Archive for September 2018

Wholeheartedly Yours

A prayer response to Revelation 14:1-5,
the 144,000 on Mt. Zion

Father Creator,
Savior Son,
Life-giving Spirit,
I am Yours –
completely,
joyfully,
eternally,
wholeheartedly Yours!

My love is Yours.
As Your bride,
my heart’s desire is
You alone.

My life is Yours.
As Your creation,
each daily thought,
action, and
breath is Yours.
Pour out my life in any manner You choose.

My worship is Yours.
I want nothing else,
seek nothing else, and
serve no one else
but You, Sovereign Lord.
My heart, my mind,
my mouth, my hands
exist only to
fellowship with You and
glorify You.
My joy is Your presence.
My ambition is Your approval.
My destiny is to stand before You
among Your people,
lifting Your eternal praise with all creation.

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Hymn: Give God What Is God’s
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Mighty Day

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When the heavens roll and tremble,
When the moon has turned to blood,
When music has fallen silent, Lord,
And fear comes like a flood,

Refrain:
Won’t it be a mighty day!
Won’t it be a solemn day!
Won’t it be a joyful, endless morning, Lord,
When we see You face to face!

Can you hear the peoples wailing,
Can you hear the shouts of praise
When everyone sees eternal truth
Too late to change their ways?

Keep your heart all tuned and ready!
O be faithful to the end!
Your Father will smile and speak your name:
”Well done! Come enter in!”

Fearing Change

“Listen to Me…
You who have been borne by Me from birth
And have been carried from the womb;
Even to your old age I will be the same,
And even to your graying years I will bear you!
I have done it, and I will carry you;
I will bear you and I will deliver you.”
(Isaiah 46:3-4, NASB)

“I, the Lord, do not change.”
(Malachi 3:6, NASB)

God of unfailing, unrestrainable love,
how often do I
resent and
resist
the blessings You send me!
I hide.
I argue.
I lash out.
I whine and complain like a child,
fearful of change.
I cling to my poverty because it is
familiar and
safe.

O Father, forgive me!
Forgive me for mistrusting Your love!

You are the unchanging God,
always only wisdom,
always only good,
always only bringing our best.
Through all the changes and seasons of life,
I will look to You.
I will bring my concerns to You.
I will trust You.
And then, even in my ignorance,
I will rejoice in what
Your omniscient love is doing for me.

You are good, Father!
You are always good, and
Your love endures forever!

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Hymn: Unchanging Father
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Stay Focused on the Truth

A reflection on Revelation 13:11-18,
the beast from the earth

When [Satan] lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44, NIV)

Sovereign God is
all power,
all wisdom, and
all love.
He Himself is life and
all goodness.
He is the truth,
the one eternal, universal reality.
He is All-in-all.

Thus Satan’s only weapon is deception.
When he lies, he speaks his native language.
When he speaks,
his purpose is always to deceive.
He will even use half-truths as
weapons of deceit,
just as he did with Jesus in the wilderness.

In his last desperate days on earth, he will
re-enforce his lies with false wonders that
promise a power he does not possess.
He will increase persecution of God’s children with
social pressure,
economic suffering, and
physical force.
Most people will accept his lies, and
believers will pay for the truth
with their lives.

Jesus Christ is always the truth.
He alone is
universal,
eternal,
glorious reality.
Keep your mind,
your heart, and
your daily life
focused on Him.

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Hymn: I Have the Truth
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Love of God, Possess Me

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Love of God, possess me.
Rule and set me free,
Free to serve You fully –
Perfect liberty!
Through my words and actions
Let Your kindness flow.
Lead me to Your work, Lord.
Joyfully I’ll go.
Love of God, possess me.
Rule and set me free,
Free to serve You fully –
Perfect liberty!

Truth of God, possess me.
Sing here in my soul.
Share Your precious wisdom.
Speak Your words of gold.
Help me hear each whisper,
Walk in all Your light,
Living every promise,
Pleasing in Your sight.
Truth of God, possess me.
Sing here in my soul.
Share Your precious wisdom.
Speak Your words of gold.

Life in God our Father,
Love in Christ the Son,
Truth in God the Spirit –
Fullness here begun!
Resting in Your power,
Strong in sweet release,
Joyful in Your presence,
Walking in Your peace!
Life in God our Father,
Love in Christ the Son,
Truth in God the Spirit –
Fullness here begun!

Moment by Moment

John 5:19-20, 30; 14:10

Father, Jesus always only
said what You told Him to say and
did what You showed Him to do.
Thus He was
always in You,
always in the moment,
always focused on You,
always fully responding to You.

That is what I want, Father.
Give me His mind and
His Spirit.
I am too often
distracted from You and
distracted from the individuals, needs, and opportunities
right in front of me.

Father, may my heart and mind be
always here,
always now,
always trusting,
always listening,
always open to the gentle wisdom of Your love.

Keep me
like Christ,
in Christ,
moment by moment.

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Hymn: Like Christ, in Christ
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When Darkness Comes

A prayer response to Revelation 13:1-10,
the beast from the sea

When good comes to me,
I accept it as from Your gracious hand.
I look to You.
I thank You.
I rejoice in You.

But how do I respond when my days bring me
darkness and uncertainty,
mistreatment and injustice,
pain and sickness,
suffering and sorrow,
loss and the shadow of death?
Where do I look then?

I look to You.
You are still
Almighty God.
You are still
perfect wisdom and
unfailing love.
You are still good and right in all You do.
You are still
my Father.

I believe in You.
I believe in You
when I understand.
I believe in You
when I cannot understand.

I wait on You.
I hope in You.
I trust You.
I rejoice in You.
I follow You,
even into the darkness.

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Hymn: Glorify Your Name
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Joy in Christ

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We chase so much we don’t possess
To quench a thirst we can’t express.
All is empty restlessness
Till life and joy are found in Christ.
Come, O my Lord, O my Lord, my Lord!
The joy we crave is all in Christ.

Our Lord is God. Our Lord is here.
His heart is kind. His Word is clear:
Faith will chase away all fear
Till joy is full in Jesus Christ.
I turn to You, O my Lord, my Lord!
Today is joy in Jesus Christ.

Though life is filled with weary pain
And nagging problems all remain,
He is every day the same.
Rejoice, rejoice in Jesus Christ!
I sing, my Lord, O my Lord, my Lord!
Rejoice, rejoice in Jesus Christ!

Our Lord, our God, we find in You
A light, a joy for all we do.
Glad in what is always we true,
We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ!
Forevermore, O my Lord, my Lord,
All praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!

Our Destiny

Hebrews 1 – 10

Our God is a Spirit being, unlimited by space and time. He is transcendent, high above us in every way. By our own effort and intelligence, we could never know Him.

But He speaks to us. He continually reaches out to communicate with us. He longs for us to know Him.

Since the birth of our race He has been speaking to us in many different ways. He speaks through the creation of which we are a part. He speaks through a variety of human messengers. He speaks through laws and stories and songs.

But in these last days He has spoken to us fully and finally through His own Son, Jesus Christ. Christ is the all-powerful, all-creating Word of God. He is God’s will in action. He is the radiant light of God’s presence and the exact representation of God’s very being.

In Christ, God’s revelation of Himself is complete.
In Christ, our cleansing from all our wrongness is complete.
In Christ, our reconciliation with God is complete.
God has joyfully removed every barrier between Him and us.
In Christ, He has fully equipped us to live holy, godly lives.
In Christ, He has fully provided for our eternal future.
All that our all-wise, all-powerful, all-loving Father ever wanted for us
is complete in Jesus Christ.

Each of us, every believer, is on a journey into that future. Ours is a journey of faith. We don’t know the route the journey will take us, but we know where it is leading. Our destination – our destiny – is Jesus Christ. We are traveling from Him, through Him, and to Him.

Faced with such a beautiful destiny, don’t slip backward. Move forward by faith into all Your Father has for you.

Father, as I trust You,
my reality is as vast as You are.
I share in
Your character,
Your power,
Your goodness, and
Your unlimited future.

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Hymn: Complete in Jesus Christ
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