Move Your Heart – Maverick City Music x UPPERROOM

Official Music Video for Maverick City Music and UPPERROOM’s “Move Your Heart” (feat. Dante Bowe & Elyssa Smith). “Move Your Heart” was written by Elyssa Smith, Dante Bowe, Oscar Gamboa, Joel Figueroa. This video was captured at a live recording at UPPER ROOM Dallas last summer and is the second part of an album release from that night.

 

LYRICS:

Verse
Jesus Jesus Precious Lord none on the earth or heaven above
That I have found more beautiful You are my treasure My Great Reward

Chorus
I just wanna move Your heart it’s all I wanna do
I just wanna stand in awe and pour my love on You
No matter how much it costs I freely give it all to You

Verse 2
Jesus Jesus my offering all my ambition my hopes my dreams
And here’s my life Lord a sacrifice oh just to bless You

Chorus
I just wanna move Your heart it’s all I wanna do
I just wanna stand in awe and pour my love on You
No matter how much it costs I freely give it all to You
I just wanna move Your heart get caught within Your gaze
Right here in Your presence, God is where I wanna stay
Oh just to dwell in Your house waste my hours and my days on You

Bridge (2x)
Is it a fragrance then I pour my oil out
Is it a life laid down then here I give my vows
Is it a song I sing then here’s every melody
Just tell me what moves You

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The Story I’ll Tell (feat. Naomi Raine) – Maverick City Music | TRIBL Music

 

Official Music Video for “The Story I’ll Tell” featuring Naomi Raine by Maverick City Music. Written by Naomi Raine, Alton Eugene, and Benji Cowart during a Maverick City Music camp, this video was captured at a small gathering at 1971 Sounds in Atlanta.

LYRICS:
VERSE 1
The hour is dark,
And it’s hard to see,
What you are doin’,
Here in the ruins
And where this will lead,

Oh but I know,
That down through the years,
I’ll look on this moment,
See your hand on it
And know you were here

PRE CHORUS
And I’ll testify of the battles you’ve won
How you were my portion when there wasn’t enough
I’ll sing a song of the seas that we crossed
The waters you parted
The waves that I walked

CHORUS
OH OH OH My God did not fail
OH OH OH it’s the story I’ll tell
OH OH OH I know it is well
OH OH OH is the story I’ll tell

VERSE 2
Believing gets hard
When options are few
When I can’t see how you’re moving
I know that you’re proving
You’re the God that comes through

Oh but I know
That over the years,
I’ll look back on this moment
And see your hand on it
And know You were here

BRIDGE
All that is left is the highest praises
So sing hallelujah to the Rock of Ages

 

Is This Where God Wants Me?

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Ryan J. Pemberton

I often wondered whether the business in general and sales-related business specifically, could be amenable to the Gospel. As a 20-something young professional finding success in the business world, I began to feel uneasy about my work. “Can I follow God in this position?” I wondered. “Is this really where He wants me?”

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Search as we might, we won’t find a Bible passage that tells us whether our current job is the right one. However, there are helpful texts, such as the two stories of men meeting Jesus for the first time found in Luke 18–19. Their responses illustrate what following Jesus actually requires.

What If My Job Is Questionable?

Luke 19 tells the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, the tax collector—a detested job if ever there was one. Luke tells us that the crowd is shocked by Jesus’ request to stay at Zacchaeus’ home. To them, he was a sinner by virtue of his trade. Luke also mentions his wealth (19:2). Not only did Zacchaeus have an unpopular career, but he was also good at it.

If anyone could expect to be called out of their job, it would be Zacchaeus, and yet that wasn’t the case. Instead, Jesus praises Zacchaeus for his change of heart. Brought face-to-face with Jesus, Zacchaeus says, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody of anything, I will pay back four times the amount” (19:8). Jesus recognizes Zachaeus’ generosity as a mark of his role in the family of God: “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham” (Luke 19:9). While Christians ought to refuse any work that causes others to stumble (Luke 17:1–2), Jesus appears less concerned with the “what” of our work and more concerned with the “how.”

When Our Work Obstructs Our Faith

There are some instances, though, where we must prayerfully consider whether our career hinders our pursuit of Christ.

In Luke 18, a rich man of influence comes to Jesus with a question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). He claims he has kept all the commandments. “What more could I possibly do?” he seems to be asking. Jesus’ response: Sell all you have, give it to the poor, and follow me (Luke 18:22).

These words hold true for us: Christ must come first. Typically our jobs are not evil in and of themselves, and we can follow Jesus while working diligently in them. But they can become an idol if we let them, and we are called to rid ourselves of idols.

In Ephesians 6:5–8, Paul advises his readers to work for earthly employers “not only to win their favor … but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” We are to “serve wholeheartedly” in our work, as if we are working for God Himself, but we must be certain that God comes first. We must be careful not to allow our work or income to replace the priority of serving God and loving others.

Following God Where You Are

The Bible does not attempt to tell each Christian whether their current job is the right one. And yet, in these two examples, we see that (almost) any job can be where we are “supposed” to be—as long as we follow Christ in them, refusing to make our career an idol. If we find we cannot follow God without leaving a job, we can trust His Spirit to lead us in His will through prayer for discernment (Jas 1:5; Phil 4:6–7).

In most cases, however, God calls us to follow by selflessly devoting ourselves to Him—right where we are—as living sacrifices (1 Pet 2:5; Rom 12:1), as joy-filled agents of redemption, and as part of a complete cruciform life. Such a calling can be just as daunting as dropping our nets to follow Him.

Biblical references are taken from the New International Version (NIV).

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 6 No. 1

 

The High Cost of Sibling Rivalry

Reflections on Obadiah

During my years in pastoral ministry, I have discovered a strange reality: It seems more conflicts occur within the church than without. This dysfunctional church-family dynamic is a far cry from the Apostle Paul’s admonishments to “Love one another with brotherly affection” (Rom 12:10). Shouldn’t people who have the Holy Spirit living inside them get along better?

The book of Obadiah offers a stark reminder of the rifts that can form when family conflict goes unchecked—and why it is so vital that members of God’s family treat each other with love.

Obadiah, the shortest book in the Old Testament, was written after the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in 587 bc. It’s an oracle of doom against the nation of Edom. Judgment will fall upon Edom through a coalition of other nations, but the ultimate indictment will be from God himself (Obad 2; see also Lam 4:21–22). And his punishment will be remarkably severe (Obad 5–6).

Why such harsh judgment? Obadiah 10–14 tells us Edom had not only failed to intervene in the Babylonians’ destruction of Jerusalem—they had encouraged it and rejoiced over it (Psa 137:7; Obad 11–12). Taking advantage of the situation, Edom had looted Judah’s wealth and captured Judaean fugitives (Obad 13–14). On their own, these crimes against God’s chosen people would deserve a curse from God (see Gen 12:3). But Obadiah pinpoints another factor that makes Edom’s transgressions even more intolerable: Edom treated Israel like a stranger even though Israel was Edom’s “brother” (Obad 10, 12).

The nation of Edom was descended from Jacob’s brother, Esau (Gen 25:19–28). Though Edom was not part of God’s covenant people, God nonetheless continued to bless and provide for them (Deut 2:22). Because of their common ancestry, Israel and Edom were like “brothers” (Deut 2:4–5, 8). But the two nations did not act like siblings. They engaged in constant antipathy and war, with Edom revolting against Judah’s rule and each nation hating the other (2 Kgs 8:20–22).

For Obadiah, this “brotherly” relationship between Israel and Edom heightened the wickedness of Edom’s actions. The prophet Amos similarly noted that God judged Edom fiercely “because he [Edom] pursued his brother [Israel] with the sword and cast off all pity” (Amos 1:11, my emphasis). Apart from the superpowers of Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon, Edom is condemned more often in the Bible than any other enemy nation, likely because it broke bonds of brotherhood and kinship.

As Christians, we’ve been adopted into God’s family. If God held Edom responsible for treating Israel with care, how much more are we responsible for loving other members of the body of Christ? The New Testament encourages us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 3:16–18) and to do good to everyone—“especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10).

Although we might bicker like siblings, the Bible points us to a better way: family love within God’s family. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to be known by our love for one another (John 13:34–35).

STEPHEN WITMER
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN BIBLE STUDY MAGAZINE MAR–APR ‘14
BIBLICAL REFERENCES FROM ESV

 

GREAT QUOTES on ENCOURAGEMENT

“It was well done of Paul to reprove Peter to his face, and it was
well done of Peter, to praise Paul in his absence.”
– Thomas Adams

“This is our time on the history line of God. This is it. What will
we do with the one deep exhale of God on this earth? For we are
but a vapor and we have to make it count. We´re on. Direct us,
Lord, and get us on our feet.” – Beth Moore

“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God.” –
Alistair Begg

“Good words are worth much, and cost little.”
– George Herbert

“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning,
however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the
mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”
– Florence Nightingale

“I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast
spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know
how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away
from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures
in heaven looks forward to eternity; he´s moving daily toward his
treasures. To him, death is gain.” – Randy Alcorn

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish
it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price
of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What
was once foolishness to us-a crucified God-must become our
wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”
– John Piper

“Christ literally walked in our shoes.” – Tim Keller

“Remember who you are. Don´t compromise for anyone, for any
reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.”
– Lysa Terkeurst