My Faith Looks up to Thee

 

imageRight now we are doing an author study in the children’s class at church. It is fantastic to take a look at the lives of the people who wrote those powerful hymns we have today.

I often wonder what the hymn writer was going through or had gone through to cause them to pen those verses that they did. When you take a look at the person’s life and the time in which they lived, you realize that so many of those songs were penned amid severe persecution, plagues and hardships which most of us will never know.

Yet, these men and women wrote of hope in God, of peace in knowing Him, ofsurrender to Him inspite of all that life had thrown at them.

I am amazed!

I am amazed and inspired by the testimonies that these hymn writers have left for people like me, so that we can be encouraged when we face life’s storms.

Like Ray Plamer wrote almost two centuries ago, when I am facing hardships I can know to look up to Jesus for He will comfort me through what ever I am facing.

 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll;
blest Savior, then in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

Through faith I am assured that the God of love who kept those men and women of old, is keeping and will continue to keep me each and every day.

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We have a Mission

Recently our homeschool group got to meet a missionary family- a husband and wife team. It was inspiring and exciting to meet someone who has gone to remote places to share God’s love and hope to those who have not heard it.

The children listened attentively to the stories of some of their experiences, we all did.

I am sure that we all left there being a bit more inspired to share God’s word with others.

We all have a mission. We might not get to go to remote places and share that work. But we all have a mission. Some of us will only ever witness within our small community. Some of us might reach places we wouldn’t dream of being able to go through blogs, our music, our books.

Some of us will share the message of salvation through our words. But most importantly, we will share it through our lives.

We all have a mission. Let us ask God to help us to be missionaries wherever we are in how ever big or small way we can.

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Prayer for Surgery

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Today I am posting a prayer request for a dear lady named Melissa. Mellisa has been fighting cancer and now she had come to another point in her treatment. She has a mastectomy scheduled for tomorrow morning at 7:15a.m. As you could imagine she is nervous.

 

She has requested prayers for tomorrow.

There is power in prayer.

Please uplift Melissa and her family in prayer.

Pray for her peace and assurance of God’s presence with her.

Pray for the medical personelle to give her the best care possible.

Update (21 April 2016)

Melissa had a successful surgery and was able to go home the next day. Of course she still needs all our prayers for her speedy recovery and her health.

 

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Jesus played every Yorker

It’s cricket time. Last Sunday I went to collect something from a friend and her entire neighbourhood was quiet, except for the sound of televisions. It seems like every person was glued to the television watching 20/2o World Cup Cricket.

I remember watching cricket with my grandmother. Now that I have gotten older, and we have no television in our home, watching cricket has waned. But it is still a very lovely game.

I especially remember those bowlers that would cause the batsmen to tremble in fear. Then before the batsmen could settle into the crease properly, the bowler would bowl a yorker and their stumps would go flying in the air.

Satan is that feared bowler. When he stood face to face with Adam, Adam failed. Satan threw a yorker and Adam’s stumps went flying. All humanity has been yorked in the first Adam.

But….and oh what a blissful but that is. But, God sent in His star batsman. More than 2 thousand years ago, at Calvary, Jesus stood face to face with Satan. For 33.5 years Jesus had been knocking all the balls that the evil ones threw at Him.

In one final attempt, the host of darkness gathered the best weapon that they had. They would york the middle stump right out from behind Jesus.

There Jesus stood- the entire universe watching. The ball was bowled. It was a perfect yorker. Jesus faced that ball, lifted His bat high in the air.

SIX!!!

Not only did He face it, but He knocked all that the hosts of darkness brought against Him. He knocked that yorker straight out of the park!

All of us can be on Jesus’s team, which is a winning team. The best weapon that Satan has is a yorker.

Jesus knocks yorkers for six each and every time. They are no match for Him. But not only does He do it, but all of His children can too!

In the Second Adam we all are victorious.

In the second Adam we all can knock any yorker that is thrown our way for six. And when all of God’s children have successfully faced those yorkers, then Jesus’ team will finally be declared victorious and sin and death will be no more.

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Christ the Surety for Man

Genesis 43:8-9 NASB
Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones.
I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever.

A surety is someone who stands in and stands up for someone when difficulty arises. This person not only vouches for the other person, but also stands in the person’s place.

Christ is our surety.

Like the story in Genesis of Judah standing as a surety for Benjamin and telling the prime minister to take him instead, so Chirst stood in our place and said take my life instead.

When man sinned, The Son of God said that He would come and take our place. Even before man sinned He always planned to be our surety.

Revelation 13:8 NASB
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain
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1 Peter 1:18-20 NASB
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

Christ laid down His life for humanity.

He did not lay it down when man was perfect.

He did not give his life for us when we were in a loving relationship with Him.

Romans 5:6-8
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ became our surety when we hated Him. He became our surety when we were His enemies. He became our surety even though He knew most our us would not love Him back.

This is love- Infinite love.

God is love.

This is the God we serve.

Today we can come to Him knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that He has given all for us and to us, and that all is Himself.

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