Friday, June 29, 2012

"I'll Be There" - the Jackson Five Singing a Song of God's Love for Us!

Joseph Prince was singing part of this song by the Jackson Five in a sermon I watched recently, as if Jesus was singing to us!  When I looked up the lyrics, I thought it was really touching if you think of this song as Jesus singing it to us...I am so glad He is always there for me, loving me with a love that is faithful and true, always treating me with respect and love!

He is a Friend that is always there for us, always true to us, always taking care of us, always treating us right, always available when we call on Him..

I love how He is the Friend that is always within us, through the dear Holy Spirit dwelling within, as Comforter, Helper, Advocate, Strengthener, Teacher and Advisor, Encourager - He is all we could ask for in a Friend and is really our Best Friend!

Thank You, Lord, for being in me by Your Spirit - thank You for sending Your Spirit to indwell me and for baptizing me in Your Spirit to overflow and fill and empower and reassure me!  Thank You for the Holy Spirit within, to be the Friend I have always wanted, always at hand, always ready to help, always delighting in me, never noticing or holding against me my faults, loving me unconditionally, always working for my good, always rising up in me whenever I need help and a defense against the enemy, always ready to flow through in love and grace to others!  Thank You, dear, Lord, for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, Who will be with me forever - as guide and help as well as a guarantee that I will see Your face in heaven!  It is such a wonderful adventure and a blessed relief to have such a Friend - You, dear Holy Spirit - with me and within me at all times!  I will NEVER be alone again, NEVER have to feel lonely or rejected, NEVER have to face a single thing in this life alone EVER, EVER AGAIN!  

No matter what we go through, no matter what we face, no matter what we do, He says, "I'LL BE THERE!"

I will talk to the Father, and he'll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth.... he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!  Jn. 14:16 - 17 MSG

He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]  Heb. 13:5 AMP

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Picture of Grace

I read this little dialogue between two friends once in a newsletter put out by my friend, Gregg Gibbons, who has a wonderful website called "Christ My Heart."  The dialogue went something like this:

Friend 1 had been explaining to Friend 2 about God's grace being free forgiveness and acceptance and right standing with God)..

Friend 2: "But I'm not worthy!"

Friend 1: "Of course you're not worthy!  That's why it's called 'grace'!"

Grace is a special gift, because it's a gift you don't have to deserve or be worthy of..

I don't have to be "good enough" or "strong enough" or "spiritual enough" or "faithful enough" to get grace. I don't have to be ANYTHING to have grace!

Grace is for failures!  Grace is for the empty!  Grace is for the messed up and broken!

Grace gives wholeness, love, favor, empowering, acceptance and blessing for free!

Grace gives JESUS for free, His Spirit coming to dwell in us, bringing with Him all that He is, which is wholeness, love, favor, power, acceptance and blessing!  He is everything we need a God to be!  And it is all ours for free in Christ, through His finished work on the cross that brought all that to us..

So if you don't feel worthy enough, don't feel good enough, feel like too much of a failure or a reject or a ruined person to ever be graced, favored, loved, accepted or blessed...guess what?  You qualify for grace!   Everyone qualifies for grace, that is the beauty of it!  Because it doesn't depend on anything in US, only the love in the heart of GOD -  grace is for all and we all qualify for it.  And it is already given, already released.  God's grace is already all over us, wow!

We may think our emptiness and inability will turn Him away, but no!  Our realization that we are empty and needy simply brings us to be ready to enjoy His grace, because when we finally see we're empty yet still loved, we aren't afraid to come boldly to Him, knowing we'll have all the help we need for FREE (Heb. 4:16!  Amen!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Even When You Blow It..

To me, grace means that even when we blow it, we're still blessed!

Even when we ruin everything, we're still built up and supported!

Even when we run the other way from God, He comes with us and still helps us!

Even when we fall flat on our face, He still loves and uplifts and empowers us!

Grace is the best thing going, isn't it?

We don't have to be good to be loved.

We don't have to do everything right to be blessed.

We don't have to have perfect understanding to be helped.

We don't even have to have some perfect faith to be favored.

We don't have to be anything - we can rest in His arms, for because of Jesus, we are blessed, helped and favored for FREE!

Unmerited favor means that everything is freely given as a gift, without our having to do anything to earn or deserve it.  Grace means a gift that is free, with no strings attached.  God's love, acceptance, forgiveness, reconciliation, help, deliverance, blessings, favor and strength all come to us as a free and unmerited gift.

In the land of Grace (God's Kingdom), everything is free for the taking!  He has provided all for us in the Son and His finished work has secured for us this amazing inheritance!

The best part of the inheritance is Christ in us!  His Spirit dwells in us in close, intimate, perfect, everlasting union!  This is how it was always meant to be, the dream that was always in His heart.

Thank You, Lord, for being my Father, Lord, Savior, Helper, Best Friend, Confidante, Protector, Provider, Healer, Sustainer, Keeper, and True Love!  Thank You for Your Grace!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Amazing Grace Sung by a Brazilian Child..Beautiful!

Here's a wonderful youtube video from the Brazilian "Kids Got Talent" show, of a young boy singing Amazing Grace..

I don't think I need to make any comments on this one, for the video speaks for itself!

Praise You, Lord, for Your amazing grace!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

He's an "ALL" kind of God!

Our God is not a God of "sometimes."

Our God is not a God of "maybe."

Our God is a God of ALL!

He ALWAYS answers ALL our prayers (Jer. 33:3) and He keeps ALL His promises ALL of the time (1 Ki. 8:26)!

He delivers us from ALL our fears (Ps. 34:4).

He delivers us out of ALL our troubles and afflictions (Ps. 34:17, 19).

His love makes us glad ALL our days (Ps. 90:14).

He does ALL our works for us (Is. 26:12).

He forgives ALL our sins and heals ALL our diseases (Ps. 103:3)!

He comforts us in ALL our tribulation (2 Co. 1:4).

He will preserve us from ALL evil (Ps. 121:7)!

He keeps us in ALL our ways (Ps. 91:11)!

He upholds ALL who fall and raises up ALL who are bowed down (Ps. 145:14).

He is ALL that we need and ALWAYS available to help us in time of trouble (Ps. 46:1) .

He saves ALL who call upon Him (Rom. 10:13)!

He ALWAYS comes through for us and is ALL-powerful, ALL-loving, ALL-good!

He is the Lord of ALL (Acts. 10:36), and He has put ALL things under His feet (1 Co. 15:27)!

He is the Giver of ALL good things and the Conqueror over ALL evil things!

I love how He is the Ultimate, is ALL that we need and more!

The source of ALL our joy is in Him (Ps. 87:7).

The peace He gives passes ALL understanding (Phil. 4:7).

He is able to do immeasurably more than ALL that we ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20)!

I love how He is ALL love and kindness, with no hint of evil or harshness or unfairness.

I love how He won't ever fail us or let us down - He is ALWAYS faithful and ALL His words are true and trustworthy!

I love how He answers each and every prayer I pray, ALWAYS!

He can ALWAYS be counted on, ALWAYS be relied upon, ALWAYS be depended upon.

He will be ALL that we need Him to be, forever and ALWAYS..

He is ALL in ALL!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

In Better Hands Now - Natalie Grant

In Better Hands Now - by Natalie Grant

It's hard to stand on shifting sandIt's hard to shine in the shadows of the nightYou can't be free if you don't reach for helpYou cant love if you dont love yourself
There is hope when my faith runs outCause I'm in better hands now
It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring downIt's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the groundSo take this heart of mine there's no doubtI'm in better hands now
I am strong all because of youI stand in awe of every mountain that you moveOh I am changed, yesterday is goneI am safe from this moment on
There's no fear when the night comes 'roundI'm in better hands now
It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring downIt's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the groundIts like the world is silent though I know it isnt trueIts like the breath of jesus is right here in this roomSo take this heart of mine there's no doubtI'm in better hands now

I woke up and had this song running through my mind..I believe God put it there to remind me that my heart is safe with Him!

Even when my faith runs out, Jesus is still faithful and has faith in me and through me and for me.

Even when I fail, there is still grace, still love.  We fail, but His love NEVER fails us!  He keeps holding on to us, blessing us, keeping us, helping us, being there for us, no matter what..

With Him, no matter what, there is always hope.  There is always a brighter day coming and new horizons shining in front of us.  He will never leave us down but will deliver us and lift us up!  He will finish the GOOD work He began in us, all by grace, for free, without our having to earn or deserve it!

So we can be broken and falling apart, and yet we're still held by Him, and up, up, up we go soaring in Daddy's arms as He swings us around!

We can have fears assail us and the enemy attack us, yet we are still safe in the Arms of Love that won't drop us, let us down or let us go!

We can run off and try to live by self-effort again, get stuck in legalism and condemnation again, and yet, when we look at Him (and even before we think to look at Him, whether we remember to look His way or not!), well there He is, still right beside us, loving us and helping us, delighting in us as if we hadn't ever gotten confused or faltered at all!  He doesn't see our sin because to Him, it doesn't exist!  It has already been dealt with and TAKEN AWAY on the cross, and He promised to remember it NO MORE!

No matter what, we are in good hands because we're in His hands, the Hands of Pure Love!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

He is Our Everything

Trying to live by self effort wears me out.  I can't do it!  I can't live this Christian life!  But there is so much rest when HE reminds me of the truth that never changed and never will change - HE is my life and my everything.  My source is in Him.  HE is the vine, I am just a branch/conduit.  HE is the Life, the joy, the faith, the power, the wisdom, the ALL that I need.  I don't have to be the Life, I am just a conduit of that Life!  I am not the Hand that ministers to people; I am the glove.  I am not the Wine that pours out to refresh others; I am the cup.  I am not the Water of Life flowing forth as a Spirit-river; I am the vessel.  HE is all I need, and that is more than enough.  And if He is all I need, then I don't have to be all I need!

I can stop trying to manage my life.  I can admit I'm empty, needing help, and unable on my own.  I can drink from the water of Life, Jesus, just enjoy basking in His Spirit and being filled full, for free.  For free!  He gives freely to all!  Without any stipulations, requirements, or demands.  Without any strings attached.  All who are thirsty, drink!

Thank You, dear Jesus, for being my everything!  I can look to You and You impart ALL I need - the understanding, the strength, the power, the love, the joy, the hope, the peace, even the faith!  And You meet all my needs - You are the One who will love me unconditionally, who will always handle my heart with gentleness, who will never be pushy or rude to me, who will never betray me or harm me, who will never leave me or forsake me.  You are the One I can trust with my heart.  My life is safe in Your hands!  I'm in better hands now..  Not vulnerable anymore, but safe and secure.. I can look to You to be all that I need You to be and do all that I need You to do!  Thank You, dear Lord!  Amen..

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Safe Like a Child

Sometimes I have fears and worries attack me and pull me down.  I feel like a storm is coming over me, or a dark cloud.  I feel pushed down with the weight of my cares.  Yet God is so present and ever-ready to help and encourage.  He never lets me down.  He is always beside me as a Friend to me, His Spirit like a Stand-by ready to come to my aid and lift me up at any moment.

And He helped me so much yesterday. When I was feeling the weight of those cares and anxieties, I suddenly got this picture in my mind, and I believe God put it there:  the picture was of me, as a little child, asleep, all curled up in a little bed in God's warm and sturdy house.  The bed was beside a window, and outside a storm was raging and it was grey and windy and dark.  But I was sleeping!  I was not afraid or worried at all.  I knew I was perfectly safe because I was in God's house, safe at home with Him, and knowing He was right beside my bed watching over me made me just fall into a peaceful sleep!  That is the idea I got from this image in my mind..

We are so safe in His hand.  Often we may not "feel" it and the enemy attacks with so many lies and worries and fears.  Yet God speaks His truth to our hearts, that He is here with us, taking care of us, and has already overcome the enemy!  He reminds us of the truths of grace, that because of Christ's finished work and because of His free gift to us of the Son, we are already as forgiven, loved, accepted, given victory, and freed as we'll ever be, complete in Him and completely free and in authority over the evil one in Him!

We are safely home, welcomed by Him, pulled up on His lap, nestled close to His heart!  And we can rest, curled up in His arms.  We can rest!  His presence with us and His wonderful truth push away the dark clouds and makes a protective bubble around us - His perfect peace guards our hearts and minds in Christ!  Safe like a child in His arms!  What a relief!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lyrics for "My Hope Is In You"

I realized I forgot to put the lyrics in for the Aaron Shust song, "My Hope Is In You."  I like to include the lyrics for those who may not listen to/watch the song video.  Just having the lyrics written down helps me to take them in and ponder them, too!  So here they are:

"My Hope Is In You" - Aaron Shust

I meet with You and my soul sings out
As your word throws doubt far away
I sing to You and my heart cries
Father, You're near!

I wait for You and my soul finds rest
In my selfishness, You show me grace
I worship You and my heart cries 
Father You're here!

My hope is in You, Lord
All the day long
I won't be shaken by drought or storm
A peace that passes understanding is my song
And I sing
My hope is in You, Lord

I will wait on You
You are my refuge
I will wait on You
You are my refuge

My hope is in You, Lord
All the day long
I won't be shaken by drought or storm
My hope is in You, Lord
All the day long
I won't be shaken by drought or storm
A peace that passes understanding is my song
And I sing

My hope is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14