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For By Grace

This song is based off Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV 1984): “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Salvation is a free gift from God. We do nothing to earn it or to deserve it. The scriptures say: In while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Ro. 5:8). There is no one righteous, no not one (Ro. 3:10). All we like sheep have gone astray (Is. 53:6). All have sinned and fall short of attaining God’s glory (Ro. 3:23). The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ro. 6:23).

We receive this free gift by God’s grace and through faith: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out (Acts 3:19). God now commands everyone to repent (Acts 17:30). You must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus (Acts 20:21). You should repent and turn to God and prove your repentance by your deeds (Acts 26:20). If anyone loves Jesus, he will obey His teaching (Jn. 14:23). If we obey Jesus’ commands, we will remain in his love (Jn. 15:10). We know we have come to know him if we obey his commands (I Jn. 2:3).

For By Grace / An Original Work / January 27, 2012

Based off Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace we’ve been saved
Of all our sins,
So that with Christ Jesus
Our lives begin.
Cleansing us from sin,
He made pure within
All who trust in Him
As their Savior, friend,
So that with Christ Jesus
Our lives begin.

We’ve been saved through faith;
This not from ourselves,
Lest that we should boast
In our fleshly works.
Our salvation is
A gift from our God,
Who loves us so much
That He gave His Son
To die on the cross
For all of our sins.

So repent of all
Of your sins today,
And He’ll forgive you;
Wipe your sins away.
Obey all of His
Teachings given you,
So that you can walk
With Him now in truth;
So that you can walk
With Him now in truth.

Your Servant Witness

This song is a prayer of petition to my Lord. It is a prayer seeking his face, his guidance and his counsel. It asks of the Lord that I may listen to him, and that I may follow Him in truth. I ask that He gently lead me in His service, and that He guide my steps and give me strength. I want to be filled with his love and mercy, and for that love and mercy to spill over into my relationships with the people in my life, and the people I meet face to face on a daily basis.

My heart’s desire is that I would always be willing and ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to not shrink back when given the opportunity. I want to show God’s love to people in caring for their needs, too. Most of all, and this is all encompassing, I want to be like Jesus in all that I do, think and say. I want Him to always be King of my heart and for me to follow him in complete obedience wherever He leads me.

Your Servant Witness / An Original Work / March 13, 2012

Humbly I bow, Lord, before You,
Bringing my requests to You.
May I listen; hear You speaking.
May I follow You in truth.
Gently lead me in Your service.
Guide my steps and strengthen me.
Fill me with Your love and mercy.
May I live for Thee!

Let me be Your servant witness,
Telling others of Your grace.
May I always share the gospel
With those I meet face to face.
May I show the love of Jesus,
Caring for the needs of men;
Be Your servant witness always
For my Lord, Amen!

My desire to be like Jesus,
Living for Him ev’ry day.
May I obey all His teachings
Given me, so I’ll not stray.
Love You, Jesus, Lord, my master.
You are the King of my heart;
Follow You where’er You lead me;
Not from You depart!

In Truth

This song, “In Truth,” is about our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, about how much he loves and cares for us, how he listens to the prayers of those who are his servants, how he cares for our needs, and about how he intercedes for us to God the Father. It is about the importance of time spent daily in his word in hearing the Lord speak his truths to our hearts, and about how he comforts and heals us.

It is about how, “in truth,” he died on the cross for our sins so that we could be free from the ultimate penalty of sin (eternity in hell), and so we could be set free from the control of sin over our day-to-day lives. And, it is about how he has called us to not only be saved from sin, but to be his obedient servants in following him “in truth” wherever he leads us, and to do whatever he has called us to do and to be, including being his servants to others in meeting their needs.

In Truth / An Original Work / January 10, 2012

Fellowshipping with my Lord, Savior, King.
He is Lord of all; Lord of ev’rything.
He is with me through ev’ry hour of day,
List’ning to me speak, as I humbly pray.
He cares for my needs,
and He intercedes for me,
‘cause He loves me in ev’ry way.

Obey His commands, and do all He says.
Sitting at His feet, daily in His word,
Let His word speak to me in ev’ry way,
Giving comfort and healing through each day.
Oh, how Jesus loves,
And He cares for you,
Which is why He died for our sins, in truth.

Love our Lord God, Savior, and King of kings.
Worship Him in truth, for He reigns supreme.
He created us with a plan in mind
For us to be His servants, and Him mind.
Follow Him in truth;
Go where’er He leads.
Share His love with others, and their needs meet.
Others: their needs meet.

No Less

3/19/12: I was talking to the Lord about stuff going on in my life. I had just written out my devotions from the book of Amos, chapters 1-2. I was thinking about how Amos was just a shepherd when God called him to be a prophet and to give out his messages. I thought about all the prophets from the Old and New Testaments who had to give out difficult messages, confronting sin, calling for repentance, and often warning of judgment. I thought about the calling of God on my life to share what he teaches me each day from his word, in all practicality in applying Biblical truth to today’s world and church, and to my own personal life, too.

I talked with the Lord about all of this, and how I sometimes weary of giving out such difficult and unpopular messages, and wish I could share happier messages more often. I often identify with Jeremiah who sometimes lamented over the weight of the messages and the response of the people to the messages. Yet, as I prayed through all of this, I told the Lord, “Yet, I can do no less than obey you in whatever you have called me to do, say and be.” And, from that, he gave me the words to this song, “No Less.”

No Less / An Original Work / March 19, 2012

I can do no less than praise You,
Lord, for all You’ve done for me.
You died for my sins to save me,
So I would be set free.
I adore You! Lord, I praise You!
Jesus, Savior, King of kings!
You provided my redemption.
Your grace has pardoned me.

I can do no less than serve You.
Lord, Your witness I would be,
Telling others of Your love,
And why You died on that tree.
Tell of how You gave of Your life,
So from sin we’d be set free,
So we could worship You forever,
And live eternally.

I can do no less than love You,
Lord, for You have first loved me.
You gave of Your life so willing,
Because You cared for me.
Turn from my sin! Obey freely!
Live for You each passing day.
Read Your word, and follow Your lead,
Lord, as I humbly pray.

Your Word

12/27/11: Throughout my day today, the Lord encouraged me much through his word and through songs. One of the passages of scripture that he led me to read was Psalm 119. Over the years since receiving my Bible as a gift from my children, I have underlined and even dated many sections of this passage of scripture, because the Lord had spoken to me through them. Again these words of David came alive to my heart, as the Lord Jesus was speaking many, many words of comfort and hope to my heart.

The Lord had already given me a tune earlier in the day, and I sensed after reading Psalm 119 that he wanted me to put this Psalm, in abbreviated form, to this music he had given to me. The song is about the word of God that I have hidden in my heart so that I might not sin against God. Jesus is the Word, so the Word is in my heart, and the written word, as well, is in my heart through study and application of its truths to my heart, and through obedience to those truths.

Your Word / An Original Work / December 27, 2011

Based off Psalm 119

Praise You with an upright heart as
I learn of Your righteousness.
I seek You with all my heart;
Do not let me stray from Your law.
I have hidd’n Your word in my heart
That I might not sin against You.
Open my eyes that I may see
Wonderful things in Your word.
I am a stranger on earth.

I have chosen the way of truth;
My heart is set on Your word.
I will walk about in freedom,
For I have sought out Your truth.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
For I believe in Your law.
Your hands made me, and they formed me;
Give me understanding, Lord.
I put my hope in Your word.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light unto my path.
You are my shield and my refuge;
In Your word I put my hope.
My heart trembles at Your word, Lord.
May my lips o’erflow with praise.
May my tongue sing of Your truth, Lord.
Your salvation, Lord, long I.
Your word, Lord, is my delight.

Not By Might

3/29/12: On Tuesday morning of this week I joined a ladies’ Bible study group at a local church in our area. The teacher gave us the assignment of writing out, on index cards, verses God speaks to us through during the week. We are to bring them with us to the next study, and we are to share how God spoke to us through them.

So, yesterday, during my time of prayer with the Lord, as I was praying about specific situations going on in my life, the Lord gave me the verses in Zechariah 4:6b-10a: “’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘What are you, O mighty mountain? … You will become level ground… Who despises the day of small things?’”

The passage is ultimately a prophecy about Jesus Christ, our priest and King, who is the capstone of God’s building, Christ’s church, the body of Christ. Christ Jesus laid the foundation of the temple of God, his body, the church, and he is the one to complete it. Yet, the Lord was using this text to encourage me in the ministry to which he has called me. He was encouraging me to complete the assignment, not in my own power and strength, but in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit of God within me. He assured me that he was able to complete the work through me despite any obstacles Satan might throw my way.

Not By Might / An Original Work / March 29, 2012

Based off Zechariah 4

“Not by might, and not by power,
But by My Spirit,” says our Lord, God.
“Mighty mountain, O what are you?
Before Christ you will become level ground.”
The hands of our Lord, Savior God,
Formed the foundation of His church.
He alone will complete the work
He began in His servants’ hearts and minds.

Who despises small beginnings?
Much can be done in Christ’s strength within.
Be of courage, and trust your Lord.
All sufficient He is for all your needs.
Opposition and apathy:
Holy Spirit will set us free!
We can be overcomers in our faith
In our Lord, and our Savior, King.

Don’t be troubled by God’s timing.
He has ev’rything in His command.
Hasten to obey His commands fully,
Trusting Him to work all for good.
Not by might nor by human strength,
But by God’s power; strength within;
My dependency now on His working
His will in me in righteousness.

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