Another song’s lyrics that speak to me.

Best News Ever

Some say, “Don’t give up”
And hope that your good is good enough
Head down, keep on working
If you could earn it, you deserve it
Some say, “Push on through”
After all, it’s the least that you can do
But don’t buy, what they’re selling
It couldn’t be further from the truth

What if I were the one to tell you

That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Some say, “Don’t ask for help”
God helps the ones who help themselves
Press on, get it right
Otherwise, get left behind
Some say, “He’s keeping score”
So try hard, then try and lean on God
Hold up, if this weren’t true
Explain to me, what the cross is for
What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever
So won’t you come
Come all you weary and your burdened
You heavy laden and you hurting
For all of you with nothing left
Come and find rest
What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Songwriters: Barry Graul / Bart Millard / Ben Glover / David Garcia / Michael Scheuchzer / Nathan Cochran / Robby Shaffer / Solomon Olds
Best News Ever lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group, Moon And Musky Music
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The troubles you’re going through aren’t really a bad thing.

Trials, tough times, heartache, pain, suffering, ridicule, shame, stress, depression, anxiety, hopelessness…do any of these sound familiar? Of course they do. All of us identify with at least one of these things, but if we are honest, probably most or all of them at one point in our lives.

There are those who would try to tell you that once you are a believer nothing bad will happen to you anymore. You will be happy, healthy and wealthy the rest of your days. Dear friends, that is a lie of deathly proportions. The Bible specifically says,

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 KJV

And also Jesus himself says,

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 ESV

But as Jesus says, we can take heart…there is a reason for the trials, to make us better followers of Christ. Being better brings glory to God.

It’s only temporary

Over the last few years (the last three and a half) I have come to the realization that this world is bad, and getting worse by the day. I’m not saying there aren’t good people, or good things that happen, or beautiful sights to see…not at all. I’m saying that the evil of this world is spreading fast, and becoming darker, and sadly more readily acceptable to the mainstream.

However, over this same time I have tried to maintain my focus on the fact that, no matter how bad this world gets, or how hurtful something is to me or someone I love…it’s only temporary.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 KJV

Those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior, have something glorious waiting for us when we are done with our time dealing with all of the pain this world can throw our way.

Take heart and keep your eyes on the endgame…remember, it’s only temporary.

I saw this on social media…

…and I pray with all of my heart to you God, move me out of my own way. Holy Spirit guide me so that I can live my life for Jesus, and not myself. I have faith in You Lord, but too many times I allow myself to get in the way. I turn back to old ways, old habits…old sins.

God free me from this feebleness. Move this mountain from me so all I see is You. Your strength is my hope, and I trust You. I love You Father, and I thank you for all You do for me. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen

Grace is not a parachute

How many times have you been about to do something…something you know is wrong, a sin. And you get that down in your gut queezy feeling that you shouldn’t do whatever it is you are about to do. Then you say to yourself, “I’ll be ok, I’m saved! I have God’s grace. He will forgive me”.

That’s not how it is supposed to work.

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Romans 6:15

Once we have accepted Jesus into our hearts, as our Lord and savior, we are supposed to drop our old sinful lives and live like Him.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:1‭-‬23 KJV

I am just like you, a man of flesh. I sin. I know I do, and struggle with it daily. But folks, we can’t go through life thinking we can keep sinning and will be ok because we have grace to save us. We are called to repent, to turn away from our sins, and live like Jesus.

I pray for us all, that we attune ourselves to the still small voice guiding us. That we act according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, instead of letting ourselves be led by our old dead selves. The selves of the world…of flesh and the sins that kill. Things that keep us separated from God. Thank you Father God for putting up with our failure. Thank you for seeing us as worth the effort, to have us return to You one day. Thank you for providing that way for us with your son Jesus. We love You. Amen

Another song’s lyrics that tugged my heart strings this morning.

Known by Tauren Wells
It’s so unusual it’s frightening

You see right through the mess inside me
And you call me out to pull me in
You tell me I can start again
And I don’t need to keep on hiding

I’m fully known and loved by You

You won’t let go no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You
I’m fully known and loved by You
It’s so like You to keep pursuing
It’s so like me to go astray, ooh
But You guard my heart with Your truth
The kind of love that’s bullet proof
And I surrender to Your kindness, oh
I’m fully known and loved by You
You won’t let go no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You
I’m fully known and loved by You
How real, how wide
How rich, how high is Your heart
I cannot find the reasons why
You give me so much
How real, how wide
How rich, how high is Your heart
Now, I cannot find the reasons why
You give me so much
I’m fully known (fully known) and loved by You
You won’t let go (no you won’t let go) no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You
I’m fully known and loved by You
It’s so unusual it’s frightening
I’m fully known and loved by You

Songwriters: Ethan Hulse / Jordan Sapp / Tauren Wells