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We have all experienced the calming effects of a good song.
Whether it is your favorite song coming on the radio after a tough day at work, or watching a mother sing a soft lullaby to calm her baby to sleep, we have seen and experienced how music has the power to pacify and soothe a troubled spirit.
Do you think this is just a coincidence?
The Maker of all things certainly knew what He was doing when He gave musical sounds the ability to turn the soul from distress to the harmony of peace and love.
In the same way, our worship and praise have the power to soothe our aching souls and to clear our hearts and minds from all of the clutter and noise.
In Week 10 of the WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound? 12 Week Bible Study, we talk about exactly this topic and how worship prepares our heart to hear clearly from the Father.
This 12 Week Bible Study on the power of worship and praise is now available as an online course! Watch this clip below from Week 10: Worship Prepares the Heart to...
PART IV: TIME TO ARMOR UP!
For the first two weeks of this study, we reminded ourselves of our POSITION as believers in Christ.
Last week, we focused on what it means to "walk worthy of the calling" and all of the practical ways in which we can live triumphant lives guided by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6 opens up with additional guidance on how to live Spirit-filled lives in the following relationships:
Then it will be time to armor up with the whole armor of God!
We are going to analyze each piece of the armor and how to use the whole armor of God most effectively.
The Purpose of Spiritual Warfare
We are to be prepared to engage in spiritual warfare as believers in Christ. Why?
PART III: WALK WORTHY OF THE CALLING
For the last two episodes, we've been reminding ourselves of our POSITION as believers in Christ, as part of our Are You Battle Ready? online Bible study series.
We must live fully convinced, by faith, of the power we have through the Holy Spirit alive in us.
Now that we know how to stand, let's walk worthy of our calling as it says in Ephesians 4:1-3:
"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
At the highest level, to "Walk Worthy of the Calling" means to:
If we follow these standards, we will...
Know Who You Are - PART II
To recap last week’s episode, before we can wage war, we need to know who we are in Christ.
Ephesians 1 says we are blessed with every spiritual blessing, sealed and authorized by the Holy Spirit, and that we are carriers of His power and glory.
Wow! But it doesn't stop there.
Ephesians 2 & 3 provide even more descriptions of who we are as believers in Jesus Christ.
As we go through and turn these verses into “I AM” statements, I want you to be reminded of your value, of your purpose, and to be fully convinced of the exceedingly great power that is able to work through you, in the Name of Jesus.
If you’re like me and enjoy Bible study resources, downloads, and guides to review the Scriptures more in depth, I would...
The Soul of Worship - Are You Making a Sound? Podcast is BACK for a new season in 2022!
I believe it’s an incredibly prophetic and ground shaking year for the Church and for our communities.
Wells of revival are breaking open and I believe a great outpouring of His presence by way of worship-saturated prayer is on the way!
But we have to be aware that the enemy is going to try to stop us, distract us, and discourage us so that this great awakening doesn’t occur.
So I’ve been led by the Lord to revisit a Bible study we did back in 2020 called “Are you Battle Ready?”
It’s a 4 part study on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
For the next 4 weeks on the podcast, we are going to be studying Ephesians to learn how to mature in our walks in Christ in order to be able to battle against the evil powers of darkness.
Before we can be CALLED TO WAR, we must first learn how to...
In this episode, let's chat about how beautifully David worshiped God with "all of his might" in celebratory gladness and how we too can delight the heart of God by releasing a joyful sound unto the throne.
Over the last few weeks, God has really been pressing on my heart the following words, “CELEBRATE ME!”.
It started around the same time as the Jewish calendar celebrates their New Year and I couldn’t help but be reminded that God is a God that never changes…And if He thousands of years ago established feasts and seasons of celebration, then that is what He still desires from His children, even today.
The most common expression of praise that say all of the time is Hallelujah.
The root word is Halal which generally means to boast, brag, celebrate, or rave about God.
Halle-lu-YAH - When we say Hallelujah we are celebrating Yahweh.
We are bragging about how awesome and powerful He is - how great is His love and grace...
If you're like me, you are holding onto some promises that God has made you.
You're believing and trusting that God will fulfill, but then you find yourself crying before His presence, wondering why so long? Or how will You do this, Lord? When will this come to pass?
And time and time again, God reassures me with this passage from Isaiah 55:
"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
You see, God's Word is neither barren nor fruitless.
We can be as SURE as we are in the water cycle, that God will water and bring to LIFE every single seed of promise that He has deposited inside of us.
His Word will start budding in the right season and in the...
Read that again.
God will either provide a way out or the grace to endure.
Both are miracles.
Sometimes we only give God credit if He shows up in an immediate breakthrough kind of way.
Don't get me wrong.
Of course those are awesome, but let's also praise God for giving us the grace to endure long trials.
The fact that He's keeping you standing in the midst of the process is JUST as miraculous.
"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
II Corinthians 12:9
So keep holding on to the promises of God, for they are YES and AMEN.
Stay strong in faith,
I want to share with you today an excerpt from the introduction of my book, WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound?, because I believe it's the reminder God wants to share with you today:
"Did you know that sound waves can change matter?
Perform a quick online search and you can find videos of people manipulating matter, breaking glass, freezing water - all with sound waves.
How did God Himself create and mold matter in the Book of Genesis?
By using the sound of His voice.
Or did you know that the sounds of nature increase the productivity of the surrounding land?
There are studies that prove that the sounds of birds chirping and insects humming contribute to the growth and development of plants in the area.
No wonder we hear the birds singing the most at the beginning of Spring!
The birds are literally awakening the ground with their songs of praise.
Nature leads a revival, year after year, with its sound.
If sound waves can break glass at the right frequency, and if the songs of nature...
In this episode, I am sharing a Word that God gave me to share at a conference back in July under the theme, "Worship Without Limits."
How do we get there?
How do we get to a place where we can freely worship God with all that we have, in Spirit and in Truth, without worrying about the criticisms of others?
I thought "Worship Without Limits" was such a great theme and I think every single speaker that day mentioned one key: greater intimacy with Jesus!
So take a listen to today's new podcast episode and allow it to encourage you to take your worship to the next level.
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Learn more about the 12 week Bible study journey, WORSHIP: ARE YOU MAKING A SOUND? at www.soulofworship.com/book.
Come worship with us at our next event: www.soulofworship.com/events
10 Practical Tips to Help Busy Mamas Seek Peace in the Midst of Parenting Chaos
From one busy mama to another, I want to share with you these 10 PRACTICAL TIPS today, including a highly actionable checklist, to help you draw closer to the Father and refuel you in this special ministry we call motherhood.
In this free Worship & Praise Bible study bundle, you'll receive a beautifully designed 9 page PDF that outlines three incredibly powerful worship concepts: Use Your Voice as a Trumpet Sound, Lift Up Your Hands in Victory, and the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving.
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