Sunday, August 31, 2008

It's all about Jesus.............

Life has been so simple lately. Somehow, it just feels easy this life I live. Thankfully, my funk from a few posts back is over and it seems like anytime an emotional wave comes over me, one that is not good, it is quickly over. I determine to get out of it quick until I have peace back, inner peace! I decided recently to just rest and focus on Jesus. Jesus. I never realized how sweet is the name of Jesus. The other day I taught my one year old how to say Jesus, quite by accident. He just kept saying it, after hearing me, over and over and just smiled and giggled. It was too precious and I hope I never forget the beauty of the moment. But, what I realized in the moment, was how saying His name just brings such peace, such a feeling of all is right with the world. The conference I was at recently, during worship I could hear a woman nearby just saying in such a sweet whispery voice, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I found that hearing her say His name filled me with a rest I simply can't explain unless you've felt it yourself. Interestingly, I just read my daily devotional by Joseph Prince and he talked about calling on the name of Jesus. His name is like ointment, or a sweet fragrance poured out. He says, when you call upon the name of Jesus His fragrance is poured forth and anointing is released. Calling upon the name of Jesus can raise your spirits when you are downcast or feeling low. It's true, I've tried it!
What I realized is God has really set us up to succeed if you think about it. He has given us so much in Christ. Everything that can usher blessing and wholeness into our life has to do with Jesus. Believe on Jesus, call upon Jesus, remember His death when taking communion, believe that by His stripes we were healed, realize it is Jesus who lives in you, that is your hope of glory, and that because of Jesus you can be in constant fellowship with the Father, live from the truth that you are living the Christ life, He wants to live it through you!! How can we fail, how can we live in pain, or anguish when we know that in Christ Jesus we have so many abundant provisions. If you feel restless or stressed, sick or weary - realize you can live free from those things in Christ. It is not you who live, but Christ lives in you and through you!! It's all about Jesus, for Jesus, because of Jesus!!! Thank you Jesus for the abundant life you have given to us!!

This was the song I put on for Christian and I to sing together, when he learned how to say Jesus. It was the cutest thing, he really sang the part that repeated Jesus over and over!!

7 comments:

07000intune said...

Lydia,
I have created a post which links to your media prophecy of Julie Meyer,because of James Hughes Film Project.Is it cheeky by the way to ask for a link to my blog...or is the material a bit too weird?
Chris

lydia joy said...

Oh I will check it out......you know I actually attempted to link you one day, and thought I had but noticed it never took and I just haven't gotten around to trying again.....no your material is not too weird, it's quite fascinating and I do enjoy reading your blog very much!!

RJW said...

One of my favorite songs{Kelanie Gloekler's music is ALL my favorite:)} says, "I'm not who I used to be since your love came..." I find myself singing this to myself, affirming who I am in Him, when I am challenged. I can so identify with this post. "The things of earth" do "grow strangely dim in the light of His Glory and Grace."

lydia joy said...

RJW
Sounds like a good song, I am not familiar with it though..............I find most times when I get in a funk, I have to sing a song, or talk myself out of it, another one of my favs is "How he loves us." by Kim Walker, and thank God for Joseph Prince and the daily devotionals, The things of earth grow strangely dim, Amen, ...oh the things I used to let get me bogged down and cranky - praise God he has better things for me!!! (It's better than we know -right!!)
Much grace to you!

robbob said...

I love this tune! I first heard it on the 1st CD I bought as a believer. It was Lincoln Brewster's All To You- Live.
This post just brought back all the memories of how I had the veil removed.
I was a life long musician, made my living playing guitar and singing with close to 40 different acts for many years. After blowing many chances of God coming for me... I was at the age of 48 a total atheist and had stopped playing altogether for about 4 years. I was just so tired and disgusted with music and the music business. We were attending a church off and on for the sake of my 2 children, I did want them to have the opportunity to know this "fictional God" if they so desired. I was not fanatical in my unbelief. I certainly wasn't being ill effected by going, it was just a small bother, but nothing there was convicting me in any way. One weekend they were having a marriage retreat weekend and my wife was bugging me to go. It was in a location she had never been. I certainly didn't want to spend a whole weekend with a bunch of Christians... so I wriggled out of it. Someone must have told the worship leader at this church of my music background because he called me begging for help since all the musicians were at the retreat. I reluctantly agreed. There was a few songs that really sounded good to me and I enjoyed learning them, even though I hadn't touched the guitar in years... and the fingers were hurting. The one tune as it turned out was a Lincoln Brewster song and I never heard these guitar parts being played in church. Eventually, the lyrics started to permeate my heart as well. By Sunday morning I knew the material very well and of course because of my background I "sold" it on stage as well. At the time it was just another performance. But by that evening the Holy Spirit had really taken over and I was given a "vision". It was like a dream but I was totally awake. I met God. Now some people have difficulty with this part so I'll skip most of it. Anyway, I was faced with a decision for my life that I could not turn away from or ignore. I knew this was real, I knew it was just one answer. I do. I got married that night to the most beautiful husband the universe has ever seen. (Some men get hung up on this) So fast forward a few days and I'm at the Christian bookstore trying to figure out which CD to buy. I was in a hurry and I grabbed this CD I'm talking about because the picture showed a guy playing the same type of guitar I always preferred. It turned out to be this Lincoln Brewster guy. Of course. It was what grabbed my ear to begin with. I listened to that CD so many times, I've lost track. Lincoln and my style is so close and I just loved it. So thanks for bringing back such a sweet memory. I never knew the Hillsong guys wrote that song. Blessing, blessings and more blessings on you.

lydia joy said...

Wow great testimony RobBob and thanks so much for sharing it on here, I LOVE testimonies! I am thrilled to help bring back a sweet memory like this one you've shared!! Thanks for the blessings! Many more blessings to you as well!!

Craig Glenn said...

MIGHTY GOD, PRINCE OF PEACE, WONDERFUL COUNCELOR !!