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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thoughts from Luther and Calvin...

"If anyone attempted to rule the world by the gospel and to abolish all temporal law and sword on the plea that all are baptized and Christian, and that, according to the gospel, there shall be among them no law or sword - or need for either - pray tell me, friend, what would he be doing? He would be loosing the ropes and chains of the savage wild beasts and letting them bite and mangle everyone, meanwhile insisting that they were harmless, tame, and gentle creatures; but I would have the proof in my wounds. Just so would the wicked under the name of Christian abuse evangelical freedom, carry on their rascality, and insist that they were Christians subject neither to law nor sword, as some are already raving and ranting.



To such a one we must say: Certainly it is true that Christians, so far as they themselves are concerned, are subject neither to law nor sword, and have need of neither. But take heed and first fill the world with real Christians before you attempt to rule it in a Christian and evangelical manner. This you will never accomplish; for the world and the masses are and always will be unchristian, even if they are all baptized and Christian in name. Christians are few and far between (as the saying is). Therefore, it is out of the question that there should be a common Christian government over the whole world, or indeed over a single country or any considerable body of people, for the wicked always outnumber the good. Hence, a man who would venture to govern an entire country or the world with the gospel would be like a shepherd who should put together in one fold wolves, lions, eagles, and sheep, and let them mingle freely with one another, saying, “Help yourselves, and be good and peaceful toward one another. The fold is open, there is plenty of food. You need have no fear of dogs and clubs.” The sheep would doubtless keep the peace and allow themselves to be fed and governed peacefully, but they would not live long, nor would one beast survive another.


For this reason one must carefully distinguish between these two governments. Both must be permitted to remain; the one to produce righteousness, the other to bring about external peace and prevent evil deeds. Neither one is sufficient in the world without the other. No one can become righteous in the sight of God by means of the temporal government, without Christ's spiritual government. Christ's government does not extend over all men; rather, Christians are always a minority in the midst of non-Christians. Now where temporal government or law alone prevails, there sheer hypocrisy is inevitable, even though the commandments be God's very own. For without the Holy Spirit in the heart no one becomes truly righteous, no matter how fine the works he does. On the other hand, where the spiritual government alone prevails over land and people, there wickedness is given free rein and the door is open for all manner of rascality, for the world as a whole cannot receive or comprehend it. "

— Martin Luther (Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sit Quietly With Me...

Sit quietly with Me, letting all your fears and worries bubble up to the surface of your consciousness. There, in the light of My Presence, the bubbles pop and disappear. However, some fears surface over and over again, especially fear of the future. You tend to project yourself mentally into the next day, week, month, year, decade; and you visualize yourself coping badly in those times. What you are seeing is a false image, because it doesn't include Me. Those gloomy times that you imagine will not come to pass, since My Presence will be with you at all times.
When a future-oriented worry assails you, capture it and disarm it by suffusing the Light of My Presence  into that mental image. Say to yourself, "Jesus will be with me then and there. With His help, I can cope!" Then, come home to the present moment, where you can enjoy Peace in My Presence.

Luke 12:22-26; Deuteronomy 31:6; 2 Corinthians 10:5

Jesus Calling: Sarah Young

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just Breathing...

I had to step away from working on what feels to be the longest paper of my life. However, come Tuesday morning my semester is over and I will feel like a new woman. It will be through the grace of God alone that I get done what I need to get done.

I'm sitting at home burning my Cassia Clove candle, I have the windows open because it is a beautiful 60 degree weather out and the sun is shining. I could hear the wind chimes and wind blowing in the trees and I cannot help but stop and just marvel at the God we serve. It was a rough night for me last night...lack of sleep, stressed out with school papers, Zoe's eye problem (my dog), trying to move out, knowing I need to save more, I want to get in shape, all those sorts of shenanigans. I just had to STOP and realize that through Christ I still have joy admist the business and life things. My life is not going to slow down any time soon and I still have a year of school left.

I realized I had begun to lose focus of "just breating" and being thankful for each breath and my health. Taking the moments to sit in silence and enjoy a candle, the wind blowing and the cool air.

Luke 12:28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

Psalm 19:1 For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

    

I need not to worry about the future, but leave it in the hands of the Lord being obedient only to Him moment my moment and the rest will fall into His sovereign hands. I am praying for peace, joyful attitude and a thankful heart for all He has done!



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Some of my Favorite Quotes as of Late...


C.S. Lewis: Let us always long to hear the stories of grace in others' lives. Every conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.
   Martin Luther: I've held many things n my hands, & I've lost them all; but whatever I've placed n God's hands, that I still possess.


 "If we are to have any satisfying and lasting understanding of life, it must be divinely given." AW Tozer

God orchestrates ALL things. We're not in control of ANYTHING. Our role: strive to respond faithfully to what He's doing. - Trip Lee

Couples don’t fall out of love so much as they fall out of repentance – Gary Thomas

One of the consequences of covetousness is that it destroys the capacity to discern sufficiency. -James MacDonald

 "Foolishness controls the man who is open to no one's counsel & the person who sees little need to study God's Word" - Paul Tripp

We trust God's purposes, so we don't fear present circumstances.
The beauty of having been made brand–new creatures is that Christ Himself lives in us
Britt Merrick

The Bible was written in tears, and to tears it yields its best treasures. - A.W. Tozer

"Joy is a quiet gladness of heart as one contemplates the goodness of God's saving grace in Christ Jesus." John Calvin

"and let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Patience...A Lasting Virtue

PATIENCE

A LASTING VIRTUE

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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Most of us recognize that patience is one of the cardinal Christian virtues – we’re just in no hurry to obtain it. Others just define patience as a delay in getting what we want. As Margaret Thatcher once famously remarked: “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” In today’s fast-paced society and self-centered culture, patience is quickly disappearing, even among Christians.

Patience is not optional for the Christian. The apostle Paul repeatedly commanded Christians to demonstrate patience to each other. In fact, this is a critical test of Christian authenticity. True Christian character, the very evidence of regeneration, is seen in authentic patience.

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian Christians to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph.4:1-3)

In a similar context, the apostle called the Christians in Colosse to “put on” the virtues of “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Col. 3:12). Again, Paul illustrates the necessity of patience by pointing to conflict in the Christian community. According to Paul, i f one Christian has a complaint against another; he is to respond with patience, willing to suffer loss rather than to injure the reputation of the church.

To the Thessalonian Christians, Paul’s instruction was absolutely clear: “Be at peace among yourselves.” (1 Thess. 5:13). In order to achieve this peace, Paul instructed the Thessalonians to “be patient with them all.” (1 Thess. 5:14). This is no small challenge.

Most importantly, patience must mark the Christian leader. Writing to Timothy, his young protégé in ministry, Paul set the example: “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.” (2 Tim. 2:24-25).

The Bible’s understanding of patience as a Christian virtue is rooted in the totality of Christian truth. Patience begins with the affirmation that God is sovereign and in control of human history, working in human lives. With eternity on the horizon, time takes on an entirely new significance. The Christian understands that full satisfaction will never be achieved in this life, but he looks to the consummation of all things in the age to come. Furthermore, we know that our sanctification will be incomplete in this life, and thus Christians must look to each other as fellow sinners saved by grace, in whom the Holy Spirit is at work calling us unto Christlikeness.

When we consider the scriptural command to be patient with one another, we should be reminded of several aspects of patience revealed in God’s Word that are vital for Christian understanding. First, we must understand that patience is both a command and a gift of God. As with all Christian virtues, we are obligated under the command of God to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, of which patience is a vital part. The biblical portrait of patience is not that of mere acquiescence or of facile biding the time, much less is patience seen inexcusable action. To the contrary, patience is a vibrant and virile Christian virtue, which is deeply rooted in the Christian’s absolute confidence in the sovereignty of God and God’s promise to bring all things to completion in a way that most fully demonstrates His glory.

As a command, patience arrives at the Christian conscience as a matter of accountability. At the same time, patience is a divine gift. Christians are not able, in and of themselves, to demonstrate true patience as fruit of the Spirit. Augustine, the great bishop of the fourth century, warned that Christians must avoid the “false patience of the proud.” Augustine castigated those who attribute patience merely “to the strength of the human will.” We must indeed will to be patient, but patience as a genuine virtue comes only to those who have been redeemed by Christ and in whom the Holy Spirit is calling forth the fruit of the Spirit.

Second, the Christian virtue of patience is rooted in our knowledge of ourselves as redeemed sinners. Knowing our own frailty, and all too aware of our own faults, we must deal with other Christians out of humility rather than pride. The Christian has no excuse for responding to fellow believers in a spirit of arrogance, haughtiness, or superiority. Instead, we are to be instructed by the example of Christ, and respond in true humility both to God and to fellow Christians.

Patience presents the Christian with a critical test of character, rooted in the simple acknowledgement that we might be wrong. Our error may be in character rather than in conviction. When Christians engage in disputes, it is possible to be wrong while being right. That is a good reminder, even as we must contend for the faith once-for-all delivered to the saints.

Third, the Christian understanding of patience is grounded in our understanding of others as those in whom God is potentially at work. As Paul instructed Timothy, the Lord’s servant is to be kind to everyone, demonstrating patience even in correcting opponents, because “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” (2 Tim. 2:24-26).

This remarkably strong language indicates that Paul is talking about serious matters of Christian disagreement. When he speaks of correcting those who have been captured by the devil to do his will, we can be assured that Paul is speaking of very serious matters indeed.

Paul grounds the virtue of patience in the clear affirmation that God may be at work in those with whom we experience disagreement and conflict. Here again, the biblical doctrine of sanctification helps us to understand that growth into Christian maturity. This comes as a process, through which God forms a redeemed sinner into the image of Christ.

With this in mind, we must respond to fellow believers as those who, like ourselves, are sinners saved by grace. Thus, we must show grace to one another, and the integrity of our Christian professions must be demonstrated by true patience. Even as we seek to convince, to instruct, and even to correct, we must remember that only God can reach the human heart, and we must maintain the confidence that God is at work in those who are fellow partakers of His grace.

Fourth, the Christian virtue of patience is rooted in our understanding of time and eternity. We do not expect to achieve our greatest satisfactions in this life. Relating to our fellow believers, we know that they, like ourselves, will experience full sanctification and glorification only in the age to come. As John Calvin remarked, immortality is “the mother of patience.” This is a good and healthy reminder, for even as Christians are called to common embrace of all truth, we understand that we will achieve full unity only when Christ claims His Church and we are gathered before the throne of God throughout eternity.

Patience must be one of the hallmarks of the Christian home, as each member of the family shows patience in dealing with others. Husbands and wives must be patient with each other, even as parents must be patient with children. In the household of faith, patience, often that rarest of virtues, becomes a test of authenticity and a necessity for the right ordering of the home, the church, and Christian fellowship.

That said, the church must obey the command of God and seek to demonstrate authentic Christian patience – and fast.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maturing...leads to hope!

“Maturity in Christ should prepare and equip one for change, not debilitate him. Maturity in Christ, then, should lead to hope." ~ Adams

This made me think a lot and is so true...think on this...biblically search it out. I believe the more we see Christ in our lives and put Him first the more we begin to put our lives in perspective and see what hope we have in the Lord.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

the veil he tore...

I was listening to this song this morning on the way to work and it got me realizing that I serve an amazing God. I never have thought about it before but the song starts off with us, how he searches us, and knows us and loves us even when we fail. Then it goes on to say what the Lord has done for us despite who we are. He chose us before everything and our sin. He chose to save us and bring us in communion with the Lord for eternity. Not only did he do this for us, but he did it at His greatest suffering. It is something I think about, but today it hit me really hard, that at that moment in time on the cross, He was thinking of me and you and how much He loved us. At that moment He tore the veil and made a way for us to live in union with the Father. What sacrifice and love! I am forever changed because of this!

Oh Lord You've searched me

You know my ways

Even when I fail You

I know You love me


Your holy presence

Surrounding it

In every season

I know You love me


You go before me

You shield my way

Your hand upholds me

I know You love me


At the cross I bow my knee

Where Your blood was shed for me

There's no greater love than this

You have overcome the grave

Your Glory fills the highest place

What can separate me now

You tore the veil

You made a way

When You said that it is done

And when the earth fades falls from my eyes

You stand before me

I know You love me

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Quiet you with His love"

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
(Zephaniah 3:17)
In daily moments of life I hope to remember this! This is one of my most favorite verses. It speaks so much truth, but so much love. It makes me want to sit alone with the Lord and tune all else out and just soak in WHO HE IS! Let's not forget to take moments daily to do that!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Still I will sing...

C. H. Spurgeon

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"God, my Maker, who giveth songs in the night."—Job 35:10.

ANY man can sing in the day. When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it. When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest or sends home a loaded argosy. It is easy enough for an Aeolian harp to whisper music when the winds blow—the difficulty is for music to swell forth when no wind is stirring. It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is skilful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by—who sings from his heart. No man can make a song in the night of himself; he may attempt it, but he will find that a song in the night must be divinely inspired. Let all things go well, I can weave songs, fashioning them wherever I go out of the flowers that grow upon my path; but put me in a desert, where no green thing grows, and wherewith shall I frame a hymn of praise to God? How shall a mortal man make a crown for the Lord where no jewels are? Let but this voice be clear, and this body full of health, and I can sing God's praise: silence my tongue, lay me upon the bed of languishing, and how shall I then chant God's high praises, unless He Himself give me the song? No, it is not in man's power to sing when all is adverse, unless an altar-coal shall touch his lip. It was a divine song, which Habakkuk sang, when in the night he said, "Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." Then, since our Maker gives songs in the night, let us wait upon Him for the music. O Thou chief musician, let us not remain songless because affliction is upon us, but tune Thou our lips to the melody of thanksgiving.

This is the working out of our salvation. When we don't feel like it or want to or think we can't, we can! We must! For we have salvation and that is something to always rejoice over and be thankful for. We were created to worship the Lord with our whole being, our whole life. Let us make a habit of doing that daily no matter our circumstances!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jesus Calling...

I wanted to share with you something my Mother passes out to everyone and rightly so. It is a wonderful devotional by Sarah Young and I would recommend everyone owning one! Here are a few blurps from it.

Refresh yourself in the Peace of My Presence.


This Peace can be your portion at all times and in all circumstances. Learn to hide in the secret of My Presence, even as you carry out your duties in the world. I am both with you and within you. I go before you to open up the way, and I also walk alongside you. There could never be another companion as devoted as I am.

Because I am your constant Companion, there should be a lightness to your step that is observable to others. Do not be weighed down with problems and unresolved issues, for I am your burden-bearer. In the world you have trials and distress, but don't let them get you down. I have conquered the world and deprived it of power to harm you. In Me you may have confident Peace.

Psalm 31:19-20 (NASB); John 16:33 (AMP)

I want you to learn a new habit.


Try saying, "I trust You, Jesus" in response to whatever happens to you. If there is time, think about who I AM in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.

This simple practice will help you to see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspectve -- through the Light of My universal Presence -- fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me.

Isaiah 40:10-11

Friday, October 8, 2010

God Sustains...

A.H. Strong said: "Christ is the originator and upholder of the universe...In him it consists, or holds together, from hour to hour. The steady will of Christ constitutes the law of the universe and makes it a cosmos instead of a chaos, just as his will brought it into being in the beginning."

He...brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them missing. Isaiah 40:26

God constantly sustains His creation."He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else...For in Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:25,28 He supplies our food, we know that our times are in His hands and He cares about every moment of every day. We serve an amazing and sovereign God. As I was reminded today, there is nothing that compares to living in the moment by moments with Christ. We cannot do it on our own, because our plans will be frustrated, but with Him He works all things for His good pleasure. He has a perfect plan set out for us, we must trust and obey. We have to believe, know and live in His presence and believing He works everything out to the good of those who trust Him. Nothing we can come up with compares to His glorious plans for our lives.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Christ’s Glory Lifts the Shamed

I love this and wanted to share this with you!

By: Winston Smith

Biblically speaking, glory and shame are two things that couldn’t be more different. Shame is about defilement. We feel shame because of things we’ve done or had done to us that make us feel dirty, worthless, and afraid. Our instinct in shame is to cover up and hide. We beg not to be looked upon let alone touched. Glory, on the other hand, is about what is beautiful, good, and noble. Glorious things are proclaimed, shouted from rooftops, a cause for celebration. Glorious things are the things that beg to be spoken of and looked upon because they are so magnificent. But to the shamed, the glorious is off limits. The shamed don’t want to be seen by anyone, much less the glorious. Remember Isaiah’s experience of the Lord’s glory in the Temple? “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Is 6:5). For the shamed and defiled to come in contact with the glorious seems to promise certain death. So how does God’s glory offer hope for the shamed?

Psalm 72 offers a startling perspective on God’s glory. On the one hand, it is all about glory. It is a psalm of ecstatic praise for Israel’s coming king, the Messiah. Here are a few glimpses of his glory: “May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! . . . May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” (vss.8-11). “May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!” (v.17). As we now know, this is a picture of Jesus in the grandeur and glory of his kingdom rule. Again, it is a picture of glory, but is it good news for the shamed?

It is. Notice three key verses at the heart of the psalm. “For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight” (Ps.72:12-14). Amazing. Not only is Christ’s glory not opposed to his people’s shame, his mercy and kindness on the shamed is one of the key features of his glory. He wants to be known as a king who sees the shamed, reaches out and touches them, lifts them up and cares for them. That is his glory. Remember, this is a psalm. These aren’t simply inspired private musings; these are words meant to be sung out and proclaimed in the midst of God’s people in worship. These are words meant to be accompanied by the trumpet blast and the sound of tambourines! This is good news that should make our hearts leap and burst into song! And every time we stand and sing these words or words like them in worship we offer him praise for his glory and assurances to one another that Jesus’ glory is good news for all of us who know shame.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Secret of True Obedience

As I was meeting with my Exponent/Bible Study girls we began talking about the importance of continual obedience. We spoke of Moses' life as well as what it looks like for us today. Obedience is essential in our walk with the Lord. It is not for us to get something out of it, but it is because we love the Lord we walk in obedience. John 14:15 says, "If you love me, you will obey what I command." Let us learn to walk in obedience continually! Here is one of my favorite things I have found on this topic from Andrew Murray

'He learned obedience.' - Heb. 5:8

The secret of true obedience-let me say at once what I believe it to be-is the clear and close personal relationship to God. All our attempts after full obedience will be failures until we get access to His abiding fellowship. It is God's holy presence, consciously abiding with us, that keeps us from disobeying Him.
Defective obedience is always the result of a defective life. To rouse and spur on that defective life by arguments and motives has its use, but their chief blessing must be that they make us feel the need of a different life, a life so entirely under the power of God that obedience will be its natural outcome. The defective life, the life of broken and irregular fellowship with God, must be healed, and make way for a full and healthy life; then full obedience will become possible. The secret of a true obedience is the return to close and continual fellowship with God.
'He learned obedience' (Heb. 5:8). And why was this needful? And what is the blessing He brings us? Listen, 'He learned obedience by the things which He suffered, and became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey Him.'
Suffering is unnatural to us, and therefore calls for the surrender of our will.
Christ needed suffering that in it He might learn to obey and give up His will to the Father at any cost. He needed to learn obedience that as our great High Priest He might be made perfect. He learned obedience, He became obedient unto death, that He might become the author of our salvation. He became the author of salvation through obedience, that He might save those 'who obey Him.'
As obedience was with Him absolutely necessary to procure, it is with us absolutely necessary to inherit, salvation. The very essence of salvation is-obedience to God. Christ as the obedient One saves us as His obedient ones. Whether in His suffering on earth, or in His glory in heaven, whether in Himself or in us, obedience is what the heart of Christ is set upon.
On earth Christ was a learner in the school of obedience; in heaven He teaches it to His disciples here on earth. In a world where disobedience reigns unto death, the restoration of obedience is in Christ's hands. As in His own life, so in us, He has undertaken to maintain it. He teaches and works it in us.

Obedience to God is such a heavenly art, our nature is so utterly strange to it, the path in which the Son Himself learned it was so slow and long, that we must not wonder if it does not come at once. Nor must we wonder if it needs more time at the Masterfeet in meditation, and prayer, and waiting, in dependence and self-sacrifice, than the most are ready to give. But let us give it.

In Christ Jesus heavenly obedience has become human again, obedience has become our birth-right and our life-breath: let us cling to Him, let us believe and claim His abiding presence. With Jesus Christ who learned obedience as our Savior, with Jesus Christ who teaches obedience as our Master, we can live lives of obedience. His obedience-we cannot study the lesson too earnestly-His obedience is our salvation; in Him, the living Christ, we find it and partake of it moment by moment.

Let us beseech God to show us how Christ and His obedience are actually to be our life every moment: that will then make us pupils who give Him all our heart and all our time. And He will teach us to keep His commandments and abide in His love, even as He kept His Father's commandments and abides in His love. 

- Andrew Murray

Monday, October 4, 2010

THE VISION AND THE VERITY

"Called to be saints." 1 Corinthians 1:2

Thank God for the sight of all you have never yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not there yet by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the blows which must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to have the vision "batter'd to shape and use" by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people.


There are times when we do know what God's purpose is; whether we will let the vision be turned into actual character depends upon us, not upon God. If we prefer to loll on the mount and live in the memory of the vision, we will be of no use actually in the ordinary stuff of which human life is made up. We have to learn to live in reliance on what we saw in the vision, not in ecstasies and conscious contemplation of God, but to live in actualities in the light of the vision until we get to the veritable reality. Every bit of our training is in that direction. Learn to thank God for making known His demands.


The little "I am" always sulks when God says do. Let the little "I am" be shrivelled up in God's indignation - "I AM THAT I AM hath sent thee." He must dominate. Is it not penetrating to realize that God knows where we live, and the kennels we crawl into! He will hunt us up like a lightning flash. No human being knows human beings as God does.

- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Workmanship...

God calls us to do His work. This is His plan from before creation: Ephesians 1:4-2:10


Ephesians 1:4-2:10 (New International Version)

4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he[a] predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—What does this mean? 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he[b] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

11In him we were also chosen,[c] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory. Look at all we have in Christ…What do you think holds us back from us living this potential?

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[d] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 2

Made Alive in Christ

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[e] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

- What does it mean to you that we’re a workmanship of God’s? Created in Christ to do good works?

 
Definition of WORKMANSHIP

1: something effected, made, or produced : work

2: the art or skill of a workman; also : the quality imparted to a thing in the process of making

We are that vase that the Lord has created and we're created with a purpose! Thank you Jesus that you would choose me to display your beauty! I hope my life reflects His character and His workmanship. That people would know my creator by looking at me.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

God's Providence...His Bride!

I was reading through one of my favorite books again called Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. There are a few things I wanted to share with you from the beginning of his book that have helped reform my thinking of God on a daily basis.

"God's providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people. Again, note the absolute terms: constant care, absolute rule, all creation. Nothing, not even the smallest virus, escapes His care and control."
"All people -- believers as well as unbelievers -- experience anxiety, frustration, heartache, and disappointment. Some suffer intense physical pain and catastrophic tragedies. But that which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God; our suffering has meaning and purpose in God's eternal plan, and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for His glory and our good."

The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations."
Psalm 33:10-11

I realize that I am so quick to forget His promises to me, to us. He is faithful to His children and has the best in mind for us. This week has been a trying week for me and I know many more of them will come. I am quick to jump to my feelings, emotions, worries, fears and not to the Lord. I am learning to step aside and let the Lord work, to find my peace in Him and allow His hands to guide me. For I know that HIS plans stand FIRM! My prayer is that I will be faithful in walking in obedience to Him and not be caught up in the affairs of my life, but that I would seek Him in my life. I want to be a faithful and obedient bride. When I am not, there is a fog over my eyes and what I know as truth gets blurred with what the world and others are telling me. It is my obligation to seek His face and His alone for truth. I know that when I am obedient and seeking Him trials will come, but my foundation will be firm. I will know my true groom and rejoice in our true love, not get confused by that of the worlds. For nothing compares to knowing that we are being redeemed by a SOVEREIGN God and that He is absolute and cares about the smallest detail of our lives. Don't be afraid to release it all to the Lord and TRUST in His control, for He takes absolute control of His own.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Jehovah Shalom


The name of God is Jehovah - The name of God is Yahweh

The name of God is Elohim - My Creator

The name of God is El Elyon - Most High God (Sovereign Over All)

The name of God is Adonai - My Lord, My Master

The name of God is El Roi - God Who Sees

The name of God is El Shaddai - God Almighty

The name of God is Jehovah Ezer - The LORD our Helper

The name of God is Jehovah Jireh - The LORD Will Provide

The name of God is Jehovah Rapha - The LORD our Healer

The name of God is Jehovah Roi - The Lord is My Shepherd

The name of God is Jehovah Sabaoth - LORD of hosts (of armies)

The name of God is Jehovah Mekeddeshem - LORD Who Sanctifies

The name of God is Jehovah Nissi -The LORD Our Banner

The name of God is Jehovah Rapha - LORD Who Heals

The name of God is Jehovah Shalom - The LORD our Peace  

The name of God is Jehovah Shammah - The LORD is There
 
This is MY GOD! I am getting to know the Lord more and more each day. Learning His names and character are vital. I have found that throughout the day I am calling out one of these names. We NEED Him in every moment of our lives. I hope these bring encouragement. I think I'm going to print them and laminate them and put them in my car and purse! ;)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

“Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious.”

“Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious.”


Psalm 66:2

It is not left to our own option whether we shall praise God or not. Praise is God’s most righteous due, and every Christian, as the recipient of his grace, is bound to praise God from day to day. It is true we have no authoritative rubric for daily praise; we have no commandment prescribing certain hours of song and thanksgiving: but the law written upon the heart teaches us that it is right to praise God; and the unwritten mandate comes to us with as much force as if it had been recorded on the tables of stone, or handed to us from the top of thundering Sinai. Yes, it is the Christian’s duty to praise God. It is not only a pleasurable exercise, but it is the absolute obligation of his life. Think not ye who are always mourning, that ye are guiltless in this respect, or imagine that ye can discharge your duty to your God without songs of praise. You are bound by the bonds of his love to bless his name so long as you live, and his praise should continually be in your mouth, for you are blessed, in order that you may bless him; “this people have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise”; and if you do not praise God, you are not bringing forth the fruit which he, as the Divine Husbandman, has a right to expect at your hands. Let not your harp then hang upon the willows, but take it down, and strive, with a grateful heart, to bring forth its loudest music. Arise and chant his praise. With every morning’s dawn, lift up your notes of thanksgiving, and let every setting sun be followed with your song. Girdle the earth with your praises; surround it with an atmosphere of melody, and God himself will hearken from heaven and accept your music.


“E'en so I love thee, and will love,

And in thy praise will sing,

Because thou art my loving God,

And my redeeming King.”

I read this this morning from Spurgeon and was reminded of the awesome God that I serve. Sing forth His glorious name! We are recipients for His beautiful grace and nothing is worth our praise more than the Father. I pray we are not quick to praise the things of this world or more the world praising us. I pray that our soul purpose is the praise the Lord. When we are focused on the Lord in the moments of our daily life we are not focused on ourselves and our issues. In order to praise the Lord, we have to know Him. I am learning so much about my Father and His character and it amazes me more and more that He would choose me. He excited in my praise to Him and rejoices over His children when they are walking with Him. Walk with Him and praise Him. Get to know your Father! You can't but help to praise Him!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

...the beauty of being a branch...

I am going to start a daily blog! Now I just need to breathe and figure out how that's going to happen! HA! There is so much the Lord has been teaching me through this time in my life. I have to come to realize that it is the small moments each day that make me stop and realize I serve an amazing God!
I recently read this quote:
"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
I loved this! It is so relevant to many of our lives today, especially our walk with the Lord. We were created/built for so much more! Christ tells us in John that we have the same Spirit in us and He had here on earth. How powerful is that and what are we doing about that today? I would beg to say we do not access that power we have and end up relying on ourselves.
The beauty of being a branch: John 15
1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.

I have begun to realize the significance of seeking the Lord in everything! It drives me crazy when I depend on myself and try and figure things out on my own. There is no joy, no fruit, no patience, no love, etc. God has created us to live through him as a "branch". There is a reason He is our source! Look at all we have promised in Him and what a life lived to the fullest looks like. We have joy, a friend, fruit, and SO MUCH MORE! The beauty of this is that we are never alone and we have an ultimate HOPE that does not let us down. He is faithful and always there! So here is to blogging daily! Lord help me ;)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pure Freedom...

We want freedom to do what we want to do, yet that never seems to satisfy. We were created to be dependent on God, Romans 1! Striving for freedom ends up in ultimate slavery…if you’re not dependent on God you’re dependent on something or someone else. Where does that lead you? Often times I hear, especially in young people…being a Christian isn’t fun you can’t have fun or do fun things. I would beg to differ. There is so much freedom and pure joy in following the Lord. Your heart desires the things of the world so it is easy to think that is what you need, but in reality what you need is Christ. God gives us a different view of what it means to truly live. There is eternal satisfaction in the Lord and a hope that nothing of this world can offer.
Psalm 145:16
"You open your hand;you satisfy the desire of every living thing."
Psalm 103:17

"But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,and his righteousness to children’s children..."
Jeremiah 31:3

"the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love;therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you."
Job 4:6

"Is not your fear of God your confidence,and the integrity of your ways your hope?"
Psalm 71:5

"For you, O Lord, are my hope,my trust, O LORD, from my youth."
Ephesians 1:18

"having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints..."

He is beyond anything the world can offer and truly satisfies! HE CHANGES LIVES! I often ask myself why I put my hope and expectations on the world/people? When I clearly know nothing compares to the Lord! I pray for greater faith and a life of faithfulness and love. That I would love Him and love others according to His Word! I need thee every hour...every hour I need thee...


Friday, July 16, 2010

A Treasure...A Pearl...England...

God has changed me through traveling. I have often thought it was the people and it was the cultures that so impacted me and my love for traveling, but I am realizing more and more all of my travels, missions oriented or not have been to grow me closer to the Lord (while often times using the people). Whether it was from one end to the other of the earth and in between...England out of all of these trip has shown me Jesus in a new light and who He is in my life. By His GRACE am I saved and I thank Him for that. He shows me different facets of Himself in each of these places I have traveled. That has been the beauty of my travels. He reveals His character. This time it was His love for us...we so often deny and sin against our Lord yet He chooses to love us still. He showed me how to love and love genuinely.
We had the opportunity to spend time in the schools over there. That in itself was an amazing opportunity and something we would not have been able to do in America. We broke into groups and shared our stories of Christ changing our lives in these public schools. God's Word and glory went forth, but not without many questions and denial. As our team was sharing and answering questions I was burdened at how often I do not share the Hope that I have. These kids were so lost and hopeless and shared stories of their struggles and yet we had the answer, Christ. How often we have become so content where we are at that we lose site of our purpose. I was humbled and challenged as they asked sincere questions about God. "Who created God" "How will you know if God dies" "Why would God let bad things happen to good people" "Who cares about God!" "God's just wants us to follow his rules" ETC. The questions and statements went on and on. God gave us such an amazing opportunity to share His Word with these kids and for that I am so grateful. Many seeds were planted and we left those kids thinking about the God we serve.
One of the things that stuck out most to me was that after all of these questions and talking in the class we were talking with students and a fight had broken out. Soon after we heard that a boy had been kicked in the head and was bleeding. Immediately I grabbed a big rag and ran over to help stop the bleeding. As I sat there with him crying and explaining what happened, to this day thinking about it it makes me sick. It was a picture of our depraved hearts and what we are capable. It broke my heart for people and gave me a love for others like I had never experienced before. I empathized with him in his pain and my heart hurt for his heart more so than his physical pain. It showed me the hopelessness of so many around us and how others suffer at the hands of our sin nature, making Jesus the only answer. He won't let us down!
It gave me a heart to love them and people where they are at as well. It is easy to get frustrated at the situation and want people to change or to know God right now! The thing is, it is not up to us and we have to trust that God is in complete control and be patient! Lord knows we need patience every day! He has His hand on the hearts of those we encountered and those we will continue to encounter. We are just called to obey and share the truth. As I sit here in classes for Biblical Counseling, I am seeing more and more the importance of the hope that God offers EVERYONE. It is about loving people and offering them a hope, where every other method in the world has let them down. We love because Jesus first loved us, not because we deserve it or they do, but because Christ did!
We need to have a Jesus Focus on life. I have learned that even in my pursuit in walking with the Lord I find I get so content in my bubble and forget about others around me. We have a purpose in this life and often we don't live up to that or the potential that God has for us. God calls us to a simple faith. We are to love Him and love others. When we are truly loving Him, naturally we will love others and love them beyond our own capability! Here are ways in which I find that I need to die to myself daily and live for Him!

Jesus Focus...How to make him a treasure and pearl in your life.
1. Right desires (motives)
2. Right thinking
a.. Romans 6:11
b. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
3. Confess, deal with idols
What did you want so badly that pleasing God in that area became unimportant?
4. Right doing, regardless of feelings
a. John 13:17
b. James 1:25
c. Luke 9:23: You have to nail yourself to the cross every day!!

We have such a precious treasure in Christ. We have hope! I am burdened for the kids we encountered and continue to pray for them. I hope you would join me in praying as well. We all need prayer and truth. God has given us all we need for life and godliness and we NEED TO LIVE TO THAT POTENTIAL! He is mighty to save and capable of working in any bodies life! I am so grateful for my time there and have SUCH A LOVE for people of BARNSTABLE and LONDON! What a blessing the Lord allowed me to take part in. I AM FOREVER CHANGED! I have an ever lasting treasure and priceless pearl, I pray that I never take it for granted!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our Standard!

“The Bible must be our standard.


Whenever we are confronted with

a question about Christian

practice, we must apply the

teaching of the Bible. Sometimes

the Bible will deal with it directly,

and we must go by its direct

teaching. Often the Bible will not

deal with it directly, and then we

must look for general principles to

guide us. It does not matter what

other people think. Their behavior

is not a standard for us. But the

Bible is a standard for us, and it is

by the Bible that we must live”

(J.C. Ryle, Walking with God)
 
The Word of God is our standard. As I have been sitting in classes this week and processing my time in England, it is the Bible that offers the only Hope that can change a person. God is sufficient and His Word is what guides us in our decisions and daily living.
God only guides or leads His people today:

1. By providence (we know it after the fact) – Proverbs 21:1
2. By Scripture (we can know it before we act) – Psalm 73:24
God is a gracious God who has provided everything we need in order to do what He wants us to do (2 Pet. 1:3)
God holds us fully responsible to search out and follow His preceptive will (God’s written Word) in
all of life (2 Tim. 2:15).

Often we spend our days worrying about tomorrow and living in fear about what tomorrow holds or what the future holds. We do not know those things. God has given us His Word to guide us in our decision making and our daily lives. His Word is sufficient!
There are three ways in which we box truth: REASON, EXPERIENCE AND SCRIPTURE. These are all things that need to align, but often times it is reason and experience that win out over Scripture. Scripture should be our standard first and foremost. It is easy to go with reason and experience, but that is wrong. It is to be Scripture married with reason and experience that define our boxes of truth. We must live by the WORD for it is the wellspring of life! Psalm 18:30-31; Proverbs 4:23!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

His Disciple

This is something I have had forever and just can across it again. It is something challenging and powerful stuff.
 His Disciple
"that you should follow In His Steps"
An African pastor was imprisioned by a group of rebels that demanded that he renounce his fatih. He refused, so they have him one night and told him if he did not renounce Chirst bny that morning they would kill him. That night before they took his life he wrote the following lines:
I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I won't look back, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame vision, mundane talking, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotion, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I now live by presence, lead by faith, love by patience, life by prayer and labor by power. My face is set, my pace is fast, my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, the way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, let up or burn up till I'm preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
I'm a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till He stops. And when He comes to get His own, He'll have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Beauty of Being Content in the Lord...

It happened to be the last week of our Bible study with our girls on Saturday morning. We finished up in Philippians 4:10-23. It was a powerful lesson and I wanted to share with you some of the things that I learned through this lesson. It is about being confident that God is in control! There was a puritan writer by the name of Jeremiah Burroughs who defined contentment as: Christian contentment is that sweet inward quiet, that gracious frame of the spirit which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. It is understanding and believing that when we are walking right with God and know that He is in control of all that happens to us, that brings His peace and contentment no matter the circumstance in our lives.
Discontentment comes when we want to control everything. It is essentially taking the place of God in our own lives and not trusting in His sovereign plan. People seek contentment and typically in the world they assume that contentment is the absence of all problems. This is not the true meaning of contentment. It is not about being completely void of problems. True contentment is being able to be satisfied and content in the midst of any problem. That's the kind of contentment that God offers through Christ. God alone can make us content in any situation and that's what we learn from the life of Paul here in Philippians.
It was amazing studying Philippians and the life of Paul. He went through so much yet he learned to be content no matter his circumstance, AND continued to proclaim the hope of the gospel. Paul teaches us so much here when it comes to looking outside of ourselves and seeking to love others above ourselves. True contentment shows that we are not concerned about our own needs, but that we are concerned about the needs of others. Paul was deeply concerned with the spiritual blessings that came to others. How amazing would it be to have that kind of thinking. I pray that I would have that mindset for others!
2 Corinthians 9:6 says, "Sow sparingly, reap sparingly; sow bountifully, reap bountifully." This is speaking of spiritual blessings on both ends and joy. I believe it was verse 15 of Philippians 4 where Paul mentions that the beautiful did a beautiful thing. The thing that they had done was share in his affliction and supported him when he was away and encouraged him through prayer, spiritual and physical support as well.
As I was going through this lesson it made me think of why God has called me to do Biblical Counseling. It is to love well and to do a beautiful thing, it is to share in the suffering of others. It is about bringing the hope of Christ as Paul did and to live content, trusting in the sovereign control of what God has in store for my life and helping point others to the truth of His Word. God knows my future, my next step, job, future husband, children, etc. He has everything under HIS CONTROL. Proverbs 16:9 says, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." Psalm 145:16 says, "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."
What an amazing God we serve! God is ordering everything according to His own plan. And that is why all things work together for the good to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose because He's in charge. (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11-14) This comes through being in His Word and getting to know the God we serve! He is amazing and loves us this MUCH!

Friday, April 23, 2010

We Have A Reason!

I was listening to this song recently and I don't believe I have ever truly grasped what it means to be able to praise the Lord in every season. We have a reason to rejoice no matter and we have a reason to worship! It is in the times of trial and pain that I feel the presence of the Lord the most, but it is my desire to know Him like that no matter the season. When we feel dry, let's hunger still, when we're in pain and feel week, let our faith stand. I pray the Lord puts me through the fire constantly, that I am always being refined and turning to Him! We are co-heirs with Christ, how amazing is that. The part in this song that is my favorite is when they sing the bridge, "All of my life, in every season, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship." Every bit of our life has a reason to worship the Lord and in every season of our life, no matter what. We have a reason to worship Him! Romans 5:20 gives us the proof through His grace and His love for us. I have every reason every day to live my life fully for Him! We have a beautiful purpose in our lives. To start, He loves us just as we are!   

Desert Song by Hillsong
Verse 1:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

Verse 2:
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

Chorus:
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 3:

And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it's way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

Bridge:
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

Verse 4:
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be empited again
The seed I've recieved I will sow

Monday, April 5, 2010

There's A Hope That Never Fails!

I was reminded the other day of how precious the faith of a child is and how we need that faith in our own lives daily. A friend of mine's son was at church for Easter and asked the teacher about heaven and needed to know right away. The teacher asked why, and he said because if Christ is in my heart, but he is in heaven now "resurrection Sunday", does that mean heaven is in my heart? It was precious and I am sure that I am telling just the basics of the story, but it was so amazing to me! I was then listening to this song in my car and it brought tears to my eyes at how amazing Heaven is and what a precious heart this little boy has, and that I need to have. When we do have Christ in our hearts, we have the ability to experience a little bit of Heaven each day. One of my favorite lines of this song is; there's a hope that never fails. We have a hope that never fails, that is huge! We need to think of Heaven more and who Christ really is and what it means to have Christ inside of us. Not because of the beauty of Heaven, yes that will be amazing, but beacuse of the face to face relationship we will have with Christ. Read these lyrics and listen to the song if you can. It is truly amazing that the God we serve loves us so much constantly!  

You Hold Me Now by Hillsong

On that day when I see

All that You have for me

When I see You face to face

There surrounded by Your grace



All my fears swept away

In the light of your embrace

When Your love is all I need

And forever I am free



Where the streets are made of gold

In Your presence here to hold

Let these songs of heaven rise to you alone



No weeping, no hurt or pain

No suff'ring You hold me now

You hold me now

No darkness no sickening

No hiding You hold me now,

You hold me now



In this life fin'lly stand

Through my joy and my pain

Knowing there's a greater day

There's a hope that never fails



When You're name is lifted high

And forever praises last

For the glory of Your Name

I'll be livin' for the day



When the world has finally cease

All creation rest in peace

Let these songs of heaven rise to you alone



No weeping, no hurt or pain

No suff'ring You hold me now

You hold me now

No darkness no sickening

No hiding You hold me now,

You hold me now


 
For eternity

All my heart will give

All the glory to Your name (4X)


No weeping, no hurt or pain

No suffering You hold me now

You hold me now

No darkness no sickening

No hiding You hold me now,

You hold me now


No weeping, no hurt or pain

No suffering You hold me now

You hold me now


No darkness no sickening

No hiding You hold me now,

You hold me now


No weeping, no hurt or pain

No suffering You hold me now

You hold me now

No darkness no sickening

No hiding You hold me now,

You hold me now