Aug 13, 2007

I Will Offer Up My Life

I will offer up my life

In spirit and truth,

Pouring out the oil of love

As my worship to You

In surrender I must give my every part;

Lord, receive the sacrifice

Of a broken heart


Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring

To so faithful a friend, to so loving a King?

Savior, what can be said, what can be sung

As a praise of Your name

For the things You have done?

Oh my words could not tell, not even in part

Of the debt of love that is owed

By this thankful heart

You deserve my every breath
For You've paid the great cost;
Giving up Your life to death,
Even death on a cross
You took all my shame away,
There defeated my sin
Opened up the gates of heaven
And have beckoned me in

©1994 Kingsway's Thank you Music
Words and Music by Ben Matt Redman

Pouring out the oil of love as my worship to you=
do you pray? do you beseech God to show mercy to and work in your spouse, your children, your friends? I doesn't come naturally all the time, does it? So often my first reaction to sin, in myself or others, can be despair and then fear. We all know about the fear that tells us things will never change. But, knowing that this despair and fear seek to whittle away at our faith in our mighty God~ do we tolerate it's existence, or do we go for the jugular? For Satan is a *defeated* foe, for we serve a Sovereign God who hears our prayers & petitions and who acts on the part of His people. So do like I do the next time despair or fear choke you up and instead get down on your knees or bow your head and start praying. The power of God will meet you, I promise! I have no troubles saying something such as this to you, not because I think that I have discovered the good way but because I know that God has discovered the good way and this is one of the many weapons that He has given me to use in my own battles of spiritual warfare. It is spiritual warfare to do this friends, because we are rejecting Satan's tactics and upholding the word of God: He says He is for us, He says do not fear, He says in all things, with prayer and supplication, make your requests known... you get the picture. Do you ever feel like you can't see the forest for the trees? This will always be a weaker area for me. I say weaker because I have to seek God especially in this area, though I am truly not weaker because God's strength is mighty within me, and in my weakness I am made strong. Let me share with you that it is when I am on my knees that clarity begins to come. Our Sovereign God knows all that is to come and has numbered our days, let Him fill you with the peace that surpasses all understanding. As I sit with my friend who may be about to die, I am struck by my lack of love, my utter faithlessness. 'I am ready to die' she says,'because I know that God has His arms around me and is holding me in His lap.' And I see with new eyes This God whom I serve, reaching out in love to all people- regardless of their strength in this life to resist worldly temptations- when I can be so quick to judge and think to myself, you know our tangles with this world really cost us- they cost us closeness with God, now we can't have it, he knows- he knows what we are up to and He forgives us but you know He expects more from us as we profess faith... you know, I am no theologian, but just studying my own bible I will say that some of these things may be true to an extent, the extent that we want to see fruit over time(you will know them by their fruit, but I have also read about in my bible, and seen, a God who does not hold our weakness against us and I am humbled to the core to have thought that way,a sinner whom God rescued from the pit as I was happily trudging through the slop, no thoughts of God, no real hope for tomorrow. It reminds me to PRAY. To never cease to pray, to never stop praying, to pray all the more when the person seems to slip farther away, and it reminds me to TRUST.To trust God's sovereignty, His goodness, His mercy so abundant I cannot even fathom one half of an ounce of it, His utter willingness to take a tiny seed of faith and meet us there powerfully. HE doesn't say it's not enough, who am I to say it's not enough?

I had to laugh at this quote:

Ed Howe
A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.

1 comment:

Dawn said...

Thank you so much for coming by and encouraging me on this new journey with my daughter! I appreciate it so much.