Monday, February 22, 2010

I was ashamed You call me beautiful

I love this guy (Anthony Skinner). His album 'Forever and a Day' is an awesome worship album. It has some of my favourite songs at the moment on it. I was having a flick through youtube and came across him doing a live version of the title track. I love the start when he gives a testimony of God healing him of a heart defect. Check it out.

I was afraid, your love set me free
I was in debt, you paid the price for me
I was hurt, you took away my pain
I was alone, till you called my name

I was broken, you mended me
Before I was, you loved me
You healed my body and you made me whole
No matter what I do, you don’t let go

I will sing to the king, I am the ransomed one
How I love your holy name,
Holy to the lamb who was slain
When I laugh, when I cry,
You are the reason why
How I want, to be with you, forever and a day

When I go to bed, you are near
When I wake up, you are there
When I play guitar, you are here
When I walk in faith, you’re everywhere

You catch and save every tear I cry
You journal everyday, all about my life
Your love for me, reaches to the sky
I am yours and you are mine

I was ashamed you called me beautiful (2x)
I was a thief you said I stole your heart (2x)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Striving is overrated...

Last week myself and Jane had the awesome pleasure of helping out at a weekend away for students. I love nothing more than talking about how good God is, facilitating worship and praying for people with my wife.
I'm more and more convinced that God wants to encounter every single person on the planet in a unique and tangible way. It was so fun and mind blowing to see God speak so specifically to people in a way that only he can, getting right to the core of them and telling them who they are.
I think the reason so many christians feel like they're in a desert with no water most of the time is because they've never heard from the Father what he thinks of them, and if they have; they don't believe it.
Why is it that we find it easier to tell God the things we aren't than thank him for the things we are?
As Christians it seems that we're subliminally (or sometimes blatantly) taught to think that we're worthless pieces of crap who continually annoy God by screwing up all the time. We're just gritting our teeth trying to be good moral people, waiting for heaven maybe telling a few people how crap they are and in need of saving from a loving God along the way all the while feeling that that same loving God may save us but doesn't really like us.
Lies. The bibles whole message is about a God desperate for his children to come back to Him. We need to stop being afraid that people will think God is too good and realise that he is, and always will be better than we can possibly imagine.
A whisper in our ear from the Father will let us know how good he is. We need to start hearing from God for ourselves. We need to allow the Father sing over us, rejoice over us and brag over us to all of the heavens. We need to hear from God. I'm so sick of the statement 'it's all about the word'. It's a cop out. A cop out for Christians who are too proud to allow God to be their Daddy, to allow their Father to wreck them with His love. We need to learn to be sons and daughters, sons and daughters who are doted on by their Father. We can preach till the cows come home, but if the message is not giving us an encounter with God it's just information and information never leads to transformation it just leads to striving. The word needs to be embraced with an encounter. How can we preach about the love, joy, peace of God when we've never felt it for ourselves. Let's this week hang out with God, not for information or theology but to just know him and know what makes him happy. I know one thing that makes him happy; when his kids believe Him when he tells us he loves us.