“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them.” (2 Timothy 4:16 NLT)
The Bible gives us some guidelines for what we should do when we are going through a season of loneliness. They are illustrated in the life of Paul in 2 Timothy 4, when he was in prison and awaiting his execution.
Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:16, “The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them” (NLT).
Paul, the greatest Christian next to Jesus, was on trial in Rome, and not one person stepped forward to defend him. Not one! He was absolutely by himself. Nobody stepped forward to say, “This is a good guy. He’s alright.” Yet Paul did not say, “Those jerks — after all I’ve done for them all these years!” Instead, he said, “May it not be counted against them.” In other words, he was not going to let himself become bitter. Because bitterness always makes loneliness worse.
When you feel lonely, you need to minimize your hurt. You need to play it down and pray it up. Don’t rehearse it over and over in your mind. If you do, it just gets bigger and bigger and out of control. Refuse to become resentful, because bitterness will eat you up.
Bitterness and loneliness go together because they become a cycle. You become lonely. Then you start feeling bad about it and have a pity party. Then you become bitter. Your bitterness makes you even lonelier, which makes you more bitter. Soon, you’re a hardhearted, depressed person that nobody can get close to.
Nobody wants to be around a bitter person. Nobody wants to be around a cynic. Nobody wants to be around a person who is angry.
Your bitterness will only perpetuate your loneliness. That’s why, when you go through a season of loneliness, you have to minimize the hurt. Don’t build a wall around your life.
Talk It Over
• What is your natural reaction to loneliness?
• Who are the people in your life that you can reach out to when you are lonely?
Released from Being Diseased
Caught in a snare and a web
He came and broke my chains
He stemmed the life that ebbed
Brought and decreed His reign
Facing a death sentence
He came and paid the price
And released me to dance
Made he who was down, rise!
Fear choked, mocked and debased
But faith came, lifted high
Made my feet like deer’s raised.
So I’ll praise the Most High!
The Truth Shall Make You Free
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him,
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Use the Thorn to Fuel Your Race
A thorn in the flesh
a pain in the neck
Yet He allows
Without a doubt
I want it out
for victory shout
Come from my mouth
We all have thorns
That rear their heads
Refuse the pressure
Disband the pity party
Your God is mighty.
Anytime, any where
Write the books
Sing the songs
About His grace
In your race
In the Maze.
Live your life
to the full
thorn or no thorn
You can run.
You can leap
You can reach
You can teach
From your seat
You can preach
You can lift
Focus on Jesus
Not on the thorn
Press on like Paul
Use the Thorn as lift
Use the thorn as ladder
Use the thorn as fillip
Use it as tonic
To make you supersonic
Use the thorn as trigger
To assuage His power
Because His grace
His power is evident
Some are taken out
Some are taken through
But God remains the same
He remains sovereign
As powerful as ever
Decides who is taken out
And who is taken through.
Some are poor
but make many rich
some are restricted
but make many accelerate
One God, all-wise
He loves them all
And winners all.
The Thorn in the Flesh
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
By Faith They Overcame
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented —
38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Rom8:37-39
sing a new song
CH: Sing a new song unto the Lord
Sing a new song unto the Lord
Sing a new song unto the Lord
Sing a new song unto the Lord
From the top of the mountain (leader/male)
(Sing a new song) female
From depth of the valley
(Sing a new song)
Even in the wilderness
Sing a new song
From the depth of the
(Sing a new song)
From top (sing new song . . .
He called you out of darkness
Into His brightness
He opened your eyes
And ended your sighs
Behold old things are gone
New things have come
He broke your gates of brass
Cut the iron bars.
CH Sing a New Song . . .
He’s broken your chain
And set your free
Set your free for freedom
To enter His kingdom
Show your love to Him
(Sing a new song)
Give thanks to Him
Sing a New Song
(Sing a new song)
Worship your King
(Sing a new song)
He deserves Your
(Sing a new song unto the Lord)
From the top . . . .
He called you out of darkness . . .
Saints, sing to Him
I say, saints, sing to Him, sing to Your King
Praise your King, King of kings
Sing a new song to the Lord
From the top of the mountain
Sing a new song unto Lord, from the top of the mountain; He called you
out of darkness. He opened your eyes and ended your sighs. He has broken
your chains, set you free for freedom to enter His Kingdom.
Behold old things have gone and new things have come.
He deserves your praise; Sing a new song, sing a new song.
Leave Your Prison and Captivity
It is time to Leave your captivity.
Leave with a shout of praise.
with a song of felicity
Announce the end of your deprivation
Declare your freedom
from slavery and serfdom
Proclaim with the song of the Lord
You are the redeemed of the Lord.
The Lord will move the hearts of kings;
He will jolt them even from their sleep
They will show you favour in all things
Laughter shall be the portion of those that weep.
Their mockery shall birth your recovery
Their taunt shall trigger your triumph.
Their disdain shall ignite your gain
Their provocation shall bring promotion.
God will shatter the gates of brass
and nullify the power of those who oppress
Those who came in broke will go out loaded
Favoured, released, resurrected and restored.
20 Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! With a voice of singing, Declare, proclaim this, Utter it to the end of the earth; Say, “The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob!”
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1. Free now
Whom the Son sets ree is free indeed. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. This songs speaks of what Christ deed for me and can do for you if you let Him into your life. He came to set captives free.
2. Christ is Risen ( 2)
Without the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we ( Christians), would be the most miserable on earth.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ underpins our belief. Jesus is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world; He is the Saviour of the world. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.
3. Keep your Dream Alive
inspirational, motivational, magnetic, energetic, charging, challenging
Do you have a dream from God that has suffered a setback or even dead? Is your purpose in life high-jacked by principalities and powers, living you reeling in limbo? If so listen to this song as you look to Jesus -the Author and finisher of your faith.
4. Something Happened
Something happened to me in Peckham, London, in 1981, the dead man came alive; the blind man began to see; the sin-sick was healed by Jesus Christ. I was born again. You too can have that experience if you come to Him with an open heart and surrender. Something happpened inside of me and it can happen to you too.
5. Author & finisher
He who began a good work in you will also finish it, because He is the Author and finisher of your faith. He is faithful, meciful and powerful, able to keep that which is committed into His hands. He is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is dependable, reliable, and exceedingly and abundantly able.
Yes, Jesus finishes what He begins. This is an inspirational song to … Jesus finishes what He begins. This is an inspirational song to lift you from hopelessness into faith in God. It is not over until God says so. So long as you hold on to Him and trust Him, He will take you into your Promised Land regardless of the circumstances. In fact He will use adversity to propel you and push you into His plans and purposes and His prepared place for you. If He says ‘Yes!’ Who can say ‘No’?
6. My God, My God
He came to set the captives free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I was in chains, in a slave market of sin and He came to set me free from Satan’s cage. I was in a wreckage, suffered damages but He came to rescue me and restore me. And what He has done for me, He can do for you. I behind, in the grind, always looking behind but He came to change all that. That is the power of the Gospel. And what He has done for me He can do for you. That is what the song is all about. Come with me into the Land of ‘Free Now to Serve the Lord.’
7. He’s Alive
An Easter song. Christ has risen.
8. Christ is Alive
An echo of the resurrection. Jesus Christ died to save sinners, which we all are. But the story did not end there. He rose again from the dead and ascended to the Father. That is why all those who put their trust in Him can be forgiven their sins and raised back to a newness of life in Christ Jesus. The old will go and the New will come. Because He is alive, we can live also. We have eternal life and heaven becomes our home.
9. Look Unto the Hills
Powerful Psalm of inspiration and warfare. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth. He is like a doctor always on call. He is always alert, always there and our ever-present help. Others may trust in riches or princes but our trust is in the Lord- all-powerful, exceeding abundantly able to turn the table in our favour. He is the unchanging changer.
10. Worthy is the Lamb
Song of worship of our Saviour and Lamb of God Who took away our sin, made atonement for us, reconciling us to the Father.
11. Rise Up!
Vicissitudes of life do visit us; the valleyof Bacca confronts us from time to time; this is the valley of weeping, disappointment, calamity and what have you? But in Christ we can use the stumbling blocks as stepping stones to a higher ground. The valley can be a place of spring, a springboard lifting you to a higher dimension. ay the Lord cause you to rise up from your valley of Bacca and make it a place of spring. May you go from faith to faith, strength to strength and glory to glory. ALL things work together for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purposes. Rise Up!
12. You Must Be Born Again
Like the process of metamorphosis becoming a Christian is a transformation from a maggot into a masterpiece as the old goes and the new comes. This can only happen when we acknowledge that we are sinners in need of a Saviour- Jesus; the Lamb that takes away the sin of this world. He takes us from darkness into His marvellous light and cleanses us and gives us His robe of righteousness. That is what this song is all about. If you do not have a personal relationship with God, can I encourage you to do so without delay? This is the day of salvation. This is the acceptable time. Tomorrow might be too late.
13. He that Dwells Ps.91
This is a powerful psalm of protection for those who dwell under the shadow of the Wings of God. It is one of my favourite Psalms, especially when I am under attack.
May you find this song comforting and reassuring in your spiritual warfare.
14. Bless the Lord O My Soul
This is a medley of Psalms: Psalm34 & 103 with a rousing inspirational, joyful music to put dance in your feet and praise to your lips, to the Living God, Who deserves our praise. Join me as we dance, sing and praise the Lord and bless His holy Name. Let’s do it with reckless abandon- with everything within our being! Bless the Lord, O my soul!
15. Preeminent One
This is a worship a song acknowledging the preeminence, magnificence, immanence, majesty, glory, creativity and sovereignty of the Most High.
16. Sing a New Song (1)
Sing a New song,- a song with a cutting edge, joy unspeakable and full of glory to the Lord of Glory.
17. Peace, Be Still!
This is a prophetic song to encourage, comfort, challenge and charge you in you Race of Grace. May the Lord speak to you and lift you up, if you are discouraged. May He put springs in your steps to rise up and fulfill your vision, regardless of the obstacles you face. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Weeping may endure for the night but joy is coming in the morning. If God be for you, who can be against you?
18. Come, Comforter
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, God, the Spirit, the Counselor, the Guide, Advocate, Teacher, Standby, Strengthner and Comforter. He convicts us of sin and of our need for salvation. He is s Divine person and without Him we will be powerless and useless as Christians. He is the anointing that lifts burdens and breaks yokes. He came on the Day of Pentecost and has remained here, energising the Church, giving the gifts of the Spirit and encouraging the fruit-of the spirit. This is a prayer-song, acknowledging and inviting Him to come and do what He did on the Day of Pentecost.
19. Come to the Cross
Life begins at the cross. We all need to humble ourselves and acknowledge our need for resurrection into a New Life. When we come to the cross and repent of our sins, our new life begins. We become children of God, citizens of Heaven; the old goes and the New comes.
20. I Just Wanna Thank You, Lord
An attitude of gratitude leads to altitude. We need to count our blessings name them one by one and glorify God, instead of complaining or moaning about what we don’t have. And when we thank God, He lifts us up, regardless of our circumstances. Our thanks and praise become a tonic, a fillip, to lift us to another plane, enabling us to rise on eagles wings and ride the storms of life. Try praise and thanks when every other thing fails.
21. ***I Will Wait
The Race of Grace we run in this life is not a quick dash. It is a marathon race and you need to be resilient, tenacious, undaunted, setting your face like a flint and run with patience until you finish. Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength like the eagle. Waiting takes time but it pays fine.
22. Amazing Grace
God’s grace is amazing, great and wonderful. Taste and see!
23. **Be Strong in the Lord
In our spiritual warfare, God has made provision for His children. If you are born again, you need to know these weapons and armament and use them to fight and win the good fight of faith. This song sets the six pieces of weapons in Ephesians 6:10-18 into a song. It is thrilling, inspiring, rejuvenating, comforting and empowering.
24,.**Be Strong and Courageous
All life is a war, especially when you turn your back on the world and follow the pathway of righteousness and become born again. God has given us His whole armour for us to fight the good fight of faith. As we use it skilfully we win. God is also fighting for us as we humble ourselves under His mighty hand and resist the enemy. That is what this song is about.
25. ****Praise the Lord (Ps150)
We were created to praise the Living God, not just in words but also in our lifestyle. This is the expression in this song. It’s Ps150 set to music. Join me and be fulfilled as we praise God together.
26. I Delight in Your Word (G& H)
God’s word is dynamic, energetic, powerful, beautiful, insightful, wonderful, and delightful. It is precious, worth more than gold. It brings light into darkness, joy into sadness, revelation amidst opposition and divine direction. I delight in it. In its light, I see light.
27. Great & and Marvelous
This is the song of Moses, found in Revelation Chapter15. Our God is great and marvellous and so are Hi works. His is jsut and true in His ways. He is a God of integrity, faithfulness, without injustice, good and upright.
28. Sing a New Song (2)
God’s power is unlimited, breath-taking, surpassing man’s expectation, imagination; super-abundant, reviving, revealing, restoring, healing, and invigorating, to say the least. He gives a song in the night that ushers a New Day, a New Era, turns a desert into an evergreen forest, brings the dead back to life..
Plug into God’s power today and Sing a New Song!
29. Sing, O Barren One
Joyful expectation prophetic and inspirational song, faith-filed, especially for the barren in any dimension-spiritual, physical, financial, emotional, relational etc etc
30. Sing a New Song Book Blast
This Song was used to launch my book, Sing a New Song.