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About Pete

I love the Lord. Each day, he gives me words of praise and encouragement, and asks me to share them with you I pray that they minister to you as you read them, share them, or ponder on them. Have a blessed day!

My Shield

My enemy came against me.
He started talking to me with enticing words.
He told me I should go my own way and do those things that I wanted to do
even though they would not be pleasing to God
I raised my sword the word of God defend myself
but all the knowledge that I had was not enough to quiet his voice.
It was not enough to dispel those thoughts.
They keep coming back to me.
My sword was quick and my sword was strong
but it still was not enough
because the fiery darts were firing so fast and from so many different directions.
I needed more in then my sword.
I lifted up my shield,
the Lord is my shield and with faith I dispelled those fiery darts of the enemy.
I praise God that He gave me my shield to protect me from my enemies
My Lord be my shield forever so that I might walk in Victory

I often hear people say that quoting the scripture is enough to get rid of the enemy. It is enough to bring healing into our lives. It is enough to set the captive free, to open blinded eyes and deaf ears. The Word is enough to bring someone victory over sin. All we need is the Word of God. After all, when Jesus finished His sojourn in the wilderness, He quoted scripture to Satan and Satan had to flee. Can’t I use that same formula to bring my enemy to his knees and run from me? The answer is no.

Through the years, I have acquired a vast knowledge of scripture. There are many with much more knowledge than I, and many who can quote verses and addresses with ease. Reading through the Bible over 6 times and studying various books, words and lessons, God has developed in me a great deal of knowledge that I can draw from in all types of distresses. This knowledge is wonderful to have but I need something else to activate this knowledge and make it applicable in tough situations. Paul told us that the Word of God is our sword in battle, our only offensive weapon.. But He also said we needed our shield. The shield protects us from our enemy by dispelling the thoughts he throws at s all the time. Paul says the shield is our faith. The psalmist says it is the Lord. Combine the two and you have faith in the Lord. Attach that your knowledge and you can move mountains!

Psalm 59:11 King James Version
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

Worship Him Alone

Holy is the Lord
Seated on the throne
Clothed in royal majesty
Worship Him alone

Holy is the Lamb
Worshiped and adored
Let His name be magnified
Jesus Christ my Lord

Jesus, my Lord
Jesus, my Lord
I lift my hands up to the sky
I lift my voice to magnify
Your name is worthy of my praise
Jesus Christ my Lord

All I want to do is praise Him. From the mornings dawn to the setting sun, I lift my hands in praise. As I gaze up at the wonders in the glorious stars, I can’t help but stand in awe of His creation. I lift my voice to magnify His name, His wondrous name. he is not seated on His throne in heaven. He paid the price for my sin and has been raised by His Father, who loved Him. His Father sent Him to show how much he loved each one of us. He loves all of us so much. He loves you more than you can imagine. He loves me more than I can fathom. That is why I praise Him. That is why I glorify His name. That is why I sing this song today, and each song He gives me every day. Because He is worthy of my praise. Not because He provides for me, protects me, delivers me, saves me and does so much for me. I praise Him simply because he is worthy.

Psalm 8:9
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Be Unto You

From the rising sun ‘til the new day dawns,
I lift my praise to thee.

From the mountains high to the oceans deep,
I lift my praise to thee.

All is yours. All I see.
I will bow down at your feet.

Honor, Glory, Power and dominion
Be unto you. Be unto you.
Praise and worship, all my ovation
Be unto you. Be unto you.

There is no one else in this universe worthy of our worship. People worship all kinds of things and all kinds of people. They go to places of worship and sing worship songs. They lift their voices and bow their heads in reverence to a variety of so-called gods. They pledge their allegiance and put their trust in a variety of hopeful ventures and pursuits. Many are so consumed by work, or play, or leisure or even ministry that they miss the whole point of our existence. We were made to worship. We were made to have fellowship with God. He desires to walk in the garden with us and not have us hide our face from Him. He desires that we be honest with Him and not try to shift the blame. He desires that we obey the simplest of rules because there are so few that really matter. Yet we pile on rules and laws just like the Pharisees did in Jesus time. Jesus only said we “must” do two things. Be born again and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Simple truths.

Are you caught up in worshiping something or someone other than Jesus? Are you bound up by rules and laws that say you must do this or that in order to gain your salvation? Did Jesus say you must do it? I implore you today to look to the Lamb of God, slain from the beginning of time for your sins. Worship Him alone!

Revelation 5:13 King James Version
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

In Your Presence

I look up at the stars and wonder why you are
So in love with me
You send your spirit down to follow me around
He is there eternally

In your presence there is peace
In your presence there is joy abundantly
I can rest every day in your presence
In your presence

All my life you have been near lending me an ear
You know my every prayer
You give shelter in the storm and shade when life gets warm
In troubles you are there

In your presence there is hope
In your presence truth I know
I can rest every day in your presence
In your presence

What a wonderful truth to know
That you’ll always be by my side
What a wonderful gift you give
Your sweet Spirit will abide with me

I will rest in your presence
I will rest in your presence
I will rest in your presence
Every day

Why do worry and doubt even come into my life when I know that Jesus is right there with me. He can calm every storm, heal every wound, cast out every demon, give life to every dead gift and deliver me from any enemy, When I have Jesus as my friend, He is always with me, always watching over me, always providing for me, always protecting me and always listening to my prayers. He told us that he would never leave us or forsake us, so why do we go through the uncertainties that crowd out our faith. Feel His presence there with you and block out the endless trash talk of the enemy. Only there will you find true peace and joy.

2 Corinthians 3:17 King James Version
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Overflow

The priceless love of Jesus
Flows down from heavens throne
His precious blood was spilled for me
That day He died alone

All that he did for me
On the cross of Calvary
Is written in His word
For all to see

I want to know your love, Lord
I want to have it in my heart
I want to know your love, Lord
Fill me up, Fill my cup

Overflow, Lord, overflow
Let the river of your love flow through me
Overflow, Lord, overflow
Let the river of your love flow through me

In John Chapter 4 Jesus told the Samaritan woman that rivers of living water would be given to her if she would drink of the water He had to give. She looked around and saw that he had no cistern or cup, and had nothing to draw water from the well. She asked how he could give her water when He had no way to draw it. What is this living water? How can rivers of it flow through me?

The answer to that has taken me years to figure out. I may still not have it quite right but I will share with you what the Lord is sharing with me. The living water is those precious fruit of the Spirit that come to dwell inside us once we get saved. These attributes of love, joy, peace, long-suffering,, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance are not only ours to enjoy, but also ours to distribute to others. These things should flow out of your life to everyone you meet, so much so that they want what you have. We must make a habit of regularly filling ourselves up again so that we have more to distribute. We can’t just sit back and enjoy our salvation and do nothing. These things will flow out of your life at first, but then they will slowly get corrupted, as a vehicle does with rust, until the fruit are all of no use anymore and have been replaced by opposites. Lover is replaced by .fear, joy by sorrow, peace by turmoil, patience by anxiety, gentleness by a mean spirit, goodness by a disregard for others’ needs, faith by doubt, meekness by pride and temperance by gluttony.. When you start to spread these things around, people disapprove. Your witness becomes boring and typical to them. They expect Christians to fail and be just like them.

Don’t allow your fruit to become moldy! Let the living water overflow from within you so that rivers are formed in the desserts of other people’s lives!

Isaiah 43:18-19
21st Century King James Version
18 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Yet He Does

I’ve had my disappointments. I’ve had my ups and downs
I often find that failure has followed me around
So many times I wonder why Jesus stays with me
Too many times I’ve struggled With why He still loves me
Yet He does

When I find I’ve faltered and traveled off the path
My heart will become restless. My faith just does not last
Doubt rises up within me and hope seems far away
I cannot find a reason for Jesus to remain
Yet He does

CHORUS
He loves me. In the midst of my mistakes
He loves me. And He showers me with grace
He loves me. From the dawn to setting sun
He my victory has won.
His loves always overcomes
He loves me

When I know He’s by my side I am thankful He is near
I know that I can call to Him and He will always hear
When difficulties rise His mercy comes around
He doesn’t have to save me from sinking tof o the ground
Yet He does

CHORUS

BRIDGE
When I need a healing, He does
When I need delivered, He does
When I need a counselor, He does
When I need a helper, He does

CHORUSGod’s love38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.