This One Thing: Faith for Creatives

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind…The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man.”~ECCLESIASTES 1:14;12:13

The book of Ecclesiastes was inspired by the Living Spirit of God and written by not only the wisest man to ever live, besides our Savior, Jesus Christ, but the wealthiest man of all creation; King Solomon.

In his lifetime, he had tasted of every indulgence he could, wealth was in abundance, of women he did not lack. There was nothing under the sun that was denied him.

And yet, after running around the mountain of indulgence and want, whether of Godly pursuit or in the attempt to appease the longings of his own flesh and desires; he came to the simple and yet profound conclusion, that nothing, NOTHING else was of true value, all was as chasing the wind, except loving God.

The word “fear” used in the scripture in regard to the Holy God of creation, is not that of being afraid and cowering, but one of awe and reverence. To be totally stricken silent by the glorious wonder of the One you are beholding. At the end of it all, King Solomon had found his One thing. God was his one thing.

Some may be thinking, “Well, that’s all well and good for him, but I live in the real world and I have real problems and cares.” So did Solomon. Whether at your greatest height or your lowest low, there is nothing so sweet as the embrace of Christ Jesus but you can only experience that by giving Him permission to take you in His arms.

Christ Jesus longs to love you and be loved by you. He died for you as His greatest expression of His love because YOU are HIS ONE THING.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.~ ROMANS 5:8

I encourage you to listen to the song again, read the words and maybe even sing along. Allow yourself to be enraptured by the truth that you are His One thing and His desire is to be close to you. And allow Him to be your One thing, for in Him are all things and you will lack for no good thing! (Matthew 6:24-34)

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”~REVELATION 3:20

*Revised from November 18, 2015

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

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Today is a Good Day: A Quote

Today is a good day! Why? Because you’re in it, I’m in it, and we’re in it together! Praise Yeshua Jesus for making this day! ~Candice Coates

 

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Hope In The Midst of Trouble: A Word and Song

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.”

~Psalm 71:14-16 nkjv (PSALM 71)

I had the blessed privilege to read the above verses through a scripture reading plan for Hope, found though my Bible app. When I read the verses, the Light and Love of the Savior immediately flooded my heart and soul.

Instantly, Our Heavenly Father began to show me great revelation concerning these few words of hope. If you take the time to read through all of Psalm 71, you will find that the author is going through a season of tribulation, YET he makes the decision that he is going to:

  1. Continue to keep his Hope in Father God
  2. Continue to sing His praises
  3. Continue to Focus on Him and Him alone
  4. Continue to remember that it is His righteousness that brings him salvation and deliverance

We, like the author of this psalm, experience similar situations in our walk with Yeshua Jesus. There are times when it seems every obstacle has fallen into our pathway and that there is seemingly no hope at all.

But when we pause and remind ourselves that Christ never leaves us nor will He ever forsake us (Deut. 31:6, Heb. 13:5), do we find that His light shines brightly through us even in our darkest hours.

We even become a beacon of light, peace and encouragement for others.

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When we make the decision to continue to Hope in Him and His faithfulness, is when our faith is greatly ignited; for faith is indeed not an instrument of sight. It is in these pivotal moments of decision that greater revelation of Yeshua Jesus and His faithfulness become even clearer and we grow deeper in Him.

When we take the time to focus on His righteousness, forsaking any thought of our own which only leads us to be sin conscious, is when we embrace the fullness not only of His super abounding grace which is a free gift not earned (Ephesians 2:8-9), but His great love for us.

It is then that His Holy Spirit, alive in us, is able to remind us of past victories and triumphs that He has led us through, thus giving us greater hope that He will deliver us again. We will remember there is no limit to His love of us, nor what He will do for His beloved children. (Romans 8:31-39)

But most importantly, when we focus on Him, it is then thought our joy even in the midst of tribulation finds its perfect completeness. We rest ourselves in His love, and wait with fullness of faith that our Heavenly Daddy will protect us from all harm and bless us with His best!

Keep your hope in Him, and let His praises remain as the sweetest song upon your lips.

~Poeima Poetry in Motion

 

I don’t live by people’s compliments, because if I lived by their compliments I would die by their criticism.”

~Steven Furtick

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Whose words are you living by (on)? Man’s OPINION of you will change, but God’s remains the same. Yeshua Jesus Said in Matthew 4:4 “…It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” To live off of the Words of God is to live and rest in the truth that you are greatly loved, fearfully and wonderfully made, that you are delighted in. live off of life.

Letting Go: A Music Interlude For Healing

You’ve brought me to the end of myself. This has been the longest road. And when my ‘hallelujah’ was tired, you gave me a new song. Now I’m letting go…”

If my flesh were to be cut open and my veins to flow freely until they ran dry, the words and supplication of this song would be heard, crying out from the very source of my life. I thank Yeshua Jesus that although it hurts, although it means a new direction, although it means taking time to learn the “me” I forgot and the “me” He is transforming out of what is left of me, I can let go…

You remind me Of things forgotten. You unwind me Until I’m totally undone, And with Your arms around me Fear was no match for Your love. Now You’ve won me…”

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

The Power of Songs of Praise

Hello all!

I just wanted to take this moment to encourage you all with not just a song of worship,
but with the powerful weapon that we have in worship through song, coming from our
very lips and hearts, no matter if they are out of tune or not appreciated by those sitting next to us.
Often times we allow men (to the delight of the enemy) to deter us from opening our mouths in song.
What is the big deal with singing to our Heavenly Father? Well there is power in it that shifts the
atmosphere. It is through song that our hearts are encouraged, that we remember what our God
has done for us in the past, is presently doing and will do.
It is through song that we find strength, and that the enemy is evicted from our atmosphere, for our God inhabits our praise.
Ephesians 5:18-21 says, “…18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;…
Our song does not just encourage our own hearts but the hearts of those around us. Songs unto the Lord set the atmosphere, and our
hearts to Hear HIM:  11 Kings 3:15 (vs 13-19) here the prophet Elisha instructed the people to bring him a minstrel to play unto the Lord 
so that he would be able to hear a word from Him.
 
II Chronicles 20:1-30(20-23)) King Jehoshaphat defeats the armies of his enemies, not with power or might, but by singing:
“For the Lord is Good and His Mercy endureth forever.” They host of them stood and sang that before the Lord and their 
enemy and the enemies camp was thrown into confusion and they destroyed one another. 
 
How many of us have enemies? How many of us need them out of our path and way? Open your mouth and praise with 
a glad heart with song, not just to remove the enemy, but because you LOVE your FATHER.
 
Consider Paul and Silas. They had been jailed and placed in a situation that seemed impossible to be delivered from,
but they SANG SONGS OF PRAISE, and we all know what happened! Heaven moved and they were released from their shackles. (Acts 16:23-28)
 
The entire book of Psalms, the book that I believe encourages us most, is a Song book. David and the other authors sang these
words unto God and found peace and deliverance. 
 
Worship in our song is our warfare as well.  It gives us confidence, again through reminding us that we are greatly loved, that Yeshua Jesus is for us and good to us, that we already are victories through Him, and it also stands as a witness to unbelievers.
Ultimately, and this is my favorite part which makes my heart smile, it delights Him!
The same way when a child draws pictures of their parents when in kindergarten, and the images are interesting to say the least, the Mother and Father delight in the gift of love via the picture and put it on display because of the love that was put into those drawings just for them. Even if the parents are missing a neck and arms in the image, and may look like a big red blob, there is pride and love in receiving them.
That is our praise and song to our Heavenly Father; out of key, words misplaced, but the spirit behind the melody is love and thanksgiving and that is what He delights in!
 
He has given us a new song, We need to sing it! Psalm 40:2-4 “2He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD. 4How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.…”
Below is a song on Youtube with the lyrics. The song is 4:35 min long with about 2min of verses afterward, but it is so lovely! Please listen and be blessed. It is called
“Favorite song of All” by Philips Craig and Dean.
 
 
God bless you all!
 
Cheers!
Cross Widget

Another Day: A Poem

Another day to sing Your praise

Before I rise before I rest

Could anyone be more Beloved than You

Days come and go but I still know

Even with the darkness there’s no fear

For You are near.

Great Holy God

How wonderful

I lift my voice in adoration’s song

Just to be near

Keep warm my heart

Loves song is heard in the whispers of your touch

My all  and all

No one else compares

Oh how marvelous you are

Phenomenally

Quite perfectly

Righteous King

So gentle in your Glory

Tenaciously you have fought for me

Unceasingly perusing all your children

Very soon, face to face I’ll be with you

With songs that never end

Xenos upon this earth is my identity

Your promise has so much worth I seek You….

Zealously.

~Amen

I was just sitting down, literally thinking about making myself a burger, and then I started having a moment of praise to God. Ironically each phrase began with a letter of the alphabet and so I took it and ran with it. I started typing it up and purposefully going in that direction. I have not read over it for corrections as I still want that burger but I hope you like it. Oh! and Xenos means stranger. 😉

Cheers!