Daddy, do it again!

Habakkuk 3:2 | Lord, I have heard of your fame;  I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.  Repeat them in our day,  in our time make them known…

Watching my baby girl who is 1 & 10 months has placed such wisdom in my life. I learn more from her than she actually learns from me. So far it has been an exciting journey seeing her grow up. In the car she would just blurt out words like, “mountains!”, or “cow!”, or “airplane!” as her eyes would see and identify those things around her. On her own she would get excited and start calling our attention so we could also glance her way and identify the same things she sees. One time yesterday while I was driving, we had crossed a bridge that was above us from the freeway and men were working on repairing the bridge, she got so excited because it seemed like those men were flying as they stood on the edges of the bridge to fix it. Right after we passed them she immediately exclaimed, “again!” as if I could make the same scenario happen again on the next bridge. I immediately pointed to something else  in the hope of getting her mind off the bridge work and she said the word again. She saw the mountains and the airplane and with her hopeful voice saying “daddy, again!” Somehow in her little brilliant mind she saw me as someone who can re-create all the things she just saw and make it happen again and again. The men on the bridge, the mountains, the airplane in the sky or the moon and stars, it didn’t matter to her if it was something tiny that I could hold in my hands or something so far away in the sky – “My daddy can make it all happen again and point them out to me.”

Hope that comes from the Lord is a hope that is anchored in faith and guaranteed by relationship. Hope causes us to keep waiting, it causes us to stay strong and believe for something better, it brings us to a place of peace knowing that something better is just around the corner. Hope does not filter out the negativity around, in fact it sees it and acknowledges its presence;  hope takes all that negativity and pushes forward in strength. The prophet Habakkuk saw a coming storm on the horizon (they were in imminent danger of an invasion), he wrote words of hope in a season of turbulence. He cried to the Lord saying, “Repeat them in our day and renew your great and mighty works in our time!” What a prayer of faith. Though everything I am seeing around me is opposite of the hope I have inside I will continue to cry out to you asking you to repeat and renew the great things you’ve done in the past. Like Abraham, against all hope He hoped and believed… (Romans 4:18). He cried out to the Lord this way because as the verse says, he has heard of the Lord’s fame and he stands in awe of the Lord’s marvelous deeds – he believes that the Lord can make it happen again and again and again. He can do what He did in the past because He never changes, his power does not diminish! The bible says “I am the Lord and I change not!” (Malachi 3:6); He is the same, yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8). Like my little girl, we should see our Father as a big father who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17); He does have the power to do it again for us, for His glory.

What situation are you in right now? Have you ever felt that feeling that you’ve gone too far and crossed a line that you can never ever come back? Have you been passionate for the Lord before and someway somehow you’ve lost all that fire for the Lord? What is weighing you down? God can do it again in your life! He can cause that fire to burn again! He can grant you the strength to overcome that sin and that failure! He can do it again and again and again! Oh God do it again in my life, do it again in our lives!

Are you waiting for something? Perhaps a lifetime partner, wait in hope. Because those who wait upon the Lord will find new strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

-Pastor Brian Kairuz, Youth Pastor | Lighthouse Christian Community

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Spirit & Truth

“Worship is not music. It is not songs, instruments, painting, or dancing… They are expressions of worship. Worship is a relationship with Jesus. It is all about relationship, connection with Jesus. It’s all about His presence. It’s all about Him.” – Kim Walker

I so agree with Kim Walker! We can express worship through everything we do. I believe that there is widespread belief that worship happens only during Sunday service or worship gathering! We have a tendency to compartmentalize it but worship is our personal heart connection with Jesus. It happens right where we are. Anywhere we go, we can worship and pour out our hearts to God. When we are home alone in our room, when we are in the church, school, kitchen, on the top of the mountain, under the sea…we can worship… It is a personal relationship with God who is worthy of all. It is pouring out everything we have unto Him, in response to His love so amazing! Can you imagine what kind of worship services we will have, if days before that, we all fight to be in His presence? Even the middle of our busy-mundane life, we press on and press in to be in the His presence. Then comes the day of our Church services and we are all stirred and have laid down everything at His feet! I can imagine healing taking place right there. People’s heart tenderized and massive revelation of the knowledge of Jesus to everyone. Haha! i remember what Jesus said:

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:21-24 NIV)

Wooooh! Like that to the Samaritans, we are also not orphans or fatherless but we will all worship the Father in spirit and in truth. I believe that it is happening now! God is changing our paradigm towards worship and it’s so awesome. Let’s press on with our walk and remember the how God loves us so. Always come with a ready heart and an open spirit!

Excited to lead worship on Saturday during Hotrock!

I Am Wholehearted Right Now!