What Is Your Heart Singing Of?

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“My Heart Will Sing No Other Name… Jesus… Jesus.” -Forever Reign by Hillsong. 

What is your heart really singing of? Unfortunately, my heart does not sing of Jesus as much as I would like it to. Read more from my latest Valley Worship blog…

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Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Oceans

We are introducing a new song to our Sunday night services this week. All of you avid Hillsong United followers will know and love this song already. It is called Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). It is a beautiful and breath-taking song. Not only is the music a masterpiece, but the lyrics paint a vivid picture of the way Peter felt when he walked on water. Here is the story if you do not know it…

Matthew 14:25-33

25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”  28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

There are a couple things I get from this story. The first is that Peter had the faith and trust in God to walk out on the water… WOW. That is scary and intimidating and unknown. And of course he walked out into a storm. It was windy and the waves were coming from all directions, but he still decided to take a step of faith trusting that God was going to guide his steps. I felt like this last year when I was preparing to go on my missions trip to Africa. I felt like I was walking into something scary, intimidating, and unknown. So I had to trust God with all my heart and know that He was going to take care of me along the way. Are you taking a step of faith towards God’s will for your life? Are you trusting him as you walk on the uneven water?

The second thing I get from this story is that when Peter walked amongst the waves and the wind, for a split second, he lost sight of Jesus. He lost sight of the one who was keeping him above the waves, and that is the moment he started sinking. But as soon as Jesus came back into Peter’s vision, Peter was lifted to the place of calm and security again. Are you keeping your eyes on Jesus? Are you keeping your gaze above the waves? If this is true in your life, then your persective should be shifted. You are no longer focused on the scary-intimidating-unknown around you, but you are focused on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.

Put yourself in Peter’s situation… ask yourself some hard questions… and take a listen to this song…

OCEANS (WHERE FEET MAY FAIL)

 

Emmanuel – God With Us

It was on that silent night, in a lowly manger, that Jesus entered our world. God became man. He left the wonder and the joy of heaven and came down to a world of hate and pain… a world where one day he would be tortured and put on a cross to die. But he came to be with us anyways. He was God with us: EMMANUEL.

Today, Jesus is not with us in human form, but His name rings true still. He is God with us: EMMANUEL. And no matter what we might be going through this Christmas… maybe a loss of a loved one, maybe trouble in marriage, maybe financial stress, maybe things are great… no matter what the hurt or joy, God is with us and will always be with us. He is right by our side though the good and the bad, even if we don’t recognize Him.

So, let us start now. Let us recognize him.

This season, we remember the wonder of his birth, the miracles on display in his lifetime, the pain in his death, and the victory in his resurrection. God WAS with us here on earth 2000 plus years ago… God IS with us today in our own joys and pains, and God WILL ALWAYS BE with us from now until forevermore. EMMANUEL.