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All things happen to God’s people

Today I was watching a message by Pastor Toby Slough, who is at Cross Timbers Church in Texas. In his message, which was from Exodus 1 and 2 when Israel was enslaved, he shared the very popular verse Romans 8:28.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

He then proceeded to share a very powerful truth about that verse. If God works all things for good, then that means all things happen to God’s people. Watch the segment of his message about Romans 8:28 below. (the full message can be found at https://vimeo.com/253031990)

This was a truth I needed to hear. I know God works in all things, and I know that God allows difficult things to happen. But often I still wonder why God allowed all that he did to happen in my life…or why after 2 1/2 years am I still struggling to recover financially from all that was done to me…or why I was made to suffer this way when it wasn’t my choice to begin with. I must admit that I’ve asked God why, when I was serving him, did he let so many bad things happen to me.

This explanation of Romans 8:28, and the truth that my circumstances are not an indication of God’s love and involvement in my life, was just what I needed to hear.

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Rejoice

I know I’ve said this before, but music has a way of speaking truth to our hearts. When a song has a message that resonates with us, it has a way of speaking to our hearts and minds in a powerful way. And when that song reminds us of truth from God’s Word, it is even more powerful!

Below is a song by the new Audio Adrenaline called “Rejoice” (from their ‘Sound of the Saints’ album) that I have been listening to a lot lately. It’s a song that really resonates with me during this time of my life; it speaks to my heart and mind in a powerful way, encouraging me as well as reminding me of the truth found in God’s Word that has sustained me and strengthened me through this time. May this song speak to you as well…

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)

I struggle in the dark to find Your hand
I strain my ears to hear You, but I can’t
It’s hard for me to understand
And even when I doubt Your plan
I will rejoice cause Your light leads me home

I will not fear
Cause I believe You are here
Your Spirit’s with me even when I’m lost at sea
In the darkest deep
I will rejoice cause You’re light leads me home

Mysteries and trials test my faith
Questions without answers everyday
Even when life takes away
And they all say to curse Your name
I will rejoice cause Your light leads me home

I will not fear
Cause I believe You are here
Your Spirit’s with me even when I’m lost at sea
In the darkest deep
I will rejoice cause You’re light leads me home

With much or with nothing
In hurt or in healing
Rejoice, rejoice
You said You’d deliver
So my heart surrenders
Rejoice, rejoice

With much or with nothing
In hurt or in healing
Rejoice, rejoice
You said You’d deliver
So my heart surrenders
Rejoice, rejoice

I will not fear
Cause I believe You are here
Your Spirit’s with me even when I’m lost at sea
In the darkest deep
I will rejoice cause You’re light leads me home

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God spoke in an unexpected place today

I know I’ve said this before, but music has such an amazing ability to speak to me in times when I need it.

Today at the gym I was listening to the Sidewalk Prophets, and there were two songs on their album Live Like That which God used to really speak to me in a much-needed way. The coolest part was that these 2 songs are next to each other on the album, so I just kept going back to the first of the two songs and letting both of them play through, then repeating both.

I love the fact that God is so awesome, he can and will speak to us in so many different and creative ways. Today I was at the gym sweating and listening to my music (like everyone else in there), and in that place he spoke to my heart through the music I was listening to, giving me comfort and reminding me to stay strong in him.

Our God is truly an AWESOME God! I pray I never lose the awe of that or begin to let this world drown out his voice, causing me to miss when he speaks to me in unexpected places.

Don’t allow yourself to let the noise of this world cause you to miss God speaking to you through unexpected means and in unexpected places either…because you’ll be missing out on something truly amazing; you’ll miss a blessing from God.

The first song I was listening to is called “It’s Good (Love’s Not Safe)” and the second song that came after it is called “Help Me Find It”. Video’s with lyrics for both songs are below. I pray the truth found in these songs speak to you as it did me…for whatever you may be dealing with at this moment.

It’s Good (Love’s Not Safe)

 

Help Me Find It

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We are loved beyond understanding, let’s live like it!

I love music. I’m not musically talented per se (slight understatement), but I definitely love music. I generally will listen to music most of the day. I work with it on, I drive with it on, I work out with it on, and I go to sleep with it on.

Today I was listening to music as I was working, and a song I really enjoy came on. As I was listening, the lyrics really hit me more than they usually do. After that song ended and I was thinking about the lyrics, I thought about the lyrics of another song I enjoy which went along with the first song.

The songs were “Love is the Song” by The Andy Needham Band< (yes, the lesser-than symbol is part of their name) and “Live Like You’re Loved” by Hawk Nelson. Two great songs with great lyrics that remind us of a very important truth.

God loves us. More than we can understand or comprehend, and definitely more that we will ever deserve. God loves us, each and every one of us. He loved us so much that he came and rescued us from our sin; he redeemed us in order to set us free from the bondage of sin in our life and the consequences of that sin.

God loves for us means that when we make him Lord of our life, he will forgive all of our sin. As believers, we need to live like that. We need to live like we are forgiven and loved. We don’t need to dwell on our sins and mistakes, or allow them to hold us back from truly living our life the way God created us to. We need to take that freedom he gives us, embrace his love fully, and live in that freedom and love with all that we are.

(John 3:16-17, John 10:10, Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 2:4-10, Ephesians 5:1-2)

 

 

Let’s stop making excuses that keep us from living as God has freed us to, or as he has called us to. Let’s quit letting shame for our past mistakes keep us from living in the truth that God has forgiven us completely. Let’s not deny any longer our need as well as our ability to live this life all out for Christ, in the joy and peace and faith that comes from him.

“We’re the forgiven, we’re the redeemed; ransomed and rescued, love is the song that we sing.” “So go ahead and live like you’re loved, it’s OK to act like you’ve been set free. His love has made you more than enough, so go ahead and be who he made you to be.”