Rock of Ages, when the day seems long
From this labor and this heartache, I have come
The skies will wear out, but you remain the same
Rock of Ages, I praise your name
Rock of Ages, when the day seems long
He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter. There was, I thought, a glimpse of hope for me in that text. The preacher began thus – “My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says, ‘Look.’ Now lookin’ don’t take a deal of pains. It ain’t liftin’ your foot or your finger; it is just, ‘Look.’ Well, a man needn’t go to College to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man needn’t be worth a thousand a year to be able to look. Anyone can look; even a child can look. But then the text says, ‘Look unto Me. ‘Ay!” said he, in broad Essex, “many on ye are lookin’ to yourselves, but it’s no use lookin’ there. You’ll never find any comfort in yourselves. Some look to God the Father. No, look to Him by-and-by. Jesus Christ says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Some on ye say, ‘We must wait for the Spirit’s workin’. ‘You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ. The text says, ‘Look unto Me.'”
Then the good man followed up his text in this way: – “Look unto Me; I am sweatin’ great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hangin’ on the cross. Look unto Me; I am dead and buried Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend to Heaven. Look unto Me; I am sittin’ at the Father’s right hand. O poor sinner, look unto Me! look unto Me!
– C.H. Spurgeon (on recalling his conversion while listening to a ‘stupid’ man)
Spurgeon’s testimony can be found here: http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/abio011.htm
A great reminder for the urgency of the Gospel, both for the world and myself. Thanks Lecrae!
Went to Asia had to duck and hide-for Sharin my faith
They tell me water it downwhen I get back to states
They say tone the music down you might sell a lot a records
But it’s people out here dying and none of em heard the message
Took my wifey on mission trip – central america
Shared her testimony 40 people stood and stared at her
When she said Jesus shoulda seen it was insane cause 40 out of 40 never heard of Jesus name/ Aw mayne we aint focused on the war we just kickin it/ worried bout our image and our space up on the internet// take me out the game coach/ I don’t wanna play no mo/ If cant give it all I got and leave it out there on the court/ Thank you for the Grace for the will and the desire/ got me living for your glory stead of living to retire/ But I pray I’ll never tire of Going hard for Messiah/I don’t need no motivation You the reason I’m inspired.
A beautiful song that has helped me get back up from many trials.
Heart of my own heart, whatever befalls,
Still be my vision, oh Ruler of all
Devotional: My Upmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers
C: Paul writes to the Philippian church to rejoice in the Lord. He warns them to look out for those who mutilate and put confidence in the flesh. Paul gives evidence that he, more than anyone else, can boast in his achievements. He counts them all as rubbish (8) that he may gain Christ through faith, know Him and the power of His resurrection, share in His suffereings, becoming like Jesus in His death. Whatever it took for God to fulfill salvation in him.
O: 12 Paul states that he is not perfect and has not yet obtained the ressurection from the dead, but he perseveres to make Christ his. Why? Because Jesus made him His own.
M: What is my definition of a good Christian life?
– Growing in holiness
– Becoming sinless
– less suffering
– strive for godliness
– obtained perfect relationship with God
A: Replacing false conceptions of a good Christian
1. Continued Growth in a relationship with God vs already arriving at perfection
2. Expect more suffering after becoming a Christian vs less suffering
3. Strive to sin less, but never sinless
why? Because “Christ Jesus made me His own.”
These points are important for me to remember, because the moment I believe a Christian should be perfect or have it all together, then I have forgotten about sin.