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Joining In

May 17th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

O Lord, save us; 
O Lord, grant us success.
 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
 From the house of the Lord we bless you. 


The Lord is God, 
and he has made his light shine upon us.
 With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
 up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
 you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 his love endures forever.

—   Psalm 118:25-29, NIV

 

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“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand,” declared David (Ps. 16:11, NIV). But we must take time to pray, to wait, to listen. 

How much we need to hear and heed Jesus’ promise that He will strengthen us for the journey ahead and light our way with His unfailing love, grace, and protection. With our hearts focused on God’s kingdom and our minds set on Christ, our hungry souls are strengthened, sustained, and shielded from harm.

Day by day we can lift our souls to the Lord of life, asking Him to lead us, feed us, fortify us, and make us more fruitful: “Fill my cup, Lord—I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench the thirsting of my soul; Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more—Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!”

 

Almighty God, we give Thee thanks for the mighty yearning of the human heart, for the coming of a Savior, and the constant promise of Thy Word that He was to come. In our own souls we repeat the humble sighs and panting aspirations of ancient men and ages, and own that our souls are in darkness and infirmity without faith in Him who comes to bring God to man and man to God. We bless Thee for the tribute we can pay to Him from our very sense of need and dependence, and that our own hearts can so answer, from their wilderness, the cry, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” In us the rough places are to be made smooth, the crooked straight, the mountains of pride brought low, and the valleys of despondency lifted up. O God, prepare Thou the way in us now, and may we welcome anew Thy Holy Child. Hosanna! blessed be He who cometh in the name of the Lord — Amen.

— Samuel Osgood 



Not As the World Gives

April 10th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
— John 14:27, NASB

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Come unto Me, ye weary, and I will give you rest.
O Blessed voice of Jesus, which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction, of pardon, grace, and peace,
Of joy that hath no ending, of love which cannot cease.

— William C. Dix (1837-1898), “Come Unto Me, Ye Weary”

 

For the thirsty, the hungry, and the distracted, the message of Christ is the same. Jesus speaks of pardon and forgiveness, of joy and peace, given freely to all who look to him to satisfy their innermost needs. Are you trusting the Lord with your heart today? Can you accept he is bringing you ever closer to being conformed to his own character and image? We can live in hopeful expectation believing he will complete the work he has begun.



Take

April 7th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Every day, let us renew the consecration to God’s service; every day let us, in His strength, pledge ourselves afresh to do His will, even in the veriest trifle, and to turn aside from anything that may displease Him. He does not bid us bear the burdens of tomorrow, next week, or next year. Every day we are to come to Him in simple obedience and faith, asking Him help to keep us . . . leaving the future always in God’s hands, sure that He can care for it better than we. — Anonymous

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We frequently feel pulled in opposing directions by those who encourage us to look at a job, an investment portfolio, or our looks as the central core of our identity—when our greatest joy and highest privilege as Christians is designed to come from knowing, serving, and loving our Lord, one day at a time.

“I trust in your unfailing love,” David said (Psalm 13:5 ESV). The walk of faith requires that we choose moment by moment where we look for help, surrendering ourselves to the Lord and relinquishing our personal autonomy in this present world. As Christ’s followers, we never have to wait for precisely the perfect moment to surrender ourselves to God; the time to do it is right now, right where we are, with whatever He has already given us.

One day we will stand before Jesus, our earthly lives far behind us. All that we have done, all that we have thought and said, will be shown for what it was—gold, silver, and costly stones, or wood, hay and stubble—as it is revealed in God’s purifying fire. What will remain? For what and whom have we lived? Will we be left with crumbs or a crown?

 

Take my life, and let it be,

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days;

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my hands and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

Take my voice, and let me sing

Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be

Filled with messages for thee.

 

Take my silver and my gold;

Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect, and use

Every power as Thou choose.

 

Take my will and make it thine;

It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own;

It shall be Thy royal throne.

 

Take my love, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure-store.

Take myself, and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

— Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)



How Can It Be?

April 6th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , ,

‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love Divine!

- Charles Wesley

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“It is the easiest thing in the world to obey God when He commands us to do what we like, and to trust Him when the path is all sunshine,” Theodore H. Cuyler asserts. “The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark.”

Trusting God in the dark—and through the dark—does not make sense from a purely logical perspective. Darkness provokes distrust, disorientation, and a troubling sense that all is not as it should be.

Think of your life’s journey. After arriving at a place when you felt as if you were walking in the dark, where have you looked to discover which way to go? In what and whom have you trusted?

Thankfully, trust does not depend on our sensory perceptions for validation. Trust is not about positive feelings—it is about childlike faith.

Finding our bearings when we are walking in the dark—when fear or doubts come creeping onto our path, into our heart—comes about as we turn first in prayer to some Scriptures we have learned, and we draw from our memory: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV). We remember Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1, ESV). And the apostle Paul’s blessing to Rome’s earliest Christians: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13, ESV).

Trust . . . hope . . .belief. How willing are we to walk into unfamiliar territory, into a place where God requires us to prayerfully rely upon Him alone? To go where our Shepherd leads, even when we cannot make sense out of our surroundings? To believe Jesus with childlike trust?

We can count on this: God’s love for us surpasses our utmost expectations, our best hopes, our most far-reaching desires for our life—and no matter how today appears, we can find rest in knowing His plans and purposes for us will not fail.

“I am the light of the world,” said Jesus. “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12, ESV). When we do not know the “why” behind what we are going through, we can trust the Lord to light the way ahead—trusting, hoping, believing. Even in the darkness.