Friday, July 22, 2011

The Power Behind the Name

Life sometimes can be unusually cruel. People can be unkind and sometimes when you least expect it there are sudden setbacks or unforeseen bumps in the road.

And well, if you're like me than you know all to well how quickly life happens while you're making other plans--plans to conquer, plans to soar, plans to explore the world beyond your front door.

Our to-do-list often gets buried as we enter into the mindless chatter of another day. To often we are consumed by activities that have no value or reward in sight. People tug at the strings of our heart and weigh even heavier on our minds as our commitments orbit through space.

Suffering from overexposure and severe nearsightedness, I would like to challenge each of us today to prioritize or maybe more accurately re-prioritize. Life is to short to be left holding a bag full of regrets. The "would ofs" and "should ofs" of yesterday are old news. Besides people are somewhat reluctant to participate in pity parties.

However, when we put first things first we can reclaim our inner power by laying hold of all that God has in-store for us. We no longer have to master the art of juggling a million different concerns simultaneously. Because truthfully there is a certain freedom that comes in knowing that God is strong enough to shoulder all of our burdens.

In today's post I would like to share a song sung by Nathalie Grant entitle "Your Great Name." I believe this song is significant on so many levels because it reaffirms our FAITH in Jesus by reminding us that nothing in our lives is beyond God's jurisdiction!

So rest assured friends because we serve a BIG GOD who has declared that at the sound of his name sickness, disease, depression, fear, problems, family concerns, marital issue, child rearing, employment, confusion, loneliness, poverty, abuse, addiction, rejection, rebellion, fornication, pornography, adultery, perversion, hatred, lust, gluttony, bitterness, debt, unforgiveness, lying, fraud, slander, jealousy and anything else that plagues you has to bow.

Though the above list only represents a small fraction of the many things that weigh us down as people, I felt it was important for each of us to begin consciously thinking about the things that may be hindering us from reaching our full potential.

Today I was reminded that there is a name that is higher than every other name. No matter what challenges you or I may find ourselves facing, I encourage you to stand in faith knowing that there is a name that is higher than every other name. And most importantly at the name of Jesus everything that plagues you has to bow.

Today's Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

I come to you in the name of Jesus thanking you for your love, kindness and mercy. I praise you for exalting the name of Jesus higher than every other name. I receive the abundance of your love in my life today. I accept everything that you accomplished through the death, burial, resurrection and ascended work of Jesus Christ. I embrace the fullness of your WORD in every area of my life. 

Please forgive me for forgetting the power of your name and getting lost in the cares of life. From this day forward, I refuse to be held captive by any evil work that the enemy would try to exalt in my life. I reject everything that attempts to kill my faith, steal my joy and destroy my peace.

I declare I am victorious. I will fulfill the will of God each day for my life. I cover my life and the lives of those I love with the blood of Jesus. I receive the fullness of your freedom into my life now and forever more. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!

Scriptural References:

Philippians 2:6-11 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Psalm 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

Isaiah 52:13 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

Daniel 7:14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Ephesians 1:18-23 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Living Life On Purpose,
Dawn Marie Bright

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fueled By Fire: Never Forsaken

Fueled By Fire: Never Forsaken

Never Forsaken

Isn't it funny how no one ever tells you that the road to destiny is marked by tears shed along the way. Often we view success as something that just materalizes overnight. So many people today think that true success is the absence of hard work, dedication, and persistence. Oh, lets not forget determination.

When I was younger, I viewed success as sweatless victory! True success however, is anything but, sweatless, effortless, or instantaneous. In today's spiritual economy the devil has pulled the wool over most Christians' eyes. The great deceiver has used trickery to rock-a-bye-baby Christians everywhere to sleep.

And I'll be the first to admit that I too fell victim to this misconception. God never promised a quick blessing or an easy blessing. He just promised to bless us! The blessing of the Lord is His supernatural empowerment to get the job done in every arena of life. God's word is uncompromising. The bible states that God changes not. Therefore, why do we or more specifically I, as a Christian always find myself in a position to be double minded; constantly changing my mind about what it is that God called me to do.

After taking several deep breaths today, I really had to conduct a self-examination of my life and my reason for existing beyond my fab-five list.

Seriously, it really doesn't make any sense to me. I am finally in a position to do something great for God. Or more accurately, I have allowed the Lord to place me in a position so that He can finally do something great through me and I feel like I am blowing it!! I am an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows.

I have been given such a wonderful opportunity to stretch out spiritually and grow as a Christian. However, I cannot shake the feeling that I'm missing something and I want out immediately. I want out of my laundry list of responsibilities. The commitments that I at one time rejoiced over now appear endless.

And on my best day, I feel like Alice, carelessly stumbling down my own personal rabbit-hole of mental unrest only to question whether or not I am on the path that will lead me to eternal life. In the beginning, I thought that my new found duties where merely an answer to prayers said on bended knee.

Prayers that I prayed repeatedly--you know the prayers; "God use me for your glory; God enable me to be a light to a dying world," and my personal favorite, "not my will but your will be done in my life."As I recall these prayers, I think to myself; "what a fool you were." Could one person's prayers really shape the world as we know it!

And my answer today still must be yes. I must hold on and believe that nothing will ever separate me from the love of God. Mustering all the faith inside of my being I declare that I will survive. I will not die because great are the plans that God has for me!

My prayer today is simple. I pray that God will strengthen you and I as we press toward the mark! Fainting is not an option. I must be strong, you must be strong, we must stay strong. Strength is found in abiding in God's Word! Strength is found in letting go of our strength and embracing God's strength. The bible says that in our weakness God's strength is made perfect.
So today, I ask God to strengthen His children everywhere. Prepare us Lord to be who you called us to be and do what you called us to do. AMEN

Brothers and sisters, I have discovered that we cannot fulfill our calling, destiny or eternal mission without relying on the Lord every step of the way. As difficult as it may be to admit, we are all depended on a loving and merciful God to navigate us through the storms of life.

God Bless,
Donzie Bright.

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