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Worship Warfare

Worship is so much more than nice songs, Worship is powerful!

Strongholds are broken and lives are set free when we worship. In God’s presence we are made whole and experience His love and grace. Walls come down and spiritual eyes are opened as we encounter our maker through worship.

Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits our praises and resides in the praises of His people. The Holy Spirit occupies our innermost being as a place of settled residence.

When we worship in spirit and in truth we are worshipping from a position of power and freedom.

We know Jesus is ‘the truth’ and we know the Holy Spirit resides in us.
Therefore we are co-heirs and co-workers with God, (Romans 8:17) seated in high and heavenly places, breaking strongholds in the spirit over every unbelieving heart and mind.

As we praise & worship Jesus we are going into battle, hand in hand with God to defeat the works of the enemy. Worship is a weapon used to overcome the works of the devil. No wonder Satan hates it when we choose to lift up the name of Jesus through praise and worship.

I am preparing right now to lead worship at a Christian conference, taking place tomorrow and I know I am in a battle. As a worship team we have been under attack in so many different ways, especially our health.

I also know that God has given us the victory to overcome the works of the enemy and still we will praise the name of Jesus, regardless of our circumstance, knowing that an amazing time of breakthrough will happen at this conference.

When the walls of Jericho came down (Joshua 6:1-27) it wasn’t though brute force or human strength, it was through praise & worship.

The circumstances we face can be likened to the walls of Jericho. One by one, the walls or strongholds in your life will come down as you continue to praise & worship Jesus.

This is a declaration that God is bigger than any difficulty you may face & stronger than any circumstance you are currently going through.

If it seems like God is a million miles away from you right now and you’re even questioning His existence, then get worshipping and you’ll find that God is closer than the very air you breathe. Your breakthrough is just a moment of praise away!

Every blessing,

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Unashamed Praise

David, the man after God’s own heart, King of Israel, mighty warrior, giant slayer and known otherwise as the man who danced before the Lord, in just his underwear!

2 Samuel 6:14 “And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.”

As David worshipped the Lord with everything he had, his wife, Michal, was filled with embarrassment and contempt for him.

2 Samuel 6:16 ……..Michal, daughter of Saul, watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.

How awful that his very own wife despised him! As followers of Jesus, we can be sure that we will come across people in our own lives that despise us too, even those that are closest to us.

Its not really an attack on the person but on ‘the One’ that is within them. It can be likened to magnets repelling away from each other.

The ‘Michal’s’ of this world will find it challenging to understand your joy and love for the Lord until they encounter Jesus for themselves and chances are you are going to look like a complete fool in front of them.

David’s reply to Michal is a real encouragement for when we are going through times of ridicule.

2 Samuel 6:21-22 David said to Michal……. I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.

David’s pride was not in himself but in his God, who had brought him through every trial he had ever faced. David had experienced, time and time again, God’s great faithfulness, making it an impossibility for him to contain his heartfelt worship.

When we encounter Jesus and walk daily with Him, trusting Him, we will surely see His goodness in our lives. With a grateful heart and genuine love for Jesus, a heart of unashamed Praise and worship will be cultivated.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread?

Blessings to you all!

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When Spirit & Truth Collide

John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.


The time is now, when we can worship God, any place, any time. Whether it be at church, home, in the car, alone or collectively. The restrictions have been lifted & we can worship where we want to, when we want to.

Jesus had an important job to do & His time here on earth would revolutionise the relationship between creator God and human kind in a profoundly breathtaking way.

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil was torn, enabling us to have direct access to God. One’s past, culture or background is irrelevant; everyone is free to worship Jesus.

The definition of a worshipper is,

‘One who shows great reverence, love and adoration for God, whereby God is given the highest esteem, at the top of of a persons priorities’.

True worship requires our whole heart and withholds nothing in complete surrender to God. This is reflected in every part of our lives, not just Sunday mornings in church.

True worship is the evidence of a redeemed and forgiven soul, living their everyday life in surrender to the fullness and majesty of God. This kind of ‘true worship’ is exaggerated, extravagant and does not hold back from expressing love and admiration for Jesus.

Worship is the outpouring of a grateful heart and is not dependent upon circumstances. Rather, it holds fast to the knowledge of the goodness of God and His love for us. A ‘True Worshipper’ worships God in every season.

When we worship in Spirit and in Truth, we do this simultaneously, however, for the purpose of this study, we will look at them separately to begin with.

To worship in Spirit

We have been created with a spirit, which is at the very core of who we are. When we worship, our spirit connects with God and we go beyond what is physical.

God is Spirit, so when connecting with God in worship, we step out of the physical realm and into the spiritual.

We cannot do this without first being filled with The Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding and then enables us to connect with God. The Holy Spirit is not earned or learned but is a gift to be received when you confess that Jesus is Lord of all.

Spiritual eyes are opened when you receive the Holy Spirit and you begin to perceive things as God does.

To worship in Truth

The word worship derives from worth-ship.

When we worship God in truth, we are confessing that God is worthy of all our worship. We confess the truth of who God is and what He has done for us, even during times of discouragement.

We worship knowing the truth; that our God is good, merciful, forgiving and full of love. Despite what our circumstances say, we declare the truth in worship, that God is love and is for us and not against us.

We worship God in the truth of

• Who God is

• Who we are in God

• What God has done for us

We connect with God through the Holy Spirit declaring the truth of who God is and what He has done for us.

“Worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself” (John MacArthur The Ultimate Priority p. 127).

True worship is connection. Its that moment when our spirit collides with our maker and Father and behold His beauty.

God wants to fulfil a relationship with us, through worship, whereby there is a two way communication process. God does not want us bound up in religion where we are forced to worship Him. God wants to have a relationship with us and He wants to connect with us.

“Worship is connection, we’re not just singing to the sky. Worship is connection, we’re singing to the One who’s been singing over us the whole time.” Amanda Cook (Bethel)

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A piece on peace

How important is having peace to you?

After years of suffering with anxiety and experiencing intense periods of worry, fear and dread; I can tell you that peace in my heart & life is very important to me. I am so thankful to God for the peace I have now.

So, please excuse the pun but heres my ‘piece on peace’.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

The peace that Jesus gives us is the type of peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

Its the kind of peace that causes the world to question, “how on earth can you remain peaceful during seasons of suffering and testing?!”

Its during these trials that we suddenly become more aware of God’s perfect peace and experience His presence firsthand.

My dear friend, Chanaz, passed away in June last year with cancer. I was utterly devastated but had the privilege of being with her and praying for her hours before she went to be with the Lord. Before she died I asked her if she ever felt afraid. She said that during the times when she felt fear, she would pray and then experienced a peace so strong that the fear would immediately leave her. Chanaz remained at peace right until her very last breath. When we’re filled with God’s peace, we are ready for any challenge that life throws at us.

Obtaining peace and keeping it

First you must make peace with God – Accept what Jesus has done on the cross for you. He died to give you peace with God.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Next, you must make peace with yourself – Know who you are in Jesus. You are the righteousness of God and have been forgiven and set free.

Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross

Allow peace to be your umpire – Walk in God’s will for your life and follow Jesus where He leads. We know instinctively when we are outside of God’s will because we quickly lose our peace. Its essential to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit, through maintaining a relationship with Jesus.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Let go – Cast every care and worry on Jesus. The worries in our life are not ours to keep and Jesus tells us to hand them over to Him & be free from the stress of the world.

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 

Wait on God – check with God before making decisions. Try not to make hasty decisions but instead, spend time in prayer beforehand. We lose our peace when we react in the flesh rather than in the spirit.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! 

Jesus tells us that the peace he gives us is not like the worlds. Here’s how they differ:

 The worlds peace is:

  • Temporary
  • Easily changeable
  • Dependent on circumstances

But…..

God’s peace is:

  • Eternal
  • Consistent
  • Not dependent on circumstances

Praying that you experience God’s peace in your life this week.

Love & blessings,

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Duty versus Devotion

Have you ever done something out of duty? Did you notice how you were motivated in the beginning but after a while you were left feeling hollow and maybe even filled with some resentment?

I can imagine Martha from the bible was left feeling like this too. Martha’s duty was to serve, clean & cook & was merely fulfilling the role of what was expected of her.

Perhaps she even asked herself the question, “If I don’t do this, who else will?”

Maybe if Martha felt she had an alternative she would have sat at the feet of Jesus, just like her sister did or maybe it was the pressure to conform that prevented her.

Either way, I wonder how many things we do in our own lives, out of duty or simply because it is expected of us?

Perhaps there are things in your own life that you are merely doing out of duty? Maybe you think you should continue with these acts of duty in order to gain God’s approval?

Well, I want to encourage you with this reminder, “There is nothing you or I can do that will ever earn God’s love”.

God’s love for you is completely free and is never based on what you do or don’t do. If we had to do something to win God’s affection, our devotion would merely become our duty.

When we are forced into doing something we don’t want to do we lose our freedom of choice and consequently we lose our peace & joy.

A relationship with Jesus is based on free will & God wants you to come willingly & get to know Him intimately. Only then are we able to serve God & one another with a heart of devotion.

Duty creates an overwhelming sense of resentment bound by forced commitment but a heart of devotion will always bring about a sense of peace, fulfillment and contentment.

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Thank you for my Liebster Award Nomination 

I am so humbled to be nominated for a Liebster Award by the very lovely Gail from GailLovesGod.

Gail’s heart & love for the Lord is absolutely infectious & she is one of the loveliest, most genuine ladies I’ve ever met. Gail never ceases to encourage me through liking and commenting on my blogposts. I’m so glad I found her blog on here as her posts brighten up my day & always lead me straight to Jesus. 

My Questions from Gail 

1. What day of the week is best for you to blog?


I don’t have a particular day that’s best for me but I do like to write first thing in the morning as part of my devotional time. I pray & seek God for the day, study the bible & write what I have learned. I don’t use every devotional in my blogposts but my writings tend to be reflective of what God is doing in my heart and speaking to me about.


2. Do you know how much God loves you?


God’s love for me (and all of us) is so great & so vast that its completely unmeasurable. God gave His one & only Son for us so that we could live a life of freedom & peace. There’s no greater love than that. 

3. How often do you post… daily, weekly, monthly?


I post as and when & only when I believe it will encourage & inspire my readers. I don’t put pressure on myself to complete blogposts within certain timescales. I believe in quality over quantity.

4. Do you read other blogger’s posts?


Yes of course! Reading what others write is one of my favourite things about blogging. I love to read and be encouraged by my blogging friends. I’ve met some absolutely wonderful people on here & I’m so thankful I started blogging, purely & simply for that reason. 

5. Do you visit other blogger’s pages?


Yes, definitely! I try to visit lots of different pages and support my blogging friends. 

6. Do you know how important you are?


I honestly do not see myself as more important than anybody else. I know that I’m important to God and that I’m His child & I belong to Him. Its good enough for me just to know that! 


7. Did you do an act of kindness today?


I don’t remember a particular act of kindness for today but I always try to smile & be friendly to every single person I meet. You never know when you might be entertaining angels! 😇 

8. Have you read the Bible… or at least try to?


I read my bible daily, first thing in the morning when I wake up and then throughout the day as and when. I have the bible app on my phone so I use that the most. I like to highlight my favourite verses and look up all the different translations to study & compare. I love the word of God & how it impacts my life in such a positive way.

9. What’s your favorite song?


I love listening to worship music and its pretty much all I listen to really. My favourite worship song at the moment is ‘The war is over’ by Kalley Heiligenthal from Bethel. I love the last part where she sings in the spirit.

10. Who is your favorite relative?


I love all of my family members. I’m so blessed by every single one of them but for the purpose of this post I’ll say my Mom. She’s my inspiration & what I would describe as a Proverbs 31 woman. We nearly lost her in May this year and seeing her on life support was devastating. I thank God that He healed Mom & gave her back to us. She’s the pillar of our family and a rock for us all. 

11. What can you cook?


I make a mean Mexican platter when I have friends over. I cook fajitas, burritos, chilli, tacos & homemade guacamole. I also enjoy cooking a traditional roast beef dinner with all the trimmings for my whole family every once in a while. 

11 Random facts about me 


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  3. What do you love the most about blogging?
  4. What was the last book you read?
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  6. Who inspires you the most?
  7. Favourite travel: Car, boat, plane or train?
  8. What do you think the best invention is?
  9. If you could spend a day with anyone, who would it be?
  10. Are you a dog or cat person? 
  11. What’s your motto in life?

Please don’t feel obliged to participate if you don’t want to. 

Welsh Rare-bit 

You may be slightly confused by the title of this post so allow me to explain….. Welsh Rarebit is actually ‘posh’ cheese on toast but for my husband & I it means a rare-bit of a Welsh treat for us as we take a three day trip to Wales.

Here’s what we got up to……

Goodbye England, Hello Wales

It only takes a couple of hours in the car until we arrive on Welsh soil; the friendly ‘Welcome to Wales’ sign greeting us. You know you’re in Wales when every road sign you see is now written in Welsh & very suddenly, the terrain and landscape changes. 


Almost immediately you become aware of beautiful, rolling hills and green, grass fields that stretch for miles; the hedgerows replaced by Welsh stone walls. 


The car journey went quickly as we took it in turns to play our favourite songs and listen to podcasts. 

As we chatted & laughed together, I was reminded of the scripture found in Genesis 2:18, Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 

In the business of life its easy to forget how well we get on together and how much we enjoy each other’s company. We both agreed that we needed this rare-bit of a trip in Wales, in order to regroup and reprioritise. 

Cardiff

We arrived in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, at around 9am. This was just a ‘stop off’ as Jon had a work meeting to attend, before our holiday could begin properly. 


While Jon was in his meeting, I waited in the car and wrote my blogpost ‘You are doing a great work, do not come down’.

We didn’t spend long in the beautiful city of Cardiff, before making our way, further down the coast, to Swansea. 

Swansea

This was our first visit to Swansea & we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful, breathtaking scenery & interesting places to visit. 

Dylan Thomas Birthplace 

We visited the house where the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, was born. The house sat at the top of an extremely steep hill & dated back to 1914. Inside, the house was furnished exactly the way it would’ve looked when first built. Absolutely fascinating!


Rhosilli

As we approached the edge of the land that meets the ocean, the magnitude of the beauty of God’s creation that was before our eyes took our very breath away & rendered us speechless. 

The bible verse that came to mind as we looked on at God’s creation was, Psalm 95:4-5 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 


The photos do not do the stunningly pretty village of Rhosilli justice. You can see in the bottom photo that not only does it have the loveliest golden beach, but on the opposite side, boasts the most glorious, green hills you have ever seen. 

The only downside was the fact that it was extremely windy, as you can see by my hair! Well what did we expect? We were in ‘Windy Wales’. 


Mumbles 

Such a cute name for a sweet little village on the edge of the sea; Mumbles has a lovely pier to take a leisurely stroll down. 


Swansea by night

The pavements are lit and the harbour glistens as street lights bounce off the clear-blue water. Laughter can be heard as restaurants begin to fill with couples & families taking time out to spend together. Just lovely!


And then it was time to go home; sad to leave Wales but refreshed, revitalised & ready for a new adventure to begin! 

I shall leave you with a line from the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas:

Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.


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You are doing a great work, don’t come down.

Nehemiah 6:3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave to come down to meet with you?” 

We are builders for the kingdom of God on this earth & are part of God’s building network to restore what has been destroyed by the enemy.

You are a massive threat to the enemy & Satan will do all he can to prevent you from walking in your God given destiny.

No matter what the circumstance looks like, we must continually set our minds, not on the things of this earth but on things above (Col 3:2). 

Nehemiah was so distressed to see his people; vulnerable & open to attack from every side, that he took on the quest to rebuild the walls around the city of Jerusalem. 

Nehemiah was not prepared to stand back and watch the enemy devour and defeat his people and instead, took action. 

Let us take action today. 

Let us get alongside each other in encouragement; recognising one another’s potentials for the kingdom of God. 

Let us show our support and encouragement to one another in love as we pray God’s protection over every precious heart.

Nehemiah was persistent in his pursuit, though he was not without opposition. 

In Nehemiah 4:8 it says that, “They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion.” 

Attempts from the enemy will be made to confuse you and take away your focus. 

Don’t believe the lies of the enemy, instead stay focussed on the truth and believe that you are doing a great work for the kingdom of God.


Nehemiah 6:9 For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands. 

There are times when we can allow the spirit of intimidation and fear to engulf and overtake us, to the point where we become immobile through utter discouragement. 

Therefore, it is so important that we do not go down but must stay seated in high & heavenly places, confident in what God has called you and I to do. 


God will strengthen us as we fully rely on Him. Gods grace is all you need to accomplish every task He asks you to complete.

God has given you the mandate to lead people to Jesus; where chains are broken, lives are restored and hearts are set free. 

I pray that these words will be on your heart as you continue on in your walk with Jesus. 

“I am doing a good work and I cannot come down”. 

Love & blessings 

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Heart Matters

The ‘heart’ is mentioned no less than 830 times in the Bible so we can make an educated guess that its something that God wants us to take notice of. 

King David was known as a man after Gods own heart and we know that he was chosen by God, not because of his stature but because of his genuine heart for the Lord.

But what are those true qualities that God saw in David’s heart & is now looking for in us?

Here are a few examples, with scriptures for you to consider, reflect & meditate on. Be encouraged!

A heart that seeks – that wants to know more about God, who He is and His character. 

A heart that is hungry – for intimacy with God, to have a relationship with Him and to encounter His presence.


A heart that let’s go – letting go of every doubt and human reasoning and instead, adopting faith just like a child.


A heart that trusts – knowing 100% that God is in control & wants the very best for you.


A heart that is grateful – thankful for every blessing, expressed through constant praise and acknowledgement of a good father.

A heart that embraces change – understanding the importance of progression. Forget the past, move forward & focus on the future in Christ. 


A heart that chooses – putting God before all others, making God your first priority & choosing to fellowship with God regularly.


A heart that believes – belief in Gods word for your life, even though in the natural it has not yet come to pass. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I pray you are blessed and encouraged greatly!


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