Nothing

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No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven
(John 3:27; NLT).

Lord,

1. There’s nothing I can do
To earn the love you give each day,
Nothing I can do
To win your help along the way;

2. There’s nothing I can do
To grasp the joys you want to share,
Nothing I can do
To gain your peace in all I bear;

3. There’s nothing I can do
To make the sunlight you supply,
Nothing I can do
To find your truth before I die;

4. There’s nothing I can do
To be at one with you today,
Nothing, Lord, at all –
Except believe in you, and pray!


References

1. You are trying to earn favour with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. I fear for you (Galatians 4:10-11; NLT).

2. May God, who gives us his peace, be with you all (Romans 15:33; NLT).

3. He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good (Matthew 5:45; NLT).

4. What is impossible for people is possible with God (Luke 18:27; NLT).

This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent (John 6:29; NLT).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

6 thoughts on “Nothing

    • Hi Ju, I’m fine thanks – very pleased that my cancer treatments are going to resume on 2nd June (hospital rang yesterday). Please never apologise for how much you’re in touch – you owe me nothing, and I have no expectations at all that you “should” make any amount of contact or otherwise. Thank you for your comment, though, as always XXXX

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  • Good day Ruth my precious sister in Christ. Your words as always are refreshing and well crafted, bringing insight and joy in knowing God. It never fails to amaze me how He tells us great truths through many different people, you are one of those used to teach me more about predestination, praise God. I have written about this in my latest post to pass on the blessings. All glory and honour belong to our Father God, in this we are truly blessed. Amen.

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    • Hi, thank you for your message. I’m delighted that you find these prayers helpful. Your reference to predestination puzzled me, though, as I know I’ve not written anything at all that referred to it. Just wondering what I’ve said that you’ve interpreted in this way. It would be really helpful for me to know this. Best wishes from Ruth XXXX

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  • Maybe I was looking at it from the sidelines of having just studied predestination Ruth. But it begins with your title “Nothing”, and further reading tells us there is nothing we can do to attain His Love and our salvation. Here I believe you have touched the essence of predestination, that all things in our lives are God’s work…before creation! Hope this helps sister.

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    • Yes, there is nothing we can do to obtain God’s love and salvation, but that’s because he loves every single one of us SO much that he freely offers these things to us all. Indeed, he loves us so much that he also gives us all free will, even though many people choose to ignore or reject him. My poem was intended to celebrate the very opposite of “predestination”. It lists all the things we can’t do, because God is in charge of them, but finishes with those we CAN do: believe in him, and pray to him. That’s all he asks XXXX

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