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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)



Doubt It Not!

April 6th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

“Look at the cross; behold His precious Gift transfixed to it, and that by His own hand, and for your sins. Then look at your present circumstances, survey your needs, your trials, your chastisements, your bereavements, your heart-sickening, heartbreaking tribulations, and know that God still is love. If He had love strong enough, deep enough, to give you Jesus—to tear Him, as it were, from His bosom, and to transfix Him on yonder accursed tree for your iniquities—has He not love enough to bow His ear to your cry, and His heart to your sorrow? Will He not rescue you from this difficulty, deliver you out of this trouble, shield you in this temptation, supply this need, and support, succour, and comfort you in this grief? Oh yes, He will! Doubt it not! The cross of Calvary is a standing pledge—standing until sin and guilt, need and woe, shall be known no more—that God, who ‘spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, will with Him also freely give us all things’ necessary to our good, and promotive of His glory.” — Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)

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We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

– Hebrews 6:13-20, MSG

 

Holding on to hope with both hands today is possible. The opportunity to see, trust, and believe is here, right now.

Lord, help me today to keep looking for you in every moment, each conflict, all my activities, beyond the noise, above the silence. Thank you for meeting me in the midst of my life as it actually is.



The Purpose Behind the Process

March 17th, 2010 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , ,

I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.
— Psalm 18:1-3 NLT

Birth, like life, is not predictable. Nor is it an easy climb. So, back when I was teaching childbirth preparation to Christian parents, our discussion often included this remember-to-take-it-with-you-when-you-go passage.

When you have faced a seemingly impossible challenge, how has God’s Word kept you from forgetting the purpose behind the process? What images come to mind as you read and think about these opening words in David’s psalm today?