Remember the Mary Mary classic “Shackles?”
I could never listen to that and not dance or sing or shout at the top of my lungs… Sang it en route from work today.
For the first time I thought about what I was singing. Just in case you have no idea what I’m on about here are the lyrics to the first verse – the lyrics that hit me.
“In the corners of mind
I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe
That I can break free
Cause you see I have been down for so long
Feel like the hope is gone
But as I lift my hands, I understand
That I should praise you through my
And yes I was dancing across the square as I made my way to the station but at the same time I had this nagging thought, “How badly bond must someone be to get to that point where you don’t believe you can break free.” Yet many people are in bonds, shackled, with no reason to believe that they can be free.
Then I remembered how Paul and Silas sang hymns in jail and while they sang there was an earthquake and their shackles unfastened (Acts 16:25-26). They were just singing hymns like my mom does when she’s cleaning. No warfare. No rebuking the enemy just singing hymns and talking to the Father. But doesn’t the psalmist say that He inhabits the praises of His people? No wonder!
My heart breaks for those who feel hopeless tonight. Father I pray for your children who are in bonds and see no reason to believe that they can be freed. Send Your word into their lives and shine Your light. Write a song on their hearts. A new song for their soul to sing. In Jesus Name Amen.
For as long as I may live
I’ll worship You my King
And as long as my lips can move
Your praises I will sing.
As long as the sun may rise
and set in the eve
I will bless Your name oh, God.
For You are holy
and worthy of all praise.
Yes, You are holy
and we glorify Your name.
From today and even through eternity
we will magnify Your name oh, God.
With Love from the Vineyard,
It is almost midnight in South Africa and I’m cleaning my room. A lot of books and papers that I’ve held onto are taking up space. But I have found some of my old journals. So I’ll be posting some lyrics shortly… Brace yourself.
With Love from the Vineyard,
Around this time last year we were restructuring our plans for the Amped 4 Christ Youth Camp. I had this thing against “popular” scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11. This one day I prepared devotions for a planing meeting and lo and behold Jeremiah 29:11 it was.
And I suppose that verse has been an anchor for me this past year. See it was a reminder to the Israeli exiles in Babylon that their Lord is in control. So often while we wait for the promise to be fulfilled we get despondent, we want to give up, we listen to other voices and we think maybe the Lord changed His mind.
And then He comes and he reassures His people “I know the plans I have for you.” He declares it. And this year I’ve had to remember that He knows the plans He has for me. He knows why He created me and the potential that is within me. He knows. And if He knows than it should be okay even if I don’t. I should be okay with the mystery because His plans are good, pleasing and perfect. So instead of worrying about how be fruitful in the now and praise Him where you are. It may be in the fire, in the water, on the mountain , in the valley. Praise Him and worry not what the next 5 years hold – He knows.
With love from the vineyard,
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One of the most intriguing and thrilling tasks about working for Crusade is that every month we have to go out to the communities, universities and sometimes suburbia to share the gospel. It is quite interesting to know that we do not rely on our capabilities in this. We rely solely on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we talk to people. It is a challenge, and I’m always up for one.
This month we set out with our Western Cape Team on our monthly evangelism outreach to the University of the Western Cape. There we met up with a young lady called Thembeka. She is doing her final year in Economics. She is a passionate believer and is serious about her faith. But, Thembeka has never shared her faith with anyone on campus. So, I decided to give her a…
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What if we stopped giving our opinion and started giving our time.
What if we actually became the person we portray on social media.
What if we stopped protesting everything and started leading by example.
What if we made time for God as much as we make time for TV, eating out, and our smart phones.
What if we stepped off the sidelines and entered the game.
What if we became intentional and stopped allowing other people to raise our children.
What if we opened our stained glass church doors to the beggars, homeless, drug addicts, prostitutes, poor, needy, dirty, smelly, loud, disabled, hungry, and rejected.
What if we truly gave to those who could never pay us back.
What if we stopped walking past the smile on the outside and took the time to notice the hurting, broken heart inside.
What if we said “I love you” instead of…
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