"SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT THE TERM "KNOW THYSELF" ONLY RELATES TO SELF GRATIFICATION. NO, IT IS NOT! KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED BY THE CREATOR. KNOWING THYSELF [YOURSELF/ONESELF} IS AN INVITATION TO EMBARK IN A SPECIAL, SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THAT WILL HELP ONE TO DISCOVER AND CONNECT AND BECOME COMPASSIONATE TOWARDS OTHERS. "KNOW THYSELF" IS LEARNING WHEN TO BE PRESENT AND LEARNING ENOUGH ABOUT SELF IN ORDER TO SELFLESSLY GIVE THANKS TO THE CREATOR FOR CREATION INCLUDING SOWING INTO THE LIVES OF OTHER BEINGS FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY. "KNOW THYSELF" IS NOT THE ILLUSION OF BEING ALL MIXED UP IN FAKE PRIDE AND ALL THE other [isms]. IT IS NOT ABOUT YOUR CASH OR YOUR COUNTRY FLAG. "KNOW THYSELF" IS THE ROAD TO SEARCH FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE TO LIFE ACCORDING TO ONE’S PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD. IT IS NOT ABOUT EGO. IT IS NOT ABOUT ONE'S EXTERIOR/ PHYSICAL POWER. IT IS NOT ABOUT ROBOTIC EDUCATION. IT IS ALL ABOUT KNOWING GOD'S POWER and ITS MANIFESTATION THROUGH us ALL. IT IS ABOUT THE CONNECTION THAT WAS PLACED IN US FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF LIFE." ~ Fania Simon
There is a sweet voice
Talking all inside of you
Be quiet, are you listening?
I hear the sound of His voice
Whispering love to you
Hush! Are you listening?
Hey, forget the sound
Of the exterior world
Just stay inside
And shut the door…
Listen, He is saying that He loves you
Listen, He is saying, “don’t let them define you.”
Listen, He is saying, He is the one who created you.
Just be quiet...
Listen, He is saying that He is the only One
Listen, He is saying “padlock the entrance door.”
Well listen, what are you waiting for?
See In that secret place upstairs,
He wants you free inside His love
There, you’ll be as free as a flying dove
He knows you more than the world
He knows why He wants to lead you there
So listen, He is smiling
Because He sees himself inside of you
Now, shut the door!
He is saying, He hears your cries
Shut the door,
He is saying, He wants you blessed
Shut the door
Let Him increase your smile
Just shut the door
On the devil's face
Do not say
That He did not
Do His part
You have seen and you have heard.
please, rise up and react
You have heard and you have seen
the lack of respect for life in this place
Here is evil throwing blows
again and craving blood
Father, get up and evoke the strengths of the wind
get up and fire fire at those who fire at this life
Take darkness to a secret place
where it must bow to light
Lord, rise and blow -
blow Your mighty breath into the minds
And hearts and souls of wickedness
What It Means To Be A Worshipper
Rev. James C. Matthews
Did you know that there is a reason for your existence? God knew you before you were even formed into a fetus. He has a specific plan for your life. Your job while you are here on earth is not to choose your destiny but to discover it. Many people search for fulfillment their entire lives and never find it because they fail to discover their purpose. God is the Creator of all things. Your life is not a mere coincidence or a mistake, but a part of His plan; He has a specific assignment for you. Do you know what it is? If not, here are 10 questions to help you discover your true destiny:
1. What is your deepest desire?
Psalm 37:4 says "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." When you decide to serve God, He will actually give you the desire to do what you were created to do. You will know it is a God-given desire because it will line up with His Word.
2. What stirs your passion?
Passion is the zeal, enthusiasm, excitement and intensity you feel about things that are important to you. It will stir you to action. What bothers you the most? God may be calling on you to find a solution to a problem or to be a solution to a problem.
3. What naturally flows out of you?
Have you ever taught someone how to do something that you could do with your eyes closed? It may have seemed simple to you, but complex to them. What is that natural talent or ability you have that others do not?
4. Where do you get real results?
In Luke 13:6-9, Jesus gave us a time guideline for how long it should take to "try something out," such as a job, career, business or ministry. He gave an example of a man who had a fig tree in his vineyard and had been checking for three years to see if it was producing fruit. Then Jesus asked the question, "Why cumbered it the ground?" This was a nice way of asking, "Why is this thing taking up space?" What is taking up space in your life?
5. What is the witness of the Holy Spirit in your spirit?
God will confirm the plan He has for your life. He will sometimes speak through dreams and visions or in a still, small voice. He will make sure He gets the message to you in one way or another. Are you listening? To hear and recognize His voice clearly, you must position yourself by spending time seeking Him, diligently praying and studying His Word.
6. What do mature Christians see in you?
Keep in mind that a "mature Christian" is not just someone who has been saved for a while, but instead is a Believer who consistently makes decisions based on the Word of God. Mature Christians can give you good advice about seeking God's will for your life.
7. What career or ministry do you feel the peace of God about pursuing?
Philippians 4:6-7 says to pray with thanksgiving and let your request be known to God, and He will bring you peace about the things that concern you. Let the peace of God in your spirit man guide you and confirm His will for your life.
8. What thoughts, visions or dreams are impossible to put out of your mind?
God speaks to us in various ways. He will give you thoughts, visions and dreams, but your job is to recognize when it is God's message and when it is not. You will know God has given you a dream, vision or concept when you have spent time seeking Him. He will confirm it through His Word, as well as through people who may speak into your life about the situation. In addition you will see situations and circumstances line up to make your dream or vision come to pass.
9. What goal or ambition can you dedicate yourself to 100 percent, for the rest of your life?
Is there something you can do for hours and really enjoy? What career or job could you do for the rest of your life? When you discover your purpose, it will incorporate all of your gifts, talents and strengths, and you will have a passion for it that enables you to do it even when you are tired.
10. What do people volunteer to help you accomplish?
When you find what you were created to do, God will send people, opportunities and resources to help you along the way. Is there something you do that people want to support? When you get into that place, you will find total fulfillment. Don't waste another moment trying to find satisfaction in all the wrong places; find God's true purpose for your life today!
Pastor James C. (J.C.) Matthews is the founder and Senior Pastor of the multi-cultural non-denominational Dunamis Life Ministries of Dallas, Texas. Pastor Matthews is known for his love of God's Word, unusual wisdom, passionate preaching style and gift of practically applying scripture to everyday. He is the author of the Saved but Stuck: 30 Days to Personal Revival". "I'll Come... When I Get Myself Together" and "My Situation Is Not My Destination - Only Preparation". J.C. Matthews lives in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Texas area with his wife Gena and four children.
I have no problem in giving you the glory
My flesh may cry; my ego may pout
Neighbors may disagree and shout
But Lord, I have no problem
In giving you your glory
Some give your glory to trees
Some give your glory to the Ocean
Some even say:
'turn it to the Universe, and everything will be great'
But lord, who created their Universe?
Why must I ignore You and steal your glory?
Did the universe create itself?
No! For You are God all by yourself
Trees could not create you
Oceans could not create you
Nothing alive and nothing dead could not have created you
For you are God, the Creator of all things...
The Source of my blood and bones
The veins of our veins in all realms
You are the strength of the winds
Your roar drives the storms
When you rise, stained creatures scatter
And the earth quakes beyond earthly numbers, degrees, timeline or scales
You are the LORD of all lords
The KING of all kings...
You've made my eyes rise,
Open from under the veil
You've made my ears embrace,
The claps of the sound of Your Living Lamb
I have no problem in giving you all your glory
My flesh may cry...
My flesh may cry...
O' My fleshy flesh may cry...
Still, glory is to my Living God!!
In gladness - in sadness
I will worship you
In happiness - in stress
I will uplift you
For I am yours and you are mine.
In poverty - in richness
I will glorify You
I will stand firm by You
For You are forever here
Why must I kill myself to understand it all?
When you are here to teach and guide me through it all?
Why must I kill myself to understand it all?
When you are here with love to cover and restore me from my falls!
In sickness - in health
In persecution - in rejection
In life - in death, I submit to You, my all
Keep me, clean me, and use me
For the purpose that you created me.