Worship on Wednesday: No Longer Slaves

Worship on Wednesday. A time mid-week to enter in to His presence and be encouraged in your spirit.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Live free in the Lord dear sister and brother-in-Christ. Stand firm knowing you have been set free from bondage. You are His child and His spirit is in you. If we are going to be slaves, let us be willing slaves to Christ and His righteousness.

Father, thank you that you loved us first. We are your children, made new by the blood of Jesus and your Spirit lives in us. Now we call you Abba. Thank you that we can now say, I am a child of God! Amen.

May the words of the song, No Longer Slaves by Bethel Worship minister to you today.

Helena

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Finding Freedom From Baggage

Finding Freedom From Baggage. We carry baggage sometimes for years. It's time to leave the bags behind and stand tall.

I thought I was being polite as we moved further down the coffee line at Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington. We (husband & I) were returning from a wedding in Ketchikan, Alaska. With a few hours to spare before boarding the Dallas/Ft Worth flight, my husband deemed a cup of coffee was just what he needed.

Placing his rather large camera bag on the floor to alleviate the burden off his shoulder, we inched forward towards the order desk. With each step my husband moved his camera bag…

…and with each step I repositioned it.

My Spirit Recognized Truth 

You see, I felt the camera bag was in the way, taking up space the other customers may want to use. Did I think their bags were in our way?

No!

Yet, I thought our bag was in theirs. Not only did I feel the bag was in their way, I was also apologizing for me being in their way.

As you can imagine my husband was not to happy with my interference concerning his camera bag. He felt it was perfectly fine where he put it and was not in anyone’s way. Though we did not argue in line his annoyance was evident with “that look”. You know the one that husband and wives have without saying a word, yet speaks volumes.

The next day it came to light that I had been apologizing to fellow travelers the whole trip home. Many words were exchanged as I tried to explain the reason/excuses for my actions. Then my husband said six words which spoke truth registering deep within my spirit. I stood and stared at him, he had just exposed a lie I had believed subconsciously about myself.

“YOU ARE NOT IN THE WAY!”

For years I had felt in the way. I enjoyed my own company and that of family members. However, when it came to others, my conversations were short and I would bow out as soon as another person came on the scene thinking this was the gracious thing to do. After all the other person is who they really wanted to talk with. They were more interesting, they had something to say that the other person wanted to hear. They were funnier, smarter and they were excepted; at least that’s what I believed. So, I got out of their way.

Where is He?

In 1 Samuel 10:17-25 Samuel was to present to the people of Israel who the Lord had chosen to be king over them as they requested. By casting lots it was narrowed down to one family and then one person; Saul. But when they looked for him he was not there. Vs 22-23 “So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else.

Step Out and Stand Tall

I don’t know when I first believed the lie that I was in the way, but I know I had hidden behind the baggage for years. It was time for me to come out from behind the bags and stand tall.

Are you hiding behind baggage? Do you use it as an excuse? Are you ready to step out and stand tall? As born-again believers in Jesus, we can bring whatever baggage we are carrying to Him and except the payment of his blood for us to live in his freedom. You and I my friend are God’s children. Matthew 11:30 tells us that “His yoke is easy and His burden is light.” Jesus died to set us free, not for us to continue carrying heavy old baggage.

We are not baggage carriers. Let go of the bags!

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

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Worship on Wednesday: My Beloved

Worship on Wednesday. A time mid-week to enter in to His presence and be encouraged in your spirit.

This Valentine week know you are loved by the greatest lover ever to exist, and I’m not taking about your spouse. The lover I’m talking about is Jesus, the one who loves you more intimately than anyone ever could. The one who never leaves your side. The one who remains faithful throughout this life and eternity.

Your are loved, even if you didn’t get a Valentine gift.

You are loved, even if your marriage dissolved into ashes.

You are loved, even though you have a hard time loving yourself.

Believe it. You are LOVED.

Sit back, close your eyes and listen to Beloved sang by Kari Jobe. The heart of our Heavenly Father sings over us drawing us to Himself.

Enjoy

Helena

 

 

 

He Didn’t Give Me a Valentine Gift: Does that Mean He doesn’t Love Me?

When we don't receive gifts from our man on Valentines Day, does it say "I don't love you." Or is he just un-romantic?

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Love is More than a Box of Chocolates

Do you remember the advert on television where the guy runs a gauntlet of obstacles to get to his girl to give her a box of chocolates? All because the lady likes……..(insert name of chocolates).

It’s Valentine’s week and my guess is many of us are hoping our man would be more like the guy in the chocolate advert. Reality check, for most it isn’t going to happen!

As a young wife I thought my husband didn’t love me if he failed to buy me a gift on Valentine’s Day. How silly of me to judge his love based on one day a year but, we do that don’t we? No Valentines card declaring undying love, no flowers, chocolates or jewelry and we think he no longer loves us.

Daily Expressions

The truth is not all men are romantic. If you are married to a non-romantic it often hurts, but please do not equate his unromantic status with him being unloving. Look at the full picture, there is more than one way to express love. How does he treat you on a daily basis? Is he kind, courteous and thoughtful? Does he look out for your well being? Open your eyes to the little things he does and says. You will be surprised at what you see and the depth of love your husband has for you…even without the Valentine gift. Take note of his daily expressions of love.

Extravagant Love

Whether the man in our life is romantic or not, there is one who loves us more than any man could possibly love us. More than we can love ourselves. His name is Jesus. Paul writes in Ephesians 3:17-19

“…that with both feet firmly planted on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! live full lives, full in the fullness of God.”

The extravagant dimensions of Christ love! Oh that we would get to know and live out our lives in and through His love for us and as we do that we would love others well; including our non-romantic husbands.

Happy Valentines Day to you all. You are dearly loved by your Heavenly Father.

Even when we feel unloved there is one who loves us more than we love ourselves.

Do you have a Valentine tradition? Tell me in the comments, would love to hear about them.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

 

 

 

Worship on Wednesday: Not in a Hurry

Worship on Wednesday

Meal Time

I was told as a child not to rush my food. When my son came home for a visit after completing Army boot camp I noticed how quickly he ate; much faster than before camp. Slow down I told him. He informed me at camp if he didn’t eat fast he would not get to finish his meal.

The Lord invites us to eat at His table to spend time in His presence. This is not a meal we hurry for fear of not getting our daily quota of ration. Rather it’s a time to slow down, rest and savor His company.

Slow Down

Sit back, close your eyes and let the words of Not In A Hurry by United Pursuit flow over you as you slow down and rest in the Lord’s presence. Many thanks to my friend Ginny Heisler for introducing me to this song.

Prayer

Father, I don’t want to rush in or out of your presence. Help me to slow down, to spend quality time with you. To listen with attentive ears and hear you speak. Amen.

 

When We Hurry Our Quiet Time

When We Hurry Our Quiet Time

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It was a quiet I had not experienced in all my years in church. It was different from the kind of quiet where you write the shopping list in your head or hope someone would say something; anything. Just break the awkwardness please kind of quiet.

When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,” my heart leaped for joy. Psalm 122:1

The small Welsh chapel stood at the bottom end of town, it wasn’t fancy but it was a well known landmark. When asked where one went to church, it was suffice to say, “Jerusalem.” They knew you didn’t mean the city in Israel.

Singing in tune is not a requirement to worship

It was common practice during prayer meetings for whoever felt led to start up a worship song; singing in tune or music was not a requirement, yet somehow it was usually a beautiful sound that lifted from the people up past the rafters on its way to heaven.

Different members would stand unprompted one after another bringing their requests before the Lord, while those around voiced their Amen and Yes Lord. A moment of silence between prayers and singing was an opportunity for the next person to stand and join their voice with those who had prayed before them.

This particular prayer meeting the silence was different. It had a sweet rest about it, I could feel myself relax as if bathed in peace. No one uttered a sound, no-one dared break the silence. It was beautiful. Without anyone explaining I knew I was in the presence of the Lord. I for one was not in a hurry to leave and it seemed neither was anyone else.

I don’t know how long we sat in the sweetness of His presence, in the quietness of His spirit, maybe it was only a few minutes. Time had lost its importance, all that mattered was being with Him.

One Thing Remains

Many years have passed since that prayer meeting, a lot of life has happened bringing with it changes. Yet, one thing remains the same and that is the sweet presence of the Lord.

So often we come before Him in prayer, a quick thank you to show our gratitude for who He is and what He has done before we unload our next list of needs ending with a quick ” In Jesus name” and an even quicker “Amen.” Then we run off to our next task having checked off our Quiet Time.

Worship requires us to be fully present in His presence

We enter the courts of the throne room with praise, not lip service, not even our favorite song if it is not offered from the heart. Once in that’s where worship takes over, that is when we are lost in adoration for the One who sits at the right hand of the Father; Jesus.

Worship Requires Us to Be Fully Present

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We cannot know the sweet rest of His presence, if we are not fully present in His presence. And we will never be fully present if we are in a hurry.

Slow down. Enter. Stay awhile.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

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Worship on Wednesday: Adoration

Worship on Wednesday

Welcome to Worship on Wednesday, I love that worship is not confined to Sundays only but, can if we choose be an everyday occurrence. What better day than mid-week the day most of us start to sag a little to take time and honor Jesus.  Worship on Wednesday will consist of a brief thought and a link to a worship song from well know and lesser known Christian artists.

Today, I want to introduce you to Hayley Boden of Red Letters. Hayley beautifully sings a cover of Brenton Brown song, Adoration.

What better way to start the very first Worship on Wednesday than in worshipful adoration to our Lord and Savior, Jesus. If you are in a place where you can relax and close your eyes do so and let the words sink in and let worship rise up.

Father, we pause from our activities, hearts bowed before you and our hands held high we surrender to your love. Our eyes are fixed on Jesus, the One we adore. Receive our offering of praise today; you truly are wonderful! Amen.

Thank you Hayley for leading us in worship, I pray the Lord will use you mightily as you surrender to His calling on your life.

If you have enjoyed listening and worshiping with Hayley you may want to check at her blog, she writes at https://redletters.life/

Helena