Surrender and Sanctuary

Was originally planning on posting this tomorrow, cause it seemed the most logical that it be posted on the 16th. This number represents LOVE. However, the more that I prayed over it and pondered it, the more it felt important to post today. It is the 15th, the first day of a fast that will last at least 15 days, and also the number of REST.

It is when we surrender to GOD and HIS ways that we find this REST in HIM, the ability to resist evil and stand thankful. Is this an easy process? Well, not at first. It doesn’t seem natural, and that is because it isn’t. It is a supernatural process, and it takes GOD adding HIS SUPER to the natural that we see.

While praying over what God desired to be said and shared, I was led to a concert that many of our friends and brothers and sisters and Christ are currently giving. A beautiful night of worship, that by God’s grace and HIS gift using technology we can participate in.

There is not one single day that we are not in awe of GOD. Also, there is not one day where the enemy does not attempt to smack us upside the head spiritually speaking. But, GOD He is so much bigger and more powerful. Do not let anyone ever convince you otherwise.

We think of Sanctuary as a “safe place.” I remember watching movies and TV shows where a person would claim this and government would retreat. Now, this cannot be done as easily in the natural, meaning in the world we live in. But, it can still be done in the spirit. The best way to do so, is just to say out loud, “I reject what is not of the LORD Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” Now, you are not rejecting the people, so don’t misunderstand. Then say I receive all that GOD has to offer, I say YES to HIS ways only.” There is a peace that only HE can bring.

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For we are HIS sanctuary, the place for HIM to come and dwell. This means we must we must be willing to receive it ALL, the blessings and the challenges that come with serving GOD and receiving HIS LOVE. It means we will not always make the right choices, and sometimes we will have to walk away from things or even people we love. But, there is NOTHING absolutely on this earth or beyond greater, more satisfying, more beautiful, intricate, overwhelming, powerful, amazing, and any other adjective that means mind blowing!

Our prayer, as a family and as your brother’s and sisters, is that He touches you all. That somehow the words which He produces, will be used by HIM as seeds toward salvation for those who desire it, and healing and deliverance of HIS body. Lord, we choose surrender, because you know best and we give ourselves away, only to YOU. You are the only sanctuary we can go to always. You are always safe. Hallelujah!

This hymn is so relevant now more than ever. ~

“Lord Prepare Me to Be A Sanctuary”

Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, oh for you.

[Choir]
Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you. [2x]

[Choir]
Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you. [2x]

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
yes yes, yes, yes, yes, yes

[Choir]
Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you. [2x]

mold me (mold me)
what you want me to be (what you want me to be) (repeat 4 x’s)
[LyricsMansion.com – lord prepare me to be a sanctuary by The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir]

yes (yes to your will) yes (yes to your way)
yes everyday (yes everyday) yes to your way (yes to your way)
say yes I’ll obey (yes I’ll obey) yes to your way (yes to your way

mold me (mold me) what you want me to be (what you want me to be)
what you want me to do (what you want me to do)
where you want me to go (where you want me to go)
where you want me to go (where you want me to go)
when you want me to go (when you want me to go)
how you want me to go (how you want me to go)
what you want me to do (what you want me to do)

and we’ll say yes (yes) say yes Lord (yes to your will)
say yes to your way (yes to your way)
say yes (yes) yes to your will (yes to your will)
say yes (yes)

[Choir]
Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you. [2x]

http://www.lyricsmansion.com/result/lord-prepare-me-to-be-a-sanctuary-lyrics-the-west-angeles-cogic-mass-choir.html (lyrics)

http://www.openbible.info/topics/being_a_sanctuary (bible verse on sanctuary)

http://www.openbible.info/topics/surrender (bible verses on surrender)

http://timnkat1.tripod.com/id178.html ( a ministry page we were led to)

Note: In the times when it is MOST difficult to look to HIM, it is truly the most important times to LOOK directly to HIM. (paraphrasing what Mandisa shared led by HIM at A night of Healing and Hope.)

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The LORD does not command from anger, but ALWAYS from a place of LOVE. Thank you LORD for loving us even when we are, or feel like we are in our own eyes or the eyes of others, completely unlovable. Your love endures!!! You always and will forever more give us SANCTUARY!!!

In His Grace,

E & D & SE

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