Podcast #282: “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” by Michael W. Smith

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:
    • Meditate
    • Pray Scripture
    • Write out Scripture
    • Speak Scripture aloud
    • Journal
    • 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
  • My “Garment of Praise” playlist on Spotify – Spotify link
  • Following the cross reference in Isaiah 61 to Luke 4:16-21
  • Considering the giver of the garment of praise in Isaiah 61:3
  • The expected result of this great exchange – Isaiah 61:3
  • Considering being rooted in Colossians 2 and planted in Psalm 1
  • How God’s greatest glory IS my greatest good
  • Making a list of who “they” are that these gift are for
  • Making a list of the expected accomplishments of the transformed “they”
  • Another great exchange in Isaiah 61:7
  • Our praise response in Isaiah 61:10-11

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This Week’s Challenge

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.


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Podcast #268: “Have Mercy on Me” by The Porter’s Gate Worship Project (feat. David Gungor)

Mercy is one of those things that I want freely bestowed upon me, and yet I tend to be pretty stingy with mercy for others. God’s Word has wrecked me over the past few weeks as it relates to mercy. The Porter’s Gate Worship Project has a haunting ballad that has complemented my study as I worship with their song, “Have Mercy on Me.”

As we look intently into the mercy of God, may we better reflect it in our own lives.

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Podcast #261: “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle

Trust is a key foundation to our relationship with God the Father, Son AND Holy Spirit. When we allow our circumstances to define the character of God rather than His Word, we can easily be led to fear and doubt instead of trust. “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle is a profound proclamation in song of our trust in God despite our circumstances.

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We will once again use the gift of a song to lead us to an even deeper impact on our souls, and that is hiding the truth of Scripture deep inside.

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Podcast #225: “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective

Wandering Through Paul's Epistles

If I asked the Apostle Paul to examine my life, I’m pretty sure he would see blessings that I’m not seeing. I’m fairly convinced we’re on the lookout for two different things. That has been confirmed for me this week as I’ve meandered through his letters looking for the blessings he counts. This quest was inspired by Rend Collective’s song, “Counting Every Blessing.”

Join me on a journey through the epistles…it may just change the way you look at things, too.

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Podcast #224: “joy.” by For King and Country

Splashing Out Joy in Romans 15

Major decisions in life often determine our final destination. But what about our daily choices, like the attitudes we choose? For King and Country challenges us all in their song “joy.” to choose joy in the midst of trials. Of course, they didn’t come up with that on their own…it’s all over Scripture.

Let’s consider what God’s Word has to say on the matter on a journey from James to the Psalms to Romans.

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Podcast #222: “He Still Does” by Hawk Nelson

Uncovering a Miracle in 2 Chronicles 20

We all want the miracle, but are we willing to do our part? Are we willing to seek Him? Are we willing to walk in God’s ways? Hawk Nelson reminds us that God is in the miracle business through their song “He Still Does.” King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah experienced an amazing miracle one morning in the desert.

The Lord was with King Jehoshaphat — join me as we explore why.

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Podcast #196: “Nothing But the Blood” by Jars of Clay

Noting in Scripture That Nothing but the Blood of Jesus Atones for Sin

Sometimes my grandmother bemoans the repetition in contemporary worship songs. Once she mentioned she felt like the worship team might just “sing of your love forever”…forever. I’m pretty sure she’ll excuse the repetition in the classic hymn “Nothing but the Blood” as it leads us to consider the significance of the blood shed by our Savior.

No matter how hard we may “try,” NOTHING but the blood of Jesus can atone for our sin.

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Podcast #190: “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp

Observing, Reflecting, and Responding to God's Word in Psalm 119

God’s Word challenges and convicts, reveals and comforts. It is an amazing privilege to have access to the words God has preserved for us. Jeremy Camp’s song, “Word of Life,” sings of effects God’s Word can have on our lives. Our efforts this week can bring that impact to life.

Join me as we follow a repeatable pattern to interact with God’s Word.

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Podcast #183: “O God Forgive Us” by For King and Country

Praying Against the Invaders in Psalm 79

Today’s most popular songs, like the Psalms, are often reflective of the times. For King and Country’s song “O God Forgive Us” reflects the issues of our time, but includes an age-old prayer of repentance. We see a cry for deliverance from a very desperate situation in Psalm 79 this week. Perhaps you are crying out from a place of desperation, too.

You can reclaim your identity, cry out for deliverance, and promise praise right along with the psalmist.

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Podcast #182: “Psalm 91 (On Eagle’s Wings)” by Shane & Shane

Dwelling on the Challenge of Psalm 91

I love it when God weaves memories, music, and Truth together to reveal a beautiful tapestry. I often step back and think to myself, “You’ve had this picture planned all along.” Shane & Shane’s rendition of “Psalm 91 (On Eagle’s Wings)” takes me back in time. Only this time, God has something new to say through His Word in this season of my life.

We may barely get past the first verse of Psalm 91 this week, but slowing down has its benefits.

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