Lately, during praise and worship I have found myself at a loss for words. Struggling to convey the depth of my emotions, my love, my gratitude… all the things that are so very real within my heart, seem impossible to express with words. I often find myself in the presence of God, overwhelmed and speechless. And yet more than anything, I want to tell Him everything.
I think it’s because words have so much power. And because words “speak to me” (no pun intended) in a way that others may not understand. I know how badly they can hurt and how immeasurably they can help.
Words have always had a powerful place in my life. I live to read the written word and often find it easier to express all that I am, in what I write. I live and die by thank you cards and I experience more love in a handwritten note, than I could ever explain. For me, words have a whole life all their own – an undeniable power that can make or break me.
Words can literally bring life, strength and fulfillment, encouraging the deepest parts of who we are… or they can crush even the strongest person, destroying all that they believe to be true.
Words can devastate the wounded.
Words can cheer the weary soul.
Words can convince us that we are not enough… or push us to reach for greatness.
One word can literally change everything.
All too often, I find that within my own inadequacies, it’s all too easy to hear and accept what the world (and Satan) may say about me. After all, those words are so much easier to identify with… broken, worthless, not enough, failure, defeated, hopeless. Those are the words that have a way of etching themselves into the very core of your being, challenging all that God says is true.
I struggle with some of those words more often that I’d like, my own insecurities taking hold and boldly serving to remind me of all the things I want to be, and all the things I’m not.
But God. I sat in His presence. (Which is hard for my type C personality, who always has a million Martha type things to do, to just do.) I sat there, speechless at who He is and all that He has done. Once again struggling to find the words. Struggling to silence all the words that would speak so loudly over His voice.
And I heard in my heart, “All words lose their power in My presence.”
All the words, the negative, deafening words that can crush me… all those words lose their power in the presence of God. There is freedom in His presence. Freedom from failure, freedom from insecurity, freedom to be all that, and only, what He says that I am.
Fear fades away. Failure is forgotten. All of the bad, the hurt, the shame… it all loses its voice when the King of Kings begins to speak.
In His presence, is fullness of joy. In His presence, is peace forever more.
Tonight, as I stood in a room here in Thailand, surrounded by Staff and kids from Life Impact, I found myself overwhelmed to the point of tears. God reminded me again, that all those words that I allowed to define me, no longer had power because I was in His presence. And as the negatives were silenced, God just began to speak His words over me. With every word, each tear fell harder and faster than the one before.
My hearts cry tonight is for those of you who may read this. Those who may be undone by all the negatives spoken into and over your life. You are not the sum of your failures. You are not worthless. You are not broken. The chapters in your story may not have gone the way you’d like, but your story isn’t over yet. And with every battle comes another opportunity for Victory. Don’t listen to what the world (or Satan) may offer to you. Listen to what God has to say. Find your way into His presence and allow Him to speak life into who you are.
And if you’re reading this, and you don’t know my Father God, through His Son, Jesus, you can.
The very God who created the entire universe and everything in it, chose to create you and to love you. But because of sin, we were separated from His great love. Our sins demanded a price that we couldn’t pay. Money and good deeds can’t take sin from our hearts and lives. Only the sacrifice of the sinless, Son of God, Jesus Christ, could do that.
Jesus came for you, for me, for the entire world; those alive today and those yet to come. And He died on a cross, bearing the death that we deserved. Paying the price for our sins and making a way so that in receiving Him, we could receive forgiveness.
Three days after He died, the power of God came into the body of Jesus and He rose up alive! He is still alive today! When Jesus conquered death, He purchased forgiveness for all who would choose to simply believe in Him and call upon His name, inviting Him to be Lord of their life.
He did it all… for you and me. Because of His great love for us.
There is no greater love than someone laying down their life for a friend. And Jesus did that for us all.
He made a way so that we could once again have a relationship with the God who created us and one day spend eternity in Heaven.
This is the God I serve. The one true and living God who speaks life into my soul. He constantly reminds me of His love for me.
And the love He has for me, is the very love He wants to give to you.
If you believe what I’ve shared about Jesus, and you want to step out and give God the chance to speak over your life, all you have to do is ask Jesus to come into your life. And in your heart, allow yourself to give all that you are to Him.
There is no perfect prayer to pray. No set words that must be spoken. Simply call out to Jesus.
If you are at a loss for what to say, you can pray this prayer:
I believe in Jesus and what He did for me. I believe He died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe He rose and is alive today. Jesus, I ask you, to come into my life. Forgive me of my sins. Speak over me. I chose today to give my life to you. Amen.
I know it sounds easy, and it is. Now I won’t lie and say you’ll never face another problem, but at least you won’t face them alone.
Allow God to speak into your heart and life. Allow Him to redefine all that you are. Let His words set the course for who you will become.
He will change everything, if you’ll let Him. Give Him a chance.
*If you prayed that prayer or something similar, I want to hear from you. Message me or send an email and let me know about your decision. I want to help encourage you in the days ahead. And if not me, tell someone what you have done and find a church you can get involved with, and a Bible that you can read. It will change your life! And I’m here, message me with any questions you may have.