Still… Only Jesus!

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“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God,
and the prisoners were listening to them…”
Acts 16.25

Beloved, indulge me as I encourage you once again, to examine carefully and diligently the areas of your life that God, our Father wants to RESET!  Your circumstances will reveal them.  It’s not hard.  Just step outside yourself for a moment and glance back in.  What do you see?  That’s what The Lord wants to RESET!  I know, (deep sigh) it’s a lot.  But the process is radically simplified for us in the place of worship and praise.  If we would just start there, the RESET Button is pushed and the metamorphosis begins!  Stuff changes when we let Judah (Yadah: our hearts uplifted in diligent pursuit of Him) go first!

I know — you want proof!  Well, journey with me to Philippi in Macedonia (a Roman colony) where Paul and Silas (Acts 16) are beaten and imprisoned for proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and demonstrating its power through the deliverance of a slave girl possessed with a ‘spirit of divination.’  This mighty Kingdom act threatened the economy of the region and upset the ruling spiritual and political powers.  As a result, Paul and Silas were severely flogged and placed in the ‘inner prison’ with their feet fastened in stocks.  This is ‘seemingly’ NOT a good day! And yet, Acts 16.25 tells us that at around midnight – as the clock struck 12 a.m., Paul and Silas were praying (proseuchomai: a worshipping prayer) and singing to The Lord their God, hymns of praise (humneo:  the celebration of God in song).  This, considering the circumstances, is peculiar enough.  But the text also tells us that the prisoners (desmois: captives) were listening (epakroaomai: listen intently) to worshipping Prayers set to the sacrifice of songs!  Say hallelujah somebody!

Keep reading this story in Acts 16, because right around verse 26, we find that the Praise of Paul and Silas RESET the barometric pressure in the prison, creating a climate – no longer conducive for bondage & oppression, addiction and affliction, sickness & disease, pain and suffering!  The very room was SHAKEN, SHIFTED, REORGANIZED, REVAMPED, RESET!!  PRISON DOORS FLEW OPEN AND EVERYBODY’S CHAINS BROKE FREE!  Say hallelujah somebody!

 

listening intently to the tune, the WORSHIPPING PRAYER melody that YOUR LIFE SINGS! 

  • When our lives – when our walk…our witness…is an expression of WORSHIP FOR HIM – when JUDAH GOES FIRST — ‘in us and through us…’
  • WHEN WE ARE WORSHIPPERS OF HIM…
  • WHEN OUR HEARTS BEHOLD ONLY HIM — that song – YOUR SONG will set the captive free!!

That’s why The Lion of Tribe of JUDAHJesus, OUR BELOVED WORSHIPPING KING said,  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (I AM BETH’EL – THE HOUSE OF GOD), because He has anointed Me to preach (publish, proclaim, share, witness, testify concerning) the gospel/GOOD NEWS to the poor (repentant; those embracing this season of RESET); He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives (P.O.W’S) and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord — JUBILEE.”  20 Then He rolled up the scroll, and He gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4.18-19 (additional notes mine)

THIS SHOULD BE OUR TESTIMONY!  Yes indeed! You and I as worshipping intercessors should confess:  I too AM BETHEL…A WORSHIPPER OF GOD!  THIS YEAR – I WILL RESET MY PRAISE…AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL REST UPON ME!  Everywhere I go, I will proclaim the gospel to the poor, healing will flow to the broken hearted, captives will be delivered, prisoners set free, blind eyes opened…lives RESTORED!!!  People will enter in to JUBILEE!  Luke 4. 18-19 will be FULFILLED in the lives of those who encounter His Glory through me!!  Yaaassss!

Beloved…It matters WHO you and I worship!  It matters, what we FOCUS ON…WHO…we focus on!  It matters who the primary OBJECT of our affections is!  It matters who the gatekeeper of our souls opens up to! Isn’t it time you and I RESET our PRAISE!!  RESET OUR PRAISE!  RESET OUR WORSHIP!  RESET…UNTIL OUR HEART LONGS STILL…FOR ONLY HIM…ONLY JESUS!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to diligently pursue that sacred secret place…

I’M GOING TO TAKE THE TIME…MAKE THE TIME to climb into the holiness of THRONE ROOM WORSHIP and extend my hands, open the gates to my heart, and bid My Savior enter FULLY in!  In this RESET season, I’m taking with me a particular song, A PRAYER SET TO MUSIC, A PRAISE — A WORSHIP song that causes something deep within me to SHIFT ITS FOCUS BACK TO HIM & “Behold His Glory.”  It’s really a simple song, Brian Johnson of Bethel is singing and it’s called, “Only Jesus.”  I offer it to you AGAIN as a precious gift that I pray will usher YOU in…too!

You’re my constant; in the chaos
You’re my compass; when the road is long
You’re my portion; never failing
For me, only Jesus


Let my heart want for nothing but You, just You
Let my heart want for nothing but You, just You
The riches of this world could never satisfy

Let my heart want for only You

For me, for me; only Jesus
For me, for me; only Jesus

~

“And suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened!”

Acts 16.26

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