Today’s Song of the Day is a stunningly beautiful new song from up and coming singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle called Once And For All.
Be lifted high
As my kingdoms fall
Once and for all
This is an intimate prayer of total surrender. Intensely personal, yet I can hear churches around the world singing it together.
“Oh Lord, I give my life to you.I trust in you, my God!”
- Psalm 25:1-2 (NLT)
Sometimes, we as believers try to carry our “junk” all by ourselves. It may be that we feel like we don’t want to bother God with our hurts. Or we bring most of it to Him, except for the stuff that we’ve buried deep in our hearts because it hurts so much.
The thing is, God cares about us more than we know. He loves us more than we can imagine. When Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary…and I will give you rest,” HE MEANT IT!
This song acknowledges God’s sovereignty and His love. It reminds us of the power in Jesus’ sacrifice and sings of finally letting go of those things that have weighed us down and kept us from going all in with Him, once and for all…
I hope it moves you as much as it does me.
On Lauren Daigle
Lauren Daigle is a special artist. She is a truly gifted songwriter and phenomenal singer.
You’re getting an early listen to a woman I am convinced will be one of the giants of Christian music, as both an artist and songwriter, before long. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lauren and am looking forward to more new music soon!
We first featured Lauren back in November, 2013 [Come Alive]. If you missed it, I highly recommend you give it a listen! She is SO good and the song is so powerful!
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, STAND FIRM. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
What ever you’re walking through or dealing with right now, know this:
Your story doesn’t end where you are today.
No matter how bad things are at the moment…
No matter how broken, messed up, or hopeless things seem…
Even if it looks like there’s no hope, no chance, no point of even trying…
Or how hard it is to keep holding on…
Don’t let go.
Don’t give up.
It’s NOT over.
Believe that God has no limits and that NOTHING is impossible. Keep following Jesus and trust in his perfect timing.
I love what Paul reminds us in Romans 4:
Against all hope, Abraham believed and so became the father of many nations…
He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
- Romans 4:18, 21
Check out this song from Ricardo Sanchez:
“God Understands Why I’m Disobeying Him…”
That is one of Satan’s go to moves. He wants us to believe that those things are for most people. Other people.
Him. Her. Them.
Anyone but us.
Our situation is different. Our circumstances are special. We get a pass.
I’ve read the Bible cover to cover and I’ve never seen any asterisks.
There’s no appendix in the back with a list of exceptions.
There’s no fine print or disclaimer at the bottom of the page that let’s us off the hook.
God’s word is God’s word. None of us get a pass.
We sometimes think that God will let it slide because we’re a pastor/deacon/regular attendee/church member/Sunday school teacher/volunteer/pastor’s kid/tither/missionary/bible school graduate/good person/(insert your perceived qualifying exception), and well, “God knows my heart, so I’m okay. We’re okay…”
But, God does see our heart, that’s the problem. We’re not okay. (And if you think you’ll find peace while blowing off God, read the book of Jonah. He was a prophet who served God faithfully. Until he tried to swap out what he wanted for what God told him. How’d that work out for him?)
During my time away from God, I became well versed in that kind of (il)logic and still have to fight it from time to time. We become rationalization specialists. Expert excuse makers. I could list those on my resume under special skills. It’s sad.
We start thinking things like:
“I know God says, forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, but I have a personal relationship with him, so I don’t need to “go to church.”
(((insert buzzer effect)))
“I know God says hating someone in your heart is murder in his eyes, but you don’t know my boss/uncle/neighbor. God understands why I can’t stand them. (Besides, wasn’t that just for the Bible people anyway?)”
“Yes, Jesus said what God has joined together let NO man tear apart, and yes, he hates divorce, but you don’t know my husband. God wants me to be happy, so he’ll understand.”
Cue the buzzer.
We need to stop bending, twisting and parsing what He said into what WE want.
And if we’re not willing to say, “Okay God, your way,” and stop rewriting His word on the fly, to suit our whims of the moment, then aren’t we really the ruler of our hearts and lord of our lives?
Are we just putting on a pretty good show?
Fooling ourselves, or even others, doesn’t help us where it matters. As my Pastor in California used to say, “There’s no future in fronting.’”
God cannot be mocked.
Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.”
- Jesus (Matthew 7:21)
If we’re not following God, we’re not followers of God.
I mean, it makes sense, right?
Yes, what He tells us to do IS hard. Yes it WILL cost us. We may be scared. It may be uncomfortable. It may be the LAST THING we want to do.
- Ananias was really apprehensive about meeting with Saul, but he went.
- Noah didn’t want to be mocked and ridiculed, but he built the ark.
- Jesus asked God to avoid the cross, if there was another way, but He still died for us.
See, we don’t have to always want to it. We just have stop looking for loopholes and surrender.
Jesus said we need to DENY OURSELVES DAILY and follow him. We can’t do that and live for ourselves. It’s not possible.
We can be like James and John, who threw down their nets and never looked back. Or, like the rich young ruler, we can walk away sad.
Listen, we can’t do this on our own. We will NEVER be able to do the things we find difficult without praying to God daily for strength to obey him in these things. Get a friend to help hold you accountable in this area as well.
If you’d like more resources or prayer for a specific situation, please feel free to email me email@example.com.
But, as Paul Tripp points out in today’s #TwitterWisdom, it says a lot about God!
Every act of personal obedience is concrete evidence of what only grace can do to change a heart.—
Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp) February 24, 2014
[@PaulTripp: Every act of personal obedience is concrete evidence of what only grace can do to change a heart.]
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
- Ephesians 2:8-9
I thought my friend Mike K’s Facebook profile picture illustrated what grace does to us perfectly:
A note about Twitter Wisdom.
I’ve been featuring an uplifting, insightful, poignant, thought-provoking, clever and/or funny tweet that I come across each day on my radio show for several years. I am going to try to share some of them on my blog, as well.
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Who knows how much our fears, worries and doubts have robbed from us.
Or how much they’ve stopped us from accomplishing.
Doubt, fear and worry are weapons the enemy uses to keep us from what God wants to do in us and through us.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:6-7
“In every encounter we either give life or drain it. There is no neutral exchange.”
- Brennan Manning
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18, that we hold the power of life and death in our tongues.
Let’s choose to build up, not tear down. Let’s speak life….
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
- Proverbs 16:24 ESV