God is our Defender. It is important to remember that the next time you feel the need to defend yourself. Psalm 18 says God’s gift of salvation to us is our shield. So why do I think my words are my shield? Or my silence? Or any effort on my part? Francesca Battistelli’s song “Defender” leads us to Scripture and to considering this and other characteristics of God.
I suppose the question is now, “What how will we respond in the future now that we know the truth?”
When was your last battlefield experience? I’m not talking about a military exercise, rather the battlefields of life. Francesca Battistelli’s song, “Giants Fall,” led me to 1 Samuel 17 to see David turning a food run into a battlefield story for the ages.
I wonder if we, like David, may be more prepared than we realize.
Confessions in James 5 and Principles in Matthew 18
Chances are that even today you have had an experience with relationships that fills you or drains you. We can be filled up by people we’ve never met in person in a private Facebook group and drained with merely a look by those closest to us. Because of the unpredictability of others, we often build up walls that keep us from truth and freedom that God has for us through others. Francesca Battistelli’s song “If We’re Honest” opens up that discussion for us as we seek truths in Scripture that will help us experience relationships like we never have before.
God’s Word holds truths and principles that we can follow to unlock a beauty in relationships that may still be hidden from view.
This week’s song, “Holy Spirit” as performed by Francesca Battistelli, gets me so excited! I can’t wait to talk about one of my most precious relationships…my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I have personally only begun to scratch the surface of Who He is and so I cherish every chance I get to dig in deeper.
The Holy Spirit is mysterious and powerful, yet revealing and intimate. Don’t you want to learn more about Him, too? Along with the podcast I’ve created a resource to help you dig into Scripture in a fresh way.
On this episode I discuss:
A sweet memory that comes to mind when I hear this song
Welcoming the Holy Spirit here (cue thumb pointing to your own chest)
Why I don’t consider this a worship song
A discussion about confession (as it relates to the ACTS pattern for prayer…see Episode 17 for more details)
The difference between inviting the Holy Spirit over and declaring Him welcome
I am ruined! Now that I have spent so much time in God’s Word studying the details of the Christmas story, I cannot look at a nativity scene the same! However, I can choose to see all of the details that don’t line up with Scripture, or I can choose to use the nativity scene as a reminder of all I’ve learned through my own studies. And I can use songs like “Be Born in Me” by Francesca Battistelli to lead me back to those Scriptures and identify with this REAL girl, Mary.
I hope this week’s episode and song inspire you to do the same.
On this week’s episode I discuss:
My choice to use the nativity as tool instead of getting aggravated
Study Mary’s song in Luke 1. A fun experiment might be to use a tool like BibleHub.com and look at a verse and then look on the right to see where the cross references might lead you. If something catches your eye, go read those verses in context. It may have NOTHING to do with Mary in the end, but that’s okay! The goal is to have fun interacting with God’s Word!
How much emphasis do you give to what others think of you? “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battistelli celebrates the names that God calls us. God knows us intimately, and because He is our Creator, He gets to name us.
You are adored by God. Will you let Him search you, test you, and lead you?
Psalm 139 is a great place to spend some time this week. You will begin to see how adored and how KNOWN you really are. If you choose to spend some time there, I challenge you to read this Psalm daily and in different translations so that you can let it really sink in.
Perhaps, you’re like me and characters of the Bible intrigue you. If that is the case, spend some time getting to know Gideon this week. His story begins in Judges 6, but to get perspective, you could start at the beginning of Judges!
Whether you camp in Psalm 139, Judges or another reading plan you are currently on, PLEASE spend time in God’s Word this week…you won’t regret it!
Not only does this week’s song, “Write Your Story” by Francesca Battistelli, lead us back to Scripture, but it follows a wonderful model that we can use for another habit that leads to spiritual maturity…prayer.
I hope this week’s episode will not only inspire you to delve into Scripture this week, but give you a solid model for prayer.
On this episode I discuss:
The model for prayer – A.C.T.S. – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication
Job (specifically the characteristics of God we can learn from chapters 38-41)
How the song leads us to use the ACTS model
Adoration – acknowledging God for WHO He is
Confession – not just admitting guilt, but to declare openly – even to praise and celebrate
Read the Book of Job. Or if you cannot commit to that, read chapters 38-42 where you will discover characteristics of God that you can use in your prayer time as adoration. The second part of the homework this week is to try using the model for prayer discussed on this episode…A.C.T.S.