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Sunday, May 27, 2012

The cry of my heart


Today, I am moved to first of all share the words of a Don Moen song that many of us know and sing. I ask that you think through these words afresh.

With every beat of my heart, every song that I sing
Every prayer that I pray, every offering I bring
In every thought that I have, every word that I say
Oh, be glorified
From the start of each day, till the end of the night
Let me bring praise, let me bring light
Lord I offer my life, as a sacrifice
Be glorified

Refrain:
This is my prayer
It’s the cry of my heart,
Lord I want my life to reflect Who You are
Oh Lord, please stir up the fire
And burn everything, till all I desire is You


With every breath that I take, and everything that I do
Let me lift up Your name and bring honour to You
Let the words of my mouth only speak truth
Oh, be glorified  

Refrain:
This is my prayer
It’s the cry of my heart,
Lord I want my life to reflect Who You are
Oh Lord, please stir up the fire
And burn everything, till all I desire is You

Oh yes, this is my prayer
It’s the cry of my heart,
Lord I want my life to reflect Who You are
Oh Lord, oh Lord, Oh Lord.....please stir up the fire
And burn everything, till all I desire is You

And in everything I say, in everything I do
Oh Lord..............Be glorified
In every situation, in every conversation
Oh God.......Be glorified
This is my prayer....
The cry of my heart....
Oh Lord.....I want my life to reflect Who You are

Be glorified

I don’t know why but in the last couple of weeks, the words to this song have taken on a newer and deeper meaning to me. The words simply resonate in my spirit and this song has been playing in my head, or as a constant refrain on my lips especially in the last few days. I believe God is speaking something to me, and inadvertently to you too sis.

I will confess that my mind has been sort of a blank on what I would write about in this next post.....writer’s block it’s called, right? Well, I surely have had a steel wall in front of my brain for a while, lol. I have been as busy as busy gets this past 2weeks; as tired as tired gets; and on my not-so-busy and not so tired days, I very happily confess that I chose to stay as lazy as lazy gets. Yup! Me needed da break, and me sure took it! When God wants to speak however, He gives you the grace and ability to carry through which is why despite having had to stay out all day at two different meetings and events, head off from there to the shops, and straight into the kitchen for a marathon round of cooking this evening; I find myself filled with the zeal and energy to put write this post. Yes sis, I surely do have a message for you from the Lord.

God wants to know sis, are you still holding true to your hearts cry for 2012?

On the 22nd of January this year, the Lord ministered to me with Colossians 1 v 9-10. I noted this Scripture in my journal and beside this I penned the words ‘my hearts cry for 2012’. As the Lord took me back this evening to the notes that I made in my journal that day, I couldn’t help but wonder at first, why God would be reminding me of my hearts cry for the year 2012 when we are almost at the middle of the year. As I pondered this, the refrain from Don’s song came back strongly to me: ‘’Lord I want my life to reflect Who You are’’

Bam! It hit me then! God is asking simply that I stop....that you stop, and take stock of where we are in Him and how far we have really grown in the knowledge of His will, in spiritual wisdom, and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things (Colossians 1 v 9). God is asking if we are still focused on zero-living. God is reminding you and I that He has great plans concerning our lives in the year 2012, but that we need to stop and check whether the busyness of life (I mean, can you believe it’s June already?) has once again gotten in the way of our focus on Him. God is saying to us that we need to redirect our energies towards seeking Him because it is only in the place of His presence, and in obedience to His will that He can make manifest the great things that He has purposed for us. God is reminding us that relying on our strengths, on our plans, on the counsels of men, etc.. is simply manifesting a fundamental mistrust of Him. He is asking that we come back to that place of full trust and dependence on Him who is our all. God is asking if in the time that has past this 2012, we can confidently say that we have lived lives that reflect who He is? He is asking us to reflect on this because we should not move as we are into the rest of the year.  

It ministers to my spirit that God for sure does not want us to find ourselves in November asking ourselves ‘So what exactly did I achieve this year?’ You and I know how traumatic it is to realise that time has passed and you can’t begin to account for what you have achieved or how you have grown or helped others grow in that time.
Over the past few weeks I acknowledge that I have been too busy or too tired (as a result of being too busy .....Catch 22) to pray as much; to praise as much; to seek God as much; to read my Bible as much, as I ordinarily would and should. But as I once again stepped into my meeting room with God yesterday morning, He reminded me how He waits patiently and lovingly for us to come full circle right back to Him so that we can flourish in the place of His presence.

Today sis, please take a few minutes to reflect on what your hearts cry for 2012 has been. It may be the same as mine, or it may be different. It really does not matter as long as God is in your equation. I suspect that like me however, that you may not be able to say as resounding a ‘Yes’ to God’s question of how well you have lived your life in reflection of Him from January to date. Like me, it could be that your ‘Yes’ would have been louder in January and February that it is now. And no, I am not trying to insinuate some growing unrighteousness or sin in your life. Far from it! However, truth is that a dim torch still emits light in darkness, but how feeble that light is when compared to the Light of the World. God is asking at this time that we come fully back to the source and power up, so that we may shine brightly and in clear reflection of Who He is. He is asking us to stay fully connected so that He can use us for His glory and so that daily we shall indeed reflect His power, His might, His majesty and His glory. This is the cry of my heart! I pray it shall also be yours sis.

Be blessed......for you surely are!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this beautiful piece it is interesting and educative.

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WORD FOR THE WEEK

LUKE 1:

34“-How can this be, Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God

JEREMIAH 2:

5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. 7 But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

1st CORINTHIANS 1:

25 [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men. 26 For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth. 27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. 28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,

Colossians 1:

28 Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

29 For this I labor [[z]unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.