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Give Me Jesus

During the months of September through May I lead a woman’s bible study,  Due to everyone’s busy schedule, we take off June through August. It is a time when I use to rest and spend time doing some other things that I enjoy. The Lord led to purchase a bible study by Sheila Walsh entitled The Longing in Me. I planned to spend the summer months working through this on my own but God had other plans. I had the joy of doing the study with three friends who also have the summer off from their normal bible study time. It was a blessed time to get to know one another better and spend time sharing with each other.

The study focused on the man and character of David. David was known as a “man after God’s own heart.”
We find much of his character in the book of Psalms as he opened up his life for all to examine. David’s life was portrayed by both success (he killed Goliath – I Samuel 17) and failure (his sin with another man’s wife – 2 Samuel 11) and he was far from perfect.
So the question is, how could God call David “a man after His heart” when David was such a terrible a sinner, having committed adultery and murder? Let’s look a little closer at the life of David to see if we can find out the answer to that question.
David had solid faith in God. In 1 Samuel 17 where David as a young shepherd boy fearlessly killed the Philistine, Goliath. His faith said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David,”Go, and the LORD be with you!” David was fully aware that God was in control of his life, and he had faith that God would deliver him. How else would one venture into a potentially fatal situation with such calm and confidence? David knew early on in life that God was to be trusted and obeyed. As we see in Scripture, David’s faith pleased God, and he is rewarded for it by the Lord.
David also loved God’s law. Of the 150 psalms in the Bible, David is credited for writing over half of them. David repeatedly mentioned how much he loved God’s perfect Word. We find a beautiful example of this in Psalm 119:47-48: “For I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.” It is not hard to see his complete adoration for God’s Word. But also notice how he mentions that he “meditates” on God’s statutes. God granted David understanding and wisdom through daily meditation. What a beautiful example to us, “Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways” (Psalm 119:2-3).

David’s experienced seasons of great peace and prosperity as well as times of fear and despair. But through all of the seasons in his life, he never forgot to thank the Lord for everything that he had. It is truly one of his finest characteristics. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4,). A s followers of Jesus Christ, we would do well to follow David’s lead of offering praise through thanksgiving to our Lord on a daily basis.
I believe David’s greatest characteristic was that he was truly repentant. Not only had he committed adultery and lying, but also murder. He had sinned against God and he admits it in 2 Samuel 12:13: “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.’” But admitting our sin and asking for forgiveness is only half of the equation. The other half is repentance, and David did what we should all do: repent of our sins. One of my all-time favorite scripture is Psalm 51. This is David’s prayer of repentance to God: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalm 51:1-2).
David was truly repentant and God forgave him. David is a role model for us and he indeed, was a man after God’s own heart.
When we fail God through sin and disobedience, we can go to him in confidence knowing that “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to not only forgive us but to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
Are you a woman after God’s own heart? What is the desire of your heart? Do you have that longing in your heart that says, Give Me Jesus?
Give Me Jesus is a fairly old hymn, originating as an African-American spiritual written during the time of slavery in the Untied States. Each time I hear this song it touches the true desire of my heart. The lyrics of Give Me Jesus are simple, but powerful. My prayer for you is that this is the message of your heart. Whether you are going through a time of success or a time failure, do you want Jesus more than all?
Give me Jesus
Lord when I am alone
And when I am alone
And when I am alone
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world

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We live in a world of noise and movement.  Many of us are constantly moving.  We have a family and home to take care of, we have a job to go to, the kids are involved in sports and we all have hobbies we enjoy. The list can go on and on.

Movement is not a bad thing.  It shows that we are alive and living.  But,we must be careful that our movement is leading us in the right direction.  In order to be sure we are moving in the right direction, we must take time to be still.

Psalm 46:10 encourages us to be still and know God.

God wants us to have more than a “head” knowledge of Him.  He wants us to have a “heart” knowledge.  He wants us to have more than an intellectual understanding.  He wants us to have a personal and intimate knowledge  that lead us to a personal relationship with Jesus.

Taking time to “be still” before God requires an intentional effort on our part.  If you do not presently have this spiritual discipline in your life, start slow and don’t become discouraged.  God will honor your desire and your effort, no matter how small.

How to be still before God

A.  Set aside a time that works for you – maybe you are a morning person…maybe it will be after you drop the kids off at school.  For me, it is in the evening when the activities and responsibilities of the day are done.

B.  Find a quite place away from distractions and interruptions. Maybe it’s a small corner of the kitchen or bedroom.  Maybe it’s a closet (have you seen the movie “War Room?”)

C.  Don’t rush it.  Allow yourself to relax and unwind if needed. Let go of the worries that have weighed you down.

D.  Begin with a simple prayer:

  • thank God for bringing you to this moment before Him
  • ask him to open your heart and mind to His word
  • thank him in advance for what He is going to say to you.

E.  Have the necessary tools to help you in your quiet time

  • A bible
  • a notebook and pen to record your thoughts and feelings
  • a devotional book is helpful if you don’t know where to start
  • a hymnal

Once you have spent time in the Word, sit in silence and reflect on what you have read.

Pause and listen for what God has to say to you.

Ask God how He wants you to apply it to your life.

End your time in worship and prayer.  Praise Him for who He is, Thank him for how He has spoken you you.   Sing a hymn of praise.  He is faithful.

As you intentionally take time to be still before God your faith will grow, you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to others.

You may have some other tips to encourage others as they spend quite time with the Lord.  Please leave a comment sharing those tips with those who read this blog.

As always, feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.  If you do not have that personal relationship with Jesus, I will be happy to discuss it with you.Blessings to you as you spend time being still before God.

In closing I would like to share the final clip to the movie, “The War Room.”  Lord Raise Up a people who are still before you.  That we might know you personally as Lord and Savior.  Raise up those that love you and seek you and trust you. Amen.

 

 

You’ve done it again, Lord. You’ve done it again.
You are good, and You are mighty, and You are merciful! And You keep taking care of me when I don’t deserve it.
Praise You, Jesus! You are Lord….

Raise up more that will call upon Your name.
Raise up those that love You, and seek You, and trust You.
Raise ‘em up, Lord!
Raise ’em up!

Lord, we need a generation of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel!
We need an army of believers, Lord, that hate to be lukewarm, and will stand on Your Word above all else!
Raise ’em up, Lord!
Raise ’em up!

I pray for unity among those that love You.
I pray that You open their eyes so that they can see Your truth, Lord.
I pray for Your hand of protection and guidance.
Raise up a generation, Lord, that will take light into this world; that will not compromise when under pressure; that will not cower, Lord, when others fall away!

Raise ’em up, Lord, that they will proclaim that there is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ!
Raise up warriors, Lord, who will fight on their knees, who will worship you with their whole hearts, Lord!
Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!

I pray these things with all my heart.
Raise ’em up, Lord!
Raise ’em up!

“Raise ‘Em Up”, from the movie “The War Room”

 

 

Some say, “silence is golden.”  Me………….I like noise.  When home, I have the television on even if I am not watching it. While driving to work, the car radio is on and when I get to work the first thing i do is turn the Pandora radio station.  There is noise all around me.

Psalm 46:10 calls us (me) to be still (silent).  

This past week  I have been forced to endure silence was while driving to work.  The car radio/cd player had quit working and I have not had time to have it fixed.  I have to admit that silence is not a bad thing.  It is nothing to fear.

As I had driven to work, I had time to pray and reflect on the grace and goodness of God.  I found myself humming and singing the old familiar hymn, “To God be the Glory.”  Read these words with me and allow God to open your heart to the truth they encompass.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life, an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate, that all may go in.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer, the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport1, when Jesus we see!

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 
Let the people rejoice!

He (God) so loved he world he gave his son (Jesus).  He (Jesus) yielded his life an atonement for sin.  To every believer (you and me) the promise of God (eternal life). The vilest offender who truly believes  (remember the Apostle Paul who said he was the worst of sinners.)  But purer and higher and greater will be, our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see (heaven).

Praise the Lord……….Give Him the Glory……………..Great things he has done!

How could I not but praise Him?

Had there not been that time of silence while driving to work, I would have missed it.  I would have missed the blessing God had for me that morning.  God says be still (silent) and know that I am God,

Let’s take a moment to reflect:

  • How are you at experiencing those times of being still (silent) before God?
  • What hinders you from being still before God?
  • what are the benefits of being still before God?

In my next posting (within the next few days) I will share some ways to be still before the God.  Please check back.

Prayer:  Thank you dear Father for that time of silence while driving to work.  it not only gave me the opportunity to pray, but also the opportunity to hear from you through the words of “To God be the Glory.”  Lord, you have done great things for me and I am filled with joy (and praise.) – Psalm 126:3

Leave me a comment and tell me what do you to be still before God.

As I sit here reflecting on 2013 and thinking about a new year soon to dawn upon me,  I think of several verses in Isaiah that talk about forgetting the past and looking ahead to the new things God wants to do.

With the end of the year approaching, there are many regrets, sorrows and disappointments.  Mistakes have been made; hopes and dreams have been crushed.  There have been times of discouragement and hardships and struggles.

This is not to say there were not times of encouragement and blessings because there were. But, for some reason at this time of year I tend to focus on those things I want to change.

There’s no reason to remain enslaved to the mistakes and sins and the shortcomings of my past year. I don’t have to continually feel guilty  because of something I did or didn’t do this past year.  God in Christ has forgiven me and I chose to accept His forgiveness and say “thank you.” Because of God’s grace and mercy I can move on to the new year with new hope, new determination and new strength. God says He is doing a new thing; He has already begun.

I don’t know what lies ahead in 2014.  I know there are things about myself I want to change and I know there are things in my life God wants to change.  In either case, I know I can’t change on my own.  I will need God’s help.  He has promised not to leave me nor forsake me.  He will give me the strength and courage I need if I just keep my eyes upon Him.  There will be more disappointments and discouraging times, more hardships and struggles but I also know that God promises that His Holy Spirit will be there with me and be my companion and helper.   He will lead me and guide me in the way I should go if I seek Him.

What about you?  Where are you at in your walk with the Lord as we approach 2014?  Are there things you want to change?  Are there changes God wants to make in you?  Will you allow him to lead you and guide you, comfort and strengthen you?  Will you seek Him daily?

Prayer:  Dear Father God,

This year is soon to pass.  With it goes all its mistakes and disappointments.  Thank you for your grace and mercy that you extended to me in 2013.

As we approach 2014, let me remember it is a time of new beginning.  You are going to do a new thing.  You have already begun.  I place 2014 into your strong hands to lead me and guide me.  Create in me a heart of acceptance and gratitude.   Help me to know you more, to walk in faith , to serve you better and to grow in your grace.  In Jesus name, I pray.  Amen.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland

 NLT “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

HOPE

 

As we enter Holy Week, I am reminded of this song. Both the traditional hymn and the more contemporary one. It is a song that reminds me of HOPE. The hope that this week brings.

 

How many times have we heard the words “There is no hope”? People are in a state of despair. There are those struggling with finding work, having enough money to pay their bills, sickness all around. Life is such a struggle, why bother. We lose loved ones and feel we can’t go on. We say when will it end. Everywhere we look, we see people who have no hope. Maybe you are facing some situations where you say, when will it end. You may be thinking why bother; things are never going to change or things aren’t going to get any better.

 

I am here to say “Where there’s no hope, there is grace” Thank you God for Grace.

 

In the following song, I see grace. I see hope. I see God’s love story in the words of this one hymn.

 

ONE DAY 

One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
Dwelt among men, my example is He

 

There was no hope for mankind because of his sin, but God showed his great love for us through the birth of His on Jesus. In Isaiah 7:14 we read, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. This prophecy was recounted to Mary by the angel of the Lord when he told her she was to be the virgin mother of Jesus and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

 

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected;
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

 

Hope – he loves me and he showed that love by his death on the cross. Romans 5:8 God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.

The crucifixion of Christ was a sad day for the disciples. They lost their friend, their companion. The woman went to prepare his body for burial. Can you imagine their surprise when they arrived? The stone was rolled away! The grave was empty? Death had been conquered! Matthew 28:6 He is not here, he has risen! Hope!

 

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

 

Thess.4:16-18 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God,and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

One day he’s coming! O Glorious day! Hope!

If there was ever a event that gives hope it is resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus! He is our hope of better days ahead, our hope of sins forgiven, our hope of eternal life. Yes there are days when discouragement comes, when the bills overwhelm us, when sickness comes our way, when we don’t know where else to turn. But my friend, please take comfort in knowing the our God loves us beyond measure and he cares about our every need. Yes you can go on.

 

 

 

Leave me your comments. If you have been blessed by this blog, give God the Glory.

http://youtu.be/VXp6xcY5IqU  Oh Glorious Day by Casting Crowns

Tell it to Jesus

Matthew 11:28-29Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

As I was in church recently, an overwhelming weariness came over me. I felt really alone and distant from what was going on around me and my emotions seemed to rise to the surface. What had come over me? Was I feeling sorry for myself or was God trying to get my attention?

I am sure I am not alone when I say the holidays are particularly difficult for me. I have very little family left and those that are left do not share in my faith. The holidays can be a very lonely, discouraging time. 

Then, just a few days after Christmas I took my beloved pet Noah to the vet and discovered he had a large mass and I had to put him down. Pets can become a very important part of a single persons family life.

That day I was sitting in church feeling alone and distant a song came to mind

Tell it to Jesus

Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

I recently read a statement on facebook. It said, “Dear Lord, please wrap your arms around those who are hurting today and let them feel how much you love them. I shared that on my facebook page and actually prayed that if anyone of my friends needed to feel God’s love, that God would warp His arms around them. That prayer was not only for them but for myself also.

I must admit that I have a tendency to pray for others but not really pray for myself and for those things that really seem heavy on my heart. Those things that concern “me” and my feelings. So often I try to bury my feelings and not deal with the discouragement and heartaches. Was God trying to get my attention. I do not believe He caused those feelings I had that Sunday morning, but I believed he used them to speak to my heart.

As the tears flowed several times during that week, I found myself crying out to Jesus, telling him about my sorrows, burdens and my weariness. I didn’t need to fear what he thought because He had lonely, weary times. He had family who didn’t see Him for who He really was and he lost those who were dear to Him. He truly is a friend like none other.. In Him, I found rest, in Him I found a gentle, humble spirit and from Him I can learn. He only ask me to come.

How are you today. Are you tired, weary, burdened? Are you hurting or discouraged? Is there sin in your life you need to confess. Are you worried about the future?

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Blessings from God’s Word.

Dear Lord, please wrap your arms around those who are hurting today and let them feel how much you love them. 

He Hideth My Soul

December 23, 2012

He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock

 

While driving to work recently a song kept going though my mind . I don’t even know why I began humming it because I haven’t sang it in years or even heard it played recently. But. it was a hymn I learned in my early years growing up in the church. As I began singing the song, it actually became my prayer for the day.

We face the fiery darts of the enemy daily. Many difficulties, challenges and temptations come across our pathway. The good news is that we do not need to face those times alone. God, throughout His word, gives us many promises of protection and deliverance.

As we look at the life of Moses in Exodus 33 (18-23), Moses ask God to see His glory. God responded by telling Moses He would cause His goodness to pass in front of him and that he would proclaim His name in his presence, but he could not see His face. God told Moses he would put Him in the cleft of the rock and cover him until He passed by.

Just as God provided a place of protection for Moses by placing him in the cleft of the rock, He provides a place of protection for us. As I sang this song to God as a prayer, I was asking Him to place me in the cleft of the rock and cover me with his hand. The cleft of the rock is a place where I feel peace and security . It is a place where I see the glory of His ways as He provides and protects me during those daily struggles and temptations. Blind songwriter Fanny Crosby captured this truth when she wrote these words:

 

Verse 1

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me;

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see.

Chorus

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, That shadows a dry, thirsty land;

He hideth my life with the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand,

And covers me there with His hand.

Verse 2

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away;

He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.

Verse 3

With numberless blessings each moment He crowns, And filled with His fullness divine,

I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God, For such a Redeemer as mine!

Verse 4

When clothed in His brightness, Transported I rise to meet Him in clouds of the sky,

His perfect salvation, His wonderful love I’ll shout with the millions on high.

Do you feel overwhelmed by daily challenges, struggles and temptations? Are you tired and weary? Let God place you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with His hand. It is there that you will find peace. It is there you will see His glory.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,

He taketh my burden away;

He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved,

He giveth me strength as my day.