Posts Tagged ‘Death’

May 20th: What You Stole From Me!

One day is like a thousand years to the Lord
So much can happen within a day
24hrs is all it takes for your life to be turned upside down
24hrs is all God needs to teach you a lifetime lesson
Saturday May 20th 1995

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Roses & Thorns!

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Thoughts of a Broken Vessel
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Life has lain me on a bed of roses & thorns,
One minute it’s warm and cosy,
Sweet smelling and soft to the touch,

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 radical

I got this book as a gift from a good friend around two years ago. Each time I wanted to read it, I’d find a reason not to and pick something else. Recently, I finally got down to it and trust me, it was worth every flip.

Radical by David Platt is a call to rise up from our comfort zones and dive in to the deep waters. As he says in one section,

‘I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.’

James Truslow Adams is the man credited with coining the phrase ‘American Dream’ back in 1931. He spoke of it as a;

“….dream in which each man and woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognised by others for what they are (self-glorification).”

The dangerous assumption we unknowingly accept in the American dream is that our greatest asset is our own ability. The American Dream prizes what people can accomplish when they believe and trust in themselves. The subtly fatal goal we will achieve when we pursue the A.D. is that as long as we achieve our desires in our on power, we will always attribute it to our own glory. But the gospel has different priorities. It beckons us to die to ourselves and to believe in God and trust in His power. The goal of the American Dream is to make much of us, while that of the gospel is to make much of God. As Bonhoeffer once said,

“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”

Whether American or not, this book is for you. Do try and read it.

Grace & Peace

“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are ashamed of now? For the end of these things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin & have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:20-23

This is such a common verse. Most of us know it by heart but is it in our hearts? Is it just another line in scripture or does it hold water? Has anyone understood it’s depth?

For so long, I also took this verse in vain, yes, as a Christian. I knew it theoretically but it hadn’t really sunk in. I would quote it but go ahead and walk against it. I heard Jesus’ voice but daily walked in disobedience.

Lately, this verse has come alive in my life again. By the grace of God, I understand it now. The wages of sin sure is death. Not just in the afterlife but even in this present one. Ever seen a plant that isn’t watered or doesn’t receive it’s daily dose of light? That plant never lives long. It may fool us for awhile but truth is it’s dying. Dying from the roots upwards. This is what sin does to us. It kills us. It kills the core of our being. We no longer get the nutrients we need for life. We don’t feed our souls, neither are we illuminated, and just like the plant we start wilting away. The things of God that used to make our hearts pump no longer please us. We don’t want fellowship with the body of Christ because we have become a shadow of our former selves. And so we slide away. Instead of running to the source for renewal, we think we can live by our own strength. Forgetting it’s not by might but by the Spirit. We shrink further and further, and to cover our frailty we indulge in more sin. We fool ourselves with the snippets of scripture we know by heart, but deep down we know we are gone. Like a junkie, we have thinned out from the effects of our abuse, sin is our master.

The wages of sin is death. Your prayer life is killed. Your word life is killed. The joy of salvation you once had is snuffed out. Your fellowship with brethren is strangled. You are lost. You are not a Christian anymore, at least not by God’s standards. The fruit of your life is nothing but sour grapes.

Good news though, the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. Hear it, through Christ Jesus. You cannot do it on your own brother. I don’t even have to convince you on this cause’ it’s been tried and tested. Jesus is the only sure way, and He bids you come. Come and carry His yoke for it is easy. Come because with Him, you don’t have to depend on your own righteousness. It is imputed on you – Christ’ righteousness is what you live by. Come because you don’t have to continue dying. The cross still holds power. Come and rest, for just like the prodigal son, your Father awaits your return. So today, if you hear the Spirit of God, don’t harden your heart. Come to the river of life, you will find healing there.

 

 

 

Grace & Peace.

IF I WERE TO DIE!!! (SONG)

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Songs
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Chorus:

If I were to die today/There’d be no tomorrow

Die today/No more second chances

Die today/All the words unspoken

Lord, please help me not to waste today

If I were to die

The anthem rise, The crowns are worn

The trophies display our glories

The lifeless soul, The wounded heart

The content heart ignores them

Tell me now do you see them as the Christ

Maybe then your heart will change

All the trophies that you hold/They are detestable to God

Find your worth in what will last/When the criers gong resounds

Find your worth in what will last/When the trumpet blows for you…..

Chorus:

If I were to die today/There’d be no tomorrow

Die today/No more second chances

Die today/All the words unspoken

Lord, please help me not to waste today

If I were to die

You have reached your end in life/Death encroaches

There is no one by your side and your heart is bleeding

Now you lay, an empty heart, an empty soul

Now you count, all the things that matter – none

Find your worth in what will last/When the criers gong resounds

Find your worth in what will last/When the curtains draw for you

Chorus:

You are just about to die today/Tell me what will matter

Die today/ Is your heart secured

Die today/There’s no more tomorrow

Lord, please help us not to waste today

Cause we are about to die