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Mar
09

Unfinished

My new single “Unfinished” was released today on all platforms. Click here to listen.

I’ve been thinking about the importance of the message in my latest song. I beat myself up … a lot. I would never talk to anyone the way I speak to myself sometimes. Ask me what my best qualities are and it would take me a long time to compile a list. But ask me what I don’t like about myself and buckle up, because I can rattle off that list in 3.5 seconds flat! I know I’m not alone in that harmful habit. I believe it is time for the children of God to stop wallowing in shame and regret, and start living lives of freedom, power, and authority. We do that by taking those destructive thoughts captive, and making them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

In Luke 4, Jesus was hounded by the devil in the wilderness. Rather than getting in a philosophical debate with Satan, each time Jesus was tempted, He simply spoke the Word of God and kept it moving.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’  Luke 4:4 NLT

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’  Luke 4:8 NLT

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’  Luke 4:12 NLT

If it worked for Jesus, it works for me! Now when I hear those negative thoughts in my head, I am learning to respond with the truth of God’s Word.

• When I sin and want to pull away from God in shame, after I repent, I’ll proclaim that, “I confess my sin and know that God is faithful to forgive and cleanse me. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those that belong to Christ Jesus, like me. I am more than a conqueror, and nothing can separate me from the love of God!” (1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1, 37-39)

• When I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see, I’ll declare that, “Because I look to God, I am radiant, and not covered in shame. I have a true beauty that goes beyond outward appearance, and shines from the inside out. My heart displays an unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” (Psalm 34:5, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Peter‬ ‭3:3-4‬)

• When I feel anxious and hopeless that I’ll ever overcome the struggles that I always seem to face, I’ll speak life by saying, “I celebrate the truth that God began a good work in me, and will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. I am not a mess. I am not a failure. I am not a mistake. I’m just unfinished.” (Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬)

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  1. Danielle Walk says:

    Amen well said. I know what you mean I often beat myself up and often I’m my worst enemy. In my head I think I’m not good enough and that I don’t deserve Gods love. I have to keep stopping myself and reminding myself that none of us are perfect. We are all sinners and that I’m a a sinner saved by Gods grace. When Jesus died on the cross he knew I would be born a sinner but yet he still died on that cross for me.

    Your music lifts my spirit so much and reminds me always of Gods love for me. I love watching your videos on instagram and seeing your smiling face it always makes my day better. May God overflow you with blessings every day.

    Your sister in Christ
    Danielle Walk

  2. Owen Ivan says:

    Wow, thanks Mandisa, u always talk to my heart with all of your songs.#unfinished. What a song.

  3. Ann swindle says:

    Just thank you.

  4. Dana Finley says:

    Mandisa,
    Beautiful uplifting positive song u are awesome thank u for being a inspiration u are such a blessing I am excited for your new album 🙂 this song will b #1 and deserves #1

  5. Bri says:

    This song came out at just the right time for me!!! 🙂

  6. Iris Lovato says:

    Sweet sister, you spoke directly to my heart. Philippians 1:6 is one of my life verses. I have a water bottle that says, “I’m available work in progress” to help me remember God is still working on me, and I’m still in the oven. You Stay Blessed & lean into HIM.

  7. Emily says:

    Mandisa, you have always been so encouraging and I admire you so much! Every song you do, I relate to. You are a wonderful example of Christ! Keep doing what your doing. God bless!

  8. Janet says:

    You inspire so many everyday with your music and message. You are one of my favorite go to artists when I need picked up. Look in that mirror and see beautiful, read these messages and know you are a vessel of hope!

  9. Beverly ware says:

    Thank you for your devotion!! You have a God given talent in spreading God’s word in your music!!!

  10. Sonshine says:

    Thank you for your raw, open to the light honest testimonials!
    Abba Father help us all to live in the light where healing is, not just for ourselves but for those who hear You talking thru our lives.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Mandisa, God called you for such a time as this. Sister, I am beyond thankful for your music! May God be glorified and may His Spirit encourage hearts with this song. #Unfinushed

    1. Stephanie says:

      #Unfinished

  12. Gidget Browder says:

    Thank you for being genuine and honest in your words and in your music. I’m going to let my 12 year old daughter read this. She is going through all the doubts 12 year olds go through. She gets frustrated because she feels short and fat when she clearly isn’t. She has a beautiful singing voice, but is so critical of herself, she won’t sing for others. She just lost her father in September due to complications during heart surgery. They were very close, he was her biggest fan, he gave her strength. I’m just praying with all my heart that she will continue to look to her Heavenly Father for guidance and that God will give me strength to help fill this void in her life. Thank you again for the positive music you give our teenage girls. The very first song my daughter sang that I knew her voice was special was your song “Where You Begin”.

  13. Kristine Noland says:

    Beautiful! I am unfinished too!

  14. Nadine Archuleta says:

    Thank you Mandisa! I needed that! God Bless!

  15. Kamera says:

    Thank you for sharing..I love your music..it has helped me through some rough times in my life….thank you for continuing to bless the world with your music..so excited to see you at MSG next week!

  16. Lisa Harness says:

    Amen!

  17. Donna Slazinski says:

    This is amazing. See you in Pittsburgh

  18. Debbie says:

    Love your music, favorite is Overcomer can’t wait to hear Unfinished, God bless you for all you do.

  19. Marlene says:

    Read the book. If you could see as Jesus sees. Elizabeth oates

  20. Jill says:

    Thank you Mandisa. You always seem to say exactly what I am feeling. I so appreciate your perspective because it always comes from a place of love and hope. I, like you am very hard on myself and would have a very hard time telling you what’s good about me. But God knows what’s good and amazing and loved about us both and when the evil one makes us doubt, we just have to look to God’s word to know the truth. Xoxo

  21. Margaret Kempf says:

    One of the main reasons that I love your music is because you are real in who you are and what you are going through! Thank you for being humble and brave and sharing your struggles with us. It helps to know that we are not alone in those same struggles! I pray blessings over you and I know God is bringing you through the trials to victory!!

  22. Cynthia says:

    Amen!!!!!! Thank you for this meditation. It is like a personal pep rally. HE is not done with me. HE has not given up on me and HE never will. HE loves me just the way I am. Only HE loves me that way. WOW!!! Unfinished but being molded and changed every day to a be more like HIM.

  23. Nichole says:

    You are such an inspiration Mandisa. I’m thankful that you’re continuing to make music. We need your gifts.
    I’m dealing with some fear, and I’m going to write out some promises from the Word and put them on my fridge, so I will see them instead of letting thoughts of “what could happen” live in my mind.
    God Bless!

  24. Tammy hedlund says:

    This really hit home for me. Very true words thank you!

  25. Wendy says:

    Loved reading this today as I was reminded about this exact scripture this past week as I felt as if I was under a spiritual attack and looked to the example Jesus gave us in that same situation. So thankful our Savior already has this in hand – that He has written answers in His word that carries us even 2,000 years later! Thank you for being honest and open Mandisa!

    Excited to be a part of the worship experience this weekend in Rochester 🙂 See you there!!

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