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Because He Lives

Because He Lives

God sent His Son They called Him Jesus

He Came to love, heal and forgive    

He lived and died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

            Can you think of a better opening verse to any song? This is the gospel. The Bible tells us that the gospel is of first importance. (I Corinthians 15:3). Apart from the gospel, we have no hope. But, as the chorus in this beautiful hymn reminds us, because He, Jesus, lives, I can face tomorrow. In every area of life, regardless of what life has in store, from birth all the way to death, I can face tomorrow because He lives.

            As I Corinthians 15 clearly teaches, the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We are separated from God, bound for hell, and utterly hopeless and helpless because of our sin. But praise be to God, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross as the penalty of our sin so whoever places their faith in Jesus is saved from their sins, put in right relationship with God, and will therefore spend eternity with Him forever in the glories of heaven.

            But know this, God didn’t save you from your sin to just one day bring you to heaven when you die. A significant part of the good news of the gospel is that the moment you believe on Jesus for salvation and are saved, Jesus comes to live in you, and you are in Him. And, He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, for He is Faithful and True.

He is with us through the good times and the bad. He is with us to comfort, strengthen, encourage, teach, lead, motivate, empower, and give to us whatever we need to live out our lives for Him and through Him. You most certainly do not want to die without knowing Jesus as Lord and as Savior. But if you were to live a hundred years after your salvation, you don’t want to live even a second without Jesus. Indeed, because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2021 in Devotional, Music, Uncategorized

 

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Be Thou My Vision Song and Devotional

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision is a beautiful old Irish hymn that is rich in worship and meaning. The hymn starts with a request of God, “Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart.” The appeal to God is for God Himself to be their vision. When we think of vision, we most often think of the vision we have through our eyes to see things in the physical realm. The vision the hymn writer is speaking of here is clearly a more profound vision, as seen by the last line of the first verse, which states, “Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.”

            The desire here is that God Himself is their vision. The Lord of their heart is their desired vision. The hymnist has the heart to see only God. He is the desire, and He is the beautifully desired view. The hymnist wants to see God but also desires to see all things through Him. This is evident in the first line of the second verse, which states, “Be thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word.” By allowing God to be your wisdom and viewing all through His Word, you see things through the eyes of God, which is the way He intends for all of His children to view all things.

            People will travel great distances and go to great lengths to see breathtaking scenery. As all things are created by God, that in and of itself should be a worship experience. However, our most desired view should be that of God Himself. Praise the Lord for those who know Him will see Him one day, and for eternity, in all of His beauty and splendor. And praise the Lord, for those who know Him, today they can worship Him in spirit and in truth.

            Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Are you seeking Him today? We seek Him by faith, and when we find Him, He rewards us with Himself. Let’s seek the Lord while He may be found. (Isaiah 55:6).  

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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