Dependance On God


I just started Oswald Chambers’ book, My Utmost For His Highest. It is an amazing devotional that I have heard so much about over the years, but have never had the opportunity to read. So far, it has lived up to all the hype. It is an inspirational and life-changing read that has re-focused my mind towards Jesus. My reading yesterday was called: “Will You Go Out Without Knowing?”  It is inspired from Hebrews 11:8

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

…Even though he did not know where he was going!! That is crazy. Abraham had so much faith and trust in God. He started walking even though he didn’t know where in the world he was going. Oswald Chambers writes, “You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.” We have to trust that God knows what he is doing. And it is in those moments that he is able to stretch us and grow our faith in Him.

Last year, I had 2 major events happen in my life that helped me to grow in my trust and faith in God: I made my own worship album and I traveled to Africa. When I initially felt called to do both of these things, I was in the dark. I had no idea what was going to happen or how it was going to happen. All I knew was that God knew what He was doing. And I had to trust in Him and take each step at the time. Now looking back at last year’s journey, I can truly say that God had a amazing plan for me and knew exactly what he wanted to do through me. What if I had not said YES to God’s calling? Where would I be now? Maybe somewhere not as fulfilling as here. Maybe I wouldn’t have as much faith and trust in God as I do now.

Chambers writes, “Let the attitude of the life be a continual ‘going out’ in dependence upon God.” Are you depending on God? Dependance on God can put us in such a place of wonder… wondering what God is going to do next… wondering how God is going to provide finances for the situation… wondering when God will reveal the answer… wondering how you are going to get from here to there. It is in those moments of wonder that God reveals who He is.  Chambers asks, “Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does?” Let’s believe and trust in our God to do great things even if we have no idea where He is taking us. And let’s grow closer to Him through the beautiful journey.

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For those of you who don’t know, I am a worship leader at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. To go more in depth, I am specifically a part of Valley Worship: the worship, creative, and performing arts ministry of Christ’s Church of the Valley. We serve the various technical, music, performing arts, and creative needs of CCV while implementing a vision, philosophy, and theology of worship all the way from the multi-generational services on the weekend, to youth, and children. In addition, we equip and empower others by developing and providing innovative and engaging resources and training that help to develop a deeper devotion of worship for individuals and churches nationwide.

Our Valley Worship website has just launched and I get the privilege of blogging for this site about every other week. I will still be blogging on this site, but I want to be able to share some (or all) of the blogs I write on the Valley Worship site as well. I will post links to the blogs when they are posted… just another way to hear what’s on my heart! 🙂 Enjoy…

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-Ashley

Meaning Behind: Jesus Lives

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Jesus lives is the first song on my album “Heart After You”. I would like to call it one of the singles on the record because of its feel-good sound and strong message. But I’ll let you decide that!

This song is based off of 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As we approach Easter in a few weeks, I am reminded of the victory that we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. He chose to follow the will of God, and give his own life on the cross. And because of that, we have been set free! We are no longer under the power of sin, but we are under the power of Christ. Thank you Jesus! It makes me want to shout out at the top of my lungs that Jesus lives! (If you could hear me through my writing… that is what I am doing! 🙂 ). Let’s get exited about our victory through Christ this Easter season.

Listen to Jesus Lives: https://soundcloud.com/ashleybeckford/jesus-lives-mp3
Free Chord Chart/Lead Sheet: http://ashleybeckfordmusic.com/chords.html

JESUS LIVES

Verse 1
Jesus came, humbly gave his life his pride his all
Set us free through victory, o death where is your sting
Our God reigns!

Chorus
Shout it out, Shout, Jesus lives, Jesus lives
Lift your voice loud, all our days Jesus saves
Crucified to set us free
In Christ alone the victory
Shout it out, Shout, Jesus lives, Jesus lives

Verse 2
Hope is found, hear the sound of peace rest and joy
We will sing, for Christ our King has conquered sin through love
Our God reigns!

Bridge
One God, One hope
Now with one voice we sing

Meaning Behind: We Cry Holy

Holy can be such a “churchy” word, but it defines God so well that I couldn’t help but use it in a song. Some say it is over-used in worship songs, but I believe that it is not used enough. Here is the definition of holy…

ho·ly/ˈhōlē/ (Adjective)

1. Exalted or Worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.

2. Divine, having a divine quality.

3. Venerated as or as if Sacred.

Psalm 99:9 says, “Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His holy mountain, for the Lord our God is HOLY”. Worship is a response to our God, and in this song we are responding to the holiness of God. He is divine. He is sacred. He is perfect in goodness and righteousness. Why would we not what to worship Him?!

The lyrics of this song are based on simple and straight-forward messages. The verses set up the fact that we believe in God. We are declaring His divine qualities and believing that He is true. The chorus simply states that our God is Holy. And the bridge is the culmination of it all… Worthy God, we stand in awe of You… my favorite part, because after the realization that our God is Holy, we have no other response then to worship and STAND IN AWE of Him. He is WORTHY of our worship.

To purchase the worship album, featuring “We Cry Holy”, click Valley Worship.