Not Shaken … Not Today.

November 30, 2015

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“We will not be shaken / We will not be silent / Sin is powerless / Our God is for us.”

Those lines have been on repeat in my heart and in my head all day today ever since I received some punch-in-the-stomach news early this morning about something happening to someone in my family who has had enough, who was on the verge of something great, who is precious to me, who just doesn’t need one more blow.

My first thought was:  this is the devil. It’s the devil, and he’s doing his level best to tear down not only our whole family with this news, to break our spirits, to rob us of our hope.

My second thought was:  well, devil, you. can. stuff it. Because you don’t have the final say. Jesus does. Yes, that’s right. No matter what is happening in this broken world, no matter how you try to tear down and wear down a good family with good people who are hoping and praying through a dark situation, you. can’t. have. us. and you. won’t. win. Because we are Jesus people. And Jesus gets the final say in this and every circumstance. Jesus will win and He alone will be praised. So stuff it, devil. You lose. You don’t get to take down the Wilsons / Robisons today. Or any other day for that matter. We belong to the Great I AM.

My third thought, which really just circled back to the first, was that I was going to be p.r.a.y.e.d. u.p. today.  Spiritual warfare is real. Jesus talked about it, warned about it, addressed it head on.  He talked about it as much as He talked about any one particular issue, maybe more.  Clearly, He meant for us to take it seriously.

My heart was torn in two and yet my heart and soul and mouth began praying what I knew – what I know – to be true of our Triune God.
That He alone is worthy of praise.
That He alone will defeat the enemy.
That His lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting.
That He reigns.
That He was and is and is to come.
That He works for good for those who love Him and were called according to His purpose.
That those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.
That those whom He predestined, He also called.
That those whom He called, He also justified.
That those whom He justified, He also glorified.

And all that took me right to Romans 8:31 –  “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”

And that took me right to a wonderful song that was on the VBS soundtrack at our church a couple of years ago.  I have no idea who sings it, but it has been on repeat in my head.

“We will not be shaken / We will not be silent / Sin is powerless / Our God is for us.”

(And then because my mind in a never-ending labyrinth, I went to the song, “Oh No, You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman, which I highly recommend you have in your soul’s arsenal.)

This blow to my family’s collective psyche will not be a shattering of our faith; we know the One whose birth the angels sing; and we know that He is worthy of our trust and that “in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

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I realized as I was worshiping and praising and praying through this darkness that it matters that we are not only prayed up but also praised up. We must equip ourselves and our families with scriptures that remind us of who He is and Whose we are but also with songs that speak truth about Him.

It’s why #MangerMusic matters so much to me.  I want our kids and our communities to grow up armed with weapons in the spiritual warfare fights we face. And since a beautiful place to start is in the manger, where a tiny, dependent Child was born who was, at His birth, the Savior of the world, it’s worth having music about that blessed event in our minds and in our hearts and on our lips.

As you shop this week for children and teachers and neighbors and friends and grandchildren and folks far and wide, I’d be honored if you would consider giving the gift of my Joy To The World album or either of my other two albums. Let’s spread far and wide the celebratory message of Christ’s birth, yes … but let’s also sow that truth in our own hearts and the hearts of our families that we may not only be prayed up but also praised up.

Because the One who came as a dependent Child all those years ago is the only One on whom we will always be able to depend.

Merry Christmas, and Godspeed.

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