But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
Unbearable – not the beatings He took; or the climb to Golgotha; or a nail piercing through His hands; or a spike driven through his ankles; or hanging on a cross in excruciating pain; or mockers taunting and laughing at Him for not calling on all of heaven for a rescue – none of this was unbearable. But my sin that put Him there – this is what broke Him. And now … by His stripes .. I am healed.
The tongue has the power of life and death
Bob sat across the dinner table from me; newspaper covering all but the top of his forehead. He read aloud … “Worship leader wanted. Scottsdale Bible Church, Arizona.” Lowering the paper he said something that I will NEVER EVER forget. “You can do that”. Just one simple phrase launched my worship ministry career of, now, more than 30 years. What we say really DOES have the power to change lives. Affirm someone close to you today.
“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
It’s rare that we understand what God’s tomorrow for us looks like. Even when we catch only the fringes of His ways, hear only His small whispers and can’t understand Him, He is the best! And when He seems to have withdrawn from us, He promises that “we will go out with joy and be led forth with peace” Be encouraged today. God is for you and all of creation is shouting: “He is faithful!”
YOU are amazing. YOU are incredibly gifted. YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. YOU have something unique to offer the people God has placed around you. It isn’t about you, but it IS about YOU giving yourself away so that others are inspired to give themselves away. Hold on to this! Believe in it! Lights up and curtain! The world is your audience. Step out and take a bow. Now … go and make a difference.
Spirit of God
Speak to my heart
Open my eyes show me Your grace
Remove my fear and
Restore my hope
Spirit of God show me Your way
Spirit of God show me Your way
O Lord I reach for You
Give my heart with abandon
I surrender all
Everything all that I am and
Here I lay my life
Down before the King of heaven
Lead me on Lead me on Lead me on
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Eleanor Roosevelt said “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” We have a huge impact on the people around us weather we think so or not. So live life to the full and do good, all in Jesus’ name.
That He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.
On my way to Pasco Washington for a recording session with some great friends who are incredibly gifted. At a breakfast stop I watch the rain pour down and I’m reminded of the scripture above. Everyone has their seasons of blessing, a time to grow and a time share the gifts given by God; to give of themselves and make a real difference. Feel like you’re In between seasons? No worries. The rain is coming.