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)

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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

Houston: Hang On In There

What you gonna do when your back’s against the wall?

How you gonna smile when it seems that hope is lost?  Tell me.

My prayers are with the people in the city of Houston . . . and the states of Texas and Louisiana. This song’s title and lyrics came to mind this morning as I watched what the wind and rain of Harvey has done to your communities in the last few days. Hang on in there.


What you gonna do when your back’s against the wall?

How you gonna smile when it seems that hope is lost? Tell me

What you gonna do when you need a little more grace?

How you gonna respond when they try to test your faith?


What you gonna do when your strength gets a little weak?

What song will you sing when you’re feeling incomplete?  Tell me

What you gonna do when you try and almost slip?

What you gonna do when it seems you’re losing your grip?


Hang on, in there

Hang on, in there

   Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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Lyrics from Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, “Hang On” (GEI)

“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!

66 Assurance Way



“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

Another Chance: The Forgiving Nature of a Gracious God

A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.  Psalm 51: 1 – 3 (NASB)


I’m sorry, forgive me
Clean me up, Jesus
I didn’t mean to hurt you, or desert you
‘Cause I love you so much
I admit it, that I did it
I didn’t mean to let you down
Please Jesus turn my life around
And give me another chance

~ Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir

 


Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. 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. Psalm 51: 8 – 12 (NASB)

‘When Sunday Comes’, When Sunday Comes! / Daryl Coley with the Tri-City Singers

When Sunday comes, my trouble gone,
as soon as it gets here, I’ll have a new song.
When Sunday comes,
I won’t have to cry no more,
Jesus will soothe my troubled mind,
and all of my heartaches, every burden,
all of my misery, all of my crying,
every trial, every tribulation,
will be left behind,
when when when when
Sunday, when Sunday, ohh . . .
when Sunday comes.

 ~ Daryl Coley



An excerpt from video, beg. at 4:45:

(Choir: On Sunday) Lead singer: You see on Friday they took him and they stretched him high and stretched him wide.
(On Sunday) And all day Saturday there was no activity. They thought Jesus really had died.
(On Sunday) Oh! Sunday morning hey!
(On Sunday) There came a shaking, there came a rocking and a rolling.
(On Sunday) There was somebody that was guarding . . .
(On Sunday) They wouldn’t let anybody come to the grave, but I heard something going on on the inside.
(On Sunday) You see I heard that the Lord went to him and preached a revival, and then (Jesus) said “Everybody that wants to come with me, I’m going out of here with all power in my hands!!”


I hope you had a Good Friday and have a Happy Easter!



Just to behold His face, His saving grace.

Oh yes, I’ve got to see Jesus for me,

when Sunday comes.