Tag: prayer

21
Jan

Choose Your State Change Your Life

Let the Rays of the Morning Shine on You

It’s a beautiful morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. As I walked onto the deck I saw the rays of the sun streaming through the trees. In that moment, I felt the breath of inspiration wash over my entire being. This is a state of being I call inspiration. Choose your state change your Life.

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06
Jun

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

God whispers. The rustle in the trees is not the only wind that blows on earth. There are times when God whispers truth into the soul of a man or woman, and a song is born. He whispers to your heart. He says, “I love you, and I created this world so that you could experience me and know me.” The Father loves you, and wants you to enjoy the life He has given you. He has given you a way to be happy, in whatever circumstance you find yourself. The decision is yours, because you make up your own perspective by the focus of your thoughts and paradigms.

In 1988 Bobby McFerrin wrote a BIG little song that swept the world titled, “Don’t be worry be happy!” It won a Grammy Award for the song of the year. I loved the song then, and I like it even more now. The whole world listened, danced and moved with Bobby’s song, but I don’t think they understood it. God was whispering through a musician and most of us missed it.

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The Blessings of Musicians

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy (x4)
Oo, ooo…

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy

The land-lord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy

Look at me, I’m happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got no girl to make you smile
Don’t worry, be happy

‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy

 

Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t do it, be happy
Let the smile on your face
Don’t bring everybody down like this

Don’t worry, people will soon pass
What ever it is

Don’t worry, be happy

I am not worried, I am happy

Most people are happy when everything is going good, because it seems easy to be happy when your life comes together. But the Father wants you to be happy and joyful in every circumstance, good or bad. How do you do that? Number 1, always praise your Father in heaven for everything that comes into your life. (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) Choose to say, what I experience I am experiencing with God and is my opportunity to trust Him and believe Him. Number 2, thank God for every circumstance. (Job 1) Choose to say, thank you God, I believe you know best, and you are allowing everything to come into my life for a purpose. Number 3, choose to let the event play out in faith believing that God will work all things together for good. (Romans 8:13-30) Choose to say, the story I will tell from this experience will be the most exciting and most encouraging part of my earth’s journey. God created this life for you and he knows how to make everything work together for your good.   

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Covenant Promise

Your mindset; the paradigm of life and the filter through which you choose to process life will determine whether you have a positive or negative state of mind and whether you will enjoy or hate the life God has given you. Have you ever met a person who always saw what could go wrong in every circumstance? You know him as the critic who can never see the silver lining, or the eternal purpose for the difficulty you will face, but only congratulate himself when the bad happens he predicted. There is another way. 

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

When Job was faced with the worst circumstance in his life he made one declaration, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all that Job went through the scripture says, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:21-22)

When the Israelites were facing an enemy massively larger than they, they bowed their knee to the Lord and began to pray. Their imminent destruction was at hand. Tomorrow they would all die, if they believed the press. But King Jehoshaphat led his people in prayer. He didn’t call the defense minister, he didn’t call the generals, he didn’t call other nations to join him. He called God to join him. The scripture records it this way.

“And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, And said, ‘O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do:but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.'”

The King’s eyes were turned to God, and in this circumstance he only had a few choices. He could have said, “we are all going to die, so eat drink and be merry.” He also could have said, “I told you this was going to happen… if you all kept on sinning and treating God badly.” But instead, he choose to focus his own heart and the heart of the people on the only one who could save them. And then, someone in the crowd who was tuned into God’s channel began to prophesy.

“Then upon Jahaziel…, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, ‘Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

In the face of certain destruction the King and the people of Israel began to pray and seek the Lord for their help and protection. This strategy is the only strategy for you and me. The only way to engage God’s help and favor is to pray and trust him! Do not complain. Do not threaten. Do not challenge. Do not swell up in anger. Do not stand up for your rights. Give yourself completely into the hands of your loving and gracious heavenly Father. There is a time to fight, but the first step in God’s economy is surrender and trust.

When you choose believe God mountains will move when you speak to them. Look at the mindset of Israel as they go out face the enemy.

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You are the Instrument of Praise

“And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.’ And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endures for ever.”

This strategy will always be rewarded. It may not turn out like you think, but it will always be rewarded! Look what happens when the people began to sing and praise the Lord. You must answer a huge question! IS GOD REAL? While He is invisible, will he intervene in physical circumstances? Does He want to intervene for you?

 

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them:and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.” 

You must begin to see with His eyes! When a bad situation comes, you are getting ready to be blessed and prospered, if you will stand with the Lord! Praise in the midst of difficulties is a theme in the apostle Paul’s writings. 

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15 KVJ

“And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.” 2 Corinthians 2:3 KJV

“Rejoice in the Lord alway:and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 KJV

This Book can Help You

This Book can Help You

On day, on my way home from our church, Mountain Vintage Fellowship, the Lord whispered to me. “I give all the music you hear on the earth. Life is hard here. Without music man would not survive. And I give all kinds of music. Music will touch people in every stage and in whatever emotional state they find themselves. Music is an eternal medium that will always remind you of me. There is meditative music for those who seek serenity, angry music for those who are angry, happy music for those who are happy, depressed music for those depressed, praise music for those who praise, and worshipful music for those who worship me. When people are young and rebellious, I have a way to touch them. Through their music. And usually, as people grow older and learn how to resolve their conflicts their taste in music changes. Music is an eternal medium that falls from heaven into the soul. But, the words come from the heart and can bring darkness into the music. Be happy and enjoy what I have made for you”

You always have a choice. But you may say, “I can’t help but see the bad, because bad is always happening!”  When your heart and mind has been trained to see the bad, you will always see it first. But, that does not have to be your focus. Choose God and live in His promise and Power.

Remember what to do! Number 1, always praise your Father in heaven for everything that comes into your life. Number 2, thank God for every circumstance. Number 3, choose to let the event play out in faith believing that God will work all things together for good. The story you live and share will bless thousands. Life is short, live it! Don’t worry, be Happy! God created this life for you and he knows how to make everything work together for your good.

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23
Nov

Does God want you in Meditation?

Meditation

…the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. – King David

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It was a spring Saturday. The aroma of fresh cut grass filled the air. It was still morning and I was wiping sweat. I was 14 years old, had just finished mowing the lawn. My family lived in a 1920-something two-story white farmhouse, built on a knoll called Holly Hill, at the end of the road that bears the family name.  I lay back onto the porch. The warmth of the sun pulled me as I take a deep breath. As the energy of the sun’s light penetrates my skin a thought surfaces, “If God is light and eternal, can I meditate on his infinite glory and power.” Time seemed to slow as I began to imagine light. I absorb the warmth and sense comfort. I collect the energy and grip strength. I feel the rays

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01
Oct

A Story of Victory with SozoLife

Have you ever had a sense of darkness surrounding you… like a cold emptiness sucking the life out of you? This loneliness and depression can be paralyzing. Feelings may not tell you the truth, but they can weigh so heavy on your psyche that insanity seems just a few steps away. You have to tell yourself they are just feelings and you can beat them. Displaced emotions and demonic oppression are two culprits of dis-ease. If you have ever experienced these symptoms I have good news for you. This story will give you hope!

One day a lady came in with a list of symptoms. She said, “My life is falling apart! I ache inside for peace and love, but I do not know why I cannot have it. Does God really love me?” The overwhelming feeling was that her life was falling apart. I sat facing her with two other people on my team that day; and after I introduced the process I said, “How would describe the issue you are facing?”

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30
Aug

Breakthrough Prayer

Do you remember being told as a child not to ask for anything? I remember, don’t ask for anything when we get to your friend’s house. I also remember telling my children not to ask. Don’t ask for candy, for favors, for friendships, for special treatment, or for what they wanted.

Now I see this was a big mistake. If you do not ask, you can’t receive. If you do not want, you will not have desire. Faith is predicated on a desire, and an appropriate time to ask. Jesus said ask and it shall be given you. He also said my father knows what you need before you ask.

So instead of teaching my children how and when to ask, I was teaching them to be their own source, and only to expect in life what they could produce through their own efforts. I apologized to my children, but now they will have to establish a new strategy for living. Hopefully, they will learn what I was unable to teach them.

I believe God loves to give his children what they want. This issue came up in me when my oldest son Steven and his wife Jen needed a car. Continue Reading..