Come to The Lamb of God

Come to the Living Water
To satisfy your soul
Fills your hearts desire
Makes your Spirit whole

Come to the Bread of Life
A new supply each day
He’ll fill your every longing
When His will you obey

Come to the Light of the World
The darkness disappears
Your path is laid before you
His light dispels your fears

Come to the Lamb of God
Who was crucified for you
He took away your sins
He granted life brand new

Come to the King of Kings
Seated on His throne
Crowned with royal majesty
Worship Him alone

Come to the Lord of Lords
Make Him Lord of your life
Give Him all praise and honor
Your life a sacrifice

So often I am weak and burdened by the cares of this world.  It seems they are always thee, pestering me and robbing the time I would rather spend with my God.  Household chores, caring for the dog, getting in my exercise, eating (of course) and my workload, plus my writing, all take me away into a place where I walk alone a good part of the time.  I feel burdened to get these things done.

But Jesus said to come to Him if we are weak and heavy laden and He will give me rest.  He will satisfy my soul.  Just a few minutes with Him each day refreshes me.  My time in the morning, listening to worship and writing these meditations brings my mind and heart to Him. I am once again reminded that coming to Him is an essential part of my day and I am glad I took the time, made the time, to be in His presence.

Matthew 11:28-30  King James Version

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Rest in His Arms

He is my rock, my refuge, my fortress strong
When I rest in His arms, it is like being inside a walled city
All my provision is there
All my comfort is there
No enemy can breach those walls
No amount of taunting by the enemy can be heard
Because He is my protector
He is my deliverer
He has already defeated my enemy
I need to learn to rest in His victory
All to often I walk outside those walls
I wander from the path
I want to make it on my own
I can feel myself being drawn to my enemy
I wait to long to run back to Him
And I fall. I fall hard
So hard I cry out to Him
He comes to my rescue every time
He picks me up and cradles me in His loving arms
He returns me to my place of shelter
And I am safe once again
Oh, God
Full of mercy and grace, wonder and awe
I don’t know why you put up with me, but you do
For that I will praise you and lift you high
For you are my rock, my refuge and my fortress
I can rest in your arms.

His mercy and grace are so much more than I can understand.  Over and over again sin knocks at my door and I let it in.  Whether it’s my pride rising up, or arguing, or gossiping and backbiting.  Or it may be what some would see as more severe.  From the smallest sin to man’s worst nightmare, they are all the same to Him.    All of them are simple disobedience to His word and deserve His judgment.  But I when I cry out to Him, He sees me with eyes of compassion, He extends His mercy and He surrounds me with His grace.  Why would I want to leave such a wonderful love as this.

I will do all I can to stay in His loving arms.  I will resist the urge to go out on my own and try to make it on my own strength.  I will abide in His presence, in the shadow of His wings, all the day long.  I will not trust my wisdom but depend on His.  For I know that all I will do is wander.  My heart is prone for  that.  This earth and all its beauty also contains my enemy.  I must resist him and his allure.  I must keep my eyes fixed on Jesus for he is the one who will keep me safe.  I will rest in Him

Psalm 62:5-8

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

I Have No Doubt

I have no doubt He loves me
Despite what I have done
He washes all my failures
Forgives them, every one

I have no doubt He’ll heal me
When sickness comes my way
If I should come up fragile
He’ll make me new each day

I have no doubt He saved me
He washed my sins away
He shed His blood in my place
And took away my shame

I have no doubt He’s with me
He’s walking by my side
When I need to be counselled
He hears my every cry

I have no doubt He hears me
When I kneel down to pray
His ear is inclined to me
Every single day

I have no doubt He’s coming
Real soon to take me home
Until then I’ll be faithful
My heart will never roam

There was a time that I was far away from God.  I was a wild child, full of mischief and always looking for the next party,  I had no desire to  serve God because I was having way to much fun.  I put my trust in the things of this earth and what I could see and hear and touch.  Those were my gods you might say.  Those were my comfort and my companions.  I didn’t think there was any purpose in serving God or even knowing Him.
I thought I had life all figured out.

Then He decided to let me know where I was headed.  He came to me suddenly and caught me in His loving arms.  I felt the warmth of His love and did not want to be without it.  I asked Him to forgive my wayward ways and to save me from that place that was never intended for me.  He did.  He did that and so much more.  Now I know who He is and who I am.  I am learning more each day about His love for me and what he did for me on that cross.  I know I will never leave Him and he will never leave me.  There is no doubt we have found each other.  And I am so glad.

Ephesians 2:8 King James Version (KJV)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Your Name Is Worthy

He is with me fighting all my battles
He is with me calming every storm
He is with me in the midst of danger
He is with me when I feel alone

Oh my God how great is your name
Lifted high above all else
Oh my God your name is worthy
To be raised.  To be praised

Jesus, mighty Savior
Jesus Lamb of God
Bore my sin a failures
On the cross.  On the cross

He is with me when I bow before Him
He is with me when I cry in prayer
He is with me when my hands are lifted
He is with me when I give my praise

Oh my God how great is your name
Lifted high above all else
Oh my God your name is worthy
To be raised. To be praised

Jesus, My redeemer
Rose up from the grave
Coming back in all His glory
All of heaven praise His name

I never have to wonder where Jesus is.  I never have to worry is He will  hear my cry.  I never have to worry if He will come and rescue me from the storms and trials of life.  He is always ready, willing and able to help me in any situation.  When I cry out to Him, He always hears me and He will always answer. It may not be the answer I am looking for, but it will be the best answer for my situation.  When I am weary, He may tell me to praise Him.  When I am in financial trouble, He may tell me to give.  When I need help, He may tell me to help my neighbor.  When storms come He may tell me to run into them, not away from them. He always knows what is best for me, for He is the one who formed me in my mother’s womb.  He knows everything about me and every thought I have.  He is never caught by surprise when I turn away from Him and He always knows what it will take to bring me back. He is always merciful always patient, always kind.  What an awesome God we serve!

Jeremiah 33:3 King James Version (KJV)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

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.

I Worship You

With all my heart and all my soul
I worship you. I worship you
With all my mind and all my strength
I worship you. I worship you

You are the truth, the light, the way
You give me hope for every day
Your joy and peace are here to stay
I worship you. I worship you

Holy, holy Lord
Worthy of my praise
Honor, glory power and might
I sing to you. I sing to you

This world worships a lot of gods. In this time of great tribulation due to COVID-19, people are scrambling to find hope. Their gods have been taken away from them. First to go was sports. One by one, seasons were cancelled or postponed, bringing a halt to television sports broadcasts. The idols of the game were set on the sidelines, hoping to one day be back on their lofty perch. Second was entertainment. With sports closing down, Hollywood soon followed. Movie theaters, concerts, zoos, Broadway shows all came to a halt. The stars who people idolized were set on the sidelines. Next was leisure travel. Campgrounds, hotels, theme parks, national parks were all closed. Restaurants closed their doors to become delivery specialists The allure of Mickey Mouse faded in the dust. Even our churches were told not to meet. Then our money was affected as businesses all over closed their doors leaving us all with a sense of fear to even go outside. And lastly our freedom was taken as, state by state, shelter in place orders were handed out. All these things we idolized.

God still sat on the throne. He was always there, will always be there, and is there today. What better time to lift up our voices in praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer has not changed. This world around us will slowly get back to normal. I hope and pray that during this time you have come to realize that all you can really depend on is Jesus. He is worthy of our praise!

Revelation 4:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Jesus Life

Nothing At All

What could I do to have sins erased
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all
What did I do to deserve your grace
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all

What can I offer that will set me free
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all
What will you charge to rescue me
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all

I have been ransomed. I’ve been redeemed
All for no charge you have forgiven me
All that you ask is that I give my life
Just as you gave yours for me

What is the charge for the blessing you give
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all
What is the rent when in heaven I live
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all

Free, Lord. You set me free
All for no charge you have forgiven me
Nothing I bring you. Nothing I have
Is worth what you’ve given to me

I have been ransomed. I’ve been redeemed
All for no charge you have forgiven me
All that you ask is that I give my life
Just as you gave yours for me

He was taken by a legion of soldiers in the middle of the night. An illegal court hearing was held where He was beaten and spit upon. They sent Him to Pilate where He was lashed 40 times. He had a crown of thorns pout on His head and was mocked and beaten by the guards. .He was offered up to be set free, but the crowd cried “Crucify Him.” He carried His own cross until the weight was too much and they had someone help Him. The nailed Him to that cross and set it upright. While hanging there, in the midst of that torture, he cried out “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” Then he gave up Hie life for my sins. For my failures. To heal my diseases. I did nothing to earn my salvation and I can do nothing to buy His grace. Nothing at all. His mercy on my life is what rescued me. He gave that to me, and so much more, that day he died on the cross. Then He rose victorious and he is with me every day to guide me, watch over me, heals me, provide for me. All because He loves me. Despite my wretchedness, He loved me so much That He died for me. I did nothing to deserve His love. Nothing at all.

Isaiah 53:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.