Slay The Terrifying Giant

A truly terrifying giant looms before you

He is a giant of old and you know him so well

He has taunted you for way too long

His horrifying laugh has been heard roaring loudly at your defeat

This giant has robbed you of so many things

This giant has denied you from reaching where you need to be

You MUST slay the giant and no longer be a slave to fear!

But you’re afraid and your confidence has departed you

You shake deep within your core at the mere thought of having to face him

But don’t lose heart!

You’re safe under the shelter of God’s wings!

You’re loved more than you can ever imagine

There is a HUGE reward for slaying the giant

You may feel unqualified to fight, but be brave

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is with you!

Feel his courage flow through your veins!

Allow God to equip you

Then with your armour intact and your weapons at the ready

FACE THE GIANT!!!!

Step into the battlefield unafraid

Plant your feet deep into the Good News

Allow confidence to grow deep within

The battle has already been won!

By His Word it is done!

You are the victor!

Go now and claim your reward

Today the LORD will enable you to conquer the giant!

Burst forth with praise

Set your feet to dancing

Celebrate the victory and declare God’s goodness!

Francesca Battistelli- Giants Fall (Official YouTube Lyric Video)

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Photo Cred – Felix Russell-Saw

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My Rollercoaster Week

I’m not really sure what to share and it all feels a bit disjointed but here is my heart for you this week……….. snippets of yet another roller coaster week….

Tuesday last week this was part of my day:

I had a 20 min screaming session as I drove from town….I was so fed up with the constant unending challenges…. I came home and had a prayer session that got LOUD….

Utterly exhausted I went to the beach to try and get some clarity and calm. As I sat there I was challenged to still my racing thoughts (and heart) and worship….

“Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s worth. Whether we are in the biggest loss of our life or the biggest victory, our response remains the same because His worth never changes.” Bill Johnson

I listened to worship music and wrote:

I sit by the water
I drink of You
I absorb Your life-giving water into my entire being
I rest in Your presence
I soak You in
I ignite Your freedom into my heart
I sing of Your love
I sing of Your grace
I sing of Your majesty
I sing of Your glory
Shine Your love on me
Send Your cleansing grace
Clothe me in Your majesty
Let me shine Your glory Lord

Sunday morning I was awake early and after a bit of a wrestle I finally made my way upstairs, reminding myself about being obedient. As I pushed myself up the stairs I thought how cool it would be to hear a kookaburra. As my foot hit the top stair I heard a familiar sound – the kookaburra singing loudly. I raced outside to try and capture it. As I stood on my deck hearing him laugh away I was reminded that in the midst of my storm I can laugh because if I have my eyes fixed on Jesus I’m assured victory!
1 Corinthians 15:57  “…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amplified

I am promised to be able to laugh at my future (Proverbs 31) because I’m clothed in strength and dignity and God has a good and perfect plan for my life:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  New Living Translation

Then Tuesday this week was my teary day….right from the moment I awoke I felt fragile…..as I started to think about stuff I felt as if I was suffocating… I went into the study, played music and wrote:

Lord Please Revive Me
Lord my heart is heavy
Please lift it
My eyes leak with grief
Please catch each one
My worries race towards me like a thousand strong army
Lord please do not leave me to be consumed by them!
Lord this load is too heavy to carry
Please take it
I empty myself
Please come fill me
Lord I need Your words of truth and life to revive me

As I return to the kitchen my daily devotion verse is: “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.” Psalms 32:7 NLT

I grabbed my phone to look up the verse and continued to read: “……..unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!” Psalms 32:10b-11 NLT

The day was filled with constant moments of me fighting back tears, allowing them to leak or sobbing huge body racking tears!

After tea we watch a movie on Netflix called “Born To Win” based on the true heartbreaking story of Leon Terblanche who asked over and over again “Where is God?”.

As I watch it I feel as if a balm was being placed over my hurting, doubting, fainting, weak and tired heart. In a place of despair a friend of Leon’s comes up to him and recites Isaiah 40: “Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:26-31 NLT

I cry out afresh to God to answer my pleas for mercy and bring the promised breakthrough!

I hang on for dear life to the One who is faithful to bring shalom to my chaos!!!

Wednesday (yesterday) I’m encouraged to read this verse: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

Lord let me feel Your amazing grace surrounding me – the empowerment to overcome!!

Lord I ask that joy would spring forth in my heart so that I can be a person of peace in the midst of this chaos!

Many blessings!

WARNING!!!! Grab the tissues for this one: Hillsong United – Desert Song (the behind story) YouTube Clip

‘Mountain’ – Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Lyric YouTube clip

Worship In My Chaos inc ‘Enter The Gates’

Lifestyle Of Worship

To receive love, via my love language, is through words of affirmation and quality time – I love getting messages from people and I love spending time with people.

Guess what was robbed from me when I was sick? The ability to receive affirmation and the ability to spend time with people. My inability to receive God’s love was also distorted! I desperately tried to press into Him but there were many times when I just didn’t feel any connection!

A few months ago I felt a real desire to gift moments to God – set aside specific time regularly to spend it with Him. My love languages, ways I reveal my love, is gift giving and acts of service. I felt that I needed to enter into a space of reckless abandonment in my pursuit for more of God.

“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” Psalms 42:1 (NLT)

I was inspired to worship God wholeheartedly like David did, this is described in 2 Samuel 6:14: David danced before the Lord with all his might, with great enthusiasm and with great abandon! NLT, AMP & MSG paraphrased

Jehu Hernandez reflects on David and states: “Worship was giving his life completely to God and to God’s purposes.”

How inspiring and challenging is that!

“Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.” Hebrews 13:15 Amplified

Sunday, the 7th of May, the sermon was about Mary and Martha! I’m so grateful God has taken me through this deep inner healing. I can boldly declare that striving and distractions are gone in my life! I am no longer a Martha – constantly too busy and distracted by life to engage with God at the level I need to!

Surely a lifestyle of worship should be my response for all that God has done, is doing and will do in my life! I am called to a life of worship because that’s how I’m created to be! I’m not part of the worship team at church, but I am a worshiper! Well how do I worship?

  • I Join creation in singing God’s praises in the morning!
  • I’ll put my earbuds in and play worship music while I clean. My family laugh at me as I make sounds even whales can’t recognize!
  • I’ll play worship music clips on our big tv.
  • I’ll soak in worship music while I write
  • I choose to gift God all I am and all I have!
  • I choose to worship Him in all I do!

God asked me to work on my confidence in Him – to lay down my self-confidence struggles. At first it was go to church early and worship God in His house – kneel, dance, pray through the building…… then it was to go to the beach and worship publicly – raise my hands and sing out loud. I’ve had some people walk past me as I do all this and at first I felt embarrassed! BUT Saturday the 6th of May, as I noticed people walking past, I didn’t feel embarrassed! I hoped that my passionate worship might be contagious and inspiring! As they walked past I blessed them (quietly to myself). It was such a transformation.

At the Majestic Women retreat, early May 2017, I danced – I haven’t been able to dance for ages due to energy issues. I felt prompted again Sunday 7th of May at church, at the end of the service, we went into a time of worship and were encouraged to lay it all down. I felt prompted to dance. As I started I declared: “I’m free to dance and free to sing!!!”. I then danced and sung about God’s freedom flowing like a river and falling like rain. I feel such a shift! Such a release in my life! Oh, I’m just bursting at the seams despite the fact that when I started writing this I was lying on the couch feeling utterly exhausted. I know God has started a HUGE mighty work!!!

In those moments of soaking in God I’m receiving love from God via my love languages – words of affirmation spring forth in my mind and I know God is engaging in spending the time with me! It’s truly astounding!

“I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.” Psalms 57:9 NLT

We are created in Gods image to rule over the earth. When we engage in worshiping God all of creation listens and responds! I hear the birds sing and it seems louder; I see the birds and insects draw near; I often have one or two birds visit with me; I feel the winds respond and a gentle breeze will blow across my face – even when no breeze was felt before!

There are times when it seems difficult to praise but Patricia King puts it all into perspective: “I sense the Lord saying, “Worship though your disappointments.” When you have questions because you do not know the answers, turn your questions into worship…worship in deep surrender and lay your unanswered questions on the altar. He will fill you…heal you…restore hope.”

“Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe.” Hebrews 12:28 The Passion Translation

“Never miss an opportunity to dance. Or a reason to laugh. Or a chance to love.” Linda Poindexter

The Passion Translation: “The Hebrew language has meaning attached to every letter, not just every word. Often, the meaning of the word is the combination of the meaning of each individual letter. For example, the Hebrew word for worship (shachah) means to bow down in adoration. It’s the combination of only three letters in Hebrew: shin-chet-hei.

Shin = fiery passion

Chet = joining with God in a secret place or bridal chamber

Hei = in the presence of God”
I’m dancing with exultation and sending you many blessings!

Keona

‘As the Deer Pants’ – Chris & Jennie Orange – lyrics YouTube clip

‘Beautiful Heart’ – Zions Hill & Carolyn Billings -lyrics YouTube clip

‘You have ravished my heart’ – Brian & Jen Johnson – lyrics YouTube clip

‘Resurrecting’ – Elevation Worship – lyrics YouTube clip

Jehu Hernandez complete blog

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Recharge

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“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 (NLT)

John 15 verse 4 describes how a branch is unable to produce fruit if it is not attached to the vine and the life giving roots. If the branch is removed from the vine it will wither and die. As I pondered this I was shown how relevant that verse is today and in my life now and forever.

Each night I need to check my phone to see if it needs to be recharged. If it does I plug it into the cord. My recent season has been one of praising God for doing a mighty work in me. I have been fortunate to be able to arise each morning to spend time praising and praying. As I do this I feel that I am ‘recharged’. God flows His life-giving spirit into me. Like my phone battery, which loses charge, I notice through the day that I can tend to get a bit ‘flat’, those are the moments that I declare (again) the great and wondrous promises I have received from God.

Jesus goes on to explain how remaining in God is so vital for our spiritual health in John 15:10 (NLT): “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”. I also notice how Jesus talks about needing to be obedient and obey God’s commandments. Jesus is one with God but he still mentions it. I find that really interesting. As I ponder that I wondered if Jesus, being in human form at the time, was made aware of the humanity within? Was he reminding himself to be faithful to his ultimate calling of returning to heaven?! There were many times when Jesus withdrew from everyone and went to spend time with God in solitude. If Jesus needed to do that then I DEFINATELY need to do it!

Just as a weakened phone battery is strengthen by recharging, it is the same for our spiritual strength. As we spend time with the giver of life we receive a recharge which empowers our soul for the coming day; the coming season; and the coming storms.

I was challenged earlier in the week to recharge myself in God alone! I am pressing into God for HUGE things, my future and our finances, it was a VERY tough day. I was booked in to see my Christian Counselor in the morning and then catch up with a friend for lunch. Now both of these those would have been absolutely wonderful to do and I felt they were much needed. But guess what they both cancelled! I was initially disappointed, actually devastated, but I decided I would press into God. So I played some Bethel Worship Music and prayed. I see how vital it is for me to do exactly that right now! I am reminded that in times of trouble I need to run to God first and foremost. He has, will and can do the impossible in my life!

“Prayer shifts your focus away from the problem to the One who can give you the answer, solution, or next step to take. Prayer takes your focus off yourself – and your pain and confusion – to the Father, who knows all, controls all, has all power and is all-loving.” Charles F. Stanley

So I encourage you today to plant yourself firmly into God, view yourself as that vine attached to the giver of life! Ask Him for a fresh revelation and anointing. May He recharge your tired soul with an overflowing joy and peace right now!!

Many Blessings!

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