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And can it be?

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Saviour in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Saviour in my heart.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

And can it be? What love the saviour has that he should die for me. Somewhere he says ‘Don’t call anyone ‘fool.” I only realised what this means. He never calls me ‘fool’ even though I am so bad. His love does not allow him to. Such love for me, you and all around us, both good and bad.

What kind of God is this?

God is Good

Just a few words to say God is Good!
In spite of myself, my psyche and all, he still loves me and wants me!
I just want to shout this to the world!
You are good Lord, bring me closer to you in spite of myself!

Man sues God – Case dismissed

The BBC

A Nebraska state senator has attempted to sue God because of the “death, destruction and terrorisation” he has caused.  It is interesting that the judge ruled that as ‘…the defendant has no address papers cannot be delivered!’

“Mr Chambers sued God last year. He said God had threatened him and the people of Nebraska and had inflicted “widespread death, destruction and terrorisation of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants”.”

“Mr Chambers, a state senator for 38 years, said he filed the suit to make the point that “anyone can sue anyone else, even God”.”

I note that God is described as ‘God.’  But which God is God?  He does not use any of the names found in the bible, so how does he know who this ‘God’ is?  However, if he is suing the Living God, I hope he does not intend to file an appeal!

I suppose I should point out, this gentleman is an American, so that will explain everything.

Lax with God

Only today I was faced with two choices, concentrate on Jesus or other things.  My mind allowed the wrong to take root.  There again I should have seen it growing over the last few days.  But I did not, and was lax with God.  Instead of concentrating on him, I just got on with life and fell flat on my face, again.  It never ceases to amaze me how often I see the grace of God in action, a word here, a prayer there, and an opening unexpectedly occurring at just the right time.  But within moments I am back to my self, vain, unforgiving, concentrating on me and not him.  I understand those who spent forty years in the wilderness!  So now I remember, too late his grace and goodness.  Now, when I have allowed sin to lead me I wonder where I stand, why I forgot him, and how on earth I end up here.  Still, I suppose he is used to this.  Sometimes I wonder how Jesus puts up with all the sin, and from those he has reached out to at that!  You create the earth, you die on the cross, call folks to you, and find them wrapped up in themselves and not you.  Being God is not all it’s cracked up to be!  I get annoyed when folks don’t treat me right, I cannot guess how the creator must feel when folks like me forget him and concentrate on their little world, a world he wishes to enlarge and develop for them!  Dearie me, I do wrong, and push him aside to do so, and then say,” Sorry God,” and move on as if it was not important. Oh look, there it is again, self indulgence for my guilt, instead of tears for his pain and heartache.  And what heartache, echoed millions of times a day, does he endure from those that use his name……

Lifted

Earlier today I was annoyed at myself for falling into one of my bad habits.  It just seemed like it was a waste of time attempting to go on.  There was a wall of failure there before me. I sat down and prayed those feeble, useless, waste of time prayers that you know  will bring no answer. Looking at the book lying there I thought of one or two Psalms and decided it there was no point going over them.  I would just put my own thoughts into them and get my own answers back, and that was a waste also!

However, I am not sure where it came from, but I found myself musing not on me, but on how God had taken the initiative to love me!   I had not loved him, nor bothered about him, but he had chosen to love me!   What a thought!   In spite of the person I am, in spite of the things that have passed through my disgusting mind, he has always ‘loved me!’ It was his decision and I suppose he must have known what I was like even then!  This is a relief, and a great encouragement.

Several times I have noticed my failing s since that moment.  No doubt I will notice them again soon.  However, Jesus knows and wants to make me new!  In spite of me he is not discouraged, hurt maybe, but not discouraged.

I got up again this morning, and carried on, with fresh love for this great God, and a deeper desire to know him and love him.  This is good!

Fear

Something frightened me today. Nothing unusual in that I hear you say, but it got at me.  It upset what passed for routine, left a black mark in my mind, and wore me down.  This led on to bad attitudes with other, unrelated, happenings and brought out the worst in me.

Later, when praying from the pit of despair, a place I know all too well, Psalm 27 came to mind.  I could not recall the words, and wondered if this was just me.  I read :-

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
       whom shall I fear?
       The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
       of whom shall I be afraid?

 2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.

 3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.

I was glad of this!

Once again the protective love of God hung around.  Once again he looked at this spoiled brat and wept at the unbelief and stupidity.  Once again he offered a wise word, possibly while sighing deeply.  God is said to have ‘patience’ at one place, when looking up the word we discovered it is actually,’Long suffering.’  How I make him suffer!

Thank you Jesus……..again.

When Folks Sin

Should we condemn them or help them? How much ought we to sympathise and how do we discipline?

Some always put an arm around the one troubled by a sin, others take the ‘macho’ attitude and just tell them to ‘Stop it and get on with it!’ Others have their own way of dealing. The attitude can vary depending on whether you actually like the person or not and of course your own attitude to the sin involved. Some folks are surprised or revolted by the things that bother a Christian, but Jesus knows the depth of our corruption and is never surprised by anything we do. He knows our heart. More sympathy and help is given to a friend as opposed one who bugs you and this is understandable.

It is written somewhere, ‘A friend loves at all times,’ and Jesus certainly does this. Jesus however always spoke the truth to people, and if something is wrong it must be pointed out. Help may be required, but it is the decision to fight whatever brings sin that brings success, eventually. The fellow traveller attempts to ‘Love at all times’ and to be honest this is not easy, even with a friend!

Avoiding the cause helps, taking appropriate action helps, prayer helps, but personal decision is the major step. On occasion the Holy Spirit will bring relief, but not always quickly. It is imperative therefore that if sin bothers an individual they must choose to make every effort to stop it. An honest friend can help them by counsel and prayer, but an admission of what is wrong and choice to cease it is required. Reading and studying the book is the first step to know what is sin and what is not. This is the way to understand the mind of God.

Understanding Gods view of the sin is important, we often get things out of context. Remembering his love and perseverance is vital, otherwise we would just give up. And there is the most important thing – his love!

If we spent more time understanding his tough love, and less time wallowing in our physical, mental or emotional ‘needs’ we would be happier and more obedient people! It is the love of God, him choosing to love us, that is the beginning of hope for us all. Our nature is corrupt, we fight the world, the flesh and the devil, and he is aware of this. He has promised to be with us but we must choose to accept and believe this and the desire to hurt him will help defeat the sin.

Jesus understands and loves us. He always tells us the truth, even if we don’t like it, we also must speak the truth to one another.