I've been listening to This song from Faith by Jason Upton in my car:
You’re the sun in my horizon
All my hope’s in you, Jesus
I can see you now arising.
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion--
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.God grants salvation and deliverance and makes you righteous. He covers you and puts you in right standing, sets you in the right place. Then as this covered person, you can live a righteous life. Not perfect, but when God puts you in right standing with Himself, you can't help but do right in your life. Without the later, the former isn't genuine; but the later never creates the former.
When we recognize and begin to value these spiritual events—learning to see them when they occur—helps us tap into God’s nature and Heaven’s activities guiding our lives. As the Bible says, we plan our ways, but God directs our steps (Proverbs 3:6). We may know where we want to go, but God decides how we get there. Such moments are deeply His.In order for us to take advantage of the opportunities that are being readied for us to grasp, we must recognize the spiritual essence and weight of the moment as it occurs. This is when the marvel begins and the purpose for which God created us begins to surface. Too many opportunities are lost due to a failure of our spiritual senses to grasp God in the moment. Over the years, I have discovered four keys that allow these events to unfold.
What this event says to me is that God is in total control. I knew that, but the demonstration of it inspires awe in me. I felt like it was demonstrated to me that heaven and earth are intersecting in my life. I tell people that they are on a collision course with God's destiny for them.
1. Recognize that God is present and continually active in His creation. Creation itself is not God, but everything in creation is made by God. God is involved in His creation; He is not passive about His handiwork. God will move Heaven and earth for our sake. He aligns various elements in creation to converge at just the “right” time. Scripture calls this the “fullness of time.”
2. Recognize that heavenly beings are forever working in our lives. Angels and other spiritual beings, which are created by God, are continually arranging people, places, and things to act on our behalf. These heavenly beings arrange things years in advance; convergence happens when God’s plans and timing intersect. At that moment, the “suddenlies” of life seem to happen.
3. Learn how to connect your desires to God’s desires. All of us desire a sense of connection with God and with each other. We are relational beings; we need each other to reach our God-given destinies. Synchronous convergence cannot happen without relationship. The tighter a family or circle of friends joins themselves to God’s desires, the easier it will be for them to recognize God’s activities in their daily lives.
4. Harness your soul (mind, will, and emotions) through meditation and prayer. These powerful tools capture the unseen, rein in its spiritual benefits, and propel us to our destiny. Through meditation and prayer, we break out of the fog that shrouds our spiritual awareness. We are able to touch and be touched by the realm of the Spirit, who searches the deep things of God.
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us"
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:17-19
In this passage, Jesus is not reflecting on how he was there back when originally Satan fell. Some people teach this, but it's not correct. They way that the Greek grammar is written, Jesus is saying that while the seventy-two were casting out demons, he pervieved or beheld Satan falling.
Annie's Song is a song recorded and written by singer/songwriter John Denver. It was his second number one in the USA, occupying that spot for two weeks in July 1974. It also went to number one in the UK. "Annie's Song" was written as an ode to Denver's then-wife, Annie Denver (Annie Martel). The two had started to come apart following his sudden success, and had separated when he took a trip to Switzerland. While on a ski lift by himself, Denver started to marvel the beauty around, and, thinking about his wife back at home, penned the song in a few minutes. The song has since become a wedding standard and an expression of love for many people, due to its grand imagery and the fact it could apply to anyone (Annie is not mentioned by name in any part of the song).