How Christ Can Bless You: Suddenly (Gospel/Scripture)

I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Isaiah 48:3 (NIV)

 


 

 


Suddenly

New Birth Total Praise Choir (Bishop Eddie Long)

featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Verse 1
There’s been a change in me,
once blind but now I see,
God gave me victory;
and He did it suddenly,
and He did it suddenly.

Verse 2
He changed the way I walk,
He changed the way I talk,
He changed my attitude;
and He did it suddenly,
and He did it suddenly.

Vamp 1
Jesus did it,
oh yes, He did it,
and He did it suddenly.

My God changed me,
I’m not the same,
and He did it suddenly, suddenly.

(repeat as desired)

And He did it suddenly…

Vamp 2
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.

Vamp 3
He did it suddenly.
He did it suddenly.

Writer: Soraya Lamilla
Copyright: Lyrics © BONDED MUSIC PUBLISHING , Universal Music Publishing Group


SCRIPTURE

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Isaiah 43:15, 18, 19 (NIV)

I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

 


Photo credit: blackgospel.com (Spirit and Trust release, EMI Gospel, May 18 2004)

Lyrics credit: Lyricsondemand.com

 

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Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone

Victory isn’t a straight Street. It can be a rough road at times. ONLY in Heaven will you experience the smooth life of straight, no-curve travel that some hope for – during their lives on this planet. 

While the road, and things you encounter while travelling down it, may hinder your reaching your destination (in the way you wish), know one thing:

That you face all detours, ditches, and the like with someone by your side during the ride. His name is Jesus.

  • If you became Saved based on a Heaven-on-Earth promise you were misled.  Heaven only happens in Heaven.  Afflictions and trials will come . . . but they won’t last or deter you from the plan God has for you. Only you.  If you’re stuck in a ditch, or get lost while detouring, how can you ever fulfill that Plan he has for you?
  • You will never walk alone if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Sorry AMEX, but my ultimate pledge is to not leave home without Christ, not your card.  You have God by your side!  While the President has the Secret Service, Christians have Jesus and the Lord’s angels.  Like the 3 Hebrew boys who were throw into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), you won’t suffer . . . because God is ‘in the oven’ (verses 24-25) with you.  Often he doesn’t change the situation, He changes YOU in the situation.  Why fear the Nebuchadnezzars in your life when you have the Lord?

No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You don’t even (in some situations) need ‘a smooth stone’.  Why? Praise is your weapon!

Paul and Silas in that jail (Acts 16) weren’t crying and fretting, they were singing.  We all know how that jail story in Acts ends.

  • Singing, be it in a choir or not, can be a powerful expression of praise.
  • Your church is a common Praise Place.  
  • The powerful video above inspired this post; a Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church (in DC) choir doing a rendition of a classic gospel song written by Jonathan Nelson – “Praise Is My Weapon”.

So, praise him when blessed and praise him in advance. Along with Faith in God, your Praise -in whatever form- is a critical part of living the life of the godly.  It doesn’t hurt to have your Armor on though.  Where is your armor?  Wear it and you will be prepared for the spiritual warfare you face.

Experience joy the world can’t take away.  Praise Him, be steadfastly faithful, and wear the ‘full armor of God’.  Walking with the Almighty has it’s privileges!    

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, dies at 74

Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Oh, when He washed (When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (Oh, happy day)
Oh, it’s a happy day (Oh, happy day)


Edwin R. Hawkins passed away this week at the age of 74.  A church organist at the young age of 16, he would spend nearly six decades using the great musical gifts that God had given him.
  • The first video below is a TBN interview of him done in Summer 2010.
  • The last video below is a great rendition of “Oh Happy Day“, a song which The Edwin Hawkins Signers are likely best known for.
  • This tune was popular and had great crossover appeal; in the interview done just a month or so after the passing of his brother, Walter Hawkins, he stated that Oh Happy Day was played first on rock stations (yes rock) which didn’t normally play gospel . . . and it’s appeal spread around the world in 1968-1969 like a wildfire. Gospel, R&B, rock, & country radio stations were playing the song!
  • By the way, the song was a gospel adaptation of a hymn written in 1854 (that is not a typo).

Rest in peace Edwin Reuben Hawkins.


The aforementioned interview (August 2010) with Donnie McClurkin:

A rendition of the song in a popular movie, Sister Act:

A great video of On Happy Day featuring his brother, Walter:


He taught me how (He taught me how)
To watch and fight and pray
Watch and pray.

 

For Your Good: Even Evil? (Romans 8, Genesis 50)

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Genesis 50:20-22 (NIV)



Earnest Pugh – For My Good ft. Beverly Crawford (lyric excerpts):

You meant it for evil, but God worked it for, for my good. God came to rescue me, just like He said He would.

God worked it for my good, said He would, for my good, said He would.

You even tried to stop God’s plan, something I’ll never understand.  You even tried to shatter my dream using manipulating schemes.


He worked it out, without a doubt

He worked it out, without a doubt

He worked it out, without a doubt


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What, then, shall we say in response to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us allow will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written: or your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 28,31-32,35-37 (NIV)

Jesus: He’ll Do It for You, Suddenly

I want to tell you about a man named Jesus.

I don’t care what you need, he will do it – suddenly

It don’t take all day, all night,

but he will do it suddenly

 

I find the ad libs by Vanessa Bell Armstrong to be quite powerful! Backed by a great choir, this song’s ad libs alone give new meaning to the 3 scriptures cited below. The lyrics, to be featured in Part 2 of this post, are simple but powerful too.

The lead singer adds a vibrant dimension to “Suddenly” by the New Birth Total Praise Choir featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong (Bishop Eddie L. Long, based in Atlanta GA).



Vanessa Bell Armstrong:

Now let me tell you a story, of somebody who needed a touch

They had issues, they had issues with God and they thrashed their way.  They thrashed their way through the crowd

They had to get through, but they knew, if I can just touch the hem of his garment

If I can just touch . . . I’d be made whole, yeah . . .

What you gotta do if you need a touch from the Lord?

Reach up! Reach up!  Yeah!

Touch Jesus, he’ll make you whole

He’ll change what it means to you. Yeah!

He’ll give you a new high

He’ll give you a new joy

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

He did it, he did it for me

When I looked around it was done

Yeah!

Hallelujah!

Yeah Yeah  Yeah Yeah!  Hey! 

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah! 

Glory! 

Thank you Jesus!



But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Suddenly, in an instant, the Lord Almighty will come
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire

Isaiah 29: 5 – 6 NIV


To be continued

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

“Hallelujah You’re Worthy” / Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Hallelujah you’re worthy to be praised!

Hallelujah you’re worthy to be praised!



I lift my hands, I praise you Lord

I bow my head, I honor you Lord.


Hallelujah you’re worthy!

Hallelujah we praise your name.

Hallelujah so worthy,

Hallelujah, Lord we lift you up!



You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

Revelation 4:11(NIV)


 


This is a powerful video.  The music, the words, the attire of the choir, the filming of the performance all make this a gem!  I’ve featured excerpts from the lyrics, a few images from the video, and a Bible verse which captures the message this diverse, gifted ensemble tells so well.  The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir hit it out of the park with this one!

Hallelujah, he is WORTHY to be praised.  To God be the glory!

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“Hallelujah You’re Worthy”

From: “I’ll Say Yes” – Live at the Brooklyn Tabernacle
featuring The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

For Times Like These, Power Belongeth to God

“There is nothing too hard for God

Nothing, too hard for God.

Power belongs to God.”

HEZEKIAH WALKER


While the news you hear may cause you to fear, remember this: The ultimate power belongs to God.  No one else!  Nothing is too hard for God.  Nothing.

  • Omnipotent, the Lord is two other things as well: Omniscient and omnipresent. Therefore, his knowledge and presence make the ‘power in his hands’ a mighty force for you – and all his children.  If he were uninformed and absence (from most places) his true power would be greatly limited, right?

This gospel classic by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir conveys the assurance that all Christians benefit from.  He has all ‘power in his hands’.  This post seemed the perfect way to end this blog’s third anniversary Series; 66 Assurance Way was launched on the third Sunday of September 2013.

  • For times like these, power belongeth to God. So serve and trust the Lord for the rest of your life.

I’ll end with the words that are powerfully sung at the beginning of this Hezekiah Walker song:

Trust in the Lord at all times
Pour out your heart before Him
Power belongeth to God

God has spoken once
And twice have I heard this
Power belongeth to God

Who can search His understanding
His thoughts higher than ours
All power’s in His hands
For my life He has a plan


Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way