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Before the Throne

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Before the throne of God above,

I have a strong, and perfect plea,

A great High Priest whose name is “Love,”

Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart;

I know that while in heav’n He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end to all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

My sinful soul is counted free;

For God, the Just, is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me.

To look on Him and pardon me.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One, Risen Son of God

Behold Him there! the risen Lamb,

My perfect, spotless Righteousness,

The great unchangeable I AM,

The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself I cannot die,

My soul is purchased by His blood;

My life is hid with Christ on high,

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One,    Risen Son of God

Before the Throne by Shane and Shane

Less of me, more of you

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by rylanreed

Shane and Shane has a song entitled The Answer.  It speaks to what I want my heart wants to say, but what I have not been living for lately.  You can listen to the song here.

I’ve tried more of me and I’ve come up dry

trading You for things, things that go away

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

alright! alright! alright!

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

O’ so satisfied at the thought of You

growing up in me covering everything

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

You are, You are (loved by me)

You are, You are (You’re loved by me)

So many times I try to do things on my own, and fall short of anything that I want to accomplish.  I look to myself and not to Jesus, who is always there to help when you seek His face and for His glory.  I know what I should do and it is what I want to do, but so many times I let my thoughts and the thoughts of Satan come into my mind and heart. They tell me to go my own way, making it seem to be the easier and quicker way of doing things.  This is totally false and a complete lie, and one that Satan finds full enjoyment; when God’s children stray and go their own way.  I still have hope and there is hope for you as well, those that feel the same as I do, because of the story of The Prodigal Son.  God will and does take us back, when we repent and acknowledge that we need Him more than anything else.

I know I need Him to help me through this life, cause trying by myself has not gotten me far at all, maybe a little bit lower in the ground.  He can and will pick me up and carry me to a place that will allow me to go on with life as I follow Him to life ever-after.

A Hedge or A Ring of Fire

Posted in Random, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by rylanreed

At Church service last week, Heinz was praying for a couple of a Church, that had came form Holland that weekend and must have know the Church or the Church knew them. Anyways, Heinz started praying for them and a part of his prayer was praying for a ring of fire around them, their Church, and the body that is in Holland from Satan and the evil works of this world.  It got me thinking… A ring of fire is far more effective than a hedge of protection, but maybe for Satan its more of an invitation? who knows…

The Lord will Provide

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by rylanreed

When life throws us struggles and trials, who do we turn to and who do we seek to make things better, ourselves or God?  I hope for all its the latter, but there are sometimes even for myself that I try and get through things on my own.  Oh what a lesson God has in store for me during those periods of my life.  Hopefully this will help turn your eyes to Jesus as your one and only provider.

The Lord Will Provide
By John Newton and William Cowper

Though troubles assail, And dangers affright;
Though friends should all fail, And foes all unite,
Yet one thing secures us, Whatever betide:
The Scripture assures us, “The Lord will provide.”

—   Psalms 3 (all)  —

The birds, without barn Or storehouse, are fed;
From them let us learn To trust for our bread;
His saints what is fitting Shall ne’er be denied,
So long as ’tis written, “The Lord will provide.”

—  Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

His call we obey, Like Abram of old,
Not knowing our way, But faith makes us bold;
For though we are strangers, We have a good Guide;
And trust in all dangers: “The Lord will provide.”

— Genesis 12:1 – Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”

When Satan appears To stop up our path,
And fills us with fears, We triumph by faith;
He cannot take from us, Though oft he has tried,
The heart-cheering promise, “The Lord will provide.”

— Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —

He tells us we’re weak, Our hope is in vain;
The good that we seek We ne’er shall obtain;
But when such suggestions Our faith thus have tried,
This answers all questions, “The Lord will provide.”

— II Corinthians 12:9 But he (the Lord) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  —

No strength of our own, Nor goodness we claim;
Our trust is all thrown On Jesus’ dear name.
In this our strong tower For safety we hide;
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide.”

— Psalm 18:2-3 – The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. —

When life sinks apace, And death is in view,
The word of His grace Shall comfort us through;
Not fearing or doubting, With Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide.”

— Psalm 23:5-6 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  —

Fallen into a pit

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Music, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by rylanreed

Lecrae: Rebel — Desperate ft. Cam

Verse 1:  (Lecrae)
Woke up this morning too depressed and shamed to leave my bed / Can’t stand to see my own reflection so I hang my head / feel like a disappointment like the scum of the earth / I’m so hurt I know you see I can’t cover my dirt
my souls dying hearts weak and I cant even cry / I’m sposed to run to you but WHY I’m such an evil guy
The sun’s shining but for me it’s the darkest of days / Try to pretend it never happened but the guilt remains
I leave the house it feels like everybody knows I did it / Feel like they reading my mind and know the sin I committed
Through your blood I’m acquitted but my heart doesn’t get it / Oh God I’m desperate for Help cause I’m grieving your Spirit / I couldn’t sing in the sunday service, Lord I felt fake / and when they started communion I just made an escape / I’m in need of your grace/ feels like you hid your face / Lord Lead me back to cross and show me my sins erased

Hook:  (Cam)
I’m so desperate; I can’t believe I’ve sinned against you
Create in me a clean heart (I’m so sorry)
Your mercy is what I need

Verse 2:  (Lecrae)
I’m waste deep in my pity/ Is Satan tryna trick me and tell me you wont forgive me
cause it’s startin to get me/ Jesus help me quickly I hate the wrong I’ve done/ I know we all fall but I feel like the only one/ Feels like I should be shunned/ should I punish myself/ I know it’s dumb cause by your death all my sin has been dealt/ But my sin is been felt/ I didn’t want to do it/ but what I want to do I don’t/ I swear I’m goin through it/ I’m tryna open up my bible need to read your pages/ need you Lord but my guilt has got me feeling so faithless/ Help me see where grace is/ take me back to the basics/ help me find my joy in you and not people and places/ my sin is ever before me I turned my back on you/ Oh father break and restore me to bring me back to you/my sin is ever before me I turned my back on you/ God break and restore me to bring me back to you

Hook:

Verse 3:  (Lecrae)
have mercy on me God according to your steady love / wipe away my transgressions and wash me in your blood
Create in me a clean heart renew a right spirit / Don’t hide your face from me God/ your Presence keep me near it
I’m waiting patience on you Lord i know you hear my cry / Restore your Joy in me/ for you alone I live and die/
It’s you I Glorify cause you don’t want my sacrifice/ you want me broken and contrite trusting in the Christ/ I confess to you my sin and you show me mercy/ I turn away from it demonstrating that you are worthy/ over lust, over pride, over all sin/ is my affection for Jesus who died for all them/ I was lost now I’m found I was toss to the ground/ My sin weighed on me heavy but I am no longer bound/ As sure as Christ wear the crown/ I know that grace will abound/ And even when I feel lost I know in You I am found/

I feel this a lot, and I think that others do as well.  This STINT year has really opened my eyes to some sins that I commit, that I never really saw before until now.  It’s God’s way of bringing us back to Him, we just need to realize that we do sin, that it is our human nature to do that, and only by repenting of our sins and turning full and complete attention to Christ, will we come out of the rut that we are in.

“14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:14-15

I have heard from some that Satan is really battling with us as we are on STINT, and in countries that God is trying to start a work in for His glory.  Satan does tempt us, but it is our acceptance of the sin and our human nature to tend to lean towards those things that gets us into trouble.  If we would just realize that it is a sin and that we commit it, we would be trusting in Jesus and relying on His blood.  Instead, we “lean on our own understanding” and let Satan take control and so, do not let Jesus be the one and only that controls our lives.  Let us pray today that God will continually show us more of our sins, and that we would be repenting more and more, as we turn our hearts and eyes towards Christ!

BEAM Africa

Posted in Culture, God, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by rylanreed

‘Biblical Education And Ministry’, is the reason why BEAM Africa finds ways to help those in the community of Nalmapias, a township of Pretoria.  BEAM is in need of Help! The ‘church’ right next door to BEAM is not wanting the children to play on their land, the ‘church’ has increase BEAM’s rent a thousand more than before, and is now not allowing BEAM to use the bathrooms that BEAM had renivated.  BEAM desperiatly needs a place for the kids to play and a bigger place for the kids to eat.  A couple of weeks ago they did not even have a roof over the kids heads for when they had lunch, but now by the grace of God, there has been a roof built for the kids to have shade and protection when they eat.

God is working in and through that ministryand Erica, who is the owner of this ministry, but Satan is really beating it down and those that work there becuase he is afraid of what they can do!  Please be praying that God will continually destroy Satan’s attacks and strenghten those that work there.  You can help by going to their website, and support a kid.   THANKS!