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Even When I’m At My Darkest – By Ascend the Hill

Even When I’m At My Darkest by Ascend the Hill from their album, O Ransomed Son

Before I took a breath you knew me
You called me by my name
Even when I’m at my darkest
You know me all the same

Every hair on my head you’ve numbered
And every thought within
Even when I cannot see you
I feel you closer than my skin

In my darkest dreams they find me
My failures haunt me in the night
Broken image of creation
Twisting, turning, hiding from the light

Then I heard a voice so clear
Like deep calling deep and I could hear
I felt your spirit drawing near
Breathing life in me; destroying every fear

My spirit woke with a hopeful plea
Each fighting breath resonating in me
You broke the chains to set me free
You gave me a song to lift my eyes and sing

Lift up your head
Lift your head, ’cause help has come
Lift up your heart
Lift your heart, His will be done
Lift up your hands
Lift your hands and praise the one
Lift up your song
Lift your song O Ransomed Son

Before I took a breath you knew me
You called me by my name
Even when I’m at my darkest
You know me all the same

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“How Deep” by Sovereign Grace Music

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Grace Is Love!

Grace Is Love!

“Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable…. The cliché definition of grace is “unconditional love.” It is a true cliché, for it is a good description of the thing. Let’s go a little further, though. Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved. It has everything and only to do with the lover. Grace is irrational in the sense that it has nothing to do with weights and measures. It has nothing to do with my intrinsic qualities or so-called “gifts” (whatever they may be). It reflects a decision on the part of the giver, the one who loves, in relation to the receiver, the one who is loved, that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold…. Grace is one-way love.” – Paul Zahl, a Pastor and Author of several books, including Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life

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BE REAL through and by the Gospel!

BE REAL through and by the Gospel!

This post came from a Gospel-centered Blog, which I came across several years ago, but unfortunately, I am unable to find the original source of this post, in order to provide the link for my readers. Again, this is not my original thoughts, but nevertheless, I am able to identify and resonate with these words. But I read these words with the Biblical understanding that because of my continuous sinfulness condition, humanity, brokenness, imperfect sanctification, my psychological temperament and insecurities that there will always be an ongoing struggle with being real (in motives, thoughts and deeds). I will need  the proper distinction between Law and Gospel applied to my soul – in order to learn to be real; and in the midst of not being perfectly real – I am still loved, accepted, forgiven and secure in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ who was the only one who perfectly was real. So therefore, the Gospel is the Power of God to save, rescue, redeem and forgive my own hypocrisy within my heart. Only the Gospel enables and empowers me to experience mercy, grace, forgiveness, acceptance, freedom, peace and joy in the midst of my messy life of being human, being a sinner and being a child of God.

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” I’m convinced that I cannot be real with others or myself without the gospel. It’s not a “cannot” like “I cannot eat ice cream because I’m on a diet.” No, it is more like “I cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound.” It’s an impossible cannot, not a voluntary, self-imposed cannot. Without the gospel, being real with others is an impossibility for me. If I lose sight of the gospel, it’s not long until I find myself saying this or doing that so that people will view me one way and not another.

As soon as I begin to say or do things so that others think I’m like this or like that, I’ve ceased to be real with them and with myself. This is hypocrisy. When the gospel loses its central place in my consciousness, my modus operandi is to attempt to create and sustain an identity with which those within my circle of relationships will be impressed.

The main problem with this failure to be real with others and myself is not that I’m failing to be real with others and myself. That’s a problem for sure, but it’s not the main problem. So what is it? It’s my failure to be real with God. My main problem when I’m saying and doing things for the purpose of influencing how people think of me is that, ultimately, I’m failing to be real with God Himself.

Consider two ways in which these two failures are connected. First, when I fail to be real with others, I’m guilty of exalting man’s view of me over God’s view of me. It means I care more about what man thinks of me than I do about what God thinks of me. This is idolatry because it essentially puts another god before my eyes, namely, the god of human opinion. To be real with people means having no other gods before the God (Exodus 20:3).

Second, when I fail to be real with others, I’m guilty of relying upon human works to make myself presentable rather than upon God’s grace. It means that I’m seeking acceptance on my own terms rather than resting in the acceptance that has come to me by grace. Trying to be who I am not before others is a form of works righteousness. It is the kind of thing we do when we are not resting in God’s gracious provision in Jesus.

Choosing not to be real with others is ultimately an affront to God’s grace. Only through the gospel can I admit who I really am to others or even to myself. When I lose sight of the gospel, there’s no way I can bear up under the weight of the knowledge of the sin that lurks within the recesses of my own heart. If I can’t bear it myself, I certainly can’t bear allowing other people to see it. But through the gospel I can bear to acknowledge the depth of my own sin, whether to myself or to others, because it has already been judged in Jesus. As Paul says, for those who are in Jesus the Messiah there is no longer any condemnation (Romans 8:1). The gospel says that because of the work of Jesus not only do I not have a sentence of condemnation hanging over my head but I also have God’s full and gracious acceptance. Only when I see those two twin truths in the gospel, namely, that I’m no longer condemned but rather graciously accepted because of the work of Jesus the Messiah, can I truly be real with others and begin to give God His rightful place in my life.

Beyond this, the gospel also announces God’s provision for my ongoing struggles with being real. It reminds again and again that God has dealt with all of my sin, even my hypocrisy, in Jesus. He accepts me not because I’m being real but because Jesus was real in my place in his life and death. Only the gospel enables me to press forward in my quest to be real with God, others, and myself.”

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Christ Died For Sinners!

Christ Died For Sinners!

According to Holy Scriptures, Jesus died for …

Us all (Isaiah 53:6) His people (Matthew 1:21) All who are weary (Matthew 11:28) Many (Matthew 20:28) His people (Luke 1:68) All the people (Luke 2:10) The lost (Luke 19:10) All who receive him (John 1:12) The world (John 1:29) Everyone who believes (John 3:15) The world (John 3:16) The world (John 3:17) Whoever believes (John 3:18) Whoever believes (John 3:36) The world (John 4:42) Whoever hears and believes (John 5:24) The world (John 6:33) He who comes and believes (John 6:35) He who believes (John 6:47) The world (John 6:51) The sheep (John 10:7) The sheep (John 10:11) The sheep (John 10:15) My sheep (John 10:27) He who believes (John 11:25) The Jewish nation (John 11:51) The scattered children of God (John 11:52) His friends (John 15:13) Everyone who calls on the Lord (Acts 2:21) The Church of God (Acts 20:28) The ungodly (Romans 5:6) Sinners (Romans 5:8) God’s enemies (Romans 5:10) Many (Romans 5:15) All Men (Romans 5:18) Your brother (Romans 14:15) The weak brother (1 Corinthians 8:11) All (2 Corinthians 5:14) All (2 Corintihans 5:15) The world (2 Cor 5:19) Paul (Galations 2:20) The Church (Ephesians 5:25) All men (1 Timothy 2:6) All men, especially those who believe (1 Timothy 4:10) All men (Titus 2:11) Everyone (Hebrews 2:9) Many people (Hebrews 9:28) The unrighteous (1 Peter 3:18) False prophets (2 Peter 2:1) Us, and the whole world (1 John 2:2) The world (1 John 4:14) …. For all (1st Timothy 2:6; Isaiah 53:6). For every man (Heb. 2:9). For the world (John 3:16). For the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). For the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). For false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). For many (Matthew 20:28). For Israel (John 11:50-51). For the Church (Eph. 5:25). For me (Gal. 2:20).

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Quote By Brennan Manning (1934-2013)

Quote By Brennan Manning (1934-2013)

Romans 8:38-39 > “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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My Lord I Did Not Choose You

This Hymn reminds me of the biblical truth that I didn’t choose Jesus Christ, but He chose me! I stand in awe! He was the one that opened my heart and mind regarding saving redeeming grace/spiritual truths at the age of twelve (Acts 16:14; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16)

Biblically and Theologically, I am not a Christian because I decided, choose or even “accepted” Jesus Christ. Spiritually, I was unable to chose Him, due to the reality of my sinful total depravity. This is biblical theology that applies to all Christians (and those who are still unregenerate), regardless of their theology and denominational affiliations (including non-denominational).

John 15:16 > “Jesus said, You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

I believe and affirm the words of Martin Luther,

“I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ.”

John Chapter 6, Verses 35-45 … (read carefully the whole context ) > “.Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” “… Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” “…When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

2 Thessalonians 2:13 > “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”

2 Timothy 1:9-12 > “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”

Ephesians 1:4-5 > “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…”

Romans 8:29-30 > “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

John 1:9-12 >”The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

Salvation is by Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone on the basis of Scripture alone and unto the Glory of God alone!

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