Song #28: “O Righteous Father” John 17: 22-26
This song is taken from John 17, right after the Last supper. On the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He knew He was going to be taken captive, and yet He prayed this prayer for all of us; His focus was not about Himself, but He was concerned for our welfare.
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O Righteous Father, the world has not known You but I’ve known You, and these have known that You sent Me.
O righteous Father, I have declared to them Your name and will declare it, that Your love may be in them…Ooooooo
Father I desire that those You gave to Me will be with Me where I AM,
That they may see My glory, which You have given to Me, for You’ve loved Me from forever…
I in them, and You in Me, may they be made perfect in one that the world may know You’ve sent Me…
I have loved them as You have loved Me, as You’ve sent Me into this world, I AM sending them…Ooooooo
The glory that You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…
I in them, and You in Me, may they be made perfect in one that the world may know You’ve sent Me…I have loved them as You have loved Me, as You’ve sent Me into this world, I Am sending them,
And I do love them, as You’ve loved Me, and I do love them as You have loved Me…Oooooooo
The tenderness of Jesus’ petition to Father God on our behalf is mind boggling, especially knowing that He was about to be betrayed, tortured, and hung on the cross. He knew full well what was in store for Him…He knew the end from the beginning, and yet He chose to intercede for us who would believe. And He still intercedes, prays for us, as He sits at the right hand of The Father. This is true love, agape love, unconditional love. This is the same love that He calls us to display in our lives; to give love away as He did to us. His New Commandment is “that you love one another as I have loved you,” this is far and away beyond “love your neighbor as yourself.” Most of us cannot love our neighbor because we don’t even love ourselves, so Jesus’ command to love as He loved us means that we first must go to Him to receive His love. Only then can we turn around and give that love, His love, to someone else. He’s the beginning of love, and the vehicle by which love is given…only He could do such a thing, of course, He is God, He is love, and we are the better for it. Are you ready to receive His love, His glory, His oneness with Father and each other?
Be extremely blessed today,
Song #10: “Be Anxious for Nothing” (Phil.4)
This song is on my “Words of Life” CD, which you can listen to at:
www.wesmichaelgorospe.com/songs. It is song #7 on the list.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Whatever is true, honest and just; whatever is pure, lovely and of good report; if the be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:6-8)
With a world that seems to be flying sideways, and a news media that refuses to report truth without bias, it is easy to just give in to the noise and join the chorus of those who seem to have lost their sense of decency.
But we are called to a higher purpose, a higher calling to be salt in the earth. Salt can savor (make tasty), but salt can also sting when rubbed into a wound to cleanse it. When I was growing up in Hawaii, anytime I got a cut, I would go down to the beach, jump in the ocean, and let the salt water cleanse the wound, but it would really hurt at first.
God’s solution for us is that we rely upon Him…the constant theme of our lives. We are encouraged to not be anxious or worried about anything, but instead, to bring every request to Him in an attitude of humility and thanksgiving. Easier said than done.
He gives us the guidelines to think of things that are good, true, honest, just, etc. If we strive for what is good, and what lifts up rather than tears down, we can have true peace of mind and heart…and isn’t that what we all really want, peace? Think on these things!
Greater Is He: (1 John 4:4; Rev. 12: 11)
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world... You are of God little children, and you have overcome
By the blood of the Lamb, and the telling of our stories and we loved not our lives unto the death...
Through the cross, we have overcome, by His blood, we have overcome.
The message of this songs’ lyrics are simple but profound; greater is He (God) who lives in me, than he (satan) who is in the world. We overcome everything “by the blood of the Lamb, and by sharing our testimonies.”
This simple message cannot be repeated enough; we need constant reminding that we ARE overcomers. The enemy, who has already been defeated at the cross, constantly lies to us, and constantly tries to get us to live in fear; but GOD’s desire is that we rule and reign with Him. God’s desire is that we, His children, who are His heirs, recognize that HE alone rules the entire universe, and He wants us to learn how to reign with Him on this tiny planet, this training ground. He wants us to allow His rulership to flow from heaven to earth through us. We are His ambassadors on earth representing the full power of Heaven and God Himself. We are to rule and we are protected from any and all adversaries...to bring God’s heavenly benefits to bear fruit in this earthly realm...”Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...”
God’s government in heaven is to be established and maintained on earth by His ruling ambassadors, His children, on earth. Everywhere His heavenly rulership is established, there will He manifest His blessings, both heavenly and earthly.
I say, yes Lord, govern through me, through us...
Vlog Song; “Whom Shall I Fear” (Psalm 27:4, 1, 8)
One thing have I desired of the Lord
This one thing I am seeking
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
Every day I am living,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
To behold the splendor of the Lord
The Lord is my light and my salvation
Whom shall I fear…
The Lord is the strength of my life
Whom shall I fear…
When You said to me seek My face,
Me heart said to You, “Your face Lord will I seek”
The desire to be in the presence of the Lord, the desire to live before Him who rules heaven and earth, is a worthy pursuit. It is a goal, we who believe, should always be reaching for.
Psalm 16:11 says, “in His presence is fulness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forever more.”
Psalm 91 talks about being protected by “abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.”
“…Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty…” it says in 2 Corinthians.
All throughout scripture the Lord keeps saying, “do not be afraid”, “do not fear, for I AM with you”, “be strong and courageous…”
Why does He keep encouraging us to NOT be afraid? Because God knows His own power and authority, and He has given that power and authority to us, His children.
His desire is that we:
dwell with Him
enjoy His presence
understand His power and majesty
use the power and authority He has provided
Let’s seek His presence together…
Let’s rule and reign with Him…!!!
Vlog Song: “He Sent His Word” (Psalm 107: 1,2,6,10,11,20)
O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, and His mercy endureth forever.
He sent His word, and healed us all, and delivered us from our destructions
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
Whom He’s redeemed from the hand of the enemy
Once we lived in darkness, in the shadow of death
Bound by our afflictions and our chains
We had rebelled against the words of the Lord
Depising all the counsel that He gave
Then we cried out to the Lord in our troubles
And He delivered us from our pain
This song is a refection of many people’s lives today.
- They live in a dark place, with death lurking nearby
- many have chosen NOT to follow God’s words
- in their rebellion, they reject godly counsel
- they live in chains and in pain
- but those who humble themselves, and cry to the Lord find
freedom, healing, deliverance, redemption.
The natural response to being set free is to give thanks, especially when we are truly guilty and not deserving of mercy. But God is a merciful God who loves to heal and deliver all who will call upon His name.
God wants us to be free from bondage, and free to choose thanksgiving and worship.
He sent His “Word”; He sent Jesus, “The Word”, to foot the bill to pay for us to be redeemed, bought back. (John 1:1-14)