Archive | June 2015

Map Or GPS?

Sometimes I wonder as I wander, or am I really only perceiving this journey as wandering, because I’m no longer in the driver’s seat? This journey we are called to walk with Jesus can be a puzzling thing. Along the way there is a tendency to label views, experiences, and sadly people who do not fit in with the religious mainstream, yet love the Lord and know they have a place at His table.

Traditional, Evangelical, Charismatic, Contemplative, Christian Mystic… There must be a definition, a spiritual cubbyhole where I can be at home, where I fit in, a place where it is “safe”, where there isn’t some theologian or other robed and sheep skinned “expert”, not only defining who I am in Christ, but every serious spiritual seeker they cannot squeeze into some little convenient box. Especially the ones who are “unchurched”. I tend to see myself as all of these, yet paradoxically not any one in particular.

Yet are the labels and definitions something I think I still must have, or is that also someone else’s idea? Probably the most difficult part of the unknown country we walk is that one gets very, very tired at certain places in the journey, because just like our Lord, we have no place to lay our heads (Luke 9:58) – as in being part of the shady rest in that little church in the wildwood just outside Mayberry USA.

This line of thought has been with me all day. It is haunting and persistent. Yet none of the definitions seem to fit after awhile, and the spiritual journey may take us places where we may not understand why we are “here”. Or is it “there”? Or is it now here or nowhere? What is this all about? Where are You taking me, Lord?

As Jesus told Nicodemus, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” (John 3:8-10)

So, I went online looking for current “status reports” concerning some of the oases along the way providing spiritual water, food, and shelter where I grew closer to the Lord. I discovered that there is very little left of the Charismatic Renewal, as it was known in the 1970s. The Roman Catholics seem to have vestiges of what remains of this movement.

I found electronic versions of “official” pronouncements from at least one other denomination, however, filled with statements (from the 1970s) full of caution, warning and condemnation of the whole Charismatic Renewal. These of course were from sheepskins having no personal knowledge of such things, but who clearly felt threatened by contemplatives, charismatics, and Christian mystics in general.

So I’m asking, “Where to from here, Lord Jesus?”

What keeps coming to me is to not worry about labels, and to keep my eyes on Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith. As far as the journey goes, it is one of trust. We must have BOTH the map – Holy ScriptureAND the “GPS” (gospel positioning system?), the Still Small Voice of the Comforter, the Counselor, Who is both beside us and within us. These two – the map and the GPS – do not conflict!

Some have claimed that they only need the “Word” as it stands in the Bible we know today. They renounce any need for a personal experience of the Holy Spirit, where Jesus lets you know His Presence in very real ways. There is a tendency to lean toward what a friend of mine calls “Bible-olatry”. Scripture is not considered in the light of what Jesus has said about it, that the Book testifies of and reveals Him (John 5:39). These are the “map people” who are largely of the opinion that the Holy Spirit does not personally speak to anyone anymore, so there is no need for GPS.

On the other hand, there are some with whom I’ve sojourned who insist that the “inner voice” is all that is needed. They pay little if any heed to the map, insisting that for mystics or contemplatives there is no need for either the Bible or other supportive scholarship. We can listen to our “higher” self. Good luck with that!

My experience has taught me that the spiritual trek is such a challenging journey that one needs both the Map – Holy Scripture, and the GPS – the Still Small Voice of the Holy Spirit. They work together. They never contradict one another. Hearing the Still Small Voice, however, requires the kind of prayer where listening rather than talking, is the rule. He invites us to “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10).

Freedom In Christ

Sometimes, for whatever reason, a question will pop into my mind – often something that begs further exploration – right before falling asleep. I’ve gotten into the habit of writing it down, with the intention that it will be answered.

God happily obliges. That can happen in dreams, or upon awakening, or at a later time (when it will be called into remembrance that I asked the question days earlier).

Last night’s question goes like this: What does it mean and imply, in practical and experiential ways, when Scripture declares that if the Son sets free, then you are free indeed? (John 8:36)

The reason I asked this question is because of a sense of urgency that things need to change, first of all for all of us who know we are called to bear the name of the Lord throughout life, to call upon that holy name, and to exemplify His power here and now. Our world is still in captivity because we do not understand the nature of our freedom in Christ or our reason for being here.

We tell ourselves that we have this freedom, that we have victory in Jesus. Yet upon an honest effort of examination of the state of our inner reality and our outer life, we must ask, what about us and our life actually bears witness to the genuine freedom for which Christ has set us free?

First of all we are informed by St. Paul in several passages that the old self has been crucified and has died in Christ. Moreover, not only have we been raised up as new creations where “not I but Christ liveth in me” (see Galatians 2:20), but also in Him, we are seated in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), at the most powerful position in all the heavenly realms and dimensions – at the right hand of our Heavenly Father. By that we conclude we are free from the flesh, the world, and the evil one.

In truth everyone needs to receive the extension of this invitation to participate in an entirely new reality, a new creation. Part of the reason we’re here on Earth is to extend that invitation, along with deeper understandings of what this implies for any life, as ambassadors of reconciliation.

The reality is that our new “place” in Christ has been almost entirely misunderstood, marginalized, dismissed, and missed as the intended legitimate and valid life experience of “believers”. Mental assent has replaced reality and “realization” – making it real here and now, in other words. The experience has been reduced to a doctrinal position rather than why it is taught – for the purpose of experiencing victorious empowerment whereby we transcend the limitations of the current entrapment, thus escaping the “Luciferian Occupation” of this world. This apostolic truth is bestowed, in other words, so that we can know how free we really are because of the work of our Lord Jesus. Not just know it, but participate in it as our reality.

It is imperative that we take a look at the church which seems to have lost track of the understanding of its legitimate position and inheritance. What is commonplace is almost a deification of suffering and martyrdom, Might we want to know why this, rather than victory and freedom, has been the lot of believers?

Certainly there are in these domains the agendas and programs of the “current occupation” (See 1 John 5:19) running the lives of many individuals. Any reality manifesting above the current “normal” existence is immediately regarded as suspect and a threat to the ways and indoctrinations of the status quo. And, yes, Jesus did inform us that in this world we will have tribulation, but He also said, “Fear not, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

That world was fully overcome in Him, in His cross, in His resurrection, and in His ascension! The old creation is dead and gone, but do our lives, views, and attitudes reflect our new freedom reality, or do we still keep turning around to have one last look at Sodom and Gomorrah – a type of the realm of rebellion and evil which has been destroyed in Him?

Do we consider the possibility that the whole point of His letting us know we would have tribulation in the world might be to point us to His making it possible to live high above it as our day to day experience?

The mission was after all to restore us to our original inheritance at our Father’s right hand – Home at the palace, so to speak, in order to be able to reign over all other principalities, powers, and names! The whole point of the Good News is to transcend this world, and to enter into a new and radical freedom and the powerful life restored to us through the work of His Passion!

We’re here like our Elder Brother Jesus – to be about our Father’s business, of sounding the call for all our lost “P.O.W.” family to come Home and actually live from the space of our original higher reality, not just “believe” in it – as if mental assent brings us into the reality of uniting with our Lord in identity, being, and purpose.

I’m honestly not convinced that much of the church through history, has actually entered into this awareness as its experience. It has been a dark glass into which we have peered. For the most part the church has been engaged for 2000 years in little more than conflict over various doctrinal positions, dogma, and the traditions of men. We’ve spent too much time sweating the small stuff.

When its mystic saints such as Meister Eckhart actually entered into this union with the Father, Jesus, and the new creation through the Holy Spirit, they were (and perhaps still are?) driven out or marginalized as heretics – persecuted for an experience of their actual freedom from the constraints of the status quo of religion. They had an experience in Christ rather than mere “belief”, or the vain works of the flesh performing obedience to the traditions and doctrines of men. Thus they were a threat to the consensus reality by reckoning themselves dead to this world and alive in God through Christ.

For the most part, traditionally, any “rebirth” experience has centered on moral change or conversion. Certainly this is a breakthrough for most of us, but is this where it stops? Life goes on from there. Now we are morally cleaned up, free along those lines, and in a lot of cases pretty self righteous about it. Yet life is still marked by struggle, conflict, dis-ease, and disagreeable circumstances we accept as “God’s will” – all the way up to and including martyrdom.

I would offer that this is because the church has seldom reckoned with the metaphysically powerful fact of its ever present, victorious freedom and reality in Christ, where we are joined with Him in the power of His resurrection. We are admonished by Scripture to set our minds in heavenly places. Our collective consciousness is still in the strata of suffering and defeat, but things could be quite different than this as we call upon the name of the Lord and consistently raise our sights into glory.

Enter the New Thought positions on this. What has troubled me about New Thought Christianity is that it has – at least insofar as I have observed it in its 21st Century form – done a poor job in providing the foundational teachings of traditional Christianity and then linking them to its emphasis on the abundant life.

Consequently many of the newer “cults” (similar to Unity or Science of Mind) miss the boat, as they seem to attract individuals seeking “spiritual experiences”, or phenomena, rather than seeking God Himself with a view to personal transformation via repentance and a renewed heart and spirit by the Holy Spirit’s power.

With these offshoots, as well as so much of the mainstream church going into the pursuit of the belly as god, glorying in what is shameful and permissive, and minding worldly things, is it any wonder that much of the Body of Christ has gone into corruption and demise, at a time such as this – when we ought to have been at our most powerful and pure? Instead of being spiritually clothed, armed, and ready for what is to come, so many of us have fallen asleep – drugged by the siren song of the world, the flesh, and the evil one.

How did all of this become so fooled and befouled, and thus robbed again and again of our inheritance through the Blood of the Lamb, whether we come from the background of mainstream evangelical thought or the offerings of newer insights which have Biblical basis?

The emphasis of manifesting the redeemed life was what drew me to New Thought Christianity in the first place (in the past). But at this point, like much of Christianity, it has been coerced, co-opted, and corrupted – because none of us have taken spiritual reality seriously enough (in other words, yes, evil exists). Truth has been marginalized by a lot of psycho-babble! And now we have what resembles “Psycho Babble-On” more than the Holy Bride, and she is fragmented and nearly completely compromised by the onslaught of the world’s current moral depravity. She is not free, but in Psycho Babble-Onian captivity.

Things have to change!

The Luciferian programs have been inserted through the unaware who, for example, think that “freedom” gives license to involve oneself in occult activities such as worship of angels, animals, or the Earth itself, or summoning the dead through spiritualist seances. Nothing could be further from the truth! This leniency toward what is forbidden draws in individuals who seek occult experiences, rather than seeking the Lord and His will – which is always for our good and His glory. There must be a clarion call to where the focus needs to be and to repentance!

“Seekers” may also be seeking their own definition of Grace, with the misunderstanding that it gives license to pursue the belly, the shameful, and the worldly. Yet many current adherents to the 21st century infiltrated version of any version of the faith seem to embrace, include, and give the smiling nod of approval to everything that leads currently to the destruction (of individual souls, the USA, and the world – so many levels!). There is little or no discernment that, in the tolerant embrace of sin and dark practices, they open portals to deception, and it of course willingly walks in… My, that was easy!

There is so much need to present fearlessly the need for moral underpinnings as the foundation for protection as we move more deeply into the fullness of the experience of salvation. From there we can go on to safely manifest the greater reality implied in our victorious redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ. The “full gospel” is all about the fulness of life in Christ, and nothing less. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Everybody wants to live higher and better, but we cannot enter into this dragging along a bag of moral filth and “ignore-ance”, which characterizes so much of today’s popular spiritual movements, in or out of the mainstream churches.

It goes back to the basic question, per Paul, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

Entering the Light of the new creation and all its benefits means that the bag of filth must be jettisoned and left to “burn” along with the rest of the old creation – which has already passed away through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, Who has every right to be Lord here and now, not just in the sweet by and by.

Let us make it so in the power of the Holy Spirit, who counsels us in all His eternal Good, for it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.

Those angelics who rebelled and precipitated the fall of human beings have been assigned a place outside of God’s good will. They were cast down. That is their reality and abode because they chose to ignore Divine Law: they are reaping what they have sown.

The Way home is the path open to God’s sons and heirs in Christ. We are in the space of being transformed and restored. Nothing must disturb this process, as our understanding develops. Nothing can disrupt it, except – as from the beginning – it comes by way of the cooperation of humans, to whom our own domains belong by our birthright. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psalm 115:16)

Consequently those rebels consigned to outer darkness have for aeons, through treachery and trouble, sought to possess what alone belongs to the sons of the Most High. So they have much skill at guile and deceitful ways whereby they seek to attempt to trespass boundaries, break through, and wreak havoc here on Earth (and per some, throughout the entire creation!). We must therefore understand the scope of our mission here, as well as all legitimate means whereby we, as the body of Christ, coming in the Name of the Lord, are one with Him in demolishing and abolishing these dark specters from our abode.

Let us be ever aware that our freedom to “be all we can be” exists in Christ alone, in Whom we live, move, and have our being. Let us embrace what it takes to bring this new creation forth as manifest reality!

Oh Freedom!!! _ Enjoy the song!

Heart And Mouth

They are connected!

I received a post this morning filled with profanity and filthy talk – yet all in complaint about – guess what? – having to listen to someone else’s filthy talk, that of their unregenerate family members! Say what? I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Someone else’s vulgarity does not give anyone who names the Name of the Lord Jesus the excuse to indulge that same activity in retaliation or even frustration.

This person often speaks from frustration. This person actually wishes to make a difference for God in this world. Yet this rant took the prize. It’s not, however, a matter of fighting fire with fire. The fires must be put out with Living Water. Otherwise the blaze becomes uncontrollable.

Here’s what God’s word says about this: “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” … (James 1:26)

As far as a response, it needs to be as seen in Galatians 6:1 – “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.” The last portion recommends a careful, prayerful, thoughtful, and Spirit-led approach, not a legalistic one. Spiritual vipers are present, and we do not wish to carelessly put our hand into the nest!

“… So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.”… (from James 3).

Jesus Himself reminds us that “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”

And then again, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”

Everywhere we go, there is filthy speech. What to do about it as Christians? First we must deal with it on a personal basis.

Psalm 141:3 gives some clues. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” The Holy Spirit needs to be continually invoked to divinely guard what comes forth from our speech. That is if we really want our life to be any different than the same old same old, since the tongue’s use determines the course of life, per James’ admonitions!

It may also require a deliverance. For what can Satan use to make the child of God look more ridiculous than spewing out filthy speech on a habitual basis? No one will listen to your testimony or admonition if you sound no different than the world you are rebuking or the situation you’re cursing.

Since speech and words and the use of the tongue begin in the heart, per Jesus, then we have to really pray foremost for the Holy Spirit’s transformation of our heart as well… David shows us how in Psalm 51:10-13 “… Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. THEN I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.” (This entire Psalm is a very effective prayer which can be used for reflection and self examination).

Society is rampant with filthy talk and language. This is one big reason it’s going to blazes in a handcart, especially in the USA. Immorality is one source of the evil that is upon us (seed sown, harvest reaped) as we defy God in every imaginable way. The mouth is another. We are literally cursing ourselves into oblivion!

The way we use our mouth is, I suppose, another form of immorality / rebellion. Scripture provides the answers if we want them. It is especially disappointing when Christians relate to one another as if this is “normal” and just allow it to pass. It may be normal for the world and those under Lucifer’s domination, but it is utterly unacceptable among those who are to bear His holy name before the world and claim to be doing His work.

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10)… “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” In other words, what we sow, we reap! This includes the use of speech.

The Way of Jesus is radically challenging and different, and flies in the face of natural vengeful desire, in the face of self. He exhorts us to “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” There is great power in our actually being doers of this word and not hearers only.

His Way is the only way I know to turn things around – personally, domestically, or politically – and it starts with the inside of us, one heart and one soul at a time radically transformed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. Will we allow Him to free up His Kingdom, first of all within us, by His Holy Spirit, and to bring many sons to glory His Way?

So, let all of us called to obtain a blessing do that God’s way – by starting a “blessing avalanche” in the world, instead of reviling others or our circumstances, bless and keep on blessing. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Lord, please grant us a Spirit of repentance, and restore us!

Apologies

My profound apologies on some of the advertising posted below the blogs, although they were not put there by me. Obviously. Certainly they are in no way related and in my opinion are in some cases very poor taste. One even wonders if this is intentional? Oh well…

I would not have noticed, except that I cleared the history on my computer, and when clicking on the page, got a view of what the public sees instead of what I usually see, which is no ads.

Another reason to wonder about the free space offered in these times for blogging.

His Good Pleasure

I’m finding it difficult to post this artistically rendered affirmation today to WordPress. So I hope that you, dear reader, will not mind clicking on the link to my website to view it. Sorry for the inconvenience, and many thanks for your efforts.

http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370548/2849725/posting/his-good-pleasure

Walking With Jesus: Not A Fast Food Experience

Sometimes I think it’s important that we remind ourselves that our walk with the Lord is most often in small steps of progress, a bit of stumbling, a whole lot of getting up again with a view to walking in His Grace, and that He is always in control, full of unquenchable love, and ready to forgive and restore!

Each of our stories is therefore going to be a little bit different than the next as we relate to Jesus. We need to surrender our will to Him – what is already reckoned as so – as we were crucified, raised up, and seated with Him in heavenly places.

It’s not like a quick trip to the fast food drive through, or even necessarily instantaneous spiritual gratification – on tap and having it our way. Otherwise we run the risk of always comparing ourselves to someone else, judging ourself, or our brother or sister in Christ as either “being there” or not “being there” (as in he or she seems so complete, but I’m not).

It’s important to remember that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Yes! His workmanship. So what we need to do is “show up for work” daily, continually receiving it!

And so we affirm with Paul, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12) Now there’s a mouthful of manna to chew on, swallow, and digest!

No small order here! So with the apostle we too might want to pray, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ehesians 3:14-19)

May this be our understanding and experience through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Praise And Prayer

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. Has anyone else noticed the strong opposition coming at whatever the Lord has called you to do? The spiritual warfare is intense these days! Could it be because the time is short, and the “occupying forces” have received their final eviction notice?

However, of late there has been something of a breakthrough – the first in a long while, since my last post. It had to do not only with the contents of this message, yet also perhaps a new and renewed wave of intercessory ministry involving praise and prayer, with a strong emphasis on praise.

At the very least it is a reminder that the follower of Jesus Christ must be personally attune to the same mission of which He partook and still does. Or do we forget that this is a spiritual war zone? But dare we ask specifically what that may imply for us?

Can I say with Jesus the Christ that I must be about my Father’s business?

Do I truly understand that my kingdom is not of this world?

Am I one with Him and the reason He was manifested – to destroy the works of the devil? Have I prayed about what the implications of that are for me and my life? Do I actually want to know?

Do I understand what it means, if I have put on the Mind (attitude) of Christ, that “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work”?

Am I seeing with the eyes of Jesus, in full agreement with His view, as He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”?

Do I truly affirm and embrace Jesus’ promise, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come”?

Is it a living, vibrant experiential reality that, “… the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”?

What I was hearing, specifically, personally, and inwardly over the last several days went something like this:

Be about the business of praise! There is no time to analyze, to theorize, to diagnose, or to prescribe. There is no time to plan. Just be about the business of praise in any and every circumstance. Call down the Presence of God and angelic majesties through praise! It may be sung, spoken, or silent – but devote yourself to the work!

Stop living by the world’s modus operandi while still referring to yourself as the body of Christ. Instead be the body of Christ. The weapons of your warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for the purpose of tearing down the adversarial strongholds.

Be the holy temple of the Holy Spirit, and the house of prayer that I call upon you to be – wherein is carried out the work of praise. Then, in so many ways, the Earth will shake, the shackles will fall off, and the prison doors will open.

Let there be devotion to praise in all the Earth, whether alone or gathered together with others.

Hearken to My Spirit alone and what you will hear Me speak to you within the stillness of your interior devotion. Yet this can only happen when My people who are called by My Name humble themselves, pray with the intention of listening, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways – relinquishing them in favor of what you will hear of the Still Small Voice. For therein is the power whereby the Earth and its people will be set free and transformed. Do your part. My yoke is not burdensome.

Whoever is called to the work of praise, embrace it with your whole heart and without ceasing.

Scriptures given for encouragement in the ministry of praise:

“But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our Fathers trusted in Thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.” (Psalm 22:3,4.)

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” (Acts 16:25,26)

“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises in their darkest midnight hour. What is the Lord showing you that you need to do with yours?