Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The God of Exceeding Abundance/Be Our Vision

The God of Exceeding Abundance/Be Our Vision:

I want more of 
You God. I want Your glorious essence to fill me at every moment. When I'm sailing rough seas, I only want to look towards you. I want Your goodness to take me over and conquer my doubts. I want You and You only to be my anchor and my vision.

I want all that You are to mightily overwhelm all I don't have. I am inadequate, but You are incorruptible. I don't have what it takes to be great and successful on my own accords. However, I do have You, Lord, and You make all things possible. You take all my insufficiencies and transform them into more than enough.

You are my Lord, my true first delight. You're the God of exceedinglyabundantly more than I could ever imagine, and this is the power that is working inside me right now. Even while it's quiet. Even when all is still, I am sure You're doing a marvellous work in me.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Lord, I pray Your will be done. No matter what it is You may ask of me, You're worth any cost. Your beauty is beyond anything I've ever seen, brighter than the sunshine on a golden summer's eve. I only hope to help others with dimmed eyes come to see Your wondrous light. Thank You for bequeathing Your chosen ones with the paramount power of the Holy Spirit inside our very souls.

"And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 1:14)

We praise You, Father, and we trust You. We place all our qualm and confusion at the foot of Your Cross, knowing that what You did there has completely covered over all.

The ultimate act of love displayed on that tree, has cast away our fears and set us free.

Now we will wait on You. We eagerly await to see what You shall do. Your ways amaze, and Your glory overwhelms us. Equipped with dynamic Holy Spirit power in our hearts, we boldly carry this Light of Salvation so that others may see You. Be our vision, O Lord, help us to make Your glory known throughout all the earth. Thank You, Father. We praise You, Amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Foundation of Faith

Foundation of Faith:

"Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" (Psalms 105:4)

When my world spins out of control, may I not cling to what is seen but to the hands of the Almighty King. No one else can save me. May I always return home to the hands that bear the scars of Love. Not one is greater than the Great I Am. I'm found in this foundation of freedom.

Thank You, Lord. Thank You for all You've done. Thank You for saving my soul, fighting for my freedom, dying for my deliverance, and rising up for my redemption. You are my living hope, and when all is in upheaval, help me to draw back to this truth.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident." (Psalms 27:1, 3)

You're absolutely everything to me, O God. I will cling to only You. When the inevitable attacks arise, I will lift up my eyes. I will cry out to You for help, and I shall persistently proclaim Your promises over my life.

"And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord." (Psalms 27:6)

I will trust You with everything, Lord. You are good, and Your favour in my life has overtaken all the fear in my head. Therefore, I will surrender it all to You. I will choose to live in faith. After all, it's only fitting to live with fearless faith when it's Your faithful love that covers me and casts away my fear.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, November 10, 2014

His Plan is Bigger Than Our Wildest Dreams

His Plan is Bigger Than Our Wildest Dreams:

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20)

"For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

I lay my head down, close my eyes, and listen for the sound of His mercy song. I take my fears, and I cast them off into the hands of His great lovingkindness. He cares.

"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)

I lift these empty hands high to the Father above. I release all resistance, I hand in my hesitation. I take all my doubts and definitions of possible to the Cross, where the veil was torn and eternity changed. Where sin lost its hold on me. There the price was paid once and for all. Now I await...

What shall He do in these bones? What is His plan for this hungering soul? One thing is for sure, He won't leave me empty and He won't let me fall. He is the Lord, the Lord over all.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." (Psalms 23:1)

Undeniably, He satisfies me with good things. His gifts are unfathomably gracious. I am so unworthy of all His generosity. Yet, I needn't earn a thing, for He is the God of grace and mercy and reconciliation. The mistakes I've made in the past have no power over me anymore. My former filth has been cut off; it has no say in my tomorrows. My God, He is the God of new beginnings.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

"Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters,
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:16, 18-19)

The Holy One makes my feet strong like the deer's, the Almighty Lord streams rushing rivers of living waters in the most dry and desert places. This is my God, my Great Defender. This is my Lord, the Awesome One who knows my heart and sets my days into motion. His plans are good and true. His actions are faithful and trustworthy. Is there anything I cannot entrust unto You, O God?

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)

Though it seems desolate now, I know He is working valiantly for my victorious outcome. In fact, has He not already done just that? Has the God who bore that scorned cross and thorn-laced crown not already accomplished the ultimate victory?

"By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10)

He's done all the work. He's won all the battles. He prepares a place for me at His table. His courts I can call home, and I shall dwell in His Presence for all my days.

"How happy is the one You choose and bring near to live in Your courts! We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple." (Psalms 65:4)

From the very beginning, Your plan has been our deliverance. From before time began, You had our redemption ready for action. From the very start, You wanted our hearts. Your plan, God, is more than miraculous. You are wonderful beyond measure.

You are our portion, O Christ our Lord. Your ways are marvellous in our eyes. Even to this day, we stand in complete awe of You. I declare with complete confidence that all You have done is more than enough and already more wondrous than our wildest dreams. Thank You, Father, thank You. We praise You now and forever, Lord. We adore You and pour our hearts out onto You. Hallelujah, amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist