Unrestrained – Unashamed

Are you sold out to Jesus? Do you worship Him with abandon, unrestrained, and unashamed. That’s what God wants from us. He wants us to give Him our all.  The following is an awesome worship song that we should all strive to reach in our worship and praise to God.

“Unrestrained” is a gospel song on Myron Butler & Levi’s 2007 album entitled “Stronger.” No copyright infringement intended.

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Dedicated To the One You Love

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Are you dedicated to the one you love? Do you give 50%, 60%, 70%, or 100% to the one you love? Do you feel lost when the one you love is not around for you to share your feelings with? Does your face light up with a huge smile when you are in the presence of the one you love?

Now ask yourself these same questions in reference to God. Are you dedicated to Him? Do you give him your all (100%) ? Do you feel lost, alone, or lonely when you can’t feel His presence? Do you light up with praise and worship for Him when you are in His presence?

What does it really mean to be dedicated to God? It means giving up whatever God requires of you. To be dedicated means not conforming your will and your desires to those evil desires of the world. Dedication is not just for one area of your life, but for every area of your life. That means your family, your home, your finances, your talents, and all that you have are to be dedicated to God.

What instructions does the bible give to help us dedicate ourselves to God?

1 Peter 1:13-14 (AMP)13 So brace up your minds; be sober (circumspect, morally alert); set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (divine favor) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is revealed.  14 [Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires [that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel].

Romans  12:1-3 (AMP)1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.  2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].  3 For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 (AMP)22 Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be.”

Are you dedicated to the one you love?

Higher Ground

The view from the window of an airplane is always an amazing sight. When looking out at the fluffy cotton-like clouds you realize just how high up you are. You feel like you could just reach out and touch those clouds. A few years ago, when flying to visit family in Louisiana, I was staring out of the window of the airplane and I couldn’t help but think about a gospel song the choir used to sing when I was growing up. The song is entitled “I’m Pressing On” and the first verse of the song says, “I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” We are sometimes onward bound through hospital bills, joblessness, illness, marriage problems, and the list could go on and on. We sometimes want to go higher on our jobs, in our relationships, with our family and friends, and in other areas of life, but do we really want to go higher with the Lord?

Going higher with the Lord does requires some active participation from us. What kind of participation am I talking about? Reading and studying God’s word and having a consistent prayer life are ways to actively participate in moving up higher with the Lord. Reading and studying our bible means God speaks to us and when we pray we talk to God. Praise, gratitude, and worship are also ways to go higher in the Lord. When we speak God’s praises He will bless us, guard us, keep us, and lift us up to higher ground.

Psalm 34:1(Amplified) “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

In 1989 the Mississippi Mass Choir recorded “I’m Pressing On” with Rev James Moore as the lead singer.  Listen and be blessed.

Because of Who you Are- Vicki Yohe

This is a beautiful song. Viki Yohe sings this song with passion and feeling. I had been thinking all day about what I wanted to write for my blog post. I thought my title would be Wednesday Worship. When I received an email about my good friend Dee’s blog post for “Sounds for My Soul” and listened to this song, I knew I had the right title. So Dee, I’m reblogging this.

Love it!

Sounds For My Soul

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