It is with the greatest joy that I share with you my latest release of Christian Instrumentals~ appropriately titled “Behold The Lamb.”
Why is that an appropriate name for the thirty-third album of musical instrumentals whose tracks and music are focused on various passages in the life of Christ from the Gospel of John?
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spilled His spotless blood on the cross as an eternal sacrifice to pay for the deliverance from our sins at the age of thirty three.
I could never have known ten years ago when the Lord inspired me to publish my first album that He would give me thirty-three albums of music to glorify His name throughout the earth~or astonishingly, that He would prompt me to call the thirty-third album of music to His children “Behold The Lamb.”
The Lord encouraged me several years ago to write an attribution on the cover (or somewhere visible) on all my works that they are accomplished “…through the Indwelling Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the Glory of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
Why did He do this?
He wanted to remind not only me, but all of His children that Christ said always it was His Father within Him that did His miracles, and that apart from His Father He could do nothing.
I must remind everyone that my music from the Lord is truly a miracle gift. For I wasn’t a musician until Christ sovereignly dropped His music gift into my lap and asked me to do this work for Him. (*I’m not a trained musician and can only play or sing the music that the Lord gives me for His children. I truly can do none of my work apart from Christ.)
Jesus Christ said that He was going to dwell within each of His children who would keep His Words, and abide in Him.
Each Christian who calls on Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a living temple wherein the Spirit of Christ dwells.
“Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 WEBUS https://bible.com/bible/206/1co.6.19-20.WEBUS
Each professing Christian is a human representative or ambassador of Christ on earth who is proclaiming to the world that the risen Lord Jesus Christ lives within them.
“Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Of course, if you fail the test, He is not in you.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 ERV https://bible.com/bible/406/2co.13.5.ERV
“God decided to let His people know just how rich and glorious that truth is. That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, His people. He is our hope for glory.” Colossians 1:27 ERV https://bible.com/bible/406/col.1.27.ERV
“We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 WEBUS https://bible.com/bible/206/2co.5.20-21.WEBUS
The Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us with His spotless blood and only has our best interest in mind.
His Word admonishes us to seek the Lord, for we cannot cultivate our relationship with Him without abiding in fellowship with our Lord.
Each one of these verses is an admonition to remain in the presence of the Lord.
Rejoice always…be joyful how, and why?
We give our praise to God for His wondrous blessings!
What is one of His beautiful blessings? Forgiveness. He forgives all our sins. He suffered and died on the cross to forever cleanse us from the stain of sin.
Others may condemn us for our faults but read what the scriptures say and rejoice in Christ!
“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?” Romans 8:33-34 AMPC https://bible.com/bible/8/rom.8.33-34.AMPC
We meditate on Christ and the precious gifts we have in Him.
Pray without ceasing..this is abiding in Christ’s presence and it takes a choice admittedly and a determination not to abide in the world or conform to it.
Give thanks in all circumstances, and this is really a difficult one, but we can still abide in Christ here even when we vent to Him because Hebrews 4 says:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/heb.4.14-16.ESV
No matter what our issue, if we choose to, we can abide in Christ or His Word would not have said it was His Will for us to do so.
Truly, I know these spiritual practices are challenging and take much perseverance and prayer.
But our Lord loves each of us very much. He redeemed us with His blood, therefore He paid the highest possible price for our souls.
“But when we live in a right way, it is like living in the light. God is always in the light. So, if we live in the light, we share together in the life which God gives. And when Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross, He saved us from all our sins. The blood of His sacrifice makes us clean. If we say that we never do any wrong thing, we are deceiving ourselves. Even though we may think it is true, it is a lie. Instead, we should agree that we have done wrong things and tell that to God. Then God will forgive us for our sins. He always does what He has promised to do. He always does what is right. He will forgive us and He will make us clean again, whatever bad things we may have done. God says that all people have done wrong things. So, if we say that we have not done any wrong thing, we are saying that God tells lies. It shows that we have not accepted His message at all.” 1 John 1:7-10 EASY https://bible.com/bible/2079/1jn.1.7-10.EASY
When we stumble and make mistakes, (and we all do because we are human, not one of us is perfect,) Jesus does not condemn us; when we humbly go to Him and ask, He forgives us and says, “…let’s try again.”
His Spirit within us is there to help us hear His voice in our hearts and want to obey Him. (*See Romans 8)
I’m very excited about sharing the Lord’s new album inspired by the Holy Spirit as a tribute to Christ’s life and redemptive ministry, and pray that the Lord will speak through His Word to each heart that listens to His songs and encourage them mightily with His love and grace, in Jesus’ name, amen.
In Christ’s love,
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1jn.5.20.ESV
When I first fell about three weeks ago, my whole body was screaming with the worst pain I’d ever felt. I wanted more than anything to die. Throughout my agony in the hospital I cried and prayed for Jesus to please come take me Home and rescue me from this ordeal. Having already fallen flat on my face from a dead faint onto a hardwood floor back in November and miraculously only suffering painful bruising, a black eye, and bloody nose, then losing Mama and my precious sister Nancy, enduring vicious migraines every day, and fierce tension knots, I felt like this new affliction was the last straw. No way did I want to face this new trial.
~~Unlike King David, the man after God’s own heart, who, when God put through a dark trial, he faithfully prayed,
No, I was not good like David, for the very last thing I thought of was praising the Lord in my pain, alas. I screamed in bitter agony.
The Bible says that the dead praise not the living God, however He seeks a people who will praise and glorify Him despite their trials.
I learned that if I truly love the Lord I would endure despite the pain and continue to trust Him believing He will come through in the end. By His Almighty grace, I have determined to seek for ways that I can praise Him during this trial.
For His Word tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
One thing I will praise the Lord for is giving me such a wonderful husband. Ever since I fractured my humerus I’ve had to rely on Mark for assistance in doing everything ~~even doing my hair. Mark finds this task quite difficult and I must admit he has a gift for making really bad hairstyles. They are so awful that they are hilarious and make me laugh. I wish I had been documenting these crazy styles. Even JJ, our Yorkie, noticed him fixing my hair one day. Her little black eyes seemed to pop as she suddenly halted and hopped fast backwards out of the room, We both wish we could’ve documented her reaction on video.
Well, the night he made my hair look like I was wearing an ice bag, I could not stop laughing. I then said, “Honey, can’t you just manage a simple braid?”
I texted a friend about the issue. She told me that her daughter was really gifted at braiding hair and had her own website dedicated to braiding, and she gave me the URL.
I told Mark and sent him to the website. “Here is your chance, honey. Study her techniques and you will soon be braiding my hair!”
I was hopeful as I saw him intently studying two of the braiding videos. But when I noticed how complicated the braids were my heart sank.
Sure enough he soon gave up overwhelmed. Closing his laptop he looked at me and said, “You have two chances for me to ever braid your hair~ fat chance and no chance!”
I pouted. Why could he not have just chosen a video on how to do a simple braid?
Well, the next day the home health care nurse who comes to help me wash my hair and bathe said that she used to run her own hair braiding business on the side till she had her baby!
Would I like for her to braid my hair? She gave me two long beautiful French braids on either side of my head!
Here was my loving God giving me a chance to replace Mark’s fat chance and no chance!
How I praise Him for showing me His love and mercy in that special way!
And that wasn’t the end of the story either.
The next morning my Occupational Therapist came and wanted to braid my hair. She did a beautiful job. Once again, God demonstrated His love and mercy sending two people to braid my hair!
The dead praise not the living God but I will praise Him for these special ways He blessed me.
And the praising for His amazing blessings does not end there.
We went to the orthopedic doctor for a check up and while she did not see a great deal of improvement in the fracture as it was huge; she said it was going to take time and to be patient; after testing me she said I had no nerve damage!
This was very encouraging to me! She said with this kind of injury they sometimes see nerve damage in the hand so it was very good that I had none.
Glory to our wonderful God!
And today after Mark had graced me with another awful hairstyle last night that was truly hilarious, I went into the bathroom and prayed to be able to braid my own hair.
And God be praised~ He really helped me do it ~despite my broken arm!
Fat chance and no chance are God’s chances in the eternal realms of the Almighty.
“Lord, You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever!”
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on
God is looking for the good in His redeemed children, not for faults, not for things to condemn.
Christ came not to condemn, but to save us. (*See John 3:17)
What is true about God?
What is true about God’s redeemed children?
“When anyone belongs to Christ, they become a new person. Their old way of life has gone. Their new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Christ never did any wrong thing, but God punished Him as if He had. He died as punishment for our sins. As a result, we become right with God when we belong to Christ. We become right, because He is right.” 2Corinthians 5:21 Easy English Bible
“Nobody can say that God’s people are guilty. God himself has accepted us as right with him. So nobody can say that God should still punish us. Nobody can say that, because Christ Jesus himself died on our behalf.
And God raised Christ up so that He became alive again after His death. Now Christ is sitting at God’s right side in heaven. He himself is praying to God on our behalf.
Christ will always continue to love us.Nothing can stop that! We may have troubles.
Things may make us sad or afraid.People may do bad things to us.
We may have no food or no clothes. There may be great danger.
People may even try to kill us.
But none of these things can stop Christ from loving us.
As it says in the Bible: ‘Because we are your people, God, people try to kill us all the time. They think that we are like sheep, and we are ready to be killed.’
Because God loves us, none of these troubles can ever beat us.
He makes us win against them. I am sure of this.
Nothing can stop God from loving us.
Death cannot do that. Life cannot do that.
Angels cannot do that, nor can demons do that.
Nothing that happens to us now, or that will happen in a future time can do that.
No powerful spirits can do that.
Nothing that is high above the world can do that,
nor anything that is deep down below the ground.
Nothing else in the whole universe can stop God from loving us.
Because of our Lord Christ Jesus, we know how much God loves us.”
Romans 8:33-39 Easy English Bible
Teach us to learn about and then to focus on whatsoever things are true about You, and ourselves, those things in us that are positive, and virtuous, pure and lovely, worthy of praise and of good report; help us not to look for faults or things to condemn ourselves for and feel guilty over; for You forgive our sins and give us the righteousness of Thy Son Jesus Christ, You love us very much, and look for the good in us. Thank You for being so kind to us to save us from our sins through Thy Son Jesus Christ, in Jesus name, amen.
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