Natasha Perez Ministries

A ministry of music and testimony ~ Un ministerio de música y testimonio

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Through the Night Watches

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

"My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word." Psalm 119:148


How many times do we lie awake at night, scrolling through Facebook, playing a game on our phones, watching TV, or some other activity on electronics that consumes our sleep. I must admit that I have been guilty of this and then wonder why I can't get up in the morning to spend a quiet hour with God. I feel so much better when "I rise before the dawning of the morning [to] cry for help [and] hope in [God's] word" (Psalm 119:147), which is a lot easier to do when I've gotten a good night's sleep. Nevertheless, for various reasons, sometimes we all have trouble falling asleep. My prayer for us today is this, if our eyes must be "awake through the night watches" let us use that time to meditate on His word. As our heads hit the pillow, may our final thoughts of the day be lifted to the throne room of God.

Diríja tus ojos hacia delante.

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

"Tus ojos miren lo recto, Y diríjanse tus párpados hacia lo que tienes delante....No te desvíes a la derecha ni a la izquierda...." Proverbios 4:25, 27

 

Hoy, a medida que nos encontramos inundados con tanta negatividad en nuestra nación (especialmente en la esfera de las redes sociales), recordemos mantener nuestros ojos mirando "lo recto". Mientras los partidos políticos nos halan hacia la "izquierda" y hacia la "derecha" recordemos que ningún hombre y ninguna mujer tiene las respuestas para los problemas de este mundo. Jesús es "el camino, y la verdad, y la vida" (Juan 14:6). Hebreos 12:13 dice, "y haced sendas derechas para vuestros pies, para que lo cojo ne se salga del camino, sino que sea sanado".


Como cristianos, "desviar" a la "derecha" o a la "izquierda" no es la respuesta. Debemos mirar adelante, hacia Jesús, y "hacer sendas derechas" para nuestros pies que no nos alejan del rumbo, perjudicándonos espiritualmente. "Porque estrecha es la puerta, y angosto el camino que lleva a la vida, y pocos son los que la hallan" (Mateo 7:14). Y a medida que busquemos el camino recto, busquemos "la paz con todos..." (Hebreos 12:14). "Por lo cual, oh amados...procurad con diligencia ser hallados por él...en paz" (2 Pedro 3:14).

Keep Your Eyes Looking Straight Ahead.

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

"Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you....Do not turn to the right or the left...." Proverbs 4:25, 26

 

Today, as we are inundated with the negativity in our nation (and especially in the realm of social media), let's remember to keep our eyes looking "straight ahead." As political parties pull us "left" and "right," let's remember that no man and no woman has the answer to this world's problems. Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6). Hebrews 12:13 says, "...make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed."


As Christians, I believe that turning to the "right" or to the "left" is not the answer. We must "look straight ahead" to Jesus and "make straight paths" for our feet that do not steer us off course and cripple our spirituality. "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). And as we seek the straight path, let us "Pursue peace with all people..." (Hebrews 12:14). "Therefore...be diligent to be found by Him in peace..." (2 Peter 3:14).

Let the music play!

Posted on September 5, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

"Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon [Elisha]." 2 Kings 3:15

This little worship thought is sort of a continuation from what I wrote yesterday. We talked about how three kings had come together and were inquiring of the prophet Elisha. Elisha didn't really want to bother with them but, because Jehoshaphat (a king who apparently still feared the LORD) was among them, he inquired of the LORD on their behalf. However, before he does that he says, "'...now bring me a musician.' Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon [Elisha]." 2 Kings 3:15. Amazing! It just really strikes me how important of a role music can and does play.


I want to compare this a little to how David played his harp for King Saul when he was being tormented by the evil spirit. The beautiful music had the power to subdue the evil spirit and bring peace to Saul, even if only briefly. But what is it about the music that caused the change in Saul? According to our main verse, it seems to me that when Godly music is played, it causes the Spirit of the Lord to then fall upon the listeners. I believe the music ushers in the Spirit God and in turn, subdues the evil spirits. It also makes me think how choosing the wrong kind of music can invite the wrong kind of spirits to fall on us.


Elisha, the LORD's prophet, specifically requested a musician to come and play before the hand of the LORD would come upon him. It speaks to me of the importance of music in our worship services. God enabled Elisha with a message only after the music was played. How important is that for me as a musician! Lord, let my song be this for other people! Let it be a means to prepare people's hearts to receive the message You have for them!


As we sing our hymns of praise this weekend at church, may the hand of the LORD come upon us, just as He came upon Elisha :)

Lord, regard my presence...

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

"And Elisha said, 'As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you.'" 2 Kings 3:14


I was reading this morning in 2 Kings chapter 3, about three kings (Judah, Israel and Edom) going to war against Moab, who had rebelled against Israel. As they are marching, they discover that there is no water for their troops and fear that they are going to die at the hand of Moab. Then in verse 11, Jeshoshaphat king of Judah says, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?" So the three kings go down to inquire of the prophet Elisha. At first he didn't want to answer them but rather told them to go inquire of the prophets of their fathers. Still, the king of Israel insists, prompting Elisha to respond. I love what he says: "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you" (2 Kings 3:14). They went on to win that battle in a miraculous way, all because God regarded the presence of Jehoshaphat. If you can take the time to read it, I think you will really be blessed.


As I read that verse (2 Kings 3:14) I prayed: "Lord, may I be such a person, that my presence is regarded by You." May our connection with God be so strong that He regards our presence, and may it bring blessings to those around us :)


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