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Sweet comforter By Lauren James and Job Gonzalez – lyrics

Sweet comforter,
Lover of my soul.

After all that i’ve done,

will You take me home.
Sweet comforter,

in this stillness i wait.

I long to hear Your heart,

and hear You call my name.
My darling child,

I carry you along.

You’re my sweet delight,

and I won’t let you go.
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart. 
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart. 

Oh oh oh oh x4

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Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart. 
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart. 
My darling child,

put your mind at ease.

When it’s all said and done,

you’re coming home with me.
By Lauren James and Job Gonzalez

This song is such a beautiful reminder that His Grace is enough for us. 

Understanding what took place at the cross

It is not a rare thing, to meet a Christian who has little or no knowledge of the very foundation of our Christian faith which is, Christ died for our sins so that we might be saved. Why is this so? I believe this situation is as a result of a lack of mentoring and ample time to study biblical truths about salvation.
Too often, new believers are overwhelmed with two extremes. On the one hand, there is the doctrine and pressure to prove you are truly saved by your actions, and on the other hand, the euphoria of all the good things and blessings that come along with being God’s word.
Both sides are right and mean well. It is amazing that actually most Christians fall under these two seemingly opposite categories. On the one side, we struggle with sin and try to make it right by actions, on the other hand we  accept God’s grace and do nothing about our hidden sin. The first side is usually known as the legalistic christian. The later as the Christian who believes in grace without fruit.

Earning Salvation

As born again Christians, we should not live as though we were not saved. The fruits of the Holy Spirit should be evident in our lives and spirit because we are new creatures. This nevertheless should not be lead us into the trap of trying to work for or maintain our salvation with our “goodness”.
Galatians 3:2-3 –  This is all I want to ask of you: did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying [the requirements of] the Law, or was it the result of hearing [the message of salvation and] with faith [believing it]? Are you so foolish and senseless? Having begun [your new life by faith] with the Spirit, are you now being perfected and reaching spiritual maturity by the flesh [that is, by your own works and efforts to keep the Law]?
Endeavoring to earn our salvation is a sign that we do not understand the completeness of the finished work. If we understand that Christ paid it all, the whole price, not just part, and that we can not add on to it to secure our salvation, then we can learn to trust in his sacrifice and know that He is enough for us.

Non-Fruit bearing

The other side of the coin understands that Christ paid the price and we have unending grace given to us as a gift from God. And somewhere along the way, conviction of sin is left behind. we fail to see sin as it is, it’s ugliness and how it grieves the holy spirit in us. We are okay with not dealing with our sinful nature because we know grace is enough. But we live in the joy of salvation and expect blessings and more blessings from God.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? – Romans 6:1-2
I have come to realize that before someone is given the gift of salvation, the joy of being a child of God, they must first and foremost understand the depth and ugliness of their sin. See their guilt and understand why they need a Savior. Otherwise we stand the risk of taking for granted, what Christ did for us. The price was too high and his life too precious to just be mediocre Christians with no fruit bearing. Much as we are not saved by our works, we are not called to life only to remain in bondage of sin.

What we learn about the cross.

It is at cross that we see clearly what Christ is all about. Every Aspect of Christianity can be summarized in that one act of love that Christ showed to mankind. At the cross, the deepest kind of love is expressed. Christ demonstrates obedience to the Father even in the hardest of times, even when it meant he had to lose his life. We learn the true meaning of forgiveness as we watch Christ die for a people as undeserving as we are. We see God´s power expressed in Jesus´resurrection.  These are the clear things that are evident in the series of events that happened at the cross but there is more to the cross than meets the eye.
If we don´t study the word clearly as the Spirit guides, we might easily over see the rejection the Son of God had to endure. What kind of pain got him to why out ” Father Father, why have you forsaken me!” or how bad must it have been to be rejected by God completely? How heavy was the sin of the whole earth? We sometimes are overwhelmed by our guilt and might never be able to live a free life because it keeps haunting us. Now imagine Christ had to carry the guilt of every man, that ever lived, was living and would live. How much guilt did Christ endure, just so we might live a guiltless life? What was at stake? What did Christ have to give up?  And yet, Christ did bear all this, just to save us. He gave up his holiness so that he can pay for our sin and in exchange cloth us with His holiness.
 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30
When we understand the meaning of the cross, we are moved to by God´s love to be more like Christ every day. We will worship him with all our hearts. We will yearn for nothing else other than his presence. The passion to do God´s will becomes evident in our lives and oh how great the fruit we would bear. Our lives will be the testimony that brings all unbelievers to Christ. When we build on the foundation that Christ laid down for us.
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Prayer in trials

Dear Lord,

You are greater than any situation that i am faced with. You knew all things before the beginning of time and know my heart. You know my situation Lord. Carry this burden from me oh Lord. Help me through this storm mighty father. You said in your word, that we should ask, and we shall receive. Father i ask you to move in my life. Heal my heart and make me strong. Teach me to wait on you as i trust you more and more oh Lord. Give me the faith to know that you are working even right now as i talk to you. Help me learn the lessons i am meant to learn in this season so that i might shine when i come out at the end of the tunnel. May my testimony be great and only unto you. Thank You for the work that has already began in my life.

In Jesus´mighty name i have prayed.

Amen

Is bad really bad?

The reality of negative things happening all around us

Is bad really bad?

We often hear people complain about the terrible things going on all around them. As if the problems we have on our plates are not enough! In the frustration, there seems to be no hope and we conclude that the world is nothing but a pile of one problem after another. These challenges present themselves in different ways and various intensity. We are most times more than justified to grumble about certain conditions.

Trials build character by teaching us to;

Appreciate goodness

Would we know what is good if we did not know how bad it can be when something bad happens? Would you know how blessed you are and what opportunity you have, if you have always had it your way? We sometimes need these contrasts in life, in order to appreciate what comes our way.

Avoid future complications

Is it not the bad things in our lives that teach us not to repeat certain silly mistakes? Would you know what you should not do, if you have not watched it lead the others into disaster? Doesn´t the drive to avoid hardship surpass the far away hope to gain?

Sometimes -hard as it may sound- it takes something bad to happen, before we learn to be strong, hardworking, trust God and to make a right choices both for us and the people around us.

Approach matters.

Sometimes, Bad things are not really as crucial in determining the outcome as the way we approach them is. It is our mind set about challenges and tests that we need to change. How we handle a situation is very vital to how we will overcome. When a problem turns your way, do not ask for it to go away, but for the strength to go through it and solve it.  One Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” Your reaction, your thoughts, your actions about a situation really matter a lot.

 

Having a positive outlook towards predicaments

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All things work for good…

Not too seldom do we wish we could wish our challenges away but have we taken the time to ask ourselves this simple question? What use is lamenting to us? Can something good come out of this seemingly hopeless situation? Could it be that if i saw the whole picture, what am faced with right now would not seem  as bad as it really appears? What does the Bible tell us about problems?

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

All things work according to His will and purpose

Having this promise and remembering it despite all we have to put up with gives us the strength to go through anything because we know God is right there with us every step of the way. We should also remember that God has a plan. He will use every situation for his glory and to save us and his children.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, – Ephesians 1:11  

Be thankful in all situation

We might not understand what we are faced with at the moment. Sometimes it might seem like our trials are taking way too long. Or God is taking too long to come to our help. Let us not be dismayed. Help is on the way. We should believe this even when we do not see the reality of it in our lives. God is working behind the scenes and in due his great power will be manifested in our lives. But even if help does not come the way we expected it to, we should still have the maturity to praise God through everything because we know his purpose is good and his ways are righteous.

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Pray about it

God is more than willing to listen to us and come to our rescue when we call upon his name. We should not fear to call upon his name. He is a loving and gentle God. He wants to help us but we have to let him.

In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. – Philippians 4:6

So if you are in a phase of life where you feel like you are pressed against the wall and the load of the problems in your life are weighing you down, pray with me this prayer.

Dear Lord,

You are greater than any situation that i am faced with. You knew all things before the beginning of time and know my heart. You know my situation Lord. Carry this burden from me oh Lord. Help me through this storm mighty father. You said in your word, that we should ask, and we shall receive. Father i ask you to move in my life. Heal my heart and make me strong. Teach me to wait on you as i trust you more and more oh Lord. Give me the faith to know that you are working even right now as i talk to you. Help me learn the lessons i am meant to learn in this season so that i might shine when i come out at the end of the tunnel. May my testimony be great and only unto you. Thank You for the work that has already began in my life.

In Jesus´mighty name i have prayed.

Amen