Monthly Archives: December 2014

Worship Must Go On!

worship is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts, finding our feet“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98:4 NASB)

“He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love…”

(Joy to the Word! Isaac Watts )

As I heard the clamorous sound, I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. My heart began to race as the nauseating realization hit, our then 9-month-old baby Abigail and just tumbled down our basement stairs in her walker. It was Christmas Eve 1994. It was one of those crazy moments you think will never happen to you. I was ailing with the flu, and my pastor husband was trying to watch our three children as he prepared for the Christmas Eve service. The ambulance came and found her bruised but not seriously injured. My husband called the assistant pastor, Michael Saunders, as he prepared to take Abigail to the ER for a precautionary cat scan. The enemy of our souls would have loved to see the Christmas Eve worship service canceled, but Pastor Michael stepped up to stand in the gap and preached the gospel. Later that evening when Abigail was home safe in bed, we learned that Covenant Presbyterian in Hammond, IN, had experienced one of their most special Christmas Eve services ever.

Worship is indeed “an act of war against the enemy of our hearts.” ~Holley Gerth. And he will do anything he can to keep us from it. However, Jesus Christ gives us the power to stand firm and move forward in Him.

Feeling oppressed? Worship!

Feeling depressed? Worship!

Struggling with anxiety? Worship!

“Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises!”

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What fun traditions do you have planned for Christmas? I pray worship is on your list. Will you “ repeat the sounding joy!”?

Yes, the earth has been cursed with an enemy since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. He would love no more than to see the busyness of the holiday stamp out our worship. Don’t allow this to happen!

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God spreads the wonders of His love, and His blessings flow: “far as the curse is found!” “Far as the curse is found!” Contemplate those words, my friends. They should indeed cause us to break out in worship…shouting joyfully to the Lord:

joy3Joy to the World. It isn’t just for Christmas!

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When have you used worship to resist the devil’s pursuit?

*My friend Kristi Miller did the “Isaac Watts” and “About the Author” graphics for this post. I thank her for allowing me to guest post on her blog, Finding Our Feet

Please check out her Christmas series!  www.findingourfeet.org (If you like, comment or share my post on social media I could win a prize! 🙂

The Mercy Seat

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“And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat…” Exodus 25:22

I was gasping for breath as I felt the current pulling me under. I struggled hard against the waves, which only made matters worse. I frantically pushed forward, only to be sucked further out. I was fighting a force stronger than myself. Undertow. Scenes of my life truly played out in my mind. Finally, I began to cry out to the one who has the power over the wind and the waves. He heard my cries and the next thing I remember was moving in closer and closer to shore. I was in middle school swimming in the surf in Corpus Christi, Texas, when this terrifying event occurred.

If you are a Christian, prayer is one of your greatest privileges. So why don’t we spend more time at the mercy seat? Prayer is one of our greatest weapons against the attacks of the evil one, so why do we spend so little time on our knees? I say, because prayer is WORK! I love this quote by E.M. Bounds, regarding this essential discipline.

“To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens—this is hard work, but it is God’s work and man’s best labor.”

Friends, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords invites us into His presence through the precious blood of Jesus. Will we come?

We must first find out what the mystery hidden in the mercy seat is:

“Once a year, the High Priest took the blood of a sacrificial offering and entered into the Most Holy. He then sprinkled this blood of the sacrificial offering on the mercy seat for exactly seven times. God said that He would meet the Israelites on this mercy seat then. God meets whoever has the same faith as that of the High Priest, that is, the faith in His remission of sin revealed in the sacrificial system.” Rev. Paul C. Jong

Do you have “iron gates of difficulty” in your life? How about “mountains of obstacles?”

Do you believe that the One who parted the Red Sea can do the same in your circumstances?

I close with a stanza of another of my favorite hymns:

 “Ah! whither could we flee for aid, When tempted, desolate, dismayed;

Or how the hosts of hell defeat, Had suffering saints no mercy seat?”

Through Every Stormy Wind that Blows, William Cooper

So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to wait until you are drowning in your circumstances! Enter now into the throne room of heaven. Access is ours through the blood of Jesus.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!