June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
We lift our gaze
We lift our gaze
You are higher
You are higher
–Davy Flowers, “Wounded One”
Confession time! I used to be SO bad about allowing myself to feel so overwhelmed and consumed by my circumstances that I would almost invite Satan in to give him free reign over my thoughts and emotions. See, I used to have a problem with worrying so badly that it would actually draw a wedge between me and God. I know it sounds crazy! I just had a tendency of being anxious in the in between stages of knowing God would fix the situation and the execution of His work. However, there was a shift one day. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him,” (ESV, Hebrews 11: 6).
I started to realize the importance of that scripture. It’s impossible to truly draw near to someone and after a while not see their true colors. Fortunately, God only kept revealing His faithfulness. Time in and out of my secret place started revealing one of two things to me about myself: Either the God I was drawing near to, who was revealing more of Himself to me was real, and I would make up my mind to believe that, or my surrounding circumstances and what I saw with my natural eyes were real, and that’s what I would allow to control me. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (ESV, Romans 8: 38-39).
We have to get to the place where God can trust that we won’t bail when things don’t go our way. His desire is constant communion with us, that we may build trust and faith in Him. Imagine the amount of stress lifted from you, when you KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Creator has His hand on your life, and not because of any notion you have, but because He has revealed it to you in His Word, or whispered it to you personally during your prayer time.
Thank You that You are not man that You should lie, or disappoint us, or give us any reason to not put our full faith in You. Thank You that because we are Your daughters that You delight in seeing us prosper in our lives. Thank You that You are patient with us, waiting on our revelation of just how big and faithful You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I EMPOWER you to lift your gaze. Take the focus off of your circumstances, and onto the Father’s loving face. When you feel worried, go to His Word. Ask Him to reveal His will about situations that have made you anxious, listen, and be led by the Holy Spirit. I EMPOWER you to make the choice to have faith and STICK WITH IT!
Watch Davy Flowers’, “Wounded One”
Alexis Perry lives in Hamilton, Alabama where she is a full-time student at The Ramp School of Ministry. She has a passion for seeing women find their true identity in Christ. She aspires to have a women’s ministry centered around true identity, adoption into God, and intimacy with the Father. One of her favorite passages is Psalm 139: 1-3 (ESV), “O Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.”