Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WOW 2 Posts in 1 Day!!

I am in love with Travis Cottrell!! He has an amazing voice - was studying to be an opera singer when the Lord changed the direction of his life. His music speaks to my soul often and says what I wish I could say. Linz and I were able to worship with him one Friday night and it was an amazing time of worship!!
Anyway, one of his songs - You Came reminded me of why my life is not my own. Here's a portion:
"Before YOU came we were stranded in the dark bearing wounded heart's without hope.
Before YOU came we were drifting on the sea desperate and in need, sinking low.
We cryed for help because we could not save ourselves.
YOU heard, YOU saw, YOU knew and YOU felt it all, YOU wept when YOU watched us fall.
YOU could not stay away and YOU came."
"Praise YOU Lord Jesus for leaving the glories of Heaven and coming to earth, to suffer and die for my sins."

Who Is In Control of My Life?

"The desire to be God rather than to serve God lies at the bottom of every sin that anyone has ever committed. Sin is rooted in my unwillingness to find joy in living my life under the authority of, and for the glory of Another. Sin is rooted in my desire to live for me. It's driven by my propensity to indulge my every feeling, satisfy my every desire, and meet my every need." Whiter Than Snow - Paul David Tripp
I love these devotions (thanks Belinda) as God has used them to really show me my heart and my need for a Savior! I confess I so want to live for myself - do what I want to do and it's often a struggle of surrender to my Lord.
"You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Cor 6:19-20
"Thank You Lord Jesus for loving me in spite of my wanting to be in control of my life; for wanting to do it my way. May the power of Your blood allow me to surrender my all to you day by day."

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Something to Ponder

Religion is, ‘I obey, therefore I’m accepted’. The Gospel is, ‘I’m accepted through what Jesus Christ has done for me, therefore I obey’. Religion gives you control, that’s why its so popular…If I am saved by what I can do, then there’s a limit to what God can ask of me. I still have some control. But if I am saved by sheer grace, then there’s nothing He cannot ask of me”. Tim Keller