebrew language that much more. So the English word “praise” is so general, it cannot even begin to capture the depth of the 7 different ways our Hebrew brothers and sisters apply this concept. Read this and see if it does not forever change how you view and engage God in worship!! This again, I insist is the reason why our amazing God is undisputed, uncontested, unmatched and unquestionably #1 : ) I love HIM!

  1. Yadah: worship with extended hand. Lift your hands to the LORD. Absolute surrender “pick me up, I’m all yours”.
  2. Halal: hallelujah, to make a show, to boast, to celebrate, to rave of the LORD, to shine, to stultify (make a fool of oneself)
  3. Tehillah: a spontaneous new song. Unrehearsed song. Erupting from the great deeds and attributes/qualities of God
  4. Towdah: praise as a sacrifice before reception of an answer. Agreeing with God that it is as He says it is. Lifting up my right hand right into God’s extended right hand. Agreement in faith. Trust.
  5. Zamar: music accompanied with instruments, strings, striking the fingers, drums—O’ my….
  6. Barak: to kneel, to bless, to bow in the presence of a King. Adoration!
  7. Shabach: volume, triumph, loud adoration… a holy Roar!!! To SHOUT (your whole being; totally uninhibited)

I can’t hear you…………………….. !!! Say what you want, but I hope you will never again stand like a tree with arms folded during worship, or look down on those who Shabach and Stultify : )

Let EVERYTHING that has breath : ) Praise the LORD…………………………

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Acknowledge Your Creator

Lewis, eyes to facts

It’s so funny to me to watch people live like they don’t need God –

It’s like a car refusing its engine, a house refusing its foundation, a big old baked potato without salt and a newborn baby who won’t have anything to do with milk.

It’s so funny to me to hear people rejecting Intelligent Design –

As if we could somehow stuff our food through our ears, and drink through our noses and use our eyes to walk the hallways, you know? When we hold the canvas, we call it a masterpiece. When HE holds our intricate cardiac systems in place–tirelessly assigning a well-ordered rhythmic tempo–supplying oxygen and nourishment to all the cells in our bodies (year-in; year-out) we call it, chance. Deep sigh!

It’s so funny to me to hear people denying the existence of God

It’s like a Corolla denying the existence of Toyota. It’s like Sprite denying the existence of Coca-Cola. It’s like the New England Patriots denying the existence of the NFL. And like the 4,000 diapers you changed and the teen who now denies your own existence.

Yeah! Totally absurd.  Our denying could never change that GOD (is)–any more than a child can diminish his mother’s existence no matter how much he may choose to exhaust himself in thousands of theories that disprove he once lived in a womb and born of a woman.

As the naval architect in charge of the plans for the ocean liner RMS Titanic, Thomas Andrews, Jr. found out–we will all soon find out, that this ship has hit an iceberg. And in only a short while, it is bound for the ocean’s floor. All the mathematical intelligence applied tirelessly to refute useless possibilities proved futile for Andrews–a “brilliant” architect who perished in the Atlantic along with more than fifteen hundred others on April 14th, 1912. He realized as all of us will (if we’re even that fortunate) that he only had one hour to reconcile the sum of his life. We are not masters of anything. We are created beings made in the image and likeness of a God who commands, and the sea obeys. Bow to HIM and you will stand up to anything!

Andrews’ body was never recovered. He was 39yrs old. This ship you should note–had been deemed unsinkable (“not even God could sink it” –they had boasted before the voyage) they were wrong!  Engineering arrogance. Academic haughtiness. Financial pride. Youthful vanity.

This is why so many died. Not enough lifeboats because they really did believe the ship was unsinkable. Remember your creator, in the days of your youth. In your smallness–acknowledge HIM. He desires to direct your path.

If you’re going to deny anyone—deny yourself! (Matthew 16:24-25)

“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 – The Problem of Paincropped-marlene-maina-signature-black-and-white-jji.png