Worship from Revelations

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Taken from the book of Revelations, this worship was spoken or sang by the servants of God, whether that be from the Saints or the angels, it is typed below in the order it was presented.

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. Worthy are You, our Lord and our God to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.

Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.

Salvation to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.  Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.

We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came and the time came for the dead to be judged and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.

Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear. O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before You,For Your righteous acts have been revealed.

Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgements.

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God;

Because His judgements are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.

Hallelujah her smoke rises up forever and ever. Amen. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

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Then John heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. Behold, I am making all things new.”

The last quote is declared from God Himself,  seated on His throne.

I suggest declaring this worship out loud over your household in acknowledgement of His glory and Lordship over this earth.

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Whose telling?

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If we aren’t telling who is? The truth is no one. This should scare you into action. We live in a world with so many people lost, hurting and turned away from the Light, the source of their salvation. Who can reveal the Light?  Who can tell them the importance of forgiving those who hurt them?

The world tells them they are their own savior.

The world tells them they have failed, but pretend its all okay.

The world tells them to seek revenge on those who offend or pain them.

 

Are you willing to shut your mouth and keep Your Savior hidden?  Are you willing to cling to your unforgiveness instead of seeking the healing Christ died for?

Don’t let those you love only hear from the world. Show them first how to forgive and love in your actions toward them. Do not try to talk of His love while you hold a grudge your unrighteous heart will not bring Him glory.

Choose forgiveness,  Choose to speak of Your Savior,   

Choose joy instead of revenge.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I actively forgive those who ridicule, persecute and slander me. You are greater than all their hatred. I refuse to live a life of unforgiveness leading to sickness and ultimately death in the physical and spiritual.  I choose life. I choose salvation. Show me what I am choosing.  Grant me special revelation of the glory of God. I praise You and worship Your holy name. King Jesus.

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Crazy? or joy-filled?

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I never have been one to get upset when my children display their uniqueness to the world in how they dress.  Instead, I rejoice in their joy and envy their courage. My four year old shown above has on a tutu and Santa socks pulled all the way up to show off their awesomeness. My other daughter went through a one and half week phase of dressing like a dinosaur complete with a hood and very long tail (it was very difficult to get her into her car seat)

As the mother, I suppose I am the one who is supposed to be teaching them but more often than not I am humbled by what they teach me.

I praise God for allowing me to be their mother. What a privilege.

I wonder if God feels the same way when He sees us do scary or unusual things out of obedience to Him. I believe He does a mixture of pride, chuckle and “way to go kid”.

All your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13

Of all the things I could pray for my little wild gifts, it would be this.

 

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for my children. I do not deserve their sweet presence in my life. I agree with Your Word that all my children will be taught by the Lord and great will be their peace, I pray this over my children and children’s children. Grant them joy in their everyday life, peace in times of trouble and wisdom that only comes from You. Embolden them to fearlessly pursuit Your heart. I plead the blood of the Lamb over all my children. Let Your will be done in their lives. Thank You, Jesus. Amen

All wrapped up- or not?

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The person on the left has it all together matching, perfectly wrapped presents under a pristinely decorated tree.  Meanwhile, my decorations are in a pile, inside a box, clearly not on my tree.

Maybe Christmas preparations aren’t about perfection but in fact are more about honesty and vulnerability in front of the Lord. Maybe it’s not about wrapping it all up perfectly but maybe it’s about unwrapping our hearts and allowing God to deal with our hurts without our pretty little masks of perfect boxes tied up just so.

We don’t have it all together and I for one am tired of pretending. Mothers, sisters, and brothers let the Lord be Lord in your life and let Christmas be Christmas.  A time of humble glory and quiet reflection. You are not perfect and neither am I, but we know someone who is.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You know my mess and love my heart. You are mightier than anything I have got myself into. You are faithful to rescue me and gently remind me that you didn’t just come as a baby and die on a cross but that you are a living God, righteous and holy and more than capable of healing my heart. Search my heart Lord, know me. Unwrap my silly pretensions and let me rest in Your glory.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

In the Pit!

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Gasps for air between desperate cries deliver her message without words.

She has come to the prayer group because her child has fallen into a pit.

As we prayed it became evident, her son was in this crater for a moment in time, for his own protection. A short season, to avoid a plummet to death over an unseen cliff. We praised Jesus for the pit and His infinite wisdom and mercy during this time.

Excruciating for a mother’s heart to see but necessary as the Lord instructs and moves. This pit creates a crisis of desperation. In the dark, you are forced to ask where will I turn? You have reached the end of self-reliance, all the old strategies have failed. Now what?  If your child is under the discipline of the Lord do not attempt to “save” them no matter how painful it is for you to watch. Pray for discernment to know when to bind the enemy and when to rest in the sovereignty of His discipline.

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In the Bible see (John 10) Jesus is compared to a good shepherd who wields his shepherds’ hook with mercy and love. Let’s look at a shepherd’s hook. It is a long, brutish device designed to clobber, restrain and move the sheep. Yet when used in the hands of the good Shepherd it guides, protects and disciplines His chosen people. I concede I am a mother completely untrained in the wielding of the hook. There is no doubt in my desire to rescue, I would kill them.

When we attempt to “save” our children impossible questions come to taunt us. At what angle should the shepherd’s hook be created to ensnare the animal’s neck, how will I not crush the larynx in the process? How do you pull them out of a pit without falling in yourself?  You are their mother not their Savior. You were not designed to have all the answers. Your job is to take your desperation and pain to the Lord. We dare not trust in the hook itself but fully trust in the Lord- the good Shepherd.

The Creator has intimate knowledge of His creation; our shortcomings, struggles and the very things we need to survive. His knowledge of us and His wisdom of How to guide, protect and save us should not be bypassed. Do not run ahead and attempt to clear the way for your child, those “obstacles” train their hearts for battle.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3: 5-7

Who or what do you run to when you are in trouble?

If your answer is the Lord you know the process is painful but ultimately freedom will be found. Allow your child to find this freedom.

Prayer: We ask for Your wisdom in this time of anguish to know, is this pit a location for surrender or a plan of the enemy. We submit to Your design for this pit and bind the designs of the enemy in Jesus name. You have our permission to use the shepherd’s hook to guide, protect, discipline, and steady us and our children. We do not know the future but you do. We hear Your voice, help us to obey it. We acknowledge You have the better way. Lord Jesus, we praise You for pouring out Your Spirit on our offspring and for blessing our descendants. So that they spring up like trees amid the grass, their roots run deep to receive the Living water You freely give to Your redeemed. We praise You, Jesus. Amen. (Isaiah 44)

Day trip to hell.

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I entered the dark cavern without hesitation. Shadows abounded, giving little reprieve for my weary eyes. The grey attendant, 9 feet tall, accepted my presence as routine and guided us to our destination, the open cell.

I stumbled backward as my eyes surveyed the horrifying and ritualistic behavior in front of me. Her bleeding hand raised a massive hammer. Again and again, she painstakingly pounded potato after potato into sheets. These bloodied sheets were stacked endlessly in room after room of the maze-like dungeon, floor to ceiling. Not a space remained between her creations. Her face bore maniacal glee, frozen in this state she continued her beloved work never once glancing up to acknowledge our presence.

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Horrified I cried out to the Lord, “What is this madness, what is she doing?”

“On the earth, she is committing the atrocity of slander and gossip. She pounds out every last drop of pleasure that she receives in another’s pain and misfortune. Judge and executioner of her fellow travelers, she tears down the Kingdom of God and is actively engaged in the kingdom of darkness. Unaware, she is the enemy’s diligent worker.

She is a day visitor to hell. Her time on earth is not yet done; she is not yet condemned to this for eternity. She can turn from her ways, confess her sin, and enter into an agreement with the Kingdom of God and all that I have for her.”

Desperately I fell at His feet. I could not understand this horror, wanting it to stop but helpless to do so. “What do I do Lord? Is there anything I can do?”

“Stand in the gap for her. Confess her sin and ask that I bring her to a place of repentance. I can move her heart, I know her and love her more than you do. Release her to Me, I know just what to do.”

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I am not naïve enough to believe I am innocent. I too have built up Satan’s kingdom with my sin. I have participated with the enemy and his agenda for tearing down the redeemed people of God. I have unknowingly gone on day trips to hell.

 

Prayer: I confess my sins. I engage in actions and words that tear down the Kingdom of heaven and promote the work of the enemy. Please forgive me. Search my heart and know my ways so that you might cleanse me. Reveal to me the places I have agreed with the enemy and neglected the Truth, the Word— Jesus Christ. Each person I encounter or speak of, I will call forth their God-given destiny and giftings and refuse to agree with the enemy’s plans for their life. God is greater than all sin and has conquered the enemy at the cross. All of Your Word is true I surrender to Your Word and will. Have Your way within me. I Love You, Lord, Amen.

 

1 John 1:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

Do not claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

What does chicken have to do with it?

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“Ugh” I lay my head down on the steering wheel. The cold rain spits on my windshield blurring the view of the over-crowded Walmart parking lot. I want to cry.

My four-year-old from the backseat blurts, “What’s wrong?”

“We forgot to pay for the chicken.”

“Okay.” she gleefully announces as she throws off her shoes and demands a drink of water.

“Honey we have to go back into the store.”

“Why mama?”

“We can’t take the chicken without paying for it that’s called stealing.”

The thought of wrestling her back into her shoes and coat before braving the cold spitting rain seemed so horrible. I stopped and thought Why do I need to go back in?  Why is it so important not to steal even if you got away with it? It’s just a chicken. No one knows? Certainly not my oblivious daughter.

So I asked the Lord to help me to understand why sin even little ones are so horrible.

“Because when you choose to sin you choose to spit in the face of Jesus who paid a horrible price for your sin. Do not belittle the great work of the Cross.”

Somehow the misting rain didn’t seem so bad anymore.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for teaching us so much in the little things. Continue to teach us and bless us with Your wisdom.  You give us real-life object lessons to teach our children. Help us to take full advantage of these moments. We repent of the times we have not. Thank You for Your mighty work on the cross. Continue to teach us the full knowledge and power of the cross and Your wonderful blood. I praise You with all my being.  Thank You, for the cross.  Amen.