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Donald Lawrence – There is a King In You

 

[Verse:]

You come from Royalty,
An aristocratic dynasty.
The goal of the enemy,
Is that you don’t know who you are.
There’s power when you speak.
Be mindful of words you release.
I know that life has challenged you,
But the King in me speaks to the King in you.
You were born to rule.
There is a king in you. [Repeat]

[Bridge:]
Is there no King in you,
Then why do you speak, speak with such defeat.
Is there no King in you,
Then why do you speak, speak with such low esteem.

I know life has challenged you,
But the King in me speaks to the king in you.
You were born to rule.
There is a King in you.

[Vamp:]
There is a King in you [repeat w/ invert]

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THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS

The priesthood of all believers is based on the clear teaching of Scripture. The Old Testament anticipated this teaching when God said to his people at Sinai, “You shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”Isaiah says that a time will come when “You shall be called the priests of the Lord, they shall speak to you as the ministers of our God.”

The New Testament points to the reality accomplished. In 1 Peter 2:5, it says to believers that “you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The passage goes on to say, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” In Revelation, it says, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and has made us a kingdom, priest to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” Revelation echoes the reality prophesied in Exodus 19:6 “Thou hast made them a kingdom and priest to our God and they shall reign on earth.”

The priesthood of all believers has been the most neglected central teaching of the Reformation. It is one thing to say that we are a “chosen race,” a “holy nation,” a “royal priesthood,” and an “ambassador of Christ.” Yet it is another thing altogether to have our identities shaped by these truths so that we act accordingly. If we recover the notion of the “priesthood of all believers” we will pray more boldly, offer up spiritual sacrifices regularly, and realize our unique privilege in Christ.

If we recover our identities as full-time followers of Christ, regardless of where we work, we will be willing to prophetically confront the problems in the Church and in the world. We will be able to live our faith both through our direct participation in the Church, through our professions, and through our engagement in work and society. We will be agents of conciliation, ambassadors, and mediators; in other words, we will be “priests” in our society. We should see that “priest” becomes as common a self-designation as “Christian” may never be realized unless Christians work to appropriate this truth so that it becomes part of their lives and identity. 

Can we see our work in the world as a priestly act, as part of a royal priesthood? Can Christians use their professions to serve those around them? The notion that all believers are priests can revolutionize the Christian’s work in the Church and in the world, encouraging believers to serve the Lord in whatever capacity or profession they find themselves. With this ministry-oriented mindset toward all areas of life, God’s followers can come boldly into his presence, praying for fruitfulness in their own professions, being prophetic about things they see that are unjust, and acting as agents of reconciliation in their offices, schools, and community.

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Wide as the sky by – Isabel Davis LYRICS VIDEO

 

 

Hands up hearts open wide As the sky
We lift You high we lift You high
Hands up hearts open wide as we cry
God we lift Your name high
[x2]

 

Let all the other names fade away
Let all the other names fade away
Until there’s only You
Let all the other names fade away
Jesus take Your place
Jesus take Your place

 

Our God
We lift You high we lift You high
Hands up God we lift Your name high
[x4]

 

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Everything Will Be Alright – Isaiah Templeton

You are my refuge in trouble or in need
And with You on my side I know everything will be alright
Oh, I know everything will be alright

 

If not for you I know I never could have made it
In all my trials, You pulled me through
Though I’ve been down, I’m never forsaken, oh
Everything will be alright, everything will be alright

 

Be alright, be alright, everything will be alright
Be alright, alright, everything will be alright
Be alright, alright, ev ‘ry thing will be alright
Be alright, alright, ev ‘ry thing will be alright
Ev ‘ry thing will be alright, Ev ‘ry thing will be alright
Everything will be alright
Ev ‘ry thing will be alright, Ev ‘ry thing will be alright

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I’M NOT CRAZY, I’M BORN-AGAIN

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When these pagan rulers hear what Paul testify about all that happened to him, and what the Savior he claims to serve has called him to do, Festus speaks up and calls Paul a “mad man”. He tells Paul that all of his education and learning has driven him over the edge! He says, in effect, “Paul, you’ve lost your mind! You’re a lunatic! You’re crazy!

When these pagans hear what Paul was before he met Jesus Christ; what happened to him he met Jesus Christ; and what he is saying about Christ and doing for God’s glory now, they concluded that he has gone absolutely, stark raving mad! They think he is crazy! When Paul hears this charge he responds by saying, “I’m not crazy, I’m born-again!

When the world looks in on this thing we call Christianity, when they look at this life we live for Jesus, they conclude that we are crazy! I would say to them, I’m not crazy, I’m born-again By the way, the world thinks your testimony is crazy in these areas as well! I just want you to see that what the world thinks is crazy is nothing more than mere Christianity! The craziest people in the world today are not in places like mental institutions and the likes. The craziest people in the world are those who are lost in sin and will not come to the Lord Jesus Christ! The real lunatics are those who hear the Gospel and turn a deaf ear to it. The nuts are those who refuse to come to Jesus that they might be born-again!

May we who are born-again never be ashamed of who we are or what the Lord has done for us! We are not crazy! If you have believed the Gospel and trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are headed to Heaven, you are born-again by grace, your sins have been all washed away. You are not crazy, you are just born-again!

That crowd that does not know Jesus, they are the crazy bunch! They’re the ones running here and there looking for love, help, and satisfaction in all the wrong places. We are the ones who have found the answer to all life’s questions and the solution to all life’s problems. The answer, the solution is Jesus Christ! Don’t be intimidated by a bunch of people who have been driven insane by their sin. They are the ones with the problems. They are the crazy ones! As for us: We’re not crazy, we’re born-again!