Welcome to Three Nails Thursday! It’s a weekly bit of items that have helped me through my week. Thursday is my Friday, as my work schedule is Sunday through Thursday (Normally). Considering all that is happening, I need some inspiration to keep me focused on the task at hand. So I’m sharing with you three things that keep me grounded, focused, and inspired throughout my week. Here are the three nails!
|Here’s three things that have helped me through this week.|
|A song I am listening to…|
“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies !”– Edward Bulwar Lytton.
I agree with that, there are songs that were sung years and years ago, and they come back in an instance. A moment, smell, memory, or individual can trigger that song and takes us right back in our minds. This weeks song isn’t about taking us back to a memory from long ago. Instead, as most worship music does, it causes us to look forward to a moment and place that we long for, Heaven!
Melissa sent me this weeks song and said this is a song for personal worship. I listened to it over and over as I put the finishing touches to this weeks message. I’ve loved it, I hope you do as well. Here’s a link to it on YouTube. It releases on Spotify on Friday, I’ll add it to the the playlist then.
Endless Praise – Charity Gayle
I’ve created a playlist that will include all the songs that I talk about (this weeks will be on there as soon as it released). Click here to follow along and enjoy.
|A verse that has spoke to me…|
43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” John 11:43-44 NLT
Jesus has raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus responded to the call of Jesus and came out of the grave. However, even though Lazarus has responded to the call of Christ and is now living, he remained bound. The scripture records he was bound in three areas, his hands, feet, and head.
He was bound in his hands, what he was doing.
He was bound in his feet, where he was going.
He was bound in his head (mind), what he was thinking.
Many have responded to the call of Christ and are alive in Christ but are still bound up. They remain bound in the same three areas, what they do, where they go, and how they think. The following line in the verse is a powerful truth. The command was to the people around Lazarus to unbind Lazarus. I believe that command is still operating. We can help people do better, live better, and think better.
Lazarus could not help himself; he needed the assistance of others. The King James Version utilizes the word “loose” him. However, there is another time in the scripture that the word “loose” the same word used by Jesus here is used there in Genesis 49:21.
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.
Have you ever witnessed a deer that has been set free after having its leg caught? There is a lot of vitality and life in that deer.
What I love is that after he was set free, he began producing beautiful things. Can you imagine the beauty that will be delivered when people get free? What beauty will you create if you change what you are doing? Where you are going? How you are thinking?
|A quote that has inspired me…|
C. H. Mackintosh said, “The law demands strength from one who has none, and curses him if he cannot display it. The gospel gives strength to one who has none, and blesses him in the exhibition of it.”
Thank God, that when I was without strength, Christ died for me. When I couldn’t get to him, He came to me.
Have an amazing weekend!
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