Weekend Worship: Who You Say I Am

Sometimes, our identity in life is defined by our past mistakes. Other times, it is defined by our current circumstances.

If trials come, we call ourselves the “afflicted one”.

In a career setback, we call ourselves the “jobless one”.

When our health reports came unexpected, we call ourselves the”sickly one”.

When the desire for a child came later than expected, we call ourselves “the barren one”.

Dwelling in our circumstances takes our eyes off to who we really are. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to be called the “afflicted”, the “jobless”, the “sickly”, the “barren”. Jesus came for us so that in Him we can be called the “Child of God”. He came so that even though we may suffer afflictions, setbacks, sickness and barrenness so that we may have life despite all of these things. Jesus came so that we can have an identity in Him.

We are chosen.

We may experience affliction, but we will never be abandoned, never forsaken.

Jesus is for us. And because of this truth, we can put our identity into practice. Our faith in Jesus is secured. We are who God says in the Bible because of what Jesus did at the cross.

Blessed Sunday everyone.

Weekend Worship: Surrounded – Upper Room

I loved this song! This has been one of my anthems for this year especially when I lift up to God the biggest prayer I have said in my life.

I have been sharing with my small group mates about the biggest prayer I have in accordance with Ephesians 3:20 “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”

My biggest prayer is that for one of my loved ones to be delivered from depression, that Christians and pre-believer to be delivered from depression and that suicide caused by clinical depression will stop and tremble at the name of Jesus. Sometime in July, I have waged war against that spirit and while at the church that time, this song was being sung, and then God clearly spoke to me – “Daughter, the war you have waged against depression, I will win that war for you, because I love you”. I may not see the complete answer to my biggest prayer into fruition, but I know my God is able to accomplish it, maybe not on my lifetime, or not in the next generation – but this I know for sure, it shall come to past for my victory is in Jesus’ name.

Worship Weekend: Miracles – Jesus Culture

This morning, as I anticipate the Lord’s day and Holy Spirit Encounter after the church service, I played the song Miracles by Jesus Culture.

I didn’t know that this song was also part of the worship lineup for the afternoon service. God has spoken about my prayers that I know will take time. But I take heart because my God is faithful, not because I have a lot of faith, but because Jesus is the author and the perfecter of my faith.

The God who made the blind eyes see before is the same God who will remove spiritual scales in my eyes that hinders me to keep my sight unto Him. The God who brought life to death is the same God that will restore broken relationships caused by family feuds. The God who made the deaf to hear is the same God that is whispering to my ear, ”Do not fear, do not be dismayed, because I am the God of miracles. Rejoice in me, I will turn your fears to faith; your mourning into dancing; your sorrow into joy”.

I pray that whoever is reading this post right now that God will minister unto you just as He ministers unto me through this song. Have a blessed Sunday.

Weekend Worship: Do It Again – Elevation Worship

I am not a Super Christian – there are circumstances that my faith also falter and I was eaten up by worries of life.

There are instances that keep stacking up and that instead of my faith keeps getting hyped, my anxious mind gets in the way. But when I start singing to our God, God keeps on reminding me on one of verse that I kept holding on whenever I felt that the struggle was real.

I was once young, but now I’m old.
    Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him,
    nor have any of their children gone hungry. – Psalm 37:25 (TPT)

This verse was one of my life verses that I have been holding on since I am on my teen years. Up until now, God has been keeping His promise that no righteous man will be forsaken and will beg for bread. At this time, when I am about to lose a job that I have been in for the last nine years, God has reminded me that I was never in need. He always provide me a good and a better job. If He is able to do it last time, He will be able to do it again. Sometimes, some good things must come to an end, so that better things can come and stay.

PS: I will be having my second interview on Tuesday, and I am claiming that this new job is the one that I have been waiting for over a year now. Truly His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life as long as I make my God my refuge and my stronghold.

Weekend Worship: God, You’re So Good (Passion)

Yesterday, I posted a blog about my meditation on the word “Good”. Last week, during our service, one of the worship leaders said that if you never experienced goodness, then you don’t know God.

God is so good and He keeps inviting us to come and taste His goodness. Truth be told, I also have my own prayers that I have been lifting up to God; some as old as last year, two years, three years and some as new as yesterday. I am not a Super Christian, I feel anxious too about when God will answer my prayers. I am just like anyone else who is always on the wait.  But in my waiting time, God always reminds me that He is faithful and that He is good. God is good and this is one of the attributes that we can’t take away from Him.  His goodness extends even to the death of His only begotten Son on the cross. Therefore, I can fix my eyes to Jesus as God’s reflection of His great love for us and the assurance that His goodness will always be there for me and in His perfect time, the Lord will answer all my prayers.

As you play and meditate on this song, I pray that you encounter God’s goodness and amazing love in the waiting season of your life.

Weekend Worship: These Walls – Jason David

I heard this song last week during the Hope Filipino Fullness 21st Anniversary.  When the worship leader was singing this song, I told my Lifegroup leader that the lyrics of the song were very powerful.

The song brought me to the time of Joshua. I imagined Joshua just after crossing the Jordan River and experiencing God’s power and when he reached Jericho, he was faced probably the biggest wall in his life has ever seen.

Then God said to Joshua:

“You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.”” – ‭‭Joshua ‭6:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Joshua didn’t question God – he didn’t even doubt God’s assurance of delivering Jericho in his hands. Joshua’s obedience to God is His worship and surely, on the seventh day, he saw the mighty walls of Jericho crumbling down.

Here’s the link of Jason David’s testimony and story behind the song These Walls.

 

As you listen to the song, just like the writer of this song who chose to fix his eyes on Jesus and worship him despite the wall that is in front of him, I pray that you lift your walls to our Almighty God. As you worship the Lord with this song, whatever wall that is in front of you right now –  a wall that covers breakthroughs, promotions, healing, transformation, keep your eyes to Jesus for nothing is impossible to Him and watch those walls start crumbling.