All I Have Is Christ

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), by Jordan Kauflin

Psalm 42

As a deer pants for flowing streams,

so pants my soul for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while they say to me all the day long,

“Where is your God?”

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I would go with the throng

and lead them in procession to the house of God

with glad shouts and songs of praise,

a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation 

 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

at the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your waves

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God, my rock:

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning

because of the oppression of the enemy?”

10  As with a deadly wound in my bones,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me all the day long,

“Where is your God?”

11  Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.

Thinking about Scripture & Finding Myself in Them

After forgiving the woman caught in the act of adultery and after telling the scribes and Pharisees they were from hell and that He was from heaven. Jesus tells to the scribes and the Pharisees that they will kill Him; and once they place Him on the Cross they will know that He is the Son of God. They will also know that He, Jesus, is not working in His own authority, but of His Father’s. Jesus says, “And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” John 8:29

My husband has been preaching/teaching through the Gospel of John for the past seven months now. A few weeks ago, he was preaching out of these verses in chapter 8. I was so encouraged by these words of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Surely there is no temptation- that has not been placed before Christ-that He has not overcome. I am so encouraged that, He too encountered situations I find myself in at times. I mean,  can you imagine the loneliness in always having to defend who you are and why you are doing the things you do? Always being put on ‘front street’? Always being accused? (Falsely of course). Always being asked, ” Who are You? Where do you come from?” Even though you have explained it time and time again, no one seems to be getting it. Here, in chapter eight of John’s Gospel, Jesus is in this same situation, out numbered by all means, and yet He His response is, “He who sent me is with me. He has not left me.” I wonder if Jesus was saying this to encourage Himself, as well as to make it known, still, to the scribes and Pharisees, that God sent Him and God is still with Him in everything that He is doing. (Which is the very reason they are coming against Him.)

You know what? Truth is, I find myself in these same situations, as follower of Christ and so should you.  I have been the accuser, pointing out another’s sin, saying, “Look at her, look at him.” How about you? I have also been the one spreading doubt, by asking, “Are you who or what you say you are?” or “Hmpff! She must think she is somebody!” Can you relate? Undoubtedly,  I have also been the one caught in my own sin. I have been caught in lies, manipulation…fornication, like this man and woman. And before you say or ask, “what? somebody walked in on you?” NO! Because they didn’t have too. I walked openly in my sin during and after college. (Of course, not all of my sins were sexual sins) My point is, my sin was known. Known by my God, my Lord and Savior, the very God who has sealed my by His Spirit, until the Day! I committed these acts, thought those thoughts and spoke the words in His face! That was not the worst! My worst has been questioning Christ, essentially doubting that He IS who He says that He IS!  I hate that I have doubted my Lord. ‘Tis another reason I stand in awe of my GOD and my Lord. He took my place, He took the penalty for my every sin I had and had not yet committed.

Even in all this glory that is unto God, the enemy has a way. He knows my identity and that it does not belong to him. But he has been called by many names, one which is the accuser of the brothers (see Job 1, Revelation 12:10).  Now being called out of living for myself and others in an unholy manner. I have been called to holy living for God and others, by sharing the Gospel to those around me. Wherever I am, is where the Lord has sent me and my family, to share that Jesus has saved and is still saving the lost. Jesus told His followers that in John 15:20, to remember, “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”  So when I or another believer find ourselves standing accused and harassed by the world on account of Who’s we are, we remind ourselves, that we are His and, “And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” John 8:29

Just thinking about Scripture…