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Jesus Knows

Today is the last Music Monday before the Third Day concert! I am so excited about the concert and getting to meet the band before the concert.

All this past week I’ve been listening to one of their earlier albums called Conspiracy No. 5. One of my favorite songs on that album is called Who I Am, so I decided to share it with you all today. I found this video of it on YouTube and thought it was pretty cool.

This song reminds me that even though Jesus loves me just the way He found me, He wants to change me so that I become more like Him. He wants “to rearrange the way I feel inside.”

When I first came to know Him and trust in Him, I was depressed and lost. But He took my broken heart and mended it. He made everything right. As this song says, Jesus will take “The broken hearts of lonely souls / And make all things right.”

But so often the broken-hearted and the lost think there is no way God could ever love them. They ask God, “Do you know who I am? Have you seen the things I’ve done?” I know I did. I was pretty sure at one point that there was no way anyone could ever love me if they knew who I was and all the things I’d done, especially not someone like the God of the Universe.

The good news is that God does know who we all are and everything we’ve all ever thought or done. Jesus knows because He bore all our sin as He hung on the cross. And He loves us anyway. He always will.

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So Help Me God!

Have you ever found yourself running full tilt in the wrong direction? Maybe you were well aware it was the wrong direction, but just didn’t know how to change course.

Often people end up on the crazy train of drugs and alcohol, living the good life of one party after another. This is the wrong direction that is portrayed in this video set to the song Slow Down by Third Day.

Even if you’ve avoided or escaped the wrong direction of the party life, you may still be headed the wrong way. Maybe you don’t even realize it’s the wrong direction. Maybe it’s the direction the world has told you is the right way.

Are you on the busy treadmill of putting all your effort into climbing the corporate ladder and making more and more money? Have you be amassing material wealth and possessions, along with the credit card debt that goes with it?

Are you putting all your energy into doing all you can for your church, volunteering for multiple jobs and committees, trying to earn your way into God’s good graces? Have you been amassing guilt at not quite measuring up?

There are so many roads that we barrel down like our lives and happiness depend upon it. But they only lead us away from our God who loves us and who wants us to be in an intimate relationship with Him.

I think of the story of when Jesus was attending a dinner at the house of His friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Martha was upset because she was running full-steam ahead doing all of the work to prepare the dinner while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His every word. When Martha complained to Jesus, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV).

The treadmill of life will wear you down and separate you from God if you try to go it alone. But if you call on God to help you to slow down and find the right way, He will always answer.

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Running from Surrender

It’s three weeks until the Third Day concert! Yesterday on the way home from church we were listening to Third Day and my son asked me if they are my favorite Christian band. I said yes, and then he wanted to know why.

You might be wondering the same thing (or maybe not, but I’m going to tell you anyway). There are three reasons I love Third Day. The first is Mac Powell’s voice. The second is Mark Lee’s guitar playing. The third is that their music is uplifting, encouraging, and glorifies God. They always point the listener to Jesus.

Today I want to share a song from their newest CD Move. The name of the song is Surrender.

I love the guitar intro to this song – it’s very southern rock. But more important is the message.

So many people spend their whole lives running from God. They think that surrendering to God is the worst thing they could ever do. Surrender suggests weakness, and no one wants to be seen as weak.

But the reality is that the only path to true freedom is surrender to the will of God. A person can’t be free when they are on the run from the truth. Running is where true weakness is revealed.

Are you still running? Do you look in the mirror and wonder how you reached this point in your life? Are you pretending you are fine, when really you’re just dying inside? Are you looking for a solution to the dead end you’ve found yourself in?

The answer is surrender to a Creator who knows what is best for His Creation.

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Jesus Is the Light of the World

One of my favorite chapters in all of the Bible is John 1, which is not surprising since John is my favorite book of the Bible as well as my favorite of the apostles.

This week I’ve been listening to my Trevor Morgan CD “The Blessed and the Broken” in my car in preparation for the Third Day concert in May, because Trevor is opening for Third Day. It was actually at Fish Fest last summer that I first heard him when he played just a few songs at the beginning of Third Day’s set.

One of my favorite songs on this CD is Light of the World because it is based on John 1. It starts out just as John’s Gospel does: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This song is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the Light of the world, and the darkness will never overcome His beautiful Light.

I hope you enjoy and are blessed by this beautiful song as much as I have been. I truly hope Trevor sings this one at the concert in May.

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Thankful for So Many Things

Thinking about what to write for Thankful Thursday, I didn’t have an idea for a poem. It’s not that I’m not thankful for anything. On the contrary, I’ve been feeling very thankful for so many things lately.

I decided to share another video for Thankful Thursday, like I did last week. This video illustrates several things that I’m thankful for. I am thankful for music in general. I am thankful for the music of Trevor Morgan specifically. I am thankful that I get to see Trevor in concert with Third Day in less than a month. I am thankful for the Psalms and for hearing them set to music as they were originally intended to be. And I am thankful that even though I may walk though the valley of the shadow of death, I need not fear because the Lord is with me.

I hope you are as blessed by Psalm 23 by Trevor Morgan as I have been listening to it in my car this week.

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Journey to the Mountain of God

Today I’m sharing another of my favorite Third Day songs. It’s called Mountain of God from their 2005 Wherever You Are CD. There are actually a lot of great songs on this CD, but this one really speaks to me.

What I like about this song is that it reminds me that the dark valleys that I’ve gone through in my life weren’t a waste of time. They were just part of the journey that has brought me to the mountain of God. It is the struggles I’ve been through that have drawn me closer to Him and strengthened my faith.

Even now there are days when it seems like I’m traveling through a dark valley, but I know He is always with me and I know what is at the journey’s end. “Even though the journey’s long, And I know the road is hard, Well, the One who’s gone before me He will help me carry on.”

My favorite verse in this song is a short one; maybe it’s even the bridge:

‘Til You opened up my eyes
I never knew
That I couldn’t ever make it
Without You

This verse reminds me of the time when I didn’t know I needed God, though I did know I wasn’t doing very well on my own. It also reminds me that I needed Him even to reveal to me the depth of my own need for a Savior. It is the Lord who opens the eyes of the blind. It is our Father in heaven who draws the lost to His Son. It is the Son who seeks and finds the lost travelers in the dark valley. And He does it all so that we may be with Him for eternity in the glory of the mountain of God.

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Enduring Trials with Christ

I had the song I was going to write about for Music Monday today all planned out. It’s another of my favorite Third Day songs called 40 Days. It’s a song that I quoted in my Thankful Thursday poem last week. When I found the video to include in this post on YouTube, I discovered that I had the lyric that I quoted in my poem wrong! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been singing this song for years and I always thought the last line of the chorus was “You bought me for a reason.” But it turns out it is “You brought me for a reason.”

This doesn’t really change what I was going to write about. On the one hand, the lyric as I thought it was says that Jesus bought us with His blood for a reason, for a purpose. On the other hand, the lyric as it really is says that Jesus brought us through each trial for a reason, for a purpose. So the bottom line is still that God has a purpose for me and you. He has a reason for what happens in our lives. The reason is that He wants to bring us closer to Him.

People go through all types of trials in this life. No one is immune, even if from the outside it looks as if their life is charmed. The variety and depth of trials is endless. Some trials last 40 days, like Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. Others last 40 years, like the Israelites wandering in the wilderness. For some people, it seems like there is one trial after another, a never-ending struggle just to survive.

One person endures cancer and the pain of chemotherapy, a cure that often seems worse than the disease. Another mourns for a wayward child or sibling who has become addicted to drugs, or is mentally ill, and is living on the streets. Still another loses a long-term job that they thought was secure and can no longer pay the bills and support their family.

Some trials are seemingly not so devastating, but can be just as difficult for those enduring them. There is the wife whose husband works late night after night, leaving her lonely and afraid. There is the CEO who, try as he might, cannot seem to deal effectively with a problem manager. There is the teenage girl who has put on too much weight and feels she will never be beautiful again.

The list goes on, but just thinking about the many trials people struggle with breaks my heart. But what breaks my heart even more is that so many go through these trials without hope and without a purpose. They have no idea that they are not alone. They are unaware that there is a Savior and a Friend who longs to comfort and strengthen them in whatever circumstance they face.

This life is not easy, and it is a tragedy that so many people think it is essential that they go it alone and in their own strength. We were not made for self-reliance. We were made to rely on God.

Trying to endure trials alone is like trying to make your car run without gas. It’s like trying to light a candle without a flame. It’s like trying to water flowers with an empty watering can.

If I choose to push God away because He has allowed a given trial in my life, then I rob myself of the one source of strength that can truly get me through that trial in better shape spiritually than I was when it started. If, on the other hand, I turn to God for help in my trial, then when it feels like I’ve reached the end of my rope I will find that He is there for me and that I have grown closer to Him in the process.

Are you facing a trial today? Does it seem like you’ve been struggling with this trial for 40 days, or maybe even 40 years, and you don’t know where to turn? Ask God for strength and believe that He will give you what you need. He knows your heart and He weeps that it is breaking now. His greatest purpose is to mend your broken heart and to bring you closer to Him. There is no need to endure trials alone when you can endure them with Christ to strengthen you.

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I Am Innocent in Christ

As I mentioned last week, I’ll be going to see Third Day in concert on May 6 and so am sharing some of my favorite songs of theirs for Music Monday between now and the concert. Today’s offering is from their Wire CD and is called Innocent.

From a purely musical standpoint, I love how this song starts slowly and quietly, then builds to the chorus: “I am innocent.” Mark Lee’s guitar work is awesome and Mac Powell’s voice is beautiful.

But I also love this song because of the message it brings. Innocent speaks to me because there was definitely a time in my life when I thought I was out of second chances. I was so lost and depressed. I felt I had no hope. My life had no meaning or purpose.

But then Christ came into my life and opened my eyes to the truth of His love and mercy. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, I am innocent in the eyes of God. I no longer have chains holding me back or keeping me down. He gave me a brand new life of faith and hope.

This song reminds me of a passage in Luke:

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
   because he has anointed me
   to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
   and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
   to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” [Isaiah 61:1-2]

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21 (NIV).

Jesus came as a fulfillment of prophecy that had been written down hundreds of years before His birth. But more importantly, He came to free those who are in bondage to sin and pride, to give sight to those who are blinded to God’s truth.

Are you feeling hopeless today? Do you feel like you are out of second chances, like a dead person walking? Do you feel shame and guilt about the life you have lived thus far, and believe there is no way to escape your bondage? Set those feelings aside and seek the Lord. He has come to set you free today. He has come to open your eyes to see His love and mercy. He has come to declare you innocent because your debt has been paid.

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Rise Up in the Strength of Jesus

On May 6, I am going to see Third Day in concert (yes, again!). I’ve decided that for Music Monday between now and the concert I want to share some of my favorite Third Day songs and what they mean to me. The first one I want to share is called Rise Up and is from their Wherever You Are CD.

I love the perspective of this song. It is intended to be Jesus singing to you and me, calling us friend, just as He did in John 15:15 when He said: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jesus came to find the lost, to save sinners, to give sight to the blind and strength to the weak. We all fit the description of who He came for, whether we realize it or not. Each of us has struggled at some point with trials that drag us down, we have each wrestled demons that have dragged us to our knees. Some of you reading this may be in that very position today, feeling like you have no hope of getting back up again.

But Jesus understands what has torn you apart and dragged you down. He is calling you to rise up in His strength, in the only power that can sustain you for a lifetime and beyond. He is calling you to a hope and a life like you have never known before. No matter what struggle you are in the midst of, Jesus can give you the strength to rise up and live again.

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I Remember You, Lord

Today I want to share a song by Mac Powell of Third Day called I Remember You. It is a short but beautiful song that is perfect for this Lenten season. As we look forward to Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, this song is a wonderful reminder of what it is we focus on during Lent.

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