Truth: Spiritual Manual for Battle

Truth: Spiritual Manual for Battleby Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2018

In February 2004 dear friends, Andrea O’Brien, Lori Duffy and Nicole Gee felt led to pray over me to hear new worship songs the Lord was releasing from heaven, which He wanted heard on the earth. The presence of the Holy Spirit was palpably strong as they prayed.  I had composed some songs in the past–perhaps 20 or 25 over what was then my 45 years of life. However, beginning the morning after they prayed the volume of songs composed and manner in which they were composed accelerated markedly.

A few months later, the end of April 2004, while on a walk praying and listening for His new songs, I was talking to Him about how troops fighting the Global War on Terror needed a song. They needed to know there was an invisible spiritual battle afoot greater than they could see and to look to God to guide and lead them through it in order to be resilient and remain as resilient as possible.  I asked the Lord to have someone compose such a song (thinking of the poetic beauty of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”).  About 15 minutes later as I was rounding a bend to head back up the hill to my parked car, I heard a melody with words running through my head: “We will fight for freedom. We will fight the war. Where enemies have vanished, they will be found. No more will they attack us, we stand up to fight. We will protect the nation, God is on our side. Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight.”

The following February in 2005, up at our children’s school, I was introduced to an alumni who was now a Marine about to be deployed for the first time to Iraq. I was asked if I would pray for him while deployed, because I was known as someone who prays. The response was overwhelmingly affirmative. Of course, I would pray. On the way back to my car, my eyes drifted to the school softball field and for the first and only time I did not see a softball field. With my eyes open, I saw a vision play out before me. It was a group of troops marching information in a desert. As I watched with my spiritual eyes (while my physical eyes were wide open), a canopy descended from heaven until it was hovering over them, moving as they moved.  It covered them on all four sides like a tent, but only down to their knees, so although coveered, I could also still see them marching. While I saw this, the Holy Spirit spoke something like the following in an instant of full knowledge to my heart: “If you will get ‘Stand Up’ and some of the worship songs I have given you over there, I will be their covering, I will hem them in before and behind, I will be the banner over them and shine My light in the dark places, so the enemy is more easily found.” Then I saw a softball field before me. It was as it had always been, but I was forever changed. My life could never be the same. The Lord had given me an assignment, which could not be ignored.

It’s a wonderful story for another day, how the Lord led me day-by-day for a year to show me all the different ways He was not going to allow me to get the music produced, and then how He pointed me through a nudge to a friend through a magazine article to The Creation Lab in Turlock, California.  There, for the past twelve years, Michael Everett has helped me to produce over 120 original worship songs (so far), plus “Stand Up” into an ultra-professional form, which I ship to military, military families and veterans around the world, the the non-profit the Lord had me found in 2007 called, Eagles Nest Foundation.

Along the way these 13 years since the vision, I’ve spent countless hours studying worship in Scripture. What is it? How do we do it? Why does God command it? How does He promise to respond when we choose to worship Him? And there are specific promises These concern what He works within us interiorly in response to our worship and what He does in the world around us as well.

As I talked to others, there seemed to be a lack of information which addressed this. Last May, the Lord made it clear it was His timing to write a book about it–a book which had been on my mind to write for a long time. I wanted it to be available to ship with the music, so that those who received it, knew what the music was for and how to employ it for the greater glory of God and greater spiritual wholeness within.

After 3 months of solid writing, Truth: Spiritual Manual for Battle was completed.  The night I finished the first draft after 19 hours straight of working on it that particular day, when I laid down to finaly sleep the Lord gave me a picture.  I saw the cover for the book in the distance and then it came speeding toward me closer and closer until I could see every detail He wanted. This was stunning! I’ve never had anything like that happen before!

The book was published the end of 2017, including a cover design by Amy Cole, which matched what the Lord had shown me that July night.  However, several of the manuscript’s test readers, who were not military, let me know they thought the book was useful for any Christian looking to go deeper in God. They urged me to make the book available for sale. So….I’m pleased to announce, Truth: Spiritual Manual for Battle now available on amazon.com. For those who don’t know the Lord yet, it gives an overview of what is believed and why. For those who do, it reminds of some of the most basic tenets of our faith and deeper union with God.

Over at least the next year, I will begin sharing parts of the book in periodic blog posts.

May our Lord be glorified! And may He strengthen us for wahtever war in which we find ourselves. As we come to rest in Him in the midst of it, may He use us as His instruments to grow His kingdom, wherever we find ourselves.  Worship His Majesty!

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth also posts brief devotions and prayers on Facebook on her page: Spiritual Armor and Ammo where you will find more posts of God’s truth and His way to help you stand strong against the battles of this life in which we all find ourselves.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email eaglesnestfoundation2007@gmail.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

The Deer on the Hill (and Carols At The Capitol)

Lord, we come to adore You
Lord, we come to adore You, Victor Savior and King.  Heavenly host declared Your coming.  We gather today to sing.  We declare who You are. Every promise is true. We rejoice in what You have said, in who You have been and will always be. Heavenly King, we adore You. Yes, forever.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

The date was Saturday, December 14, 2013: the first Carols At The Capitol gathering. I had spent the night at our Placerville home to be closer to the state capitol, Sacramento. The Lord called me out on a walk shortly after dawn. The air was cold, frost covered the little valley like a light blanket of snow. It was spectacular. The path crunched under my feet. Ice decorated the leaves on nearby blackberry vines like lace. I watched as the flock of swans rose from the reservoir on their daily flight around the area, the newly risen sun tinging their wings with cream-colored gold. At the conclusion of the walk just before I went back inside, the Lord prompted me to turn around one last time at the back garden gate. He nudged me to point my camera up the adjacent hill. I thought it was to be positioned to take a photo of the still rising sun through the trees. However, at the moment my camera was in place, a doe came forward on the slope above and into view. Her warm breath condensed into puffs like steam as it came forth from her nostrils. We stood staring at each other.

In that moment I realized that though December 14, 2013 was Carols At The Capitol to me, to the Lord’s creation it was just another day—and this was a good thing, it was a God-thing. We place varying degrees of importance and value on different days. To the Lord they are all of equal important—of great importance. Each is to be savored and simply lived trusting Him and thus in His peace.

There was some nervousness which accompanied the first Carols At The Capitol. All we wanted was the Lord’s will and we had worked so hard to create what we hoped He wanted. Would anyone come? Would it be what He had wanted? Had we heard Him correctly?

The deer on the hill. The swans in morning flight. Blackberry leaves frosted with frozen lace. An inner sigh.

There was no pressure in this day. There was to be no pressure in any day. It didn’t matter if anyone else came. It was His will for us to be there. And so we would be. Period. We would make our imperfect, childlike offering of Christmas worship on the steps of the state capitol. To our Lord this would be like any other day. He was simply looking if we would obey.

He had asked for us to simply come and offer Christmas carols as worship—to come seeking Him like the Wise Men. No more. No less. Simply….Simply that. Simply worship. Simply joy. Simply peace. All from Him as we did it for Him.

There was no concern or pressure necessary. It was simply our task for the day.  His task. It was to be bliss, not worry in every regard.

If we just came and offered the Christmas carols as worship, as He had seemed to be asking, He would bless it according to His promises. As He had promised my friend (and Founder of Carols At The Capitol), Andrea, if we would worship Him with Christmas carols at the seat of human government, entering the gate into the courts of the highest place in the state, then He would bring us a righteous leader. Was it righteous leader or was it the Righteous One as our Leader?

Recently, in discussion with Andrea’s daughter, Alanna, it has seemed clear He meant if we would simply go seeking Him like the Wise Men and make our offering of Christmas worship, then He would inhabit our land with more of Himself because by our worship we would be welcoming Him (inviting Him to have His way with us no matter who was in government).

Today, we gather again at state capitols to sing Christmas carols as worship to Him with one voice–not only in California, but in other states as well. Andrea worships from heaven, already in the presence of our King. We come seeking this true King, whose Kingdom is not of this world. We come to adore Him, to acknowledge Him as our true Leader, to give Him our hearts and our lives, pledging allegiance to Him by acknowledging what He has done and will do. Christmas carols. Christmas worship. Simply. Our hearts full and overflowing with joy because He came, lived, died, rose and is coming again.

Christmas was the beginning of the fulfillment of all His promises. We begin with Christmas worship to invite Him to be the Righteous Leader over all of us again, and to sovereignly influence the minds of those who govern to rule His way in love, fairness and justice.

All creation is constantly declaring His glory. All the time. Every day.  No matter what.

We join creation and sing. Christmas worship. We declare Him with hearts filled with joy. And we thank Him for another day to declare Him and live in His perfect provision and care until our days here are done and He takes us home.

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth also posts brief devotions and prayers on Facebook on her page: Spiritual Armor and Ammo where you will find more posts of God’s truth and His way to help you stand strong against the battles of this life in which we all find ourselves.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

 

Prophetic Word: Give Me Your Hand

Wonderful One, all I want and all I need is to take your hand. You lead from darkness into Your light. You restore. You heal. All I want and all that I need is Your way.  You promise to bring mountains down and raise valleys up so that there is a level place where I can stand and take your hand and move forward into all that You have for me. My heart is rejoicing. Yes, Lord, here is my hand. Lead me.
Wonderful One, all I want and all I need is to take your hand. You lead from darkness into Your light. You restore. You heal. All I want and all that I need is Your way. You promise to bring mountains down and raise valleys up so that there is a level place where I can stand and take your hand and move forward into all that You have for me. My heart is rejoicing. Yes, Lord, here is my hand. Lead me.

This is what is called a prophetic word.  I hear it as if the words are being spoken into my mind and write it down as I “hear” it.  Please always pray before and as you read.  By definition I am human and imperfect.  In addition, when the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it will either resonate with you or it will not and that’s okay.  No one prophetic word is for every person.  And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

 

Humbly written out as “heard” November 3, 2015 Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Give Me your hand and I will lead you. I have so much to show you. I want to reveal more of Myself to you and My Way. I want to love you more. I want to use you more. But the love comes first. I want to heal you. My love heals. This is the greatest aspect of My power which is all love.

I give life now and I give LIFE forever and I heal and restore. Fallen one, it is I who lift you up. How do you expect to pick yourself up if you do not take My hand? How will the world see Me and come to k now Me if it is not through you?

I know you are broken. This world is not kind, but I am. The world’s ways are not my ways. Climbing over each other for power, vying for greatness defined by invisible accolades from the masses. Who are they anyway, that they should value you?

You are Mine. You have always been Mine whether you choose to recognize Me or not.

There are opinions of you which have no true hold on you. They will pass away. Their opinions won’t matter.

Yet, I AM. I have always been and I will always be. No matter what others say or do to you in the end it all loses its power. It does not last. I alone reign. I am eternal and eternal life is with Me alone. My way—how I have ordained things to be will always be. I AM He and there is no other.

Will you take My hand? Will you believe Me? Will you choose to see your life and yourself the way I see you and be free? That which holds you captive is not from Me.

How I long to free you from it. It will take time. It is a process. You need a new way of thinking and of seeing.

I will help you. Will you take My hand?

I am all good. I am gentle. I will help you. I will lead you. As I lead you I will heal you, wounded one. Do you know? Can you see? Through my wounds I have restored and redeemed the world. This is the full, complete healing—to eternity with Me!

By My wounds. Because I suffered. My wounds were inflicted by the evil one who desires to reign, pretends to reign, yet from an eternal perspective is already defeated.

By your wounds—through your wounds, I desire to heal others.

Do not be mistaken. I do not delight in your wounds. It is not from Me that you hurt. I have wept as they hurt you and how I long to hold you yet closer in My eternal arms of love, to comfort you and let My love be a balm, a bandage and a miracle, which restores to you all I have meant you to be.

You are My beautiful one, My handsome one, and I long to finally usher in full justice for you.

And yet, and yet, My way is so superior, so supreme that even in the hard, ugly places of this worldly temporal life I will use all things for eternal good in the lives of those I have called and I have called all.

Will you hear Me? Will you come? Will you let Me be in You and heal you? Will you let Me flow through your wounds to bring My healing to others even as I heal you?

I have purpose for you. It is great. It will be one of refreshing and joy to you.

Listen. I am calling. Will you take My hand? Don’t let go for I desire to lead you.

I can. I will. I AM.  Give Me your hand.  It is a choice. Will you do it?

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Will We Join Creation and Give Him Glory?

Magnificent One, You reign. There is none like You. We know full well that we are the works of Your hands. We delight in You. We delight to do Your will and through every storm continue to sing Your praises and give You all glory for we know who You are and our trust is in You. You do not disappoint for as we declared to You in the beginning, indeed You reign. In Jesus' name, Amen
Magnificent One, You reign. There is none like You. We know full well that we are the works of Your hands. We delight in You. We delight to do Your will and through every storm continue to sing Your praises and give You all glory for we know who You are and our trust is in You. You do not disappoint for as we declared to You in the beginning, indeed You reign. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.  12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Ps. 96:11-12)

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,  the world, and all who live in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands,  let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. (Ps. 98:7-9)

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath.  Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. (Isa. 44:23)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  (Ps. 19:1-3)

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isa. 55:12)

7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. (Ps. 63:7-8)

 17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (Ps. 28:7)

16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.  17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. (Psalm 59:16-17)

All creation declares the glory of God. Vibrating with essence of Him which created it, creation reverberates back to Him the fact that in Him all creation lives, moves and has its being.

We are the only part of creation who can choose to declare His glory—to acknowledge His place in our lives and honor Him in it—or not.  We are the only ones who can choose whether or not to be in His will—to be aligned with Him and what He desires to do in us and through us.

Oh, His place in our lives does not change when we choose to deny Him or ignore Him.  However, He cannot work as effectively through us or bless us bringing goodness into our lives here and now as well as eternity when we do not give Him the place which He already has (He owns it).

In Him, by Him and through Him we also live, move and have our being.  Without His will and power to complete it there is no life or LIFE for us.  We choose.  Today, will we declare His glory?  Or not?

To declare Him can be done with words, but not necessarily. Actually often words are less effective than simply how we choose to life for and by Him. This is not necessarily focusing on the “thou shalt not’s”, as much as living in the recognized victory of the cross.

Translated out of “Christian-ese”, this means we know God is real. We know heaven is our forever home. We understand through Jesus death is no longer the end. We are freed from the world’s way of seeing ourselves, life and others. We are working to gain the Lord’s perspective.  As we understand His eternal way more, we come to rest in who He is and what He promises. We receive His gifts of peace, love and even joy, which as we grow, we suddenly cannot stop from flowing through us to others.  We find our purpose–our life’s purpose now through eternity.

Truly, we have our place in society where we work. However, our purpose is deeper and greater than just this temporal work in a temporal world.  Our purpose is to be the reflection of Him in that place by our gazing at Him and letting His Holy Spirit work through us wherever this life takes us. His goal is that more will see Him.

We do not necessarily preach.  We keep our eyes on Him, listen and obey. He does the rest. Through this He is glorified!  This means people see Him instead of us because when we obey He as supernatural God causes things to happen which cannot be explained and cause the hearts of those around us to begin healing with His comfort and truth even as they sense an unfamiliar wonderful inner peace they do not understand and the first inklings of true joy. And if they ask, we can share the present hope and hope for the future we have found in Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit for every aspect of our life, now and forever.

What will you choose? Who will you trust?  Can you do it on your own or will you acknowledge your need for Him to be there for you?  Remember, He is whether you acknowledge Him or not. But when you do—He gets the glory. When you live for Him, through how we are in Him, with Him and through Him we are declaring His glory—sometimes most effectively with no words at all.  We are joining with creation and singing high praise to the One we desire and who desires us.

This is the Kingdom of God perfect harmony constantly going forth and stretching from here to eternity which He has created where He sings over us as our Creator, Father and the One Who loves us and we and the rest of His creation sing back to Him.  It is exquisitely beautiful. It is the rhythm of heaven come to earth and earth reaching up to heaven. We get to choose to be part of it!  Isn’t His Way is magnificent?!

PSALM 92:

1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.  2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;  proclaim his salvation day after day.  3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.  7 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.  8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.  10  Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”  The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;  let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.  13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness  and the peoples in his faithfulness. 

PSALM 65:

1 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.  2 You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. 3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. 4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. 5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, 6 who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, 7 who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. 8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. 9 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. 10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. 11 You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. 12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. 13 The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

note: please forgive the non-traditional formatting of the included Scripture.  I was unsuccessful getting the Scripture to format in the normal fashion utilizing wordpress for posting.  ~ Elizabeth

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

The Power of Choosing Worship

Lord, You are the Light in our Darkness. You are the dawn which illumines our Way. You are the strength by which every mountain in this life is climbed and from this place and every place we choose to adore You. Thank You for who You are. Thank You for Your promises which never fail. Thank You for Your love and that You are our one and only God and Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord, You are the Light in our Darkness. You are the dawn which illumines our Way. You are the strength by which every mountain in this life is climbed and from this place and every place we choose to adore You. Thank You for who You are. Thank You for Your promises which never fail. Thank You for Your love and that You are our one and only God and Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Since the Lord asks us to worship Him—to adore Him now on earth as is happening in heaven—and He promises to respond to mightily in return, perhaps practicing turning worry into worship would help us. What is it which concerns you? What is it that you are fervently praying for?  How could you take this heavy duty prayer request and rephrase it into worship which acknowledges you know the Lord is aware, in control and You trust Him for His result?

For example, for parents–say you are worried about your child.  Yes, He asks us to pray so He welcomes your prayers, “Lord, help.  Help with this child. Help him or her to…..”  AND, we can rephrase this as worship and honor Him as in-charge, all-powerful Lord and Shepherd who sees and goes after every lost sheep as a promise not a “maybe”.  So….how could we rephrase it.  “Lord, thank You for Your sovereignty in all things. Thank You that You love xxxx more than I do. Lord God, how amazing You are.  You are the good Shepherd.  You look after every sheep.  You do not lose even one and I know I can trust You to look after xxxx. How blessed to be able to rest in Your promises because You are faithful. I look with great anticipation to the result You will bring and will worship You and partner with you in prayer until it is done.”

Another example, when we are afraid.  Again, He welcomes our prayers. “Lord, help. Lord, something is not right. Lord, I am afraid this or that is going to happen. Lord, fix it please. Fix it please!  Lord, don’t let this or that happen.  Lord, fix it!”  AND, we can rephrase this into worship, such as: “Lord, You know this is afoot.  You know what could happen. Holy One, You are almighty. It is in You alone I trust. I trust in Your power, Your love and Your sovereignty. I trust in Your promise to use all things for good in light of Your eternal plans for all of us.  Lord God, because You are faithful, I choose (and this is hard) to lay down my will and entrust this situation to You.  You know my heart!!!  Lord God, You will bring the best result.  And in trust and adoration I thank You before I can see it.  Magnificent One, You reign.”

Any and all prayer requests can be rephrased into worshipful declarations. We are strengthened by them because it writes the Truth of who He is on our hearts and we are strengthened by this.  There will be storms in this life and so this helps us stand strong on the Rock of who He is as our unshakeable foundation so that we are not carried away by the wind and waves of life.

Even more importantly, our Lord is given the glory (the credit) and thus the honor He is due for the place He does hold in our lives.  This is not a place He has because we give it to Him (though He is honored through this). It is a place He has period. We choose whether to honor Him in this place or not.

It takes practice.  It begins with being aware of what we are thinking–what is running around as worry or concern in our minds—taking hold of these thoughts and actively putting them up against the truth of Christ.  St. Paul writes about this as taking our thoughts captive to Christ in his second letter to the Corinthians:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (2 Cor. 10:4-6 NIV)

What are we thinking? What does the Lord promise? When we rephrase our thoughts to focus on His promises, our worries become worship.  He is honored and given the credit He is due (which is part of our purpose while we are still living in this world, though  no longer of is) and He responds with a release of His power in His timing always, always, always in ways which exceed our human expectations. He is almighty. His ways are eternal. He does not fail. His word returns victorious to Him.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  (Eph. 1:11-12)

By His magnificent promised response to our worship, we are blessed and the work of His kingdom is furthered in us personally and the world around us. Yes, the power of worship is the power of His promised response.  We can rest in it (and rejoice!)

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Thoughts on Faith and Moving From Worry to Worship

Lord, there will be storms and still our trust is in You for even there You are with us and will never abandon the ones You love (us!) or the work of Your hands. How we love You!
Lord, there will be storms and still our trust is in You for even there You are with us and will never abandon the ones You love (us!) or the work of Your hands. How we love You!

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2014

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

Is He God or is He not? If He is God, then do we believe in Him? If we do, then we also know that what He promises is the Truth. He cannot lie. Neither does He change. Thus what He promised to generations before ours, remains His promise to us. We can rely on it. In fact, reliance on His love and promise to care for us is the only things upon which we can truly rely.

He tells us not to worry. This is not because nothing we view as bad will happen. This is not because we will get everything we want. It is because He knows who we are, where we are, our past, our present and our future. He knows the plans He has for us. He knows our dreams, our wishes and our fears and He loves us. He created us to be with Him. Our ancestors chose exile. Yet He is constantly on the move offering opportunity to be restored to Him and then be used by Him with great purpose as a vessel through which (by the power of His Spirit) He continues to draw others to Himself.

We are not to worry, but seek His kingdom first. Our focus is to be getting to know Him better, practicing listening for His voice and then grasping the courage to obey that which we think we hear which does not contradict His Word, but may not seem to make sense to our logical human minds. This is His desire for us!….because……

He has the rest handled. He is God. He has the overview. He does have the plan and is the only One with the power to complete it. His intentions are good and not evil. He takes what the enemy means for evil and uses it for eventual good. He alone is God and there is no other. He is always using everything for His rescuing work of humanity. He has counted every hair on every head, sees every sparrow which follows and knows exactly what is on your mind at this moment.

All things belong to Him, He is always going after every lost sheep, never gets discouraged, never loses heart and never quits. But He also never promises here will be heaven. It is not. It is the place of our exile and it will not be easy.

But we do not have to keep our focus here; we can direct our gaze to Him already gone before us to eternity! That is our destiny! Eyes forward. Attitude bowed down in worship, awe, admiration and adoration of the King of kings and Lord of lords, who has always reigned and will always reign, who created each of uniquely and takes a personal interest in each of us individually.

Worry has no productive result. It causes mental strain, emotional anguish and physical consequences, but worry in and of itself changes nothing. Read it again. Worry changes nothing.

We need to do as He says. We need to look to God. We need to focus on His promises, not in fear, but with the trust of a child who knows the parent has everything handled.

This does not mean from our current perspective it will all be “okay”. But He will accompany us through all that comes and He will lead us gently and faithfully (sometimes carrying us!) from here to eternity. And in the twinkling of an eye we will be ushered into that place where there is no more sorrow and no more pain. The Comforter will personally wipe away every tear and finally our joy will be complete.

For now, we either trust Him and His plan or we do not. We either let Him be God or we try to make things change by the amount of our worry. We either choose to rest in His plan, thanking Him for what we can see as well as what we can’t, believing He will work out the good, vital, most important eternal things through all the yuck, following where He leads, or we sit down and cry in our own mess.

It hurts to watch others we love hurt. We don’t want it for them. But God has a plan and a purpose for them and He sees what is going on. He asks us to trust, be confident not in the circumstances but in Him and what He will work through these circumstances, to worship, pray, listen and obey. He asks us to trust Him in order to not fear the consequences from any lesser power or personal choice. He asks this as a sign that we believe and acknowledge He alone is God.

It is not easy! We want what we want and we do not want suffering for ourselves. And we definitely do not want suffering for those we love.

He asks us to believe, trust and pray—to join Jesus in intercession at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. He asks us to partner with Him by the power of His Spirit to birth that which He has purposed from being a spiritual plan into being a tangible, natural event.

Do we believe He is God? Then let’s worship Him—let’s thank, let’s recount to Him His promises, reveling in the fact that they are for us and those we love. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise and let Him calm our fears by writing His Truth on our hearts. In return by our worship, He will shift the atmosphere and enable ground given up to the enemy in the hearts of those we love to be re-taken for our Lord and His perfect, redeeming, restoring, healing, empowering, encouraging way.

Let us let God be God. Let us become the trusting children He asks us to be. Let us boldly come before His throne of grace and ask for what we want, then let us live in the moment without worry for the future for we choose to know He holds it all well and safety in the palm of His hands.

   

Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Guard the Quiet

You are our Source, peace and our joy! We are at rest in You. Thank You for Your plan and perfect way to complete it. Where You lead, we will follow. We are listening....

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012     www.holyspiritpress.org    www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

5I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. … 8When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.  (John 15:5,8)

In our busy-ness we tend to forget our purpose.  We were created for fellowship with God. (Remember Adam and Eve in the garden and how they walked with God before they decided to go their own way?)  There is a push in our culture to be “productive”.  Yet, God tells us the priority is to rest in Him.

Resting in God is not the absence of action, but action which comes out of living in the heart of God instead of living hoping one’s actions will merit entrance into His heart.  Our work is to be an outflowing from our intimacy with God, not something to prove ourselves or even to honor Him with our own good ideas.  (Actually these serve more to distract us from our true purpose, which is to be in Him as He is in us – like Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus.)

When Jesus is our Savior, He offers us entry into His heart.  When Jesus is Lord, He invites us to dwell in His heart and be at rest there even through life’s toughest challenges.

In His heart, we are invited to leave all our burdens at His feet and let His Spirit guide us through our days instead of trudging on in our own best efforts. When we dwell in Him – pausing to bow, listen and learn – He fills us with His wisdom and His way so we can pursue the activities He specifically lays before us in His continual companionship, inner peace and out-raying joy.

At rest in His heart, when we make it our highest priority to take time to be close to Him, He shares His secrets with us, we are blessed, go forth in His will and lives are changed – by His power, by His plan, and not by us. We are the vessel.  Filled up with Him, it flows through us His way to do His work as we look on in absolute awe.  We are His witnesses, while we are His ambassadors.

He is the Vine; we are the branches.  If we are not attached to Him, it is true that we can do nothing.  There may be activity, but there will be none of His fruit. And though His infinite love for us will not change, we will have failed.

We need to guard the quiet, staunchly standing firm for the priority of time spent in inaction in the presence of the one true God.  It is in Him we live, move and have our being – no one else.  There will be seasons where we must “cram” everything into our days with little pause or rest, but these should be seasons and not lifestyle.

With technology and the ability to “connect” with others in so many ways, there is a clamor of voices around us at all times.  Through these voices we become aware of a volume of needs, the magnitude of which we never can fully meet.  Sometimes we let these needs drive our activity levels.

God alone knows where our time is to be spent and it will not be too much.  Together we are His army and He will deploy each of us into the specific work He has for our hands at any particular moment.  It will be just right.

We must guard our times of quiet where He speaks to us and fills us with Himself, so that our efforts are driven by His will and infused with His power for His good effect.  We must protect our minds from so much input we cannot process and reflect.  Before we invite anything or anyone else in, we must make sure there is room for God’s voice to completely fill the space of our minds and heart with His Spirit and His way.  Only then can we function as His ambassadors with His love and mercy in actions and words.  Only then.

Guard the quiet.  It is a sacrifice of praise!

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

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Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!