Friday, September 27, 2013

Trust is Worship

   My favourite thing in the world is praising and worshipping. I always feel so content and at peace when I'm standing with my head turned up and my arms extended high above. There in that sacred moment I am suddenly filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. I feel Him all around me, He fills the air. Every breath enveloped in glorification for our Father.

   But the more I learn about the Lord, the more I've come to understand that there is much more to worshipping than just singing songs. There are endless ways to worship our God. Many singers worship through singing, but worship is certainly not exclusive to music. I've come to the realization that the highest form of worship is to live our lives completely dedicated to Christ.

   "and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again." (2 Corinthians 5:15)

   We are each given different gifts and dreams. But when we use those gifts and dreams for the Lord's will, His light shines through us into the darkness. His love and goodness flows through us onto all the lost souls. When we live vibrantly and courageously for Christ, we are filled with His love.

   Unleash the epitome of exuberance that has been planted into your very heart by the Lord of love. Face each day with confidence in who we are in Christ. Don't hold back from overflowing with gratefulness towards out heavenly Father. He has done so much for us, therefore let us rejoice and come before Him with a thankful heart. 

   This is what it means to worship, to live continually grateful for all of His blessings. Receive those wings of reassurance from His caring hands and fly into a free life. Live with abandon, completely for the Lord. He is worthy of all our trust and worship. Worship through trust.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sing Songs of Praise

   The warm kiss of light from the early morning sun. The delightful chirping of the birds that fly about in joyfulness. The river that flows down the stream splashing and slopping upon the cold, wet rocks. Everything around us sings songs of praise. All that surrounds us is proof of His pure divinity.

   You are the air that I breathe. You are the light that shines within me. You are everything to me, God. All that is pure and good is found in You. Though pain and sorrows come my way, I know that it is You that comforts me every day.

   I will always sing of Your goodness and Your love, my Lord. You are dearest to my heart, and You are my strong Shepherd. You lead me out into places that I do not know, but all that I've seen gives me assurance to jump out and go.

   Your grace has never left me, and now I live to proclaim Your glory. What wondrous things You have done! What honor You deserve, Savior God. I will throw off pride and worship You with passion and adoration. You are crowned with glory and clothed with splendor.

   You've taught me things I'd never known. You have revealed to me the most astonishing things, and yet it is only the start. I am beside myself with ecstasy to journey in love with You. Plant in me the seed of Your love. I only want to love like You.

   Because You are my heart's desire, I will run this race with the utmost endurance and jubilance. All victory is Yours God. All that is in the earth will declare You reign.

   As for right now, I will continue to take pleasure in the smaller things that reveal the Lord's glory. The birds, the rivers, the rising and setting sun, and so, so much more. All of creation is proof of our magnificent Creator. There is none like Him. Sing these songs or gratitude and praise. Pour out Your hearts, give Him your all, for He has done marvelous things. Remember that there will be a day when all will confess these truths.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flooded With Peace

   I want to be so focused on my God that I'm flooded with His peace. I want to be so certain of who I am in Christ that nothing the devil says could disrupt me. My desire is to be completely overflowing with His gracious love.

   Fear. Fear is one of my greatest weaknesses. "What if" constantly floats around in my head, taunting me with things to which I could devote hours of fretfulness. But why should I allow attacks like these to rob my joy? Why should I let one little thought derail everything I've worked to achieve in my faith journey? Moments of pure, undeniably heaven-sent peace and gratitude shan't be shoved away by fear-filled worries. Not today. Today I'm trading my fear for His peace.

   "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

   What comes down is far better than what you are holding up. Your surrendering of anxiety portrays colossal faith, and the reward for this faith is unwavering peace from the Holy One. He will bless you with His incomparable peace. Once you have released those fears into His caring hands, allow that marvelous peace to sink in.

   I would rather spend all of my days dwelling in His wondrous presence, than to have all the world's riches. In You, Lord, I have all that I need, and all that I want is in You. Your goodness is more than enough for me. Every desire is satisfied when I'm with You. Your grace is sufficient for all of my needs.

   His grace is all we need. So what are you waiting for? Nail those burdens to the cross, and receive the gift of joy and peace. Walk with the Lord in ultimate gladness. He wants you to be free from that heavy load.

   "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Forever and Ever

   The moment I was broken, You came and rescued me. The darkest day I can remember, but there was hope because You were always with me. There wasn't a second when I was alone or abandoned. I remember feeling Your presence and knowing that I am safe.

   Now that I have come so close to You, I never want to move from here. I never want my light to burn out. I always wish to be intimately close with You. My life is lived for You. My heart, Lord, I give to You. You are my everything, and I ask that this would always be my reality.

   You have been so good to me, God. You are more than enough for me. I pour out my gratitude, for it is You that deserves all praise and glory. May I be a living vessel of Your love, so that all might see that it's You who is within me.

   Forever and ever shall I be Yours. Forever and ever I will praise Your glorious name. Forever and ever I will dwell in Your courts. I love You, my Lord. Never let it be lost, my passion for You.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Hard Eucharisteo

   In a time and place where everything seems to be hostile, where do we find refuge? In the midst of chaos and tragedy, to whom do we run? Our God is a solid rock on which we stand. When everybody seems to disappoint or betray you, come to the Well of all that is pure and bright. Come to Father, the One with all the might.

   "Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." (Psalms 62:8)

   Troubling events are happening all around. A quiet moment in His arms is all we need. A gentle whisper from Him does wonders to soothe the aching heart. Listen close. Be still. Believe that He cares about those burdens. Receive the gift of His peace.

   "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

   I'm reminded of the days when I would sit on that hospital bed. With my legs folded and my hands lifted up, I'd cry out for my hope to be restored. In that unfriendly environment filled with anxieties, I was desperate to feel loved and secure. The one place I could go at the end of the day was right there in the Lords arms.

   Even though I felt so doomed and forgotten, He never left me. When all else seemed lost, I knew I had everything in Him. I truly believe the sole reason I was "abandoned" in that muggy place was so that I could find my passion again. Right there in that awful place, my fire was reignited.

   Now I see why such hardships had to come at me. And now that my eyes are opened to see this truth, I can honestly say that I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank You, Lord, for my very hard Eucharisteo. Through the hurt, You healed my heart. Now I am new, and I am living for You.

   I'd like to say thank you to the very gifted Ann Voskamp. Todays post was very much inspired by you, Ann. If you read this, I'd want you to see that this is my "Hard Eucharisteo". 

   I encourage you to check out Ann's blog, A Holy Experience. It is a treasure chest of wonderful blessings. God bless each and every one of you.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

His Lovingkindness

   Chaos is the atmosphere, and I am drowning in noise. I feel overwhelmed by the moment. The only thing I can do is close my eyes, take a deep breath, and focus on God. When I allow the Prince of peace to replace the pandemonium, my whole world changes.

   When I fix my gaze upon my Lord, I feel secured. Because I am certain of my final destination, no amount of stressful situations can defeat me. I am invigorated in Christ.

   "But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

   Though it is natural for me to fall into panic and worry, my God is stronger. I know that He is greater than what troubles me. When I feel too weak to go on, I will turn to the Lord for strength. He will give me the rest I need when my load is too difficult for me. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

   In Your presence is stillness and tranquility, quietness and serenity. You renew me, Jesus. Your love is so perfect. I will hope in You. I find my joy when I am worshipping You. You are truly my everything, Lord.

   "How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings." (Psalms 36:7)

   "The Lord has appeared to me, saying: 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." (Jeremiah 31:3)

   "I have not hidden Your righteousness in my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly." (Psalms 40:10)

   "Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You." (Psalms 63:3)

   "Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies," (Psalms 103:4)

   "Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord." (Psalms 107:43)

   -The Introverted Evangelist