Category Archives: The Believers Life

You Overrun Me

Sometimes I find myself running. Running away from you
Habits and traits of the past will surface and I don’t know what to do
I feel I have called on your mercy much more than you want me to
So I turn and just start running.  Running away from you
 
But you overrun me.  You won’t let me go
You catch me in full stride.  My running is slowed
It’s then that your mercy and grace is bestowed
You pour out your love.  You pour out your love
 
Then I look into your eyes.  Tears roll down my cheeks
I know that your strength has overcome my weakness
You take me in your arms and I can hardly speak
My head rests on your shoulder.  Your mercy at its peak
 
You overrun me when life gets me down
I know in the flood of shame you won’t let me drown
You take off my garment and give me a gown
You pour out your love.  You pour out your love
 
You turn me around and we walk in your grace
I look and I see a smile on your face
I can’t help but wonder what you see in me
That when I run away you come after me
 
Your love overruns me when I go astray
Your mercy and grace will not go away
So I sing this song and give you my praise
You pour out your love on me
 
In the song Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing the last verse says “Prone to wander Lord I feel it. Prone to leave this God I love.”  That is our human condition.  This flesh we live in, that our souls live in, is prone to walk away from the statutes of God.  We find ourselves running from the very God who has saved us and died for us.  We run because we feel shame, or guilt, or unloved or alone.  We run because we don’t think God will forgive us again for that foul mouth, or that lying tongue, or our impulsive flesh. But nothing could be farther from the truth. 
 
In the parable of the prodigal son we find the father looking for His son to come home after he had been gone for weeks, or months or years.  We don’t know how long the son had been gone.  The father was always watching for him, hoping he would come home.  When that day came that he saw his son in the distance, he ran to meet him.  He ran to welcome his son home, to pour out his love on him and embrace him.  I can see the son as his father came running, turn and start to run away, afraid of what the father might do to him.  But the father overran him and wrapped his arms around him and pour out grace and mercy on him.  He loved his son just like God loves us!

The Puzzle

I need your grace deep inside of me
I once was lost you set me free
 
I need your mercy every single day
I’m prone to wander. You show the way
 
CHORUS
Every time I fall apart
You come and put me back together
Like puzzle pieces strewn about’
My scattered life is in your hands
There is no way I can live without you
You are the one who holds me forever
You slowly find the piece I need
The picture you have always planned
 
I need your love so desperately
Lord hear my humble plea
 
CHORUS

BRIDGE (sing twice)
Your joy, your joy fills up my heart
Your peace, your peace does not depart
The hope you place in side of me
Brings visions of eternity
 
CHORUS

That’s What I’ll Do

Whatever it takes to draw closer to you
That’s what I’ll do, lord
That’s what I’ll do

Whatever it takes to hear your sweet voice
That’s what I’ll do, Lord
That’s what I’ll do

CHORUS
Wherever you call me. Wherever you lead
Through ever trial I know you’ll succeed
There’s never a time when you can’t meet my need
I will follow you, Lord. That’s what I’ll do

Whatever it takes to do what you ask
That’s what I’ll do Lord
That’s what I’ll do

CHORUS

BRIDGE
No matter the cost. No matter the pain
No matter the trials I know you’ll remain
No matter how hard the enemy fights
In your will my heart will find great delight

CHORUS

The Believers Life

The Light of Jesus

The probing light of Jesus shines in my heart today
It dispels all the darkness and drives my doubt away
My faith is lifted upward as in His name I pray
I do not have to worry for His light is here to stay

The searching light of Jesus is in my soul today
It seeks out all my hidden thoughts and washes them away
When I turn towards His light I am more apt to obey
Then all my secrets vanish as the light is here to stay

The guiding light of Jesus is on my mind today
I know that I must watch as His word will lead the way
The lamp He leads me with will nit let me go astray
Because I know His pathway is where I want to stay

The brilliant light of Jesus displays it’s strength today
He shows up in my weakness when I take time to pray
His power overwhelms me as I struggle to obey
He comes in like a flood and then He’s here to stay

I will worship Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength
Because He sheds His light on me I follow in His way
I could not live without Him every single day
So under His anointed light I will always stay

And God said “Let there be Light, and there was Light.” This was on the first day of creation. There was day and night and it was the first day. The odd thing is that on the 4th day He created the sun, moon and stars. But isn’t it the Sun that lights the day? So what is this Light that separated the day from the night on the first day? This Light is the Word, the Truth of God. It separates light from darkness, good from evil, and sin from righteousness. It divides the soul and the spirit of man. Our soul might desire one thing, but the Light comes in and says we should do another. This is the Light
that Jesus says He is. He says He is the Light of the world. His light shines brightly on all we do, revealing the inner thoughts and intents of the heart. His Light cannot be dispelled by any darkness. His Light is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I need His Light to constantly shine into my life so that I can see who I really am. Only He can shed light on that inner man. I shut him up in darkness, behind a door. Jesus stands at the door and knocks, hoping to let His Light shine in that closed, dark room. That is the only way my sin, my darkness, can be dispelled.

How much darkness is in your life today? How many rooms have you closed off to Him. Let His Light shine into all your inner chambers, bringing with it the freedom that only Christ can bring. Then you will find true peace and joy. Then you will experience the love of Christ as it is meant to be.

1 John 1:7
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

In Christ Alone

I’ll lift my hand
I’ll lift my voice
In Christ alone
I will rejoice

I’ll bow my head
I’ll bend my knee
In Christ alone
I’ll always be

In Him all sin will be erased
In Him no enemy escapes
In Him all victory is mine
In Him I’ll gladly lose my life

For He is my rock, my sword, my shield
To Christ alone I gladly yield
All of my strength and soul and mind
Giving my heart my life I find

He’ll take me places
Yet unknown
I’ll gladly follow
Christ alone

Why do I even think about dwelling anywhere else but in His presence. Look at this world we are living in right now. We have a virus that is scaring the masses on one side, and violence in our streets on the other. We have disheartening stories about businesses being destroyed and lives being taken for a cause that should b e fought in the individual hearts of men, not in the chambers of our government. This is not a government issues. It’s a heart issue. I heard someone say to me the other day that it would work out best if everyone would just treat people with respect, the way they want to be treated. Now where have I heard that before? The words of Christ ring true. His promises never fail.

I need to spend time in His presence. I need to meditate on the words He spoke. I need to lift up His name in praise. I need to spend time on my knees in prayer, praying for my brothers and sisters in this country who just can’t seem to get it right. I need to pray for government leaders, whether I agree with their policies or not, that they will find the will of God for this great country of ours. I need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide my every step. When I do these things and more, I am walking in Christ. Life will be so much better then!

Leviticus 19:18 New International Version (NIV)
18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

I Want To be Close To You

I want to be close to you
I want to be by your side
I want to know you’re near
In the darkest night
I want to hear your voice
Above the noise
I want to be close to you my Lord

Jesus you are my desire
Jesus you are my delight
Jesus you set my heart on fire
Draw me close to you
Draw me close to you

I have a tendency to wander. I am not sure why I wander away from God sometimes, but I do. I can easily find myself, all of a sudden, far from Him and I realize it is not where I want to be. I am lost amid a sea of doubt and confusion, of worry and sorrow. It is not a place I should be, but a place where I put myself. No one leads me there or takes me there. No one has come and convinced me it is the best place to be. I just make a decision to wander far off and I don’t want to be there. I want to be close to Him once again.

I want to be close to Him because that is where healing is. That is where deliverance is. That is where faith is, where peace is and where joy is. Next to Him is where I can rest, it is where my storms are stilled and where living waters flows. It is where I can eat of the bread of life and stand in the light. It is where I can once again find my way because He is the way. It is where love abides and where hope arises. Close to Him is where my desires are fulfilled and where my dreams come true. It is where the found of blessing is and where mercy is always extended. Grace is at His footstool and glory at His throne. I never want to leave His side.

James 4:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

A Blessing For You

May the Lord be with you
May His face shine upon you
May His grace wash over you
May His presence abide within you
May His Spirit anoint you
May His mercy pursue you
May His peace instill calm in you
May His joy take sorrow from you
May His hope inspire you
May His patience quiet you
May His power embolden you
May His strength encourage you
May His glory instill awe in you
May His faith cast doubt from you
May His love surround you
Forever and ever
Amen

There are times we wonder why He would love us. Why would He die for us? Why would He have mercy on us? Why would He leave His wonderful throne of glory and come to this earth as a little babe in a lowly manger? Why would he endure the constant murmuring and ridicule of the Pharisees? Why would He allow Himself to be taken by Roman soldiers, beaten within inches of His life, and be delivered to a cross? Why did He not call legions down from heaven to save Himself? Why did He not fight back? Why did He not tell Pilate who He really was? Why did He not defend Himself against the false witnesses? So many questions. All of them answered by one simple fact. He loved us so much He was willing to give His life as a ransom for our sins. All to bless us!

Receive this blessing today on your life. As the Holy Spirit has given it to me, so I penned it for you this day. Know that He loves you more than you can possibly imagine and that He wants was best for you. Know that not matter what you are going through right now He will make it come out for good. Know that He will never leave you or forsake you. Know that he will speak to you in a still small voice every hour of every day. Know that everything is going to be okay and be blessed!

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

You Are My Desire

You are my desire
My soul longs after you
Every day in every way
You fill me through and through

You are my desire
My heart is in your hands
There is no greater purpose
Than walking in your plan

You are my desire
Your joy awakens me
I never have to worry
About my destiny

You are my desire
Your grace delivers me
I never have been worthy
Of the mercy shown to me

You are my desire
Your peace calms every storm
I rest in great assurance
That I am in your arms

You are my desire
You make all thing new
Your love is everlasting
I give my life to you

Before I came top know Jesus I had desires that were of this world. Drugs, alcohol, sex, power, riches and all kinds of worldly things were the longings of my heart. The defined me in my own imagination and nothing could change me because I really did not want to change, at least on the surface. But deep down inside, where the soul and spirit of a man lay, I was in turmoil. Je knew the lifestyle I was living was not sustainable. I knew one day it would kill me.

But I died a different death than expected. When I met Jesus, that man that I was started to fade away, to die out. That old man and all of it’s desires became my history instead of my present moments. I found myself with a new desire, something much bigger and greater then heaping things upon myself. Jesus was now the source of my purpose in life. He came in and dispelled of the old man and gave me new desires. Now I longed for love, peace, joy, hope, patience, faith and all those godly virtues. And my deepest desire was to praise Him, the one I used to curse. What a change in my life. What a wondrous love He has for me!

Psalm 37:4 King James Version
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart

I Met Jesus

Sometimes I remember when I was all alone.
Sometimes I remember when I had no joy
Sometimes I remember when I had no peace within
But long ago those days came to an end.

I met Jesus. I met Jesus.
The day that I met him my life changed
When I met Jesus He washed away my sin
It seemed like I was born again

Many times the trials of life seem more than I can bear
Many times my mind will drift to things I cannot share
Many times I wonder if his grace will cover me
Then I remember that he came to set me free

I met Jesus. I met Jesus.
The day that I met him my life changed
When I met Jesus He washed away my sin
It seemed like I was born again

I never expected to meet Him. I never thought it was even possible. I was a drifter, a drug addict, a drunkard and a perverted soul. I had every intention of staying that way because I thought I was happy and having a good life. I had a job, I had friends, I had family close. I ran in social circles that supported me and buddies that loved being around me. I had a great job that I really liked, people that respected me in my position, and made pretty good money. I was never one much for material possessions and did not own a lot because I had no need for things. What more could a person want?

Then I encountered Jesus, or should I say he encountered me. It was as unexpected as a bolt of lightning striking me on the head. I had grown up in church but had abandoned it years ago. People had talked to me about Jesus but I thought it just a game to play, another way of life I wasn’t the least bit interested in. But that day, I learned that he loved me. He shed His blood for me. He died for my sins, which were plentiful. He rose again to give me eternal life. Suddenly I knew I had to know Him better and that he wanted, desired and longed for a relationship with me. I will never leave Him now that I met Him. Have you met Him? He is calling to you. Open your ears and listen for His voice.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

I Live For You

I gave up my old ways. I started anew
For the rest of my days I’m living for you.
No turning back because I’m breaking through
For all that I want is to live for you

In the heat of the day with a cool morning dew
I’ll make the decision to live for you
When storms come around me with waves crashing through
I don’t have to worry I’m living for you

And when people ask why I have such Joy
I’ll say I found Jesus and He fills my soul
Because every day and every hour
You give me strength and you give me power

Precious Lord Jesus thanks for the cross
For so many years I counted it loss
But now I’ll give my life and all that I have
I’ll live for you until this life is passed

So when this old life is finally through
I’ll meet you in heaven because I live for you

Where would I be if I had not traveled to visit a friend of mine half way across the country in 1976? Where would I be if I had not gone to church with him that night and heard that message? The message that convinced me I was headed for hell and I made me know I did not want to go there. Where would I be if the pastor had not come to my friends’ house the day before I left and asked if I wanted to get saved and live for Jesus? Where would I be if I had not prayed that prayer and, with sweat coming from deep within and drenching my clothes, knew that something had changed inside me?

I believe with all my heart that the night I prayed that prayer would have been my last if I had not sincerely prayed that prayer. I travelled 70,80,90 mph all the way home from Iowa with a wobble in my front left tire. When I took it to my mechanic he could not believe I had just come all the way home from Iowa. I had a broken tie rod! I have no doubt that if I had not prayed that prayer, I would not have had God’s protection on the way home that day and the tire would have fallen off, as it should have. I would have had a terrible accident and be serving a life sentence in a hell none of us want to go to.

Have you prayed that prayer today? Have you been Born again, which Jesus says is a requirement to even see the Kingdom of Heaven? Are you living for Jesus? If you have not, please do it today. It may be your last.

Romans 10:13
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”