Through Fire and Water

“Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭66:8-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/psa.66.8-12.esv

Prophet, Priest, and King

Christ is our prophet in that he reveals to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.

Christ is our priest, in that he once offered himself as a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and to reconcile us to God. He also makes continual intercession for us.

Christ is our king, in that he subdued us to himself, he rules and defends us, and he restrains and conquers all his and our enemies.

(Summarized from the Westminster Shorter Catechism)

Restless Hearts


Psalm 139 (AMP)

O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do];

You understand my thought from afar.

You scrutinize my path and my lying down,

And You are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken],

Behold, O Lord, You know it all.

His Love Can Never Fail


I do not ask to see the way

My feet will have to tread;

But only that my soul may feed

Upon the living Bread.

’Tis better far that I should walk

By faith close to His side;

I may not know the way I go,

But oh, I know my Guide.

Refrain

His love can never fail,

His love can never fail,

My soul is satisfied to know

His love can never fail.

And if my feet would go astray,

They cannot, for I know

That Jesus guides my falt’ring steps,

As joyfully I go.

And tho’ I may not see His face,

My faith is strong and clear,

That in each hour of sore distress 

My Savior will be near.

Refrain

I will not fear, tho’ darkness come

Abroad o’er all the land,

If I may only feel the touch

Of His own loving hand.

And tho’ I tremble when I think

How weak I am, and frail,

My soul is satisfied to know

His love can never fail.

Refrain
E.S. Hall (1897)

For original lyrics and tune, check out:
http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/h/l/hlcnfail.htm

God Likes Us

We must understand that God does not “love” us without liking us – through gritted teeth – as “Christian” love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core – which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word “love”. -Dallas Willard

FAITH

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther

Make the Most of your Minutes

Today, see that you live with honor, purpose, and courage; Resisting disturbances and interruptions. Make most of your minutes, wisely recognizing and taking each opportunity because the hours are filled with distractions (Eph 5 JEV)

Bible time management courage purpose focus Ephesians 5:15-16