Destination

Psalm 37:5

 5  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Your destination does not mean that you’ve arrived! Arrival is set for when you meet Jesus face-to-face. It’s what you do in the middle that matters. From the time that I was a child, my wise aunt always said, “The train keeps moving if you’re on it or not so you might as well get on the train.”

I come from a long line of both intellectual and spiritual warriors so this adage stuck with me. Following high school, I climbed aboard and have ridden the rails between vast cotton fields of northeast Louisiana, through bright city lights in the heart of Texas, and on country back porches in the “Heel of the Boot.”

All of these destination stops were God-designed, God-ordained, and God-breathed. Yet the journal was not easy! Through many years of hard work and dedication, I am stepping off my fourth train and looking forward to this next season/destination of life. These trains may have awarded me more credentials and degrees on my “rail ticket” or “life’s passport,” but I’ve gained something more valuable as I watch the train leave the station: contentment, peace, love, joy, appreciation, and servant-leadership.

Simply put, I’ve spent twelve years in post-secondary education…climbing up; can you hear the sound of the train’s whistle as it climbs? Yet, the entire time, God was teaching me to kneel and wash the feet of those He placed in my care. Let’s just say, the ride wasn’t always easy, and some years felt more like a rollercoaster versus a scenic ride through the mountains. Pride’s fuel results in an erratic and unpredictable terrane. Whereas, humility’s fuel brings smooth rides through lush landscapes.

Don’t forget…your destination, wherever you are, is NOT your arrival. These are two separate and distinctly different words. Will there be another train ride? As my wise aunt stated, “That depends on the Conductor [Jesus Christ]. He has delivered you [and all of us] through all the high mountains, low valleys, deep waters, and stormy weather. So whatever He plans for your life, we trust in His direction for your future.”

As I turn and wave goodbye to this faithful ride, I never want to forget the sounds of the wheels that remind me of the roughness of life. The “clickety-clack” is a constant reminder that we will face MANY trials in this life, but we are to consider them PURE JOY for the testing of your faith produces perseverance [James 1:1-3]. I want to hear the blast of the train’s whistle one more time, which reminds me that Jesus will send out his angels with a LOUD trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other [Matthew 24:31]; therefore, we must be intentional about sharing and SHOWING the gospel EVEN outside the walls of the church. Finally, I want to hear the roar of the engine, which reminds me that when God is in control of YOUR vessel…NOTHING can stop you because even the winds and waves obey Him [Matthew 8:24-27].

God has a high-level view of your life! As I walked away from my final train station, He allowed me to see that all four stations represented His Son, Jesus Christ. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?! Therefore, wherever you are, please be encouraged!

(1) God may be telling you to get on the train (whatever that train represents for you). Remember, “The train keeps moving if you’re on it or not!” Where might the Lord want to “take” you next in your spiritual journey. Time to let go and climb aboard!

(2) He may also be trying to fill you with courage to leave the station and finally begin your new journey/destination. You weren’t meant to stay at the station forever. It’s time to go make an impact for Him. Get off the bench; pick up your bags, and make the first step. He will honor your faithfulness.

(3) He may be trying to OPEN your eyes to your surroundings and others and stop focusing on life’s negativities. Again, wherever you are, I can guarantee you one thing…He will always be with you!

In the last year and a half, we have seen extreme suffering and loss. The world AND OUR neighbors are hurting. Don’t let the enemy stifle God’s purpose for your life. You have a choice. Let today be your day to make an impact for the Kingdom.

Goodbye for now faithful engine…

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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In a Blink…

1 John 2:17

17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

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Psalm 39 describes it quite well, “Everyone is but a breath.” This world and everything in it is truly passing away, but that is not the end of the story. Whoever does the will of God lives forever. In order to do the will of God, you must first know God! Yet, knowing God is more than mere knowledge. The space between your brain and heart is approximately eighteen inches. However, eternity hangs between this minuscule space. In a blink of an eye, eighteen inches will become the most important measurement you’ll ever make – not how much money you made, how many cars you had, how many stocks you had, or what position you held on this earth. No. The distance you travel from your head to your heart will determine your eternity.

I know someone who spent decades operating out of the heart of God and is now walking alongside Him on streets of gold. In a blink, she traveled from pain to praise. I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t share her mission, which proves God’s ripples cannot be stopped!

From foreign missions to neighborhood soup kitchens, a servant’s heart she most certainly possessed. She never met a stranger because she saw the image of Christ in all human beings collectively. To some, spiritual anomalies bring about surprise and extreme wonderment. Yet, our friend would say, “Isn’t that what we were expecting?”…with a beautiful smile and confident laugh to follow.

She taught us all to respect one another and to love deeply. She praised with her whole spirit across all settings, and she wouldn’t think twice about praying for someone in need. Some call her teacher as she spent countless years shaping our children into the strong young men and women they are today. However, those precious ears didn’t know it at the time, but she was planting seeds for a harvest decades later through the planting of His Word embedded in her curriculum, songs, encouragement, and prayers.

We often referenced this life as a race and used Hebrews 12 as our guide. Our friend was the best spiritual pacer, and it was most certainly a challenge to keep up to her “6-min./mile spiritual pace.” The best way to explain this reference is to copy a reference definition from the world wide web concerning this type of “pace.”

“A 6-minute mile is kind of the unofficial threshold of fast endurance running. Casual runners are not likely to run a 6-minute mile on accident, but it’s an achievable – if not high – bar for an aspiring new runner who is training hard.” http://www.quora.com

You see, our friend was not running by accident! She trained her whole life for this type of spiritual endurance race and she expected you to run alongside her! She was definitely an elite spiritual runner, and she expected you to be as well through encouragement and prayer! Trust me…it was a challenge and you often left pouring sweat! Yet, it was the best experience of your life. You left fulfilled and full of the Holy Spirit because you served, loved, gave, prayed, listened, laid hands, taught, and discipled.

Fear never got off the starting line as that spirit had no room around her. Power, love, and a sound mind flanked her at all crossroads in her life. Even though she beat me and crossed the finish line, I will continue the mission we started from the very beginning, which was to go and make disciples of Jesus Christ in all the nations. I pray that my words will travel across the globe and touch many lives. Even more, I pray that multitudes will come to the Father through Jesus Christ even through this message. I pray that every single one of you love hard and always keep your eye tuned to the needy and hurting. Serve as often as you can, and leave more than you take. Come and go quietly but leave a massive impact wherever you go – remember it’s not about you; it’s about the Lord.

Well done, good and faithful servant! You touched heaven from the other side of your eyelids. The Word prayed over you is now the flesh standing before you. His hands, His feet…that smile!! Oh how He’s waited for this day to show you the Father, the indescribable beauty, and the angelic choir.

Until we meet again my friend…there is work still to be done (as you would say) so we will go for now, and we will always be looking for those Jesus opportunities everywhere we go.

Hebrews 12:1-3

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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Waiting in Silence…

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“It was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”

Acts 2:24

24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

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Don’t mistake my silence for anger! As I listen to your accusations, I am not sitting silent in bitterness; it’s not my character. I’m actually thinking about how I held you when you were born and your parents disowned you. It was me kissing your head and breathing life into you as you fell asleep. I am the one who comforted you as you grew older and couldn’t find your way. I will always chase after you because I love you. You can spit on me, but I came to set you free.

Don’t mistake my silence for weakness! As you beat me, I am not sitting silent in rage; it’s not my character. I’m actually thinking about how I healed you when someone prayed for you. I smile when I look into your eyes because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I see the image of my Father in the flecks of your eyes. I remember the conversations we had as we spoke life over you. You can beat me, but I will always love you.

Don’t mistake my silence for unforgiveness! As you nail me to this cross, I am not sitting silent in revenge; it’s not my character. I’m actually thinking about how your world is going to change when you accept me and I live inside of you the rest of your life. I know everything about you, and you will change the world for me! “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” You can lift that hammer and slam nails into my skin, but I will always see you as mine.

Don’t mistake my silence for pity! As you gamble for my clothes, I am not sitting silent in sorrow; it’s not my character. I’m actually thinking about the joy of fulfilling my Father’s will. I long to please my Father who sent me, and I long to be with you for eternity. I am going to prepare a place for you so don’t be sad for I have overcome this world. You can have my clothes…they are meaningless to me because I have come for your heart.

Don’t mistake my silence for death! As you pierce my side, I am not sitting here in defeat; it’s not my character. I’m actually walking in victory as we speak for I crushed the head of the enemy and took back the keys of death. Satan’s false, temporary rule is over because the King of kings and Lord of lords sits at the right hand of the Father. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. Your false reign is over. You can believe you are greater, but you and I both know how the story ends!

Don’t mistake my silence for failure! As you roll the stone over the tomb entrance, I am not sitting here in darkness; it’s not my character. I’m walking out in light three days later, and you will not find me here! This is not my grave because the grave cannot hold me down. The Father has found no fault in me. I gave my body as the final sacrifice for the world. My shed blood freed all of humanity and is alive even today. I breathe renewed life onto all of humanity and offer the Holy Spirit for those who believe.

So…waiting in silence is really rejoicing in victory!

Happy Easter friends and family. Behold the Lamb of God on the cross – walks out like a lion three days later.

NEVER underestimate a season of silence!…for a lion is coming!!!!

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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Bandaids

Jeremiah 18:1-6

At the Potter’s House

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

Repairing Concrete Cracks Using Epoxy

I remember as a child walking along many broken sidewalks repeating the old saying, “Don’t step on a crack, or youll fall and break your back.” This phrase has been repeated and even edited to many different versions. Either way, it was not uncommon to see innocent children holding their mother’s hand, big smiles, head down with intense investigation, and sidestepping cracks along the way. Oh the innocence of childhood!

Yet, I just cannot help but think those same children, who grew up playfully avoiding cracks, now live in bondage full of heart/soul cracks due to a life of regret, abuse, unforgiveness, pride, and fear to name a few. These cracks are invisible to those around you. Therefore, a broken soul is most certainly worse than the proverbial “broken back” once avoided as a child.

The miracle is that our Father in heaven takes our marred clay and shapes it into what is best to Him. When I meditate on that, I think of pure perfection because everything the Father touches, breathes upon, and makes…is perfect and good. I am overwhelmed that He produces vessels that look differently yet they are all produced in perfection; thank you Lord.

So, I say…take the bandaids off your heart/soul cracks. They don’t belong there anymore. You were not meant to put them there. You still hurt because that bandaid wasn’t designed to hold/cover your wound. God sees you and He knows. Open your heart unto Him and let Him transform you from the inside out. Place yourself into His hands and allow Him to make something new…yes, out of you.

~Your cracks become your creativity.

~Your tainted heart becomes your testimony.

~Your hurt becomes someone else’s healing.

~Your pain becomes your praise.

~Your wounds become your worship.

The enemy loves to remind you of your cracks (i.e., past failures, sins, abuse, hurts, etc.). Not only that, he is the dealer supplying you the bandaids; they will never work! Yet, God chooses to forgive, heal, and remember no more. Do you know how that’s possible? He sees a new creation in you! Have you ever thought of that? Once the Potter finishes His work, you ARE a new creation. You are no longer what and who you used to be. Therefore, the Father/Potter cannot see the old you even if He wanted to. The new vessel has replaced the old one. You are new, valuable, and worthy. Have you heard the enemy speak that over you? Of course not!! It’s time to throw away the bandaids…submit yourself onto the Potter’s wheel and be comforted in His hands of healing, change, and renewal.

Challenge: Meditate on this passage this week and commit to worshiping on the Potter’s wheel. Allow Him to do whatever He wants, in/through you. Just as the passage states, He will only do what He sees as BEST! Oh what a blessing over you!

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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Pick Up Your Authority

Exodus 4:1-5

Signs for Moses

4 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

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~You entered with deceit and poisoned humanity. Punished to your belly – you slither lower with each tick of the clock; your time is running out. Striking fear, your forked tongue seeks to kill, steal and destroy. What was once peaceful in communion is now thorny and separated. You struck me while my soul sank into the fruit. Leaves covered my shame and my hands covered my impelled heart. Two bleeding holes represent your surgical-strike. The very breath given to me now fleeing from my lungs – replaced by your toxicity. The garden, a withered soul, longing for rivers of living water. The very Spirit of God called my name, but I hid. As tears roll down my face, they scream, “He knows my name…!” But I hide. You’re already in my head, “God Almighty can’t be seen with someone like you!” My tongue feels dry…what did I do?

~Parched…my soul cries out when the pills are gone and the drinks are empty. Lying in bed, my slowing heartbeat reminds me of a thorny garden and a shameful past. Your darkened shadow reminds me I’m sadly not alone as you cheer for just one more swallow. For all of humanity, you have haunted thoughts and hunted countless. When all seems lost, a different presence appears. His light has you startled, evil one. In apparent reflex, you strike His heel, but He crushes your head! His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I take His hand, and His eyes sparkle with garden-walk talks. His love and sacrifice erase all threads of shame. The chains are gone. Praises fill my lungs and worship rushes over my tongue like a roaring waterfall…what did I do?

~Accepted…my soul cries out in healing reverence. I didn’t do anything but receive. Once an empty soul now filled with redemptive love. Tears roll down my face, they scream, “He chased me from the garden to the grave…! But He arose with the keys to my soul and all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. Before the enemy could slither away, my God says, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” The enemy’s evil look grips fear into my heart as I recoil…what did I do?

~Faith…my soul cries out in pure surrender as I stare down the one who stole my life from me. Through my Savior’s nail-pierced hands, I see you trembling. I reach, slowly, then a boldness overcomes and…

~I take shame by the tail and watch the staff of the Lord turn it into service for others.

~I take regret by the tail and watch the staff of the Lord turn it into redemption.

~I take anger by the tail and watch the staff of the Lord turn it into achievement.

~I take unforgiveness by the tail and watch the staff of the Lord turn it into unity.

~I take lust by the tail and watch the staff of the Lord turn it into true life everlasting.

~I take pride by the tail and watch the staff of the Lord turn it into preaching.

His staff is always by my side as a constant reminder of my authority in Him alone. May God bless you, and I pray that the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to your true calling in Him. No matter what you’ve gone through or what you might be facing currently, God’s power is mightier than any situation you could ever face. I pray that you receive encouragement, this very day, to kick out the evil one and reclaim your rightful place. Walking with a staff of authority often means facing your fears or past. Grab freedom by the tail!

I truly believe there are many people out there who needed to hear this message. What are you taking by the tail (e.g., shame, regret, anger, etc.)?

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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Wanted

John 17:22

22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

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The alarm clock abruptly awakens you. You instantly feel dread as your swing your feet around touching the cold tiles beneath you. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” chases after you like a child longing for his mother. With shoulders slumped and head hanging low, a quick splash of cold water rushes over your face tingling your sleepy senses. Time stands still when your eyes lock intently with the stranger in your room. Your autonomic nervous system rushes adrenaline into your heart and muscles. You instantly ponder fight or flight. Your heartbeat gallops faster than a mighty rushing river. You can’t catch your breath as it appears to have disappeared ahead of you. Your voice is hiding behind your trembling lips and refuses to call for help. Fear begins to set in as the stranger eerily follows your every move and appears to be closing in on you. You consider the consequences of capture and begin to smell defeat until…you realize the stranger is you!

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Your mirror reflection revealed the warfare inside. Years of masquerading caused unrelenting pain. Shame, condemnation, anger, unforgiveness, resentment, legalism, religionism, traditionalism, fear, and anxiety traded God’s glory for the corruptible. The enemy’s lies altered your very presence; however, he can never alter your Spirit. When the original man sinned, he forfeited the glory of God. Yet, Jesus came to restore and redeem God’s glory over His people – praise God.

Yet you say, “I’ve done too much, hurt too much, and have too much anger to ever experience the glory of God!” This type of restoration is not dependent upon your worthiness my friend. In fact, the Greek word for glory in this passage is Doxa, which means the following:

Doxa: “The honor, praise, and glory that comes from a good opinion. It’s an appearance commanding respect, excellence, and magnificence. This term is used to describe God’s nature and actions in self-manifestation.”

Oh dear child, let your APPEARANCE reflect the very presence of God, which is respect, excellence, and magnificence. Let His very nature clothe you in these promises; you ARE WANTED BY THE KING! This is His opinion of you; it’s His good opinion! As a child of the King, you are granted certain rights that the enemy cannot take away. One of these rights includes being clothed in God’s glory. Let this radiate around you as the Holy Spirit fills you up completely. This glorious circle changes how you see yourself and how others see you! You WILL attract others because they are drawn to the sweet aroma of the Spirit. God is able to use His glory circle around you to bring honor to Himself!

The enemy cannot take this away but he can do two effective things: (A) change how you see yourself which decreases your effectiveness for the Kingdom (B) keep you bound up in past sins, hurts, or pains which cloaks you in darkness. He cannot take away your light but he can surely diminish or dampen it by cloaking you. Put on the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and walk in your glory circle because you are wanted!

Challenge: How do you see yourself today?

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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The Space Between

Revelation 3:11

11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

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He ordains your steps even though your footsteps are met with resistance. The ungodly rise and place chains around your wrists. You are silenced yet refuse to remain quiet. Your mission never changed – to seek and save the lost…deliverance doesn’t occur just on Sunday mornings!

He calls from unlikely sources to remind you that you are worthy and wanted so don’t grow weary of doing good. Only God knows what your future holds. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and you will surely succeed in all that you do. Be still and listen to His sweet and still small voice in the space between. He is drawing you closer through the whisper. He surely can speak through the powerful winds and blistering fires, but His voice is the clearest in the whisper. Lean in…what do you hear?

The clutter surrounding you is simply that…clutter. For God is not the author of confusion. As diagnoses roll off the medical teams tongue and loss reaches for your throat, God says, “I am here!” He is the God of the hills and the valleys. He carries you along stormy waters and leads you to safety. When you’re standing in the space between, simply worship! There’s no need to rush His love. The sounds of praise will guide you as the notes carry you closer to Him.

The space between can be both deafening and exciting, depending upon your perspective. Do not allow the enemy to speak lies to you while walking to your next destination. This spiritual period offers growth, perseverance and endurance. You don’t turn into a precious gem without intense pressure, heat, and time. Therefore, hold on to what you have and remain on His course!

~The Lord is coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

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Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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Dance with Me

Psalm 63:3-4

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

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Oh Bethlehem star…you shimmer in the midnight sky announcing the newborn King. The sky cannot contain your radiance as the heavens sing all around you. A virgin mother holds her infant son as she sways so tenderly to the sounds of lowing cattle. Exhaustion is replaced with expectation. The announcement is repeated between galaxies, and the stars come out to see the newborn King. Light illuminates the arrival of our Savior in the lowest of places as His mother places Him in a manger. His cries reveal His humanity, but His presence reveals His Deity! She picks Him up and kisses His head…

~”Dance with me,” she whispers to the newborn King!…and she weeps.

He came to seek and save the lost. His mother knew He was different – sent from above with wisdom and love. Yet, her heart didn’t want to see her son hurt. His ministry exploded as demons fled, healing overcame, and salvation prevailed. She watched as He was stalked and ridiculed by the religious leaders. The enemy forces crawled to Jerusalem in hopes of extinguishing the Savior of the world. “Not my will, but yours be done,” He cries out in the garden. Bearing all of our sins on a blood-soaked cross, the perfect Lamb says, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” His mother knew of His obedience, but she was witnessing His ultimate sacrifice, unto death on a cross. Memories flood her mind of the man she knows and the God she loves…

~”Dance with me,” she whispers to the dying King!…and she weeps.

The earth quakes and the sky revolts…the enemy laughs in false victory. A rock and a tomb was not His final destiny. Eyes open…and the stone is rolled away. Reconciliation for all as the enemy fades. Seated on high in all authority, He sent His advocate, the Holy Spirit, in the upper room to teach and to remind – He comes with fire and truth! Roaring wind fills the space and hearts are aligned. Years have passed, but He remains the same – yesterday, today and forevermore. He intercedes in my quiet place, and shows me a deeper song of embrace: power, utterance, gifts, and discernment. In those quiet times, He reminds me of His birth and His mission…

“Dance with me,” the Savior whispers to the newborn Christian…and he weeps.

So we dance! – as a child standing on His father’s feet, we dance! Unashamed or unabashed, my feet begin to sway reminding me of His mother’s lullaby. Communication so intimate that only the Spirit can interpret. We dance to His promises. We dance to His protection. We dance to His forgiveness. We dance to His Salvation. The world fades away in the arms of the Savior – protected in the shadow of His wing. His eyes are my eyes and His vision is my vision. Every heart aligned to the same calling: [Matthew 28:18-20] Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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Challenge: This Christmas, may you find Jesus! – not the story but the relationship! I pray that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit this season and find joy everlasting. May you enter the Holy of Holies with confidence of true forgiveness and redemption – and dance with the Savior.

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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Freedom

Freedom in Christ

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36)

Galatians 5:1

5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Ephesians 3:12

12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Psalm 119:45

45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

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[Poetic Interpretation]

You hung around far too long…

I never understood what was wrong.

The invitation, unwanted, multiplied and divided…

causing fear, anger and pain which never subsided.

The mask grew in complexity as you suffocated me…

I wanted you gone but you said you would never flee.

You lied to me and called me a friend…

but you hugged me and stabbed me repeatedly in the end.

You made me believe something was wrong…

I couldn’t sing, dance, or shout; frankly, I stopped hearing a heavenly song.

Chains grew – weights were pulling me down…

Friends and family noticed the smile, now a frown.

Shame and anger had their way…

clawing through the light; it just couldn’t stay.

Until one day, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords met me in that place…

Waiting patiently – Jesus grabbed my hand and held my face.

He walked with me the entire time…

He called me His child and boldly proclaimed, “I left the 99.”

I fell to my knees and grabbed His feet…

I felt the scars as my fingers ran deep.

Visions of love flowed from His eyes; He called me His friend…

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

With His warm embrace and my complete surrender…

Jesus became my whole-hearted defender and redeemer.

Chains melted and demons fled…

Freedom rushed in and the Holy Spirit took control just as He said.

Tongues of fire and songs of praise erupted like a spring…

Gifts of the Holy Spirit rebounded back to the King.

Oh, Lord, we thank you for your promises, they are true…

Freedom rushed in, and it can happen to you.

SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

Challenge: This message is for all the believers who are still living with chains: fear, anger, abuse, control, guilt, etc. It’s time to live in spiritual freedom!

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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So We Praise

2 Chronicles 5:7-14

The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and covered the ark and its carrying poles. These poles were so long that their ends, extending from the ark, could be seen from in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today. 10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. 12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. 13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;
    his love endures forever.”

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

This passage is a whole meal so chew slowly; you will want to savor each bite. The Holy Spirit has definitely been peeling back the layers of praise lately, and I find myself back where it all started…at His feet.

When I went to FaithWalk many years ago, my experience could easily be summed up by the phrase, “At His Feet.” Every song, every lesson, and every prayer reflected this common theme – for me at least. His presence was real and filled the room that weekend! Something I’ll never forget. However, we often allow the distractions of this world to pull us away from such encounters.

When I read this passage in 2 Chronicles this week, I was brought all the way back to my FaithWalk retreat. In this passage, the people were celebrating the return of the Ark of the Covenant, which had been placed into the inner sanctuary of the Temple -the Most Holy Place – after the Temple was built by King Solomon.

Specifically, the Levites who were musicians celebrated with instruments and praised God with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” And then…

The glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God. When the people lifted their voices to praise God, He filled the Temple. Oh…we must get this!

We can spend a lot of time discussing Old Testament and New Testament, but I want you to get one golden revelation – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 

As a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes down and fills YOUR temple. God does not change and neither does His power. We cannot miss this. As believers, raising our voices in praise fills “up” the temple!

Thank the Lord that He lives in us. Yet how many simply take this for granted? The enemy wants us to forget! I want to end by sharing one major difference we have that the priests in the Old Testament didn’t have. As it states in 2 Chronicles 5:14, “The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.” Now that God indwells inside our heart [temple], we are able to continue our celebration and praise. May your praise never cease and may the Holy Spirit continue to fill you completely.

~When you feel defeated, praise and fill the temple.

~When you’re all alone, praise and fill the temple.

~When you have nowhere to go, praise and fill the temple.

~When your friends abandon you, praise and fill the temple.

~When life continues to throw punches, praise and fill the temple.

~When the enemy lies to you, praise and fill the temple.

~When storms chase after you, praise and fill the temple.

~When God releases His storehouses of blessings, praise and fill the temple.

~When Jesus heals you, praise and fill the temple.

~When salvation spreads throughout your community, praise and fill the temple.

~When demons flee by the powerful name of Jesus Christ, praise and fill the temple.

~When deliverance comes to the oppressed, praise and fill the temple.

~When chains break, praise and fill the temple.

~When encouraging words lift a broken soul, praise and fill the temple.

~When tongues of fire fill the air, praise and fill the temple.

Challenge: Let us all lift our voices and praise: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” Then, may the Holy Spirit fill YOUR temple, daily.

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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