Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Federico is joined by his youngest daughter Rebekah and together they
blend their voices to create compelling worship music that will help usher
you into the very serene, presence of God.
I once looked at an antique oil painting of the English countryside from the 1600s. It was a beautiful scene which featured an old country path.
The path was somewhat covered with autumn leaves as a labyrinth of gnarly, spreading vines obscured most of its paving stones. It led to a beautiful, vast flowering meadow with exotic mountain-ranges in the distance.
I began to wonder, what beautiful places could I wayfare to on this special path? And where did the artist want me to go? It was almost as if the Spirit of God began to animate the painting before me and made it come alive in full 3D color !
Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst,
Jesus said … the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:13.14; 23-24
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
Pride goes before a fall, and a haughty, arrogant spirit before destruction.
Songs of Worship Vol. I
Enter into His Gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise:
be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart ...
Psalm 100:4; 24:3-4
he Olde Kingdom
Thus says the Lord: "Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the Old paths,
where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.
The artful painting left enough for me to imagine for sure. It was timeless in beauty and nothing short of legendary.
So maybe this painting was trying to tell me of an ancient pathway which would lead to an old and noble kingdom of love, prosperity and peace? That if I chose this path, at the end of the old road would be a safe place of refuge where a weary wayfarer could find rest and prosper -- where all the soul's hopes and dreams could be truly realized. These were the spiritual impressions I was getting. Or some might say wishful thinking? But the Bible promises every believer a destined place for the soul - a safe harbor of bliss and love in God's Kingdom. Maybe this artist was was using paint and colors of light to illustrate some long neglected path to a lovely dimension of paradise in a realm more real than this world we now call home.
Lost Path, Lost Kingdom
Jesus said in the last days many people's hearts would grow cold because sin and iniquity would be everywhere. He warned that people would have unbelief and be skeptics about a personal God who cares because they see mean and evil people everywhere, wars and accidents. "Life is tough" and so they give up on faith and hope and do not thank God. Their vision of being a thankful, joyous and faith-filled worshipper is clouded.
Many today are searching for peace and wholeness. They instinctively know there is something more and search in many different places to find it. But the old path to life is often obscured by all the "overgrowth," i.e. the gnarly vines of lack of vision, fallen leaves of unbelief and the overall loss of child-like innocence and the wonder of the Creator and His creation. They survey the world with all its troubles and lose sight of God's presence. Oftentimes painful experiences and memories in their hearts obscure the lightrays and beams of God's glory and darken His path to peace and life.
Many souls have lost simple faith and innocence and seem to be continually distracted by their own particular everyday wants and needs. They don't "have time" to pray or sing a spontaneous love song to the Lord any longer. They have become cold of heart.
Others have been hurt and frustrated by mean and selfish people. Bitterness and unforgiveness make them spiritually myopic. The general malaise and vicissitudes of life cause many more to get cynical and unbelieving and so many never even begin to search for a better pathway of life. It's sad when so many have completely given up on believing in a loving God who personally cares for them. They have begun to think that love and hope are all illusions. But the devil has lied to them.
I pray that my music and message will spark a renewed hunger for some to begin their own quest to find God. Too many are spendimg most of their allotted time trying to soothe their sense of inner emptiness, preoccupying themselves with materialism. Or they try to find solace by constant partying, binge drinking, taking drugs, having illicit sex or some other self-destructive addictions.
But when the psychotropic drug, pain reliever or anti-depressant wears off, when lights go out and the party is over, they are still the same.
A fork in the road
Aside from babies and certain handicapped people,
every soul who has ever been born into this world has choice.
Moses once asked the people of Israel, "Choose this day whom you will serve ..."
God longs to bless us all. He loves us! The path He wants us to travel will lead to love,
joy, prosperity and peace.
He wants us to choose LIFE. It is the path less traveled that we need to take
If we truly want to find life eternal.
The Bible says that sin brings pleasure for a season but it also warns us it is a
sweet poison and a siren's song which will lead to inevitable self-destruction.
However glittery choices may appear at first, unless we choose to love and worship God, the momentary happiness we think we find apart from Him will be fleeting. But God wants our happiness and joy to endure and as the master manufacturer knows what we must do to achieve that. It's true. If you want to be fixed, all damaged goods are to be returned our Maker!
Some people are always trying to fill their vacuity with things that don't really satisfy. You see, there is a God-shaped vacuum in every person's heart. It is a void that only God's presence can fill. He is the Creator. We are His creation. Only our heavenly Father can satisfy. Only His uncondtional love can save, heal and make us whole.
Ever since Eden's fall, countless generations have lived and died without ever calling out to God by faith. They have never even so much have as offered to Him song of praise or worship. Myriads of souls have traversed this planet for a short while never seeking the Lord
and never finding the old pathway to life. They never even thought to find Him. Very Sad.
But God is just. God is very loving and merciful. He sent His divine Son
to tell the whole world that there is a path, a way to LIFE eternal. He even went to the
peoples of the past to share the good news with them!
When he ascended on high he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower,
earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than
all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
In John 14:6, Jesus told them of a path that is older than the hills –
a way of peace and life. That only God's presence can satisfy.
Jesus said "I am the Way, the truth and the life ..."
With His advent, a great light began to shine on the lost way...
The old pathway that artist painted really got me thinking.
But there was a time in my life I could not see the Kingdom - the old path was buried.
Later in my life, the words of the Savior came to me with precise clarity ...
I am The WAY .... the Truth, and the LIFE ...
THE GOOD NEWS
The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand . . .
ne day, long ago, a Savior King from another world opened wide the Ancient Gates to a bright and sparkling Holy Kingdom. Out of jealousy and crazy rage and in a vain attempt to get back at the Creator, the fallen archangel Lucifer attacked all of God's creation. He blinded men through original sin and concealed the Celestial City from the children of Adam for eons. Lucifer went from being Michael's angelic brother and the chief worshipper of Heaven to a wicked curser of God and a destroyer. How great was His fall!
You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
“You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
“You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
“By the abundance of your trade
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground ...
God prescribes that we offer sweet praise and acceptable Golden Altar incense through the Lord Jesus and in His blood sacrifice on the cross. Many have taken what they believe the is the easier and broader path only to approach God in their own style of worship and in unholy, strange ways not ordered by the Lord in His unchanging, immutable Word.
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them,
placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.…
Since Satan used to be Heaven's numero uno worshipper, out of rage and envy, his primary perverted mission is to make God's creation worship-less -or even worse, he tries to have men worship him. Many have allied with the prince of darkeness and made thier pagan offerings of worship and criminal sacrifices. They offer up strange fire and polluted incense that God will judge. It's Jezebel and Ashteroth idol worship. It's immoral worship. But God in His mercy is the divine revelator. He sent His own Son to shine a light on the path darkened by Lucifer.
Now, entrance onto the righteous path of the Lord's Kingdom could not be earned by His subjects. It would be simply a superb gift of God's grace. And this resplendent Kingdom will never be solely a regal gift laid up in Heaven for future enjoyment by its stately citizens. No, it is a real-time, present gift given to all believers who are willing to renounce all else, forsake the world and carnal nature and cast themselves at the King’s feet. There, in that tranquil place of surrender they will be able to partake of the divine inheritance of His great love, joy, peace, abundant life, wealth and grace.
When he ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first . . . to the earth?
Way over the rainbow
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal
pleasures at your right hand.
In His goodness, God has created for us a reality of the Spirit realm
that far surpasses even the greatest of human imaginations . . .
Now to Him who is able to do more than all we ask or even imagine,
according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory . . .
Light through the keyhole
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the DOOR . .
Throughout history, many have caught a glimpse of the brilliant light of His glory radiating through the keyhole of the Gate of Heaven. But for whatever reason, they did not open the door to God's Kingdom. The key was in their hand. All they had to do was to open the door with child-like faith and call upon the name of the Lord. All that was necessary was for them to sincerely ask the King of Heaven to enter their hearts and praise Him for His goodness and power. Then He would gladly come and dwell in them.
But you are holy, O you that inhabits the praises of your people Israel .
THE KEY IS WORSHIP
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is -- His good, pleasing and perfect will.
You see worship is far more than just singing a slow song at church on a Sunday morning, Worship has to do with intimacy and relationship with our loving Savior. It has everything to do with ardent love for God on a continual basis while living a surrendered and consecrated life . Worship is the highest form of prayer. Worship is prayer on spiritual steroids. Worship arises out a life of devoted obedience fueled by His fiery love. And if you have never done so, it all begins with you asking Jesus to come into your heart as Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10
Principle: Worship is far more then singing a relgious song. Worship is a lifestyle. It is all about genuine relationship. Worship is a constant abiding in the sweet Presence of God. Worship is the highest form of intercession. It's our most intimate love language to our Creator. The key to becoming a worshipper is to have child-like awe, love, wonder and worship of Jesus . It all starts when we get in the private place and simply begin to tell Him we love Him. When we do that simple act out of sincerity, He will visit us with His sweet presence. But it all starts with our words of faith.
The Bricks are more than yellow
To some of you the Kingdom of God may seem like an unrealized, distant dream. It is all but lost to you. For others it is like a ‘yellow brick’ fantasy. They know no more about it than then they know about the legendary city of Atlantis, Narnia, Mordor, or the Land of Oz!
But the bricks of this paradaisical Kingdom are far more than a fantasy writer's yellow brick road. You see, Heaven's path to LIFE is paved in the purest gold!
God intends each of His children to experience the full benefits of His Kingdom in this life -- literally . The Kingdom is at hand. The Kingdom of "Oraunos" awaits every true worshipper and lover of God. The Olde Kingdom benefits are also for here and now and we gain access to all through worship.
Jesus declared ...
I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly ...
Peace I leave you. My peace I give unto you. Not as the world gives, give I to you ...
John 10:10; 14:27
You see Jesus taught that the path to peace and joy was right before our eyes ...
The Kingdom of God is within you - in the midst of you!
People are simply looking in all the wrong places for love and for inner peace when the path is was right before them. All they have to do is ask JESUS, the King of this Kingdom, to come into their hearts.
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit ...
Worship is the pathway, the portal by which we travel to the Heavenly Kingdom. It is and always has been the ascent of worship which brings us into the very supernatural presence of the King … In Genesis 28 Jacob worshipped God in the desert night and a lighted stair port from Heaven descended bidding him to ascend to "God's place. This is where the angels ascend and descend. The prophet Isaiah ascended on the Lord's day in worship to see God's Throne in Heaven in the temple … (Isaiah 6:1-8)
The thrill of ascent
David asks all of us the question in Pslam 24 - Who shall ascend to the Hill of the Lord?
Like scaling Mount Everest or K2, mankind as always found thrill in the ascent. God has put in every person a heart and spirit that was made to be an ascender to the heights …
To enter this paradisiacal Kingdom is as simple – all that is required is child like faith .
Entering the ancient gates through Worship
We can ascend into that Kingdom through Holy Spirit inspired worship …
But now they desire a better country,
that is, a heavenly: and God is not ashamed to be
called their God: for he has prepared for them a City.
Our divine Benefactor has prepared for us a Crystal City. He has given us a glorious present and most blessed future. Through faith in His death, burial and resurrection we have been made His royal children. We can receive the spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba Father! He has left His entire Kingdom as an inheritance! This is His covenant and His testament with us, sealed by His own Blood that was shed on the Cross.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Now that is plenty to worship God for! We have so much to thank Him for ...
Through the Ancient Gates
Since Jesus has extended an open invitation for all to ‘come and dine’ there is no longer any reason for anyone to feel “locked” out of God’s victorious Kingdom of peace, joy and righteousness. The Ancient Gates are wide open.
Jesus Seeks Worshippers
Jesus told the woman at the well that He was a very deep well and to plumb the depths
of the waters of life she must learn to worship ...
Jesus says Come all you who are thirsty!
Come and worship the lover of your soul. He will give you His cool & refreshing river of life.
Come and adore your benevolent King and Creator.
Come,now is the time to worship
Now is the time to experience a new season of refreshing in His transforming presence …
Opening the gate to the Kingdom
Open now the gate of your heart and let the King come in! All He wants to do is bless you!
There are so many tangible resources available to us in God’s happy Kingdom [John 10:10a].
These blessings are available to all of us at this very moment. Jesus has promised
wide open access to His people to all the vast regions and realms of His heavenly estate.
Don't be anxious or fearful. Just look up to Heaven right now and ask Him to open the Gates to it and He will . . .
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For the unbelievers run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.
Jesus has paid the price on the cross for us to have open admittance to all of it.
Practicing His Presence
There was a little monk who lived many centuries ago named Brother Lawrence. He taught beleivers that the only way to find peace in this life was for them to abide in Christ and to continually recall thier soul to God throughout the day. Whether at work or simply washing dishes at the sink, or doing any small task, a beleiver was to worship God and constantly recall thier soul to God. They were to gently tell the Lord thier love for Him and if there was any fault=simply ask forgivenss and worship Him untill they felt the strange and wondeful peaceful feelimg of His divine Presence. In short, they were to contually "practice His presence and walk in His peace and love.
Come near to God and he will come near to you …
How to enter through Praise
Open to me the Gates of Righteousness;
I will go through them,
and I will praise the Lord
This is the Gate of the Lord
through which the righteous shall enter.
I will praise You,
A Royal perspective
But you are a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, a holy Nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light . . .
1 Peter 2:9
For Abraham looked for a City which had foundations, whose builder and maker is God. . . but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Hebrews 11:10, 13-14
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
For many life can be a tough go. And the Lord Jesus desires to give rest to your soul. How do we reach this place of rest? How do we abide continually in the Lord’s presence? Continual and absolute surrender of our will to Jesus is the secret of entering perfect rest. So take His light yoke upon you and abide there.
The Ancient Art of Abiding
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Let the weak say I am strong
By simply abiding in Christ with a continual spirit of worship even the weakest most feeble believer is made as strong as a lion. God’s love and presence will always galvanize and strengthen us and when times become especially difficult it is important that we engage in continual prayer by praying in the Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and making melody in our heart to the Lord. [Ephesians 5:19] The joy of the Lord is our strength!
Principle: All that belongs to the Vine the branch can receive.
Just a Prayer away
You see, all that belongs to Jesus is ours and we may access the vault of heaven through simple worship and prayer. Jesus has made His entire kingdom accessible to us at all times. He is the Vine and we are the branches. Let’s abide in His presence through continual praise and worship to Him. You see ardent, heartfelt worship is the highest form of prayer that a Christian can utter. It is the hidden place of purest love and intimacy with the Father.
So come, now is the time to worship, to lift a hand of praise and tell Him how grateful we are for all His blessings, It's time to experience all the benefits of a song of worship. The less traveled "high" road of adoration, thankfulness and peace is the pathway of ascent which begins by simply opening our mouths and hearts to worship God with genuine wonder and faith. Let's begin our ascent upwards on the old path of private prayer and singing songs of worship. Then we will have revival again. It all starts in our private lives. It's that simple.
Federico Ephesians 3:20-21
What God did for father Abraham He will do for you and me too. He is no respecter of persons. God gave divine perception to
Abraham. He will give us eyes to see as well. It’s no wonder that God showed David His glory in the secret place, for David loved
to sing private songs of worship to the Lord. He knew the secret to entering the GLORY of God’s living presence ….
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee,
my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is . . .
to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psalms 63:1, 2
If you have failed, in God’s Kingdom it is never too late to succeed. It’s never too late to be who you might have been! Since the fall, God’s people have gotten off track and have needed the key of simple faith and worship to reopen the old gates of God’s Kingdom in order to enter that place of peace, rest and success.
Worship is a portal by which we can instantly gain access to God’s kingdom and refuge of peace. Through childlike love and worship of Jesus we can enter a safe harbor of still waters in His presence – any time and any place. All that is required is a humble heart of purity and trust.
When Jacob worshipped God in the wilderness, he received a visitation.
When God visited him in his worship and praise (for God inhabits the praises of His people), he came to a spiritual understanding that all wisdom and blessing first originates from above. He had experienced a “third Heaven” encounter that revolutionized his entire perspective of life. (2Cor 12) He could see the heavenly Kingdom and the throne. He could see the Ancient Gates!
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven:
and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. . . .
Surely the Lord is in this place . . . How awesome is this place!
This is none other than the house of God, and this is the GATE OF HEAVEN
Genesis 28:12, 16-17
Jacob learned that if one is to become a regal subject of the Kingdom one must totally surrender to the King.
Abide in Him
The key to access His presence that Christ wants to give us will be found in abiding in Him. The Lord wants to give rest to our souls . . .
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
You got to perceive something before you can to determine to reach it.
If Jesus said that His Kingdom was “not of this world” how then can we view this Kingdom?
We need spiritual vision. God gave great vision to the patriarchal ‘seer’ Abraham . . .
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars,
if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord . . .