Don’t look back. Eliminate any possibility of retreat. That’s the message of For King and Country’s song, “Burn the Ships,” and that is the message of Paul to the Philippians. The new life set out before you and the priceless prize at the end of this race will be SO worth the risk of reducing your past to ashes.
Let’s explore what Paul has to say to the Philippians together.
Every somebody started out as a nobody. Inspired by Casting Crowns’ song, “Nobody,” I consider the early days of Samuel’s life. Even though Samuel was the son of a barren woman who was dedicated to the Lord for a life of service, he still had to GROW from somewhere.
Join me as we zero in on Samuel’s beginning to see what we can learn from this “nobody” who eventually had two books of the God’s Holy Word bear his name.
Have you ever struggled to see the big picture of the Bible? How do the individual stories, songs, poems, prophecies, and more, fit together — and what are we to make of it? Rend Collective’s song, “Rescuer (Good News),” reminds me of God’s grand rescue plan.
Join me for a quick fly over that may help you make connections with God’s grand story in the future.
We are in dire straights. We’re going down in a heap of confusion and our SOS call has been heard by a loving Father who sent His only Son to rescue us. Lauren Daigle’s song “Rescue” reminds us that we are not beyond God’s reach to deliver us from sin.
Paul has his own SOS call recorded in his letter to the Romans. Let’s head over there together.
I want the truth about God to be the soundtrack of my life. What we listen to matters and it changes the way we think. That’s why I am drawn to John Mark and Sarah McMillan’s song, “King Of My Heart.” It calls out the characteristics of our unfathomable God, allowing me to meditate on HIM instead of ME.
We will use some of the lyrics to take us on a journey through Scripture to confirm that the King of our heart is indeed GOOD.
Life’s full of choices, isn’t it? The funny thing is, even when we don’t intentionally choose a response, we have still made a choice. Vertical Worship’s song, “Yes I Will,” reminds us that we can choose to bless the Lord at all times.
King David made that choice, and this week we explore one of the songs he wrote to remind himself of God’s faithfulness.
One of my favorite ways to understand Scripture is to consider the opposite. Whatever it IS becomes clearer for me when I think about what it’s NOT. Michael Ketterer does that for us in the song, “Spirit Lead Me,” when he reminds us that chasing feelings is the opposite of being led by the Spirit.
I want to be led by the Spirit, but I’ve learned in my studies that first I must “inquire of the Lord.”
Sometimes you’re in a battle, and sometimes you just feel like a weight is bearing down on you, immobilizing you. The King James Version of the Bible calls this a “spirit of heaviness.” The English Standard Version calls it a “faint spirit.” No matter the description that fits you best, our Savior has given us a great exchange. Michael W. Smith sings about it in his song, “Surrounded (Fight My Battles).”
Explore Isaiah 61 with me as put on the garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness.
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
Write out Scripture
Speak Scripture aloud
Follow the cross-references
Make a list
Michael W. Smith’s reference to Isaiah 61 in the opening of his song
The terrible exchange of a spring of living water for a broken cistern in Jeremiah 2
The glorious exchanges listed in Isaiah 61:1-3
The proven battle plan of leading out in praise – 2 Chronicles 20
Putting on the garment of praise through singing, speaking, journaling, praying and remembering
Perhaps you are suffering from a faint spirit. Remember that Christ was anointed to bring you the good news and a gift…a garment of praise in exchange for your faint spirit. Read Isaiah 61 this week and explore all of the details it offers us while using the Episode 282 to give you the tools to do so. Put on the garment of praise this week. Ponder through singing, write out Scripture, speak out Scripture, incorporate Scripture into your prayers, and call out to God all that He has done for you.
When we were new parents we logged every aspect of our new baby’s life. Some family members mocked us, but for my husband and me it gave us a feeling of control — as if by writing it down we could influence the outcome. In his song, “I’m Gonna Let It Go,” Jason Gray sings of our desire to “control” things while God is patiently waiting for us to surrender to Him.
Through a quick look at the interchange between a prophet and a king, we can make some pretty profound conclusions.
It’s time. It’s time to get a little excited about how great God really is. Strike up the band (or at least Newsboys United’s song “Greatness of Our God”) and turn to Psalm 150, because it’s time to acknowledge the greatness of our God.