There is no way to adequately recap it, but a few of the key take aways from last week were
"replacing fear with faith"
"remembering is believing"
"believing is remembering"
During his journey a little song kept running through his mind in the middle of the night that went something like this...
"Be still my soul, there is a healer, His love is deeper than the sea, His mercy is unfailing, His love a fortress for the weak..."
If you are familiar at all with the Christian Music scene this is a line from an award winning song that Chris Tomlin sings called "I Lift My Hands"
What I didn't know about this song, was it originated out of Louie's struggle with anxiety.
During his message he emphasized the power of Praise and Worship.
"Worship is our weapon of choice against the lies of the evil one".
"There is no question Jesus is Lord in the dark places. Jesus always wins against the power of darkness."
He spoke about how all of us have something to remember.
2 Chronicles 20:12 "...For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you"
Instead of looking at the vast army we should look up to Him.
Sing Praise to Him as we go into battle
"Give Thanks to the Lord, for His Love endures forever!"
Worship shuts down the lies.
Invites God's presence into the darkness.
"What people need most is the presence fo God in our midst"
and he comes when we Praise Him.
"Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel"
but this can also be read:
"Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel"
God is enthroned on the promises.
It is a miracle everytime he carries us through the darkness.
"Worship displaces darkness"
one of my favorite passages of scripture
When the darkness comes we should take up the "garment of praise"
"Worship gives us a new narrative. and puts new words in our mouth."
"There is a time and place to start preaching to yourself and not only to others. God gives us the ability to inform ourselves about Him...We should step up and take the weapon of Praise"
"Get Worship in your atmosphere!"
All of this to say...I have a renewed vigilence to praise and worship and pray for people in my household. I hesitate a little to talk about it on a blog tho because it sort of is a personal thing and not meant to be an announcement to the world. My "work" of sitting and praising isn't going to change anything. It is totally the work of the Holy Spirit in the moment. My only job is to be obedient to what He has called me to and wait on Him for the rest. I'm very humbled to sit at the door of my son's bedroom in the morning listening to God's Praises and listening to what He has in mind for prayer.
He has been pouring out so much.
Here is a playlist of things God has been showing me:
"Overcome" Jeremy Camp
"I Lift My Hands" Chris Tomlin
"Mighty To Save" Laura Story
"As the Deer"-
"I Stand in Awe of You"
I think I'm going to start sharing more about how God is speaking during these days...
These are trying days dealing with some real battles in our household.
But, with Praise---We Will Overcome!
Worship and Praise will be in our Atmosphere!