“You are not a ‘thing’ to be put aside,
not even just for a night.
No, You are always here.
You are my air;
I breathe You in.
Your goodness, I will proclaim
and I won’t be ashamed
I am my Beloved’s
and He is mine.
Whatever comes against,
My God is for me.
Yes, You adorn me
with Your finest jewels
I surrender all to You.
I live my life for You.
It is the Greatest Love Story;
My God delights in me.
He is my Beloved
and I am His bride.”
– Lacey Sherrard 5/23/18
That ballad is the most recent song of deliverance that God has been continuously singing over me.
“You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 32:7 NKJV)
The truth of who I am in the Kingdom of God doesn’t always reign in my heart, though it should. However in the midst of chaotic thinking, truth does come to the forefront of my mind much quicker than it once did. These words of love have been slowly penetrating my atmosphere over the course of the last few months. As I have began walking out onto deep waters, I have quickly discovered that my identity in Christ is my anchor amidst the rising and falling of the waves. I must know and believe that I am who God says I am every second of every day. Otherwise the lies of the enemy will counter that truth and suddenly I will find myself overwhelmed with toxic thoughts of fear, doubt, and hopelessness. That’s the kind of overwhelmed that keeps me stagnant.
On the contrary, have you ever been overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord? In the midst of worship during Pink Impact 2018 (Christian women’s conference), the Holy Spirit reminded me that I wanted to take my worship to the next level of surrender. He encouraged me to lay myself out onto the floor. Now I’m all about dancing and lifting my hands in worship, but that’s a whole new side of surrender that I had never done. Still I figured why not do it anyway (Thanks, Lisa Harper )? So I dove head first (my friend’s words, not mine) to the ground in front of all these women. There I laid out with my face in the carpet, and I totally broke. I didn’t even know there was more of myself that could be broken off, but something broke and I lost it forever. Thank you Jesus! In that moment the amount of reverence I experience for the Most High God was overwhelming. His love versus my filth had never been more real. I saw a new depth of the price Jesus paid for my salvation. I saw a little clearer just how much love He has, though still not even close to the heights and depths of it all. My physical body was struggling even to breathe as I looked upon the Holy Lord. It was like diving off of a cliff into the ocean, and suddenly learning how to breathe the water instead of air. Intense.
I say that not to boast in me, but to boast in Christ! He is way more amazing, way more loving, way more EVERYTHING than we can even fathom. That’s the kind of overwhelmed I want to be. Not overwhelmed by the meaningless minute daily tasks, or the mental flood of lies, but completely consumed by JESUS! So hold every though captive that goes against Jesus. Obey every uncomfortable calling you hear God speak for you. Love unhindered. Set the world on fire with your Jesus flame.
That ballad of truth is keeping me burning with the Holy Spirit fire. The gospel truth tells us that we are the Bride of Christ, He loves us and He delivers us because He delights in us. Once you know who you really are, the game is over because the truth sets you FREE!
” Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-36 NKJV)
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