Thursday, February 27, 2014

//in to end it//

I'm in to end it. As in, slavery. Yes, I know. It's a big thing. But with God all things are possible. And He loves to set the captives free.

Monday, February 17, 2014

:it is well:

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

:His never does:

There are just those times where you really don't feel like being victorious over a trial. Where you really just want to let your hand loosen its grip on your sword while in the middle of battle. Where you want to simply collapse and let whatever you've been fighting win. Where all you want is a treaty between God and the enemy.  But it is in those times when you must press through. You must continue to lean on Jesus' everlasting arms. You must let Jesus fight for you; our strength is ever failing.  It is only the Great I Am who can overcome... Him in us, the hope of glory. These words are not naturally the first things that we turn to for help in time of need. We do not, as humans, run to the feet of Jesus and boldly enter His throne room of grace to obtain help in time of need. And so we must continually remind ourselves of that truth which we believe: Jesus is the only One who can do it. My strength fails. His never does. 
But thanks be to God. He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. // 1 Corinthians 15:57

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

:daniel generation:

So I was just thinking how blessed I am to have the sort of people who press you closer to Jesus with everything they do. Their lives really do match up with their words, and when the stumble they repent, get back up, and continue running after Jesus. A good friend recently wrote this: "There is a difference between knowing what we ought to do and what we actually act out." There is. But I'm seeing more and more people in my generation who truly desire to live what they say. And for the most part, they're succeeding. Because its not them who are doing it in their own strength. It's not their righteousness. It's Jesus inside of them. 

So I'm thinking about this and began wondering if anyone ever thought that way about me and my life. I began to wonder if the people I look up to and admire, if they do the same to me. I wonder if my life is reflecting the Christ life so much that the only word people can use to describe me is "Jesus". I truly desire that, but there is a difference between desiring something and going hard after it. 

I want my generation to be a group of young people so in love with the Lord. So caught up in pursuing Him that nothing else matters. That's not how it is today, seemingly, but I think that things like expectations and what we're used to can be changed. I want my generation to be a generation like Daniel. Where people need to lie about us to find us guilty; where they need to make laws prohibiting our show of affection for Jesus to catch us doing the thing that we love most.  It's just a dream I have, but I think that if I surrender to Jesus with everything, and if you do, we can begin that generation turn-around. 

For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. \\ Isaiah 50:7