O God the Holy Spirit

June 26, 2008

This is a hymn that we sung last week in church, check it out and let me know what you think.

 

O God the Holy Spirit, eternal One of Three, my Comforter and Teacher, be merciful to me.  You hovered over chaos the land and sea to part so manifest Your power to calm my restless heart.

O God the Holy Spirit, direct me to the cross where I can see the suffering my waywardness has cost.  In Jesus’ death please show me the power of my sin and by His life convince me this battle He will win.

O God the Holy Spirit, put Jesus on display: remind me how my Savior took all my guilt away.  My sins were all forgiven and satisfaction made: atonement was completed, my captive soul was saved.

O God the Holy Spirit, come deepen and impart these saving, loving lessons upon my desperate heart that I might loathe my evil and flee from Satan’s snares then run to my Redeemer and cast on Him my cares.

 

From David L. Ward.  Based on the prayer, “The Spirit’s Work” from The Valley of Vision.

Table Talk

June 20, 2008

From the book, “Muslims and Christians at the Table” by Bruce McDowell and Anees Zaka:

“When witnessing to Muslims, let the Bible speak for itself.”  

 

Think about these verses:

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)

 

“The word of God is living and active.  Sharper then any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)

Reading up on my material for our church’s care groups, I was convicted by some, if not all, of what I read.  This comes from a sheet, that I believe CJ Mahney put out, and so I wanted to share some with you.

1.  Want to be Well Known or Important (Isaiah 14:13-15; James 3:13-16; Romans 12:6)

2.  Sinfully Competitive

    – “I am overly competitive.  I always want to win or come out on top and it bothers me when I don’t.”

3.  Want to Impress People (Luke 10:38-42)

4.  Draw Attention to Myself (Proverbs 27:2)

5.  Like to Talk About Myself

And so on and so forth for 45 more. 

I was thinking about #2, and I feel that the Lord has empowered me to overcome this one in my life.  It was a problem back when, but now I believe the Spirit has given me victory over it, and I praise Him for it.

 

However, I do have problems with plenty of them within the reading.  I suggest to you, the reader, to grab yourself a copy of it and to reflect on them and to ask the Lord to help you in these areas.  It’s also a great way to keep another brother or sister in the Lord accountable.  Just google it.

 

Before I go, I wanted to end with this…”Remember your war against pride is life-long.  It is not a battle won in a day.  But as you faithfully put pride to death and put on humility, you will experience greater freedom and more importantly greater conformity to image and likeness of Christ.  In so doing, God will be glorified in your life!”

Remembering D-Day

June 6, 2008

I am truly thankful for those men and women who sacrificed their lives for the betterment of humanity by giving their lives during one of the more recent massive invasions, called D-Day.  Thank a vet today, but more importantly thank the Lord, for He gave His life as a ransom (1 Tim. 2:5-6).