Bless the Lord O My Soul

16 10 2012
Bless the Lord !

Bless the Lord !

O Lord You are my God

I will exalt You,

I will praise You name,

For You have done wonderful things;

Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

For You have made a city a ruin,

A fortified city a ruin,

A palace of foreigners to be a city no more;

It will never be rebuilt,

Therefore the strong people will glorify You;

The city of the terrible nations will fear You.

For You have been a strength to the poor,

A strength to the needy in his distress,

A refuge from the storm,

A shade from the heat;

For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against a wall.      Isaiah 25: 1-5     NKJV

The Lord God allowed His servant, the Prophet Isaiah to see in progression, a view to the ‘End of the age’ with it’s destructions and disobedience of humanity in addition to the mighty hand of God’s wrath in response.

Even in the midst of overwhelming visions of things to come, Isaiah knows that God Almighty still makes a refuge for those who love and reverentially fear Him.

I believe this declaration of loving, worshipful praise broke free from the heart of Isaiah just as it did to his predecessor, King David within Psalm 103 (ref. verse 1).

How can we not ‘Bless the Lord’ from the bottom of hearts, from the depths of our soul?

Let us: Magnify the Lord, exalt His name. Our God sits high and looks low, blessing those who love Him with their whole heart. If you don’t know the Lord, you can stop right where you are and ask Him into your heart today.

Let’s Pray:  “Lord Jesus, I ask Your forgiveness. Only You can forgive my sin. I believe you died on the cross for me. Please come into my heart today.” Amen

If you prayed that prayer today, please contact us through the comment line.

Until next time: Please enjoy the music ministry video “Bless the Lord O My Soul” by Myron Butler. This courtesy-sharing is from the good folks at:EMI Gospel (P) (C) 2012 . All rights reserved.    

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‘And as always’… Be Blessed!   The Lightkeeper





CHEERS !

24 06 2012

Be of Good Cheer

Suppose along the way on our journey back to God; a lot of people begin to stop believing in God?

Suppose our journey has been filled with an abundance of: “One-too-many’s?” Perhaps there have been ‘one-too-many’ rude so-called religious-folk; perhaps one-too-many dysfunctional family situations; one-too-many ways to be taken for granted; or betrayed, excluded; criticized; polarized and simply unloved? Then what?

As a Biblical Counselor for a number of  years now, I have yet to have ‘seen-it-all’; especially since I haven’t met someone like the madman of Gadara (“My name is Legion, for we are manyMark 5:1-20)–not someone you would look forward to meeting  randomly, and it’s not very likely that he’d make an appointment with us. [Please know I’m being facetious here]

True, our counseling hasn’t come across such a walking-wounded child of God; however, I do know a very dear young woman who has experienced much of the above list of un-love for much of her life: She drinks.

Another dear person who has come into our ministry with a similar story of having seldom felt loved: He is angry and emotionally cloistered.

Some people shop; some eat; some have sexual marathons; some decide to perpetrate the same unloving behaviors onto others; thereby perpetuating the cycle of evil.

As we can see, it all gets messy and goes downhill rather quickly; however, most people in the clutches of this cycle of unloving, accept the self-inflicting wounds as relief.

Revisit Mark 5:1-20 and note that some very twenty-first century psychosis are being demonstrated: Cutting; terrorizing; bullying; vehement anger, etc. What’s the remedy? What is the antidote, the cure? We invite you to come have a drink.

Drink deeply, ever so deeply, again and again of the word of God. Let’s focus upon the words of our Savior and Friend, our Lord Jesus, the Christ [meaning: anointed One; (and) His anointing].

In fact, from now on, may we humbly suggest that every time you see the title, “Christ”, that you think: Anointed One (and) His anointing. In regular terms, it’s like saying: “The All-Powerful/All-Able One and His All-Powerful potential toward you and me.” Jesus’ antidote for the evils of this world-system is highlighted in John 16:33b (NKJV) “…Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

However, understand that the next time you hear this Scripture quoted; it is a concluding portion of a much larger statement. This is a statement delivered (in fact) to Believer’s and not to unbeliever’s, who have a whole ‘other’ issue; just as a High School Senior has whole ‘other’ issues differing from a drop-out.

So then, Jesus’ concluding statement: “..Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” is like the dessert within a full-course meal. However, the main course precedes dessert, as when He said:  33  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Note: “In the world you will have tribulation…” (i.e., sorrow, trials, challenges, persecutions and/or grief). Primary to Jesus’ statement is His open, and non-expiring invitation and statement of fact: “…in Me you may have peace.” The qualifier  ‘may’ shows that we have a choice, a decision; so indeed this is part of an invitation and not a dictation.

We shine the Light on this fact: We can choose Jesus and turn our back on the un-loving sorrows, trials, persecutions, and challenges of this world-system. We can rest in the knowledge that Jesus knows all about it (first-hand); we are not alone in the world; we are not abandoned, orphaned or without hope.

So too, we can choose to realize, count upon; lean into and rest ourselves in knowing that even the crass chaos of our life, here on planet earth has not escaped the nail-scarred hands of our Lord and Savior; The Christ.

BUT: We’ve got to stop self-managing and simply submit ourselves to Him; give ‘it‘ to Him. That is easier said then done, right? Perhaps things are only as hard as we make them? Please review the fact that the first thing ‘Legion’ does in Mark 5, verse 6: “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him.”

Exercise: For 7 days, stop recalling “the problem” and focus upon the solution. Jesus is the solution for every problem. See Him in your heart through the word of God, right there in your Holy Bible. Run to Him in your heart; fall upon your knee’s literally and spiritually… worship Him.

This is our first step as Believer’s [not denominationalism, not religious, but believer’s] in the One true, Triune God; the “I AM”; Who is our answer to all of life’s many questions; which  are always found, “under-the-Son,” in Christ.

Homework~For a good time, read: John 16 (all) and Mark 5 (all) then please share with us how the exercise suggested above has made a difference in your life.

Be Blessed!  

Image credits: CBS Television, Cheers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheers





HE is Lord

1 02 2012

IN UNITY

HE is Lord,

HE is Lord,

HE has risen from the dead,

And HE is Lord,

Every knee shall bow,

Every tongue confess,

That Jesus Christ is Lord.

What a wonderful, moving hymn. While singing this hymn I am often moved to tears imagining “that day” when Jesus returns and all nations of the earth will fall to their knee’s declaring His Lordship. Won’t that be awesome?

Each of us has the opportunity to make that confession for ourselves, now, today. If you have already done that, but feel a distance from when you first asked Jesus to come into your heart; perhaps a time of refreshing is what you need.

I know that is what I needed just this past week. The services that I usually participate in are very lively events regarding the music, the preaching and even the prayers are very vocal. However, I was invited to worship with a new acquaintance at his church. It was very peaceful, quiet, and not very long in service length. It was in fact, quite refreshing.

Just as I wouldn’t order the same thing on a menu at every restaurant I attended; similarly, I wouldn’t want this kind of quiet, brevity on a regular basis either. However, for where my heart was at that time; overcoming a busy schedule and knowing I needed some shut-eye at some point in the day; this was a Sabbath rest that “filled the bill” for me.

Psalm 133:1 says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”… See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity

How wonderful to be united with brothers and sisters from divergent backgrounds. The one thing we all had in common was our recognition and declaration that: “HE is Lord.”

Isn’t that true for us all? Find your place and find His grace for your life today. Be Blessed





WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?

26 12 2011
Miss Janet Jackson

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

“What Have You Done For Me Lately?” Miss Jackson made that question the most popular one posed to date through her hit album Rhythm Nation, with the assist of writer/producer dynamic duo: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Grammy awards were given out in plenty.

How can we give the Lord a Grammy for what He does for us every minute of every day? The answer: Praise. That’s right, Praise Him; give thanks to Him and for Him; for He is good, and His mercy endures forever! That’s what we read in Psalm 136:1 and Psalm 107:1. Here is just a small example how Praising God worked out in a very big way: My Uncle is 84, a retired Barber, a left-side stroke victim, and newly diagnosed cancer patient who along with my Aunt, a retired nurse with many years of deep muscle and bone damage (lifting heavy patients for 35 years); both on a tight fixed income; called me to ask for prayer: Their old car had just died, leaving them with many doctor appointments and no means of transportation in the suburbs of New Jersey.

By phone in Tennessee, I began to pray right then and there. The Holy Spirit lifted that prayer, having me to speak out the power and love of God, the words of promise and comfort of help found only in the word of God. When we concluded that prayer, we all felt lifted, encouraged and at peace; although nothing on the outside had changed (the car was still dead and they still did not have any money –me either). However, there was a big change for us all; deep down on the inside. We were renewed in our faith. I encouraged them to do what the word tells us in Psalm 150-“Praise ye the Lord.”

I asked them both to speak only blessings and positive pronouncements over their situations: “Say what you DO want to happen; and not the opposite.” We can read all about faith in the whole book of James. It’s all about faith and those who ‘walk by faith and not by sight.’ II Corinthians 5:7

Back to my Uncle and Aunt: Within days, men and women came to them saying they just had a ‘feeling’ that they should get in touch with them. The result: They missed very few doctor appointments. Then someone suggested a lady in car sales. This lovely woman was moved to compassion; took their old dead car in trade; sold them a lightly used car and even picked them up from their home to come to the dealership and sign the papers. The car is better than they could have ever afforded and has all the bells and whistles; a sunroof; keyless lock entry and great gas mileage. It’s a ‘hot’ little car and just right for zipping them around town. They were ecstatic. See Ephesians 3:20 about “More than you could ask or imagine.” That’s just how our God does what He does—all the time.

Then, the American Cancer Society ‘just happened’ to mail them a food voucher for $300.00. Finally, my Uncles’ estranged son showed up with a Christmas card with a crisp $100 dollar bill inside. This was his first visit to his Father’s home in over eight years. Prayer changes things. So, “What has He done for me lately?” God is worthy of our praise even if He never did another thing for us. HE paid it all on the cross of Calvary. All we need do is receive it by Faith. Don’t we just love how He loves us? Hallelujah! Be Blessed. Contact Lighthouse Ministries for prayer and counseling.








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