If We Love Him

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7:40 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Love Never Fails.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read John 14:15-31 (ESV).

We Will Obey Him

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

In context, Jesus had just foretold his death, he had just finished teaching his disciples how to serve (minister to) others as he served and ministered to them, and he had just foretold Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial of him. Then he told his disciples not to be afraid of what was coming, but to put their trust in God. He encouraged them with the news that, although he was leaving them to go back to the Father, he was going to prepare a place for them, and that he would come again to take them to be with him so they could be where he was.

Also, in context, Jesus was speaking to them during the time while he was still here on the face of this earth. What that means is that he had not yet been crucified, buried and divinely resurrected from the dead, nor had he yet ascended to the Father and sent his Holy Spirit to indwell and empower his followers. So, when he told his disciples that the Holy Spirit was with them, but would later be in them, if they loved him and obeyed what he commanded them, he was speaking of a future time, which for them was the Day of Pentecost.

As is recorded in the book of Acts, all of Christ’s followers eventually learned of and received the Holy Spirit to indwell their hearts and lives. Since that time, all of us who have followed the Lord Jesus in obedience have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus has given to us to transform us in new birth, as well as to comfort, correct, encourage, teach, guide and empower us in our walks of faith with Jesus Christ.

We Will Keep His Word

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”

Much of today’s modern church here in America no longer teaches obedience. They equate obedience to Christ and to his word with works-based salvation and/or with legalism. They also do not teach the need to repent of our sins. They teach that God/Jesus requires nothing of us at all other than to “believe,” though they don’t teach what that really means. So, many people who have made decisions to “receive” Jesus into their hearts believe they do not have to turn from their sins, and that they do not have to walk in surrender and in obedience to their Lord. And, they believe they are saved and bound for heaven.

I read something the other day: “Salvation costs us nothing. Discipleship costs us everything.” Although it is true that Jesus paid the price for our sins, and that there is nothing we can do to earn or to deserve our salvation, and that God’s grace to us is a free gift, still there is cost involved in the receiving of the gift. Jesus said we have to die with him to our old lives of living for sin and self, and we have to follow him in obedience to have eternal life, and if we want to be one of his disciples. Yet, we don’t do this in our own flesh. We do this in the power and working of the Spirit within us as we yield control of our lives over to our Lord. As well, it sounds as though they are separating salvation from discipleship, as though you could have one without the other, probably because they don’t see faith as progressive (continuous). The implication of that quote, I believe, is that we can be saved without becoming a disciple of Christ, and that is a lie of Satan.

Jesus said that if we love him we will obey him. We will do what he commands – his teachings and instructions to us, which include the teachings of the apostles, and that of the writers of the New Testament books, and also those of the writers of the Old Testament books, as is applicable under the New Covenant – for this is his Word to us. If we don’t obey him and his Word, that means we do not love him. Now, I don’t believe this is teaching absolute perfection, but is speaking more of lifestyle and consistency in walking in the Spirit and in obedience to his commands. It means we no longer submit ourselves willfully to living according to our sinful flesh, but daily we die to sin and to self, as daily the Spirit of God is conforming us into the likeness of Christ. It also means that we no longer pattern our lives after the ways of this sinful world, but after the ways of our Lord and his Word.

The result of this love-obedience to God is that the Father will love us, and Jesus will love us, and he will show (reveal) himself to us, and that they will make their home with us. John repeated this when he said: “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (1 Jn. 3:24 NIV84). He also said: “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands” (1 Jn. 2:3 ESV). And, “Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected” (1 Jn. 2:4-5a ESV).

We Will Rest in Him

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.”

We hear so much talk these days about “peace.” Sometimes what they mean by peace is forced compliance or being pressured into compromise in order to make “peace” and/or to avoid war. Peace is often thought of in relation to absence of conflict or forced unity underneath some type of tyrannical leadership in government, or even in the church. Or it can be of a person’s own self-will to go with the flow so as to not make waves, so to speak.

Jesus does not give peace in the same way the world does, though. He doesn’t promise us absence of conflict nor does he encourage us to “not make waves.” In fact, he says we will be hated as he was hated when we speak out for Jesus and for his gospel of salvation, and when we confront sin, speak against compromise with the world, and when we call people to repentance and obedience. He said he didn’t come to bring peace but a sword, and to turn family members against one another. What that means is that when we commit our lives to Jesus Christ, to walking in his ways, and in his truth, we will be hated and rejected even by those within our own families, and sometimes within the worldly church, too. The kind of peace he gives is peace with God through salvation from sin. He also gives us calm assurance of his absolute sovereignty and control over all things so that we never have to be afraid, for he will bring us through every difficulty he allows in our lives.

When we love Jesus we trust him with our lives and we believe his words to us. We trust that he knows best and that all things he will work together for our good. Not one of us will do this perfectly, but we should be continually growing, trusting, believing and resting in him for and in all things, continually submitting to his will and his purposes for our lives. And, we should not be grumbling and complaining about our life’s circumstances, either, but we should rejoice in our Lord and in all his many blessings to us, and we should thank him in advance for all that he is going to accomplish in and through our lives for his glory. And, we should obey him and live to please him in all ways because we love him.

No Less / An Original Work / March 19, 2012

I can do no less than praise You,
Lord, for all You’ve done for me.
You died for my sins to save me,
So I would be set free.
I adore You! Lord, I praise You!
Jesus, Savior, King of kings!
You provided my redemption.
Your grace has pardoned me.

I can do no less than serve You.
Lord, Your witness I would be,
Telling others of Your love,
And why You died on that tree.
Tell of how You gave of Your life,
So from sin we’d be set free,
So we could worship You forever,
And live eternally.

I can do no less than love You,
Lord, for You have first loved me.
You gave of Your life so willing,
Because You cared for me.
Turn from my sin! Obey freely!
Live for You each passing day.
Read Your word, and follow Your lead,
Lord, as I humbly pray.

http://originalworks.info/no-less/

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More of You

6/7/11: I had a horrible sinus headache all day that would not go away. I took several short naps, but that didn’t work, caffeine didn’t cut it, I could not pray it away, so I finally just asked the Lord to teach me through it. I was praying in my room alone and was asking the Lord Jesus to make me more like him and less like me. And, that is what inspired the words to this song.

Even though, as followers of Christ, we have been given new lives in Christ, forgiven of our sins, and we are bound for heaven, we still live in flesh bodies. We are still tempted to sin. Sometimes our flesh still takes over, and so daily we must die to sin and self (See Lu. 9:23-25; Eph. 4:17-24; Ro. 6-8), and we must be filled with his Spirit. We must be daily in his word, listening to him speak his words to our hearts, and then we must apply the truths we learn to our daily lives through obedience to what we have been taught. We do this in the power and working of the Spirit of God within us and by God’s grace, and not in our flesh.

If we are not deliberate about this, and we become lazy or slack in our relationship with our Lord Jesus, and in spending quality time with him each day in his word and in following through on what we read with obedience, the old flesh will begin to rise and will begin to become more, and Christ will become less in our lives, in our minds, and in our priorities. Just like with any relationship, we need to work at the relationship, and not let it slide due to neglect. We have to consciously decide to make Christ first priority in our lives so that he is more, and we have to make the effort, in the power and working of the Spirit within us, to become less concerned and occupied with self and what we want.

More of You / An Original Work / June 7, 2011

More of You and less of me;
Like You, Jesus, I would be;
Loving, tender, gracious, kind,
Giving light to those who’re blind.

More of Jesus, in His word,
Which is where God’s truths are heard;
Guiding, teaching us new birth;
In Christ Jesus find my worth.

More of His thoughts in my head;
More of His words, I would spread;
Giving courage; true hope found;
Leaving sin; in faith abound.

http://originalworks.info/more-of-you/

To Be Jesus

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10:16 p.m.

I am an introvert by nature. I don’t strike up conversations with strangers easily. I admit that frequently I don’t even pay much attention to who is waiting on me in a restaurant or who is checking me out at a grocery store. I have to really work at starting conversations with people. So, I am working on that. And, I am doing better, but I am still a work in progress. It is so much easier for me to write than it is for me to talk with people.

So, I got thinking about Jesus. I am supposed to be Jesus to people, i.e. he, by his Spirit, lives within me, and I am to be his witness and his servant, and I am to love people with the love of Jesus. So, I started thinking about what that should look like. I mean, if I were Jesus, which obviously I am not, what would I do? If he was eating in a restaurant, and someone waited on his table, what would he say to the server? If someone carried his groceries out to the car for him, what words would he speak to this person in a minute or less? For those of you who know me, I am not very concise. So, it is hard for me to make conversations with people in such limited time. I do better with the hairdresser, because I have at least 30 minutes. So, then I have time to develop the conversation.

Anyway, so I was asking Jesus lately, when I am out in public, or when I am with other people, to help me to be Jesus to people. Most of the people I see in public are working, so I cannot get into in-depth conversations with them. But I can say something. I can plant a seed, at least.

I went to a new hairdresser the other day. We talked about several things. I learned we had some shared experiences. We got talking about church, and then I asked her if she knew Jesus. She said she did. Here in America, though, sometimes people say they believe in Jesus if they grew up in a church. I talked with her about who the church is, i.e. the body of Christ and not a building or an organization. I told her about a Bible study we used to have in our home for college students. I know we talked about Jesus and his church, his body. I believe she is seeking, and that she would like to be in a fellowship with other believers.

The next day my husband and I stopped at TCBY for a frozen yogurt. No one was in the store but us and the clerk. So, I prayed and asked Jesus to give me the words to say to her. I believe he said to ask her if she knew Jesus. I started by asking her if she went to church anywhere, and then I asked her if she knew Jesus. She also answered, “Yes,” that she knew Jesus. So, then I talked with her about what that meant to believe in Jesus. I shared part of Luke 9:23-25 with her:

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Both the hairdresser and this girl seemed turned off to institutional religion. They both mentioned how they had visited several churches in the area, but they were not happy with what they found. It wasn’t “church” to them. I told this girl, too, that we used to have a Bible study in our home. I felt led to give her my phone number. I told her if she would be interested in meeting for Bible study to give me a call. She thanked me. Just then other customers came into the store. So, we left and let her work.

The next day we went to the grocery store. My husband was with me again. A young lady took our groceries out to the car for us. We chatted with her a little. I asked her if she went to church anywhere. She said she works on Sunday mornings. I told her we don’t have to meet with the church on Sunday morning or at a building called a “church,” but we can meet for a Bible study in a home any day. So, I asked her if she believed in Jesus. She said she did. She said she thinks if she just prays that is all she needs. I shared with her that believing in Jesus means following him in obedience and doing what he says. I also told her that we used to have a Bible study in our home for college students. She told me if we decide to start another one to let her know. She is also a college student.

So, in three days I met three different women who all say they know Jesus but they are not presently in fellowship with the body of Christ, and at least two of them expressed dissatisfaction with institutional religion as their reasons for not being in fellowship with other believers. I empathize with them. My heart hungers to meet, in person, with other believers for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and the breaking of bread, apart from institutional religion which is run by humans and has turned the church into a marketplace.

As I just read back over the passage in Luke, I realized that by me being willing “to be Jesus” to the people I meet out in the world that I am denying myself, which by nature (the flesh) does not easily make conversations with people I don’t know. So, God is working on me in this area. What I don’t do naturally, the Holy Spirit is able to accomplish through me if I am a willing servant to obey him and to do what he says in being Jesus to the world around me. So, pray for me that I will have the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit to people I meet out in public, and that I will not be content with remaining introverted, but that I will pray for the Spirit’s empowerment to give me the words to say, not just in writing, but verbally to strangers, too.

Willing / An Original Work / August 17, 2011

I am willing to obey You;
Have Your Spirit live within me;
Know Your power; be Your witness
To a world who needs You greatly.

Love within me spread to all men,
So that they might come to know Him;
Know His power; His forgiveness;
Be transformed into His likeness.

Holy Spirit, come in power,
Change our hearts within this hour.
May we be like Jesus always;
Be a light that shines in darkness.

http://originalworks.info/willing/

By Your Grace

This is a prayer to the Lord for him to be to me all I need in order for me to serve and obey him. I am asking him to change my heart to be more like Jesus, and for him to guide my steps each day.

He changed my heart when I responded “Yes” to his invitation to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of my life years ago, but he continues to change my heart day by day, and to make me more like Him. Like Paul, I am a work in progress. I don’t have it all together. I am not aware of any sin in my life, and I have sought the Lord concerning this, but I know I am not perfect, and I have not yet arrived. So, like Paul, I press on toward the goal of heaven, choosing to forget the things now past, and to believe God for what he has for me yet in the days which lie ahead. It is ONLY by the grace of God that I am who I am, and that I do what I do. If it were not for him, I don’t think I would even be here today.

By Your Grace / An Original Work / June 27, 2011

Speak Your words to my heart,
Let Your grace and love impart.
Be to me all I need
To love and serve Christ my King;
To love and serve Christ my King.
Change my heart; be like You;
Let me love and serve in truth.
Guide my steps ev’ry day,
As I bow my knees and pray;
As I bow my knees and pray.

Love You, Lord. You love me.
You died so that I’d go free
From my sin; pure within;
By Your grace I’m saved from sin;
By Your grace I’m saved from sin.
Invite You in my heart;
Now I have a brand new start.
Repented of my sin,
So that I’d be cleansed within;
So that I’d be cleansed within.

Live for You ev’ry day,
List’ning to the words you say.
Make You Lord of my heart;
Be Your witness, grace impart;
Be Your witness, grace impart.
Obey Your ev’ry word;
Do the things I’ve seen and heard.
Your word, Lord, in me burns,
While I wait for Your return;
While I wait for Your return.

http://originalworks.info/by-your-grace/

Unless It Dies

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 12:00 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Living Water.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read John 12 (selected vv. ESV).

A Grain of Wheat (vv. 23-26)

And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

What Jesus was saying here to his disciples is really the essence of the gospel of our salvation. Jesus Christ had to die on the cross, taking upon himself the sins of the entire world, putting them to death, and then rising triumphant over sin, death, hell and Satan. If he had not done this, we could not be saved. His death and resurrection means the salvation of human lives. Through his death we have life with him everlasting. Amen!

Yet, it doesn’t end here. We must also die, with Christ, to our old lives of living for sin and self, we must be born anew (of the Spirit of God), and we must now walk in the Spirit and no longer after the flesh, though certainly not in absolute perfection. Jesus said that if we want to come after him we must deny our self-life, die daily to sin and self, and follow (obey) him. He said if we hold on to our old lives of living for sin and self, we will lose them for eternity, but if we willingly die with Christ to our flesh and to sin, we will gain eternal life (See: Lu. 9:23-25; cf. Eph. 4:17-24; Ro. 6-8; 1 Pet. 2:24-25; Jn. 12:23-26).

Blinded Eyes (vv. 37-43)

Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

“He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
and understand with their heart, and turn,
and I would heal them.”
Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

The ones who did not believe in Jesus were primarily the Jews. They were God’s chosen people at that time. They were the ones who had been trained in the scriptures, and they knew what the prophets taught and prophesied concerning the Christ who was to come, yet their eyes were blinded to the truth so that they could not see because of their stubborn and unbelieving hearts. As well, many who did believe the words and the miracles of Jesus would not confess faith in him out of fear of rejection, for they were more concerned over human approval than they were with whether or not God approved them.

Those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and as Savior of their lives today are now God’s chosen people, whether Jew or Gentile by birth. We are the body of Christ, the church. Within our gatherings of the church today in America, and perhaps elsewhere, there are people who are not believers in Jesus; there are those who profess faith in Jesus, but it is in form only; there are those who are believers in Jesus, but they are presently not walking with him, but have forsaken their first love to chase after idols of men; and then there are those who are following the Lord Jesus with their lives, though, again, not in absolute perfection, but by the grace of God and in the power of the Spirit within them.

I believe these unbelieving Jews of Jesus’ day, and the believing Jews who were more concerned with human approval than with God’s approval, if they were participants in the gatherings of the church today, would fit with either those who profess the name of Jesus but who, by their lifestyles, show they do not believe, or else with believers who have forsaken their Lord to chase after idols of men. Since they have participated with the fellowship of God’s people, and they have, perhaps, had some training in the scriptures, or else they have been exposed to them via sermons and small groups, they should have some knowledge of what Jesus and the apostles taught concerning our salvation and the life Jesus requires of his true followers. Yet, many of these have blinded themselves to the truth, because the lies sound better, and they fit better with the lifestyles they choose to live.

If Anyone Hears (vv. 44-50)

And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

Jesus is the Light. The Light is righteousness, holiness, truth, revelation, and the Word of God and the gospel of our salvation. It is the opposite of darkness. Darkness is evil, sin, wickedness, deception, rebellion and unbelief. Jesus Christ did not die that painful death on the cross, taking upon himself the sins of the entire world, just so we could escape hell and go to heaven when we die. He died so that those who believe in him would no longer walk in darkness but would walk in the Light (the Spirit; truth; righteousness). He died so we would no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave himself up for us (See: 2 Co. 5:15). And, he died “to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (See: Tit. 2:11-14).

One of the rules of Biblical interpretation is to interpret what is being said in light of the context it is written in. So many scriptures are pulled out of context and are made to say what they are not saying at all. Another rule is to interpret a verse in light of scripture as a whole, comparing scripture with scripture, because sometimes things are said in a way that is confusing, or else the translation from Greek to English (or any other language) may have difficulties because of language barriers, and so if there seems to be some contradiction, we need to look at other scriptures to be able to correctly handle the Word of Truth.

So, with that said, I will say here that where Jesus said that if anyone hears his words and does not keep them that he does not judge him, for he did not come into the world to judge the world but to save the world, I think we need to compare this with other scripture. Jesus also said that “the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22). He said that as he hears he judges and that his judgment is just (Jn. 5:30). He also said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind” (Jn. 9:39).

Jesus truly made judgments while he walked the face of this earth, for he confronted people with sin, cleansed the temple, and rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy and for their wicked hearts. Yet, I believe what he was saying here is that he did not condemn, at that time, those who refused to keep his words, but that a day of judgment would come in which they would be condemned. His focus while he was on the earth was on bringing people to salvation, not on condemning them to hell, although he did speak words of condemnation, at times, to some groups of people.

The point of all this, I believe, is that if we want to have eternal life with God, we must die with Christ to our old lives of sin, be born anew of the Spirit of God, and walk in the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh. We must follow (obey) Jesus with our lives, and not continue to go our own way. This is why Jesus gave his life up for us, not just so we can go to heaven when we die. We need to not respond to Jesus’ words and miracles with blinded eyes and hardened hearts, and we also need to not take God’s grace for granted, and think that being “saved” gives us the liberty to continue in willful sin without guilt or remorse. We need to also not have this false idea that Jesus didn’t judge anyone or that he doesn’t judge sinful behavior, for he does, and he will. We should not take sin lightly.

So, if you have forsaken your Lord and have gone off to follow after the “gods” of men, God is calling out to you to return to him. If you are more concerned with people liking you than you are with pleasing God, who saved you from your sin, then I pray you would repent of that sin, and that you would now acknowledge your Lord before other people. And, if you have been putting off believing in Jesus, thinking you will get around to it later, please realize you may not have later. Give your life to him today while you still have today.

Living Water / An Original Work / November 21, 2013

Based off Various Scriptures

My people have forsaken Me,
Their Savior, who died on a tree;
Made idols, and they worshipped them;
So empty, they will ne’er fulfill.

Lord, You are the hope of Your chosen ones.
Those who turn away from You will be shamed;
The Spring of Living Water left behind.

Living Water satisfies.

The thirsty, let them come and drink;
Believe in Jesus as their King;
The gift of Jesus given them,
So they will never thirst again.

Indeed, the Living Water flows within.
It springs up like a fountain cleansing sin.
Eternal life in heaven promised them.

Living Water glorifies.

Oh people, won’t you come to Him?
Obey Him and repent of sin.
Let Jesus come and live within.
Surrender all your life to Him.

My people, won’t you turn your hearts to Me?
Forsake your idols and then you’ll be free.
Won’t you come now to Me on bended knee?

Living Water sanctifies.

http://originalworks.info/living-water/

Listen! Listen!

God takes sin very seriously. He hates sin because of what sin does to his children, and how it has the potential for ruining lives, homes, marriages, friendships, and/or church congregations, etc. So much sin in today’s church goes unchecked. So many messages in today’s church leave out the word “sin”, they do not call the sinner to repentance, and they do not demand obedience to Jesus Christ. They often placate sin so as not to offend the sinner, and they water down the gospel message so the sinner does not feel guilty about his sin, but feels that God’s grace gives him a free license to continue in his sin and yet still attain heaven. May it never be!

Christ Jesus came to set us free from sin, and not just free from the ultimate penalty of sin – eternal damnation. He set us free so sin no longer has to have dominion over our lives, but so we can be free to not allow sin to control us, but rather for us to be slaves to righteousness, as obedient (but not perfect) servants of Christ.

Listen! Listen! / An Original Work / December 20, 2011

Weep and wail o’er your sins, children.
God is calling out to you:
Be ye honest; tell the truth,
And it will set you free.
Harken to Him calling you to
Bow on bended knee today.
Don’t delay to let Him in,
And He’ll cleanse your hearts;
Pure within.

Sinners, won’t you listen to Him
Calling out to you today?
He died so that you would be free
Of your sins always.
Turn from your sin. Turn to Jesus.
Obey Him in ev’ry way.
He wants to set you free of
All your guilt,
For which He did pay.

Listen! Listen!
Don’t close your hearts
To His voice speaking to you.
He will give you all of His peace,
If your hearts be true.
He longs for you to come to Him
Humbly now and repentant.
Obey all of His commandments.
Live with Him eternally.

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Your Heart

When I was inquiring of the Lord this afternoon as to the lyrics to go with the tune he had given me, I was praying to the Lord, “Show me your heart, Lord. This is not about me. Show me your heart.” And, he did. Yet, he also showed me our hearts, too. Many people in this world don’t know the Lord, and many who profess to know him are not living for him. Some of those are living in rebellion against God, while others are still in bondage to sinful life patterns. The way in which the Lord showed me his heart was to show me how much he loves us, which is why he died for our sins, so that we could go free. And, he is calling out to us to love him, to worship and obey him, to turn from our sins, and to serve him only.

Your Heart / An Original Work / October 24, 2011

Tenderly He speaks, softly so.
Gently He calls – His will to know.
Won’t you invite Him in your heart?
Humbly accept Him now.
Bow before Him with contrite heart.
May you obey His will.
Seek Him with all your heart and soul,
And your heart, His Spirit fill.

Jesus died to free you from sin,
Giving you new life to begin,
Walking with Him ev’ry hour,
Obeying His commands.
Won’t you trust Him to be your Lord?
His grace you can’t afford.
Freely He gives you peace within,
When you turn from all your sin.

Live for Him ev’ry passing day.
Meet with Him; read His word and pray.
Serve Him in the way He leads you,
Doing all that He says.
Do unto others as you would
Have them do unto you.
Love them with Jesus love within you.
Your hearts to God be true.

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