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I found a better way for me to sing the old hymn, “I Need The Every Hour”

I have Thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.

 

Chorus
I have Thee, oh, I have Thee;
Every hour I have Thee;
You've blessed me now, my Savior!
I've come to Thee.

 

I have Thee every hour,
You stay near by;
Temptations lost their power
for Thou are nigh.

 

I have Thee every hour,
In joy or pain;
You came quickly to abide
For life was vain.

 

I have thee every hour,
Team me thy will;
And Thy rich promises
In me fulfill.

 

I have Thee every hour,
Most Holy One;
You've made me Thine indeed,
Thou blessed Son.

Some of my teens hung around a crazy kid in the neighborhood and no amount of warning or reasoning kept them away.

I tried to change my teenagers, that didn’t work.  I tried to change the crazy kid, that didn’t work.  I asked God to move the kid, and that didn’t work.

I even considered moving but realized that wouldn’t work either, my kids would just find someone else just like him to hang with.

It seemed like God put him there, just like God put the wrong tree in the garden (Genesis 2:9) when it all began.

It taught me:

  1. What we do, right or wrong, comes from our heart, not the opportunity;
  2. God is helping my children as they make their choices and learn how to make better ones, just like he helps me;
  3.  Jesus has the power to change anyone when they get serious about it.

“People who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves—none of these will possess God’s Kingdom. Some of you were like that. But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor 6:9-11 (GNT)

I Surrender!

As a student pastor, praying one evening about what I would preach on Sunday, I had a disturbing thought.

What if all I do for the rest of my life is teach the Bible to a small handful of people?

“God,” I said, “I don’t mind doing this for a while as I prepare for real ministry but for the rest of my life?  This my life we are talking about; I want to do something exciting, different, make my mark in this world.”

That evening was a turning point for me; I surrendered and made an amazing discovery.

Trying to squeeze out of life what I want never satisfies.  Real satisfaction, joy, and lasting excitement comes through surrender.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. – Jesus (Mark 8:35 KJV)

I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate – Paul (Romans 12:1 GW)

 

I found a better way for me to sing the hymn, “Are you washed in the Blood”

I have been to Jesus for the cleansing pow'r;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.
I am fully trusting in His grace this hour;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Chorus:
I am washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb.
My garments are spotless, they are white as snow,
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.

I am walking daily by the Savior's side;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.
I rest each moment in the Crucified;
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.

When the Bridegroom commeth my robes will be white!
For I'm washed in the blood of the Lamb.
My soul will be ready for His presence bright,
For I'm washed in the blood of the Lamb!

I laid aside my garments that were stained with sin,
and was washed in the blood of the Lamb,
I found the fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
I was washed in the blood of the lamb.

Moses

“And Moses said unto the Lord …I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?”

  • Exodus 4:10-11 KJV

Telling God our limitations is a bit silly, and can actually be just an excuse.

Explaining all the details to God doesn’t do him any good, he already knows.  If there is something holding you back or causing you problems, instead of telling God all the little details, exactly what you want him to do about it, and waiting until he does what you told him, ask him fix it his way and show you what he wants you to do next.

 

4 Books

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So far, other than the Bible, there are four books which have impact on my life and way of thinking:

  1. The Christian Family by Larry Christenson;
  2. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper;
  3. Delighting in the Trinity: An introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves;
  4. The Naked Gospel: The Truth you May Never Hear in Church by Andrew Farley.

splinter_02The Apostle Paul spent three chapters in his letter to the Romans identifying the source of their pain.

Something was lodged in their bodies that was, actually, the real cause of their problems.

“I know that good doesn’t live in me–that is, in my body..if I do the very things that I don’t want to do, then I’m not the one doing it anymore.  Instead it is sin that lives in me that is doing it. – Romans 7:18-20 CEB

We are not “miserable sinners saved by grace”, we are saints redeemed by the blood of Christ.  Though renewed, forgiven, justified, and changed on the inside, there is something on the outside, in our bodies, still causing a problem.  Sin (not “sins”) is lodged there, like a thorn in the flesh, dragging us down.

The real us, has been cleaned, and choosing to believe our bodies are crucified with Christ, we stand before God renewed.  As we live with God’s power to say, “No!” to our bodies when they pull us the wrong way, we act more and more like Jesus.  When we lay down our bodies to be with Jesus all the struggle is over.  When he returns and changes our bodies to be like his there will be no problems at all.

This is not a “devil makes me do it” mentality, quite the opposite!  If the problem was me, it would be hard to fight against myself, but since the problem is something outside of me, I can defeat it!  God and I can defeat anything!

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