Lyrical Eloquence( No Longer Slaves-Bethel Music)

I started listening to Bethel music over one year ago but somehow I’d never gotten to appreciate the music as much i do now, one particular song that can’t seem to get off my mind since last week is ‘No Longer Slaves’, I’m not a professional musician so i won’t get into the technicalities of the song, my interest is basically that the Lyrics of the song are on point, this was even made worse after listening to the same rendition of the song by Newsboys off their ‘Love Riot’ Album.

No Longer Slaves”

You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
‘Til all my fears are gone

[2x]
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

From my mother’s womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again
Into your family
Your blood flows through my veins

[4x]
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

I am surrounded
By the arms of the father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance

We’ve been liberated
From our bondage
We’re the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I could stand and sing
I am a child of God…

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
You drowned my fears in perfect love
You rescued me
And I will stand and sing
I am a child of God

Yes, I am
I am a child of God
I am a child of God
Yes, I am
I am a child of God
Full of faith
Yes, I am a child of God
I am a child of God

[3x]
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Lyrical Eloquence(Grace To Grace-Hillsong)

During the Easter Season, we’re all excited about the ordinary tradition of celebration which among other things includes food and traveling to be with our families, going to church. On rare occasions do we get to concentrate on the real meaning of Easter, we even get to see the modern traditions of the Easter Bunny which I’m still yet to understand. Now on the other hand, Hillsong decided to get busy and do what they do best and for that we treated to a very powerful song ‘Grace To Grace’ . Discussing the details of the song would be unfair as it speaks for itself.

 

If love endured that ancient cross
How precious is my Saviour’s blood
The beauty of heaven wrapped in my shame
The image of love upon death’s frame

If having my heart was worth the pain
What joy could You see beyond the grave
If love found my soul worth dying for

How wonderful
How glorious
My Saviour’s scars
Victorious
My chains are gone
My debt is paid
From death to life
And grace to grace

If heaven now owns that vacant tomb
How great is the hope that lives in You
The passion that tore through hell like a rose
The promise that rolled back death and its stone

If freedom is worth the life You raised
Where is my sin, where is my shame
If love paid it all to have my heart

How wonderful
How glorious
My Saviour’s scars
Victorious
My chains are gone
My debt is paid
From death to life
And grace to grace

When I see that cross I see freedom
When I see that grave I’ll see Jesus
And from death to life I will sing Your praise
In the wonder of Your grace

 

Source: A-Z Lyrics

All I’ve Ever Needed

It sure feels like falling in love even when we both know it’s a dead end,

But even when reality points to the dark, I still go in heart first,

The shadows of my past set forth a queue of reasons to abandon the cause

One by one, the reasons build up into a case whose weight I can’t argue against,

I seem to focus my energy on adopting a doubtful surge of shock,

All but one voice do I hear flexing to dissuade me from my original cause.

 

All around I see faults in the our stars like the movies seem to suggest,

It’s true that even when I have life, I concede to the fact that Life’s got me,

My feelings perfectly knitted in check don’t get to listen to the leading of my spirit,

If I could use help, it had better come at this time when the battle is at it’s peak,

My Amen fades at the sight of an anchor of this unworthy feeling that I’m at war.

 

My attention is taken aback as it seems like what I see is not a natural light,

Pitched at the ocean of doubt is this sudden route painted by the dark side of my heart,

I have never wanted to be loved this much, not even through the pain of death,

It’s not like the matters of the heart, no, this is a matter of life and death,

Even when it’s a guaranteed heaven bound journey, there’s a sudden shift in gravity,

 

The plot gets twisted just by an inch and the hero turns into the villain,

I find courage in knowing the end of the script and I seek for the flip switch,

I’m lead to find the truth in the word which against popular belief is far from the facts,

This is more than just a fling, it’s more than being in love momentarily, and it sure defies nature,

I plunge into this unending love unaware of the consequences which only get worse by the day,

It all makes sense when I discover the consequence is being loved no more less than he loves himself,

The story starts at the end of this discovery that Christ is all I’ve ever needed.

 

The Battle of Priorities

I’ve been born again for nine years and in my entire journey with the Lord, I’ve not had to deal with so much doubt like I dealt with towards the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, while everyone is always excited by the festive season and the start of the New Year, the excitement was visible on the outside but deep inside my heart, I was countering so much doubt about my spiritual life, I hadn’t reached the level of doubting God’s existence but at least that’s where I was headed even when I felt the conviction that it was against everything I stood for as a believer.

When I realized that this was going on, I sought to understand why I thought way and to my disappointment at the time, God didn’t give me a direct answer or even sending over someone to give me the answers I was looking for, it was worsened by the death of 2 close friends at the start of 2016 , one of which I’d personally laid hands on and believed that he was actually healed only to hear the news that he had passed on, I didn’t break down emotionally but spiritually I felt like and knew that this wasn’t God’s will which lead me to probing what it is that we did wrong for this guy not to have been totally delivered.

A few days later I was meant to start work after getting an offer from the university only to be told that I’d have to wait a while longer for my appointment to be processed, this was in addition to the fact that I had travelled with no money on which to survive during this waiting period and being away from Home meant that I needed to creatively find food, transport etc. Good thing is that I’m still very alive and well despite all that’s been going on.

The reason why I  gave  the above stories was so I could connect what I want to share with why I want to share it. This morning as I was seeking the lord for answers as to why I’d been doubting and as I listened to a sermon on ‘Dwelling in the Presence Of God’, He gave me 2 scriptures in the book of Mathew.

Mathew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”

 

Mathew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

These scriptures I know have been quoted and used countless times, however for me,  reading them today gave me a fresh revelation that lead me the answer I was looking for so much that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  For every new covenant believer, we understand where our treasure ought to be, Jesus in the words before Mathew 6:33 labored to give examples of how other living creatures much less in intelligence that we are don’t struggle to do anything or even earn anything but still they thrive in their nature, he meets their needs somehow. Specifically they don’t spend much of their time worrying and trying to figure out how they’ll survive, how they’ll eat, and drink, dress, this is in contrast with us who even after understanding that God’s our provider, still find ample time to worry and fix our minds on figuring out how everything needs to be done.

This is not to say we may not plan or imagine how things ought to be, in fact we need to do all this but bearing in mind that we don’t make our own plans and then invite God to come and tag along, no, we go to God and ask him to reveal his plans for our lives and then we cooperate with him, only through this will we be able to keep our mind stayed on him (Isiah 26:3). We can’t possibly know how everything will be done but if we completely trust in the Lord, then we’re sure that he has our best interests at heart (Jeremiah 29:11) so we choose (Intentionally) to go against the world’s prescribed way of thinking that emphasizes looking at all that’s going on around, all the negative news of weather, the financial instability, elections and choose to focus and the promises of God prescribed in his word.

In Uganda today, because of the election season, everyone seems to hold the same belief that we have to worry about the future, even the religious leaders that we hold in high regard because of their supposed spiritual maturity have not failed to sow seeds of worry among their congregation to the extent that special sessions of prayer have been held for the country which on the surface looks like a very noble act in the light of our country’s moto but the sad truth is that instead of comforting the hearts of the nations, it has further cemented the thought that violence will most certainly happen come February. As much as I believe in the power of prayer, I know for a fact that given the way our minds think, we are most likely to start worrying instead of trusting. I honestly believe that as a country we need to start assuring the people that God’s in control and we need not to prayer in such a way that we are ‘arm twisting’ him to listen more or to pay attention to poor Uganda that’s  going through elections.

Seeking first the kingdom of God has nothing to do with attending church or actively doing ministry and all the other acts of worship that are dominant In the body of Christ today, it means that we are actively in fellowship with the Lord on an individual basis loving on him and wanting to understand what his will for our lives is, this means that we make this a priority in our hearts above everything else, in whatever sphere of influence we are in, we need to understand where our priorities are and in this case it’s fellowship with the Lord, this is not an easy task, it’s one that’ll get you in trouble so many times because the world doesn’t work like that, in the actual sense it’ll be battle that you’ll have to fight with every weapon in your spiritual armory. All the ‘acts of worship’ after this become fruits of this fellowship with the Lord and it’s largely based on your thorough understanding of how much God loves you (1John 4).

We need to get to a place where ‘seeking first the kingdom of God’ is a daily affair and it’s part of our identity not just one special session of prayer or fasting, we don’t have to even entertain worry in our mind about anything no matter how big we think it is, some of us think when we worry, we’re actually solving the problem when in the actual sense we’re exposing ourselves to all forms of stress and depression. Like Andrew Womack always says, ‘I’ve not yet arrived but I’ve definably left’ This is a continuous process, we keep seeking till the day we go to be with the father and even as I write this, I’m also learning how to do this so I can’t say I’ve perfected the art but I know the process has begun.

If you feel that God’s been speaking to you on the same issue, I’ll request that we pray together and watch and see the impact this will have on your life.

Father in the name of Jesus I thank you for all who’re humble enough to admit that they need to keep their minds stayed on you. I pray for everyone that’s reading this and they feel like they haven’t been seeking first your kingdom , I pray that you’ll inspire them and that your holy spirit will continue to guide them as they start or renew this journey, father I command every thought of doubt that’s been sown by the devil to be removed right now, every form of worry and desperation Father I command it to leave their mind and for the establishment of thoughts about your word Lord, I pray this Jesus you’ll hold every thought captive and that every imagination that’s born to be in accordance with scripture and not the worlds standards, This I pray believing and trusting in the name of Jesus, AMEN.