I remember when I used to think I was on firefor God, but reality proved I was only blowing smoke. Quoting Bible verses & saying “powerful” prayers do NOT equate to holy devotion.Living it does. When you say that you love the Lord your God with ALLyour HEART, SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH, what does that sound & look like in your everyday speaking & living at home, work, school or behind closed doors?
Here’s a little “truth” nugget that’ll get you to thinking. I was up around 2 a.m. meditating on Truth (I know, I should have been sleeping but it’s about the only time I’m not responding to a text message or phone call – most of the time).
Here’s the thought:
“Do you know that TRUTH is a Person? TRUTH is Jesus Christ personified. He is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life! When someone asks you if you know Jesus, they’re really needing to know if you know the Word of God (the Word became flesh and dwelt among us). If you’re not spending time in the Word of God then no matter how much you “say” you know Jesus, the Truth is He doesn’t know you (Read Matthew 7:23). Read the Word everyday – spend time with Him!”
When FACED with just God and your life alone (with no other human interactions), which is most important to you – God or your life? In other words, turn off the iPod, TV, computer, cell phone, radio, Fox News, CNN and the like and where does your mind immediately take you? It’s easy to say one thing but actions speak louder. Consider Isaiah 26:3 where it says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”
I was just pondering the idea of what worship is in my life. That thought ALWAYS leads me right back to Romans 12 (the whole chapter really, but especially the first two verses). Check it out:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2, NIV)
As a worship leader, authentic worship takes effect once I step down off of the stage. Living the words I sing about in my songs are vital to being a worshipper. What happens onstage is an overflow of the spiritual deposits that are made when no one’s listening or looking and it’s just you and God.
I was recently joined by my songwriting colleague and friend Joey Orate for an hour-long radio interview on the “Homegrown Praise Radio Show” with Caz Taylor. It was an exciting morning for both Joey and me. Joey had no clue that he would even be a part of the show until EARLY that morning when I sent him a text asking him to join me in the studio. The interview was my first opportunity since the CD’s release to sit down and chat about why I do what I do, why I chose to “Surrender”, and my personal testimony. If you missed the interview then here’s an opportunity to hear what you missed. After listening, find me on facebook and tell me what you thought of the interview.
http://www.wsradio.com/internet-talk-radio.cfm/shows/Homegrown-Praise.htmlIf you have a Facebook account, you can find out more here: http://www.facebook.com/ev
Eric Lige’s “Surrender” CD reviewed in Good News, Etc., San Diego’s Christian newspaper
Daily Devotional for Christian Radio Weekly (CRW)
Surrender, Eric Lige
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live,
But Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and
Delivered Himself up for me.”
I got up at 4:30 a.m. this morning and took a two-hour walk with God. Now before you start thinking what a super spiritual being I must be, just know that the only time this nocturnal soul sees 4:30 a.m. is when I am either set to head out for an early morning airport jaunt or when I am more likely turning over to finish off another few rounds of sleep after a long night’s bout with fighting it. As much as I would have loved for sleep to have been considered in the line-up when spiritual gifts were being dished out, there is nothing divine about an airport run or tossing in the middle of the night. However, when God drops in and gently nudges my heart at a time where no one else would dare to, it probably means it’s the only time He could find in my “busy” day to hang out. We are faced with a spiritual struggle everyday that is reflected in our physical responses to God’s constant nudges. Our act of surrendering is the realization that because Christ lives in us, it is He who works through us to fulfill His purpose on the earth.
“Surrender” and “Marvelous King” played this morning on “The Jazzspel” show on Smooth Jazz 98.1!
I am truly humbled! Two songs – “Surrender” and “Marvelous King” played this morning during the “Jazzspel” radio show on KIFM Smooth Jazz 98.1! An exuberant “Thank You!” to Eric J. Chambers, “Jazzspel” host!
“Surrender” debuts on “Jazzspel” with Eric J. Chambers on Smooth Jazz 98.1!
Wow! “Surrender” was played yesterday morning on the “Jazzspel” radio show on Smooth Jazz 98.1 KIFM in San Diego. The show airs every Sunday from 6-7am PST. Many thanks to “Jazzpel” show host Eric J. Chambers! Tune in next Sunday! http://www.kifm.com/listen/