Lee Strobel’s the The Case for Christ

Lee Strobel’s the The Case for Christ.
When I received this book I was about to start a devotional series.
Something about this title caught my eye.
Something familiar about the author’s name caught my eye.
At the time I couldn’t pin point where I recognized the author, but as I delved it I realized aha, I have read some of his Articles in the past.
I have been raised in church my whole life.
I did have a few years where I ended up steering away.
My trials and tribulations were getting the best of me.
My trials and tribulations discouraged me.
I didn’t stop going because of gossip, or anything.
I stopped going because of life’s circumstances.
I moved away from the area I grew up.
Traveling back and forth without a car would have taken forever to get to my church.
I tried visiting other churches that were “near” but it would have still taken long to get to church.
I started streaming services to somewhat get the church feel, but that wasn’t enough.
Years later after having children, I returned home.
My circumstances, school, work obligations and lack of transportation and time kept me away.
now things are different.
My kids need this just as much as I do.
So I decided to read the Case for Christ.
I will not go into details, but in sum each chapter has a featured case study. The logistics of how that case either won or lost as far as evidence/approach and the specialists involved are concerned were applied to the Bible. The author wanted to know if you can prove specific events, if you can corroborate who Christ really is in a similar manner.
I found the reading to be rather interesting.
I found arguments and scientific evidences to be quite compelling and sound.
Historical evidences were contested as well as the credibility of the biblical texts.
At the end of this book I found myself more spiritually grounded.
I found my self academically happy since I find myself always researching articles and journals on several subjects of interest.
Questions that may have arisen in my life in the past, and even when i thought of circumstances in the past that I found were iffy, were contested, validated, and argued.
I was pleased.
I did exactly what the author asked me to do as a reader.
Have an Open Mind.
Look at the evidence.
Make your own private verdict.
The Verdict is in.
……
I feel a deeper, better understanding and have been inspired even more in my own personal walk with Christ.
Father God I thank you for allowing me to stumble literally upon this book. Your timing was perfect. This was not by chance that this book fell into my possession. I know I was meant to pick it up and delve deep and read. I thank you for this because I feel that this journey has given me profound understanding. This journey has allowed me to get closer to you. This journey has allowed me to think more. This journey is also allowing me to share this knowledge with others. Thank you. Amen.
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Singing to the LORD

How I Enjoy Singing to the Lord

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This Past Sunday I had to sing for church.

This article I read a day after.

I must say the timing was perfect.

Though my voice isn’t the greatest, I do enjoy singing for the Lord.

The song I chose was a song which meant alot to me.

It was a spanish Song entitled Adonai.

In Hebrew Adonai means Lord.

the Song Roughly Translates,

Oh ADONAI, Oh ADONAI,

God of the Universe, Lord of allcreations.

The heavens, shout out the lords Glory, the people today shall adore you, for all the marvels that you have done in our lives, Oh Adonai

Its a short song, very powerful, meaningful and straight to the Point.

I know I have much to be grateful for the marvels God has done in my life, so why not sing a song that says just that. I wasn’t nervous like I usually am when I get to the pulpit. I knew god was in total control. I love my lord and savior and am eternally grateful beyond words or songs could ever describe.

The artilce i read is below: it discusses the authors joy in singing to the lord. It describes that bond and connection one gets when singing to the lord. The link is above incase you would like to go to their site, but this was a good read. Worth sharing.

August 21 2017

A BfA staff member shares his experience of singing to the Lord.

In my everyday Christian life I really enjoy praying to the Lord, calling

on His name, and speaking about Him to others. All these things give me a

way to contact the Lord Jesus throughout my day and enjoy His presence.

But one of my favorite ways to touch the Lord is by singing to Him with

my spirit. The apostle Paul wrote about singing in 1 Corinthians 14:15:

“I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing also with the mind.”

I of course need to use my mind when singing to the Lord, but this verse shows that I can sing to the Lord with my spirit also. Since my spirit is my deepest part

and the means for me to contact and worship Christ, exercising my

spirit to sing really brings me into the enjoyment of the Lord.

Singing in the morning

I particularly enjoy singing to the Lord in the morning. Sometimes as I’m

getting ready, a song pops into my head, and I start singing it to

touch the Lord as I go about my routine. Recently, I’ve sung one song in

particular quite often (hear the music at hymnal.net):

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water

Out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say,

Praise the Lord.

Call upon His name,

Declare His doings among the people,

Make mention that His name is exalted.

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion

For great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”

At first it seemed a little awkward to sing aloud like this, especially if

other people could possibly hear me. But I’ve found it’s such a great

way to contact the Lord that now I can’t stop!

Singing to the Lord in the morning is so enjoyable because it’s one of the six ways we can drink Christ as the living water

revealed in Isaiah 12. By singing to the Lord in the mornings I “draw

water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation” (v. 3)! And verse 5

says,

“Sing psalms to Jehovah, for He has done something majestic!”

For me, the mornings are a critical time to draw water from the wells of

salvation. Whether I take a drink or not impacts how the rest of my day

goes. I rarely jump out of bed the minute I wake up, and I’m usually

groggy and spiritually dry first thing in the morning. Because I haven’t

called on the Lord or prayed all night long, I need to contact Him in the morning to be

spiritually revived for the day. The easiest way I’ve found to do this

when I’m still struggling with just being awake is to open my mouth to

sing to Him.

What Isaiah 12 talks about is really true. When I sing to the Lord at the

very beginning of my day, I draw from the wells of salvation and take a

good, refreshing drink of the living water. I’m revived and strengthened

to live in my spirit throughout the rest of the day.

Singing and psalming to the Lord anytime, anywhere

While I love to sing to the Lord in the mornings, I’m so glad I can turn my

heart to the Lord by singing to Him at any time. I’ve found that singing

to the Lord during the day helps me maintain the flow of the divine

life within. In various circumstances throughout the day, I might begin

to feel dry, down, or empty. When that happens, though, I often just

sing to the Lord to touch Him in a fresh way. I can testify that the

Lord has been so real to me at those times.

One particular place I like to sing is in my car. Sometimes instead of

turning on the radio, I take the time to sing some songs or hymns to the

Lord. These are such sweet, personal times with the Lord, and every

time I get refreshed and revived. Sometimes the Lord also leads me to

call on Him or to pray. I might end up praying for someone I know, or I

might confess something I sense the Lord is speaking to me about.

Instead of wasting the time in my car, I’m enlivened when I take

advantage of the privacy to turn my heart back to the Lord.

Try it and see

The psalmists knew firsthand how enjoyable it is to sing to the Lord, as we can see in Psalms 104:33:

“I will sing to Jehovah while I live; I will sing psalms to my God while I yet have being.”

If you haven’t experienced singing to the Lord this way, I hope you’ll

give it a try! While it’s wonderful to sing psalms and hymns in groups

with other believers, it’s also so personal, sweet, and refreshing to

sing to the Lord with your spirit at other times during your day. Once

you experience how sweet it is to touch the Lord by singing to Him,

you’ll find yourself doing it more and more. May we all sing to Jehovah

while we live, and sing psalms to Him while we still have breath!

For more on the benefits of singing to the Lord, you can read this post on 5 Marvelous Benefits of Singing to the Lord in Our Daily Life.

We’d love to hear about your experience of singing to the Lord. If this is

something you personally enjoy, please leave a comment to share your

experience and to encourage anyone who’s thinking about trying it for

themselves.

God what a wonderful article you have sent for me to read.

Father God I thank you for your marvels. Shall we continue to praise you in song and worship, for you ar worthy. God I thank you for all that you do. I am not worthy of your kindness for I sin daily. I rebuke my sins and repent. I am grateful to sing your praises for all that you do for me.

Arise

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."

(Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)

The Glory of the Lord has risen within you. The glory of the lord gives us the strength to rise and shine the light the lords has given us.

We all have gifts/ talents that were given to us by his good grace. These gifts and talents were given to us for us to grow and use in his glory. They are provided to us so that we can rise up from our circumstance in the flesh. They were given to us so that we can shine in his holy light. It is when we put god first in all of our endeavors, it is when we properly glorify his name, it is when we give him due praise for our success and talents that we can shine like beacons of light in his name.

We shall and can rise up. We shall and can shine bright and let his glory manifest among us. His glory is already with us. All we have to do is wake up, look for it, rise up and we shall shine and be of blessings. We don't have to look far. We don't have to travel the world to find ourselves, we have to search within. We need to look in the depths of our soul, the depths of our hearts. We need to see from within to see what God wants from all of us.

Did you know that the word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in a heavy way.

He has filled us with so much of his glory that it weighs us, its there, in searching for it you shouldn't have to search far, it's there.

Please know that your time is now. It is time to shine bright. It's time to rise. Let that sink in. Let this marinate in your spirit. His glory is with you. It's time to ride and shine because of his glory.

Thank you father for your glory. Thank you for letting your glorify marinate and manifest within me. Thank you for allowing me to rise, so that I may shine. Lord I know I shine because your glory is within me, you placed it there. Many may not realize this my lord. Many may not realize that your glory is with them. I pray for them dear lord, I pray for them dear lord that they may see your glory within them so they too can rise and shine. Amen.

With you….

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9, ESV)
The Lord is With You
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
I have another post referencing the book of chronicles specifically a dialogue between David and his son Solomon indicating exactly the same thing.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
No matter what we do, we needed to be constantly reminded of the great works of God. We need to be constantly reminded of his instructions. We need to be constantly reminded that he is with us no matter what we are facing today.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
This will be my catch phrase today, because what I realized is it is important to have things repeated so it can sink in..:::… for even in the Bible the Lord repeats himself so we can let his words manifest and sink in.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Be confident that the lord is with you in everything we do. There is nothing we need but his love, mercy, grace, wisdom and guidance. When we follow his lead and follow his words we will realize we are in good hands. We will realize he has our backs. We will realize that we no longer need to live in fear.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Anything you need, he will provide. If you
need wisdom, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy or
peace today, they are with you. Remain confident in the that that everything you need will be provided spiritually, emotionally and physically. Lord is with you…. that’s is why.
He is the one person whom had never broken a promise to you.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
So please do not let the enemy maneuver his way into your mind casting doubt and lies.
Do not listen to those who are happy when you are oppressed.
Open your mind, heart and spiritual where to see the favors that god has in store for you .
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Father God I want to start off by thanking you for always being with me. I want to thank You for completing every good work that You have started in my life. I choose to believe Your Word, to trust in you, even when things look impossible. I choose to believe that You are working behind the scenes and that You will bring victory and breakthrough to every area of my life. I will lean on you for guidance, I will Be strong. I will be Of good courage.
I will go ahead and Do it. I will not fear.
I will l not be dismayed.For lord god I know that will be with me!
in Jesus’ name! Amen.

God Got this.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
5 [a] Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 [b] Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.
4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.6 Let not your mouth lead you[c] into sin, and do not say before the messenger[d] that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;[e] but[f] God is the one you must fear.
I am not going to lie, I went to church doubtful with the upcoming event for next week.
When the idea for the event came up, everyone was litt, everyone was down.
When push came to shove, the people whom insisted we needed to do this backed down….they were not upfront….
I am not going to lie, I was upset with the news that someone dared suggest we reschedule after the event was planned and booked for and many were already making plans to pay on this specific day.
I am not going to lie I was upset that you wait until this day to tell me under the veil of someone else.
I am not going to lie I was upset.
Then the pastor read this verse to start the service.
Then that’s when it all changed for me.
Yes I was bothered, but no I was no longer upset.
God answered me.
God calmed me.
He said They are listening to this same message as you and this message is to be heard by all of you.
Then end of service, the pastors wife approached me about one of the individuals.
Honestly, I don’t trust that the person would be true to their word.
I will trust you until you flake, that’s just how I am.
What I did learn was God is in control.
I do not have to trust you.
I just have to trust in God.
What was interesting about this opening scripture as well is what happened to me when I went to bed the same night..
verse 7 says “For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;[e] but[f] God is the one you must fear.”.
I woke up this morning with a dream about the venue.
My dream kept reiterating to trust in teh Lord.
That He will provide.
I dreamnt of the venue.
I dreamnt of the turnout.
It was better than anticipated.
God Provided.
I TRUST IN YOU!
I have nothing to worry about.
You got this.
Father God, I am sorry for worrying. It was only natural for me to do so. You know the intentions behind this event and it is for all your Glory. Thank you for reminding me to trust you! Thank you for reminding me that You got this handled. I am just playing a role for your great deed.
I am grateful for being able to listen when you speak. I am grateful for you teaching me to listen when you show me a vision or a dream. I am able to forgive the trespasses for I know you have spoken to their hearts, just as you have spoken to mine. I thank you Amen.

Prayer warriors needed to fight the good fight 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
(1 Timothy 6:12)

We have all been placed here for a specific reason. We all have a specific role to play and a specific fight we need to fight for our creator. Each one of us has a story. Some are simple, some are hard, some are very complex.  
What we all have in common is no matter what our stories are, no matter what struggles we face, we all have the same fight. Yours may be more specific than mine, mine may be more specific than the person sitting next to me on this train, but we all have the same fight.
Our fight is a spiritual fight.

It’s is a fight for our faith.

It’s a fight for acceptance.

It is a fight for hope.

It is a fight for our eternal salvation.
Regardless of our backgrounds. Regardless of our hardships, the fight of faith is one in the same.  
We were chosen to be Gods people.

We were chosen to be his prayer warriors.

We were chosen to spread his word.

We were chosen to defend him against the enemy.
Fighting the enemy could be tiresome.

He comes from Many angles.

He uses different pathways to deter not only your blessing but your faith in God.

He attacks us using our loved ones.

He attacks us using our colleagues:

He attacks us using random strangers.

He attacks us with illness.

He attacks us with stress.

He attacks us with uncertainty.

He attacks us by filling us with doubt.
Our faith is what can help us with this battle. We all have a pivotal role in this celestial fight for our eternity. Are you willing and able to pick up your arms (spiritual) and fight the good fight?

Are you going to continue to fast, continue to pray, continue to praise even during the hardship?  
Job lost it all, was tested, over came his circumstance and in the end was blessed.

As parents, nothing hurts us more than seeing our children in anguish, pain and torment. As I am writing this, I have an uncle who’s son (my cousin) is in a hospital because he was found unresponsive in his room. Several exams were done to see where the problem lies. My aunt and my uncle are desperate in need of prayers. 
We will fight this food fight with you for your son. We will take up our coats of arms, we will hold our shields, we will gather our swords and we will fight this good fight with you.
My grandmother told my uncle, ” he was chosen by God to do his work and that everything he is going through is the battle that he will face against the devil.”

God chose his son for his specific battle. He God will lift him up from this circumstance.
My young cousin maybe unresponsive right now. But I know deep down he is fighting. This poor young child…. whom has been through a lot in his life, please feel our prayers, please feel our thoughts, please feel our words, listen to the voice of God. Follow his lead little one, he will direct you, he will guide you, he will help you in this fight.  
I am praying for you little champ. 

You will come or victorious in Jesus name. 

The lord will guide your doctors to reveal the nature to your current mysterious circumstances. God has he answers and in time will provide. While we wait I will pray. While we wait I ask for prayers. While you fight, we will fight with you. 
Father God I ask you to cover your hands over my cousin and bring forth healing. I ask you to wake him from this nightmare. I am asking for healing and liberation in your name for this child. May he be liberated from the demons holding him down. I ask for strength for my aunt, uncle and family as they face this battle of the unknown. I ask for guidance, patience while awaiting diagnostics, I ask again for healing. I ask that anyone reading this can unite with my family in prayers. May the Holy Spirit move so that we can provide strength and liberation for my family. Lord your will, will be done. Amen.

 

 

 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…”
(Acts 1:8, NKJV) 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is essential in our Christian walk. Once we have received the Holy Spirit we shall be empowered by God. Now I’m not talking about the pinky and the brain I am going to take over the world empowerment. Being empowered by god is being provided wisdom when you lacked wisdom on a given subject. Being empowered means having courage when you fear. Being empowered by god means coming out of your comfort zone and take on a new role for his glory. 
God strengthens us, he equips us with everything we need to move on to the next task he has for us.

Remember your victory is his victory. The scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended to heaven he told his disciples that he was sending his comforter. Who was that? The Holy Spirit of course .

The Holy Spirit doesn’t just comfort us, the bills Spirit I s our counselor, teacher 

And our strength. The Holy Spirit provided for us. In order to receive the power and greatness god had in store for you, one needs to open your heart, open your mind, open your eyes, open your would and be ready to receive.
I challenge you today. 

Receive gods power. 

I challenge you.

Open your heart.

Open your eyes.

Open your mind.

Be ready to receive.

Invite the Holy Spirit and be willing and ready to be filled with gods power and glory.
Let the Holy Spirit do his works in you.

Read the Bible, as you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal gods plan.

Invite him in.

Open the door.

Be ready to be equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I challenge you today.
Do you accept?
Pray with me.

Father God I want to be empowered by you. I want to feel the warmth of your spirit. I want to be equipes by you. I want to be used in your glory. God help me open my eyes to be able to see your wonder. God help me open my ears to be able to hear the call of the Holy Spirit. God help me open my mind so that doubt doesn’t pass my mind and I can accept your power. God open my heart for I want to be filled with your glory. Lord use me any way you seem fit using the Holy Spirit. I am willing, able and ready to receive your Holy Spirit who will equip me in this walk with you. Amen

A Prayer for Today 

“Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”