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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • Damon Stuart

On Monday, April 17, 2017 I posted on Facebook regarding hope and breakthrough. It was something the Lord was speaking to me about while I was in prayer. I thought I would share it with you today because it's timely for so many people.
In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 we read: "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed."
If you're reading this, you might be feeling pressed on all sides, in despair and where is God right now in the midst of this situation. I can imagine that's how Job felt too when he lost everything. I'll be honest; I've been going through this for some time now myself. We are currently facing some impossible situations while it seems like the promises of God are like a vapor – there for a moment but then gone, which can easily cause you to be in despair. But, there is hope! There are two verses I want to share with you:
Job 11:19 - Having HOPE will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.
Psalms 147:11 - The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their HOPE in his unfailing love.
I know my breakthrough is almost here and so is yours if you put your hope and trust in the Lord today. In fact, my prayer has been, Lord, thank you for my breakthrough that is starting today. It's already happening. As Daniel prayed and waited for his answer/breakthrough it was already on the way but was delayed for a time by the enemy. Your answer/breakthrough may be delayed – but its coming!
Remember, God will make a way but He usually likes to do it in His timing and in a way we didn't think or know about. Many of us have heard, read or know by heart, Psalms 91 but I want to finish by posting this portion of it from the Passion Translation:
Psalms 91:14-16 - For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: "Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious Hero and give you a feast! You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!"
Today I pray that God will answer your cry for help and show off His goodness and mercy to you in ways you've never experienced. Today, I declare to you that God's got this & He's got you too!
Damon Stuart

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 •

The latest blog from Damon Stuart Ministries!

The Story Behind the CD!
In 2007, I released my first full worship album titled You Reign. In the last ten years I have ministered throughout the U.S. and several places overseas. Everything I have learned and experienced during those years has led to the release of my new CD Your Glory.
In 2010 I released the worship single Hallelujah to the Lamb which was inspired by Revelations 19:4-9. This song, about worshipping God at His throne, is meant to encourage people today to have that same level of intimate worship. Since the release of the single I have been writing the songs that God has given me and waiting on His timing to record. I had to place my ministry and my hopes into His hands.
Two of my goals for this new CD were to be able to add layers of music with orchestra, woodwind and brass instrumentation's and to produce a high-quality worship album. I was counting on God to help make this all happen.
To lay the foundation for this CD it helps to know my where some of my musical inspirations come from. Besides praise and worship music, I've been a huge fan of classical music composers such as Mozart and Beethoven to film scores by contemporary composers like Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and John Williams (Gladiator, Star Trek and Superman - The Movie) who have influenced my musical stylings. God has given us this wonderful thing called music which is a powerful part of my life—a language I understand and love.
One thing about serving God that I've learned is: He loves to surprise us with the desires of our hearts. A few months into 2016, God spoke to a very good friend of mine who is a worship leader, talented musician and recording engineer who had recently started his own recording studio. The Lord told him to reach out to me and offer his studio and services so that I could record a worship album. This was an answer to my prayers.
In August 2016, we began to lay down the foundation for the ten songs that would be Your Glory. Although there were delays and some obstacles, miracles continued and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by the first week of December. When I look back through the process of this entire project, there was almost 275 hours of studio time, even more additional time for mixing and mastering and the financing coming through for it all. I know what a miracle this has been. I'm truly thankful to the Lord for opening the door for me to do this worship album. What a mighty God we serve!
This new worship CD contains seven new original songs I have written and three songs that many will know which are personal favorites of mine. My prayer is that as you listen to Your Glory, you will be drawn into the place of wanting to worship the Lord as though you were before Him in the throne room. May the melodies, harmonies and overall music of each song cause your heart to soar in the spirit and minister to you in your churches, your car and in your quiet times with the Lord.

The Story Behind the Songs!
Jesus Lord of All: This song came about during a time of prayer and meditation. It was one of those moments where you get the revelation that life is very precious even though the world and galaxy seems so big in comparison. In that moment I sensed God saying to me that we are never alone. As sons and daughters to the King of kings, He is always with us and He made all things possible through His son Jesus.
I was then drawn to Ephesians 2:4-22. There the Holy Spirit spoke to me about how God's heart towards us is rich in mercy and His love for us is immeasurable. With that revelation, the melody and then the words came together capturing my response back to the Lord, based on that passage.
Eagles Wings: This song was written by Reuben Morgan of Hillsong Music Australia around 20 years ago. The words to this song were also my hearts cry and I knew that it was going to be the perfect fit for the CD because of what the other songs were lyrically speaking. Reuben Morgan's worship songs have been very inspirational for me.
I Will Exalt You: I was in Israel in 2009 when the Lord gave me this song. I was sleeping at a hotel in Bethlehem when around 5:00 am the Lord woke me up. The melody was so strong in my head I grabbed my cell phone and started recording myself humming it so I wouldn't forget.
A couple of hours later, the Lord had me open my bible and read Psalms 118. When I finished reading that chapter, the melody came back again but now the Lord was giving me the words to the song from start to finish—which rarely ever happens to me. I realized then that the essence of the song and even some of the phrases in the song were inspired from Psalms 118.
I Sing Praises: This is one of many anointed and well known songs from Terry MacAlmon who is a close friend of mine. This song has deep meaning for me because this song delivered me out of a season of a heavy spiritual attack. It was important for me to add this song to the CD.
About three years ago I went through a spiritual attack of depression that lasted about a month. After the third week, the Holy Spirit just lightly spoke to me and said I should start singing I Sing Praises. I was so down that I couldn't even bring myself to sing out loud so I started playing the song in my office and put it on continuous play.
Later in the afternoon, I started singing along and by the next day I could play and sing it on my keyboard again having felt heaviness lifting off me. Since then I use this song when leading worship wherever I go and I'm amazed at how God uses this song at every event I'm ministering at. People get touched and set free when they start worshiping to this song. For His name is great and He is greatly to be praised!
Your Glory: This is my newest song I wrote several months before this CD project started. After a time of prayer, I was thinking about all of the services I had just ministered at. They were all powerful services where God really showed up. I focused on what I always ask God to do right before I go onto the platform to lead worship or minister which is "Lord, show us Your glory" or "Lord, let Your glory fill this place tonight." "I just want You to have Your way from start to finish."
That's when the music and words started to flow and so I sat behind my keyboard and within no time this song was written. When it came time to record this song, it started as a fairly simple piano only song but the Lord also let me hear the instrument score in my head when I was writing it. I knew that this song was going to be a majestic song with strings, French horns and trumpets. I didn't realize until after the project was underway that I would be able to add all those parts. This song is a favorite of mine because it embodies my prayer of show us Your glory Lord. There's nothing better than being in His presence and in His glory. It is the greatest thing we could ever desire.
So in Love With You: I remember so well the day the Lord gave me this melody. With most of the songs, I usually get the music first before any lyrics and with this song it would be awhile before the words would come.
One day, as I was cleaning around the house, the Lord just began to drop the words in my spirit. I quickly ran and got my iPhone out to record and started singing the words until I had the song. I then went and sat at my keyboard and started playing the melody and singing the words and it just became one of those songs to the Lord which was from my heart to His –Just for who He was and all He is to me!
There's Something About That Name: Hard to believe that this song was written over 45 years ago but the songs that are anointed by God have longevity. Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote this song and many other worship songs over the course of many years but this one has always had a special place in my heart. It's an exciting time we are in when new worship songs are coming all the time from everywhere but I don't want to forget the timeless songs that have and still touch people's lives.
I Love You Lord: I remember vividly when I wrote this song early in 2012. I was going through some difficult times both personally and ministry wise. A dear friend of mine, who is also in ministry, called to give me a word that the Lord had given him to share with me. He said that the best way out of a hard situation is to worship your way out. He said, remember King Jehoshaphat, in 2 Chronicles 20, that when he was facing an impossible situation the answer was to worship God because the battle was not his, but God's!
After we spoke, I spent some time at the keyboard and worshiped. When I ran out of songs to sing, this song began to come out of my spirit and I began to sing I love You Lord because no one can compare with You. As I continued singing and playing the rest of the words began to come. With all my heart I worship You because I love You Lord!
Worthy: The word worthy is used around 70 times in the Bible. It was because I was curious about this word and how it was used in the Bible that it became a song. Once again the Lord gave me the music first but it would be awhile before it would eventually have lyrics to go with it. As I studied the context of the word worthy throughout the Bible that the song really began to take shape. This was somewhat different from how most of my other songs came together.
Glory to the King: For those of you who have heard the song You Reign from my first CD, you may recognize this bridge section from that song. When the album You Reign was released in 2007 it was done so with piano, guitars, bass and drums. I didn't have the ability at that time to put together the music arrangements and instruments that I wanted. I always wanted to do something more with the song, particularly the bridge section, if I ever got the opportunity.
When I was in the studio recording the song Worthy, I immediately got the idea to go right into the bridge section of You Reign where we start to sing "Glory to the King" and I was able to build it up musically as I had always envisioned it and it became a song itself.
Waiting is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when the worship rises up so strongly in your spirit. However, I have learned that His ways, His process and His timing will result in the true release of the ultimate goal – that which gives Him all the glory. Father, to You…Your Glory!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016 • Damon Stuart

The latest blog from Damon Stuart Ministries!

Season's Greetings,
Christmas time has always been a very special time for me personally. Of course being a father I always enjoy watching my kids opening up their presents on Christmas morning. There were times where I truly enjoyed those Christmas mornings even more because it was God who miraculously provided those gifts to me and my family.
June 2007 I released my first full worship CD titled You Reign. Not realizing then that it would be another ten years before I would release another full worship CD but God does things in His timetable – not mine. One of the main delay's in recording a new CD was the financial costs. But God had a plan and I had to wait on Him for that.
The first week of August I began to lay down the tracks for my new CD because a friend, who is also a worship leader and talented musician, had started his own recording studio. The Lord spoke to him and told him to record my worship CD project for free. I began the process but was also calculating the cost as though I had to pay for it.
When all was completed I had put in almost 275 hours of studio time which would have cost around an estimated $35,000 and another $7,000 for mixing and mastering. However, the total costs actually became $5,500. Now that is a miracle! Praise the Lord!
From the Kick Starter Fundraiser and other donations God provided for this project in ways I couldn't dream of but the key was I had to wait for His timing through every step. Even during this project I ran into hurdles, obstacles and delays but God still made a way through it all.
Because of you, I was able to complete this project because you believed in me and donated and supported this project and I can't say Thank You enough for that. I call you blessed for your heart of generosity. I believe God is going to use this CD to bless many around the world and you are a part of that outreach.
I am happy to say that the last obstacle has been removed and now the CD is the process of being made. Due to the Christmas season there will be a little longer delay but it worked out and they are adding on additional 200 CD's in my order which was a miracle.
So the release date now for the new CD Your Glory will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. As for when the CD will be available on iTunes and other online digital stores and streaming I don't have that information yet. Usually it's a week or two later after the actually CD is available but I will keep you posted when I have that info.
Again, thank you to those who continually stand with me and support me each month and with these projects. I still get amazed and usually cry every time God answers my prayers and the miracles happen to me. For some reason it's always easier to believe for someone else and not ourselves but God is more than good and He desires to be an active participant in every area in your life as well as mine.
Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Damon Stuart
*I'm excited to share one full song, Jesus Lord of All, from the new worship CD with you. This new CD has 10 songs and runs just under an hour. To get the full song preview, just click on the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/uX2rNB30f1c

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 • Damon Stuart

In life we choose different paths for ourselves. Sometimes it's by choice and other times because it's easy. One path I chose many years ago was to follow Jesus Christ as my savior and I've never looked back. It's the best path adventure I've ever been on and every person should choose it as well.
Another path I've had to choose recently is the path to better health. For 40+ years I've been in really good health. Only getting a cold or the flu once every 2-3 years and my cholesterol and blood pressure levels etc…was always normal.
In mid May, I got a severe sinus infection which forced me to go to the doctor, something I haven't done in over 2 years. After checking my blood pressure my doctor kind of freaked out on me and stated that he was very concerned. It was 170/107 which is very high. It should be 120/80. Over the next 3 weeks I was to monitor it and see if the medication for the sinus/allergies was throwing my numbers off.
After 3 weeks of monitoring my blood pressure it stayed high around the same numbers the whole time. Once I followed up with the doctor again he told me I would have to go on blood pressure medicine plus restructure my diet with daily exercise as well. However, this is what he said that resonated so deeply in me that a light went on. He said, you can take medication for this and it will work and you can live life the same as you do now and be on medication(s) for a long time or your whole life OR you can do something about it now and get off the medication soon for good – it's up to you Damon.
So for almost the past 2 weeks, I've been getting up around 6:00 am and walking 45 minutes to an hour each morning except on Sundays. I've cut my sodium (which is the main culprit for me) in half along with carbs. I added more organic fruits, vegetables, lean meats and cut sugars down to only the daily requirements. I also have to get back to my target weight which means I have to lose 25 pounds.
The blood pressure medicine has not been easy for me as I've had the side effects which are lightheadedness and dizziness when moving too quickly or getting up and just having that constant medicine head feeling with no energy.  With my doctor's knowledge I've been off the BP medicine for 3 days and staying off until next week as we see the difference in my numbers when I was on the meds versus being off of them. So far my numbers have gone down these past 3 days by just following my daily exercise and food plan. I want to stay off the meds so this is a life time commitment for me now.
I have too much to do to be physically sidelined from being a husband, father and minister of the gospel. Even though a sinus infection got me in the doctor's office, it was God using a situation to wake me up from just coasting along with my health, life and future. And God didn't allow this; it was me by the poor choices I've made these past few years. Taking care of my natural heart is just as important as taking care of my spiritual heart and life. This is a new path in this chapter of my life but I'm up to the challenge because life is short and I want to life to the fullest for myself, for my family and most importantly, for the kingdom of God.
For those interested, I'll keep you updated on this part of my journey!
Damon Stuart
June 24, 2016

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 •

This past year I have witnessed such an increase of the presence of God during worship that continues to amaze me. Especially as I travel around the unity in corporate worship has gone to a new and better level. I know many people are tired of song services and desire to come into the throne room of heaven to worship our King.
One of several ongoing prayer requests of mine for leading worship is that we would so join with the saints, elders and angels already singing around the throne that our time of worship would blend right in with what's happening in heaven. In the past year I have personally heard angels singing with us twice as we worshipped in such unity. Their voices are not only beautiful their voices were perfect, harmonious and always a full octave higher than any human can sing.
This past weekend I was ministering at the Atlanta Revival Center where I have been going to minister now for 9 years. The ARC is and has been a second home church for me as I've come to know many of the people there and built many friendships over the years. Vance Murphy is the pastor at ARC and a long time friend. He was actually the first person to invite me to minister when I first stepped out into full time itinerate ministry nine years ago.
This past Sunday as we began to worship in a packed out sanctuary, the presence of God began to fill that place. Several were on their knees in the aisles and others weeping under the presence as we worshiped and exalted Jesus. What seemed like only about 10 minutes was actually almost an hour of pure and true worship that we began to hear the angels sing all around with us.
Here is a testimony from one of those in attendance that Sunday morning (June 12, 2016) at the service:
This morning in church, I came in feeling beat down and discouraged about some things going on, and was unable to worship. So I decided that during the worship time I would sit in my seat, close my eyes, and just soak in the presence of God. While I was sitting there listening to the singing with my eyes closed I started to hear some of the most beautiful vocals, and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. It wasn't the people around me, and there was only one man (Damon) leading worship with no other vocals....and it wasn't in the speakers. It was as if it was just "in the air". I actually was thinking "Am I hearing angels singing and worshipping God with the church?" Then I brushed it off and just listened to the sound and took it all in. At the end of the worship time, Pastor Vance stood up and said "I'm not going to say I'm 1000% sure, but I believe we just heard angels singing with us!" And then several people throughout the room were saying "Yes I heard it!" So, if I am crazy, then I must be in the company of a lot of other people who can resonate, because they heard the same thing I heard!   (Amy R.)
Hallelujah! God inhabits the praises of His people and the angels want to participate as well. We are living in some very dark and uncertain times but God is also revealing more and showing up more where He is welcomed and truly worshiped. There's nothing like the sound of heaven when we worship the Lord in Spirit and truth!
Damon Stuart

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 • Damon Stuart

I recently came across some of my notes and journaling from several years ago. I thought I would share one with you today that goes back to my time when I was just a worship leader at a small church - not knowing at the time that fulltime itinerant ministry was just up ahead for my life. Hope you enjoy!
From my personal journal: 6/29/02
This morning, after prayer, the Holy Spirit gently asked me "Do you worship the worship or do you worship me?"
If the Lord was asking me this question then I knew I must stop and think about it before answering. The truth is, I hope I always worship the Lord but lets face it, its sometimes easier to just go into auto worship mode without thinking about what you're actually saying or singing. 
This weekend I'm going to be introducing a new song titled "Made Me Glad" from Hillsong worship and as I was still pondering the question from the Lord, the chorus from that song began to play strongly in my mind.
The song Made Me Glad, which comes primarily from the book of Psalms, began to resonate even stronger and then the light went off - HE HAS MADE ME GLAD! My spirit man was singing this song because God has made me glad of all the things He has done for me. Our God is an awesome, understanding, forgiving, healing, merciful and loving Father. 
Psalms 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Psalms 46:10-11
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
As the bride, believers, worshipers, we should be GLAD about the promises of God and coming before Him in praise and adoration because He is waiting to be close to us. God INHABITS our praises because He desires for us to come running to Him with smiles on our faces and like children, jumping into His open arms. 
It truly is a privilege to serve and worship Him. I want my heart and worship to be real and pure because He has Made Me Glad.  So my answer is I don't worship the worship, I worship the King of Kings. Why? Because He is my everything. The one who has saved me, delivered me, healed me, the One who is allowing me to go on the greatest adventure with Him and most importantly to spend an eternity with Him. For that I'm truly glad!
Damon Stuart

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 • Damon Stuart

"I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever." (Psalm 145: 1-2)
In 2005 the Lord was releasing new songs into me which would then lead to my first worship CD titled "You Reign" that was released in 2007. During the process this chapter became a major cornerstone of the title song "You Reign" which has been my personal favorite of all from that project. (Watch You Reign by clicking on YouTube)
One day, several years later, I opened my bible and it just fell to this chapter in Psalms. As I began to read it I was taken back to those moments when God released this song in me and how it came together by the Holy Spirit. I'll never forget as I was penning the words from this chapter to the music God gave me that it just felt like all of heaven and earth was already singing this song and that it was an honor to write it for that day and hour.
Today I want to praise and exalt the Lord and His name forever and I want to encourage you to give glory to the King! In closing, I am going to post Psalms 145:1-7 below so that you too can join with all of heaven and earth in the worship that is already taking place as all creation sings that God You Reign! 
Damon Stuart
Psalm 145 (New King James Version)
 1 I will extol You, my God, O King;
   And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
 2 Every day I will bless You,
   And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
   And His greatness is unsearchable.        
 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
   And shall declare Your mighty acts.
 5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
   And on Your wondrous works.
 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
   And I will declare Your greatness.
 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
   And shall sing of Your righteousness.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 • Damon Stuart

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 136:1)
Being a worshiper I am constantly drawn to the book of Psalms. Today I want to share a reminder with you that God is Good! I am so thankful for His love and mercy that changed my life forever and I just want to encourage you today with these thoughts and scriptures about God's amazing grace, love and mercy!
For those of us with a personal relationship with Christ, we can be thankful.We can rejoice in the Lord because of the things that are eternal and that can never be taken away from us.
• We rejoice and are thankful that our names are written in the book of life (Luke 10:20).
• We rejoice that we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb12:28).
• We know that nothing compares to the excellence of knowing Christ (Phil3:8).
• We rejoice that He is our exceeding great reward (Gen 15:1).
• We rejoice that this reward is incorruptible, undefiled and it does not fade away (1 Peter 1:4).
• We rejoice that His love for us is so great; the Psalmist describes it as reaching to the heavens (Psalm 36:5).
• We rejoice that He is sovereign (Isaiah 46: 9-11) and that He will work out all things that He allows to good for those who
love Him and are called for His purpose (Romans 8:28).
• We rejoice that through each trial He is with us, helping and strengthening us (Isaiah 41:10).
*(From Inspirational Bible Verses)
I'm posting Psalms 136 from the Message Bible below and as you read and meditate on this chapter today, notice that David says continuously throughout that "His love never quits" - how incredible is that!
Damon Stuart
Psalm 136 - The Message Bible

Thank GOD! He deserves your thanks.
His love never quits. 
Thank the God of all gods, 
His love never quits. 
Thank the Lord of all lords. 
His love never quits. 

4-22 Thank the miracle-working God, 
His love never quits. 
The God whose skill formed the cosmos, 
His love never quits. 
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations, 
His love never quits. 
The God who filled the skies with light, 
His love never quits. 
The sun to watch over the day, 
His love never quits. 
Moon and stars as guardians of the night, 
His love never quits. 
The God who struck down the Egyptian firstborn, 
His love never quits. 
And rescued Israel from Egypt's oppression, 
His love never quits. 
Took Israel in hand with his powerful hand, 
His love never quits. 
Split the Red Sea right in half, 
His love never quits. 
Led Israel right through the middle, 
His love never quits. 
Dumped Pharaoh and his army in the sea, 
His love never quits. 
The God who marched his people through the desert, 
His love never quits. 
Smashed huge kingdoms right and left, 
His love never quits. 
Struck down the famous kings, 
His love never quits. 
Struck Sihon the Amorite king, 
His love never quits. 
Struck Og the Bashanite king, 
His love never quits. 
Then distributed their land as booty, 
His love never quits. 
Handed the land over to Israel. 
His love never quits. 

23-26 God remembered us when we were down, 
His love never quits. 
Rescued us from the trampling boot, 
His love never quits. 
Takes care of everyone in time of need. 
His love never quits. 
Thank God, who did it all! 
His love never quits!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 • Damon Stuart

Come, now is the time to worship…Many of you may remember that song from the late 90's by Brian Doerksen who was part of a worship movement out the Vineyard churches. I hadn't heard or even thought of that song until just a few days ago when the Holy Spirit dropped that line in me and said, "Come, now is the time to worship."
I replied back that "isn't it always the time to worship?" The Lord began to bring to mind the times throughout the bible, those moments when the Israelites or certain key people that couldn't move forward or even go into battle unless worship went in front of or before first.
Since 2016 began, I've been hosting the Wednesday Worship Hour & teaching a Worship Series every Wednesday at midday and in the evening time at my home church. It's like the Lord wanted me and others who have been coming, to worship Him first, before this year really got going. I believe He's preparing His people for what needs to be done this year for the kingdom.
As I pray and seek the Lord on many things about this year the two things the Holy Spirit keeps bringing to my attention is: Now is the time to worship + My hope and trust is in Him and in Him alone. Those two factors combined changes the atmosphere of our conditions and the environment we are walking in. Why? Because my eyes are fixed on Him!
Where are you going this year? What battles are you facing today? Where will your help come from? Like King Jehoshaphat, we have to seek the Lord. It's not the time to withdraw or hide, it's time to let our worship arise because we serve a mighty God who will go before us and defeat our enemies. God will make a way and supply the needs. Remember, He is our fortress, a very present help in our time of need.  So come, NOW is the time to worship!
Damon Stuart

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 • Damon Stuart

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalms 91:1)  
You ever have one of those days where God is being silent?  I have but those are the times to start listening more earnestly. On one occasion such as this I noticed as I started to flip through different books and chapters of the Bible a theme began to develop. That theme was, "I the Lord God Almighty, will be your refuge, strength and protector - just abide and rest in me."
The Lord then took me to Psalms 91, which most of you reading this now know this chapter to some degree since its read, preached and memorized by so many.
 Before I post the whole chapter below though, I want to examine verse one. It begins with He who dwells, which the word dwells here in Hebrew, is "yashab" which means  "To sit down, to dwell or remain, to make claim and/or homestead and to posses."
In a nutshell, it's saying that as sons and daughters of the King, we have the rightful authority through Jesus Christ, to have that heavenly, personal, intimate relationship and position to be with the Father. And in doing so we get to "abide" under His shadow - which is His protection, presence and glory!
The Lord is so good that He wouldn't even stop there at verse one though. Psalms 91 is so full of God's promises to us that it would take awhile to cover each verse. Today, if you are in a difficult situation or under the attack of the enemy, begin to pray this chapter to the Lord. In fact, I would even say, begin to worship the Lord with this chapter.
He is there already and there is no problem or situation that is too difficult for Him to intervene on your behalf. Take to heart what it says in verse one: He who dwells in the secret place….
I want to dwell and abide with the heavenly Father because He is so good and loving towards us. Thank you Lord for calling us to you and allowing us to dwell with you today in that secret place!
Damon Stuart

Psalm 91 (MSG)

 1-13 You who sit down in the High God's presence,
   spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, 
   Say this: "God, you're my refuge. 
      I trust in you and I'm safe!" 
   That's right-he rescues you from hidden traps, 
      shields you from deadly hazards. 
   His huge outstretched arms protect you- 
      under them you're perfectly safe; 
      his arms fend off all harm. 
   Fear nothing-not wild wolves in the night, 
      not flying arrows in the day, 
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness, 
      not disaster that erupts at high noon. 
   Even though others succumb all around, 
      drop like flies right and left, 
      no harm will even graze you. 
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, 
      watch the wicked turn into corpses. 
   Yes, because God's your refuge, 
      the High God your very own home, 
   Evil can't get close to you, 
      harm can't get through the door. 
   He ordered his angels 
      to guard you wherever you go. 
   If you stumble, they'll catch you; 
      their job is to keep you from falling. 
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, 
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path. 

 14-16 "If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God, 
      "I'll get you out of any trouble. 
   I'll give you the best of care 
      if you'll only get to know and trust me. 
   Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; 
      I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. 
   I'll give you a long life, 
      give you a long drink of salvation!"

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