I remember well the day I cemented my commitment to the Lord. I made up my mind I will not turn back. I have never regretted my decision. When times get hard I rely on His help to keep me true to my pledge. The Word of God reminds me of my place in Him and the promises of His provisions.
No Turning Back
No turning back, no looking back, onward I go. Nothing or anyone will stop me I am headed for the goal. My mind and heart is set, my eyes seek to see, The plan Father-God has planned for me. It is His Word I listen to, it is His wisdom I crave. It is His strength I rely on as He guides the way. Jesus is my example, I follow hard after Him. He is my Lord, Savior and very best friend. With His authority I tell mountains to depart. Demons flee when Jesus rules in my heart. It is His voice they hear when I proclaim, Victory, in Jesus’ name. My treasure is in heaven, but I still sing as I go, For the earth’s treasures I seek are souls. Souls that are brought to the cross of Christ, That also will set their heart and life, On the path of no return to the better place, Where heaven and earth touches under grace. The embrace of God satisfies heart, mind and soul; Fully and completely in His loving control.
Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
All we really have to offer is our life. Our offering is our reasonable service. Our Lord has given us His life by His sacrifice in our behalf. Sometimes with heart in hand we make our offering in our prayer of dedication again and again.
With Heart in Hand
With heart in hand I set my face; As I seek to rest in God’s embrace. The world’s turmoil and upsetting ways; Cannot steal away my words of praise. All faults and failures are laid down at His feet to stay. His robe of righteousness is upon me placed, With heart in hand I give my life to Him, To form, to shape, and to mend. He is my heart’s desire, He sets it on holy fire. He reads every inscription written inside. He is the holy resident who within abides. I will continue on this journey of the heart; With Him at each days end and at each days start. Every moment has its heart-beat and when my journey ends, I will have arrived into His presence to a new journey begin. With heart in hand again I say, Lord here I am Help my life to fit perfectly into Your master plan.
Romans12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Have you more and more noticed a change in your thinking? What was acceptable becomes detestable? What was ignored is no longer able to be tolerated? What seemed of utmost importance now is recognized of very little eternal value. Now it is becoming very clear the things that are of most importance to our Heavenly Father. If so you are feeling and becoming the heart throb of God.
Heart Throb of God
In the deepest place where the heart throbs; In the essence of your being there is found God. The very seed of existence; planted deep within, All of you that exists belongs to Him. Each breath has value; if but all men would know, The high price paid for every soul. Eternity measures each step in life’s path. The all seeing eyes of God know right where you are at. Love’s loving had reaches out each day, To restore what evil has stolen away. Look up, look about, search deep within, Seek, learn, and listen; place all your hope in Him. The Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, all three in One, Work in perfect harmony to get the work done. Nothing on earth exists without Christ. Jesus is Truth, The Way, and Life. On earth and in heaven is the same; All life is found in Jesus’ name. When you allow the work of the cross you will find, Every part of your being is with God aligned. With heart, mind and soul in accord, Your whole being becomes a heart throb for the Lord.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
I thought I was free to do as I desired when I left home. I was free to drink, free to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I was not free I was bound by sin. Now I am bound to Jesus with His chains of love. Now I am truly free. Free to worship, free to praise, and free to serve Him by serving and loving others.
Bound by Chains of Love
I have been set free from bondage and from the chains of sin, And now in my freedom I am bound to Him; I am bound by chains of love that will never break apart. I am drawn into Him and He moves into my heart. This place I have been drawn into I never want to leave. It holds within all I ever need. I will not fight my captor, I willingly submit, All He does to restrain me is for my benefit. I am set free to worship Him that died to save my soul. All I have I offer to give Him full control. My flesh is all I need to fight; one day it too I will shed. Until that great day, I am by God’s Spirit led. He helps me walk and talk like Jesus, God’s Son. And one day I will with Him become as one; Fully, and firmly in His presence setting at His side, Forever one with Him as His bride. Oh great day I became His property; a willing slave I am. My prayer is to serve Him that I love the best that I can.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
One holiday season when money was scarce, it ended being one of our best Christmas memories. We spent quality time with those we loved; our homemade gifts were heartfelt love-offerings for one another. I spent extra time making cookies and candies for our family, friends and neighbors with no thought of receiving a gift in return.
The Precious Gift of Time
Sometimes all you have to give is just your time. It is a precious gift and is hard to find. Time is money they say; So it is not easily given away. The gift of prayer lifted some do not see. But its benefit is gratefully received. Time spent loving the neighbor next door, Is a gift to them and also to the Lord. Time’s gift is bestowed on you too. It is a precious gift God shares with you. When you offer your life to Christ, It is a gift that causes the Father delight. In the gift-giving season as you celebrate the birth of God’s Son, Remember to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Whenever you have opportunity, take time to pray; For leaders, for Country and those sad, to have a good day. Sometimes all you have to give is your time. But it is the best gift for it is preciously hard to find.
Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Jesus is our example in every way. He loved us so much He died to save us from the consequences of our sins, and eternal loss. We also need to learn to love….By dying to the selfish nature that places our own needs and desires above those of others that touch our lives. In our families we have ample opportunity to practice the Lord’s example set before us. The Holy Spirit will help us when we choose to do as our God desires. Lord, help us to choose to do the good, right thing even when it hurts and it feels so wrong!
Love Never Takes a Vacation
Love never takes a vacation; God displays His love on every side. His creation shouts “It is good to be alive.” Love extends itself in the sunshine and in the rain. It is evident in every place; even in great pain. Love offered His life to pay the debt of sin. There was no greater pain than what was endured by Him. Love said, “Forgive them they know not what they do” His love is so generous; He still shares His love with you. Love fills your life with His breath. Love follows the faithful even unto death. When you become weary, love will revive and give you strength. When you are thirsty, love is the sweet water for you to drink. When you are hungry and become thin, He will place you at His table and will feed you again. The world has a darkness that is very black it’s true; But one act of love will light the way for you. Evil and hatred is on every side, But they flee when in love you abide.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We tend to believe the ultimate destination for the soul is from our birth to the day we die. Now I know the greatest journey is from death to eternal life in Jesus. From the day we are born we are dead to the Spirit of God. When we accept what Jesus did for us in His sacrifice on the cross we are reborn into eternal life in God’s kingdom.
Eternal Destination is found in Him
Eternal destination is secured in Christ. Through death’s door is found life. Life like never imagined will be. Such is the place secured for thee. The flower of heaven walks at your side. As you bloom; grandly completely wholly alive. The air sparkles with expectation and joy that surrounds. Your feet are planted forever on Holy Ground. Joyous songs fill the heart, soul, and mind, With sweet assurance and gratitude as designed. Love wraps you in a forever embrace, All eternally provided by His amazing grace. Oh what joy, peace and love flows, To and from every blood purchased soul. The loving Father smiles; the knee bows in worship and praise, As hearts are filled they lift their gaze, To behold the wondrous beauty of the one they adore. They are overwhelmed with love for the Lord. Jesus, the Savior and closest friend, An eternal destination of joy is found secured in Him.
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Lord I thank you for the joy that fills my heart in times of praise. Help me to learn to dance unashamed and uninhibited before you like David danced.
The beautiful melody flows like a river within; Peaceful, restful full of Him. It sounds like silence to the ear, But within its message sounds so clear. The love is so special, only meant for me. Jesus’ gift to a saved soul set free. Salvation’s song is precious beyond compare; Lovely truths that I can with others share. Love’s songs are full of light and life; That shines hope to cause inner delight. Eternal comfort with promise of undying favor bestowed; Much more precious than any treasure the hands can hold Its tune causes sweet desperation within, That hungers and thirsts only for Him. Sweet Song of joy that bubbles and flows inside; Set my feet to dancing with Jesus as in Him I abide.
Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
We profess our love for God, but when we turn away from someone in need, I believe Jesus would also need to ask us again. Do you love me?
Do You Love Me?
Do you love me, asked the Master three times in one day. Each time He heard the answer but He asked again anyway. Each time He asked, Peter’s heart underlined his answer clear. Jesus desired for Peter to his own heart hear. When he said “Yes, I love you” At first it was an automatic response… although true. The next time he was very aware of his love professed. But the last time he answered – his heart responded best. “Feed my sheep” was the Master’s entreaty to Peter each time. We too need to feed His sheep. For our love to be clearly defined; We need to also love them, and take extra care, To deliver the truth and to cover them with prayer. To feed the sheep is to show respect and as a sacrifice of self; Listen to them and when they have need… help Whatever you do for the least of them you do for God above. Do you love me is the question? How will you prove your love?
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.