En Hakkore is a new, raw worship album entirely written and produced by High Schoolers. It is an exciting new look at the Tribe Youth Group, and best of all it’s free. The Tribe Youth felt that God wanted them to give this CD to the world for free. So after two months of intensive writing, playing, practice, and fund raising, the Tribe CD has been released.
“The Beloved to Her Lover: Awake, O north wind; come, O south wind! Blow on my garden so that its fragrant spices may send out their sweet smell. May my beloved come into his garden and eat its delightful fruit!” -Song of Songs 14:16
For awhile now the Lord has been speaking to me about the Holy Spirit as being like a hummingbird. As we draw near to him he comes to our hearts, which apart from him are like black holes, and touches us. When that happens we grow a flower in the garden of our heart. Then he begins to pollinate that single flower and we grow another. As the wind of His love blows on us our heart changes into the garden where he can come and settle. Our hearts begin to produce fruit. They become places where he can dwell, and in time we burn with passion of his name and with the fruit of his spirit. Those fires, flowers, and fruit can be passed onto others and begin to cause them to catch on fire with the love. It is infectious and when one person burns those who ong for the deeper things on God draw around like moths to a fire. As they come near they catch on fire and this is how revival begins. What does revival look like? Please comment below.
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. -Colossians 3:1-10″ (NIV)
What would this look like in practical application? It seems to mention every major Governmental woe and problem, what would it look like if all the Governmental Officials came under this Scripture? What would it look like if every Christian were to come under this? Would we be more effective? What do you think?
David had a reality that the rest of the army of Saul didn’t: he understood the power of God. He took one look at the disaster with Goliath and knew confidently that God was more than capable of taking care of it.
Jesus replied, ”Your problem is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”
Jesus points out why we have wrong realities- because we don’t make it a goal to know the Word and to understand God’s power. Through the scriptures we learn the favored position we have as children of God, and through his power we learn to trust him and to place all our confidence in our living God.
David found his identity and hope in God’s power, even when the world came against him with it’s toughest weapons.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In keeping with our recent discussions about the battlefield of the mind and taking thoughts captive, I was reminded of this verse.
After reading it, I immediately thought, “How do you prepare your mind for action?” You can train your body for action by exercising, so that at a moments notice you could take off running, but how do you prepare a mind to be ready to run or fight, if you suddenly have to?
My mom has told me all about a technique called “visualization” that athletes use. Once they make it to the Olympics, there is really no difference in actual skill, but the winners are the ones who completely believed they were going to win and had practiced every move perfectly in their minds beforehand.
In my own words, I think Peter was saying, “Your minds are going to be your worst enemy when you get in moments of temptation or opportunity, so make sure that ahead of time they are prepared to respond the right way.” I have often felt that if I ever received a chance to lead someone at school to the Lord, or maybe prayer for a healing for them, I would not have the boldness need for that specific moment, and it would pass me by. This itself is bad thought that should be taken captive, but it helped me realize the need for visualization.
What if right before you go to bed, when your mind is processing your day, you started playing out a possible situation that God could use you in. See every scene of someone challenging your faith, or asking why you believe, and prepare your mind to answer confidently. Visualize yourself having boldness when you see someone who needs a healing, or see yourself responding aggressively to temptation the moment it arises. Think about all the details of the moment and repeatedly see yourself taking right action. I think that getting into a habit of training our minds to react a certain way before we are in that situation, will greatly improve our chances when the enemy comes with thoughts of fear.
Over the weekend, several of us from the youthgroup had the opportunity to hear from Kamal Saleem, an ex-terrorist, who exposed Islam and explained the threat against our nation. He showed the following video, which struck the fear of the Lord in my heart because I had no idea that this was the reality of the situation:
He then called us to stand and fight through prayer for these muslims. Kamal shared a two-step plan to reaching the hearts of muslims:
1.Declaring the blood of Jesus (taking control of the demonic forces)
2. Loving them
Jesus shows us in this verse how we can become more perfect by loving everyone, specifically those who are the hardest to love.
In Islam, God isn’t intimate with his people. He doesn’t want to have a personal love relationship with the individual, which is why the truth of the love of God touches these people’s hearts.
And the best way we can love them is by praying for them. Kamal said to pray for “a spirit of adoption” for the muslims, so that they can take their place as children of God and feel the Father’s love for them. So, let’s fight the spiritual forces behind Islam through prayer while releasing God’s love to the muslims.
In the darkness we constantly run into objects and stub our toes, but when we turn on the lights we can see clearly so that we can fix the problems which we were running into before. Unfortunately we often dim the lights by feeding our minds with messages that are contrary to the Lord heart towards us. Which is love not disappointment. As we watch a TV show or play a video game we often absorb the attitudes of the characters and allow the light which the Lord has given us to be dimmed. I encourage you to not allow this to happen and take away any thing that gets between your face and God’s. So that you can clearly see the light of his countenance and you can clearly reflect it to non-believers.