4 Simple Steps To Get The Hidden Stuff Right

4Steps Devo

Everyone has a hidden life, whether you’re in public ministry or not. Public ministry that the Lord loves is an overflow of the personal relationship we cultivate with God in the secret spaces of our regular, everyday lives.

Jesus makes it clear that the experience we create for others flows from the inside out.

“A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure, because the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Luke 6:45

In a recent article entitled “Private & Public: What It Takes To Do Ministry That Pleases God”, worship leader David Santistevan writes:

“I’m more interested in worship teams, worship movements that get the hidden stuff right.”

I could not agree more.

So, how do we  “get the hidden stuff right” ?

We begin by building on a foundation of practicing the presence of God.  

Many of us struggle with “the spiritual disciplines”.  I  know I do! But the benefits of building a personal history with the spirit of God are worth it all.

Here are four simple steps you can apply immediately.

1. Desire God

First, desire to grow in your relationship. King David expresses this sentiment in Psalm 27:4

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”

There’s a powerful, simple song called “Set A Fire” by Will Regan (United Pursuit, Jesus Culture) that I love right now. The melody and lyrics are anointed to express desire for God. 

“Set a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain, that I can’t control. 

I want more of you God. I want more of you God.”

Google it and sing along.

2. Be With God

Next, carve out a little time and space to simply be with God. It could be anytime –  first thing in the morning, at night before bed, or during a break in the middle of the day.

Psalm 91:1 encourages all God followers to “dwell in the secret place of The Most High” and to “abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

For starters, simply sit for 5 minutes of eyes-closed-silence with no agenda except to be with God.

Set a timer and try it.

3. Be Filled

Third, be filled with the Spirit of God. (Ephesians 5:18)

We are our best selves when our hearts are filled and overflowing with the presence of God, the knowledge of God – the Spirit of God.

So, how can we filled with the Spirit of God? Start by asking.

4. Just Ask Him

Jesus teaches his disciples (you are a disciple too!) to ask your Heavenly Father to give the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:9-13

 Ask and you will receive. So, let’s pause and do that right now.

Let us Pray:

Father, fill me with your Spirit today that I may overflow with the love of God in every aspect of my life. Fill me with the knowledge of God, the Spirit of God, the glory of God. Fill me with the  light of your wonderful Presence that I may reflect your glory. For Jesus sake and in His name, Amen. 

Over to You.

Do you struggle with getting the hidden things right? What’s working – or not – for you? Share in the comments section. 

 
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Won’t You Revive Us Again?

The purpose of revival is transformation. The purpose of transformation is the glory of God. The glory of God is His pure love being revealed and  released … everywhere. 

Revival is not an end in itself. When a person or people are revived, they are awakened or enlivened from a place of dullness or even deadness. They “come back to life”, only much better.

Now that’s a great reason to celebrate and rejoice!

Won’t you revive as again, so you people can rejoice in you? Psalm 85:6

One Day In The House of The Lord Beats Anywhere Else

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The presence of God is His beautiful place. Once you’ve genuinely experienced it, nothing else on earth compares. The presence of God is where we find real peace of mind and joy of heart.

The authentic presence of God is both healing and exhilerating.  This is what inspired Psalmist to pen these lyrics from Psalm 84:10

One day spent in the house of the Lord, His beautiful place of worship, beats a thousand anywhere else.

I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than to be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.

(My paraphrase of The Message translation.)

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32 Years of Making Beautiful Music … Together

Back in the day ...

Back in the day …

On October 2, Ivalene and I celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary. Yee-haw! 32 Years of making beautiful music … together.

We met in the Music Department of Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University. (Go Seagulls!)  She was the perfect girlfriend – beautiful, musical and she could play my theory homework on the piano.

After we graduated we started a music duo and played in clubs, restaurants, yacht clubs, wedding receptions – you name it –  all over the Eastern Shore. It was a great life.

We moved to Nashville 29 years ago to start a new season, and it’s been a great adventure! Kids, business, cancer, ministry. But that’s another story for another day.

We’re still making music together, traveling on missions trips, and directing the music programs at HFUMC. It’s still a great life, though not without a great deal of challenges. And that’s yet a different story for different day.

We’re happy!

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We’re Happy!

Coming Attractions: New Heavens, New Earth

I am creating new heavens

    and a new earth;

everything of the past

    will be forgotten.

Celebrate and be glad forever!

I am creating a Jerusalem,

    full of happy people.

I will celebrate with Jerusalem

    and all of its people;

there will be no more crying

    or sorrow in that city.

Isaiah 65:17-19

In worship, we remember the past and anticipate the future.

Jesus is coming back. There will be a wedding celebration.

Believers have a wonderful future to look forward to.

The High and Lofty One Revives The Courage of Crushed, Repentant Hearts

SUNRISE IS 57:15

My heart is greatly encouraged by two theological insights from this passage in Isaiah.

First, that God is transcendent, He is the “High and Lofty One who dwells in eternity”.

Yet he He is also immanent and deeply cares about you and me. He is not so highly exalted that he ignores our brokenness.

Second, that if the fruit of our being broken and crushed is a contrite and repentant attitude – rather that say, being bitter and resentful – then God empowers us by restoring and reviving our spirit.

“I am here to help… “

The power of the high and Holy one to restore and revive is pretty awesome indeed.

Hope in God.

For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

About This Series: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.

Sing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Sing psalms, hymns, spiritual songs.

There are many ways to express adoration to God. In this Ephesians passage, Paul instructs followers of Jesus to “be filled with the Spirit” by offering musical worship in the same spirit that king David demonstrated by example.

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-19

About This Series: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.